Top Apple Stories of the Week: Facebook Renamed to Meta, iFixit Tears down MacBook Pro and Polishing Cloth, More

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In instance you missed events and interesting news from the world of Apple this week, cheque out this roundup of meridian stories and then yous’re all caught upwards with everything Apple.

This week was packed with action across the Apple world. Nigh importantly, Facebook announced that information technology will now be called Meta. Meanwhile, MacBook Pro users struggled to ensure items aren’t hidden behind its notch and Apple’s solution for this is less than ideal. Some iOS stable and beta updates were also released this week while the Polishing Textile has get something similar a cult hit.

Facebook Renames Itself to Meta as It Transitions from Being a Social Media Company

This week, social media giant Facebook announced that information technology changed its parent company’due south proper noun to Meta. From Dec 1, the company’s ticker on the stock exchanges will also change from FB to MVRS. The rebranding is an try to dive deeper into AR and VR enabled by social interactions.

Meta CEO Marker Zuckerberg announced the foundation of the Metaverse squad dorsum in July. It was appear that Facebook Reality Labs head Andrew Bosworth volition be promoted to the part of chief engineering officer next year. Zuckerberg said he hopes to “connect a billion people within the side by side decade” with the Metaverse. The company also showcased a Project Cambria VR headset and announced a $10 billion investment to develop the Metaverse.

iFixit’s MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals Several Interesting Details

Following the launch of its new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple briefly struggled to deliver orders in a timely manner and deferred delivery dates. However, cheers to the good folks at iFixit, nosotros already know what’due south inside the MacBook Pros. The teardown highlighted that the batteries now feature pull tabs like smartphones to help replaceability.

The MacBook Pro’southward teardown as well revealed the inclusion of modular I/O ports on the notebook and the dual-fan, single heart pipe blueprint used for cooling. ChargerLab’s teardown of the MacBook Pro’southward 140W USB-C power adapter showed Apple’s intricate circuitry and how it packed such high wattage power delivery into a decent-size charging brick.

14-inch MacBook Pro teardown

macOS Monterey Hides Menu Bar Items behind MacBook Pro’s Notch, Offers a Clunky Solution

This week, a Twitter user highlighted that macOS Monterey does a rather poor job of accommodating the notch on the new xiv-inch and xvi-inch MacBook Pros. The person complained that Menu bar items would ofttimes disappear behind the notch and the cursor was blocked from inbound the notched region, simply but in some cases.

Apple followed up with a back up document the adjacent day detailing how MacBook Pro users could enable the “scaled to fit beneath congenital-in camera”. Enabling this setting scales the display down so the notch environs are blacked out. Still, the side bezels are too thickened considering Apple maintains the aspect ratio. This makes the screen expect just like the terminal-generation MacBook Pro.

iFixit Tears downwards Apple tree’s Polishing Cloth for Fun, Apple Unruffled by Immense Demand

Post-obit the flurry of memes about the $nineteen Apple Polishing Textile, iFixit took time out from the MacBook Pro teardown and posted a teardown of the viral accessory. For context, the Polishing Material is dorsum-ordered by 10 to 12 weeks and sold out at physical retail stores.

A separate
New York Times
report cited an bearding Apple executive who claimed that the iPhone maker was “not surprised” by the immense demand and popularity of the Polishing Cloth.

Other Top Apple tree Stories This Week:

  • Microsoft overtakes Apple every bit the world’southward near valuable company
  • Hither are the best AirPods 3 tips and tricks for yous
  • macOS Monterey is now available as a free upgrade for anybody on macOS Big Sur
  • Hither’s why Apple thinks Face ID shouldn’t exist included on Macs
  • Apple released iOS 14.8.1 stable build for those non keen to update, iOS 15.ii, iPadOS 15.2 Beta ane for those who stay ahead of the bend
  • Twitter for iOS finally allows users to record and share Spaces
  • Microsoft, Mac veterans concur that Apple’s M1 Pro/Max chips accept outperformed Intel processors by a huge margin

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