Top Tech News of the Week: January 21

The tech industry was hit with a wave of new Apple products this week. The company has finally unveiled his MacBook Pro models with his M2 and M2 Max chips made in-house after years of delays. Also showed off his new Mac mini and an improved version of his HomePod speaker.

Elsewhere in technology, companies are cutting workforces in preparation for a recession. Google has already begun the process of laying off about 12,000 employees, and Microsoft has revealed plans to lay off 10,000 of her employees in the coming months.

Below, HYPEBEAST has compiled the week’s top tech stories so you can stay up to date with industry trends.

Google parent Alphabet cuts 12,000 jobs

Google employees were notified by email that the company was laying off 12,000 employees. The news was relayed by CEO Sundar Pichai, who told employees that layoffs in the United States would begin immediately. Pichai cited over-employment in the early days of the pandemic and a decline in consumer interest in digital services in the years that followed.

“Over the past two years, we have seen a period of dramatic growth,” Pichai wrote. “To keep pace with that growth, we hired for economic realities that are different from those we are currently facing.”

Microsoft announces plans to lay off 10,000 employees citing recession

Microsoft has announced that it will cut 5% of its workforce, or about 10,000 jobs. The decision is detailed in documents filed by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said the company “has seen some parts of the world go into recession and others are anticipating it, so organizations in every industry and region are paying attention. I wrote that I witnessed that there is. Layoffs have already begun and are expected to continue through the end of the third fiscal quarter.

Apple is reportedly developing a cheaper alternative to its rumored mixed reality headset

A new report claims that Apple is working on a cheaper version of its long-awaited mixed reality headset.according to informationBudget headsets use the same components that power an Apple iPhone rather than the hardware that makes up an Apple computer, and are priced similarly to an iPhone. The headset is reportedly still in its early stages and won’t launch until 2025.

Apple debuts new and improved version of HomePod

Apple has announced an improved HomePod. Priced at his US$299, it is based on the features of the first iteration of the speaker. Like the old version, his new HomePod is made from 100% recycled mesh fabric, but it also comes with cutting-edge room-sensing technology. Speakers adapt sound and volume to each space. It also has built-in temperature and humidity sensors and is compatible with Siri.

Alongside the Mac Mini, the company also launched a MacBook Pro with M2 and M2 Max chips.

Along with HomePod, Apple debuted new MacBook Pros with M2 and M2 Max chips. These devices are Apple’s first laptops to do away with the Intel chips that Apple has been using and use in-house manufactured chips. There are both 14-inch and 16-inch models, and Apple boasts that “he’s six times faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro of his.”

For those looking for cheaper hardware, Apple also showed off the Mac mini. The Mac mini is an ultra-compact laptop with the same system as its larger counterparts. The Mac mini is powered by the M2 or M2 Pro chip and starts at $599 USD.

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