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New Google Pixel 8a renders have leaked as a launch likely nears

Oliver Haslam | Apr 12, 2024 12:45 PM CDT

The Google Pixel 7a has proven to be a popular Android phone, just like the Pixel 6a that came before it. We can likely expect something similar from the Pixel 8a as well, and while Google hasn't yet officially confirmed the device we're seeing it leak more and more in recent weeks. Now, a new leak appears to have shared a number of renders that show the Pixel 8a in a variety of different colors.

New Google Pixel 8a renders have leaked as a launch likely nears

The Google Pixel 8a is set to take its place in Google's budget lineup this year, with the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro sure to sit above it for people who are willing to spend a little more to get additional features, performance, and capabilities. However, the Pixel 8a is expected to cost around $50 more than the Pixel 7a does which itself cost more than the Pixel 6a before that.

In terms of features, the Pixel 8a is sure to be a capable operator. The device is expected to sport a 6.1-inch FHD+ 90Hz display while processing is set to be handled by a Google-designed Tesnor G3 chip - likely the same as the one that debuted with the Pixel 8 last fall. A main 64-megapixel camera is expected, while a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera has also been touted. Given the improvements that the Google Pixel 7a offered in terms of camera capabilities last year, it isn't thought that any big upgrades will be offered this time out.

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Apple's iPhone repair options now include used genuine parts for the first time

Oliver Haslam | Apr 12, 2024 12:30 PM CDT

Apple has long been on the receiving end of controversy and discussion surrounding the way that it allows its iPhones and other devices to be repaired. Right-to-repair advocates argue that Apple goes out of its way to make its devices harder to repair, and Apple's parts pairing process is part of that. The process meant that only supported, genuine parts could be installed in devices but a new change to that policy will allow used parts to be installed - so long as they are genuine.

Apple's iPhone repair options now include used genuine parts for the first time

Apple announced the move in a press release posted to its website, saying that the change will enable customers and independent repair providers to install used Apple parts in repairs. The change will affect iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models starting this fall, with the new process designed to ensure iPHone users'' privacy, security, and safety are preserved.

That's a key aspect of Apple saying that the pairing of components to devices is critical to ensuring that iPhones remain secure. Apple says that while people will be able to reuse Face ID and Touch ID components, so long as they're genuine, and then calibrate them as if they were brand-new. However, third-party alternatives will not be supported because of the security implications.

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New battery-free Apple Pencil patent could point to future iPhone support

Oliver Haslam | Apr 12, 2024 11:30 AM CDT

The Apple Pencil has long been a great accessory for iPad owners who want to take notes on their tablets. It's also perfect for artists who want to sketch on their iPad as well, but it can always be improved. The lack of iPhone support has also long been an annoyance for some, especially given the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Note line of phones followed by the Galaxy S24 Ultra and similar devices. But a new patent suggests that things could be about to change.

New battery-free Apple Pencil patent could point to future iPhone support

Whereas the current Apple Pencil requires to be charged, a new patent suggests that Apple is working on a new version that is battery-free which could open the door to a new, smaller version that would work with other devices like the iPhone and even the Apple Watch.

The patent, which was filed to protect a design invention back in September 2023, was only approved on April 11, 2024. It's called 'Photo-sensing enabled display for stylus detection' and describes a non-powered stylus similar to an Apple Pencil.

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EU's decision to force Apple to prompt people to pick a third-party browser is working

Oliver Haslam | Apr 11, 2024 3:15 PM CDT

As part of the European Union's Digital Markets Act, Apple is now required to offer iPhone owners in the territory the opportunity to pick a new browser option rather than Safari and a new report shows that the move has seen a surge in downloads of third-party alternatives.

EU's decision to force Apple to prompt people to pick a third-party browser is working

According to a Reuters report, independent browser companies have seen a spike in downloads within the first month of the DMA's existence.

Following the launch of the DMA, Apple's iPhones must offer users the chance to choose their own browser with Apple offering a random list of alternatives. One of those third-party browsers that Apple has suggested is the Cyrpsu-based Aloha Browser and Reuters says that it has experienced a 250% jump in downloads for March alone. Aloha says that before the DMA change, the EU was its fourth biggest market. Now, it's all the way up to the second spot.

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New Apple Pencil 3 gestures have popped up in the iPadOS 17.5 beta

Oliver Haslam | Apr 11, 2024 3:00 PM CDT

There's a lot expected to happen within the next few weeks with new iPads and accessories set to be announced in May. There have been a ton of leaks relating to the iPads in particular, but the latest appears to have details about one of the best iPad accessories as well.

New Apple Pencil 3 gestures have popped up in the iPadOS 17.5 beta

That accessory is of course the Apple Pencil, with the third-gen stylus expected to be announced alongside the new tablets. Not an awful lot is known about that Apple Pencil 3, but a new report appears to have added some additional context to rumors of a squeeze gesture coming to the device.

According to a 9to5Mac report based on information found in the latest iPadOS 17.5 beta, the Apple Pencil 3 will offer a squeeze gesture as had been reported previously while new LongSqueeze and DoubleSqueeze gestures also found. The current Apple Pencil 2 only currently supports a double-tap gesture for switching tools and whatnot, but there is no pressure sensitivity available. That now seems to be set to change when the new Apple Pencil arrives.

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Apple's iOS 18 tipped to feature mystery 'Safari browsing assistant' feature

Oliver Haslam | Apr 11, 2024 2:45 PM CDT

You don't need to have been following along with the iPhone rumor mill too much to know that Apple is strongly expected to launch a new iOS 18 software update this fall and it's anticipated that it'll bring with it some big new AI features. The software isn't expected to be announced for a while yet, but we're seeing more and more leaks the closer we get to the big date.

Apple's iOS 18 tipped to feature mystery 'Safari browsing assistant' feature

The latest of those leaks comes in the form of back-end code that has been discovered and found to reference an unknown Safari browsing assistant feature. It isn't yet known exactly what that feature will do, although the name might suggest a ChatGPT 4-like ability to have AI search the internet and then collect information and present data based on the results.

The same person who shared the details of the Safari browsing assistant feature also shared that Encrypted Visual Search is part of the back-end code, but again it isn't clear what that does. it's possible that it will be an expansion on the existing Visual Search feature that allows people to get information about the content of their photos.

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iPhone SE 4 spec leak claims 6.1-inch OLED display, A16 Bionic, and more

Oliver Haslam | Apr 11, 2024 2:30 PM CDT

If you want to get yourself a new iPhone but don't want to choose an older model to save money or spend new iPhone cash on something like the iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Pro, the upcoming iPhone SE 4 could be the answer. While Apple has yet to officially confirm what that model will have to offer or when it will go on sale, a new leak claims to have detailed all of the specs ahead of time.

iPhone SE 4 spec leak claims 6.1-inch OLED display, A16 Bionic, and more

According to the leak, via Nguyen Phi Hung on the X social network and then picked up by WCCFTech, the iPhone SE 4 will have plenty to offer for those who want to get a budget iPhone while enjoying a modern iPhone look and feel.

According to the leak, the iPhone SE 4 will feature a design that is similar to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 including the Face ID notch at the top of the device/ That means that there will be no Home button for the first time on an iPhone SE. We're also told to expect a single camera around the back and a construction made from 7,000-series aluminum alloy.

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iPhone 16 buyers could have even more colors to choose from, leaker claims

Oliver Haslam | Apr 10, 2024 7:30 AM CDT

It doesn't take too much imagination to assume that Apple is getting ready to announce the new iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro later this year and we've been hearing various leaks on and off for months now. The latest centers around the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, with Apple reportedly ready to up the ante in terms of the color options that will be available to buyers.

iPhone 16 buyers could have even more colors to choose from, leaker claims

According to leaker Fixed focus digital on the Weibo social network, a post that was picked up by MacRumors, Apple will increase the number of colors this year to seven - up from the five of the year before. That means that iPhone 16 buyers will have two extra colors to choose from, assuming this leak is accurate.

Interestingly, the leak itself mentioned the iPhone 16 Plus specifically, although we suspect that the iPhone 16 will also be included in this expansion of color options. Historically, the two devices have both been identical in every way beyond the size of display and we see little reason for that not to be the case this time, too.

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OLED iPad Pro refresh leaked via Apple's own beta software update

Oliver Haslam | Apr 10, 2024 6:45 AM CDT

We've been hearing rumors of a number of new iPad updates happening within the next few weeks of late, and May is now expected to be the timeframe that Apple will finally share details about the new tablets. There are expected to be updated iPad Pro and refreshed iPad Air models unveiled, and the former may have now leaked ahead of time. What's more, that leak appears to have come via Apple itself.

OLED iPad Pro refresh leaked via Apple's own beta software update

Specifically, a new 9to5Mac report says that the new iPads have appeared as references in the latest iPadOS 17.5 beta which has been made available to developers. According to the report, references to the iPad16,3, iPad16,4, iPad16,5, and iPad16,6 can all be found. More interesting is the fact that these references are all related to new display firmware which appears to add credence to reports that the new models will all switch to OLED displays for the first time.

It's believed that the four models cover both the Wi-Fi and cellular versions of the 11-inch iPad Pro as well as the same Wi-Fi and cellular versions of the 12,9-inch iPad Pro. The firmware also appears to suggest that the new iPad displays will be produced by two different companies.

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Don't expect a fancy new iPhone 15 color this spring, leaker says

Oliver Haslam | Apr 10, 2024 6:30 AM CDT

Apple has developed something of a reputation for announcing a new iPhone color during the spring, alongside new cases and Apple Watch bands. It's been doing it on and off for a few years starting with 2017 with the iPhone 7 and the last time it happened was last year - the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus received a new yellow color to mark the spring refresh. The move is thought to be a way for Apple to regenerate interest in the new iPhones around six months after they went on sale. But it now looks increasingly likely that we shouldn't expect such a refresh to happen with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.

Don't expect a fancy new iPhone 15 color this spring, leaker says

That's according to a new report by the Weibo leaker Instant Digital who says that there is no new spring color refresh in the cards for the iPhone 15 lineup of models. However, it isn't yet clear why Apple might have chosen to have taken this decision.

Apple is well aware that the latest iPhone sales start to slow down around the mid-cycle point and that's what makes launching a new color worthwhile. Early adopters are quick to buy the new iPhones within the first few months of their launch while sales slow as we get through the cycle. Towards the end of the cycle, Apple knows that people are then more likely to wait for whatever the next model will be, especially with the company known to favor a September launch. The closer we get to September, the more sense it makes for people to wait - either for the new model or to pick the slightly older model up and save some cash in the process.

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