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Apple might launch wireless charging after all

But in the way you least expect

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Last week, Apple irrevocably canned the AirPower project, ending a few years of wireless charging dreams for the iPhone maker. However, despite the cancelation, the company has still promised a wireless future somewhere down the road.

Now, a week after the disappointing announcement, a new rumor has sparked the few dying embers on Apple’s wireless future. According to long-time Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will introduce two-way wireless charging capabilities on this year’s set of iPhones. Based on a new note, “This new function could make it more convenient for users to charge the new AirPods and create a better integrated user experience of the iPhone and AirPods.”


Unlike the commonly assumed variant of wireless charging, reverse wireless charging turns the smartphone into the charger. When implemented, the new iPhones can charge other Qi-based devices wirelessly. Notably, Apple isn’t the first brand to consider the feature. Previously, Samsung implemented the technology in this year’s slew of Galaxy flagships. Last year, Huawei pioneered the technology in the Mate 20 Pro.

Given the rumor’s possibility, Kuo also notes that the new iPhones will carry larger batteries. The bigger 6.5-inch variant — the iPhone XS Max’s successor — will have up to 15 percent larger batteries. Meanwhile, the smaller 5.8-inch variant — for the iPhone XS — will have up to 25 percent larger batteries. The marked increase will accommodate the iPhone’s new functionality as a charger.

Of course, it’s still too early to tell. Currently, Apple launches its yearly lineup sometime in the fall. Anything can happen before then. Further, the iPhone hype train is only starting to pick up steam once again.

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Redmi K20 may become the next affordable flagship killer

Possible successor to the Pocophone F1

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Without a doubt, the OnePlus 7 Pro is an impressive piece of hardware. From the smooth display to the flagship-level specs, you can’t deny that it’s a seriously good deal for its price.

One person, however, had different take right after OnePlus’ launch. Xiaomi’s Global VP Manu Kumar Jain congratulated OnePlus for the launch on Twitter, but followed it up by mentioning his company’s own flagship killer:


It’s rumored that Xiaomi’s supposed “Flagship Killer 2.0” is the Redmi K20, which was already confirmed by executives to come soon. It has also been speculated that the Redmi K20 is the successor to the widely popular Pocophone F1, and may be named the Pocophone F2 in some regions.

Besides the model name and the possibility of a K20 Pro variant, not much has been revealed about the Redmi flagship. Until now, that is. Newly leaked specs provide more hype for the upcoming Redmi powerhouse.

It all starts with the Snapdragon 855 chipset, which follows up on the Snapdragon 845 of the Pocophone F1. That’s complemented by a 6.39-inch 1080p OLED display and 4000mAh battery with 27W fast charging.

While those are expected of a flagship killer, what may be more interesting is the camera setup. Not only will the K20 pair have a triple-camera setup on the rear — consisting of regular, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses — but it’ll come with a pop-up selfie camera, as well. By extension, that would provide an all-screen front, free of notches or punch-holes.

India appears to be the initial market for the Redmi K20, similar to the Pocophone’s marketing approach. There has been no hinted pricing yet, but based on Xiaomi’s usual strategy, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a starting price hovering around US$ 400.

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Huawei and Samsung settle three-year patent dispute

They have bigger battles to face

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The recent end of Apple and Qualcomm’s legal battles may have started a domino effect. As it turns out, Samsung and Huawei have done the same, ending a patent dispute which started way back in 2016.

While the details of the settlement weren’t disclosed by either company, they’re rumored to be in talks about cross licensing patents for more minor technologies.


The resolution transpired in China, and it’s believed that Samsung and Huawei are more keen on spending resources on improving smartphone sales, which have been experiencing a steep decline since last year.

With everyone except Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo going through its worst shipment numbers in years, the timing makes sense. Samsung, in particular, finally hit the one percent market share mark in China after quarters of struggle against the three aforementioned Chinese brands.

The patent battle first began in 2016, when Huawei sued Samsung for infringing on certain 4G patents. Naturally, Samsung countersued and it turned into this three-year-long drama which just ended.

With this out of the way, the three top smartphone brands are more ready than ever to push 5G to the masses.

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


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The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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