The Wall Street Journal, citing well-informed anonymous sources, reported that Apple wants to increase the production of components for its devices – iPhone and MacBook – outside of China. The company expressed this desire to a number of its contractors.
Sources of The Wall Street Journal say that India and Vietnam are mentioned among the most likely applicants for the expansion of production. The publication notes that Apple’s desire to reduce the production of components in China is caused by strict anti-virus measures, which are introduced by the PRC authorities from time to time, sometimes completely closing entire cities.
Currently, more than 90% of components for the same iPhone, iPad and MacBook are made in China. At the same time, according to analysts cited by The Wall Street Journal, “such a high degree of dependence on one particular country carries potential risks due to the authoritarianism of the communist government in Beijing and its difficult relationship with the United States“.
In April, it became known that about half of Apple’s top 200 suppliers have manufacturing facilities in areas ordered by Chinese authorities to be placed under strict quarantine following a new outbreak of COVID-19. Apple CFO Luca Maestri later said the company could lose between $4 billion and $8 billion in the second quarter due to supply chain disruptions.
The latest Apple MacBook Pro 14 with M3 Pro offers the best speakers and best screen on the market. DxOMark thinks so
DxOMark experts named the sound system of the Apple MacBook Pro 14″ (M3 Pro, 2023) the best among those tested.
The authors of the source test not only smartphones, but also laptops, although much less frequently. In this case, the latest version of the 14-inch MacBook Pro, equipped with the M3 Pro SoC, turns out to have better speakers and at the same time a better screen. In total, for these indicators (the source calls it Music & Video), the laptop received 154 points, while the same MacBook on the M2 Pro at one time earned 149 points.
At the same time, interestingly, the quality of video calls in the old model is slightly better: 144 points versus 142. But the final result of 148 points still puts the new product in the lead, although the difference with the previous version is only 1 point.
If you look at the entire rating, the first few places are occupied exclusively by Apple laptops.
New generation Huawei MateBook D16 presented. This is a 16-inch laptop weighing 1.68 kg with Core i9 in the top configuration
Huawei introduced a new generation of MateBook D16 mobile computers in China. For a model with a 16-inch screen, the weight is small – only 1.68 kg, while inside the top versions there is a rechargeable battery with a capacity of 70 Wh. But there is no discrete graphics, and the amount of RAM is limited to 16 GB.
Huawei MateBook D16 will be offered with four processors to choose from: Core i5-13420H, Core i5-13500H, Core i7-13700H and Core i9-13900H. Prices are, respectively, 645, 700, 840 and 910 dollars.
For now, pre-orders are only accepted for the most affordable version, and its characteristics are fully disclosed: the MateBook D16 with a Core i5-13420H processor has a screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, a 56 Wh battery, a USB-C port through which DisplayPort 1.2 video output is implemented .
Users are unhappy: Evernote is testing a limit of 50 notes and 1 notebook without a paid subscription
The team of the popular service for creating and storing notes Evernote began testing an innovation that its users did not like much. Complaints about Evernote have appeared online – users are offered the choice of either paying for a paid subscription or facing a limit of 1 notebook and 50 notes.
This change severely limits the options for longtime Evernote users who have accumulated hundreds or thousands of notes over the years.
Despite the message in the app, Evernote’s website pricing page does not yet indicate that there is such a limit for free use. Thematic resource TechCrunch was able to obtain comment on the situation from company representatives. Evernote said that the change is not yet final, so the information on the site has not been updated. The service team tested with less than 1% of its users with a free subscription. If they decide to adopt the innovation, the company will explicitly communicate the changes at “relevant customer touchpoints.”
Evernote also emphasized that the new limit will not prevent users from managing, editing, viewing, exporting or deleting existing notes, but will only limit the ability to create new notes.
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