Podcast #033: 📱 iPhone 15 with 3D video recording 🔮 iPhone 16 rumors 🍏 Apple supports RCS 🌦️ AI weather forecast

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In our new podcast episode we discuss how AI is improving weather forecasts and YouTube is tackling deepfakes. Apple plans to integrate the RCS protocol into iMessage and the iPhone 15 Pro (Max) will soon be able to record 3D videos in landscape mode. We also report on iPhone 15 Pro Max counterfeits that were apparently sent directly by Apple.

We also talk about the future of Apple's satellite emergency call and rumors about the iPhone 16 with innovative features such as graphene heat sinks. Finally, there are insights into visionOS Beta version and Telegram's version for the Vision Pro VR glasses.

At this point you will also find all the show notes, sources and comments that we have put together for the individual topics below.

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GraphCast: AI delivers more accurate weather forecasts more efficiently and quickly

  • GraphCast is an advanced AI model from Google DeepMind that produces 10-day weather forecasts with high accuracy in under a minute.
  • It outperforms the established High Resolution Forecast (HRES) system in terms of accuracy and speed.
  • The model can provide early warning of extreme weather events and accurately predict the paths of cyclones as well as the risk of atmospheric rivers and extreme temperatures.
  • GraphCast is based on machine learning and graph neural networks, covering over a million grid points on the earth's surface.
  • Creating a 10-day forecast with GraphCast takes less than a minute on a Google TPU v4 machine, compared to hours of calculations using conventional methods.
  • In testing, GraphCast outperformed the HRES system in over 90% of 1380 variables and prediction periods checked.
  • For forecasts, GraphCast only needs data about the current weather condition and the weather condition from 6 hours ago.
  • GraphCast can also detect untrained severe weather events earlier than traditional models.
  • The model is already being used by weather agencies such as ECMWF and tested in live experiments.
  • Google DeepMind has open-sourced GraphCast's code to promote research in this area.
  • GraphCast uses a graph neural network architecture with 36,7 million parameters and processes historical weather data over a period of 39 years.
  • It can predict extreme weather events that it has not explicitly learned, and its performance can be improved by training with more current data.



AI content on YouTube: Labeling and complaint options for deepfakes

  • YouTube is working with artists on a new generative music AI called “Dream Track” (7 artists have so far agreed to allow their music to be used for training).
  • Generative AI has the potential to unlock more creativity on YouTube, but requires responsible management and new approaches to address risks.
  • YouTube introduces disclosure requirements and new content labels to inform viewers when content is generated by AI.
  • Creators must disclose if they have created manipulated or synthetic content, especially on sensitive topics such as elections or health crises.
  • Violations of disclosure may result in consequences such as removal of content or exclusion from the YouTube Partner Program.
  • Some synthetic media that violates the Community Guidelines will be removed from the platform, regardless of a label.
  • YouTube is introducing the ability to make removal requests for AI-generated content that simulates an identifiable person.
  • Music partners can submit requests to remove AI-generated music that imitates the artist's singing or rapping voice.
  • YouTube relies on a combination of humans and AI technologies to review content and enforce policies.
  • New AI tools and features are being developed responsibly to generate content that is allowed on YouTube.
  • YouTube works closely with creators, artists, and others in the creative industries to leverage the benefits of AI technology without compromising community safety.



Apple will support RCS protocol in iMessage starting next year

  • Apple to introduce RCS support for iPhones in 2024, enabling iMessage-like features for messaging between iPhone and Android.
  • The decision comes after pressure from regulators and competitors such as Google and Samsung.
  • RCS complements SMS and MMS, but works separately from iMessage and offers features such as read receipts and high-quality media.
  • iMessage remains the primary platform for iPhone users, offering greater security and privacy through end-to-end encryption.
  • Apple plans to improve the RCS standard in collaboration with GSMA members, particularly in the area of ​​security.



More details about Google payments to device and software companies

  • Google transfers 36 percent of its advertising revenue to Apple to become the default search engine in Safari.
  • The importance of this agreement is underscored by the iPhone's high market share in the US of almost 60 percent.
  • The percentage share of sales between Google and Apple became known for the first time through an antitrust case in the USA.
  • In 2021, Google paid $26,3 billion to various browser vendors and device manufacturers, with Apple receiving about $18 billion.
  • Google is accused of using unfair methods to secure its dominance in the search engine market.
  • The payments to Apple could significantly reduce Google's profits.
  • The agreement only affects advertising revenue generated by the Safari browser and not Google's entire advertising revenue.
  • Google paid Samsung $8 billion over four years to prominently place its services on Samsung phones.
  • The payments secured Google the prominent position of services such as the Play Store and Google Assistant on Samsung devices.
  • More than 50 percent of Google's Play Store revenue comes from Samsung devices.
  • In the “Premier Device Program,” Google offered manufacturers financial benefits as long as no other app stores or APK installers were pre-installed.
  • Participating manufacturers received 12 percent instead of the usual 8 percent of search revenue generated with their devices.
  • Google banned participants in the program from making details of the agreement public.
  • Epic Games is suing Google over allegations of exploiting its dominant position in the Android market to suppress competition and alternative app stores.



Sideloading on the iPhone: It's happening next year!

  • From March 2024, Apple will have to open iOS to alternative app stores to comply with Digital Markets Act (DMA) rules in Europe.
  • Apple is planning a tightly controlled system for sideloading apps that works outside of the App Store.
  • The company is already working on implementing these changes, which are scheduled for the first half of 2024.
  • Apple is also expected to open the iPhone's NFC interface to mobile payment apps other than Apple Pay.
  • The technical implementation of sideloading in iOS remains unclear, but could be similar to macOS, where developers sign their software with a certificate issued by Apple.
  • In the iOS 17.2 beta, Apple is testing a new framework that allows apps to offer other apps for download.



iPhone 15 Pro (Max) can record 17.2D videos in landscape mode starting from iOS 3

  • The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will soon be able to record 3D videos.
  • For 3D videos, you use the main and ultra-wide-angle cameras in landscape format.
  • The 3D video function can be activated in the settings of iOS 17.2.
  • These videos are in 1080p and 30 fps recorded, but look like normal 2D videos on the iPhone.
  • Apple invited journalists to test and watch 3D videos on the Vision Pro headset.
  • Photos or videos of the Vision Pro were not allowed to be published, only descriptions.
  • Journalists describe the 3D experience on the Vision Pro as impressive and realistic.
  • Apple wants next year Final Cut Pro for editing 3D videos.
  • The 3D video feature has been available since the second beta version of iOS 17.2.



Ordered Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max, got junk clone with Android

  • A Reddit user ordered an iPhone 15 Pro Max but received an Android clone.
  • The incident occurred in the UK, where the buyer had ordered directly from Apple.
  • When unpacking it, I noticed that the device had a screen protector, which is unusual for new iPhones.
  • The device's screen was not OLED and had a noticeable "chin" bar.
  • The Android device was visually modeled on an iPhone and had an iOS 17-like user interface.
  • The device came with pre-installed apps like YouTube, Facebook and TikTok, which is not the case with real iPhones.
  • The Reddit user has opened a support ticket with Apple, but the issue is not yet resolved.
  • There was already a similar incident that was shared on TikTok.



No more competition planned for Apple's satellite emergency service

  • Apple uses Globalstar for satellite emergency calls.
  • It is currently free, but it is assumed that this function will be billed as a subscription model in the future.
  • Qualcomm and Iridium have abandoned their plans for their own satellite emergency notification system.
  • The system would have been integrated into Qualcomm's "Snapdragon 8 Gen 2" platform and used in Android smartphones.
  • In contrast to Apple's iPhone, these devices could also have transmitted short text and voice messages via satellite.
  • The collaboration between Qualcomm and Iridium was ended due to a lack of prospects for commercial success.
  • There are currently no Android smartphones with satellite emergency call functions other than Huawei (Huawei Watch Ultimate, Huawei P60 Pro and the Mate X3).
  • Smartphone manufacturers favor the development of a global standard for communication between cell phones and satellites.



iPhone 16 Rumors: Graphene Heatsinks and OLED Displays

  • Samsung is developing a new, more energy-efficient OLED panel for the iPhone 16.
  • The new OLED technology is based on a material mix called M14, a further development of the already available M12.
  • Samsung's new panels use phosphorescent blue material, which is more energy efficient than the fluorescent materials previously used.
  • Apple plans to use these new panels exclusively for the iPhone 16 and later the iPhone 17.
  • This technology could result in longer battery life for the iPhone 16.
  • Apple is also looking into alternative display technologies such as Micro-LED, which are only planned for the iPhone 18.
  • The iPhone 16 could be equipped with new graphene heatsinks that provide better cooling.
  • Graphene heatsinks have XNUMX times higher thermal conductivity than currently used copper materials.
  • The use of graphene allows for more efficient heat transfer without bulking up or making the device heavier.
  • Using graphene as a cooling material in the iPhone 16 would give Apple more design flexibility.
  • Additionally, consideration is being given to converting the battery housing to metal to further improve cooling.



visionOS Beta 6 offers first insights into setup videos

  • Apple has released the sixth beta version of visionOS, designed specifically for the Vision Pro headset.
  • The new beta includes two tutorial videos that are shown to the user during the setup process.
  • The first video, “Input Training,” shows how the user interacts with visionOS by looking at UI elements and double-tapping their fingers.
  • The second video, “Persona Enrollment,” shows users setting up their “persona” for video chat apps like FaceTime by capturing their appearance using the headset’s EyeSight display.
  • Users must remove the Vision Pro headset to capture their appearance and then perform head movements and facial expressions.
  • For the “Personas”, Apple offers various options for selecting glasses.
  • The Vision Pro headset is scheduled to launch in the US in early 2024 and is expected to cost $3.500.



Telegram shows what your own visionOS app should look like

  • The popular messaging app Telegram will soon be accessible to Apple Vision Pro users with a new visionOS app.
  • Telegram CEO Pavel Durov shared a teaser showing what the app will look like on Apple Vision Pro. The app follows all visionOS design guidelines.
  • The app is designed to be transparent to give users a sense of depth when used on the Vision Pro.
  • Instead of a traditional tab bar, Telegram for visionOS has a sidebar that provides quick access to contacts, calls, chats and settings.
  • Users can expect all the familiar features of Telegram for iOS, including media, voice messages and the recently launched Stories.
  • The teaser also shows an immersive video player and animated AR stickers that fill the entire viewing area and extend beyond the boundaries of the app window.
  • Messages can be sent using either Siri dictation or the system's virtual keyboard.
  • There are no further details about the app yet, but with the Vision Pro expected in the US in early 2024, Telegram still has some time to prepare the visionOS app for launch next year.
  • Developers can download the visionOS SDK to develop apps for Vision Pro. Apple has invited some developers to try out the new hardware before the official launch.


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