In today's top stories, An Apple analyst says a foldable iPhone is likely to come in 2023, Twitter expands its Spaces audio chat room to more users, and May the 4th treats Star Wars fans to news and online sales.
In today's top stories, An Apple analyst says a foldable iPhone is likely to come in 2023, Twitter expands its Spaces audio chat room to more users, and May the 4th treats Star Wars fans to news and online sales.
When Apple introduced the notch on the iPhone X a few years ago, it was a controversial design choice, to say the least. Many at the time, myself included, were quick to categorize the notch as unsightly, user-unfriendly, and a distraction. But as bold design choices tend to go, it wasn't long before most people became acclimated to the notch. And as for me, I don't even notice it at this point. That said, Apple is reportedly looking for ways to minimize the notch's footprint, if not eliminate it entirely. The width of the notch on the iPhone 13, for example, will reportedly be significantly smaller than the current iPhone 12 design. Specifically, the new notch is said to measure in at 26.8mm compared to 34.83mm on the current iPhone 12 lineup. With Apple intent on making the notch smaller, designer Antonio De Rosa imagined what would happen if Apple didn't eliminate the notch, but rather moved it ever so slightly above the display in an incongruous form factor. It sounds funky and it undoubtedly looks funky, but for whatever reason, the novel design actually seems to work. Another close-up view of the concept can be seen below. You'll also note that the concept includes a fingerprint sensor built underneath the display. While we've seen reports suggesting that Apple is, in fact, working on this technology, there's no indication we'll see it on this year's iPhone 13 lineup. Now is this a design we can realistically see Apple employing? Not a chance. Still, given that we haven't seen too much of a sea change with the iPhone form factor in recent years, it's nice to see a completely outside-of-the-box design even if the odds of seeing it become a reality are slim to none. A video of the iPhone M1 mockup in action can be seen below: https://youtu.be/XeqUROdsWGU Now as for what we can actually expect to see out of Apple's iPhone 13, rumor has it that the Pro models will include a 120Hz ProMotion display for smoother scrolling, improved image stabilization functionality, improved low-light camera performance, a more capable ultra-wide lens, Portrait mode support for video recording, and an Always-On display. To the latter point, leaker Max Weinbach said the following earlier this year: Always-On Display will have minimal customizability. Current design basically looks like a toned-down lock screen. Clock and battery charge is always visible. Notifications seem to be displayed using a bar and icons. Upon receiving, the notification will pop up normally except that the screen will not entirely light up. Instead, it will display it just like you’re used to right now, except dimmed down and only temporarily. We've also seen rumblings that the iPhone 13 Pro models will be available with a 1TB storage option. Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 13 lineup at a special media event this coming September. And lastly, every iPhone 13 model will reportedly arrive in stores in September, a welcome departure from last year when the iPhone 12 release was staggered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nintendo fans have long been asking for an upgraded version of the Switch, and it seems their wishes might come true later this year. A recent report from Bloomberg indicates the so-called Nintendo Switch Pro is well into development and will take advantage of new technology from NVIDIA to provide 4K output and DLSS support. News about the rumored console has been scarce …
A questionable rumor coming from YouTuber Luke Miani claims that Apple will release the third iteration of its popular AirPods on Tuesday, May 18. In a statement provided to AppleTrack -- which doesn't have an extensive track record with respect to Apple rumors -- Miani adds that AirPods 3 could very well launch alongside Apple Music HiFi. For those unfamiliar, Apple Music HiFi will allegedly bring high-fidelity audio recordings to Apple Music. Lending credence to this particular rumor, code in the recent iOS 14.6 beta even refers to items like lossless audio and high-quality stereo streaming. At this point, it's fair to assume that AirPods 3 and Apple Music HiFi are indeed slated to launch sometime this year. Now whether or not that means we'll see Apple make some sort of announcement next Tuesday, well, that remains to be seen. According to several credible reports we've seen over the past few months, Apple's AirPods 3 will liberally borrow a number of AirPods Pro features, including improved sound quality, better battery life, and even a more compact design. To the latter point, a leak from this past February purportedly shows a newly designed AirPods model with a shorter stem and more compact case, similar to the design of the current AirPods Pro. As enticing as this is, that's where the similarities between the AirPods 3 and the AirPods Pro end. Most notably, active noise cancellation will remain a feature exclusive to the AirPods Pro line, which makes sense given that Apple needs a point of differentiation between the two products. Other AirPods 3 features we've seen make the rounds include better water and sweat resistance, and more sizing options. To this point, Apple's AirPods 3 will reportedly include different-sized ear tips, similar to the AirPods Pro. This is a welcome change given that some users experienced some difficulty in getting their AirPods to remain firm within the ear. Incidentally, we've seen reports that an AirPods Pro revamp is in the works as well. Though nothing is set in stone just yet, a Bloomberg report from late last year relayed that Apple is working on a new AirPods Pro design that's said to more closely resemble rival devices from Samsung and Google: For the new AirPods Pro, Apple is aiming to make the earbuds more compact by eliminating the short stem that currently sticks out from the bottom. A design in testing has a more rounded shape that fills more of a user’s a ear — similar to the latest designs from Samsung Electronics Co., Amazon.com Inc. and Google.” Integrating noise-cancellation, wireless antennas and microphones into a smaller AirPods Pro casing has proved challenging during development, which could result in a less ambitious design when the product is finalized, the people said. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Apple's AirPods Pro version two will reportedly launch sometime in the middle of this year, according to reports.
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Sony wasn't ready to reveal the follow-up to the PlayStation VR alongside the PS5 last fall, but in recent months, the next-generation virtual reality headset has begun to take shape. In February, Sony confirmed that a new system was in the works for PS5 "that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input." A month later, we got our first glimpse of the redesigned VR controller, which looks similar to offerings from HTC and Oculus but features the same haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the PS5's DualSense. There hasn't been any official news since March, but this week, UploadVR shared new details about the headset that it was told by multiple reliable sources. According to the sources, the sequel to the PSVR (official name still unknown) will have a significantly upgraded resolution of 4000x2040 pixels (2000x2040 per eye), IPD (interpupillary distance) adjustment dial, vibration motor, inside-out tracking, foveated rendering, and eye-tracking. Let's start with the resolution. The original PSVR had a resolution of 960x1080 per eye (or 1920x1080 total), so the new PSVR will seemingly be leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor when it comes to the quality of the images it produces. As UploadVR notes, the resolution of the PSVR 2 is just a tick under that of the HP Reverb G2, which is the current market leader when it comes to VR headset resolution. It's also slightly higher than that of the Oculus Quest 2, which started shipping last October and features a resolution of 1832x1920 pixels. Moving on to the rest of the jargon, eye tracking is perhaps the most substantial addition to the PSVR 2 (if this rumor is accurate), as eye-tracking allows the headset to determine what you are looking at in a given scene. Not only could this feature be used to navigate menus without a controller, but it also makes avatars look more natural and lifelike in multiplayer games where you might come face to face with another human player. Other additions include an IPD dial that will allow users to set the distance between their pupils for a sharper image, inside-out tracking to let the headset track the VR controllers with its own built-in cameras, and a motor that will bring haptic feedback to the headset to further immerse users in the virtual worlds. Unfortunately, the PSVR 2 won't be wireless, but it will be far less unwieldy than the old system, as UploadVR reports that it will use a single USB-C cable running directly from the headset to the PS5. This is a massive improvement over the tangled mess of cords necessary to hook up the original PSVR, even if it's not wireless. Sony has yet to announce when consumers will be able to buy the new virtual reality headset or how much it will cost when it launches. We'll be keeping a close eye on the PlayStation Blog until then.
If you thought yesterday's roundup of the hottest daily deals online was impressive, just wait until you see Thursday's big roundup. Seriously, it's almost like Prime Day 2021 started early and someone forgot to tell us! Highlights from today's big list include one of Amazon's best-selling Instant Pot accessory sets with 73 different pieces for only $29.99, insanely popular Gosund mini Wi-Fi smart plugs with 19,000+ 5-star reviews for only $4.72 each when you check out with the coupon code ECHE76M7, the crazy wireless camera that lets your smartphone see anywhere for $28.85 or the new upgraded version for just $39.99 (both prices are all-time lows), Apple's popular AirPods Pro for just $196.99 (Amazon's new lowest price of 2021 by one whole cent), a surprisingly solid Majority soundbar that happens to be Amazon's #1 best-seller for only $36.95, and the super-popular Nanch H8 22-in-1 precision screwdriver set for only $18.69 with coupon code UG4VN3XC. On top of all that, you'll find massive discounts on renewed 2020 MacBook Pro models for one day only, a surprise mid-week sale that slashes the $50 Fire TV Stick 4K to $39.99, the first-ever discount deals on the new 2nd-gen Echo Show 5 and 2nd-gen Echo Show 8 that Amazon just unveiled yesterday, a very highly-rated Dser robot vacuum for only $79.49 with coupon code RTFHF5CU, an awesome Dser portable projector for $59.39 instead of $130 with coupon code DSFR9CIT, a best-selling electric toothbrush for under $15, a pro-grade 4K camera drone with 3-axis gimbal for $379.99 thanks to a $50 coupon you can clip, crazy Sony headphones deals starting at $98, awesome exercise machines for your home gym starting at just $170, a popular spring-assisted tactical knife on sale for $9.90, and plenty more. Scroll through all of today's top deals down below.
Most people out there probably have no idea what a Depstech wireless borescope camera even is. But rest assured that once you try one out, you'll love it and you'll wonder where it has been all your life. Using one of these awesome little gadgets, you can basically transform your smartphone into a remote viewfinder that can see inside almost anything. Borescopes are best-sellers among BGR Deals readers pretty much every single time a popular model goes on sale with any discount — and this week, several different wildly popular models are on sale at prices that match all-time lows. Depstech's borescope cameras offer great features along with nifty add-ons, and you can snake them inside practically anything to see where no other camera can. Right now, Amazon is offering fantastic deals on four different models that have been quite popular with our readers in the past. Are you wondering how good this week's deals are? Well, prices start at just $28.85 for the #1 best-selling Depstech WF010 Borescope. That matches this listing's all-time low price, so it's definitely a deal you won't want to miss! Depstech's WF010 Borescope is a super-popular "snake camera" that connects wirelessly to your iPhone or Android handset so it can see inside just about anything. Simply snake the semi-rigid tube into any tight space and the WF010 beams video back to your phone. You can record that video feed or capture photos if you want, and you can even use attachments like a little hook to help fish jewelry or keys out of tight spaces. This is definitely an awesome accessory to have on hand and it was a best-seller ahead of the holidays last year when the price dropped for Black Friday. Now, you can get this perennial best-selling for about the same price — and on top of that, there are also three other Depstech borescope deals running right now at Amazon. The most notable deal is on a different type of borescope setup. Instead of connecting wirelessly to your smartphone, this model has its own displays built right in. The $100 Depstech DS450 Borescope is down to just $66.21 when you clip the coupon on the Amazon page, and it's the most popular model among our readers who choose a borescope with an integrated display. Also, if you still want to use your phone instead of an integrated display but you also want a big upgrade from the entry-level WF010 model, the Depstech WF028 Borescope that normally sells for $50 is down to $39.99 right now. Finally, there's a great deal on a newer model that we've never seen with a discount in the past. It's the Depstech DS300 Borescope that retails for $80, but it's only $61.59 right now when you clip the coupon on the product page. All four of these hot sales are set to end on Sunday, but sometimes these popular bargains sell out ahead of schedule. Definitely get in on the action now while you still can, because these deep discounts are all set to disappear over the weekend. Depstech WF020 Borescope - $28.85 (reg. $37) Depstech WF028 Borescope - $39.99 (reg. $50) Depstech DS300 Borescope - $61.59 (reg. $80) Depstech DS450 Borescope - $66.21 (reg. $100)
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Google's last several smartphones have been unexciting, to say the least. Google hasn't really taken many risks with the design of its Pixel phones in recent years, and while the Pixel 5 was generally well-reviewed, it didn't make waves in the industry. Google didn't seem to be all that interested in competing against the likes of Samsung and Apple for a sizable share of the smartphone market, but that might change before the end of 2021. On Thursday, Front Page Tech host Jon Prosser published a new video that features the first purported renders of the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. As you can see in the image above and in the video below, this is quite possibly the most significant redesign the Pixel phones have seen in years, if not ever. Starting from the front of the phone, the display is as full as we've ever seen on a Pixel. Google's bezels stayed big while other vendors were doing their best to eliminate them, but the bezels on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro look more like those of the iPhone 12 or Galaxy S21. Google has also apparently centered the selfie camera, and even added an in-display fingerprint sensor, bringing the Pixel up to speed with the Galaxy S21. Moving to the back, Google appears to have gone an exciting new direction with the camera array, and rather than crowding all of the rear cameras into a small square, there is now a big camera band that stretches the width of the phone. The Pixel 6 has two lenses while the Pixel 6 Pro has three. Unfortunately, Prosser was unable to obtain any specifications, so we'll have to wait for future leaks to learn what those cameras can do. As for why Google finally decided to break out of its shell and produce a unique, original flagship phone with a striking design, Prosser points to the rumor that Google will introduce its GS101 Whitechapel chip alongside the Pixel 6. Just like Apple's M1 chip debuted with a series of new Mac computers last fall, Google wants to showcase its own silicon on a device that people will actually want to buy. That's as good an explanation as any. There is still plenty that we don't know about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but at long last, it appears as though Google is planning to bring something to market that could go toe to toe with other top flagships. Knowing Google's history with leaks, there's a chance that we could learn more about the phones sooner than expected. You can watch the entire episode of Front Page Tech below, and if you have any doubts about the leaks therein, know that another prolific leaker, Max Weinbach, has corroborated (nearly) everything in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzupAfbY8a4
It's not just our readers who have become familiar with the brand Nanch over the past few years, though there's really no question at all that BGR Deals readers have been among the company's biggest fans. Nanch has become synonymous with high-quality multi-piece toolsets that feature surprisingly good construction at prices that are so unbelievably low, they often seem like mistakes. In particular, the company's screwdriver sets have helped to unclutter thousands upon thousands of our readers' toolboxes over the years, and Nanch's best-sellers are getting more and more popular by the day. Anytime Nanch releases a new product, it ends up finding new ways to improve upon earlier models. And there's no question that's the case with the new Nanch H8 22-in-1 precision screwdriver set. The previous model is still among the best screwdriver sets we've ever tested, but the updated version is somehow even better — and it's on sale right now for just $18.69 at Amazon, which is the lowest price of 2021! The new and improved Nanch H8 22-in-1 precision screwdriver set features an even better design than the older model it replaces. Just as important is the fact that the construction is still just as solid as it was before. Nanch's metal bits in this set are made of S2 steel with a hardness rating of HRC 58-62, plus they have a special treatment that helps prevent rusting in case they get wet. And since this precision driver set works with so many different types of tiny screws, all the bits are magnetized so you don't have to worry about dropping or losing anything. You also don't have to worry about damaging any small electronics you might be working on because Nanch made sure not to over-magnetize the bits. Despite the fact that it's just a few months old, this new H8 model is so impressive that it already has over 2,100 5-star ratings on Amazon. The refreshed handle design fits comfortably in your palm and the end swivels smoothly for effortless turning. When it comes to working with anything that has small screws like smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, and even things around your house that aren't gadgets like cabinet handles and drawer pulls, this could very well be the only screwdriver set you'll ever need. The Nanch H8 22-in-1 precision screwdriver set is already a bargain at its full retail price of $30, but a big 27% discount plus some extra money off with coupon code UG4VN3XC cuts it down to just $18.69. At that price, you really can't go wrong! Just note that this is a special limited-time deal set to expire on Saturday, May 15th, so you don't have much time to take advantage. Here's what you need to know: Set includes a universal screwdriver with 22 magnetic steel screwdriver bits made of high-quality alloy S2 steel that won't rust The screwdriver handle is telescopic, ergonomic, and comfortable — it also has a swivel base for ease of use Use this great kit to repair electronics, laptops, smartphones, watches, eyeglasses, and so much more. 2-year warranty lets you order worry-free
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