This year’s iPhone will ship a brand new haptic engine

The new iPhone is expected to be released shortly, and rumors are increasing. Today, there is talk of a new haptic engine.

If the rumors are proven, Apple should abandon 3D Touch for its new iPhone. The system would be replaced by Haptic Touch, a feature introduced with the iPhone XR from last year. According to a 9to5Mac report, the next iPhone would be equipped with a brand new haptic engine.

A new haptic engine in the next iPhone?

The engine in question was used by Apple with the codename “leap haptics.” Few details are currently known about this new component, but there is little doubt that it will be used to improve the Haptic Touch feature. Without 3D Touch, it makes perfect sense that Apple will focus on Haptic Touch and its improvement.

To further improve Haptic Touch

While the concepts of 3D Touch and the detection of the pressure level are quite understandable, 3D Touch suffered from a certain defect, its lack of intuitiveness. The developers were free to implement it in their applications, which some did but not others.

In these conditions, it is difficult for users to know when the said function was present and therefore to be able to use it. It will be necessary to wait for the official presentation to discover what this new haptic engine has to bring to the user. Let’s hope that this is for the better.

Apple warns iPhone users of third-party battery repair risks

Apple protects its iPhone to the max: we all know that. This includes locking the device during any repairs. While some retailers still do repair work on the smartphone, the Cupertino company advises against battery repairs by third parties.

Apple does not want you to replace the battery of your iPhone on your own. The Cupertino company has deployed a new version of its software to detect whether the battery was installed without an official authentication key and then displays a warning in the section dedicated to the health of the battery. This concerns the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max under iOS 12, as well as the beta versions of iOS 13. If you replace the battery of the iPhone or it is replaced by an unapproved repairer, a message now tells you that the battery is not optimized: “Important message about the Battery / Can not check if this iPhone has an official battery. Health status is not available for this battery.”

Now, this message is visible even if the battery is new and it works perfectly, but it has been replaced by someone not from Apple. It seems that the Cupertino company is trying to scare iPhone users to dissuade them from making their own battery replacement elsewhere than from an authorized repairer. On the other hand, these same authorized repairers guarantee the use of official components.

One more way to force users to go through Apple

Apple is continuing to strengthen its campaign against third-party battery replacements. A few months ago, the Apple brand had revised its policy of repairing the iPhone with unauthorized replacement batteries. The company has already introduced similar software limitations in the past to prevent users from repairing other products such as MacBook Pro.

Huawei formalizes HarmonyOS

The operating system formerly known as HongMeng is designed to work on a multitude of devices, from smart TVs to connected speakers to computers and other smartphones. However, it is not a competitor to Android.

Huawei, out of the turmoil in which the US administration had entangled it, has continued to work on its HongMeng firmware. The firm could not rely on American equipment to develop its smartphones and relaunch its production lines of computers. It claimed, however, not to be dependent on Google or anyy other American company for the operating system of its smartphones. The OS baptized HongMeng would have even been “60% faster than Android.” It’s only recently that Huawei has denied these rumors. Even at a round table in Brussels, HongMeng OS was actually for industrial use and IoT. Behind this, however, hid the announcement made by the firm today.

A firmware against the iOS and Android

Huawei continues to grow, recently announcing 23% growth for the first two quarters of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Thus, it presents today a firmware that is based neither on UNIX nor on Linux and presents itself truly as an alternative to the duality of the software ecosystems of Apple and Google. Developed in open source, it will benefit from the contributions of the developers and great transparency. Its main strength however lies in its flexibility: adaptable to both cars and electronic devices, HarmonyOS tends to a unique solution to manage different devices.

Compatible with Android apps

A curiosity of the firmware: it is compatible with the Android applications, but would not however support the Google Play Store application store. This large software gap chosen by developers should allow Huawei the flexibility to deploy HarmonyOS on the manufacturer’s smartphones without affecting the installed content. To date, Huawei has still not officially confirmed the existence of a smartphone capable of supporting the OS.

Netflix slumps on new subscriptions

Today, the video streaming market is extremely competitive. Services must deploy considerable resources to retain their customers and attract new ones. On this last point, Netflix seems to be losing momentum.

At the beginning of video streaming, the competition was not so tough. Netflix reigned supreme, or almost. In the last two years, however, with the proliferation of new services, such as those of Amazon, Apple, Disney, HBO and others, it is not surprising that the number of subscriptions to Netflix is in decline.

Netflix slumps on new subscribers

According to the second-quarter results released by the platform, Netflix managed to attract “only” 2.7 million new subscribers over this period. That is a figure well below the initial forecast of the company, 5 million. In other words, Netflix will have to settle for half of the new predicted subscribers.

Blame the multiplication of streaming services

As mentioned above, this is not very surprising when we know the list of all the services that are coming or going to happen. Disney will probably be the biggest threat, with its well-stocked licensing catalog, such as Marvel and Star Wars, in addition to all Disney content. Plus, Disney controls Hulu. The competition will be very delicate against this newcomer.

On the other hand, faced with this proliferation of services and with each one of them trying to obtain exclusivities, an increase in piracy has already been noted. Since users do not want to pay subscriptions to many services, and they prefer to illegally download content instead.

Apple is thinking about wireless charging for electric cars

We are only at the dawn of electric cars. Once they have overtaken gasoline vehicles, they will need solutions to recharge – and many talented engineers are working on this right now.

At the moment, electric cars are recharging by plugging into a charger, like our phones or tablets. It’s not a problem in the evening but it could become a problem once electric vehicles replace our traditional vehicles. The charging stations will become very busy.

Apple imagines parking to recharge wireless electric cars

Apple might have an idea to fix the problem: wireless charging. In a recently discovered patent, the Cupertino company describes a system that allows electric cars to charge wirelessly. In theory, several vehicles could park in a defined area and simultaneously enjoy wireless charging.

But this is for the moment only a patent

It also means that car parks could be equipped with this technology and allow electric cars to recharge. No one knows if Apple intends to commercialize this technology, let alone when. It is only a patent, in other words, a concept and not a real product on which the brand would work.

Still, the idea is very promising. Other companies have already worked on wireless charging solutions. Toyota, for example, has created an electric concept car incorporating solar panels on its roof.