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  • MagSafe's future, and the new Qi2 wireless charging spec

    Really the “why” is pretty obvious - the EU ruling about a common charging standard.  It means Apple have to adopt USB-C *unless* there’s another common charging standard they can apply.  Enter QI2, a common charging standard that’s effectively already built into all their iPhones.
  • Apple Watch battery blowout sends man to emergency room

    Fred257 said:
    All of Samsungs Galaxy phone batteries expand after or around two years. This is a rare occurrence with Apple but not surprising and nowhere near SamsungGalaxy phones. If you don’t believe me just type into YouTube Samsung Galaxy battery expansion 
    To be fair there’s a big difference between battery expansion and battery explosion, and the former doesn’t necessarily lead to the latter.     Samsung does indeed seem to have a problem with expanding batteries but (aside from that one notorious Note model) that hasn’t been linked to any particular issue with fires or explosions yet.

    The problem all electronics companies including Apple have, is that Li-ion batteries are only safe if if they’re manufactured and installed 100% correctly, and nothing involving people is ever 100% accurate 100% of the time.  People make mistakes, and when you’re producing devices like these in the millions, one or two of those mistakes are going to literally blow up in someone’s face occasionally.  It’s a risk we all take until some better battery technology comes along.
  • YouTuber wrecks car to test iPhone 14 crash detection

    Essentially useless features as in modern cars (at least in the EU) it's been a legal requirement, that they call emergency services after the crash is detected. Together with the essentially useless satellite emergency call (at least outside US), this years iPhone introduction was quite useless.

    I’m in the UK, which was still part of the EU in 2018, and I’ve never even heard of this.  It’s certainly not in anybody’s car that I know, perhaps I move in the wrong circles but I’d still rather my friends and family driving older cars might have a chance of being saved by this than not.
  • Compared: New Apple Watch SE vs. Apple Watch SE 2020

    Realistically this is by far the best watch and the best value for most people; really quite generous by Apple standards.

    The only annoyance for me is the USB-C cable.  It has no practical advantage for this model (no fast charging) and just means a lot of people like me will have to find a new charger to plug it into.
  • Apple Watch Ultra debuts as a giant & rugged titanium model

     After furious rumors and leaks for the last week, Apple has launched the new Apple Watch Pro”

    No they didn’t