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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.

SEE ALSO: Apple is developing a self-healing iPhone screen

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A new iMessage feature alerts you of any government spies

Anyone can use it

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Do you have an irrational fear of government hackers spying on your text messages? If you do, Apple has a new feature to help alleviate your phobia. Starting today, users can opt into the new iMessage Contact Key Verification feature, a security measure designed to prevent any unwanted snooping on your messages.

If it sounds too specific, it’s because Apple designed the feature for those who face “extraordinary digital threats,” like journalists and politicians. Naturally, this subset of the population can benefit from keeping their conversations away from snoopers (which includes, according to Apple, state-sponsored attackers). However, there’s no denying that the feature is also a boon to users who want an extra layer of protection for their messaging needs.

To use the feature, both the sender and the receiver need to have the option turned on while using their device. On a more basic level, the device will alert both users if an unexpected party suddenly crashes and enters the encrypted conversation. A more advanced level even allows iMessage users to compare verification codes, ensuring that both parties are indeed talking to whomever they intend to talk to.

While most users might not find a lot of use for an exorbitant amount of protection against hackers, it’s a step in the right direction for total message encryption. Despite some significant hiccups, Apple remains focused on bringing encryption to its users.

SEE ALSO: Apple is tracking users even with settings turned off

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Microsoft is being prevented from buying Activision Blizzard

Sued by the FTC

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The year started off with a bang. Microsoft, already a respectable name in the gaming industry by itself, announced the impending acquisition of Activision Blizzard for US$ 68.7 billion. Perhaps it’s fitting that the year will end right back where it started. The FTC is officially suing Microsoft to block the monumental purchase from going through.

Announced today, the United States’ FTC (or Federal Trade Commission) has filed a legal claim against Microsoft, stating that the acquisition will allow the company to suppress competition between its rivals in the gaming industry. The commission believes that it has enough to effectively block the purchase. Allowing Microsoft to go through with the purchase will supposedly enable the company to prevent Activision Blizzard’s titles — including the Call of Duty franchise — from coming out easily on other platforms.

Since the announcement of the acquisition, Activision Blizzard has gone through a rocky year. The company had its dirty laundry aired out: a plethora of disagreeable practices from within the company. Exacerbated by the rocky launches of Diablo Immortal and Overwatch 2, it’s not exactly a stellar year for the company.

In fact, it’s not a good year for monopolistic practices either. Recently, Ticketmaster found itself under the microscope after a massive kerfuffle preventing Taylor Swift fans from purchasing tickets to the star’s upcoming concert.

While the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is still up in the air, it seems company acquisitions aren’t as easy as this year has made them out to be.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft announces a modular Adaptive Mouse

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Google is merging Waze with Google Maps

Apps will remain separate

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It’s not a secret. Google owns both Google Maps and Waze. Though both certainly come with their own pros and cons, using either app can boil down to a matter of preference, especially in driving cities. Starting soon, the two might even look more alike. Google is merging the teams of Google Maps and Waze together.

Since acquiring Waze in 2013, Google has kept the app’s development separate from Google Maps. Even knowing this face, it’s hard to draw comparisons between the two. They felt like separate products, and they were.

Now, as announced today (via Wall Street Journal), Google will merge Waze’s team (which consists of over 500 employees) with the larger team that oversees Maps, Earth, and Street View. While there are no plans to lay off any employees, incumbent Waze CEO Neha Parikh is expected to leave the company after the merger.

Though a merger might spell the end for Waze, Google remains committed to keeping its own services separate from each other. However, by merging the teams, the company can reduce a lot of redundant work that the two teams have in common.

From a more generalized standpoint, Google Maps and Waze are incredibly distinct apps. While the latter focuses more of directions for drivers, Google Maps offers a grander sweep of directions for all travelers including those who prefer to walk or take public transportation.

SEE ALSO: Google Maps introduces a new way to be a tourist

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