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Report: Apple will kill iPad mini, replace with larger iPhone

With foldable display

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With widely varying smartphone sizes today, the distinctions between phones, phablets, and tablets have become all but irrelevant. Small and large devices are already available in various lines. Rightfully so, some brands are even streamlining some of their differentiated lineups together. According to a new rumor, Apple is canceling the iPad mini and making a larger iPhone instead.

Reported by Chinese source MyDrivers, Apple is replacing the smaller iPad model with a foldable iPhone with stylus support. The report indicates an upcoming foldable device with an OLED screen hovering between 7.3 to 7.6 inches. For reference, the current iPad mini has a 7.9-inch Retina display.

Currently, neither Apple nor the source has confirmed or hinted at the upcoming device’s release date. The report speculates that “it might not come soon.”

Given the current flow of rumors lately, the report does come with a modicum of believability. For one, Apple is reportedly hard at work developing a foldable iPhone set for a release sometime in 2022 or 2023. Further, a more recent report confirms that the device will come with stylus support, hinting at an iPhone Pencil in the works.

Right now, Apple’s focus is more towards the iPhone and the Apple Watch. Both lines have successfully propelled the company to the top of the bestselling list for the last quarter of 2020.

SEE ALSO: Foldable iPhone will come with stylus support

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Corning announces durable glass for phone cameras

Called the DX and DX+ lineup

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Despite the evolution of smartphone glass durability, rear cameras are still soft spots for mobile devices. With enough sharp force, the smartphone’s rear camera can shatter, destroying its ability to take photos in the process. Corning is finally planning to address that issue with its DX and DX+ series.

Announced late last week, Corning is bringing its damage-resistant glass to smartphone cameras. Besides offering the company’s iconic durability, the DX and DX+ range will supposedly offer better optics for the camera as well. The glass can reportedly allow 98 percent of light into the camera’s sensor, reducing the usual camera issues such as ghost reflections.

Currently, some smartphone makers use anti-reflective coating to address optical issues. However, as any smartphone camera photographer can tell, issues can still happen especially in bright or low-light conditions.

Naturally, Corning’s claims are still unproven at this point. It will take an actual product before users can tell the difference. According to Corning, the DX and DX+ series will first ship out with upcoming Samsung devices. The company hasn’t listed the specific devices it’s coming to, though. However, if the timing is any indication, Samsung is set to host its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. Will this be the first appearance of Corning’s new camera glass?

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Huawei Mate X2 Review: The Better Foldable?

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Huawei introduced a different kind of foldable approach with the Mate X way back in 2019. But this year, they’re as similar as what you get with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2 and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Fold.

While the Galaxy Z Fold2 showed various improvements over the uncanny Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s Mate X2 offers better outer display ratio, more robust durable hinge mechanism, and an almost crease-less display.

But which one is better? Head over to our Huawei Mate X2 review now!

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OPPO partners with Amazon for Web Security

OPPO looks to upgrade its cloud

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OPPO, one of the known phone manufacturers chose Amazon for its cloud storage system. The Amazon Web Services (AWS), is the world’s leading cloud service. With AWS, OPPO is now capable of providing smartphone users with secure data storage services. As a result, users can conveniently store photos, videos, contacts, notes, and
important data in the cloud.

To support this functionality, OPPO utilizes AWS’ global infrastructure in Singapore, France, and India to introduce the cloud-based services. This includes Amazon Aurora (a relational database built for the cloud) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

 Improved privacy

The latest ColorOS 11 is based on Android 11. The operating system helps ensure user security through features including OPPO’s Private System, Private Safe, and Personal Information Protection. Private System allows users to create a separate system account in which apps and data run independently of the original account.

With Private Safe, users can keep their important data private by securing the data within an encrypted space behind a password, making the data unavailable to apps that have access to other media.

For situations where apps require users to grant access to personal information, OPPO’s Personal Information Protection allows users to send out a blank data form to the app, and access the app without disclosing personal information.

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