This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The time of the A14 Bionic is finally here with the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro as well as the 4th generation iPad Air now available for pre-order. It's hard to decide whether to pre-order now or wait for the smallest iPhone 12 mini or the largest 12 Pro Max to begin taking pre-orders in November.
From the first Apple Silicon Mac to be announced in November to the delayed release of the AirPods Studio, we've got all the latest Apple rumors in one place.
In the aftermath of the iPhone 12 series (and HomePod mini) launch event, there are multiple rumors that the first Macs with Apple Silicon chip will be announced in November.
For one, Bloomberg reported that it will be announced by November. The media outlet has been reporting that Apple has been working on a project to develop its own processor for two years, and has even accurately predicted that Apple Silicon would be announced at WWDC20, a developer conference in June. And it also said that there are three types of Apple Silicon in development, including one based on the A14 with the iPhone 12.
The other is that Jon Prosser, a famous leaker (who publishes influential information about high-profile unannounced products), heard that there will be an ARM Mac (Apple Silicon is an ARM-based chip) announcement event on November 17. His predictions were hit and miss, but he was accurate about the date of the most recent iPhone 12 event.
If Apple were to hold three announcement events within a three-month period, that would be unprecedented. Nevertheless, the company has been moving all of its events online since WWDC20 in June, and it shouldn't have to be constrained by physical constraints (e.g., consideration for journalists' travel time) as it has been in the past. Most importantly, the "third processor change in the history of Mac" is a big deal, so it seems likely that the company will have a separate announcement from the iPhone and iPad.
Of the four iPhone 12 models in all, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 has become the most popular, and Apple is making production plans based on this, according to a famous analyst.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst known for his insider information on Apple, issued a note to investors stating that the iPhone 12 accounted for about 40% of the total shipments, with the other three models (iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max) accounting for 20% each. In addition to that, the analyst also stated that the iPhone 12 mini is inexpensive, but the screen is too small to appeal to the mass market.
As for iPhone 12 sales in general, Kuo is skeptical about reports that Apple has ordered up to 80 million units. Kuo expects demand for the iPhone 12 at the end of 2020 to be lower than for the iPhone 11 series in the same period last year, largely due to the delay in the launch this year. Kuo had predicted that the low-cost iPhone SE (second generation) would ship "at least 20 million units in 2020, or optimistically 30 million units" (before the new coronavirus crisis, though), which may have implied that the relatively expensive flagship would be hard to sell.
Final sales of the iPhone 12 models are still unknown, but at the time of writing (October 18), the iPhone 12 Pro's ship date has generally been pushed back until November, while the iPhone 12 is on October 23, as originally planned.
Model-by-model popularity aside, it seems likely that Kuo's statement that the iPhone 12 is being made in larger quantities than the other three models is true.
It is usual for Apple to not officially reveal the memory onboard the iPhone, but it was reportedly quickly found out from a file within the official integrated development environment Xcode 12.1 beta.
According to the listing file found within Xcode, the two entry-level iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 models were found to have 4GB of onboard RAM, while the two high-end iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models were both found to have 6GB.
The previous year's iPhone 11 series all had 4GB, which means this year's entry-level models were left unchanged and the Pro models got 2GB more. When the iPhone 11 Pro Max was disassembled, it was so upsetting that there was speculation that there might be more RAM than this, but it finally has the differentiation that the Pro deserves.
Following that, the Geekbench Browser also has several benchmark results for the purported iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. Both of the results show a 20-25% improvement over the previous year's model in both single and multi-core scores, showing that the performance is commensurate with the move from 7nm to 5nm process.
However, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max is supposed to have an SoC speed advantage over the Galaxy Note 10+ in terms of SoC speed, the difference in RAM capacity (4GB for the former and 12GB for the latter) may have had an effect on the actual app launch speed, with a significant gap between the two. We're waiting to see how the latest models will be affected by the increase in memory, and we'll have to wait for the results of the rematch.
The HomePod mini was the first to be unveiled at the iPhone 12 launch event, but the AirTags tracking tiles and AirPods Studio over-ear headphones, which were expected to be announced at the same time, were overshadowed. Here's the follow-up.
Familiar leaker Jon Prosser was the first to mention the "AirPods Studio" name, but in a tweet on the 15th, he said that Apple is having major problems with its production and that it will ship in December at the earliest. He also said that they're still tweaking some things in the final stages of the product and that a few features have been cut, but he didn't say if that's a "component removed" at the hardware level or if it could be enabled later in a software update.
As for the other AirTags, he said "AirTags are and have been done & ready", predicting that they'll be released in November at the same time as iOS 14.3. The announcement event for the first Apple Silicon Mac, mentioned above, is also rumored to be in November, possibly at the same time.
What both of these products have in common is that they are expected to feature Apple's proprietary UWB chip, the U1, which is designed by Apple. For some time now, Prosser has predicted that Apple will build an ecosystem of U1 chips in "most, if not all, future products" and, after all, the U1-equipped HomePod mini will be a "UWB base station," i.e., it will be able to find the exact Apple products in the house (or detect that it's been stolen), and he also said it will be a key component that will also work with HomeKit products.
The HomePod mini's low price of ¥18,000 (excluding tax) may be a strategic price for such a long-term plan ("a very clever Trojan horse," says Prosser).
Apple, which has been rumored many times to be considering a folding device, has filed a patent application for a display that could be rolled out of a device as needed.”
The patent, "Electronic Devices Having Sliding Expandable Displays," shows how a flexible screen can be housed and the display area can be expanded by pulling it out of the device itself. The patent documents include a proposal to slide a rigid (non-retractable) screen that slides in and out of a housing, but most of it is devoted to describing a mechanism to keep it wrapped around a roller and pull it out as needed.
Apple has reportedly requested a large number of folding screen samples from Samsung, and is also doing in-depth research and development, including filing a patent application to "warm-up" a cold display to make it easier to fold. On the other hand, there are rumors that they are developing a prototype iPhone with two Surface Duo-like displays hinged together, so they may not be able to narrow down their direction.
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