Weekly Digest - 2021.30
Apple held the One more thing event that focused on new Apple Silicon for Macs.
Apple introduced a brand new M1 chip, which combines couple of chips and controllers under one single housing:
According to Apple, new CPU is up to 3.5x faster on the same power usage. And the GPU is twice as fast. Looking at early benchmarks, those claims might be true.
The new chip would be nothing without new hardware that uses it, so Apple announced 3 new Mac:
MacBook Pro 13
Apple has also released the newest version of the mac operating system. I've been using it since Beta and it's rather stable, but the launch itself was far from perfect.
Microsoft has finally launched the next-gen console. The launch itself was rather smooth, but there were some vaping accidents 😅 Now, when the console is here, it's time for some next-gen games to be released.
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Microsoft has officially confirmed Xbox Series S. It's a simplified version of the Xbox Series X. Here are the highlights:
It's a good choice for people who want new Xbox, but doesn't care about 8K and optical disc. The only downside is really small storage. 512GB is really small, especially when games can take more than 200GB of storage. Hopefully, soon Microsoft will release another version with 1TB of storage.
Regarding Xbox Series X, it will also launch on November 10th for $499. The preorders will start on September 22.
Apple has announced an event that will be held on September 15th. Similar to WWDC, this event also will be digital only. According to rumors this event will focus on new iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6. New iPhones will be announced in October or even later.
In August, Epic sued Apple, couple weeks later Apple is suing Epic, asking for damages over the breach of developer contract. In the press release they called Epic the "modern corporate Robin Hood" 😂
Apple has every legal right to do so, but I think the PR damages will cost Apple more than potential settlement with Epic.
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Hours after removing Fortnite from AppStore, Epic filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Apple. The legal complaint, seeks to establish Apple’s App Store as a monopoly, and the civil suit is seeking injunctive relief to “allow fair competition” in mobile app distribution.
Fortnite has been also removed from Play Store and Epic filled another lawsuit agains Google as well.
Epic has a really small chances to win this lawsuit, but this time the company with millions of users is rebelling against Apple, so they will get attention of general public. Definitely the antitrust commissions in US and EU will notice this.
Now, that we have more or less accurate release date, all we need is the price.
Microsoft's first foldable mobile device will arrive on September 10th. The preorders are already available for $1,399. Surface Duo is Microsoft's first phone since Lumia. It not only has interesting design, that includes two separate screens, but also it runs Android.
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