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iPhone SE review, iMessage editing, iOS 13.5 beta, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast - AppleInsider
Your hosts discuss the in-depth iPhone SE review done on AppleInsider, plus Stephen has an iPad Magic Keyboard in hand and gives his thoughts on whether he'll keep it or not, and our hosts discuss everything from iOS 13.5 beta features, COVID-19 exposure API …
Your hosts discuss the in-depth iPhone SE review done on AppleInsider, plus Stephen has an iPad Magic Keyboard in hand and gives his thoughts on whether he'll keep it or not, and our hosts discuss everything from iOS 13.5 beta features, COVID-19 exposure API and Xcode coming to the iPad.Nobody questions this —at just $399, the performance and camera quality on the new iPhone SE is unquestionably incredible value. The price and the specifications don't tell the whole story though, and now William has one at home, he can tell you what the iPhone SE is really like for someone moving to it from 2016's original SE model. We include some more thoughts on the iPad Magic keyboard, too, and in particular its strengths with a built in trackpad —and some of its limitations when trying to use the iPad with an Apple Pencil. There is a lot to love, but also a little to dislike, so if you're considering buying, listen to what Stephen has to say after his use of the 11-inch Magic Keyboard. Also, definitely check out the tips and tricks link below for the best ways to use the new Magic Keyboard. Next, new patent filings reveal that iMessage editing may be coming soon to iOS. We discuss these filings and also cover the new features that are definitely coming to iOS 13.5, including group FaceTime updates and, of course, the COVID-19 exposure notifications. Speaking of which, Apple has also released the first API for exposure notifications, although some other countries are opting to develop their own. William reveals how UK people feel about their government opting for a demonstrably poorer solution. You already sense it's not going to be positive. Finally we touch on the possibility for Xcode, Final Cut and Logic Pro coming soon to iPad. It's being rumored, and we talked with developers around the world who want Xcode, especially, but it's far from a straightforward move for Apple. We'd love to hear your feedback. Tweet us at Stephen Robles and William Gallagher, or email us here. Find us in your favorite podcast player by searching for "AppleInsider" and support the show by leaving a 5-Star rating and comment in Apple Podcasts here. Sponsored by:
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Facebook Messenger Rooms offer 50-user video chats - AppleInsider
Facebook is stepping into the mass video conferencing market with Messenger Rooms, a service that allows up to 50 people to connect via webcam that directly competes with other popular services like Zoom, Houseparty, and Group FaceTime.
Facebook is stepping into the mass video conferencing market with Messenger Rooms, a service that allows up to 50 people to connect via webcam that directly competes with other popular services like Zoom, Houseparty, and Group FaceTime.Mass video conferencing services capable of hosting high numbers of people have become popular in recent weeks, due to the stay-at-home orders and a push for home working prompted by COVID-19. While Zoom has gained prominence as the main service people use to host large-scale webcam meetings, with Houseparty and Group Facetime also being used for similar purposes, Facebook has waded into the marketplace with its own take on the idea. Messenger Rooms allows people to congregate in the same video call, with rooms soon to be capable of hosting up to 50 people with no time limit. This is up from the previous Messenger video call limit, which allowed up to eight people to converse. Users will be able to start and share a room on Facebook itself via the News Feed, Groups, and Events, though the social network also hopes to introduce ways to make rooms via Instagram Direct, WhatsApp, and Portal in the future. Rooms created by friends and communities followed by the user will be shown to them within Facebook for easy joining. Much like Facebook Messenger, users can also take advantage of AR effects on their video feed, including adding bunny ears and other items to their face, a background, or mood lighting. Messenger Rooms is rolling out to a few countries at first, with expansion to all other markets within weeks. This isn't the only video-related feature Facebook has announced for its products and services. For Facebook Live, it has brought back Live With to allow multiple people to host a live video, donation buttons, and greater integration with Facebook Events. Instagram will allow users to watch live videos from the desktop, to write comments, and to save videos to IGTV. On Portal, it will soon enable users to go live from the device to Facebook Pages and Groups, expanding from existing functionality that allows broadcasting from a user's profile.
Huawei caught using DSLR photos to promote its photography contest - AppleInsider
Huawei has issued an apology after a "Shot on iPhone" contest winner discovered that the company was using photos shot on a DSLR to promote its smartphone photography contest.
Huawei has issued an apology after a "Shot on iPhone" contest winner discovered that the company was using photos shot on a DSLR to promote its smartphone photography contest.The photos in question were discovered by Huapeng Zhao, who had won second place in the 2018 iPhone Photography awards for a photograph he'd taken with an iPhone 6. He'd recognized the promotional photos from elsewhere, suspecting that the images weren't shot with a smartphone. As it turns out, he was correct. The photos were the work of Su Tie, and had been previously shared on 500px, an online photography sharing platform. The pictures in question had been taken with a Nikon D850 —a DSLR that costs upwards of $3,000. Huawei has since issued an apology on Weibo. The company noted that the photographs were supposed to be featured on Huawei's Next-Image community, an alternative to popular photo-sharing platforms like 500px and Flickr, according to Abacus. Huawei notes that users can upload images taken by any device, including cameras. It's not clear whether or not Huawei had permission from the original photographer to post the image on their website. This isn't the first time that Huawei has been caught using DSLR photos to promote the photography capabilities of their smartphones, either. In 2016, pushed to market their own two-lens system. But in an attempt to suggest the Leica-branded lens can produce DSLR-quality images, the company used a picture shot with a full-fledged DSLR, not its new smartphone. They repeated the offense in 2018 in a 30-second Egyptian commercial for their Nova 3 and 3i smartphones. The commercial implied smartphones shot the pictures, but it was later discovered that the images had been shot by a professional photographer using a DSLR.
Apple steps up orders for 5nm processors from TSMC - AppleInsider
Chipmaker TSMC has lost a significant order from Huawei, only to find Apple buying up all of its production capacity, for what is believed to be the "iPhone 12."
Chipmaker TSMC has lost a significant order from Huawei, only to find Apple buying up all of its production capacity, for what is believed to be the "iPhone 12."Apple has long been using supplier TSMC to manufacture its A-series processors, specifically 7-nanometer ones as used in iPhone XS's A12. Apple has also been known to be developing a 5nm processor with the company, and now industry sources report that orders have increased. According to the China Taiwan Economic Daily, Apple has asked TSMC to produce almost 10,000 further processors in the fourth quarter of this year. The use of a 5nm processor and being produced in that quarter suggests that the order is for the A14 which is to be used in the iPhone 12. The move reportedly follows Huawei's cancellation of approximately that same amount. While there is no indication from either TSMC or Huawei why the order was reduced, the phone maker is currently facing new criminal charges in the US, and has been substantially affected by the coronavirus. TSMC is now said to have adjusted plans for its 5nm process because of the impact of COVID-19 on demand, though reportedly it remains on schedule. The China Taiwan Economic Daily report citing unnamed industry sources, was first spotted by Chinese-language site IT Home.