Plenty of Apple, iPhone, and iPad news gets released every single day – but we know you’re busy, so we’ve got your back. Here, we’ve picked out some of the most important stories from the past week or so and summarized them for easy digestion. You’re welcome.
Let’s take a quickfire look at some of the most interesting recent headlines of late. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!
Amazon has launched a new mobile gameplay recording platform called GameOn. The online retail behemoth, which already owns the go-to PC and console gameplay streaming service Twitch, has now turned its attention to the mobile gaming space. Its short-form video clips run between 30 seconds and five minutes long, and are targeting the kind of snappy gameplay experiences that are more common on iOS. GameOn features a Recall feature that can save the last few minutes of your gameplay when something spectacular happens.
Google Chrome is set to emulate Safari’s privacy focus in future versions. It might be the world’s most popular web browser, but Chrome isn’t as advanced in protecting user privacy as many of its rivals. That’s set to change, according to a new blog post from Google’s David Temkin. Having already signalled its intent to remove support for third-party cookies, the company has now committed to join Apple in replacing third-party cookies with alternative user-level identifiers. “Once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products,” writes Temkin.
It’s emerged that the NASA Mars Perseverance rover currently documenting the famous red planet in stunning 4K is running on a 23-year old G3 iMac chip. New Scientist reports (via Gizmodo) that the $2.7 billion vehicle runs on a humble PowerPC 750 processor, last seen powering Apple’s first iMac G3 in 1998. Why use such an archaic single-core 233MHz chip? Reliability seems to be the key, plus the fact that this special edition can withstand 200,000 to 1,000,000 Rads and temperatures of between −55 and 125 degrees Celsius.
We’ve been hearing a lot of rumours about a potential foldable iPhone in recent weeks. Now a new insight from established Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has added further intrigue on the subject. According to Kuo, Apple could launch a device with a flexible 7.5 to 8-inch display in 2023. This date will be dependant on Apple solving “key technology and mass production issues” this year. Apple won’t be the first to market with such a foldable phone. Both Samsung and Huawei have launched a pair of fold-out phablets already.