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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.


Actual Macs powered by Apple Silicon are starting to arrive in the general public, and benchmark results that show that they are really high performance are being released. But if you want a larger screen than 13 inches, or want to load more RAM, you may be troubled by this.

From the folding iPhone launch in 2022 to the new products' arrival as a Christmas surprise, we've got all the latest Apple rumors for you.

Rumor has it that Apple will release genuine headphones and tracking device as a "Christmas surprise"

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While special events have taken place for three months in a row, some unannounced products have not shown up. In such a situation, rumors have surfaced that Apple is preparing a "Christmas surprise".

L0vetodream, an accomplished leaker, added: "good for winter". L0vetodream hasn't tweeted any more clues, but the long-rumored AirPods Studio headphones and the AirTags tracking device are considered the most likely candidates.

The former has been rumored for over two years, and major media outlet Bloomberg also reported the appearance of "a retro look with oval-shaped ear cups that swivel and a headband connected by thin, metal arms," and that there are two variations, a premium version and a fitness-focused model, which can be customized with ear pad replacement.

And the AirTags incorporate Apple's proprietary ultra-wideband radio (UWB) chip, U1, which is expected to detect positions within 10 cm with high accuracy. The U1 chip was first used in the iPhone 11 series, and has since been integrated into the Apple Watch Series 6 and the HomePod mini small speaker. The HomePod mini is expected to be a UWB base station (managing the location of U1 chip-based products in the house), which should have a close relationship with AirTags.

Both of these clues have been found in the iOS 14.3 beta for developers, and some believe that AirTags will be released in November at the same time as iOS 14.3. On the other hand, the AirPods Studio has been observed to have "major manufacturing issues," so it will be a real surprise if this one comes out before the end of the year.

Folding iPhone to be released in September 2022? Samples are rumored to be in testing

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Nowadays, even Windows-based PCs can be folded, but the iPhone's turn is finally approaching, according to a rumor.

According to the Taiwanese industry media outlet Economic Daily, Foxconn, a major iPhone assembly supplier, has been asked to test the screen and bearings of the folding device. Where a normal laptop would be tested to open and close 20,000 to 30,000 times, the foldable iPhone will reportedly be tested more than 100,000 times. However, Samsung's original Galaxy Fold also claimed to be tested 200,000 times, so maybe it's nothing special.

There are also reports that the screen of the folding test unit uses OLED or micro-LED (which lays down ultra-fine LEDs). There were also rumors that Apple ordered a "large number" of folding sample screens from Samsung, which are believed to be OLED, like the Galaxy Fold and others.

On the other hand, speaking of micro-LEDs, it was reported that Apple had invested a lot of money in the factory. There is a possibility that the company is in a hurry to put this technology into practical use.

Screen flicker and blur problems that occur in some of the iPhone 12 series, rumor has it that Apple is investigating

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Rumor has it that Apple is aware of a problem with the screens of some of the iPhone 12 series and has notified authorized service providers to take action for their customers while they investigate.

The problem is that under certain conditions, the screen flickers or becomes green or grayish. In fact, there have been several user reports in Apple's official support community since the launch of the iPhone 12, and the issue has been confirmed for all four models, not just some.

To summarize the issue at the time of writing, it seems to occur generally under the condition that the display brightness is set to about 90% or less. However, Apple has instructed its authorized repairers to recommend customers to "get the latest iOS version", which could be fixed by updating the system software.

A sensitivity issue with the iPhone 12 mini's lock screen was also fixed about a week after its release date. This issue may also be expected to be addressed quickly.

A16 chip for iPhone 14 in 2022 is rumored to be manufactured on 4nm process

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The A14 Bionic SoC in this year's iPhone 12 series is highlighted as being Apple's first chip manufactured on a 5nm process. The manufacturing process (circuit line width) numbers are roughly "evolving as it gets smaller", but this is expected to be 4nm for the A16 chip in 2022.

Research firm TrendForce pointed out that the A14 is the only smartphone SoC based on Taiwan's TSMC's advanced 5nm technology. The world's most advanced process technology will continue to be used in the manufacture of A-series chips, with an expected roadmap for next year's A15 (tentative) to an improved "5nm+" (or N5P, as TSMC describes it) and 4nm manufacturing for the A16.

Incidentally, the evolution from 5nm to 5nm+ (in general terms) was described as a 5% increase in processing power and a 10% reduction in power consumption according to official TSMC projections. As for the A16, the possibility of a 3nm process was also floated, but it may end up settling on 4nm.

Windows can run natively on M1 Macs, but it's "really up to Microsoft," says an Apple executive

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While the new Macs with the Apple Silicon "M1" chip have improved performance and power efficiency, the transition of the CPU from Intel chips to the Arm architecture is believed to have made it impossible to use Windows 10 with BootCamp as in the past.

However, an Apple executive said that it is technically possible to run the Arm version of Windows 10, and that it is "all up to Microsoft" to make it happen.

What is noteworthy about this statement is that although the M1 chip is of Arm architecture, it was unclear whether or not Arm's version of Windows 10 would work, but Apple officially admitted that it is technically possible. No details were given as to whether it was actually installed and confirmed to work, or whether some additional work would be required in the future.

Another hinted at the possibility of a BootCamp that would allow users to switch between macOS and the Arm version of Windows 10, stating that this would depend solely on MS offering a license to the general public. Microsoft was vague about the future, saying in June that it only licenses to OEMs at this time, but it seems as if Apple is pressing for a decision.

The Arm version of Windows 10 will run x86 (32-bit) apps with emulation, and x64 (64-bit) apps will run without recompilation. If the general public can install it on an M1-equipped Mac, the range of apps available will expand even further.


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.