OPINION: It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for us to wrap up our winner and loser picks in this week’s headlines.
It’s been a relatively quiet week, with many companies running out of all the important January announcements at CES 2023. Highlights this week include Intel’s showcase of its fastest processor, the new high-res Sony Walkman, and a date that we hope will be launching. The Spotify HiFi we’ve been waiting for.
Keep reading 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 PS5 gaming more accessible.
The controller, codenamed Project Leonardo, was unveiled at CES this month and is intended to make the PlayStation console more accessible to gamers with limited mobility, such as difficulty holding the controller for long periods of time, pressing small groups of buttons, or positioning . fingers on a standard controller.
The controller kit has a round shape that can be modified with interchangeable components, including analog stick caps and buttons of various shapes and sizes. Gamers can switch buttons, location, and distance from the analog stick to the gamepad.
In terms of software customization, players can also make changes to the button mapping, including using multiple buttons for the same function, or assigning two functions to the same button.
It is also possible to save programmed button settings as control profiles and switch between them by pressing a profile button, with up to three control profiles supported on any console.
The Project Leonardo lies flat, meaning it can be placed on a table or wheelchair stand, and mounted on 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 bit before the controller hits store shelves. However, this means that Sony has more time to fine-tune with feedback from gamers, so we’re excited to see the final product.
Apple is on the losing side this week as rumors circulate that the company has decided to cancel the release of the iPhone SE 4.
The latest leak comes from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors).
Apple originally planned to use the iPhone SE 4 announcement as an opportunity to showcase its new custom 5G modem, Kuo said. However, this plan has apparently been canceled as the modem will reportedly not be ready until 2025. As such, Apple will likely continue to use Qualcomm modems in 2024.
So what’s left of the iPhone SE 4? Kuo doesn’t go into detail on exactly why Apple dropped the SE, but he says the supply chain has been instructed to cancel production and shipping plans for the phone, which seems pretty damning if true.
Too bad Apple seems to be ditching its cheapest iPhone yet. We were fans of the iPhone SE 3, its high performance and great camera (not to mention affordable iOS).
Of course, it has not been officially confirmed that Apple will cancel the release of the phone. However, if that happens, we hope the company releases another affordable model, or better yet, lowers the price of the flagship iPhone to make up for this loss.