iFixit has gotten its hands on Apple’s new M1-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, which of course is to say that its team has torn the laptops apart to find out what’s inside. And, while the Air and the Pro have set groundbreaking new standards for performance and efficiency, it turns out that this can be attributed almost entirely to the M1 chip rather than any particular design changes.
Take the new MacBook Pro, for instance. Here’s this year’s Intel-based model on the left, with the new M1 version on the right:
The internal layouts of the two computers are almost identical. iFixit notes that the M1 model uses exactly the same fan component as its Intel predecessor, for example, which really does drive home the M1 chip’s efficiency considering the difference in noise levels between the two computers.
The MacBook Air, meanwhile, also looks very similar to the Intel version, but with the omission of the fan altogether. iFixit expressed a little surprise that the design of the Air and Pro didn’t converge more, considering the computers now use identical processors, but Apple’s design focus here was clearly on using the M1 as a drop-in replacement for its existing products.
Check out the full teardown at iFixit for more, including a closer look at the M1 processor itself, a complete list of other chips the team found inside, and thoughts on the laptops’ repairability.
Samsung begins rollout of Android 11 and One UI 3 on Galaxy S20 series in US – ZDNet
If you use one of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 phones, be it the
then today is a good day for you. Samsung announced on Thursday that it’s officially starting the rollout of
, which includes the company’s One UI 3 interface, for those three phone models in the US.
The update includes Samsung’s own improvements, such as a more minimal interface and new widgets for the home and lock screens. The new widgets add controls for things like music directly to the screen.
The camera app has also seen its share of improvements, with autofocus and auto-exposure leading the way.
Also called out by Samsung is an update to the share sheet, which you use to select an app where you want to share documents, links or photos. You can now customize the share sheet, tailoring it to your preferred apps and contacts.
Samsung is also launching Samsung Free, an app where you’ll find news, games and Samsung TV Plus content on your device. This takes the place of Samsung Daily, a similar app, that can be found by swiping to the right on your home screen.
I almost always disable Samsung Daily the moment I set up a Galaxy phone, so I’m not sure renaming the feed and adding some of its own subscription services to it will entice me to leave it on, but I’m willing to give it a try.
There’s no exact word on when the update will start showing up on devices. Typically carriers will release the update in waves, with unlocked devices randomly getting the update during that time.
As for other Samsung devices, the company has said that the Note 20, ZFold 2, Z Flip, Note 10, Fold and S10 series will all get the update in the “coming weeks.” Based on previous release schedules, that timing can and will easily slip into months.
If you see the update on your Galaxy phone, be it an S20 or another device, leave a comment and let us know which device and carrier you have.
Alleged Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro specifications surface on Weibo – Notebookcheck.net
With the Xiaomi Mi 11 series’ launch date drawing closer, the internet is abuzz with speculations about the phone’s specifications. Xiaomi and Qualcomm have already confirmed that it will run the Snapdragon 888, so we know that for sure. However, there seems to be a lot of buzz around the Xiaomi Mi 11 series’ camera and battery prowess. A table showcasing the alleged specifications of the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro’s side-by-side has now surfaced on Weibo. It shouldn’t be long before we know if this information is correct. Ice Universe suggests that Xiaomi plans on launching the Mi 11 series at the end of December.
It is unclear as to how many cameras both smartphones will come in total. The base Xiaomi Mi 11 is billed to ship with a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM3 sensor assisted by a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens. Things begin to get murky here, as the machine translation fails to tell us the telephoto lens’ megapixel count. It may also come with a hole-punch 20MP selfie camera. There appears to be a macro lens thrown in the mix, too. More details about it should emerge as time passes. The Xiaomi Mi 11 will reportedly ship with a 4,700mAh battery that can be charged at 50W via a cable, and at 30W wirelessly. Prices are expected to start at RMB 3,999 (US$610) for the base variant with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of USF 3.1 storage. Other Xiaomi Mi 11 features include an under-display fingerprint scanner, NFC, and a 1440p screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
Moving on to the better-specced Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro (or Mi 11 Ultra according to some sources), we get what appears to be a 50MP primary sensor. However, an earlier report told us that the 50MP image is a result of 4:1 pixel billing, so we’re likely looking at a 200MP sensor. It will be assisted by a 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 48MP telephoto lens. Xiaomi could very well follow Huawei’s path and throw in a second telephoto lens for good measure. Even the Galaxy S21 Ultra is billed to feature a similar setup, giving Xiaomi additional incentive to follow suit. Things get even more impressive when we look at the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro’s battery specifications. It will allegedly support fast charging at 120W over a cable and 80W wirelessly. Xiaomi has been working on its 100W fast charging tech for quite some time now, and it’s good to see it make its way in a flagship smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro is expected to cost RMB 5,299 (US$807) for the same memory and storage configuration as the non-Pro variant. Information about the exact screen size is scant, but it stands to reason that the smartphone will come with a 1440p 120Hz AMOLED screen.
Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro specifications and images leaked – gizmochina
Xiaomi is expected to launch the Xiaomi Mi 11 series later this month. The lineup reportedly includes two handsets named the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro. Fresh leaks have surfaced on Weibo to reveal the specs of the two phones. Also, a couple of images have also surface to showcase the rear camera design of the Mi 11 duo. Before reading ahead, readers are advised to digest this report with a grain of salt since these leaks are not from regular leakers.
Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro specifications (Unconfirmed)
The leak reveals that the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro will be equipped with S-AMOLED panels that offer a 120Hz refresh rate and quad HD+ resolution. The exact screen size is not mentioned in the leak. Both phones are said to be equipped with 20-megapixel front-facing cameras.
The Mi 11 could be backed by a battery of around 4,780mAh capacity and it may come with support for 50W wired charging and 30W wireless charging. The Mi 11 Pro could be coming with a smaller battery of around 4,500mAh capacity. It may support 120W wired charging and 80W wireless charging.
The leak states that Mi 11 may feature a 108-megapixel + 13-megapixel (ultrawide) + 5-megapixel (macro) triple camera setup. The Mi 11 Pro could be equipped with a 48-megapixel (OmniVision OV48C) + 20-megapixel (ultrawide) + 12-megapixel (telephoto with 2x optical zoom) triple camera setup.
The Snapdragon 888 will fuel the device with LPPDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. For security, these phones have an under-display fingerprint scanner and 2D face unlock. The other features that are available on Mi 11 duo include dual speakers, x-axis linear motor, IR blaster, and NFC. The leak states that the Mi 11 with 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage may cost 3,999 Yuan (~$610) to 4,499 Yuan (~$686). The Pro model with the same RAM and storage may cost 5,299 Yuan (~$808) to 5,499 Yuan (~$838).
Tipster Digital Chat Station hinted today that the Mi 11 series will have a horizontal camera array. Shown above are some images that reveal that the Mi 11 duo will have a square-shaped camera module.
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