Apple presents a new electronic chip but still no virtual reality

Apple presents a new electronic chip but still no virtual reality

At its annual conference, Apple unveiled a new MacBook Air on Monday and a complete update to its operating system for cars (CarPlay).

Apple opened its annual conference for developers on Monday, June 6, without mentioning the two subjects on which the technology giant is expected at the turn: its platform for downloading mobile applications and augmented and virtual realities. The inaugural presentation took place in the presence of hundreds of engineers and journalists on the group’s campus in Silicon Valley for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Various product managers marched to unveil, among other things, a new home-made electronic chip, a customizable iPhone guard screen, a new payment system for merchants, the possibility of correcting or deleting messages, sophisticated tools based on artificial intelligence, a complete update of its operating system for cars (CarPlay) and a new MacBook Air.

Apple Vice President of Health Sumbul Ahmad Desai talks about new health features coming to iPhone and Apple Watch APPLE INC. /REUTERS

Once is not custom, “Apple responds to users’ shopping listsaid Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies. “They listen to what consumers are saying and they make changes. They removed a lot of friction from their operating system“, she assures, an issue “essential when we spend more time online for work, entertainment, shopping… since the health crisis“.

Some features feel like a catch-up, especially on Apple Maps, the mapping app that has long lagged behind the hugely popular Google Maps. But for the expert, the star of the show is the M2 chip. At the end of 2020, the group launched a new range of laptops equipped with its own chip, the M1, instead of those of Intel, marking the start of a two-year transition. “They mentioned a lot of things they couldn’t do before (…) like super high quality video games“, she noted.

Not a word on the other hand about the so-called realitiesmixed(augmented and virtual), pillars of the metaverse, this future of the internet that many digital companies have set out to build, from Meta (Facebook, Instagram) to Fortnite and Roblox on the video game side. Rumors have swelled for months around an Apple VR headset that would be in preparation for this year. At the end of January, boss Tim Cook indicated that he saw “lots of potential in this space» and that there «invest accordingly“.

Apple also did not mention the App Store, its essential platform for downloading applications, which arouses the anger of many of its Californian neighbors because of its strict rules on confidentiality and payment of commissions.

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