Besides the overwhelming push for 5G connectivity, another seemingly critical smartphone feature today is a 120Hz screen. Since its first compatible device, the high refresh rate became an expected feature for flagship phones. Though some users will still debate the feature’s importance, everyone still wants the silky-smooth display. However, because of some supply issues, the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro might not come with a 120Hz screen.
According to an industry insider, Apple is currently missing a critical component for 120Hz screens. Though the company has panels for the feature, it does not have the necessary drivers. Because of the lack, Apple will either delay the iPhone 12 launch or launch with only a 60Hz screen.
Hearing that Apple can get 120Hz Pro panels, but not 120Hz driver ICs. So they will either have to come up with a fix which will be difficult, wait for 120Hz driver ICs and delay the launch possibly significantly or launch with 60Hz. We are hearing they will launch with 60Hz.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) August 24, 2020
A 120Hz screen significantly improves a screen’s display smoothness. Videos and animation play more fluidly. The screen scrolls and swipes smoother. Of course, most users can likely live without the feature. However, with the way the smartphone industry operates, the feature is now a norm for the present and the future.
Ultimately, missing out on a 120Hz screen might prove beneficial for the iPhone maker. Recently, Apple was considering different pricing schemes to compensate for the increased costs of including 5G hardware. Among those alternatives included a cheaper battery. If the company chooses to forego a 120Hz screen, the iPhone 12 can both make more efficient use of its battery and not overload the customer with increasing prices.
That said, a 120Hz industry is almost a certainty at this point. More and more brands are adopting the feature left and right.
Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash
Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.
Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.
The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.
Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.
Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders
Or the upcoming Galaxy Book
The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.
If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.
Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.
The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.
Apple halts development of in-house chip
Broadcom is still in
Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.
To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.
Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.
Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.
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