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Apple has yet to make a significant dent in the streaming market with Apple TV+. To become a major player and take on the streaming behemoths of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+, Apple should step outside its comfort zone and buy WarnerMedia, owners of HBO Max and Discovery+. This would instantly vault Apple TV+ into the top ranks of streaming platforms.

Content is King on Streaming Platforms

WarnerMedia was recently spun out from AT&T, which will be merging with Discovery, bringing additional media to HBO Max. The content on HBO Max is high quality, with award-winning shows like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, and Chernobyl. It also exclusively streams WarnerMedia’s big-ticket, theater-released movies like Dune and The Batman. 

Apple TV+ needs a deeper content library if it wants to compete. Acquiring HBO Max would give Apple access to a wealth of popular TV shows and movies, as well as exclusive, original programming. Other WarnerMedia assets, such as TNT, TBS, Animal Planet and a host of other properties could be carved out into a separate media company, with Apple remaining as a large shareholder only.

This would be a win-win situation for both companies; Apple would get the content it needs, and HBO Max would get the backing of a major tech company with very deep pockets. 

Apple Continues to Migrate to Services to Maintain Higher Profit Margins

Apple has been on a mission in recent years to migrate its business from primarily hardware to services. This is evident in its move away from selling iPhones at high margins to selling them at lower margins and making up the difference with subscription revenue from Apple Music, iCloud, and Apple TV+. It also recently floated the idea of offering a lease-only iPhone service, inching closer to a service-first model.

Tim Cook Prefers Control from Top to Bottom

Apple has always been a vertically integrated company that prefers to control its own destiny, especially under Cook. It designs its own chips and products, builds its own retail stores, and runs its own iCloud servers. Apple would rather control core hardware and services itself than be at the mercy of another company.

Apple’s DNA is in Creative Ventures

Steve Jobs had a love of the creative arts. Think back to Apple’s famous “1984” Superbowl  Macintosh computer launch ad. There’s also its original graphic user interface that formed MacOS, Apple Music, and his pet projects the original Apple TV and Pixar Animation Studios. 

Creativity has always central to Apple’s core view of itself. However, it’s feeling the enormous strain of building content for Apple TV+. It needs a more experienced media company with seasoned executives to help move the streaming needle in a significant way. WarnerMedia could offer the solution.

Access to Quality Media Properties is Closing Fast

Amazon’s purchase of the film and TV studio MGM for $8.5 billion should be a wakeup call to Apple that tech is betting big on streaming. And it’s not just tech companies; many traditional media conglomerates are diving into streaming, too. Not all streaming platforms will survive alone. Consolidation will come, locking down more content.

Time is of the essence for Apple. If it wants to be a major player in the streaming wars, and bolster its services business, it needs to make a move soon. And acquiring WarnerMedia and HBO Max would be the best move it could make.

 

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Samsung Unpack Event – Galaxy Z Fold 3 Devices

Samsung had their Unpacked Event today, and several new devices were announced. Check them out!

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Samsung had their Unpacked Event today, and several new devices were announced and demoed. The highlighted gadgets were the Galaxy Z Fold 3Galaxy Z Flip 3Galaxy Buds 2Galaxy Watch 4, and new S Pens specifically designed for the Z Fold 3. 

No, we did not attend the event in person. However, we did watch the keynote presentation. The overall event was pretty good, but, some parts were underwhelming. I guess that’s to be expected nowadays with virtual events?

The guys over at Unbox Therapy did an awesome job showcasing the new devices they received for review. Check out the video above if you want an unbiased unboxing of all Samsung devices unveiled today.

 

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iPhone 13 Date and Price Leak

As we head into August, the long-awaited release of the brand new iPhone 13 is on the horizon.

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New iPhone 13 Release details

As we head into August, the long-awaited release of the brand new iPhone 13 is on the horizon. While the global chip shortage is still causing manufacturing challenges for many companies across industries, Apple still seems to be un-phased and is expected to announce new smartphones in September.

So what’s the big hype about the new iPhone 13? 

  • LTPO displays with 120Hz refresh rates for Pro model displays
  • Improved 5G modem
  • Faster A15 Bionic chip
  • Improved ultrawide lens on the Pro models
  • Touch ID in the display
  • Smaller notch

Note: 120Hz LTPO displays are the next generation of LCD screens. They have been implemented in digital devices like gaming consoles and televisions for years now. This means that the iPhone 13 will be able to display a higher refresh rate with less ghosting than ever before.

In general, these displays have a higher contrast ratio because they are more capable of displaying deep blacks and whites without distortion or compromise. This means that the user experience is much more immersive than it would be on a standard LCD screen.

Will the new iPhone 13 be more expensive?

Some analysts predict that the iPhone 13 might be a little more expensive than the previous generation, but overall, we think Apple will keep the existing price range of $699, $799, $999, and $1,099, respectively.

There is a really good video from Matt Talks Tech which summarizes all the new features and release date worth checking out. See video above.

 

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Electric Planes Coming Sooner Than You Think

Electric planes were once thought to be a futuristic pipe-dream, however, they will become part of mainstream air travel sooner than you think.

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Electric Planes Coming Sooner Than You Think

Electric planes were once thought to be a futuristic pipe-dream, however, they will become part of mainstream air travel sooner than you think.

Airlines have always been so dependent on the price of oil, but if we switch to electric planes, they will be less susceptible to changes in fuel prices. Electric planes have been in development for more than a decade now, but they’re finally reaching an age where they could be practical for commercial use.

What is an Electric Plane?

Electric planes are not to be confused with their gas-powered counterparts and are instead powered by batteries or fuel cells that power the electric motors. They offer a variety of benefits over gas-powered planes, such as reduced noise pollution, zero emissions at take-off and landing, and much longer flight times.

Benefits of Electric Planes

Electric planes have several advantages over gas-powered planes such as:

  1. They’re quieter and much cheaper to operate, with no need for oil changes or fickle jet engine parts.
  2. Since electric planes are powered by electricity, the engines are quieter and they don’t produce greenhouse gases as traditional aircraft do. They also don’t use a propeller which means less noise pollution for the environment in general.
  3. Traditional aircraft create so much turbulence that it causes them to have an unpleasant ride for passengers. However, electric planes produce very little turbulence which means it gives passengers a smoother ride and a better experience overall.
  4. Airports will also be able to take advantage of this technology because it will lower their operating costs due to electric planes being more efficient in terms of fuel consumption.

The only downside for the passengers is that the battery life in these planes would be much shorter than traditional planes. However, that may not be a downside at all since it could mean cheaper and more frequent flights for passengers.

Currently, research is being undertaken into what it would take to make them mainstream, including estimates of when the first flight may occur.

Wendover created a very interesting video making the case for electric planes to go mainstream. Definitely worth check it out above!

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