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This week in Apple: iPhone 12 rumors coming in hot, Apple's Arm CPU benchmarked
This week in Apple news we heard multiple new rumors related to the iPhone 12 line. We heard some interesting rumors related to what likely won’t be in the boxes when you get a new iPhone as well as how many mmWave 5G iPhones are probably going to be out in the wild by the end of this year.
In other Apple news, we heard about The New York Times flipping the bird at Apple, some pretty ridiculous benchmarks for the new Apple-made Mac CPU, some iPad rumors for both this year and 2021, and much more!
See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.
The top Apple news stories of the past week:
- iPhone 12 series could nix the charger: Last week we mentioned a rumor that Apple could ax both the earbuds and the charger from the contents of an iPhone 12 box. We were on board with the earbuds, but the charger? Now it seems that it could be true, as even famed Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo backs it up.
- High-end video features possible for iPhone 12 Pro models: A new rumor suggests that the two iPhone 12 Pro models this year might be able to record 4K video at both 120fps and 240fps. Current iPhones are limited to 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps.
- Might need to wait for that 120Hz iPhone, though: According to reliable display industry source Ross Young, the iPhone 12 line might not come with the rumored 120Hz display refresh rate. Young claims his sources couldn’t corroborate the rumor and he has written it off. Looks like we might need to wait until 2021 for an iPhone with a refresh rate higher than 60Hz.
- mmWave 5G iPhones might ship out at 50% original estimates: According to DigiTimes, the original estimate for how many mmWave iPhones could be out in the wild by the end of this year was 30 to 40 million units. Now, that estimation has been slashed by 50%, bringing it down to 15 to 20 million units. In other words, get ready to fight for your place in line to get a mmWave iPhone.
- New iPad coming this year, iPad Mini coming in 2021: It’s been a minute since Apple launched a new iPad Mini, but it looks like a new version might finally come — in 2021. Ming-Chi Kuo says a new 8.5-inch iPad could launch in the first half of 2021, while a new 10.8-inch iPad might come before the end of this year.
- Benchmarks for Apple’s dev kit Mac Mini show a lot of power: Even though developers who got their hands on the A12Z-powered Mac Mini signed a form saying they wouldn’t benchmark it, they went ahead and did it anyway. Apple shouldn’t be too mad though, because the processor mopped the floor with Qualcomm’s Arm-based processor in the Windows-powered Microsoft Surface Pro X. That means the Mac Mini emulated faster than the Surface Pro X performed native functions. Ouch.
- The New York Times exits Apple News: Early this week, The New York Times ended its partnership with Apple News and pulled every single article from the platform. The legendary news outlet said that the Apple News service does not “align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers.” Sorry, Apple News subscribers, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
- You can now pay your Apple Card on the web, which apparently you couldn’t do before: This week, Apple launched a dedicated web portal for its Apple Card, the company’s first branded credit card. The new web portal allows you to pay your bill and conduct other card-related business, which you couldn’t do on the web before this week, apparently.
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