Apple has announced the date for its highly anticipated annual September iPhone event, and fans are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the latest iPhone models, including the rumored iPhone 15. While it is unclear whether a new SE model will be released, all other models are expected to feature a new design element – the Dynamic Island cutout, replacing the notorious notch. This design was first introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models.
One of the most significant changes that could come with the iPhone 15 is the possible elimination of the Lightning port in favor of USB-C. This move has been long-awaited and is likely driven by the European Union’s requirement for all smartphones and tablets sold in the region to use USB-C charging ports starting next year. Apple has already made steps towards USB-C adoption with its iPad devices, so it would not be surprising to see the iPhone follow suit.
In other news, tech giant Foxconn is selling two properties in Eau Claire and Green Bay, Wisconsin. These buildings were originally purchased in 2018 as part of Foxconn’s plan to invest $10 billion into bringing production to the United States. However, the company later reduced its investment to $672 million and scaled back its job creation goals from 13,000 to 1,454 positions. The sale of these properties signals a significant shift in Foxconn’s plans for its Wisconsin operations.
Movie enthusiasts may be interested in the review of the film “Gran Turismo,” based on an improbable true story. The movie follows Jann Mardenborough, a Gran Turismo enthusiast who wins a contest to race professionally and surprisingly manages to hold his own in the racing world. However, the film’s heavy product placement for Sony devices, such as the Walkman cassette player, may be off-putting to some viewers.
Samsung has also made headlines with the announcement of its 85-inch Terrace Full Sun TV, designed for outdoor use. This TV features a Neo QLED screen, which remains bright even in direct sunlight. Samsung claims that the TV can withstand up to six hours of exposure to 700 watts of sunlight at 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The 65-inch Terrace Full Sun TV is now available for purchase at $6,500, while the 75-inch model is priced at $9,000.
In the virtual reality space, Meta (formerly Facebook) has finally given its metaverse avatars legs. This update adds a more human-like appearance to the avatars in the Quest Home, although the legs are not visible to the user when looking down. The addition of legs enhances the immersive experience in third-person and when viewing the avatar in a virtual mirror.
As the tech world prepares for the September iPhone event, anticipation is building for the unveiling of the iPhone 15 and its potential design and feature changes. From the possible elimination of the Lightning port to the introduction of the Dynamic Island cutout, Apple continues to push the boundaries of smartphone technology. Meanwhile, other tech companies are making their own waves with new products and updates, providing consumers with a wide range of innovative options.