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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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God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive

Based only on its first week

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November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.

Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.

Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.

Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.

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Netflix is working on its first PC game

It’s a AAA title

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Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.

Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”

Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)

With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.

Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.

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TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union

For transferring data to China

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TikTok has now found its way under the microscope of the European Union. The collective is now investigating the platform for allegedly shipping off its citizens’ data to Chinese servers.

In a letter shared by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (via Engadget), the current president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed ongoing investigations concerning TikTok in several countries in the European Union.

For one, Ireland is currently investigating how the platform transfers data to China and how it processes the data of minors. The Netherlands is also investigating the same data transfers and TikTok’s advertising towards minors.

For a while now, the European Union has persistently investigated various tech companies to review their compliance with the continent’s General Data Protection Regulation, which presents a stricter view on data privacy. Various companies have already found themselves on the receiving end of penalties brought down by EU courts.

An investigation on TikTok has been a long time coming. For years, the United States has doggedly hounded TikTok for the same violation of shipping user data to Chinese servers. The company continues to face threats of a ban on foreign soil.

Though an investigation in Europe is just another fight the company must face, it’s nothing to shrug off. Lately, the European Union’s ruling on charging standards is forcing Apple to finally ship their devices with USB-C, instead of the proprietary Lightning cable. The Union, especially when completely united across all the included countries, can very well make an impact on the tech industry.

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