Apple: the next iMac would adopt a new design and an Apple Silicon processor this year

For the first time since 2012, Apple would finally renew the design of its iMac. In 2021, Apple is preparing at least three new desktop Macs. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who also released information on future MacBook Pros and iPhone 12 successors in recent days, Apple will announce an iMac and two Mac Pros in 2021. The transition to Apple Silicon processors gives a new blows to the computers of the Californian giant.     iMac: finally an edge-to-edge screen This year, the iMac could change completely. Mark Gurman indicates that the borders of his screen would be much smaller, like Pro Display XDR, the ultra high-end screen launched by Apple with the Mac Pro in 2019. The back of the computer would also abandon the curvature in favor of a completely flat frame.  This new iMac would also be equipped with an Apple Silicon processor, probably a more powerful chip than the Apple M1 chip currently present in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. The 2021 iMac is reportedly

Telecom: O2 and Virgin to merge

Telefonica and Liberty announced on Thursday the merger of their British subsidiaries. The new package is estimated at more than £ 24 billion and will be a new heavyweight in fixed-mobile convergence in the UK.
Telecom: O2 and Virgin to merge

Revealed a few days ago, negotiations between the Spanish Telefonica and the American Liberty have just been completed. The two telecoms giants announced on Thursday the merger of their British subsidiaries, O2 and Virgin Media. The new complex is valued at 38 billion pounds (43.4 billion euros), synergies included.

In addition to these synergies, estimated at more than 7 billion euros, O2 (owned by Telefonica) and Virgin (a subsidiary of Liberty) will thus constitute a new heavyweight in "convergence", an operator with its own fixed and mobile infrastructures. Across the Channel, the land is only occupied by BT to date, the only one to offer a mobile plan and a subscription to a broadband line in the same offer.

O2 is indeed the UK's leading mobile operator with 34 million customers, while Virgin Media dominates the very high speed market. It will allow them to consolidate their respective strike forces, while Virgin wants to continue deploying fiber and O2 must ramp up on 5G services.

Billions in cash for Telefonica

The complementarity of the two subsidiaries could also allow the obstacle of antitrust to be overcome, the authorities generally being more willing to validate a merger between a fixed asset and a mobile asset rather than between two players in the same market segment.

They will focus on the structure of the operation: a joint venture between the two parties, similar to that carried out by Liberty in the Netherlands with Vodafone-Ziggo. The US cable giant will make "a cash payment of 2.5 billion pounds (2.9 billion euros) to equalize ownership in the joint venture," said Telefonica in its presentation to the analysts.

The transaction "should reduce Telefonica's net debt from 5.5 to 5.8 billion pounds" (6.3 to 6.6 billion euros), said the Spanish group, whose huge debt is big black spot for years. At the end of March, it reached 38.2 billion euros.