ZOAKS Weekly Summary from the Latest News #79
Week 1, July 2022
“Innovation is more likely to come from a person who sits down and does the same thing every single day until they become an expert than from a person who sits down once because they feel inspired.” -Stacy Caprio
● Back in April, the well-known billionaire Elon Musk announced that he would buy Twitter in a $44 billion deal. However, the deal was put on hold a month later after a number of controversies. Now Elon Musk seems to have officially backed out of the Twitter deal, as he has formally notified the company that he will no longer acquire it.
● With iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, Apple has added a number of improvements to the Mail app to bring it in line with competing email apps. The Mail app includes search updates, an undo send option, and tools for getting reminders about emails that you need to follow up on, plus more.
● As reported earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook is attending the Sun Valley Conference this week in Idaho, often referred to as a “summer camp for billionaires.” Rivian founder and CEO R.J. Scaringe is also in attendance at Sun Valley this year, and he brought along two Rivian EVs with him: the R1T electric pickup truck and the R1S electric SUV.
● With the latest Shazam update, Apple’s music recognition feature can now sync across devices with the same Apple ID. Found in the iPhone’s Control Center, music recognition makes it easier than ever for users to keep track of their music discovery history.
● We’re less than three months away from the announcement of Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup. We expect the iPhone 14 to be introduced in September of 2022, and rumors suggest we could see a redesign, the biggest camera update in years, and more. Head below as we round up all of the iPhone 14 rumors so far.
● The new Apple Maps detail has rolled out to three more countries and territories, making 16 in total. Apple began the process of creating its own mapping data from the ground up back in 2018, and the latest expansion covers France, Monaco, and New Zealand. The new map data offers significantly more detail in both 2D and 3D representations, with the greatest difference seen in buildings of particular significance.
● A USB-C iPhone may have once seemed impossible, but the latest rumors suggest it’s actually coming sooner than you may think. Amid regulatory pushback and limitations of the Lightning connector, the first USB-C iPhone could be released as soon as 2023. Head below for the latest details on what we know so far.
● iOS 16 brings some new features to Apple Pay, such as a payment API for CarPlay apps, order tracking in the Wallet app, and even Apple Pay Later. However, it seems that Apple has been working on some other changes as iOS 16 beta 3 hints at support for virtual cards in Safari for online shopping.
● iOS 16 beta 3 and iPadOS 16 beta 3 are here, and they include some further updates and changes to new features first announced at WWDC last month. Head below as we round up everything new in iOS 16 beta 3 and iPadOS 16 beta 3.
● macOS 13 Ventura beta 3 is finally available to developers. After a couple of weeks since the second seed of this upcoming operating system for the Mac was released, Apple is making available a new build to developers to keep testing what’s next for the company’s computers. Here’s everything new with it.
● Apple just update the firmware on the new Siri Remote. Announced alongside the second-generation Apple TV 4K, the remote is available when purchasing an Apple TV HD or by itself. Here’s what we know about this update.
● AirPods Max 2 is far from being a reality, but rumors and patents can show the direction Apple could take in a new generation of its premium headphone. The company has just been granted a patent that shows what the AirPods Max case could look like in a new iteration.
● While at an after-hours event at Disneyland, actress Hannah Rose May received a Find My notification on her iPhone. With this notification, May found there was an AirTag tracking her at “The Happiest Place on Earth” for two hours. She took to Twitter to share her experience.
● A couple of months after lowering the estimated price for most of its products, Apple is dropping once again trade-in value for the iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. This time, iPhone models are also seeing their trade-in value going down, which means you’ll get less when trading in them for a new product by the company.
● Mark Zuckerberg’s company Meta last year launched “Novi,” a new digital wallet with support for cryptocurrencies. However, it seems that the project didn’t work out so well as Meta has now announced that it will discontinue and shut down Novi in the coming months.
● Apple is set to release AirPods Pro 2 in 2022. This new generation is rumored to bring a new design, innovative Lossless support, as well as fitness sensors for the first time. Head below as we round up the latest rumors about this product.
● WhatsApp for iOS is working on yet another long-requested feature from its users — the ability to hide the Online status from everyone. This function will come in a future update, and it’s already in development. Here’s a preview of this feature and what to expect from it.
● Spotify has been investing more and more in podcasts, and now the company wants to make it even easier for anyone to share their own podcast on the platform. Starting in New Zealand, Spotify is adding a new podcast creation tool to its mobile app.
● The Biden Administration has announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for this year. Included among the list of 17 recipients is the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. The award will be posthumously presented to Jobs next week on July 7.