iOS 14 remains on schedule despite developers working from home

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Don’t worry that iOS 14 will be delayed.
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Apple employees required to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic supposedly aren’t letting iOS 14 fall behind schedule. The next version of the iPhone and iPad operating system is reportedly on track for release.

And company engineers are also creating new versions of an array of hardware products from their home offices.

Facebook boxes out Apple on AR displays

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Plessy has been at the forefront of micro LED display development.
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Apple’s long-rumored augmented reality glasses project may have suffered a serious setback thanks to Facebook.

The social network company reportedly reached a licensing deal with Plessey, a British firm that makes displays specifically for augmented reality displays. Apple supposedly was looking into acquiring Plessey. But Facebook rushed in and struck an exclusive supply deal with the company, effectively shutting out Cupertino.

COVID-19 won’t delay 2020 iPhone, but future products could suffer

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iPhone might be okay for now, but Apple isn't out of the woods yet.
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop Apple from launching its 2020 iPhone lineup on schedule, according to a new report published Monday — but it could cause “disruptions” for future Apple products.

Cupertino’s largest manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is slowly recovering after the coronavirus outbreak last month caused huge labor shortages and factory closures. But Bloomberg warns Apple isn’t out of the woods yet.

Boxy iPhone 12 Pro concept packs ProMotion XDR display and PowerDrop

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Would you buy the iPhone 12 Pro if it looks like this?
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Another iPhone 12 Pro concept landed on YouTube this week to satiate Apple fans who just can’t wait for the real deal to be revealed this fall.

Created by the Hacker 34, the new iPhone 12 Pro concept offers a couple features not included on the drool-worthy concept we posted yesterday. Armed with a ProMotion XDR display, new quad-camera setup and two-way charging, this boxy concept will have you ready to open your wallet for the 5G iPhone, whenever it actually comes out.

Check it out:

Leading Apple analyst confident 5G iPhone will launch this fall

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Apple was well-prepared for a global pandemic.
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A leading Apple analyst is confident Apple will deliver its first iPhone with 5G this fall — despite a Wednesday report that suggested this year’s handsets could be delayed due to COVID-19.

“We have a different view,” wrote Gene Munster of Loup Ventures on Thursday. Muster has outlined several reasons why an iPhone refresh is still likely to come in 2020.

All major Chinese plants stand ready to crank out 2020 iPhones, Foxconn says

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Chinese factories are just starting to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
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China’s production pipelines are finally getting back into full swing just in time to start building the 2020 iPhone.

Foxconn, Apple’s top iPhone assembler, says it has hired enough workers at all major Chinese plants to meet seasonal demand for iPhone production, in what could be a strong signal that the labor shortages in China caused by COVID-19 are starting to get back to normal.

iPhone could bag big camera upgrades in 2020; periscope lenses in 2022

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iPhone's already-excellent camera is about to get even better.
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Apple plans to make big upgrades to the iPhone’s camera in the coming years, according to the latest research note from reliable TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, published on Monday.

It is predicted this year’s refresh will bring sensor-shift image stabilization to at least one model before the technology rolls out to all flagship handsets in 2021. iPhone is then expected to get periscope with up to 10x optical zoom in 2022.

Wild iPhone 12 concept packs holograms, 6 cameras and more

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Would you buy this iPhone?
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What if Apple stole more from Samsung? That’s basically the premise behind the latest iPhone 12 concept video from ConceptsiPhone and it actually doesn’t look that bad.

Armed with a wrap-around display and six camera lenses on the back, this gorgeous iPhone 12 concept borrows a lot of design elements from the iPhone 4 series with a dash of Samsung Galaxy S20 mixed in with some sci-fi features that are definitely not ready for smartphones.

Check out the full video:

iPhone 12’s big Wi-Fi upgrade could pave the way for Apple Glasses

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Is that what 802.11ay Wi-Fi is really all about?
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The next-generation Wi-Fi technology rumored to be coming to this year’s iPhone lineup could be used primarily to connect your Apple Glasses, a new report suggests.

The 802.11ay standard promises lightning-fast speeds and stellar connectivity, but it probably won’t replace the Wi-Fi standards you’re already familiar with in most cases.