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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


There are only a few days left until the "One more thing" event, where the Macs with Apple's proprietary design chip, Apple Silicon, are expected to be announced. It's going to be hard to decide whether to jump into the new experience right away or just wait and see, even after the event.

From the possibility of Apple Silicon Macs outperforming the current MacBook Pro to the prospect of vastly improved camera performance in the iPhone 13, we've got a roundup of the latest Apple rumors.

iPhone 12's camera is found not to be repairable without official Apple tools

iFixit
iFixit

The extent to which the new iPhones can be repaired by unauthorized Apple vendors is a topic that receives a lot of attention every year, but this year's iPhone 12 series is one that has been found to require an official tool that can only be accessed by authorized vendors for camera repairs.

iFixit, known for disassembling high-tech new products quickly, reported that in disassembling the iPhone 12, they found that transferring the iPhone 12's camera module to another iPhone would interfere with its function.

It only appears to work properly immediately after the swap. Shortly after, switching to the ultra-wide-angle camera would not work, and only certain camera modes would respond, sometimes hanging and becoming unusable, as reported by several sources.

In addition, a training document for Apple Authorized Vendors, obtained by iFixit, states that not only the camera, but also the screen replacement must run a system configuration app linked to its own cloud. Prior to the iPhone 11 series and the iPhone SE (2nd generation), that was only required when the battery was replaced, so it's gotten tougher.

Nevertheless, iFixit also reports that the camera swap between iPhones of the same model worked without any problems, and replacing the screen between multiple iPhone 12s worked only with a warning that it may not be a genuine product. A similar warning was issued for the iPhone 11 series, which may be intended by Apple to encourage independent repairers to get official training and certification.

Apple Silicon-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air rumored to be announced at Nov. 10 event

A new Mac Pro with Apple Silicon and half the size of the current model is reportedly in development

Benchmark scores for the A14X in the first Apple Silicon Mac are reported

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Ahead of the "one more thing" event on November 10, rumors of an Apple Silicon powered Mac have suddenly become very active.

Two notebook devices are expected to appear at the event, the Apple Silicon version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Air, both of which will be assembled by Taiwan's Foxconn, according to Bloomberg, and are almost certain to be announced that day. However, there will be no major design changes, just a new chip that replaces the previous model's Intel processor with a new chip.

On the other hand, the Apple Silicon version of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is also in production, but this one doesn't seem so likely to be announced on the 10th. At the same time, famous leaker L0vetodream also tweeted "13 inch X2", so those who are waiting for a smaller MacBook should expect it for now.

The other rumor is of an Apple Silicon version of the Mac Pro. Again, the source for this one is Bloomberg. According to the report, Apple is preparing a smaller version that will keep the design of the current model but will be about half the size.

When it comes to the Mac Pro, the expansion, especially discrete (externally added) GPUs, is something that is important. Prior to this report, there was a rumor of an iMac with an Apple-designed GPU, along with the first Apple Silicon "A14T" for the desktop. On the other hand, the possibility of reduced compatibility with third-party GPUs has also been raised, so we'll be waiting for additional information on that as well.

Also found was a purported benchmark score (Geekbench 5) for a Mac powered by an Apple Silicon, tentatively called the A14X, which could be either of the two small MacBooks mentioned above. If the reports of a "1.80GHz processor capable of turbo boosting to 3.10GHz" are true, it would be the first Apple-designed chip clocked above 3GHz. The CPU is described as having 8 cores and the GPU has 8GB of VRAM.

And while its single-core score of 1634 isn't much different from the A14, its multi-core score of 7220 exceeds the A12Z in the iPad Pro (2020) and the Core-i9 processor in the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

If such high performance is combined with the Arm-based chip's strength - its power-saving performance, which means a long-lasting battery - the first Apple Silicon Mac could be a "highly mobile MacBook Pro"-like machine.

New iPad Pro with mini-LED display rumored again to launch in early 2021

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The current iPad Pro (2020) predates the iPhone 12 Pro with a LiDAR scanner (3D sensor) on the back and added an ultra-wide-angle camera, but the SoC A12Z is physically the same as the A12X of two years ago. It was only a minor change overall, but it's rumored that the next model with a major update is finally becoming a reality.

According to supply chain information from South Korea's ETNews, the new iPad will be released in the first quarter of 2021. Its screen is reportedly a mini-LED display, and we're just guessing that it will be the next iPad Pro, as the new technology is usually introduced first on high-end models.

A mini-LED display is a display that retains the traditional LCD + backlight LED structure, but with a finer division of the backlight. By combining this with local dimming (partial drive) technology, it enables the backlight to be turned off only in the black areas of the screen, and is expected to provide the advantages of OLED, such as high-purity blacks and high contrast, while saving power and being resistant to burning (because it contains no organic substances).

Rumors of a mini-LED-equipped iPad Pro and MacBook Pro have been in the works for over a year, with some speculating that Apple itself is investing heavily in a mini-LED (and the micro-LEDs that will come next) factory. Given the company's precedent of taking almost two years to develop and launch a new product, it would not be surprising to see a mini-LED-powered iPad Pro soon.

Apple is rumored to be diverting iPad parts to solve iPhone 12 Pro shortages

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Some believe that the iPhone 12 Pro is in short supply due to the gap between Apple's expected shipments (about 20 percent of the iPhone 12 series) and its actual popularity.

To solve that, Apple has reallocated power management chips, LiDAR scanners, and other components intended for iPads to the iPhone 12 Pro, Nikkei reported.

Such a reallocation of "iPad to iPhone" components is affecting about 2 million iPads and ruining this year's production plans. Apple reported in its fourth-quarter earnings release at the end of October that iPad sales were up a whopping 46% year-over-year, but now is the time to sell the new iPhones, the company's flagship product, and it seems to be in a dilemma.

The delivery date for the fourth-generation iPad Air is after November 24 at the time of writing, but if you plan to use it, you might want to order it while you can afford it.

The iPhone 13 is rumored to be four models of the same size as the 12 and the camera quality will be greatly improved

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While the camera features of the iPhone 12 Pro are gaining huge popularity, the rumor mill says that the cameras of the two Pro models of next year's model, called “iPhone 13”, will be greatly improved. The source of the rumor is the latest research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for his insider information on Apple.

Specifically, it's an enhancement to the ultra-wide-angle camera, which will be upgraded from "f / 2.4, 5P (five-element lens) with fixed focus" on the iPhone 12 series to "f / 1.8, 6P with autofocus". It is also stated that the next iPhone 14 series in 2022 will evolve to "f / 1.8, 6P with autofocus".

For the iPhone 13 series, Kuo also said that next year he expects shipments to increase over the previous year's model due to a more robust 5G infrastructure, a return to the original September launch date (from October-November this year) and improved mass production and sales, as well as improved camera quality.

On the flip side, the iPhone 12 series is doing very well in the face of headwinds from a lack of 5G infrastructure, a later-than-usual release date, and the spread of the new coronavirus.


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.