With the first week of 2021 now under our belts, news and rumors are starting again. The week saw details about the long-rumored Airtags item trackers, Apple cars, and upcoming upgrades to Apple’s iPad lineup.
We’ve also heard of Apple’s AR Glass and iPhone 13, while we got our hands on Belkin’s new 3-in-1 Magfake charger. Finally, the Mac App Store turns ten this week, so read on for all of these stories and more, and see our video above for more coverage!
Apple unveils AirTags, augmented reality devices, new AirPods, and more for this year
The calendar has now changed to 2021 and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has outlined his expectations for some new Apple devices this year, including the long-awaited Airtag item trackers, the first iPads with new AirPods, mini-LED displays And Macs, Macs with more Apple silicon chips, and some kind of augmented reality device.
Airtag is expected to help users keep track of their personal belongings, such as their keys, purses, and backpacks, and will notify users on their Apple device when separated from tagged items. In 2019, MacRumors received screenshots showing that AirTags would be managed through a new Items tab in the Find My app. Accessory manufacturers are already preparing for the launch of the accessory.
For augmented reality devices, Apple is rumored to work on both AR / VR headsets and AR-only glasses. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, at an internal meeting last year, Apple executive Mike Rockwell said the headset could be announced in 2021 and released in 2022, while specs are expected in 2023 at the earliest .
This week Taiwanese publication Digitimes reported that a so-called “Apple Glass” prototype is about to enter a “second phase” of development as product engineering moves toward verification.
Third-generation AirPods are rumored to have an in-ear design similar to AirPods Pro, but without any noise cancellation.
The first Mac with a mini-LED display will be redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models according to QO, while a mini-LED display with a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also expected to be introduced later. . this year. Rumors have led to protests over whether the 11-inch iPad will receive a mini-LED display alongside the iPad.
Apple talks with Hyundai for car production
A new report from Bloomberg This week says that Apple is actually aiming for other car manufacturers to launch a full car instead of developing an autonomous system, but Apple’s car isn’t ready to launch for at least five to seven years. Will be.
Shortly after the report, word surfaced that Apple was discussing with Hyundai about battery technology and potential involvement in vehicle production. Hyundai initially confirmed the talks in an official statement, but later omitted any special mention of Apple, only stating that it was “approached by various companies about the development of autonomous EVs” is.”
iPhone 13 Pro model said to use Samsung’s LTPO technology for 120Hz display
Rumors suggest that the iPhone 13 Pro model will feature low-power LTPO display technology, allowing for the long-awaited 120Hz refresh rate.
This week a report from the Korean website elephant It was claimed that Samsung would be the exclusive supplier of this LTPO technology for the iPhone 13 Pro model. The LTPO coupled with a 120Hz refresh rate will result in more fluid scrolling and smooth speeds without consuming too much battery life.
In other iPhone 13 rumors this week, we learned that the LiDAR scanner may expand into the entire iPhone 13 lineup rather than just the Pro model, and the ultra-fast mmWave 5G may be available on iPhone 13 models sold outside the United States. is. Too.
While Apple no longer includes chargers in the box with new iPhones, the company is rumored to be working on a GN-based USB-C power adapter that will be smaller, lighter, and more powerful than the silicon-based power adapter that it would Currently sells for release earlier this year.
Next low cost iPad called feature thinner, lighter design
Japanese blog Mac otkara This week offered some possible details about several upcoming iPad models, including the upcoming ninth-generation 10.2-inch iPad, which claimed the device would feature a slimmer and lighter design, and added both Touch ID and a Lightning connector Will be maintained.
The report also claimed that there will be no significant design changes in the next iPad Pro, but the device is expected to be equipped with a much faster A-series chip. In a follow-up report, the site said that both 11-inch and 12.9-inch models should be expected in March, with camera lenses no longer extending beyond the larger camera bump. The 12.9-inch model may be 0.5 mm thick as part of the transition to a mini-LED display.
Eventually, Mac otkara It is claimed that the next generation iPad mini will also launch in March and its display size will increase from 7.9 inch to 8.4 inch. Overall, the design will be similar to the third generation iPad Air, retaining the Touch ID home button and Lightning port, but with a slimmer display bezels than the current iPad Mini.
Comparison: M1 MacBook Pro vs Razor Book 13
Razer released Razer Book 13 in November, a new portable laptop focused on productivity rather than gaming. Since it is similar in many ways to the M1 Mac that was recently launched, we decided to compare the Razor Book 13 to the M1-based 13 inch MacBook Pro to see how they stack. .
Although the MacBook Pro wins in terms of performance and efficiency, the Razor Book 13 is a capable laptop for those who need or prefer a Windows operating system. Our comparisons provide a deep dive into technical specs, features, and more.
Review: Bellekin’s 3-in-1 Boost Charge Pro Offer Unfired 15W Magsafe Charging for iPhone 12
Belkin’s new Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with Mascaf is now available to order from Apple at a discount of $ 10 off its usual $ 150 price tag, and ahead of time, we deserve to see it Worth watching Cost.
All in all, if you are looking for a 12-inch multi-device charger, we think this is the one. It works with any 12iPhone 12h model, Apple Watch and PAirPods, and is $ 30 more expensive than Apple’s MagSafe Duo. And as an Apple-certified MagSafe accessory, the Boost Charge Pro is capable of delivering up to 15W of power in the iPhone 12 model, while informal magnetic wireless chargers are still limited to 7.5W of charge.
Belkin also offers a Magacef-compatible car vent mount for the iPhone 12 model, available from Apple’s online store for $ 39.95.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Mac App Store
While the App Store was launched on the iPhone in July 2008, the Mac App Store arrived on January 6, 2011, when Apple released Mac OS X Snow Leopard version 10.6.6. Accordingly, this week marked the 10th anniversary of the Mac App Store!
Apple announced that the Mac App Store was “open for business” in a press release in 2011. “With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is a great start,” Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO. “We think users are going to love this brand new way to find and buy their favorite app.”
Since its inception, the Mac App Store has attracted its fair share of criticism from developers. Apple has received some of these complaints over the years by developers offering free trials through in-app purchases, creating app bundles, distributing to Apple as a multiple purchase, viewing analytics for Mac apps, Responding to customer reviews, and more.
In 2018, the Mac App Store received a major redesign as part of the macOS Mojave, complete with a new “Discover” tab that highlights popular apps and games and features editorials from Apple . Another advancement for the Mac App Store occurred in 2020, when Apple made iPhone and iPad apps available on the Mac with Apple Silicon, noting that all devices share the arm architecture.
Overall, Apple has progressed with the Mac App Store over the past 10 years, but some developers feel that further improvements are necessary to embrace the storefront.
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