Apple makes at least one of its products compatible with Apple Music Lossless

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Apple Music Lossless is coming to HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers via a software update in the coming weeks.

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Best Buy’s 3-Day Sale has Apple’s HomePod mini, smart TVs and more on sale

Check out the latest deals available at Best Buy, where you will find several smart speaker options, laptops, and more devices on sale

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Get an Amazon Echo Dot Gen-3 for just $5, HomePod mini and more are also on sale

We start today’s deals with a great deal that can get you a gen-3 Amazon Echo Dot for just $4.99. To get this crazy discount, you must first be a new Echo device customer, and you also have to get it with an Amazon Music subscription. You can also choose between the Charcoal and the Sandstone color options, so hurry, because this is a limited-time deal.

You can also grab a new Apple HomePod mini for just $89 over at Verizon. This speaker is listed for $99, but you can get the $10 savings when you add the EARTHDAY code at checkout. And for those who are just looking for a great speaker to take everywhere, you can get the JBL FLIP 5 waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker for $100 after a $20 discount.

We have recently posted several products to improve your smart home, but what’s a hose without a great coffee maker. You can currently get a new Calphalon BVCLECMP1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine for $251.54 with $148 savings. Or get the Mr. Coffee Espresso and Cappuccino Maker for $180 after receiving a $20 discount. And if you’re not expecting much company, you can also get the more affordable Keurig K900 K-Slim Brewer, as it’s currently $30 off, meaning you can grab yours for just $80.

The Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen is also on sale. You can get this Smart Lock, which works with the Yale Access App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and more, and it will cost you $199 after an $80 discount. And get easy access to your garage with the meross Smart Garage Door Opener Remote that’s now available for $45 when you add the on-page coupon, which gets you a $5 discount. You can also score as a new eufy Smart Scale C1 with Bluetooth for just $18.50 as it’s getting a $14.49 discount when you add the on-page coupon, but you must also add the code eufyscale at checkout.


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Previous generation iPad Pro models are up to $120 off right now

We had a blast watching Apple’s Spring Loaded event, where we saw the launch of new Apple products, including the AirTags, an iMac refresh, and a new iPad Pro lineup. Now, new products always make the previous generation devices drop their prices, and that’s precisely what happened to the fourth generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the second-gen 11-inch model.

You can currently get up to $120 savings on the previous generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, depending on the storage variant you go for, as the 512GB variant is now up for grabs at just $1,179 on its Silver color variant. The Space Gray model is $100 off, which is still a nice discount. The 128GB variant is getting a $69 discount, leaving it at $939, while the 256GB option sells for $999 with $100 savings on WiFi-only models. If you want LTE support, your savings start at $69, with the 128GB model selling at $1,080, while the rest will give you a $99 discount. This means you can get the 256GB for $1,150, the 512GB for $1,350 and the 1TB option for $1,550.

The smaller 11-inch iPad Pro is getting a $69 discount on its 128GB variant, meaning you can get one for $730. The 256GB option sells for $800 after a $99 discount, while the 1TB option can be yours for $1,199 with $100 savings on the WiFi-only version. If you’re looking to get LTE connectivity, you can start with the 128GB that’s now selling at $880 with $69 savings. the 256GB option is available for $950, the 512GB is going for $1,150, and the 1TB option can be yours for $1,350, after they’ve all received a $99 discount. And the best part is that these deals are also being matched at B&H, in case you don’t want to shop on

However, you can also head over to Best Buy, where you will find the latest iPhone 12 lineup getting up to $800 discounts with qualified activation and trade-in of an iPhone 7 or newer. First, you have to choose between AT&T and Sprint, which is now part of T-Mobile, to score the best savings, or go to the Verizon options to get up to $700 on the iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro.

And while you’re at it, check out the latest deal on the HomePod mini + Wemo WiFi Smart Plug that’s currently selling for $110 after receiving a $15 discount, and start to make your home a bit smarter. We also posted some deals on more items that will help you achieve that, so take a look and save big bucks.

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Apple secretly fitted a temperature and humidity sensor inside HomePod Mini

Apple launched the HomePod Mini smart speaker with a nifty intercom feature back in October last year, and slapped an uncharacteristically affordable $99 asking price tag on it. It came equipped with the in-house S5 chip to enable a feature Apple calls Computational Audio, the ability to sync multiple Home Pod Mini speakers to create a stereo system, and quick pairing courtesy of the U1 ultrawide band chip. But Apple secretly fitted a surprise inside its tiny Siri-driven smart speaker – a temperature and humidity sensor.

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Image Credit: iFixit

Apple hasn't officially talked about the sensor, and is yet to enable it

First reported by Bloomberg and with images sourced from iFixit, Apple never publicly disclosed that the HomePod Mini came equipped with a temperature and humidity sensor. Moreover, the sensor has so far been not brought to use for measuring the temperature and humidity values in the surroundings where it is kept. However, it is likely that Apple will enable this feature in the foreseeable future via a software update.

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Image Credit: iFixit

Regarding potential use case scenarios, the sensor inside HomePod Mini could also be used to interact with connected devices such as a thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature settings. Additionally, it could also be used to control appliances such as a connected fan, based on the humidity levels and temperature inside a room. So far, Apple has not detailed any practical applications, but the Apple Store does sell a wide range of HomeKit certified devices such as smart bulbs, motion sensors, light switches, and air quality monitors to name a few.

Image Credit: iFixit


However, the official HomeKit accessories support page does mention support for smart home devices such as a fan, air conditioner, humidifier, and thermostats. Interestingly, Apple does not offer any of the aforementioned class of devices under its own brand, so it remains to be seen when the company finally puts the temperature and humidity sensor inside the HomePod Mini to use.

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Apple says goodbye to the original HomePod, shifts focus to the mini

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Apple is discontinuing the original HomePod, its first smart speaker that was launched back in 2017. Having had a run of over 4 years, the HomePod in its grey trim is no longer listed on the official Apple e-shop. After sunsetting its $349 smart speaker, Apple says it is turning its attention to the smaller and more affordable HomePod mini moving forward. Here is what Apple said in a statement shared with TechCrunch:

“HomePod mini has been a hit since its debut last fall, offering customers amazing sound, an intelligent assistant, and smart home control all for just $99. We are focusing our efforts on HomePod mini. We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will continue to be available while supplies last through the Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple will provide HomePod customers with software updates and service and support through Apple Care.”
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The Space Gray HomePod is currently out of stock on the Apple store.


Apple says the HomePod mini is a hit, but market research doesn’t say the same for HomePod

The HomePod Mini was launched back in October last year, and appeared to be a more palatable package, thanks to its $99 price tag. It came equipped with a full-range dynamic driver and a pair of radiators to handle the bass output. Apple fitted its mini smart speaker with an S5 chip to do some computation audio magic for optimizing the sound output. It also allows users to create a stereo system and there is also the U1 chip inside that lets users pair their iPhone with it by just bringing it near the speaker.

READ MORE: Apple’s next big launch event is reportedly happening on March 23

Apple also offered a new intercom feature with the HomePod mini. In my experience, I found the HomePod Mini to be the more compelling – and reasonable – package based on its sound quality and the features it brings to the table for its $99 asking price. Yes, the larger HomePod sounds a lot better, but its high asking price of $349 has been a deterrent for a lot of people. and even though Apple reduced the price to $299 in 2019, it was still on the higher side, especially when compared to what rivals had to offer.

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Samsung’s 75-inch Class Crystal UHD smart TV, soundbars, smart speakers and more are also on sale today

We keep on finding some fantastic deals to start the weekend. The latest deals come from Amazon and Best Buy, where you can find a new Samsung 75-inch Class Crystal UHD 4K Smart TV with Alexa for $998 after a $202 discount. You can take it a step further and gran the 85-inch model that’s getting a $402 discount, leaving the largest option for $1,598.

There are other options to consider, as the Hisense 75-inch is currently getting a $3709 discount, meaning that you can grab one for $630 when you go for the H6510G Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV. Another option from Hisense is the H6570G 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV that’s now priced at $750 after receiving a $50 discount.

Now we move onto the perfect complement for your new Smart TV, as there are several soundbar options on sale. First, the Samsung HW-Q60T 5.1ch Soundbar with 3D Surround Sound and Acoustic Beam is getting a $100 discount, which leaves it available for just $400.

If you want a more affordable option, the Samsung – 3.1-Channel 340W Soundbar with 6.5” Wireless Subwoofer is selling for $280 with $120 savings, or grab the Samsung – HW-T450 2.1ch Soundbar with Dolby Audio for just $150 while saving $130. There are more options from LG that also start at $150 and many more to choose from, so you may what to check them out before taking a final decision.

You can also get a new smart speaker or a smart display, as the Apple HomePod mini is being bundled with a Wemo WiFi Smart Plug. You can get your set with a White or a Black HomePod mini for $110 after a $15 discount. Still, you may also want to get a new Smart Display, and if that’s the case, you can get a new Echo Show 8 for just $80 after a $50 discount, or grab the smaller Echo Show 5 for $60 with $309 savings. It would help if you also considered getting a new color-changing lamp to make your Livingroom adapt to your mood and whatever the occasion may come up. Right now, there are options that start at $21.66 with $23 savings, or you can grab a corner lamp for just under $100 after a $20 discount.

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HomePod mini is facing WiFi connectivity issues, with no permanent fix available

Apple unveiled the $100 HomePod Mini recently. It is the smaller and more affordable version of the standard HomePod that comes in a spherical form factor. It comes wrapped in a woven mesh fabric and features a display on top. Within few days of going on sale, HomePod Mini users have started reporting issues with WiFi connectivity. There is a thread on Apple’s support forums that highlights the problem. And for now, the suggested fix appears to only be a temporary remedy.

The affected users are complaining that their HomePod Mini is disconnecting from the internet. This is leading Siri to respond with an error message saying “I am having trouble connecting to the Internet,” reports one user on Reddit. Another user wrote, “Having this problem with one of my mini’s as well. It seems to stream music fine when I control it directly (not airplaying from phone/device, but this also works fine). However, when I ask it to do something. It says it is having trouble with the connection. When I restart it. It works for a while and eventually runs into the same issue.” Moreover, these HomePod minis seem to be running on the latest tvOS 14.2 update.

One of the users on Apple’s support forum reported that Apple suggested them to wipe their router out completely. They tried it, and the HomePod Mini ran without any issues the entire day. However, the next day, they started having troubles again. “The only thing that worked was swapping my router out for a new one,” wrote the user. Other troubleshooting steps provided by Apple include rebooting HomePod mini. But it seems like a temporary fix.

9to5Mac’s Chance Miller reported that he has noticed similar issues. Plus, the only fix that works for him is to factory reset the HomePod mini, then re-add it to the Home app. However, this fix isn’t a permanent one either. We expect Apple to fix this problem by releasing a new version of the operating system soon. 

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are ALMOST Better than Expected? (video)

Amazon Prime Day is here with amazing discounts on devices from Apple, Samsung, and more

The official news today begin with deals, and guys.. Yes.. Today is Prime Day, so I’m gonna cover some of our favorite highlights here, but there’s a link bellow for the rest of the cool deals you should consider. Let’s begin with with Apple products for obvious reasons. The 13in MacBook Pro is currently $200 off, this leaves the 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD variant for $1800. The latest iPad Pros are both getting a $50 discount, leaving the Wi-Fi only and 128GB of storage variants for $750 for the 11in and $950 for the 12.9in. Moving on to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is $250 off, leaving that at $1200 shipped. Finally, the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are $350 off, this leaves the 4 for $449 and the XL for $549. We also have deals on the Galaxy S20 Line, Fossil, Aukey and many more in the links in the description.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has left the company, claim multiple reports

Now we thought you might want an Apple day without a full episode of iPhone news.. We know, but let’s just say the news today are not what I’d call amazing. See, OnePlus is having their Event tomorrow and something major just happened. According to an Android Central report, Carl Pei has stepped down from his position as the company’s Global Director. According to the report, he is leaving to start his own venture and not to join a different company. He is currently asking for anonymity while he makes the transition. This is a pretty weird time to leave the company, two days before an event with him being the brains behind the Nord concept and with rumors of two new Nord devices coming up. We’ll keep you posted once he announces something and, we’re excited to see where he goes next. On a personal note, Carl, if you’re watching.. Thank you for always being awesome ever since we met many years ago, we wish you all the best, and are here to support your future ventures.

Apple unveils the HomePod Mini with an intercom feature and a $99 price tag [Update]

But now, let’s begin with what you’re here for, the Apple Event. Today’s Event was rather short but we got exactly what we were waiting for. As expected, Cupertino began the event with the HomePod Mini. This HomePod brings a new spherical design that kinda looks like the new Amazon speakers. It brings a new woven mesh fabric, with a display for controls on top, a full-range dynamic driver for output, and a pair of radiators for enhanced bass output. It’s powered by Apple’s S5 chip which allows for Computational Audio. This optimizes loudness, dynamic range and provides a more refined audio output in general. Like the previous one, you can sync multiple HomePod Minis and create a stereo system. But, let’s move on to what the U1 chip can do as the company put a lot of emphasis on it. This allows for users to connect their iPhones by simply getting close to the speaker. It also enables a new intercom feature, allowing you to communicate to other iPhones and HomePod Minis in your household. It also helps with HomeKit controls by just talking to Siri and having it interact with the smart devices in your home. The HomePod Mini will be available for pre-orders on November 6 and in stores by the 16th for $99. Honestly for that price, it’s what the original HomePod should’ve been.

Apple iPhone 12 brings 5G, new display, camera features and more

iPhone 12 Mini offers Bionic A14 upgrade and dual rear cameras starting at $699

Let’s move on to the iPhone 12s, because there’s two now, and I think this is actually the sleeper hit because Apple didn’t cheap out this time. Starting with the regular 12, it now brings a significantly improved 6.1in Super Retina XDR OLED Display, mmWave 5G and a ton of new camera features. It brings a flatter and sharper design which is 11% thinner, and 15% smaller than the iPhone 11. And yes, they also announced the iPhone 12 Mini which brings that same display technology and specs on a 5.4-inch panel, that fits in a 4.5in chassis. The company is marketing this one as the smallest, thinnest and lightest 5G phone in the world. Both of them bring pretty much the same specs, running on the 5NM A14 Bionic which they claim that brings a 50% faster performance than the A13. Moving on to the cameras, they bring a 12MP main sensor at f1.6 and a 12MP ultrawide at f2.4 with 120 degrees of field of view. They are both capable of Smart HDR 3, and Night Mode brings several improvements thanks to the A14. The company also included a new MagSafe magnet on the back of the phone, which pretty much offers an improved wireless charging experience. The magnet helps you snap the phone on to the charger so it doesn’t move, and it also works with cases. Oh, and they quickly showed a dual charger with it but, the date wasn’t revealed so.. Does that ring any memories? Both of these phones will be available in Black, White, Product RED, Green and Blue. The iPhone 12 Mini starts at $699, with that one being available for pre-orders until November 6th, while the 12 will start at $799 and will be available for pre-orders on October 16th. Oh and yeah, the EarPods and the Charging brick… they’re gone.

Story of the day:

Apple iPhone 12 Pro gets slew of updates for $999

iPhone 12 Pro Max is finally a better phone, not just a larger Pro

And finally, the hottest news of the day are not just about the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, but mainly because Apple finally made the larger iPhone different than the smaller one, sort of like the iPhone 7 days. The regular iPhone 12 brings a 6.1in Super Retina XDR OLED Display like the regular iPhone 12, with the brightness going up to 1200 Nits. The Pro Max packs that same display but on a 6.7in body. They’re both also powered by the A14 Bionic which is actually built on a 5nm process, with all the improvements you heard on the last segment. Now, Apple made a lot of buzz on the cameras for these two. The 12 Pro brings a triple camera setup at the back that consists of a 12MP main sensor at f1.6, a 12MP ultra wide angle lens at f/2.4 with 120 degrees field of view, and a 12MP 52mm telephoto that now supports 4x optical zoom, it also brings the LiDAR Sensor which, measures light to create a precise depth map, using the algorithms on iOS 14 to provide 6x faster autofocus in low light and improving depth for low light with Night Mode. Deep Fusion now works on all four cameras, including the selfie shooter. But, let me move on to the 12 Pro Max which actually has me excited. It packs a similar Ultra Wide but with a 13mm sensor, but what’s crazy is that the 12MP primary has pixels of 1.7 microns and it also brings sensor shifting stabilization. The Telephoto on this one is a 65mm sensor with optical zoom. They also introduced Apple Pro RAW which, combines multi-frame processing with the raw format. You can also now record HDR in 10-bit and it does Dolby Vision HDR, meaning 4K at 60fps, edit it in Dolby Vision and apply filters all from the Photos App. Also, the company is adding MagSafe and their new Ceramic Shield display technology to all iPhones announced today. The Pros will be come in Graphite, Silver, Gold and Pacific Blue. The regular 12 Pro will be available with the 12 for pre-orders on October 16th for $999, while the Pro Max will be available with the 12 Mini for pre-orders on November 6th for $1099.
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Apple event: Everything we expect Apple to launch

The October Apple Event is just hours away from kicking off, and this is going to be a big one. The company is reportedly going to change its product launch cycle again, unveiling four new smartphones as part of the iPhone 12 family. But that is just one aspect of the marquee Apple event that we’re excited about. In the past few weeks, we’ve come across leaks detailing the debut of a HomePod Mini smart speaker, a new wireless charger, AirPods Studio over-the-ear headphones, and the most important one – Macs powered by custom Apple silicon.

While the realm of speculations continues to flourish ahead of the event, prolific leakster Jon Prosser has tweeted one final list of devices that we’re going to see at today’s event: The list includes iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, HomePod Mini, and a new wireless charger. Given Prosser’s solid track record, we can essentially rule out any announcements related to AirTags, AirPods Studio, and Macs with Apple’s in-house silicon at their heart.

So, let’s dive right into everything that Apple is expected to announce today and what we already know about them: 

The new iPhone 12 Series

Apple is heavily rumored to launch four new iPhones this year – the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The asking price will start at $699 for the iPhone 12 Mini, while the base variant of iPhone 12 Pro Max will set buyers back by a hefty $1,099. Listed below is the alleged pricing structure, storage variants, and color options for the iPhone 12 series alongside their rumored market price: 

iPhone 12 Mini64/128/256 GB5.4-inches$699Black, White, Red,
Blue, and Green
iPhone 1264/128/256 GB6.1-inches$799Black, White, Red,
Blue, and Green
iPhone 12 Pro128/256/512 GB6.1-inches$999Gold, Silver, Graphite,
and Blue
iPhone 12 Pro Max128/256/512 GB6.7-inches$1,099Gold, Silver, Graphite,
and Blue

After some initial uncertainties, the leak arena also appears to have come to an agreement on the release date for the new iPhone 12 series hardware. As per a previous leak that has been backed by Prosser too, pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will start in the third week of October, with sales expected to go live in the subsequent week.

The vanilla iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max will hit the shelves next month

On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders will start by the second week of next month, while shipments and retail availability might go as far back as the fourth week of November.

Starting with the design, multiple, leaks have claimed that the iPhone 12 series will retain the front and rear looks of the iPhone 11 family, but the sides are now flat, akin to the iPhone 4 and 5. Leaks also suggest that the notch will also be narrower on the iPhone 12 Mini, but it will be slightly taller too.

Apple has reportedly crammed the Face ID sensors more tightly to reduce the notch size. Talking about Face ID, the company is also said to have improved the authentication experience by employing a new technology called ‘dynamic zoning algorithm’ and also increasing the viewing angle of the sensors. 

IMAGE: Macrumors

All four iPhone 12 siblings will be 5G-ready, however, mmWave support will reportedly be exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Talking about 5G support, this was reportedly the reason that Apple pulled the plugs on a 120Hz display for the iPhone 12 lineup.

Between a 120Hz display and 5G support, Apple chose 5G for the iPhone 12 series.

The company reportedly had to pick between two battery-draining upgrades – 5G support or a high refresh rate display. Apple chose the latter, which means display purists will have to wait another year for a 120Hz display on iPhones.

All four iPhones are tipped to pack an OLED panel, but some rumors still claim that only the iPhone 12 Pro duo will rock an OLED panel, while the iPhone 12 and its Mini sibling will stick to an LCD panel. The screen on all four iPhone 12 models will reportedly be backed by the company’s Super Retina XDR technology. Also, the display could have a layer of ceramic substrate glass on top for protection.

IMAGE: Macrumors

As for the battery that will keep the lights on, we don’t know the mAh figures yet. However, a last moment leak suggests Apple has increased the battery life of iPhone 12 Pro and its Max sibling by an hour compared to the iPhone 11 Pro duo. Additionally, support for 15W charging will also be on the table. Apple reportedly won’t include a charging adapter or headphones in the iPhone 12 series’ retail package as part of the company’s commitment to reducing e-waste.

The iPhone 12 series will be powered by the A14 Bionic processor that is based on the 5nm process. It is claimed to offer a 40% boost in processing power compared to the A12 Bionic, and a 30% improvement in when it comes to graphics prowess. You can read more about the A14 Bionic in our coverage here

IMAGE: Macrumors

As far as size goes, the iPhone 12 Mini will feature a 5.4-inch display, the vanilla iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will rock a 6.1-inch panel, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max will go jumbo with a 6.7-inch display. The design has reportedly been left unchanged (save for the sides), which means the iPhone 12 family will likely be indistinguishable from the iPhone 11 lin-up if seen head-on.

Aluminum build for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, while stainless steel chassis for iPhone 12 Pro and its Max sibling.

The new iPhone cameras

The biggest upgrade, however, will appear in the camera department. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will feature two rear cameras (primary + ultra-wide), while the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will likely come equipped with three cameras (primary + ultra-wide + telephoto). Leaks suggest that the iPhone 12 Pro will offer 4x optical zoom output, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max will take it a notch higher to 5x zoom.

IMAGE: Macrumors

Talking about zooming capabilities, it has been upgraded as well – both digital and optical. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini will reportedly rely on the ultra-wide camera as well to offer improved digital zoom output. This is being done by combining multiple images clicked at different zoom levels, and then using a Deep Fusion algorithm for alignment and sharpening. Smart HDR 3 will then do its magic to produce better quality digitally zoomed-in shots,

Apple has also increased the aperture of wide-angle cameras used on the iPhone 12 series, which directly translates to more detailed images. The wide-angle camera is said to offer an f/1.6 aperture and uses a 7-element lens assembly. Also, the iPhone 12 Pro pair is said to come equipped with a LiDAR sensor similar to the 2020 iPad Pro for enhanced AR capabilities. 

IMAGE: Macrumors

HomePod Mini

In addition to a new iPhone lineup, Apple is also rumored to launch a smaller smart speaker tentatively called HomePod Mini. It will reportedly come equipped with Apple’s U1 chip that enables Ultra Wideband support and might be used for spatial awareness. In addition to tracking an individual’s presence, it will also use the location data to automatically adjust volume levels, media controls, locking the doors, and more. 

Essentially, it will act as a base station for HomeKit hardware. The HomePod Mini will reportedly draw power from the in-house S5 chip, and it will be just 3.3-inches in size,
As for the price, the upcoming Apple smart speaker will reportedly cost just $99, going directly against the massively popular Home and Echo family of smart speakers from Google and Amazon respectively.  

The new magnetic wireless charger

Apple reportedly has a new magnetic wireless charger in the bags as well. As per leaks, it looks like a small circular pad on which the phone can be placed to juice up its battery at a peak 15W output. Older rumors suggest that the iPhone 12 series will feature a ring of magnets underneath the rear panel that will facilitate wireless charging with the new magnetic charger. 

Stay tuned as we’ll update this post as Apple announces all of its new products! You can tune into the Apple event live stream here as well!

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 12 Event: Last Minute Leaks and Predictions! (video)

Early Amazon Prime Day deals include Apple’s MacBook Air and more devices on sale

The official news today begin with Deals. Let’s start today with some early Prime Day ones, which is kind of a weird thing to say in the middle of October. The MacBook Air is now $150 off, leaving the 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage variant for $1200. The latest 12.9in iPad Pro is also $50 off, leaving the Wi-Fi only, 128GB of storage variant for $950. To conclude with the Apple section, the iPad Mini is $63 off, this leaves the 64GB variant for $336. Moving on, there’s a ton of deals on Amazon products, like the Echo Show 5 which is 50% off, leaving it at $45. We have a full list in the description and a link to the article with even more deals.

Razer’s new Blade Stealth 13 packs an 11th Gen Intel Core processor and OLED display

Now let’s talk Gaming and particularly Razer as the company has just launched their new gaming Ultrabook with the Blade Stealth 13 at RazerCon. It comes equipped with an 11th Gen Intel Core i7, and it’s actually one of their Tiger Lake processors. It also packs 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD and an Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti with a Max Q design. You get WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, two USB-A ports, two USB Type C Thunderbolt ports, and a headphone jack combo. The entry level variant brings a 13.3in FHD display running at 120Hz, weighing 3.11lbs and it’s actually just 0.60in thick. This model will cost you $1799 so, if you’re planning on buying I recommend you wait TheUnlockr’s walkthrough, to see if it’s worth it.

HUAWEI Mate 40 series is launching on October 22. Here’s everything we know so far

Now let’s talk Huawei as the company continues to show that they’re in the flagship smartphone conversation, even with everything that’s happened. Over the weekend, Huawei announced that they will be having their Mate 40 Event on October 22nd at 2PM CEDT. So far we’ve heard that the company is having several issues with their Kirin 9000 processors so, this might just be an announcement event with the phone coming later. Now, something that the company is heavily teasing is the camera, we’re expecting a 108MP main sensor, a free-form 9P lens, the periscope module with 5x optical zoom, an ultrawide, and a ToF sensor. The head of their smartphone unit also posted a new picture on Weibo where you can see the moon in broad daylight and honestly, with an impressive amount of detail. And, apparently this picture was taken with the regular Mate 40 and not the Pro. So yeah, if this is the regular variant, I can’t begin to imagine the Pro. We’ll see what we get later this month.

OnePlus Nord could get a Sandstone Black variant on October 14

OnePlus leak claims two Nord-series phones will debut on October 26

Now, let’s talk about the OnePlus Nord, but the whole Nord Series not just the one that’s already out. First off, the company is teasing the launch of a new Nord Special Edition that would come in a Sandstone Back finish. The teaser is captioned “Beauty is Everywhere, find it with OnePlus Nord” on October 14th and shows the silhouette of the phone on sand and near some rock. And, that’s all great, it’s probably just another color variant. However, we have more leaks for the unreleased Nord devices. According to a tipster, the Nord N10 5G and the N100 will be launched on October 26. These leaks go along with the previous ones, where the N10 5G would bring a 6.5-inch display running at 120Hz, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with the price starting at around $400. Now, the N100 would bring a 6.52-inch display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for around $200. Of course, we should take these with a grain of salt but, we’re two days away from the Event so we should know more very soon. Am I the only one that’s wondering why we’re also not getting the original Nord in the US?

Upcoming HomePod mini and Apple TV may track your location using Ultra Wideband

Guys we know, there’s a lot of Apple news lately but, come on the event is tomorrow, so in preparation, let’s discuss the last batch of things we heard. First, let’s cover non-iPhone related products. Starting with the HomePod we got some new tweets from Jon Prosser where he mentions that the new HomePod Mini and the new Apple TV will serve as UWB base stations. This means that they’ll track your location once you walk inside your house while using other UI devices like your iPhone or apple Watch. They will use information from them for media controls, brightness and volume controls and doors and locks if you have HomeKit. You can even use the Find My app to see if one of your devices has been moved or taken from your home. Honestly it sounds really cool and Prosser also claims that Apple will be making a big deal out of all the capabilities of the U1 chip so let’s see. But, moving on let’s talk AirPods Studio. According to him, his sources still say that It’s impossible to get the AirPods Studio tomorrow but, Apple first removed the dedicated Beats page from the App Store and then brought it back. They’re still selling Beats, but the original landing page dedicated to them might hint to some change in plans. We wonder if Apple now wants to fully merge the brand with AirPods.. We’ll see.

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Ming-Chi Kuo believes iPhone 12 will dominate upcoming iPhone sales

iPhone 12 leaks tip better zoom output, faster Face ID, and a ‘smooth’ sacrifice

And you know it was coming, let’s talk about the iPhone 12 which will become official tomorrow. Let’s begin with a new note from Ming Chi Kuo where he predicts what the top seller is going to be. According to Kuo, there is a demand for smaller iPhones but, not worldwide. He predicts that even with the $699 price tag, there’s not a ton of people looking for smaller phones and, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will outsell the 5.4-inch Mini. He believes that Apple will ship 80-85M units of all iPhone 12 models in Q4 of this year, 10M higher than what they got last year with the 11.. That’s what lowering the price tag does. Now, let’s talk about things we won’t get for a second. I still have some hope that 120Hz displays will make the cut but, according to Jon Prosser, Apple didn’t add the feature due to 5G. Cupertino apparently picked 5G rather than ProMotion because it’s an easier thing to market, and having both of them on this phone would require a significantly larger battery than what we’ll be getting. So, along with the missing drivers, this is why we won’t get ProMotion until next year. Finally, we have another huge list of “finalized and revised” leaks from Pine on Twitter. We’ll link the whole thread in the description but, some of the most important things he mentioned are: a shrunk Face ID module that will increase the angles and will introduce a new algorithm for faster speeds, Digital and Optical Zoom are getting a massive boost, Night mode will be available on the telephoto and deep fusion improvements, as well as better lowlight performance with the ultra wide. Finally he also added we are getting larger batteries due to 5G.
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Upcoming HomePod mini and Apple TV may track your location using Ultra Wideband

One of the new products expected to launch at tomorrow’s Apple event is a new, smaller, and more affordable HomePod mini. A new rumor claims that this new speaker may include Ultra Wideband support to improve spatial awareness, which means that it may include the U1 chip that Apple introduced last year on the iPhone 11.

Apple’s U1 chip enables Ultra Wideband support, which helps devices measure distances between them by calculating the time it takes for a radio wave to pass between them, which is more accurate than Bluetooth LE and WiFi connectivity. Apple has only used this feature to power a directional feature in iOS 13, but the U1 chip was found in the Apple Watch Series 6, so Apple may have bigger plans for Ultra Wideband.

According to Jon Prosser, Apple may include the U1 chip in the upcoming HomePod mini, as well as in a new Apple TV, transforming them into Ultra Wideband base-stations. This means that these devices would be able to precisely track users’ locations as they walk around the house while using other U1 devices, such as the iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 6, and the ones to come.

Prosser believes that the HomePod mini and Apple TV will use location information for media controls, as well as manage brightness and volume controls, locking doors, and more, turning them into HomeKit hardware. He also claims that the UWB base-stations will also be able to use the Find My app when users are away from home to alert if any of the devices have been moved or taken from their homes.

And since we’re talking about moving devices around, Apple had removed the Beats landing page from its website. This led many to believe that Apple was making even more room for the upcoming HomePod mini and the AirPods Studio, even though rumors also claim that they won’t be present in tomorrow’s event. However, the Beats by Dre landing page was soon returned to the store section of Apple’s website, meaning that they won’t be getting in the way of upcoming Apple audio devices.

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Pocketnow Daily: Apple Event Leaked: EVERYTHING is Here!? (video)

Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Air, and many more devices on sale today

The official news today begin with Deals, and seriously let’s end the week with Apple deals because I know they’re your favorite. The MacBook Air is currently $100 off, that leaves the Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD variant for $1200… yes this is the higher storage variant, but we also have other deals on different storage tears. The regular AirPods are $30 off, leaving them at $130 shipped. The Beats X are also $30 off, meaning you can grab a pair for $70. We also have deals on TCL smartphones, LG TVs. Razer Controllers and more in the links in the description.

AMD unveils Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors, arriving on November 5

Now let’s talk about AMD, particularly because of how the company continues to make Intel look bad lately. The company revealed their latest line up of processors with the Ryzen 5000 Series. These are built with their new Zen 3 architecture and they are based on a 7nm process. We’re not going to get into too much technical detail but, their new Ryzen 9 5950X brings 16 Cores, and it has a boost frequency of 4.9GHz, and the company claims that this is the highest single thread performance in the market, we’ll have to wait for Linus to confirm that after he segues from his sponsor. It offers a 26% performance improvement over the Ryzen 3000 Series and they claim 21% higher performance than Intel’s top of the line Core i9.. The processors start at $299 with the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X and the decked out 5950X will cost you $799. All of the 4 new processors will be available on November 5th. All I can say is that it’s amazing how tables get turned over time, as there was a time where AMD wouldn’t dream of catching up to Intel.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 teardown reveals liquid metal cooling and an ingenious stand

And now it’s time to talk Sony, particularly with the company’s PS5. They’re not pulling any punches as the company published an official teardown of the console a couple of days ago. Let’s just start off by saying, this thing is huge, like huge. At the front you get a single USB Type A and a USB type C port but, you get two USB A ports with SuperSpeed at the back, an Ethernet Port, an HDMI and of course, the power port. It also has a PCIe 4.0 port on the inside for future storage expansion. It has air vents up front and the whole back is an exhaust port. You can remove the screwable base to set it horizontally and the white sides are removable as well. Now, the thing that probably made the most buzz is the cooling, you got a huge fan at the top of the console which draws from both sides and more importantly the liquid metal cooling which is close to the SoC under the casing and other layers. We highly recommend you watch the complete teardown if you’re planning on purchasing as, he goes into detail on the GPU, CPU, the heatsink and pretty much everything you need to know about the hardware. A lot of people are concerned on the liquid cooling so, we’ll see how it ages.

OnePlus will launch two TWS earbuds next week, and here’s your first look at one of them

Here’s your first official look at the OnePlus 8T design ahead of its launch

OnePlus 8T leaked renders reveal Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green color options

Now, the OnePlus 8T isn’t the only thing we’re waiting on from OnePlus, apparently we’re getting two new True Wireless Earbuds. And, remember that joke I made on them not looking like the AirPods and looking like the AirPods Pro? Well… We have some new leaked renders from XDA of the OnePlus Buds Z which were recovered from an APK file. The leaks show off the white variant for these Buds and well, yeah. They look like the AirPods Pro, they even bring the ear tips, probably the only difference is that the back of the EarBud is the same one on the regular OnePlus Buds. The casing is also shorter and wider, with the OnePlus logo at the top and a USB-C port at the back. OnePlus also fully revealed themselves the official design for the 8T. It brings the leaked Aquamarine color variant with the stove at the back and like usual, it looks kind of better than what we got from the renders before. Sadly, they didn’t show the front of the phone but, that doesn’t matter as we now have some CAD renders for the phone from a reliable tipster showing both sides. It brings the updated camera module that OnePlus leaked yesterday and the punch hole at the front. From these renders you can kind of see that the bezels are somewhat smaller. These renders also reveal another color variant which will reportedly be dubbed Lunar Silver. Let me know what you think about this design as, it looks kind of Galaxy S20ish to me.

Apple is working on two AirPods Studio variants, but they won’t debut next week

Now let’s talk Apple as while we were sleeping, Jon Prosser was hard at work tweeting a ton of details on Apple’s upcoming event but more of what we’re not getting from the event. First off, he mentioned that DigiTimes was right to say that the iPhones that will be available in October are going to be the 6.1 iPhone 12 and the 6.1 12 Pro, the 12 Mini and the Pro Max will be the ones launched until November. He also said that the starting price for the Mini is $649 after all, according to his source. After that he said that AirPods Studio have not completed mass production so they will be left out from the event. However, he did give us a price tag, apparently the luxury variant made out of metal and leather will cost $599 but don’t worry, there is a sport-like variant with cheaper materials for $350. And, let’s stay on that negative note for a bit as, he also said that AirTags have been pushed back, at least until March of 2021 so, it looks like another AirPower case but we hope it doesn’t turn into that because they do look interesting. But finally, let’s get to availability, he still stands by the dates he gave us previously with pre-orders beginning on October 16th and they will be in stores by October 23rd for the 12 and 12 Pro. But hold on, we have more in the next segment.

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Massive Apple leak reveals almost everything about the iPhone 12 series

But alright, for the hottest news today, get some pop corn as we have a huge leak from Weibo of everything else you want to know for this Apple Event. Of course we should take all of these leaks with a grain of salt but let’s begin. Apparently the company is going to begin the event with the HomePod Mini which will be a 3.3in speaker with their S5 Processor, it will be priced at $99 and it will be available on November 6th. After that, they’re not losing any time and going straight to the iPhone 12. They’ll begin with the 5.4in 12 Mini which according to him, will start at $699. Then they’re moving on to the 6.1in iPhone 12 which will start at $799. Moving on to the Pros, the 6.1in will start at $999 and will get a new graphite and blue color variant. The 12 Pro Max will start at $1099 with those same colors. All of these will be 5G models and the US variants will bring mmWave. The 12 and the 12 Mini will start at 64GB of storage and go up to 256GB while the Pros will start at 128GB and go up to 512GB. All of them will bring Super Retina XDR displays, a new Magsafe 15W wireless charging and all phones are Dolby Vision capable. They will also use a Smart Data Mode to save power by only using the 5G power for heavy duty apps. Moving on to the cameras, he claims the source isn’t too clear on this one. The 12 and the 12 Mini will bring dual cameras with the main sensor and an ultra wide so, basically the iPhone 11. Deep Fusion and Smart HDR are both getting upgrades. The Pros will bring a triple camera array with the main sensor, the ultra wide a telephoto and a LiDAR sensor, they reportedly bring up to 5x optical zoom. Finally, according to him, the 6.1in 12 and the 12 Pro will be available on October 23rd like Prosser, the Mini will be available on November 13th and the Pro Max on November 20th. Sadly, he didn’t mention any other hardware but we hope that’s not the case.
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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 12 Leaks: Not Fully a 2020 Flagship? (video)

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Apple’s MacBook Air and more on sale today

The official news today begin with deals and it seems Samsung wants to get even more aggressive than what we’ve seen. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is currently $280 off, leaving the entry level variant for $1120. And don’t worry, this is the unlocked US variant so, no Exynos chip here. The S20+ is also $201 off, leaving the 128GB variant for $998 in Cosmic Black or Grey. Moving on to Apple, the latest MacBook Air is $100 off, leaving the higher end 8GB of Ram and 512GB of storage variant for $1200 and, we also have more deals for other storage tiers in the description. We also have deals on Kindles, BenQ Gaming monitors and more right along those, and yes if you want even more.

ASUS ROG Phone 3 comes to the US for $1,000

Now let’s talk about gaming phones, as it seems that ASUS is still the king in this department with its ROG Phone 3. If you remember it was launched in India back in July but, it’s finally making it’s way to the US. It brings a 6.59in AMOLED display running at 144Hz. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 865+, and it brings up to 16GB of RAM, 512GB of onboard storage and a 6000 mAh battery. But, we’ve heard all of that before so, let’s get to availability and price tags which aren’t exactly positive. The entry level variant which packs 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will cost you $1000, and the higher tier variant with 16GB of RAM, it’ll set you back at $1100. It’s currently available on retailers like Amazon or Walmart as we speak. So yeah, definitely not the price tags I thought we’d get given how aggressive Asus can be, but hey, hope it works out.

Qualcomm is working on its own gaming phone in partnership with Asus: Report

And since we already begun with ASUS, how about if we continue talking about the company, but this time with a very interesting Qualcomm twist. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Qualcomm has joined hands with ASUS to develop their own gaming smartphone. Yes, Qualcomm making its own phone. This phone will most likely be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 875 and, it’ll probably be announced at their Tech Summit in December. The report mentions that ASUS won’t be a simple designer for this smartphone and that both companies are considering a joint-purchase for the components, meaning it will be a team effort throughout the whole process. Apparently they’ll manufacture one million phones, with half of them being Qualcomm branded, and the other half being ROG branded. So yeah, the combo is kinda weird, but this isn’t the first time Qualcomm makes a phone.. You’ll just have to be old enough to remember it from the 90s.

Two budget OnePlus Nord phones coming to the US soon?

Now who’s waiting for the PS5? I’ll admit a part of me is looking more at Xbox Series X, but don’t judge me, I might still go the PS5 route. Thing is for those of you waiting, yes it’s still not out, but now we have some hands-on videos and even gameplay to talk about. Both of these videos come from Japan showing different things from the console. The first one is a 46 second clip that shows the user playing with the console but, you can pretty much only see the controller working. The screen and the console are blurred in the background. However, there’s another full 24min video that shows us the design of the console, the controller and gameplay of three different titles. Sadly, the gameplay is screen recorded so we can’t really show you how good it actually is, and these titles don’t really push the graphics but, you can definitely tell that they’re not playing at 60fps anymore as it looks smoother. We’re getting the PS5 soon so, are you guys planning to get the Xbox or the PlayStation?

New OnePlus 8T leaks show us the phone’s camera and wallpapers

And alright, let’s continue with the new batch of OnePlus leaks and rumors, cause you knew they were coming. We’re about a week away from the OnePlus Event and the company keeps putting out more and more teasers on what we should expect. Before we get into the official teaser, someone on the XDA forums just recovered the new wallpapers for this phone from an unreleased version of the OnePlus Wallpapers App. Moving on, the company went on Twitter to tease low light photography, with a picture taken from on top of a building at sunset. I’ll say first impressions are not bad, but we’ve yet to see a OnePlus phone that actually makes any other phone look bad. We’ll keep you posted on how this evolve, cause this only means more teasers are coming.

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A new HomePod mini may be on its way, but no HomePod 2

The notch may finally become smaller in the iPhone 13

And finally for the most interesting news today, let’s talk Apple as we got two separate news, one for next week’s event, and one for what we won’t be getting on this event cause it seems Cupertino is not ready.… Yesterday we covered how Apple removed all third party speakers from their shelves, hinting to them launching a new HomePod. Well, according to Love To Dream on Twitter, there won’t be no HomePod 2 this year and instead, we’ll be getting a HomePod Mini. And, this isn’t anything new as rumors for the HomePod Mini have been around for a while now. It will most likely be less expensive than the original model, with some of the same features but sacrificing some of the hardware components to bring the price down. Now, let’s move on to the iPhone 12.. Or should I say what we won’t be getting until iPhone 13, probably. On a new tweet, Ice Universe claims that the iPhone 13 will still bring a notch, but this time it will actually get a design change. There’s been a ton of leaks that we’re getting a smaller notch this year with the 12 line but, apparently it’s just the fact that the bezels are becoming slimmer, making the notch seem thinner instead of Apple actually making it smaller. On the next tweet he sketched the 12’s notch against the 13’s rumored one, and the 13 looks way slimmer than the solution on the 12 but… Seriously Apple? We hope at least that one brings ProMotion.
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