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Over 3.4bn people to use social media by 2023, says report

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An estimated 3.43 billion people will be using social media networks By 2023, a figure representing 44% of the estimated 7.79 billion global population.

This is according to a report issued by BuyShares, which gathers data sourced from eMarketer, and provides information on global social media user numbers and app downloads, as of June 2020.

The report notes that in 2019, social network users stood at 2.95 billion, a growth of 6.11% from the 2018 figure of 2.78 billion. Next year, about 3.21 billion people will be using social networks, with this number forecast to grow to 3.32 billion in 2022.

Over the last decade, the lowest number of people on social network platforms was in 2010 at 0.97 billion, a growth of 217.52% by 2020 estimates, notes the report.

According to the report, Facebook-owned networks continue to dominate the industry. The social media giant owns four out of the top five most downloaded apps worldwide: WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.

An overview of the top social networking app downloads in the Apple App Store and Android’s Google Play worldwide shows Facebook-owned networks are leading the pack.

WhatsApp Messenger has the highest downloads at 8.62 million on iOS and 116 million on Android, followed by Facebook with 6.86 million downloads on iOS and 1.1 billion downloads on Android.

Instagram recently struck the one billion downloads mark on the Google Play Store. Facebook Messenger follows with 6.79 million iOS downloads and 73 million downloads on Android.

In the last quarter of 2019, Facebook netted almost 2.9 billion downloads from phone users across all app stores globally, according to app intelligence monitor Sensor Tower.

With over 2.6 billion monthly active users, Facebook remains the biggest social network worldwide.

TikTok has thrived during the global pandemic, with Sensor Tower reporting that the social media platform has been downloaded more than two billion times globally.

The video-sharing app has also taken South Africa by storm. It was the biggest social media sensation of 2019, and is continuing its momentum in the youth market in 2020, according to the South African Social Media Landscape 2020 report, by World Wide Worx and Ornico.

Justinas Baltrusaitis, who compiled the BuyShares report, says in the coming years, various factors are set to influence the growth of social networks.

“In the last 10 years, the social network industry was largely based on alternating monopolies, underpinned by extraordinary growth. As highlighted, Facebook owns the majority of networks like Instagram and WhatsApp, which are popular among young people. However, there might be a shift considering that new platforms like TikTok are coming up targeting specifically young people.”

Globally, according to BuyShares, Chinese-based WeChat counts over 3.3 million downloads on iOS and 5.8 million on Android. This is followed by Telegram Messenger at 2.89 million downloads on iOS and 5.4 million on Android.

As to chat platforms for gamers, Discord has 2.09 million downloads on iOS and 1.6 million on Android. Tencent-owned QQ has 1.63 million iOS downloads and 188 000 Android downloads.

With the social networks projected to keep growing, it will be interesting to know if the current networks will remain dominant. In the next decade, social networking sites might transform further to provide a fragmented assortment of platforms with increased niche communities meant for different demographics, notes BuyShares.

“New networks will emerge while old ones might fall or struggle to stay afloat. The evolution of smartphone technology will also offer new iterations on old ideas of social media. The growth of the smartphone industry has been rapid.

Smartphones have transcended their primary function and turned into a tiny computer, fundamentally used to interface with an increasingly cloud-based Internet. Social network companies will keep leveraging this capability,” according to Baltrusaitis.

Source: https://guardian.ng/technology/over-3-4bn-people-to-use-social-media-by-2023-says-report/

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iPhone 12 leak just confirmed key specs — this is insulting

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The first iPhone 12 handsets are almost ready to ship, and we know how much storage space they’ll have.

Leaker Jon Prosser‘s latest tweet claims that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are going to be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants. We see in a follow-up tweet that the two Pro models start at the more common baseline of 128GB, but they will likely have a later release date.

Apple is one of a small number of companies that still sells premium phones with 64GB of storage, a shamefully small amount for most users’ needs.

For example, the new $699 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with 128GB of storage standard. Plus, that handset offers a microSD card slot for expansion, allowing you to add up to another 1TB of storage.

The upcoming OnePlus 8T is also rumored to be shipping with 128GB of storage for the starting configuration, though the handset will apparently not have a microSD card slot.

Prosser also confirms the name of the smallest 5.4-inch iPhone 12 as the iPhone 12 Mini, with the larger 6.1-inch model being classed as the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 mini is said to be even smaller than the iPhone SE 2020 despite the former having a larger display, so it should live up to its name.

The fact that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max aren’t mentioned in the leak points to a delayed release, which Prosser mentions in another tweet. We’ve heard several rumors about Apple potentially staggering the iPhone 12 launch, with one or two models being held back until November.

The first shipment of units will be sent to distributors on October 5. This seems to line up with the expected October 13 reveal event, giving businesses just over a week to get the phones in stock for pre-orders to begin.

While it remains only a rumor for now, we already know what to expect from these new iPhones. Other than the new sizes, all four models will use OLED displays and new A14 Bionic chipsets, as well as 5G connectivity.

For cameras, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini will come with two rear sensors: a main camera and an ultrawide camera. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have those plus a telephoto camera, with a new LiDAR depth sensor also present on at least the Pro Max.

Source: https://www.tomsguide.com/news/iphone-12-leak-just-revealed-key-specs-and-theres-bad-news

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Apple’s Stunning MacBook Design Looks Like Microsoft’s Surface Book

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Its move from Intel-based processors to ARM-based processors is one that Apple has telegraphed officially since the announcement at WWDC 2020, with the first macOS on ARM machines for the public expected to be a MacBook and a MacBook Pro. The insides are changing, but what about the outside.

For now, your new Mac is going to look remarkably like your old Mac (possibly with slightly smaller bezels around a slightly larger screen). But Apple’s latest documents have confirmed that the company is working on a radical redesign of the laptop hinge.

Although it looks like Microsoft got there first with the Surface Book’s fulcrum hinge.

The details on the new hinge come from a recently published patent. Titled “Hinges For Electronic Devices And Accessory Devices”, it details a hinge that is made up from a mix of rolling elements with fixed elements between them. This allows for a hinge that looks remarkably close to the hinge on the aforementioned Surface Book. Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple:

“The new hinge system is also shown in conjunction with a possible future MacBook-like portable device. Microsoft was first to move to a flexible hinge system for their Surface book and Apple’s next-gen flexible hinge presents a similar style of hinge though technically different using multi-roller and spacer elements.

“Apple’s possible next-gen iPad keyboard accessories are shown to include multiple sections and a new hinge system assembly that provides additional flexibility and range of motion of the section holding the iPad, thereby allowing a user to position the iPad at multiple different angles relative to the section carrying the input mechanism.”

As can be seen, the patent is not restricted to a traditional laptop-styled device. It also features in a concept image of a keyboard and stand for a tablet device, and a ‘reverse opening’ hinge to lift up a screen from a laptop chassis.

It’s also worth noting that, although the line drawings in the patent echo the Surface Book, the mechanisms inside will differed and of course any finalised form may take on other characteristics.

And as with every patent, the act of filing a patent and having it published does not mean that the design will reach any retail devices. To balance that out, Apple has already pushed the design mix of tablet accessories with the iPad Pro’s Magic Keyboard, so its makes sense that imultiple hinge technologies have been both tested and patented.

Once Apple has redefined what it means to be a MacBook on the inside, it certainly has the tools to do the same to the outside. First up though, it needs to successfully launch the ARM-based laptops by the end of 2020.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2020/09/26/apple-macbook-pro-ipad-pro-patent-fulcrum-hinge/#746bb7c016d6

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max’s AnTuTu result shows minor performance gains

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Even though Apple didn’t announce any new iPhones during its September event, the company detailed the heart of the future phones – the Apple A14 chipset. Based on Apple’s claims at the announcement we estimated it to have a 17% faster CPU and 8% better GPU than its predecessor and a newly surfaced benchmark shows these numbers are close enough.

An AnTuTu benchmark run on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, reveals 16% higher CPU score and 4% better GPU result. There’s however a more pronounced boost in memory speeds – 22%, but overall the performance gains are clearly minor.

iPhone 12 Pro Max surfaces on AnTuTu with Apple's A14 chip

The combined result of 572,333 points might seem low, considering the Snapdragon 865+ Android competition goes above the 600,000 mark, but cross-platform benchmark comparison isn’t really a level playing field because there are differences in how the tasks are executed.

iPhone 12 Pro Max surfaces on AnTuTu with Apple's A14 chip

However, the comparison to the A13 should be fully relevant and it shows that the world’s first 5nm chipset won’t bring the performance leap many were expecting of it. There are three explanations that come to mind.

For one Apple might have prioritized battery draw over outright performance making the A14 use less power, while achieving what is roughly the same performance. That’s most likely it since the A14 Bionic pioneer – the Apple iPad Air 4th generation – has the same battery life as its predecessor despite packing an 8% smaller cell.

Alternatively, the move to 5nm chipsets might not yield the gains that we all hoped. While the almost 30% smaller process should theoretically deliver great efficiency boost, it may take time until it’s fully utilized.

Finally, this could be an engineering sample and the performance of the final units can be far better. However with Apple itself claiming modest gains close to these results that seems like a very long shot.

Source: https://www.gsmarena.com/iphone_12_pro_max_surfaces_on_antutu_with_apples_a14_chip-news-45343.php

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