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September 26, 2022, 3:01 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
The iPhone, in its third year of a three-year design cycle, may be overhauled in 2023; Apple may delay Pay Later to 2023 and may not host an October 2022 event  —  I've spent the last week or so testing out the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and I believe it sets the stage for larger changes next year.
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Counterpoint: the average selling price of iPhones could rise to $892 in Q3 2022 and $944 in Q4 2022, as buyers choose Pro models; the record is $873 in Q4 2021  —  Upward trajectory driven by customers buying more expensive ‘Pro’ models that command higher margins
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Apple confirms that a Foxconn plant near Chennai is manufacturing iPhone 14 models; locally assembled phones will be sold in India later in 2022  —  Apple has started assembling the iPhone 14 models in India, it said Monday, locally producing the current lineup for the first time in the same calendar year …
Anthony Breznican / Vanity Fair:
A look at Kyiv-based Respeecher, which uses performers' archival voice recordings and AI to create new dialogue, including for Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi  —  As the conflict raged, Ukrainian tech workers at Respeecher hurried to bring back James Earl Jones's legendary voice for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Voice of America:
The US Treasury updates its guidance to let US tech companies expand their internet services in Iran, after the country took most of its ~83M citizens offline  —  The U.S. Treasury Department said Friday that it was updating guidance to U.S. tech firms to expand the range of internet services available …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
David Heaney / UploadVR:
In a new paper, Meta researchers demonstrated a system that can reconstruct a user's plausible pose from only the Quest 2's sensors using reinforcement learning  —  Meta researchers demonstrated Quest 2 body tracking without extra trackers.  —  Current VR systems ship with a headset and held controllers …
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:
An interview with Meta Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun on his critics and why today's most popular approaches to AI won't lead to human-level machine intelligence  —  (Article is updated with a rebuttal by Gary Marcus in context.)  —  Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist of Meta Properties …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
A look at The Follower, an art project using open-source facial recognition software to match Instagram photos with EarthCam video footage of people taking them  —  A tech-savvy artist unearthed video footage of people working hard to capture the perfect shot for Instagram.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Study: LinkedIn's A/B testing of its People You May Know algorithm, involving 4M+ users in 2015 and 16M+ in 2019, could have affected some users' livelihoods  —  A study that looked back at those tests found that relatively weak social connections were more helpful in finding jobs than stronger social ties.

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