Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20, and more are on sale today
You know, it’s Post-Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the deals have slowed down a bit, but you have to admit that the remaining ones are still pretty good. Let’s start all over with the M1 MacBook Pro, which is now $ 100 cheaper, leaving the Space Gray variant for $ 1200. This time around, we also have the Silver variant at a discount, but it’s just a $ 50 cut so it stays at $ 1250. Now we come to your new favorites, the Samsung trade-in offers. The Galaxy Note 20 series costs from $ 450 for the regular Note 20. The S20 series costs from $ 240 with the S20 FE and up to $ 790 for the S20 Ultra. The Galaxy Z Flip retails for $ 450, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is still a crazy $ 1000. On the other hand, all of these deals are trade-ins. So you need a suitable device, but you need to check it. On some cameras, the Panasonic GH5 mirrorless camera I’m currently using costs $ 100 less and is around $ 1300. We have even more offers for Sony cameras, Sony TVs and Samsung TVs under the links in the description. Let’s get to Samsung because the company was apparently working at the same time on a product that we only heard for Apple. We’ve all heard the rumors about AirTags, Apple’s Tile-like devices that would work with the Find My app. It was rumored that they came at their previous event but were actually delayed. Well, it looks like Samsung is hitting them hard. When we got the Note 20, Samsung introduced a new SmartThings Find feature that works like Apple’s Find My app. According to a new report from Sam Mobile, a device called the Galaxy Smart Tag with a leaked model number has now been discovered in Indonesia. And yes, Samsung has made some poorly implemented trackers in the past that you actually had to pay for, but with all the frenzy of the AirTags rumors, it looks like they want to do something similar, which actually makes more sense to the consumer. Now let’s see when we should expect them because hey, we’re technically a month away from the rumored Galaxy Unpacked.
Samsung releases the One UI 3.0 update for the Galaxy S20 series based on Android 11
If you want to stick with Samsung and rock a Galaxy S20, then you should check out the Software Updates tab. The company just announced the launch of One UI 3 with Android 11, which is quite impressive for Samsung to be honest. I mean, Android 11 launched this year. A UI 3 features a new, updated design that is easier and more elegant to market, with visual enhancements for the home screen, lock screen, and more. It also brings improved camera features like better auto focus, auto exposure, and more. They also tease advanced customizations when it comes to sharing pictures, videos, and more. Speaking of the lock screen, the widgets on it have been redesigned so you can see more important information without having to unlock your phone. If you own one of the Galaxy S20 devices, it should be available to you right now, and it should be available for the Note 20 series in the next few weeks. I know I have to love it when they say weeks because it can take a while.
The iPhone 12 series suffers from significant battery drain on standby mode
Let’s talk about iPhone 12 issues as these LTE and 5G connectivity issues that we reported about yesterday apparently aren’t everything. There have been several complaints on the Apple forums about the iPhone 12’s battery drain on standby. The users who reported this apparently turned off 5G with little to no background activity and noticed that it was charging about 10-30% of the charge overnight, which is strange for a brand new phone. According to one of the complaints, he notices that when his iPhone 12 Pro is idling, with no background activity, it drains its battery at a rate 4% faster than his iPhone 11 Pro. He turned off mobile data to see if it was a 5G thing, but he claims it made no difference. It lost 30% battery power in 10 hours overnight, a bit crazy compared to its iPhone 11 which only lost 5% at the same time. “Apparently he spoke to Apple support and the diagnosis didn’t reveal a problem, so this could be a software problem. We used an iPhone 12 and had no problem, but several other users have the same problem on the forums.
Details on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform can be found here
Yesterday was Day 2 of the company’s Tech Summit, where we learned all about the Snapdragon 888 5G. There are a variety of reasons why your next smartphone should run on this device. This is Qualcomm’s newest flagship processor, now based on a more powerful and efficient 5nm process. It implements both 5G flavors with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X60 modem and the latest in Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 to give you an enhanced mobile experience. It is equipped with the company’s new 6th generation AI engine, which together with the new Hexagon 780 processor offers industry-leading energy efficiency with a performance of up to 26 tera operations per second. That is three times as much as the previous generation. It also brings the new Kryo 680 CPU, which boosts CPU performance by 25%, and the new Adreno 660 GPU, which delivers 35% faster graphics compared to last year. There is also a big boost in the camera department, as Qualcomm’s new Spectra 580 ISP is switching to a Triple Image Signal Processor. This means that three different cameras can be recorded simultaneously with up to 2.7 gigapixels per second and a new architecture in poor lighting conditions. It supports things like Rec. 2020 color space photo and video recording, up to 10-bit color depth for photo and video, and HDR HEIF. You now have 8K video at 30 frames per second and slow motion 720p video at a crazy 960 frames per second. It also supports Dolby Vision 4K video at 120 frames per second and HDR 4K video with portrait mode, which is pretty impressive. Yes, Snapdragon Elite Gaming also increases responsiveness and game rendering by up to 30% thanks to variable rate shading. Again, this is Qualcomm’s most powerful mobile platform to date, and 14 OEMs have announced they will be rolling it out soon, with Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme being the first. Follow the first link in the description to get even more details about the news.
According to the AppleCare memo, we could get new Apple products next Tuesday
And finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about Apple again, this time because it seems like the One More Thing event we covered won’t be the last. The company has been pretty busy this year, it released 5 iPhones, several Macs including the Intel iPhones that we got along with iPads and other things in the spring. In an internal memo, restored by MacRumors, Apple informs service providers that AppleCare-related changes are planned for Tuesday, December 8th at approximately 5:30 a.m. local time. To be more specific, Apple has recommended its technicians prepare for new product SKUs, new and updated product descriptions, and new and updated product prices. In some cases, before other * product launches *, Apple has released nearly identical memos that were previously released after the iPhone 12 event. Now, Apple is pretty unlikely to plan an event to take place on a Tuesday at 5 a.m. Please not Apple. So it looks like this is a silent release. If you think about it, L0vetodream tweeted last month that Apple was giving us a Christmas surprise, but we ignored it because it could have been anything. So let’s summarize what leaked products are we missing? AirTags? A new Apple TV? The AirPods Studio? More Macs? Of course, this is all speculation, but let us know.
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