The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are both a big step forward from the iPhone 11 series, but they’re not without their faults. The biggest issue is shorter battery life over 5G, which probably led to Apple’s decision not to adopt 120Hz screens this time around.
There are two likely culprits here. The first is pretty obvious: the iPhone 12 family has lower-capacity batteries than the iPhone 11 lineup. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pack a 2,815 mAh battery, compared to 3,110 mAh for the iPhone 11 and 3,046 mAh for the iPhone 11 Pro.
The second cause is slightly trickier: the introduction of 5G is clearly a battery drain as our iPhone 12 battery tests show. But there’s still something Apple can do about this, and the good news is it has already committed to taking that step in the upcoming iPhone 13.
A recent teardown video on Chinese social networking site Weibo proved what many feared: the iPhone 12 uses Qualcomm’s 7-nanometer X55 5G modem, which isn’t known for its power efficiency.
But Apple has already confirmed that this will change in the iPhone 13, and not via the usual insider leaks. Instead, the company revealed its plans on page 71 of its settlement with Qualcomm.
“Apple intends to commercially launch… New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 (the ‘2021 Lanch’), some of which use the SDX60 Qualcomm Chipset,” the document explains.
That’s a big deal. The 5-nanometer X60 chipset can integrate directly into a phone’s chipset, meaning a smaller footprint and lower battery drain. Not only that, but 5G performance should be better too, as it can combine mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks simultaneously.
Ahead of the iPhone 12’s release, some rumors suggested that the handset would get this game changing upgrade early, but sadly that didn’t come to pass. This was not surprising, though, given Qualcomm itself said that phones with the chip would first emerge next year.
Even without this 5G modem, though, the iPhone 12 family is a big upgrade over its predecessor. Not only is it 50% faster in performance, but 5G connectivity across the board means faster browsing and downloads. There’s also the introduction of MagSafe wireless charging and Ceramic Shield, which Apple says provides up to four times the level of protection from drops.
It all adds up to a compelling package and, as we said in our four-star iPhone 12 review, “a serious step forward for the most popular iPhone.” Our 4.5-star iPhone Pro review was even more glowing, stating that it “beats every Android phone in its class in terms of performance and camera quality, even if it’s a step behind in battery life.”
M1 MacBook and Apple Watch with new design reportedly coming in 2021 – MobileSyrup
- 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.
Reliable Leaker Suggests Redesigned MacBooks in 2021 Will Include Both Apple Silicon and Intel Models – MacRumors
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.
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.
PlayStation Canada promises more PS5 stock by the end of the year – MobileSyrup
Sony has confirmed that it will have more PlayStation 5 units for sale before the end of the year.
In tweets on its main PlayStation account and PlayStation Canada account, Sony noted that demand for the PS5 has been “unprecedented,” making it the company’s “biggest console launch ever.”
We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever. Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year – please stay in touch with your local retailers.
— PlayStation Canada (@PlayStationCA) November 25, 2020
For now, Sony is advising interested buyers to “stay in touch with your local retailers.”
M1 MacBook and Apple Watch with new design reportedly coming in 2021 – MobileSyrup
Alberta researcher gets award for COVID-19 mask innovation – paNOW
Unchanged from early estimate, US economy grew 33.1% in Q3 – OrilliaMatters
Silver investment demand jumped 12% in 2019
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Galaxy M31 July 2020 security update brings Glance, a content-driven lockscreen wallpaper service
- Investment21 hours ago
Investment regulator accuses Gary Ng of fraud – The Globe and Mail
- Art21 hours ago
Kamloops Art Gallery offers free virtual art workshops | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source – iNFOnews
- Art23 hours ago
Ancient rock art shows prehistoric people ‘used hallucinogenic drugs’ – Yahoo Canada Sports
- Tech7 hours ago
Sony promises more PS5 stock for the holidays after ‘unprecedented’ demand – The Verge
- Tech17 hours ago
The Apple Store Black Friday deals have been unveiled, but here's where to find better prices on Apple gear – CNET
- Tech14 hours ago
The Best Black Friday TV Deals 2020: Best Samsung, Sony & LG 4K TV Savings Rated by Consumer Walk – GlobeNewswire
- Science21 hours ago
MOXIE Could Help Future Rockets Launch Off Mars – NASA's Mars Exploration Program – NASA Mars Exploration
- Economy22 hours ago
Remarks by President Trump on the Economy – Whitehouse.gov