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iPhone 12 Price Surprise As Apple’s Expensive iPhones Revealed – Forbes

08/02 Update below. This post was originally published on July 30

The iPhone 12 line-up has long looked like a game-changer: great design, massive performance leap, 5G for every model and exciting new camera tech. But now Apple looks set to blow it at the finish line. 

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Following recent revelations that Apple will equip the entire iPhone 12 range with surprisingly small batteries and scrap 120Hz displays, new information from prolific industry insider Komiya reveals they will also be more expensive than expected. Particularly for the most popular model. 

08/01 Update: Komiya has returned with additional information on the iPhone 12 line-up’s new camera design – something that has been shrouded in mystery until this point. Interestingly, the insider says the rear camera array will remain in the familiar triangular arrangement with the LiDAR sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro models shrunken down, compared to their iPad equivalent. Whether that compromises the performance of LiDAR on the iPhone, remains to be seen. Komiya states that the three primary lenses on the Pros will also be slightly larger, due to bigger sensors. Apple made massive strides with the iPhone 11 series, returning the range to the top tier of smartphone cameras. With Google’s new Pixels potentially struggling this year, Apple has every chance to capitalize further.

08/02 Update: having delivered surprising details about Apple’s iPhone 12 camera design (above), Komiya added further information revealing that we shouldn’t get too used to seeing the LiDAR sensor on iPhones. This is because “Apple is looking for the way to hide the LiDAR scanner on the back of iPhone” which will result in a cleaner finish and be a relief to those who suffer from trypophobia. That said, the change isn’t coming immediately, with Komiya stating that Apple is looking to implement this only in 2022. Still, with ever more lenses being added to smartphones, hiding the LiDAR sensor is a potentially smart move given Apple has ambitious plans for its future iPhone cameras.

Back in May, respected Apple tipster Jon Prosser revealed Apple’s plans to release its four new iPhone 12 models at aggressively competitive prices: iPhone 12 – $649, iPhone 12 Max – $749, iPhone 12 Pro – $999, iPhone 12 Pro Max – $1,099. This would’ve seen Apple drop the entry-level price of the range by $50 compared to the iPhone 11 range and keep iPhone Pro pricing the same, despite the introduction of costly 5G antennas. 

Unfortunately, this now looks too good to be true. Komiya’s updates claims Apple has now decided to ship its new range at the following price points: 

  • iPhone 12 – (5.4-inch) – $699 (64GB), $749 (128GB), $849 (258GB) 
  • iPhone 12 Max (6.1-inch) – $799 (64GB), $849 (128GB), $949 (258GB) 
  • iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch) – $1,049 (128GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) 
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch) – $1,149 (128GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) 

The biggest pain point here is the iPhone 12 Max, the new name for the successor to the iPhone 11 – Apple’s biggest selling model, which increases by $100 at every capacity. Meanwhile, the new, smaller 5.4-inch iPhone 12 now price matches the iPhone 11, while the iPhone Pro models increase $50 at their lowest capacities. 

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The good news is iPhone Pro prices, although more than expected, have not increased dramatically despite their inclusion of 5G – something that has had a severe impact on many rivals. But upgraders hoping to see the iPhone 11’s successor retain its highly popular price point will be disappointed. Especially with a 256GB model now only $100 less than a 128GB iPhone 12 Pro. 

While surmountable in isolation, the combination of increased prices, reduced battery capacities and 60Hz displays may well cause previously committed upgraders to think twice. Especially with Apple also adding a further stealth cost by removing both the charger and EarPods from the box ahead of its ambitious port-less future

With the iPhone 12 launch date fast approaching, Apple has suddenly given iPhone fans a lot to think about. 

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Now is the worst time to buy a new iPhone – MSN Money

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  • With Apple‘s much-rumored iPhone 12 expected to launch in the fall, now is the worst time to purchase a new iPhone.
  • If you’re already planning to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone, it’s probably worth it to wait for the newest model that’s expected to come with 5G support and the latest Apple processor.
  • Even if you don’t care about having the latest iPhone, Apple typically discounts certain older models when introducing new ones.

If you’re considering splurging on a new iPhone in the near future, it’s probably best to re-think that decision.

Apple typically releases its new iPhones in the fall, meaning the next-generation model may only be less than two months away. If you were already planning to spend around $1,000 to upgrade your iPhone, you’d be best advised to wait until the much-rumored

iPhone 12

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This year’s iPhone is expected to come with 5G support, a new processor, different size options, a refreshed design that’s similar to that of the iPad Pro, and OLED screens across all models. That latter point is significant because Apple usually reserves OLED display panels, which are capable of showing richer blacks and bolder colors compared to LCD screens, specifically for its pricier “Pro” iPhone models.

Support for 5G connectivity may not be important right now while carriers are still in the process of building out their networks. But, if you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a new device, you’ll probably want it to last for at least two years, if not longer. Waiting for the 5G iPhone rather than spending a similar amount of money on last year’s model could be a great way to future-proof your device as 5G is expected to become the standard in the coming years.

Apple typically releases its new iPhones near the end of September, but it looks like the iPhone 12 lineup may launch a bit later than usual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call, Luca Maestri, Apple’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, said the company expects supply of the new product to be available “a few weeks later” compared to last year’s

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and 11 Pro launch.

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Those comments line up with some previous reports about the expected iPhone 12’s launch. Bloomberg, for example, reported in April that some versions of the new iPhone may debut a few weeks later but still in the fall time frame. Analysts at JP Morgan, however, have previously predicted that the next iPhone could be delayed by up to one or two months.

Even if you’re not interested in having the newest iPhone, it’s still probably worth it to wait. Apple typically discounts older iPhones when introducing its newest model. Last year, for example, it cut the price of 2018’s

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to $600 when it launched the iPhone 11 lineup. That’s a $150 discount compared to the XR’s original $750 price when it launched.
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But, if your current iPhone is working well enough to get by for a couple of months, your best bet is to wait until the fall to upgrade.

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iPhone SE was a ‘bright spot’ for Apple, driving sales in Q2 2020 – AppleInsider

The iPhone SE was a “bright spot” for Apple in a quarter that otherwise saw a drop in sales for every smartphone manufacturer, a new report claims.

According to new sales estimates data from Counterpoint Research on Monday, smartphone sales volume in the U.S. declined 25% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2020. Apple’s U.S. iPhone sales were down 23% in the same period.

Among smartphone brands in the U.S., Apple and Samsung were better able to maintain their sales volume better than other manufacturers. For Apple, that’s largely because of the success of the iPhone SE, Counterpoint Research’s data suggests.

“Apple volumes grew through the quarter and were especially helped by iPhone SE volumes. The device has been successful and selling above expectations in both postpaid and prepaid channels,” said Jeff Field Hack, Counterpoint’s North American Research Director.

A number of factors helped the iPhone SE drive Apple sales throughout the quarter, including the re-opening of retail channels in the U.S. and subsequent promotional offers from stores like as Walmart, Metro and Boost.

The device also appears to be attracting Android switchers, since Counterpoint estimates that 26% of iPhone SE users moved from an Android device. According to Fieldhack, that’s higher than the normal rate of Android-to-iOS switching.

Buyers upgrading from an older device also represent a significant portion of iPhone SE buyers, since 30% of customers upgraded from an iPhone 6s or older.

Similarly, Counterpoint’s checks indicate that iPhone SE sales aren’t likely to cannibalize the fall “iPhone 12” lineup, due to the fact that “iPhone SE buyers are more pragmatic about price, less concerned with 5G, and the smaller display is not considered a hindrance.”

The research firm also notes that smartphone sales for May through June actually grew week-over-week, and that June 2020 sales were higher than the same month last year. According to Counterpoint, that suggests that the smartphone market is starting to recover from the impacts of coronavirus.

Earlier on Monday, data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicated that the iPhone SE made up nearly one-fifth of all iPhone purchases in the first quarter that it was available.

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If your iPhone feels slow or dies fast, you may need a new battery — here’s how to check – CNBC

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If your iPhone feels like it runs a bit slower than it used to, or if you notice that the battery life doesn’t seem to be as good as when you bought it, it may be time to replace it.

That’s because the batteries in the gadgets we use get slowly worse as they age. Apple‘s iPhone software tries to compensate for this: If your phone shuts off unexpectedly, it can will slow your phone down to preserve battery life and try to prevent unexpected shutdowns, which are an annoying surprise for most people.

But a better solution is to replace the battery entirely.

There’s a way to quickly check if your phone is slowing itself down, which means you should probably send it in (or take it to an Apple Store if one around you is open) to get a new battery. 

Here’s what to do.

How to check your iPhone battery health

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  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • Choose Battery.
  • Tap “Battery Health'”

Now you’ll see the “Maximum Capacity.” The lower it is, the less battery life you’ll get. Apple’s battery site says a “normal battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity” and that a one-year warranty includes service if your battery is defective.

But a one-year old iPhone should generally be fine.

My iPhone 11 Pro Max bought in September (not quite a year ago) has a 96% maximum capacity right now. You may want a replacement if you see your peak performance capacity around 80% or lower, though.

Next, check the next area down the page. If it says “Peak Performance Capability,” that means your iPhone is running at full speed and you’re probably OK.

But if it says “Performance management applied,” that means your iPhone experienced at least one unexpected shut-down due to battery life, and Apple’s software is now throttling performance to prevent that from happening again.

You can turn this off to get your iPhone running at peak speed by tapping “disable” at the end of the warning message, but the best option is to replace your battery instead.

You may also want to replace your battery if it says “Performance management turned off,”  “Battery health unknown” or “Battery health degraded.” 

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You might see this option if your battery is aging.

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You can replace your battery by either making an appointment at an Apple Store or by sending it in for Apple — just visit Apple’s website to see what works best for you.

The good news is, a battery costs lot less than a new phone. If you have AppleCare+, which you buy when your phone is new, it’s free to replace the battery.

If not, it’s $69 to replace the battery on an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max, and iPhone X/XS models. Or it’s $49 for the iPhone SE, iPhone SE 2, iPhone 6/6s/7/8 and their larger “Plus” counterparts.

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Alexa iPhone app can now operate hands-free — with a little help from Siri – 9to5Mac

The Alexa iPhone app can now be used completely hands-free — although it does need a little help from Siri to do so…

It was always a little ironic that you could use the wake-word “Alexa” to activate Echo speakers and other Alexa-powered devices, while the iPhone app required you to touch a button to issue a voice command. Engadget reports that’s now been fixed in the latest version of the free app.

The Alexa assistant has always worked on the app, but until now, you needed to touch the Alexa button on the bottom control bar for voice control. Now, it’s enabled automatically when the app is turned on. Once you say the wake word, a blue bar appears to show that Alexa is processing your request over the cloud.

To get the feature, you’ll first need to update the app. Then, you’ll be given the option to enable hands-free detection, while a new setting will let you disable the feature at any time. To use it, the phone must be unlocked with the Alexa app open. The feature is arriving worldwide over the next several days, but as usual, it may take awhile to come to your region.

The catch is that you can’t, of course, tell the Alexa app to open itself in the first place. But you can tell Siri to do so. So, “Hey Siri, open the Alexa app,” followed by “Alexa, [do whatever]” will do the trick. That’s a little clunky if you just want Alexa to do one thing, but less so if you want to issue a series of Alexa commands, like adding things to a shopping list.

In the UK, Amazon is partnering with the NHS to provide official answers to health-related questions.

In a statement, the government Health Secretary said he prefers for users to be able to easily access official information rather than ‘the sort of spurious stuff that turns up on the Internet and randomly is put in the algorithms.’

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5.4-Inch iPhone 12 Model Size Compared to Original iPhone SE and iPhone 7 – MacRumors

iPhone 12 dummy models based on leaked schematics have been starting to circulate online and in online marketplaces.

Not happy with the circulating size comparisons between the rumored 5.4″ iPhone 12 and the original iPhone SE models, MacRumors forum user iZac took matters into his own hands and purchased his own 5.4″ dummy model to provide more detailed size comparisons between the original iPhone SE and iPhone 7 and the rumored 5.4″ iPhone 12.

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iZac and others in the thread are looking towards the 5.4″ iPhone 12 as potentially replacing their original iPhone SE (4-inch screen) as a one-handed device. Overall, he feels that he can get used to the small size difference with the upcoming device:

From handling it I can say it does feel like a bit more of a stretch than the SE, which just nestles very comfortably in my hand. BUT, although it’s nearer to the 7, I will note that it feels a lot more manageable because the square profile and flat side lets you actually grip the device.

iZac found that the rumored 5.4″ iPhone is about 6mm wider than the original iPhone SE and about 3mm narrower than the iPhone 7:

Quick takeaway is it’s ~6mm wider than the iPhone SE and ~3mm thinner than the iPhone 7 that I’ve scaled it against. This lines up with the CAD drawings I previously drew based on the leaked resolution, which I calculated as 2.8mm thinner than the iPhone 7. The round profile on the 7 makes it appear thinner in images. it‘s also stacked on the bottom so doesn’t help with perspective. I used the portrait camera to try to reduce that factor.

iZac also approximates the upcoming 5.4″ iPhone 12 to be approximately 1mm thicker than the SE.

The iPhone 12 is rumored to be released this fall in three different sizes. Rumors indicate we’ll see a 5.4-inch iPhone, a 6.7-inch iPhone, and two 6.1-inch iPhones. 5.4 inches is smaller than the current iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches), while 6.7 inches is bigger than the current iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5 inches).

iZac posted some additional photos and comments in the original forum thread.

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How iPhone Home Screen Widgets Work in iOS 14 – How-To Geek

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After thirteen iterations of iOS, Apple is finally transforming the Home screen by adding widgets to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. There’s a whole new framework that will let developers create new types of widgets. But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Widgets Come Home

Apple introduced widgets to the iPhone in iOS 10. They were relegated to the Today View screen, which is accessible by swiping right on the lock screen or the Home screen.

Still, widgets became powerful tools and were incredibly useful for iPhone and iPad users who decided to use them.

But all of that changes in iOS 14. Widgets are coming home. This is the biggest change to the Home screen along with the new App Library. While the Today View section still remains and you can still keep widget there, the entire experience of adding widgets has changed.

iOS 14 Home screen with three widgets
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Now, when you tap in any empty space on the Home screen to enter the Home screen editing view, you’ll find a “+” button in the top-right corner.

Adding widgets in iOS 14
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Tapping it will bring up a widget picker, which shows a list of all available widgets on your phone—both from Apple’s included apps and third-party apps you’ve installed—along with previews of them.

Widget selection page in iOS 14
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Choose a widget, a size, and just tap the “Add Widget” button to add a widget to whichever screen you’re on.

Selecting widget version in iOS 14
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You can then move the widget anywhere you want. Well, not exactly anywhere. Unlike Android, iOS still doesn’t let you put icons or widgets anywhere on the screen.

Icons and widgets still flow from the top left of the screen to the bottom right. And yes, widgets will automatically switch to dark mode.

Widgets in light mode and dark mode

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But Not The Widgets You’ve Known

So, that’s the good news. Now about the bad. You see, while widgets are coming to the Home screen, they’re not the widgets you have used and loved over the past couple of years.

If a developer wants to create Home screen widgets for iOS 14, they have to use the new WidgetKit framework that’s built on Swift UI. And currently, it doesn’t support any form of interaction or live updates. This means that the new widgets are designed solely for glanceability—in other words, for quickly viewing information, just like complications in watchOS on the Apple Watch.

Showing old widgets along side new widgets in iOS 14
Left: Pre-iOS 14 widgets. Right: iOS 14 widgets.

This means that, if you’re used to calculator widgets or time-tracking widgets, you won’t find them on iOS 14. Widgets can have multiple tap targets that can be deep-linked to a part of the app, but that’s it. This is why the Music widget on iOS 14 doesn’t have any playback controls.

Showing music widget in iOS 14
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The only exception we’ve found is the Shortcuts app—but, then again, Shortcuts automations are deeply integrated in the OS. The Shortcuts widget works independently. When you tap a shortcut, it just starts working, without opening the app. If there are any interactive elements in the shortcut, you’ll see them on the top of the screen in a floating window.

As of now, Apple has officially deprecated the older widgets. They’ll still continue to work and you can use them in the Today View screen, but you can’t add these widgets to the Home screen. We don’t when or if Apple will completely remove support for them.

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What the Future Holds

It’s clear that the nature of widgets is changing from iOS 14 and beyond. Apple’s reasoning for this change seems to be for glanceability and power management. Widgets should be designed so a user can quickly glance at it while they’re on the Home screen, and it shouldn’t drain the battery.

Widgets can update based on a timeline that’s defined by the developer, but that’s it. We hope that by this time next year, Apple has figured out a way to add interaction to widgets without sacrificing battery life.

Because when it comes to the design and UI, the new widgets look amazing on the Home screen (far better than the old widgets, which had no cohesive design language).

And in some ways, the new widgets are more flexible in iOS 14. You can have multiple versions of the same widget in the same or multiple sizes. You can stack multiple versions of the same widgets on top of each other and just flick between them.

Different sizes of widgets in iOS 14 Home screen

And, because Apple is using the Intents-based framework (from SiriKit and Shortcuts) in widgets, you can customize multiple versions of the widgets to show different kinds of data. For example, you can have three different Reminders widgets in a stack that shows your reminders from three different lists.

Customizing widget option in iOS 14
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That’s just what Apple has done so far. We’ve yet to see what developers will be able to do using the WidgetKit framework. While we’re losing the interactivity, we’re gaining new types of widgets and a cohesive design framework.

But this is one of those wait-and-watch scenarios. We’ll know the true impact of the change once developers release their own widgets in Fall 2020—and when we see what improvements (if any) Apple makes to the WidgetKit framework in iOS 15.

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There’s a lot more to the specifics of how widgets work in iOS 14. For example, Smart Stacks will let you combine multiple widgets into a single stack of widgets you can swipe between on your iPhone. That’s one way iOS 14 will transform your iPhone (and iPad) Home screen.

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This app will tell you if your iPhone has been hacked – ZDNet

One of the aspects of iOS that I think has made it the winner that it has become is that it offers even the most casual of user great security out of the box. And the security is well balanced against usability, so users, on the whole, don’t go trawling shadier parts of the internet looking for ways to turn off the built-in protection.

But it’s possible to make your iPhone even more secure. I’ve put together a 17-point security and privacy checklist for iOS 13 that will help you harden iOS from attack. But you can do more. A lot more.

I’m usually wary of security apps, but iVerify by Trail of Bits is different. It comes highly recommended and offers a lot of features in a small download.

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iVerify

iVerify

First and foremost, iVerify is a security scanner that makes sure you are making use of the basic security features such as Face/Touch ID, Screen Lock, and are running the latest iOS version. It also runs a device scan that looks for security anomalies and gives you a heads up if something seems out of place.

It can be very hard to spot if an iPhone has been hacked, so having a tool installed that keeps an eye out for the telltale signs of intrusion offers piece of mind.

iVerify is also updated as the threat landscape changes, allowing you to keep up with the hackers.

The app also gives you a very — and I mean very — comprehensive list of tweaks and changes you can carry out to keep your device safe. Many of these are probably overkill for the average user, but for the power user or security-conscious, the app is a goldmine of information.

There’s also a whole raft of other cool stuff, from information on securing your Apple, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter accounts, information on activating DNS over HTTPS, a periodic reboot reminder (a simple way to protect yourself from remote exploits), and even a page that offers the latest security news.

iVerify is not free — it costs $2.99 — but it’s truly worth the money if you take security seriously. I know my way around iOS very well, and even I learned a few new things from going through all the guides contained in this app.


$3 at Apple App Store

iVerify requires iOS 12.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

It’s a highly useful app, and so different to all the run-of-the-mill security apps that are out there.

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Stunning iPhone 12 Pro video looks like the real deal – Tom’s Guide

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(Image credit: Devam Jangra/ConceptsiPhone)

Warmer weather doesn’t just mean the onset of summer. It’s usually a clue for concept designers to start ramping up iPhone concept art, as everyone gets their best guesses in as to what Apple has planned for its fall phone update. And even with a later launch than usual expected, the iPhone 12 isn’t going to be an exception to that trend.

The latest iPhone 12 concept video — and one of the best — comes from Devam Jangra, who created an iPhone 12 Pro video that looks like something Cupertino itself might produce.

Jangra’s video for ConceptsiPhone is pretty consistent with all the iPhone 12 rumors circulating around, particularly with the camera bump and the squared off edges of the phone. The former rumor supposes that the Pro models of the iPhone will add a LiDAR sensor to the main, ultra wide and telephoto lenses Apple introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro, and that they’ll appear in a square array with a flash in the middle that makes everything look like you’ve rolled a 5 with a six-sided die.

As for the squared edges of the phone, that’s been a popular iPhone 12 rumor for a long time, as Apple watchers expect this fall’s phones to shift away from rounded edges to something that looks more like the iPhone 5.

If Jangra’s video departs from the widely accepted look of the iPhone 12 Pro, it’s in the colors featured. There’s a blue option, as has been widely anticipated. But the video also showcases brick and mustard color schemes to go alongside more traditional gray and silver options. It’s safe to say that Apple’s unlikely to feature those particular colors, but we wouldn’t be disappointed if it did — the Pro models play it pretty safe as opposed to the more colorful iPhone 11 options.

Jangra’s video rattles off a list of other features that have been linked with the iPhone 12 Pro models, including a display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 5G connectivity. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max are expected to be joined by two iPhone 12 models — one with a 5.4-inch screen and the other with a 6.1-inch display.

Current rumors suggest the iPhone 12 will ship in October, a delay from the usual September launch because of the coronavirus pandemic disrupting Apple’s production schedule.

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Some iPhone 11 models display a green tint after unlocking – Engadget

A number of iPhone users are seeing a strange green tint on their devices’ displays for a few seconds after unlocking, and it’s still unclear what’s causing the phenomenon. Based on the complaints posted on Reddit and the MacRumors forum, the most affected devices are the ‌iPhone 11‌, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. However, some iPhone X and XS users seem to be experiencing the issue, as well.

Several users are saying that the green tint only shows up when they have Dark Mode and Night Shift on or if they’re in dark room. Affected users are also reporting that the issue popped up after iOS 13.4 came out, though there are those who’ve only noticed it after upgrading to iOS 13.5. At least one user says the green tint disappeared upon installing iOS 13.5.5, which is currently in beta, so it’s looking more likely that it’s a software issue. We’ve reached out to Apple for a statement and will update you when we hear back — if it is a software issue, then the tech giant is bound to roll out an update that’ll fix it in the future.

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