Apple’s new MagSafe battery premieres reverse charging on the iPhone 12


The Verge 13 July, 2021 - 06:01pm 50 views

Apple announced a battery pack on Tuesday that snaps to the back of the iPhone 12 to provide extra battery life. It will help people get longer battery life from their iPhone if it's about to die.

The MagSafe Battery Pack costs $99 and is available in white. It's available for preorder now and will start shipping next week.

While it's snapped on the back of an iPhone, it can charge a phone with 5 watts of power — about the same as an older, square iPhone wall charger, and slower than the 15 watts you get from a regular MagSafe charger. When it's attached to an iPhone, users can plug a cable into its Lightning port to charge both the battery and the device at faster speeds.

Like other Apple accessories, it closely integrates with the iPhone's operating system to show additional battery life in iOS.

The product's release this week is the latest in a string of accessories using Apple's MagSafe system, which it introduced last fall with new iPhones. In surveys, additional battery life is consistently one of top features that consumers want from their smartphones.

Apple has released battery-extending cases in the past, but without MagSafe, Apple's smart battery cases have needed to physically plug into the iPhone's port to charge it and give additional battery life.

Apple didn't release official battery life estimates or charge capacity, but one product photo suggests that the MagSafe battery has 1,460 milliampere per hour, or just under half of an iPhone 12's 3,110 mAh battery.

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iPhone 13 rumors: Lidar scanner may only be for Pro models (again)

CNET 13 July, 2021 - 08:06pm

The latest iPhone secrets bring some disappointment as Apple's new smartphone, said to be called the "iPhone 13,"may only have a lidar scanner for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to leaker Dylan on Twitter. The rumor follows previous speculation that the entirety of the iPhone 13 lineup would have the scanner. If the rumor rings true, this would be the second generation to only house a lidar scanner in its Pro models. iPhone 13 gossip also came from an Apple Insider video that showed dummy units of the iPhone 13 lineup based on what they said to be "the most recent schematics." Their video was in line with previous speculation about the upcoming iPhone's overall design. They even pointed out the iPhone 13's earpiece notch could be smaller than the iPhone 12's and be shifted to the top of the phone's bezel.

We've also heard that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature four phones, the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, as reported earlier by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This lineup matches the four iPhone 12 models from last year. But that's not all that's staying the same: The iPhone 13 price and design might be very familiar as well. 

We've collected these rumors and everything else we've heard below, including speculation about the iPhone 13's release date (rumors say September, as usual), how the iPhone 13 might compare to the iPhone 12, and everything we know about the iPhone 13's price, cameras and other specs. (And don't miss our iPhone 13 wish list.) We have a few more months of speculation before Apple unveils its next flagship, so buckle up and read on. We'll update this story as new information becomes available.

Read moreShould you even still buy an iPhone 12? What if you really want the purple iPhone?

These battery sizes are all upgrades over the iPhone 12's respective capacities (though Apple doesn't disclose official battery specs). However, battery life is not the same as battery capacity, so it's possible that the increase in iPhone 13's battery size will not translate into a longer battery life. That all depends on the phone's other upgrades and how well its software optimizes for battery life. But compared with other brands' premium phones, Apple's batteries fall short. The batteries in Samsung's Galaxy S21 lineup, for example, range from 4,000 to 5,000 mAh. 

Read more: iOS 15: Release date, new features and every rumor, detailed

When it comes to charging its battery, the iPhone 13 could have some new tricks up its sleeve with faster wireless charging and possible reverse charging capabilities, according to a video from EverythingApplePro on YouTube via leaker Max Weinbach. Reverse charging is a feature that allows you to charge other Qi devices on the back of your phone. Weinbach speculates the upcoming iPhone 13 will have this feature due to a bigger wireless charging coil and a stronger set of magnets housed in the back of the phone. Many of the iPhone's competitors including the Samsung Galaxy S21Samsung Galaxy S20, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the OnePlus 8 Pro already have reverse wireless charging. But, Apple has yet to introduce the feature to its iPhones. 

So far, there's no official or unofficial word on when we can expect to see Apple's next iPhone. An April report suggested the manufacturing of the iPhones' new chips were running ahead of schedule, putting the iPhone 13 release date back on Apple's pre-pandemic timeline. Usually, we can predict with some degree of accuracy when Apple's iPhone events will occur and extrapolate a release date based on that. 

But 2020 was a different story -- it was the first September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone -- thanks to delays in production due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, however, Kuo is also forecasting business as usual for Apple's supply chain. If that's the case, we can expect to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an event sometime in September.

Let's synthesize the info we have: 

A few years ago, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple event timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read about here. Based on the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple event (and unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 release date. 

Read more: iPhone 13 wish list: What Apple needs for its next phone to succeed

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Apple will call its next lineup "iPhone 13," according to a report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News. The rumored decision to adhere to its standard naming method followed speculation that the tech giant would switch up the new iPhone's title and dodge the superstition associated with the number. Considering high-rise buildings tend to omit the 13th floor from their elevator buttons for superstitious reasons, previous rumors suggested Apple could succumb to its own triskaidekaphobia and skip the number 13. 

Read more: iPhone 13 might be the phone that never hits shelves. Here's why people think so

iPhone 12S was a worthy guess for the name of Apple's next generation of iPhones. Just as 2014's iPhone 6 gave way to 2015's iPhone 6S and 2017's iPhone X preceded 2018's iPhone XS, without a major redesign in the works (more on that below), the 2021 iPhone seemed just as likely to be positioned as an improvement on the iPhone 12.

Or maybe Apple could have taken a page out of Samsung's book and named its next phone after the year of its conception: iPhone 2021 has a nice ring to it. Or what about the iPhone XXI? Or, dare to dream, Apple could have gone in a completely different direction and name it something fun, like the Motorola Citrus or LG Chocolate of yore.

Apple's iPhone 12 lineup included four phones at four prices, with even more variation among carriers and storage configurations. At launch, the baseline iPhone 12 carrier model cost $799, an increase of $100 from 2019's iPhone 11, largely due to the addition of 5G support. Because the iPhone 13 is not expected to have such a major technical upgrade, analysts are predicting a similar price structure for 2021

Here's the iPhone 12's US pricing, for reference:

There is some speculation that Apple might consider lowering the price of its next phone lineup. Several rivals rose to the occasion of the economic downturn by releasing more affordable models in 2020, such as Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE and Google's Pixel 5: Both are the same price as the iPhone 12 Mini, but about $100 less than the iPhone 12. The newly released Samsung Galaxy S21 also boasted a lower price tag, starting at $200 lower than its predecessor. 

Sales of the iPhone 12 could indicate the direction Apple might take in pricing the iPhone 13. The predicted 2020 "supercycle" seems to have happened as Apple expected: In October, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro became the first and second best-selling 5G phone models worldwide. And Apple recently announced that the iPhone 12 led to the largest revenue and profit in the company's history.

There have already been a number of renders floating around the Twittersphere showing rumored iPhone 13 designs. A recent one, from MacRumors, illustrates the resized camera bump and increased thickness of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro compared to its predecessors. According to MacRumors, the iPhone 13's camera bump is getting slightly thicker, perhaps to accommodate forthcoming camera upgrades like lidar.

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 camera bumps.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 rumored thickness compared.

A new render in late June from Sonny Dickson on Twitter showed a slight variation on the iPhone 13 and 12 Mini's camera module, with its two lenses situated diagonally from one another, rather than one atop the other.

This dummy iPhone 13 lineup shows a redesigned camera module for the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini.

The Twittersphere was abuzz in early May when an account called Peng Phones released a supposedly leaked image of a bubblegum pink iPhone 13, though the image ended up being wishful thinking from an artist on Instagram who specializes in 3D modeling. Then in June, YouTube account EverythingApplePro previewed a matte-black iPhone 13 render, said to be a replacement for the existing graphite or space gray color options on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro models, respectively.

The rumored matte black color option for the iPhone 13.

Earlier, we spotted a 3D-printed mockup from Japanese blog Macotakara and some concept renderings from EverythingApplePro. But we don't expect any big changes to the iPhone's design in 2021, considering 2020 saw a pretty significant "slabular" redesign already with the return of the iPhone 5's flat sides. Apple is also not expected to make any changes to the phone's sizing from the previous generation. 

Two potential design elements that are getting some decent buzz already: a shallower notch, which is also evident in several leaked mockups (or even a completely notchless screen) and the death of the Lightning port, both of which have been speculated about, hoped for or dreaded ad nauseam for generations of iPhones. 

A shallower notch was also shared in an Apple Insider video which showed dummy units of the iPhone 13 a smaller earpiece notch that shifted to the top of the phone's bezel. Apple Insider's dummy units were also in line with the previous rumors regarding the iPhone 13 lineup's size similarities to the iPhone 12.

Apple introduced the world to the notched display in 2017 with the release of the iPhone X, and as rivals solved the selfie conundrum with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple still hasn't, er, taken it down a notch. Those who crossed their fingers for a notchless or at least smaller-notched iPhone 12 are reassigning their hopes to the iPhone 13 now that their 2020 all-screen dreams have failed to come to fruition.

Rumors of a smaller notch resurfaced in early March in an investors note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In its leaked dummy mockup, Macotakara estimated that the iPhone 13's notch could shrink to 26.8mm wide (compared to 34.83mm on the iPhone 12), while becoming ever-so slightly taller, at 5.35mm, compared to the iPhone 12's 5.3mm notch height.

A leaked 3D-printed mockup of the iPhone 13, featuring a slimmed notch.

When Apple ousted the headphone jack, the doomsday clock started ticking for the iPhone's charging port as well, according to industry analysts. Though a lot of us are still holding out hope for a USB-C port, the introduction of MagSafe accessories in 2020 all but sealed the deal on a portless future for the iPhone. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser shares this prediction, asserting on his YouTube channel, "The end goal is very obviously portless."

But don't get too excited (nervous?): Kuo predicts that only one 2021 iPhone will be completely portless, likely the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The iPhone got some pretty well-received camera upgrades in 2020, especially in the Pro Max model, which introduced the iOS crowd to lidar (also found on the Pro) and ProRaw. The iPhone 12 even wrested CNET photo enthusiast Stephen Shankland's loyalty away from Google Pixel, the erstwhile computational photography king. 

Read more: iPhone 13 camera rumors: The specs and upgrades we'll likely see

One weak spot in the 2020 lineup's camera offerings, however, was zoom technology. The iPhone 12 Pro Max only featured a 2.5x optical zoom -- for comparison, Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra and now the S21 Ultra both offer a 100x zoom (though it is a mix of optical and digital).

According to ETNews (as reported by TechRadar), the iPhone 13 could potentially include a periscope camera, a technology that would allow for a larger zoom range without requiring an even larger camera bump. Kuo made similar predictions for a future periscope lens, though his report hinted that we may have to wait until 2022. It's also possible that the 2.5x zoom found on the iPhone 12 Pro Max could trickle down to the next iPhone's Pro model.

Rumors in early February hinted at welcome improvements for low-light photography. Analysts are predicting an ultrawide-angle lens with a larger aperture -- f1.8, instead of f2.4. A larger aperture means more light can hit the sensor, which makes for better photos at nighttime or in low-light situations.

Although camera upgrades are expected across all four iPhone 13 models, the standard versions of Apple's upcoming handset may lack a lidar scanner. Leaker Dylan on Twitter speculates that only the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will feature the scanner. Dylan's theory followed previous Apple iPhone gossip from a DigiTimes report that said all four models in the iPhone 13 lineup would come with the scanner

This would be the second generation in a row to only feature a lidar scanner in its Pro models, if Dylan's rumor becomes reality. The scanner, used to help with autofocus and portrait pictures in low lighting, made its debut in the 2020 iPad Pro. It also can be found in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Read more: What does the iPhone's lidar feature actually do?

Still, lidar for everyone would be pretty nifty -- the camera feature, which stands for "light detection and ranging," is a depth sensor that uses lasers to measure distance. The camera trick can take your iPhone photos to the next level, and it also has some pretty cool AR applications

The iPhone 12 Pro's lidar sensor -- the black circle at the bottom right of the camera unit -- opens up AR possibilities and much more.

There's a lot we can confidently predict for the 2021 iPhone lineup based on last year's features and Apple's usual track record. For instance, 5G is all but a foregone conclusion. There probably won't be a charger or headphones in the box, nor a headphone jack, nor a USB-C port. And unless 2021 throws us for an even bigger loop than 2020, we expect Apple to ship the iPhone 13 with the new iOS 15 installed. (By the way, iOS 14.6 is here and iOS 14.7 is on the way.)

We thought we'd get a refreshed refresh rate in the iPhone 12, but the 120Hz rumors didn't pan out -- likely because of the already increased demands on battery from the phone's 5G connectivity. Instead, Apple's lineup last year featured the same 60Hz display as the previous year's iPhone 11.

But 2021 could be the year of the 120Hz display, which would result in a smoother, faster scrolling experience thanks to a higher screen refresh rate. Many higher-end competitors already feature a 120Hz display (e.g., the OnePlus 8T and Galaxy S21), so the odds are good Apple heads in this direction for its next Pro line.

Evidence for doubling the refresh rate in 2021 comes from Korean news site The Elec, which reports that two of the iPhone 13 models will use LTPO technology in their screens. This screen tech would make the phone more power efficient in general, meaning smaller batteries and/or longer battery life are also probable (not to mention whispers about an always-on display). Learn more about LTPO, or low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, OLED screens. This rumor was repeated by well-known leaker Max Weinbach in mid-February on YouTube and again in an April DigiTimes report.

Like the Apple Watch (and Android phones), the iPhone 13 may have its own version of the always-on display, what Weinbach called a "toned-down lock screen." If rumors are true, your next iPhone would always display the time and battery charge, as well as incoming notifications, without you having to unlock or wake the whole screen.

Bloomberg reported in 2019 that the beloved Touch ID button might return as an under-display sensor in the following year's flagship, which would have been the iPhone 12. That didn't happen, but the Bloomberg report left room for error, saying the technology could "slip to the 2021 iPhone refresh." 

Twitter leaker @L0vetodream also teased an under-display Touch ID last fall, which was subsequently corroborated (and translated) by Prosser.

Apple's 2020 iPad Air, announced last September during what normally would have been an iPhone unveiling event, integrated a Touch ID button onto the side of the device. The new iMac, unveiled in April, is also getting a Touch ID button on its redesigned Magic Keyboard. This addition is exciting because it solves the "Face ID doesn't work while wearing a mask" problem without ceding screen real estate. An under-display button would solve the problem, too, though it remains to be seen whether the tech will be ready in time for the iPhone 13. (Meanwhile, those who own an Apple Watch already have yet another option for masked iPhone-unlocking as of iOS 14.5.)

As we near the purported September iPhone announcement, we'll keep this post updated with all the iPhone 13 leaks, rumors and other speculation as it comes up, so check back.

And in the meantime, here's what you should know about the iPhone 12:

iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS: Which Is Right for You?

MUO - MakeUseOf 13 July, 2021 - 08:06pm

Provided their launch timeline, they're now even cheaper than ever, and you might see it fit to pick either. In this iPhone XR versus XS comparison article, we stack the two phones against each other to help you make an informed decision if you're in the market for a cheaper iPhone.

The display is one of the key factors you should consider while buying a smartphone. The display is the main interface from where you will be interacting with your device. For the iPhone XR and iPhone XS, key display differences lie in the type, size, pixel density, and resolution.

iPhone XR has a bigger 6.1-inch LCD panel with 1792x828 pixels, while the iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED display with 2436x1125 pixels. However, the iPhone XS offers more screen real estate compared to the body size with an 82.9% screen-to-body ratio compared to 79.0% on the XR.

Both displays have True Tone, a feature that automatically adjusts colors and brightness to ensure a consistent and more natural look. Both also have a typical brightness of 625 nits.

Overall, the iPhone XS offers a better display than the XR, with a higher pixel density and contrast ratio. Due to iPhone XR's lower pixel density, you can't watch 1080p videos at their maximum resolution. In other words, the iPhone XR can play 1080p videos, but they will be scaled down.

iPhone XS also offers HDR and 3D touch support, which is not available on the XR. On the XR, you're getting Haptic touch support which was introduced as a replacement for the pressure-sensitive 3D touch.

In the camera department, the iPhone XS has dual cameras on the rear, while the XR has only one. Both models include an identical 12MP primary wide camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, True Tone flash, Portrait mode, and Portrait lighting.

In addition to the primary wide camera, the iPhone XS includes a secondary 12MP camera with a slightly wider f/2.4 aperture. The secondary camera includes a 2x optical zooming capability and up to 10x digital zoom.

With mobile photography, you'll miss out on the 2x optical zoom and the versatility of having a dual-camera system if you chose the XR over the XS.

Fortunately, both devices can shoot up to 4K videos at variable refresh rates. However, due to its single 12MP camera, the XR doesn't include OIS, 2x optical zoom, and up to 6x digital zoom (it only includes up to 3x digital zoom).

On the front, both the XR and XS have a single 7MP, f/2.2, TrueDepth camera.

This is where the iPhone XR shines. It has a slightly bigger battery and thus offers more screen time than the XS. The iPhone XR includes a 2,942mAh battery and is rated to offer more video and audio playback than the XS, which only ships with a 2,658mAh battery.

Heck, the XR battery performance is even better than the pricey and bigger iPhone XS Max.

Due to the higher battery capacity, the XR is slightly heavier than the XS though.

On the upside, both iPhones include fast charging support, with Apple promising 50% charge from 0% in just 30 minutes using a 20W charging adapter (sold separately). Both devices support wireless charging, which is increasingly becoming a must-have feature.

If you're more of a performance person, there's no massive difference between the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS. They run the same A12 Bionic chip from Apple, featuring a six-core CPU (four efficiency cores and two performance cores) and a four-core GPU.

However, the iPhone XS is slightly better thanks to 1GB more RAM when it comes to raw performance, though it's hard to notice the difference in real life.

iPhones are typically expensive, so getting a bang for your buck is important. The XR doesn't shine in many categories, but it ticks the box for offering great value for money.

iPhone XR starts at $499, while the XS will set you back by at least $899. That said, both devices are a few years old now so you can likely find much better deals by shopping the secondhand phone market.

Aside from the battery, display, camera, and performance, you should look out for other extras like the design, water resistance, durability, and so on.

Talking of design, the iPhone XR and XS have a similar design—no Home button, identical notches, identical aspect ratios, and a glass front and back. A key difference is that the iPhone XS has a stainless-steel frame while the iPhone XR includes an aluminum one.

The XR is available in Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral, and Product RED on colorways, while the iPhone XS sells in only three, Silver, Black, and Gold.

Both iPhone XR and XS are water resistant. However, the XS is IP68-rated, while the XR includes an IP67 rating.

IP68 rating means the XS should be fine if it's two meters (6.56 feet) underwater for up to 30 minutes. On the other hand, the IP67 rating means the XR can only stay one meter (3.25 feet) underwater for 30 minutes.

It's been years since the iPhone XR and XS were officially unveiled by Apple. Thanks to that, you can now grab the two at an accessible price point. iPhone XS is better in different categories, but it doesn't trump the XR in all places.

If you want an iPhone with better battery life, a bigger display, and an accessible price point, the iPhone XR is that device.

But if the display, camera, memory, storage, performance, and IP68 rating are key to you, get the iPhone XS instead. All of these are what you get when you pay $400 more for the iPhone XS. Although iPhone XS does tick boxes in several categories, it doesn't offer a great value for money compared to the XR.

Alvin Wanjala has been writing about technology for over 2 years. He writes about different facets, including but not limited to mobile, PC, and social media. Alvin loves programming and gaming during downtimes.

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July is Loaded With Discounts on Apple, Samsung and Google Smartphones

msnNOW 13 July, 2021 - 08:06pm

Summer is in full swing, and many of the best smartphone deals of the past few months are still lingering around. If you’re looking to upgrade your phone before heading out on a family vacation or summer road trip, now is a great time to be in the market.

Whether you’re searching for an affordable way to get your hands on a new iPhone, want to take advantage of a free Galaxy S21 promo or pick up the Google Pixel 4 at a massive discount, July is chock-full of savings.

Galaxy S20 FE 5G – Sale Price: $349.99 | Regular Price: $699.99

Trade in an eligible device, and you can pick up the budget-friendly Galaxy S20 FE at an even friendlier price. Products in the Galaxy S10 family are eligible for the full $350 discount, along with iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. New iPhone products, such as the 12 and 12 Pro, offer a massive $550 discount — making the Galaxy S20 FE an interesting choice if you’re looking to save a bit of money on your phone bill.

Your purchase also comes with two months of YouTube Premium and six months of SiriusXM Streaming.

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (256GB)Sale Price: $949.99 | Regular Price: $1,049.99

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (128GB) – Sale Price: $799.99 | Regular Price: $999.99

Both the 128GB and 256GB models of the Galaxy S21+ 5G are currently discounted by up to $200. We’d highly recommend snagging the phone with more storage — although it’s likely to be a popular product. If it goes out of stock on Amazona similar promotion can be found on Best Buy.

Anyone looking to trade their old phone should check out T-Mobile, which is offering up to $800 off the S21+ 5G with a qualifying trade — such as the iPhone 11 family and even the aging Galaxy Note9 series.

Samsung Galaxy S21 5GSale Price: $0.00 | Regular Price: $799.99

The Galaxy S21+ 5G isn’t the only Galaxy product seeing big discounts, as T-Mobile is giving away the standard Galaxy S21 5G with eligible trades, including any device in the iPhone 11 family, Galaxy Note10 series and more.

It might lack the massive 6.7-inch display, but beyond that, the phone is virtually identical to its larger sibling. Considering it’s available for free during this promotion, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal.

Galaxy Z Fold2 5G – Sale Price: $1,199.99 | Regular Price: $1,799.99

What was once a niche product for enthusiasts with bundles of disposable income is now available at a slightly more palatable price. The Galaxy Z Fold2 is currently discounted by $600 with eligible trades — making the foldable phone a serious contender for your next upgrade. That price tag comes with a massive 7.6-inch AMOLED display, a lightning-fast Snapdragon 865 5G+ chipset and a unique Flex mode camera system to keep you in focus while filming hands-free video.

OnePlus Nord N200 5GSale Price: $0.00 | Regular Price: $216.00

It might not be the most well-known smartphone on the market, but with nearly 29 hours of talk time on a single charge — not to mention a triple-camera setup — the Nord N200 5G is a surprising little phone. Trade in an undamaged smartphone, activate a new line and sign up for monthly payments and T-Mobile will give you the underrated phone for free.

Google Pixel 4Sale Price: $399.99 | Regular Price: $799.00

The popular Pixel 4 doesn’t see many discounts — so act on this one while you can. Offered as a one-time payment without the need to trade in other devices, this could be the highlight sale of July. In fact, this is one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for the Google Pixel 4. If you’ve been holding out, hoping for a big price drop, now is the time to finally pull the trigger.

iPhone 12 Pro Max – Sale Price: $269.99 | Regular Price: $1,099.99

If you’re willing to start a new line and trade in your old device, T-Mobile will sell you an iPhone 12 Pro Max for just $269.99. Eligible trade-in products include the iPhone 11 series, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S9 series and other popular, recent phones. If you’re not looking to start a new line on T-Mobile, you might be interested in AT&T’s promo — which slashes the 12 Pro Max price by $700 for new and existing customers with eligible trades.

iPhone 11Sale Price: $299.99 | Regular Price: $599.99

T-Mobile is offering a few ways to save on a new iPhone 11. The first way is by activating a new line with an eligible plan and signing up for monthly payments — reducing your price by $300.

The other way is through a BOGO offer, which sees you activating two new lines on monthly payments. Sign up for qualifying plans and your second iPhone 11 will be free.

iPhone SESale Price: $180.00 | Regular Price: $399.99

It’s not as exciting as the free iPhone 12 mini promotion that was going on a few months ago, but AT&T is giving new and existing customers a chance to join the iPhone family at a surprisingly low cost. For just $5.00/month with an unlimited plan, you can pick up the powerful iPhone SE and enjoy incredible speeds produced by the A13 Bionic chip and a gorgeous Retina HD display.

Let’s be honest, most users don’t need the latest and greatest phone out there. This is especially true considering the hefty price tag that’s usually attached.

Related: 12 Reasons You Don’t Need an iPhone 12

But if you really want to be one of the first adopters of the next flagship phone, the best thing to do is to keep an eye out for pre-order deals. There is always some risk in opting for a product that is not out yet and, for that reason, companies are more generous with their discounts and offers.

Another way to save on a new phone is to sell your old phone. While trading in your phone at a retailer is quick and painless, you often lose out on a bit of value for your phone. But with a little effort, you can sell your phone on eBay or Craigslist and get more money than vendors usually offer. On that note, make sure you always safeguard your phone with a screen protector and case. A single scratch on the screen may make a huge difference in what you can sell the phone for.

With all the brilliant marketing out there, it can be easy to cave in and buy that shiny new phone. But with a little more grit, you can save a lot of money if you wait until the next big holiday. Black Friday sales often see some of the best savings of the entire year, so if you’re not in dire need of a new phone, it’s best to just keep waiting.

Sometimes it can be hard to drop $1,000 right then and there on a new phone. In the past, financing usually had a negative connotation. Sometimes the interest could add up and tack on another 20% or more to your original purchase price. However, many retailers have been offering zero-interest financing for purchases paid in full for certain lengths of time.

This is a great risk-free way to get the phone of your dreams and also helps as a credit builder. And with improved credit, you can save even more money by enjoying other low to no financing offers on future purchases.

Ultimately, saving money on your next smartphone boils down to being patient. Skip a generation of phones, hold out for a better discount or wait to pick up a new device until yours stops working. Phones today may not last as long as they used to (Nokia sure did make some bulletproof products), but they can still serve us well for many years. Take care of your phone, keep your eye out for sales and all that patience will pay off when a great deal comes around.

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This leak is as close as we’ll get to seeing the iPhone 13 until the real one launches

Yahoo Entertainment 13 July, 2021 - 02:50pm

As we get closer to mid-September, an increasing number of people get their hands on iPhone 13 dummy units and molds. Unsurprisingly, the latest batch of iPhone 13 mockups deliver the exact design details we can expect when the real 2021 iPhones are released.

Assuming Apple hasn’t run into any production delays during the iPhone 13’s development cycle, we’ll see new iPhones introduced in mid-September. Apple announced in late July 2020 that the iPhone 12’s launch would be postponed. The announcement came during the company’s quarterly earnings call, confirming the iPhone 12 delay rumors. The first year of the pandemic came with prolonged lockdowns and travel bans that impacted production plans. 2021 is much different, and no reports have pointed to an iPhone 13 delay. Apple will probably disclose any launch delays for this year’s iPhone during the upcoming earnings call.

The iPhone 13 will feature almost the same design as the iPhone 12. But that doesn’t make production any simpler. The iPhone 13 won’t be a perfect iPhone 12 copy, and that’s what all these dummy leaks tell us. Apple won’t just assemble similar parts to make the new device.

The general look remains unchanged, as seen in these images from MacRumors. The iPhone 13 will have the same flat screen and flat edges as its predecessor.

But there are notable differences between the two iPhone generations, as seen in the hands-on video at the end of this post.

The iPhone 13 phones should feature a smaller notch than before, although this particular design detail isn’t immediately evident in the dummy units.

The camera module on the back is significantly larger than before. All iPhone 13 phones will supposedly receive the same sensor-shift camera as the iPhone 12 Pro Max. That’s a larger lens that explains Apple’s need to increase the module’s size. It can also explain the new diagonal camera layout on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.

Other iPhone 13 design changes seen in these hands-on images concern the buttons and SIM tray placement. They’re not in precisely the same positions as on the iPhone 12. Combined with the camera changes, this design detail will make recycling cases virtually impossible.

Another iPhone 13 design element that’s not immediately visible concerns the phones’ thickness. All four devices should be imperceptibly thicker than their predecessors. But that’ll be enough for Apple to increase the battery capacities. The height and width should be identical to iPhone 12 models.

As always, there’s no way to verify the accuracy of these iPhone 13 dummy units. Whoever made them might have been working with incorrect information. But, as MacRumors points out, dummy units that appear this late in the game are usually accurate. The full video follows.

Moments before releasing iOS 14.7 RC, Apple launched the new MagSafe Battery Pack accessory on Tuesday. The battery pack is white and costs $99. It is only compatible with iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. These are currently the only current iPhone models to support MagSafe technology. If … The post Apple just released a $99 MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12 models appeared first on BGR.

Iran said on Tuesday it was holding talks on prisoner exchanges with the United States aimed at securing the release of Iranians held in U.S. jails and other countries over violations of U.S. sanctions. "Negotiations are under way on the exchange of prisoners between Iran and America, and we will issue more information if Iranian prisoners are released and the country's interests are secured and the talks reach a conclusion," government spokesman Ali Rabiei said.

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (NASDAQ: GT) has developed a non-pneumatic (airless) tire (NPT) and wheel assembly to support autonomous vehicle transportation in a city setting for in-field use with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). Goodyear and Local Motors have tested an Olli shuttle supported by the NPT for the past three years. Goodyear and Local Motors will gather experiential data from the JTA, looking for viewpoints on ride comfort, noise, and other variables. While the testing

Since my family was expecting our second child, my wife, Cat, and I had been planning to replace her Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC with something larger. As such, Cat had designs on a three-row utility vehicle with captain’s chairs. Also, Cat really wants all-wheel drive.

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Israel on Monday will begin offering a third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine as a booster shot for people with weakened immune systems, according to the Times of Israel.Why it matters: It's the first country to offer booster shots to bolster protection against the rapidly spreading Delta variant. The Israeli Health Ministry is still determining whether an extra shot should be offered to the general public.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios

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A new report coming out of Japan says that the Nissan GT-R will be a pure internal combustion engine model. Instead, according to a Best Car report, the next GT-R will be a heavily reworked version of the R35. It's a template many carmakers are turning to these days if they still want to offer a low-volume performance model at a reasonable price — see Subaru BRZ, Dodge Charger, Lexus IS, and Nissan's own Z.

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Former champion Zach Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus before getting on a charter flight to the British Open, forcing him to join the growing list of withdrawals and ending his streak at playing 69 consecutive majors. The R&A said Johnson, who played in the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Sunday, and local qualifier Louis de Jager of South Africa had positive COVID-19 tests and withdrew. Ryan Moore, runner-up at the John Deere Classic, chose not to accept the exemption as the highest finisher among the top five who wasn't already in the British Open.

For the 11th consecutive year, an FIU Panther was picked in the MLB Draft.

It’s still only Monday, but this has already been quite a week for Samsung leaks. Earlier today, we posted a series of leaks that Evan Blass shared on Twitter this weekend. Virtually everything that Samsung is bringing to its next Unpacked event was spoiled. We got early looks at the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy … The post The first major Galaxy S22 leak reveals the flagship phone’s release date appeared first on BGR.

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