The iPhone 13 may feature a larger wireless charging coil
We don’t frequently see the rumour mill spill out as many iPhone rumours so early on, but new reports may give us even more insight into Apple’s upcoming devices. Last week we reported that the iPhone 13 may see an impressive camera upgrade, now they may also boast a ‘slightly bigger’ wireless charging coil.
A larger coil will improve the device’s heat management and roll out with higher wattage. More importantly, however, the upgrade may point to reverse wireless charging capability — a feature its competitors in Android and Huawei devices have featured for years. We’ve become accustomed to Apple’s delayed introduction of Android features by now, but it tends to fine-tune them before launch. A larger coil will introduce a larger surface area that’ll make it possible to charge wirelessly — making charging speedier than previous models. “Despite Apple holding off on officially announcing the feature, FCC filings for the 2020 iPhone revealed earlier this year that all models of the iPhone 12 lineup include the ability to reverse wirelessly charge other devices, such as AirPods (second generation), AirPods Pro, or newer Apple Watch models,” MacRumors reports. We expect the incoming iPhones to be Apple’s most powerful yet, and with that’ll come a bunch of updated features, obviously.
China bans Didi — one of its popular ride-hailing apps
The Chinese Cyberspace Administration has been on a roll, cracking down on apps that don’t comply with certain privacy regulations. Its app banning streak has now hit one of the country’s largest ride-hailing operations called Didi. The app, owned by Didi Chuxing, has to be removed from all mobile app stores, including Apple’s App Store and Huawei’s AppGallery.
According to reports, Didi “allegedly committed serious regulatory breaches through its collection and use of personal data.” Other than that, not much has been made available with regards to why the app was pulled. We just know that the administration took two days to deliberate about the app, and concluded that it should be pulled. According to Engadget, users who already have the app downloaded, and have a functioning account will be able to use it. New users, however, won’t be abler to download the app at all. Didi commented on the decision, saying it plans to fix its privacy issues in line with the administration’s decision to yank the app off stores. It even took action and stopped the ability to create a new account on its system to comply with new regulations.
Star Wars: Visions, the animated series heading to Disney+
StarWars fans (with access to the Disney+ streaming service…) are in for a treat with the upcoming animated series titled Star Wars: Visions. The Anime Expo Lite revealed more details about the series of shorts, and how they’ve been developed by a range of Japanese anime studios.
“Visions is a collection of animated shorts from various Japanese anime studios, including Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), Trigger, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production IG,” reports Gizmodo. According to this report, each of the studios will tell a unique story set in the Star Wars universe using their signature animation style. A list of the studios and the name of their shorts can be found at the source below.
A dude strapped a Starlink satellite to his car for some reason
Ah, California — the land of tech moguls and people who are paid way too much to star in films. A recent incident in the state saw a man pulled over for mounting what looks like a Starlink satellite to the bonnet of their car.
According to the reports, a Facebook post surfaced detailing the strange incident, in which a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer wrote that he told the Toyota Prius driver: “I stopped you today for that visual obstruction on your hood. Does it not block your view while driving?” to which the motorist replied: “Only when I make right turns.” Now, we understand the need for WiFi on the go, especially considering Rain’s patchy service locally. Apparently, the driver of the car needed the internet connection for a business he is running out of his car. According to Starlink creator, Elon Musk, the satellites can work while mobile, and is planned for things like aircraft and large trucks. But the kit is still “much too big” for cars. Challenge accepted, we guess?