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Apple Researching Stronger Displays for Foldable Devices to Resist Cracking – MacRumors

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A newly-published patent filing has revealed that Apple is developing a protective layer to resist cracking on foldable displays, as well as improve scratch resistance and durability (via Patently Apple).

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filing, titled “Hybrid coverlay/window structure for flexible display applications,” outlines how curved, flexible, or foldable display modules could use a protective hardcoat layer to circumvent cracking. Apple appears to be seeking to remedy display cracking issues that have afflicted some Samsung devices.

The patent notes that “typically, glass fracture initiates from the presence of micro-cracks.” Apple’s hardcoat layer would fill pre-existing micro-cracks and therefore make it harder for a serious crack to develop.

The additional protective layer would be placed directly on top of the display. It would be “engineered to have a sufficiently high hardness and tensile strength to function as an exterior protective coating for the electronic device… Thus, the hardcoat layer is sufficiently durable for high puncture and scratch resistance.”

Images attached to the patent included simple illustrations of foldable devices, with both inwardly and outwardly-foldable displays.

Although a foldable device from Apple does not seem to be on the horizon any time soon, the company has been heavily researching and developing the technology. In September, Apple reportedly ordered a “large number” of Samsung foldable display samples.

In 2019, Apple strengthened the glass on iPhone 11 and ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro, and this year with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, the company introduced Ceramic Shield. Ceramic Shield is a strengthened glass that reportedly improves drop performance by up to four times.

The patent therefore seems to show the intersection between Apple’s separate research on glass durability and foldable displays.

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Samsung Galaxy Note series will be axed eventually, but probably not next year – PhoneArena

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Next year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 21 could be the last phone in the series, says a leaker.

Rumors have been circulating for quite some time that Samsung will eventually merge the Galaxy Note and S lines. The biggest differentiator between the two is the S Pen, and when reports claiming Galaxy S21 will gain stylus integration emerged, those rumors resurfaced.

Samsung typically launches the S series smartphones in the first half of the year and the Note phones in the latter half. The company apparently wants to de-emphasize these flagships to sell more of its foldable Galaxy Z series phones.

Thus, it’s likely that the Galaxy Note series will live another year, and this has also been backed up by display industry insider Ross Young.

The Galaxy Note 21 will apparently arrive in September 2021 and it will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 during an event that may take place in June.
The tipster goes on to say that the Z Fold 3 will be the star of the show, and if previous reports are to go by, the bendable phone will also offer S Pen compatibly.

We may also see Samsung release a relatively affordable foldable phone in 2021 to attract more consumers.

In a nutshell, 2021 could be the year when Samsung starts to lay the groundwork for replacing the Note series with the Z lineup.

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M1 MacBook and Apple Watch with new design reportedly coming in 2021 – MobileSyrup

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  1. Despite releasing three new Mac devices with its own proprietary ARM-based M1 chip — the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini — the computers look identical to their Intel counterparts.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an often reliable KGI Securities analyst, Apple is preparing to redesign its MacBook lineup and the Apple Watch in the second half of 2021. It’s unclear if the M1-powered Mac mini will also get a redesign.

Beyond stating that a new design is coming, Kuo doesn’t go into further detail regarding Apple’s forthcoming M1 Mac and the Apple Watch aesthetic change. It makes sense for Apple to finally shift the look of the Apple Watch given that apart from reducing its bezels with the release of the Apple Watch Series 5, it’s featured nearly the same design since its launch in 2015.

Kuo also states that Apple is experiencing better than expected demand for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and weaker sales of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini. On the iPad side of things, Kuo says that the new iPad Air is selling well, and that 5G and mini-LED displays are coming to Apple’s tablet line in 2021.

On a less positive note for Apple, Kuo says that AirPod shipments are lower than initially estimated, amounting to a five to 10 percent decrease year-over-year. Finally, Kuo says that Apple’s often-rumoured AirPods 3 have been delayed from an early 2021 release to an April to June release window.

Source: MacRumors 

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Reliable Leaker Suggests Redesigned MacBooks in 2021 Will Include Both Apple Silicon and Intel Models – MacRumors

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Reliable leaker known as “L0vetodream” has today suggested on Twitter that redesigned MacBooks coming in the second half of 2021 will include models with both Apple Silicon chips and Intel processors.

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The brief Tweet came in response to a MacRumors article from earlier today, which outlined a report from Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that Apple plans to release redesigned MacBook models with ‌Apple Silicon‌ in the second half of 2021.

L0vetodream simply says that the MacBook redesigns expected in the second half of 2021 will not be only for ‌Apple Silicon‌ models, implying that the redesigns will also come to new Intel-based MacBooks.

Apple just released its first ‌Apple Silicon‌ Macs, which include the MacBook Air and lower-end configurations of the 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ and Mac mini. While the new MacBook Pro and ‌Mac mini‌ still have a few shortcomings relative to their more expensive Intel counterparts, they are demonstrating better performance in a number of core benchmarks, even matching or outperforming higher-end machines like the 16-inch MacBook Pro in some tasks.

As a result, L0vetodream’s claim is a bit curious given that these rumored redesigned MacBooks are still more than six months away, which gives Apple time to improve the performance of ‌Apple Silicon‌ even further.

In announcing the transition to ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips for the Mac at WWDC in June, Apple said that the transition to ‌Apple Silicon‌ would take about two years and that new Macs with Intel processors were still in the pipeline.

We’ve already seen a few of those with updated 27-inch iMac models in August, and so many have assumed based on the competitive performance of Apple’s M1 chip that most of Apple’s Macs will be quickly moving solely to ‌Apple Silicon‌, with only specialized models like the Mac Pro and iMac Pro perhaps taking the full two years to make the transition.

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