Tesla Plaid and Apple WWDC 2021: the biggest tech releases this week

It’s been a busy week for new tech, with Apple’s annual WWDC 2021 and Tesla’s launch of the new Model S Plaid.

Read on to stay up to date with new technologies this week.

Need to go fast: Elon Musk presents the Tesla Model S Plaid

The original Tesla Model S wasn’t a failure, but the updated version of the electric sedan unveiled by billionaire founder Elon Musk on Thursday could leave it far behind.

Tesla claims the Model S Plaid is named after the iconic 1987 sci-fi parody. space balls is “the fastest production car ever built.”

“We have to show that an electric car is the best car, without a doubt,” Musk said.

“Sustainable energy cars can be the fastest cars, the safest cars, they can be the coolest cars in every way,” he added.

But there is one catch: the claimed top speed will not be reached without special wheels and tires, which are not yet available.

While the exterior of the car was largely unchanged from previous models, Musk showed off the new Model S Plaid entertainment system, playing a troubled blockbuster. Cyberpunk 2077 at 60 frames per second on the car’s built-in 17-inch (43 cm) touchscreen monitor.

Mr Worldwide: Apple showcases new software at WWDC 2021

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2021 kicked off for almost the second year in a row this week.

On the agenda were the new privacy features built into the recently announced iOS 15, iPad OS 15, and macOS Monterey.

The Mail app update will block tracking pixels, the tech giant says, and Siri will soon move to processing speech in the device rather than sending voice commands to Apple’s servers as it currently does.

In 2019 The Guardian revealed that Apple contractors routinely eavesdropped on personal moments recorded by Siri, including drug deals, sensitive medical information, and even the sounds of people having sex.

A whole new world

Apple’s WWDC announcements also hinted at the company’s plans for augmented reality.

The new version of Maps in iOS 15 includes AR-enabled turn-by-turn directions for pedestrians, and the mobile operating system will also be able to read text or numbers captured in photos.

Apple’s new 3D modeling technology for developers called Object Capture allows a camera like the one found in the iPhone to create a 3D rendering of an object by taking multiple photos. However, some commentators have noticed that the technology struggles with settings with larger objects.

Apple also wants to make your actions on its devices sound more realistic. Spatial Audio is coming to Facetime calls and Apple Airpods. The company says this makes video calls feel more natural, as the technology allows for more nuance in audio directionality.

Simply put: it makes the voices sound like they’re coming directly from the people on the screen.

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