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iPhone 15 Reveal
Thursday's Top Tech News
First iPhone 15 Renders Reveal A Surprising Display Upgrade
Apple is reportedly set to release the iPhone 15 later this year with a bigger display size of 6.2 inches and the adoption of the Dynamic Island design from the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. This would mean that all modern iPhones would have the same silhouette and drop the notch design. It is unclear if the iPhone 15 will feature ProMotion, Apple's branding for displays with 120Hz refresh rates. Apple's move to expand Dynamic Island comes as the feature gains popularity among both software and hardware makers.
New Snapchat Features
Snapchat is introducing new tools that allow users to add popular audio to their photos and videos. The company is launching a sound recommendation system for Lenses, its popular augmented reality filters, and a feature that automatically syncs uploaded photos and videos to the beat of songs when creating a montage. The company has been adding more tools to compete with TikTok through its shortform product Spotlight, and it is leaning heavily into the AR filters that are now a central part of trending content across platforms. Snap plans to announce more AR shopping efforts for brands in the next few months.
Copyright and AI
The US Copyright Office has ruled that AI-generated images used in a recent comic book cannot be copyrighted. Meanwhile, Snapchat is introducing new sound and audio tools to compete with TikTok, including a sound recommendation system for augmented reality filters and a feature that syncs photos and videos to the beat of a song. And in the Android world, it looks like Realme may be the first manufacturer to adopt Apple's Dynamic Island design with an upcoming smartphone.
Spotify’s New AI-powered DJ
Spotify has launched an AI-powered DJ feature that creates and comments on an ever-changing personalized playlist. The feature uses voice technology from Sonantic AI, which Spotify purchased last year, and a mix of generative AI technology from OpenAI and inputs from a writer's room made up of "music experts, culture experts, data curators, [and] scriptwriters". The DJ's commentary and trivia are similar for every user, but the order in which it is presented is unique to each listener. The feature is currently only available in English for Spotify Premium subscribers in the US and Canada.