This week saw another good mix of news and rumors, led by the discovery that Apple Maps will have Waze-like features for crowdsourcing accidents, hazards and speed controls.
Intel is also generating some headlines for a new advertising campaign and questionable reference data targeting Apple’s latest M1 Macs, while the long-standing reputation of Apple Car is still in the news with Hyundai / Kia apparently having shot itself in the foot by previously acknowledging that it was in talks with Apple to produce the vehicle. Read on for details on these stories and more from the past week!
Apple Maps adds Waze-like features to iOS 14.5
iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, which are still in beta, are evolving to become major software updates for the iPhone and iPad. We already highlighted several new features last week, such as the ability to unlock an iPhone with an Apple Watch while wearing a mask, 5G support in Dual-SIM mode on iPhone 12 models and AirPlay 2 streaming for Apple Fitness + training, and we We have since learned that the update adds new Waze-like features to Apple Maps for lots of accidents, speeding and road hazards.
Starting with iOS 14.5, Siri also remembers which streaming service a user chooses, so that third-party services like Spotify can be set by default instead of Apple Music – that’s how you do it. This functionality does not seem to work perfectly yet for all beta users.
Finally, it seems that YouTube’s mobile site is once again working on “Picture in Picture” mode on iOS 14.5 beta. Apple has suggested that iOS 14.5 should be launched to the public in early spring, which probably means some time around the end of March.
Intel downplays Apple’s M1 chip with ‘carefully crafted’ references
Three months after the launch of Apple’s rave-reviewed M1 Macs, Intel has kicked back with references and a new advertising campaign, but there are some stars involved.
First, Intel chose some very specific reference tasks to demonstrate that Windows laptops powered by the latest 11th generation Core processors are better than Macs with Apple’s custom M1 chip, such as exporting a PowerPoint presentation. as a PDF file.
Intel also used different processor SKUs, depending on the test, and switched from the 13-inch MacBook Pro to the MacBook Air for the battery life test, so there are many inconsistencies throughout the slide show.
“Inconsistent test platforms, shifting arguments, omitted data and the not-so-faint scent of desperation,” said Apple columnist Jason Snell, writing for Six Colors. “Today’s M1 processor is a low-end chip for low-end systems, so Intel has only a small window to compare favorably with these systems before high-end Apple silicon Macs are delivered and do their job. so much harder. “
Apple offers free battery replacement for MacBook Pros 2016-2017 that can not charge beyond 1%
Apple this week released macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 to fix an issue that could prevent the battery from charging in some 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models.
Apple says that a “very small number of customers” have experienced a problem with the battery not charging more than 1%, and it offers these customers free battery replacement. Our article provides steps on how to identify your Mac model to see if it qualifies.
If your MacBook Pro has not encountered this issue, it is recommended that you use it as a precaution to update to macOS 11.2.1 as soon as possible. There is also a macOS Catalina 10.15.7 add-on update that fixes the issue.
Buyer’s Guide: Don’t buy a MacBook Pro now
If you are thinking of buying a new MacBook Pro soon, let this serve as a reminder that this may not be the best time to do so.
In recent weeks, reputable sources such as TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman have claimed that there will be some significant changes in the MacBook Pro this year, such as the return of MagSafe charging and more ports, including an SD card reader. .
Kuo and Gurman also said that Apple plans to replace the controversial Touch Bar with a physical row of UN keys, and a modest redesign is expected with flatter edges on the top and bottom of the MacBook Pro. Other expectations include a brighter screen and next-generation Apple silicon.
If you are buying a MacBook Pro now, we recommend that you choose the lowest 13-inch model, which already uses Apple Silicon. Otherwise, it is a wise choice to wait for the rumored 14- and 16-inch models later this year.
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Hyundai and Kia now say they are not in discussions to develop the Apple Car
After weeks of violent rumors about “Apple Car”, Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia said in government registrations this week that they are not (or at least no longer are) in discussions with Apple about collaborating on the development of a self-driving electric vehicle.
Hyundai last month confirmed that Apple was in discussions with a number of global automakers, including Hyundai. However, the carmaker withdrew the statement just hours later, saying only that it had “received requests for potential cooperation from various companies on the development of autonomous electric cars.”
Bloomberg reported that talks between Apple and Hyundai had “stopped recently”, adding that Hyundai’s original statement and subsequent reports “upset Apple”, a company known for its culture of secrecy.
Apple is still expected to consider partnerships with other automakers, such as Nissan, Honda and Mazda. In any case, it is widely believed that Apple Car is still several years away from becoming a reality.
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