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iPhone 12 lineup to start at $649; base variants will come with 128GB storage

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Over the years, a slew of leaks has preceded every major flagship release. Despite Apple’s secretive nature, some tidbits of information found a way out, much to the delight of fans and enthusiasts alike. Leakers such as Jon Prosser (FrontPageTech) have been instrumental towards bringing that information to us, and now, Prosser has another massive leak in store for us.

According to Prosser’s YouTube channel FrontPageTech, there will be four variants of the iPhone 12. As expected, all of them will come with Apple’s latest A14 chip and 5G support, something that Apple has been shying away from for quite some time. It’ll be interesting to see what 5G modem Apple uses, as earlier reports state that Apple will use Qualcomm’s X55 chip instead of its in-house solution.

Companies often differentiate between similar products by slapping on monickers like ‘Pro,’ ‘Lite,’ ‘Max,’ and so on. Apple did the same with its iPhone 11 series and is now further diversifying its portfolio (or confusing users even more) with said monickers. There will now be a total of four iPhone variants- the garden variety iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Whispers about the existence of four iPhone 12 models has been around for quite some time, and Prosser’s video gives further credence to earlier leaks.

The base iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Max will come with 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch screens, respectively. Both will come with BOE OLED panels with a refresh rate of 60Hz, a dual-camera setup, and 4GB of RAM. Prices will reportedly start at $649 for the former and $749 for the latter. There will be only two memory configurations; 128GB and 256GB. These phones are, for all practical purposes, ‘budget’ options for those who don’t want to spend four digits on a smartphone. Still better than what Samsung has to offer this year, though.

Moving on to the ‘Pro’ models, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens, respectively. They’ll be equipped with Samsung OLED panels that can be cranked up to 120Hz. The triple-camera setup will come with a LiDAR sensor. Additionally, both phones also get 6GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will reportedly come with a 4,400mAh battery, a first for an Apple device. All of these exciting features come with a corresponding increase in price. The iPhone 11 Pro will start at $999, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max at $1099 for the base variant with 128GB of storage.

Prosser further adds that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max’s panels might not work at 120Hz at all times. iOS will ‘intelligently’ determine the screen’s refresh rate and adjust it accordingly, presumably to save battery. A toggle that lets users switch between the two modes would be ideal, but that seems unlikely.

To round things off, Prosser says that it’ll be a while before we, the consumers, can get out hands on the newest iPhones. The recent COVID 19 epidemic pushed things back, and Apple is likely to announce the phones in September, only to ship them out later in the year. If these prices are legit, then the new iPhones will certainly take Samsung to the cleaners. Let’s hope that it incentivizes Samsung to get the Galaxy S21 series’ price right next year.

Source: https://www.notebookcheck.net/iPhone-12-lineup-to-start-at-649-base-variants-will-come-with-128GB-storage.464744.0.html

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Classic Hangouts to Google Chat migration starts in earnest for G Suite

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Last August, Google delayed the classic Hangouts transition for G Suite customers into this year. Starting today, admins can migrate their users to Google Chat in earnest and get access to Gmail integration.

For the past year, Google has been testing the transition within an Accelerated Transition Program. Anyone can now use Chat in Gmail if their G Suite admins select the “Chat preferred” preference.

The Chat preferred setting allows you to migrate all of your users at once for the most effective and seamless transition. If some people use classic Hangouts and others use Chat, it can lead to missed messages and become burdensome for admins. And if you have a remote or distributed workforce, unifying your users onto a single chat network can help everyone communicate successfully.

As the setting implies, Google Chat will “become the default chat application for your organization.” This will disable the classic Hangouts applications for Android and iOS, though hangouts.google.com will remain available. Users are advised to use the Chat mobile apps and chat.google.com, which is now a PWA. Google will also offer a classic Hangouts bot to notify users of unread group messages.

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Hangouts Chat for Gmail

Meanwhile, classic Hangouts in the bottom-left corner of Gmail on the web will also be replaced. Google Chat 1:1 and group direct messages will appear instead, along with full-screen rooms. Other features include bot integrations, forward to inbox, emoji reactions, and message edit/delete.

This “Chat preferred” is rolling out now to Admin console and available for all G Suite users. For Google, this marks Phase 3 of the classic Hangouts deprecation timeline. The final step — where classic Hangouts is disabled entirely — will see all enterprise users “upgraded” in “late 2020.”

Source: https://9to5google.com/2020/06/02/classic-hangouts-google-chat/

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Motorola Razr 2 to come with bigger displays

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The second-gen Motorola Razr is expected to arrive in September and while Motorola hasn’t revealed any details about the Razr 2 (unofficial name) yet, new information coming our way reveals the foldable smartphone will sport displays bigger than its predecessor’s.

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Motorola Razr 2019

 
Motorola Razr 2019

According to Display Supply Chain Consultants’ (DSCC) CEO Ross Young, the Razr 2 will come with a 6.7″ main display, which is 0.5″ larger than the current Razr. Young claims that the secondary external screen on the Razr 2 will also have a larger diagonal, but doesn’t reveal the exact size.

The current Razr comes with a 2.7″ secondary display, and Motorola will be looking to maximize the available area on the cover better this time around.

The Motorola Razr 2 screen size will increase to the same size as the Galaxy Z Flip, 6.7”. The front display will also increase in size.— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) June 3, 2020

The Motorola Razr doesn’t support 5G, but rumors have it that Razr 2 will support the next-gen networks – thanks to the Snapdragon 765 SoC at the helm.

Other rumored specs include 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, Android 10, 48MP main camera, and 20MP selfie camera.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_razr_2_bigger_displays-news-43575.php

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Remember plus codes? Google’s now making them easier to use

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Google Maps is now making it a lot easier to use a feature it gained nearly half a decade ago.

Instead of explaining to friends and couriers where your house is located, you can use a plus code.

The plus code replaces confusing long form addresses by marking an exact spot on a map. It consists of a few letters, possibly numbers too, and, well, a plus symbol.

Google Maps users could find plus codes for places or interests, restaurants and other landmarks in their descriptions within the app. Now users can find the plus code for this own address by finding their place of residence, dropping a pin, tapping on the blue dot, and viewing the code in the respective pop-up.

This options is also available when sharing addresses across apps in Android.

For those who can’t access Google Maps, the plus code is also searchable in Google, making it a nifty and compact alternative to full addresses.

Source; https://memeburn.com/2020/05/google-maps-plus-code/

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