More on Next iPhones & iPads; EVs Will Match Gas & Diesel Cars in Ownership Costs by 2022; Uber Adds Public Transit to App; 25% of Our Lives OnlinePosted: January 31, 2019
Bloomberg.com is confirming some details we already had, plus revealing some new ones regarding the upcoming iPhones and iPads and iOS 13. As others have reported, they see the hero iPhones getting 3 rear cams, but a new rub…by 2020, it will include a 3D laser cam system that will ‘scan the environment to create three-dimensional reconstructions of the real world. It will work up to about 15 feet from the device.’ This system is different from the Face ID one, which doesn’t use lasers to scan your face. The rear system will enhance augmented reality on the phone, and capture depth better. In addition, the upcoming iPhones should have better zoom and a larger field of view, plus higher resolution.
The iPad Pro will get the same 3D cam system by 2020, too. Refreshed iPads are expected this Spring, and those will include a 10 inch screen replacing the 9.7 inch original size screen. Aside from confirming that Apple is updating the iPad Mini (finally), no additional details on that model.
iOS 13 will get an expanded Dark Mode and the first real revamp to the home screen since the iPhone came out in 2007. One change will be “the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app like pages in a Web browser” and file-management improvements.
A new report indicates a ‘tipping point’ by 2022, where the cost of owning an EV should equal that of owning a gas or diesel vehicle. Electrek.co says the report is focused on Britain, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t translate over to the US as well. The Deloitte analysis also sees EVs grabbing 10% of the total market by 2024. The voluminous report points out that 20 major cities have already announced plans to ban gas and or diesel cars by 2030.
Uber has just added public transit to its app. According to theverge.com, it’s only in Denver initially, but people there loading the app today will see a tiny train car with the word ‘transit’ next to it. Tapping it opens a list of bus or train routes as well as expected fare prices and end-to-end directions. Much of the transit data comes from the data firm Moovit. Uber says in a few weeks, users will also be able to buy train tickets within the Uber app, via a partnership with mobile ticketing company Masabi. In addition to adding more cities if this goes well, Uber wants to offer ‘multimodal’ options…where you could hail an Uber to take you to a train station, then board the train with the ticket you bought via the app.
We are spending more and more time online…in fact, up to 6 hours and 42 minutes a day now, according to the Digital 2019 report. The report, covered by 9to5mac.com, indicates that the US number is slightly under that worldwide one, at 6 hours and 31 minutes. It’s such a relief to know we’re disconnecting for that big 11 minutes a day! The biggest net addicts, according to the report? That would be the folks in the Philippines, where people spend an average of 10 hours and 2 minutes a day! The least sucked in by the net? Japan…at 3 hours and 45 minutes. All the numbers are down slightly from a year ago, so maybe there’s hope for humanity keeping a foot ‘in real life!’