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iPhone 12 Pro Max teardown reveals generous image sensor but rather small battery (Source: iFixit)

iFixit tears down the iPhone 12 Pro Max to reveal a 47% larger image sensor than the one used for the iPhone 12

Although the 6.7-inch display provides enough space for a generous battery, the L-shaped power pack inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max is slightly smaller than the one that Apple used in last year's iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, this year...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:08:00 +0100
A 12 unit with green tint (left) next to an unaffected iPhone. (Source: Apple Communities)

The iPhone 12 series may be the latest premium device line to exhibit the "green tint" display disorder

"Green tint" is an issue in which OLED displays seem to glow where they should remain completely dark under certain conditions. It was present in some units of the iPhone 11 series last year, and has now reportedly raised its head...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:26:00 +0100
Apple has agreed a settlement with 34 US states up to the value of US$113 million. (Image source: Xavier Wendling)

Apple on the hook for another US$113 million with second iPhone battery degradation and throttling settlement

Apple has settled a second case related to the degradation of iPhone batteries and chipset throttling. The new settlement amounts to US$113 million and will be split across 34 US states.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:40:00 +0100
How big are the differences between the iPhone 11 Pro's and 12 Pro's cameras?

Camera Comparison: Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro

Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro has finally arrived, and it does everything better. How well does, for example, the camera perform? And how much better is it than last year’s iPhone 11 Pro’s? Do the minor differences found on the spec sheet really justify switching? Let’s find out!
Apple A14 Bionic | Apple A14 Bionic GPU | 6.10" | 189 g
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:33:00 +0100
iPad Air 4 and iPhone 12 Pro are both based around the A14

Apple A14 Bionic Performance Differences

News from our test lab: The various Apple A14 Bionic-based devices seem to differ in terms of performance. Some of these differences may actually be on purpose. Find out more below.
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:33:00 +0100
iPhone 12 Pro OLED flicker

iPhone 12 Pro: Pulse Width Modulation for the OLED Display

Straight from our test lab: just like all OLED displays the iPhone 12 Pro’s will also be utilizing Pulse Width Modulation for brightness regulation. We took a closer look at it and would like to present you with our findings.
Apple A14 Bionic | Apple A14 Bionic GPU | 6.10" | 189 g
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:33:00 +0100
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Review - Powerful Smartphone with Retro Styling

90% Apple iPhone 12 Pro Review - Powerful Smartphone with Retro Styling

Enticing. The iPhone 12 Pro received a design refresh reminiscent of the old iPhone 5s. It features the latest technology the Californians have to offer, including 5G and Apple's new magnetic MagSafe feature. Find out whether or not it is worth switching in our review.
Apple A14 Bionic | Apple A14 Bionic GPU | 6.10" | 189 g
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 22:32:00 +0100
The BOOSTCHARGE TrueFreedom PRO Wireless Charger. (Source: Belkin)

Belkin claims its new BOOSTCHARGE wireless charger can serve 2 compatible devices without last-gen placement issues

Belkin's new BOOSTCHARGE TrueFreedom PRO Wireless Charger is a mat-style accessory rated to handle the demands of 2 Qi-compatible mobile devices thrown on it any old how. Therefore, it might solve the traditional problem of gettin...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 18:58:00 +0100
Apple iPhone 12 mini facing touch response issues as revealed by multiple user reports as of November 16 (Source: Apple)

Trouble in paradise: Apple iPhone 12 mini plagued by touch response issues

Although Apple's other new iPhone models have no such issues, some iPhone 12 mini owners have been complaining of lock screen sensitivity problems that appeared the first time they powered on their handsets. The problem has been r...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:49:00 +0100
Part of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's thermal management system. (Source: YouTube)

High-end smartphones might need insulation as well as cooling in the future: new report

The processors that power our phones have become so powerful that they are now designed with the kind of cooling historically only expected from high-end PCs. This involves heatsinks, thermal paste and even vapor-chambers on a mob...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 15 Nov 2020 23:36:00 +0100
The iPhone 12 Pro Max does not always use its telephoto lens to take zoom shots. (Image source: Martin Sanchez)

iPhone 12 Pro Max: Apple resorts to camera trickery for zoom shots in night mode

A surprising discovery about the iPhone 12 Pro Max has been made, and it is not a good one for Apple's premier flagship smartphone of 2020. While the device has a telephoto camera, it actually uses digital zoom to in night mode. S...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:40:00 +0100
The Mi 10 Pro has been rated higher for its audio qualities than the iPhone 12. (Image source: Xiaomi/Apple - edited)

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro remains atop DxOMark audio chart despite strong showing from new Apple iPhone 12

The new Apple iPhone 12 has been tested for its audio quality by DxOMark and has scored relatively well to give it a high position in the site’s audio chart. However, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro’s place at the top of the table has not be...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:39:00 +0100
The new iMac render features very thin bezels (Image source: Svetapple)

Intriguing 2021 iMac concept pushes Apple's all-in-one into the modern world with thinner bezels

Designers over at Svetapple created a set of detailed concept renders of the 2021 iMac, based on what rumors indicate about the upcoming all-in-one. The stunning models highlight the possibility that Apple will introduce slimmer b...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 11 Nov 2020 20:44:00 +0100
Do not expect a new iPhone SE to arrive early next year, according to Ming-Chi Kuo. (Image source: AB)

Apple will not unveil a new iPhone SE in 1H 2021

There will be no iPhone SE for 1H 2021, according to Ming-Chi Kuo. A new iPhone SE may arrive in the second half of 2021, but there will be no anniversary upgrade for this year's model. The iPhone 13 series remains on track for re...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 11 Nov 2020 19:17:00 +0100
Apple may be bringing 120 Hz displays to next year's Pro iPhones. (Image source: Martin Sanchez & Notebookcheck)

Apple reputedly set to bring low-power LTPO OLED screens to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

According to a new report, Apple has sourced LTPO OLED screens from LG for next year's Pro iPhones. These low-power panels may pave the way for Apple enabling a 120 Hz 'ProMotion' refresh rate on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pr...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:28:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 9 and Apple iPhone 11 are two of the world's best-selling smartphones. (Image source: Xiaomi/Apple - edited)

Redmi Note 9 ships in its millions for Q3 2020 but can't hold a candle to the global popularity of the iPhone 11

Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi have taken up all 10 places in the Q3 2020 table for most shipped smartphones of the quarter. While Samsung has five different Galaxy A-branded devices in the charts and Xiaomi has great results with the...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:55:00 +0100
iSH is a Unix shell for iOS. (Image via iSH)

Unix shell app for iOS threatened with removal, but Apple backtracks on decision

An app that allows iOS users to run a Unix shell on their iDevice was under threat of removal from the App Store. However, Apple apparently reversed its decision, allowing the app to stay up. This could open the door for more scri...
Sam Medley, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 04:52:00 +0100
The iPhone 12 mini has a 2,227 mAh battery. (Image source: Apple)

Apple criticised for poor iPhone 12 mini battery life in early tests

The iPhone 12 mini is here, and Apple is copping some flack for the device's underwhelming battery life. The 5.4-inch iPhone has a 2,227 mAh battery, so it should come as no surprise to see it barely lasting a full working day bet...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 09 Nov 2020 23:07:00 +0100
Apple iPhone 12

88% Apple iPhone 12 Smartphone Review - Apple phone with 5G

New old look. The iPhone 12 is more angular than its predecessor and finally features 5G and an OLDED display. It is a lot lighter and slimmer than last year's model. Find out whether Apple has once again landed a big hit in our review.
Apple A14 Bionic | Apple A14 Bionic GPU | 6.10" | 162 g
Florian Schmitt, Sat, 07 Nov 2020 18:05:00 +0100
Market share trends for phone brands in India. (Source: IDC)

The Indian smartphone market "rebounded" in the third quarter of 2020: new market research

Smartphone shipments in India - one of the top 3 markets worldwide - shrank by a worrying 48% in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q2020). However, three months later, the story has changed: the same market had posted year-on-year (YoY...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 07 Nov 2020 16:36:00 +0100
The iPhone 12 Max is now live. (Source: Apple)

Apple releases the iPhone 12 Mini and Pro Max variants amidst a wireless-charging controversy

Apple had left its biggest and smallest versions of the iPhone 12 for last in terms of making them available to buy. Now, however, both the successor to the 11 Pro Max and the completely new 5.4-inch Mini variant can be pre-ordere...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:02:00 +0100
There will be four iPhones in 2021, according to Ming-Chi Kuo. (Image source: Apple)

Four new iPhone models will launch in 2021 with improved ultra-wide-angle optics due for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple plans to release four new iPhones next year, with the company aiming to return to a September release window. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will feature an improved ultra-wide-angle camera too, according to Ming-Ch...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 19:40:00 +0100
The iPhone 12 Pro outclasses Samsung's Note 20 Ultra thanks to its new A14 Bionic chipset. (Image source: Salman Majeed)

Apple iPhone 12 Pro flexes its muscles in Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra speed comparison

The iPhone 12 Pro has been shown to conquer the speed of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, even the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ edition. The Note 20 Ultra may have double the RAM that the iPhone 12 Pro offers, but Apple's new 5 nm ch...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 17:17:00 +0100
The new range of iPhone 12 MagSafe-compatible accessories from Moment. (Image: Moment)

New MagSafe accessories from Moment set your iPhone 12 up for Vlogging, photography

Smartphone camera accessory maker Moment has unveiled its first set of MagSafe-compatible accessories for the Apple iPhone 12. While they will be useful for regular photographers, most of the accessories have a distinctly vlogging...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 10:07:00 +0100
Alleged iPhone 13 prototype (Source: Wccftech)

New iPhone 13 rumor claims there is no in-display Touch ID sensor

If the latest rumor is true, then at least one iPhone 13 has been completed already. Obviously, the hardware will go through a few changes until the final product will reach the market, but it looks like Apple has decided to drop ...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 02 Nov 2020 10:34:00 +0100
A smart doorbell. (Source: Ring)

61% of US households with smart home devices polled plan to buy a smart doorbell in the next 12 months

Video doorbells enable the user to see who is at their door on their smart screens or mobile devices. A recent study indicates that 10% of US households with high-speed internet surveyed owned one of these devices in the second qu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 01 Nov 2020 19:31:00 +0100
One of Ulefone's new Watches. (Source: Ulefone)

Ulefone announces 3 new fitness-focused smartwatches at sub-US$70 prices

The OEM Ulefone has launched its new Watch series, which support continuous heart-rate tracking, multiple sports modes and 5ATM water-resistance. There is also a blood-oxygen sensor in the Pro model, whereas the Watch GPS has addi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 31 Oct 2020 18:05:00 +0100
An iPhone 12 responds poorly to independent repair. (Source: YouTube)

The iPhone 12 proves extremely repair-unfriendly in a new video

Apple's products have shown themselves as resistant to teardowns and re-assembly in the past. The Australian device-repair YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys has posted a new video that seems to demonstrate that this is also true of the recen...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 31 Oct 2020 17:23:00 +0100
The Redmi K30 Ultra and Mi 10 Ultra have provided strong sales for Xiaomi in China. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)

Mi 10 Ultra, Redmi K30 Ultra, and the Redmi 9 family help Xiaomi replace Apple as the world's third-largest smartphone company

Three major market research firms have declared Xiaomi is now the world’s third-largest smartphone company in terms of units shipped for the third quarter of 2020. The good news for Xiaomi comes at the expense of Apple, which slip...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:39:00 +0100
The iPhone 12 mini has already been given the hands-on treatment by one YouTuber. (Image source: George Buhnici)

Apple iPhone 12 mini: First hands-on video with the smallest iPhone showcases its diminutive stature

Apple's smallest iPhone will not be available until next week, but a prominent Romanian YouTuber has already got his hands on one. The iPhone 12 mini has been compared to last year's 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, a...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:30:00 +0100
Foxconn has apparently been undermining its relationship with Apple to boost profits. (Image source: Apple & Steve Jurvetson)

Foxconn accused of using shady tactics to boost profits relating to Apple contracts

Apple and Foxconn may have been partners for years but the relationship has soured in the last few years, according to a report published by The Information. Reputedly, Foxconn has employed a range of tactics to maximise profits, ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 18:57:00 +0100
The number of active iPhone users has reached the 1 billion milestone. (Image: Apple)

Apple crests 1 billion active iPhone users milestone

Apple is now estimated to have an installed user base of 1 billion iPhones. The figure comes from a respected Apple analyst who has been tracking iPhone sales data for the past 13 years.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:47:00 +0100
The Mophie Juice Pack Connect works with any Qi-enabled smartphone. (Image: Zagg)

Mophie Juice Pack Connect is a mobile MagSafe alternative for any phone

Mophie has released its latest Qi-enabled wireless battery charger, but this one has a twist. The new Mophie Juice Pack Connect has a modular design that clips on the back of any Qi-enabled smartphone to give it a wireless battery...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:10:00 +0100
The Amazfits GTR and GTS 2. (Source: Huami)

Huami launches the Amazfit GTR 2 and GTS 2 smartwatches for the US and UK markets

The OEM Huami has held its global launch for the second-gen Amazfit GTR and GTS wearables, although they will only be released in the US and UK markets to start off with. These smartwatches feature blood-oxygen, heart-rate, sleep ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:56:00 +0100
Etisalat's 4G network offers the world's fastest mobile internet connectivity (Image source: Etisalat)

What's the world's fastest mobile network? UAE's Etisalat tops the list at 99 Mbps, followed by South Korea

5G networks are set to transform the mobile data experience. However, very robust 4G infrastructure means that people in some countries already have access to ultra-fast connectivity. Etisalat in the UAE tops the list, offering sp...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 27 Oct 2020 09:43:00 +0100
iPhone 13 is expected to feature the Snapdragon X60 5G modem and may finally sport a 120 Hz display. (Image Source: Apple)

iPhone 13: rumored portless shift to MagSafe, 120 Hz display, possibility of an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a confirmed Snapdragon X60 5G modem

Even as the iPhone 12 is still pretty new, rumors about the iPhone 13 have already started making the rounds. The iPhone 13 (or whatever it will be called) may go completely portless in favor of the new MagSafe technology and is a...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 20:54:00 +0100
The new iPhone 12 series doesn't really stand out in terms of battery life. (Image Source: Apple)

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro's battery runtimes fail to impress when compared to the iPhone 11 Pro

A battery life test by Arun Maini of the YouTube channel Mrwhosetheboss found that the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max had significant leads in battery runtimes compared to the newer iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro hav...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 19:47:00 +0100
MagSafe may leave a mark on a leather case. (Source: MacRumors)

The new MagSafe charger may mark up expensive first-party cases, and apparently that's just fine by Apple

The iPhone 12 series comes with dedicated components to support the new MagSafe system, which consists of a range of magnetic accessories, a compact wireless charger included. Now, it has emerged that this product may permanently ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 20:28:00 +0200
The iPhone 12 has regulatory logos etched into its frame, for some reason. (Image source: Apple)

The Apple iPhone 12 series is not only more expensive in Europe with slower 5G, but it is also uglier

Apple may be expected to sell tens of millions of iPhone 12 units between now and next September or October, but the company has made a rather strange design decision for European models. Sadly, it has made the iPhone 12 a bit ugl...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:08:00 +0200
Apple's new iPhone 12 range uses last year's Snapdragon X55 modem. (Image: Apple)

Apple's iPhone 12 range uses Qualcomm's superseded Snapdragon X55 5G modems

We now have one potential explanation for why the new iPhone 12 models drain battery more quickly than they otherwise might. Although Apple is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G modem, it is the older X55 component from last year, rat...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:22:00 +0200
5G cuts battery life by up to 20% on the iPhone 12 series. (Image source: Apple)

5G may cost up to 20% battery life on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

It may now be possible to connect to 5G networks on an iPhone, but it will cost you in battery life. Enabling 5G can cut battery life by up to 20% based on initial findings, meaning that you may need to recharge the iPhone 12 and ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 22:44:00 +0200
A Mini next to a regular old iPhone 12. (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 12 Mini is something Android OEMs may ignore as a trend

Apple may have pleased may fans with the release of the iPhone 12 Mini, a rare return to mobile screens of well under 6 inches in size. Therefore, other non-iOS smartphone manufacturers may want to start on their own equally compa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:01:00 +0200
DxOMark updates its testing methods. (Source: DxOMark)

DxOMark announces updates for its smartphone display and camera testing protocols

DxOMark is practically a household name for independent groups that release scores for smartphone prowess in areas such as their screens and cameras. It has announced that its system to test the former has been re-designed to refl...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:41:00 +0200
The EZVIZ C3X camera. (Source: EZVIZ)

EZVIZ releases the C3X night-vision security camera in the UK

The C3X is an external home-security camera of the type that integrates AI so as to distinguish potentially dangerous moving objects such as people and cars in the vicinity from others such as animals. Its maker EZVIZ also claims ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:54:00 +0200
While the iPhone 12 Mini is "mini", the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and 9 SE are more "pocket-sized". (Image source: Xiaomi/Apple - edited)

Xiaomi Mi 11 SE or Redmi K40 Mini could be on the cards thanks to iPhone 12 Mini admiration

A social media post by Lu Weibing has led to some speculation that Xiaomi or Redmi could be planning a diminutive variant of a future flagship along the lines of the iPhone 12 Mini. A Xiaomi Mi 11 SE or Redmi K40 Mini would certai...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:43:00 +0200
Xiaomi hypes its new Mi Air 2 Pros. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches new, noise-cancelling Mi Air 2 Pro TWS earbuds

Xiaomi has debuted the Mi Air 2 Pro, which may also become known as the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Pro in markets besides its initial Chinese region. These TWS earbuds boast a high-end matte finish and house specs such as active...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 18 Oct 2020 20:53:00 +0200
The iPhone 12's battery specs may have been revealed. (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 12 series' battery sizes are listed in full

Unlike most Android OEMs, Apple does not include battery capacities in its spec lists for iPhones. However, it may be a particularly pressing issue this year, as the new 12 series has gone 5G, something that may eat screen-on time...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 18 Oct 2020 01:24:00 +0200
The Kokoon NightBuds. (Source: Kokoon)

Kokoon's ultra-slim NightBuds sleep-audio earbuds hit the US$380,000 mark on Kickstarter

The Kokoon NightBuds are, like the Amazfit ZenBuds or Bose Sleepbuds II, designed to be worn in bed so as to help the user fall asleep. To this end, they measure just 5.4 millimeters in depth, although they are not TWS. They have ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 16 Oct 2020 23:07:00 +0200
The A24 Bionic is well off being a 50% improvement on other smartphone chipsets, currently. (Image source: Apple)

Early iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro AnTuTu benchmarks are at odds with Apple's performance claims for the A14 Bionic

More benchmarks of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have appeared online, this time on AnTuTu. CPU scores of the A14 Bionic look good, but initial GPU scores are rather underwhelming, especially compared to the likes of the Snapdra...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 15 Oct 2020 22:28:00 +0200
The iPhone 12 series could hit 80 million units sold before the turn of 2021. (Image source: Apple)

Apple iPhone 12 series sales pegged to 80 million units by the end of 2020

Apple is expected to sell at least 70 million iPhone 12 units by the end of 2020, DigiTimes claims. Apple may even top 80 million units before the new year, barring an escalation in the trade war between China and the United State...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 15 Oct 2020 22:16:00 +0200

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