Here’s your daily BC COVID update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 19, 2020.
In the wake of Apple’s somewhat disappointing ‘Time Flies‘ fall hardware event where the company showed off the iPad (2020), Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, another keynote is set for October 13th at 10am PT/1pm ET.
During the tech giant’s ‘Hi, Speed’ streamed keynote, we’re almost certainly going to catch a glimpse of the iPhone 12 series, with devices like the over-ear AirPods Studio and AirTags also possibly making an appearance.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
Regarding the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, rumours indicate the phones will feature 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays, respectively.
However, the display featured in Apple’s high-end smartphone won’t be capable of the same 120Hz ProMotion technology included in more recent iPad Pro models, according to often-reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Since most high-end Android devices now feature 120Hz displays, this is definitely a disappointing move by Apple.
The smartphone is expected to feature a triple rear-facing camera array similar to the iPhone 11 Pro’s, including a 12-megapixel wide, 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel telephoto lenses. New this year is the same LiDAR sensor that came to the iPad Pro (2020), giving the device better depth tracking functionality that could improve both augmented reality (AR) app capabilities and photography. Since Apple’s event invite featured an AR component, these rumours definitely seem to track.
Apple’s iPhone 12 models are tipped to feature 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch OLED displays. This would mark a shift from LCD to OLED for Apple’s non-pro iPhone models. Like last year, the main difference between the iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro is the lower-end smartphones will still only feature a 12-megapixel wide and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. There are also some rumours Apple will call its 5.4-inch smartphone the iPhone 12 mini.
Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are expected to feature 5G capabilities, a more powerful A14 processor and a slightly smaller front-facing notch thanks to Apple shrinking its TrueDepth camera sensor.
Reports point to Apple’s entire 2020 iPhone line sharing the same design language as the more recent iPad Pro, including the tablet’s more squared-off edges, giving the devices an almost iPhone 4-like look.
Finally, there is speculation Apple will no longer include EarPods or a charger in the box of any of its 2020 iPhones, a choice that could prove controversial. Given both of these unfortunate rumours come from often-reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, they’re likely accurate. It’s worth noting Samsung didn’t include AKG earbuds in the recently released Note 20 Ultra, which sets a precedent for this shift.
Probably Sport variant of Apples headphones
Personally not impressed, looks too much like 2 Palm Pre’s attached to 2 tuning forks :/ hard to unsee
— Fudge (@choco_bit) September 16, 2020
Apple’s over-ear AirPods Studio have been rumoured for months at this point. They’re tipped to feature noise-cancelling, high-end build quality and, strangely, the ability to be worn backwards.
There are also some rumours indicating that the headphones are modular, allowing users to swap out ear pads and other design features.
Leaked images courtesy of Twitter user @choco_bit and renders from sometimes-reliable YouTuber Jon Prosser gave us a brief look at the headphones back in mid-September. They seem to feature a sleek design and will be available in several different colours.
Apple AirTags (codename: B389)
– White front (no logo) CLEAN!
– Polished metal back
– Apple logo on back
3D render made by the AMAZING @CConceptCreator.
Sources shared with me a video of the real AirTags — to protect them, we made a 3D render to show you. pic.twitter.com/aKGOATXMMO
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 14, 2020
There’s also a possibility we could finally see Apple’s often-rumoured Tile-like AirTag Bluetooth tracking gadget, which has been rumoured for several months now. Back in April, Appleosphy reported the tech giant’s YouTube channel featured a brief mention of AirTags in an instructional video.
There’s also some speculation that the Apple logo in the centre of the invite to Apple’s September 13th event is in fact, actually an AirTag.
While AirTags can’t receive a signal, they’re able to broadcast their location to Apple’s iPhone 11 and later thanks to the smartphones’ U1 ultra-wideband (UWB) chip. The recently released Apple Watch Series 6 also features a UWB chip.
So far, the UWB chip has only been used for enhanced AirDrop functionality. AirTags will also likely be able to indicate its location based on Bluetooth low-energy signals.
While Apple has revealed plans to eventually switch its entire Mac line to its own proprietary ARM-based processors over the next two years, it’s unlikely we’ll learn anything about the company’s future PC and laptop plans at this particular event. That said, recent rumours point to Apple’s first ARM-powered Mac being a new 12-inch MacBook.
Further, though we probably won’t see the set-top box on September 13th, there are rumours Apple plans to release a 4th-gen Apple TV, and its own video game controller. Given the Apple TV hasn’t received a significant design update since 2015, the streaming device is due for a refresh — especially its frustrating Siri Remote.
And finally, rumours are swirling that Apple could be preparing to release a HomePod mini. While the original HomePod features stellar audio quality, it lags behind its competitors in terms of smart features. It’s unclear what else could be featured in a smaller HomePod, but the device would likely be designed to compete with cheaper smart speakers like Google’s recently released Nest Audio and Amazon’s upcoming 4th-generation Echo.
Leaker Kang recently reported that the HomePod mini will cost $99 (roughly $130 CAD) and measure in at 3.3-inches tall. Further, the smart speaker will reportedly be powered by the same S5 processor included in the Apple Watch Series 5.
Be sure to follow along on MobileSyrup on October 13th at 1pm ET/10AM PT for all of the news from Apple’s streamed keynote.
Image credit: Max Weinbach
New Photos Offer Better Look at iPhone 12 Color Options – MacRumors
As we wait for the iPhone 12 review embargo to lift later today, more pictures are circulating of the devices in real-world lighting conditions, providing a better look at the different colors available.
Leaker DuanRui has shared images on Twitter of the iPhone 12 in white, black, blue, green, and (PRODUCT)RED. The black and white colors are similar to the iPhone 11 colors, but the other colors are new.
DuanRui also posted images of the iPhone 12 Pro in graphite and pacific blue, a deep blue color that’s new to the Pro iPhone lineup. Pacific blue replaces the midnight green color that was introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro lineup. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max also come in silver and gold.
DuanRui previously provided an early unboxing video of iPhone 12 models, providing a closer look at the shiny new flat-edge design.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders began last Friday, and shipments will begin arriving to customers this coming Friday. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order starting Friday, November 6. Let us know what you think of the colors in the comments below.
COVID-19 update for Oct. 19: 499 new cases, two additional deaths – Standard Freeholder
Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 19, 2020.
We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.
Check back here for more updates throughout the day.
B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Oct. 19:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 11,687 (1,639 active)
• New cases since Oct. 16: 499
• Hospitalized cases: 67
• Intensive care: 19
• COVID-19 related deaths: 253
• Cases under public health monitoring: 4,028
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 19
B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS
LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, says the province recorded 499 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and two additional deaths from the respiratory disease.
“We are in the second wave of the COVID-19 storm in B.C. but we have control of what that wave looks like,” said Henry. “There continues to be COVID-19 transmission in many parts of our province and we know that this is expected. This virus has not gone away.”
Henry said she is encourage that B.C. is not seeing exponential growth, but, rather continued and ongoing growth.
“We do have more people in the hospital than we did a few weeks ago, but that has also stabilized,” she said. “We need, however, to make sure that we are doing what we can to avoid a steep and sudden increase in new cases that we have seen in other parts of Canada, in our neighbouring countries and around the world.”
12:45 p.m. – COVID-19 cases in Canada surpass 200,000
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Canada has passed 200,000.
The latest case numbers from Saskatchewan lifted the national tally over the bleak milestone.
The development comes just over four months after Canada reached the 100,000-case threshold.
The bulk of the country’s case load has been concentrated in Ontario and Quebec, though numbers have been surging in much of the country in recent weeks as Canada deals with a second wave of the global pandemic.
The Canadian Press
10:20 a.m. – More B.C. flight exposures added
A number of flights either departing from or arriving in B.C. have been added to a COVID-19 exposure list.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added a number of new flights to its exposure watchlist over the weekend including both domestic and international flights.
Loblaws Canada is reporting a possible COVID-19 exposure threat at a No Frills grocery store in Langley.
The company says a staff member at Michael’s No Frills, at 204th Street, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The staff member last worked at the store on Oct. 12.
Loblaws says all safety precautions have been followed and the store has reopened following a deep clean.
As B.C.’s world-class ski resorts brace of a winter without international tourists due to closed borders, many are betting that locals eager to get onto the slopes will help make up for the lost revenues for the resorts.
Canada closed its borders since March to all but immediate and extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“We are desperately trying to make that up with domestic booking,” said Michael Ballingall, senior vice president of Big White Ski Resort, located around 450 km (280 miles) east of Vancouver. The resort plans to roll out flight deals and discounts on long-term stays to attract Canadians.
Although international visitors represent just 21% of reservations, they contribute 32% of revenue, Ballingall said, underscoring how the different spending patterns of domestic visitors won’t necessarily bridge the budget gap – Canadians take fewer lessons, buy little or no equipment and eat out less frequently.
Meanwhile, Tourism Whistler declined to say how much accommodation bookings dropped this year, but said that in a normal year 60% of Whistler’s visitors were international.
The Bank of Canada says companies are hedging hiring plans and wage growth expectations in the coming months over heightened uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The central bank’s business outlook survey finds hiring intentions remain below their historical averages, suggesting modest hiring plans even as the overall outlook on employment edges up.
Almost one-third of businesses told the bank they expect their workforce numbers to remain below pre-pandemic levels for at least the next 12 months, or to never fully recover.
The survey also finds that wage growth is widely expected to slow over the next year, mostly a result of the pandemic and ongoing uncertainty, with some firms reporting a wage freeze.
The bank also says that nearly half of firms surveyed used the federal wage subsidy program to avoid layoffs or quickly refill positions.
About 100 firms took part in the bank’s regular survey out this morning, but did so between late August and mid-September when COVID-19 case counts were still low.
The Canadian Press
School exposures to COVID-19 piled up in B.C. over the weekend, with additional outbreaks reported at a Surrey meat processing plant and care homes in Surrey and Langley.
On Sunday, the principal of Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver told parents that there had been another exposure at the school — within the attached North Shore Child Care Centre — and that the centre would close for two weeks, effective Monday.
Health Canada is asking British Columbians to download its COVID Alert app, despite the provincial government not yet agreeing to support the technology.
Health Canada told Postmedia News that the app could still be of use, despite it not being adopted in B.C.
“The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks,” said Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette.
“At all levels of uptake, COVID Alert can help reduce transmission. The more people who use the app the more effective it will be.”
LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information
Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.
–with files from The Canadian Press
Apple's Chinese users are mainly snapping up iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, new data shows – CNBC
GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese consumers have taken a liking to Apple’s new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, according to data provided to CNBC.
The two devices in Apple’s new 5G flagship lineup became available for pre-order on Oct. 16. As of 9:30 a.m. China time on Tuesday, 152,737 iPhone 12 units had been pre-ordered, data from Chinese e-commerce site and authorized Apple reseller Fenqile showed.
Fenqile is also taking pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, even though they’re not officially available until November.
Out of all the pre-ordered iPhones, nearly 43% are iPhone 12 models and over 28% are iPhone 12 Pro models. Just under 19% are iPhone 12 Pro Max orders and nearly 10% are orders for the iPhone 12 Mini, the device with the smallest screen in the lineup.
The Fenqile data comes after a new note from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, known for his accurate predictions on Apple products and sales.
Kuo reported that Apple sold up to 2 million iPhone 12 units in the first 24 hours, up from 800,000 units of the iPhone 11. He also said that iPhone 12 Pro sold better than expected and that China represented 35% to 45% of that model’s demand.
Indeed, on Apple’s official China website, the iPhone 12 Pro had a delivery time of three to four weeks, higher than the two to three weeks for the base iPhone 12 models. Delivery times for devices can often indicate which models are most popular.
Kuo also predicted that the iPhone 12 Mini wouldn’t sell well in China due to its smaller screen, in a market where larger displays are more popular. On Fenqile, the iPhone 12 Mini has the least amount of pre-orders.
The latest figures will be encouraging for Apple given the importance of the Chinese market to the company but also the high expectations that the iPhone 12 range will spur an upgrade “supercycle.”
Apple’s iPhone 12 64GB in blue makes up 20% of pre-orders on Fenqile with the iPhone 12 Pro 128GB Pacific Blue variant making up 11%. These are the two most popular models.
The Cupertino, California giant has been quite aggressive on pricing. The iPhone 12 Pro is cheaper than last year’s iPhone 11 starting price upon release in China.
“Consumers are looking for the best deal now, even before the pandemic. And both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models could provide them favorable prices and screen size experience,” Will Wong, research manager at IDC, told CNBC.
“The iPhone 12 allows consumers to get the first 5G iPhone with more acceptable prices and specs, while iPhone 12 Pro could provide the ‘Pro’ experience to consumers with more affordable prices too.”
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