Documents related to Apple and Qualcomm’s legal settlement have revealed Qualcomm’s 5G modem roadmap.
The documents show that Apple expects to use hitherto-unseen X65 and X70 5G modems from Qualcomm.
Apple has just launched its first 5G iPhones in the iPhone 12 series, and it looks like they’re powered by Qualcomm’s X55 modem seen in Android flagships too. This isn’t unexpected, given that Apple signed a settlement to use Qualcomm chips in the first place.
What is unexpected is that year-old documents related to Apple and Qualcomm’s legal settlement may have given us a look at the US chipmaker’s 5G modem roadmap. The old documents — unearthed by Twitter user @dnywlsh and MacRumors — show that Apple intended to use Qualcomm’s 5G modems all the way up to 2024. Check out a screenshot of the relevant excerpt below.
More specifically, Apple stated its intentions to use the X55 modem for devices launched between June 2020 and May 2021, the X60 modem between June 2021 and May 2022, and the X65 and X70 modems between June 2022 and May 2024.
Qualcomm’s X55 has been available in Android phones since 2019. Meanwhile, the X60 was announced earlier this year and is expected to accompany the Snapdragon 875 flagship processor which will power many high-end Android phones in 2021.
This is the first time we’ve heard about the X65 and X70 modems though, although the names are just about all we know at this juncture. In saying so, we’d expect improved power consumption, faster 5G speeds, and more integration with Qualcomm’s RF components.
The disclosed timeline might also give us some insight into Apple’s in-house 5G modem plans, and it looks like it expected to be reliant on Qualcomm for quite some time. Apple acquired Intel’s modem business back in 2019, ostensibly in order to create its own 5G modems in-house and wean itself off the US chipmaker. But this roadmap suggests that Apple expects a long gestation period for its first 5G modems. Of course, it’s possible that Apple has been making rapid progress since these documents were filed last year, but we’ll have to wait and see for now.
I’ve taken the iPhone 12 for a spin around my home in Edinburgh, and I’ve been super impressed with how it stacks up against the previous 11 Pro. Sure, it doesn’t have the 2x telephoto lens, but the images it can capture with the standard view and the super-wide lens are superb.
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On this first scene in Dean Village, both cameras have captured an excellent overall exposure, but the iPhone 12’s shot has a richer blue sky and more contrast and detail on the buildings, resulting in a better-looking shot overall.
Switching to the super-wide view, both phones have been able to capture a huge amount of the scene in front of them, but again, the iPhone 12 has a bit more punch to the scene. Some of the buildings look a bit darker, however, which may not be to everyone’s tastes.
While the overall exposure is great on both shots, the bright sky on the iPhone 11 Pro appears to have caused some haziness around where the buildings meet the sky. The iPhone 12’s shot has a clear distinction between the areas, which looks much nicer.
Although the sky doesn’t cause the same haze in this scene, there’s a noticeable difference in the contrast between the two images. The iPhone 12’s shot has richer colors, which helps add some punch to the shadows on the church, as well as help distinguish the various trees from each other further down.
In this example, however, I can see almost no discernible differences between the two images. Both are pin-sharp with accurate colors and great contrast.
Up on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, I prefer the look of the shot from the iPhone 11 Pro. It has a warmer white balance to it (which may only be caused by the tiny shift in shooting angle) that I think gives a more pleasing tone to the scene and has allowed it to maintain some of the sunset colors in the sky.
Looking at the increasing sunset from another direction, both phones have captured the tones and the exposure extremely well. The iPhone 12’s shot does have more contrast and clarity on the buildings further in the scene, as well as making them a touch brighter, which I think makes for a superior image.
As the sunset deepened, the phones had to fight harder to keep that bright streak of orange in the sky under control, while still capturing plenty of detail in the foreground. They’re both great shots, but the iPhone 12’s image again shows brighter details in the building and foreground foliage.
As night began to fall I headed further into the city and found this scene. The 11 Pro has captured a great image overall, but it’s clear to see that the iPhone 12’s is brighter, with more detail on the cobblestones and on “The Arches” sign.
The situation is much the same with these beautiful Christmas decorations, shot using the super-wide lens and the Night mode. The iPhone 12 Pro’s shot is brighter, with much more visible detail to be seen.
Cropping in to the top of the building on that same super-wide shot, it’s clear to see that the iPhone 12’s image is both brighter and sharper.
Taken using Night mode at 10 seconds, both shots have captured an impressive amount of detail in what was such an incredibly dark nighttime scene. The iPhone 12’s shot is a touch brighter, however.
Cropping in on the corner of the same images, it’s possible to see that the iPhone 12 has been able to capture significantly better detail in the edges of its frame when using Night mode.
The iPhone 12 takes better photos
In almost every example in this test I prefer the look of the images from the iPhone 12 over those taken on the iPhone 11 Pro. Details are clearer, shots are brighter and more vibrant, and Night mode images have seen huge improvements. It’s not such a significant upgrade that it’s worth moving from an iPhone 11 Pro to the iPhone 12, but the 12 is the phone to go for if you’re looking at upgrading from an earlier handset.
The only downside to keep in mind is that the iPhone 12 doesn’t have the 2x telephoto lens. As a photographer, I love using the zoom on the phone as it allows me to get some really interesting angles on subjects that you can’t do with a wide-angle lens. If you’re a really dedicated photographer then it’s worth considering spending the extra and going for the iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max, both of which offer the telephoto lens as well as the standard and super-wide views.
Italians are preparing themselves for a very different Christmas due to newly announced restrictions to combat the coronavirus. But a recent survey has revealed that the public is largely in favour of the limitations being adopted to personal freedom – if it is in aid of protecting public safety. Nearly 60 percent of those who participated in the Cencis survey accepted that the government should decide “when and under what conditions they can leave their houses, what they can or cannot do, who they can see and where” to protect the health of the Italian population.Nearly 80 percent said they were in favour of tough curbs at Christmas time.A new emergency decree signed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte took effect on Friday and will remain valid until January 15.Italy’s regions have been divided into three different colours according to the level Covid-19 infections and risk, with red being the most dangerous, then orange and yellow.Only in yellow regions are bars and restaurants allowed to be open for regular service. In the other regions, they are only allowed to be open for take-away service.In a press conference outlining the new restrictions over the Christmas season to avoid another surge in coronavirus infections, Conte said that Italy was obtaining good results thanks to already existing measures, but this was no time for complacency and that new ruled were required. “The measures we’re adopting are adequate and proportional to the level of risk, without being unnecessary penalised”, he said. “We have avoided a nationwide lockdown but now, near Christmas, we must not let our guard down.” Christmas midnight mass, which is very popular with Italians, has been banned and the prime minister has urged his fellow countrymen to refrain from inviting guests to their homes during the festivities.Italians are banned from leaving their towns on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Movement between Italy’s 20 regions is also banned from December 21 to January 6 unless a person can show they are travelling for their job, a health issue or an emergency.Ski resorts will be closed until January 6 and cruises have been banned over the holiday period.“There is still a long way to go until we’re out of the pandemic,” said Conte. “We must avert a third wave, which could arrive as early as January and be no less violent than the first wave.”From December 10-21, residents returning to Italy from other EU countries will need to take a Covid-19 test before travelling and show the negative result on arrival. From December 21 to January 6, anyone arriving in Italy including from EU countries must quarantine for two-weeks.
One of the hottest items on many Christmas wish lists this holiday season is the Playstation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X consoles.
With so many people at home looking for something to do during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand is high for the latest generation gaming consoles. Getting your hands on one seems to be a game all on its own.
Salim Saikley is one of the lucky few able to purchase a new console this holiday season.
“It really feels like you’re part of an elite club,” said Saikley.
After weeks of trying to buy a Sony PS5 gaming console, he finally found one at an online store, “I was able to pick one up as of 6:30 a.m.” He ‘picked it’ online, and hopes to have it delivered next week.
The new PS5’s are reselling on sites like Kijiji for nearly double the retail price. Saikley does not think that is something he would have done.
“Really hard to justify a gaming console for over a thousand dollars,” said Saikley.
Even though he doesn’t consider himself a ‘gamer‘, he’s looking for something else to do at home during the pandemic.
“COVID for sure is a massive factor; another thing to do in the home besides projects and cooking, building projects – we’re a little tired of that,” said Saikley.
At retailers like The Source, which is owned by CTV News Ottawa’s parent company Bell, the pandemic is helping to drive sales.
“Gaming gives us a really good opportunity to play interactively; to play with other families, and to make sure that we’re keeping that social connection alive,” says Andaleeb Dobson, vice-president of Merchandising and Supply Chain at The Source. “Gaming is through the roof, it’s been seven years since we’ve had new XBox or Playstation consoles.”
The hottest game consoles have been on the market for about a month. Dobson says launch day was very busy on their website, “We sold lots of consoles in less than half an hour.”
Best Buy Canada says pre-orders sold out quickly, and a company spokesperson told CTV News Ottawa, “We expect that demand to last well into the new year as inventory becomes available.”
Hamse Deira managed to buy three on pre-order months ago.
“Honestly, it’s amazing,” said Deira, who sold one and surprised his older brother with the other new console. “He was still sleeping, so I put it on his on his bed, and I just tapped him and he woke up and was freaking out; he almost knocked it off the bed!”
CTV News Ottawa asked Ray for tips to find the Playstation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X consoles this holiday season.
“Turning on notifications for Twitter helps get the latest alerts for surprise drops, but for scheduled ones like the ones Walmart and EB Games just did, it takes speed and a lot of luck,” said Ray in a Twitter message to CTV News Ottawa.
He says you’ll need that luck and suggests you follow all of the retailers’ social media accounts. Retailers often post when they will be releasing more consoles.
He offers other tips on his website too, including creating an account at the online store ahead of time and making sure it works. Ensure your billing address and shipping address are correct, and add a valid credit card number ahead of time.
Ray also suggests trying a stores’ online app; while many are trying to log onto the website, you may have luck with your phone.
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