Ross Young (92.9% accurate) and Jon Prosser (69% accurate) have both confirmed that the unique look is what Apple is going with for the final design
Ian’s Take: While obviously, I am happy about the notch going away, is this really the best solution? I feel this nonsymmetrical cutout of sensors will not look the best in person, especially considering the size. Apple wants to be unique, and they want to be recognizable, and this is how they will set themselves apart from the many “hole punch” screen designs on popular Android phones.
The rumor: Apple may make their watch battery last longer for the first time in the line’s history, according to Max Weinbach (68.8% accurate).
“The Apple Watch Series 7 is bound to see its first real battery life improvement since the original Apple Watch,” says PineLeaks on Twitter
Apple has promised up to 18 hours of battery life on Apple Watch since the device was released in early 2015
Our take:Finally. I can’t remember a single other Apple product that has seen battery life remain absolutely unchanged for this long…and I’m hoping the improvements could allow the watch to be charged every 2-3 days (instead of every night). Alongside the new design, perhaps this could wind up being the killer upgrade this year.
The rumor: iPhone 13, which is just days away, sees a number of new features and functionality leaked by Max Weinbach (68.8% accurate).
In the large report publicized by PineLeaks on Twitter, here’s what they expect to see on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models next week:
Same pricing as iPhone 12 series
Across all models, weight and thickness will increase a bit, with this most noticeable on the iPhone 13 Pro Max (this will be “the true flagship smartphone…differentiating itself from the standard Pro model”)
Battery life: 5.4-inch getting an extra hour of battery life, 6.1-inch have ~10% larger batteries, 6.7-inch has 18-20% larger battery; on Pro models, enabling Low Power Mode will disable the 120Hz display
Camera details: Camera sensor on all models gets 15% more light, with the ultra-wide lens getting 40% more light; Cinematic Video feature will keep a subject naturally centered in frame; Night Mode shots get upgraded color science and the ability to automatically detect stars for improved astrophotography
Our take: Pretty much every detail in this massive report is a good one, and sets reasonable expectations for the iPhone 13 series. I’m still most excited to hear about the new satellite connectivity, but these auxiliary upgrades will make a compelling upgrade.
The rumor: Apple is planning some minor internal upgrades on this year’s iPhone 12s models, according to Max Weinbach (69.1% accurate, via EverythingApplePro).
Portrait Mode video, which is technically enabled in iOS 15’s FaceTime app, is said to be expanding to the camera app on iPhone 12s later this year
A slightly larger MagSafe charging system may also feature better heat/wattage management, and could enable the long-awaited reverse wireless charging feature
This would allow AirPods to be wirelessly charged on the rear of the iPhone itself
Our take: Reverse wireless charging would be a killer feature for me and I hope it’s this year that we finally see it. And with Portrait Mode video technically enabled right now in FaceTime, making it more broadly available in the camera app doesn’t feel like too much of a stretch.
The rumor: Apple is planning a number of notable upgrades for the iPhone 13 series, according to Max Weinbach (67.1% accurate, via EAP).
3 impressive camera upgrades: new astrophotography mode, upgraded higher-quality ultra-wide lens and Portrait Mode for video(!)
Always-on display: the clock, battery level and minimalistic notifications are said to be shown at all times
Stronger MagSafe magnets will be placed in the chassis to improve the attraction of accessories
Our take: An always-on display would be so incredibly nice to finally see on iPhone! And as a huge fan of MagSafe, stronger magnets on the 2021 iPhones would make some accessories like the wallet attach more securely. I’m still highly skeptical about Portrait Mode for video coming this year, though.
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