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iOS 14.2 beta removes mention of included earbuds in iPhone box ahead of iPhone 12 – 9to5Mac

Multiple rumors have been claiming that Apple will not include the charger or EarPods in the iPhone 12 box, which seems even more likely after the company removed the power adapter from the Apple Watch box this year. With iOS 14.2 beta 2, which was released today for developers, the company has given us a hint that all these rumors are true.

iOS has a radio frequency exposure disclaimer within the Settings app, which brings some safety warnings for the user on how to use the device and its included accessories.

As noted by MacRumors, iOS 14.2 comes with a new version of this file that mentions only “headphones” instead of “supplied headphones,” suggesting that Apple is about to release a new iPhone that doesn’t come with EarPods.

Prior to iOS 14.2 beta 2, this was what the RF Exposure menu mentioned:

To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories.

And now, after today’s update:

To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, headphones, or other similar accessories.

Ming-Chi Kuo first suggested that Apple will not include the EarPods in the iPhone 12 box to boost AirPod sales, which was later corroborated by the trusted leaker @L0vetodream, who also said the wall charger will be removed from the box. The leaker said this will apply not only to the iPhone 12 but also to other iPhone models such as the iPhone SE.

The recently released Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE don’t come with the charger in the box, but just with the USB cable. Apple highlighted this during its September event as a way to protect the environment, claiming that most users already have a compatible charger.

iPhone 12 is expected to be announced in mid-October, but the more expensive models might arrive in stores only in November. This year’s iPhones will be redesigned with flat edges, and they will all support 5G network.

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How to Customize Your iPhone Home Screen with Widgets and Icons – How-To Geek

iPhone User Customizing Home Screen Using Widgets and Custom App Icons
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After years of looking at the same grid of icons, it’s time to finally customize your iPhone to your heart’s content. Add some cool-looking custom widgets, and replace your apps with custom icons, just for a good measure.

Starting in iOS 14, Apple brought support for third-party widgets on the home screen. And while Apple won’t let you change app icons as Android does, you can use the Shortcuts app to create, well, shortcuts for apps using custom icons. In fact, this feature works for all iPhones running iOS 12 and higher.

RELATED: How to Add and Remove Widgets from the Home Screen on iPhone

Combine these two and you get some really impressive results. Just search for “#ios14homescreen” on Twitter to see some inspiring home screen setups. Everything from a Harry Potter theme, to Animal Crossing theme has been tried out. And not to mention, a retro iOS 6 theme.

The beauty of this system is that you don’t need to go that far. Just add some widgets and change a couple of app icons, if you like.

Create Your Own Customized Widgets

iPhone User Creating a Custom Widget For Home Screen
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What we’re looking at here is a rethinking of how the iOS home screen works. After all, it’s changing for the first time in 13 years. You can use widgets to build that foundation, and add icons around the widgets.

Many third-party apps, especially productivity apps, have their own widgets. After upgrading to iOS 14 or higher, go to the widgets page to see new widgets for apps that you already use.

Press and hold in an empty part of the iPhone home screen and select the “+” button. Here, you’ll see all of the apps that support widgets.

Adding Widgetsmith Widget

Next, you should download apps for creating customized widgets. While you’ll find many apps on the App Store to do this, we would recommend you try Widgetsmith and Widgeridoo. Once you download the apps, read our step-by-step guide for creating custom widgets.

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Widgetsmith is great for creating simple, template-based widgets. You can add calendar, reminders, weather, battery, date, and photo widgets to the iPhone home screen (in small, medium, and large sizes).

Various Widgetsmith Widgets on iPhone Home Screen

Pick a widget, a style, and customize attributes like the background color, font, tint color, borders, and more.

Customizing Widgetsmith Widget

Power users will appreciate the complexity of the Widgeridoo app. It’s a block-based widget builder. Using Widgeridoo, you can have different data or information in different blocks, all in the same widget.

Customizing Widgeridoo Widget

For example, you can create a single widget that shows you the battery percentage, step count, distance traveled, the date, and more.

Today Widget in Widgeridoo

While Widgeridoo is quite extensible, it’s a bit tricky to use. So, we would suggest you get started by customizing one of the prebuilt widgets. Widgeridoo lets you preview the widgets for free, but to add widgets to the home screen, you’ll have to pay for the $3.99 in-app purchase.

Create Custom App Icons

Custom app icons on iPhone
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Once you have the widgets nailed down, it’s time to customize those app icons. To do this, all you need is an image file (square and around 512 x 512 resolution) and the Shortcuts app.

Because this is not an official method, there is one downside. When you tap on a custom app icon, it will first launch the Shortcuts app, for a second, then it will open the app. Yes, it is an annoyance, but it might just be worth it.

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You can do this in two ways. You can either create the app icon image yourself (using any image you find online), or you can download premade icon sets (individual icons from Google Images, Iconscout, or Iconfinder).

Next, transfer them to your iPhone. You can add them to the Photos app or the Files app.

Now comes the hard part. But, don’t worry, it’s going to be worth it! As we mentioned at the top of the article, you’ll have to use the Shortcuts app to create shortcuts with custom images and names to open particular apps.

It’s quite simple to do. Create a new shortcut, and use the “Open App” action from the “Scripting” section to select an app.

Creating Custom App Icon Shortcut

Then, add the shortcut to your iPhone’s home screen. In this step, tap the shortcut icon to select your custom icon.

Adding Custom Icon to Shortcut

Once the app icon is added to your home screen, switch it out by moving the original app to the App Library. You can repeat this process to create more custom app icons. To speed up the process, tap and hold a shortcut, and select the “Duplicate” option.

Tap Duplicate on Shortcut Preview

For detailed steps, read our guide on how to use custom app icons on iPhone.

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This new iPhone trick in iOS 14 finally releases Apple’s iron grip on two apps – CNET


We’ll show you how to set default apps on your iPhone or iPad. 

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Apple is giving iPhone and iPad owners more control over what’s on their screen and the apps they want to work with most. With the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you can now put widgets on the homescreen, and there’s even an app drawer. But also notably, you can fully ditch Apple’s Mail and Safari apps by selecting another app as your default inbox or browser. 

It’s a big step for iPhone ($699 at Apple) and iPad ($270 at Back Market) users, and one that was sorely overdue. 

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The process to change over your default mail and browser app is really simple, but also somewhat hidden. Apple doesn’t make it as easy as Android, where there’s a dedicated section for setting default apps. You have to know where to look, and below, we’ll show you where that is. 

Before we begin, you should know there’s a bug in iOS 14

Apple is aware of a bug in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that resets your default selections to Apple’s own apps whenever you restart your iPhone or iPad. The company told CNET in a statement that the issue would be fixed in a future update, but for now, that means whenever you restart your device, you’ll need to go through the steps outlined below to set your default app, again. 


It’s true, you can set some default apps on iOS 14. 

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Set your default mail or browser

Once your app of choice has updated for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, adding support to be set as a default app, here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. 

2. Scroll down until you find the app you want to use. For example, find Google Chrome if you want it to be your main browser. Or Outlook if you want to use it as your email app. Then tap it. 

3. Select the appropriate option, either Default Browser App or Default Email App

4. Select the app and back out of settings. 

With a new default app set, anytime you click a link, your preferred browser will open. Or whenever you tap an email address, your email app will launch. It’s about time Apple added this capability. Now if only that bug fix could be released so we don’t have to keep resetting it.

Default apps aren’t the only hidden feature in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 — we found a bunch. Of course, there are some headlining features that change how you’ll use your iPhone or iPad, and there are even some new privacy features that should keep your information more protected.

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iPhone ‘SE Plus 2020’ screen protector shows up at Best Buy with iPhone 8 Plus dimensions – 9to5Mac

Apple debuted the new iPhone SE back in March, bringing the latest A13 Bionic processor and the familiar 4.7-inch form factor of the iPhone 8. Rumors have also suggested that Apple has a “Plus” version of the new iPhone SE in the works, and a new accessory listed today at Best Buy hints at that product’s existence.

While we wouldn’t read too much into this new listing at Best Buy, it does suggest an “iPhone SE Plus 2020” product. The listing itself is for an Insignia-branded glass screen protector for the iPhone SE Plus. Of course, the timing here is a big suspect given that Apple will hold a special event in just a few hours.

In March, 9to5Mac reported on code in iOS 14 that confirmed the existence of the iPhone SE Plus. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also confirmed that Apple is developing the iPhone SE Plus, but he has reported that its release has been delayed until the second half of 2021.

The iPhone SE Plus is expected to feature a 5.5-inch design that is virtually identical to the iPhone 8 Plus. Notably, after Apple introduced the iPhone SE in March, it also discontinued the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. This means that there is no “Plus” option available for shoppers who want an iPhone with a Home button.

Ultimately, we wouldn’t get too excited about this new listing at Best Buy. Accessory makers have no indication of when Apple might release a new product, and this Insignia listing could simply an instance of Best Buy planning for the iPhone SE Plus just in case it happens to be announced today.

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iPhone 12: everything we think we know about Apple’s 2020 5G iPhones – The Verge

We’re likely just weeks away from Apple taking the wraps off its 2020 iPhones, and the rumor mill is in full swing, hinting at some major changes this year.

If you’ve been hanging on to your first-generation iPhone SE because you just love its squared-off edges, the newest iPhones could be the ones for you — there are already a lot of rumors pointing to a brand new design with squared edges instead of rounded ones. (If you’re keeping that SE because of its smaller size, there might be good news for you this year, too.)

And all signs are pointing toward this being the year the iPhone gets 5G, which should set you up for faster data speeds — once the networks can reliably deliver them.

There is still a lot of mystery surrounding the next iPhones — they haven’t leaked quite as much as, say, recent Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy handsets — but there’s enough out there to piece together a decent picture of what Apple is planning.

The likeliest rumor of them all? We’re getting four new iPhones this year.

Four new iPhones this fall, with two new screen sizes

All of the most trusted sources of Apple rumors seem to agree: instead of announcing three new iPhone models, like Apple did in 2017, 2018, and 2019, the company will reveal four:

  • A new 5.4-inch model, which would be smaller screen than the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro (and presumably be an entirely smaller phone)
  • A low-end 6.1-inch model — the same screen size as the iPhone 11 — with similar specs as its 5.4-inch sibling
  • A second 6.1-inch model with high-end specs
  • A new 6.7-inch model, which would be a bigger screen than the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max (and likely be larger in size as well)

Originally, the credible rumor came from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s reliably predicted the sizes and features of new iPhones for several years now — but The Wall Street Journal also corroborated those screen sizes in April, and as of this past week, Bloomberg is reporting them as fact as well.

A new industrial design reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 5

Apple has stuck with the same basic silhouette for the iPhone — a rounded rectangle with rounded sides — since the iPhone 6, a phone that came out all the way back in 2014. But this year, rumors indicate the newest iPhones could have flat edges, returning iPhone design to the glory days of the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone SE. (Or the recent iPad Pros, if you want a newer point of reference.)

Apparent dummy models of the phones have been floating around this summer, based on the expected dimensions of the upcoming iPhones, and they give us our best idea of what that new design could look like, and how their size compares to other phones in Apple’s lineup.

Check out this photo of those dummy models from MacRumors. They kind of remind me of the iPhone 4:

Image: MacRumors

Bloomberg is reporting that all four new iPhones will have squared-off edges, and will continue to have stainless steel edges on the pricier models and aluminum on the less expensive ones.

If you want to get a sense of how these phones might size up to Apple’s 2019 iPhones, check out this MacRumors post:

I find this next MacRumors photo particularly intriguing, comparing the rumored 5.4-inch model (middle) to the first generation iPhone SE (left) and the second-generation iPhone SE (right). I’ve wanted an iPhone that’s smaller than the iPhone X / XS / 11 Pro with an edge-to-edge display so badly, and the size of this dummy model looks almost perfect to me.

Image: MacRumors

Plus, if you want to see what the rumored new iPhone sizes could look like in person, check out MKBHD’s video where he goes hands-on with a set of dummy models:

The first iPhones with 5G, but which flavors?

2020’s iPhones are expected to be the first to supports 5G cellular networks, which means the phones might be able to take advantage of faster network speeds — depending on the 5G coverage in your area, and possibly depending on which version of the next iPhone you end up buying.

The Wall Street Journal reported in April that “some” of this year’s iPhones would get 5G, while Bloomberg said that 5G will be added to “as many as four new handset models.” Fast Company has a source that claims only the top-of-the-line model will offer the fastest mmWave flavor of 5G.

All the way back in January, Ming-Chi Kuo said that all four upcoming iPhone models will support both sub-6GHz and the faster (but far shorter range) mmWave 5G, and we’d generally weight his rumors a tad higher than the rest… but even Kuo revised his guidance this past week to say that shipments of mmWave 5G iPhones would be “lower than expected,” without specifying whether any iPhones had dropped the technology.

So it seems like a safe bet that 5G should come to new iPhones — Qualcomm and Apple fought hard to make it happen — but right now, it’s just not clear which phones might have which forms of 5G.

An OLED screen in every iPhone, but what about refresh rates?

Apple’s entire fall iPhone lineup is finally expected to have OLED screens this year, The Wall Street Journal reported in April, and Bloomberg now agrees. Despite much of the industry moving on to OLED years ago, LCD screens have hung around in some of Apple’s recent phones, including 2018’s iPhone XR and 2019’s iPhone 11. OLED screens have some advantages over LCD — because each pixel on an OLED screen is individually lit, the screen can just turn those pixels off when showing blacks. That can mean deeper blacks, truer colors, more vibrance, and sometimes better battery life.

Flagship Android phones have also moved on to high-refresh-rate screens for smoother scrolling, animations and games, but it’s unclear if that technology will arrive on any iPhones this year. We’ve heard rumors both ways, and some sources say Apple has tested prototypes with and without the feature.

If the iPhone 12 does offer 120Hz, don’t be surprised if Apple calls it “ProMotion” on stage — that’s the brand name it uses for its iPad Pros, which have had high refresh rate screens since 2017.

Don’t expect four cameras, but high-end iPhones could get LIDAR

This year’s iPhones are expected to keep a dual-camera setup for the lower-end models and a triple-camera setup for the higher-end models. The highest-end model could also be getting something new, according to Bloomberg: a LIDAR sensor, which can detect objects using lasers. That, in theory, can enable better augmented reality experiences, because your phone could have a better sense of your surroundings.

Apple first added a LIDAR sensor to the iPad Pros in March, and in his review, my colleague Dieter Bohn found that the LIDAR sensor “seems quite advanced but built for a software future that hasn’t arrived yet.” We’ll have to wait and see if Apple can make a strong case for it in the iPhone.

No charger or headphones in the box

One of the biggest changes to this year’s iPhone lineup could be in the box they come in. Apple is rumored to remove both the in-box charger and earbuds, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported in June. This would be a big shift, as iPhones have come with power adapters and earphones since the first iPhone launched in 2007. But perhaps Apple is just trying to avoid giving everyone yet another extra power adapter or set of headphones that just get shoved in a drawer. (The decision could also significantly reduce e-waste.)

That doesn’t mean Apple won’t offer ways to charge your phone — the new iPhones will apparently still come with a Lightning to USB-C cable, according to Kuo, which would let you connect your phone to a computer or a power adapter with a USB-C port. (That rumor of a Lightning to USB-C cable suggests the phone itself likely won’t have a USB-C port this year, even though the iPad Pro switched over to USB-C in 2018.)

Kuo also said that Apple would sell a new 20-watt charger, which may have been corroborated by this picture posted to Twitter. If this charger is a real Apple product, it might charge your devices faster than the 18-watt charger included with the iPhone 11 Pro and likely much faster than the anemic 5-watt charger included with the iPhone 11.

And without an included charger and headphones, the new iPhones may have a thinner box. Instagram account conceptsiphone posted a render of a tray that could be included in the new box, and it seems to only have space for a coiled-up cable and perhaps some papers and instructions.

That smaller box could help Apple claim that these iPhones are even more environmentally-friendly than in previous years.

Like usual, the new iPhones should have a new processor

This year’s iPhones are expected to have yet another new Apple-designed processor. Bloomberg reports that the new phones will have “a significant upgrade to the processor with an emphasis on speeding up artificial intelligence and AR tasks.”

It seems like a safe bet that the next iPhones’ processor will have A14 in the name, as the iPhone 11 series processor was called the A13 Bionic. Apple has tagged that “Bionic” moniker to the A11 and A12 as well, so perhaps we’ll be seeing an A14 Bionic this year.

This year’s iPhones are launching later than normal

The release of a new iPhone in September almost feels like something you could set your clock to, but Apple has already said that this year’s iPhones will be available “a few weeks later” than their usual September launch date. Bloomberg says we’ll get the less expensive iPhones soon than the higher-end models, too.

None of this rules out Apple holding its usual pre-iPhone release keynote sometime in September, however — perhaps alongside the launch of iOS 14.

And even though restrictions on in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic mean that Apple probably won’t host some kind of grand in-person iPhone unveiling at the Steve Jobs Theater, there’s always the chance the company does another highly-produced video keynote like it did for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

Other tidbits: battery, storage, price, name

There are a few other rumors floating around about the upcoming iPhones. Apple leaker @L0vetodream said in May the low-end phones may start with 64GB of storage, while the high-end models may have a base of 128GB. They also said the low-end iPhone would have 4GB of RAM and the high-end one would have 6GB.

We may also have an idea about the battery sizes for the new phones, thanks to reported certifications. The rumored 5.4-inch iPhone could have a 2227mAh battery, the 6.1-inch iPhones may both have a 2775mAh battery, while the 6.7-inch iPhone might get a 3687mAh pack. By comparison, those batteries would be smaller than the reported capacities of similar-sized iPhones in the current lineup (apparently, the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro has a 3,045mAh battery, the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 has a 3,110mAh battery, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 3,969mAh battery).

And despite the lowest-end iPhone likely being physically smaller than the current iPhone 11, it’s unclear if Apple will change the starting price of this year’s iPhone lineup to reflect that change. The iPhone 11 starts at $699, which itself was a $50 price drop from 2018’s similarly-sized iPhone XR. Here’s hoping Apple lops off yet another $50 for a starting price of $649.

We also don’t know what the next iPhones might be called. If you ask me, the rumored design changes and addition of 5G seem like significant enough departures from the iPhone 11 series for Apple to skip the “S” it sometimes uses for spec bumps and jump straight to iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and so on.

But with four new models on top of the iPhone SE it already launched this year, perhaps Apple will take this opportunity for a new naming scheme. “iPhone 11 Pro Max” still sounds pretty ridiculous, after all.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max leak suggests it’ll get a 120Hz display and LiDAR-supported autofocus – The Next Web

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a delay in Apple’s marquee iPhone event held in September every year. However, we are starting to get glimpses of what features Apple’s next flagship products might sport.

According to a new leak from tipster Jon Prosser, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, slimmed-down notch, LiDAR-supported autofocus in its cameras , and support for recording 240fps video at 4K resolution.

Prosser has clarified in his video that all the info is based on a Performance Verification Testing (PVT) unit of the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. So, if Apple finds that any of the features are not working as intended, they might not end up in the final product.

The video also talks about other camera features of the upcoming phone, such as advanced noise reduction and enhanced night mode. Check out the full video below. 

A lot of phones including the $400 OnePlus Nord now have screens with 90Hz or higher refresh rates. So, it’s not unusual for people to expect Apple to step up their display game on iPhones. After all, everyone’s loved the 120Hz display on the newer iPad Pros because animations and other elements in motion look smoother.

Prosser’s video shows a setting to enable a high refresh rate or enable an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz. However, he clarifies that his source said that some of the units under testing didn’t have high refresh rate support.

Credit: Jon Prosser
Settings for 120Hz refresh rate on the iPhone Pro Max display

A few hours ago, display analyst Ross Young tweeted that Apple couldn’t get driver ICs (Integrated Circuits, which interface between the microprocessor and display panel) that support a 120Hz refresh rate. However, they might use 60-96Hz drivers and adjust the refresh rate to make them work up to 120Hz. We’ll have to wait and see if that causes any stutters.

So the fix we have heard about is to make 60-96Hz driver ICs and make them work up to 120Hz by adjusting the refresh rate by 25%…Hope it works…

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) August 26, 2020

Another interesting thing mentioned in the video is a slimmed-down notch and faster Face ID that works at different angles, so you might be able to unlock the iPhone without lifting it off the table. Neat!

Prosser mentioned that Apple will start mass production of the unit next month. And that aligns with what the company said last month about units shipping a couple of weeks later than usual.

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The one feature iPhone 12 should steal from Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – Tom’s Guide

Best camera phone: Samsung Galaxy Note 2src Ultra

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The new iPhone 12 promises plenty of welcome upgrades, from 5G connectivity and a faster A14 Bionic processor to longer battery life. But there’s one feature I want Apple to steal from the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Space Zoom.

Before you write this off as a gimmick, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s Space Zoom really impressed me when I was testing Samsung’s new phone. The telephoto lens has an optical zoom rating of 5x and it boasts a digital zoom all the way up to 50x. 

By comparison, the current iPhone 11 Pro has a 2x telephoto zoom and 10x digital zoom, and rumor has it that the iPhone 12 Pro will max out with a 3x optical zoom. There haven’t been any credible rumors about the digital zoom for this flagship.

The power of 50x zoom. Its kind of scary. #GalaxyNote20Ultra 18, 2020

If these leaks are true, Samsung should have a big advantage on the camera front. Just look how closely I could zoom in on the above sign in front of a fish market from across a highway. It’s so good that it’s scary.

Snagging the 50x zoom shot proved tricky, as this zoom level introduced a fair amount of camera shake. But the 10x and 20x zoom shots delivered remarkable results. 

Here’s another example of Space Zoom in action, as you’ll see in the gallery below. I zoomed in on a tree from the complete opposite side of the yard. As I zoomed in, I could make out the details in the bark as well as the hanging flower baskets, wind chime and bird house. 

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Since the iPhone 11 Pro Max maxes out at 10x digital zoom, I put it up against the hybrid zoom on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at a nearby park. 

As you can see in this photo of a stream, Samsung’s camera delivers a much sharper image. The iPhone’s result is fuzzier, which is to be expected. The Note 20’s image isn’t perfect, as it blows out some of the highlights illuminated by the sun, but overall it’s clearly the superior shot.

The process of zooming on the Note 20 Ultra is pretty smooth as well. You just press the zoom button and it jumps you to 5x, and from there you can choose 10x, 20x or 50x. Or you can dial it back to 4x. 

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In July we heard that Apple could be lining up periscope zoom lens suppliers — for 2022. So that means we shouldn’t expect a powerful optical zoom for the iPhone 12 and maybe not even the iPhone 13. I hope these reports prove untrue, because now that I’ve tried the Space Zoom on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra I don’t want to give it up.

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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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iPhone 12 Pro design based on multiple leaks


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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

hits store shelves rather than investing in a phone that may soon feel outdated.Advertisement

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

iPhone 11

and 11 Pro launch.


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

iPhone XR

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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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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