Meta launched the “Meta Verified” badge program and images of an iPhone 15 Pro with a USB-C port leaked online in this week’s Tech Brief

This week the tech industry saw new products from the likes of Leica, Sony and more. The camera company celebrated a momentous anniversary for the James Bond franchise with a limited-edition model, while Sony shared a new take on noise-canceling headphones.

Meanwhile, Meta announced that it will be launching its own subscription badge service that looks a lot like Twitter Blue. And at Apple, an inside source has leaked images that appear to show the supposedly upcoming Apple iPhone 15 Pro with a USB-C port, following the passage of a law in the EU that requires all phones to have one.

Below, HYPEBEAST has rounded up the top tech stories of the week so you can stay up to date on industry trends.

Leica celebrated 60 years of ‘James Bond’ with the D-Lux 7 007 edition

Leica rang on the 60th anniversary of the james link franchise with a special edition camera. The limited edition D-Lux 7 007 features all the high-performance technical details of the camera, along with some Bond-Specific customizations.

Covering the compact camera’s Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens is a unique lens cap etched with the gun barrel layout directly from the aperture sequence of the Bond Film (s. The model comes packaged in a one-of-a-kind camera case that emulates a stylish leather gun holster. Retailing for $2,113 USD, the D-Lux 7 007 edition is available in the store nationwide. global and online.

Sony introduced a new model of mid-range headphones that offers active noise cancellation

Sony offers a cheaper alternative to its flagship WH-1000XM4 headphones with the new WH-CH720N. Priced at $149.99 USD, the CH720N uses the same V1 processor as its predecessor, as well as its advanced noise cancellation technology and 35 hours of battery life on a single charge.

The pair also weighs just 6 ounces, Sony’s lightest headband to date, making the CH720N convenient to wear at the gym or while running errands on the go. The CH720N is available in black, blue, and white colors from Sony and other authorized retailers starting Spring 2023.

An unopened first-generation Apple iPhone sold for $63,356 USD at auction

An unopened first-generation Apple iPhone sold at auction for $63,356 USD. After starting with an initial offer of $2,500 USD, with an anticipated sale of around $50,000 USD, the iPhone went on to fetch the highest price a first-generation model has ever sold for.

The first iPhone was released by Steve Jobs in 2007 and retailed for $599 USD. This particular model previously belonged to Karen Green, a cosmetic tattoo artist from New Jersey, who received the iPhone as a gift but never opened it.

Meta announced its “Meta Verified” service for Instagram and Facebook

Meta seems to be taking note of Twitter’s much-discussed Twitter Blue. The company has shared that it will launch its own version of an insider subscription service, Meta Verified, a badge that authenticates an account’s identity.

“New Product Announcement: This week we started rolling out ‘Meta Verified’, a subscription service that allows you to verify your account with a government ID, get a blue badge, get extra phishing protection against accounts claiming to be you and get direct access to customer support,” Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Instagram story.

The Meta Verified subscription service will launch first in Australia and New Zealand this week.

A leaked image showed the USB-C port of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro

A leaked image of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro with a USB-C port has surfaced online. The leak follows a new law passed in the EU that requires all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold to include a USB-C charging port, effective by the end of 2024.

The image was shared by Apple’s Unknownz21, and it also shows a body made from a different titanium casing.

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