Users will soon be able to use a single WhatsApp account across multiple devices. The feature was first spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp, and is expected to make its way to a stable release in the near future. The chances of cross-platform support, however, look grim.
Despite its widespread popularity among users across the world, WhatsApp still lacks several key features that have existed in competing products such as Telegram and Signal. The ability to run across multiple devices happens to be one of them. At the moment, it is possible to run WhatsApp on only one phone, much to the dismay of people who use multiple devices. However, this could change with a future version of the instant messaging app. WhatsApp is reportedly working on adding multi-device support to the mobile app in a subsequent release.
WABetainfo, a site dedicated to fishing out new features out of beta versions of the app, stumbled upon what appears to be multi-device support for WhatsApp. Since WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption across all of its devices, adding or removing a device will mean that there’ll be a new encryption key for all future communication. All contacts will receive a notification about the encryption key change in their chats. Cross-platform support, on the other hand, will be tricky as WhatsApp relies on Google Drive as a backup medium on Android and iCloud on iOS. Currently, there is no way to switch things around and looking at the state of things; there isn’t going to be one in the foreseeable future.
Since multiple device support is an experimental feature found in a beta version of WhatsApp, it could be a while before it makes its way to a stable release of the application. Let’s hope it comes sooner, rather than later, as a lot of users would welcome it. Currently, the only way to get WhatsApp running on multiple devices is via the browser version. It is not as feature-rich and quite cumbersome to use after a point.
First Apple product with miniLED backlighting will be iPad Pro in Q4 – Kuo
Following Monday’s miniLED report, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a follow-up report out today stating that the first Apple product to use the technology will be a new iPad Pro in Q4 of this year.
Today’s report doesn’t get any more specific than that, but Kuo has previously predicted that the first model to get the improved backlighting system would be the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Kuo at the time thought this would be launched in Q1 2021, but better-than-expected progress has accelerated that timescale …
It had been expected that Apple would gradually transition iPads and MacBooks to OLED screens. Apple first debuted OLED in the Apple Watch before adopting it for flagship iPhones. All four of this year’s iPhone 12 models are expected to have OLED screens.
However, Kuo said a year ago that Apple now appeared to be favoring continuing to use IPS-LCD screens for its larger products, but with miniLED backlighting to improve the quality. By using very many more smaller LEDs for backlighting, it provides greater control over small sections of the screen. This offers many of the same benefits as OLED: higher contrast ratio, increased brightness, deeper blacks, and better power efficiency.
But an LCD screen with miniLED backlighting is actually better than OLED in a couple of respects: it’s less prone to burn-in and has a longer life.
MiniLED technology is expensive, but Monday’s report said that Apple was bringing on board a second supplier, and using competition between them to drive down costs. Kuo thus expected miniLED screens to make it into 30-40% of iPads and 20-30% of MacBooks at some point next year.
MiniLED iPad Pro in Q4
Today’s report says that the first miniLED display will likely be in an iPad Pro. In the context of the earlier report, the smart money would be on a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro in Q4, with the 11-inch one lagging somewhat behind. Apple may also see a staggered launch as a way of boosting sales of the more expensive larger model.
Kuo also expands on his earlier prediction of Apple negotiating lower prices. He now expects Apple’s miniLED chip costs to fall by 50% in 2021 and a further 35% in 2022. He says that miniLED has already progressed from the ‘technology development’ stage to ‘economy of scale.’
The analyst says the results of price competition have already been seen in the miniLED television market, with costs falling dramatically as a result. Kuo expects a combination of lower production costs, economies of scale and Chinese government subsidies to continue to drive down the cost to Apple.
The first HarmonyOS-powered phone from Huawei to arrive in 2021
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.
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.
iPhone XR will reportedly be replaced by iPhone 12s in Q2 2021
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.
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