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Waterproof iPhone 7 to be launched in tandem with Apple Watch 2

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The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are still new with people lining up to buy them. As users of the handset are waiting for the iOS 9.1 update, which should land by the time the Apple TV 4 goes on sale on November 1. Nonetheless, there’s always that need to know more and now, we’re wondering about the iPhone 7. Until the iPhone 6S family was official, we had thought that maybe the September release was for the iPhone 7. It turns out we missed our estimates by about a year or so. The company is already in the process of making the iPhone 7 and rumors about the handset’s properties have already given way to wild expectations. The latest iPhone 7 rumor is rather interesting though, as it mentions yet another anticipated product, the Apple Watch 2. Indeed, word is that the iPhone 7 release date coincides with the Apple Watch 2 release date, which is an interesting idea to ponder upon.

The first edition of the Apple Watch was launched in March 2015 and most would have expected the second generation of the wearable to be launched around the same time slot. Apparently, that’s not going to happen as the development team of the wearable is said to have decided to postpone the Apple Watch 2 release date to September 2016 so that they can truly perfect the hardware and software . While the first gen Apple Watch is impressive, it is not quite there yet when it comes to functionality and more importantly, necessity. These are the suspected reasons behind the Apple Watch 2 release date being correlated with the iPhone 7 release date.

Such a launch should also open up the opportunity of bundle purchasing – an iPhone 7 with an Apple Watch 2, for a discount. If Apple was wanting to improve sales of the wearable, selling it as a bundle with the new iPhone 7 would be one of the best approaches the company could take, in my opinion. With new rumors about Apple making a new iPad stand for which it just got its patent approved, it’s entirely possible that Apple is going down the bundle road sometime in the future. That would be a similar strategy to that of Microsoft and its Surface line-up. Apple already showed evidence of this new tendency when it launched the iPad Pro with two new accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. Launching the iPhone 7 with the Apple Watch 2 almost seems like a natural event to follow.

The iPhone 7 release will be interesting even if it turns out to be the sole headliner of the show. That’s because the latest rumor and analyst chat says that the iPhone 7 design will be completely waterproof, similarly to Sony’s Xperia line-up of devices. An IP68 certification is the minimum that people expect, but most likely, the iPhone 7 will have a higher score. If the rumor is true, this would be the first completely waterproof device from the company and it is sure to create excitement across the world. Samsung fans who have lost their faith in the company which removed the waterproof certification from their latest flagships, should also gravitate towards the iPhone 7 if it turns out to be waterproof.

If the new Apple flagship will indeed be waterproof, that could bring on another big change for the handset: design. Waterproof smartphones are usually not made of metal unibodies, so we expect the iPhone 7 to include more plastic than before. Apparently, Apple came up with a design and a tech that would do away with cover flaps on ports and would make for a rather stylish device, even if made from plastic. Apple is known to concentrate on design, so even if the iPhone 7 is made out of polycarbonate, it should be a premium smartphone with an enviable design.

Besides being waterproof and associated with the Apple Watch 2, the iPhone 7 could also feature a much larger battery, a more durable body in general as well as possible 3D or virtual reality features. It’s about time for Apple to get in on virtual reality and the iPhone 7 seems like the right moment or rather, launch, to do so. Other features that are expected to be part of the iPhone 7 include 3D touch, an improved processor, even better camera as well as a revamped software experience.

Recent rumors say that the iPhone 7 display will be made entirely out of sapphire crystal screens and will still feature an improved version of 3D touch. That plays into the durability and waterproof theory and sounds like the phone someone should have made a long time ago. Although Samsung, Sony and others have tried their hands at durable, waterproof smartphones and while the Galaxy S5 was a neat attempt, it failed at design.

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Sapphire crystal, no physical home button? Sounds like the iPhone 7.

Some say the iPhone 7 home button will be discontinued, according to analysts claiming to be familiar with the company. That would mean that TouchID would be moved to the side and Sony would be praised for its good idea that it implemented first in the Xpreia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium. That would be quite an interesting flame war to follow indeed. Regardless, I think doing away with a home button completely is not something the iPhone 7 will handle. The analyst might have been thinking of the iPhone 8, as we still really use the iPhone home button and Touch ID pretty much.

To be fair, iOS 9 has been improved quite a bit and while older devices have problems with the new OS, the iPhone 6S family showcases how the software should actually work. The user experience is seamless and intuitive, and encryptions is top-notch. The price is definitely a bit too much, but the experience is truly pleasant, even for an Android user. Now iOS 9 still has missing features, but in recent times, Apple has shown interest towards changing its habits and starting to include third-party developers into their plans.

iOS 9.1 will bring in third-party support for Live Photos, the new camera feature in iOS 9, which is a step in the right direction. These efforts to unify the user experience will most likely culminate in the iPhone 7 and iOS 10, bringing forth a more open platform and ecosystem that allows users to customize their experiences. While some might say Apple will never change, I have faith that it will improve. The company certainly has the potential of becoming a more open and accepting platform for developers, so it might happen in a couple of years, if not with the iPhone 7.

There’s almost a year left until the iPhone 7 release date comes around, but it’s always fun as well as educational to try and pinpoint what smartphone manufacturers will try doing to boost sales and market share. Apple is a leader in the field, and while it does face a decent amount of hate on a daily basis, the company remains firmly in its leading position, with Tim Cook planning to go even bigger once the Apple Car becomes a reality.

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PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro

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PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!

Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.

According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.

As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.

However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.

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Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400

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The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.

They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition

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The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.

The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus

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Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.

The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.

Redmi Note 12 Pro

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Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.

The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.

Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).

Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.

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What Has Changed Over Time Between the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Fold 2?

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We let the specs speak for themselves. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 compares to the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 2 in the following table.

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The revolutionary Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung was released a few months ago. The foldable has the same $1,800 starting price as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from the previous year. Samsung will need to convince consumers to pay up for its high-end devices this year, though, as a recession and record-high inflation are both predicted. But it would be difficult to find a better option than Samsung’s book-style foldables if you’re eager to ride the leading edge of foldable phone technology (and have the money to boot).

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Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, and Every Reveal from Samsung
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The company calls its foldable phone-tablet, the Z Fold 4, a “multitasking powerhouse.” It features a higher-resolution display, the most recent Qualcomm chipset, Android 12L out of the box, and a new 1TB option. (Scroll to the bottom for a side-by-side spec comparison for more specific information.) The business claims that in addition to providing features like new gestures and an enhanced taskbar, it has tried to make multitasking more intuitive.

The camera system of the Z Fold 4 was also enhanced by Samsung. Three cameras—a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens—are located on the back of the device. Both optical and digital zoom up to 10x are supported by that telephoto lens. In addition, there are two “front cameras.” The Z Fold 4’s main display has a 10-megapixel sensor, which is the most noticeable, while the internal screen has a 4-megapixel under-display camera.

Along with the updated specifications, Samsung stressed its desire to create foldable phones that are more environmentally friendly. The Fold 4 is the first of Samsung’s folding devices to employ parts manufactured from recycled fishing nets. There are several recycled components inside the phone, including the connector cap for the display and the bracket for the side keys. Nevertheless, it’s challenging to assess the significance of these changes without tearing them apart.

In relation to sustainability, Samsung claims the Z Fold 4 uses stronger materials. An “optimal layer structure,” which provides better damage prevention, is now used for its main cover. The typical aluminum frames and Gorilla Glass Victus on the cover and back support everything mentioned above.

The lack of dust resistance on the Z Fold 4 is still a drawback of its foldable nature. It still has the IPX8 classification from the previous year, meaning it can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in freshwater up to 1.5 meters deep. The Galaxy S22 line of smartphones, in contrast, features IP68 water- and dust-resistance, which means the devices can tolerate sand, grime, and dust. They can also be submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.

The S Pen storage slot is still missing, but Samsung has introduced a cover with a S Pen holder that is available for purchase separately. Check out the specs table below from CNET for more details on how Samsung’s cutting-edge Z Fold series has changed over time.

See how the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Watch models compare for more information.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Z Fold 3 vs. Z Fold 2

Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Galaxy Z Fold 2
Display size, resolution Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,176×1,812 pixels); External: 6.2-inch HD Plus (2,316×904) Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,208×1,768 pixels); External: 6.2-inch AMOLED (2,268×832 pixels); Internal: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; External: 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,260×816 + 2,208×1,768 pixels
Pixel density TBC 387ppi (external) + 374ppi (internal) 386ppi (external) + 373ppi (internal)
Dimensions (Millimeters) Folded: 67.1×155.1×15.8mm (Hinge) ~14.2mm(Sagging). Unfolded: 130.1×155.1×6.3mm Folded: 67x158x16mm (hinge) ~14.4mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128x158x6.4mm Folded: 68.0×159.2×16.8mm (hinge) ~13.8mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128.2×159.2×6.9mm (frame) ~6.0mm (screen)
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 9.27 oz; 263g 9.56 oz; 271 g 10 oz; 282 g
Mobile software Android 12L Android 11 Android 10
Camera 50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (main) + 12-megapixel (wide angle) + 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover) 4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover) 10-megapixel, 10-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen Plus 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM/Storage 12GB + 256GB/512GB/1TB 12GB + 256GB/512GB 12GB + 256 GB
Expandable storage None None None
Battery/Charger 4,400 mAh 4,400 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Side Side Side
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack None None None
Special features Foldable phone, 30x optical, 30x space zoom, IPX8, 25-watt fast-charging (no in-box charger) 5G-enabled; Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate (front cover and main display), IPX8 water-resistance, S Pen support Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate, wireless charging support
Price (USD) $1,800 (256 GB); $2,000 (512GB), $2160 (1TB) $1,800 (256GB); $1,900 (512GB) $1,999
Price (GBP) TBC £1,599 (256GB); £1,699 (512GB) £1,799
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