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Latest leak reveals the iPhone 12 Pro Max running a 120Hz display

Also confirms LiDAR Scanner and more Pro camera features

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In the past few weeks, there have been several reports that Apple might not ship the upcoming iPhone 12 series with the latest 120Hz displays. It was even revealed that it’s mainly because of supply issues in driver ICs that hinder the Cupertino-based tech giant from equipping the new iPhone lineup with fast and fluid displays.

Just recently, popular leaker Jon Prosser posted screenshots that reveal the iPhone 12 Pro Max running a native 120Hz display.

Other than the Adaptive Refresh Rate setting, there are also new camera features in tow. As previously listed in our rumor roundup, it also confirms that the Max variant is equipped with a LiDAR scanner that made its debut on the 2020 iPad Pro.


Prosser also tweeted a list of things we might expect on the mid-sized iPhone 12 Pro variant — including a slightly bumped up display with thinner bezels, flat sides, and even a larger rear camera module.

More leaks ahead

Additional leaks surface with EverythingApplePro‘s tweets showing the new iPhone’s display settings in Dark Mode that were originally sourced from Max Winebach — who’s also popular in the world of Apple leaks.

Basing it from the photos, the notch size might be unchanged. But with the 12 Pro Max’s bigger screen size, it’s now able to display a complete 12-hour time indicator on the UI’s upper left side.

As an added supporting claim, he also posted clippings confirming that the iPhone 12 Pro Max will indeed have a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display — making it the biggest iPhone to date.

It’s also stated that the new iPhone will support 20W fast wired and wireless charging out of the box. We’re still not sure if Apple will scrap the power bricks (literally) out of the box, but this might also mean that the cancelled AirPower might be resurrected after all.

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Galaxy S21 series performing poorer than S20

Compared to S20 and S10

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When a new flagship series comes out, the company involved usually has high expectations for it. However, there are some launches when a new smartphone ends up failing expectations. For example, because of poor sales, Apple is reportedly ending the iPhone mini model. On the flip side of things, Samsung is similarly experiencing poorer sales for the Galaxy S21.

According to a South Korean analyst firm Kiwoom Securities, this year’s Galaxy S21 series isn’t doing as well as last year’s Galaxy S20 series. Six months after it launched, the former sold only 13.5 million units. The figure is 20 percent less than the Galaxy S20 and 47 percent less than the Galaxy S10 series.

Alleviating this a bit, the Galaxy S21 did do well in its home turf. In the series’ first month, the flagship series sold around 590,000 units in South Korea. It’s only second to the Galaxy S8 which sold 620,000 units in its first month.

Currently — at least according to a recent ranking — Samsung is still the top smartphone seller in the world with Xiaomi trailing a bit behind in second place. The South Korean company might not be intimidated, though. Samsung is hosting its annual Galaxy Unpacked later this month, potentially boosting the company’s performance afterwards.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S22 might have the same camera as the Galaxy S21

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Number portability is here, how will it work?

Easily switch among 3 telco providers!

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Number portability or the ability to move your mobile number under any carrier you want seemed like a pipe dream. Not anymore thanks to the combined efforts of the Avengers. No, just kidding. They’re called the Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. made up of DITO Telecommunity, Globe Inc., and Smart Communications. So, kind of like the Avengers, but of Telecom companies in the Philippines.

This was made possible thanks to teh passing of the Mobile Number Portability Act. Republic Act No. 11202, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, ensures that mobile phone users can keep their numbers even when they transfer to another service provider, or when they switch their subscription from postpaid to prepaid, or vice-versa.

How to avail Number Portability

  • How to port within networks, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • An active SIM and the requestor is the assignee of the mobile number to be ported
  • Zero remaining balance from your previous bill (for postpaid)
  • Non-existent court prohibitions
  • No pending transfer of ownership

Number porting makes it possible to also keep your number when switching from prepaid to postpaid plans. Syniverse will be the provider of number portability services in the Philippines.

“Mobile Number Portability is a complex process not only do we need to adopt it into our system but we need to integrate it with the networks of our competitors,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo who sits as the Chairman of the Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. General Counsel, Globe Group of Companies.

“It took us 22 months to build MNP, upgrade the system, integrate with the MNP service provider, and do testing with the other telcos,” he added.

Price and availability

As discussed earlier, number porting is free of charge. You can try out number porting on September 30, 2021.

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Ubisoft offers Far Cry 5 for free this weekend

Experience the violence in Hope County for a limited time only

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Ubisoft has another weekend offering for everyone, focusing more on their popular franchises. In previous offerings, they gave players one whole weekend to play games such as Assassin’s Creed Origins for free. As such, any progress accumulated will carry over when you purchase the game. This time around, they’re offering the same mechanics to those who wish to play Far Cry 5 this weekend.

For those who are still unaware, Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment in one of Ubisoft’s most popular first-person shooter franchise. The game tackles socio-political and religious topics as you play a Deputy in Hope County, Montana attempting to detain Joseph Seed. Throughout the game, you will encounter members of Seed’s congregation, the Eden’s Gate, who will stop at nothing to see a prophecy fulfilled.

From August 5-9, 2021, Ubisoft is offering players for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S access to Far Cry 5 for free. For each platform, here are the timings:

  • Ubisoft Store (PC) – August 5, 9 PM
  • Epic Games Store (PC) – August 6, 1 AM
  • PlayStation Store (PS4, PS5) – August 5, 3:01 PM
  • Microsoft Store (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) – August 5, 3:01 PM

 

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