Tech entrepreneurs are in an all-out race to cash in on our collective addiction to social media. It’s a fight that started in Silicon Valley that’s now gone global. In the newest season of Wondery’s Business Wars, TikTok vs Instagram, they track the war between two social media giants.
Within the last couple years, TikTok has become one of the most popular apps around the world. It’s even garnered the power to completely reinvent the music industry.
And despite political constraints the app has recently faced, TikTok has still managed to pose a serious threat to its American counterpart: Instagram.
This season of Business Wars will touch on the history behind and founding of both apps, and what they’ve done in recent years to become two of the largest social media platforms to exist.
I stared listening and am really enjoying the backstory behind these companies and their rise to prominence. I’m also a big fan of documentaries and docuseries an the storytelling and recreations in Business Wars are really sucking me into the show.
Listen to the latest season of Business Wars, TikTok vs Instagram, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery app.
iPad Pro may also get OLED
We’ve already been discussing the rumors from Ming-Chi Kuo, and others, that they expect Apple to deliver an updated iPad Pro model using Mini LEDs in 2021
That update is expected sometime in the first quarter
Expected to be a “high-end” iPad Pro launching around March
A Korean site, The Elec, is saying that later in 2021 Apple will also ship the first iPad Pro models with OLED displays
They say both Samsung and LG are already in the process of developing the OLED displays for the iPad Pro
Next years iPad models may also get 5G-enabled with mmWave support according to DigiTimes
Cites Apple's success in developing its own in-house mmWave AiP (antenna in package) modules for next years iPhones
The ‘portless’ iPhone
Apple leaker Jon Prosser claims that Apple will have a “portless” iPhone next year
But he claims it will only be one model
Which model, who knows and Prosser doesn’t say
Apple is expected to keep the same four model line-up in 2021. iPhone mini, iPhone, iPhone Pro, iPhone Pro Max
If Apple could add technology to MagSafe for “wireless” data transfer or use a “Smart connector”, or just rely 100% on wireless connectivity.
We’ve also seen additional reports recently from sources like ETNews that Apple is looking to increase optical zoom on future iPhones using “periscope” lens technology
Basically a set of lenses inside the iPhone body at a 90 degree angle to the main lenses with a 45 degree mirror.
They could archive optical zoom up to 10x without a thicker iPhone or a protruding (telescoping) zoom lens assembly
Right now the tech is not expected to likely hit the iPhone until 2022
M1 Mac run with up to six displays
Natively the new M1 Macs are somewhat limited for external displays.
The M1 MacBook Air and M1 MacBook Pro can run one external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz.
The M1 Mac mini can run one display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz connected via Thunderbolt and one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz connected via HDMI 2.0.
A YouTuber, Ruslan Tulupov, showed it’s possible to use an M1 Mac mini to drive up to six displays.
The “trick” requires using DisplayPort (DisplayLink certified) adapters with DisplayLink
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro could do up to five display using this trick.
He had to use a mix of 4K and 1080p displays and noted that the Mac's Thunderbolt ports do not have the bandwidth to simultaneously run six 4K displays at full resolution
Still performance seems to be good.
New designed Apple Silicon MacBook models in the second half of 2021
According to Ming-Chi Kuo
Some new models may also still offer Intel options according to Twitter leaker L0vetodream
Similar to the rumors of miniLED iPad Pros, there are rumors that 2021 model MacBooks could also get miniLED display tech.
Kuo also says Apple will have a “more affordable new MacBook Air” with a mini LED display in 2022
Developer Alexander Graf was able to successfully virtualize the Arm version of Windows to run on an M1 Mac without using emulation
Says it works with “near-native” performance
Even better than that the OS can successfully run x86 applications pretty well. Not like Intel apps on Rosetta, but “really well” according to the developer
Show promise that, if Microsoft would license ARM Windows to users, that it would likely run on Apple Silicon Macs.
Craig Federighi had already said in an interview that Windows on Apple Silicon is “up to Microsoft”.
Linus Torvalds said he’d love to move back to an Apple M1 Macbook Air if he could run Linux on it.
Noted the GPU and support from Apple as the sticking point. He doubts Apple would provide enough details on the M1 SoC for Linux developers to be able to support it.
Won’t stop Linux developer Hector Martin from trying
Address a problem with cases of a "small percentage" of iPhone 11 displays that stop responding to touch
Apple says that affected devices were manufactured between November 2019 and May 2020
The issue appears top be with the display module
There is a serial number checker in the support document on Apple’s site to see if your device is eligible
Devices can be taken to Apple or an Authorized Apple Service Provider for service at no charge.
The program covers affected iPhone 11 devices for two years after the first retail sale of the unit, and those who paid to have their devices repaired can contact Apple about a refund.
One more thing in 2020
Mac Rumors has an internal memo from a “reliable source” telling service provider technicians to “prepare for new product SKUs, new/updated product descriptions, and new/updated product pricing.” arriving next week on Tuesday around 5:30 AM PST
Speculation is that Apple might be getting ready to release one more 2020 product
Could it be AirPods Studio, AirTags, a new Apple TV?
Leaker L0vetodream had already posted on Twitter that Apple would have one more “Christmas surprise” to come this year.
A few more Apple TV+ docuseries
Apple TV+, according to Deadline, has give the order for a straight-to-series show hosted by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
It’s currently untitled but will be inspired by the Clinton’s book “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.”
Apple has also ordered a six-part docuseries following the World Surf League
Apple says, “Each episode will be a rich exploration of the characters who make up the 2021 WSL Men’s and Women’s CT, taking viewers on a journey to incredible surfing locations across the globe”
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