McDonald’s, Wingstop will sell virtual food in the metaverse

Virtual Big Macs are on the menu



The metaverse is changing the world. Though some of the changes are arguably beneficial, some are problematic head-scratchers. Love it or hate it, the metaverse asks a lot of questions. For example, how can everyday necessities translate to the virtual world? Well, some fast-food chains, like McDonald’s and Wingstop, have a plan. Both companies have filed trademarks to effectively sell food inside the metaverse.

Both filed in February, McDonald’s and Wingstop are working on systems to sell a strange menu of products in the metaverse, as spotted by Insider. Though the list does include standard thoroughfare like NFTs and digital assets, the obvious headliner is food, virtual and real.

Naturally, there are a lot of questions about virtual food in the metaverse. Are these just bits of code that your avatar can eat?

Wingstop’s iteration of the technology speaks of tokens that will allow users to have discounts for real-world purchases. On the other hand, McDonald’s offers a clearer picture. The chain’s trademark includes a system wherein users can purchase virtual food which will be delivered to them in the real world as well.

As the metaverse (or even just the idea of it) grows, a lot of companies want to cash in on the opportunity early before it passes them by. Of course, the questions can then arise: How addicting will the metaverse be that you can’t be bothered to order from a restaurant in the real world? McDonald’s and Wingstop won’t be the last companies to buy into the trend, but their respective trademarks raise some interesting questions for the future of virtual reality.

SEE ALSO: Samsung created a metaverse filled with its products


Steve Jobs to be awarded highest distinction for civilians

On July 7



Steve Jobs introduces the iPod nano

Love him or hate him, Steve Jobs has had a massive impact on the entirety of technology. During his career, the entrepreneur jumpstarted the popularity of the Mac, the iPod, and the iPhone, among other iconic devices. Unfortunately, he passed on before he could do more. Despite his passing, his effect is recognizable. In light of that, President Joe Biden is posthumously awarding Steve Jobs the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The award is given to those who have significantly contributed to national security and American culture. As the name suggests, only the current president can grant the award to distinguished individuals. Plus, it’s the most prestigious distinction that can be awarded to an American civilian.

Besides Jobs, the incoming awardee class includes gymnast Simone Biles, senator John McCain, and actor Denzel Washington. Biden will host the ceremony on July 7, 2022.

Given his accomplishments, Jobs does have a case for the award. Though Tim Cook is handling the reins now, Jobs was instrumental in the company’s success, especially with the iPhone. Since Jobs launched the iPhone, a lot of smartphones manufacturers have developed similar devices in the slab phone format. Now, Apple still has one of the most dominant grips in the smartphone industry, outlasting several of its former rivals.

SEE ALSO: Another country wants to force Apple to go USB-C

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Snapchat officially launches Snapchat Plus

Featuring the ability to call someone your BFF



How much do you love Snapchat? Prior to the unbridled dominance of TikTok, Snapchat was the unparalleled video-sharing platform for those who wanted an alternative to Instagram. Though the platform isn’t as dominant anymore, it still has a dedicated following. If you’re one of those users, Snapchat has a (pricey) treat for you. The platform has officially launched Snapchat Plus, a premium subscription service baked into the main app.

To be fair to anyone considering the new service, Snapchat Plus isn’t an entirely different platform. As initial reports revealed, Snapchat Plus introduces only a handful of changes to the main app. (For now, at least).

First among the new features is the ability to label one of your friends as your “BFF” on the app. Subscribers can also view who watched their content. They will also have access to custom icons.

Now, they don’t seem like much for a paid subscription. Even worse, the service will not block users from seeing ads on the app. If anything, Snap does hint that Snapchat Plus will expand its features in the long run, potentially offering early access to future features.

Currently, Snapchat Plus will cost US$ 3.99 per month. For now, the service will launch only in some countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, and United Kingdom.

SEE ALSO: Snapchat is working on a premium subscription

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Apple iPhone 14 + iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye notch, hello punch-hole Face ID

Is it time for you to upgrade or to wait longer?




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Just a few months after the iPhone 13 announcement from Apple, several leakers have already announced what the iPhone 14 will look like. Not only is it a bold move, it’s also creating more chaos among fans whether they’ll buy the iPhone 13 or wait for the iPhone 14 this 2022 (or just patiently wait for the iPhone 15 in 2023).

Like with any other rumors, take these with a grain of salt. Everything you see here are just leaks and rumors and nothing has been confirmed yet.

iPhone 14 series

Out with the mini, in with the Max

With the less exciting number of sales of the iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini compared to its bigger siblings, it’s finally time to say goodbye to the littlest iPhones ever made.

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Instead, Apple is taking a different route and will instead create a bigger version of the iPhone 14 base model and will call it “iPhone 14 Max”. This is also coherent with its “Pro” sibling. There’s even a tweet by Ross Young, the CEO of a display supply chain company, about the key specs of the whole iPhone 14 lineup.

The regular iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro share the same 6.1-inch screen size. Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Max and Pro Max will have a gigantic 6.7-inch display with slimmer bezels based on the dimensions of these leaked CAD drawings. When it comes to refresh rate, the 120Hz ProMotion displays might still be limited to the Pro models. Meanwhile, the base variants will stick to the usual 60Hz panel.

Punch-hole Face ID

Punch-hole displays are far from being a fresh feature. It first made its debut through the Samsung Galaxy A8s and the Huawei Nova 4 from merely three years ago. Still, Apple users will mostly like be fascinated to see a notch-less screen after years of sticking to it since the iPhone X.

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With the notch staying for another year on the newer iPhone 13 series, rumors suggest that Apple has finally reached the peak of implementing a Face ID system with punch-hole cutout. Albeit an unusual one with one pill-shaped cutout for the TrueDepth camera system sensors, and the other for the front camera.

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This rumor came all the way from a March 2021 report by Ming-chi Kuo stating that the 2022 iPhone 14 will likely ditch the notch for a punch-hole camera layout. This also debunks the rumor that the iPhone 14 will have an under-display Face ID system as the technology is still far from happening.

If you’re getting your hopes up for Apple to get rid of that notch completely, well it will still stay at least in the non-Pro models.

Always-On Display

After years of being rumored, Apple might finally bring the Always-On Display feature to the iPhone.

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Ever since the announcement of the new lockscreen style in iOS 16, a lot of people have noticed how the widgets bar coincidentally looks better with Always-On Display. While it was suggested that AOD has been tested for the iPhone 13 Pro series, the display technology isn’t enough to make the battery last longer.

But as rumor claims that the next-gen iPhone 14 Pro will feature an LTPO display that can go down as low as 1Hz instead of 10Hz on the latest iPhone 13 Pro series, iPhone users will finally become a reality! I guess we won’t need to jailbreak iPhones just to make Always-On accessible.

Way bigger (and better) cameras

Every year, phone manufacturers tend to invest on rear cameras that are bigger both in size and performance. Of course, Apple is also taking a leap forward by implementing larger camera sensors. Rumored as early as April 2021, the iPhone 14 might have a 48MP camera sensor with support for 8K video recording.

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In the Android universe, it’s nothing grand. But in the Apple world, it’s a huge feat of engineering considering the current iPhones still rock a 12MP sensor. But as we all say in this site, numbers are not everything. In photography, having a better camera sensor still is the fruit in every pudding. Google’s Pixel line from the Pixel 3 until the Pixel 5 with the same ol’ Sony IMX363 proves that.

Better internals… for the Pro models

According to a Nikkei Asia report dated back in July 2021, the 2022 iPhone 14 could come with an even more efficient 3-4nm (nanometer) A16 Bionic chipset from TSMC — a Taiwan-based semiconductor company in Taiwan that provides chips for Apple.

Not only is it efficient, it also brings way faster performance more than one could ever imagine in a smartphone. Aside from the newly-announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the A15 Bionic Chip is one of the smallest chips in the market with a 4nm process.

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Due to a chip shortage, it is also reported that only the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max models would come with the newer A16 Bionic chipset. Meanwhile, the base iPhone 14 and 14 Max variants will still ship with A15 Bionic Chip from the iPhone 13 series.

While the Pro series of the iPhone 13 doesn’t come with 1TB internal storage options, both iPhone 14 Pro models might have it all along. Even support for 6GB RAM is said to come — which is a blessing for super power users.

iPhone 15 series

A blast from the past

If you haven’t noticed lately, Apple has been slowly bringing back their past designs. From the inspiration of the iPhone 12’s flat-edge design with the likes of the iPhone 5/5s and the first-gen iPhone SE, all the way to the 2021 iMac M1 that’s reminiscent of the iMac G3 from 2003. Like it or not, the upcoming iPhone 15 won’t be any different.

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As Jon Prosser stated in his latest report, the iPhone 15 will most likely borrow the design of the iPhone 4 from a decade ago. Instead of that protruding camera bump, Apple might actually make the phone thicker for the cameras to get flushed.

Titanium frame, thicker chassis

As early as August 2021, it was already rumored that the 2022 iPhone 14 will have a titanium chassis instead of the usual stainless steel ones. However it may not make its debut in the iPhone 14. Instead, it will be at least in the iPhone 15 Pro series.

Titanium is a wiser choice considering it’s stronger and more durable, yet lighter. This is why it’s a rare (and expensive) model when buying an Apple Watch before, specifically the Watch Series 5.

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The lack of camera cutout might look like it was inspired by Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra but the iPhone 15 will still be different.

Unlike those protruding camera lenses, its thicker chassis makes it possible to remove the camera bump and protruding lenses. The cameras, LiDAR scanner, and LED flash are flushed beneath the iPhone’s glass layer. It’s just like the good ol’ iPhone 4. This makes it look cleaner and uniformed.

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There’s little to no word about what colors we will get for the iPhone 15. My guesses are graphite, silver, and gold will still stay. I’ve also included a matte black option a la iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together with a rose gold (or pink) variant since Apple never brought it back after the iPhone 6s series and the first-gen iPhone SE from 2016.

Still in the waitlist

Portless iPhone

While the 2020 iPhone rumors suggested a “portless iPhone” is coming very soon, it might not be as soon as this year. Apple is in the hot seat as the European Union (EU) wants Apple to comply with the new port standard and equip upcoming iPhones with USB-C instead of Lightning port. If that pushes through, it’s a win for people who use USB-Cs for most (if not all) of their devices.

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The introduction of MagSafe on iPhones just started last year, but it doesn’t mean it’s a tech feature we all need. And we all know Apple isn’t ready to fully-adapt the technology on the newer iPhones just yet. Not only is it slower than the iPhone’s regular Lightning-based wired charging, it’s also unconventional (at least for now).


If portless iPhones are not in Apple’s priorities now, what more with foldable iPhones?

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Even with early Apple patents submitted such as the folding iPad with Apple Pencil support, dual screen with hinge system, or even a clamshell iPhone such as the Galaxy Z Flip3 and motorola razr, it’s still a blurry sight if Apple will really pursue foldables in the near future. For now, we can only look at patent illustrations.

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iPhone SE 3

Mac Otakara and Ming-Chi Kuo’s reports about it being launched in April 2021 together with the new AirPods Pro were scrapped. Instead, Ross Young said it will be delayed until Q1 2022. But is it really the time for Apple to update the second-gen iPhone SE?

The design of the upcoming iPhone SE 3 is quite uncertain. Some say it will take cues from the ‘Plus’ versions of the iPhone 6/6s/7/8 with a 5.5-inch Retina Display. Others say it’s a direct copy of the iPhone 11 and XR with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display. A minority even stated that it’ll have a punch-hole camera instead of a notch with iPhone 12 mini’s minuscule 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display.

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But disproving all those what-ifs, the latest leak says that Apple will still use the design of the old iPhone 8 / SE 2 and will just equip the budget iPhone with a 5G-supported A15 Bionic Chip.

Currently, the iPhone 12 is currently the best-selling smartphone in the world. And with the iPhone 13 in the roster, it’s more likely that the iPhone SE 3 will be sold at a cheaper retail value — and might even cheaper than the launch prices of the 1st and 2nd generation iPhone SEs.

UPDATE: The Apple iPhone SE 3 (2022) was officially announced by Apple during the 2022 March Event. It still retains the same design as the iPhone SE 2 from 2020.

This article will be updated regularly. Updates will include new leaks and/or rumors on the Apple iPhone 14 and 15 series.

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