The tech that comes in the iPhone 12 box might be completely different to what you expect, if various leaks and rumors are to be believed.
iPhones generally come with four things in the box – the phone, EarPods with a Lightning connector, a USB to Lightning cable, and a USB power connector.
Well, the iPhone 12 might only come with one of those things, according to some rumors (that ‘one thing’ is the phone, obviously), as people are speculating that Apple might stop bundling in as much tech alongside the handset.
Different leaks have pointed towards Apple dropping the EarPods, or the charger, or maybe both, and maybe there will be a wildcard thrown in there too. To help you understand the different possible items in the box, we’re going to run you through the possible accessories and what we’ve heard about them so far.
iPhone 12 charger
We’ve heard lots of leaks saying the iPhone 12 won’t come with an in-box charger, with Apple potentially skipping the wall plug and maybe even the USB cable that goes with it.
The logic goes that many people don’t need a new charger when they get a new phone, as if you’re buying an iPhone 12 you’re probably upgrading from an older iPhone which uses the same Lightning connector.
The phone would likely be a little cheaper to make up for the lack of an in-box charger, letting people who actually do need one buy it themselves. In addition, this would cut down on e-waste as there would be fewer superfluous chargers that go unused.
This lack of a charger isn’t a sure thing though – since hearing the rumors that the iPhone 12 will come without a charger, we’ve heard more that dispute that. One leak showed what the cable apparently looks like, and another apparently shows what the USB power connector (that you plug into the wall) will look like. This leak says the phone will have 20W wired charging, which is faster than the iPhone 11.
Most of the leaks about the charging tech came after the rumors saying there would be no charger, and came from different sources – this could be an attempt for some leakers to prove others wrong, or just to correct errant information. We can’t be sure for now.
But there are enough sources disputing the lack of an in-box charger for us to think it’s pretty likely that the iPhone 12 will come with one.
iPhone 12 EarPods
While EarPods are a staple of iPhones, coming in the boxes with the new phones, a leaker says the iPhone 12 might not have them. Instead, apparently the company will ditch them to bolster sales of its AirPods, which people would presumably want to buy instead.
Presumably, dropping the EarPods will also let Apple drop the price of the iPhone a little bit, and reduce e-waste for people who want to use their own headphones.
A recent report backed up this idea, so it’s not coming from a lone voice.
There haven’t been as many rumors pointing to the EarPods being dropped as the charger, but if something is being lost from the box, the EarPods make more sense – people are more likely to buy headphones separately than a phone charger.
With so many great true wireless earbuds on the market, now is the perfect time for Apple to drop the EarPods too.
Consider this one possible – we can’t call it likely, but it would make sense.
If Apple strips stuff out of the iPhone 12 box, could it throw anything else in instead?
We’ve been expecting Apple AirTags for a while now, and they’re said to be Apple’s take on Tile trackers – little devices you attach to things, which you can then use an app to find wherever in the world they are.
If Apple introduced the technology at its iPhone 12 launch, a great way to get people to start using them would be to bundle the tech with the new iPhone. But since we’ve been hearing about AirTags for ages now, and they still haven’t materialized, there’s no guarantee they’ll be coming along any time soon.
Another possible thing to include in the box is a cheap wireless charging pad. Apple is purportedly gearing up to launch a portless iPhone in the next few years, which would rely on wireless charging to power up.
Apple could use the iPhone 12 to ‘soft launch’ that idea, not by dropping wired charging tech but by nudging people in the direction of wireless. It could get iPhone fans on board with the cordless powering, so the future portless iPhone isn’t so much of a leap.
A wireless charging pad would also contribute less to e-waste than a wired charger, since it’s far less likely people will have their own wireless charging pads compared to normal chargers.
We’ll have to see what comes with the iPhone 12 when it launches later in the year – maybe it’ll have a surprisingly futuristic array of accessories, or maybe it’ll be the same four things we always see.
LG WING: THE PRICE TAG OF THE NEW ROTATING-SCREEN PHONE HAS BEEN REVEALED
Earlier last week, the South Korean company unveiled its wild smartphone LG Wing. We learned everything about the device except for the most important thing – its price tag. Today, the company finally decided to announce the price of the smartphone.
LG WING: THE PRICE TAG OF THE NEW ROTATING-SCREEN PHONE HAS BEEN REVEALED
As suggested by many publications, the device will cost almost $1000, or more precisely, $940. LG Wing will launch in South Korea next month, with other markets to follow, according to new information.
It is interesting that some publications, including Korean ones, considered that the price tag is quite “budgetary”, given that we have a product that has no alternatives. By the way, the manufacturer decided not to accept pre-orders for the device.
LG plans to run an active promotional campaign throughout October, which will allow customers to receive a 70% discount coupon for screen replacement within two years of purchase.
The main feature of the LG Wing is its secondary screen. The main display is hinged and can be rotated 90 degrees, opening, if necessary, a second screen. The second display, in turn, is fixed in one place and hidden behind the first screen.
To reinforce the design of the smartphone, the company used a special design using hydraulic dampers for greater strength.
Recall that LG Wing is the first smartphone from the new line of LG Explorer. The company decided to spend more effort and money on expanding the number of unusual smartphones.
LG WING SPECIFICATIONS
- 6.8-inch (2440 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20.5: 9 aspect ratio P-OLED display, 3.9-inch (1240 x 1080 pixels) 1.15:1 G-OLED second screen
- Octa Core (1 x 2.4GHz + 1 x 2.2GHz + 6 x 1.8GHz Kryo 475 CPUs) Snapdragon 765G 7nm EUV Mobile Platform with Adreno 620 GPU
- 8GB RAM, 128GB / 256GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
- Android 10
- 64MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, 13MP 117° ultra-wide lens with f/1.9 aperture, 12MP 120° ultra-wide Gimbal mode Camera with f/2.2 aperture
- 32MP pop-up front-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- USB Type-C audio
- Dimensions: 169.5 x 74.5 x 10.9 mm; Weight: 260g
- MIL-STD 810G Compliance, Water and Dust Resistance (IP54)
- 5G SA/ NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
- 4000mAh (Typical) battery with Quick Charge 4.0+ 25W fast charging, 10w wireless charging
The LG WING comes in Aurora Gray and Illusion Sky colors and will roll out in South Korea starting from October followed by key markets in North America and Europe.
IPHONE 12 MINI COMING WITH A 5.4-INCH OLED DISPLAY
If you’re an Apple enthusiast, then you’ll maybe living the strangest of September. It’s a very unusual month for a very unusual year in light of the ongoing pandemic. The fact is, that all fans waiting for an iPhone release this month will have to wait until October as the company couldn’t finish the new smartphones in time for the usual schedule. We have been waiting for a new set of iPhone 12 devices and now, there’s some light for the upcoming small model with 5.4-inch.
According to a new leaker (via), the smallest iPhone will be called the “iPhone 12 Mini”. Interestingly enough, the leakster states that the device previously called “iPhone 12 Max” will now launch as “iPhone 12”. As we can see, Apple is moving down the smartphones by introducing a new naming scheme for the smallest device. It’s not a big surprise, after all, the company is planning four new devices for this year’s release. For that reason the company is introducing the fourth device with a new name.
Worth noting that the “Mini” naming is not entirely new for the Cupertino-based firm. It already uses the Mini in the iPad and Mac computer lineups. The company even unveiled iPod Mini models in the past. So it’s not so shocking to see an iPhone 12 Mini, even though this suffix has taken several years to reach the smartphone lineup. The company will likely keep the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max suffixes for the upcoming models with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inches. These names were introduced last year with the iPhone 11 lineup.
A14 BIONIC, 5G CONNECTIVITY, 60HZ REFRESH RATE AND SMALLER NOTCH
All the new iPhone will debut with the company’s first 5nm chipset the Apple A14 Bionic. The gains in performance are incremental, but we can expect a massive boost in energy consumption. Apart from the power-efficient chipset, they will also be the first iPhones to surf on the blazing fast speeds of 5G networks.
Unfortunately, Apple will not surf on recent trends like that one asking for high-refresh rate displays. All the new iPhones will pack 60Hz refresh rate OLED screens. However, they are said to sport smaller notches to allow more status icon at the display’s top. It will be the first time we see the company making adjustments in the wide notch introduced with the iPhone X. Unfortunately, the new devices are said to not come with a charging brick. This certainly will enrage some users.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Price, Release Date, and Specs
The 5G-ready Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s third attempt at a foldable smartphone since the release of the Galaxy Fold in the spring of 2019 and the Galaxy Z Flip in February of 2020.
- The foldable smartphone starts shipping on September 18 with a $1999 price tag.
- The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is available for pre-order from Samsung’s website.
- It comes in two colors: bronze and black. The hinge is available in metallic red, silver, gold, and blue.
- A stylish Thom Browne Edition is available.
Galaxy Z Fold 2 Features
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers an array of improvements compared to the original Galaxy Fold. Here’s what you need to know.
- Glass screen folds like a book.
- The camera has a hands-free option, where you can wave your hand to take a picture.
- The screen emits reduced blue light, so its easier on your eyes.
- No notch and slim bezels—just a tiny punch hole for the camera—make for more screen real estate.
- Has a Hideaway Hinge for a streamlined look.
- 120 Hz refresh rate on the main screen.
- Samsung’s improved AI saves battery life.
- Wireless charging support.
- Comes with an array of VIP benefits (scroll down to learn more).
Galaxy Z Fold 2 Specs and Hardware
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 improves upon its predecessor in many ways, including upgrading from a plastic to a glass display, adding a more reliable hinge, and removing the thumb-shaped notch.
The glass display should be more conducive to folding and unfolding than the original Fold’s plastic one. Speaking of folding, Samsung’s Flex mode lets you fold the smartphone and lock the screen at any angle. The hinge is strong enough to stay open at a variety of angles so you can stand it up to watch a movie, have a video chat, or take photos using a hand gesture, for example.
This smartphone has app continuity when folding and unfolding, so your work or play isn’t interrupted. You can use two apps on the smaller cover screen, and three on the main screen using the split-screen feature.
Users can launch up to 3 supported apps simultaneously and save the layout, so those apps will appear just like that every time you start up the phone.
There are two cool camera features too. Photo-takers can use the Cover screen to show a preview of camera shots to their subjects. Auto framing keeps your subjects centered and in focus, and widens and narrows the view as people enter and leave the scene.
Finally, its larger, 7.6-inch main screen has a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is excellent for gaming.
|Galaxy Z Fold 2 Specs-at-a-glance|
|Operating System||Android 10|
|Dimensions (Folded)||6.26 by 2.67 by 0.6 inches|
|Dimensions (Unfolded)||6.26 by 5.04 by 0.27 inches|
|Screen Size (Folded)||6.2 inches|
|Screen Size (Unfolded)||7.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||2260 by 816 pixels (inner); 2208 by 1768 (outer)|
|Camera (Front)||Dual 10-megapixel lenses|
|Camera (Rear)||Triple 12 megapixel lenses|
|Hardware/chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 12GB RAM|
|Battery Size||4500 mAh|
Galaxy Z Premier Perks
Galaxy Z Premier is Samsung’s VIP club for foldable phones. The smartphone includes Galaxy Z Concierge, which offers 24/7 support and a discounted screen replacement if you damage it within a year of purchase.
Other benefits include a membership to Founders Card, an organization for entrepreneurs, a prepared meal from a Michelin starred restaurant, access to participating golf and country clubs across the U.S., and more. Samsung continually adds benefits to the program.
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