Let’s start with what could come first. The upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to come with body temperature measurements. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and other leaksters also confirm this, and Apple could kill the thermometer if it makes this. Speaking of killing things, Apple has won patents for a breathalyzer. According to the patent, it could be integrated with the iPhone or the Apple Watch, and work in tandem with Apple Car. So in a nutshell, you won’t be allowed to get in your car if your iPhone knows you’ve had one too many. Apple has also hired a Ford veteran to work on the Apple Car, so stay excited for that too.
This week began on a melancholy note, with all of the excitement around Musk’s Twitter takeover being muffled for a day. Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff died at the age of 81. Krakoff played a key role in bringing the gaming mouse to life. So, even if you’ve never heard of Krakoff, his legacy lives on if you use a gaming mouse. In the fifth instalment of our weekly tech news roundup, we look at what else happened this week. The dismal start to the week was joined by news from India. The government confiscated $725 million in Xiaomi assets. On the same day, a YouTuber transformed an old iMac into a Studio Display for half the cost.
Lastly, the most interesting news coming from Apple is the latest hybrid computer patents it has won. Nobody knows whether it is a MacBook that would detach like an iPad or an iPad with a redesigned keyboard. But what’s clear is that this machine will have a touch screen display, multiple angles to work with, and probably a touch-screen optimized macOS. If you haven’t heard about the Epic vs Apple lawsuit, you’ve been literally living under a rock. Epic Games’ Fortnite got banned from the App Store for bypassing Apple’s in-app purchase policy. Even after the lawsuit is settled, the app isn’t back on the App Store.
However, Fortnite couldn’t afford to lose all the iPhone business, so it found a workaround. Fortnite integrated with Xbox Cloud can run on your iPhone’s browser. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney also announced that the game is now free for all platforms, which is great news. What’s better news is that AMD is working on new “Dragon Range” CPUs. These will be high-performance chips for extreme gaming laptops. AMD has had it going in the gaming laptop segment for a while, and the new chips could give it a stronger push into the premium market. WhatsApp is learning from the completion and has introduced a couple of neat features. You can now react to messages with emojis, share files as large as 2GB, and have 512 participants in a group. Telegram much?