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iPhone 12 – The A14 Bionic Chipset Expected to Deliver Superior Performance

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There is no secret that the 2020 edition of iPhones from Apple will be fitted with the new A14 Bionic chip, the successor to the current A13 processor fitted on the iPhone 11. There is a new Geekbench report that has a chipset which is speculated to be the A14 processor. The scores indicated are quite superior to practically every other chipset available in the market. It definitely scores better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC as well as the A13 processor the iPhone 11 comes fitted with.

A14 Built on the 5nm Technology

The information is that the A14 Bionic chipsets are being manufactured by TSMC, the Taiwanese semiconductor giant. The chipmaker is reported to have invested heavily on the 5nm technology platform (supposedly $25 billion!). The results are there for everyone to see as this hexacoreA14 chipset clocks a speed of more than 3GHz, 3.1GHz to be precise. It will prove to be very beneficial when Apple releases the iPhone 12 models. The 5G service and new AR capabilities that are expected to be introduced will run very smoothly with this new powerful processor.

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Beats Other Chipsets Behind

Experts and analysts will be keen to know how the A14 Bionic chipset fares in comparison with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and the 13 Bionic chipsets. The Snapdragon 865 chipset is the latest one from the US chipmaker and is considered the best in the business by all premium Android smartphones cutting across brands. If you go by this Geekbench score, then the A14 Bionic chipset will simply leave these two chipsets far behind.

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Apple GeekbenchBased on the Geekbench listing, the A14 chipset scores 1,658 on single-core and 4,612 on multi-core. The A13 processor on the iPhone 11 has scores of 1,329 and 3,468 respectively for single-core and multi-core. More importantly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 So can muster only 930 for single-core and 3,445 for multi-core. It is interesting to note that there are some popular smartphone models also appearing below this comparison table. These include the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, the Google Pixel 4 XL and the LG G8ThinQ.

These details on the A14 chipset will further kindle the interest among fans looking forward to the launch of Apple’s first set of 5G-capable iPhones and the kind of new features the device could bring to the table. There has already been a flood of rumors on the specs and features you can expect from the 2020 models of iPhones to be released this Fall.

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Apple iPhone 9 – New Leaks Claim the Device is Already in Production and Might Launch Soon

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  • Fresh rumors claim mass production of Apple’s iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus has commenced
  • The device could probably be announced online by April if we don’t see an update on or before March 31
  • iPhone 9 will most likely have the same design and form factor as iPhone 8
  • The Facial ID feature won’t be part of the iPhone 9

Ending months and even years of speculation, it is now being claimed that Apple’s successor to the iPhone 8, the iPhone 9, will start shipping very soon. The device is under mass production currently and you should not be surprised if the company makes the announcement before March 31, 2020. At best, it could be April, not beyond that. It is also suggested that there is now no confusion on the name of the model either, it’s going to be the iPhone 9.

See also –iPhone SE2 or iPhone 9? Apple’s Budget Phone is Just Weeks Away from Launch

Are There Any Fresh Rumors on the Specifications?

There are no new revelations on the specifications of the iPhone 9.

The phone will follow the external design and form factor of the iPhone 8. The display will be 4.7-inches in size and the bezels will all be there. Bezel sizes have not been reduced as was anticipated by fans. There will be the physical home button which will also function as the fingerprint sensor. The Touch ID technology will be very much in action. There won’t be any Facial ID feature on this device.

The camera section on the iPhone 9 is tipped to have just a single 12MP shooter. Rumors say an identical 12MP sensor will come fitted as the front camera as well. The A13 Bionic chipset is going to be a game-changer along with 3GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. Another 128GB variant is also expected to be launched along with this.


There is no definite information on the battery size and whether there will be fast charging support to it. The general expectation is that the battery size will be bumped to handle the increasing power requirement with the new and improved processor. The operating system is likely to be the iOS 13.4 version and will get upgraded to the iOS 14 when the new software version is released later in the year.

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Will There Be iPhone 9 Plus As Well?

The rumors go on to predict that while all the attention has been on the iPhone 9, Apple is going to launch an iPhone 9 Plus model as well. There have been very little by way of rumors and leaks on this model. If it is going to be the successor to the iPhone 8 Plus, then the display size could be 5.5-inches. The camera setup in the rear could see a dual-sensor arrangement. There should be no doubt that the A13 Bionic chipset will be fitted on this model too. There is a case for increasing the RAM to 4GB or at least add a 4GB variant with the 256GB onboard storage. The battery will have to be larger than the 2,700mAh unit found on the iPhone 8 Plus.

 

Read Also – iPhone 9 Plus: iOS 14 Code Reveals its Existence; May Release Alongside the iPhone 9

What is the Launch Date of the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus?

There are no official release dates for these models but we can expect them to be announced before the end of April.

The only debate that’s going around is when Apple will be releasing the device in the market, particularly since it is being confirmed that its mass production has commenced. The company just announced its iPad Pro models without any fanfare. It was just a media release and the pre-orders started immediately. Will it follow the same pattern with the iPhone 9 too? You will have to wait to know the answer to this.

What Could Be The Price of the iPhone 9 and 9 Plus?

The rumors have continued to hold that Apple will fix a price of $399 for the 64GB variant of the iPhone 9. The 128GB variant may be sold at $449. There are no indications of what the prices of the iPhone 9 Plus would be.

 

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iPad Pro – Apple Organizing Direct Deliveries to Customers from China

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Customers in the US who had placed their orders for the new iPad Pro 11-inch or 12.9-inch models can expect to receive the device by March 25, 2020. The iPads are being shipped directly from China to the customers’ addresses by courier. In the normal circumstances, this might not have been known but UPS, the courier service, has a tracking system in place and it is showing the details. One individual has shared the screenshot of the tracking page on the UPS site which has all the information.

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UPS allows customers to register for a service UPS My Choice which is a free service. Once you are subscribed to this you can use the order number to track your consignment. The screenshot is a result of one such customer whose location is not mentioned in the tracking report. It says the packet is in transit from Chengdu, China and UPS Worldwide Express Service has picked it up from there on March 20, 2020, and says it will be delivered by the end of day on March 25, 2020.

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It has also been reported that the first lot of orders stand closed and fresh orders being booked from now will get delivered during the first week of April. While there are restrictions on humans traveling from China to the US, there is no restriction on cargo being shipped out of China and received in the United States. You may recall that the Magic Keyboards are not being shipped now. You will have to wait till May 2020 for that.

Apple had soft-launched the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models earlier this week with prices starting at $799 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $999 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

If you have ordered the iPad Pro, the UPS My Choice may be the way to track your order.

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Apple’s iPhone 12 to be Released on Time Despite the Coronavirus Effect

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Despite the majority of Apple’s factories in China grappling hard against the COVID-19 outbreak, Apple continues to prepare for the launch of the iPhone 12 as scheduled. A report released on Thursday confirms that the company’s new product launch cycle is yet to take a hit due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

The report published originally by Bloomberg cites sources having knowledge about the matter. Apple’s next product launch event in Fall will feature an iPhone 12 lineup. The next-gen lineup is expected to have the first of 5G iPhones.

Apple’s supply was impacted severely as factories in China had to remain shut down after the Chinese New Year holidays. Foxconn, one of Apple’s major component manufacturers, is still fighting to resume normalcy in production after shutting down operations in early February.

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Apple’s production cycle depends severely on component supplies. If there are not enough supplies, the assembly centers won’t be working as intended. As per Bloomberg’s report, a person working with Apple’s supply system cites low component supplies as the reason for operations moving at a below-par speed.

Apple usually has its new flagship devices up for public launch in September followed by the start of mass production in May. This schedule gives the component suppliers a fair bit of time to regroup and still deliver. Foxconn has promised to resume production as usual by the end of March.

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Reports suggest that Apple had already built the test versions for its upcoming iPhone 12 lineup. Despite a lag in production for its existing products, Apple was able to complete the production of test devices for its new lineup before the factories had shut down in February.

Chinese factories are not the only reasons for Apple to worry about. Malaysia, a country home to more than five of Apple’s suppliers, has forced them to shut down for two weeks. The country has issued self-quarantine orders to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

Apple is also relying on the United Kingdom, South Korea, Italy, the United States, and Germany. COVID-19 has left Italy reeling while affecting the other mentioned countries also severely. It is an obvious guess that Apple will have to expect a delay in production.

In case Apple does pull off the required production for a September launch, it will have to send engineers to Chinese factories for testing the new lineup.

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