Light Start: No charger with your future iPhone, new PUBG Mobile map, short videos on YouTube and saddle up your Mac Pro


Upcoming iPhone boxes will be pretty… bare

In a not-so-surprising turn of events, our favourite Apple insider and analyst, Ming-chi Kuo thinks upcoming iPhone boxes may lack a few things. A few crucial things that users will now have to buy separately.

It looks like Apple is planning to stop including a power adapter and EarPods in the box with 2020 models. Apparently they’ll even remove the accessories from the brand new iPhone SE’s packaging later this year. This move may be because Apple is trying to offset the costs of including 5G with its handsets. In return, users won’t need to pay exorbitant fees on top of the already very expensive handsets. “Smaller packaging would be more eco-friendly and also reduce shipping costs, since more phones could fit into a single shipment,” The Verge details. We’re convinced this isn’t the only reason, just because Apple has a rich history of making users buy accessories separately at higher prices. Why give it away all-inclusive if you can make more money on selling it separately?

We think we know how that meeting went. At present, inside an iPhone box you’ll find EarPods, a 5W USB-A adapter with the 11 and SE, and an 18W USB-C adapter with the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

Source: The Verge

PUBG Mobile is releasing a small map for ‘gaming on the go’ or whatever

If you haven’t yet, and are keen to check out a good mobile adaptation of a PC game, check out PUBG mobile. On that note, PUBG Mobile is releasing a new, smaller map for the peeps who can’t squeeze in a full-blown game before work in the morning.

The new map is called Livik, and it’s the first the team has created specifically for the mobile game,” The Verge explains. The map is small in comparison to the current map options. Apparently it only measures two kilometres by two kilometres, and in lieu of the 100-person game, it’s sized down to only 40 people. That means less people to kill for that Chicken Dinner, but it also takes place in a smaller space, so watch your back. “The idea was to create a space where matches could be played quickly; according to the developers, games on Livik last around 15 minutes each,” The Verge reports.

The map was apparently designed specifically for those who want to squeeze in a quick game when they don’t have much time to spare. And because you always have your phone with you, this is a brilliant move by the developers. 

Source: The Verge

Would you look at that, YouTube is trying out short-format videos

Whether it’s Vine, TikTok or Instagram/Snapchat Stories, the short-format video seems to be the format of the future.

As people’s concentration can only be held for short bursts of time, companies the world over are experimenting with shorter format visual aids. This is especially true for video, which is probably why renowned video platform YouTube is investing in a shorter 15-second video format. “Earlier this week, YouTube said it’s letting some people record short videos with this feature called multi-segment videos. It is rolling out the test to some users on both iOS and Android,” TNW reports. This feature will allow you to record 15-second clips that will eventually merge into one video. So…basicaly like fail videos already on the platform? If this is the case, we’re completely on board… what were we talking about again?

Who even has time for 20-minute features anyway?  “If you’re in this experiment, you’ll see an option to ‘create a video’ in the mobile upload flow. Tap or hold the record button to record your first clip, then tap again or release the button to stop recording that clip. Repeat these steps until you’re done capturing footage up to a maximum length of 15 seconds,” YouTube details. 

Source: TNW

Check out this radical saddlebag for your R500k Mac tower

Today we’re ending off Light Start with the weirdest gadget we saw in the past week. Power up your Red Dead Redemption 2 game, pull that 70’s leather jacket out of the back of your cupboard, and saddle up your Mac.

One of the most expensive consumer computing machines to date, the Mac Pro, now has a strange accessory in the form of a hella stylish side=saddle bag made of leather. Yep. You can use the utility pockets to store all of your expensive Mac accessories atop your almost priceless Mac Pro. And what better way to dress up your R500k PC with a R7,000 saddlebag used only to hold the peripherals that should actually be positioned in front of the machine. We’re not sure why you would need to saddle up your machine and put all the peripherals away, especially if the machine costs more than your car and house combine, but sure, we’ll let this one slide for now.

“Turn your Mac Pro into a workhorse.,” the product listing reads. Sure, random expensive leather retailer, I’ve always wanted to do that. 

Source: The Verge


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