WEREN’T WE ALL here just a couple weeks ago? Hanging around on the internet waiting for Apple to show off some new hardware?
Indeed, we were. Apple has already staged two hardware release events this fall: one for the Apple Watch and iPads and one for the four new iPhones. Now the company is inviting us all to join its executives at its corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California, for another big reveal, the third of the season.
We expect this week’s event to center around Mac laptops and desktops. Apple has already announced its plans to gradually transition its computers away from Intel processors and toward its own custom silicon chips, with the first Apple-cored Macs arriving at the end of 2020. So here we are. Which computers will be the first to make the leap? As reported by Bloomberg last week, the 13-inch MacBook Air and a couple of MacBook Pro models will likely be the machines where the new processors make their Mac debut. (Apple’s custom silicon already powers its iPhones and iPads.)
People with iPhones and iPads are finally able to use PS4 Remote Play thanks to the latest PlayStation 4 update that dropped on Thursday.
PS4 Remote Play, which first debuted in October 2014, allows PS4 owners to control their consoles with their smartphones and tablets, connect to voice chat, and input text with their device’s keyboard. The free app is now available to download on iTunes for the first time.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is often right about Apple’s plans well before they become public. And his latest report might sound tame at first, but — if correct — it has tremendous implications for Apple products down the line.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series chips, which ensures the company’s iPhones perform well. Now, in a note shared with MacRumors, Kuo claims that TSMC is so superior to its competitors, that it will continue to be Apple’s only chip supplier for A13 and A14 chips, which should be coming in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
So far, so good. But more importantly, Kuo claims TSMC will also start making ARM-based chips for Macs in 2020 and 2021, replacing Intel.
And finally, TSMC will manufacture chips for Apple’s upcoming Apple Car, starting in 2023.
The Indian government has rejected a request by Apple to import and sell refurbished iPhones in the country, Bloomberg reports.
It’s a major setback to Apple’s India strategy, a major component of which was reusing old iPhones as a low-cost option in addition to selling new iPhones, which are too expensive for many Indians.
Indian smartphone companies opposed Apple’s application, according to Bloomberg.