Weekly Digest - 2021.34
Apple has announced that from September 1, Safari will reject any website that uses HTTPS certificate with more than 398 days of validity. Certificates issued before September 1 will not be affected until the date of their next certificate renewal.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, first ARM Mac could be ready for sale in first half of 2021. Apple is working on ARM Mac for couple of years now, as part of switching from Intel processors to custom silicon chip. New CPU will not only allow Apple to become independent from Intel, which has been an issue in the past. But also will introduce more efficient silicon, which might result in better performance or/and battery life.
Phil Spencer shared couple of new details about upcoming console:
Facebook announced that their annual developer conference - F8 - has been canceled due to coronavirus outbreak. F8 was scheduled to take place on May 5th and May 6th this year. Although, the conference will not take place, Facebook is planning to organize local and online events.
Also, Game Developer Conference (GDC), that was planned for this March, has been postponed to this summer.
This week Samsung held its Unpacked event and presented new phones:
The successors to S10 model have following specification:
Samsung Galaxy S20 starts at $999, and S20+ starts at $1199. Both will be available on March 6th.
Samsung also revealed the premium model in S20 lineup.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra starts at $1399, and will be available on March 6th.
Samsung presented another foldable phone - Galaxy Z Flip, but it's not a successor to Galaxy Fold. Here is the spec:
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip costs $1,380 and launched on February 14th.
Despite of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, Xaomi managed to launch, at online-only event, the new flagship phones - Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10Pro. Here is the spec of presented devices:
Xiaomi Mi 10 starts at ~$575 and will be available in China from February 14. Xiaomi Mi 10Pro starts at ~$715 and will be available in China from February 18.
According to Bloomberg manufacturing costs of the PlayStation 5 are around $450 per unit. The biggest reason for higher cost is limited supply and high prices of DRAM and NAND flash memories.
Image credits: Samsung
Xiaomi is not afraid experimenting. Xiaomi Mi Mix series is a perfect example. This time Chinese manufacturer presented new phone from this line - Mi Mix Alpha. This phone is almost entirely made of screen. Display wraps entirely around the device to the point where it meets the camera on the back. Here is the full specification:
This phone will be available for about $2800.
This phone is really cool concept. Everyone is so focused on foldable phones, that Xiaomi surprised us with something simpler yet still interesting, and maybe even functional.
OnePlus has presented the budget phone for people who are tired of flagship and expensive devices. Here is the specification
OnePlus 7T will be available from $599.
One week after premiere of Apple Arcade, Google announced their own game service. Google Play Pass will cost $4.99 per month and will give access to 350 games and apps. All games/apps will be free and without any in-app purchases. For now service is available only in US, but Google says that it is planning to extend service to other countries.
This is interesting move from Google. If the games/apps in the bundle are good then it is win-win scenario for Android users. The only question I have is, how developers are getting paid? So far, Google didn't share any details on that topic.
This week Apple released iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1. The later is the first official release of the dedicated operating system for tablets. iOS 13.1 has been released in less than a week after the premiere of the new iOS, and is the fastest released major update so far.
According to newest rumors, next year iPhone will get major redesign. New frame will be similar to one from iPhone 4. Also, new iPhone will not have notch. All Face Id sensors will be hidden in the upper bezel.
There was plenty of news related with Disney. Here is tl;dr:
Image credits: Xiaomi