The official news today starts with deals as usual. These offers after Mother’s Day are already in full effect. Starting with a few iPads, Amazon is currently offering the new iPad Air for $ 40, while leaving the entry-level model for $ 559. If you’re into OnePlus phones, the company is offering the 8T for $ 150 to $ 600 for the 12 Gigs RAM variant. The OnePlus 8 is also available for $ 200, down from $ 499 for the base model. Speaking of Amazon, you can save the Echo Show 8 for $ 20 and have it shipped for $ 109. Finally, the M1 MacBook Air is still on sale for $ 100, so it’s 899 for the base model, which is actually the machine that is used to edit this video. We have more deals on other OnePlus devices, MagSafe chargers and accessories and more under the links in the description.
But alright, let’s put Apple in the spotlight, and boy, we have a lot to talk about today, so this is one of those times when we need to break things up into segments. Let’s start with Apple Silicon. We know the company is taking some big steps with the M1 and its A chips, but they want to go a step further. According to a new report from Ming Chi Kuo, Cupertino could plan to develop its own 5G modems for future iPhones, starting with the launch of the 2023 iPhones at the earliest. So far, the company has been relying on Qualcomm for 5G modems after a new partnership was announced in late 2019. The report mentions that Qualcomm will be forced to compete for more orders in the low-end market to make up for that loss. When you’re considering how well M1 MacBooks and iPhones perform in terms of efficiency, Apple may be planning a few additional steps to upgrade the integration of these 5G modems into the mix. So let’s see what happens. I think we now understand why Apple decided to buy Intel’s modem business. Don’t you just love how every single business decision Intel made has been against them? Let’s focus on Samsung and foldable for a brief second as we get a little closer to fall, which means unpacked rumors will be surfacing shortly. At this event we are currently expecting the Z Fold 3, the Z Flip 3 and maybe the Galaxy S21 FE. When we were focusing on this Z Flip 3, a tipster named Tron gave us some supposed price tags and even a launch date for this phone over the weekend. According to his tweet, he claims that the Z Flip 3 will cost between $ 999 and $ 1099, with an additional tweet mentioning that 1199 could be the maximum. On the original tweet, he also mentioned that we could expect it on August 3rd. We don’t know if this is the Unpacked Date or the Release Date, but there is something to consider. According to recent leaks, the Z Flip should get a new design with a vertical dual camera on the back and two-tone color options. We also get more useful exterior displays, as well as improvements to the main display. We’ll keep you posted, $ 999 on a clamshell phone makes so much more sense than it did before. Let’s turn the spotlight on Cupertino again, but this time we’re talking about Macs. It’s no secret how much I like the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. I’ve already posted two videos on how these are the two best laptops for most people, but we know Apple hasn’t really gone all out with the design and it looks like Apple is already working on fixing this . . Somehow. Today we got some new renders of a new MacBook Air from Renders by Ian and Jon Prosser. According to Prosser’s sources, these are going the iMac route and getting some new color options. Apparently he was shown the case for these new MacBooks, where apparently we can expect a white keyboard and … ugh white bezels. Diego had better have a cricket sound ready for this part. Anyway, he mentions that the bezels could be smaller so that might help, but how is that even cool? It looks like the trackpad could shrink a bit in favor of a bigger keyboard, which maybe isn’t a crazy bad idea. Now that things get interesting, we only see a single USB-C port on each side in the I / O, which makes me think. Is it really like Apple made all common sense decisions after Jhony Ive? left, or is this not a MacBook Air replacement but a new 12-inch MacBook? I would love this little machine to get a real makeover, but we’ll see what we get. And finally, for the hottest news today, we’re talking about justification. I know let me explain Remember the whole controversy between Facebook and Apple about the transparency of app tracking, the Facebook ads against it, and so on? Well, iOS 14.5 launched a couple of weeks ago after all the pressure and people turned off app tracking by default, which is great. You only decide if you want to. The thing is, we were curious how many people would actually or not choose to be followed up after all of those Robin Hood ads, and well, the numbers are in and according to some analysis by Flurry Media only 4% of users in the US have chosen to be followed by apps in general. By the way, those numbers correspond to the second week after iOS 14.5 was released, with the numbers for the first week being even lower. Globally, the daily opt-in rate is apparently 12% based on a sample of around 2.5 million iPhone users. So why justification? Well, what further evidence did we need that consumers oppose being tracked, let alone being tracked for free. There is no point in your being sold as a product to advertisers and you have no say or get paid for your data. I’m not trying to defend Apple as apps created the way to do this years ago, but at least we can see the right thing being done.
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A former bilingual teacher who left the classrooms to join the Pocketnow team as news editors and content creators for the Spanish audience. An artist by nature who likes video games, guitars, action figures, cooking, painting, drawing, and good music.