Rumors about the iPhone are burning, with outstanding analyst Ming-Chi Kuo launching a comprehensive report this week outlining his expectations for the iPhone range over the next three years.
There have also been rumors this week about OLED displays that could come on the iPad and Mac starting next year, growing signs of AirTags functionality in iOS 14.5 beta and more, so check out all the details below!
Rumors about iPhone 13: smaller and larger batteries, 120Hz display for Pro models and more
Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week shared a long list of expectations for future iPhones over the next few years.
Kuo said this year’s iPhone 13 range will consist of the same four models as the iPhone 12 range, all with a smaller notch, larger batteries, Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 modem with 5G enhancements, upgraded cameras, a Lightning connector and more. . Exclusively for the iPhone 13 Pro models will be a long-awaited 120Hz display and enhancements to the Ultra Wide lens with wider aperture and autofocus, he added.
After shrinking its notch this year, Apple could completely eliminate it next year, with Kuo predicting that at least a few iPhone models from 2022 will move to a hole-like display design, like many of the latest smartphones. Samsung Galaxy, but he did not explain how it will work given that the notch currently houses the front camera and Face ID components. There are now some facial recognition solutions and under-screen cameras.
Apple also plans to launch a new iPhone SE with a design similar to the existing 4.7-inch model in the first half of 2022, with new key features to include a faster chip and 5G support, according to Kuo. And in 2023, a foldable 7.5-8-inch iPhone can become a reality.
iPhone glued with lightning port over USB-C for “predictable future”
As part of his extensive research note on upcoming iPhones this week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo downplayed the possibility of launching a portless iPhone this year, noting that Apple will continue to use its proprietary Lightning connector for the “foreseeable future.”
“We believe that USB-C is to the detriment of MFi [Made for iPhone] the profitability of the business and its waterproof specifications are lower than Lightning and MagSafe, “Kuo wrote.” Therefore, if the iPhone gives up Lightning in the future, it can directly adopt the portless design with MagSafe support instead of using a USB-C port. Currently, the MagSafe ecosystem is not mature enough, so the iPhone will continue to use the Lightning port in the foreseeable future. “
Kuo himself was the one who initially predicted that Apple would launch a flagship iPhone without a Lightning connector in 2021. He also expected a state-of-the-art iPhone with a Touch ID power button to be released this year, but now he has said that timing is not clear for the introduction of such a feature.
There is talk of a 10.9-inch OLED iPad for early 2022, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro
It is rumored that Apple is switching to mini-LED displays on some of its future iPad and Mac models, but it looks like there could be another display technology coming on these devices: OLED.
Conformable DigTimes, Apple’s first larger laptop to adopt an OLED display is probably a 10.9-inch “iPad”, probably an upgraded version of the iPad Air. The iPad update is said to be scheduled to go into production in the fourth quarter of this year, with a launch in early 2022. In addition to the 10.9-inch iPad, Apple is said to be considering 12.9-inch OLED display and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
iOS 14.5 Beta 3 introduces the “Article Security Feature” before the launch of AirTags
The long-awaited trackers of Apple’s AirTags items have been rumored for almost two years and there are signs that an announcement could finally come.
In the third beta of iOS 14.5 sown this week, a new “Articles” tab has been enabled by default in the Find Me app. This section will allow users to keep track of certain non-Apple products, such as Beats headphones and upcoming Belkin wireless headphones, and items with AirTags, such as a backpack or luggage, are expected to be handled and from this tab.
There’s also a new “Article Security” switch in the Find Me app. When this feature is turned on, iPhone users will be notified when an unknown item is found moving with them, which could help prevent a person from being tracked by another person with AirTags or similar.
March is a regular month for announcements about Apple products, so there is hope that AirTags will finally be unveiled this month, but the launch date is still unclear. Apple has previously said that iOS 14.5 will be released in “early spring”, suggesting that the update will be released on Monday, March 22 or later, and perhaps AirTags will be released around the same time.
HomeKit Essentials Worth checking out
HomeKit took off slowly after it was launched in 2014, but now that it has been around for seven years, there are hundreds of omeHomeKit products available, from ringtones and speakers to TVs, lights and cameras. In one of the latest videos on YouTube, we’ve put together some of our favorite omeHomeKit, products that we find most useful.
- Logitech Circle View Doorbell (199 USD) – Circle View replaces the existing ringtone with a version that offers videos so you can see who’s at your door and track package deliveries. It has a Secure Video HomeKit, so the only plan you need is a 200GB or 1TB iCloud storage plan to record videos. Features HD video, color night vision and a discreet design.
NASA’s Perseverance on Mars rover uses the same PowerPC chipset found in the 1998 iMac G3
NASA’s Perseverance Rover, which landed on Mars last month, is equipped with a more durable version of the PowerPC 750 processor, the same chip used in the 1998 iMac G3.
Designed by Jony Ive, the iMac G3 is widely believed to be the computer that saved Apple, which had flirted with bankruptcy in the late 1990s until Steve Jobs returned to the company. After the iMac G3, Apple continued to introduce iconic products such as the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010, which helped it become the most valuable company in the world.
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