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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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Xiaomi’s foldable phone spotted in the wild

Is this a prototype?

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Everyone’s getting into foldable smartphones these days. After Samsung’s semi-successful foray into the market, other smartphones are rushing to compete with the South Korean giant. One of the earliest experimenters with the form factor, Xiaomi is apparently making strides in the foldable market. In China, Xiaomi’s foldable phone was spotted out in the wild.

In a now-deleted Weibo post (saved by GSMArena), the leaked phone is a whopper of a device. It’s obviously that Xiaomi’s foldable phone since it runs MIUI 12. It looks a lot larger than Samsung’s Galaxy Z lineup. However, it’s large enough to wield in a subway, as the photo portrays.

Whatever this is, it doesn’t look like it’s doing well. The device has a sizable crease running along its midsection. Back in the Galaxy Fold’s early days, Samsung had the same problem before fixing it in later iterations. Since the technology already exists, it’s likely that the spotted Xiaomi device is an early version of whatever the company is actually working on.

Xiaomi has teased an upcoming foldable phone in the past. However, the company has not outed a consumer-friendly foldable phone outside of prototypes. The last time we heard about a potential Xiaomi foldable phone was an old patent revealed last year.

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Samsung will remove the free charger from more phones

Confirmed in an official Q&A

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The cat’s out of the bag. After months of persistent rumors, Samsung has finally ended its free charging adapters and wired earphones starting with the Galaxy S21 series. The controversial decision mimics Apple’s identical ones last October. One question remains, though: Will Samsung remove the free charger in other smartphones? Apparently, yes.

In an official Q&A with Samsung’s officials, the company explained why it chose to remove the free charger from the flagship series. As expected, Samsung is taking the same stance as Apple; that is, everyone already has a bunch of extra chargers lying around anyway. Further, the removal will help in Samsung’s sustainability goals for the future.

However, in explaining their stance, Samsung has revealed its plans for the future. “To support our Galaxy community in this journey, we are transitioning to removal of the charger plug and earphones in our latest line of Galaxy smartphones,” Patrick Chomet, executive vice president of product and innovation, explains.

Besides the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung is likely phasing out the free chargers in future models, too. Thankfully, if you haven’t acclimated to the charger-less future yet, the company is not changing last year’s smartphone packaging; not yet at least, according to online store pages.

If Samsung is truly removing its chargers for future models, we’ll know soon enough. Unlike Apple, who releases smartphones more sporadically, Samsung launches numerous models throughout the year. After starting the year off with a charger-less bang, 2021 is going to be an exciting roller coaster for flagship users.

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Trump administration blacklists Xiaomi, 10 other Chinese companies

Xiaomi headed the Huawei way?

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The US has added Xiaomi and 10 other Chinese companies to a blacklist amid national security concerns. The current blacklist is only focused on companies that have military ties and strategic importance in China.

The Defense Department released names of additional “Communist Chinese military companies” operating directly or indirectly in the United States.

Although adding Xiaomi to the list is surprising, the company has largely remained apolitical and focuses on making affordable smartphones. Considered to be China’s answer to Apple, Xiaomi plays a crucial role in progressing China’s telecommunication industry. It surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales in the third quarter, according to IDC.

Xiaomi is China’s second-largest smartphone maker and dominates multiple developing markets like India. Xiaomi’s stock plunged more than 10 percent following the announcement, although it’s considered to be a knee-jerk reaction at the moment.

The ban means that Xiaomi risks getting delisted from global benchmarks like MSCI and American stock exchanges. Just last week, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom were removed from MSCI indexes. This largely affects their ability to raise capital from the open market in the future due to global compliance complications.

In response, a Xiaomi spokesperson told GadgetMatch, “The Company has been in compliance with the law and operating in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of jurisdictions where it conducts its businesses. The Company reiterates that it provides products and services for civilian and commercial use. The Company confirms that it is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with the Chinese military, and is not a “Communist Chinese Military Company” defined under the NDAA. The Company will take an appropriate course of actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.”

Other companies banned

Apart from Xiami, the additional companies blacklisted include Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Luokong Technology Corporation, Beijing Zhongguancun Development Investment Center, GOWIN Semiconductor, Grand China Air Company, Global Tone Communication Technology, China National Aviation Holding, and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

Furthermore, the ban is a stepping stone for US authorities to curb Chinese companies’ growth in the international market. The US took a similar step with Huawei and gradually pushed it out of every possible industry. Today, Huawei can’t use Google Mobile Services, cannot ship phones to the US, and has lost significant ground in supplying 5G equipment to telcos worldwide.

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