This week was Apple’s WWDC developer conference and we had a packed event. Traditionally, Apple showed new versions of its smartphone, tablet, computer and smartwatch platforms.
It all started with iOS. We didn’t get an always-on display announcement, meaning Apple will keep it exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro this fall. We’ve gotten a major overhaul of the lockscreen with the option to change the date and time images, and move the notifications down, making things easier to access and cleaner. Notifications themselves got smarter.
Apple also unveiled the M2, the second-generation ARM-based chipset. This is the base model that will power Apple’s entry-level machines, such as the new MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which got the processor as an upgrade.
The M2 is 18% faster in processing and 35% faster in graphics, all on the same 5nm process and low power consumption. The M2 has an 8-core CPU and an up to 10-core GPU.
The new MacBook Air features an updated design that finally pulls back the wedge shape introduced by the original Air in 2008 and replaces it with a new, flatter look. The new Air weighs 1.22 kg, has a 13.6-inch 16:10 500-nit screen, an M2 processor and starts with 8 GB of Unified memory and 256 GB of storage for $1,199/€1,499.
The Pixel 6a broke cover again, this time via a listing on Facebook Marketplace. The list comes complete with pictures of the phone.
We now have a full review of the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra, the phone with a truly invisible camera below the display, a unique 35mm main camera, good battery life and an eye-catching design.
That will do it for week 23. Until next time!
The company is still playing with the details, but expects more details on its first smartphone soon.
iPadOS 16 also drops some old devices – very old, for example the iPad Air 2 from 2014. watchOS 9 requires iOS 16, so that can cause problems if you have an old phone.
There are also improvements to the built-in Mail app, as well as passkeys to replace passwords in Safari.
The SM8550 chip will reportedly contain a mix of new cores (Cortex-X3 and A720) and old cores (A710 and A510).
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