Discord is one of the most popular messaging platforms in existence, with a focus on conversations in dedicated channels and communities (sometimes called ‘servers’) over 1-to-1 communication. However, there is now one catch to using Discord on iOS: servers marked as NSFW are inaccessible.
Discord announced a policy change yesterday (via The Verge), explaining that all adult content should be kept behind an NSFW (‘Not Safe For Work’) warning. The platform has allowed individual channels to be marked as NSFW for years, but now entire communities can have the warning. No one between the ages of 13 and 17 will be able to join or view NSFW communities. If communities with adult content don’t add the warning themselves, Discord may do it on their behalf.
More importantly, NSFW communities and channels will be blocked on all iOS devices, even for people over the age of 18. “iOS users aged 18+ will still be able to join and access NSFW communities on the desktop and web versions of Discord,” the company said.
The move is likely intended to keep Discord on the App Store, as Apple has historically blocked apps that feature or promote adult content. Tumblr famously banned all NSFW content from its platform in 2018, only days after Apple removed its app from the App Store. Tumblr was allowed to return to the App Store shortly afterwards, but not before the platform experienced a mass exodus of users upset at the NSFW ban.
Discord users are already criticizing the company for the new policy, for most of the same reasons that Tumblr users spoke out in 2018. Some believe the move could adversely affect LGBT+ communities (YouTube has a long history of this, for example), while others are concerned that many art communities could be incorrectly marked as NSFW.
This is not a good move in the slightest @discord. Not only does this blatantly attack LGBTQ+ Communities, but it also strictly goes against artists who may draw topics outside the norm. pic.twitter.com/pgiRQPG1Nf
@Apple why are you trying to force apps into following your weird puritanical rules about NSFW content, why is @discord being made to ban NSFW server access to iOS users? Stop trying to babysit us that are adults. Force parents to be accountable and stop punishing everyone else. pic.twitter.com/OfNBQbMfAa
It remains to be seen if Discord will lose any significant market share over its new policy. However, it’s not hard to see the platform as stuck between a wall and a hard place — Discord can either play by Apple’s draconian rules, or say goodbye to all iOS users.
When Apple introduced the new Mac Pro back in 2019, the internet had a field day mocking its cheese grater design. While Apple says that the design maximizes airflow and also helps with structural integrity, it’s the uncanny similarity with the kitchen tool that comes to mind first when you come across the machine. Well, it appears that Apple might bring this design to more products in the feature, with iPhones being one of them.
As per a patent titled Housing Construction filed before the USPTO and spotted first by PatentlyApple, Apple is considering the 3D lattice pattern of the Mac Pro for iPhones as well. The reason cited in the patent description is familiar – optimize air flow, offer better protection for the internal components, and of course, be pleasing to look at. However, the latter part about ‘looking pleasing’ is up for debate. Here’s what the patent application says:
The components of an electronic device, for example a housing of an electronic device, may include three-dimensional structures having features tailored to the specific purposes for which they are employed. The components of an electronic device may be configured to provide physical support or protection to other components of the electronic device, provide for thermal transmission, provide for airflow through or around the electronic device, or provide for one or more various other purposes. Additionally, the components of the electronic device may be designed to provide a unique and pleasing look and feel for a user.
In simple words, Apple wants to replicate the ‘inspired by nature’ lattice pattern of the Mac Pro’s panel for roughly the same set of benefits on the iPhone as well. And oh, the patent diagrams also envision the same aesthetic makeover for a trash can-style Mac Pro. Yes, the same filthy expensive cylindrical Mac that was an upgradability nightmare. However, Apple is not limiting itself to metal when it comes to replicating the 3D lattice design on iPhones, as the patent also explores options such as ceramic, glass, amorphous metal, polycarbonate, and even a combination of the aforementioned materials.
Coming back to the cheese grater-esque aesthetic overhaul for the iPhone, the patent diagrams give us a look at what it might look like. Unlike the Mac Pro, the lattice pattern will be used on the back as well as the side rails. It adds that the ‘light weight and stiffness of the three-dimensional structure can also provide a user with a pleasing experience when handling the device.’ And in case you’re wondering, yes, the patent also describes a 3D-design metal sheet in multiple color options.
As for the manufacturing process, Apple might go with 3D printing to achieve the desired cheese grater aesthetics on iPhones. And before your imaginations go wild, do keep in mind that this is a patent application we’re talking about, which means things are very much in the concept stage and won’t necessarily make it out as a commercially available product!
Apple has slapped a repairability score badge to iPhones and MacBook models listed on its official website in France, in compliance with a new law that asks companies (especially consumer electronics makers) to reveal the important score. As per rules drafted by France’s Ministere De La Transition Ecologique, the country is targeting a net repairability of 60% for all electronics and electric appliances sold in the country within the next five years. This rule is part of a broader environmental initiative that targets everything from a ban on single-use plastic and more effective recycling of e-waste to telling consumers how much their data usage and digital consumption is contributing to greenhouse gas emission.
Coming to the repairability score for Apple devices, it is shown as a green label towards the bottom right corner as you scroll down on the shop page. For example, as you can see in the image above, the iPhone 12 Pro has been awarded a repairability score of 6/10. You can find the complete list of iPhones and MacBook models for which repairability scores have been calculated and are now shown on the Apple website here.
Interestingly, the iPhone 11 has been given a repairability score of 4.6/10, while the older iPhone X sits above it with a repairability score of 4.8/10. The MacBook Pro (13-inch, A2338) stands at 5.6/10, while the MacBook Pro (16-inch, A2141) ranked significantly higher with a repairability score of 6.3/10. Apple’s support page says that these repairability scores have been created for the standard configuration of products to align with a French law that aims to reduce e-waste.
However, the process by which repairability index is awarded to a product can’t be called 100% non-biased, as certain parameters that go into calculating the final score are rated by manufacturers themselves. As per the official manual that details the whole process of calculating repairability index, it depends on factors such as availability of detailed and easy to understand documentation, ease (of disassembly, accessibility, tools, fasteners), availability of spare parts, pricing of spare parts, and certain product-specific criterion.
Now, deals have just gotten sweeter. You can currently get a new 64GB iPhone 11 and other great smartphones for only $300 if you go over to AT&T. Still, things aren’t as simple, as there are some conditions that need to be met. First, you need to get a new line or upgrade your existing line to eligible unlimited service. You will also have to put your phone on an AT&T Installment Plan that will have you paying $10 for your device for 30 months, which adds to $300. If you want more storage, you would have to pay $15 for the 128GB version or $20 for the 256GB version, but it’s still a great deal.
You can also get a new Microsoft Surface Duo for the same $300 and under the same conditions, but you may also be interested in other devices. You can save up to $800 on the latest Galaxy S21 series and the iPhone 12 lineup. To get $800 for your new Samsung Galaxy S20 device, you will have to trade-in an eligible device, and you must do the same if you want to put your hands on a new iPhone 12, but you will only get up to $700 off. There are tons of options to choose from, so take a look.
If you’re not really a fan of getting a device locked to a specific carrier, you can also take a look at some of B&H offers, where you can get a new Google Pixel 3 XL for just $300 after a massive $500 discount. It comes with 64GB storage space and a pretty decent camera for 2021. You can also get a new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE for just $569 and save $180.99. It features 256GB of storage space, 8GB RAM, a 7nm Exynos Chipset & Octa-Core CPU, and a triple camera system with two 12MP and one 8MP sensor.
Finally, we head over to the Smart TV department, where we find an awesome deal on the 75-inch Hisense H6510G Series LED 4K UHD Smart Android TV that’s getting a huge $400 discount. This means you can get yours for just $600, but this is a today-only deal, so hurry.
If you’re looking for another option, we have the TCL 75-inch 5-Series 4K UHD Roku Smart TV that’s selling for $998 after a $201.99 discount. A smaller but more expensive option comes thanks to LG, as its 55-inch 4K Smart OLED TV with Alexa built-in is currently $650 off, leaving it up for grabs at $1,350. There is another less expensive option to consider, as you can get a new Insignia 65-inch Smart 4K UHD for $500 with $100 savings.
Apple is expected to launch its first foldable iPhone sometime in 2023, if not later, but that doesn’t stop us from getting tons of rumors about the upcoming device. The latest rumor comes from DigiTimes’s Chinese publication that claims Cupertino is getting some help from LG on foldable display development.
It seems that the Chinese publication of DigiTimes knows something we don’t about Apple’s foldable iPhone. They cite industry sources when claiming that LG Display is assisting Apple with the development of a foldable OLED display for the upcoming foldable iPhone. However, they don’t specify if LG will be in charge of supplying these foldable panels for the foldable phone.
We know that Apple usually relies on Samsung as their primary supplier for OLED displays for the higher-end iPhones, with LG helping with the more affordable variants. Previous rumors also suggest that Samsung will be Apple’s first choice to get the foldable displays for its foldable device since the company has also allegedly provided Apple with a large number of foldable display samples for testing in their two possible design options. Rumors also claim that Apple has allegedly decided to use a clamshell design that will look like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or the Moto RAZR.
Jon Prosser has also revealed some interesting information about this foldable iPhone in the last few days, as his sources claim that the foldable iPhone will arrive with several color options to choose from, meaning that this device will target a wider audience. And yesterday, we also received information suggesting that this device will arrive with a 7-inch OLED display and Apple Pencil support. However, we can’t tell if Apple will also develop a new and smaller Pencil for this device or if it’s going compatible with the current models in the market.
Apple’s latest M1 MacBooks, iPad Pros and more devices are on sale
Microsoft Surface laptops, SSD’s and Razer peripherals are on sale today
The OnePlus 8, 7T, Amazon Echo bundles and more devices are on sale
As per usual, let’s begin today with deals, and today we have some different ones. If you’re looking to replace your smartphone, OnePlus currently has some crazy deals on their website but you better move quick cause the entry level model of the OnePlus 8 already sold out. If you go for 12GB of RAM, that one is $100 off, leaving it at 699. The OnePlus 7T which is still a pretty good phone is 250 off, that leaves it at just 349 dollars. Moving on to Apple, Amazon has the latest iPad Air for 50 dollars off, which leaves the entry level model for 549 shipped but, you can also get a similar discount if you go for more storage and even the Cellular model. Sticking to Apple for a second, the Apple Watch Series 6 is available for a cool 20 dollars off, starting at 379 dollars shipped. For those of you who keep asking for more computers and parts, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is available for 200 dollars off, meaning it starts at 799 shipped. And guys, we have more deals in the links in the description for Samsung smartphones since the Galaxy S21 series still has trade-in deals, Samsung SSDs, LG displays, Pixels and more.
OnePlus patent filing reveals smartwatch with a round dial and two strap designs
Now obviously you know what deals on OnePlus phones mean. Let’s move on to see what’s next as yes we’re getting new phones, but that’s not all. Ever since Pete Lau confirmed that we’re getting a smartwatch from the company early in 2021, the leaks just haven’t stopped. Now, we have some new patents of the Watch spotted by TechNik News, showing off the schematics. We’re getting a round design with a ring on top but, it’s unclear if this will be a rotating bezel like we get on some Samsung Watches or a capacitive one. From the patent you can also see 2 different strap designs, one that kind of looks like the sport silicone bands for the Apple Watch, and the other one rocking a more traditional look which could probably be a leather strap. So, if you think about it, OnePlus might also go for the Elegant and Sport variants, to appeal to different demographics. So far, we have no real leaks for the software aside from the fact that it will be based on Wear OS and it’ll bring different sensors for features like measuring your heart rate and other vitals.
Apple’s new AirPods 3 could also arrive next month
Let’s talk about Apple’s March Event for a second as, rumors point that we should expect a ton of products from Cupertino. Now disclaimer, this tipster doesn’t have the best track record but, this tweet goes along with other rumors we’ve been covering from trusted sources. On the tweet he gives us a check list on what products have been rumored to make the cut where he checked the new iPad Pro, AirTags and new AirPods and, these pretty much go along with Prosser’s leaks from last week. However, he did cross out 2 products including new ARM Macs and Cheaper AirPods Max. Now as a recap, last week Jon Prosser confirmed that both AirTags and that new iPad Pro are both slated for March so, that sounds like it’s pretty much a done deal. As for the AirPods, we’ve been hearing tons of rumors but, we don’t know if this means that we’re getting the 3rd Generation AirPods or the 2nd Generation AirPods Pro. Let’s see what we end up getting as we’re just a few weeks away from March and I mean, the more products the merrier, but true, this economy doesn’t make that idea compelling.
Next iPhone/iPad Pro to have a variable refresh rate of up to 240Hz? Apple’s patent says so
Let’s move the spotlight back to Apple as we got some new and crazy leaks.. Well, sort off. Patently Apple discovered a new patent which describes an iPhone Display which could have high refresh mode enabled. That’s all great but, we’ve been covering that for weeks, but wait for it. What’s interesting here is that it mentions that this high refresh mode might be capable of updating content up to 4 times the native refresh rate. And if you do the math, this would mean that your iPhone could go all the way up to 240Hz. Yes, 240Hz. We know that touch sampling is not new to Apple, but it said refresh rate. Of course, most of the headlines yesterday claimed that this was coming to iPhone 12S but, we know the way Apple works so even if they got the patent we will most likely not get it this year, heck we might not even get it at all.. Or who knows, they might leap frog. So far, we’re expecting the iPhone 12S Series to introduce high refresh rate displays to iPhones with the Pro models, but we still expect them to be limited to 120Hz. But, we should also expect those Always-On Displays thanks to the new LTPO technology we’re getting.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 again rumored to arrive with an under-display camera
And finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk Samsung and foldables as we have a very interesting development. If you remember, a couple of weeks ago we got some new renders from Ben Geskin, showing off the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s design and probably the 2 things that stood out the most where the S21 Ultra’s camera and an under the display selfie shooter. At the moment we thought it wouldn’t happen at all but, a new tweet from Ice Universe claims that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still very likely to adopt UPC which is an Under-Panel-Camera. This technology was announced by Samsung back at CES and of course, they wouldn’t be the first to bring it to smartphones as ZTE already does it. This, however, does give them some serious bragging rights by having a foldable with an under the display camera, since you pretty much have a regular selfie shooter in the cover display when you need better quality, or vice versa, we’re not sure. Some other things we’re expecting from the Z Fold 3 include smaller 120Hz displays, an S Pen, your typical set of flagship specs with the Snapdragon 888 running on One UI 3.5 and we’re still expecting the price tag to be around the $2000 mark.
Apple is well known for taking its time before adopting new technologies. But being late to the party doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t arrive, making a huge impact. While other companies strive to give their users innovation, Cupertino decides to take its time, refine what’s available and deliver the same features with better results and great marketing. And it seems that we may see Apple pull it off once again, with its foldable iPhone, which may launch with stylus support.
According to research firm Equal Ocean, the upcoming foldable iPhone will arrive with Apple Pencil support. It also predicts that the device will arrive with a clamshell design that will feature a foldable OLED display that would be between 7.3 and 7.6-inches in size. However, it’s not clear whether we will get a new Pencil design for the clamshell foldable device or if the device will feature support for the current models.
Jon Prosser has also been giving out tons of information about Apple’s possible foldable device. His sources claim that Cupertino has already decided to favor the clamshell design over a second option that would give us a foldable device that would look more like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or the upcoming Huawei Mate X2. He also said that the new phone would feature several color variants, meaning that this device would be aimed at a larger crowd.
Whatever the case, we will have to wait for quite a while before getting official confirmation of this new device, as all we have are rumors. Prosser suggests that we will have to wait sometime before we receive Apple’s foldable device, and it seems that we may even have to wait until 2023. But suppose you’re really interested in getting a foldable device with stylus support this year. In that case, you should consider the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, which’s also expected to give us this new feature.
The point of foldable smartphones (and soon, rollable ones) is, beyond the proof of concept and technological advancements, to modify the actual shape of the device. What does that mean? By folding (rolling, etc.) a smartphone, you’re actually changing the size of the canvas, which, in this case, is the display.
You can make said display larger – and we discussed last week about the two major concepts to achieve that – or you can choose to make said display smaller. If you continue the logic, the two approaches above result in either a. a larger, tablet-like phone or b. a smaller phone.
An example for the first category would be the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or the Mate Xs (upcoming Mate X2). An example for the second category is the Galaxy Z Flip or the razr 5G.
While they both fold, they do so with a completely different outcome in mind. The ones in the first category unfold into a tablet-like large canvas and collapse to a regular size phone. The ones in the second category fold into a smaller-than-regular device, expanding into a regular size. In other words, we have regular-to-big and small-to-regular.
With all of that in mind, let’s look at the recent rumors of the foldable iPhone. According to chatter, Apple might have already decided to take the clamshell route for its first foldable smartphone, or at least so some claim.
In defense of the clamshell foldable iPhone
“Sure, why not? It makes sense for Apple to launch a clamshell foldable iPhone. Samsung did it, successfully”, some might say. And to that, I say “you are right”. But what we are forgetting is that Samsung also has a classic, non-clamshell foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
So for those who don’t want to carry a smartphone and a tablet with them at all times, Samsung (and HUAWEI for that matter) came up with the concept of a phone exploding into a tablet.
This brings us to the idea of protecting the iPad, as a line-up. Having a phone transform into a tablet will surely cannibalize the tablet offering, right? Well, if you come to think of it, the iPad mini is the only relatively small iPad, at 7.9 inches. All the other ones are a 10-inch plus, which is a different category altogether.
Even if we force the argument that an inflating iPhone would somewhat affect the iPad, it would only affect the iPad mini, and even if so, it wouldn’t be a bad decision to discontinue it but still at the same time offering a foldable iPhone that’s close to that display size.
The case against the clamshell foldable iPhone
Going back to the Samsung analogy above, and the Z Fold 2, this actually was the first foldable Samsung product generation on the market. Only after they have managed to establish this offering did Samsung lean towards the clamshell approach. Why? Because these days we want our screens to be big. We are consuming so much media, and with 5G upon us, that’s not going away.
Apple tackling the foldable game with a clamshell will still offer future customers two screen sizes: a small one (compared to the outfolding/expanding foldables), and an even smaller one (hopefully, on the outside of the now folded clamshell).
This could, of course, solve a problem for those who want a phone to occupy the least amount of space, but only partially. A phone folded in two will be close to doubling its thickness, so whatever you gain from reducing height, you lose by increasing thickness, while width remains the same.
There’s also the inconvenience of flipping it open every time you want to talk on the phone or do anything significant. As powerful as iOS could become to support the outer display, you simply are not as productive on a 1, 2, or even 3-inch outer screen as you are on a 6-inch plus display. There’s no way around it.
…and then there are the bragging rights, but we should mention this as both in favor and against the clamshell foldable iPhone.
Whether Apple will go classic or clamshell foldable for its iPhone is at the moment unknown, and we’re only speculating here. At this point, it’s not even sure Apple knows the direction it wants to go in. Regardless of which one it will end up materializing, a foldable iPhone will definitely be a bragging right for those who find pride in showing off their latest iPhone.
Yes, there are plenty of those who specifically purchase the latest exclusive color option, in order to be spotted from afar that it’s the latest model, Heaven forbid should they rock last year’s offering. But, to each his own.
Another thing is clear, and history teaches us about Apple: they’re usually late to the game, but when they do adopt a technology or trend, they seem to do it arguably better.
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.
iPhone cameras are indeed some of the best in the market, but we are always expecting them to evolve. However, a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will take its time to include better camera hardware in its phones.
Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will have three companies as the main lens suppliers for Apple’s upcoming iPhone lineup. Said companies are Largan, Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO), and Sunny Optical. He also managed to look at the three companies’ technologies and production lines, which led him to believe that we won’t see any significant upgrades in the iPhone 13’s camera hardware or the 2022 model.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Apple won’t find a way to improve the picture and video quality in its upcoming iPhone devices. In other words, Cupertino may focus on software development to improve and enhance the already great results provided by its camera lenses.
“GSEO faces price competition from Largan. Unless the structural challenges of the lens industry are significantly improved or GSEO can significantly reduce its dependence on Apple’s orders, GSEO’s EPS (earnings per share) may not grow in 2021-2022.”
Kuo also believes that Largan will be in charge of fifteen to twenty-five percent of the high-end lens orders in the first half of 2021, which would take some orders away from GSEO. Sunny Optical has been Apple’s recent addition to its supply line, and if things go according to plans, the company may start shipping lenses smoothly in 2021, and it should ramp up production by at least fifty percent in 2022.
Whatever the case, we could finally see Apple look to improve its camera hardware in 2023. Other iPhone improvements shouldn’t take that long to arrive. It seems that Apple is finally ready to give us LTPO displays with 120Hz refresh rates, at least in the Pro models.
It’s always interesting to see consumer data reports The latest one from Flurry Analytics focuses on the top ten smartphone models activated on Christmas Day 2020 in the United States, where iPhones were far superior to Android devices.
Christmas is a special celebration for many, and it’s also a great day for new smartphone activations. The latest report analyzed new activations during this event, and it shows that the iPhone 11 is the most popular device among consumers. Last year’s entry-level iPhone received five percent more love than its closest competitor.
This report measured device activations during the time period between December 18 and December 24, and it leaves the iPhone XR in second place, with the iPhone 12 Pro Max in the third spot. What’s more impressive is that nine of the ten devices featured in this report are iPhone models, leaving the tenth spot for the only Android device, which turned out to be the LG K30.
The latest iPhone 12 lineup took three spots, with the vanilla iPhone 12 following the 12 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro taking the sixth spot, which leaves the 12 mini out of the top ten. Still, we see the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus taking the ninth and eighth spot, respectively. Flurry believes that the success of older models is because American consumers were more price-sensitive this holiday season.
However, Flurry Analytics also notes a 23 percent year-on-year smartphone activation drop, which is mainly because of the hardships and limitations 2020, and the ongoing pandemic has brought upon us.
“As you can see, activations this year are down 23% year-over-year, likely due to the financial hardships caused by COVID-19. Another possibility is that because Americans were encouraged to stay home and limit family gatherings, smartphone gift giving could be more spread out across the days before and after Christmas.”