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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.

After Apple officially announced that this year's release of the new iPhone would be later than usual, a series of leaked photos purportedly of its parts followed in early August. On the contrary, it may indicate that production is on track and the supply chain disruption is under control.

From the Phone 12(tentative) being released in two stages, to the new 27-inch iMac's internal SSD being soldered to the logic board, we've got a roundup of the latest Apple rumors.

Rumoured that Apple will launch iPhone 12 lineup in two stages, first with 6.1-inch models

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The rumor originated from DigiTimes, a Taiwanese electronic industry information newspaper. While there have been rumors of development delays within Apple and statements from major suppliers such as Qualcomm hinting at a "delay in the launch of the global 5G flagship smartphone", this is probably the first time concrete information has been brought to light from supply chain sources close to the production floor.

The iPhone 12 series will come in three screen sizes, 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch, with the relatively inexpensive entry-level models comprising 5.4 and 6.1, and the more expensive Pro models comprising 6.1 and 6.7, according to most observers. The former is said to have dual rear cameras, while the latter will have three triple cameras.

According to the DigiTimes article, the first two 6.1-inch models will be released first. In other words, a combination of one entry-level model and one Pro model is said to be released first, and if you subtract, the delayed 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models will also be a combination of one entry-level model and one Pro model. It seems that a balance has been struck to avoid consumer confusion and market share cannibalization.

The media source said that the SLPs for the two 6.1-inch models have recently started shipping, with the SLPs for the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models coming in late August. The 5.4-inch of these models is larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2nd generation) in terms of screen size, but a dummy model has also been leaked indicating that the width may be narrower due to thinner bezels, so those who loved the compactness of the old SE in the palm of their hands may be expecting it.

Magnet ring inside the iPhone 12(temporary)? Possibly for securing the wireless charging mat


Here's one from EveryThingApplePro, who is known for preempting Apple's unannounced products, showing a photo of a ring of magnets arranged in the internal chassis of the iPhone 12, along with a wireless charging coil.

He also posted a photo of what he calls a case with a ring of magnets embedded in it, tweeting, "Likely for perfect alignment with Apple's wireless chargers." In other words, he suggests that the AirPower, Apple's wireless charging mat that was once cancelled but is rumored to have been cleared of overheating issues and is being prepared for release, will also be launched along with the iPhone 12.

It's common for wireless charging to happen when a device is placed on a charging mat but not charged, or when it slips off the mat with a sudden bump. Utilizing magnets to hold the device firmly in place and ensure charging is similar in concept to the Apple Watch's magnetic charging dock.

Another possibility that has been floated is "two-way charging" support for charging peripherals such as the Apple Watch, a feature that was rumored to have been abandoned with the iPhone 11 series, but has already been implemented in Android devices from Huawei and Samsung. There are predictions that the iPhone 12 won't include wired earbuds in order to boost sales of the AirPods series, so this may be the year to make it happen for set sales.

Xbox Game Pass and xCloud are unavailable on iOS, it turns out, due to Apple's restrictions

Facebook also criticizes Apple's gaming app restrictions, forcing the removal of games from Facebook Gaming for iOS

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: An Xbox xCloud device on display at the Microsoft store opening on July 11, 2019 in London, England. Microsoft opened their first flagship store in Europe this morning, August 11. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
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Microsoft's streaming gaming service, xCloud, will be limited to Android devices when the service is launched, excluding iPhones and iPads. Both Apple and MS have reportedly admitted that the reason for this is due to the App Store's terms and conditions.

The reason for Apple's refusal is that "before they go on our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field to developers." That's because the cloud gaming service, which adds more games to the list of games you can play from time to time, can't review them one by one like other gaming apps.

xCloud is a service that runs the game on the cloud server side and streams the video to the player's hand. It has the advantage of allowing rich games to be played regardless of the device's performance, and if it's possible on an Android device, it shouldn't be a technical hindrance on the iOS/iPad OS. In fact, the beta test for iOS was running without any problems.

However, it could be argued that this was already predicted at the time, as the Android beta allowed for a large number of games to be played, while the iOS version was limited to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, it was unlikely that multiple game distributions would be allowed together.

Following that, Facebook has also expressed criticism of Apple for forcing the removal of the game from Facebook Gaming for iOS.

The app is primarily for streaming game viewing, but where the Android version allows users to play mini-games, the iOS version was rejected "multiple times" (at least five times) in the review process. The company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, said that iOS users will only have a lesser experience than Android users.

The reason for the rejection over there was because it was deemed to violate a clause in App Store Review Guidelines 4.7, which essentially prohibits incorporating or running code that is not embedded in a binary in Apps. Although the cited clauses are different, they all share the same purpose of blocking the way to "allow you to play games that are not in the app's own code at a later time".

The bottom line is that Apple won't allow any gaming platform within iOS that can't be vetted one by one. However, the same is true for video streaming such as Netflix and YouTube, which cannot be judged one at a time, and it is likely that Apple's inconsistency will continue to be pursued in the future.

Will the Apple Silicon version of the MacBook Air have even longer drive times? A photo of what looks like an internal battery has been released


Apple's proprietary Apple Silicon chip-powered Mac has been teased for release by the end of the year, but there has been no further news or additional information after that. However, a clue has been discovered that seems to be related to the project.

It was posted on Twitter that a "rechargeable lithium-ion battery" with a model number of A2389 has been approved by the South Korean certification body. The A2389 has already been found in the Chinese and Danish certification agency databases, and since its capacity is the same as the MacBook Air (2020), it's presumed to be for its successor model. Now, with the addition of a new photo that looks exactly like a MacBook Air battery, the speculation is becoming more and more certain.

At the time of writing, there is no further information available and there is no way to determine whether the device, which is believed to be the next MacBook Air, will have Intel chips or the Apple Silicon. Nevertheless, the Apple Silicon is based on the A-series chip and Arm for the iPhone, and is expected to be a good match for a laptop that can be carried around with improved power efficiency as well as processing speed.

Apple's third-quarter results reported strong sales of iPads and Macs, with a tailwind of telework and home study due to COVID-19. Apple's third-quarter results reported strong sales of iPads and Macs, with a tailwind of telework and home study due to the new corona disaster. With the Apple at Work emphasis on "work anywhere," it seems likely that we'll soon see a Mac device with both improved features and lower prices thanks to Apple Silicon.

New 27-inch iMac's SSD is soldered to the logic board, replacing it may result in data loss


The new 27-inch iMac just announced has been found to have user-replaceable memory, but the internal SSD is reportedly virtually irreplaceable.

According to an internal document for engineers obtained by MacRumors, the internal SSD is soldered to the logic board in 256GB-2TB models, while 4TB and 8TB models have SSD expansion boards attached via connectors. However, since the latter also have the factory-state SSD and logic board tied together, replacing either will result in data loss and cannot be replaced in a practical sense.

Since the new 27-inch iMac is equipped with the T2 security chip (which makes Fusion Drive obsolete and leaves the SSD as the only choice), any data on the SSD is encrypted, so it was expected beforehand that replacing parts would make the data unrecoverable.

In terms of security protection, it is an evolution, and since no one would "carelessly" disassemble an iMac with a complex structure, it doesn't seem to be so serious, but we'd like to keep backups with Time Machine more often than ever before.

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.