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Week 23 in review: Apple brings iOS 16, M2 chip, new MacBook Air

This week was Apple’s WWDC developer conference, and we got a packed event. Per tradition, Apple showed new versions of its smartphone, tablet, computer and smartwatch platforms.

It all started with iOS. We didn’t get an always-on display announcement, meaning Apple is keeping it as an iPhone 14 Pro exclusive for this Fall. We did get a big lockscreen overhaul with the option to change the visuals of the date and time, as well as moving the notifications to the bottom, making things easier to access, and cleaner. Notifications themselves got smarter.

Apple also unveiled the M2, its second-generation ARM-based chipset. This is the baseline model that will power Apple’s entry-level machines, like the new MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which got the processor as an upgrade.

The M2 is 18% faster in processing, and 35% in graphics, all at the same 5nm process, and low power consumption. The M2 has an 8-core CPU, and an up to 10-core GPU.

The new MacBook Air brings an updated design that finally retires the wedge shape introduced by the original Air in 2008 and replaces it with a new flatter look. The new Air weighs 1.22kg has a 13.6-inch 16:10 500-nit display, an M2 processor, and starts with 8GB of Unified memory and 256GB of storage for $1,199/€1,499.

The Pixel 6a broke cover once again, this time through a listing on Facebook Marketplace. The listing comes complete with images of the phone.

We now have a full review of the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra, the phone with a truly invisible under-display camera, a unique 35mm main camera, good battery life and a standout design.

That’ll do it for week 23. See you next one!

Notifications, Messages, Wallet, Maps, News, and CarPlay got updates.


Apple overhauls MacBook Air, MacBook Pro also gets to taste the M2

The new MacBook Air supports MagSafe Charging and up to 24GB of unified memory.


ZTE Axon 40 Ultra in for review

Three 64MP cameras on the back and a massive 6.8” AMOLED hold a lot of promise.


Pixel 6a listed on Facebook Marketplace ahead of official sales

The device is expected to go on open sale from July 28.


HTC is launching a Viverse smartphone on June 28

Could this be the long-rumored flagship HTC phone?


Apple unveils M2 chipset with 18% faster CPU, 35% faster GPU compared to the M1

It’s built on a more advanced 5nm process, and comes with two extra GPU cores.


Poco C40 goes official with JLQ Technology chipset

The JR510 SoC inside the C40 is said to offer Snapdragon 450/Helio G35 performance.


The Nothing Phone (1) could be announced this week

The company is still playing coy with the details, but expect more details on its first smartphone soon.


iPhone 8 and later are getting iOS 16, support for iPhone 6s, 7 and SE dropped

iPadOS 16 also drops some old devices – very old, eg the iPad Air 2 from 2014. watchOS 9 requires iOS 16, so that may cause some issues if you have an old phone.


Poco X4 GT moves a step closer to launch as it gets NBTC certified

It’s rumored to be a rebadged Redmi Note 11T Pro announced last month in China.


Realme GT Neo 3T unveiled, Neo 3 makes global debut

Neo 3T brings a Snapdragon 870 at the helm alongside 80W fast charging and a 5,000 mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4 tipped to arrive on August 10

The Watch 5 is expected in three sizes.


Apple's iPadOS 16 arrives with new multitasking experience for M1 iPads

There are also improvements to the Mail app built-in, as well as passkeys to replace passwords in Safari.


Realme GT Neo 3 Naruto Edition unboxing

A phone fit for a Shinobi warrior.


Nothing phone (1) to support 45W charging

The device’s TUV certification reveals the phone’s charge adapter.


Poco F4 5G confirmed to have Snapdragon 870 at the helm

It’s rumored to be a version of the Redmi K40S.


New renders show off Xiaomi 12 Ultra's Leica-branded camera module

The device will sport Leica’s iconic red logo.


New Oppo K10 5G arrives with two cameras, Dimensity 810

The smartphone debuts in India for INR17,499 or about $210/€225.


Infinix confirms first Helio G99 phone

It will be a part of the company’s Note 12 lineup.


Our Realme GT Neo 3T video review is out

A pretty competitive midrange offering.


Poco F4 5G photos leak, the phone is allegedly based on the Redmi K40S

It has a better camera than the Redmi, but the rest should be the same.


USB-C port will be mandatory for all small and medium-sized electronics sold in EU from 2024

A provisional agreement was reached by European Parliament and Council negotiators.


Rumor: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will have a very unusual 1+2+2+3 CPU configuration

The SM8550 chip will allegedly feature a mix of new cores (Cortex-X3 and A720) and old cores (A710 and A510).


Motorola unveils Moto G62 5G and G42

Both phones will be available soon in Brazil.


Apple WWDC announcements hot take

The MacBook Air stole the show, iPadOS gets MacOS feature, and the and iOS 16 sees minor updates


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