Another week has come and gone, and while it’s a little slower than normal, there’s still a few Apple-related things I want to talk about, so let’s dive in.
It seems that the Apple Car rumors continue to fly. I’m pretty sure that we will continue to hear about the Apple Car for a few years, at least until it starts to hit production around 2024, and maybe be on the road by 2025. Anyway, this week, it seems that Hyundai executives are under investigation over insider trading during those rumors — oops! As I said last week, the first rule of Apple Club is, well, don’t talk about Apple Club. It seems some Hyundai employees used those reports to its advantage, and we all know that’s a big no-no. And of course, angering Apple by revealing to everyone that you’re partnering up is just going to end up with your own company being dropped, so really, Hyundai should have known better. At least try to be like Nissan and deny all possible rumors about involvement with the Apple Car.
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And while we’re talking about Apple Car, there’s a report that Apple is talking with multiple suppliers for LiDAR tech for the car, which would be pretty cool. LiDAR is used in the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPad Pro (2020) models. With LiDAR, it shoots out multiple pulses of invisible light in one direction, and these pulses help measure how long it takes for the light to get back to the sensor. In short, it’s like shooting invisible lasers to detect how far away an object is, or the depth. With such technology implemented into an Apple Car, it could mean more of a fully automated experience, as the LiDAR scanners would be used to determine the proximity to nearby objects on the road. Of course, this is all still very early, but it’s one step closer to an automated future on the road. Too bad I probably won’t have the several hundred grand that the Apple Car may cost, hah — a girl can dream!
There have been a few times when I don’t remember where I put my keys, and if it weren’t for my husband, I probably would never have found them. I’ve been avoiding getting a Tile tracker or something similar, because as someone who is already heavily vested in the Apple ecosystem, AirTags and the Find My app would work much better. Other use cases for AirTags could be to put it in your car to find it in a parking lot, dog tags, your kids’ coat or backpack to always know where they are, and more. These are just a few of the use cases for AirTags that are on the top of my head right now, and I’m sure other people can get more creative with them. I would be curious if Apple’s AirTags would use replaceable batteries, or if it’s rechargeable. I guess we will find out next month.
Another thing that has caught my attention is the possibility of Apple creating a MagSafe battery pack. Though whether it’s going to actually happen is in the air. Still, the thought of a portable little battery pack that I can just slap onto the back of my MagSafe-compatible iPhone 12 Pro case, and not deal with cables or ugly battery packs, is exciting. I don’t need a battery pack much these days when I’m staying home, but when we can travel and go out again, a MagSafe battery pack would be most awesome.
Until next time.
- Christine Romero-Chan