OPINION: It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for us to recall our picks for the winner and loser of this week’s headlines.
It was a relatively quiet week, with many companies selling out all of their January CES 2023 announcements. This week’s highlights include Intel showing off its fastest CPU ever, a new high-end Sony Walkman and a date we hope will be. The Spotify HiFi launch we’ve been waiting for.
Read on to find out who our winner and loser is this week.
Our winner this week is Sony after the company announced a new controller designed to make gaming on the PS5 more accessible.
The controller, called Project Leonardo, was unveiled at CES this month and is designed to make the PlayStation console more accessible to gamers with limited motor control, such as difficulty holding the controller for long periods of time, pressing small groups of buttons, or positioning. fingers on the standard controller.
The controller assembly has a circular design that can be modified with interchangeable components, including analog caps and buttons in different shapes and sizes. Players can change the buttons, layout, and distance of the analog stick from the playing field.
In terms of software customization, players can also make changes to button mapping, including using multiple buttons for the same function or assigning two functions to the same button.
There is also an option to save programmed button settings as control profiles and switch between them by pressing the profile button, up to three control profiles are supported on any one panel.
Project Leonardo lies flat, meaning it can be placed on a table or wheelchair tray and can be attached to AMPS mounts and tripods. The controller can even be paired with a DualSense wireless controller or a second Project Leonardo so players can move between controllers and play together.
Unfortunately, Project Leonardo is still in development, which means we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the controller hit store shelves. However, this means Sony has more time to fine-tune it with player feedback, so we’re excited to see the final product.
This week’s loser is Apple, as news has spread that the company has decided to cancel the iPhone SE 4.
The latest leak comes from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors ).
According to Kuo, Apple originally planned to use the iPhone SE 4 announcement as an opportunity to show off its new, internal 5G modem. However, that plan appears to have been shelved, as the modem reportedly won’t be ready until 2025. That means Apple will continue to use Qualcomm modems until 2024.
So where exactly does that leave the iPhone SE 4? Kuo didn’t elaborate on why Apple is abandoning the SE, but he does say that the supply chain has been instructed to cancel production and shipping plans for the phone, which, if true, sounds pretty damning.
It’s a shame that Apple seems to be giving up on its cheapest iPhone yet. We were fans of the iPhone SE 3 and the fast performance and great camera it delivered (not to mention the affordable iOS).
Of course, it has not been officially confirmed that Apple will cancel the phone. However, if it does happen, we hope the company will come up with another affordable model, or even better, drop the price of the flagship iPhone to compensate for this loss.