On Episode 534 of the Waves of Tech, we dive into a few quick topics that are worth sharing. At Apple’s WWDC last week, iOS15 was unveiled and showcased a number of new features for mobile and iPad users. With the advancements in the tablet iOS operating system, the question has been raised as to how Google and Android can compete in the tablet market in the future. The US Senate passed a bill that would boost government funding into the tech industry to the tune of $250 billion over a five year period with a focus on semiconductor manufacturing and related fields.
Apple Unveils iOS15
During last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the Silicon Valley giant unveiled the newest features to be incorporated into iOS 15. Key highlights include a new FaceTime grid view, digital keys in Apple Wallet, ‘Focus’ feature for notification control, mail privacy protection settings, and iPad multitasking (to the rejoicing of many users). Apple will provide additional controls within iMessage allowing users to track photos, links, and more. With that said, we shall see how many users capitalize on the new features.
Should Android Be Worried About Tablets
Following up the discussion of the new iPadOS features, such as multitasking and split view, we dissect the growing contrast between Android tablets and Apple options. The divide continues to grow, specifically around storage, video and audio quality, capacity, functionality, and processing. According to androidauthority.com, Android needs a wake up call and begin manufacturing better tablets and designing more unique and intuitive operating systems. If not, Android and Google risk being left behind.
Influx of Cash into Technology
There has been so much talk and conversation around the semiconductor industry and rightfully so as they are so integral to enterprise business, automotive and hardware function, and consumer products. The United States Senate has appropriated nearly $250 billion over the next five years to inject into the semiconductor and artificial intelligence spaces. Production of domestic conductor manufacturing has dropped from 37% in 1990 to only 12% today. In an effort to somewhat control the supply chain and compete with the global powers, the cash injection is hoping to change the trajectory of the industry to a degree.
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