ZOAKS Weekly Summary from the Latest News #54

Week 2, January 2022

“In the age of revolution it is not knowledge that produces new wealth, but insight — insight into opportunities for discontinuous innovation.” — Gary Hamel

1.Next iPad Pro Might Feature Large Glass Apple Logo to Allow Wireless Charging

● Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu last year reported that Apple had tested a new iPad Pro with a glass back for wireless charging capabilities. In a recent edition of his newsletter, Gurman said he expects the new iPad Pro to be released in 2022.

2. Twitter now rolling out option to record and replay Spaces to all users

● Twitter last year announced that users would be able to record a Spaces session in order to share it and re-listen to it later. While this option was available to a small group of users, the social network is now finally making it available to everyone.

3. WhatsApp for iOS adds settings to manage long-anticipated Reactions feature

● WhatsApp for iOS has been working for at least six months on a new Reactions feature, which will look similar to iMessage and Facebook’s functions. Now, a new report shows Reactions are actually really close to its public launch.

4. ‘Locket’ is a viral new app that lets friends share photos straight to your iPhone Home Screen

● First introduced with iOS 14, Home Screen widgets have proven to be one of the most popular features ever added to iPhone. Over a year later, developers continue to find innovative ways to take advantage of this feature. Currently sitting atop the App Store charts is a new app called Locket, which “shows you live pictures from your friends, right on your Home Screen.”

5. Dropbox releases long-awaited macOS version with native M1 support in beta

● Dropbox was widely criticized by Mac users last year as the company was yet to update its macOS app with native support for the Apple Silicon platform. Luckily, the company has finally released an update for the app that brings full support for the M1 chip.

6. Snapchat for iOS adds threads, new communication features in latest update

● To start 2022 with the right foot, Snapchat posted in its newsroom a major update arriving on its iPhone app in the coming days that will make chatting with friends more fun and expressive.

7. Microsoft Teams can now turn your iPhone into a walkie-talkie

● Two years ago, Microsoft announced a new walkie-talkie feature for Microsoft Teams. Now, the company is finally making it available to everyone that uses the software, including iOS devices. Head below for the full details on how it works.

8. 2021 Mac shipments grew twice as fast as overall PC shipments

● A new report shows that 2021 Mac shipments grew almost twice as fast as the PC market as a whole. Annual growth for Mac was 28.3%, against 14.6% for the global PC market.

9. iPhone 14 Pro rumored to feature the first rear-camera megapixel increase since iPhone 6S

● As we’re still several months away from Apple unveiling its next generation of iPhones, a report corroborates that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have another massive improvement in its cameras with a 48MP sensor. A TrendForce report about camera module shipments corroborates that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have a new main sensor, switching from 12MP to 48MP.

10. iPhone 14 Pro Again Rumored to Feature Upgraded 48-Megapixel Camera

● iPhone 14 Pro models will feature a 48-megapixel camera, according to TrendForce. Specifically, this refers to the rear-facing Wide camera, which is currently 12 megapixels on iPhone 13 Pro models.

11. Tumblr for iOS updated with ‘sensitive content’ toggle to comply with App Store guidelines

● Tumblr has recently been hiding some search results in its iOS app due to Apple guidelines restricting sensitive content on the App Store. Now the social network has updated its app to include a new toggle that lets users choose whether or not to view such content when using Tumblr on an iPhone or iPad.

12. WhatsApp for iOS will let you listen to voice message while in a different chat

● A few months ago, WhatsApp was working on a global voice message player for its app. Now, with the latest beta, it’s finally rolling out this feature which will let users listen to voice notes even when you switch to a different chat.

13. ‘Apple Frames’ Shortcut now supports the latest MacBook Pro, Apple Watch, and more

● The valuable Apple Frames Shortcut created by MacStories’ Federico Viticci has received a great update. The utility that adds physical device frames to screenshots now has support for the new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple Watch Series 7, additional languages, and more.

14. Instagram could let you edit your profile grid in any way you’d like in the future

● A week after the head of Instagram announced that the app is testing three new feeds for its users, the social network could receive another important feature with the ability to edit the profile grid so users could create their ultimate personal aesthetic feed. This new feature could be especially helpful for brands, business accounts, and personal bloggers.

15. T-Mobile begins blocking iPhone users from enabling iCloud Private Relay in the US

● Earlier today, a report indicated that some European carriers were blocking the Private Relay feature introduced by Apple with iOS 15. Now, in addition to some carriers in Europe, it appears that T-Mobile/Sprint in the United States is also blocking iCloud Private Relay access when connected to cellular data.

16. Apple marks new Services milestones across 2021, including record App Store performance

● For Apple, revenue from services like the App Store and iCloud are as important for the business as selling iPhones and Macs. Today, Apple is providing a status update on services milestones for Apple Pay, TV+, Fitness+, and more.

17. Here’s everything we know about the low-cost 5G iPhone SE 3 coming this year

● There’s a new iPhone SE rumored for the first half of 2022. In its third generation, analysts also expect this could be Apple’s most affordable 5G phone that could turn a billion Android users into switchers. Read on everything known so far about the upcoming iPhone SE 3.

18. Apple’s Shazam Music Recognition Service Now Available as Chrome Extension

● Apple at the end of 2021 appears to have quietly released a new Shazam extension for Chrome users, which can be used to identify songs that are playing using the popular music recognition service.

19. Apple Reportedly Looking to Broadcast Major League Baseball Games Next Season

● Apple has entered into discussions with Major League Baseball about a potential deal that would see the company broadcasting MLB games next season, reports The New York Post.

20. Gmail App for iOS Adds New Inbox Widget

● Google recently updated the Gmail app for iOS devices, and though it’s not mentioned in the release notes, the new version of the app introduces a second Gmail widget.

21. BOE to Manufacture Up to 15-Inch OLED Displays Aimed for Future iPads

● Apple supplier BOE recently converted to one of its factories in China in order to manufacture larger OLED displays for devices beyond smartphones, including tablets and computers, according to the Korean website The Elec.