Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 12 5G-Enabled Family of Smartphones

Apple took the wraps off the iPhone 12, its first smartphones that support 5G wireless technology. And the company touted new lineup’s ability to capture and edit 4K HDR video, potentially giving filmmakers a powerful new tool to work with.

Apple said it has tested the 5G iPhone 12 phones with 100 carriers in 30 regions — and claims it obtained speeds up to 4 Gbps under ideal conditions on networks that use higher-frequency millimeter wave 5G. That said, Apple cautioned that real-world speeds will vary.

“5G just got real,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said at Apple’s virtual product launch event Tuesday from the tech giant’s Cupertino headquarters. Vestberg announced that the telco was activating 5G across the U.S., now available to more than 200 million people in 1,800 cities nationwide. Verizon’s higher-speed 5G Ultra Wideband service (which uses millimeter wave spectrum) is now available in 55 cities, 43 stadiums

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The chip advance set to make smartphones smarter

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Apple’s new iPhones are set to be the first consumer gadget powered by 5nm chip technology

When Apple unveils its new iPhones, expect it to make a big deal of the fact they’re the first in the world to be powered by a new type of chip.

This, we’ll likely be told, will let owners do things like edit 4K video, enhance high-resolution photos and play graphically-intensive video games more smoothly than was possible before while using less battery power.

The “five nanometre process” involved refers to the fact that the chip’s transistors have been shrunk down – the tiny on-off switches are now only about 25 atoms wide – allowing billions more to be packed in.

Effectively it means more brain power.

Travel back just four years, and many industry insiders doubted the advance could be delivered so soon.

That it has been, is in large part down to

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French Consumers Encouraged to Stop Spending on New Smartphones

(Bloomberg) — France is preparing incentives for consumers to shift spending habits to used electronics, in an attempt to lower the impact on the environment and provide a boost to local ecommerce startups.

a person holding a bag and walking on a sidewalk: A pedestrian uses a smartphone while wearing a protective face mask outside the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE luxury goods store in Place Vendome, in Paris, France, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The euro-area economy may be headed for its first recession in seven years as the coronavirus outbreak takes an increasing toll on businesses and consumer confidence.

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A pedestrian uses a smartphone while wearing a protective face mask outside the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE luxury goods store in Place Vendome, in Paris, France, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The euro-area economy may be headed for its first recession in seven years as the coronavirus outbreak takes an increasing toll on businesses and consumer confidence.

The government said it will deploy a scoring system on devices’ re-usability from January, and will set aside 21 million euros ($25 million) from its stimulus plan to fund re-usability startups and projects.

Environment minister Barbara Pompili and her colleague for Digital Affairs, Cedric O, told Bloomberg that the government is in talks to boost second-hand

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5G smartphones reach 14% of U.S. sales as average price drops by 30%

As the only successor to the 4G cellular technology used in smartphones and mobile computers, 5G was guaranteed to be a hit at some point — the only real question was how long it would take to truly go mainstream. This week, a report from Counterpoint Research suggests that a steep fall in 5G phone prices helped kick their U.S. sales into high gear, though the firm notes that the numbers will likely change substantially following Apple’s entry into the 5G market this month.

The trend lines are clear: Average selling prices of 5G phones fell by $218 from January 2020 to July 2020, reaching an all-time low of $730 — a drop of roughly 30% — while 5G phones increased their share of total smartphone sales from 3.3% to 11.6% during the same period. Counterpoint notes that the August percentage is an even higher 13.5%, aided in part by

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Samsung’s new Galaxy F series smartphones, and more tech news today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Thursday, 8 October 2020.

1. Samsung’s new Galaxy F series

Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy F41 today. The F-series is starting in India first as a mid-range option, and the expectation is that Samsung will focus on cameras.

  • It’s reported that Samsung will differentiate the new series by focusing on cameras.
  • Samsung’s event invite told us it would feature a good-sized 6,000mAh battery, a Super AMOLED Infinity-U display, and a triple camera with a 64-megapixel main camera, and be about 6.5-inches in size.
  • In terms of the camera prowess, we may see Samsung pursue small but useful features not always seen on mid-range devices, like optical image stabilization, larger sensors, and more specialized lenses.
  • An apparent benchmark was seen on GeekBench, showing it’ll run an Exynos 9611 SoC, have 6GB of RAM, and run on
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Venmo (PYPL) Unveils Digital Credit Card for Smartphones by Visa, Synchrony

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Venmo, the popular mobile payment network owned by PayPal Holdings Inc., on Monday unveiled a digital-focused credit card, entering the fray of financial-services providers looking to leverage smartphones.

The Visa credit card, issued by Synchrony Financial, will be managed through Venmo’s smartphone app, but accompanied by a physical card printed with a QR code. The primary methods of making purchases will be via a credit-card number for online shopping or the physical card in stores, Venmo said Monday.

One of the card’s key differentiators is its rewards structure, which gives users 3% cash back for their top spending category each billing cycle, 2% for the next highest and 1% for all other purchases, said Venmo Senior Vice President Darrell Esch and Dennis Bauer, who leads the Venmo and PayPal partnership at Synchrony. The eight categories include bills and utilities, travel, groceries and dining and nightlife.

The rewards are the same

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Smartphone Market will Showcase Neutral Impact during 2020-2024|Growing Adoption of AI in Smartphones to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the smartphone market and it is poised to grow by 64.05 mn units during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 1% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Smartphone Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

The market

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Google’s Pixel Smartphones Have Serious New Problems

Growing numbers of Google Pixel owners are reporting a serious crashing problem which, so far, can’t be fixed.

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As reported in Google’s support forum, the problem occurs when attempting to take a photo. On launching the camera, the user is met with a black screen before the app eventually crashes and shuts down leaving the phone unable to take pictures.

For some users, the issue started after installing a camera update, but removing the update doesn’t seem to fix the problem.

The glitch has prompted a string of frustrated posts on Reddit where it has been logged as a known major issue in the r/GooglePixel forum, while the problem is further echoed in a string of one-star Play Store reviews for the Google Camera

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DOOGEE Launches Its New N30 and S40 Pro Affordable Android 10 Smartphones | News

LONDON, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — DOOGEE is pleased to announce the launch of two new affordable Android 10.0 smartphones, the N30 and S40 Pro. With a rugged option and a sleek everyday option, both smartphones represent great value for money with Octa Core processors, large batteries, dual SIM capabilities and AI rear cameras.

Available in Dreamy Blue, Elegant Green, Magic Black and Misty White, the N30 is a Full Netcom smartphone. The 6.55″ HD+ Perforated IPS screen has a 93% screen-to-body ratio and 19:9 Aspect Ratio. In addition, the N30 has a 4500mAh large battery and supports 10W Type-C fast charging. Featuring 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM (up to 256GB with an SD card). It’s also the Android 10.0 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Also supporting four satellite navigation systems with GPS Galileo, Glonass and Beidou, it’s ideal for taking on trips and to prevent getting lost!

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Low- to Mid-Range Smartphones Dominate Worldwide Smartphone Forecast with the Fastest Growth Expected in $400-600 Price Band, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Economic uncertainties have increased the downward pressure on smartphone prices globally with 73% of shipments in 2020 expected to be priced below $400, according to a new price band forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Worldwide smartphone value is expected to decline 7.9% in 2020 to $422.4 billion, down from $458.5 billion in 2019. The downward trend is intensified by consumers turning to devices priced in the low-to-mid range as they prioritize spending on essentials.

Overall, the low-to-mid end segment ($100 to less than $400) dominated global smartphone shipments with 60% market share in the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20) and is expected to grow in the short term to 63% by next year. The mid-to-high end segment ($400 to less than $600) grew its share of the market by almost 4 points to 11.6% in 2Q20. Devices from Samsung,

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