Apple announces release of iPhone 14 and iOS16

Apple released its new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro smartphones with eSIM cards and Emergency SOS via satellite.  Apple also released its new Watch Series 8, Watch SE, and Watch Ultra smartwatches.

iOS 16 is available on September 12, 2022 for download. This version makes the Fitness app all iPhone users, and includes messages and map changes. WatchOS 9 is also available on September 12 and has several new updates, including Compass and workout app changes.

ChromeOS Flex – a free Google operating system for older computers

Google released ChromeOS Flex, a free cloud-based secure operating system for older PCs and Macs in July 2022. Potential users should check if their device is on Google’s list of computers models that are certified to work with ChromeOS Flex. Documentation is available at chromeenterprise.google/os/chromeosflex and at the Chrome OS Flex Help site.

Wireless carriers shutting down 3G networks in 2022

A.T.&T. has shut down its 3G wireless network as of February 22, 2022.  T-Mobile will shut down its 3G network during the spring and summer of 2022, and Verizon has its 3G network shutdown date as December 31, 2022.

The FCC has more information and resources available at its 3G page. This transition may affect older smartphones, tablets, smart watches,  vehicle GPS and road assistance devices, alarm systems, and medical devices.  Some vehicles may also lose Automatic Crash Notification due to the 3G shutdown.

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