The Information reports that Apple is working on its first foldable phone. It's not expected to be released anytime soon, if at all. There are no specific details on what form factor the device would take, except that Apple had initially considered making a foldable iPad. Even with all this uncertainty, the fact that Apple is working on foldable devices is an open secret. The company has a way of reinvigorating a product category when it releases its version of an existing device. (But we'll see if its new Vision Pro helmet can continue this momentum.)
In slightly more anticipated foldable news, leaks about Google's next foldable phone have started to trickle out. First of all reported by Android Authority then picked up by every other gadget-gobbling media outlet (yes, including us, hi hello), these leaks are in no way confirmed. Still, there's room for some educated guesses on what's to come in the Pixel Fold 2. The main points are an updated form factor that could see a narrower, squarer build and a possible redesign of the bar of the rear camera. Also there are rumors that Google will replace its Tensor G3 chip with the not-yet-announced G4 processor and will begin 16 GB of RAM.
Again, this is all hearsay – at least until the next inevitable leaks. In the meantime, here's some other consumer tech news from this week.
Porsche supercharges 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, boasting a charging capacity of 320 kW. That's up from 270 kW, a substantial increase in the amount of juice it can hold.
The Taycan also benefits from an increased range, up to 678 kilometers (421 miles) on a single charge. There are three design variants, all more angular and sleek than the previous iteration of the Taycan. All Taycan models also feature improved fast charging and can charge their battery from 10 to 80 percent in around 18 minutes. Porsche claims the more expensive Taycan Turbo S can go from a standstill to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds.
Porsche is on a roll with its EV announcements. The company announced its second electric vehicle model in January, the slightly more affordable Macan EV at $78,800. Pricing for its new Taycan models starts at $99,400 and Porsche says they are available to order now.
Toyota wants to go elsewhere
In addition, Toyota has its own electric vehicle projects. This week the automobile giant announced a $1.3 billion investment in an electric battery factory in Georgetown, Kentucky. It hasn't said which vehicles it will plug those batteries into, except that at least one of them will be a three-row electric SUV intended for sale in the United States.
This is a big step forward for a company that has been so resistant to electric vehicle production, even going so far as to actively oppose environmental legislation that did not directly benefit Toyota's hybrid business model. Toyota has long touted the advantages of its Prius hybrid vehicles over full electric vehicles. But the electric vehicle market continues to grow, and it's clear that Toyota wants to get in on the action now.
Of course, switching to all electric cars isn't enough to end the climate crisis, but perhaps company executives can say the tide is turning. Or rather, it’s increasing. And rising. And on the rise…
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