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iPhone 12, AirTags mass production on the horizon

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You might think that the COVID-19 pandemic would have a major impact on production of Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup, but a new report today is saying that at least one iPhone model could be be entering mass production later this month. Apple, of course, is widely expected to offer a range of 5G iPhones this year, with numerous reports saying that there will be four 5G iPhones in all. Though mass production on these iPhones will be a little delayed, it definitely doesn’t sound like it’s as bad as it could have been.

Nikkei Asian Review says that while Apple will begin manufacturing one of its 5G iPhones by the middle of this month, mass production won’t begin to ramp up until the end of September and the beginning of October. That puts the beginning of mass production about a month behind Apple’s usual schedule, as it typically begins mass production on iPhones in August before releasing them in September.

Indeed, Apple has already indicated that there will be a slight delay in the release of 2020’s iPhones, and if Nikkei’s report is accurate, that would likely put the launch of these devices at some point in October (the date of Apple’s freshly-announced iPhone reveal event suggests an October launch as well). Apple is expected to launch a grand total of four 5G iPhones this year, and Nikkei says that the lowest-priced model with a 6.1-inch OLED display will be the one that Apple starts producing first. In all, today’s report says that iPhone alone will count for around 40% of Apple’s total production orders.

Nikkei’s sources also say that while Apple was initially targeting a production run of 80 million iPhones for the remainder of 2020, it’s more likely that it’ll only be able to produce 73-74 million before we close out the year. All things considered, that isn’t a very massive decrease, especially during a global pandemic. Still, development hasn’t been particularly easy, as the 5G design of these iPhones required Apple to repeatedly test samples and components during California’s shelter in place orders.

In addition, Nikkei’s report claims that Apple AirTags have gone into production, which suggests that Apple will reveal them alongside these new iPhones. AirTags are rumored to function a lot like Tile trackers, allowing users to track the location of phones, keys, or anything else the AirTag is attached to. Nikkei also claims that we’ll see the production of MacBooks with in-house CPUs begin later this year, but those of you hoping for a follow up to the iPhone SE in 2021 might not want to hold your breath, because there are reportedly no plans to develop such a device at the moment.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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