Light Start: An a cappella iPhone sound, Falcon and Winter Soldier inbound, iPhone 12 Mini may go to ground and foetus album is sure to astound


Apple might cut production of the iPhone 12 Mini

Despite the iPhone 12 Mini being one of the cutest (and most impressive for its size) smartphones on the market, that doesn’t mean people want one. A supply chain analyst for JP Morgan, William Yang, has filed a recent investment note predicting that Apple might slash the amount of iPhone 12 Minis it’s producing due to sales not quite reaching what the company had originally envisioned. Due to a lack of demand, production might be dropped by 11 million units in the first quarter of 2021, with numbers dropping even lower in the second quarter.

Yang also predicted that Apple might reduce the number of base iPhones 12s in favour of producing more iPhone 12 Pros and iPhone 12 Pro Max Units. Considering the iPhone 12 Mini only made up 6% of Apple’s sales last year, it’s no surprise that it’s could be considering cutting production. Still, given how powerful yet cheap the device is, it’s a surprise it wasn’t more popular.

Source: AppleInsider

Check out the new trailer for Falcon and The Winter Soldier

We’re still in the thick of enjoying WandaVision, arguably one Marvel Studio’s best productions yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited for the next instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During last night’s Superbowl, that big sporting event in America where companies spend disgusting amounts of cash on prime time advertising slots, saw Disney and Marvel drop a new trailer for Falcon and The Winter Soldier and folks we’ll be the first to admit that it looks goooooooood.

The trailer gave us a better look at what to expect from the series, which will be debuting on Disney+ on 19 March, including a look at who we believe to be the villain: Baron Zemo. Zemo was already appeared in the MCU, as he orchestrates the events that cause Captain America: Civil War. The trailer also showed off the return of Sharon Carter, which if you remember the events of Avengers: Endgame could be a little confusing. When is time travel ever understandable? You can watch the new trailer for Falcon and The Winter Soldier here.

Source: The Verge

An a cappella group is covering iPhone sounds and tones

We didn’t expect to be writing about a cappella covers of Apple’s iPhone sounds but this is just one of the wonders of waking up on a Monday morning and checking out all the cool things that happened over the weekend. A South Korean a cappella group, Maytree, released a video on Friday evening showing off their ability to nearly perfectly imitate all the sounds you expect to hear coming from your iPhone. We were sceptical at first but after watching the video, it’s genuinely impressive.

The group covers all the iconic sounds you’d expect: The “Opening” ringtone that’s set as the default for every iPhone, “Marimba”, a shockingly good “Strum” and most frighteningly, the sound used for the iPhone’s alarm which still manages to strike fear into our hearts even if we’re awake. Oh, and they cap the whole thing off with a perfect “Lock” sound. It’s a short video but it’ll definitely impress you. Give it a watch here.

Source: The Verge

An unborn baby just had their womb movements turned into a music album

Yeah, we weren’t kidding. It was a really weird weekend, apparently. Musicians Elizabeth Hart and Iván Diaz Mathé decided that they wanted to release an album unlike any the world has ever heard and to do that they recording the movements of their unborn child, named Luca Yupanqui, and converted it all into audio. The process was conducted by recording biosonic MIDI data and then converting everything to audio. We’re not sure what it actually sounds like but one has to imagine that whale noises are probably not far off the mark.

Luca’s movements were recorded for over five hours as the child’s parents used a sonification device to measure electrodermal activity. This recording was then sent off to Mathé’s synths were it was converted into audio. The artsy-fartsy album, titled Sounds of the Unborn, will release in April. You can listen to a sample of it here but it’s not exactly anything you can tap your foot along to.

Source: Engadget


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