Nokia Re-releases the ‘Brick Phone’ and Apple Is Shaking in Their Boots

by Taylor Cunningham
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Our millennial Outsiders may remember a time long, long ago when Nokias reigned the cell phone world, and Apple iPhones weren’t even on Steve Jobs’s radar. Since we’re in the great age of nostalgia, those classic phones are coming back to stores.

In 2001, Nokia’s classic 6310 “brick phone” was all the rage. The sturdy pocket-sized device had a long battery life and came equipped with the classic snack game. And 20 years after its original release, the company is bringing it back with a new colorized snake game and some modern touches.

The 2021 brick phone has all the same loveable features as it did two decades ago, but they’ve made it much more impressive. The reboot’s battery will last a jaw-dropping three weeks—that’s 504 hours! And the phone’s polycarbonate shell will keep it safe if you’re prone to dropping things.

And while the new design does look very similar to the original, it isn’t as clunky. The cell phone is thinner and more rounded than it was in the early 2000s. Nokia also added a larger screen, a camera, and an FM radio. And the phone will come in a rainbow of colors this time around. The first brick phone was only available in black.

However, the company is still keeping the new release simple. It won’t be a smartphone with an old-school look. If you need a phone that keeps you connected to the internet and all the latest apps, you should stick to an Apple.

And the Nokia 6310 is budget-friendly. The cell phone is only going to cost $82. There is no word about an official release date, but you can add your name to the waitlist today.

Apple Taking Drivers Licenses Digital in Eight States

While Nokia is taking people back to simple cell phone days, Apple is marching forward with innovation. The technology giant is now taking drivers licenses digital.

According to The Hill, state lawmakers in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah will allow residents to upload their licenses to their iPhone wallets.

“The addition of driver’s licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet is an important step in our vision of replacing the physical wallet with a secure and easy-to-use mobile wallet,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet.

People interested in using the new feature will scan their license and send it to be verified along with a selfie. Once accepted, Apple will automatically add the digital card to the user’s wallet. And some states will even accept the digital format at airports.

“This initiative marks a major milestone by TSA to provide an additional level of convenience for the traveler by enabling more opportunities for touchless TSA airport security screening,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.