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iOS icon shows next Apple iPad won’t have a home button

Touch ID no more

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The iPads, especially the Pro line, are due for an update. Since the iPhone X came out last year, we already know where Apple‘s mobile division is heading in terms of design. The upcoming iPad Pro models are rumored to have ultra-thin bezels on all sides and will let go of the home button — just like the new iPhones.

The latest confirmation about the new design of soon-to-be-announced Apple tablets is found in the form of an icon in iOS, the operating system that the iPad runs. The icon shows an iPad with rounded corners and slim bezels, but there’s no notch.

Without the home button, there’s no place for Touch ID. This fits the widespread rumors about the iPad getting the more advanced Face ID system. Of course, the slim bezels (by tablet standards) are not as thin as the iPhone’s to give some space for fingers to grip the slate.

The power button appears to still be on top, while the volume rocker is on the right side.

It’s clear that Apple will announce new iPad models this week, along with Mac updates, in New York.

Source: 9to5Mac

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Google unveils Pixel 6 series

Way ahead of schedule

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Over the past few years, Google’s presence in the smartphone realm has considerably dwindled. During its first few launches, the Pixel series boasted a truly vanilla Google experience untainted by bloatware or custom software. However, over the past few launches, the series gradually declined compared to other smartphone brands. With its sixth generation coming, Google wants to reclaim that spot as the best smartphone brand for Android with the Pixel 6 series.

Teased today, Google took the curtain off from the upcoming Pixel 6 series way ahead of schedule. First of all, the flagship series has one of the most interesting prototype designs. Instead of the typical slab phone design, the Pixel 6 series will have a sizable camera strip on its rear. Though the design will surely incite some polarizing opinions (especially from that insane bump), it is a refreshing change from the usual.

The unveiling is just a tease, though. Google is still planning a larger launch event in October. As such, the company only revealed a few details for the coming series.

The Pixel 6 will sport a 6.4-inch FHD+ screen and a smooth 90Hz refresh rate. It will have a dual rear camera setup: a wide-angle main shooter and an ultrawide sensor.

On the other hand, the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen with a smoother 120Hz refresh rate. The phone will have same two camera sensor but with an additional 4X telephoto lens.

Both smartphones carry the newly announced Tensor processor. For the first time, Google has its own chipset inside the smartphones, instead of relying on the usual Qualcomm chips.

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Google is shutting down very old Android phones

Starting in September

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Android Gingerbread

Google is slowly shutting down its (almost) long-forgotten past. Very soon, Android’s oldest versions will stop working. Though the company has previously announced the removal of support for Android Jellybean, Google is going a step further and completely shutting Android Gingerbread devices soon.

First spotted by 91Mobiles, Google will stop users from logging into devices with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older starting September 27. The niche market that still runs these operating systems will not be able to use the Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, and other Google apps, rendering them completely useless. Affected users have to either upgrade to Android 3.0 Honeycomb or upgrade to a newer phone.

Given the current state of older Android phones, it might be better to grab a new one instead. According to Google, the shutdown aims to bring older Android users to a more secure front. Android Gingerbread has long stopped receiving necessary security updates, making them prime targets for updated hackers.

On a similar note, Google has also announced the end of support for Android Jellybean devices after August this year. Though Jellybean users can still use their devices, they won’t get any more updates going forward. The timing is, thus, correct. Google has moved its window of old Android versions up a notch: Honeycomb to Jellybean. After September, these versions will not have access to security updates going forwards.

This year, Google is expected to launch Android 12 around the same time.

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Nokia XR20: Rugged smartphone with 4 years of updates

Launched alongside the budget C30 and a 6310 remake

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Fancy a smartphone that could withstand extreme conditions? Well, Nokia now has one — and with guaranteed four years of updates too. The Nokia XR20 is the company’s first rugged smartphone, complete with a host of features.

The design, for a start, is something that you would expect from a rugged smartphone. It’s a bit chunky and for a good reason: the phone is MIL-STD certified, surviving drops from 1.8 meters. The ruggedized casing also helps in shock-proofing the phone. For a peace of mind, the phone also has an IP68 water and dust resistance along with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front.

Now, some people would equate rugged smartphones with outdated specs. This is not the case for the Nokia XR20, as it rocks features on par for the mid-range market.

First up, it has a sizable 6.67-inch IPS FHD+ display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. One unique thing about this display is that it has a maximum brightness of 550 nits, and it can even operate with gloves. It’s also worth mentioning that the front bezels here don’t have any “Nokia” branding at all — a first for the company’s recent smartphone lineup.

The camera on this phone is also par for the course. Up front, there is an 8MP selfie camera located on a centered punch hole. Meanwhile, the rear cameras are made of a main 48MP wide-angle lens and a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens.

On the performance front, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chipset powering the device. It is a mid-range chipset at its best, and fortunately, it has 5G built-in for future-proofing. By default, it comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also has plenty of support — four years of security updates, plus three years of major OS updates.

For connectivity, it has a lone USB 3.0 Type-C port with Bluetooth 5.1 built in. There’s even a 3.5 mm headphone jack included into the mix. However, Nokia also integrated dual speakers on this device if listening out loud is your jam. Finally, the device can keep up for two days thanks to its 4,630mAh battery.

The device will retail on August 24 for a price of US$ 549. Buyers can get it in two color configurations: Ultra Blue or Granite Grey.

Nokia C30 and 6310: budget and nostalgic pairs

Aside from the rugged XR20, the company also announced two new devices — the Nokia C30 and 6310. The former is a budget device that adds to the fledgling Nokia C-series line-up. It has a big 6.82 HD+ display, complete with a V-notch housing the 5MP selfie camera. The back houses the two rear cameras with a 13 MP wide-angle lens and a 2 MP depth sensor. Nokia is using an Unisoc processor here, along with the trimmed-down Android 11 Go. Furthermore, it comes with a 6,000mAh battery which is humongous for its class.

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Meanwhile, the Nokia 6310 is revived and modernized 6310 that many people know from the past. Just like you would expect, it features the classic design of the long-gone feature phone but with a twist. It has a curved 2.8-inch display, a rear-facing 0.3MP camera, and Series 30+ OS. Strangely enough, there is Bluetooth 5.0 here yet 4G is nowhere to be found.

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The Nokia C30 will retail for EUR 99 while the 6310 will go for EUR 40.

Via: GSMArena.com (1) (2)

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