OnePlus unveils new hardware, Apple updates its educational offerings, and Facebook reveals plans for its next developer conference. This is your Daily Crunch for March 23, 2021.
The big story: OnePlus announces its first smartwatch
Today, the Chinese smartphone maker announced the OnePlus Watch, a $159 smartwatch with a minimalist design and a new operating system. It also comes with several different sensors to measure things like heart rate and blood oxygen level.
In addition, the company also announced its OnePlus 9 series of phones, its first phone built in partnership with legendary camera company Hasselblad, with a primary camera that includes a 48-megapixel Sony sensor. Pricing starts at $729, with pricing for the Pro starting at $969.
The tech giants
Apple launches the Apple Teacher Portfolio recognition, updates Schoolwork and Classroom apps. Teachers who complete a total of nine lessons will be able to submit their portfolio of lesson examples to earn the Apple Teacher Portfolio designation.
Facebook will bring back F8 on June 2 as a pared-back, single-day, virtual-only conference for developers — There will be no Mark Zuckerberg keynote this year.
New York’s Department of Financial Services says the Apple Card program didn’t violate fair lending laws — This follows an investigation triggered by online complaints back in November 2019.
Startups, funding, and venture capital
Robinhood files confidentially to go public — The company may be closer to a public debut than anticipated.
‘Instant needs’ delivery startup goPuff raises $1.15B at an $8.9B valuation — Last fall, delivery startup goPuff made a big splash by raising $380 million in funding and acquiring West Coast beverage retailer BevMo shortly afterward. Roll still doesn’t know how its hot wallet was hacked — Move fast, break things, get hacked.