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Apple May Be Plotting Its First Foldable Phone

The Information reports that Apple is working on its first foldable phone. It’s not expected to launch anytime soon, if at all. There are no firm details on what form factor the device would take, except that Apple had first considered making a foldable iPad. Even with all that uncertainty, it’s been an open secret that Apple is working on some kind of foldable. The company has a knack for revitalizing a product category when it launches its version of an existing device. (Though we’ll see if their new Vision Pro headphones can continue that streak.)

In slightly more anticipated foldable news, leaks have started to appear about Google’s next foldable phone. These leaks, first reported by Android Authority and then picked up by every other outlet that consumes device news (yes, including us, hello, hello), are in no way confirmed. Still, there’s room for some conjecture about what’s coming in the Pixel Fold 2. The main takeaways are an updated form factor that could see a narrower, squarer build and a possible redesign of the rear camera bar. Additionally, there are rumors that Google will replace its Tensor G3 chip with the yet-unannounced G4 processor and start with 16GB of RAM.

Again, these are all rumors, at least until the next inevitable leaks. In the meantime, here’s more consumer tech news from this week.

Porsche powers its electric vehicles

Porsche, the German luxury car maker, has announced an update to its first electric vehicle. The Taycan 2025 is a big boost over its predecessor, as it has a charging capacity of 320 kW. That’s more than 270 kW, a substantial increase in the amount of energy it can hold.

Photography: Porsche

The Taycan also benefits from an increase in range, up to 678 kilometers (421 miles) on a single charge. There are three design variants, all more angular and elegant than the previous version of the Taycan. All Taycan models have also improved fast charging and can charge their battery from 10 to 80 percent in about 18 minutes. Porsche says the more expensive Taycan Turbo S can go from a standstill to 62 mph in 2.4 seconds.

Porsche is on a roll with its electric vehicle announcements. The company announced its second electric vehicle model in January, the slightly more affordable $78,800 Macan EV. Pricing for its new Taycan models starts at $99,400 and Porsche says they are available to order now.

Toyota wants to go places

In other EV news, Toyota has its own plans for EVs. This week, the auto giant announced a $1.3 billion investment in an electric battery facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. It hasn’t said which vehicles it will plug those batteries into, except that at least one will be a three-row electric SUV intended for sale in the United States.

It’s a big boost for a company that has been so resistant to electric vehicle production, going so far as to actively oppose environmental legislation that didn’t directly benefit Toyota’s hybrid business model. Toyota has long defended the benefits of its Prius hybrid vehicles over full electric vehicles. But the electric vehicle market continues to grow and it’s clear that Toyota wants in now.

Sure, switching to electric cars isn’t enough to stop a climate crisis, but maybe company leaders can realize that the tide is turning. Or rather, it is increasing. And on the rise. And up…

Browsing

There’s nothing like lying in bed at night, falling asleep, and then hearing that little click of the brush telling you that your coworker just sent you a DM. Or seven.

Slack and other coworking communication platforms like Microsoft Teams have profoundly changed the way people work in the modern era. The ease with which Slack users can interact with each other in a virtual workspace means it’s harder than ever to go back and separate our work lives from our personal lives.

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