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iPhone 12 May Ship With New Braided USB-C To Lightning Cable

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When the iPhone 12 lineup launches later this year, it’s expected to come with some changes to how Apple typically does thing. While we’ve reported previously that this includes the removal of a Power Adapter and EarPods, it also looks like the USB-C to Lightning Cable is getting a change.

Leaked photos from ChargerLAB that appeared on Weibo recently revealed this new design, which is braided rather than being non-fabric as previous Lightning Cables were. While the company has never released a braided design for its Lightning Cables, it does have a braided Thunderbolt Pro cable, a black braided Lightning Cable for the Mac Pro, and a braided power cable for the HomePod.

As for why it’s possible that the company would be making the change, this braided design can potentially be more durable than the non-fabric design. Considering there are many that have issues with with their Lightning Cables having loose connections, a little more durability certainly wouldn’t hurt. As can be seen from the leaked images linked above, the cable’s overall design is basically the same outside of the braided look.

When it comes to the legitimacy of these leaks, ChargerLAB has proven reliable in the past and claims that Apple may include these in their iPhone 12 lineup. The cable measures in at 1.05 meters, which is very close to that of the current 1-meter cable. The thickness is measured at 3.04mm, which is also slightly thicker than the existing USB-C to Lightning Cable.

This all needs to be taken with a grain of salt for the time being, as it isn’t the official word from Apple. However, the source has a good track record, so we’re willing to bet this one ends up panning out. We’ll keep you posted 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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