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Apple's Reportedly Replacing the iPhone Mini With a Cheaper Pro Max and 5G iPhone SE – Gizmodo

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The fate of the iPhone Mini hasn’t looked too great as of late. Earlier this year, the buzz was that Apple would stop manufacturing its tiniest phone after poor sales. Yet, iPhone 13 rumors have consistently included the Mini as part of a four-phone lineup. However, a new Nikkei Asia report says that a 5G iPhone SE will be available starting in early 2022 and that a lower-cost iPhone Pro Max will replace the iPhone Mini for the iPhone 14 lineup.

Fans of the Mini’s display may not be happy with the news that Apple plans on doubling down on the SE as its small-screen option. According to Nikkei, the 5G iPhone SE will still be based on the iPhone 8—meaning a 4.7-inch LCD display instead of the Mini’s 5.4-inch OLED. Earlier iPhone SE rumors also hinted that the home button will also stick around. The good news is it’ll have the same A15 processor as the rest of the iPhone 13 lineup, as well as Qualcomm’s X60 modem for 5G compatibility.

Citing an anonymous source, Nikkei Asia also claims that instead of another small-screen phone, Apple will instead go bigger, replacing the Mini with a new 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max. The source described this Pro Max as a “relatively cost-effective version”, leaving the lineup at two 6.1-inch phones and two 6.7-inch phones. Meaning, if you want a smaller phone, you’re going to have to stick with the SE going forward. That’s not terrible, considering it’s going to receive the same processor. However, aside from a faster chip and 5G, it’s unlikely the SE will get more advanced features like FaceID and MagSafe, and so far there’s been no indication it’ll get a better camera either. That said, we found the 2020 iPhone SE impressively held its own against the 11 Pro Max.

This makes a lot of sense. When it came to iPhone 12 sales, the Mini and Pro Max both became available in November 2020. However, the iPhone Mini only accounted for 6% of sales at the time, while the Pro Max exceeded expectations with 20% of sales. This means if you held off buying an iPhone 12 Mini, but still want a smaller phone with more of Apple’s advanced features and a better camera, you’re probably going to want to buy an iPhone 13 Mini.

As for Apple’s other products, Nikkei Asia claims that new AirPods will enter production next month—lining up with Apple’s production schedule for the new iPhones. So far, AirPods 3 rumors indicate the next-gen, entry-level earbuds will borrow heavily from the design of the AirPods Pro. This also implies that the buds will debut at the same time as the iPhones and that Apple itself is returning to its regular September launch event timing. Last year, the pandemic screwed with supply chains, leading Apple to spread out its fall product launch schedule into three separate events spanning from September to November.

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PS5 SSD storage expansion is finally here, but only on the beta firmware version – Notebookcheck.net

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Google no longer allowing 'Sugar dating' apps in the Play Store – MobileSyrup

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Google has changed some of the language in the Play Store’s guidelines to prohibit ‘Sugar Dating’ apps starting on September 1st.

If you’re unfamiliar with the world of Sugar Dating apps, they typically facilitate meetups and relationships between older, wealthier individuals (sugar daddies) and younger, far less financially well-off partners. However, Google pulling these niche apps from the Play Store obviously won’t stop unique relationships like this from happening.

The new rule change specifically says that the Play Store now prohibits “compensated sexual relationships,” as first reported by Android Police. That said, it’s easy to make the argument that a lot of these apps don’t directly encourage sexual relationships and instead just market themselves as a discreet way to meet a partner for this special arrangement.

Beyond the above change, Google also says that it will soon start deleting inactive developer accounts.

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PlayStation 5 SSD upgrades are finally enabled for beta testers – Engadget

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As expected, Sony is gradually opening up access to the PS5’s empty M.2 expansion slot. Starting today, a new system software update gives beta users in the US, Canada and parts of Europe the ability to boost local storage with select SSD drives. But, the process isn’t as straightforward as previous reports suggested. 

We already knew the required read speeds would be 5,500MB/s or higher, which limits you to PCIe Gen4 SSDs. Of course, there are plenty of drives that can manage that: The Samsung 980 Pro, Western Digital SN850, Corsair Force MP600, Seagate Firecuda 530, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, to name a few. 

To make things more complicated, Sony says that you’ll also need to take into account the PS5’s cooling mechanism. That means you can either attach a heatsink to your SSD, either in a single- or double-sided format, or purchase a compatible SSD with the cooling structure built-in. But, even then, it needs to be the right-sized heatsink that matches the required dimensions. The total size including the cooling structure needs to be smaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H) or, in inches, smaller than 4.33in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442in (H).

Basically, you can forget just popping the cover and slotting in just any Gen 4 SSD. For instance, the Corsair Force MP600 has a heatsink which is too high to fit (though you can purchase it without one and use your own thermal solution). Whereas the WD Black SN850 heatsink should be fine.

Beyond the M.2 SSD support, the PS5 beta software also includes additional software and improvements. Among them is 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers that can boost sound by measuring the acoustics of a room using the DualSense controller. You can switch it on or off from the sound menu in the console’s system settings. What’s more there are a bunch of control customization options in the Control Centre. Here, the Game Base will also let you message friends and parties and see how many friends are online. 

While PS4 and PS5 games will also be labeled accordingly and appear separately in the home screen and game library. The update also packs a trophy tracker for quick access to up to five trophies per game via the Control Center, the option to pick between 720p and 1080p on PlayStation Now and the ability to enable automatic video clips in challenges for high scores. The software update is also rolling out in Japan, UK, Germany, and France.

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