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What features will the next iPhone include?

Apple's new iPhone is likely being teed up for an announcement at Apple's next event on Sept. 14, and as such we're firmly in the "don't buy an iPhone unless you really have to" part of Apple's annual phone refresh cycle. An ever-increasing number of rumors about the next iPhone seem to come out daily. I put out a few requests to the universe, based on rumors and leaks, for the features and upgrades I want to see in the iPhone 13. I also factor in what the iPhone 13 needs in order to be a success. Consider this my iPhone 13 wish list.

And just to be clear, these are rumors and leaks. Nothing is for certain until Apple announces it. Some of these rumors are from the past few months. Others are several months or even years old and keep rising back to relevance. CNET has plenty more intel on the iPhone 13's rumored cost, design, cameras,  release date and how the iPhone 13 might compare to the iPhone 12.

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But it's far from the best battery life we've seen. The Samsung Galaxy S21, with its 4,500-mAh battery, lasted 18 hours, 3 minutes in the same test. The Galaxy S21 Ultra and its 5,000-mAh battery lasted 22 hours, 57 minutes. And both of those phones have a high refresh-rate display, which can tax the battery more.

While Apple never reveals the capacity of the batteries inside the iPhone, sites like iFixIt, which sells kits to replace batteries, show that both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro use a 2,815-mAh battery. What's impressive is that Apple gets so much life from that small battery purely through the efficiency of its A-series processors and iOS software.

Now imagine applying those efficiencies to a larger physical battery. This is a rumor that I hope is true and I think the next iPhone needs. I mean, who doesn't want better battery life?

The next iPhone is rumored to have a high refresh rate screen which could bode well for making those Apple Arcade games look even better.

Since 2017, the iPad Pro has had a 120Hz refresh rate. Now that panel is an LCD, but rumors point to the iPhone 13 getting a high refresh-rate OLED. For years, many of us longed to see this feature on an iPhone. There are numerous phones at different price points that have a high refresh-rate screen like the $300 OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which has a 90Hz display. The $500 Galaxy A52 5G, the $800 Galaxy S21 and the $1,200 S21 Ultra each have a 120Hz display. In April, Asus launched the ROG Phone 5, which has a 144Hz screen. And in March, the RedMagic 6 phone was announced with a 165Hz screen. For comparison, the iPhone 12 has a 60Hz screen.

Why do you need a high refresh rate? Simply, it makes everything look better. That sweeping generalization aside, animations and graphics look sharper, motion blur is reduced, games (especially those designed for high refresh rate screens) seem more immersive and vivid. Think about how great 120Hz Apple Arcade games could look.

If there was an iPhone without a port, could something like the smart connector contacts from the iPad Pro be the way to charge it?

The next iPhone needs a 120Hz screen, at least the "Pro" models do. It would be another "Pro" feature that helps distinguish the higher end iPhone Pro models for the regular and mini version.

There are new rumors that the "Pro" models will get LTPO displays. LTPO stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide. Essentially, an LTPO display can change between refresh rates on the fly without the need for extra display hardware. The Galaxy S21 Ultra released in February uses an LTPO display, which Samsung claimed allowed it to be brighter without using more power.

There is a persistent rumor that the iPhone 13 won't have a Lightning port. Ever since Apple got rid of the headphone jack back in 2016 with the iPhone 7, people speculated that Apple would one day make a completely portless phone. In December, reliable rumor-spreader Ming-Chi Kuo asserted that Apple would release an iPhone in 2021 without a port.

Apple's launch of MagSafe charging on the iPhone 12 makes it easier to imagine such a port-free future. However, in its current form, MagSafe charging tops out at 15 watts. Compare that with the 20-watt charging you get with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and wall charger. OnePlus has a wireless charger called the Warp Charge 30 that can charge at 30 watts.

Not only would the next version of MagSafe need to be more powerful to be a reasonable replacement to a physical charging cable, but Apple would also need to solve for some of the data sharing that the Lightning port currently affords. Perhaps Apple is hoping 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and its U1 ultrawideband chip are those data-sharing replacements? Or maybe there would be a version of MagSafe with a Lightning port dongle? Who knows?

Apple could build into the next iPhone something like the smart connector found on the current iPad Pro. While the USB-C port on the iPad Pro gets all the attention, on the back of the iPad are three flat metal contacts. When you use the Magic Keyboard accessory with the iPad Pro, it connects to the iPad via the smart connector and magnets. You can plug a USB-C cable into the side of the Magic Keyboard to charge the iPad Pro. Most days during the pandemic, I used the Magic Keyboard to charge my iPad via smart connector.

Maybe there will be "Smart MagSafe" charging on the next iPhone? Even if this rumor is true, removing the last iPhone port isn't something Apple needs to do right now.

Rumors point to new camera hardware across all four iPhone 13 models and the regular Pro model getting cameras on par with the Pro Max version.

The biggest feature and biggest rumors revolve around the cameras on the iPhone. And there are a bunch of rumors pointing to new lenses, new camera sensors and a wider adoption of sensor-based stabilization across the iPhone line up.

Currently, the iPhone 12 Pro has the same selfie, wide and ultrawide cameras as the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini. The Pro does have a 2x telephoto camera, but it's not the same as the 2.5x one on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 Pro could get a larger sensor for its wide camera. This rumor doesn't indicate whether it will be exactly the same as the one on the iPhone 13 Pro Max or not. But the larger sensor could incorporate sensor-based stabilization, which is currently only on the iPhone 12 Pro Max model.

The iPhone 13 Pro is also rumored to get the same or similar telephoto camera as the 13 Pro Max. All that means is that the next regular "Pro" model will be closer to the Pro Max model. Whereas this year, the 12 and 12 Pro are exceedingly similar.

There are a few rumors about a new ultrawide camera either on the iPhone 13, or iPhone 14. (Yes, there are already rumors about the next next iPhone!) The ultrawide camera on the 13 might get better low-light performance and a faster aperture lens. Currently, the lens on the ultrawide is f2.4, but the new lens could be f1.8, which certainly would help toward improving low-light performance.

In terms of camera hardware, the iPhone 13, especially the regular Pro model, could use these rumored upgrades. 

An in-screen fingerprint scanner could solve our iPhone Face ID woes.

The iPhone 13 could get an under-the-display fingerprint reader. Since the first Android phone came out with an in-screen fingerprint reader, people speculated that an under-the-display Touch ID sensor would be a way to alleviate the frustration some get using Face ID (and this was before the pandemic made face masks an everyday thing).

Currently, Android phones have two types of in-screen fingerprint sensors. There are optical in-screen sensors found on phones like the OnePlus 8T and Motorola Edge Plus. Then there are ultrasonic fingerprint readers by Qualcomm on phones like the Galaxy S21 series.

If the iPhone 13 gets an in-screen fingerprint reader, it's not clear whether this would replace Face ID or be in addition to it. The rumor also suggests along with a 2019 patent illustration Apple filed that the iPhone could be unlocked with a fingerprint touch anywhere on the screen instead of the single sensor location found currently on Android phones.

If Apple could get ultrasonic sensors to a point of reliability, ease of use and dependability like the old-school Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone SE, it's not hard to imagine them on an iPhone. And if Touch ID is paired with Face ID, you could have even more ways to secure and access your phone. Having an alternative biometric security measure is something the iPhone needs.

There could be a video version of portrait mode on the iPhone 13.

The next iPhone could record portrait mode video. You might be familiar with portrait mode, which lets you take a photo and give the picture an artistic, blurry background. The idea is it replicates what a large sensor mirrorless or DSLR camera can do with a fast aperture lens. On the iPhone, portrait mode is limited to photos, but there are several Android phones -- like the Samsung Galaxy line, which can record portrait mode video (or live focus video) -- that can blur out the background while leaving your subject in focus. In my experience, the results are hit or miss.

The Pixel 4 was the first phone with a hidden astrophotography feature in its Night Sight mode. It uses computational photography and long capture times to capture shots like this of the Milky Way.

The last rumor I want to highlight is another camera feature. The iPhone 13 might get a better astrophotography mode. Currently, you can mount the iPhone on a tripod and, in the darkest conditions, extend the night mode capture to up to 30 seconds. Under the right sky and weather, you can capture a decent photo of a starry sky. But when you see what the Google Pixel can do in terms of astrophotography, it leaves a lot to be desired on the iPhone.

If this rumor is true, maybe astrophotography still gets activated in night mode, but you can extend time more than 30 seconds or use computational photography to capture a better night sky or moon? This could be another feature that lives only on "Pro" models the way Apple ProRaw currently does. This is not a needed feature, but it would be a nice one to have.

For more on the next iPhone, read our iPhone 13 rumor roundup.

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Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection confirmed for PC

Rock Paper Shotgun 09 September, 2021 - 04:23pm

We already knew that Uncharted 4 was headed to PC thanks to its inclusion in an investor report earlier this year. Now it's official. Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection is headed to PC, and it contains not only Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, but Uncharted The Lost Legacy, too. There's a new trailer below.

The trailer confirms that the games are being remastered for both PS5 and PC, and a post on the PlayStation blog says it will release on PC "shortly after the PS5 version." The whole package is expected early 2022.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is the final adventure of series protagonist Nathan Drake, as hunts treasure "across the jungles of Madagascar to long lost pirate colony of Libertalia." The Lost Legacy, meanwhile, focuses on Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross on their own treasure-hunting adventure.

It remains slightly odd that Uncharted 4 is coming to PC when the first 3 games are not. The original trilogy was remastered previously in 2015 for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which might make it too recent for yet another round of spit-polish, but I'd take it spit-free if it meant all the games could be played in one place.

This is all another step in Sony's ongoing plans to bring their major games to PC, which previously saw Horizon: Zero Dawn and Days Gone make the journey.

Graham used to be to blame for all this.

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Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy Being Remastered for PC and PS5 - IGN

IGN 09 September, 2021 - 03:40pm

Revealed at today's PlayStation Showcase event, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will feature enhanced versions of both of the Naughty Dog adventures release for PS4. You can see some of the screenshots from the next-gen remaster just below.

Uncharted 4 was first released back in 2016, which we awarded a 9/10 in our review. Uncharted: Lost Legacy, a side-story of sorts, was released the following year.

Sony has been investing more heavily in porting its exclusives to PC in the last year, and even bought Dutch studio Nixxes to assist with that move. Apparently, Epic previously offered $200 million to make that happen, but Sony seems to have gone in a different direction.

The Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will release in early 2022.

Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy Being Remastered for PC and PS5 - IGN

Gamesradar 09 September, 2021 - 03:40pm

Revealed at today's PlayStation Showcase event, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will feature enhanced versions of both of the Naughty Dog adventures release for PS4. You can see some of the screenshots from the next-gen remaster just below.

Uncharted 4 was first released back in 2016, which we awarded a 9/10 in our review. Uncharted: Lost Legacy, a side-story of sorts, was released the following year.

Sony has been investing more heavily in porting its exclusives to PC in the last year, and even bought Dutch studio Nixxes to assist with that move. Apparently, Epic previously offered $200 million to make that happen, but Sony seems to have gone in a different direction.

The Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will release in early 2022.

iPhone 13: Apple's event may reveal the new phone's design

The Verge 09 September, 2021 - 03:16pm

Apple could be adding a new Sunset Gold color to the iPhone 13 lineup, shown above in this render by Twitter user @RendersbyIan.

When Apple holds its events, the iPhone line sometimes gets anything from a new color to a full design makeover. While we do not yet know what Apple plans for its Sept. 14 event, we're expecting that the rumored iPhone 13 line could be making its debut with four phone models. While these four will likely follow last year's iPhone lineup to include a base iPhone 13, a Mini, Pro and Pro Max models, there is still potential for rumored changes like a smaller notch, a thicker camera bump or color options. 

From the rumors and leaks published so far, we aren't expecting a major design change for the iPhone 13 -- it'll likely be pretty similar to the iPhone 12 in terms of models, camera size and price. But there are a few notable changes and upgrades that could make using the iPhone 13 a lot easier. Here's what we know right now. 

Read more: An iPhone 13 with iOS 15, a new battery and cameras could be amazing

These sizes are the same as the iPhone 12, but may end up being just slightly thicker (more below). 

Apple has included a notched display on every iPhone since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the selfie camera. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March predicted that the iPhone 13 will have a smaller notch than its predecessors.

We may have gotten a glimpse of a notchless iPhone during an episode of the popular Apple TV series Ted Lasso. In two brief scenes of episode 6, we see an iPhone without a notch running iOS. Some speculate that the phone in question could have been the iPhone 13. But, we shouldn't get our hopes up too much. Despite the buzz generated by shots of the phone, it's more likely a CGI imperfection in post-production than a sneak peek of Apple's new iPhone.

While the headphone jack is a thing of the past for iPhones, some had predicted that the rise of MagSafe accessories last year meant that the next iPhone would be portless. However, Kuo predicts that all iPhone 13 models will still include a Lightning port -- except for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 could also be completely buttonless, but this change is more likely on a subsequent release.

In March, Kuo also predicted that the two iPhone 13 Pro models will use LTPO technology in their displays for a 120Hz refresh rate, which we've heard in previous rumors as well. The number of hertz a phone screen is able to display refers to its number of frames per second, which determines how fast and smooth the screen feels when you're scrolling through apps and web pages. It also affects how smooth supported games feel. 

Many people were expecting to see the 120Hz refresh rate in the iPhone 12, since some higher-end phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, have this feature. On Twitter, tech analyst and leaker Jon Prosser claimed the decision not to implement 120Hz in the iPhone 12 pro was made due to battery life issues, since 5G drains so much battery on its own. But that will likely be less of a problem in the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 12 had a 60Hz display.

All four iPhone 13 models will feature larger batteries than their iPhone 12 counterparts, according to Kuo. This would support the 120Hz display. 

The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models may end up being thicker than their iPhone 12 predecessors, according to a May MacRumors report. Both of the new models are expected to be 7.57mm thick, up from 7.4mm in the iPhone 12 models. But that's a difference that most people probably won't notice. 

More noticeable could be a change to the camera bump, MacRumors reported: While the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have camera bumps around 1.5mm to 1.7mm, the iPhone 13's bump will be 2.51mm, and the 13 Pro's will be 3.56mm. The increased size will prevent the lenses from sticking out as much as they do on the older phones. 

A photo from leaker Sonny Dickson on Twitter in late June showed the alleged design of the four models, with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini's camera bump showing two lenses situated diagonally.

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

We haven't seen a ton of reliable leaks involving potential iPhone 13 colors. The iPhone 12 comes in six colors: deep blue, minty green, Project Red, white, black and, most recently, purple. Apple usually replaces one color with another in its new models, but we aren't yet sure what that will be. 

Apple could be adding a new color, called "Sunset Gold" to the iPhone 13 lineup, according to leaker Ranzuk on Naver, a Korean blogging platform. The color is said to have a "bronze feel" and be slightly less pale than Apple's rose gold. Renders of the iPhone 13's new color were posted to Twitter by @RendersbyIan

There was talk earlier in the year about a pink iPhone 13, and while there's definitely potential for that color, this "rumor" was more like wishful thinking. Rumors about a new matte black color also circulated online this spring, as reported by EverythingApplePro on YouTube, courtesy of leaker Max Weinbach.

For more, check out our review of the iPhone 12 and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.

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Yes, The Uncharted Series Is Finally Coming To PC

Kotaku 09 September, 2021 - 03:11pm

Sony announced during the PlayStation Showcase that both A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy will be ported to and remastered for PC and PlayStation 5. But PlayStation Blog clarified that only the PlayStation 5 version of the Legacy of Thieves Collection will be released in early 2022.

The PC port is still in development at Iron Galaxy Studios, which is well known for porting other big-budget games to different platforms, including Destiny, Overwatch, and Skyrim. While we don’t know the exact date on when the PC port will be arriving, the wait shouldn’t be too long: Sony anticipates that Legacy of Thieves Collection should release “shortly” after the console remaster.

Developed by Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was originally released in March 2016 on the PlayStation 4. It was the fourth installment of the Uncharted series, and was widely regarded as a satisfying conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story. In line with the prior games in the series, A Thief’s End was a third-person action game that was well-received as an interactive cinematic experience. Kotaku praised the game for its graphical achievement and open levels, while finding some of the new characters to be slightly disappointing.

Read More: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: The Kotaku Review

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was released in 2017 as a standalone expansion to A Thief’s End, having originally been envisioned as downloadable content. Despite the absence of the Uncharted series’ main protagonist, A Thief’s End was generally considered a solid entry in the series. It continued the Uncharted tradition of great visuals and storytelling, but missed the mark on puzzles and gameplay.

Uncharted hitting PC isn’t completely unexpected. Last May, Sony stated in a report that Uncharted 4 and Days Gone would be ported to PC. While Sony has previously had a ambivalent history regarding making its prestige console games available on PC, Days Gone was in fact released on Steam in May of this year.

Hopefully, PC players who want to get in on some Uncharted action won’t have too long to wait.

Yes, The Uncharted Series Is Finally Coming To PC

PC Gamer 09 September, 2021 - 03:11pm

Sony announced during the PlayStation Showcase that both A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy will be ported to and remastered for PC and PlayStation 5. But PlayStation Blog clarified that only the PlayStation 5 version of the Legacy of Thieves Collection will be released in early 2022.

The PC port is still in development at Iron Galaxy Studios, which is well known for porting other big-budget games to different platforms, including Destiny, Overwatch, and Skyrim. While we don’t know the exact date on when the PC port will be arriving, the wait shouldn’t be too long: Sony anticipates that Legacy of Thieves Collection should release “shortly” after the console remaster.

Developed by Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was originally released in March 2016 on the PlayStation 4. It was the fourth installment of the Uncharted series, and was widely regarded as a satisfying conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story. In line with the prior games in the series, A Thief’s End was a third-person action game that was well-received as an interactive cinematic experience. Kotaku praised the game for its graphical achievement and open levels, while finding some of the new characters to be slightly disappointing.

Read More: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End: The Kotaku Review

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was released in 2017 as a standalone expansion to A Thief’s End, having originally been envisioned as downloadable content. Despite the absence of the Uncharted series’ main protagonist, A Thief’s End was generally considered a solid entry in the series. It continued the Uncharted tradition of great visuals and storytelling, but missed the mark on puzzles and gameplay.

Uncharted hitting PC isn’t completely unexpected. Last May, Sony stated in a report that Uncharted 4 and Days Gone would be ported to PC. While Sony has previously had a ambivalent history regarding making its prestige console games available on PC, Days Gone was in fact released on Steam in May of this year.

Hopefully, PC players who want to get in on some Uncharted action won’t have too long to wait.

9/11 Timeline: How the Day Unfolded

PlayStation.Blog 09 September, 2021 - 12:00pm

The moments of the worst foreign attack on American soil.

Between 7:59 a.m. and 8:42 a.m., four commercial flights take off: two from Boston, one from Washington, D.C., and one from Newark, N.J., all headed for California. After takeoff, all four planes are hijacked by terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda.

Hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

The second plane crash made it apparent that this was a planned attack, not an accident.

President Bush is about to begin reading a book to elementary school students in Florida when Chief of Staff Andrew Card tells him that a second plane has crashed into the World Trade Center and that “America is under attack.”

Hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

The Federal Aviation Administration grounds all flights in the United States.

The White House and U.S. Capitol are evacuated.

The South Tower collapses. For the first time in known history, the White House requests the implementation of continuity of government measures.

The White House also requests fighter escorts for Air Force One and a fighter combat air patrol over Washington, D.C.

United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in southern Pennsylvania after a struggle onboard between a team of hijackers and the flight’s passengers.

Al Qaeda members later claimed that the intended target was the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

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The collapse of the World Trade Center caused an immense plume of toxic dust throughout lower Manhattan. Tens of thousands of people have reported long-term medical conditions such as respiratory disease or cancer as a result of inhaling the dust.

New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani orders an evacuation of lower Manhattan.

The U.S. Coast Guard led an evacuation of more than 500,000 people from lower Manhattan following the World Trade Center attacks.

Hundreds of firefighters from the New York City Fire Department rushed to the World Trade Center to help rescue survivors.

343 members of the New York City Fire Department died in the 9/11 attacks as they attempted to save people’s lives. Most perished either after entering the buildings following the plane crashes or by being hit by debris outside.

World Trade Center Building 7, a 47-story building adjacent to the Twin Towers, collapses after debris falling from neighboring buildings caused it to catch fire.

The Sept. 11 attacks caused almost 3,000 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries, as well as long-term health problems for people exposed to dust and debris.

President Bush addresses the nation from the White House and says, “Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.”

The rubble of the World Trade Center smolders a day after the 9/11 attacks.

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