Apple supposedly pencils in April 15 launch for iPhone 9

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A reported iPhone 9, similar to this conceptual design, could arrive any day now.
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Apple has supposedly penciled in an April 15 launch date for its low-cost iPhone 9.

New claims that surfaced Tuesday indicate the company held an internal briefing this week to decide “tentative” announcement and shipping dates for the new device. Those claims remind us, however, that “we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and things could change.”

Apple ramps up A13 chip orders to cope with iPhone 11 demand

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Customers can't get enough of iPhone 11.
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Apple has been forced to increase A13 chip orders to meet higher-than-anticipated demand for iPhone 11, according to a new report.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Apple’s primary chip supplier, has been asked to churn out more chips this quarter as iPhone outperforms market and Apple expectations.

Apple chipmaker racing ahead with its next next-gen nanometer process

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Apple chipmaker racing ahead with its next next-gen nanometer process
TSMC is preparing for the future.
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Apple chipmaker TSMC is busy preparing the nanometer process for its next-next generation chips, which could find their way into future Apple devices.

The leading chipmaking giant has secured 30 hectares of land in the Southern Taiwan Science Park. This is where it will house the foundry for chips made using its 3 nanometer process. Based on past progress, these would hit the iPhone sometime around 2021 or 2022.

iPhone SE 2 will be Apple’s most affordable smartphone to date

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It will cost you under $400.
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Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE 2 will be its most affordable smartphone yet, according to one reliable analyst.

The upcoming device, which is expected to look like iPhone 8 and be powered by Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, is expected to cost less than $400 when it goes on sale in early 2020.

We may be waiting until 2020 for new iPad Pro, 16-inch MacBook

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Cross a new iPad Pro off your Christmas list.
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You could be waiting longer than anticipated to get your hands on Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro. One trusted analyst says the refresh will arrive in early 2020 with the iPhone SE 2, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro will come even later.

This could mean that October Apple event we’ve all been waiting for won’t happen after all.

Apple tests dazzling Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 in new iOS 13 beta

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Deep Fusion makes smartphone photos better than ever.
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Apple is today providing beta testers with an early taste of its upcoming Deep Fusion feature for iPhone 11.

Apple first previewed the new technology, which promises to deliver some of the most detailed photos you’ve ever shot on a smartphone, at the iPhone 11 launch event last month.

Registered developers can start trying it out today by downloading the latest iOS 13 beta.

iPhone 11 Pro Max: The best gets even better [Review]

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How gorgeous is the iPhone 11 Max Pro?
How gorgeous is the iPhone 11 Max Pro?
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This thing is a beauty. The first thing you notice is the glass back. The frosted matte finish makes it semi-translucent, giving it a weirdly illusory depth. It looks great. Not even the controversial, compound-eye camera bump can spoil its good looks. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best-looking iPhone to date, and I love it.

But don’t be fooled by the familiar design. This year’s refresh makes almost everything about Apple’s most expensive handset better than ever.

It’s faster, stronger and more water-resistant. It packs the best display you’ll find in a phone, and the best camera you’ve ever used. The battery lasts forever. Is it worth its hefty price tag? Absolutely.

Find out more in our full iPhone 11 Pro Max review.