Believe it or not we have no official news today, which is a common thing when we’re so close to iPhone. Cause yes, we do have a lot of Apple things to go through so we’ll be splitting them on to different segments. Kicking this one off with the Apple Watch, it’s been 2 generations since we got some changes for the case sizes but, things might be changing this year. Apparently, along with the redesign we’ve discussed before, it looks like we’re getting some bigger Watches. According to a tipster that goes by the name of Uncle Pan, the Apple Watch Series 7 will come in 41mm and 45mm cases instead of 40 and 44 like we got last year. Of course, we should take this with a grain of salt but, this does go along with leaks form other sources like Mark Gurman that mentioned that we could expect larger displays on a similar or same-size chassis, so we’ll see if it does happen. Now, moving on to the iPhone, all of the dummies and renders so far show that the iPhone 13 Pro Max will bring a significantly larger camera model but, that might extend on to its other siblings as well. According to a new leak from Phone Arena, the regular iPhones camera hump will go up to 4cm from the 3.7 we got last year, while the Pro models will grow up to 4.5cm from 3.9 last year. If you’re wondering why the cameras are getting bigger, we’re supposed to be getting a new ultra wide sensor with autofocus capabilities, new lenses and sensor shifting image stabilization across the board. We’ll see what we get as we’re just about a week away from September.
Speaking of September, let’s talk about another product we’re expecting to get refreshed soon, the iPad. And we also have two different reports for this one so bear with me.. Starting with the entry level iPad, a new report from DigiTimes claims that we could be getting the 9th generation iPad in September. The report mentions that sadly it won’t bring any significant design changes but, we can still expect it to boost iPad shipments as much as 60 million in the next year. This report also reiterates that we could be getting an iPad with a titanium build soon but, with the pandemic still going on it wouldn’t be the right time considering that would definitely be a pricy upgrade. Finally, DigiTimes also claims that Apple believes that this is the best time to launch an iPad mini, so let’s also talk about that. We have some new concept renders from iDesigner based on the leaked design. We get to see the squared approach once again with the slimmer bezels but, one difference here when compared to Prosser’s renders from a few months ago is the color variants that go along with the iPad Air’s palette, instead of the colors we usually get for Pro models. Just to recap some of the specs, we’re expecting this new iPad mini to bring an 8.4-inch Liquid Retina Display, it’ll be powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic, and will bring up to 256 Gigs of storage. Apparently we’re finally getting Apple Pencil 2 Support or even a rumored smaller variant, in addition to 5G as well as Touch ID in the power button. I’m really excited for this iPad so let’s see what happens next month.
And as a palette cleanser, let’s shift gears on to Samsung and the Galaxy S22 Series before we get to the hottest news. We have a new report from Tron that claims that Samsung is willing to remove some hardware from their upcoming flagship in order to cut some costs. We know that the company alternates between different kinds of cooling when it comes to their flagships, sometimes we get graphite thermal pads while others get a vapor cooling chamber. On Tron’s latest tweet he says that the Vapor chamber cooling that was present in the S10 Series will not be added as of now in order to save costs. Apparently the mobile team was planning to clock the new Exynos chip with the AMD GPU higher to get better performance and less throttling with the use of the vapor cooling chamber but, higher management decided to go back to square one in order to cut the expenses down. Tron claims that the mobile team is currently waiting on a decision from the VP on whether the cooling chamber will be added or not, and if not, they’ll be going with the same heat dissipation design we got with the Galaxy S21 Series, which does tend to get hot from time to time. So bottom line, nothing is set in stone at the moment but, it looks like higher management wants to bring the price down but by sacrificing some performance for it, at least when it comes to the Exynos variant. We’ll see what happens because I’m all for the better price tag but, not by sacrificing performance.
Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s move back on to Apple but this time we’ll be talking about MacBooks. We’ve been waiting on the new MacBook Pros for months now and multiple leaks claim that we’re finally getting them in the next couple of months but, it looks like Apple might be changing their strategy. According to a new tweet from Dylan who has a pretty neat track record, he claims that it is “comforting to note that both MacBook Pro’s that are coming this fall will have the same chip and the same performance, completely changing the usual strategy most PC makers follow, and definitely a win for those who like to opt for the smaller variant. Just so everyone understands, I am referring to the 16 and 14-inch Pros both bringing the same M1X chip”. So, it looks like for the first time, the only differences between the 14 and 16-inch Pro MacBooks will be the display size, the battery size and most likely the starting CPU or GPU cores and clock count. But by the looks of it, you’ll sort of be able to configure these to the same potential thanks to the M1X chip, allowing you to have a beast inside a 14-inch laptop. Dylan does mention that the bump in specs will result in a notable increase in the price tag over the 13-inch MacBook Pro, but we don’t know if he’s talking about the M1 which starts at 1299 or the Intel variant starting at 1799. Another thing that might add on to the price is the mini LED display but we’ll see how that goes. If you haven’t, I highly recommend you watch yesterday’s After The Buzz on the 16-inch MacBook Pro as I tell you how much of a mistake buying that computer was.
Best deals today: OnePlus 10T 5G, Victus 16 Gaming Laptop, Xbox Series S, and more
OnePlus 10T 5G
We start today’s best deals at OnePlus.com, where you can now score 13 percent savings on the recently launched OnePlus 10T. This model arrived with a $749 price tag, but the latest discount lets you take one home for $649, which means you get to save $100 on your purchase. In addition, this model comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 pro, an Adreno 730 GPU, and more. Now, this deal is rather interesting because this price would regularly get you the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model, but early adopters will be able to receive the 16GB RAM and 256GB storage space version without additional charges.
If you’re looking for more deals on Android devices, you can also check out the latest savings on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, that now sells for $830, after scoring a 15 percent discount that will help you get $150 savings on the 256GB storage model.
OnePlus 10T 5G
OnePlus 10T is the latest affordable flagship from OnePlus. It comes with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, a 4800 mAh battery with 150W fast charging, up to 16GB of memory, and much more.
Victus 16 Gaming Laptop
Next in our selection, we have HP’s Victus 16 Gaming Laptop, which now receives an 18 percent discount that lets you pick one up for $999. This model comes with a 16.1-inch FHD display capable of reaching 144Hz refresh rates. You also get an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage space, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics under the hood, which makes this a very compelling option for those looking for a new gaming laptop. The Victus 16 Gaming Laptop usually sells for $1,220, so the latest offer will get you more than $200 savings.
Of course, you don’t need that much power to get basic work done, so you can also opt for a more affordable ASUS Chromebook C425 Clamshell Laptop that now sells for $280 after seeing a $50 discount. This model comes with an Intel Core m3-8100Y Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage space, and a 14-inch FHD nanoEdge Touch Screen.
Victus by HP 16 Gaming Laptop
Take your gaming to the next level with the Victus by HP 16 Gaming Laptop with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics and tons of power under the hood.
Microsoft Xbox Series S
And since we’re already in gaming territory, we can also add the Microsoft Xbox Series S gaming console to the mix, as it is now receiving a $50 discount over at Adorama. This means you can purchase one of the best gaming consoles on the market for just $250. The Microsoft Xbox Series S comes with 512GB storage space and 10GB RAM, and the best part of this all-digital console is that it will also get you the Midnight Drive Pack, 1,000 V-Bucks, and 1,000 Rocket League credits. And don’t worry if you don’t see these savings immediately after you get to the product’s landing page, as the savings will be added when you add the Xbox Series S to your cart.
You can also opt to get the same product from Amazon.com, but savings will only be limited to $10, as it sells for $290. And you can also check out the savings applied to the Razer Universal Quick Charging Stand for Xbox Series X|S that now sells for $30 after receiving a $10 discount.
Xbox Series S
The Xbox Series S is one of the best gaming consoles available today. It packs 10GB RAM, 512GB storage, a custom CPU/GPU, and other great features to have you playing your favorite games.
Marshall Major IV
Amazon also lets you save on the Marshall Major IV On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones that are now available for $120 after scoring a 20 percent discount that will get you $30 savings. This model comes with incredible sound and more than 80 hours of battery life for you to enjoy your favorite music and anything else you want to hear. And the best part is that it also comes with quick-charge capabilities that will get you 15 hours of listening time after a short 15-minute charge.
In case you’re looking for other options, you can also consider going for a pair of Apple’s 3rd generation AirPods that now sell for $150 after seeing a 16 percent discount. Or go for the more affordable Echo Buds gen-2 that sell for $100 after a $40 discount that represents 29 percent savings.
Marshall Major IV
The Marshall Major IV On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones feature custom-tuned dynamic drivers to deliver roaring bass, smooth mids, and brilliant treble for a rich, unrivaled sound, along with a long-lasting battery life that will get you more than 80 hours of non-stop playback.
Roku Express 4K+
Finally, we have deals on the Roku Express 4K+ 2021 Streaming Media Player that now sells for just $30 after receiving a 25 percent discount. This model comes with a Roku Voice Remote with TV controls, and you also get a premium HDMI cable to help you stream your favorite content to your TV. It will also help you get more out of your smart TV, and it can help you enjoy faster navigation. Or you can also opt to check out the latest savings applied to Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices that start at just $20.
We also decided to include the Optoma UHD55 4K Ultra HD DLP Home Theater and Gaming Projector in our list, as it includes HDMI ports that will let you connect your new Roku or Fire TV streaming device in case you do not love the product’s software. And the best part is that it is now available for $1,499 after scoring a 17 percent discount which translates to $300 savings.
Roku Express 4K+
Get more from your TV with the Roku Express 4K+ Streaming Device that comes with a Roku Voice Remote and other great features.
Best deals today: Google Pixel 6 Pro, Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop, iPad Pro, and more
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Amazon’s latest deals come with excellent news for Pixel fans. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is now available for just $649 after receiving a very attractive discount that will get you $250 savings. The Google Pixel 6 Pro usually sells for $899, and it comes packed with Google’s proprietary Tensor chip, 128GB storage, 12GB RAM, a killer camera that will deliver some of the best shots on the market and other great features. This model also comes fully unlocked so that you can use it on the network of your choice.
Suppose you want a more affordable option that also sports the same fast and snappy software and a fantastic camera. In that case, you can also check out the regular Google Pixel 6 that now goes for just $499 after receiving a $100 discount. And if that’s still too much for your budget, you can also consider purchasing a new 2022 version of the Moto G Stylus that now sells for $200 after scoring the same $100 savings.
Google Pixel 6 Pro
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the first flagship-level offering from Google after it spent a year away with mid-ranged devices. It features a 120Hz 1440p display and a triple camera system with all-new optics.
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop
We have also spotted some interesting deals for gamers, as the Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop is now available for $3,208 after receiving a 13 percent discount that translates to more than $490 savings. This deal also comes with a special promo that will get you 6 free months of VEGAS Post 365, an amazing video tool for creators that includes everything you need for video editing, motion graphics, image composition, live streaming, and sound design.
The Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop comes packed with a powerful 14-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, and a 15.6-inch QHD display that will deliver up to 240Hz refresh rates. And if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, you can also consider going for the Razer Blade 15, which comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and 15.6-inch FHD display with 360Hz that sells for $1,999 after scoring a 26 percent discount that will get you $700 savings. And you can complete your gaming package with a HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse that sells for $40 after an insane 60 percent discount.
Razer Blade 15
The Razer Blade 15 features a powerful 14-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, and a 15.6-inch QHD display.
11-inch iPad Pro
Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro has been receiving tons of attention during the last couple of weeks, and you can now get yours for as low as $700 after the latest 12 percent discount that will get you $100 savings on the Wi-Fi-only model that packs 128GB storage space under the hood. This model also features a stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina Display with ProMotion, Apple’s M1 processor, an all-day battery, and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil that’s now available for just $99.
If you want more storage space and a $149 discount, you can also opt for the 1TB model in Space Gray that now sells for $1,350 after seeing a 10 percent discount. However, Amazon is also letting you save on some of its Fire tablets, starting with the Fire HD 8, which now sells for $50 after a $40 discount on its 32GB storage model with an ad-supported lock screen. And if you want a larger display, you can also consider the Fire HD 10 tablet that now sells for $100 after a $50 discount.
Apple 11-inch iPad Pro
Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro comes powered by Apple’s M1 processor, which means you get the same performance as its larger brother, but with a smaller canvas.
Jabra Elite 85t
Jabra is also starting to give us incredible deals on some of the company’s best earphones, starting with the Jabra Elite 85t that are now listed for just $140. These excellent, truly wireless earbuds with advanced noise-canceling usually sell for $230, which means that you can purchase a pair and take advantage of this $90 discount. However, you will have to stick with the Titanium Black and Copper Black color options, as the Gold Beige variant is even more expensive than the regular models.
The Jabra Elite 85t will deliver up to 25 hours of battery life with their wireless charging case, crystal clear calls, and other great features. However, you can also opt for a more affordable pair of Jabra Elite 7 Active in-Ear Bluetooth Earbuds that now sell for $116 after a $64 discount.
And if that’s still too much for your wallet, you can also consider heading over to Woot.com, where you will find the third generation AirPods selling for just $110 after a 39 percent discount, or get the AirPods Pro for $135 after a 46 percent discount. Just remember that these earphones are available in Grade A Refurbished condition before you pull the trigger.
Jabra Elite 85t
The Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds feature cutting-edge technology for crystal clear calls and an outstanding music experience that will go for up to 25 hours, thanks to its compact Qi-certified charging case.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NA Gaming Monitor
Finally, we have the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor receiving a massive 30 percent discount, which means you can take this baby home for $1,600. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor usually sells for $1,600, so this deal will get you $600 savings. It also comes with a curved 4K UHD Mini LED display capable of reaching 240Hz refresh rates, 1ms response times, and other great features.
You can also get the same 49-inch curved monitor with a QLED display and 120Hz refresh rates for $900 after a $300 discount, in case you’re budget is limited. However, if you can go all out, we suggest you check out the latest 55-inch Odyssey Ark 4K UHD 165Hz 1ms Quantum Mini-LED Curved Gaming Screen, which is now receiving a $100 discount when you reserve yours. It is now available for $3,500, in case you’re interested.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NA Gaming Monitor
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor comes with a curved 4K UHD Mini LED display capable of reaching 240Hz refresh rates, 1ms response times, and other great features.
Top 7 Android 13 hidden features you might not know about
Google released Android 13 to the general public yesterday. The update is now available for all the eligible Google Pixel phones, while the devices from other Android manufacturers will receive it “later this year.” As we noted in our comparison post of Android 13 and Android 12, the new OS isn’t a major upgrade over the last year’s software, but it includes some minor changes and new features that make the whole user experience much better.
We have been playing with Android 13 for quite some time now, and we have spotted many small features throughout the operating system that you might not be aware of. Here are the top 7 hidden features in Android 13 that you should check out:
Android 13 Hidden Features
View 7-Day History in Privacy Dashboard
One of the best features of Android 13 is that it unifies the Security and Privacy settings, making it easier to discover all the features under one section. Interestingly, one of the hidden features of Android 13 is in the new Privacy Dashboard itself.
While the Privacy Dashboard is also available on devices with Android 12, the new operating system shows the sensitive permissions that apps have accessed not only in the last 24 hours but also in the last seven days. This 7-day view gives you a clearer idea of which apps are accessing sensitive permissions again and again. The feature, however, hasn’t rolled out on Pixel devices yet but is expected to be available in the near future.
Third-Party File Managers Can No Longer Access Android Data and Obb folders
If you have ever installed apps using third-party app stores or APK files, you must have used the /Android/data and /Android/obb folders. These folders are accessible via all the File Managers on Android. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to do so on Android 13 when using a third-party file manager, as Google is restricting access to these folders in the latest OS.
Launch Multiple Instances of Same App in Split-Screen Mode
Split-screen mode is gaining a number of new features with Android 13. First, the new OS brings a new way to launch split-screen mode directly from the notification shade. You can now simply long press on notifications and drag them to enter the split-screen mode.
Moreover, you can now launch a second instance of the same app when in split-screen view. For example, you can launch two Google Chrome windows side-by-side in split-screen mode. The feature is a part of large screen optimizations in Android 13. It is, however, worth pointing out that all the apps do not support this feature at launch, and developers will have to update their apps to bring support for this feature.
Clipboard Will Autoclear After 1 Hour
Android 13 comes with a revamped clipboard overlay. It not only allows you to view and edit the contents of your clipboard without pasting it anywhere, but it also provides relevant options depending upon the type of content you copy. For example, you’ll see an option to open a web browser when you copy a link. Similarly, you’ll see a photo editor option if you copy an image.
One less-known feature of Android 13’s clipboard is that it automatically clears all the contents that are older than 1 hour. Be it a picture, text, or link, the OS will clear the content of the keyboard after one hour. The feature has been implemented to improve the performance and security of the OS. It is already available in Google’s Gboard keyboard app, but Android 13 implements this feature system-wide.
Control Smart Home Devices Without Unlocking Your Phone
In Android 13, Google has added an option in Android 13’s Lock Screen settings that allows you to bypass the lock screen and control some smart home gadgets without unlocking your phone. While the previous version of Android also came with a similar ability, it didn’t allow users to control smart home devices without unlocking their smartphone, making the entire experience feel slow and clunky. In the new OS, smart home devices can be controlled more quickly thanks to the new option.
Quick Settings Tiles for One-Handed Mode and QR Code Scanner
Google introduced the one-handed mode with Android 12. It works pretty much like iOS, wherein you have to swipe down from the bottom of the screen to down bring the contents on top of the display. If you don’t like to activate the feature via the gesture, or find it hard to do so, Android 13 allows you to add a quick access toggle to trigger one-handed mode in the Quick Settings menu. In addition to this, Google has also added a dedicated QR code scanner in the quick settings menu. You can now swipe down and scan a QR code with just a few taps.
Cinematic Wallpapers and Wallpaper Dimming
Android 13 features a new WallpaperEffects API that makes the wallpaper move when your phone moves. Interestingly, it doesn’t require users to download compatible wallpapers. In fact, users can apply it to their current wallpapers as well. There is also a new wallpaper dimming feature that darkens your current wallpaper, so bright/vibrant wallpapers become less blinding.
Despite being a relatively small upgrade over last year’s Android 12, Android 13 offers several useful features (and stability improvements) that enhance the overall experience. Additionally, these hidden features further add to the quality of the experience. Have you installed Android 13 on your device yet? How has your experience been? Let us know in the comments section below!
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