Apple is planning to hold multiple product events in September, rather than its strategy from last year to break up its fall product launches into three separate events split across September, October, and November, according to sources who spoke to DigiTimes.
In a new paywalled report today, the publication states that Apple will “host a series of product launch conferences in September,” with a highlight of one of the events being the ninth generation baseline iPad.
Apple has multiple new products in store for release this fall, ranging from the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, third-generation AirPods, an updated iPad mini, a new baseline iPad, and of course, the highly anticipated redesigned 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
Last fall, Apple released a similar lineup of products, and due to the global health crisis, all of the company’s events since have been digitally rather than in-person. The digital form of the events has allowed Apple to more carefully plan out the releases of its products, given in-person events are more expensive and challenging to plan.
Apple’s first fall event in 2020 was on September 15, where Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch Series SE, the eighth generation iPad, and the redesigned iPad Air. Rumors at the time were conflicted on whether the flagship iPhones, which have historically been released in September, would be announced at the event.
Apple decided to instead dedicate its entire September event to the Apple Watch, its impact on users’ health, and the iPad. The iPhone 12 series, alongside the HomePod mini, were announced at the company’s second event less than a month later, on October 13. Less than a month following that event, Apple held its Apple silicon-focused event on November 10.
The scenario DigiTimes is reporting, where Apple will hold multiple events in a single month is not entirely impossible, but may be unlikely. By having multiple events spread out across various months, Apple is better equipped to ensure that every new device gets highlighted thoroughly and adequately.
Alternatively, Apple may be taking into consideration the back-to-school season, where the majority of students will return to either digital or in-person learning in September. Some upcoming products, such as the baseline iPad, updated iPad mini, and the redesigned MacBook Pros, may be popular with students, and Apple may feel it wants to target some of its new products to students going back to school.
Additionally, today’s report from DigiTimes lines up with a previous report by the publication, stating the redesigned 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros would be released in September. The laptops just recently entered mass production.
While not explicitly stating the timeframe of Apple’s events this fall, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has reported that Apple will not release all of its new products in a single event but instead split them into multiple online events.
From ‘Bayonetta 3’ To A New ‘Kirby’ Game, The Latest Nintendo Direct Had A Lot To Offer – Forbes
What with Nintendo being a regular abstainer from the Tokyo Game Show, it’s not a huge surprise the company decided to make a bunch of announcements before that with their latest Nintendo Direct. However, the amount of things announced took us a bit by surprise.
The first major thing that has seemingly melted people’s brains, is the announcement of the upcoming Super Mario movie. Namely, the movie’s cast with Chris Pratt taking on the role of Mario and Jack Black as Bowser. Erik Kain covered this already in detail, so you should have a look at that if you want to know more.
The other big surprise was the reveal that Bayonetta 3 still exists and will be released next year (shown above). We also got to see some of how the game plays and it looks superb, especially the kaiju controlling setup.
Following that we had news that the Nintendo Online service is going to be extended this October to include Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games, and that both systems will be getting their own wireless controllers compatible with the Switch (shown above).
While I am not surprised to see the N64 finally make its way to the Switch, the Sega Genesis is a genuine surprise. Considering that when I was growing up that Sega and Nintendo were bitter playground enemies, having the Genesis on the Switch is just a bit odd, though entirely welcome.
We also got a look at what appears to be an upcoming open-world Kirby game, called Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Again, this looks great, and I get some proper Super Mario Odyssey vibes from the whole setup, but I had hoped to see a sequel to Planet Robobot at some point. Maybe one day.
In addition to that, Capcom revealed a DLC update to Monster Hunter Rise, called Sunbreak and set for release next Summer. It’s got a rather gothic look to it and I am sure this will ensure the Switch’s dominance in Japan for the next year or so.
Then there were a bunch of announcements for releases of games available on the Switch today. From the stealth launch of ports for classic Xevious and Pac-Man, to a gorgeous collection of Castlevania games from the Game Boy Advance era of the series. Not to mention the suitably amazing looking Actraiser Renaissance, being an HD remake of the classic SNES game.
Anyway, all that aside, this was a pretty heavy drop from Nintendo and if you are interested in watching the whole thing, then check out the Nintendo Direct video below.
Read my Forbes blog here.
The Morning After: The EU’s grand USB-C plan – Engadget
Like a band with too few hit singles, the European Union is resorting to playing the classics over and over again. The bloc has, like clockwork, tabled a proposal for legislators to think about maybe possibly having a debate about if it’s worth .
This has happened more than a few times before, as it pushed micro-USB as a voluntary standard in and tried to pass it into law in . And in . And it started this process again in , although some world-shattering event got in the way of that process.
The new proposal would require that “all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld video game consoles” would use USB-C for charging. The law would also “unbundle” the sale of chargers from devices as a way of reducing e-waste.
EU officials are also proposing for technology manufacturers to harmonize their fast charging technology to ensure continuity between devices. Officials added that such harmonization would prevent “different producers unjustifiably [limiting] the charging speed” which isn’t really the issue here.
This proposal may, like its predecessors, wind up dashed against the rocks of politics never to be heard from again. But, even if it does succeed, the transition period is going to be sufficiently long that no company needs to worry about this being some sort of cruel surprise.
It aims to eliminate the worst of Amazon’s warehouse policies.
California governor Gavin Newsom has , a bill which aims to regulate productivity quotas for warehouse workers. Inspired by the horror stories of poor treatment coming out of Amazon’s logistics facilities, the law will make quotas more transparent. Workers will also be able to say no to doing work which isn’t in compliance with health and safety laws and can’t be fired for failing to meet an unsafe quota. The law, which comes into effect on January 1st, 2022, could improve the quality of life for thousands of employees. .
The chips are the size of a grain of sand.
Northwest University’s is back in the headlines after his team created a . The team say that the chip, which could be made from biodegradable materials, would be carried on the wind like a cottonwood seed. It’s hoped that the chips will host sensors which could track air pollution or the spread of airborne diseases. If the team can work out the kinks in the idea, the chips could become vital tools for environmental monitoring in the future.
‘Lower Decks’ plays around with the knottiest of philosophical problems.
Humanity has yet to satisfactorily answer the question about how many rights, if any, an . It’s an issue that the latest episode of blows the odd raspberry toward during its latest episode. Mariner and Boimler wind up babysitting a sinister AI on its way to the Daystrom institute, with plenty of time to consider the issues. Or not, as it is, after all, an animated sitcom. Once you’ve watched the episode, however, come check out Kris Naudus’ deep dive into the episode, the highlight of which is the return of Star Trek legend Jeffrey Combs to the series that loves him the most. Kris also took a deep dive into this week’s episodes of .
If you want to save money, embrace the wire.
Razer has launched a cheaper version of its popular Kaira gaming headset that ditches the wireless connectivity to save money. The , down from the $100 of its older sibling, and ships with a 3.5mm cable for connecting to your console of choice. Otherwise, however, you’ll still get the same 50mm “TriForce” drivers, cardioid boom mic and on-headset controls. If there’s one other compromise, it’s in the colorways: The PlayStation-compatible version is only shipping in a matching (and very fetching) monochrome.
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PSA: Update your new iPhones and iPads to avoid Apple Music bug – The Verge
If you’re an Apple Music user and recently bought a new iPhone 13 model, new ninth-generation iPad, or a sixth-generation iPad Mini, there’s an important update to download to avoid an annoying bug. A new Apple support document says a bug affecting those devices restored from a backup can prevent users from accessing the Apple Music catalog, Apple Music settings, or using the services’s Sync Library feature. My colleague Chris Welch reports that he ran into this bug on iOS 15.
Thankfully, the fix is very simple, according to Apple. Just head into the “General” section of the “Settings” app, select the “Software Update” option and hit “Install Now,” to get the update. MacRumors notes that its release notes don’t explicitly mention the Apple Music bug, but this is presumably the update Apple’s support page is referencing. Apple says applying the update should resolve the problem.
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