Hello! Welcome back to the channel and this weeks episode of 180 Tech Chat. It’s been a busy, busy week, lots of new games have been played and lots of news to get through.

First up, who’s been playing Halo Infinite? We have, the multiplayer aspect of the game went live the other day. It’s free to play on Steam and Xbox, there is a whole lot of nostalgia and it’s been quite fun. If you’ve not yet tried it out, give it a go, it’s free after all. Anyway, There is more Halo news. A teaser has been dropped for the Halo TV show. Yes, Master Chief is going to be hitting your tv screens soon. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Xbox, Paramount+ has released the first trailer for Halo: The Series, its live-action adaptation of the beloved first-person shooter series. The series will follow Schreiber’s Master Chief in a re-imagined telling of the conflict between Earth’s United Nations Space Command and the religious alien faction known as the Covenant seen in the first three Halo games and the prequel Halo: Reach. This could be huge, it could but I’m not sure it’s going to be the next Mandalorian, plus Obi One is coming next year as well. Halo the series will be released sometime in 2022. 

Next up Apple, of course, they’re always in the press but this is actually quite a positive move from Apple. Apple has announced that they will let you, the consumer, the owner of an iPhone, repair it yourself. Interesting right, Apple made the shock announcement earlier this week, stating they will begin to provide customers with official parts and tools to repair their own iPhone and Macs, at home. Apple said that the new program ‘Self Service Repair’ will launch with the parts for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, with Mac computers featuring M1 chips following shortly thereafter. They’re rolling it out in the US first and I’m really interested in seeing out this plays out. How affordable will this be, how easy will it be or will people just take their phones to the local phone store and what if you did something wrong and made the repair worse?! Time will tell, watch this space. 

Now for a proper piece of tech hardware news. MediaTek has just announced a brand new flagship chip, the Dimensity 9000, a new competitor for Qualcomm’s top tier Snapdragon chips. MediaTek is saying this is their most powerful chip to date and they want to be the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung. The new Dimensity 9000 is the first mobile chip to be built on TSMC’s 4nm process, in addition to using Arm’s new v9 architecture. It’s also the first announcement CPU to use Arm’s new core designs: a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz, and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz. The GPU, meanwhile, is a 10-core Arm Mali-G710, along with MediaTek’s fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing. This is some top-level stuff, they’re saying the chips going to be capable of capturing a 320-megapixel image. If you’ve got a sensor that can shoot that. That’s impressive. Maybe your next smartphone will have one of these chips in…

On a final note, Black Friday is officially next week and we’re seeing a lot of decent deals in our inbox, so if you’re looking for something specific, now is the time to get shopping.