Sir Apfelot newsreel week 49, 2020

Christmas and the end of the year are drawing closer, as is the weekend. And we are introducing this again at this point with the Sir Apfelot newsreel. This time I'll show you which Apple and tech news caught my eye in calendar week 49 of 2020. The following topics are included: Breakdown of the e-car charging network by district, new Apple hardware this year, current news from Cupertino, only 15% commission for Apple in the App Store, Windows and Linux on M1 Macs, Update for the Nintendo Switch and more.

Included in the Sir Apfelot weekly newsreel for calendar week 49 in 2020: E-car charging network by district, new Apple hardware, the latest news from Cupertino, 15% commission in the App Store, Windows and Linux on M1 Macs, update for Nintendo Switch and more.

Included in the Sir Apfelot weekly newsreel for calendar week 49 in 2020: E-car charging network by district, new Apple hardware, the latest news from Cupertino, 15% commission in the App Store, Windows and Linux on M1 Macs, update for Nintendo Switch and more.

Charging network ranking from the Association of the Automotive Industry

You will find a total of 400 counties in the list of the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). It shows in relation to each other how many cars come to a charging point (A-value), as well as in total figures how many electric cars there are and how many charging points are available. The lowest and therefore best A-value is 310 and can be found in the Regen district. Opposite this first place is the city of Krefeld, with an A value of 23.902 in 400th place. You can find out where your district is classified on the page linked above. You can search on the Mac with cmd + F, on the Windows PC with Ctrl + F, and you can read here how it works on the iPhone: Search on webpage - Highlight words in Safari on iPhone.

New Apple hardware on Tuesday, December 08.12th?

Went to service providers, according to one Entry by MacRumors, an AppleCare memo announcing new / updated product descriptions, new / updated prices, and other new features. "Apple issued almost identical memos prior to several previous product announcements“, It says (translated) in the source. This is based on the assumption that next week there will not only be some new information about the repair or replacement of existing products, but completely new hardware. Maybe it's the AirTags or the AirPods Studio? In any case, it's worth it on Tuesday Apple Newsroom to keep an eye on.

Latest press releases from Apple

And while we're at the newsroom, let's stay with it for a moment. Because Apple published several pieces of content there this week. Here is an overview and the links to the individual messages:

  • Apple expands partnership with (RED) to fight HIV / AIDS and COVID-19: Apple has been working with (RED) since 2006, during which time it has raised $ 250 million for HIV and AIDS programs. With Covid-19, another pandemic has now been added that needs to be contained and combated. And help is offered for this too. You can read more about this here.
  • Apple's personal protective equipment (PPE) donation helps Zambia fight COVID-19 and HIV: Related to the first report is this fundraising campaign, which is also aimed at containing pandemics on the African continent. The report includes the collection and relief campaign including photos and quotes from the recipients. You can find it here.
  • Apple presents the “App Store Best of 2020” winners: More technical and more related to the Apple ecosystem is this message, in which the “best apps of 2020” are presented. These include programs such as Wakeout !, due to the pandemic. Zoom, Fantastical, Disney + and Endel. Among the most popular games were Genshin Impact, Legends of Runeterra, Disco Elysium, Dandara Trials of Fear, and Sneaky Sasquatch. Details can be found here.

Small businesses in the App Store: 15% instead of 30% commission for Apple

As of January 1, 2020, Apple will change its commission policy in the App Store. Small companies and developers should then be given the chance not to have to cede as much commission to Apple for app or in-app purchases. Instead of the previous 30%, “only” 15% of the price should go to Apple. Developers and studios have been able to register for it since yesterday, like MacRumors at this point shows. You can also find more information on the “App Store Small Business Program” on the official website from Apple. 

Windows and Linux on M1 Macs: Current status

Various non-Apple content can currently be used indirectly on the new Mac models with M1 chips. However, official solutions are also being worked on to allow Windows and Linux to run regularly on computers without an Intel chip. IFun shows how things stand with Windows ARM with a message on. There you will find a suitable video. Heise online shows how Linux should be suitable for everyday use on M1 Macs behind this link on. It is about the commitment of developer Hector Martin, who aims for full-time Linux development for M1 Macs. He's not afraid of Apple intervention, he sees most of the work in driver development.

The iPhone 12 Pro's battery is causing problems

"Standby sucks the battery empty" headlines the iPhone ticker and indicates an unusually high battery consumption of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. This should also and above all show itself when the Apple smartphones are not used at all. It says: "Owners of the devices report that the battery consumption in standby mode, for example overnight, is significantly higher than in the previous models.“A software bug is seen as the likely cause of the problem. The increased battery consumption could therefore be fixed with an iOS update.

Nintendo Switch gets firmware version 11.0.0

In December, an update to firmware version 11.0.0 arrived on the Nintendo Switch. I was positively surprised that the online service now has its own symbol on the home screen. If you select this, various options and messages about the online service are displayed. For example, you can view the saved statuses stored on the Nintendo servers. There is also a timeline of the available NES and SNES titles. The data exchange has also been simplified. Screenshots can now be transferred directly to a smart mobile device or computer. You can view further details directly on the console.

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