Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new investor note today in which he says that Apple is unlikely to release a new version of the iPhone SE until the second half of 2021 at the earliest. This comes as the iPhone SE introduced in April continues to sell well and as Apple focuses on the iPhone 12 lineup.
Today’s investor note from Kuo focuses primarily on the prospects of Apple supplier Genius Electronic Optical. The company is said to be relying on a new iPhone SE during the first half of 2021 to boost its growth, but Kuo says we shouldn’t expect such an announcement.
This would seemingly mean that, if an updated version of the iPhone SE is coming at all in 2021, we shouldn’t expect to see it until the second half of the year. Kuo has previously reported that a 5.5-inch version of the new iPhone SE would come in the second half of 2021 at the earliest as well.
Kuo also says in today’s research that the iPhone 13 is on track to be released during the second half of next year. This comes after a previous report from Kuo suggested that Apple has several improvements in store for the iPhone 13 camera.
Facebook and Instagram are getting Vanish Mode in chats
Ten days ago WhatsApp got Disappearing Messages and now the other two apps with messaging abilities in the Facebook family are adopting it. Both Messenger and Instagram will get Vanish Mode which will delete messages upon closing the conversation window.
Vanish Mode is activated with a swipe from the bottom of the chat. Once a message is sent, it will stay on the screen until it is turned off or the app is switched. Of course, you can always screenshot the message before it disappears.
The new feature will work both in group chats and personal conversations. While they are instantly disappearing, Facebook revealed conversations can be reported, meaning they will remain in the system for up to 14 days, so they are not instantly deleted.
Such features aren’t entirely new in the Facebook universe – there still is “Secret Conversation” for Messenger but it is rather tedious to set up and use and nobody has the time for that. Instagram also has something of a disappearing feature – currently, photos can be sent and set up to disappear once seen but nothing on messages unless you Unsend them.
Smartphone camera to Chromebook models!
The button has been pressed for new Chromebook models with MediaTek processor. We recently reported that this company is working on a new processor to be a competitor of Snapdragon 865.
We know that ARM-based processors signed by MediaTek are preferred in some Chromebook devices. We learned that the Taiwanese team will use their experience in this field to compete with Apple’s MacBook models.
New Chromebook models with MediaTek processor are coming
According to the information received, two new processors will be produced. The first processor will be the MT8912. The other processor will take its place in the market as MT8915. MediaTek said these processors would be ambitious in digital audio with an ultra-low power level.
It is stated that users can open their own laptop with their own voice and help Google’s voice assistant. It is also said that these chipsets will be functional in HDR image processing technology and camera configurations.
Thus, it has been suggested that Chromebook manufacturers can place cameras designed for smartphones into these devices. If this project, which is possible on paper, is implemented, the cameras of the Chromebook models will be extremely capable.
It was announced that MT8195 will be produced with a 6 nm fabrication process. This hardware will contain 8 cores and will have big.LITTLE architecture. MT8195 will be accompanied by 4 ARM Cortex-A78 (high performance oriented) and 4 ARM Cortex-A55 (focused on low power consumption).
MT8192 will host 4 ARM Cortex-A76 and 4 ARM Cortex-A55. ARM Mali G57 will provide the day that both processors need on the graphics side.
Other features such as 4K HDR video decoder, PCI-Express Gen 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 will also increase the functionality of these processors.
LG Rollable looks LIGHT YEARS ahead of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 thanks to OLED TV tech
Foldable smartphones are big news in the mobile industry thanks to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. But LG is looking to go big or go home with its LG Rollable phone. Also known as LG Project B, it features – naturally enough – a rollable display. It leverages the tech behind the LG Rollable OLED TV to give a whole new twist on folding smartphones – or should we say rolling smartphones?
LG’s Explorer Project has already seen the LG Wing made its debut – a unique swivel handset that offer multi-screen functionality without folding – but its new Project B handset with a rollable screen is on another level entirely.
LG has been working on a rollable display for a while, and we initially heard about its Project B smartphone last November, with its extendable screen, as opposed to flexible, foldable display like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, or Motorola Razr.
At first glance, the handset looks like a standard smartphone, but the frame can be pulled out to both the left and the right to double the screen real estate. This is achieved thanks to an inner, flexible frame that slides out of the device’s metal housing.
The design has some advantage over foldable phones on the market now, with the biggest one being the absence of a hinge or crease; a panel with a fold in it will see the crease put under strain, potentially affecting the structural integrity of the display.
What’s more, the rollable can adapt to how the smartphone is being used – in much the same way as the LG Wing. In landscape mode, for example, expanding the screen while playing a video or streaming music could reveal the controls so that your viewing remains uninterrupted. There’s also the option of multitasking with a split-screen mode.
LG is reportedly skipping straight over the foldable trend, and is looking to launch its rollable smartphone in March, 2021 according to Neowin. It’s possible that the handset will only be extendable on one side, as opposed to both as depicted in the patent, but it’s a radical concept and we’re intrigued to see a company bucking the foldable trend to try something new.