At this point it seems inevitable that Apple is going to refresh its 13-inch MacBook Pro line in the same way that it recently did with the 16-inch models we saw last year, and new leaks hint that more memory and more storage are on the way too.
Trusted tipster @_rogame revealed on Twitter that a model with 32GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage space is in the pipeline, which is an impressively high-end configuration for Apple’s smallest Pro laptop.
At the moment, the 13-inch MacBook Pro configurations top out at 16GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD storage space, so we would be getting double the amount in both cases – a notable upgrade.
As always, bear in mind that even leaks from reputable tipsters can sometimes be wide of the mark. It’s possible that Apple will change its plans and tweak the available RAM and SSD options before launch day.
New config tested (2020 13″ Macbook Pro)> i7-1068NG7 2.3GHz base 4.1GHz boost> 32GB of RAM> 4TB SSD https://t.co/XmLXiz5jFTApril 29, 2020
We’ve actually seen the 32GB RAM configuration before, in a previous leak from the same source. On this configuration at least, the computer is reportedly powered by a 10th-generation Intel Core i7-1068NG7 processor.
Then there’s the screen. The 16-inch MacBook Pro managed to fit a bigger display inside a similar-sized chassis, and it’s hoped that the smaller model will do the same – perhaps upping the screen size to 14 inches. This is still far from definite, however.
What seems more certain is that Apple will use its new and improved scissor switch keyboard on the 13-inch MacBook Pro refresh, which should be enough to put its long-standing keyboard issues to bed.
The big reveal for these new laptops could happen as early as next month, according to reports, and we already have a long trail of rumors and speculation leading up to the launch. If you want the top-spec version, you’d better start saving.
Sony CEO Opens Up on PlayStation 5 Pricing Strategy – Essentially Sports
Sony is finally opening-up on its next-gen console, PlayStation 5, after having kept mum for most of the year. With a game reveal showcase now confirmed for June 4, we can expect further news to start flowing in. While next week’s showcase is sure to give us something about the console itself, do not expect too much. Sony is bound to continue keeping its cards close to its chest. However, Sony PlayStation’s CEO, Jim Ryan, did touch upon a few elements regarding the console in a sit-down with gamesindustry.biz.
The reports, mostly unconfirmed, about PlayStation 5 have surely given the console’s loyal community a bit of anxiety. The first half of the year has more or less been about how Sony has run into trouble due to the pandemic ravaging our globe. Be it a possibility of a delay, or the disturbance in the production capacity of the new console, the news was pretty grim until this month.
The biggest letdown was perhaps the news report claiming the launch price of the console could be around $450-500. A Bloomberg report claimed the high production cost of the units would force Sony to hike up the launch price. But would that work for them? After all, back when it hiked up the launch price for PS3, it suffered dearly.
However, this month has brought in a much-needed sense of relief among the fans. The tech giant’s financial reports confirmed the console launch was on track. Moreover, we also got an official word of a “compelling lineup of games.”
PlayStation 5 CEO assures “best possible value proposition”
In his chat with gamesindustry.biz, Jim Ryan did brush upon the subject of the price, unsurprisingly, though, refrained from giving us an estimate. He did admit that times are a bit unusual, and vowed to offer the “best possible value proposition.”
“Now, who knows how this recession is going to look, how deep it will be and how long it will last.
“I think the best way that we can address this is by providing the best possible value proposition that we can. I don’t necessarily mean lowest price. Value is a combination of many things. In our area it means games, it means number of games, depth of games, breadth of games, quality of games, price of games… all of these things and how they avail themselves of the feature set of the platform.”
While this sounds quite noncommittal, let’s hope the PS3 debacle compels them to keep the price on the lower end of the spectrum. However, there is a good possibility that Sony will hike the price up from the PS4 launch ($399). Unless, of course, it is ready to bear some significant initial losses.
“Increase in development budgets”
Ryan admitted that the new-age graphical capabilities of the PlayStation 5 will also increase the game-development costs.
“I think, to the extent that the technology enables the graphics side of it to become more interesting and life-like, (the games) will become slightly more human-intensive and capital intensive to produce. So yes, we think there probably will be an increase in development budgets. We don’t see it as being a massive increase, and that’s why we want to do more faster than we have ever done before, to provide a fertile install base for people who make games to be able to monetize against.”
We better expect the next-gen console and games to put a strain on our wallets. Well, at least in the initial phase. But then again, it has never really been all that cheap, has it?
Microsoft 'to replace journalists with robots' – BBC News
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Microsoft is to replace dozens of contract journalists on its MSN website and use automated systems to select news stories, US and UK media report.
The curating of stories from news organisations and selection of headlines and pictures for the MSN site is currently done by journalists.
Artificial intelligence will perform these news production tasks, sources told the
Microsoft said it was part of an evaluation of its business.
The US tech giant said in a statement: “Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.”
Microsoft, like some other tech companies, pays news organisations to use their content on its website.
But it employs journalists to decide which stories to display and how they are presented.
Around 50 contract news producers will lose their jobs at the end of June, the Seattle Times reports, but a team of full-time journalists will remain.
“It’s demoralising to think machines can replace us but there you go,” one of those facing redundancy told the paper.
Some sacked journalists warned that artificial intelligence may not be fully familiar with strict editorial guidelines, and could end up letting through inappropriate stories.
Twenty-seven of those losing their jobs are employed by the UK’s PA Media,
the Guardian reports
One journalist quoted in the paper said: “I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs – now it’s taken mine.”
Microsoft is one of many tech companies experimenting with forms of so-called robot journalism to cut costs. Google is also investing in projects to understand how it might work.
Sony’s Philosophy Of PS5 Games Is Correct, Despite Microsoft’s Focus – Forbes
While it’s likely that in the end, Sony and Microsoft will produce pretty similar, pretty powerful consoles in the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the two companies do differ in philosophy a bit.
Microsoft has been hyper focused on not just backward compatibility, with countless old titles playable on the new system, but also…forward compatibility, for lack of a better term. They’ve said that all their first party Xbox Series X will also be able to run on Xbox One for at least the next few years.
Sony is taking a different approach, and it’s one that I have to say I agree with. PlayStation’s Jim Ryan spoke about this recently (via Eurogamer), why Sony has no interest in making sure that PS5 games run on PS4.
“We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include….”In our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features…whether it’s the DualSense controller, whether it’s the 3D audio, whether it’s the multiple ways that the SSD can be used… we are thinking that it is time to give the PlayStation community something new, something different, that can really only be enjoyed on PS5.”
Fundamentally, I agree with this philosophy, and I think Microsoft is off-base to devote time and energy to ensuring next-gen games can be played on the previous generation for a time period well past the launch window.
Why? Isn’t that just a win-win and a nice, pro-consumer thing to do? I mean, in theory. But in practice, I worry about games artificially limiting what they can do when they have to consider last generation consoles. There are already countless examples of cross-gen games from the last time around that were held back because they had to support older hardware, and to see that as a goal for Microsoft’s games strikes me as bizarre. You give Series X a worse version of the game than they might have had otherwise if the devs didn’t have to consider last-gen at all, and you give Xbox One players a worse version of the game than they can clearly see across the pond on Series X anyway.
I also think Ryan is right when he goes on to say that there are 100+ million PS4 players and Sony will continue to support that system, on its own, for quite some time. There will naturally be some cross-gen games at the beginning, but no, two years after launch I don’t see a reason why God of War 2 or whatever needs to have PS4 support. That is a waste of dev time and resources that could better be spent elsewhere, in addition to whatever damage it might do to the final product.
I know Microsoft is trying to be all peace love and happiness with the Xbox family these days by putting so much focus on bridging generations. Sometimes I think they’re right, like their Smart Delivery system that allows you to upgrade a copy of a game from one gen to another for free. Sometimes I think they’re taking it too far, like this situation that mandates that Series X games need to run on older and wildly less powerful hardware for the indefinite future. Sony has the right idea here, and I think PS5 will benefit because of it.
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