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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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Windows 11 update coming to select Lenovo devices

From Yoga to Legion

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Windows 11 is slowly but surely rolling out to more and more devices. Lenovo, who has a strong partnership with Microsoft, has a number of notable devices getting the update. These include laptops from their Yoga line all the way to their Legion gaming machines.

If you own or are looking to buy any of the devices listed below, then you can rest assured you can get the latest Windows software today.

Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 – 82L0003DPH

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 features up to an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800 U Series Mobile Processor with AMD Radeon Graphics, the laptop is available with optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics for supercharged creation.

Packed with up to 16GB LPDDR4x of memory, the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 also brings up to 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0×4 of internal storage and a powerful 61WHrs battery that delivers the ease of Rapid Charge Express while on the go. It also mounts a stunning 14-inch 2880×1800 designed for ultra-vivid picture quality with Dolby Vision. A VESA Display HDR True Black 500 certification for enhanced video quality reproduction in a 16:10 display format with less scrolling and more content.

IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro – 82L500KKPH

Lenovo strongly believes they’re able to combine “Premium” and “Better Value” in one package. And that’s the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor, you are guaranteed to get any job done. The IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro is also accompanied by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, creating high-resolution and immersive graphics. Packed with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0×4 of internal storage, there is no need to worry about running out of space or memory.

IdeaCentre AIO 3i – 90NB00JEPH

The IdeaCentre AIO 3i is equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 and powered by the latest 11th-Generation Intel Core processors. It comes with 8GB of RAM that is upgradeable up to 32GB of DDR4 and a 512GB SSD for storage.

Legion 5i Pro – 82JD003VPH

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro offers excellent gaming performance with the latest 11th Generation Intel Core H-series processors with 45W of dedicated processing power. Accompanied with the 130W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070.

The laptop also features a 16-inch QHD gaming display with up to a 165Hz refresh rate, providing gamers with a 16:10 aspect ratio with best-in-class color accuracy and high dynamic range. It comes in a sleek Stingray White color to top it all off. It’s optimally cooled via the Coldfront 3.0 thermal system with the Legion AI Engine.

Legion 5i – 82JH00CSPH / 82JH00CTPH

The Legion 5i is for gamers looking to compete on equal footing with the pros. It comes with with the 11th Generation Intel Core processing and 45W of dedicated power. Optimized with the Legion AI Engine that powers the revolutionary Legion Coldfront 3.0 and Q control and dynamically shifts power between the CPU and GPU, experience a massive leap in performance in the Legion 5i with up to 130W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.

All devices will also include a Premium Care Warranty that allows buyers front-of-the-queue and straight-to-the-experts customer support service.

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OPPO Watch Free levels up sleep monitoring

Featuring Osleep

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OPPO announced their latest OPPO Watch Free — a brand-new watch with all-scenario sleep monitoring.

The watch aims to be the entry-level smartwatch of choice for all, as it comes with Osleep for better sleep monitoring, as well as professional sport modes and other health functions.

Sleep well with OSleep

Osleep comes with professional, comprehensive, and personalized sleep monitoring and analysis throughout the sleep cycle.

This includes an exclusive snoring risk assessment monitored by sensors and advanced algorithms to detect sleep problems and come up with accurate suggestions.

OPPO’s latest smart watch uses a continuous second-level SpO2 monitoring through an optical SpO2 sensor, as well as an optical heart rate sensor to record snores, while other indicators like blood oxygen level is also tallied.

The OPPO Watch Free also analyzes users’ sleep latency, duration, and phases using its advanced features like deep and light sleep analysis and rapid eye movement (REM) monitoring to aid in better sleep.

OPPO and Tsinghua University partnered in establishing the Joint Research Center for Future Terminal Technology, conducting a number of joint research projects in the field of sleep to further explore sleep tracking technology.

Over 100 sport modes, pro health monitoring

When it comes to staying fit, the OPPO Watch Free has a built-in 6-axis motion sensor along with its optical heart rate sensor that supports over 100 sport modes.

The sensors automatically identify and record the sport modes using algorithms, making it easier for users to exercise and stay fit.

All activities may be checked through Daily Activity, which also features built-in professional running courses to help in one’s fitness goals.

Additionally, the OPPO Watch Free supports 24-hour heart rate monitoring, which records users’ heart rate around the clock.

A warning vibrate will automatically prompt users when heart rate becomes too high or if there are irregular heartbeats.

Even just simple stand-up reminders and 5-minute stand-up relaxation videos come with the product, which are best suited for office workers to be able to sneak in being fit and relaxed.

Multiple convenience features

OPPO Watch Free can ideally be used as an extension of users’ phones, as it has a range of convenience features such as Message Notifications, Incoming Call Notifications, Call Rejection, Find My Phone, and Music Playback Control.

OPPO Watch Free also has a long battery life of up to 14 days. A quick 5-minute charge is already good for a day’s worth of usage.

Lightweight, stylish design

The likewise fashionable OPPO Watch Free weighs only 33 grams and comes with a 1.64-inch AMOLED HD display.

The watch also features a smooth leather-like strap which offers a breathable fit that stays comfortable and offers over 40 stylish watch faces and AI Outfit watch Face 2.0.

This allows users to create personalised watch faces that match the style of their outfit on any given day.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Watch Free will be available in two colors — Vanilla and Black — from January 15, 2022 at a retail price of SG$ 129 at OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada flagship stores, and authorized sellers. 

From January 15 until March 4, 2022, the OPPO Watch Free can also be purchased at a discounted price of SG$ 99 alongside the OPPO Reno7 Pro, only at OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Stores.

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Germany: No evidence of spying from Xiaomi phones

One point for Xiaomi

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Xiaomi is currently in a strange position. Stemming from the still-ongoing Sinocentric geopolitics from years ago, the Chinese smartphone maker finds itself in a quest to prove its innocence against allegations of spying. Now, the company has an unlikely ally. Going against recently released reports confirming the phenomenon, Germany has come out and found no evidence of spying from Xiaomi in its own reports.

Last year, Lithuanian authorities called Xiaomi out for censoring both politically charged and seemingly innocuous terms from its smartphones. More recently, Taiwanese authorities confirmed the report, stating that Xiaomi’s smartphones do have the capability to transmit data to Chinese servers. Of course, most users, especially those outside of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, will likely have nothing to worry about. That won’t stop security issues, though.

However, to ease everyone’s worries, Germany’s cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, has reported that it has not found any anomalies inside the Chinese smartphones’ software, Reuters reports. However, the watchdog did not explain what type of testing it subjected the smartphones to. If anything, the German report does have some credence to it. The country was previously wary about Huawei during the whole Huawei fiasco years ago.

Since the brouhaha with Huawei from some time ago, Chinese smartphone brands have both struggled to fill in the vacuum left behind by Huawei and suffered through the same issues against Chinese companies.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 12 series unveiled in China

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