Bloomberg reports Apple will be aiming to offer its MacBook range with its own ARM-based chips starting in 2021. That leaves Intel out in the cold, in theory, but this has been talked about since the start of the last decade, and we last reported on it in February this year.
Now, though, more specific details have emerged that paints a picture of a 2021 debut for Apple-made chips in all of its iOS and MacBook products.
Key new details of the codenamed 'Kalamata project' from the report:
🎁 Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is out now, likely the last developer-only release before wider betas start, maybe on May 12, the previous date of Google I/O? Big new features: auto revoke permissions for apps you haven’t used in awhile, remove persistent notifications, better app menus, resize picture-in-picture windows, take easier screenshots, and lots of developer under-the-hood updates (Android Authority).
🔜 The LG Velvet is launching on May 7 (Android Authority).
📶 Good news: The FCC voted to free up 1,200MHz of additional bandwidth which gives rise to 6GHz Wi-Fi, or next-gen Wi-Fi 6E products (CNET).
📦 Amazon Basics are Amazon-branded products that tend to focus closely on popular items being bought on Amazon Marketplace, which is not its store but its platform. They’ve been uncannily targeted, and often are useful, cheaper options that leave competitors struggling on price and prominence on Amazon.com. It’s fine to offer private-label products, as most big stores do to an extent.
But Amazon’s potential advantage is having access to third-party seller data, thereby understanding product popularity to an extent other retailers never would. Amazon executives, though, told Congress it doesn’t use data it collects on third-party brands. New Wall Street Journal reporting, though, indicates otherwise: “Yet interviews with more than 20 former employees of Amazon’s private-label business and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal reveal that employees did just that.” Messy (WSJ).
📡 Elon Musk says Starlink internet private beta to begin in roughly three months, public beta in six (TechCrunch).
🔭 The Hubble Space Telescope launched 30 years ago—then the problems began - enjoyable read (Ars Technica).
🛰️ US Space Force's first offensive weapon is a satellite jammer (Interesting Engineering).
👨🎤 More than 12 million people attended Travis Scott’s first Fortnite concert, and while I didn’t, reports are it was incredible (The Verge). Also, it was the first of a few concerts, four more to come across different timezones, here’s how to join (Epic). Next one is today, 10AM ET.
🐛 Nature crisis: 'Insect apocalypse' more complicated than thought, hopefully not as bad as first thought (BBC).
🐢 “Is the growth of algae on turtles' shells harmful to them?” (r/askscience).
Uh oh, there’s a new iOS text message crash bug called CaptureTheFlag, unpatched and on the loose.
Like previous bugs, if someone sends you a certain string of characters, your iPhone or iPad will crash.
Bonus: Please enjoy my tiny cactus sporting its first flower:
All the best for the weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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