On September 14, 2021, Apple launched its latest iPhones – iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. All of these Shiny iPhone 12 designed with a slightly smaller notch and renamed to launch as iPhone 13 series. What an innovation.
So, what has changed in these new iPhones (iPhone 12s)?
We’ll be skipping the 13 mini and 13 (standard model) for this conversation and dive directly into the Pro and Pro Max variants.
The aluminum frame on the sides is really appreciated by iPhone 12 Pro consumers and it’s really versatile, we really want to see these changes and the iPhone 13 Pro models also look good on the new aluminum. However, there’s one thing that I personally have to mention about the color scheme, Apple has one of the best device color options in the world.
Although it may not be able to compete with Huawei P50 Pro in color options but yeah… it’s those colors that are really eye-catching and the finishing is just amazing.
iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max sports the new 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch large display respectively. interestingly the new Super Retina XDR with ProMotion display enables various refresh rates from 10Hz to 120Hz, bringing faster content viewing experience for the consumers.
According to Apple, Pro variants generates 25 percent higher max outdoor brightness at up to 1000 nits.
The biggest upgrade in my view is the new super-slim shady notch. Yes, the notch is now 20 percent smaller. Did you read that 20 percent, an upgrade that iPhone consumers have wanted since iPhone 11? Well, it’s finally here and iPhone consumers should rejoice this moment.
Well, i also have an iPhone, Apple can you please rollout an OTA update for my iPhone Xs Max and shrink its notch too? It was just a joke.
A15 Bionic and 5G:
iPhone 13 series is packed with the new A15 Bionic chipset that is proceeding with 5-nanometer technology. The chipset has a new 5 core GPU in Pro devices to provide faster and smoother gameplay. Apple says the new 6 core CPU derives 50 percent more performance than its competitors and the new 16 core Neural Engine can process up to 15.8 trillion operating per second.
iPhone 13 lineup supports 5G, yeah a word that currently missing from Huawei’s flagship devices but we’ll get it soon or later. Now focusing back to latest iphones, which now has more 5G bands, allowing it to get more connectivity in harsh network conditions.
The last but not least, the camera department. iPhone 13 and 30 Pro Max comes with a 1.9 µm pixels larger sensor, the largest built on iPhone. There’s an f/1.5 aperture wide-angle camera along with sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) for stable videos.
There is the new f/1.8 ultra wide-angle camera that also has a night mode. There are various camera modes available for iPhone users to test and run the camera. Aside from every improvement that has been made to these latest iPhones, my attention goes to only one feature – the new Cinematic Mode.
Cinematic mode on iPhone records videos of people, pets, and objects with a depth effect with automatic focus changes. This is really an amazing addition.
iPhone 12 renamed as iPhone 13:
So guys, there you have it, your new iPhone devices from the courtesy of 2020’s iPhone 12 series.
U.S. is confused over Honor – Ban or Not
After banning Huawei, the U.S. government is now aiming at Honor. The US agencies have recently conducted a meeting to discuss whether to add the former subsidiary of Huawei to the US entity list or not. The meeting seems to soon turn into an argument due to the lack of agreement among the members.
A report from The Washington Post reveals, there are apparently four security organizations that are presenting their perspective on this matter. The Pentagon and Energy Department wants the authorities to black-listed Honor in the market. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department and State Department are strictly against this vote.
In 2019, the Trump administration banned Huawei in suspicion of being a security threat to the nation. Afterward, the US companies withdrew their supply and left Huawei to struggle alone. However, taking it as an opportunity the company started to polish its technologies and making its own empire. Still, there is a long way to cover.
On the other hand, the Chinese firm never accepted the false blame and always opposes them. Furthermore, the Huawei authorities claim all the charges of the US Federal Ministry groundless.
Last December, Huawei sold its subsidiary to a group of Chinese businesses. Thereafter, Honor regained its supply chain including chipsets, Google Mobile Services as well as other partnerships with global tech makers.
Why the US wants to Blacklist Honor:
There is no clear statement why the US wants to ban Honor. The company is no longer part of Huawei and become an independent firm last year. Moving ahead, it doesn’t have a strong position in 5G networking devices manufacturing, which causes any security threat in the country and causes a ban like it did with Huawei.
However, if the company is anyhow banned in the US, it’ll surely bring devastating outcomes. It might lead the owners to give up on the company as it’ll directly cut the supplies from the biggest market. But first, the US has to clear its confusion to ban Honor or not. If yes, then why?
Chip makers to boost 5G RF component production, could help Huawei to bring back 5G phones
The 5G RF (radio frequency) components are a big concern for Huawei as it’s forced to launch its flagship with 4G network access. Launched on July 29 this year, the Huawei P50 series packs a sumptuous camera system, software capabilities, and design. However, the smartphone lacks a 5G communication network.
As reported previously, core 5G components use radiofrequency waves divided into Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW). Among them, the smartphone makers prefer BAW, whose market is mainly ruled by US chipmakers that are restricted to sell 5G chips to Huawei due to US-Sanctions.
Furthermore, a recent report shows that like other markets, the chip industry has its own working flow. It includes manufactories, packaging, and testing plants to supply 5G RF components. Now the chip foundries are working to expand their business relations and planed of producing more 5G smartphone chips. The positive side of this news is that Huawei could also get access to 5G RF components to bring its 5G smartphones.
Chip Market Status in China:
According to the report, Vanchip Technologies which is a sub-foundry of MediaTek is seeking to work with GaAs. The two parties are accelerating their production to meet the 5G demands across the mainland.
Moving ahead, Qualcomm also contacted Wenmao that will responsible for G sub-6GHz power amplifier (PA). Adding to this, another Chinese supplier Hongjie Technology will provide Qualcomm the advanced 6-inch wafers.
In this line, Qualcomm also extending the RF collaboration on 5G RF front-end products with GlobalFoundries (GF). The collaboration includes sub-6 GHz and cutting-edge mmWave technology to unlock everyday 5G access.
Global Chip Market Status:
The United States and Japan are monopolizing the global chip market at present. The fabless manufacturers including Qualcomm, Qorvo, and Skyworks are planning to work together.
Besides, the other manufactures such as ASE, Amkor, and Changjiang Electronics Technology have ramp-up system-in-package (SiP) and antenna packaging (AiP) integration in their products.
Honor of Kings announce 120Hz support, Huawei Nova 9 come with 90Hz
Huawei Nova 9 will unveil on September 23rd offering four different solid colors- Blue, Violet, Green, and Black. The Nova 9 lineup comes with a 120Hz refresh rate display and features a 300Hz touch sampling rate for maximized touch interactions.
Along with the launch, the Nova 9 will also become one of the unique devices with 90Hz refresh rate support Honor of King game. According to the official information, the next Honor of Kings S25 will also launch on September 23. In this regard, this game expands the new 120 Hz game mode support for more devices for Xiaomi, Black Shark. realme, and others. (check the list below).
Meanwhile, the yet-to-launch Huawei Nova 9 along with Lenovo Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 will support 90 Hz game mode. However, Huawei Nova 9 originally supports a 120 Hz screen rate, and the 300 Hz touch sampling rate providing a 10-bit color depth.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Huawei Nova 9 along with a Lenovo tablet will support the 90Hz refresh rate. However, it’s interesting that Huawei Nova 9 gets a different variation of the game with a high-performance refresh rate for faster gameplay.
Device List for 120 Hz Support:
- iQOO: iQOO 8 and 8 Pro
- Vivo: Vivo X70 Pro+
- Redmi: Redmi K40 Pro
- Xiaomi: Xiaomi 11 Ultra and 11 Pro
- Tencent: Tencent ROG phone 3, ROG phone 5, Red Magic 6, and 6 Pro
- Black Shark: Black Shark 4, 4 Pro, 4S, 4S Pro, and Black Shark 4 Oversea Version
- realme: realme GT, and GT Neo2
Note: The players of the listed devices can find the switch button for high frame rate mode in the setting interface to enable this function.
Honor of Kings:
Also known as Glory of Kings, it’s a Chinese multiplayer battle arena launched by Tencent games. It was launched in October 2015 and counts among the world’s most popular and one of the highest-grossing games of all time.
Moreover, the official information shows, the next’s season of the game will be updated on 23rd September from 0:00-7:30. The website will be taken down for the changes by the time.