Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 4a XL: Why CANCEL it? (video)

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Today’s deals include the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10

The offical news today begin with deals on a ton of products, some great, some good. On the good list, well B&H currently has the 2019 13in MacBook Pro for $300 off. This is the 4-Thunderbolt 3 ports, Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage variant, leaving it at $1499 shipped. Yeah good because if you look at the newer one, that’s the better buy. Amazon has the 512GB Samsung Galaxy S10 for $300 off as well, leaving it at $700, though if you dig deeper, you can get the same S10 for $808 with the Galaxy Buds bundled. We also have more deals on Acer Laptops, Monitors, Nintendo Switch controllers and more in the link in the description.

It’s official! OnePlus will no longer make McLaren Edition smartphones

Earlier this month we covered how OnePlus’ name wasn’t on McLaren’s list of collaborators anymore. Now, a McLaren spokesperson just went on record and officially stated that their partnership has come to an end. According to him, it came to their scheduled conclusion and that OnePlus has been supportive and that they wish to see them in the future. We got two phones out of their partnership and we don’t know how they’ll handle the Concept One if it ever comes out, since yes, that was a McLaren phone.

Sony schedules a PlayStation 5 game reveal event on June 5

And listen, if there’s a time for gaming consoles, it’s now, as we need to stay at home, and it seems Sony is willing to bank on it. The company just announced that they’ll be hosting an event on June 4th for the PlayStation 5. Sony is promising to showcase ‘the future of gaming’ at this event which typically means that we’ll be seeing some games for the upcoming console. We haven’t gotten any other details from Sony but a recent report claims that they might show a total of 38 games including a bunch of exclusives. The event will be live on YouTube and Twitch and we hope to get to see some hardware as well. Let’s also hope that hardware is not crazy expensive, as that would be unrealistic in today’s economy.

Apple needs an urgent supply of LCD panels from LG Display

It looks like the pandemic is affecting Apple in sales but not in the conventional way. Cupertino originally cut orders for their products in Q2 to anticipate the pandemic. What they didn’t anticipate is that due to the transition to e-learning, iPad stocks in China have been down since March because most parents have bought one for their kids to attend school from home. This would be good for Apple if they wouldn’t have cut orders before, and now they’re urgently asking LG for LCD panels to meet their iPad demands. The problem is, these requests usually come three months in advance to give room for LG to prepare. Apple has other providers for the iPad displays like BOE and Sharp, but LG might want to answer this because of their deal to supply displays for the iPhone 12 Max. Clearly this is a good problem to have right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ cameras leaked?

According to this new leak, the Galaxy Note 20 will fix some of the focusing issues we had with the S20 Ultra from a hardware perspective. The leak gives us both of the camera arrays, the regular Note 20 will apparently bring a 12MP main sensor, a 64MP telephoto, and a 12MP Ultra Wide. On the other side, the Note 20+ will bring the 108MP main sensor, a 12MP telephoto, a 12MP ultra wide and laser autofocus. The laser autofocus would help the main sensor to lock into subjects and while the 12MP telephoto doesn’t sound as impressive in paper as the S20 Ultras 48MP, the 12MP telephoto might help out during pixel binning as the Ultra does create 12MP images after all. It looks like the camera won’t be that different from the S20’s, let’s just hope they refine it. Now if only they included the return of variable aperture. A sensor this large needs it.

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Pixel 4a XL leaks show what the phone looked like before it was canceled

And finally the most interesting news today have to do with the Google Pixel 4a XL. I know, that one that apparently won’t get to ever be. Most of the leaks have hinted that there won’t be a 4a XL variant this year but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t in development. We have some leaked images from 9to5Google of Pixel 4a cases where we see the familiar design. It has the orange Power button, the hole for the fingerprint scanner at the back and the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, the camera cutout shows too lenses here and we’re only expecting a single shooter for the 4a. We also have some CAD renders of the phone which show the dual lens camera and the punch hole at the front. Why dual cameras on this phone and not on the small variant is a good question, but even more important, why do you think Google cancelled this phone?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+ cameras leaked?

Rumors suggest that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series will be more than just a Galaxy S20 with a stylus. The latest leak is focused on the camera of Samsung’s next flagship, and it seems that we could even find better shooters than the ones found in the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Samsung’s first flagship of 2020 includes a great camera in every one of its variants. However, we can’t deny that even with some autofocus issues, the 108MP camera in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is just amazing. Luckily, Samsung will soon fix this issue in the Galaxy S20 series, and it will give us an even better camera in the Note 20+. According to the latest leak, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 would repeat the camera configuration in the Galaxy S20 and S20+, which means we would get a 12MP (f/1.8) primary lens, a 64MP (f/2.0) telephoto 3x lossless zoom, and a 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide lens.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ would arrive with the some of the cameras in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. We should get the same 108MP (f/1.8) sensor and the 12MP ultrawide camera, but instead of getting a 48MP telephoto, we could get a 12MP telephoto lens and laser autofocus.

Source Tom’s Guide

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Pixel 4a XL leaks show what the phone looked like before it was canceled

Google’s Pixel 4a will be out soon, and in case you aren’t already aware, there won’t be an XL variant of the mid-range Pixel this year. But that wasn’t always the case, because the Pixel 4a XL was past the designing process and well into the prototype stage when it was canceled. And thanks to a couple of new leaks, we know how the phone would’ve looked like.

Leaked renders, which come courtesy of Pigtou, show the Pixel 4a clad in white with the signature off-color orange power button. At first look, the phone’s rear panel looks like a Pixel 4a with the Pixel 4’s squircle camera module positioned in the top left corner. And yes, compared to the single camera on the Pixel 4a, the XL variant would’ve rocked two cameras.

Leaked images (via 9to5Google) of the phone’s case also reveal the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack and the spectral sensor alongside the camera lenses. Over at the front, the Pixel 4a XL would have shared the same hole-punch design as the vanilla Pixel 4a. However, it’s hard to imagine the pricing of Pixel 4a, given the fact that the Pixel 4a might cost $350 while the Pixel 4 often drops around $500 during sales.

Image: 9to5Google
Image: 9to5Google

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Camera Leak Says A LOT about iPhone 12… (video)

Today we find the Google Pixel 3a and more products on sale

Deals. Best Buy currently has the Google Pixel 3a for $230 for the 64GB variant, however, the Pixel 3a XL is just $270 for the 64GB variant as well. Amazon currently has the Beats Solo 3 with a slight $20 discount, leaving them at $179 shipped. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is up to $75 off at both Amazon and B&H, which for those of you who always ask, yes that’s the watch I wear, and depending on the color variant you can get it for as low as $224. I say go silver as it’s easier to blend with 3rd party watch faces that age better. We also have more deals on Fender speakers, smart-thermostats and more in the links in the description.

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch Active stops by FCC, revealing some juicy details

And speaking of my smartwatch of choice, we have some new leaks for the upcoming Galaxy Watch which we’re expecting to see in August. It just went through a new certification from the FCC revealing some new specs. We have two new sketches, the new Galaxy Watch will bring a 45mm stainless steel case, and it should also come in titanium and aluminum. It brings GPS and LTE connectivity and it will allegedly simply be called Galaxy Watch. However, we also have a sketch for the Galaxy Watch 2 but it doesn’t show the full name either or much details about it. So yeah, we wonder what they mean with that 2.

OPPO could have Qualcomm, MediaTek and HiSilicon engineers working on its new chip

OPPO has been working on bringing their own SoC to the market for a while now. According to a new Nikkei Asian report, OPPO is aggressively recruiting engineers from well-known companies to work on their new SoC. The report claims that they are in contact with MediaTek, UniSoc and other inside sources say that they are also in talks with Qualcomm and Huawei’s HiSilicon. An OPPO representative said that they are investing heavily in R&D to strengthen and simplify supply chain. Obviously we won’t be getting this anytime soon and it might take a couple of years, got It’s interesting to see how OPPO keeps evolving, and we know how that impacts other popular brands like OnePlus.

Instagram will soon monetize IGTV videos for online video creators to earn money

It’s no secret that people have been earning money through Instagram for the longest time but not necessarily through Instagram. You mostly had to do sponsored content from third parties and well the company is finally ready to monetize content for their creators. The company is rolling out new tools to introduce ads and allow creators to sell badges through IGTV. When it comes to the ads, they’ll be built for mobile and last 15 seconds each, 55% of the ad revenue will go to the creators. The badges will be kind of like a Twitch subscription where a fan would purchase it, get a special badge in the comments and they will get access to certain different perks. Badges will begin testing next month in certain countries and ads should start rolling out as of right now with some specific creators. We have a full list in the links in the description.

Color options for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series may have been leaked

We’ve been getting a lot of leaks for the Galaxy Note 20 line-up as we get closer to August. Recently we got different CAD renders showing off the design and now we get some leaked color variants. According to an inside source, the regular Note 20 will come in gray, green, and copper color variants while the Note 20+ will come in black and copper flavors. It looks like Samsung is looking for more simplified colors when compared to the flashy color variants from the Note 10, the source also claims that it won’t be the same copper variant we got with the Note 9 and instead it will be more of a gold-ish hue. It’s also possible that these aren’t all the colors as Samsung always launches more after the fact.

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The iPhone 13 may come with a killer camera according to the latest leak

And finally the hottest news today have to do with the iPhone 12, or should I say iPhone 13. Not sure if you noticed but every time Apple makes a change in design, that becomes the major feature, and not really any bump in specs or functionality. Well, it seems that’ll be the case this year. Like sure, we’ve been hearing about different changes for the iPhone 12 like the removal of the Lightning Earbuds, the LiDAR sensor and more, but it seems like major changes will happen until the iPhone 13. We covered the going port-less theory a few days ago, and now, we have some new leaks, The same source claims that these leaks should be taken with a huge amount of salt but it looks like Apple is going for major camera improvements until next year. He claims that we’ll be getting a quad camera array that includes a 64MP main sensor. Yeah 1x optical zoom is no x, but it does seem to bring 6x digital from it. Then there’s a 40MP telephoto with up to 5x optical zoom in addition, and then a 64MP anamorphic lens for video capture, plus a 40MP ultra wide and the LiDAR sensor we’re expecting for the iPhone 12. Yeah that’s a lot of camera Subscribe: http://bit.ly/pocketnowsub http://pocketnow.com Follow us: http://flipboard.com/@Pocketnow http://facebook.com/pocketnow http://twitter.com/pocketnow http://google.com/+pocketnow

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch Active stops by FCC, revealing some juicy details

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Samsung is at work on its next-gen smartwatch offerings in the Galaxy Watch Active lineup, two of which have now been spotted on the US FCC database. Carrying the model numbers SM-R845 and SM-R855, the certification documents revealed some interesting bits of information about the upcoming Samsung smartwatch.

Both the models will offer 4G LTE support, although Wi-Fi only models might be in the pipeline as well. Notably, schematics for the SM-R845 variant reveal a 45mm case size that is made out of Stainless Steel, but a version with a more premium Titanium build will reportedly be launched as well.

The case also mentions an MIL-STD-810G military-grade build with a 5ATM water resistance rating and a layer of Gorilla Glass DX for protecting the round display. You will also get GPS for positioning services. Not much is known about the version carrying the model number SM-R855, but we suspect it will be the smaller sibling of the duo.

While going through the FCC documents, we noticed that the upcoming Galaxy Watch Active will come bundled with a wireless charger carrying the model number EP-OR825, which you can readily buy online. This is the same wireless charger that is compatible with both the first and second-gen Galaxy Watch Active smartwatches and comes with a rated output of 5V/1A.

Via: DroidLife

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Samsung Galaxy M01 specs and design leaked ahead of imminent India launch

Samsung is planning to add another budget phone called the Galaxy M01 to its Galaxy M-series lineup in India. And going by the name, it will be the most affordable device in the entire portfolio. But ahead of its rumored launch in the Indian market, key specs, design renders, and pricing of the phone have made their way online.

Galaxy M01 Specs Price - AndroidPure
Image: AndroidPure

The upcoming Samsung phone flaunts a rather generic but familiar design with two vertically stacked camera lenses at the back and a 5.71-inch HD+ display on the front with a waterdrop notch. It will rely on the Snapdragon 439 chip fitted alongside 3 gigs of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

At the back, you’ll find a 13MP primary camera sitting below a 2MP depth sensor, while a 5MP snapper is there on the front. The Galaxy M01 packs a 5,000mAh battery and will also offer Dolby Atmos support. As per a reliable tipster, Galaxy M01 will be priced at Rs. 8,999 (~$120) and might be launched soon in the country, but there is no information on international availability yet.

Source: AndroidPure

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ Might Bring Some iPhone 11 Looks… (video)

Amazon and B&H Memorial Day deals are available today

Deals. If you’re still looking for Memorial Day deals, we got you. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is still $200 off for the Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant, leaving it at $2200. The Surface Pro 7 is also $200, leaving it at $999 for the Intel Core i5 variant. The Samsung Galaxy A51 is $106 off, leaving it at $294. We have more deals on AirPods, iPads, more Samsung phones and more in the links in the description.

Sony Xperia 1 II finally comes to the US, pre-orders start on June 1 at an exorbitant $1,200

Sony announced their Xperia 1 II about three months ago and it’s finally making its way to the US. Sony has set pre-orders for this phone on June 1st with shipments beginning until July 24. It packs a 6.5in 4K OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, the Snapdragon 865, a 4000 mAh and three 12MP cameras. The only thing is that the phone will cost you $1199 for the unlocked variant. However, Sony is giving away the WF-1000MX3’s to sweeten the deal for you. You can check for more info in the links in our description.

“OnePlus Buds” could be the name of OnePlus’ TWS earphones

We’ve been hearing that OnePlus is working on some Truly Wireless Earbuds for a while now which have been tipped for a July launch. Now, the same source just shared a new sketch of the buds, which still looks like a combination of the regular AirPods with the Pixel Buds case. They’re reportedly going to be called the OnePlus Buds and they’re expected to have support for touch controls, the Google Assistant, and fast-pairing with OnePlus phones. We don’t have any more details but we’ll see them soon enough.

Apple might offer health monitoring capabilities on AirPods in the next few years

Speaking of earbuds, it looks like Apple wants to bring some health improvements to the AirPods in the next few years. According to two new DigiTimes reports, Apple has roped in ASE Technology to supply components to add ambient light sensors for health monitoring duties. These light sensors would pass light through your skin to check blood movement in the vessels to detect your heart rate and any other data. However, this would require a redesign for the AirPods and it will most likely come in the next 1-2 years.

Motorola RAZR successor’s specs allegedly leaked, arriving in September

Last week Lenovo’s South African GM leaked that Motorola is working on a second generation Moto RAZR and now, leaks naturally follow. We have some new leaked specs from XDA that include a Snapdragon 765G SoC which is certainly an upgrade from the 710 we got with the original RAZR. It also packs 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’ll bring a 2845 mAh battery as well as a 48MP main camera and a 20MP selfie shooter. It’s also expected to bring 5G, but only on sub 6GHz networks. This phone should come in September according to the leaks the GM shared.

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Galaxy Note 20+ leaked renders show a familiar design and ginormous camera bump

We have some new renders for the Galaxy Note 20 and they actually come from OnLeaks this time. They’re slightly different than the ones we got last week but retain some of the same elements. According to the leaks, this phone will bring a 6.9in AMOLED display with the centered punch hole. Now, at the back we have a huge camera hump that might even be bigger than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. We have three lenses that kind of remind us of the iPhone 11 line up because of the rings for each camera, as well as a ToF sensor. We’re also able to see the periscope zoom lens but it’s not clear if this one will have 100x capabilities like the S20 Ultra did. This leaks also retain the changes like moving the buttons to the right and the S Pen to the left of the phone. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/pocketnowsub http://pocketnow.com Follow us: http://flipboard.com/@Pocketnow http://facebook.com/pocketnow http://twitter.com/pocketnow http://google.com/+pocketnow

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OPPO Reno4 series live images and key specifications appear online

Earlier this month, OPPO dropped an official teaser for the upcoming Reno4 series of phones. But prior to its grand unveiling, official renders of the upcoming OPPO phone, a marketing image as well as a hands-on image have surfaced online. The leaked images show the OPPO Reno4 in all its glory, which includes the not-so-subtle OPPO Reno branding splashed across the entire rear panel.

The three rear camera lenses and the module protrude significantly, which means aside from being an eyesore, it will also cause the phone to wobble when lying on a flat surface. Over at the front, we see a curved display with slim bezels and a hole punch drilled in the top left corner.

As per a Weibo post from a reliable tipster, both the phones will rely on the Snapdragon 765G SoC and will pack a 4,000mAh battery with support for 65W charging. The OPPO Reno4 will pack a 6.4-inch FHD+ display, while the Reno4 Pro will pack a 6.5-inch panel with the same resolution but a higher 90Hz refresh rate.

The camera setup on the Oppo Reno4 will reportedly be 48MP+8MP+2MP, while that on its Pro variant will go 48MP+12MP+13MP. Lastly, the Reno4 is said to pack a single 32MP camera, while the Reno4 Pro might feature a 32MP camera accompanied by a 2MP depth sensor. Notably, the aforementioned specifications match with those listed on the Chinese regulatory body TENAA’s database as well.

Source: Weibo

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Motorola RAZR successor’s specs allegedly leaked, arriving in September

Lenovo Africa’s General Manager, Thibault Dousson, recently revealed in a podcast interview that a second-gen foldable phone that will succeed the Motorola RAZR will likely be launched in September. Now, alleged specifications of the Motorola RAZR successor have surfaced online courtesy of the folks over at XDA-Developers.

The upcoming Motorola RAZR successor will reportedly come equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chip, an upgrade over the Snapdragon 710 processor powering the first-gen Motorola RAZR. The Qualcomm SoC will be accompanied by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage, while a 2,845mAh battery will keep things running.

The rear camera will also be upgraded to a 48MP snapper (Samsung ISOCELL GM1) on ‘Motorola RAZR 2.0’, while selfies and video calls will rely on a 20MP camera. It will also bring 5G support to the table, but the Motorola offering will reportedly be only compatible with the sub-6GHz network and not the faster mmWave 5G band.

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Galaxy Note 20+ leaked renders show a familiar design and ginormous camera bump

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series has been in the news lately, appearing in multiple concept renders and also getting some of its camera details leaked. Now, reliable leakster Steve H. (@OnLeaks) has shared renders and a 360-degree video of the Galaxy Note 20+, and given his past track record, these might well be the real deal.

The front remains virtually unchanged from what we saw on the Galaxy Note 10 duo, but the rear panel is where the real difference is. Contrary to concepts that showed the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s camera module slapped on the back, the fresh Galaxy Note 20+ renders show a different take on the camera module. And oh my God, that camera bump is huge.

There are three lenses stacked vertically at the back of Samsung’s upcoming flagship, with the one at the bottom being a periscope camera. We also see a smaller camera lens (likely a 3D ToF camera) positioned below the LED flash and what appears to be a laser autofocus module. The glass-made rear panel is curved, but the screen slopes towards the edges very gently and looks almost flat.

The Galaxy Note 20+ is claimed to pack a 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a hole-punch drilled in the center, in line with the Infinity-O design language. Another minor change is that the S Pen slot has been moved from the right edge on the Galaxy Note 10 and aligns with the left edge on the Galaxy Note 20+.

Source: PigTou

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The Prodigal Son Returns! An HTC 5G flagship phone is coming in July: Report

HTC has been out of the flagship game for quite some time, and given the current financial status of its smartphone business, a return to its former glory (and moneymaking ways) seems far, far away. But as per a recent report emerging out of China, a high-end HTC phone is coming out in July this year.

MyDriver claims that a Snapdragon 865-powered flagship phone, complete with 5G support, will be released in just over a month from now. Not much is known about the rest of the specs, but the design will reportedly be inspired by the HTC U12+ that was launched two years ago.

But prior to launching its 5G flagship, HTC is also rumored to launch a 4G-only Desire 20 series mid-ranger next month. This is most likely the HTC Desire 20 Pro, whose schematics leaked last month revealing four cameras at the back and a punch-hole cutout on the front.

Source: MyDrivers

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Google Messages might soon bring end-to-end encryption for RCS

RCS is definitely convenient, but aside from limited availability, one key area where it lags behind instant messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram is support for end-to-encryption as a privacy measure. But it appears that the Google Messages app will soon enable end-to-end encryption for RCS messages.

The latest build of Google Messages (v6.2.031) app contains strings in its code that hint at the arrival of end-to-end encryption for RCS messages. The strings make it clear that users can send end-to-end encrypted RCS messages, but in case their connection is poor, they can fall back to the legacy SMS or MMS standard.

However, SMS or MMS won’t be end-to-end encrypted. Aside from text and media, users will also be able to able to send their location via an end-to-end encrypted message. But these findings come from strings spotted in the code, so they may or may not be implemented in the future, something that is subject to a lot of technical parameters.

Via: XDA-Developers

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Xiaomi patent shows a clamshell foldable phone with a twist-and-rotate camera module

Xiaomi showcased a dual-folding phone on video back in January, and later in April, we came across a report claiming that a clamshell foldable phone is also in the pipeline. Now, a freshly published CNIPA patent indicates that Xiaomi is working on a wild clamshell foldable phone that will have a rotating camera module bar at the top.

The design schematics show a foldable phone with a rectangular bar at the top that can be rotated all the way up to 180-degrees. There are four cameras on one side, and a single camera on the opposite end. Also, the camera module bulges outward significantly, but when the phone is in a folded state, it sits flush with the body.

Not much is known about the phone’s name or the other internal specifications, but the top-heavy design makes the phone look a bit weird. And since this is just a patent filing that was published on May 22, it might not ever make it to the market as a commercially available product.

Source: CNIPA

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Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones will bring multi-device support and auto ambient mode

Sony’s well-received WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones will soon have a successor, unsurprisingly called the WH-1000XM4. As per images found on a regulatory database listing, the upcoming Sony cans will look almost identical to their predecessor, but the internal upgrades will definitely get fans excited.

As per information extracted from the code of Sony Headphones Connect APK, the WH-1000XM3 will support multi-device connection, allowing users to pair the headphones with two devices simultaneously. This makes it easy to switch between two devices, but audio playback will only be allowed from one device at a time.

The second new feature will be an automatic ambient mode that will detect when users are speaking to someone and allows external sound to pass through. The WH-1000XM3 headphones already offer an ambient mode, but getting it to kick off automatically on its successor will be convenient.

Another key feature of the WH-1000XM4 that will make audiophiles happy is support for DSEE Extreme. Sony’s existing DSEE tech essentially enhances the sound quality of compressed audio files and it does so by restoring the high-range audio removed during the compression process. We suspect DSEE Extreme will just be an enhanced version with better output.

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An early iOS 14 build was leaked in February and then circulated online among hackers

Lately, we have come across some major iOS 14 leaks such as a Clips system for testing apps, a redesigned multitasking interface, and a new app for scanning custom Apple QR codes to name a few. It appears that these details originated from a leaked iOS 14 build that has been making rounds of the security and jailbreaking community since February.

As per a Vice report, the leaked version is dated December 2019 and is widely being circulated among hackers and security researches since then. Sources claim that an iPhone 11 running an early build of iOS 14 was purchased by vendors in China and then the internal build was extracted from it, eventually making it to the hands of many people.

Security experts who examined the code of iOS 14’s leaked build claim it provides an unusually high amount of information about an unreleased Apple software. Notably, this build was traded on Twitter and has been distributed in the jailbreaking community too. But this is a very early build, which means a lot could change when the final version is released in September.

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