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Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tabs and more devices are on sale today

Let’s end the week with Apple deals as, we know they’re your favorites, and stop looking at me funny. Beginning with the 16in MacBook Pro which is actually $300 off, this leaves the Intel Core i9, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage variant for $2499. The Galaxy Tab S7+ is also $100 off, that leaves the Wi-Fi only, 128GB of storage model for $750. Back to Apple, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the SE are both $20 off, that means the Series 6 starts at $379 and the SE starts at $309. We have more deals on other Apple products, other Samsung tablets, and Logitech accessories in the description

Netflix’s premium and standard plans are getting a price hike in the US

Now Let’s stay with the official news and talk about services for a couple of segments, but we’re actually going to begin with the bad news. I’m looking at you Netflix. If you’re in the United States, the company will be raising the price tags for the Standard and Premium subscription plans. The Standard Plan is getting a $1 hike, raising it to $14 and the Premium Plan is getting a $2 hike, standing at $18 a month. After the announcement came out, Netflix shares reportedly went up 4.8% cause of course investors want them to mil you for more money. Apparently, Netflix thinks that this is an opportunity to raise prices in countries where they feel like they provide “extra value” and it allows them to continue offering more variety of TV shows and Films. If you’re a Netflix user, they will alert users 30 days ahead of the actual increase, so if you want to unsubscribe, now is the time. That one service that’s kept humans sane throughout the pandemic seems ready to make more profits sadly.

You can now get the new Apple One services bundle

Now sticking to the official news and services, let’s talk about a good update with Apple One. If you haven’t been paying attention, Apple One is basically Apple’s all-in-one subscription which let’s you get multiple Apple Services for a fixed rate. To recap, there’s three different tiers, the Individual plan which includes, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Arcade and 50GB of iCloud for $14.95 a month. The Family plan includes the same but with 200GB of storage for $19.95. Finally, you get the Premier plan which includes all the services mentioned before, Apple Fitness+, Apple News+ and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 and like the family plan, you can share it with up to six family members. Well, enough with the recap, Apple One is now official in the US and over 100 different countries though, services like Apple Fitness+ are still in the works and they will launch later this year. You also get other benefits which will be detailed in the links in the description. If you sign up today you get a month of free trial, but this doesn’t drag your existing services, and also, I might not go the premier route if I were you cause buying an Apple Watch will give you 3 months for free.

LG could give us a new flagship and a phone with rollable display as soon as March

Even if the LG Wing isn’t the best phone ever, the company has somewhat been on the spotlight as of late because, and mainly by launching non-2020 phones. They also made it very explicit that the Wing is only part of their Explorer Project and we should be getting more phones in the future, and they even teased a rollable phone. Well, according to a new report, LG is working on two projects at the moment, Rainbow and Project B. Rainbow will be a classic flagship, part of the V Series and we should expect it in Q1 of 2021. Project B will most likely be that rolling phone and the report claims that we should expect it in March. The Elec claims that LG is expecting 26M smartphones this year, and around 30M for next year and honestly, that’s not too bad for LG as, we know that their least successful department is smartphones. Apparently they want to shift more phone lines to ODMs, to around 70% which is a crazy increase from 2018’s 10%. We’ll see as, we’re excited to get more phones like the Wing, it makes the job a little more fun, though yes, that Wing kinda needs work.

Apple reports 2020 Mac record sales, thanks to the MacBook Pro

Let’s talk about sales numbers and Apple for a second as, Cupertino had their fourth quarter earnings call yesterday for the 2020 fiscal year. And, we’ll be focusing on Macs for this segment as, we’re getting close to Apple Silicon Macs. According to them, Apple thrived during the pandemic with both Macs and iPads doing great numbers, in part thanks to the whole work and study at home situation. During the call, they claimed that outside of iPhones, their products grew a combined 30% last quarter, with a lot of the success coming through the MacBook Pro, as they launched the new 16in last year, and a new 13in model as well. Overall, Mac revenue hit an all-time high at 28.6B. We’ll see how it affects them once Apple Silicon comes into play cause such dramatic transitions don’t always go well.

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Is this the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 or the Galaxy Note 21?

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung and its roadmap for 2021. It’s a mix up of things so bare with me as it’ll all make sense at the end. If you remember, a couple of days ago, we covered a new patent for the Galaxy Z Fold line that showed a pop up camera but now. Today we have probably the patent we’ve been begging for since this Z Fold came to existence. See, there’s been speculation for years about how Samsung might get rid of the Note line to merge it with the S, but all we’ve ever wanted was that Z Fold form factor to have an S Pen. Well, this new patent which was filed back in April shows a Galaxy Z Fold with a fully working S Pen, or maybe that they’ll keep the Note name and it’ll fold? The slot for the stylus would go on the bottom right side and technically it should interact with the phone like it does with the Note. Really, the biggest problem here would be how it would interact with the crease and of course, how that plastic protective layer would handle scratches as resistive touchscreens never aged well. Samsung is reportedly looking into AES technology which allows the foldable screen to not require a digitizer for the stylus to work, but now we question if it’ll work like the Note. The patent was approved this week and, we’re basically still a whole year away from the Z Fold 3 or the Galaxy Note 21 for that matter, things should get interesting over time.
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You can now get the new Apple One services bundle

Back in June, we received rumors suggesting that Apple was working on bundling several of its services into one package that would also help its users save some bucks. This new service was later announced during Apple’s September event, which also introduced the new iPad Air and the Apple Watch Series 6, but it took some time before it became available. Now, Apple One is finally available and up for grabs.

Apple One is a new alternative from Apple that lets you bundle several of its services, allowing you to pay a single fixed rate instead of separate monthly payments that would also add up to more money at the end of each month. The bundles include a subscription to multiple Apple services, which include Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and more.

To sign up for Apple One, you must first go to the Settings App, then tap on Your Name at the top, then Subscriptions, and finally tap on Apple One. However, it may not appear on your device at first, so keep checking, and it will eventually appear.

  • Now, there are three basic tiers to choose from:
    The Individual package includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud for $14.95 a month.
  • The Family package includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage for $19.95 a month, which can be shared with up to six family members.
  • Finally, the Premier package includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 per month, and yes, you can also share this one with up to six family members.

Apple One bundles are now available in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. However, the Premier package is currently limited to the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom since these are the only countries where the Apple New+ service is available. And don’t forget that Apple Fitness+ is still not available, as it’s expected to launch until later this year. The best part is that Apple One includes a 30-day free trial of any Apple service customers don’t already have, and they can also pay for this service bundle with the Apple Card to receive 3 percent Daily Cash per month.

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You can now get Google Maps on your Apple Watch, Apple One confirmed

The wait is over. The Google Maps app is now, once again, available for download in the Apple Watch. This app was removed back in 2017 from the App Store, but now it is officially up for grabs after the latest update. And it seems that software updates have also confirmed the name of the subscription bundle that Apple wants to offer.

The new Google Maps app is now available for Apple Watch users. This new Apple Watch version is mainly focused on providing users with step-by-step directions and estimated arrival times. The apps main screen will display the user’s “Current trip,” and it will also show a list of “Travel times” below that.

Unfortunately, users won’t be able to input new locations from their Apple Watch, as they will still have to use their phone’s Maps app to add new locations. The app will allow users to navigate by car, bike, public transport, or travel, and that you can choose directly from the Apple Watch in the “Set travel mode” option.

Now, the Apple Music code for Android devices has revealed the new Apple One subscription service bundle. This service is expected to launch in the near future, and it seems that users who upgrade won’t be double charged for Apple music. This new subscription would also be managed on the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.

It is also believed that Apple may be working on several Apple One bundle tiers. The basic service would include Apple Music and Apple TV+, while other tiers would include Apple Arcade, and the third tier would also include Apple News+. We may also see options with iCloud storage, a new fitness-oriented service with virtual classes, and more. These bundles would help customers save from $2 to $5 depending on the services they need.

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Apple plans to launch subscription service bundles alongside the iPhone 12 series: Report

Apple is reportedly looking to sell bundles of its subscription-based digital services to boost the membership count, and as a result, bring in more revenue. These bundles will be launched under the “Apple One” brand alongside the iPhone 12 series and will cost less as an incentive to buyers, compared to the combined cost of each service subscribed individually.

As per a Bloomberg report, there will be different tiers of these bundles depending on the services bundled in each Apple One plan. The most affordable one will reportedly include Apple Music and Apple TV+, while the pricier one will also throw Apple Arcade into the mix. There will also be Apple One bundles that include Apple News+ and those that offer additional iCloud storage.

Moreover, the company is also at work on a subscription bundle with virtual fitness classes that will include fitness-centric content offered by the likes of Nike and Peloton. Apple hardware such as iPhone and iPad will suggest users Apple One bundles based on services they already use. The Apple One bundles will reportedly debut as part of the iOS 14 update that arrives later this year.

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