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This week, events began to slow in the Apple world, but a judge ordered Apple to link to external payment options by December 9th. In addition, Apple has confirmed that replacing third-party screens on the iPhone 13 will not break Face ID. Meanwhile, Samsung researched Apple’s polishing cloth and donated 1,000 similar cleaning cloths for free. Also, YouTube has developed a newly discovered dislike for its Dislike button.
Apple may have won a lawsuit against Epic Games, but the presiding judge also issued a ban against the Cupertino giant to allow payment options to third parties in the app for 90 days. That period closes on December 9th. Apple asked for a postponement of the ban while mapping the course in order to adhere to it, but the request was denied.
The judge sharply criticized Apple for asking for an “unlimited” ban instead of a delay “which would actually take years”. The judge further noted that Apple’s request had “no request to comply in any way (the verdict)” and that “the ban would cause alleged devastation.” So, Apple’s deadline of December 9 remains unchanged.
After launching in September, the iPhone 13 proved to be difficult to repair because Apple blocked Face ID after third-party screen repairs were performed. This screen pairing with the microcontroller is implemented, and Face ID would not work again unless the new screen is paired with the microcontroller.
Apple faced a response due to this unnecessary complication and confirmed that it would launch a software update. Therefore, Face ID continues to work even after the iPhone 13 undergoes a third-party screen replacement. The company did not say which update will include this update. Until then, third-party services must continue to unsolder the microcontroller and reattach it to the new screen for each screen replacement.
Immediately after the polishing cloth went on sale on Apple’s website, it achieved great success despite being stupidly overpriced at $ 19. This caused a flurry of memes on Twitter as well. Earlier this week, Samsung launched a marketing campaign to distribute 1,000 cleaning cloths to Galaxy S20 customers in Germany.
The campaign seemed to be deliberately mocking Apple’s product, as Samsung has done many times before. The brand mocked Apple for not providing a charger in a box with flagship phones, and also scolded Apple for the iPhone X in 2018. However, Samsung is joining other Android OEMs in following the trends that Apple is setting. It also stopped supplying flagships with charging bricks and eventually adopted notched screens. Chances are good that Samsung will now start selling polishing cloths as well.
Last week, we also grabbed Chargeasap’s Flash Pro Plus power bank. With a nominal capacity of 25,000 mAh and four output ports, we believe this is a must-have travel accessory, although it is a bit more expensive from $ 149 to $ 169. You can support the project on Indiegogo, and power banks should start shipping in December 2021.
This 585 gram unit has three USB-C ports capable of delivering 100W, 20W and 60W power, and one of them serves as the input port for the power bank. The fourth is a conventional USB-A fort with a 50W limit with support for VOOC Quick Charge. Two wireless charging pads are also installed, along with an OLED screen to display temperature, power and battery percentage. The Power Bank can charge six devices simultaneously.
This week, Instagram has undergone three major changes, and a fourth could be in preparation soon. First, TikTok’s footsteps follow the option of adding a text-to-speech option that reproduces typed text as sound in a male or female voice. This feature helps make Instagram accessible to the blind. Second, Instagram has a new option called Voice Effects for Reels so you can distort your voice in several different ways.
The image-sharing platform has also started testing the “Rest” feature, so people don’t stay pinned to it for hours. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri explained that he can decide to use this feature and choose the time after which he will be reminded to turn off Instagram. Meanwhile, the platform is also continuing to explore monetization models for creators, and a subscription system for premium content could be on the maps.
YouTube has announced that it will gradually start hiding the number of dislikes for all the videos on its site. The company explained that this move will help the mental health of the creators that the viewers are harassing. However, creators will still be able to see the number of dislikes via YouTube studios. This move should help combat mass attacks of dislikes fueled by an unfavorably distorted ratio of likes and dislikes.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, renowned creators like Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) have expressed thoughts that this may not be the best approach. Button-based hatred can spill over into the vile and toxic comments section and make things worse. Instead, YouTube could ask people why they don’t like the content or disable the Dislike button until a certain percentage of the video has been viewed.
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