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It’s official: the iPhone 12 is coming at Apple’s October 13 event

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  • Apple has announced a “Hi, Speed” event for October 13 at 1PM Eastern.
  • It’s expected to introduce the iPhone 12.
  • An ARM-based Mac, new audio devices and other products might also appear.

You won’t have to wait long to hear about the iPhone 12. Apple has announced (via John Paczkowski) a long-rumored October 13 event where it’s expected to unveil the iPhone 12, an ARM-based Mac laptop, and possibly more. It’s expected to be a virtual, pre-recorded event and will start at 1PM Eastern.

The invitation for the “Hi, Speed” event doesn’t reveal much by itself, but it’s evident performance will play a key role. The iPhone 12 should live up to that billing if rumors are accurate between 5G support and a fast A14 Bionic chip, but it could also be a reference to Apple’s expectations that ARM-based Macs will outperform their Windows counterparts.

The iPhone 12 at Apple’s event is also rumored to represent the first significant design change since the iPhone X, with a flatter design (reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and iPad Air) and possibly a narrower notch for the front sensors. You’d see significant size changes as well, with an iPhone 12 “mini” at 5.4 inches, two 6.1-inch models (the standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro), and a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. OLED screens might be common across the range, and you might also see updated cameras and storage capacities.

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What any Mac refresh would entail isn’t as clear. While it’s expected to use a variant of the A14 (possibly an A14X), rumors have circulated of the first ARM-based Mac laptop being either a 13-inch MacBook Pro or a revival of the old 12-inch MacBook. There has also been talk of a redesigned entry-level iMac that might share design elements with newer iPads or the Pro Display XDR.

These might not be the only products at Apple’s October 13 event. It’s claimed to be readying its first Apple-branded over-ear headphones, possibly called the AirPods Studio, and might introduce a smaller, more affordable HomePod speaker. Given that Apple appears to be pulling third-party audio products from its stores, those might be real possibilities. A Tile-like item tracker might also show, and you might get a release date for macOS Big Sur.

This promises to be a crucial event for Apple. The iPhone 12 line may be key to keeping Apple profitable in the midst of a grim smartphone market, not to mention fending off competition from Samsung, Google, and others. And if an ARM-based Mac laptop or desktop appears, Apple may have to make a good first impression if it’s going to convince computer buyers that they should leave x86 behind.

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India doesn’t have 5G, but Realme’s 5G flagship is coming anyway

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5G is the future of mobile, there’s no doubt about it. There are already a few 5G networks available for use around the world, but many countries won’t see 5G switched on for quite some time. One of those countries lacking 5G service is India, but that won’t stop the Realme X50 Pro 5G from landing there.

As confirmed on Twitter by the CEO of Realme, Madhav Sheth, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will absolutely get an Indian launch on February 24. In fact, the company is giving away invites to the launch on Twitter.

Check out Sheth’s tweet below which includes a teaser image of the as-yet-unrevealed X50 Pro 5G:

If all goes to plan, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will be India’s first commercially-released 5G smartphone.

Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with releasing a 5G phone in India. After all, it will still connect to the country’s 4G networks just fine. However, 5G smartphones are still much more expensive than 4G phones, so we can expect the Realme X50 Pro 5G to cost quite a bit of cash. To spend that money and not have any use for the main aspect of the device that makes it cost so much money seems a little silly.

Realme has already confirmed some of the specs for the X50 Pro 5G. It will have a Snapdragon 865 processor, 65W wired charging, a 90Hz display refresh rate on a Super AMOLED panel, and more. Pricing and availability, though, are still unknown.

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Wi-Fi 6E is coming: Here’s what it means for you

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Hot on the heels of the first commercial Wi-Fi 6 hardware making its way to the market, the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced an upgrade to the standard. Dubbed Wi-Fi 6E, the upgraded networking standard has been designed to make use of the unlicensed 6GHz spectrum. Unsure what that means? Let us explain.

Connected devices are getting incredibly common. From smart displays to connected door locks and more, every smart device we add to our home eats up bandwidth and congests the local Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi 6E is designed to solve this problem.

As we head towards exhausting the spectrum capacity of the 5GHz band, there is talk to open up the 6GHz band for unlicensed operation. This band has so far been restricted for devices like radars. Wi-Fi 6E opens up 14 additional 80MHz channels and seven more 160MHz channels which will open up much-needed bandwidth.

For consumers, this means more consistent and reliable high-definition video streaming all the way up to 8K resolution, as well as enough throughput and reduced latency for AR/VR use cases. You will also be able to add more connected devices to your home network without slowing down everything else.

The Wi-Fi Alliance expects smartphones and home access points to be the first adopters for the technology. Of course, this is still up for regulatory scrutiny and it could be anywhere from a few months to a year before we start seeing the first devices with Wi-Fi 6E support roll off the assembly line.

CES 2020 has seen the arrival of a wide-range of Wi-Fi 6 compatible hardware. Are you excited to jump onto the latest home routers or will you wait till more phones and laptops support the standard? Let us know in the comments section.

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Google Play Music podcasts coming April 18?


So, all the way back in October 2015, Google announced that their all-around music streaming service Google Music would soon have podcast functionality. And then we heard literally nothing on the subject for half a year. Now it seems like this pipe dream is actually becoming a reality, as some sources are reporting that podcasts are coming to Google Music as early as this coming Monday.

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The way this news came out is that apparently Google released this embargoed information to staff members of NPR. Someone within NPR leaked the email, and Android Police announced that podcast capability would be arriving on the 18th. An excerpt from the email:

Google will launch podcasts on Android and other platforms next Monday, April 18, inside of Google Play Music, a streaming service similar to Apple Music. Please note: this information is embargoed and should not be shared or promoted externally until Monday. NPR has worked with Google to ensure that public radio is represented in the Google Play environment. Learn more about adding your station’s podcasts to this new platform.

So it looks like this is the real scoop. The news comes as a relief to users like myself who have found themselves listening to fewer podcasts than they would like after moving over to Google Play Music since the app historically hasn’t supported them natively. This update will probably be what finally gets me back into the second season of Serial.

What are your thought on Google Play Music receiving podcast capability? Does this not really affect you, or are you grateful to be able to move back to using one app for all your audio needs instead of splitting it between two? Let us know your take in the comments, and stay tuned to Android Authority for all the updates on your favorite apps.

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Iron Maiden is getting its own RPG, coming to Android this summer

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It looks like one of the most iconic bands of all time is getting its own mobile game. And no, not NSYNC.

Roadhouse Interactive, the folks who brought us Warhammer 40,000: Carnage on mobile, have teamed up to 50cc Games to bring an Iron Maiden game to Android and iOS. The game will be called Legacy of the Beast, and is slated to launch this summer as a free-to-play role-playing game set in the “expansive Iron Maiden universe.”

You’ll play as none other than Eddie, the Iron Maiden mascot. You can explore worlds and travel through time, all while battling a cast of characters drawn from various Iron Maiden albums. Of course, the soundtrack will be comprised of different Iron Maiden songs from the band’s entire discography, including a few unheard live recordings of some Iron Maiden classics adapted for the game by engineer Tony Newton.

According to the game’s official website, here’s what we can expect from Legacy of the Beast:

Battle as Eddie in his many guises across worlds inspired by the rich lore and music of Iron Maiden – one of the most iconic and influential bands of all time. A mysterious force has shattered Eddie’s soul and scattered the shards. Travel through time and space collecting the pieces as you encounter a cast of dramatic and engaging characters. A powerful soundtrack enhances gameplay, using songs spanning Iron Maiden’s entire career, including previously unheard live recordings adapted for the game by engineer Tony Newton under the close scrutiny of Steve Harris.

The game is set to launch sometime in the summer of 2016, but other than that we have no details on the launch date. Are you excited for this new RPG? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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JmGO View projector is beautiful, runs Android and is coming to CES


There’s plenty of smart and mobile projectors out there, but very few will look as good, be as self-sufficient or work as well as the JmGO View. This Chinese manufacturer is not very commonly known in western markets, but they aim to change this by bringing their latest and greatest product to CES 2016, in Las Vegas.

And trust us when we tell you they will definitely grab your attention, as these guys make some great products. We haven’t gotten a hold of an image of the actual device, but JmGO tells us it looks very much like the previous generation units (JmGO G1 and G1S).


The JmGO View features an aluminum alloy body and a cylindrical shape that makes it look stunning… and rather unique. There is only a single button on the top, which serves as the power on/off switch. Projectors aren’t often good looking, so this is definitely something JmGO did right.

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It is surrounded by a set of speakers that also place it well above most other projectors (we all know integrated projector audio is mostly bad). It can project an image at 1280x720p resolution, as well as 3D. But resolution and 3D capabilities are nothing if the image is no good, right? Well, in this case it is. This thing can display at up to 180 inches, with a contrast of 1000:1 and a 250 lumens of brightness.


Te best part is likely that it is completely self-sufficient, though. The JmGO View will need no extra devices to work. It is powered by Android 4.4, a TI DLP 0.3 WVGA chipset and 1 GB of RAM. Packed inside is also a total of 16 GB of internal storage (8 GB are internal, the other 8 GB come from built-in TF card). The interface can be controlled with the remote or official app, via WiFi. Simple.

Interested? Previous versions were priced at $ 550-$ 600, so we can expect a similar price point. Don’t quote us on that just yet, though! we will find out more details at CES. What we do know is that the JmGO View will launch on Indiegogo this coming February 1st.

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Asus Zenwatch 2 will be offered in two sizes starting at $170, coming in October


Asus first unveiled the successor to the ZenWatch at Computex earlier this year, but at IFA 2015 they are finally giving us the rest of the details such as pricing and availability.

The ZenWatch 2 will be heading to select markets in October with two different configurations, a larger 49mm variant with a 1.6-inch display or a 45mm variant with a 1.45-inch display. The former of these will cost you €169 ($ 190), with the smaller version set at €149 (roughly $ 170).

Aside from the display and overall size, both watches have the same specs including AMOLED displays, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, IP67 water resistance, a “over two days” of battery life with ambient operating mode. Charging the ZenWatch 2 will also be easier than ever thanks to a magnetic connector that supposedly can get the watch to 50% power in just a little over 30 minutes.

The ZenWatch 2 will be available in silver, gunmetal, or rose gold with several different interchangeable straps also on offer. The larger variant will utilize 22mm straps, the smaller will use 18mm.

What do you think of the Asus ZenWatch 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Carl Zeiss introducing VR One headset, coming in December for $100


Recently we’ve seen a number of devices that attempt to bring us basic VR technology at much cheaper prices than products like Oculus Rift, including headsets like the Durovis Dive and, more recently, the upcoming Samsung Gear VR. There’s also Google’s Cardboard, though that’s really more of a proof of concept than anything. It seems this space isn’t slowing down any either, as Carl Zeiss has now thrown its weight into the ring as well with the VR One.

The VR One follows the same idea as other devices like the Gear VR by providing a device that relies on a paired smartphone in order to provide the brains and the screen for the VR experience. Unlike Gear, however, this one is just $ 99 and compatible with select iOS and Android devices with a displays of 4.7 to 5.2-inches. Keep in mind that each phone will have its own special tray in order to help it fit properly into the VR One, with the first trays designed to fit the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 and with more trays to come based on developer and customer feedback.

The VR One is built on an open platform with an SDK that will be available to professional and amateur developers alike. The first units are expected to arrive in December though there won’t be a lot of functionality out of the box. In fact, all Carl Zeiss has done is create a photo viewer and an AR proof of concept demo, leaving the rest to would-be developers. As a way of enticing these developers, Zeiss plans to hold a contest in the not-too-distant future, though they have yet to reveal many details about this competition.

What do you think of the VR One and other attempts at cheap, Android-powered VR? A good idea or more of a gimmick than anything?

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