Happy public beta week! This week saw the release of a complete set of public betas for Apple’s major upcoming operating system updates, giving everyone the chance to check out all of the new features and changes.
We also saw a slew of rumors on everything from the iPhone 13 and the MacBook Pro to AirPods and the Apple Watch Series 7, so check out our video above and read on below for details on all of these stories and more!
iOS 15 and macOS Monterey Public Betas Now Available
Apple had said at WWDC that the public betas would launch in July, but all of them except macOS Monterey arrived just a bit early on June 30. A word of warning though: Don’t install these betas on a primary device, or at least make sure to have a backup, as there can be significant bugs and usability issues.
Latest iPhone 13 Dummies Again Show New Diagonal Dual-Lens Camera Arrangement Coming to Standard Model
It’s a rite of passage as we get closer to the introduction of new iPhone models: We’ve moved beyond the leaks and design drawings to full-fledged dummy units that show off what we expect to see from the iPhone 13.
DigiTimes: Apple to Announce Redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in September
Many Apple fans were disappointed at the lack of an announcement about redesigned MacBook Pro models at WWDC last month, but we won’t have too much longer to wait if a new report is accurate.
Taiwanese site DigiTimes says the new models will be announced in September, although October might be more likely as Apple prefers to separate its iPhone and Mac announcements and the new iPhones are expected to return to their normal September launch timing.
Kuo: AirPods Pro 2 to Launch Next Year, AirPods Shipments to Exceed 100 Million
We’ve been hearing rumors about updated AirPods models for some time, and the most recent claims are continuing to hint at timing for these releases.
Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says second-generation AirPods Pro are expected to launch next year, with previous reports suggesting they will arrive in the first half of the year. Another recent rumor says unspecified AirPods should launch later this year, which lines up with what we’ve been hearing for the third generation of the regular AirPods.
Apple Shares List of Products to Keep Safe Distance Away From Pacemakers
Since the launch of MagSafe alongside the iPhone 12 last year, some health experts have been warning about the potential risks of bringing products containing magnets close to pacemakers and other medical devices.
In response, Apple has updated a support document with a long list of Apple products that should be kept away from medical devices to avoid potential interference.
Redesigned Apple Watch Series 7 Could Prioritize Longer Battery Life Over Additional Sensors
The Apple Watch Series 7 coming later this year is expected to feature a redesign with flat edges and display improvements, but one thing that’s been up in the air is whether we’ll see any new health-related sensors.
Apple has been working on sensors for metrics like blood glucose, but a new report says the Series 7 will prioritize battery life improvements rather than trying to pack more sensors into the watch.
Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we’ve covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.
Nikkei: Google Tensor is a 5nm chip and Samsung is handling production – 9to5Google
With the hype surrounding the Pixel 6 series now at an all-time high, we’re learning more by the hour. The latest such snippet is that the Google Tensor chipset to be used within the upcoming duo will reportedly be made using a 5nm process, with Samsung handling the production.
Naturally, the news that Samsung is handling production should come as no surprise whatsoever, given that Google has reportedly co-developed the firm’s first dedicated smartphone chip with the Korean tech giant.
However, sources close to Nikkei Asia suggests that the Google Tensor chipset will be built using a 5nm fabrication process, which is the same as the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile chipset and Samsung’s own Exynos 1080/2100 chips.
Google did not disclose who will manufacture the Tensor chip for Pixel, but sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia that Samsung handle production using its advanced 5-nanometer process technology.
It’s worth noting that Samsung declined to comment on Nikkei’s report, with Google providing no information on who would handle the chipset – previously known as “Whitechapel” – production. Of course, there are very few companies with the track record and capability to fulfill large chipset orders for smartphone production. The Korean tech giant is one of the few capable of doing so.
If the Tensor chip is indeed based upon the 5nm fabrication process, it could provide notable efficiency gains over the 7nm process used within the Pixel 5’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. Google said that the Tensor chip has been four years in the making and has been designed “specifically for Pixels,” which indicates that we’ll likely only see it in Made by Google hardware.
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Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic prices confirmed in a new leak – SamMobile
Samsung will unveil a bunch of new devices next week during its Galaxy Unpacked August 2021 event. The company’s first Wear OS 3 smartwatches will be a part of the event as well. Their design and complete specs sheet have been leaked already, and now their pricing has been revealed as well.
Galaxy Watch 4 price could start at €279
Leakster Even Blass (@evleaks) has published a few images of the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, and they reveal the European prices of the wearables. The Galaxy Watch 4’s 40mm variant could carry a price tag of €279, while its 44mm variant could cost €309. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which has a rotating bezel and a bigger screen, could be priced at €379 for the 42mm variant and €409 for the 46mm variant.
— Evan (@evleaks) August 3, 2021
Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 specs
Both smartwatches sport circular Super AMOLED displays with Corning’s Gorilla Glass DX/DX+ protection. They feature an IP68 rating as well as an MIL-STD-810G-compliant design for dust, water, and shock resistance. Both smartwatches run One UI Watch 3.5 software on top of Wear OS 3. They also feature an accelerometer, barometric altimeter, ECG, GPS, gyro, heart rate monitor, sleep monitoring, SpO2 sensor, stress monitoring, and even body fat composition measurement.
The Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will come equipped with the 5nm Exynos W920 dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. They also feature dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC. The smartwatches have a loudspeaker and microphone for taking calls and other tasks. The Galaxy Watch 4 is expected to feature a 247mAh battery, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic could have a 361mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Book Go is now available in Canada – MobileSyrup
Samsung’s latest laptop offering, the Galaxy Book Go, which the tech giant is positioning as an ultra-compact and portable device, is now available in Canada.
You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy Book Go at Samsung Experience Store, Best Buy Canada locations and online at Samsung.com/ca for $419.99.
The laptop is powered by the new Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor along with a Qualcomm Adreno graphics card and 4 GB LPDDR4x Memory.
It features a 14-inch anti-glare full HD display and will be available in the Mystic Silver colour variant and 64GB storage specification. The laptop also has a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
The compact laptop runs on Windows 10 Home and boasts two 1.5 W stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos audio, an internal digital mic and a 720p HD camera.
Further, the laptop has two USB Type-C ports, one USB 2.0 port, one headphone-out/mic-in combo port, along with a chiclet keyboard (Island-type keyboard).
The Samsung Galaxy Book Go has a 42.3 Wh (Watt Hours) battery that allows it to run up to 18 hours on a single charge.
While the Samsung Galaxy Book Go’s listing on Samsung’s website doesn’t let me purchase it at the time of writing this (2:30 pm ET), according to the company’s news release, the laptop will be available to purchase today, August 3rd, at Samsung Experience Stores, Best Buy Canada locations and online at Samsung.com/ca for $419.99.
Image credit: Samsung
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