In spite of a bunch of big-name Hollywood content creators who signed on, the much-hyped pay Youtube killer Quibi will close its doors on December 1st.
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This week, Apple announced four new iPhones around the iPhone 12 moniker. Starting at 128GB. The big thing is that the phones will support 5G access, which Leo says is limited in range and available only in select cities. It's going to be at least a year before 5G is nationwide. So while you're paying for 5G, you're not getting 5G and won't for a while.
But what Leo is really excited about is the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera, which can shoot 4K60 HDR video in DOLBY VISION. And it will really show how Apple Silicon is going to be a game-changer.
Apple had their "Hi Speed" iPhone event Tuesday, confirming four new iPhones including the new iPhone Mini. But Leo says that they left a few things hanging including when the new Apple Silicon Macs will be announced. Leo says it's likely going to be a seperate event around the middle of November. Tuesday, all Apple talked about is the new Homepod Mini, an intelligent voice assistant/speaker running Siri. The important thing about the HPMini is the price. $99 putting it closer in line with Amazon's Alexa and the Google Home Assistant.
Leo says that this coming Tuesday, Apple will announce four new iPhones, including the smaller 5.4" iPhone Mini. There will also be a 6.1" iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7" iPhone 12 Pro Max. Prices will start at $799. That's the rumor, anyway. There will be six different colors and Dual cameras for the smaller iPhones and three cameras for the pro versions. The pro versions will also have Gold, Silver and Graphite blue colors. Lidar will also be added for augmented reality, which Leo says nobody needs or wants.
Coming Tuesday, Apple is having another event, hinted by the title "Hi, Speed." Leo says the event is believed the launch of Apple's new 5G capable iPhone 12. There will be four new models, including a new "iPhone Mini," all supported with 5G, even though Leo says that 5G doesn't matter. This is because there's low band 5G, which isn't any faster than LTE, and then mid-high range 5G. Leo says that it will be at least a year or two before 5G will be widespread in this country. Until then, 5G is just marketing.
This week, Microsoft announced that employees can opt to work at home permanently now. They will give up their office space, but Leo says who needs it? Leo also believes the Covid19 outbreak will be a seed change, prompting more work from home options, keeping cars off the road. And that's a good thing.
Public Libraries are seeing a dramatic rise in the use eBook checkouts, as more readers discover virtual libraries online. Check out of eBooks is up 52% over 2019.
The camera in Google's new Pixel 5 now offers in-camera facial retouching in real-time. But Leo says users can turn the feature off, and that's important because people shouldn't be caught up in the Instagram quest for perfection.
There's a town in a remote area of Washington State that was destroyed due to fire, and Elon Musk's Starlink has volunteered to restore internet access to the beleaguered town at no charge. With about 600 Starlink Satellites in orbit, the town now has access to the private beta for use of emergency services and communications.
Leo says that Google's event this week was rather dull and disappointing, muddying the waters of what's coming. First came the Google Pixel 5, which seems a step backward from the Pixel 4. Then they announced a 5G version of the Pixel 4a, which Leo says it more like the 5A with 5g connectivity. Leo says widespread 5G is still more hype and at least a year away. So it's kinda confusing.
Then came the return of GoogleTV, an update to AndroidTV. Chromecast is back with GoogleTV built-in for $49 and remote control.