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Feast your eyes on these stunning new iPhone 12 renders

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This year is set to be a major one for the iPhone, with the new iPhone 12 series poised to include 5G support, four phones in three display sizes, and at least some of the models boasting the biggest redesign the phone has seen over the last few generations. Among the tidbits that have leaked out, the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature a new rear camera setup though they’ll still have a notch plus flat steel all around the edges. The lineup will also include 5G support and come in 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch variants that also feature OLED screens and 2mm bezels.

Along these lines, new iPhone 12 concept renderings have just been published that provide a better look at what we’re likely to see once Apple officially unveils the new iPhone series later this year. The renderings below combine publicly released leaks and rumors that have come out so far to result in these images, produced via a partnership between Dutch tech news blog LetsGoDigital and designer Jermaine Smit, aka Concept Creator.

Among the details reflected in these renderings, the smallest of the new iPhone 12 models is a 5.4-inch version with an OLED display and which also sports a dual-camera setup on the back. Also shown is a 6.1-inch OLED model with a dual camera, as well as a 6.7-inch version with an OLED screen and a triple camera setup with a 3D Time-of-Flight camera.

Image Source: LetsGoDigital

Thanks to the world’s top Apple insider, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, we already knew the iPhone 12 series would bear shades of the iPhone 4’s industrial design. Among the changes, the phones will have metal frame edges, with an emphasis on thinness apparently also reflected in the coming designs. For example, the Dutch outlet notes, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will only be 7.4mm thick — almost 10% thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Sensors for both Face ID and the TrueDepth camera will also both still be housed within the phones’ notch.

Image Source: LetsGoDigital

In terms of camera features and changes, the handset at the bottom end of the iPhone 12 lineup will reportedly feature two cameras on the back, presumably a wide-angle and an ultra-wide-angle lens. Both Pro models should come with an additional third lens, likely a telephoto lens. Meantime, elements of the camera from the iPhone 11 series like Deep Fusion will most likely remain present here — Deep Fusion referring to the ability to take better photos when lighting conditions are poor.

Apple is also pressing deeper into augmented reality, with no less than CEO Tim Cook saying recently that he believes AR is the “next big thing.” Look for new AR-related features here to be announced, as well.

It will also be very interesting to get a look at the first benchmark results from testing the new A14 Bionic chip that should make these new phones pretty darn fast and more powerful. An especially valuable development, considering the advancements that will come with iOS 14 which Apple will no doubt unveil during its June developer conference.

Image Source: LetsGoDigital

Apple reports its fiscal first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, and as always the iPhone will take center stage in both the presentation of the financial results as well as in the outlook from executives (in addition to the question-and-answer portion from analysts). As the renderings above show, details about the company’s newest iPhone models are already trickling out months in advance, though investors will no doubt also want to get a read on how well iPhone 11 sales held up during the just-ended, all-important holiday buying season. Phone sales that, of course, fuel the complementary sales of everything from AirPods to services like Apple TV+ which the company is increasingly trying to build support for.

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The first HarmonyOS-powered phone from Huawei to arrive in 2021

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Huawei’s HarmonyOS was unveiled last year during the Huawei Developer Conference and there’s a report claiming that this year’s conference on September 10 will bring the HarmonyOS 2.0. Interestingly, the rumor cites Richard Yu himself, the company’s CEO. And the first phone with the in-house operating system will launch as early as next year.

The first HarmonyOS-powered phone from Huawei to arrive in 2021

A smartphone running the said OS already exists and will likely hit the market next year along with a number of new devices including PCs, tablets, smart wearables and other IoT products. In fact, the first smartwatch running HarmonyOS is expected to make a debut until the end of this year.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/the_first_harmonyospowered_phone_from_huawei_to_arrive_in_2021-news-45132.php

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iPhone XR will reportedly be replaced by iPhone 12s in Q2 2021

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Previously, conflicting information had emerged about iPhone XR’s future. We now seemingly know when it will be discontinued and which phone will replace it.

Leaker Komiya claims that after the introduction of the iPhone 12, Apple will stop selling the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. They also say that the iPhone XR will be taken off the market by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
The tipster says Apple will launch a new model by the name of iPhone 12s in the second quarter of 2021.
As Tom’s Guide points out, Apple used to release S models in the past, but as modest annual upgrades.
If the new rumor has any substance to it, the iPhone 12s will be released a few months after the iPhone 12 goes on sale. Speaking of which, don’t expect the new models this month. A recent report has corroborated claims about an October release. Even the latest leak hints at the same.

The iPhone 12s will supposedly be LTE-only

Back to the iPhone 12s, it could be the rumored 4G-only iPhone 12. According to earlier forecasts, this variant will be announced in February 2021. This estimate is loosely in line with the alleged Q2 release time frame. After all, if the iPhone 12 launch date has been moved up, Apple might reschedule the release of the 4G model too.
Based on this assumption, the iPhone 12s will retail for $800. We expect it to have more in common with the iPhone 12 Pro than the standard iPhone 12.
Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang had previously claimed that the LTE iPhone 12 won’t have a lot in common with the 5G models. He was also expecting Apple to launch two 4G-only models, but that seems unlikely at the moment.
All the 5G-ready iPhone 12 variants will probably feature the upcoming A14 Bionic chipset and OLED displays. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will likely come with a dual-camera system, and the Pro modes will have a triple camera setup with a LiDAR depth sensor.
Only the highest-end model is expected to offer mmWave 5G.

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Samsung, LG experiment with virtual demo rooms of the future amid IFA conference

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Tech events so far this year have made something clear — it’s not tough for giants like Apple and Samsung to go all-virtual with their launches. But one aspect of a typical tech event doesn’t translate to a computer or phones screen: the demo room. Samsung thinks it’s found a possible solution.

The company on Wednesday hosted a virtual Life Unstoppable event that coincided with the IFA electronics show in Berlin. It wasn’t a typical press conference like the company’s two Unpacked events held over the past month. Instead, Samsung used Epic’s Unreal Engine for games to build a virtual, 3D tour experience — a sort of choose-your-own adventure digital demo — for the media and its partners. 

“Would we have done it if COVID wasn’t around? I’m not sure,” Benjamin Braun, Samsung’s head of marketing for Europe, said in an interview. “That is a different way of presenting new products that no one’s done before.” 

The novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 25 million people around the globe, has caused companies to rethink their product launches. GSMA canceled Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile show, a week before journalists arrived in Barcelona in late February. Instead of phone launches over the past several months, AppleSamsungHuawei and OnePlus all held digital events or introduced devices via press release. 

IFA, taking place in Berlin from Sept. 3 to 5, is the only big tech conference with an in-person component this year. But only 5,000 people can attend, far below last year’s level of 200,000. While Samsung isn’t attending IFA, it’s still hosting events, like Life Unstoppable, that coincide with the shortened convention. 

Samsung’s virtual house

Participants of Life Unstoppable will navigate around a digital house that contains about two dozen different Samsung devices, ranging from its $3,500 waterproof, outdoor Terrace TV to its updated Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable phone. The visit revolves around a 45-minute guided tour, but participants are able to branch off on their own to look at the back ports of a TV or circle back to the kitchen to check out the appliances

Samsung noted that “every detail,” from the home’s artwork to the furniture’s fabric, “was carefully selected following meticulous research into the type of guests that would be visiting Samsung House, resulting in a truly immersive home environment.”

There’s also an augmented reality component that lets people see what the new products, like TVs, will look like in their own homes. And Samsung noted that immersive 8D audio makes visitors feel like they’re really in the home

During Life Unstoppable, Samsung unveiled a host of new products, ranging from a smart video projector called The Premiere to its Wireless Charging Trio pad that can charge a phone, watch and earbuds at the same time. Samsung also introduced a new fitness band, the Galaxy Fit 2; a low-priced 5G smartphone, the Galaxy A42 5G; and the budget Galaxy Tab A7 tablet. 

While Samsung determined Life Unstoppable was the best format for IFA, Braun said, it may go a different route with CES and other trade shows. 

“We constantly need to force evolution, force innovation, not only in our products but also in the way we present ourselves,” Braun said. “At some point, once COVID is under control and we’re back to potentially physical [events], then we need to rethink them as well. How do we merge the two?”

LG’s ‘virtual exhibition’ and IFA’s ‘Xtended Space’

Samsung isn’t the only company trying to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation by creating a virtual experience for regular show attendees to enjoy in lieu of IFA this year.

On Tuesday, LG launched its IFA “virtual exhibition,” demonstrating its latest product lineups within a realistic rendering of its usual IFA home — the Berlin Messe’s Hall 18. 

First impressions show this to be an improvement to the usual in-person experience. No longer must you spend upwards of 30 minutes attempting to navigate the labyrinthine convention center with its many entrances and exits to reach the LG booth, and gone are the hordes of people that usually delay your journey even further.

But as you click through the virtual exhibition, you start to remember why attending these shows in person was important in the first place. 

The cinema screening room in which you are supposed to be able to enjoy the deep blacks of LG’s latest screen technology doesn’t have quite the same impact when you’re viewing it through your own laptop or phone screen. The same is true when testing the sound quality of LG’s speakers and headphones in its virtual audio booth.

It’s hard to say how cool and effective LG’s rollable TV is without being able to examine it from all angles. Maybe it would help if you could navigate the exhibition in VR, which would allow for a more immersive, less static experience. Samsung said its Life Unstoppable home could be viewed in VR, but it was mostly designed for PCs, phones or tablets

While LG and Samsung are offering their own takes on the virtual trade show, the wider event is also going online this year via a digital platform it’s calling IFA Xtended Space.

All the new phones, laptops, smart home gadgets and more from IFA 2019

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Through an online hub, virtual attendees will be able to join live streams of keynotes, press conferences, panel sessions, presentations and virtual exhibitor presentations and match-making opportunities that will allow them to establish new business contacts. New products will even be presented in 3D, although it remains to be seen how easy it is to form a proper first impression of new tech without being able to touch it or hold it in your hands.

IFA’s organizers acknowledge that this year’s show won’t replicate the experience most regular attendees are accustomed to, but they believe its digital platform will offer something novel to people — whether they’re using it to supplement their in-person visit to the show, or to attend remotely.

“A digital platform can hardly compensate for a true on-site experience,” IFA Executive Director Jens Heithecker said Tuesday in a press release. “However, the IFA Xtended Space enables all those who are interested to know even more and those who cannot join the IFA 2020 Special Edition physically in Berlin to have a truly unique virtual experience.”

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-lg-experiment-with-virtual-demo-rooms-of-the-future-amid-ifa-conference/

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