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Apple iPhone rumor roundup: 5 models in 2020, no ports in 2021

No plans yet for anything that folds

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Whether you’re an Apple fanboy or not, you’re pretty much aware that the iPhone X changed the whole iPhone landscape since 2017 — and it’s one of the biggest leaks in iPhone history. Now, leaksters and analysts are back to share more information about the upcoming 2020 (and even 2021) iPhones.

Disclaimer: Everything you see here are just leaks and rumors and nothing has been confirmed yet.

Five new iPhone models in 2020

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The first 2020 iPhone is the iPhone SE 2 or the iPhone 9 (whichever sounds best). It’s basically an upgraded version of the iPhone 8 with a bumped up chipset and 3GB RAM. It will still have a 4.7-inch LCD display, Touch ID through the home button, and still a single rear camera.

UPDATE: The new iPhone SE has been officially announced by Apple with most of the listed rumors confirmed to be true.

More display sizes with better refresh rate

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There will be two variants of the iPhone 12: first is the 5.4-inch and the iPhone 12 Max will have a bigger 6.1-inch. Both feature OLED displays, ditching the lackluster 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11.

Finally, the last two variants are the flagships: the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. As reported months ago, the new models might feature a ProMotion Display with a faster 120Hz refresh rate.

Ice Universe, a prominent leakster, tweeted that Apple is currently discussing it with Samsung and LG. The 12 Pro reportedly has a bigger 6.1-inch display over the former 5.8-inch display. Meanwhile, the latter model might have a bigger 6.7-inch display (as opposed to 6.5 inches), which will become the biggest iPhone to date.

iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Max iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Screen Size 5.4-inches 6.1-inches 6.1-inches 6.7-inches
Display Technology OLED OLED OLED OLED (Super Retina XDR)
Resolution 2340 x 1080 2532 x 1170 2532 x 1170 2788 x 1284
Pixel Density 475ppi 460ppi 460ppi 458ppi
Color Depth 8-bit 8-bit 10-bit 10-bit
Manufacturer Samsung BOE/LG Samsung Samsung

 

UPDATE: There may have been inconsistent reports about the iPhone’s 60Hz display not being upgraded due to problems in display driver ICs, but the latest article says it will most likely have the faster 120Hz refresh rate instead of the slow 60Hz Retina Displays they’ve been using for years. However, it’s still unclear if both of the iPhone 12 models will have the same display technology.

The leaked screenshots also tell that the iPhone 12 Pro Max will most likely have a Super Retina XDR display just like on the iPhone 11 Pro series. Sized at a whopping 6.7-inches, it will be the biggest iPhone to date.

Navy Blue color option

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Tipped by Max Weinbach to EverythingApplePro’s YouTube Video, there’s a leaked new color option that might replace the existing Midnight Green colorway of the iPhone 11 Pro series.

If you’re unaware, Weinbach has a good reputation considering he leaked the green iPhone 11 and iOS 13 features that actually came true.

Beefier internals with 5G Support

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Now that the Qualcomm and Apple feud has been cleared, Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned source for iPhone leaks, stated that the four iPhone models (except the lower-end model) will have support for 5G connectivity. An insider also said that Qualcomm and Apple are currently discussing how to integrate the Qualcomm X55 chips to Apple’s upcoming A14 Bionic chipset.

However, it’s still unclear whether these iPhones will support a sub-6 5G technology or mmWave. Just a heads up, sub-6 5G covers a larger area but delivers slower 5G speeds, while mmWave technology gives faster speeds but in a smaller scale. Whichever 5G technology it is, we desire that these new iPhones should have 5G support all the way.

It’s also rumored that two of the highest models might feature a higher RAM capacity of 6GB. Meanwhile, the lower models might stick to 4GB RAM just like the iPhone 11 Pro series.

Refreshed design and Face ID System

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Fans know that Apple refreshes their phone design every three years. Kuo has also strengthened the claim that a major design overhaul is going to happen next year. Apple might ditch the curved stainless steel frame in favor of the iPhone 4s-like frame with a flatter, more refined edges. Don’t worry, it’s still gonna be sandwiched by 2/2.5D glass.

When the iPhone X came out, notches took the smartphone world by storm. This year’s iPhones might finally have a faster Face ID recognition system thanks to an improved TrueDepth System. Although no reports say whether the new iPhones will have a smaller notch or a complete fullscreen display, the flat metal frame may somehow serve as a hint that they might finally put the Face ID into the bezels (perhaps a miniaturized version of the large iPad Pros).

UPDATE: The new iPhones will most likely have an Aerospace-grade metal build that will heat less under the sun and suffer less in areas with cooler climate. Meanwhile, the notch will most likely be the same size as the old iPhones — but with faster Face ID system that works at various angles.

Improved cameras + new LiDAR Scanner

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The iPhone 11 Pro Series currently have three cameras. This time, it’s more likely that they will implement a longer 10x telephoto zoom, plus stabilization for the existing ultra-wide camera sensor through Sensor-shift technology.

It’s also rumored that newest NASA-equipped LiDAR Scanner from the new iPad Pro might come to the 2020 flagship models, making it a quad rear camera setup. It might be used to further enhance consumer-based AR experience. Knowing Apple, they might also come up with a better, more seamless 3D image scanning app that can send data to a 3D printer straight from the iPhone.

UPDATE: A Twitter leak shows the new iPhone 12 series in a series of glyphs, confirming the updated camera layout and LiDAR Scanner. The new LiDAR Scanner was also confirmed in a screenshot leak that was just recently reported.

Smaller batteries with longer usage

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Other than a cheaper battery design that offsets to the pricey 5G modems for all the iPhone 12 models, leaked battery information also suggests lower battery capacities than the existing iPhone lineup.

iPhone Battery Capacity
iPhone 12 (5.4”) 2,227mAh iPhone XR (6.1”) 2,942mAh
iPhone 12 Max (6.1”) 2,815mAh iPhone 11 (6.1”) 3,110mAh
iPhone 12 Pro (6.1”) 2,775mAh iPhone 11 Pro (5.8”) 3,046mAh
iPhone 12 Pro Max  (6.7”) 3,687mAh iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5”) 3,969mAh

 

Even if this list tell that there’s a decline in battery capacity ratings, it’s also worth pointing out that the two Max models in the iPhone 12 lineup lasted longer in usage compared to their predecessors — around three (3) hours more with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and additional three and a half hour (3.5 hours) with the iPhone 12 Max. This is all thanks to the more power-efficient A14 Bionic chipset.

No more chargers and EarPods out of the box

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Based from a previous report, Apple might (literally) remove the chargers and wired EarPods out of the box. Reason is unclear but loyalists defend it’s a “smart move” of Apple to reduce product waste.

In my own (a user’s) perspective, less reliable Apple Lightning cables that break even with utmost care also add up to a lot of dumpsters around. Not sure what Apple is clearly aiming for with this kind of move.

On the contrary, Apple might included a braided Lightning cable out of the box that comes in either white or black options.

Rumored pricing and availability

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According to a tweet from another leaker Komiya, here’s the US pricing we can expect in the upcoming iPhone 12 series:

iPhone 12

  • 128GB – US$ 699
  • 256GB – US$ 799

iPhone 12 Max

  • 128GB – US$ 799
  • 256GB – US$ 899

iPhone 12 Pro

  • 128GB – US$ 999
  • 256GB – US$ 1099
  • 512GB – US$ 1299

iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • 128GB – US$ 1099
  • 256GB – US$ 1199
  • 512GB – US$ 1399

Storage options are limited to 256GB on the lower-end iPhone 12 models while the iPhone 12 Pro series will still have 512GB options in tow. However, take note that base storage will start at 128GB instead of the usual 64GB.

It’s also reported that due to the COVID-19 crisis, the launch will be moved on October 12. Pre-orders will take a longer time that will start on November 20 while shipments will be delivered on November 27.

More rumors await

We gathered all these rumors just months after the iPhone 11 release. Will these rumors prove to be true just like what happened with the leaked triple camera setup? Or are we just expecting too much from Apple as Android smartphones are continuously evolving?

No ports for the highest-end iPhone in 2021

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Other than the rumored 2020 iPhone lineup, the highest-end iPhone in 2021 (yes, one step higher than the current high-end iPhones) might totally eliminate ports, which reminds us of the Vivo APEX 2019 and Meizu Zero.

It will also likely have a fullscreen display without a notch. Front camera/s and Face ID sensors might become smaller and will either be under the display or between the bezels, plus a Touch ID comeback which will also be found beneath the display.

As wireless charging speeds are getting faster, Apple might be able to meet the required standards and the cancelled AirPower might once again see the light of day in 2021. This also means they might ship it together with the latest AirPods Pro as wired earphones don’t make sense anymore. One thing is for sure, these iPhones will cost as much as your two kidneys.

2021 iPhone SE Plus

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As claimed by Kuo, other than the highest-end iPhone, they will launch another SE follow-up, but this time with a major redesign. Instead of sticking with the aging 4.7-inch iPhone design language, they will implement either the old 5.5-inch Retina display from the iPhone 8 Plus or a 6.1-inch fullscreen display that might either eliminate the notch or have a smaller notch for the front camera and and earpiece. As Face ID  won’t be available for this variant, a side-mounted Touch ID (found on the power button) might be used for security and Apple Pay.

Apple might also launch iPhones twice a year starting in 2021. “Budget” iPhones will be launched in the first half of the year, while the flagship models will be released in the second half, September like the usual.

Myths debunked

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As we all know, Apple implements a certain tech feature when it works seamlessly and fully functional. Unfortunately, the foldable iPhone that is rumored to come in 2021 is less likely gonna happen. Apple might just need more time to learn from the Galaxy Fold fiasco.

Other than that, USB-C might never be seen on any iPhone. The rumor started when the new iPad Pros got shipped with the latest port, suggesting Apple will equip it on the newer phone refresh. We now know Apple is leaning towards a more technologically advanced approach with portless connectivity — through a Magnetic Smart Connector, which is again, found on the iPad Pro.


We’ll update this article with every new leak and/or rumor on the Apple iPhone 2020

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You can now play Xbox games on an iPhone

Only for Xbox Series X and Xbox One

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Earlier this year, Samsung announced a blockbuster partnership with Microsoft. Starting with the Note 20 series, Samsung users can start streaming Xbox games from the cloud right on their phone. The partnership marks a landmark move for the future of cloud gaming. Now, you can now play Xbox games on an iPhone and an iPad.

As part of its ongoing cloud gaming initiatives, Microsoft launched a new Xbox app for the App Store. The new app comes with a remote play feature, reminiscent of the PlayStation’s own take on the functionality. With the feature, you can play your Xbox games on an iPhone and an iPad.

Of note, however, the feature does not connect directly to Microsoft’s xCloud project. Meaning, you can only link to games that you own on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X. That said, you can stream games from the aforementioned Xbox models, not any from Microsoft’s older models.

With the new app, you can also control your Xbox remotely from your phone. Again, it’s much like what Sony already offers.

The new app comes right in time for the upcoming Xbox Series X and Series S. With the app, Microsoft is expanding their gaming ecosystem extensively. Amidst the rise of next-generation gaming, cloud gaming is making a compelling case for the future.

SEE ALSO: Xbox Series X confirms a November launch date

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Apple Watch SE keeps overheating in South Korea

Malfunctioning screens and burn spots

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When you own a smartwatch, you often want timely notifications on your wrist. That said, expertly timed notifications are often just tiny vibrations or tiny beeps. However, a smartwatch burning your wrist is a bit much. Unfortunately, Apple Watch users are ending up with scorch marks on their arms. In South Korea, the Apple Watch SE keeps overheating and malfunctioning.

As documented in a Reddit post, there are already six individual cases of the Apple Watch SE overheating. In all cases, the smartwatch ended up with a yellow patch on the screen, likely where the overheating happened. In four cases, the watch overheated while the user was asleep. Luckily, Apple has not disputed these claims, offering the users either refunds or replacement products.

According to the post, the yellow spot is “above the display connectors” and “far from the battery.” At this point, there is no documented risk of the device blowing up, at least.

Affected devices are all from the Apple Watch SE 40mm series of devices. These include both GPS and cellular. They also include Silver, Space Gray, and Nike Edition variants.

Apple has not released any breakdown information on the Apple Watch SE about the incidents yet. Unofficial breakdowns have not revealed the problem as well.

The company launched the Apple Watch SE last month. The new series brings Apple’s wearable experience to a more budget-conscious market. That said, you might want to stay away from the affected devices above for now.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger

Charges 4000mAh battery in 19 minutes

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There is a new charging war brewing. After a hotly contested race for wired charging supremacy, the rise of wireless charging has brought a new field to work on. Trying to jump ahead of the curve, Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger.

On their official YouTube page, Xiaomi posted a video testing the upcoming technology on the Mi 10 Pro. According to the video, the charging solution can fill the Mi 10 Pro’s 4000mAh battery up to 50 percent in just eight minutes. Further, the battery reaches 100 percent in 19 minutes.

Currently, the company sports only a 50W wireless charging solution. On its own, the solution can fill up the Mi 10 Ultra’s 4500mAh battery in 40 minutes. Relatively, Xiaomi’s upcoming solution is a drastic improvement.

In terms of competitors, OPPO has already announced their own 65W wireless charging solution. The wireless charging war is truly heating up. Wired charging, on the other hand, has already advanced to 125W charging. As expected, OPPO, vivo, and Xiaomi are leaders in the wired charging battle.

Of course, Xiaomi has not announced when the upcoming charging solution will eventually launch. The company and its competitors often announce their charging improvements as opening salvos before releasing compatible devices officially.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Philippines Smartphone Price List

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