Tuesday’s top tech news: the next step in Apple’s chip plans


I’ve been obsessed with Apple’s attempts to build its own cellular iPhone modem for years, ever since the company snapped up Intel’s smartphone modem business in the aftermath of its surprise legal settlement with Qualcomm. (It’s a long story, but my 2019 writeup has the background). Anyway, the latest news is that Apple is working on an in-house chip that would eventually offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular connectivity in one, further reducing its reliance on third-party chip designers. An earlier version of the component without cellular connectivity could be ready by 2025, Bloomberg reports.

On the entertainment side, Disney has released a new trailer for upcoming MCU film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It’s one of those trailers that — on its face — seems to give away a lot of the movie’s plot, so be warned. I was pretty cold on most of Marvel’s Phase 4 releases, but I remain hopeful that it’ll re-find the magic with the next one.

Finally, in advertising news we have a double whammy from YouTube and Meta. YouTube says that creators on its platform will now be able to make ad revenue from its TikTok clone Shorts, while Meta is rolling out a new ad distribution system in the US over accusations its previous iteration “propagated housing discrimination.

For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

  • Jan 11, 2023, 12:38 AM UTCMitchell Clark

    Twitter is making the algorithmic feed the default, though you can still switch to your reverse chronological feed with a swipe. The star icon that used to let you swap feeds is now gone.

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    The judge who sentenced Elizabeth Holmes explains the reasoning behind his decision.

    In November, Judge Edward Davila sentenced Theranos co-founder Elizabeth Holmes to 135 months, or just over 11 years, in prison for defrauding investors.

    NPR reporter Bobby Allyn points out that he’s issued his full order explaining the decision (PDF), noting that Holmes was sentenced based on only about 10 percent of the money Theranos actually raised.

  • Chevy Corvette E-Ray will have an all-electric ‘Stealth Mode’.

    We’ve already seen the upcoming “electrified” 2024 Corvette E-Ray thanks to accidentally leaked images. But now Chevy confirms the presence of an all-electric “Stealth Mode,” which is sure to further infuriate loud exhaust stans. The official reveal won’t come until January 17th, but until then enjoy this short snowy teaser.

  • Sapphire Rapids is finally here.

    Intel’s long-awaited server chips are shipping today after two years of delays. Three months ago, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told us how shipping Sapphire Rapids was necessary to rebuild Intel’s confidence — and customers’ confidence in Intel. The company told The New York Times a bit more about the delays, though it wouldn’t describe the final fatal flaw that pushed it from 2022 to 2023.

  • Jan 10, 2023, 7:11 PM UTCEmma Roth

    The iPhone 16 Pro, which isn’t expected until 2024, is rumored to come with under-display Face ID components that become unnoticeable once the display’s powered on.

  • A decades-old $400 million dollar dog story is getting a Netflix TV show.

    This Tiger King-like trailer teases a story about a millionaire dog with Madonna’s old mansion, a personal chef, and maybe a cult.

    A shocking, surprising and true story that reads like a fairy tale: Gunther, the German shepherd who inherited $400 million from a mysterious countess.

    But here’s a spoiler: Gunther’s Millions is really about a long-running publicity stunt by the owner, Maurizio Mian, with no countess to be found.

  • The sky’s no longer the limit for Starlink internet.

    Soon, airBaltic will be the first European airline to provide free Starlink internet services across its entire Airbus fleet, according to an announcement from the popular low-cost carrier.

    The airline is working with SpaceX to achieve the certifications required as Starlink Aviation is still subject to regulatory approval, and is expecting to begin installing the system sometime in 2023.