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

apple october 13 iphone 12 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.

Related: iPhone 11 Pro Max vs Galaxy S20 Ultra camera shootout

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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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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The best new Android apps and games from October 2014

It’s the end of October and we hope everyone has/had a safe and fun Halloween! We’re getting into November, the weather is getting colder for some (warmer for others) and it’s time to round up the best new Android apps and games from October of 2014!

Camera51 Android appsCamera51

[Price: Free]
First up is Camera51. This unique camera app is for those out there are not the best photographers. It uses a built-in algorithm that helps people take better pictures by suggesting where they hold the camera when they hit the shutter button. It does use quite a bit of CPU because it is making a lot of computations and it’s not recommended if you have an older or a low end device. It is free with no in app purchases and that’s always good news too.
Get it on Google Play

djay 2 android appsdjay 2

[Price: $ 2.99]
djay 2 is already intensely popular on iOS and it’s finally been released on Android as well. It comes with a lot of features and it’s actually quite a bit of fun to use. There is also Spotify support if you use that and it’s $ 2.99 with no in app purchases. Some reviewers have commented that they wish there were more features so it may not be the best tool for professionals but for average people, it’s more than they had before.
Get it on Google Play

Dragon Quest II android appsDragon Quest II

[Price: Free]
Square Enix has been borderline ferocious when it comes to re-releasing their old library on Android. One such example is Dragon Quest II which was released this last month. It’s a jRPG originally released by Enix back before they merged with Squaresoft. It has charming retro graphics and one of the more reasonable price tags for a Square Enix title on Android. If you’re a fan of old school jRPGs then you’ll definitely want to check out Dragon Quest II and possibly even their other Dragon Quest re-releases.
Get it on Google Play
Dragon Quest Android apps

es chromecast plugin android appsES Chromecast Plugin

[Price: Free]
ES Chromecast Plugin is a free plugin in the Google Play Store that grants Chromecast support to the venerable ES File Explorer. It’s a very simple process. You just download and install the plugin through the Google Play Store and you’ll magically have Chromecast support in the regular ES File Explorer app. If you use ES and you have a Chromecast, you should also have this app installed.
Get it on Google Play
es chromecast plugin android apps

inbox by gmail android appsInbox by Gmail

[Price: Free]
It’s true that Inbox by Gmail is still invite only but invites seem to be getting handed out at ever increasing rates so it won’t be long before everyone has one who wants one. Google’s latest take on email is definitely unique and so far has had polarizing reviews. Some think it’s too cluttered and busy while others love the re-design and functionality. It’s too soon to tell if this is going to be awesome or a bust but for right now it’s pretty awesome.
Get it on Google Play

Journey & Notes android appsJourney & Notes

[Price: Free]
Journey & Notes is one of two applications released by Microsoft. This one is a social media application that’s kind of like Foursquare but focuses on the journey instead of the destination. Like if you were going from the store to the post office, you could check in that you’re making that trip with your preferred mode of transportation. Then other people who take that trip can see any tips or comments you made. It’s not all that much yet but it looks like it could be a lot of fun someday and it’s free so it doesn’t hurt to check it out.
Get it on Google Play

Material Wallpapers Android appsMaterial Wallpapers (Android L)

[Price: Free]
Material Wallpapers is a simple little application that gives you Material Design inspired wallpapers and a few official wallpapers from Lollipop and the Nexus 6. It’s free with no in app purchases so the lack of content shouldn’t make anyone mad. There isn’t much else to say about it. If you’re looking for some Material style wallpapers then try this one out.
Get it on Google Play
material wallpapers android apps

Next Lock Screen android appsNext Lock Screen

[Price: Free]
The other Microsoft app released this last month is Next Lock Screen. It appears over the stock Android lock screen and it’s kind of like Microsoft’s take on Dashclock widget. It’s fairly functional but there are a few things missing here and there that will probably get fixed and improved in future updates. It is free with no in app purchases so it doesn’t cost anything to check it out. Don’t forget that Microsoft did an Android Wear app this month also called Torque that was pretty fun.
Get it on Google Play

nhl 2k android appsNHL 2K

[Price: $ 7.99 with in app purchases]
NHL 2K was released by 2K Games this last month and it’s probably the most complete hockey game available right now. It’s a little expensive and there are in app purchases but hockey fans really don’t have any other solid options when it comes to a hockey experience on Android. There are several game modes including a couple of fast play arcade modes and a career mode. It also features updated rosters which is always a good thing for a sports game.
Get it on Google Play

NotiWidget Android appsNotiWidget – Notifications

[Price: $ 1.26]
NotiWidget is a fun application that helps you use notifications on virtually any screen on your device. There is a widget that can be placed on any home screen and on the lock screen which mimics Android Lollipop functionality. There is also a Daydream mode so you can check notifications there as well. The developer has been quite active in fixing bugs and making it more solid and so far the general consensus is that this app is pretty awesome and $ 1.26 isn’t a bad price.
Get it on Google Play

Ready Contact List Android appsReady Contact List

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Ready Contact List is an attempted redesign of the contacts app and dialer app. It features some pleasant visuals, some interesting features, and even themes if you get the pro version through in app purchases. You can even do things like check your email between you and one of your contacts while you wait for them to pick up the phone and you have options to further engage with contacts after you hang up the phone. It’s free to use so there’s no harm in checking it out.
Get it on Google Play

Republique Android appsRépublique

[Price: $ 2.99 with in app purcahses]
République is a new game out this month and it’s probably the best one this list. It features very impressive graphics and game play mechanics as well as a genuinely interesting story line. It uses the Walking Dead-style episodes so you’ll get the first episode when you download the app and you’ll have to buy episodes two and three as in app purchases. So far people seem to really like it and it’s made by the same people who worked on titles like Metal Gear Solid, Halo, and F.E.A.R. It looks very impressive and it’s worth a second look.
Get it on Google Play

talon for twitter android appsTalon for Twitter

[Price: $ 3.99]
Some sad news earlier this month was that Talon for Twitter reached its token limit and that no new people could get it. Some good news is that the developers have released a sequel to Talon for Twitter and it’s called the same thing. This version is for devices running Lollipop only because it has a lot of Material Design and Android 5.0 stuff that isn’t backwards compatible. Once you get Android Lollipop and you start looking for a Twitter client, keep Talon for Twitter in mind because it’s pretty good.
Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we missed any awesome Android apps or games that were released in October of 2014, let us know in the comments!

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