Pocketnow Daily: INSANE Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera, iPhone 13 Dummy Leaks & more.. (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the camera in the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, iPhone 13 leaks, and more.

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Pocketnow Daily: MAJOR Galaxy Z Fold/Z Flip Leaks, iPhone Flip Timeline & more! (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the latest leaks of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Galaxy Z Flip 3, and more.

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Pocketnow Daily: Apple M2 Coming VERY SOON! iPad Pro and iMac Launch Dates & more (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about Apple’s M2 chip that’s expected to come in the new MacBook Pro, iOS 14.5, and more.

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Pocketnow Daily: MAJOR iPad OS/iOS 15 Updates! Pixel 5a Screw Up & more.. (video)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Pixel 4 and OnePlus smartphones are on sale

The M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini are also on sale today

The official news today begin with deals, and don’t forget we’ve got time stamps below in case you want to skip this for what’s happening today. Let’s start with OnePlus, which is really making a case for you to buy the 8 Series, probably more than even their own 9 series. Starting with the fact that they have the 8 Pro for 300 dollars off its original price tag, leaving it at 699 for the entry level variant and you get free Buds Z in white. Those Buds Z are actually pretty good by the way. They are also running a Flash Sale on the Nord Series where you can get the N10 for 279 and the N100 for 170 bucks, and it finishes on the 27th. Moving on to Amazon, the Google Pixel 4 is available for 300 dollars off its original price, leaving the entry level model for 496. If you want a foldable, Amazon has the Galaxy Z Fold 2 renewed for 1486 and I mean, if you do the math that’s actually a solid deal with how Amazon guarantees that program. We have more deals on other Samsung smartphones, Macs, iPads and more in the links in the description.

Samsung might give Galaxy S20 FE a new lease of life with chip upgrade

Let’s move on to Samsung as, the company is making an interesting move with the Galaxy S20 FE. We know that Sammy found success with this phone thanks to the decent specs and the price tag and they want to add to that. According to a new report from WinFuture, Samsung might start equipping the S20 FE with the 4G version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, swapping out the Exynos 990 that originally powered it, cause I guess they heard there isn’t much love for that chip, period. The report even mentions the new model number and actually, Samsung has already updated some of their European websites with this model number, hinting that the launch will happen some time soon. The rest of the specifications will remain the same as the Exynos S20 FE but they might add a SKU with more storage for around 600 Euros. We’ll keep you posted on when they make the changes and, while Samsung is doing this for an older phone, wait for the a few segments because Google is doing the complete opposite, and guys it doesn’t look good.

iPhone 13 Mini prototype shown in alleged hands-on image, but we have doubts

Moving the spotlight on to Cupertino real quick before we talk about them again for the hottest news, and this time about the iPhone 13 mini. You’d think that the report on low sales would kill a future generation, but we know Apple is famous for liking to play the long game. So yeah, those other reports of Apple stopping production of the 12 mini aren’t going anywhere with that new purple color that just launched, and now these rumors. This picture comes from a tipster on Weibo, showing off that design that was leaked in CAD renders last week in the Blue color variant where the 2 cameras now sit across from each other inside the stove. Of course at the moment these are still prototypes and Apple could simply just choose to not go on with this design but, a ton of tipsters have been talking about this design and these prototypes just give it a bit of more credibility. We’ll see what we get as, it definitely doesn’t look bad but again, it depends on who you ask.

Android 12 code hints that Pixel 5a 5G will use the same chip as its predecessor

Now, let’s talk about Google and the Pixel 5a on an.. Interesting turn of events. Let me just start by saying I’m struggling to call this a 5a any more. So, a couple of weeks ago we found out that the Pixel 5a will be coming some time during the Fall and it will only be available in the US and Japan. Well, now we have a new report from 9to5Google that claims that Barbet aka the Pixel 5a will be using a processor identified by the number “SM7250” which is a reference to the Snapdragon 765G. And I mean there’s nothing wrong with the 765G but, it’s also the processor that powered the show for the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, and if the phone will look exactly like last year’s phone, I mean, wouldn’t this technically be the same 4a 5G? Like, I’m curious to see how Google plans to differentiate these phones. Why even bother to announce anything if that precise phone can currently be purchased in the market. Gotta hand it to Google for the weird decisions all the time.

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Apple readying big changes for notifications in iOS 15, Home Screen overhaul for iPads

But Finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk about Apple, WWDC, and iOS. If you didn’t watch our video on the Spring Loaded Event I highly recommend you do as I went into detail on how these new iPads don’t really make sense right now, unless of course, WWDC changes things dramatically, and that’s what the news is about. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Cupertino is planning to overhaul notifications for iOS 15 and they are also preparing a major overhaul for the iPad’s Home Screen with iPadOS 15. Starting with iOS 15 apparently they want to let you customize notifications depending on your situation, with modes like sleep, driving or working, and you will choose if you want an audible alert or not. Apparently this would work through a menu in the control center, letting you create your scenarios. But fine, for the major news, let’s move on to iPadOS. Bloomberg claims that this will be the biggest overhaul to the Home Screen in over a decade. Apparently Apple will finally add widgets to the Home Screen which was just ridiculous before, letting you replace the entire grid with your widgets of choice. Finally, the report also mentions some big changes for iMessage, for it to compete with WhatsApp by adding some sort of social media aspect to it. You know what the problem is? No word on supporting Pro apps, AKA, what the Mac has, which technically should happen. So far a home screen overhaul seems boring and overdue.
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Android 12 code hints that Pixel 5a 5G will use the same chip as its predecessor

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Just a few weeks ago, amidst a barrage of confusing leaks and speculations, Google confirmed that the Pixel 5a 5G is very much real and that it will be released later this year. Leaks have already given us a good like at the phone’s design, which is almost identical to what we’ve seen on its predecessor – the Pixel 4a 5G. However, the similarities between the two phones are not just limited to their copycat aesthetics, as the upcoming Pixel 5a 5G will likely use the same Qualcomm processor as the Pixel 4a 5G.

Same chip, identical design, and familiar camera setup.

Digging into the code of Android 12 Developer Preview 3, the folks over at 9to5Google spotted the mention of a device codenamed ‘Barbet’ and a processor identified by the number ‘sm7250’ in the files. Now, the name ‘Barbet’ has popped up in multiple leaks recently and is allegedly the internal name for Google Pixel 5a 5G. As for the ‘sm7250’ code, a quick Google search reveals that it is part number for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC.

Google Pixel 5a 5G
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Now, this is the same Qualcomm SoC that keeps things running inside the Pixel 4a 5G, and the Pixel 5 too. What this means is the Pixel 5a 5G won’t be much of an upgrade in the processing department, and will adorn the same design as its predecessor too. While that might sound a bit disappointing if you were waiting for an upgrade in the SoC department, it is actually somewhat of good news in the hindsight, as the Pixel 5a 5G will definitely be significantly cheaper than the Pixel 5 but will offer the same amount of raw firepower.

And just like the Pixel 5, the upcoming Google mid-ranger will also feature a dual-camera setup at the back, most likely in a familiar wide + ultrawide configuration. There is not much else that we know about the Pixel 5a 5G’s innards at the moment, but we doubt that Google is going to make any drastic changes.

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Samsung might give Galaxy S20 FE a new lease of life with chip upgrade

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Samsung scored a winner last year with the Galaxy S20 FE, thanks to a great mix of flagship-grade hardware and attractive pricing. It now looks like Samsung is planning to milk its success by giving it another lease of life. As per a report from WinFuture, Samsung might equip the Galaxy S20 FE with the 4G version of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, swapping out the in-house Exynos 990 that originally powered it. 

The report mentions the impending arrival of a new Galaxy S20 FE variant carrying the model number SM-G780G and packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. This particular version of Snapdragon 865 that will be fitted inside the device will reportedly lack the Snapdragon X55 5G modem. Samsung has already updated some of its websites in Europe with mention of the aforementioned model number, which suggests that an official launch is not too far away.

The rest of the specifications of this revived 4G-only Galaxy S20 FE will be identical to its 5G-compatible sibling. However, the memory configuration might be updated. Aside from the 6GB RAM+128GB storage option, Samsung might also offer it in an 8GB RAM+ 256GB storage model. As for the pricing, some retailers have reportedly whispered an asking price of EUR 600, at least for the German market, but the actual prices might vary based on the country you live in.

As for the rest of the package, the Galaxy S20 FE offers a 6.5-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. You get three cameras at the back, which include a 12MP main snapper, another 12MP sensor for wide-angle photography, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Selfie and video calling duties are shouldered by a 32MP front camera. The lights are kept on by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging, and is capable of going up from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes.

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Samsung foldable phones might shed their fragility against dust and water in 2021

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Samsung is rumored to launch a bunch of new foldable smartphones later this year including the highly anticipated Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip 5G successor, and an affordable ‘Galaxy Z Fold Lite’ as well. It goes without saying that Samsung has done an impressive job when it comes to the engineering behind its latest foldable phones, but there is still one area where they prove to be an expensive yet delicate investment – protection against dust and water.  Or in the lingo of smartphone spec nerds, the absence of an Ingress Protection (IPXX) rating. However, that might change with the next generation of Samsung’s foldable phones, as per a report from SamMobile.

“We hear whispers from people in the know that both new foldables – the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 2 will feature an IP rating. The exact rating is unknown at this point in time. It may not be similar to the IP68 rating of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, for example, but at least it represents a major improvement in the durability department.”

To recall, the pricey Galaxy Z Fold2 doesn’t come with an IP certification for protection against dust and water exposure. Instead, Samsung claims to use what it calls an ‘Anti-Erosion Waterproof Coating” on the device. The company hasn’t gone into details regarding how effective it is, but it is quite likely no match for the protection offered by an IP67-rated or IP68-rated device like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip2 might be IPXX-certified for dust and water resistance

Samsung’s foldables are powerful machines, and the form factor adds to their versatility. But one has to be extra careful while using them, especially when it comes to dust and water exposure. The hinge, in particular, is the region that allows dust particles to make their way inside the device and beneath the display. Remember the display fiasco that surrounded the first-gen Galaxy Fold, thanks in no part to an exposed hinge mechanism that caused particles to reach beneath the flexible panel and caused pixel damage?

If Samsung indeed managed to offer proper IP-certified dust and water resistance on its upcoming foldable phones, they might find more buyers who are otherwise dissuaded by the delicate nature of these expensive phones. Samsung has also reportedly been working to improve the Ultrathin Glass (UTG) technology to further enhance the durability of the screen on its next wave of foldable phones.

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120Hz refresh rates and smaller a notch may finally arrive in the iPhone 13

While this is not the first time we get rumors talking about the new displays on the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup, this is one of the first times we get what seems to be some evidence behind it. We’ve been talking about the possibility of getting 120Hz refresh rates and a smaller notch in an iPhone since before the 12 lineup was released. However, the current iPhone lineup had to ditch 120Hz refresh rate displays to favor its battery, and well the only notch that got smaller was the one on the iPhone 12 mini.

Now, it seems that we will indeed get this feature in the upcoming lineup, as a well-known analyst has just commented on the matter. Ross Young used his Twitter account to post some information regarding the display in the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup. He believes that we will receive two devices with LTPO displays, which would enable 120Hz refresh rates. Said devices are expected to be the higher-end iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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The new LTPO OLED displays are more power-efficient, which means that they wouldn’t be so demanding on the iPhone’s battery, hence allowing the 120HZ feature to finally make its debut on these iOS devices. However, that’s not the only improvement that may arrive with the iPhone 13. We have seen a couple of leaks showing what is expected to be the glass front of the iPhone 13 lineup, and now, leaker DuanRui has posted images of what could be the newly redesigned notch for the iPhone 13.

We can clearly see the size difference between the notch in the iPhone 12 and what seems to be the possible “film samples” representing the final notch in the upcoming iPhone 13. These samples suggest that the new notch could be a bit taller than the current design, but it would be 30 percent narrower.

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We could see new colorful iMacs on the next Apple Spring Loaded Event

We are just a few days away from the next Apple Event. Cupertino sent out official invites last Tuesday, April 13, telling the world that its “Spring Loaded” event will take place on April 20. There is no official confirmation of what we may get to see during said event, but a well-known leaker has just revealed that an iMac refresh may be part of the show.

According to L0vetodream, the new “Spring Loaded” Apple Event will give us a newly redesigned iMac with several color options, or at least that’s what we’re led to believe. He posted a recent tweet containing the logo of the upcoming event, with a photo of the colorful G3 iMac lineup. In other words, this information would confirm previous rumors provided by another well-known source, Jon Prosser. He reported that the upcoming iMacs would arrive with several color options to choose from, taking inspiration from the G3 iMac lineup, well, at least as far as colors go.

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Previous rumors also claim that the new iMac lineup will have the first significant redesign since 2012, which would make it look more like the Pro Display XDR. This means that we could also get narrower side bezels and no chin, translating to larger displays than the current 21.5-inch and 27-inch models.

2021 iMac colors

Now, we have another reason to believe that we may soon get an iMac refresh. It seems that the 21.5-inch standard model on both its 4K and non-4K options are starting to grow scarce on Apple Stores across the United States. These items are being listed as unavailable for pickup, with customers having to wait around a week for them to go out. More powerful configurations are even harder to come across.

We know that Apple already discontinued two configurations of its 21.5-inch iMac, meaning that we could soon see them getting a refresh. The best part is that these new PCs are also rumored to arrive with a new Apple silicon chip, so you may want to wait a bit more if you have plans of getting a new iMac for yourself.

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Latest leak suggest LG’s Rollable phone got very close to an official launch

As we all know, LG is out of the smartphone segment. On Monday, April 5, the company officially announced that it was shutting down its phone business after failing to find a buyer to take on its legacy in the phone world. However, that doesn’t mean that the company had stopped working on its path to innovation. They developed some of the most daring phone designs in the last few months, and many of us, myself included, were waiting to see the launch of the company’s rollable device.

The LG Rollable phone was expected to launch in the early months of 2021. Rumors also claimed that the successor of the V60 was also getting ready to make an early appearance. Unfortunately, rumors suggested that LG was in talks to sell its phone business, so the V70 had to be put on infinite hold. LG’s rollable device was also affected by these rumors, as it never received an official launch date, even though leaks suggested it was very close to becoming official.

Evidence of this was found on March 19, when the Rollable phone received its certification on the Bluetooth SIG. Now, the latest information has surfaced online, where we can see that LM-R910VM received its NFC certification on January 5. Unfortunately, we may never get to see the actual device or at least a final production unit of the LG Rollable.

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Closing its smartphone business will help the company stop losing money, and for those who own an LG device, worry not. LG will continue to provide support and Android updates for their current devices until the arrival of Android 13, which means you get at least two years of software updates. You can check out a chart that let’s you see which devices will go all the way to Android 13 and which will stay stuck on Android 12.

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Samsung might be working on a tablet that folds twice

First came smartphones that the unfolded to become a tablet. Not a full-fledged tablet, but a mini-tablet with a screen that measures around 8-inches diagonally. Size constraints aside, it was still a great innovation. Putting a mini-tablet into your pocket without making tearing the threads and fabrics holding it together? Give it to me, now! With that happening, it was only a matter of time before someone took the idea of foldables, and used it to create a larger tablet that can be folded into a smaller tablet you can comfortably hold with one hand. Well, that someone is likely going to be Samsung.

Galaxy Z Fold Tab will employ the next-gen ultra-thin glass (UTG) display technology

As per a report by Gizmochina, Samsung is working on a tablet that folds twice. And unsurprisingly, that device will reportedly be called Samsung Galaxy Z Fold Tab. Interestingly, another report from Nikkei Asia that came out last month mentioned that a double-folding phone is also in the pipeline at Samsung. Uninspired naming aside, additional details about the device are still shrouded in mystery. The ambitious tri-fold tablet is said to be launched this year, but chances of a teaser being shown at the next Unpacked event are slim as the team over at Samsung’s mobile is internally debating it. 

More importantly, the Galaxy Z Fold Tab will reportedly use an upgraded version of the ultra-thin glass (UTG) that first made its way to the Galaxy Z Flip. Back then, Samsung revealed that the UTG is injected with a special material to achieve a consistent material hardness, and that it is more flexible as well as durable. The tech later made its way to the Galaxy Z Fold2, finally redeeming Samsung of the crease and bad display woes of the first-gen Samsung Galaxy Fold. The upgraded iteration of Samsung’s UTG solution will also be employed on the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold3.

Samsung reportedly has a double-folding phone in the pipeline as well.

The report also mentions that Samsung’s upcoming experimental tablet will support the next-gen S Pen that will make its debut alongside the Galaxy Z Fold3, likely at the next Unpacked event rumored to happen in August. However, it is unclear if the Galaxy Z Fold Tab will have a docking station for the stylus akin to the S Pen slot on Galaxy Note series devices, or if it will have a magnetic attachment system akin to the Galaxy Tab S8.

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Pocketnow Daily: Kuo: MAJOR iPhone Camera Upgrades Coming, But.. (video)

Get a new iPhone 11 Pro and the Apple Watch Series 6 with up to $249 savings

Get a Samsung Galaxy S21 for just $100, Galaxy Z Fold for $1,000!

The Dell XPS 13, HP Chromebooks and more devices are on sale

Apple’s AirPods Pro are just $197, Powerbeats Pro and more are also on sale

The official news today begin with deals of course. Starting with OnePlus that is trying to sweeten the pot on last year’s phones but, not so effectively. B&H has the OnePlus 8T available for 150 dollars off, leaving it at 600 bucks. Now, if we talk Apple, Amazon currently has the Apple Watch Series 6 for 50 dollars off, leaving it at 479 for the 44mm variant. Yes, Samsung’s deals are still going on, meaning you can still get the S21 for 100 bucks, the S21+ for 300 or the Ultra for 500 if you have a device for trade-in. However, they are bringing back the Galaxy Z Fold 2 deal, where you can get that one for half off again, leaving it at 1000 but again, you need a device to trade-in. Finally, that DELL XPS 13 is still available for 500 dollars off on Amazon, leaving the Intel Core i7, 32 gigs of RAM and 2TB model for 2000 bucks. We have more deals on other Samsung products, AirPods and more in the links in the description.

Sony Xperia 1 III offers flagship innards in a familiar garb

Let’s stick to official news but moving the spotlight on to Sony, as the company finally launched the Xperia 1 III. And can I just say, this is the first time in years that I’ve been excited for an Xperia. Getting the specs out of the way, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G, 12 Gigs of RAM and 128 Gigs of expandable storage and yes, it actually brings a headphone jack. When it comes to the design, you’re getting a 6.5-inch 4K OLED Display running at 120Hz which sounds great, and you get a frosted glass back. For the cameras, you’re getting 3 12MP sensors with the third one being a periscopic telephoto that’s capable of 2 separate focal lengths. Finally, for other details, this phone brings a 4500 mAh battery with 30W fast charging, it only supports sub-6 5G instead of both flavors, and Sony also packed in some nice audio features for both the speakers and the headphone jack. Oh and by the way, that Xperia Pro feature where you can use it as a monitor for your Sony camera is sort of available through a USB-C dongle. That said, the phone will be available in early summer 2021 and according to a Russian store that has it set for pre-orders, it costs around 1300 bucks.. Yeah.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to take Galaxy S21 Ultra approach for S-Pen

Let’s move the spotlight on Samsung with a blend of official news and then leaks. The company sent out press invitations for an event happening on April 28th, where they claim we’ll be getting their most powerful Galaxy. Now, if you remember the leaks that we covered about a month ago from Evan Blass, these probably aren’t phones so stay tuned for that. Moving on to phones, we’re expecting Samsung’s next flagships to be the Z Fold 3 and the Z Flip 2, launching as early as July this year with one of the biggest upgrades being the Z Fold adopting the S Pen. Well, according to a South Korean outlet, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will have S Pen support but, it’ll take the same approach as the S21 Ultra with no bult-in slot to house the stylus. And I know, you’re probably saying that the Z Fold has so much space but, that reportedly was the plan but Sammy apparently faced some structural challenges and that built-in slot is no longer viable for them. Just to jog your memory, some rumors for the Z Fold 3 include it bringing an LTPO display with an under-display camera, a 4380 mAh battery and it’ll bring at least 256 Gigs of storage. Of course, along with the fact that they will be tweaking the S Pen for it to work on the UTG. We’ll see how Samsung plans to launch this as, it’s already a pretty large device to carry.

iPhone 13 Mini leak-based concept renders show a fresh camera lens design

But alright, let’s switch on to Apple for the rest of the show because things are getting weird. Earlier this week, some CAD renders from MySmartPrice showed a different design for the iPhone 13 where we had a smaller notch and a different camera array. Well now, we have some renders of an iPhone 13 mini rocking this design, and according to some reports, this might be the last mini we’ll be getting. However, these renders help us see how this new design might actually look if it does happen. At the front you get the smaller notch which was leaked in the display panels a couple of weeks ago. At the back, these renders show that the dual cameras now sit diagonally from each other inside the stove, instead of vertically. For these cameras we should most likely expect the typical 12MP sensors, more on those on the next segment, and the A15 Bionic powering the show. The rest of the design language remains the same with the flat sides and thin bezels. We’ll see if other leaks start including this design as, it actually doesn’t look too bad.

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2022 iPhones getting a huge camera upgrade, but Androids have had it for years

Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about the 2022 iPhones and Ming Chi Kuo. According to a new report from him, the 2022 iPhones will be bringing some major camera upgrades with the biggest one being a switch to a 48MP camera sensor. Finally! The report mentions that in terms of Pixel Size, the iPhone 14 or whatever the name is, will support both direct 48MP output and 12MP (with pixel binning) simultaneously. Kuo claims that it’s unclear on whether Sony or Samsung will be making these sensors but, the Pros should bring this 48MP camera. Another new feature for these Pros includes 8K video capture but it looks like Apple wants it for more than just the bragging rights. Apparently these 8K videos will be better suited for AR and VR devices as we know that Apple is heavily working on those. Other rumors for these 2022 iPhones include a punch hole design for at least some of the models, a chip based on a 4nm process and a periscopic telephoto lens. So yeah, Apple has been lagging behind in the Pixel count but, you have to admit that most company’s don’t get Pixel binning right.. So let’s see what Cupertino brings to the table.
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Could this be the new design of the upcoming iPhone 13?

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We may be several months away from the new iPhone 13 lineup launch, but that doesn’t stop us from receiving tons of rumors and leaks about the upcoming devices. The latest information comes as another rumor, so take this with some salt, as it seems that we could have a look at the possible design of the new iPhone 13 in its product RED variant.

The new Product RED iPhone 13 seems to be getting quite some attention, as it was recently seen at Svetaapple.sk, in life-like colored renders. However, this time, we have to head over to coverpigtou.it, where they have teamed up with xLeaks7 to give us new images and a video showing us a complete look based on leaked CAD drawings of the device.

We get to see the device from every angle, so there’s nothing left to the imagination. We can clearly see the location of every button, every sensor, and the new, redesigned camera that will have the sensors placed diagonally instead of in a straight line as they’re found on the lower-end iPhone 12 models.

The Italian publication continues to explain more changes in the new iPhone 13 or 12S models’ design. “The overall dimensions are also the same, 146.64×71.5×7.56mm, as seen in the 3D renderings of the phone a few days ago. However, the notch seems slightly smaller, even though the size of the bezels is the same as the iPhone 12 series. Apple is also changing the way the dual cameras are positioned on the back, taking a diagonal approach to the vertical one last year. There is a speaker grille in the top bezel, but Apple should continue its stereo approach.”

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They also claim that the price of the new iPhone 13 lineup will start at $700. Further, they also expect Apple to meet regular launch dates, meaning that we could see the new iPhone launch in October. However, recent information claims that we won’t have a new iPhone mini variant this time around. Ming-Chi Kuo believes that “the new 2H22 iPhone will have 4 models, namely the high-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch models, and the lower-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch models,” so we may also see a change in the naming scheme of the new lineup.

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Apple likely abandoning ‘Mini’ iPhone next year. So long, little friend!

Well, it looks like Apple is done with a ‘Mini’ after a brief spell of just two years. The iPhone 12 Mini was hailed as the ‘best compact phone’ and ‘the compact iPhone you’ve been wanting for years’ among many other names, but the sales performance narrated a different story. And it appears that Apple has not been too happy about it. As per TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there won’t be a 5.4-inch ‘Mini’ iPhone next year, at least not in the core iPhone 14 lineup.

Apple will launch an iPhone 13 Mini, but it will be swan song of the Mini tier

“We predict that the new 2H22 iPhone will have 4 models, namely the high-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch models, and the lower-end 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch models,” Kuo was quoted as saying in a research note (via iMore). Apple is apparently going after size uniformity with the iPhone 14 line-up, with the Pro models coming in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch flavors, while the cheaper variants will also be available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes next year. iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max, maybe? 

As to why, well, the iPhone 12 Mini simply didn’t sell as many units as Apple had hoped. Back in January, it was reported that Apple is cutting down on iPhone 12 Mini orders and was giving a boost to iPhone 12 Pro production due to higher demand for the latter. And last month, Nikkei Asia reported that iPhone 12 Mini sales have been far lower than what Apple had initially expected, and that it was going to affect the late 2021 production run.

Why did the iPhone 12 Mini fail?

As for the reasons, well, there are many. Yes, the iPhone 12 Mini is $100 cheaper than the iPhone 12, despite offering the same camera and SoC. However, battery life proved to a major issue for the tiny phone. Plus, that 5.4-inch OLED display, despite being sharp and bright, is not particularly well-suited for content consumption, especially when it comes to games with a lot of on-screen buttons. Apple also appears to have misfired when it comes to assessing the ground reality of the phone market, and focused more on the appeal rather than functionality. 

Pocketnow’s Jaime Rivera also echoed similar sentiments in his review as tech expert Ben Sin from XDA-Developers, with the latter pointing out how the demand for ‘larger’ iPhones with better specs was higher in the Asian market, while the iPhone 12 Mini was relegated to an enthusiast or niche class that didn’t sell as much as the vanilla iPhone 12 or the Pro models despite being significantly cheaper.

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