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The speed and devices in Apple's event, and more tech news today
1. “Hi, Speed”
Apple’s ‘Hi, Speed’ event invitation is here, welcoming all to a virtual event on Tuesday, October 13.
We can reasonably expect Apple will show off new and fast things. (We don’t think Apple is greeting ‘Speed’, the bus that couldn’t slow down movie).
- Apple is probably greeting its 5G capabilities in the iPhone 12 range, its new A14 processors, and other speedy things. Maybe a high-refresh rate display, too?
- Again, that range should be something like the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, all the way up to a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max, the biggest of the range, and the biggest ever iPhone.
- The small-sized 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini is likely to spur copycats. There’s been a push to see smaller size flagships as phone sizes have increased, and with Apple leading the way here with a flagship, not just its budget iPhone SE, I’d expect smaller Android phones from makers like Xiaomi, Samsung, and OPPO, before long. Gotta compete with Apple.
- In any case, we’ll keep an eye on the leaks and rumors as they continue. One question floating around is if we’ll see a Mac with Apple Silicon be announced, launched, or even talked about. I’d guess yes to a mention, but not a launch at this event.
One, two three… is that four rings?
- Apple always sends a unique event invitation with some illustrations or effects. The four rings you can see here could mean… four camera lenses? Four new devices? Apple likes circles?
- The speculation I’ve seen that seems accurate is the blue is for midnight blue, an expected new color option for the iPhone. The orange color is less clear, given that hasn’t been leaked/expected.
- Others are saying the rings relate to round AirTag modules, HomePod, HomePod mini, and Apple’s expected headphones.
- One last clue: The AR easter egg in the event announcement showed the rings as bubbles. Hm.
- October 13 is also the start of the two-day Amazon Prime Day extravaganza.
- The OnePlus 8T will launch a day later, slightly awkward timing for OnePlus, which had to move the OnePlus 6T event in the past when Apple decided to launch the iPad Pro on October 30, 2018
- We’re also waiting for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G to see full reviews drop around this time, too.
2. After a 16-month probe, the House Judiciary Committee finds Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook wield ‘monopoly power’ in different ways that demand changes (Android Authority).
3. Apple says it vehemently disagrees with the conclusions (MacRumors), Amazon too (Amazon blog) no official word from Facebook or Google yet.
4. What will come of this? Read all 449 pages of the report here (judiciary.house.gov). (Android Authority is a reference on page 95!)
5. Teracube 2e: This phone has a 4-year warranty, replaceable battery, and costs $99 right now (Android Authority).
6. Of course Razer made a light-up prepaid credit card (The Verge).
7. Japan’s Super Nintendo World will open in spring 2021 (The Verge).
8. The Supreme Court hears Oracle v. Google today — here’s what’s at stake (Ars Technica).
9. Boom’s XB-1 supersonic plane reveal: How to watch live, start time (CNET).
10. This year’s hole in the ozone layer is twice the size of the US, a big one due to extra cold Antarctic vortex (Gizmodo).
11. Three scientists win Nobel Physics Prize for groundbreaking black hole work (Ars Technica).
12. “Why do people stack their pancakes and pour syrup on?” (r/nostupidquestions). Genuinely a wonderfully simply question.
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