Apple’s latest Mac mini, smart home devices, and more are on sale today
Let’s start again today with deals. Can you believe we still have the Samsung trade-in deals that are just too good to be true? The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is still $ 1000, the Galaxy Note 20 is $ 450, the Note 20 Ultra is $ 750, the S20 starts at $ 420 for the FE and goes up to $ 915 with it the Ultra and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G $ 650. again with an authorized trade-in device. The new M1 Mac Mini is currently priced at $ 50. This means you can get 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage model for $ 849, or $ 699 if you can live with 256GB of storage. If you want a powerful Intel MacBook Pro, the 16-inch unit is currently $ 400. The Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage cost $ 2399. If you switch to iPads, the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $ 350 and $ 799, plus a pair of Audio Technica earbuds for free. If headphones are what you’re looking for, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are cheaper at $ 72, which is pretty good deal at $ 278. Jabra’s Elite 85T is priced at $ 30 and is $ 200. We have other listings for over-the-ear headphones, other earbuds, televisions, and more under the links in the description.
OnePlus smartwatch plans have been confirmed by CEO Pete Lau, but no rush for leaflets
Let’s get to OnePlus, which always does a good job when it comes to teasing upcoming products. Pete Lau just did an interview and confirmed some products that have been on the rumor mill lately. First he confirmed that they were working on a smartwatch after all, as they had published some teasers at the beginning of autumn. Lau said Wear OS definitely has room for improvement, especially in terms of connectivity with the rest of the Google ecosystem. Apparently, Google has taken their feedback and they are interested in developing this type of connectivity between the OnePlus Watch and other OnePlus devices. They also reported that we could get this watch next year, but of course that is not confirmed. As they moved on, they got into the folds issue and it looks like OnePlus isn’t on that train just yet. Pete mentioned that one of the biggest problems is applying apps to take advantage of those larger displays so that they can be better used. So he wasn’t ruling out the possibility of getting one in the future, but he said they are watching this industry closely so it sounds like it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. And you know what? I would prefer OnePlus to continue to focus on getting the camera right rather than leaflets. Let’s talk big business versus small business because two segments really take me on here. The European Union has just passed a new law preventing big companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook from giving preference to themselves. For example, if you search for a keyword in the App Store, the search may not favor Apple apps over third-party apps. Other changes include that these companies must allow users to uninstall any preinstalled apps and that performance metrics must be shared with free advertisers and publishers. Failure to comply with these rules can result in heavy fines, up to 10 percent of the company’s worldwide annual sales. All of these changes give smaller businesses and developers a fairer chance to hold their own in today’s landscape. These have not yet been fully approved, but they are reported to go into effect sooner than usual. So we’ll see what happens when they take effect. Good EU, we need more developers to stand a chance if the technology is to go beyond just a few companies.
Let’s talk more about my least favorite company, Facebook. Last week we talked about how Craig Federighi made some statements about Apple’s upcoming privacy features that were driving other companies like Facebook crazy. Well, it looks like Facebook is really crazy. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Facebook attacked Apple in a series of full-page newspaper ads claiming that Apple’s changes to data collection and targeted advertising for small businesses are bad. These ads appear in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post with the headline “We Stand Up For Small Businesses, Apple Everywhere.” Finally, it should be noted that Apple’s changes to iOS 14 will limit the ability for companies like Facebook to collect data about users in order to serve them with advertising. So it looks like Facebook is trying to do what Epic did, but Epic’s efforts actually helped the small businesses, at least, and not primarily them. If you missed it last week, Craig said, if the company doesn’t follow the new guidelines they will be kicked from the App Store like Epic. It’s just funny how Facebook has to pay for newspaper ads to influence consumers. What, your social network is not big enough?
Apple releases cheaper AirPods Pro ‘Lite’ without noise cancellation
Let’s keep talking about Apple, but don’t worry, no more drama. Yes, today was finally AirPods Max day for me, and let’s just say they rumble a lot. Let’s shift the focus to regular AirPods as we are reportedly getting new AirPods and AirPods Pro this year. According to a new report from The Elec, Cupertino is working on some AirPods Pro Lite that will simply be marketed as 3rd generation AirPods. The reason they are called “AirPods Pro Lite” is because they have the same design as the Pros, but without using the “Pro” feature called “Active Noise Canceling”. They are reportedly developing a new system-in-package for these that will bring the H1 chip. Apparently they are going through a quality check this year so production can start in 2021, but we have no word on when we will actually get these. The price is said to be 20% lower than that of the pros because they don’t perform their main function. We’ll see, I think they could be a nice addition to their March event, but you can’t deny that Apple made their AirPods launches quietly and independently for the most part.
Samsung denies phasing out rumors for the Galaxy Note series
Finally, the hottest news today has to do with Samsung and its most popular lineup. The rumors were intense, but not just about the S21, we’ve also heard that the Galaxy Note might finally be gone. All rumors indicated that Samsung was shifting its focus to foldable devices and adding the S Pen to the Galaxy S, for those of you looking to replace the Note with a more conventional device. Well, very official sources claim it won’t happen. TM Roh, the president of the cellular business, has just discredited any rumors suggesting the Galaxy Note will be discontinued. To quote him again, he mentioned yesterday that they noticed people’s favorite features from the note and that they will add them to other devices. Now the report also claims that the Galaxy Note isn’t going to end anytime soon. However, it is still very likely that the S pen will expand to both the S line and the Z fold line. The thing is, it’s already December, there is still no code name for the phone, no rumors, anything. But the company claims we will still get one
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