Peloton’s ‘Worst Secret’ is out (Yes, it’s a rowing machine)

Yesterday afternoon Twitter account for the digital fitness company Peloton tweeted an emoji of someone rowing a boat. That is it; it is tweeted. If you were wondering if that meant Peloton was sinking, you can not be completely blamed – after all, Peloton’s earnings in the third quarter were not great, and the prospects for the next quarter are not great either. But a teaser video shared in a follow-up tweet revealed a Peloton-branded rowing machine. It was a quick insight into the product and the company has not yet shared any details on availability and price. (Trust me, we’ve asked.) The long-rumored rower was also Peloton’s “worst kept secret on earth,” as co-founder and product manager Tom Cortese described it in an interview with Verge.

This upcoming rowing machine and the newly launched Peloton Guide are both niche hardware products aimed at people who want to do a certain type of training. What is probably getting less attention right now is the fact that the Peloton also just announced that it will soon allow people to track non-Peloton training, like walking and running, in its mobile app. This only underscores that Peloton is a subscription company that wants to keep people engaged in its apps as much as possible. New CEO Barry McCarthy has already tested a program to lower hardware costs, while the price of access to bike and treadmill apps just rose from $ 39 to $ 44 a month. So the rowing machine, when shipped, is much less important as a standalone product and more part of a broader ecosystem game.

Here is some more news from the world of gadgets.

iPhones can finally get USB-C ports

In a perfect society, you do not need a different cord for each unit. Fortunately, the utopian vision could come one step closer. According to Bloomberg Reporter Mark Gurman, Apple has tested new iPhones that have USB-C connectors instead of Apple’s proprietary lightning ports.

While the faster, simpler USB-C ports have become ubiquitous across device categories, Apple has long been the most prominent holdout. As Gurman suggests, Apple’s motivation may be compliance with an EU decision to mandate manufacturers like Apple to use the USB-C standard across devices. It’s not the only decision the company seems to have made to get ahead of the law. Apple began (reluctantly) to supply repair parts and manuals to its devices following a device repair law passed in France.

Gurman says Apple’s new USB-C ports will not be able to connect to iPhones until next year at the earliest. Still, this is great news for anyone who is tired of accidentally putting the wrong charger in their phone.

Foldable can go both ways

You might think of folding screens as fully flexible – that’s pretty much their whole task. But most foldable pants only bend in one direction, either inward or outward. Some new technologies from LG aim to combine them into one screen that can be folded along a full 360-degree axis.

This week, at an industry conference called the Society for Information Display, LG unveiled an 8-inch screen capable of doing this. The company says the monitor is capable of withstanding 200,000 folds before showing signs of wear. LG has not offered a timeline for when this will find its way into a mass market product. Still, companies are moving forward with folders, whether they become the future of monitors or not. Hopefully this gives them just a little bit more, ahem, flexibility.

There’s a new OP-1

OP-1 synthesizer is the Swedish developer Teenage Engineering’s flagship beatbox. It is a compact, feature-packed grooving machine that is popular with both musical professionals and hobbyists. (Those willing to lower the price to $ 1,200 at least.) This week, the company announced that OP-1 has received its first major update since its launch in 2011.

Called the OP-1 Field, the new model is thinner and lighter, and it packs even more features into its sleek keyboard frame, including a higher resolution screen, 32-bit audio and 24-hour battery life (up from eight to 10 hours on the original).

Teenage Engineering also helped design the much-anticipated retro-style handheld Playdate. Although that device will not be shipped again until 2023, the new OP-1 field is available now. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive than its predecessor and sells for as much as $ 2,000. Good things can come in small packages, but they are going to cost you.

Time to Close iPod Doors, Hall

One moment of silence for the iPod, thank you. This week, Apple announced that it has stopped producing the iPod Touch, the last remaining product in its iconic line of music players. The original iPod was launched in October 2001, and now its run is over.

WIRED’s Steven Levy – who literally wrote the book on the iPod – goes into depth with the device’s death.

A bunch of Google gadgets

And if you somehow missed it, Google hosted its I / O Developer Conference this week. The company used its main event to showcase a smorgasbord of software and hardware updates. There are new Pixel phones, a more conversation-oriented Google Assistant, some changes to make search more inclusive, and yes, even a real Pixel Watch.

If you want to dig in, here’s all the hardware that Google announced this week. And here are all the new software updates. Also, listen to some of WIRED’s gadget nerds who dive deep into this week’s key announcements Gadget Lab podcast.


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