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In Fantasian for Apple Arcade, monsters can be banished to the Dimengeon to await their ultimate demise collectively. (Image via Mistwalker)

New JRPG from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi coming to Apple Arcade

Fantasian is a new JRPG headed for Apple Arcade. Written by Hironobu Sakaguchi and featuring a soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu, Fantasian throws players into a multi-dimensional world constructed from over 150 hand-made dioramas. Game...
Sam Medley, Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:39:00 +0100
All this iPhone tech might have to find somewhere new to go soon. (Source: Apple)

Apple might finally ditch the iPhone notch, but not until 2022

A new research note allegedly issued by the legendary analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that the iPhones launched in 2022 will have punch-hole displays in place of the notches that have come to define these flagships. The third-gen SE i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 18:13:00 +0100
The new HaloLock Kickstand Wireless Charger. (Source: ESR)

ESR presents its HaloLock Kickstand Wireless Charger as a potentially improved version of Apple MagSafe

Apple has re-worked the MagSafe brand as a new type of ultra-thin and (theoretically) extra-strong wireless charger that enables a user to hold up and use an iPhone 12 as normal while juicing it back up. Now, ESR has "re-imagined"...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:51:00 +0100
The Apple iPhone 11 was launched in 2019 featuring the A13 Bionic SoC. (Image source: Apple - edited)

Apple iPhone 11 shipment value in 2020 passes US$48 billion as Samsung and Xiaomi struggle to keep up

Apple has dominated a list of the most-shipped smartphones in 2020, with the iPhone 11 alone shipping 64.8 million units with an estimated value of around US$48.9 billion. Five iPhone models are in the top 10 list, joined by four ...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 25 Feb 2021 14:22:00 +0100
PUBG: New State is coming to iOS and Android later this year. (Image: Krafton)

PUBG: New State is coming to iOS and Android, puts a futuristic and dystopian spin on the franchise

The rumored new PUBG title is real and it is called PUBG: New State. The game features everything gamers have loved about the original title, but is set in 2051 with more advanced weapons and technology necessitating new tactics t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 25 Feb 2021 11:14:00 +0100
Apple may start manufacturing iPads in India soon. (Image Source: MoneyControl)

Apple mulling on making iPads in India, reportedly lobbying for increased export incentive budget

Apple is reportedly planning to shift some of its iPad production to India and is lobbying to increase the budget for the Indian Government's performance-linked incentive (PLI) scheme. This report comes in the wake of the Cupertin...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 08:30:00 +0100
If Apple does relase a foldable iPhone, it could look like this concept render. (Image: iOS Beta News)

iPhone foldable still years from launch, might not see the light of day

Apple has been working on at least two different foldable iPhone prototypes or concepts with a view to potentially bringing one of the designs to market. However, a new report suggests that the company is only lukewarm on the idea...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 21 Feb 2021 04:01:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 10 is apparently as bright as an Apple iPhone 12 Pro. (Image source: Redmi)

Redmi Note 10 to shine as brightly as an iPhone 12 Pro but OLED screen presence still unconfirmed

New Redmi Note 10 teasers have claimed that the upcoming potential midrange smartphone champion will have a display that is as bright as the screen of the iPhone 12 Pro and certainly way beyond that of the Redmi Note 9. The teaser...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:17:00 +0100
Epic Games files more legal action against Apple. (Source: Epic Games)

Epic Games brings its "Free Fortnite" battle to European shores with a new EC antitrust complaint

Epic Games has stepped its dispute with Apple over developer remuneration by filing an official antitrust complaint with the European Commission (EC). It alleges that competition in the app-distribution and payment markets has bee...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 16:19:00 +0100
An image of a third-party MagSafe battery pack already on the market. (Image: Charge Fast)

Apple working on MagSafe wireless power bank charging accessory for iPhone 12

Apple is working on a new yet to be announced external battery pack for the iPhone 12 range. The accessory will use Apple’s MagSafe magnetic adapter tech to attach to the rear of an iPhone and charge wirelessly over the Qi protoco...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:05:00 +0100
The first foldable iPhone might have Apple Pencil functions. (Source: Apple)

Rumor | The foldable iPhone might come with Apple Pencil support

Apple is thought to have a foldable iPhone in the works. However, according to a new report, the market analyst group Omdia claims that its launch has been pushed back to 2023. Then again, it might share the feature of Apple Penci...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 22:42:00 +0100
Matte is allegedly back again in the

The iPhone 13 Pro is slated to boast an always-on feature for its 120Hz ProMotion display

The next Pro-grade iPhones are currently tipped to get LTPO displays. They are also rumored to finally upgrade to 120Hz refresh rates – and to always-on displays, according to the latest leak. The successors to the 12 series are a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 23:03:00 +0100
WhatsApp faces opposition to its plans in India. (Source: WhatsApp)

India’s Supreme Court admonishes WhatsApp over user privacy

The WhatsApp privacy policy change, in which the company will oblige users to agree to hand the data they have given it to Facebook, has caused controversy and virtual boycotts worldwide. However, the EU market is effectively immu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 21:57:00 +0100
Huawei's CEO says the iPhone 12 is the best 5G smartphone in the world. (Image: Apple)

Huawei CEO: Gushes about Apple, says they make the best 5G phones

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei continues to gush about Apple and its products. In his latest interview, Zhengfei has said that Apple makes the best 5G iPhones in the world and that they are the perfect compliment for his company’s 5G net...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:27:00 +0100
Even though the iPhone 12 Mini hasn't sold well, Apple may still launch an iPhone 13 Mini. (Image via Apple)

Apple iPhone 13 Mini still on the table despite lagging sales of iPhone 12 Mini

Despite low sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, sources have told noted tipster Jon Prosser that Apple will launch an iPhone 13 Mini. According to these sources, the main reason the iPhone 12 Mini floundered was the success of the iPhone...
Sam Medley, Sun, 14 Feb 2021 22:57:00 +0100
The Apple Watch is doing pretty well. (Source: Apple)

There are now 100 million Apple Watch users on Earth: new report

The market research group Above Avalon has studied the fortunes of the Apple Watch series up to 2020, and has put the number of its adopters at 100 million. This would make it the OEM's fourth biggest product, with iPhones, iPads ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 13 Feb 2021 16:34:00 +0100
A new law could change how apps are distributed on iOS and Android. (Image: royalty free)

Proposed law in North Dakota may force Apple and Google to allow alternative app stores on mobile phones

A proposed North Dakota law will force Apple and Google to allow developers alternative options for distributing iOS and Android apps, respectively. The bill will also allow developers to receive in-app payments through any method...
Sam Medley, Thu, 11 Feb 2021 19:05:00 +0100
The upcoming foldable iPhone could look like this

Apple's upcoming foldable iPhone likely to be modelled after the Galaxy Z Flip's clamshell design

A new report from prolific Apple leaker Jon Prosser suggests that Apple could go the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip route with its upcoming foldable iPhone. The clamshell-shaped iPhone could come in several colourways and marketed as an 'e...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:57:00 +0100
The X65 modem ushers in “5G phase 2.

Qualcomm previews Snapdragon X65 5G modem with 10 Gbps speeds

The next gen X65 5G modems are expected to power all Android and iPhone flagship devices launching in 2022. Prominent features for the upcoming "5G phase 2" modem include 10 Gbps speeds, improved antenna module with support for th...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 09 Feb 2021 16:45:00 +0100
iPhone 12 mini production could cease as soon as Q2 according to a JP Morgan analyst. (Image: Apple)

iPhone 12 mini days could be numbered with production set to cease next quarter according to JP Morgan

Apple could be set to end production of the iPhone 12 mini as soon as the end of the second quarter this year. While it seems Apple will continue to market and sell the iPhone 12 mini, at least until its inventory runs dry, it doe...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 07 Feb 2021 11:56:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 (Pro model pictured) have sold in their millions in the US market. (Image source: Apple/Counterpoint - edited)

Gargantuan iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 sales help Apple almost erase Motorola and Alcatel from the US market as the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 just keep Google alive

A Counterpoint report has stated that Apple managed to sell over 9.5 million iPhones in the US market alone in December 2020. This gave the iPhone 12 maker a huge 64% of the market share, leaving Samsung in second on 20%. Google m...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 07 Feb 2021 10:51:00 +0100
The latest app rankings by download. (Source: SensorTower)

Telegram is the most downloaded mobile app for January 2021 as WhatsApp slips to fifth

Telegram was #9 on SensorTower's list of most downloaded (non-game) mobile app in December 2020. Fast forward one month, however, and it had jumped up to #1. WhatsApp and Instagram were #3 and #4 at the end of 2020, but fell to #5...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 21:49:00 +0100
A 2021 MacBook Pro could sport a 12-core or even 16-core Apple M1X SoC. (Image source: MacRumors/MattTalksTech - edited)

Apple M1X, M2, A14X, A15, and A15 Bionic lead the speculation for the true identities of four alleged upcoming Apple SoCs

A tech tipster has claimed that Apple is preparing four new SoCs and has shared the alleged internal identifiers for the processors. Unsurprisingly, this has led to considerable speculation about their eventual product names, with...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:13:00 +0100
Apple has been using unfair tactics to sell iPhones in South Korea. (Source: Apple)

Apple agrees to pay South Korea US$89 million to end a legal dispute with the country

Apple has accepted a ruling from South Korea's national Fair Trade Commission that it has abused its dominance of the smartphone market in that country to skew conditions in its favor when it came to selling and supporting iPhones...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 04 Feb 2021 23:02:00 +0100
Touch ID might upgrade to an in-display form soon. (Source: Apple)

Apple might launch in-display Touch ID with the 2021 iPhones

Flagship iPhones have been unlockable through Face ID only since 2017. Now, however, there are hints that Apple might bring its only real alternative, Touch ID, back in 2021. It will apparently be an in-display version for the fir...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:17:00 +0100
iOS 14.4 can use a new hardware message. (Source: YouTube)

iOS 14.4 contains a new anti-independent repair message along with security upgrades

The latest version of iOS (14.4) is now available as a stable update. Installing it causes a new kind of "important hardware message" to pop up should an iPhone detect that its rear camera module has been unofficially replaced. Ap...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 31 Jan 2021 16:50:00 +0100
Maybe iPhones can finally evolve out of the notch? (Source: Twitter)

Rumor | Apple has a notchless next-gen iPhone prototype

The leaker @MauriQHD has posted claims that Apple has finally produced an edge-to-edge iPhone display. Unfortunately, it is also apparently a prototype, and may not be intended for the upcoming 13 (or possibly 12s) series. In othe...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 29 Jan 2021 19:50:00 +0100
The next Apple iPhone SE could look relatively modern with minimal bezels. (Image source: svetapple)

Concept renders show the route that Apple could take with the iPhone SE 3

Apple is rumoured to announce the third-generation of the iPhone SE in a few months, with April targeted as a release date for the budget handset. Concept renders have shown what the device might look like too, but only if Apple d...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 28 Jan 2021 23:03:00 +0100
League of Legends: Wild Rift

League of Legends: Wild Rift Android benchmarks and iOS benchmarks

MOBA on mobile. With Wild Rift, League of Legends has been completely redeveloped for mobile devices. In this way, mobile gamers can also take part in the fast-paced action in the fantasy realm of Runeterra. We give an overview of the game and test its performance on various smartphones.
Florian Schmitt, Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:49:00 +0100
Even some Apple clear cases have magnets now. (Source: Apple)

Apple updates its safety information to warn users with pacemakers about the potential increased risks of using MagSafe

Apple has updated some product safety material found in the Support section of its website to clarify the potential of its new MagSafe feature to interfere with pacemakers. It notes that, while the extra magnetism involved should ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 26 Jan 2021 19:26:00 +0100
Despite overall sales growth the iPhone 12 Mini continues to be an underperformer (Image source: Apple)

iPhone 12 series projected to sell over 55 million units by Q1 2021: budget iPhone 12 Mini flops, however

A recent Cowen analysts' reports paints a rosy picture for Apple iPhone sales this year. The complete iPhone 12 lineup is expected to sell over 55 million units by the end of Q1 2021. The iPhone 12 Mini, however, Apple's budget pl...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:22:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G can vary its refresh rate from 10 Hz to 120 Hz thanks to LTPO tech. (Image source: Samsung)

Apple iPhone 12s Pro, Huawei Mate 50 Pro, and Xiaomi Mi 12 appear on shortlist of smartphones expected to feature LTPO displays this year

A shortlist of smartphones either already with or expected to feature LTPO screens in 2021 has revealed some interesting entrants and a notable absence. There is mention of an Apple iPhone 12s Pro, Huawei Mate 50 Pro, Samsung Gala...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 23 Jan 2021 09:16:00 +0100
The iPhone SE (2020). (Source: NBC)

Apple loses LG as a supplier for LCD iPhone displays

The days of LCD-only iPhones are numbered; however, a handful of these models are still in production. However, it now seems they will have to do without screens from LG for the rest of their manufacturing runs. The company has dr...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:08:00 +0100
This service can still be had for free for a while longer. (Source: Apple)

Apple offers yet more free TV+ access to existing customers

Apple's TV+ is its answer to other streaming platforms such as Netflix. One year's worth of free access to the service was bundled with compatible hardware bought at its September 2019 launch. That offer was then extended so as to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:55:00 +0100
Smartwatch health-sensors are getting more powerful. (Source: Apple)

Smartwatches may be able to help diagnose Covid-19, research finds

Can smartwatches help to diagnose cases of Covid-19? According to a couple of new studies, they can. The research applies to the Apple Watch and other wearables associated with heart-rate monitoring, as they might record the varia...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:55:00 +0100
Samsung will be hoping S21 series sales do better than the S20's. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's trade-in program for the Galaxy S21 series is pretty darn good

After launching the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra today, Samsung has also opened its trade-in program for the series. It's pretty good, actually, with Galaxy S10 series owners being able to trade in their phones for a massiv...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 14 Jan 2021 18:16:00 +0100
newhacker1746 managed to get the Ubuntu CLI and GUI up and running on his iPhone (Image source: Daniel Rodriguez)

A hacker managed to get Ubuntu up and running on an iPhone 7

Redditor newhacker1746 managed to get Ubuntu up and running on an A10-powered Apple iPhone 7, after using the Checkra1n jailbreak exploit.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:14:00 +0100
The iPhones 13 may look slightly different. (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 13 series will be thicker with updated notches and camera humps: new leak

Mac Otakara is quick on the draw in 2021 with its Apple rumors. The latest concerns the next generation of iPhones and how they will look. These devices will apparently still have a notch, although it will shrink somewhat in this ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 10 Jan 2021 19:01:00 +0100
According to the Mac Otakara report, we could see an updated Apple AirPods Pro as early as April (Image source: Apple)

Mac Otakara report hints that a new iPhone SE and AirPods Pro are set to arrive in April

According to a report by the Japan-based publication, Apple suppliers in China are already working on a new iPhone SE version, alongside the AirPods Pro 2. While further details about the devices aren’t, we expect to hear more in ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 10 Jan 2021 13:56:00 +0100
The App Store is a money-making machine. (Image: App Store logo w/ edits)

Apple App Store customers spend almost US$2 billion over Christmas week, $540 million on New Year's Day alone

Apple App Store users spent a record US$540 million on New Year's Day, capping off a week that saw total App Store spending of $1.8 billion. The App Store continues to be one of Apple's most successful lines of business; since its...
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Jan 2021 19:39:00 +0100
iPhone 13 Pro displays will be Samsung-made. (Source: Apple)

Samsung secures 100% of the 120Hz LTPO display orders for the iPhone 13 Pros

Apple is thought to finally introduce iPhones with 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rates with the successors to the 12 series. However, only their highest-end variants are thought to get LTPO OLED displays, which, according to the latest w...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:16:00 +0100
Apple AirTags and other AR accessories may finally launch this year. (Image Source: MacRumors)

Apple AirTags, AR headset, and Apple Silicon MacBook Pros with mini-LED displays to finally launch this year; Entire iPhone 13 lineup expected to sport LiDAR scanners

Apple may very well introduce the much anticipated AirTags and other AR accessories such as an AR headset and/or AR glasses this year, according to Ming-Chi Kuo's latest research note. Kuo also notes that Apple will launch new App...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 05 Jan 2021 23:26:00 +0100
The new Mi Router. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi promotes its new Wi-Fi 6E router with an Apple-baiting YouTube video

The Mi AX6000 router is a powerful new source of home Wi-Fi that Xiaomi will release for the first time on January 8, 2021. The OEM has hyped this cutting-edge product by seeing which device could use its up-to-800Mb/s signal firs...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 04 Jan 2021 00:33:00 +0100
A Galaxy Z Flip-like iPhone foldable concept. (Image: iOS Beta News)

Two distinct foldable iPhone prototypes pass Foxconn durability testing

Foxconn is said to have successfully completed durability testing for two different Apple iPhone foldable prototypes. According to Taiwanese supply chain rag, Money UDN, the two prototypes are said to resemble the Samsung Galaxy Z...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 03 Jan 2021 06:09:00 +0100
Xiaomi might follow Apple and stop including in-box chargers with its smartphones. (Image source: ChargerLab - edited)

Updated | Speculation mounts that Xiaomi has "done an Apple" and not included a charger in the Mi 11 box

A leaked image of an alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 box being compared to the iPhone 12 packaging has led to mounting speculation that Xiaomi has “done an Apple” and decided to not include a charger in the box for the Mi 11. Additionally, i...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 26 Dec 2020 07:50:00 +0100
Apple iPhone 12 mini Review - Small smartphone with small display

90% Apple iPhone 12 mini Review - Small smartphone with small display

So cute! Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, but Apple offers a real alternative with the iPhone 12 mini, which is unique in the high-end segment with its 5.4-inch screen. However, the small form factor also poses problems. Find out whether Apple's mini mix works out in this review.
Apple A14 Bionic | Apple A14 Bionic GPU | 5.40" | 133 g
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 25 Dec 2020 04:01:00 +0100
80 percent of TSMC 5 nm chips going to Apple in 2021

Apple secures 80 percent of TSMC's 5 nm production capacity for the coming year

Apple's top supplier of chips for multiple purposes, TSMC, will reserve no less than 80 percent of its 5 nm production capacity to the tech giant headquartered in Cupertino. In addition to the existing chips, TSMC is also going to...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 21 Dec 2020 12:41:00 +0100
Cyberpunk 2077 runs well on Android and iOS devices. (Image source: Apple & CD Projekt Red)

Cyberpunk 2077 runs better on iPhones and iPads than it does on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One

With Google Stadia available on iPhones and iPads via a web app, people have been seeing how well Cyberpunk 2077 runs. It turns out the likes of the iPhone 12 Pro do a better job of playing CD Projekt Red's latest triple-A title t...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 18 Dec 2020 15:13:00 +0100
Stadia is now available on another platform. (Source: Google)

Google's Stadia comes to iOS via Safari web app

Google's game streaming platform Stadia is now available on iOS. It is not on the App Store, however, having taken NVIDIA GeForce NOW's route as a web app onto iPhones. Therefore, users with these devices can now log into the sevi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:11:00 +0100
The iPhone 12 mini has not gone down well with people so far, unlike the rest of the iPhone 12 series. (Image source: Apple)

The Apple iPhone 12 mini may be a one-hit wonder

Only Apple currently sells a compact flagship smartphone, but new research suggests that the iPhone 12 mini has not been a success so far. Based on the initial uptake of the iPhone 12 mini, it seems that spending US$100 more on an...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 16 Dec 2020 14:24:00 +0100

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