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'Genshin Impact' Summer Fantasia update arrives on July 13th

Engadget

Hoyoverse will release Genshin Impact's next major content update on July 13th, the studio announced on Saturday. Dubbed "Summer Fantasia," version 2.8 will reintroduce the Golden Apple Archipelago, a zone Hoyoverse has redesigned to add new plotlines and challenges for players to complete. By finishing the included quests, you'll have the chance to recruit Fischl, a four-star playable character, to your party for free. Moreover, as part of the game's upcoming Resonating Visions event, you'll have a chance to collect conch shells you can later trade for an outfit for Fischl. The shells will also reveal more of the game's story.


'Zenless Zone Zero' is a new action RPG from the studio behind 'Genshin Impact'

Engadget

Genshin Impact developer Hoyoverse is working on a new project. On Friday, the studio shared the first trailer for Zenless Zone Zero, an action RPG set in a modern urban setting. Reminiscent of titles like The World Ends With You and Scarlett Nexus, the game pits players against Ethereal, monstrous creatures borne from another dimension. In a nod to Neon Genesis Evangelion, the action takes place in New Eridu, one of the few cities to survive the devastation wrought by the Ethereal. As a "Proxy," you'll need to organize a disparate party of characters to battle the monsters.


Apple is reportedly testing USB-C iPhones

Engadget

Apple may be about to change the iPhone's charging port. According to a Bloomberg report, the company is testing new iPhones and adapters with USB-C, which is what MacBooks and iPads already use, not to mention a plethora of devices outside the Apple ecosystem. We've reached out to Apple for confirmation and have yet to receive a response. Bloomberg's sources said that the adapter being tested may "let future iPhones work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector." That could mean a Lightning-to-USB-C adapter for things like credit card scanners or flash drives that plug into existing iPhones.


Apple's upcoming iPhone XS will use USB-C for the first time

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple is set to include a charging cable with a USB-C connector in the box with its next range of iPhones, according to leaks ahead of the launch next week. The move will enable fast charging of the smartphones, but will mean some iPhone owners will be unable to connect their handsets to existing accessories and PCs. Until now, Apple has always shipped charging cables with the USB-A connector to plug into the mains charger, a computer, in-car infotainment system, and more. The latest update will swap this connector for a USB-C, which is quickly becoming the industry-standard connection. However, the change is likely to throw up some compatibility issues with users, as those who buy the latest iPhone hardware will not be able to use the new cable with the mains charger that shipped with their old handset -- as these used USB-A.


iPhone 8: New Unexpected Rumor Claims An Impactful Change Is Coming

Forbes - Tech

Rumors about Apple's upcoming iPhones have been surfacing over the last year or so, and many of those rumors have been consistent across multiple reports. Some of the consistently reported upcoming iPhone features include three choices (one option having an OLED edge-to-edge display), A11 processors, wireless charging, new biometric technology such as an iris scanner, storage at up to 256GB and an IP68 rating. Many analysts are claiming that the OLED version of the upcoming iPhone will have a curved display like Samsung's "Edge" line of devices, but a recent report otherwise. Interestingly a new report from The Wall Street Journal's supplier sources arrived claiming that the plan for a curved OLED display is still happening. And the report also contained a completely unexpected rumor.