Goodbye iPod, hello Eye pod. According to a report by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple Demo of the new Apple VR headset On that board. Such products have been rumored for some time and are reported to have been developed by Apple since 2015. I’m still not sure what it looks like or what its features are. Apple headsets can take weeks, months, or even years to come, but the point is that the device actually looks like it’s there.
Dip into virtual reality hardware with pushback Mismatch between Apple Brass, Including former Apple Design Chief Johnny Ive. Future headsets will use both virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, and Apple plans to announce AR-only glasses someday, but not much.
When a headset comes out, it can shake the wearable VR ecosystem. Today, the space is dominated by Meta’s Oculus goggles.Meta has Made a fuss With that Metaverse Market us into the future of marketing, dazzling cyberpunk.Still, Meta is fully committed to AR and VR ambitions while bleeding. $ 10 billion About the efforts of the Metaverse.
But when Apple releases Thing, it’s usually a big deal. And this will be the first truly new Apple iThing since the Apple Watch. It certainly seems to set up a showdown between mega-consumer tech companies, and Apple and Meta are head-to-head to seduce people into their VR vision.Maybe they can fight it Beatsaber..
Here’s what else happened this week:
Qualcomm gets some new guts
On Friday, the American tech giant announced several new chipsets that should soon be available on Android phones near you. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a slight enhancement to Snapdragon 8 currently found in many premium Android handset. According to Qualcomm, the “plus” version is 10 percent faster and 30 percent more power efficient than older chips. Another new Qualcomm chip is the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, which replaces the Snapdragon 700 chip on middle-tier phones.This time, the tip is Not made by SamsungQualcomm’s former Snapdragon partner.
Lego your laptop
Framework, a company that manufactures laptops that “respect the right to repair,” has begun the second round. Super repairable laptop.. Computers are designed with tinkering in mind. Easy to customize, disassemble and insert new parts. The first batch of laptops will ship in July, but all seem to be sold out now. According to the framework, the next shipment is scheduled for August of this year. David Pierce of The Verge Good story How the Framework hardware fits into the movement of modular gadgets.
Speaking of repairability …
RTR building fails
Repair rights bill in California Died At the State Senate Committee on Thursday. If it was passed, the law would have become one of the first laws in the United States to force device makers to make their products easier to repair by those who buy them. The law required companies to provide repair manuals, parts, and tools for use on their devices.
Advocacy group CALPIRG It was issued statement He blamed the bill’s failure under pressure from tech makers. “The SB983 saved $ 4.3 billion a year in California homes by reducing spending on electronics, helping Californians reduce toxic e-waste,” said CALPIRG. One Sander Kushen said in a statement. “Instead, the intense lobbying of industry groups helped kill the bill.”
Further OK, Google
Research company Canalys publishes report This week, Google shows that it is the fifth largest smartphone maker in the United States after Apple, Samsung, Lenovo and TCL. Google currently holds 3 percent of the country’s smartphone market. It doesn’t sound huge, Android police notesPixels had almost four times the market share a year ago.
May National Bicycle MonthSo what’s the best time to talk about cycling and electric bikes?This week Gadget Lab PodcastWIRED review editor and bike expert Adrienne So will attend the show and show you how to spin the wheels.