This Week in Tech: T-Mobile outs the Alcatel Idol 4s & Apple unveils new MacBooks
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile jumped the gun on Wednesday.
Big Pink outed the Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10, the superphone that many talked about Alcatel working on since January.
The phone showed up briefly on T-Mobile’s web page during the early afternoon, before the company took the page down.
Here are the specs:
- Windows 10 Mobile (unknown if it is version 1511 aka Threshold or version 1607 aka Anniversary Update)
- 5.5 inch AMOLED FHD screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
- 4 gigabytes of RAM
- 64 GB of internal storage, with support of micro SD cards of up to 128 GB.
- 21-megapixel main camera with phase-detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash
- 8 MP selfie (front-facing) camera
- stereo speakers
- support for VR
- support for Windows Continuum
- Phone is NOT water-resistant
The Alcatel Idol 4s has a 2.5D glass finish and Halo Gold-painted metal frame. The device will also have other metal frame colors, such as Rose Gold painted metal frame.
T-Mobile has yet to list the price for the device or a release date. It is also unknown whether they will give credits out to people who use the Idol 4s with Windows 10 on their new T-Mobile Unlimited postpaid plan. Big Pink will also add these following items in the purchase of the phone:
- free virtual reality goggles and free VR pre-loaded content (games and videos)
- 45-day Hulu subscription
- 60-day Groove Music trial
- Halo Spartan game from the Windows Store for free
Additionally, there’s no word on whether Microsoft will sell the Idol 4s in their store(s) unlocked for use on both T-Mobile and AT&T. It does have Voice On LTE and Band 12 LTE onboard.
Apple unveils new MacBooks
Cupertino, Calif. — Apple held its PC event on Thursday and it was one for the ages.
At the event, Apple announced that they would no longer sell any MacBooks whose screen sizes were less than a foot long. That means the MacBook Air, which was 11 inches in screen size, officially bit the dust.
But, the tech giant named three new MacBooks and a new Apple TV in its place.
Two of the MacBooks are 13 inches in screen size, and the other is 15 inches. One of the 13 inch MacBooks will have standard hardware, while the other will have the new Touch Bar, which is a touch screen feature above the keyboard. The 15 inch model will also have the Touch Bar.
Via The Business Insider:
It changes and adapts to whatever software the person is using at the time.
For example, if you’re in Safari, you’ll see shortcuts. It can also adjust volume and brightness, for example.
In the Photos apps, the Touch Bar can scroll through photos, apply filters, and make some edits.
As you’re typing, Touch Bar can show quick-type suggestions or emojis, like the IPhone keyboard does. It’s also customizable with the most useful settings for a user.
Touch Bar is powered by a new chip that Apple is calling T1.
There is also a Touch ID fingerprint reader integrated into the Touch Bar, which enables purchases with your fingerprint, and, presumably, will lock your laptop in conjunction with a password. It doubles as the power switch for the laptop.
Some third-party apps will be able to display custom shortcuts on Touch Bar. Apple demoed versions of Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Djay, and other Mac apps that use the Touch Bar to adjust settings.
Touch Bar is also integrated with XCode, Apple’s software for coders.
All three MacBooks run the new Sierra Operating System and have 256 gigabytes of internal storage each.
The 13 inch models have 8 GB of RAM. One has two Thunderbolt 3 ports while the other has four. The 15 inch model has four Thunderbolt 3 ports and a beefy 16 GB of RAM.
The MacBooks are created with gamers such as those who play Mega Man Unlimited in mind.
However, the price tag is very steep. At the Apple Store in Augusta, Ga., the 13 inch MacBook without Touch Bar will cost $1,511.99 and it will be on sale starting on October 28, meaning that it is on sale starting now. The 13 inch model with Touch Bar will cost $1,943.99, and it will be on sale starting on Veterans Day.
And the 15 inch MacBook Pro’s price? Two thousand ninety-one dollars and ninety-nine cents ($2,591.99). However, do not expect this prior to November 18.
And that is with the taxes, which are 8% in Augusta-Richmond County, included.
Microsoft is working on a Universal Windows Platform Windows Defender app
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft is working on an anti-virus app for Windows 10 Mobile.
According to WinBeta, Microsoft is reworking the Windows Defender anti-virus app so it can be included in the Windows Store. Windows Defender has been the mandatory and default anti-virus app since Windows 8 was released on Samhain 2012.
Windows Defender may get a total overhaul from the old “Security Essentials” look to the new MDL2 UWP look. We cannot confirm if it is a true Universal App at this time, unfortunately. The new design is very clean and fits right into the system, just like it should. The picture below only shows it in the light theme, but let’s hope it features the dark one too to satisfy the dark-theme-loving amongst us.
My hope is that it is available for download for phones, even though Windows 10 Mobile is already the most secure mobile operating system in existence.