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April 25, 2021

⚡ Welcome back to another edition of The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that casts an eye back across the top Android and tech news from the week.

📦 Tristan Rayner delivering you what you need. But I don't think I can deliver anything quite as good as this.

Popular news this week
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Let’s start with the Apple news in a bundle, because there’s plenty out of the event that’s great, good, bad, and odd:

  • Apple event: Apple held a Spring launch event this week where it launched new iPad Pros, redesigned iMacs, AirTags, a purple iPhone 12, a refreshed Apple TV 4K with a new remote, and services like Apple Podcasts subscriptions. Everything that launched is here. AirTags reviews are out, but we’re waiting for any word on the rest of the new products. One weird thing is that the Apple TV 4K remote doesn’t support Apple’s Find My network. I wonder if the next AirPods, Pencil, Watch (non-cellular) will have Find My UWB connections?
  • Mini-LED display: Apple didn’t fully amp up its Mini-LED display tech in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It called it Liquid Retina XDR, more or less equating it to its definitely-not-Mini-LED $5,000 monitor it sells, known as the Pro Display XDR. This iPad Pro display has more Mini-LEDs, delivering 2,500 local dimming zones, some four times more than the Pro Display XDR. That brings it closer to OLED quality, and able to go much brighter. We’ve seen this in TVs but not personal tech yet. Let’s hope this is the start across brands and devices. The Verge details it pretty well.
  • iPad Magic Keyboard error: Something very Apple and funny and silly is this news that emerged: Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro won’t work with the original $349 Magic Keyboard. It sounds like it might be because of the added thickness to the latest iPad Pro.
  • Also, Apple leaks: A major Apple ransomware leak corroborates 2021 MacBook Pro features. The hackers unlocked Apple secrets via an attack on a supplier, it appears the 2021 MacBook Pro will include an HDMI port, MagSafe, SD card slot, and get rid of the Touch Bar (MacRumors). It’s a nasty bit of ransomware, and Apple isn’t the first, nor will it be the last, to get caught out. 

Everything else:

OnePlus 9R in hand focus on camera
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority
  • OnePlus 9R: This India-only OnePlus phone is very close to the OnePlus 9, and is almost like a OnePlus 8T V2.
  • Speaking of the OnePlus 8T, the team revisited the OnePlus 8T with the good and bad six months later, including looking at its new price of $600.
  • Redmi Note 10: An everyday workhorse that’s an easy recommendation.
  • Razer Book 13: If it wasn’t for some keyboard oddness, this would be a killer productivity laptop.


Tech Calendar
  • April 28: Samsung Unpacked
  • May 18-20: Google I/O 2021
  • May 19-20: Qualcomm 5G Summit 2021

Tech Tweet of the Week

[me telling my story how I survived a plane crash and lived on a deserted island for a year] it was crazy
[friend who once got a text from me where I accidentally called the grinch the grink] was the grink there?
— brent (@murrman5) October 1, 2019

All the best,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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