Cellular iPad Mini Doesn’t Feature mmWave 5G Support, Unlike iPad Pro


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When is the Apple Event September 2021?

Apple's "California Streaming" event will be a virtual media event held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, where the company is expected to unveil the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and possibly third-generation AirPods. Mac RumorsSeptember 2021 Apple Event on MacRumors

I’m skipping iPhone 13 and waiting for iPhone 14, as the iPhone 13 Pro's upgrades aren't good enough

While the iPhone 13 Pro got a high-refresh rate display, smaller notch, boosted battery life and some improved cameras, I feel it didn't move the needle as much as I’d like. With that in mind, here are five upgrades I want to see from the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro to convince me to return to Apple phones.  

Plus, Apple would need to find a way to put Face ID sensors below a display, yet still ensure the tech delivers the scanning fidelity needed for Face ID’s robust security. As such, this is one upgrade we won’t expect to see until 2022 at the earliest.  

Speaking of under-display tech, I’d love Apple to do something Android phones have done for a while and embed a fingerprint scanner beneath the iPhone 14’s display. In a world where mask wearing is prevalent to avoid a deadly virus, Face ID can fall apart, meaning a secondary biometric security system would be ideal

Such a feature was tipped for the iPhone 13, but ahead of the recent September Apple event, these rumors ran out of steam. And when Apple revealed the iPhone 13 there was no hint of Touch ID. 

As such, it would appear it could be a feature for the iPhone 14. Even if it's not placed under the display, I'd settle for a side-mounted power button with a Touch ID sensor integrated into it like the one on the iPad Air

All four iPhone 13 models have received camera upgrades, with the former pair receiving a few minor tweaks, and the latter two getting improved telephoto and ultra-wide camera capabilities. While I'd expect the Pro phones to make it onto our best phone cameras list, I can't help but feel Apple could have done more with the iPhone 13 Pro. 

So I'd like to see Apple add a fourth camera into the iPhone 14 Pro's potential rear camera array. Or at least have a camera that offers something genuinely different from a somewhat minor improvement to zoom range or macro photography. 

Ideally, I'd like to see Apple take the Samsung route and opt for a secondary telephoto camera with something like a 10x optical zoom. Combine that with Apple’s computational photography and we could see such a future iPhone take the zooming crown from Samsung. 

With precious little in the way of iPhone 14 camera rumors, there's a feeling that anything could happen with the 2022 Apple phone. I just really hope Apple makes my desire to wait feel worthwhile. 

But aside from convenience, moving to USB-C could open up future iPhones to more peripherals. And for the iPhone 14, that could be a boon. For example, you could use such connectivity to connect an iPhone 14 Pro to an external 4K display for better photo viewing or to transfer photos from a DLSR to the iPhone 14 Pro when out and about for easier editing on capable iOS apps. 

And while it’s wishful thinking again, such connectivity could even allow an iPhone 14 to be put in a dock and connected to an external display, keyboard and mouse and used as a form of pseudo desktop computer — think iPadOS when used with the Magic Keyboard — a bit like Samsung does with DeX on its flagship phones.

But there’s no hint of that happening in the early rumors for the iPhone 14, with Prosser's supposedly leak-based renders still showing the phone with a Lightning port. But as it's so early on, such information could be based on early prototypes, meaning we could still see Apple potentially go down the USB-C route; after all, it's done so with the iPad mini 6

Apple may have put in larger batteries in the iPhone 13 handsets, but there was no boost in charging speed; it appears to be limited to 20 watts again. 

That's disappointing, given Android phones like the OnePlus 9 Pro have 65W wireless charging, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 has 25W fast charging. So I'd like to see Apple finally embrace super-speedy fast charging with the iPhone 14. 

Taking all of the above into account, I think I'm going to wait for the iPhone 14 to arrive before I consider moving from Android back to iOS. 

Should you do the same? Well that depends on how old your current iPhone is and how embedded you are in the iOS ecosystem. If you have an iPhone 12 Pro Max, I'd be inclined to suggest you wait as well. But Tom's Guide needs to do its full reviews of the new iPhones before we arrive at any firm conclusions, so be sure to check back here for the final Tom's Guide verdict. 

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Apple's refreshed iPad mini gets more RAM, making it even more awesome

iMore 16 September, 2021 - 02:14am

Score a saving on iPad Pro (2021): $100 off at Amazon

Apple's newly announced and refreshed iPad mini has a secret — it packs more RAM than any other iPad mini that came before it.

As discovered by MacRumors after digging into an Xcode beta, the new iPad mini has gained an additional gigabyte of RAM — it now has 4GB on tap rather than the 3GB that came in previous models.

For comparison, the latest iPad Air also has 4GB of RAM, while high-end iPad Pro models have as much as 16GB of RAM.

As the report notes, it's likely we will need to wait for a teardown or regulatory filing to be 100% sure of the extra gigabyte, but this method of spelunking into Xcode betas did confirm the amount of RAM last year's iPhone 12 had to offer, too.

The new iPad mini is now available for pre-order and will be available to buy next Friday, September 24. That's also the same day that Apple will make iPhone 13 and the refreshed iPad available for purchase. All of the new products were announced during Apple's recent California Streaming event, although there was disappointment to be had. Apple also announced the new Apple Watch Series 7 and it looks nothing like the leaks we'd seen beforehand.

That aside, Apple announced what is now the best iPhone ever alongside one of the best iPads ever. You can't really complain at that for a day's work.

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