AMAZON FREEZES OVER WITH ICE AND MACBOOK AIR DEATH SPECULATIONS

NEWSLETTER: AMAZON FREEZES OVER WITH ICE AND MACBOOK AIR DEATH SPECULATIONS

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“Exact science, Mr Angier, is not an exact science.” – Nikola Tesla (The Prestige)

AMAZON TRIES TO QUELL ‘FIRE’ DISASTER WITH ICE

THE STORY

After their ‘Fire’ series of smartphones and tabs fail to grab attention, Amazon announce its successor named ‘Ice’.

AMAZON SMARTPHONE, REALLY?

Although Amazon did their best to promote their flagship series of smart devices as much as possible, ‘Fire’ didn’t really have the same spark as its namesake. The series was aimed at entry-level smartphone market and despite it’s humble price tag, couldn’t really create the buzz it was expected to. Several issues such as poor software and performance degradation made it impossible for ‘Fire’ to even lay a smudge on industry giants.

SO WHAT’S DIFFERENT WITH ‘ICE’ ?

Despite not much official news being circulated regarding the new release, Ice is supposed to receive unaltered versions of Android Nougat. While older model didn’t supposed highly popular applications such as Gmail and Google Assistant, the new phone will have all these Google apps pre-installed.

The biggest change however, is the addition of Amazon’s acclaimed AI Assistant ‘Alexa’, that was strangely absent from ‘Fire’ models. This would certainly bring ‘Ice’ in tandem with major market players such as Google, Microsoft and Apple.

OTHER SPECIFICATIONS?

The above changes and features would certainly ensure that ‘Ice’ will be much cooler than it’s predecessor could ever be. Nevertheless, we still have our doubts about its pricing that would determine its performance in the market. According to various sources, Ice’s screen size is expected to be somewhere between 5.2 and 5.5 inches, resulting in a moderately sized smartphone. Other specifications such as 2 GB RAM and 16GB internal space with a 13-megapixel rear camera with rear-mounted fingerprint scanner are also rumored to be on this phone.

The price however, is expected to be around USD 93, that is certainly attractive to make it a bestseller.

APPLE MIGHT’VE PULLED THE PLUG ON MACBOOK AIR

THE STORY

Rumors circulate MacBook Air’s fate as it is not renewed for WWDC 2017, signaling its expected demise.

REASONS FOR POSSIBLE RETIREMENT?

There has been a major fuss among fans regarding Apple’s highly popular notebook series MacBook Air’s future. The last update for the company’s highly marketed ‘World’s Slimmest Notebook’ was released in 2015. This included with the retirement of iPad Air with iPad Pro, provided several clues on what Apple Inc. intends with the series devices.

The news about MacBook Air’s discontinuation caught even more limelight when a Foxconn spokesperson said that the line has been discontinued. As most would know, Foxconn is the biggest manufacturing partner for Apple inc. in China and we can certainly take their word as something far more concrete than mere Speculations.

FUTURE POSSIBILITIES OF RE-ISSUE?

Sadly, there has been no official communication by Apple Inc. regarding this news. But since there was no announcement about a new Air series device being released at WWDC 2017, these rumors might actually be true. Since the devices are also outdated compared to current-gen laptops, their demise was inevitable. For fans, there are news about the 12 inch MacBook being turned into the new MacBook Air for budget customers.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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