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Your iPhone might soon unlock your car right from your pocket

iMore 13 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

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Apple's iPhone 12 line of phones and newer could soon be capable of unlocking your car, even while they're still in your pocket. That's after the Car Connectivity Consortium announced a new Digital Key Release 3.0 specification that includes support for ultra wideband and Bluetooth Low Energy.

Currently, iPhones and Apple Watches can unlock cars but they need to be placed near the door for it to work. With the new specification, an iPhone — and future Apple Watch — would simply need to be close enough to pick up a UWB signal.

The latest Release addresses security and usability by authenticating the Digital Key between a vehicle and the mobile device over Bluetooth Low Energy. Mobile devices create and store the Digital Keys in a Secure Element that provides the highest level of protection against hardware or software-based attacks. UWB offers secure and accurate distance measurement allowing cars to locate authenticated mobile devices so that Release 3.0 not only prevents attacks but also adds a new level of convenience when entering, interacting and starting the car.

The new specification is now available to members of the consortium — and yes, that includes Apple.

Unfortunately, it's likely you'll also need to buy a new car for all of this to work, so that's something to keep in mind. Still, the fact the technology exists is a good thing for everyone, even if we can't all make use of it immediately.

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iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Biggest differences to expect

Tom's Guide 13 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

Here's how the iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro comparison is stacking up

Based on the rumors, the 5.4-inch iPhone iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max should have plenty in common, from the A15 Bionic processor to faster 5G and a smaller notch. However, the Pro series should truly be on another level this year.

Based on rumored features, though, the iPhone 13 Pro appears to be more Pro than ever before, especially when it comes to the anticipated 120Hz displays and improved cameras. Our iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro comparison should give you a good idea of what to expect this fall.

We haven’t heard much about the price for the iPhone 13 series, other than one report from market research firm TrendForce saying that the iPhone 13 prices will be "relatively on par" with the iPhone 12.

The good news is that all four new iPhone 13 models are reportedly getting smaller notches, which means you’ll get a little more screen real estate. Apple is said to be moving the speaker and perhaps shrinking some of the tech that makes Face ID possible to make this happen.

Based on alleged dummy units, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will allegedly both feature nearly identical measurements to their predecessors, with the only other major design change expected to be a diagonal camera arrangement on the back. Otherwise, the buttons have been shifted down somewhat, according to the dummy unit leaks, and the SIM card tray is further down. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will allegedly feature larger camera arrays on the back to accommodate bigger lenses, and the camera bump is supposedly larger as a result. Both iPhone 13 Pro models may be thicker than the iPhone 12 Pros as well.

In terms of iPhone 13 colors, there have been rumors that Apple was looking at a possible pink iPhone 13, while the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could be coming in a matte black and perhaps bronze.

This could be the biggest difference of all between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. Only the iPhone 13 Pro models will reportedly boast 120Hz ProMotion displays. This would enable smoother scrolling as well as better movie playback and gameplay.

The regular iPhone 13 models are expected to feature 60Hz displays, so the same refresh rate as the iPhone 12 series. In addition, we’ve heard that Apple may offer an always-on display more for the iPhone 13 Pro series, which would let you look at the time and notifications without using as much power. This would be thanks to the use of LTPO technology. 

The regular iPhone 13 should offer some notable camera upgrades, including computational photography features we’ve never seen on an iPhone before. For example, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini could deliver portrait mode video, as well as astrophotography for shooting the night sky.

In addition, the regular iPhone 13 may boast sensor-shift stabilization, which was previously reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. This would enable steadier stills and video.

However, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are expected to offer a new 6-element ultra-wide angle lens for better image quality. Plus, a new report claims that only the iPhone 13 Pro series will feature LiDAR sensors for enhanced auto-focus and AR performance. 

While the iPhone 13 Pro models already have an advantage with their telephoto lenses, it’s not clear whether you’ll get a more powerful zoom this year. 

According to one leaker, all four iPhone 13 models will be getting larger batteries. But the iPhone 13 Pro Max will have the largest of the bunch at 4,352 mAH. The 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are tipped to get 3,095 mAh batteries, while the smallest iPhone 13 mini would get a 2,406 mAh pack.

Our recommendation for the past couple of years has been the standard iPhone 11 and iPhone 12. They've simply been the best iPhones for most people. However, we expect a lot of shoppers willing to pay a premium will gravitate toward the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max this year because of their rumored 120Hz displays with always-on functionality. It does make a big difference in everyday usability.

Plus, the iPhone 13 Pro should continue to exclusively offer telephoto zoom, along with LiDAR and a better ultra-wide camera. There's still a fair amount we don't know about the iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro comparison, but it looks like Pro could be the way to go for those who want a truly cutting edge new iPhone. 

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

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Apple Granted Patent for iPhone 'Folded Camera' Periscope Lens

PCMag 13 July, 2021 - 09:49am

Could we see an iPhone 13 Pro Max offering 10x optical zoom later this year?

A new patent granted to Apple paves the way for future iPhones to offer greatly enhanced optical zoom, well beyond the 5x optical zoom found in the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

As 9To5Mac reports, Apple has been granted a patent for what it calls a "Folded camera," but is more typically referred to as a periscope lens. They are a clever solution to the problem of trying to fit a zoom lens into a very thin smartphone. Typically the larger the range of zoom desired, the longer the lens needs to be. Periscope lenses are mounted vertically and bend the light 90 degrees, effectively allowing the long lens to sit across the body of the smartphone.

Apple's patent describes a periscope lens that uses two prisms. The first prism bends the light on to the lens and then the second prism bends the light again on to a photosensor. The end result is Apple doesn't need to make its smartphones any thicker, but can take advantage of a larger optical zoom. It's thought the first iPhone to use this new periscope lens solution could easily achieve a 10x optical zoom, so double that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Apple filed this patent back in January 2019, so it's possible we could see the finished periscope lens make its way into at least one model of the iPhone 13. We're also expecting the next iPhone to have a smaller notch, and possibly an always-on display.

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iPhone 13 Lineup Design Revealed In Dummy Models Created For Case Manufacturers 13 July, 2021 - 01:15am

Details about the iPhone 13 series design, specifications, and pricing are still scarce. The Cupertino-based tech behemoth has neither confirmed nor denied these rumors. However, the impending lineup continues to make appearances online in the form of highly convincing renderings and CAD drawings.

2021 iPhones are expected to be announced in September. While the launch isn’t yet around the corner, dummy models have started making the round. MacRumors managed to get their hands on these models and gave their readers a rundown of the leaks that have surfaced on the web over the last few months.

The site received dummy models of the iPhone 13‌ Pro Max, iPhone 13‌ Pro, iPhone 13‌ mini, and the iPhone 13. These kinds of mockups are usually designed for case manufacturers. Releasing a case for a new device is quite lucrative. These models are designed based on leaked details from the company’s manufacturing partners.

It is worth noting that dummy models are usually an accurate depiction of Apple’s upcoming devices. The aforesaid dummy models bear a striking resemblance to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 mini, and the iPhone 12. In other words, the tech company is unlikely to bring any major design changes to the 2021 iPhones.

While even the sizes seem to be the same, there may be some minor differences in terms of thickness for some models. For the most part, the iPhone 13 series will look like its predecessor. Apple is reportedly planning to reduce the size of the notch for its upcoming iPhone lineup, and the dummy model seems to showcase these changes.

The top bezel will now house the microphone. This design change will probably enable the company to offer a slimmer camera module in the front. If a report from IndiaToday is anything to go by, only the iPhone 13 Pro model features the LiDAR sensor. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will feature a quad-camera setup at the back,

There will be notable changes made to the camera modules. However, the general body design isn’t likely to undergo a radical overhaul. Moreover, the 2021 iPhone is expected to boast an array of new features. The iPhone 13 lineup could support Sensor-Shift Stabilization. There are a few other improvements likely to be available in the iPhone 13 Pro model.

Aside from that, the camera bump of the iPhone 13‌ Pro seems to be larger than the camera bump of the iPhone 12 Pro. It is as big as the iPhone 13‌ Pro Max camera bump. This means that you will not be able to use your iPhone 12 Pro‌ case for the iPhone 13‌ Pro. MacRumors attempted to put the iPhone 13‌ Pro case on its precursor, but they didn’t fit.

The lens sizes of the dummy model are quite different, but there are no other changes. Apple is likely to arrange the camera lenses diagonally for the iPhone 13‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌ mini. The top right corner of the camera setup will feature a flash, while the bottom left will house a microphone.

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