2021 may be the year iPhone finally loses its Lightning connector

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Will you miss it?
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Apple is expected to deliver at least one iPhone model without a Lightning connector next year, according to a new Barclays report.

The device won’t make the switch to USB-C, as previous rumors have predicted. It is instead expected to rely solely on wireless connectivity options for both charging and data transfer.

Barclays analysts also believe that this year’s iPhone refresh will bring an improved TrueDepth camera system that could mean even better Face ID.

iPhone SE 2 could sport a frosted glass back

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Check out the latest iPhone SE 2 pre-announcement render
The iPhone SE 2 will resemble the iPhone 8, but not be identical.
Render: OnLeaks/iGeeksBlog

The latest detail leaking out on a hotly-anticipated low-cost iPhone indicate this handset — possibly called the iPhone SE 2 – will have a back of frosted glass.

Quite a bit of other information about this model has come to light, including its dimensions. Which is not surprising, considering it’s rumored to launch in about two months.

Apple may be prepping a super-charged gaming Mac. Seriously. We discuss, on The CultCast

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Your next gaming PC might be a Mac!

This week on The CultCast: According to a new report, Apple is prepping a new super-charged gaming Mac for WWDC! We discuss… Plus: full-screen TouchID will be replacing FaceID in a notch-less 2020 iPhone, at least according to a new rumor.

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Apple prepping separate 4G and 5G iPhone models for next year

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5G iPhone buyers will apparently have plenty to choose from in 2020, and the same goes for those content with 4G.
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Apple could release a half-dozen iPhone models next year. An industry analyst laid out new predictions for the 2020 iPhone lineup, saying some models will bring the latest 5G cellular technology. Other models will stick with slower 4G networking.

Apparently, people not interested in 5G won’t need to pay extra for it. And some top-tier models supposedly will include rear-facing 3D scanners for augmented reality.

2020 could bring Apple’s largest iPhone screen ever

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2020 iPhone may not get a major design change after all
iOS is designed to hide the screen cutout as much as possible. This might not be necessary next year.
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Significant design changes in next year’s top-tier iPhone might push the display size up to 6.7 inches, if an unconfirmed report from a reliable source is correct. This model will also supposedly have no need of a screen cutout — also known as the notch.

iPhone 11 might lack two hotly anticipated features

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The 2019 iPhone could have a much larger camera bump than any predecessor.
This render of the iPhone 11 from months ago seems like it’s going to turn out very accurate.
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On the eve of Apple’s “By Innovation Only” press event, a highly respected analyst just threw cold water on reports that the iPhone 11 will have a pair of exciting features borrowed from competing handsets.

Ming-Chi Kuo says the next iOS devices will have neither reverse wireless charging nor Apple Pencil support.

iPhone 11 might see tiny price drop [Updated]

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iPhone 11 with a better camera and maybe Apple Pencil support might cost less than the iPhone XS for some configurations.
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The 2019 iPhone models are reportedly not going to cost more than their 2018 equivalents, with some configurations actually going for slightly less. If true, this will break a multi-year trend in ever-increasing prices for iOS handset prices.

Update: Apple just took the wraps off the iPhone 11, which will cost $50 less than the iPhone XR. But all configurations of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max will cost just the same as the iPhone XS and XS Max.

iPhone 11 will be freaky-good at finding your location

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A new iPhone coprocessor could offer augmented-reality motion tracking, finding item tags and much more.
A new iPhone coprocessor could offer augmented-reality motion tracking, finding item tags and much more.
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The Motion coprocessor that helps previous iPhone models track their exact location is reportedly getting such a huge upgrade it’ll have a new name. Code in iOS 13 indicates that the upcoming iPhone 11’s Apple A13 processor includes an “R1” or “Rose” coprocessor that can handle many more sensors.

This is location sensing that goes way beyond GPS, and will be used in augmented reality, finding item-tracking tags and much more.