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Wednesday’s top tech news: Apple might make a touchscreen MacBook Pro

Plus, problems at Parler, and rumors of Apple-designed MicroLED displays.

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Samsung has officially revealed a February 1st Unpacked event, when we’ll almost certainly see its Galaxy S23 series flagship smartphone lineup. If past years are anything to go by, the next three weeks will be filled with news about upcoming smartphones from official and unofficial sources alike. These teaser trailers from Samsung China fall into the former camp.

However, Wednesday morning got off to a bad start for travelers after domestic flight departures across the US were temporarily grounded due to a problem with the NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) system. Around 9AM ET, air travel resumed as normal.

Sticking with the gadgets is the news that Apple could include fancy new MicroLED displays that it’s designed in-house on future smartwatches and even, eventually, phones. MicroLED is a promising new display technology that could eventually combine the contrast ratio of OLED with the brightness of LCD, but so far, it’s only made it to super-sized (and super-priced) TVs from Samsung.

Chris Welch dives into the microLED technology to explain what Apple might be able to do with it on smaller and more mobile devices, but today’s big rumor comes from Bloomberg, where Mark Gurman reports Apple engineers are considering plans to release a redesigned MacBook Pro with OLED and a touchscreen, possibly around 2025.

Finally, things aren’t looking good for Parler, the social media network that styles itself as a “censorship-free” alternative to the likes of Twitter. It’s apparently laid off around 75 percent of its staff since late November according to sources, and when we tried to ask the company for comment, an external PR rep told us they no longer work there.

And now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:

Stay tuned, as we continue to update this list with the most important news of today: Wednesday, January 11th, 2023.