New Sony console, not a new iPhone SE

Opinion: It’s Sunday, which means it’s time to recount our picks for the winner and loser of this week’s headlines.

It’s been a relatively quiet week, with many companies exhausted from any major January announcements at CES 2023. Highlights of the week include Intel showing off its fastest CPU yet, a new high-res Sony Walkman and a date for what we hope will be the launch of Spotify HiFi which we have been waiting for.

Keep reading to find out who is the winner and loser this week.

Winner: Sony

The winner this week is Sony after the company announced a new console designed to make gaming on the PS5 more accessible.

The controller — codenamed Project Leonardo — was unveiled at CES this month and is designed to make the PlayStation controller more accessible to gamers with limited motor control, such as difficulty holding the controller for long periods of time, or pressing small combinations of buttons or positioning. Fingers on a standard controller.

The controller suite features a circular design that can be customized with interchangeable components, including analog stick caps and buttons of various shapes and sizes. Players can switch the buttons, the layout, and the distance of the analog stick to the gamepad.

As far as software customization goes, players can also make changes to the button mapping, including using multiple buttons for the same function or assigning two functions to the same button.

There is also the option to store programmed button settings as control profiles and switch between them by pressing the profile button, with up to three control profiles supported on any one controller.

Project Leonardo lays flat, which means it can be placed on a tabletop or wheelchair tray and can be mounted on AMPS stands and mounts. The controller can also be paired with a DualSense wireless controller or a second Leonardo project so players can switch between controllers and play cooperatively.

Unfortunately, Project Leonardo is still in development, which means we’ll need to wait a little longer to see the console hit store shelves. However, this means Sony has more time to tune in with feedback from gamers, so we’re excited to see the final product.

4.7-inch iPhone SE 2022 screen

Loser: Apple

Apple was the loser this week as rumors swirled that the company had decided to cancel the iPhone SE 4.

The latest leak comes from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors).

According to Kuo, Apple had initially planned to use the iPhone SE 4 announcement as an opportunity to showcase its new internal 5G modem. However, that plan appears to have been scrapped because the modem won’t be ready until 2025. This likely leaves Apple to continue using Qualcomm modems until 2024.

So where exactly does that leave the iPhone SE 4? Kuo doesn’t go into detail about exactly why Apple abandoned the SE, but he does say that the supply chain has been instructed to cancel production and shipping plans for the phone, which sounds pretty awful if true.

It’s a shame that Apple seems to be giving away its cheapest iPhone. We were impressed with the iPhone SE 3 and its fast performance and great camera (not to mention the affordable iOS).

Of course, it has not been officially confirmed that Apple will cancel the phone. However, if that happens, we’d hope the company comes out with another affordable model — or better yet, lowers the price of its flagship iPhone to make up for the loss.

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