Yesterday afternoon, the Twitter account for digital fitness company Peloton tweeted an emoji of a individual rowing a boat. That’s it; that’s the tweet. When you wondered if that meant Peloton is sinking, you couldn’t be totally blamed—after all, Peloton’s third quarter earnings weren’t great, and its outlook for the next quarter isn’t stellar both. But a teaser video shared in a practice-up tweet revealed a Peloton-branded rowing machine. It was a posthaste leer at the product, and the company has yet to share any details on availability and tag. (Belief me, we’ve asked.) The long-rumored rower was also Peloton’s “worst-saved secret on Earth,” as cofounder and chief product officer Tom Cortese described it in an interview with the Verge.

This upcoming rowing machine and the these days launched Peloton E-book are both niche hardware products, catering to of us who want to achieve a specific extra or less workout. What’s probably getting less attention apt now may presumably be the fact that Peloton also apt announced that this may rapidly allow of us to track non-Peloton workout routines, adore walking and operating, in its cellular app. This easiest underscores that Peloton is a subscription company that wants to maintain of us engaged in its apps as considerable as that you can contain. Original CEO Barry McCarthy has already piloted a program to lower the up-entrance value of the hardware, while the value for access to the bike and treadmill apps apt went up from $39 to $44 a month. So the rowing machine, at any time when it ships, is considerable less significant as a stand-alone product and extra a part of a broader ecosystem play.

Right here’s some extra news from the sector of gadgets.

iPhones May Finally Get USB-C ports

In a excellent society you can now now not want a various twine for every gadget. Fortunately, that utopian vision may be getting a step nearer. According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple has been checking out current iPhones that have USB-C connectors instead of Apple’s proprietary lightning ports.

Whereas the faster, extra practical USB-C ports have change into ubiquitous across gadget categories, Apple has long been the most grand holdout. As Gurman suggests, Apple’s motivation may be adherence to a decision by the European Union to mandate that manufacturers adore Apple use the USB-C standard across gadgets. It’s now now not the most straightforward decision the company seems to have made to catch out ahead of legislation. Apple (begrudgingly) started offering repair parts and manuals for its gadgets after a gadget repairability law passed in France.

Gurman says Apple’s current USB-C ports obtained’t slot into iPhones unless subsequent year at the earliest. Detached, it’s astronomical news for each person who’s in abominable health of accidentally jamming the depraved charger into their telephone.

Foldables May Saunter Both Ways

You may contain folding monitors as fully versatile—that’s create of their complete deal. But most foldables easiest bend in one course, both inward or outward. Some current tech from LG aims to combine them into one mask that can fold along a burly 360-stage axis.

This week, at an trade convention called Society for Information Display, LG confirmed off an 8-trail mask capable of doing this. The company says the mask is capable of withstanding 200,000 folds earlier than exhibiting signs of wear. LG hasn’t offered a timeline for when this may make its way into a mass-market product. Detached, companies are barreling ahead with foldables, whether or now now not they’ll change into the way forward for monitors or now now not. Expectantly this presents them apt a minute bit extra, ahem, flexibility.

There’s a Original OP-1

The OP-1 synthesizer is Swedish developer Teenage Engineering’s flagship beat field. It’s a compact, feature-stuffed groove machine that’s popular with musical professionals and hobbyists alike. (Those who are willing to plop down the $1,200 asking tag, anyway.) This week, the company announced that the OP-1 has gotten its first major update since its launch in 2011.

Called the OP-1 Field, the present model is thinner and lighter, and it packs considerable extra features into its slim keyboard frame, including a larger-decision display, 32-bit audio, and 24 hours of battery life (up from eight to 10 hours on the original).

Teenage Engineering also codesigned the vastly anticipated retro-style gaming handheld Playdate. Whereas that particular gadget isn’t shipping again unless 2023, the present OP-1 Field is available now. Unfortunately, it’s also extra costly than its predecessor, retailing for a whopping $2,000. Fair things may advance in small packages, nonetheless they’re going to value you.

Time to Shut the iPod Doors, Hal

A moment of silence for the iPod, please. This week, Apple announced that it has stopped producing the iPod Contact, the last remaining product in its iconic line of music players. The original iPod launched in October 2001, and now its bustle has advance to an pause.

WIRED’s Steven Levy—who literally wrote the e book on the iPod—goes intensive on the gadget’s death.

A Gaggle of Google Gadgets

And in case you in some way neglected it, Google held its I/O developer convention this week. The company worn its keynote tournament to trace off a smorgasbord of software and hardware updates. There’s current Pixel phones, a extra conversational Google Assistant, some changes to make Search extra inclusive, and yes, even a real-life Pixel Watch.

When you want to dig in, right here’s all the hardware Google announced this week. And right here’s all the present software updates. Also hear to some of WIRED’s gadget geeks dive deep on the important announcements on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast.

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