The holiday season is in full swing, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers for joining us in a new year full of Apple news and rumors.
The calendar will soon turn to 2021, and Apple has much more on its plate, as we have seen in rumors last week about the long-rumored Apple Car, next year’s iPhone 13 series and a new Apple TV. For highlights on these stories and more from the past week, read on below!
Apple car production planned for 2024 with ‘Next Level’ battery technology
Apple’s planned electric vehicle has long had headlines again this week. Shortly after a dubious supply chain report from Taiwan claiming that the so-called “Apple Car” will debut next year, Reuters reported that Apple is targeting 2024 for the production of the vehicle.
The report claimed that Apple’s self-driving vehicles will have a unique “monocell” battery design that “frees up space inside the battery pack by eliminating bags and modules that contain battery materials”, potentially resulting in longer range per charge.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to the news on Twitter, claiming that a “monocell” battery is “electrochemically impossible.” Musk also claimed that “during the darkest days” of Model 3 production, he reached out to Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple buying Tesla for a fraction of its current value, but Cook apparently declined the meeting. .
Meanwhile, in a LinkedIn post, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said “we look forward to new competitors who will surely accelerate the change in our industry again and provide new skills.”
iPhone 13 Lineup can support Wi-Fi 6E, larger iPhone SE Unlikely in early 2021
Following discussions with several Apple vendors, Barclays analysts this week outlined some expectations for future iPhones and iPads.
First, analysts said that iPhone 13 models can support the new Wi-Fi 6E standard, which offers the same features and functions of Wi-Fi 6 – higher performance, lower latency and faster data speeds – extended to the 6 GHz band. The extra spectrum will provide much more air space beyond the existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, resulting in increased bandwidth and less interference for devices that support Wi-Fi 6E.
Regarding the iPhone SE, analysts believe that Apple has no plans to update the device in the foreseeable future. While they had heard of a larger iPhone SE, rumored to have a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch screen, the device was not mentioned in any of their discussions with Apple vendors. In April, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the larger iPhone SE was delayed until the second half of 2021.
Most recently, analysts said that an iPad with an OLED screen is unlikely to launch until 2022 at the earliest. Apple is still expected to release at least one iPad Pro model with Mini-LED backlighting next year.
Video: Testing Windows on an M1 Mac with Parallels 16
Last week, Parallels launched a pre-release version of the virtualization software that supports Apple Silicon. Along with a pre-release version of Arm-based Windows available through the Windows Insider program, it’s possible to get Microsoft’s operating system running on M1 Macs.
In a recent YouTube video, we installed Parallels on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip and tested Windows, but it did not work. Of course, there are some issues to be expected with beta software that is still under development.
It is still unclear whether Microsoft will ever make a licensed release version of Arm-based Windows available to customers.
Comparison: AirPods Max vs. Sony / Bose / Sennheiser Options
It’s been a little over a week since the AirPods Max was launched, marking Apple’s entry into the overall headphone market.
Priced at $ 549, the AirPods Max is hundreds of dollars more expensive than many highly rated noise-canceling headphones from other brands, which can make a tough purchasing decision.
In a recent YouTube video, we compared AirPods Max with Sony’s WH-1000XM4s, Bose’s Noise Canceling Headphones 700 and Sennheiser Momentum Wireless to see if they’s worth the premium price tag. In a separate video, we covered five reasons why you might want to consider buying AirPods Max despite their high price tag.
AirPods Max still has long shipping estimates on Apple.com, although delivery times have improved slightly through mid-February for Space Gray and Silver colors and 8-10 weeks for the Pink, Green and Sky Blue options, compared to 12-14 weeks for all colors recently.
Apple’s A14 chip surpasses the new Snapdragon 888 chip that will come in future Android phones
Qualcomm this week shared reference results for the new Snapdragon 888 chip to be used in flagship Android smartphones coming out in 2021, and not only is it unable to keep up with Apple’s A14 chip in iPhone 12 models, but it is even slower than the latest generation A13 chip used for the iPhone 11 series.
While the Snapdragon 888 offers significant performance improvements over the previous generation Snapdragon chip, this means that future Android smartphones such as Samsung’s renowned Galaxy S21 will be slower than already released iPhone models.
Apple’s mobile processors have been leading the industry in performance for years, and the company recently expanded this expertise to the Mac with its new M1 chip, which also delivers industry-leading performance per watt.
New Apple TV with game focus, updated remote control and faster chip expected next year
BloombergMark Gurman briefly reiterated this week that Apple plans to release a new Apple TV with a stronger gaming focus, an updated remote control and a new processor at some point next year.
Gurman has previously indicated that Apple is working on a new remote control with Find My-like features, which will make it easier to find when it is misplaced. As part of the game focus, there have also been rumors that Apple may introduce a dedicated game controller for Apple TV.
Earlier this year, an anonymous leak known as “Fudge” on Twitter indicated that Apple has prototyped new Apple TV models with variants of the A12 and A14 chips for faster performance; if this is true, it is unclear whether Apple will eventually settle on a chip or release two different models. The new Apple TV may also have larger storage capacities of 64 GB and 128 GB.
The current Apple TV 4K model was released over three years ago, so the odds are good for an update next year.
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