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This fall is shaping up to be a busy one for the iPhone. Apple is rumored to be preparing four different iPhone 12 variants set for an announcement next week. Read on as we round up all of the specs, features, and design details that we know about the iPhone 12 so far.
Update October 8: Apple has announced its October event for October 13 at 10 am PT. During the event, Apple is expected to announce its new iPhone 12 lineup. We’ll have full coverage right here on 9to5Mac.
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iPhone 12 design
If you find yourself longing for the days of the iPhone 4, 2020 might be the year for you. We expect the iPhone 12 to mark the return to slab-sided design, with reports suggesting that the device will heavily resemble the iPhone 4. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said this will come as part of a significant chassis redesign for the iPhone 12.
Kuo believes that the iPhone 12 will still feature curved glass edges around the display, like the iPhone 11. The analyst has referenced 2/2.5D glass in his various reporting on the 2020 iPhone lineup. Currently, the iPhone 11 Pro features a blended design between the glass of the display and the stainless steel edges. This differs from the iPhone 4, which was completely squared-off around the sides.
A supply chain report has also suggested that the iPhone 12 lineup will be thinner than the iPhone 11, with the largest iPhone 12 model coming in at 7.4mm thick. That’s around 10% thinner than the 8.1mm iPhone 11 Pro Max. Whether or not the rest of the iPhone 12 lineup will be slimmer remains to be seen.
Apple’s return to a boxier industrial design theme with the iPhone 4 makes sense when you consider the design of the iPad Pro. In 2018, Apple redesigned the iPad Pro with a flat-sided body. This redesign has been very well-received by users, so it’s not surprising to see it inspire the iPhone 12.
Here’s a look at what the iPhone 12 might look like in dummy form:
As you can see, in those dummy units, the front-side of the iPhone 12 is expected to look nearly identical to the iPhone 11. There is, however, expected to be one change: a smaller notch. While Apple isn’t expected to remove the notch altogether, reports from Bloomberg and other sources have indicated that Apple will reduce the notch size this year.
But while Apple is planning four new iPhone 12 models for 2020, a report from Bloomberg suggested that the new flat-edged design might only come to the iPhone 12 Pro models at the high-end. Again, this would make sense given what we’ve seen in the iPad lineup: the low-cost iPad has gone largely unchanged, while the iPad Pro features the latest and greatest design.
YouTuber MKBHD has also offered one of the clearest looks yet at the iPhone 12 design, going hands-on with all three different sizes. MKBHD also simulated what iOS 14 will look like on the new iPhone 12 design, and showcased how the design is similar to the iPhone 4.
While we have a general idea of what the iPhone 12 will look like, additional rumors will likely shed more light on additional details as the fall release approaches.
For the first time ever, the entirety of Apple’s flagship iPhone lineup will sport OLED display technology this year. All four iPhone 12 models are expected to feature OLED screens, including the successor to the LCD-equipped iPhone 11.
What about display sizing? Reports suggest that Apple will shift the lineup slightly this year compared to the iPhone 11. Here’s what we know so far:
- One iPhone 12 model with a 5.4-inch OLED display
- Two iPhone 12 models with a 6.1-inch OLED displays
- One iPhone 12 model with a 6.7-inch OLED display
This means the iPhone 12 collection will include the smallest iPhone to ever feature the edge-to-edge display introduced with the iPhone 12, as well as the largest iPhone ever. Reports say that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model will have a height that is “midway between the iPhone SE and iPhone 8,” while the 6.1-inch version will be midway between the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 will be “slightly taller than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.”
Other than OLED, this year’s iPhones are also rumored to feature 120Hz high refresh rate “ProMotion” displays. iPhones to date have included 60Hz displays, but Apple introduced 120Hz refresh rates to the iPad lineup in 2017. The refresh rate doubling dramatically improves the responsiveness of the user experience with gestures more quickly being translated into on-screen motion.
All in all, this may sound confusing, but the gist is: one smaller iPhone 12 mini, two iPhone 12 models the same size as the iPhone 11, and one larger.
iPhone 12 camera
Other than screen size, the biggest differentiator between the iPhone 12 models will be camera technology. Essentially, Apple is planning two iPhones with dual-lens camera systems and two iPhones with triple-lens camera systems.
The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will feature two cameras on the back. This will likely consist of ultra-wide and wide-angle lenses. The same setup is expected on the lower-end 6.1-inch iPhone 12.
Things get a bit more interesting with the two high-end iPhone 12 models. Here, we expect a triple-lens camera system that is likely similar to the iPhone 11 Pro: wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto. But, these two iPhone models are also expected to feature a new time-of-flight 3D sensor.
What does this mean? A time-of-flight (ToF) sensor is similar to the infrared TrueDepth camera system used on the front-side of iPhones for Face ID. Adding a ToF 3D-sensing system to the back camera would enable higher-fidelity 3D photo captures, potentially opening up new augmented reality opportunities. The ToF sensor would also be more powerful and work at longer distances than the TrueDepth system due to its laser-powered technology.
In addition to augmented reality features, this ToF sensor could also improve things that rely on depth data, such as Portrait mode. Findings within iOS 14 by 9to5Mac have also confirmed that only the iPhone 12 Pro will add the new ToF sensor.
This all makes a lot of sense when you look at the 2020 iPad Pro refresh, which brought a new LiDAR Scanner for the first time. The LiDAR Scanner focuses on improvements to AR capabilities. 9to5Mac has exclusively reported that Apple itself is developing a new augmented reality app for iOS 14 that could integrate with retail stores.
One of the biggest benefits for the iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR Scanner, however, will be that developers are better prepared to take advantage of it given the iPad Pro’s existing availability. A leaked image also recently provided a look at how Apple might redesign the camera bump to accommodate the new LiDAR Scanner.
In terms of software, the iPhone 12 models are expected to feature everything currently available on the iPhone 11, including Deep Fusion and Night mode. It also possible that Apple has more software image processing features planned for this year, especially to take advantage of the new ToF technology.
What about the front camera? We don’t know much yet, but there is certainly room for improvement from the iPhone 11. We’ll update when we learn more about the iPhone 12’s front-facing camera.
The iPhone 12 lineup is expected to feature the next iteration of Apple’s A-series processors, presumably called the A14.
According to a recent supply chain report, Apple’s partner TSMC is on schedule to start the production of the A14 processor using a new 5-nanometer process in Q2. The A13 was produced with a 7nm processor, so the A14 should be more power-efficient and faster, thanks to the 5nm process.
What kind of performance should you expect? Early estimates suggest that, when combined with the rumored 6GB of RAM, the A14 could make the iPhone 12 as powerful as the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Game performance could be boosted by upwards of 50% thanks to a special emphasis on multi-core performance.
These improvements are due mainly to the 5nm manufacturing process. You can read more details on the A14’s expected performance here.
Outside of the new A14 processor, the iPhone 12 could feature improved Face ID performance as well. Analysts from Barclays say that iPhone 12 lineup will include a “refreshed” Face ID system. What exactly the analysts mean by “refreshed” is unclear, but it could imply that Apple will upgrade the TrueDepth camera system used for Face ID with improved performance and other enhancements.
The iPhone 11 featured improved Face ID performance as well, but that was primarily due to changes in iOS 13 rather than hardware upgrades. This year, it looks like we might be in store for actual hardware improvements to boost Face ID recognition.
Perhaps most notably of all, all four of the iPhone 12 models introduced this year are expected to feature 5G connectivity. Despite some initial reports to the contrary, all four are expected to include support for both versions of 5G: sub-6 GHz 5G and mmWave 5G.
Different carriers around the world are rolling out sub-6GHz and mmWave networks in different deployments and on different timelines. mmWave is the technology with more impressive gigabit-like speeds, but its range is much smaller. In comparison, sub-6GHz 5G rollouts in the United States typically achieve speeds in the 100-150 Mbps range.
All four of the models will reportedly feature support for both variations of 5G, which will be useful not only for users in the United States but also around the world, where 5G rollouts are different.
While Apple is in the process of developing its own in-house modems for iPhone, the iPhone 12 is likely to feature modems from Qualcomm.
What’s important to keep in mind, however, is that Apple supporting 5G is only half the story: it also needs to be available from carriers. Although the early rollout of mmWave 5G is underway, the extremely limited range means broader rollouts beyond major cities and high-density locations are farther away. If carriers botch the 5G rollout, then it won’t be nearly as notable for the iPhone 12 to have support.
iOS 14 + iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 is expected to be the first iPhone to ship with iOS 14 out of the box. Apple officially announced iOS 14 at WWDC 2020 this year, revealing new features such as widgets on the home screen, picture in picture, and more.
iOS 14 also adds a new App Library view for organizing all of your apps. Apps are automatically organized in the App Library, and you don’t have to keep all of the icons on your actual home screen view. iOS 14 also includes a new Translate application, which offers a complete translator that works with text and voice.
Other changes in iOS 14 include a redesigned Siri interface that doesn’t overtake the entire screen, as well as a new interface for incoming calls that also doesn’t take up the entire screen. You can see all of the new iOS 14 features in action right here.
iPhone 12 accessories
In addition to the many changes coming to the iPhone 12 itself this year, Apple is also rumored to be changing the accessories that are included in the box. According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will not include the wired EarPods or the wall charging brick with the iPhone 12 this year.
For Apple, there are several benefits to this change. First off, removing the in-box charging brick and headphones will dramatically shrink the packaging size and thereby shipping costs. Kuo also suggests that it will help Apple offset the cost of the more expensive 5G components in this year’s iPhone 12. Finally, there are environmental benefits since many people simply don’t need any additional wall bricks.
On the flip side, perhaps to help make up for the lack of earbuds and the wall brick, Apple will reportedly include a higher-end Lightning cable in the box with the iPhone 12. A rumor suggests that the iPhone 12 will come with a new braided Lightning to USB-C cable in the box. This cable would be more durable than the classic Lightning cable, and it would mean that even the non-Pro iPhone 12 models would include a USB-C cable.
iPhone 12: Naming, pricing, and release
Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction graphic for the 2020 iPhones
All current evidence points to this year’s iPhone being called the iPhone 12. This makes sense given the expected redesign, which makes it unlikely that Apple will make 2020 an “S” year for iPhone upgrades.
A pair of recent leaks have offered details on how Apple might name the iPhone 12 lineup across all four models. The very reliable leaker L0vetodream has reported that Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup will be branded as follows:
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
Much like naming, the pricing of unreleased iPhone models is generally hard to predict. Apple set a precedent in 2019 by dropping the entry-level iPhone 11 price to $699, but whether or not that continues remains to be seen.
And last but not least, details on the iPhone 12’s release date. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in the development process for Apple, and the company is said to be “scrambling” to prevent pushing back release dates. Apple is also reportedly concerned about potential economic uncertainty, and that there might not be enough demand for high-end iPhones this fall.
Flagship iPhone models usually launch around September, with some models shipping in October, such as the iPhone XR in 2018, and the iPhone X in November of 2019. In a surprising move, Apple has confirmed that the release of the 2020 iPhone lineup will be later than originally expected. During the company’s Q3 2020 earnings call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri addressed the fact that the iPhone 12 will be released “a few weeks” later than the iPhone 11 was released in 2019.
While covering what to expect from Apple during the company’s fiscal Q4 2020, Maestri explained that Apple began selling new iPhones in September of 2019. This year, Maestri says Apple currently expects the new iPhones to come several weeks later. “As you know, last year we started selling iPhones in late September,” Maestri said during the call. “This year, we expect supply to be available a few weeks later.”
The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro were released on September 20 last year. A three-week delay this year would mean the iPhone 12 lineup could be released in mid-October at the earliest. It’s also possible that Apple staggers the iPhone 12 debut across all of October and November.
Finally, Apple held an event on September 15 – but the iPhone 12 was not included. Instead, this event focused on Apple’s newest Apple Watch and iPad hardware, as well as the announcement of the Apple One services bundle, a new Fitness+ service, and iOS 14 release date information. The lack of an iPhone 12 mention during the September event all-but-guarantees that the iPhone will be announced sometime in October instead.
What do you think of the rumors we’ve seen so far about this year’s iPhone lineup? What do you think we can expect in terms of naming and pricing? Let us know down in the comments!
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Let's encrypt the fund building an HTTP back-end based on Hyper (Rust) – The Market Mail
If we have read in recent times that the famous tool for requesting in many protocols is being rewritten with the language created by the Mozilla Foundation, it is not.
Daniel Steinberg has clearly detailed it on his blog. The base libcurl library is written in C and will remain so. Even though the language has its own problems and weaknesses are sometimes detected, none has been significant and their numbers are decreasing.
Above all, this software brick found in millions of machines worldwide is known for, stable and appreciated. A full port would be a pharaonic job, even before Google eventually recalled Steinberg.
However, the design of CURL is flexible. It can be compiled with different back-ends, 33 to be precise. Each can be used to support a particular protocol, with its advantages and disadvantages.
The announcement made a few days ago is about the creation of a new back-end for HTTP requests. It will use Hyper, a library used in Rust, a language considered “memory safe”, because of its design and its specialized memory management.
This back-end, which will support both HTTP / 1 and HTTP / 2, will support quiche and Mesalink, already supported as well as written in Rust. Its construction was funded by ISRG, the organization behind Let’s Encrypt N.
Steinberg says the job will take time. Hyper does not yet have an API that allows it to communicate with code written in C, its development is underway. Only after this step can the actual design of the new back-end begin.
A dedicated branch has been created on the CURL GitHub repository. No date has been given yet on the outcome of the project.
Fitness: Exercise is a golden opportunity for older adults – Sarnia and Lambton County This Week
It used to be that the golden years were all about putting your feet up and taking it easy. But that was before exercise was linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease and increased longevity. Being physically active is now considered a vital component of a long and healthy life, and is especially important for older adults, including those who have yet to jump on the exercise bandwagon.
But there’s no clear consensus as to what type of physical activity is best suited for older populations looking to take advantage of all that exercise has to offer. Is the non-age-specific recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week the best option? Or are there workout routines that offer better results for older exercisers?
A team of researchers set out to get answers by comparing the long- and short-term results of three exercise routines on a large group of Norwegians aged 70 to 77, divided into three groups. The control group (780 people) was asked to follow the national guidelines for physical activity, which in Norway call for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. The second group (387 people) swapped out two days of the general 30-minute workouts for 50 continuous minutes of exercise performed at an intensity equivalent to 70 per cent of their maximum heart rate. The third group (400 people) was also asked to swap out two days a week of the 30-minute workouts, but their routine consisted of four high-intensity intervals of four minutes performed at 90 per cent of their maximum heart rate. Fitness and health data for all three groups, whose average age was 72.8, was collected at the start of the study and again one, three and five years later.
To ensure the two non-control groups stayed on target, they met regularly with professionals who supervised workouts designed to ensure participants exercised in the appropriate training zone, with intensity measured by heart rate monitors and ratings of perceived exertion. Adherence to the exercise routine was analyzed through self-reporting, with anyone who participated in less than 50 per cent of the workouts considered to be non-compliant. At the end of the study, two physicians analyzed the medical data of all three groups, including any deaths, without knowing which exercise routine they followed.
The researchers anticipated that the two groups that exceeded the national recommendations for physical activity would realize an added boost of longevity, but there were no differences in the mortality rate between those who followed the 30-minute general routine and those who didn’t. There was, however, a slight boost in longevity among the high-intensity interval group when compared to the exercisers who performed 50 minutes of continuous moderate-intensity exercise.
The researchers aren’t sure why their hypothesis wasn’t realized, but suspect it had something to do with the overall good health of the study subjects. A whopping 80 per cent reported a medium or high level of physical activity at the start of the study, which suggests that exercise was already contributing to their overall health and longevity. Another finding to consider is that 47 per cent of the exercisers doing the high-intensity interval training stuck with it to the end of the study, compared to the 69 per cent of the controls who kept up their routine for the full five years.
“Participants in the control group did not receive supervised exercise, yet exercised at relatively high levels throughout the five years,” said the researchers.
Another unexpected finding is that peak oxygen uptake, a measure of cardiovascular fitness, showed no age-related decline over the course of the study. This is good news for older exercisers, as a decline in peak oxygen uptake is typical in this age group and is associated with an increased risk of premature death and coronary heart disease.
The bottom line is that there are a number of options for older adults who want to reap all the health benefits physical activity has to offer. It’s also clear that for active older adults, judging the effectiveness of a workout by its length or intensity isn’t a good practice.
“The central implication is that either shorter-duration vigorous physical activity or longer-duration moderate physical activity or a combination of the two, that amount to the same amount of work each week, will have the same favourable health outcomes, with vigorous physical activity being the time-efficient alternative,” stated the researchers.
So go ahead and pick the workout of your choice — or better yet, mix it up between all three routines featured in this study. For older adults, not only does exercise have the potential to mitigate several of the negative health conditions associated with aging, it can truly make the latter decades of life golden.
Apple warns of new iPhone 12 upgrade – The Queens County Citizen
Newly Support document Marked by Macroomers, Apple has quietly warned consumers that there are some significant pitfalls to its innovative new MagSafe wireless charging system, which extends beyond concerns Its weak magnets.
In the range of bullet points at the end of the document, Apple’s Magazine’s warning buyers of iPhone 12 series phones:
- If your iPhone’s battery is “too warm”, say that charging is limited to 80% capacity, increase the heat and limit charging.
- Magnetic strips and RFID chips on credit cards, security badges, passports and key fobs can damage the back of your iPhone and between the MagSafe charger. Apple a Mag Safe Wallet, So be very careful.
- Damages leather cases used with chargers by leaving “circular seals”. There is a similar damage to silicon cases Also reported A few days later, questions should also be asked as to what this does to the glassbacks of the case-less iPhone 12 models over time.
The most obvious fear of accidentally wiping out your credit cards is that the last point (which Apple writes in small gray at the end of the support document) seems to be pressed evenly.
Replacing the damaged iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro rear windows will cost 9,449 (up to $ 50 on the iPhone 11) and 99,549, respectively. Yes you can buy Apple’s AppleCarePlus insurance policy (iPhone 12 – $ 7.99pm / $ 149 upfront; from $ 50.
And the costs continue to rise from here. The same support document says “Your iPhone will charge less quickly [with MagSafe] When using a power adapter that delivers less than 20W ”. Apple never sold the 20W charger with the previous iPhone and the chargers are now removed (Ear pods). So it will be Another $ 20.
Yes, there is a lot to like about MagSafe and as third party tools grow, its potential will be huge. Apple’s warnings around it are important and no one yet knows whether to upgrade to the iPhone 12 model, the second generation Magsafe may want to see if it launches with the iPhone 13 next year.
And, what Apple has About iPhone 13 has already been confirmed, Which is a very wise move.
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