Apple considers delaying 5G iPhone launch

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This is what the 2020 iPhone will probably look like.
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iPhone fans dying for a 5G upgrade might be kept waiting a little bit longer thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple is reportedly having internal discussions debating whether to delay the launch of the 5G iPhone by months. The iPhone 12 was expected to be released this fall, but Asian news site Nikkei says supply chain problems might force the company to push the date back. And there’s something else worrying Apple execs, too.

iPhone 12 might sport super-fast new type of Wi-Fi

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iPhone 12 might include a short-range wireless networking standard about 40 times faster than Wi-Fi 6.
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The iPhone 12 will include an ultra-quick version of Wi-Fi, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This could enormously increase the data transfer speeds of this handset, even outstripping some versions of Ethernet.

Apple wants to ditch Qualcomm’s 5G antenna on 2020 iPhones

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Sounds like Qualcomm and Apple still have a love-hate relationship.
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Qualcomm’s 5G antenna design isn’t up to par with Apple’s design standards, reveals a new report that claims Apple is building its own antenna for this year’s 5G iPhones.

Fast Company claims Apple has decided to do the design work itself on the 5G antenna but it will still use Qualcomm’s 5G modem chip. If true, Apple would be adding an extra level of difficulty for churning out a reliable 5G iPhone during one of its most anticipated upgrade cycles in years.

Totallee starts taking preorders for ‘iPhone SE 2’ case

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Is this the iPhone SE 2 in a Totallee case? Maybe, maybe not.
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Accessory maker Totallee is so confident it knows the exact dimensions of the upcoming iPhone SE 2 that it went ahead and started taking preorders for a case designed for it.

This takes some serious nerve, as this low-cost handset is still just a rumor. It isn’t expected to be announced before March.

2021 may be the year iPhone finally loses its Lightning connector

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New regulations could force Apple to ditch Lightning cables in Europe.
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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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Apple boots smelter and refiners in crackdown on conflict minerals
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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.