Weekly Digest - 2021.31
Nintendo announced the new version of the Switch console. Everyone was expecting the Pro version, but Nintendo had different idea. They updated the screen to the OLED technology and made it a little bit bigger (7-inch), but it's still only 720p. Beside the screen, they bumped the storage from 32GB to 64GB. And that's it. The rest of the console is the same - it still has the same CPU, RAM and bad joycons :(
Although the internals have not been upgraded, this model includes an adjustable stand for tabletop play, and the dock also got the Ethernet port.
To be honest this new model is disappointing. It is basically the same console that costs $50 more for a better screen. It might be an option for people who wants to buy their first switch, but if you already have one, there is no need to replace it.
If you are, for some reason, waiting for the Switch OLED model, it will be available for $350 on October 8th.
Image credits: Nintendo
Google announced, or I should say remembered us, the Pixel 4 and 4XL. Here is the spec:
Both versions are available in "Just Black", "Clearly White" and "Oh so Orange" colors. Pixel 4 and 4 XL start at $799 and $899 respectively.
This year Google decided to focus on face and motion recognition. They removed fingerprint reader to equivalent of FaceID called "Face unlock". What's even more interesting, Google added Motion Sense radar that can detect movement around the phone. For example, when sensors detect reaching hand, they can increase the brightness of always-on display, or silence the alarm clock. Also, user can also control the music using gestures.
Ming-Chi Kuo shared some new details regarding new iPhone SE:
For the first time, we have some information about the design, and the iPhone 8 size became very controversial topic. Although I like the size of iPhone 8, I'm wondering why would Apple release a new phone, with the same size, when they still selling iPhone 8?
Image credits: Google
Nintendo has announced the Switch Lite. It is a new Switch that only supports handheld mode. Here is the list of changes in comparison to "standard" Switch:
Nintendo Switch Lite launches on September 20 for $199.99 in three colors: yellow, grey, and turquoise.
On Tuesday Apple completely revamped their notebook lineup. First of all, they stopped selling 12-inch MacBook. Macbook supposed to be replacement for MacBook Air, but it never became popular. Smaller size and new keyboard weren't enough to steal users hearts.
Speaking of MacBook Air, the old non Retina version is also finally gone. Also, Apple has updated the new Retina version with True Tone display and they lowered the price from $1199 to $1099 ($999 for students).
MacBook Pro lineup also is simpler. Apple stopped selling the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar. It means that all MacBooks Pro, not matter of size, now come with Touch Bar.
In addition to cleaning up the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineup, Apple has lowered the cost of SSD options for all Mac, including the desktop ones. The price drop is especially visible in more high-end versions.
For example this is how the new prices, of SSD options, look like in comparison to old ones for 15-inch MacBook Pro:
|Storage||Price Before||Price Now|
(*) Base model
Overall, this news was a completely surprise and the welcome one. It's not only a huge simplification of the MacBook lineup, but also a big change for the entire Mac lineup, as most of the Macs are now more affordable.
I hope Apple will continue this trend with other products.
Image credits: Nintendo
Here is the list of more interesting games presented during this year E3:
Next gen Xbox, called Project Scarlett, will debut fall next year. It has been designed by the Scorpio team and it looks like the Xbox One X was a foundation for a next console. This is what we know so far about the hardware:
This is not much, but at least we know that next console will be available next year alongside PS5. 2020 will be a good year for gamers 😀
Google has also announced more details about upcoming Stadia projekt:
Google Stadia looks promising and I would love to try it. Unfortunately it will not be available in Poland, and looking at status of Google Store in Poland I might have to wait for a while 😔
Image credits: E3