On the first day of this month, we told you that the 6.7-inch Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and 6.1-inch Apple iPhone 12 Pro were going to be produced starting next month. For those of you who have lost track of time sitting at home and watching Two and a Half Men repeats, that would be July. Digitimes reports today (via MacRumors) that the Engineering Validation and Testing (EVT) for the 2020 5G iPhone 12 models will be completed at the end of this month. That will allow production of the new handsets to begin in July.
While Digitimes says that all four iPhone models will start assembly at the same time and will be unveiled in September, it isn’t clear whether all of them will be released at the same time. In September 2017, Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 series and the iPhone X on the same date but the latter wasn’t launched until November 3rd of that year. The following year, Apple introduced the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max on the same date in September; however, the iPhone XR wasn’t released until October 26, 2018. Last year, all three models were introduced and launched together.
Apple is expected to start production of its new phones next month
Ming-Chi Kuo, the TF International analyst who seemingly has access to Tim Cook’s brain, has said that the Pro models with support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G signals will be delayed because of antenna-in-package design changes needed for the faster mmWave signals. Kuo says that the standard iPhone 12 models will work with sub-6GHz 5G only. If this is true, the lack of widespread mmWave 5G in the U.S. might give you a reason to put off upgrading your iPhone until 2021’s iPhone 13 family if 5G is your main reason for upgrading. That’s because Verizon, working mainly with mmWave spectrum, will only have 5G in 60 markets by the end of this year in the best-case scenario. While T-Mobile offers nationwide 5G, this is accomplished through the use of its 600MHz low-band airwaves; only a small part of the country is covered by T-Mobile’s mmWave signals. As a result, those in the states purchasing the iPhone 12 Pro models might face limited areas where they will have 5G service regardless of which model they buy and which carrier they use.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro models will sport three cameras and a LiDar sensor on the back
Renders of the iPhone 12 series reveal a gorgeous new design that gets rid of the rounded sides and replaces them with flat sides reminiscent of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Apple has reportedly reduced the size of the notch and is expected to deliver four different models: the 5.4-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Plus, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four models will use OLED panels with the Pro models featuring a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. All four models will be powered by the 5nm A14 Bionic chipset containing 15 billion (with a “b”) transistors inside. The Pro models are also expected to sport 6GB of memory as opposed to the 4GB that will be found on the other two variants, and iPhone 12 configurationsq might start at 128GB this year instead of 64GB.
The standard iPhone models are believed to weigh in with Wide and Ultra-wide cameras on the back and include a LiDar sensor. The latter uses time-of-flight to produce more accurate depth measurements for enhanced AR capabilities, improved low-light images, and better portraits. The Pro models will have all of this as well as a telescopic camera equipped with a 3x optical zoom.
Apple hit a home run last year when it increased the size of the batteries powering the iPhone 11 family. We can expect more of the same this year with one rumor calling for the iPhone 12 Pro Max to carry a 4400mAh battery. That would be a solid 10% hike over the 3969mAh battery found inside the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
While Apple will start putting its new 5G 2020 models in the oven next month, the major question that no one knows for sure is when the cookies will be ready to eat. Hock Tan, the CEO of Broadcom, a supplier of iPhone Wi-Fi chips and other components, hinted last week that there will be a delay in the release of the iPhone 12 line. Hock said that there is a “major product cycle delay” at a “large North American mobile phone” customer. And that points to a delay for the launch of the 2020 iPhones.
Samsung may remove chargers from some smartphones starting 2021
Samsung may stop including chargers with some of its smartphones in the future, a new report coming from South Korea claims. One of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers is trying to cut costs in an ever-growing industry.
After British investment bank Barkley predicted that Apple’s next iPhone model will be shipped without earphones and charger, it looks like Samsung is going to do the same thing. Nothing is set in stone at the moment, as the South Korean company is waiting for consumers feedback before taking such a radical decision.
Samsung has taken into consideration removing chargers from its smartphones for quite a while because the company believes there have been enough supplied to the market in the last 10 years.
Although the cost of a charger is very small compared with other components, support for 5G technology has increased smartphone prices. In order to balance that, Samsung is looking to cut costs from everywhere it can and the removal of the charger could give it some room when it comes to setting prices.
Strangely, the report doesn’t mention e-waste reduction as the primary reason for Samsung’s decision to remove chargers from some of its smartphones. It sounds like Apple and Samsung are just looking for new ways to boost their profits or at least maintain them at a certain level.
That’s not a bad thing business-wise, but removing a key component from the retail packaging must be backed by solid reasoning and extra measures, to ensure that consumers are getting everything they need to start using a product they bought right out of the box.
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo: Truly the laptop of tomorrow?
ASUS clearly had the creatives in mind when they were conceptualizing the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo. Known by ASUS as “the laptop of tomorrow”, the ZenBook Pro Duo is a multitasking machine or laptop as you may call it that was purposely built for you if you are a programmer, video editor, photographer, animator, graphic artists, illustrators, architects, music producer, music artist, or even a Game streamer.
The ZenBook Pro Duo is not just an incredible laptop with powerful and admirable specifications, it’s an exceptional one too, allowing you take your creativity and productivity to the next level. It is designed to give you the ultimate edge in workflow efficiency, the powerful RTX Studio Laptop features a full width 4K ASUS ScreenPad™ that works seamlessly with the main 4K UHD OLED display.
The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 is a Windows 10 Home laptop with a 15.60-inch display of 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution. The laptop comes with a 32GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 RAM and 1TB of SSD storage which is appropriate for a creative’s laptop these days. For the very best graphics experience, ZenBook Pro Duo uses the latest NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 discrete graphics powered by the NVIDIA Turing™ architecture. The ultrapowerful GPU with the NVIDIA Studio Driver enables you to enjoy the power of real-time ray-tracing and high-resolution video editing for the ultimate visual realism. Featuring up to a 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 eight-core processor that’s designed to deliver the ultimate multitasking performance, the ZenBook Pro Duo can effortlessly handle all the apps on your main screen and ScreenPad™ Plus, this ultrapowerful combination ensures that ZenBook Pro Duo takes professional-quality tasks with ease, such as multi-layer photo or video editing, 3D graphics rendering or even game live-streaming.
The ZenBook Pro Duo’s primary screen is a 4K OLED display with a base resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. The ScreenPad™ Plus, a 3840 x 1110 resolution matte secondary screen is very different from the glossy primary screen despite having the same PPI and width. Together, these screens are an arresting sight to behold. While both multitouch displays support stylus input, ScreenPad Plus gives you a superbly ergonomic and stable platform for writing or drawing. Take notes, sketch out your ideas, or do precision graphical editing in the most intuitive way ever. ZenBook Pro Duo’s display has PANTONE® Validated colour accuracy and supports an exceptionally wide 100% DCI-P3 colour gamutAdvertisement
The ScreenPad has a matte finish with its own display settings and a dedicated on and off button. This is good for when you don’t want any distractions from that screen or just want to conserve some power. When you power on the ZenBook Pro Duo for the first time, the ScreenPad Plus offers some hands-on tutorials, which familiarize you with using the Launcher and the Action Menu. The ScreenPad™ Plus is equipped with a series of handy built-in apps to help boost your productivity. Such built-in apps include; Quick Key which allows one-tap automation of complex keyboard sequences, and Handwriting which lets you input text intuitively. There are also useful quick controls such as App Switcher, ViewMax and Task Swap for intuitive interactions between the main display and ScreenPad Plus. Task Group lets you lock into work mode by opening multiple tasks with a single touch. And now you can drag apps or in-app toolbars onto ScreenPad Plus to give you more room to work on the main display, wherever you are.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the ZenBook Pro Duo is powered with a full set of high-performance I/O ports — including the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C™ port — which gives you dongle-free connectivity whatever you’re doing and wherever you are. The latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax) takes wireless speeds to the next level especially if you are connected to broadbands that are reliable and fast enough in this part of the world. Although the MicroSD reader cannot be found on this laptop, port positioning is otherwise good as they are evenly distributed and easy to reach along the sides.
ZenBook Pro Duo is equipped with the ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system with surround-sound; smart amplifier for maximum audio performance. Its array microphone supports Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition. 3.5mm headphone jack. Long-travel voice coils for improved low-frequency response. Certified by Harman Kardon
The machine is powered by a massive battery and is backed up by a 230W charger. On a full battery, the laptop will give a 6-7 hours lifetime without a recharge and when playing movies /games the consumption goes down to 4.7-5.5hours of use.
The DCI-P3 colour space — widely used in the motion picture industry — is increasingly the preferred choice of creative professionals for its increased range of possible colours and makes images on ZenBook Pro Duo look simply stunning.
There’s also a separate palm rest in the box, which enhances the ErgoLift tilting keyboard design to give you the most comfortable typing experience ever.
Touchpad & Numberpad: ZenBook Pro Duo features the latest version of the ASUS NumberPad6, an LED-illuminated numeric keypad integrated into the touchpad. The precision touchpad (PTP) technology supports up to four-finger smart gestures
Infra-Red camera for Hands-free login with face unlock even in the dark!
Alexa built-in with light bar
Stylus: The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo comes bundled with a stylus. Both displays support stylus input, although the ScreenPad Plus gives you a stable platform for writing, sketching, or drawing.
In conclusion, the ZenBook Pro Duo is a worthy investment for a creative and daring professional. In as much as you keep an open mind and can deal with its weight, lack of SD card reader and battery life, it’s an excellent glimpse into the future of laptop-based content creation.
The Apple Watch hand washing feature is coming — dirt and filth, beware
And — who, really, could possibly forget? — an Apple Watch hand washing feature.
You heard that right: no longer will you have to sing Happy Birthday or other equally irritating songs (though that decision rests with you) to protect yourself from filth and coronavirus. Instead, your fancy Apple wearable will do the dirty work.
Well, okay, it’s not going to actually wash your hands for you, but it is going to automatically give you a countdown while you do the deed.
And yes, you read that right, automatically.
Your Apple Watch will use motion sensing and sound to recognize when you’re washing your hands, meaning you don’t have to turn the feature on.
The company used machine learning to understand the common movements of hand washing. When this is recognized, the Apple Watch will listen out for the telltale signs of running water and the squishy squelches of soap being squeezed between your fingers.
At that point, a 20-second timer starts — something that’ll look like this:
Throughout the Apple Watch hand washing process, you’ll also receive haptic notifications (in other words, little taps on your wrist), as well a sound somewhere between a drip and bubble popping as each second passes.
And if you stop washing your hands before the 20 seconds are up? First off, ew. Secondly, you’ll get a notification to keep on washing.
There are some other cool aspects of the Apple Watch hand washing feature. It’ll sync with Apple’s Health app, meaning you’ll be able to track your hand washing times and frequency. Another interesting feature is that the Apple Watch will remind you to wash your hands when you’ve returned home.
On the privacy front, none of the sounds used to start the Apple Watch hand washing function will be recorded — which should help ease the mind of many.
Yeah, you could argue that the this feature is a little nanny-ing — and you wouldn’t be wrong — but you can always take the damn thing off. And me? Anything that makes washing my hands more fun is fine and dandy.
Bring on watchOS 7.
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