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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 185th edition here, with Apple event news, Google’s app archiving feature, PlayStation’s latest State of Play games, and more.
📚I’m back from my book festival trip up north, laden down with a huge pile of books that I’m already getting stuck into. Weekend plans: sorted.
Popular news this week
- Here’s everything Apple launched at its March event on Tuesday. Missed it? Catch the replay here.
- The iPhone SE 2022 sees a $30 price hike to $429, with new A15 bionic processor, 64GB storage default, 5G (only sub-6GHz, not mmWave), and software changes to the camera — basically, a specs bump.
- The new iPad Air 5 (2022) was revealed, gets an M1 chip but again no mmWave 5G.
- We also saw the new Mac Studio, aimed at those looking for high-end solutions for video/photography/design work.
- Meanwhile, the best-selling smartphones of 2021 are mostly Apple phones, with Samsung’s A12 taking the top Android phone spot.
- And updated Mac Mini will have versions with M2 and M2 Pro chip, possibly coming soon.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 benchmarked: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Exynos 2200 — Some surprising results.
- Meanwhile, Geekbench bans multiple Samsung flagships for “benchmark manipulation”: All Galaxy S10, S20, S21, and S22 models delisted from the Android Benchmark chart.
- Some more bad news: Samsung might ditch in-box chargers for budget phones too, looks like Galaxy A and M series phones could be next.
- And Samsung answers questions about throttling in Galaxy S22 and other flagships in its FAQs.
- Meanwhile, the company’s started rolling out a GOS update for the Galaxy S22 series, but only in South Korea for now.
- Also this week: Samsung confirms hackers stole company source code.
- And Samsung envisions a phone with a weird sideways folding screen: The display unfolds from the left to extend the top half of the phone, meaning you could have your camera viewfinder on the top half of the unfolded display and camera controls/a different app in the bottom half — but it’s just a patent for now.
- The Galaxy A53 might share some features with…