Pocketnow Daily: NEW MacBook Pro: Apple Experiments With Materials? (video)

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Galaxy S21 combos, Smart TVs, Chromebooks and more are also on sale

Sony headphones, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and more are on sale today

Come on, say it with me, the official news today begin with deals. Yes, the Galaxy S21, S21+, the Ultra and every product we got at Unpacked is still available for pre-orders with huge savings but, you only have 2 days left to pre-order it. So, if you get the Galaxy S21, it is available for just $99 and the S21+ for $299, if you have an eligible device for trade-in and you also get $100 or $150 respectively in instant credit for accessories and 6 months of Spotify Premium. When it comes to the S21 Ultra, that one is available for just $499, with up to $200 in instant credit, a smart tag, and 4 months of YouTube Premium. Also, don’t forget that we have a 15% discount on the Award Winning UB from SUPCASE. Use promo code POCKETNOW15 on SUPCASE.com or promo code 10POCKETNOW on Amazon to get 10% off. Now for the old faithfulls that are still awesome deals, the Galaxy Z Flip is available for just $299, while the Z Fold 2 is still available for $1000 if you have an eligible device for trade-in. If you’re looking for some headphones, Sony’s WH-1000 XM4’s are currently $72 off, leaving them at $280. The AirPods Pro are also $49 off, leaving them at $200. Finally, if you want a Fire TV Stick Lite, it’s currently $8 off leaving it at just $22. We have more deals on other headphones, earbuds and more in the links below, and don’t forget we’ve partnered with SUPCASE to give away a Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra, so follow the first link in the description and enter promo code POCKETNOWGALAXY to enhance your chances to win.


 

Sony Xperia Pro finally comes to the US market with an eye-watering $2,500 price tag

Let’s stick to some official but crazy news, you’ll see why, like how much are you willing to spend on a smartphone? See, we know that a lot of you guys are fans of Sony phones as, they pack some pretty neat but pretty niche features. Well, the Sony Xperia Pro which was announced nearly a year ago is finally making its way to the US in all of the mainstream retailers, but sadly not for the mainstream audience. This is sort of a higher end variant of the Xperia 1 II, which brings a 6.5in 4K HDR OLED Display, in Sony’s typical 21:9 aspect ratio. For those of you who don’t know, what makes this phone so special is that it brings a dedicated HDMI port at the bottom, next to the USB C charging port. The reason that HDMI port is there is for you to plug in the phone to your camera and use it as a View Finder, in addition to take advantage of 5G to “allow you to livestream the footage being captured to platforms like YouTube and Twitch.” The reason why I say it’s crazy, well it packs the Snapdragon 865, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage but it costs $2500. So yeah, $2500 for a “camera companion” that’s also your phone, for that price, a newer flagship and a dedicated monitor sounds like kind of a better deal. I highly recommend you watch Michael Fisher’s review which just went live for more of an idea of what you’re really buying into.

Samsung Galaxy S21 shipments may not be as great as its predecessors

Last year was a rocky year for everybody but, Samsung had a rough patch at the beginning of the year with the S20 Series where the pricing, the pandemic and a lot of factors contributed to that. This year, the company is being extremely aggressive with those pre-order deals, and a better price tag for much better phones but, it looks like they don’t want to get their hopes up too high. According to a new report, Samsung is estimating a total of 26M Galaxy S21 flagships sold by the end of 2021 which is on par with what the Galaxy S20 Series sold last year. For context, Sammy was originally expecting 35M units shipped last year but 26M is as far as they got. Now, apparently the main driver this year will be the regular Galaxy S21 with 10M units, and both the S21+ and S21 Ultra are expected to sell 8M units each. And of course, sales and shipped units are two different things but they are interconnected so even if the shipments are lower that doesn’t mean that they expect to sell less. We’ll see what ends up happening as Samsung’s new price tags and pre-order perks are kind of irresistible.

OnePlus camera could get Moon mode, Focus Peaking, Tilt-Shift and more features

OnePlus 9 series won’t feature a periscope camera

Moving on to OnePlus, we’re getting closer to the OnePlus 9 Series which is reportedly coming out sometime in late March. So far, we’re expecting 3 different phones, the 9, 9 Pro and the 9 Lite. For the 9 we’re expecting a 6.55in display with a flat design and 120Hz refresh rate, it’ll be powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G, running Android 11 out of the box. When it comes to the cameras, a new tweet from Max Jambor claims that the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will not bring a periscope lens like the one we get on phones like the S21 Ultra or P40 Pro. We also have some new screenshots of the Android 11 Open OS beta for the OnePlus 7T which shows several new camera features which could be coming with the 9 Series. First we got Tilt-Shift mode which allows you to make scenes appear much smaller than they actually are. Next up we have Stardust which let’s you point the camera at a bright source of light, like the sun and it let’s you see an actual star-shape and not just a dot. Finally, you also get Moon Mode, to capture night shots with the OnePlus 9 Series. Apparently other features that might make the cut include Hyperlapse and Focus Peaking. We’ll see how rumors evolve, like if we’ll be getting these on all 3 phones and other things so let’s see.

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Apple is experimenting with Titanium for making MacBooks and iPads

And finally, for the hottest news today, let’s move on to Macs as, well we’re expecting some major redesigns and upgrades to most of Cupertino’s line up, but now things seem to evolve even further. Focusing on the new MacBook Pros, Apple just filed a new patent titled “Titanium Parts having a blasted Surface Texture”. This patent explains that the anodized aluminum used in the current MacBooks and iPads is not as hard or durable as titanium, and well, science agrees. The problem with titanium is that it’s difficult to “etch”, so it is often described as aesthetically unattractive. If you remember, back in 2001, the PowerBook G4 which preceded the MacBook Pro actually had a titanium variant. Now, this patent provides a different solution by outlining a blasting, etching and chemical process to give a titanium enclosure a more attractive appearance. Apple is describing the surface as including “peaks separated by valleys” but don’t worry, the rest of the process will allow it to retain a high-gloss surface finish. Now, we know Titanium has made a comeback with Apple, as the Apple Watch Edition has a Titanium casing option. However, this new process could allow for titanium cases for other Apple Watches, iPads and even the iPhone. Last month Apple was granted another patent for a Matte Black MacBook Pro and, it looks like they are finding other ways to get rid of the anodized aluminum and make Macs more durable. Sadly, there are no rumors for this to come to the Macs we’re expecting this year but, we hope it eventually comes out.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 shipments may not be as great as expected

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 series has arrived with several upgrades, a beautiful design, a killer camera, and a very aggressive price tag. However, recent rumors claim that Samsung is setting its shipment expectations a bit lower than last year. The company launched its latest flagship less than two weeks ago, on January 14. Before the event, we saw Samsung offer special deals for those who reserved one of their devices, and even now, we are getting some great trade-in deals that also give you in-store credit with pre-orders. But it seems that it hasn’t been enough for the company to expect great sales.

It seems that Samsung may be expecting to ship around 26 million devices by the end of 2021. The company has definitely gone all out, giving amazing discounts to its latest Galaxy S21 series. You can currently get the regular Samsung Galaxy S21 for as low as $100, with some conditions. Still, it seems that in-store credits, a free Galaxy SmartTag, and other goodies aren’t enough to get more customers to upgrade to the latest Galaxy S. The company’s new predictions could be the result of last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 sales. The S21’s predecessor seems to have registered 26 million units shipped in 2020, out of the 35 million expected shipments.

Now, these may only be rumors, but Samsung is allegedly expecting to ship 10 million units of the vanilla Galaxy S21, 8 million units of the Galaxy S21 Plus, and 8 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. These predictions aren’t necessarily negative, as the company would be considering them to adjust its shipments to prevent overproduction and oversupply. Either way, Samsung will most likely wait until mid-February to study sales numbers and better understand how the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will perform this year.

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Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Exynos Processors On Track to BEAT Apple Silicon? (video)

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Apple’s latest iPad Air, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and more are on sale

Apple’s latest M1 Mac mini, Surface laptops and more are on sale today

As expected, let’s begin the week with some deals as those don’t seem to bet slowing down at all. The Galaxy S21, S21+, the Ultra and every product we got at Unpacked is still available for pre-orders with huge savings but, you only have 3 days left to pre-order it. So, if you get the Galaxy S21, it is available for just $99 and the S21+ for $299, if you have an eligible device for trade-in and you also get $100 or $150 respectively in instant credit for accessories and 6 months of Spotify. When it comes to the S21 Ultra, that one is available for just $499, with up to $200 in instant credit, a smart tag, and 4 months of YouTube Premium. Yes, I know, they’re still going. If you’re looking to protect your new Galaxy, SUPCASE is still our number 1 choice for rugged cases and we’ll leave links for both Amazon and SUPCASE.com. Where you can use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. If you want an older device that’s too good for the deals, the S20 FE is available for $425, while the Z Fold 2 is still available for $1000 if you have a device for trade-in. If you’re looking for a computer, the M1 Mac mini is currently $50 off, leaving the entry level variant for $650 at Amazon and B&H. The Surface Book 3 is $203 off at Amazon, leaving the Intel Core i5, and 8GB of RAM model for $1396. We have more deals on LG Monitors, other Samsung products and more.


HUAWEI considers sellings its P and Mate flagship phone brands: Report

Moving on to Huawei, the company has been doing some interesting moves in order for their US ban to continue affecting the successful mobile business they had. Recently the company sold their HONOR brand which, actually means that Honor can now launch phones with Google Mobile Services. Now, there’s a weird conflicting report from Reuters claiming that Huawei has been in talks to sell their P and Mate Series to a consortium of buyers. Apparently this is another government-backed consortium of investments firms from Shanghai and the talks have been going on for weeks, as Huawei is claimed to have started to internally explore the possibility of selling their brands as early as September. Now the conflicting twist is that Huawei themselves have refuted the report. They put out a statement saying that they have “learned of some rumors regarding the possible sale of their flagship brands, and they said that there is no merit to these rumors whatsoever. Huawei has no such plan”. The reason why we’re still covering this is because, something similar happened to Honor as it was tipped that the company was selling it, Huawei said it wasn’t, and we know how the story ended. So yeah, at the moment, the Mate and P Series are still huge in China but what the future holds is yet to be seen.

Samsung and Apple’s upcoming smartwatches might allow blood glucose monitoring

Let’s talk about Smart Watches for both Apple and Samsung as, it looks like both companies are looking to push new health-centric features in 2021. So far we’ve seen ECG, blood pressure measurements, blood oxygenation and more. Not all are entirely accurate, but they’re there. Now, it looks like the next big upgrade will be blood sugar or glucose measurement. According to an ETNews report, the Galaxy Watch Active 3 will employ a non-invasive technology to take your glucose level measurements, while using an optical sensor. When it comes to Cupertino, they will reportedly be using the same technology to offer this feature, and they have apparently filed the patents and they are doing testing for the accuracy and efficiency for the blood sugar monitor. This technology was showed off at CES by a Japanese company, and bringing it to the mainstream is good for everybody at the end of the day.

Sony will revive the Xperia Compact phone in 2021, and here’s how it looks

Now let’s talk compact smartphones. The iPhone 12 mini was an interesting experiment, but we’ve been hearing that they slowed down production to boost the Pros which have been doing far better. Now if you remember, Apple didn’t pioneer this market. It was Sony, and it seems the compact is making a comeback. We have some new renders from OnLeaks of an Xperia Compact. According to these renders, this phone brings a 5.5in display with a waterdrop notch and somewhat of a thick chin at the bottom. When it comes to the cameras, it’ll reportedly bring a dual module at the back with one of them being a 13MP sensor. Also, it’ll bring a dedicated camera shutter button, a headphone jack and the fingerprint sensor comes embedded in the power button. OnLeaks mentions that the phone will be a tad bigger than the iPhone 12 mini, even if the displays will be of almost the same size and it also looks like this is more of a mid-ranger when compared to the 12 mini. Imagine that, dedicated camera button and headphone jack on a mini phone.. Seriously how hard can that be?

Apple’s new AirTags could be getting closer to launch

Let’s keep talking about Apple and unreleased wearables, but this time with the ones we’re still waiting for, AirTags. We’ve been waiting for these Tile-like trackers for the longest time, with sources like Jon Prosser claiming that they are ready to go, but Apple has delayed them multiple times due to the pandemic. A couple of weeks ago, Evan Blass posted some pictures of the accessories that will be used to carry around the AirTags, like these Nomad leather keychains as well as a Glasses Holder, for you to be able to track your glasses. Now we have a new image from a tipster on Twitter, showing an AirTag holder allegedly made by Spigen which will be sold on Amazon. This is another keychain with a black design, and you can see the AirTag sticking out in the center. So again, AirTags are Apple’s upcoming trackers which will work like the Galaxy Smart Tags, and according to multiple sources like Ming Chi Kuo, they are set to launch but, we don’t really have a timeline as for when so we’ll just have to wait. It’s just interesting that what matters is not the bare airtag, but instead the accessories that would use them to become smarter.

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Samsung’s Exynos SoC with AMD GPU conquers Apple’s A14 Bionic in leaked benchmarks

And finally for the hottest news today let’s move on to Samsung and your favorite topic, their Exynos processors. I know, bad joke.. But bare with me, it seems this is about to change. A couple of weeks ago now we got the Galaxy S21 Series which comes with the Exynos 2100 in some regions. And in case you haven’t heard, Samsung abandoned their custom CPU cores to use ARM’s design, meaning that the Exynos 2100 can compete with the Snapdragon 888 when it comes to CPU prowess. Not necessarily the same story on graphics though, but that’s about to change. Samsung is partnering with AMD to power the next generation of Exynos chips and these may come sooner than expected to the market. A Korean publication allegedly has some benchmarks of Samsung’s unnamed new chips which should debut in 2022. Now, we should take these with a big grain of salt as, they didn’t provide any screenshots but, according to these numbers, the A14 Bionic should be scared. In the Manhattan benchmark it beat it by 60 frames at 181.8 fps, in the normal Aztec ruins it beat it by almost 60 frames again, and in high Aztec Ruins it still beat it by 28 fps. And we know, this is Apple’s processor for last year and we should expect some upgrades from the A15 but guys, this is Exynos we’re talking here. This could solve everyone’s problems with Exynos if AMD and Samsung execute it correctly.

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Apple’s new AirTags could be getting closer to launch

It seems that Apple is finally ready to launch its long-awaited AirTags, as accessory makers seem to have stepped up their game. These companies are more than prepared to receive Apple’s new tracking devices, as they have come up with keychains, cases, and more items to keep them protected and close to your personal belongings.

We have been getting tons of rumors concerning the new Apple AirTags, but unfortunately, no official launch date. In the past, we saw patents revealing possible uses for these trackers, but it seems that Apple may have to settle for less, or at least in the beginning. Evan Blass already revealed a couple of AirTags accessories from Nomad, including a keychain made from leather and microfiber that would hold the tracker. A glasses strap, which comes with a rubber tensioner to hold the tracker in place and a premium braided black cord. But the latest leak comes from iMatteo, who posted what may be one of Spigen’s keychain options for the upcoming AirTags.

Earlier this month, we also received word from Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that we could expect the AirTags to launch sometime in 2021, as they would be part of a new series of Apple devices that allegedly include a new AR device. Ming-Chi Kuo also believes that we will also get an M1-powered 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh, a new 14-inch MacBook Pro, and a new iPad Pro with the mini-LED display.

Now, 2021 has just started, and there’s a long way to go. Still, we hope to see the new AirTags soon, as Apple is already preparing some of its apps to support these new devices. A clear example would be the recent discovery of a hidden ‘Items’ tab in the Find My app, which is expected to manage the upcoming object trackers.

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Samsung’s Exynos SoC with AMD GPU crushes Apple’s A14 Bionic in leaked benchmarks

Samsung joined hands with AMD back in June last year to license the latter’s RDNA graphics architecture. The multi-year deal would allow Samsung to arm its Exynos processors with AMD GPUs, ditching the Mali graphics engines that have so far been a mainstay on Samsung’s in-house chips. While an AMD-powered Exynos chipset is still far away – especially since Samsung unveiled a new flagship SoC called Exynos 2100 earlier this month – some details have already started to surface online regarding the upcoming Samsung silicon. And from what we’re hearing, it will crush Apple’s A14 Bionic when it comes to raw graphics prowess.

Will AMD-driven Exynos accopmplish what Qualcomm Snapdragon couldn't?

As per an ITHome report that claims to sourced benchmark scores from a Korean community website, the upcoming Exynos SoC with an AMD GPU leaves the A14 Bionic inside the iPhone 12 far behind. The performance comparison was reportedly done via a trio of synthetic benchmark tests – GFXBench to be precise – and the alleged results are as follows:

Benchmark TestUpcoming Exynos SoC
with AMD GPU
A14 Bionic
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1181.8FPS146.4FPS
GFXBench Aztec Normal138.25FPS79.8FPS
GFXBench Aztec High School58FPS30.5FPS

As you can see in the table above, graphics performance of the AMD-driven Exynos chip in question is far ahead of what Apple’s A14 Bionic can reach. Now, A14 Bionic is one of the most powerful SoCs out there, and Apple’s in-house chip has outperformed the best that Qualcomm has to offer for the past few years. So, it is quite surprising to see an Exynos SoC armed with an AMD GPU surpassing Apple’s latest-and-greatest by such a huge margin. And IF true, it is also a testament to how big a performance gain the RDNA architecture-based AMD GPUs will bring for upcoming Exynos SoCs.

Exynos chips with an AMD GPU might arrive sooner than expected

Now, previous reports have claimed that the first wave of Exynos chips rocking an AMD GPU will arrive in 2022. But as per tipster @IceUniverse, the first Exynos 2xxx and Exynos 1xxx series processors with AMD GPU might be launched in the second or third quarter of 2021. And if that turns out to be true, the next Galaxy Note or Galaxy Z Fold series phone might feature an Exynos SoC packing an AMD GPU to handle the graphics department.

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Samsung and Apple’s upcoming smartwatches might allow blood glucose monitoring

Looks like the smartwatch wars will be hotter in 2021. After bringing blood oxygen saturation, ECG, and blood pressure measurement to their smartwatches, Apple and Samsung have reportedly set their sights on another impressive feature for their upcoming smartwatches – blood sugar (or glucose) level measurement.

As per a report by ETNews, Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch – tentatively called Galaxy Watch 4 – will employ a non-invasive technology for taking blood sugar (or glucose) level measurements. The company will rely on an optical sensor for doing so. While the exact technology is yet to be detailed, Samsung researchers showcased a non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technique in collaboration with experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) back in January last year.

Samsung revealed its work with non-invasive blood glucose monitoring a year ago

Samsung’s research team relied on a technology called Raman Spectroscopy that uses lasers to identify the chemical composition of blood. The team managed to deliver the highest accuracy rate for blood glucose level monitoring using a non-invasive technology by modifying the Raman Spectroscopy method. As per the ETNews report, Samsung is going to launch three smartwatches in 2021, and they will likely come with the new blood glucose level measurement capability.

But Samsung won’t be alone to offer this extremely helpful technology on its wearable devices. Apple will reportedly use the same technology to offer this capability on its upcoming smartwatch, tentatively called Apple Watch Series 7. Apple has reportedly gone through patent hurdles and is currently testing the accuracy and efficiency of blood glucose monitoring on a smartwatch.

CES 2021 gave us a glimpse of blood glucose monitoring on wearables

We already have seen this capability earlier this year at CES 2021. Japanese company Quantum Operation showcased what it claims to be the world’s first non-invasive monitor capable of continuously measuring blood glucose levels when worn around the wrist. Quantum Operation’s solution employs its patented spectrum sensing technology for bringing the feature to life. You can see a demo of Quantum Operation’s wearable glucometer device in action here:

The technology is extremely promising and can prove to be a life-saving addition to smartwatches, just like ECG measurement on smartwatches has often turned out to be a feature that has saved many lives in well-documented reports. However, both the companies will first have to get it approved by regulatory authorities in the regions where they plan to market the new capability on their respective smartwatches.

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Pocketnow Daily: M1X MacBook Leaks: EVERYTHING We Wanted? (video)

Gaming monitors, Marshall Bluetooth speakers, and more accessories are on sale

iPhone 11 Pro, OnePlus 8T, Galaxy S21 and more phones on sale today

Looking for gaming peripherals? There’s a ton of Razer deals available right now

And yes, let’s end the week, as we end ever week, with Deals, and it actually begins with the ones you should not let go by. The Galaxy S21, S21+, the Ultra and every product we got at Unpacked is still available for pre-orders with huge savings. For example, if you get the Galaxy S21 it is available for just $99 and the S21+ for $299, if you have an eligible device for trade-in and you also get $100 or $150 respectively in instant credit for accessories and 6 months of Spotify. In the case of the S21 Ultra, that one is available for just $499, with up to $200 in instant credit, a smart tag, and 4 months of YouTube Premium. I know, it’s crazy. If you’re looking to protect your new Galaxy, SUPCASE is still our go-to choice for rugged cases and we’ll leave links for both Amazon and SUPCASE.com. Where you can use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. If you want an older devices, the S20 FE is available for $350, while the Z Fold 2 is still available for $1000 if you have a device for trade-in. If you’re looking for an iPhone, Verizon currently has the 11 Pro for $400, leaving it at $599 on an installment plan. The OnePlus 8T is available on a Buy One Get One Free deal for 50% off, meaning you can get two entry level models for $1124. Finally, the Google Pixel 3 XL is available for just $300 over at B&H, if you want a great camera. We have more deals on Razer peripherals, LG smartphones and more.

Honor could launch smartphones with Google Mobile Services

Let’s move on to Honor, and a positive note for a change after all the mess that was 2020 for them. Recently, Huawei announced the sale of the Honor Brand due to “tremendous pressure” from the sanctions they’ve been imposed by the US. Well, a new report from a Russian publication claims that Google Mobile Services might be making a comeback to Honor devices, as they are no longer a Huawei subsidiary and, the sanctions imposed on Huawei don’t apply. The report claims that GMS could come back to Honor smartphones this Spring and the company has reportedly been working on two new lineups with support for GMS. This means that the new devices getting launched by Honor will no longer have Huawei’s App Gallery pre-installed, but older devices still won’t have access to GMS. They are currently preparing the Honor V40 which will debut on January 22 but, this one most likely won’t support Google Services. It is said to bring the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+, 8GB of RAM and 128GB with Android 10 running on Magic UI 4.0. We’ll see how this evolves as, this is kinda huge for other markets like Latin America now that Google Services are back.

LG’s smartphone business could be handed over to a Vietnamese manufacturer

LG’s new rollable smartphone could be canceled before its possible launch

Moving on to LG and more of a negative news, the rumors of the company selling their mobile division just got worse. On the last Pocketnow Daily we talked about how the company might sell or downsize their smartphone division due to losses over the years. Well, a new report claims that LG Electronics might want to sell their smartphone business to Vietnamese Conglomerate, Vingroup Co. This company is actually an ODM for LG and has been producing smartphones for them since 2018, being the third largest manufacturer in Vietnam after Samsung and OPPO. This company has a market capitalization of $16.5B and they reportedly want LG’s business in the United States, as they own 12.9% of the market on this side of the pond. Moving on to another report, at CES LG shared some teasers of their rollable smartphone which would debut in September. However, the Korea Herald reports that LG might pull the plug on the Rollable. The cause is that the Wing has sold less than 100K units since it launched, being considered a financial failure. And now, insiders are doubting that the Rollable might make it to the market, because of the hefty price tag. They claim that even if it outperformed the Wing, it might not be enough to keep the whole division alive. We hope that LG manage to turn things around as, they don’t make the best smartphones but they did pioneer a lot of what we see today, and now their more experimental phones are also great to see.

iPhone 13 again rumored to flaunt a smaller notch, upgraded camera for Pro models

I feel like every year we hear a ton of rumors of what we’re getting with the next iPhones and half of them don’t happen but, this year everything seems so consistent. According to a new report from DigiTimes, a ton of the rumors we’ve been hearing about will be happening. First off they mention that the notch will be shrinking down thanks to a Face ID redesign. However, they claim that it will only shrink vertically, while maintaining the same width. The report also adds that the smaller iPhones, meaning the 13 and the 13 mini, will come with superior CMOS Image sensors, the ones we currently have on the 12 Pro and the 12 Pro Max. These sensors will reportedly be supplied by Sony and Apple will continue using the same 7-element system we currently get. Finally, the report also reiterates on the fact that all of the iPhone 13 family will bring sensor shift image stabilization which is currently exclusive to the 12 Pro Max. So once again, 2021 is sounding like an S year for the iPhones. The cause is that the Wing has sold less than 100K units since it launched, being considered a financial failure. And now, insiders are doubting that the Rollable might make it to the market, because of the hefty price tag. They claim that even if it outperformed the Wing, it might not be enough to keep the whole division alive. We hope that LG manage to turn things around as, they don’t make the best smartphones but they did pioneer a lot of what we see today, and now their more experimental phones are also great to see.

Samsung could be prepping to launch a cheaper, 4G Galaxy S21

You know, it’s funny but I seriously thought the S21 was like this year’s S20 FE, but it seems there’s a broader plan behind that. See, last year, when 5G wasn’t the norm yet, Samsung announced the S20 5G, but kept an LTE model with the Exynos for regions where 5G isn’t really available just yet. This year with the Exynos 2100, the company put 5G modems on all models. Well, a 4G variant of the Galaxy S21 was just certified by Bluetooth SIG with two different model numbers. Now, this could mean two things. Either Samsung is already working on the Fan Edition for this smartphone, or this is just a less expensive variant of the phone with no 5G support. Either way, this should be less expensive than the flagship model but, we don’t know if Samsung plans to downgrade the processors and other specs since they won’t be adding 5G. AS a recap of the specs, this means a 6.2-inch display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a similar camera array at the back. We know that it’s pretty early for Samsung to be working on the FE variant for this phone and that this might not be the case at all. Regardless, for those asking if the $100 price difference between the S20 FE and the S21 is worth it, I say it is.

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Next MacBook Air: Thinner, lighter, smaller, more powerful

Upcoming MacBook Pro could have a microSD card slot

Face ID support on iMac isn’t coming soon

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Apple. Let’s talk Macs as we’re currently expecting the next generation of Apple Silicon Macs and, we actually have a report for three separate line-ups here so bear with me. Let’s start with the upcoming MacBook Air as, a new report from Mark Gurman claims that the next MacBook Air will be a higher-end model and it will bring Apple’s MagSafe Charging technology and next-generation Apple Silicon processor. He also claims that Apple is considering making the laptop smaller, by shrinking down the bezels in the display, but it will still be a 13in panel. Apparently, there’s also some rumors of a 15in MacBook Air with 4 USB-C ports.. Finally.. But this isn’t certain at all. Since the MacBook Air was just refreshed, we’ll most likely see the changes Gurman mentioned until 2022, hopefully with 16 and 32-core processors. As for this year and moving on to the MacBook Pro, Gurman claims that the company is planning to bring back the SD Card Slot, which makes a TON of sense considering how Apple caters to content creators. The report also reiterates on details we’ve heard before, like the fact that it will feature a brighter panel, with higher contrast and that the Touch Bar is going away. Finally, we’re expecting a huge redesign for iMacs this year and one of the rumors was that we would get Face ID with this new design. Well, Gurman claims that it won’t happen, at least not for the models launched this year. So yeah, we should expect these iMacs and MacBook Pros around the middle of the year, and it looks like we’ll have to wait until 2022 for that higher end MacBook Air which sounds very enticing considering the Apple Silicon rumors.
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OnePlus smartwatch gets certified ahead of its early 2021 launch

The saga of OnePlus’ smartwatch ambitions has been a bumpy one. After starting work on a smartwatch years ago and then prematurely sunsetting it, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau finally revealed last month the smartwatch project is back on track and that it will be launched early in 2021. But that’s just about it. Unlike OnePlus’ phones, the OnePlus Watch (tentative name) has been shrouded in mystery. However, it appears that the OnePlus Watch is inching closer to its launch. 

The OnePlus smartwatch has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards, suggesting that the device is not too far away from its official debut. First spotted by leakster and certification watcher Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings), two models of the OnePlus Watch have been listed on the database – W501GB and W301GB. 

However, it is unclear if these are two separate variants with a different case size, or if they are just Bluetooth and LTE capable versions of the OnePlus smartwatch. As we mentioned earlier, everything regarding the upcoming wearable is in the speculative stage as of now. The only information we have comes from leakster Max J. who claims that the OnePlus Watch has a round display.

On the software side, OnePlus’ upcoming smartwatch will likely run Wear OS, Google’s own Android-based operating system for smartwatches. “Wear OS definitely has room to improve. What we’re trying to do is work with Google to try to improve the connectivity between the Wear OS ecosystem, Android TV, and Android smartphones to create this ability for better device interoperability across the ecosystems. This has been something looked at very positively from Google’s side as well,” Lau mentioned in an interview last year.

It is worth noting that OnePlus apparently shelved plans of a smartwatch because the company thought Wear OS is not ready and can’t provide the fulfilling smartwatch experience that the company sought to achieve. However, it appears that the company is finally ready to give Wear OS a shot. Though, it is quite likely that the OnePlus smartwatch will run a heavily customized version of Wear OS, just like the OxygenOS skin running on its smartphones.

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LG’s new rollable smartphone could be canceled before its possible launch

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LG has started to get more attention in the last couple of days, but not necessarily for good reasons. The company seems to be ready to make significant changes in its operations in the smartphone division, but that could also mean that the company may also be considering exiting the smartphone market.

This information comes at a moment when LG has caught the world’s attention thanks to its explorer project, which includes great ideas and innovation in the form of the latest LG Flip and a possible rollable device that amazed virtual crowds with a short demo during CES 2021. This rollable device is said to be getting ready for a possible launch in September, but recent rumors claim that LG may be having second thoughts about the device.

According to reports from the Korea Herald, LG hasn’t decided whether or not to convert this prototype into a mass-market device, even though it is still open to every possibility. The company is also said to be in talks to sell its smartphone business to Vietnam’s Vingroup Company, the third-largest smartphone producer in Vietnam after Samsung Electronics and OPPO.

Now, LG may also end up keeping its smartphone business for a bit longer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we will get this rollable device. The company doesn’t want to keep on losing money, and their smartphone segment has been reporting losses for several years now, with an estimated loss of $4.5 billion since 2015.

The company may still look for ways to improve its sales numbers, but even its latest LG Wing hasn’t been as profitable as it had hoped for. The device is a head-turner indeed, but it has sold less than 100,000 units since launch. The same is expected to happen with the new rollable device, as it would probably be an expensive phone, and that would also hinder its sales performance. For now, all we can do is wait.

Source The Korea Herald

Via GSM Arena

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Samsung might be working on two ‘Lite’ tablets to expand Galaxy Tab S7 range

It is not only smartphones that get a ‘Lite’ or ‘Fan Edition’ treatment from Samsung, as the company has also launched its fair share of tablets with watered-down specs and a premium build in the past few years. As per a new report by SamMobile, the company might soon introduce two new tablets with the same appeal. It is quite likely that these upcoming tablets will draw inspiration from the Galaxy Tab S7 and the Tab S7+, and will make a few concessions in the hardware department to bring the asking price down. 

“Samsung is apparently working on an upper new mid-range tablet that could eventually go on sale as the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite or even as the Galaxy Tab S8e. Details are scarce but according to our sources, the tablet should be launched in Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G variants with model numbers SM-T730, SM-T735, and SM-T736B / SM-T736N, respectively,” says the SamMobile report. 

Two Lite tablets, two screen sizes - just like the Galaxy Tab S7 duo

The Galaxy Tab S7 Lite name actually makes a lot of sense, since the company gave the Galaxy Tab S6 flagship tablet the same treatment in the past and launched a more affordable version called Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, complete with a stylus in tow to take advantage of the screen real estate. Unfortunately, though, there are no details regarding the internal hardware of Samsung’s upcoming tablets, what they look like, and more importantly, how much they will cost.

Galaxy Tab S7 Lite Plus / XL also in the making?

There is another model in the pipeline that will come bearing the Plus (or XL) branding. However, there is some confusion about whether it will be called a Gallaxy Tab S7 Lite Plus, Galaxy Tab S7 Lite XL, or Galaxy Tab S8e. Now, the Galaxy Tab S8e name might sound a bit out of place, but Samsung has actually been through that naming scheme before when it launched the Galaxy Tab S5e back in February of 2019, and then applied it to its phone portfolio as well by introducing the Galaxy S10e

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iPhone 6s and 2016 iPhone SE may not get the next iOS 15 update

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If there’s something that we have to praise about Apple, is how they give software support to their older devices. The latest iOS 14 update is available for every single iPhone device launched in 2015, meaning that the iPhone 6s and the previous-generation iPhone SE, launched in 2016, can still get a taste of Apple’s latest features. However, rumors now claim that Apple could drop support for these two iPhone models with the upcoming iOS 15 update.

Apple will most likely unveil the new iOS version in June during its WWDC event that’s mainly focused on presenting new features and software updates. Unfortunately, it may not be all good news. According to the French site iPhoneSoft, iOS 15 won’t be available for Apple devices with the A9 chip, meaning the iPhone 6S lineup and the first iPhone SE.

We can’t say that this rumor comes as a surprise and more when we consider that these devices are more than five years old. Still, this isn’t official information, so take this with a grain of salt. Let’s remember that rumors also suggested that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus weren’t going to catch the iOS 14 train, but Apple still managed to include them in the package.

It is believed that iOS will only work on iPhones that have an A10 Chip or more recent processors, meaning that you can still carry your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus for another year. In other words. You may want to start thinking about upgrading to a more contemporary iPhone model. Rumors also suggest that there will also be changes on iPadOS 15, as the 2015 iPad mini, the 2014 iPad Air, and the 2017 iPad 5 may also lose support. This may seem a bit harder to believe since these devices work on different chipsets, especially the iPad 5 that features the Apple A9 chip. Still, it would be best if you also started to consider a new iPad, especially when rumors are talking about a new iPad 9 less than a year after the launch of the latest iPad 8 model.

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13? More Like iPhone 12S! (New Leaks) (video)

Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Google Pixel 4a 5G and more on sale today

The latest iPad Pro, Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad and more devices are on sale today

Great savings on Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and more are also available today

As expected, the official news begin with deals of things really do make a difference if you order early. As yes, the Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra and all the products announced last week are still available for pre-orders, giving you some great perks. In the case of the Galaxy S21, you can get it for as low as $99, the Galaxy S21+ for $299 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $499, all with either $100, $150 or $200 in store credit respectively, plus a smart tag, and then 4 months of YouTube Premium and 6 months of Spotify Premium. Talk about a way to sweeten the pot. Also, if you’re looking for the best rugged case money can buy for the S21 Series, SUPCASE is our go to! We’ll be sure to have links for their cases both on Amazon, and also SUPCASE.com for you to use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. And yes, and those other trade-in deals for devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at just $999 plus others are still available. Moving on to some Apple deals, the latest iPad is currently $30 off, leaving the entry level model for just $299. The iPad Pro is also $100 off, leaving entry level model for $999 on both Amazon and B&H. Finally, if you’re looking for a cheap gaming monitor, Amazon has Samsung’s 24in 144Hz monitor for $20 off, leaving it at $230. We have more deals on monitors, iPads, the Google Pixel and more.

LG contemplates smartphone market exit

Now, let’s talk about LG on more of a negative note sadly. We thought that the Explorer project meant more innovation for the future, but that’s if there is one. Last year the company was turning a lot of heads with the LG Wing, but it looks like it didn’t turn enough pockets. According to a report from the Korea Herald, “a change is coming”. According to them, LG is set to make a cold judgement, whether that is to sell, withdrawal or downsize their smartphone business. But don’t worry, regardless of the change in direction, the employment will be maintained. It is tipped that about 60% of their staff will be moved and reassigned into other business units within the company or their affiliates but, the future for the other 40% is not clear just yet. Now, this is not the first time we’ve heard this kind of rumors from LG as, the company has reportedly posted operating looses for 23 consecutive quarters which is, pretty crazy. On another note, a report from The Elec also claims that LG has stopped making LCD panels for iPhones as Apple is fully moving on to OLED and because they will reportedly move on from the smartphone market. At the moment, we’re expecting LG’s rollable smartphone which will reportedly bring a 7.4in display as part of their Explorer Project. Just not sure if consumers will want to adopt it if these rumors continue to evolve.

Asus ROG Phone 4 appears in a hands-on video flaunting its secondary rear screen

New ASUS ROG Phone 4 may arrive with a massive battery

Let’s move the spotlight on to ASUS as you can’t deny the company’s disruption in the gaming smartphone market, and the ROG Phone is due for a refresh. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been getting a couple of tidbits on what to expect but now we have some good information. First off, ASUS posted a poster of the phone on Weibo, showing the phone’s silhouette over the Aries constellation. Now, according to a tipster, the ASUS ROG Phone 4 will come in with a crazy, and I mean crazy 6000 mAh battery which will allegedly support 60 or 65W charging speeds. The phone recently went through Geekbench, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM and it will run Android 11 out of the box. Finally, a Chinese tipster posted an image of the actual device on to Weibo, showing off the back of the phone. It looks very ROG to say the least, with the camera module resembling its predecessor and a gray color variant with some accents for RGB lights, which were shown on a quick hands on video posted to YouTube. On that video you also get to see the phones display but it doesn’t really show anything. Judging by the poster and the constellation, we should expect this phone between March 21 and April 19 so, let’s see what we get. All that said, I’m seriously curious as to what you think, cause I have noticed a trend in drop in specs lately. Notice those RAM numbers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra might feature an under-display camera

Now let’s talk Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra.. I know, the phone that still doesn’t have a codename. Last year we had a ton of polarizing rumors when it came to the future of this lineup, saying that it would be discontinued in favor of foldables but then Samsung cleared out the air and said that they wouldn’t be discontinuing any products. Well, we have a new trademark application spotted by LetsGoDigital, made by Samsung display for an Under the Display Camera and, it includes a smartphone. According to them, this is a hint of the Galaxy Note 21 Ultra bringing the technology and if you think about it, that should be Samsung’s next major release as, the Z Fold 3 isn’t exactly average consumer friendly for the price. The camera is listed as a “UPC” which was actually showcased by Samsung in a video, showing their Blade Bezel laptop back at CES with the display being just 1mm thick and weighing in at 130 grams, and we’re reportedly getting this technology for the Galaxy Note 21 Ultra. Now, there is a possibility and there have been some rumors that we could get this technology on the Z Fold 3 in the second half of 2021 but, that’s not clear yet. We’ll see what happens as, this is the first thing we hear about the upcoming Note and it’s kinda vague so, let’s see what we get.

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Apple’s TouchID could return with the iPhone 13 lineup 

iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor-shift stabilization might come to entire iPhone 13 family

And finally for the hottest news today, let’s move on to the iPhone 13 as, rumors keep ramping up but, and it looks like this will be more of an S year than anything. First off, we have even more confirmation on yesterday’s rumors from trusted tipsters. Someone just tweeted “need Touch ID on the iPhone again” with LoveToDream quoting the tweet and saying it’ll “be back soon”. Jon Prosser also replied to the original tweet saying “you’re getting it”. It is still unknown exactly how Apple will be bringing Touch ID back now that the home button is completely gone from the flagship line up, but the company has reportedly been testing under-the-display sensors, probably from Qualcomm. Then again, you have the iPad Air solution by placing it in the power button but we’ll see. Let’s move on to the cameras as, Apple introduced “Sensor-shift stabilization” with the iPhone 12 Pro Max but it looks like they want to expand. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple’s next generation iPhones will all come with sensor-shift stabilization technology. Another report from ETNews claimed that at least 2 models would bring the technology, with LG InnoTek supplying these components. Following on the IBIS we see in professional cameras, here what’s being stabilized is the sensor and not the lens, for better results, which you can definitely notice when it comes to video. DigiTimes also claims that the LiDAR is expanding to other models and that mmWave 5G will expand to models outside of the US as well. So yeah, it looks like this is a refinement year for the iPhones.

 

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Changes Leaked: GOOD Features RETURN! (video)

Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Google Pixel 4a 5G and more on sale today

The latest iPad Pro, the iPad Air and more tablets are on sale today

There are tons of deals on Smart TVs, and LG monitors available

You know the way it goes, new week new me but, those deals for the Galaxy S21 Series just keep getting hotter with new perks. The Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra and all the products announced last week are still available for pre-orders, giving you some nice perks if you do. In the case of the Galaxy S21, you can get it for as low as $99 with an extra $100 in instant credit and a free smart tag. The S21+ for $299 with an extra $150 in instant credit plus a smart tag, and then the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $499 plus an extra $200 in instant credit and a Smart Tag. Add to that a new perk, now with 4 months of YouTube Premium and 6 months of Spotify Premium. Also, if you’re looking for the best rugged case money can buy for the S21, SUPCASE is our most recommended option. We’ll be sure to have links for their cases both on Amazon, and also SUPCASE.com for you to use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. Guys, and those other trade-in deals for devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at just $999 plus others are still available. We’ll be sure to also link to that. Moving on from Samsung, the Google Pixel 4a is currently $40 off, so you can get the entry level variant for $450. The new iPad Air is $40 off, leaving the entry level model for $559. And the regular iPad is also $20 off, leaving it at $530 for the 128GB of storage. We have other deals on monitors, iPad Pros and more Samsung products.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G SoC announced; OnePlus, OPPO, Motorola, Xiaomi to announce devices soon

Let’s stick to the official news but moving on to Qualcomm, as this morning we got the companies latest processor which is, a pretty interesting launch. The company just launched the Snapdragon 870 SoC, which is a follow up on the Snapdragon 865+, meaning it’s kind of a prequel to the 888 5G. This new SoC is built on a 7nm process and it comes with Qualcomm’s Kryo 585 CPU with a prime clock speed of 3.2 GHz. When it comes to the GPU, you’re getting the Adreno 650 GPU and it also brings both flavors of 5G, thanks to the Snapdragon X55 modem. This SoC supports things like 4K displays at 60Hz and QHD+ at 144Hz, 10-bit color, HDR10 and HDR10+. When it comes to the camera, it brings a Spectra 480 ISP which allows for up 200MP photo capture, it supports 25MP dual cameras and even 8K video. This chip will power different devices from companies like Motorola, OPPO, Xiaomi, and OnePlus, it even makes me wonder if this is the processor behind the OnePlus 9 Lite. So yeah, not even sure if this is to 2021 what the Snapdragon 765G was to 2020, but who knows. Expect products right now in Q1.

Asus ROG Phone 4 appears in a hands-on video flaunting its secondary rear screen

New ASUS ROG Phone 4 may arrive with a massive battery

Let’s move the spotlight on to ASUS as you can’t deny the company’s disruption in the gaming smartphone market, and the ROG Phone is due for a refresh. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been getting a couple of tidbits on what to expect but now we have some good information. First off, ASUS posted a poster of the phone on Weibo, showing the phone’s silhouette over the Aries constellation. Now, according to a tipster, the ASUS ROG Phone 4 will come in with a crazy, and I mean crazy 6000 mAh battery which will allegedly support 60 or 65W charging speeds. The phone recently went through Geekbench, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM and it will run Android 11 out of the box. Finally, a Chinese tipster posted an image of the actual device on to Weibo, showing off the back of the phone. It looks very ROG to say the least, with the camera module resembling its predecessor and a gray color variant with some accents that’ll most likely bring RGB lights. Judging by the poster and the constellation, we should expect this phone between March 21 and April 19 so, let’s see what we get. All that said, I’m seriously curious as to what you think, cause I have noticed a trend in drop in specs lately. Notice those RAM numbers.

Android 12 to arrive with new feature that will improve storage management

We’re, probably a few weeks away from the Android Developer Beta so, some of the features we’re supposed to be getting have started to leak and get some traction. A couple of weeks ago we got a tweet from XDA saying that Android 12 might let you hibernate unused apps in order to free up space, kind of like what iOS does where it uninstalls the apps you don’t use after some time, which was actually a NextBit invention on Android years ago. Now we have a screenshot of the Android Open Source Code shows that we will be getting the feature. The system will manage the app’s hibernation state to optimize storage and it will clear the cache for this app. When an app is hibernated for a single user, it hibernates for the others but, your data will remain in the app so that once you need it again, you just have to press download and pick up right were you left it. It’s not exactly clear how this will work as, the developer preview isn’t out yet but, it’s definitely nice to have especially since the biggest complain for the S21 is that SD Card Slot missing. We’ll keep you posted as more leaks emerge as this one is not necessarily what I’d call new.

Apple working on redesigned iMacs and a smaller Mac Pro with in-house silicon

Let’s move on to Apple, and the upcoming Apple Silicon Macs as all eyes onto what the company is doing, especially Intels. According to a new report from Mark Gurman and Bloomberg, those redesigned MacBook Pros we talked about last week aren’t the only thing we’re getting from Cupertino this year. The report claims that Apple is planning to launch 2 new iMacs, to replace the Intel 21.5in and 27in models with Apple Silicon. Apparently the internals aren’t the only things changing, as Gurman claims that we are finally losing the thick bezels in favor of a cleaner display, kind of like what we get from the Pro Display XDR, and that also goes for the curved back which will now be flat. The report says that this will be one of the biggest visual updates to any Apple product this year. But wait, there’s more. Apple is reportedly looking to refresh the Mac Pro as well. This new model would retain the cheese grater design we got in 2019 and it will also retain an Intel processor, as one of the last machines to do so before Apple finishes the transition, it will most likely just bring better internals. However, we might be getting a second and smaller model which will feature an aluminum exterior that can resemble the Power Mac G4 Cube. Finally, Cupertino is working on a more affordable monitor, geared towards the average consumer but of course, it won’t bring the same level of brightness or contrast ratio as the Pro Display XDR. We just hope the stand isn’t sold separately on this one.

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Apple testing foldable screens, considers in-screen fingerprint sensor for iPhones

And finally the hottest news today have to do again so early in the year with iPhone 13, and maybe even further. See Mark Gurman’s report digs into what we can expect soon, and what we can expect in the future, so let’s start with what you might not see yet. According to him Apple has already developed foldable screens for internal testing. Now, even if they are progressing with this project, apparently it is only limited to the screen stage, and they don’t really have a prototype of an actual folding iPhone just yet. Mark claims that one of the options on the table is a 6.7in panel, making it sound like this is actually a clamshell and not a tablet-like device. But moving on to projects we might get as soon as this year, it looks like Cupertino wants to bring back Touch ID which makes all the sense in the world considering these times. According to them, Apple is testing in-display fingerprint sensors for the 2021 iPhones, a rumor which we’ve heard multiple times. However, this doesn’t mean Face ID is dying, even though the notch is getting smaller we will reportedly be getting both ways to unlock your device. I mean if they can’t add it to the display we could at least get it in the power button. So far it looks like the major improvements for the iPhone 13 will come from hardware changes like the smaller notch, the high refresh rate display and now Touch ID.
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Pocketnow Daily: New M1X MacBook Pro Leaked: FINALLY New Design! (video)

Apple’s latest M1 MacBook Pro and several monitors are on sale today

OnePlus 8T, The Moto RAZR 5G, and tons of Samsung Galaxy devices are on sale today

Alright, can I just say that no company is doing deals better than Samsung right now. Yesterday we got their Galaxy Unpacked, and that pre-order deal is just too sweet to pass out. Just to recap, the Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra and all the products announced today are already available for pre-orders, giving you some nice perks if you do. In the case of the Galaxy S21, you can get it for as low as $75 if you have the right device to trade-in and you also get $200 in instant credit for accessories, like the new Galaxy Buds Pro. The S21+ is available for as low as $200, with the same credits. Now in the Case of the Ultra, you can get it for as low as $400 if you have the right device to trade-in, and if you don’t trade-in, you can still get the $200 and the free Smart Tag as a gift. Now speaking of deals that are too good, the trade-in deals for devices like the Z Fold 2 for $1000 are still there so, make sure to check out the links in the description. And of course, we have more deals in the description on other products like the latest M1 MacBook Pro which is still $60 off, starting at $1239. And yes, we have partnered with SUPCASE to give away a Galaxy S21 and a Galaxy S21 Ultra. Follow the second link in the description and enter promocode POCKETNOWGALAXY to increase your chances to win.

 

Netflix might soon add support for Spatial Audio feature on AirPods Max and Pro

One of the best features to come out of True Wireless Earbuds and Headphones like the AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max has to be Spatial Audio. It basically tracks your head to offer a cinema-like surround audio experience, while you’re listening to music or watching a movie. The problem: It doesn’t work with every service. Well, according to a French website citing the Netflix development team, Netflix has been working on adding Spatial Audio to the platform since December of 2020. According to them, if everything goes as planned Netflix’s library will enable Spatial Audio support on the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max by Spring this year. Now, we know that Netflix already offers Dolby Atmos but with a few select titles, so we wonder how many titles will support this feature. Also, we’re wondering if they plan to make this available for other Earbuds supporting this type of technology, like the Galaxy Buds Pro we got yesterday. We’ll keep you posted once Netflix actually pushes the update out, and let’s hope it’s not limited to only Netflix titles, like seriously.

OnePlus 9 Lite might not be that “lite” in terms of prowess

Let’s move on to OnePlus as, last year they launched a crazy amount of products and it looks like they don’t plan to stop any time soon. We’ve heard multiple leaks claiming that we’ll be getting a Lite variant for the OnePlus 9 Series and now we have some new leaks about the specs we should expect. According to a tipster on Twitter there’s two different models and he also showed the model numbers, but sadly these will be exclusive to China and India at launch, probably expanding to Europe and the US later. In the tweet he also claims that this phone will powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which, is kind of impressive considering this is a Lite variant. Other leaks claim that we should expect this phone with an AMOLED display running at 120Hz, Android 11 and support for 30W fast charging out of the box. As for the rest of the OnePlus 9 Series, we’re reportedly getting an earlier launch than usual and the company is focused on bringing a better camera, with many rumors pointing to some 48MP sensors tuned by Leica. If that early launch is true, we should start getting more leaks very soon.

Samsung will remove the bundled charger for more smartphones in the future

Samsung says S Pen support will come to more device categories after Galaxy S debut

 And yes, yesterday was Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked but, as with every event we have a couple of extra tidbits of information of what we got and what the company’s doing in the future. Let’s start with the elephant in the room, the charger. A Samsung spokesperson mentioned in a Q&A, that they “believe that the gradual removal of the charger plugs and earphones from their in-box packaging can help address sustainable consumption issues and remove any pressure that the consumer may feels towards continually receiving unnecessary charger accessories with their new phones.” So yeah, it looks like Samsung is going green but at least, they have lowered the price of their 25W charger from $35 to $19. And, they will also be removing them from other line ups in the future. Now, let’s move on to the S Pen as, the Galaxy S21 Series is the first non-Note line up to support the stylus. On a statement from Samsung they’re also claiming that they “plan to expand the S Pen across additional devices in the future”. Hopefully they’re talking about the Z Fold line as, that’s what we all want to see. So yeah, it looks like we have to get used to S Pens on other phones and no chargers in our boxes. Also, keep in mind that the S Pen or the special case is not bundled in the box, so I’d take advantage of those pre-order perks to get one, cause they’re actually not stupid expensive.

Apple might add a vapor chamber cooling system to future iPhones: Kuo

Let’s move on to Apple and Ming Chi Kuo for the next couple of segments as his latest research note reveals a lot. For now, let’s focus on iPhones as, Kuo claims that Cupertino is highly likely to include new vapor chamber tech into an upcoming iPhone. Vapor Chamber technology basically involves the evaporation of a liquid within a specialized heat pipe and then it snakes its way through the device’s chassis. This means that the heat from the processor and other high load components causes the liquid to evaporate into a vapor that spreads through areas of low pressure. Apple has reportedly been working on these for quite some time but, the solutions haven’t matched their standards. Kuo claims that Apple is very optimistic about the improvement schedule in this technology and he expects that at least the high-end iPhone models will bring the technology in the near future. Vapor Chamber tech will help the adoption of 5G as the thermal loads for CPUs just keep increasing, especially now that we have 5G. The thing about it is, we don’t know if this technology will be ready for iPhone 13 but, we hope it is as better cooling allows for more features while ensuring a better battery life.

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Next MacBook Pros: Much faster processors, MagSafe, upgraded displays, and no Touch Bar

Apple working on redesigned iMacs and a smaller Mac Pro with in-house silicon

And finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about Apple Silicon Macs, as I’m sure you didn’t think that Apple’s M1 was gonna be it. Yeah that was just the tip of the iceberg. Mark Gurman and Ming Chi Kuo have a lot of common ground on today’s reports. According to them, Apple is working on refreshing the 14in and 16in variants for the MacBook Pro. Both of these devices will be moving away from Intel processors and will be powered by next generation Apple Silicon chips which will be upgraded with more cores and enhanced graphics. According to other reports, Apple is testing chips with 16 and 32 cores even when it comes to GPUs as, these will also power the upcoming iMacs and probably a Mac Pro model. Now, when it comes to the display, Cupertino will finally make the jump to mini-LEDs, meaning you’ll get brighter panels with higher contrast. Both of the reports also claim that MagSafe is making a comeback allowing the computers to charge faster but, the computers will still bring multiple USB-C ports, they just won’t be used for power, or I’m sure it’ll remain optional. Finally, and probably one of our favorite updates, the report claims that Apple will be getting rid of the Touch Bar which was introduced back in 2016. Now, when it comes to the design, they will look similar to the ones we currently have with some minor design changes and hopefully some smaller bezels with the new display technology. We could be getting these by the middle of the year but, they could come out at any point this year.. I’m looking at you March Event.

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Apple might add a vapor chamber cooling system to future iPhones: Kuo

Apple might soon give iPhones a major performance boost by arming them with a vapor chamber cooling system. As per TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who has a solid track record with predictions related to Apple’s upcoming products – the company is ‘aggressively testing’ the vapor chamber cooling technology for its upcoming iPhones. However, it is unclear if it is going to appear in the iPhone portfolio that will debut later this year.

“The iPhone’s critical reason not to adopt VC is because of its reliability test results that cannot meet Apple’s high requirements. Still, we are optimistic about the VC reliability improvement schedule and expect that at least high-end iPhone models would be equipped with VC in the near future,” Kuo was quoted as saying in a report accessed by AppleInsider Apple has reportedly been toying with the idea for a while, but the implementation has been unable to meet the company’s high quality standards.

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Android phones have been using the vapor chamber cooling for a while now

It might solve the iPhone 12's heating woes

Now, vapor chamber cooling is not necessarily a new technology in the world of smartphones. A host of gaming smartphones such as the Asus ROG Phone 3 and Razer Phone 2, and even mainstream phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Now, adding a vapor chamber cooling system to the iPhone will ensure that the phone doesn’t overheat and throttle under intense workloads, especially while playing demanding games. Plus, it would also solve another problem that iPhone 12 users have recently been complaining about – the phone heating when connected to a 5G network.

Hey Apple, you should totally add vapor chamber cooling to iPhones that cost over $1000

A vapor chamber cooling system is said to be more efficient at dissipating heat generated by the SoC than the regular heat pipe system used in many smartphones, including iPhones. They are just better at distributing heat, can be fitted into confined spaces like those of smartphones and tablets, and have higher thermal efficiency. Of course, such a system is more expensive to make, but for devices that cost around a thousand dollars (read: iPhones), adding a vapor chamber cooling sounds like a viable solution.

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