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Apple is developing a new generation of its own ARM processors to replace Intel chips

Apple has already replaced the processors in the new MacBook Air and parts of the MacBook Pro and Mac Mini with its own M1 chips and is now preparing processors for iMac monoblocks and for MacBook Pro laptops.

Apple in 2021 plans to release a series of new processors for Mac that will be more powerful than Intel chips, Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

These will be the successors to the first proprietary M1 processor, which is built into the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. However, the new series will be created for iMac monoblocks and for MacBook Pro laptops, the publication writes. To create its chips, the company uses a license from the processor developer Arm, which Nvidia is buying for $40 billion.

In addition, in the fall of 2021, the company will introduce a professional desktop PC Mac Pro with the highest performance among all Apple devices, sources say Bloomberg.

The company has previously said it expects to complete the transition from Intel chips to fully in-house production in 2022. Intel receives less than 10% of total revenue from the supply of its chips for Apple devices, the publication reminds.

However, the iPhone maker’s success in developing more powerful computers could “shake up an industry” that has long depended on Intel’s pace of innovation, Bloomberg writes.

Apple announced the rejection of Intel and the transition to proprietary processors in the Mac in June 2020.

The company introduced the first MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini on its own M1 processor on November 10.

Apple Watch strap with the built-in camera

After four years of development and successful fundraising on the Kickstarter site, orders began for an Apple Watch strap with two built-in cameras.

The Wristcam strap (previously the project was called CMRA) is equipped with an 8-megapixel main camera with the ability to shoot video in Full HD, and there is also a 2-megapixel selfie camera with the ability to make video calls. Why do this from the clock — it is not clear. Although four years ago, when the development began, the idea seemed interesting and relevant.

It looks rather wild: a huge strap with a thickening in the part with cameras. But how to wear it with sweaters?

The strap is available in several colors for watches with 40/38 mm and 44/42 mm displays. The battery installed in the strap will last for “a whole day of work”, 8 GB are provided for data storage. The strap weighs 23 grams.

The first straps will start shipping in March 2021. The camera module costs $299, and the strap costs another $49. Crowdfunding campaigners will start receiving their straps before the end of this year.

Google Play Music closed completely and irrevocably

Users have less than a month to transfer data and save the music library

Google began the gradual process of shutting down its music streaming service Google Play Music back in October. Now Google Play Music is officially “dead”, finally and irrevocably, to all users around the world.

When opening the page or the application on Android and iOS, the user only receives the message Google Play Music is no longer available.

Alternatively, it is suggested to transfer your account and music library, including playlists and downloads, to YouTube Music for a limited time. You can also save your music library to your device until the end of the month, delete your recommendation history, or delete your music library.

The developers warn that if the user does not do this now, then all his music will be automatically deleted. You must switch to a new service or download your music library before the end of the month, otherwise, all data will be lost.

Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon

China’s Change 5 spacecraft landed on the moon and began collecting soil samples that will be delivered to Earth.

It is planned that the lander will collect about 2 kg of lunar soil in a few days, including at a depth of up to 2 m below the lunar surface.

The first study of the lunar soil was carried out by the Soviet automatic station “Luna-13” in December 1966. The first samples of lunar soil were delivered to Earth by the crew of the Apollo 11 spacecraft in July 1969. And the last samples of lunar soil were to Earth in August 1976 by the Soviet mission “Moon 24”.