News#126:AirPods Pro Teardown,Apex Legend Mobile,Motorola Folding Phone,Electric Car Charge in 10Min
⏩A teardown of the recently-launched AirPods Pro has confirmed that they are just as difficult to repair as their predecessors. Performed by iFixit, the teardown shows that the pods are made partly with recyclable materials, but remain as un-repairable as ever due to size and build process, which includes copious amounts of glue to hold everything together.
Awarding the noise-canceling buds an absolute '0 out of 10' on the repairability scale, iFixit said: "While theoretically semi-serviceable, the "non-modular, glued-together design and lack of replacement parts makes repair both impractical and uneconomical". Of course, it's nothing new for the AirPods lineup, given that the original Airpods and AirPods 2 also received identical scores after being judged to be almost impossible to repair.
⏩Want to go back to simpler times and savor the joy of playing with a flip phone? Well, it seems your wish will soon come true as Motorola is resurrecting its Moto razr flip phone brand with its first-ever foldable smartphone. It will simply be called Motorola razr (yes, RAZR in small caps unlike the old days) and we've got a first look at this much-awaited device.
All thanks to Internet's most reliable tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks), we have received a number of leaked renders for the Motorola razr, which will finally be unveiled on 13th November next month. The images are high-res and give us a good look at numerous important features of the Motorola razr foldable.
⏩While some scientists are working on alternatives to lithium-ion batteries, looking for the solution in graphene structures, others are working to improve the existing technology. I recently came across a study in the journal Joule, which talks about a new Li-ion battery design that will enable electric vehicles to add charge equal to 200 miles in just 10 minutes.
Developed by researchers over at The Pennsylvania State University, the new lithium-ion battery design uses elevated temperature to increase reaction rate and quickly charge up the battery. However, if you have read how lithium-ion batteries work, then you might be aware that higher temperatures will degrade the battery life.
⏩After garnering 70 million players globally on consoles and PC, Apex Legends is all set to come to a smartphone near you. While reports about a mobile crossover have been doing the rounds for a while, the news was officially confirmed at the company's Q2 earnings report for FY2020 on Wednesday by EA chief executive, Andrew Wilson, who said Apex Legends will launch on mobiles sometime in 2021.
Speaking at the event, Wilson said: "With the Apex Legends community now growing pass 70 million players, we’re focused on expanding to mobile new platforms and new geographies, as well as launching and Apex competitive gaming program that we’ll share details on soon". He also said the title will be available on PS5 once it launches.