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iOS 13 goes official with Dark Mode, newer apps, and faster performance

Coming to your iPhones soon

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As expected, Apple introduced iOS 13 during the keynote of this year’s WWDC. The exciting preview of the new iOS version included a dramatic new look thanks to Dark Mode and redesigned apps. Plus, Apple promises its new mobile operating system to be faster and more responsive.

Probably the biggest feature of iOS 13 is Dark Mode. With a system-wide dark color scheme, newer iPhones with OLED displays look better and easier on the eyes, especially in low-light environments. For now, Dark Mode works great in native apps, but it’ll come to third-party apps before iOS 13’s final release later this year.

Another major feature of iOS 13 is Sign In with Apple. With growing concerns regarding privacy, Apple is banking on its customers’ trust with a new login option. Using a user’s Apple ID, Sign In with Apple is a more private way to quickly sign into apps and websites. What sets this apart from Facebook and Google’s method is the unique random email address sent to apps to keep the user’s personal email safe from spam and abuse.

Apple Maps continues to become better in iOS 13. The new Maps experience has broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses, and more detailed land cover in select cities and states. It’ll roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to other countries next year.

Additionally, photo browsing and editing are more comprehensive and intuitive in iOS 13. The updated Photos app uses on-device machine learning to curate the entire library and hide clutter like duplicate images and bad shots. Also, Portrait Lighting can now be manually adjusted to virtually move the light closer or farther, just like when you’re in a real studio.

Enhancements are also done in the Reminders app. It has a new look and intelligent ways to create and edit reminders. It also now has deeper integration with Messages to easily remind you while you’re messaging with a tagged person.

Speaking of Messages, it can now automatically share a user’s name and photo to avoid missing contacts in your phone. Users can use Memoji to keep things fun with new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings, and accessories.

Under-the-hood improvements in iOS 13 promise faster Face ID unlock, reduced package iPhone apps on the App Store, and two times faster launch times. Apple’s new iOS also has fresh features for Siri, CarPlay, HomePod, AirPods, Voice Control, Health, Location Services, CarPlay, and many more. If you wish to learn more about iOS 13, Apple’s has listed all the new features here.

The developer preview of iOS 13 is now available, while a public beta program will be open for users later this month. Expect to get the final iOS 13 software this fall for the iPhone 6S and newer models. The features of iOS 13 are also coming to the new iPadOS for the iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad fifth-gen and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.

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Huawei patent shows off phone with under-display camera

It definitely looks promising

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File photo: Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei may be barred from using Google Mobile Services, but it isn’t stopping the brand from thinking big. A recent patent filing uncovered by LetsGoDigital shows a futuristic Huawei smartphone with an under-display camera.

The patent was filed by Huawei on October 28, 2019, and features a curved display on the sides. We’ve already seen this on Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The side physical buttons are replaced in favor of touch or gestures.

With no visible bezels on the front and the lack of a sliding module, it’s safe to assume the presence of an under-display camera. Last month, we came across a report that confirmed Xiaomi also has a similar patent. OPPO has gone a step ahead and showed off a prototype as well.

 

The implementation is often talked about and brands have pitched concept phones with a similar setup. With an under-display camera, the need for a top-bezel, pop-up module, or a notch is completely eliminated. Ultimately, providing a high screen-to-body ratio and unparalleled design.

On the rear, we can see a circular camera module that houses multiples sensors. It’s again safe to assume that two different models are shown in the filing since one has a triple-camera setup while one has a quad-camera.

These early patents give us a hint of what we can expect from the company in the future. They aren’t leaks or confirmed reports about a product’s existence.

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Xiaomi patents under-display camera technology
OPPO’s Under-display Camera

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iPhone SE most searched during lockdown

Leads searches by a wide margin

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While recent reports showed that Samsung’s midrange offering made waves in sales during the first quarter of 2020, a different phone from a different brand started gaining attention while most of us are in lockdown — the iPhone SE.

While this report doesn’t necessarily suggest a strong sales performance, numbers from the iPrice group shows that there’s a huge spike in searches for the iPhone SE in Southeast Asia from March to April.

What’s interesting is while the iPhone SE was rising, smartphones from brands like Huawei, Honor, and OPPO were declining in the searches.

Rounding out the top three is the OnePlus 8 series and followed by Xiaomi’s Mi 10. Does this reflect your own searches?

iPhone SE

The new iPhone SE is a “zag” from Apple. While most other brands started venturing into the premium flagship territory, Apple did the opposite by providing a phone that looks like it came from the past, but has internals that can rival today’s flagships.

If you’ve always been curious about iPhones and/or iOS, this might be the easiest path to take.

Read our iPhone SE review or watch our video.

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Mi MIX Alpha could launch for commercial sale soon

Any guesses on the price?

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Xiaomi’s Mi MIX Alpha is a concept phone that the brand has shown off quite a few times. It means the phone isn’t ready for commercial production yet but we could see a similar offering soon in the coming future. There are hints and reports that Xiaomi could launch the Mi MIX Alpha soon.

The brand has maintained that the phone can be mass-produced today if needed. Xiaomi Product PR, Agatha Tang, shared a short video of the phone on Twitter. The phone has a 180 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to a wraparound Flexible OLED screen.

Furthermore, pictures teardown pictures of the phone have been posted on Xianyu second-hand platform in China. The pictures clearly sh0w the motherboard, screen, cameras, and other modules. While the battery is missing, the post suggests that the Mi MIX Alpha could indeed be close to commercial launch.

The leak says Xiaomi is opting for the latest Snapdragon 865 processor with “Draco” as its codename. If true, Xiaomi will have a very unique offering in a market that’s currently dominated by foldable phones.

Coming to the other internals of the phone, it’ll have a 7.9-inch Flexible OLED display. So far, the concept sports a Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB RAM, and 512GB internal storage. On the rear is a 108-megapixel primary lens, 20-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. On the front is a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 4050mAh battery with 40W fast charging.

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