Weekly Digest - 2020.42


Apple Event

Apple held their second fall event. And this is what has been announced:

iPhone 12 mini:

  • 5.4-inch OLED display (2340 x 1080 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Dual 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Black, white, red, blue, and green
  • Starting at $699

6.1-inch iPhone 12:

  • 6.1-inch OLED display (2532 x 1170 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Dual 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Black, white, red, blue, and green
  • Starting at $799

iPhone 12 Pro:

  • 6.1-inch OLED display (2532 x 1170 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Tripple 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
    • Telephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture
  • Gold, silver, graphite, and blue
  • Starting at $999

iPhone 12 Pro Max:

  • 6.7-inch OLED display (2778 x 1284 px)
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of Storage
  • 5G support
  • Tripple 12MP rear camera system:
    • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
    • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
    • Telephoto: ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Gold, silver, graphite, and blue
  • Starting at $1,099

HomePod mini

Apple also announced a small version of HomePod, called HomePod mini.

It will be available in 2 colors, white and space gray, for $99.

  • Crash Reporting with MetricKit - Part 1 & Part 2
  • No, Microsoft is not rebasing Windows to Linux

Image credits: Source

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Pixel 5

Google has announced the next-gen flagship smartphone. And here is the spec:

  • 6-inch (2340 x 1080) OLED display,
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G CPU,
  • 8GB of RAM,
  • 128GB of  storage,
  • Hole-punch 8 Mpix selfie camera,
  • Dual rear camera: 12.2 Mpix (main) and 16 Mpix (wide),
  • 5G capabilities,
  • 4080 mAh battery.

Phone will be available from October 10th for $699.


Image credits: Google

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Amazon Luna

Amazon has launched its game streaming service. It's powered by  Nvidia's GPUs and runs on Windows, which should developers easily port games. Right now, it supports over 100 games.

The launch date is still unknown, but  service will be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV. The iPhone and iPad  will get support  via web apps. An Android version planned for after launch.  The official pricing is also unknown, but early access price is set at $5.99/month.

Amazon also announced special controller that will cost $49.99 during the early access.

Epic Games vs Apple continued

Multiple developers, including Epic Games, Spotify and Basecamp,  have  formed the Coalition for App Fairness  intended to coordinate efforts to fight against Apple's monopolistic behaviors on the AppStore.

Windows XP source code leaked

The source code of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has leaked online.

It shouldn't be a big issue for Microsoft as Windows XP is no longer supported, but system itself might still have couple of surprises, as secret macOS theme has been discovered.

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Nasa launched Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Mars 2020 rover launched from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, and if everything goes as planned, the rove will land on Red Planed on 18 February 2021.

It's mission includes studying Mars' habitability, seeking signs of past microbial life, collecting and caching samples, and preparing for future human missions.

The rover itself is the most sophisticated ever created. It's tightly packed with latest technologies, including a freaking helicopter 🚀.

Crew Dragon returned home

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission has successfully ended after 63 days. Capsule Endeavour, with Douglas Hurley  and Robert Behnken onboard, undocked from International Space Station on August 1st. After 19 hours of deorbiting,  capsule splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mission that started on May 30th is a huge success for the SpaceX and Nasa. SpaceX proved that a private company can launch man into space and safely bring them home. Not only that, they can do this much more cheaper, thanks to the reusable rockets.

Hopefully, launching men into space, not only by private companies, will become more frequent. At the moment, the next crew mission is planned for the end of September.

Apple Testifies in U.S. Antitrust Hearing

In last couple of month there was a lot of going on regarding Apple's 30% cut in the AppStore. Already EU commission is investigating the issue, now also US government started. You can read the coverage of the testimony here, but long story short, Apple is convinced they are right, despite some contradicting evidence.

iPhone 12 delayed!

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri confirmed rumors about iPhone 12 delay. During earnings call, Maestri shared that new device won't be available late September, but a few weeks later. Although the launch of the headset is delayed, Apple is still expected to unveil the device during an event in September.


Image credits: NASA/JPL