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Using a 20W or higher power adapter, the MagSafe Battery Pack can charge your iPhone with up to 15W of charging power. You can also charge both if you attach your MagSafe Battery Pack to your iPhone, then plug your iPhone into a power source. The VergeApple’s new MagSafe battery premieres reverse charging on the iPhone 12

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Apple is reportedly upping its order numbers this year

Bloomberg reports that “at least one” of the four new devices will include an LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) display. It’s a technology Apple has previously used with its smartwatches to dynamically adjust their screen refresh rates to conserve battery. That lines up with a previous prediction from Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that both Pro iPhones coming this year would include LTPO displays and 120Hz refresh rates.

The report also casts doubt on the possibility of seeing an iPhone with an in-display fingerprint sensor this year. Although Bloomberg says Apple has tested the technology, it says it’s unlikely to appear in 2021. Way back in 2019, Kuo predicted that Apple’s 2021 iPhone models could be its first to feature in-display fingerprint sensors. The phones are also unlikely to include a fingerprint scanner in their power buttons, Kuo said in March.

Camera upgrades will reportedly include an improved optical zoom for video recording, according to the latest Bloomberg report. Kuo previously said the ultrawide cameras on both Pro models could also receive a boost this year.

One area Bloomberg’s report doesn’t touch on is charging. There have been rumors that Apple might release an iPhone without any ports in 2021, and rely on MagSafe rather than a typical Lightning port for power. But recently Kuo said Apple doesn’t think the MagSafe ecosystem is mature enough to act as the sole way of charging the iPhone, suggesting that the Lightning port is here to stay for now.

Apple is reportedly gearing up for a big iPhone sales cycle. Bloomberg says it’s ordered up to 90 million units for the initial launch period that extends to the end of 2021, up from a typical order of 75 million seen in recent years. The company appears to be banking on increased demand brought on by more people upgrading to 5G devices, but it may also be set to benefit from sanctions placed on rival Huawei, which was recently forced to delay the launch of its latest flagship. Production of the new iPhones is unlikely to be hit by the global chip shortage because Apple’s size makes it one of chip manufacturer TSMC’s biggest and most important customers.

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Apple reportedly wants to boost iPhone production by as much as 20% after last year's 5G super cycle

CNBC 14 July, 2021 - 06:38pm

Apple is asking suppliers to ramp up production of its next-generation iPhones by 20%, according to Bloomberg. The stark increase from its 2020 production numbers comes despite last year being what the phone maker considered to be a "super cycle," driven by new 5G models that offered consumers access to the improved, faster wireless networks offered by carriers.

Apple shares were up more than 2% on Wednesday.

Apple has maintained a production level of about 75 million devices from the product's launch to the end of the year, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Now, the company reportedly is seeking as many as 90 million of its new iPhones. According to the report, the actual number produced could be a few million units shy of the target.

An Apple spokesperson wasn't immediately available to comment on the report.

Meanwhile, Credit Suisse analysts said in a note Wednesday that 5G will continue to drive upgrades as carriers expand their footprint of the new faster networks around the world. They added that there are more reasons for regular consumers, as opposed to just early adopters, to buy an iPhone with 5G.

Credit Suisse expects iPhone sales of 234 million units this year, 237 million units in 2022 and 249 million units in 2023. Apple stopped reporting iPhone unit sales, but reported $47.94 billion in iPhone revenue in its fiscal Q2 earnings, up 65.5% year over year.

"We have seen good momentum in the iPhone 12 cycle with a richer mix along with unit growth off a lower base," Credit Suisse analysts said in the note. "We remain bullish on 5G as a catalyst for iPhone upgrades over time, but believe the momentum will likely slow from here with focus shifting from early adopters skewing towards Pro models to mainstream penetration within Apple's >1 bn iPhone user base as 5G coverage and use cases mature."

The analysts said this year's new iPhones will likely offer evolutionary upgrades over the 2020 model, like improved displays, cameras and processors, but that long-term changes to the iPhone, like an eventual foldable design and a larger screen on a more affordable 5G iPhone SE model will help continue to drive new iPhone purchases.

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