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iPhone 12 may not come with EarPods in the box
by Usman Khan Lodhi
According to the latest report from reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 may not come with EarPods included in the box, in a bid to drive up the sales for AirPods, which are sold separately. The Cupertino firm has included earbuds with the iPhone since the first model of the smartphone was launched in 2007.
Kuo also stated that no new models of AirPods or AirPods Pro are expected to launch until next year, and the firm may substantially discount the AirPods during this holiday season. When the iPhone 7 was launched, the firm offset the exclusion of the headphone jack by including EarPods in the box. If the company no longer offers it, customers requiring headphones will be forced to buy either EarPods with Lightning Connector, or spend more money on AirPods. Apple's web store offers EarPods for $29, and the base variant of AirPods starts at $159.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a slump in Apple's sales this year; however, Kuo believes that sales will grow by the holiday season, and there will be a strong year-over-year (YOY) growth in sales of AirPods Pro, with the firm expected to ship 80 to 93 million units this year.
Xiaomi Mi 7 flagship might support wireless charging
by Paul Hill
In April last year, Xiaomi released the flagship Mi 6 smartphone; that means the company is due to release the Mi 7 any time now, and those that buy it, could benefit from wireless charging. The firm already prompted speculation that it would include this feature when it joined the Wireless Power Consortium in September 2017, but now sources claim the Mi 7 will have 7.5 Watt wireless charging.
If Xiaomi does go this route, it’ll likely include the same Broadcom chip and NXP transmitter that Apple used in the latest generation iPhones. According to GSMArena, using the same hardware as Apple will ensure quality and supply.
The wireless charging is expected to utilise the Qi standard V1.1, which supports wireless charging up to 7.5W. There is also Qi 1.2 which supports 15W charging, but it results in more heat being generated, which is a wasteful use of energy. By limiting the device to 7.5W, manufacturers are able to ensure devices won’t overheat and can use the time until their successor phones to learn more about managing the heat produced by the higher output charging.
The Xiaomi Mi 7 is believed to feature a Samsung 6-inch OLED display - that could include a notch -, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, a choice between 6GB and 8GB RAM, and a 4,480mAh battery. Another rumour suggests that it could include a fingerprint sensor under the display.
Inventor Elon Musk denies he's Satoshi Nakamoto
by Paul Hill
The billionaire inventor Elon Musk has denied that he is the elusive Bitcoin maker, Satoshi Nakamoto. In admitting to not creating the cryptocurrency he also confirmed his lack of involvement with the digital money. The denial came after a blog post on Medium claimed: “Elon Musk probably invented Bitcoin”.
In response to the blog post that proposed Elon was the creator of Bitcoin, Musk said:
In his hopeful Medium post, Sahil Gupta gave reasons why Satoshi Nakamoto could be Elon Musk, and if the identity fit, how he could offer guidance on the development of Bitcoin in a similar fashion to how Vitalik Buterin influences Ethereum. He suggested that Musk could fix Bitcoin’s slow verification and throughput times by coordinating changes in the block size and the lightning network.
At this point, almost nine years on from its inception, it’s becoming more and more unlikely that we will ever find out the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto despite several people coming forward to claim the identity and subsequently being rebuked.
Source: The Guardian
Reports suggest Apple very likely to unveil new 10.5 inch iPad at WWDC
by Paul Hill
Last week, we heard from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple could announce a rival to Amazon's Echo device, powered by Siri, at WWDC. Now, the analyst suggests that Apple is also likely to announce the new and previously rumoured 10.5 inch iPad Pro at the developer conference in June.
Kuo allegedly said in his report that the new iPad Pro has a greater than 70 percent chance of debuting at WWDC due to a production ramp-up which he expects to occur at the end of the quarter. The device will be similar to the 9.7-inch model but reduces the size of the bezels to fit in a larger screen. In his report, Kuo predicts that:
New details also emerged about the Siri-powered speaker which aims to compete against the Amazon Echo. Kuo apparently also said that the device has a greater than 50 percent chance of being unveiled at WWDC and is also expected to include a touch panel display, similar to the Amazon Echo Show. WWDC is set to kick off at 10:00 am Pacific Time on Monday, June 5.
Source: The Verge and Mac Rumors