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MacRumors 23 June, 2021 - 01:35pm 25 views

When will Iphone 13 be released?

The iPhone 13 release date is likely to be in September 2021, and we expect it to hit stores on either the third or fourth Friday of the month (which makes it September 17 or 24). Before 2020, Apple has often announced its new iPhones on either the first or second Tuesday of September. TechRadariPhone 13 release date, price, specs and every new iPhone leak

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Siri's 4 new voices: Here's where to find them and how to make the switch

CNET 24 June, 2021 - 11:22pm

The overall sound of Apple's digital assistant, Siri, has more or less remained the same since it made its debut alongside the iPhone 4S nearly a decade ago. (Hard to believe it was that long ago, isn't it?) But that changed earlier this year when Apple released iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, adding two new voices and no longer setting the default option to a female voice when you set up a new Apple device. 

All four voices sound amazing, adding more personality to your interactions with the virtual person living inside your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. More importantly, they're a welcome break from the standard Siri voice, variety being the spice of life. 

Making the switch is easy, you just have to know where to look. Better yet? After you go through the new options and make your selection, that voice will sync to all of your Apple devices automatically. Here's how you can get a new Siri in a couple of minutes.

According to Apple, the first time you set up a new device you'll be asked which voice you want Siri to use. It's the first time Apple hasn't made a female voice the default for its digital assistant. If you're like me and don't plan on getting a new iPhone anytime soon, but you do want to change Siri's voice after installing iOS 14.5, here's where you can find the option. 

Open the Settings app, then go to Siri & Search > Siri Voice. Under the Voice section you'll find four different options. Voice 2 and Voice 3 are new, but to my ear all four sound more natural and realistic. Don't you think?  

Tap each voice to hear a preview. Switching to a new voice will require your iPhone or iPad to download the necessary files to make the swap. You'll see Downloading… with a loading animation on each voice as you select it. Once the download is complete, your device will start using that voice going forward. 

My pick out of the new bunch is Voice 3. It's a fun change from the standard female Siri voice I've used all these years. To my surprise, my selection synced to the rest of my Apple devices, like my Apple Watch and iPad Pro, as well. The change didn't make its way to my HomePod, however. Not sure what I need to do to get the proper voice there. 

The new voices are currently available in English, but I have to think Apple is working on adding more languages. Apple didn't mention anything about more languages in iOS 15, which is currently available to developers as a beta. It will officially launch later this year, but in the meantime, make sure you soak in as much information about iOS 14 as possible. We have plenty of tips and tricks and hidden features for you to check out.

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Apple's iPhone 13 Design Comes Into Focus With Fresh Mockups And Renders

Hot Hardware 23 June, 2021 - 09:41am

In today's smartphone landscape, the front design of the iPhone family looks somewhat antiquated, and the iPhone 13 doesn't appear to change this drastically, according to newly commissioned renders. Apple has backed itself into this corner by adopting Face ID instead of using an under-display fingerprint sensor or Touch ID on the home button.

Additional leaks claim that the rear cameras will have larger lenses and that the devices will be slightly thicker than the iPhone 12 family. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are already incredibly thin devices, so adding back a bit more thickness wouldn't be the end of the world, especially if it results in a battery life boost (which is always appreciated).

Backing up the assessment from Let's Go Digital's renders, leaker Sonny Dickson posted a photo of mockups for the alleged iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 13 and 13 Pro dummies. All 4 sizes still in the running. Camera module placement changed on the regular 13s. Pro Max looks slightly larger pic.twitter.com/RqxNiOfBnb

When it comes to internal hardware, TrendForce alleges that the A15 SoC used in the smartphones will be produced on TSMC's 5nm+ process node and that the iPhone 13 Pro models will finally jump on the 120Hz display bandwagon. All the iPhones will employ sensor-shift technology for image stabilization, and storage capacities will continue to top out at 256GB for the iPhone 13 mini/iPhone 13 and 512GB for the iPhone 13 Pro/iPhone 13 Pro Max.

We should expect to see the new iPhone 13 family at an Apple keynote event in September.

One of Apple's newest iPhone models could already be doomed

Creative Bloq 23 June, 2021 - 09:11am

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According to new reports, the iPhone 12 mini has "reached End-of-Life ahead of time", meaning Apple has begun winding down production of the unit. It's one of our best smartphones right now, but might the mini not survive the jump to the iPhone 13 line up?

According to TrendForce, thanks to "disappointing sales performances compared to other models", Apple is planning to shift its attention away from the mini, focussing instead on driving sales of the other, larger models. The company did unveil a new purple colour for the iPhone 12 and 12 mini this spring – but could it that be the last of the mini iPhones? 

We're a little surprised to hear that iPhone 12 mini is performing poorly enough for Apple to cease production entirely. We were excited about the revived tiny form factor when the device was first revealed in October, and called it a "welcome compact alternative to the oversized competition" in our iPhone 12 mini review. Not only that, but it's also the cheapest iPhone 12 available, starting at $699/£699. But perhaps portability and price are no match for the large screen and incredible camera of the likes of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Time will tell whether the next generation of iPhones includes a 5.4-inch model, but there are certainly enough tantalising iPhone 13 leaks to suggest the new iPhone line up will be incredible – mini or no mini. If you're a fan of the small form factor, though, you might find yourself having to hold on to that 12 mini for as long as you can. Check out today's best iPhone 12 deals below, and don't forget to explore our Apple deals page for more brilliant offers.

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