This leak is almost everything on the iPhone 12 series

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This week, Apple officially announced the iPhone 12’s delayed and awaited launch date. Despite the launch’s proximity, an eleventh-hour leak has revealed practically everything about the iPhone 12 series.

The comprehensive leak comes from Kang, a fairly reliable leaker from Weibo. Adding to the leak’s validity, infamous leaker Ice Universe reposted the leak on their own Twitter account.

First of all, the leak confirms the lineup’s four models: the 5.4-inch iPhone mini, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, the 6.1-inch iPhone Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. The lineup will range from extra-small to extra-large.

The smallest model — the iPhone 12 mini — will come in three storage options: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The device will ship with a dual-lens rear camera setup. It ships out in black, white, red, blue, and green. It will officially launch on November 13. The iPhone 12 mini reportedly costs only US$ 699.

The regular 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will also come in the same storage and color options as the iPhone 12 mini. It costs only US$ 799. It ships on October 23.

The improved 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro will ship in better storage options: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. It ships in gold, silver, graphite, and blue. It will ship with a triple rear lens: wide-angle 7P lens + ultra-wide + 52mm telephoto with 4x zoom. The camera setup also comes LiDAR compatibility. Like the iPhone 12, it ships on October 23, but comes with a more expensive, US$ 999 price tag.

Finally, the largest 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max will come in the same storage and color options as the iPhone 12 Pro. Further, it shares two of the previous model’s camera setup, except for a larger 65mm telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom. Carrying the most expensive price tag (US$ 1099), the iPhone 12 Pro Max starts shipping out on November 20.

All four models will come with 5G compatibility, a more durable Ceramic Shield glass screen, and Dolby Vision shooting capabilities.

Regardless of the leak’s validity, Apple is launching the iPhone 12 series on October 13.

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named



Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly



The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

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All MediaTek processors found with vulnerabilities

Thankfully patched now



Technology is imperfect. Though the tech world has a plethora of revolutionary features, it also has a handful of vulnerabilities that malicious parties can exploit with gusto. And, as long as that world keeps advancing, weaknesses will always be found. In a new report, a whopping 37 percent of all smartphones was found with a critical vulnerability.

Reported by Check Point Research, MediaTek’s processors apparently have a vulnerability embedded into their AI and audio components. Currently, MediaTek is one of the most popular processor brands in the world. The company’s lineup, including the Dimensity series, is found in around 37 percent of smartphones and devices around the world.

In their report, Check Point Research tried to reverse-engineer the processor’s audio components. Because of its architecture, a hacker can create a custom message that can access the feature remotely. As such, victimized devices can eavesdrop on their users without them knowing.

By the time that Check Point Research published the report, MediaTek already patched the vulnerability out from its current lineup. It was fixed in October and will be officially reported in the company’s December newsletter.

Of course, it all depends on whether users will keep their devices updated with the latest software releases. If you want to prevent your phones from getting victimized, always keep them updated with security updates pushed by your respective brand.

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