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iPhone 12 Launch Might Be Delayed By Months

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The corona virus pandemic has not only resulted in serious health concerns for people around the world, but has also had a massive impact on the economy and the production of businesses everywhere. While we’ve already heard about many other delays recently, now it looks like Apple is poised to hop on the bandwagon regarding the release of the iPhone 12 lineup.

This information comes from Japanese news site Nikkei, who claims that Apple is preparing to delay the launch of the iPhone 12. While a specific length of time for the delay was not specified, it will reportedly be at least a few months. Nikkei said the following about this new information:

“Supply chain constraint aside, Apple is concerned that the current situation would significantly lower consumer appetite to upgrade their phones, which could lead to a tame reception of the first 5G iPhone,” said a source with direct knowledge of the discussion. “They need the first ‌5G iPhone‌ to be a hit.”

Of course, everything is very uncertain at the time being, as it remains to be seen how much longer it will be until this pandemic is under control. With that being the case, the company is monitoring the situation closely, though are willing to wait until May until they make a final decision.

Apple currently has a worldwide work from home order, and recently announced an extension of it until April 8th. Stores are expected to begin reopening in mid-April, though a source from MacRumors claims that stores in the United States will not be among the first opened.

The plan at the moment is to keep the current launch plans in place, with the iPhone 12 lineup launching in later in the year as they usually do. This lineup is also highly-anticipated considering that it will be the first iPhone lineup to feature 5G. Apple wants to ensure that these devices sell as well as they possibly can, and pushing them to an early 2021 launch may be necessary.

Of course, nothing is official at this point, so we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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