Apple’s MacBook Pro, iPad, and more are on sale today
The official news starts with deals today, and let’s start with Apple deals today because why not, starting with Intel MacBook Pros, in case you still don’t want to join the dark side of the M1. If you’re looking for a 16-inch model, you can save the Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage model for $ 300 and leave it at $ 2100. If you’re looking for the 13-inch variant, you can get the i5, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage for $ 175 after a discount of $ 249. If you switch to iPads as, 11-inch iPad Pros will save $ 35 at the checkout in 2018. This means you can only get the 128GB Wi-Fi storage model for $ 769 in both colors. Something crazy is that Samsung’s Black Friday trade-in deals are still going on and we’re mid-December. So yeah, you can still buy the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G for a crazy $ 1000, the Note 20 series starts at $ 450, and the S20 series starts at $ 390. But here, too, you need a suitable device for trade-in. We have more deals on other iPads, the Galaxy S10 + and more under the links in the description.
Microsoft finally brings the x64 emulation under ARM to Windows, but only for the test channel
Coming to Windows ARM computers, oh yeah, it looks like Microsoft has some pressure on its back after the M1 Macs came out. One of the biggest problems with ARM PCs is that computers like the Surface Pro X can only run native 32-bit and 64-bit apps that are natively compiled for ARM, or 32-bit X86 apps by emulating what left much of the modern Windows ecosystem in the cold. Well, Microsoft just released a preview of the 64-bit app emulation they call x64 as a preview for Windows Insiders on their developer channel. If you have this build and a computer that is running Windows on ARM, you can download x64 apps from the Microsoft Store after you upgrade. This means you can now emulate 64-bit apps and play games and run productivity software that ARM PCs have been missing all these years. The x64 emulation is still in the works, of course, and there’s really no word on when consumers will get a broad version, but it looks like they’re finally going to prioritize. Microsoft makes the M1s x86 computers look so bad that 64-bit emulation is really only a third of what you should be doing.
10.5-inch iPad leak suggests old design, starting at $ 299
But since we’ve already talked about ARM computers, let’s move on to iPads, since we talked about the possibility of a new 10.5-inch iPad last week and now we have even more rumors. According to a tipster on Twitter, we are getting this 10.5-inch retina display iPad, which will still contain a home button and a Touch ID in 2021. As mentioned in the previous review, we will most likely get the older design of the iPad Air, which means getting thinner and lighter. The tipster also mentions that this iPad is powered by the A13 Bionic SoC that powers last year’s iPhone and that it will get it at 4GB of additional RAM. Other reports also claim that we’ll finally get more on-board storage, starting at 64GB now. After all, we expect the price to drop to $ 299, which is a pretty sweet deal, and it makes global sense that Cupertino should have more control over its production thanks to Apple Silicon. The biggest question is when are we going to get it, and so far it seems that it might be around March.
The new OnePlus 9 5G leak makes anything possible
Let’s talk about OnePlus now because it looks like 2021 will be the year of early releases. We expect the OnePlus 9 5G to hit the market earlier sometime in March, so the leaks will gradually increase. Now we have some IRL pre-production pictures posted by PhoneArena from anonymous sources. These units show the silver variant of the phone and show off the new camera module that we only saw in CAD renderings. This is the regular OnePlus 9, so it brings with it two large sensors that are reportedly made up of 48-megapixel cameras and a small third camera that is most likely a macro or something else. We expect a 6.55-inch display on the front, which is similar to that of the OnePlus 8T and supports Full HD + resolution at 120 Hz and HDR. Other details include the fact that the sides of this phone are made of aluminum and the different logo that confirms that it is a pre-production unit. This phone is most likely powered by the brand new Snapdragon 888 5G SoC, plus 8GB of RAM and at least 128GB of storage. Now, if you think that it looks a lot like this strange Frankenstein between an iPhone 12 and a galaxy, you wouldn’t be wrong.
Samsung Galaxy S21 memory, color and pen support confirmed
The Samsung Galaxy S21 appears online in a handy video and looks amazing
When we talk about early versions, we talk about Samsung and the Galaxy S21 as the leaks and official announcements just keep flowing. According to the WinFuture employees, several German retailers are already unveiling the color variants for the storage capacity of the Galaxy S21 series. Apparently, the two storage options are 128GB and 256GB for the heavily loaded variant, with the color options being gray, white, pink, and purple. An S-stylus is also mentioned in this leak, but it doesn’t have a slot in the phone like the Note does. Instead, you have to put it in a “Clear View Silicone Sleeve”. However, the phone does support the pen. The Samsung Opera Store in India also confirmed that sales of the S21 will begin on the 29th, similar to what Prosser leaked earlier in the season. Now for some more interesting news: the phone was only featured in an IRL video that was posted on YouTube and then privatized. Unfortunately we weren’t able to restore it in time or Diego received it before editing, but in the video we can see all the design details we saw in the renders. The regular S21 appears to have a frosted back that looks almost matte, and the cameras are raised slightly, which means the hump won’t stick out that much this year. We also see the front of the phone with the smaller bezels and punch display that look pretty similar to last year’s variants. So yeah, let’s see what other leaks we get as this gets interesting.
The iPhone 13 Pro could come with LTPO technology and 120 Hz displays
And finally, the hottest news today has to do with Apple and what to expect in 2021. We know the company has had some success in staging this year, but it looks like things will go back to normal next year. According to a new Ming Chi Kuo report, mass production for the iPhone 13 and A15 chip will go back to the usual Cupertino timeframe. With mass production starting again in the summer, we will most likely get another Apple event in September as we normally do. However, I wonder what Apple is up to when it comes to releasing the phones as they have had some pretty good sales this year with the releases being distributed so they may resort to that strategy. It looks like the release to the actual phones will give us one of the features we expected to see on this year’s iPhones. Samsung and LG will remain Apple’s OLED panel suppliers, and two of those iPhones will bring LTPO technology, according to a new report from The Elec. Now, LTPO is the technology that allows 120Hz displays to exist without using too much battery. This makes sense since iPhones don’t come with amazing batteries. This technology is already present on the current Apple Watch, which means we could possibly get a constantly-on display for the iPhone 13 as well. We expect other features like Touch ID to appear on the next iPhones as well, as well as a notch that is actually actually smaller. We’ll see what we get in September.
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