Another delay for Apple’s mixed reality headset: It’s been working on the technology for its next big product since 2015, but now delays are due to software and hardware issues. How can Apple succeed at a time of economic upheaval?

Inaccurate coverage maps could delay broadband initiatives: SpaceX’s Starlink and Comcast have provided inaccurate coverage data, and now customers are challenging their claims.

Roblox emerges strong after a tough 2022: While users and revenues rose, the metaverse platform’s advertising ambitions haven’t yet taken off.

Mobile app install ad spending spiked by 24.8% last year, far outpacing overall digital ad spending, which increased by just 12.5%.

Streaming media apps might have to pay up: European regulators could require data-heavy businesses to pay for network expansion and maintenance. This cost will inevitably lead to price increases for subscribers.

Meta gained a strong hold over the US social media app rankings last year, with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook all boasting the highest numbers of downloads, according to Apptopia. Messaging app Telegram broke into the top 10 this year, as did relative newcomer BeReal.

Exaggerated network maps confound rural broadband initiatives: Thousands of locations are showing up in network maps as having access to broadband but are in reality underserved. Billions of dollars are at stake.

Amazon was the most downloaded mobile shopping app in the US in 2022 as its reach continued to grow. Closing in on Amazon was Shein at No. 2, followed by Walmart, Fetch, and Shopify’s Shop app.

The Information Age 2.0 is upon us: Google’s latest product updates illustrate the movement to embed AI into our information sources. The changes will strain computation and energy resources.

Apple considers pricier iPhones to spur sales: Can an even more premium iPhone help increase sales? Apple seems to think so. Meanwhile, carriers are discounting its latest models in China by $100.

TikTok’s future is anything but guaranteed: While the app remains king of video for now, Meta and Google are making strides to steal market share.

Meta’s vow of efficiency marks renewed optimism: Meta shares rally after analysts upgrade stock due to Meta’s new, leaner direction. Meanwhile, the company continues to spend billions on an unrealized metaverse pivot.

US, allies put pressure on China’s chipmaking efforts: Key producers of equipment critical for advanced chip design won’t be exported to China, which could lead to reprisal or wider geopolitical retaliation.

Troubling signs in the smartphone space: Smartphone shipments drop to the lowest level in a decade. Innovation has stagnated, foldables have failed to take off, and the market for 5G handsets has reached saturation.

Constrained chip supply continues: The yearslong chip crisis isn’t getting any better, and some markets aren’t expecting relief until 2024. But dwindling consumer demand could lead to oversupply and stagnating innovation.

TikTok bans in colleges go viral: The fallout from students and teachers could be indicative of wider pushback against banning the app.

Twitter’s balance sheet is looking rough: The company lost more than 500 of its top advertisers, and Q4 revenues tanked 35%.

Apple will use its gains from AppTrackingTransparency to launch a demand-side platform, and QR-launched augmented reality will help rejuvenate out-of-home advertising. Find out what else our analysts predict will impact mobile advertising this year.

Slowing growth forces Beijing to capitulate to Big Tech: Facing the weakest growth in decades, China seeks cooperation with the EU and will loosen its iron grip on tech monoliths to spur the economy.

TikTok’s recommendation oversight could usher in a new era for social media: The embattled app promised regulators access to its algorithm, which could mean similar changes for competitors.