Apple begins work on foldable iPhone, redesigned iMacs and new Mac Pros

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Rumor mill: Apple has reportedly started work on a foldable iPhone and is developing foldable screens internally. This year’s iPhone may also reintroduce Touch ID by placing the fingerprint-scanner under the handset’s display. And one more rumor is that Apple is working on a redesigned iMac, new Mac Pros, and a more affordable external monitor.

Apple’s foldable iPhone isn’t going to launch anytime soon, but it’s something the company is actively developing. The device’s screen is said to feature a “mostly invisible hinge” and, when unfolded, will be about the size of an iPhone 12 Pro Max -- that’s 6.7 inches.

Apple is bound to arrive late to the party since major competitors have launched similar devices recently. However, the Cupertino company will also be keen to avoid the pitfalls of foldable smartphones like Samsung’s 2019 Galaxy Fold, which suffered delays, shoddy review units, and felt like it had been rushed to the market.

The same report from Bloomberg comments on this year’s iPhone -- the iPhone 13. The upcoming device is generally said to include “minor upgrades,” but sources claim that Apple could also launch an in-screen Touch ID fingerprint scanner with the model. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of an in-screen fingerprint scanner on an iPhone, although the company may be looking at the feature with renewed interest since face coverings render Face ID useless.

AirTags are finally set to launch in 2021 and the report also suggests that Apple could remove the Lightning port on some iPhone models, allowing for wireless charging only. No Lightning port also means no in-the-box cable, and could be a further environmental step forward for Apple.

In a separate report, also from Bloomberg, Apple is said to be planning its first major redesign of the iMac since 2012. The new all-in-one desktop computer, which will form part of the iMac’s transition to Apple Silicon, will adopt a design similar to Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitor. The new iMacs will have thinner black borders, a flat back, and will launch in two sizes later this year.

Apple is also planning updates for its Mac Pro line. The first will be a minor update to the Mac Pro, and will see the desktop computer retain the design of Apple’s 2019 model. For this new iteration, Apple may continue to use Intel processors rather than its own chips. Bloomberg writes: “The second version, however, will use Apple’s own processors and be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro. The design will feature a mostly aluminum exterior and could invoke nostalgia for the Power Mac G4 Cube, a short-lived smaller version of the Power Mac, an earlier iteration of the Mac Pro.”

Apple will bring a more affordable external monitor to the market, too -- one designed for consumers, rather than professionals. It won’t include the same brightness or contrast ratio as the Pro Display XDR, but it won’t ship with the same $5,000 price tag, either.

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QuantumPhysics

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No matter how much I love apple products, I see no reason whatsoever for a folding phone.

It's inefficient by design, requires too many compromises and simply makes no sense.

All that said: I'm not upgrading till Apple gives me 1TB of Storage. Only having 512GB on my iPhone 12 Pro Max is annoying.
 
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Squid Surprise

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Usability, well, IIRC first phone didn't have even copy-paste. Not that first phones were ahead in performance either. And who actually cares about performance in phones?
We’re talking about CURRENT phones... and lots of people care about performance - mobile gaming has become a thing... Apple, as usual, leads in all of the things that people care about... which, again, is why they sell the most.

I know people like to hate on the big companies... but there’s a reason they are big companies - and it’s NOT because they sell crap...
 

HardReset

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We’re talking about CURRENT phones... and lots of people care about performance - mobile gaming has become a thing... Apple, as usual, leads in all of the things that people care about... which, again, is why they sell the most.

I know people like to hate on the big companies... but there’s a reason they are big companies - and it’s NOT because they sell crap...
That is just moving goalposts. When Apple didn't have fastest phone and usability was clearly centuries behind what it should have been, phones still sold well. Nobody cared about performance. Now when Apple has highest performance chips, suddenly performance is ultra important.

Very typical Apple fanboy logic. Anything Apple does well, is extremely important. Anything Apple is missing, is useless.
 

Squid Surprise

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That is just moving goalposts. When Apple didn't have fastest phone and usability was clearly centuries behind what it should have been, phones still sold well. Nobody cared about performance. Now when Apple has highest performance chips, suddenly performance is ultra important.

Very typical Apple fanboy logic. Anything Apple does well, is extremely important. Anything Apple is missing, is useless.
No... the reason why Apple phones are selling TODAY is because of what I stated...

10 years ago, people didn't care about performance because it wasn't a thing... smartphones were in their infancy and no one realized that performance actually meant something... once it did, Apple quickly took the lead...

I'm no Apple fanboy... I'm simply stating the truth... it's not like I'm talking to an AMD fanboy or anything...
 
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HardReset

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No... the reason why Apple phones are selling TODAY is because of what I stated...

10 years ago, people didn't care about performance because it wasn't a thing... smartphones were in their infancy and no one realized that performance actually meant something... once it did, Apple quickly took the lead...

I'm no Apple fanboy... I'm simply stating the truth... it's not like I'm talking to an AMD fanboy or anything...
In case Apple loses performance crown, Apple sales will go rapidly down because performance matters? And that people actually buy phones that have fast CPU because fast CPU matters?

I disagree. Around 95% of phone users have even no clue what is CPU and have absolutely no idea about CPU performance between different phones. Apple sells because it's Apple. Intel sells better than AMD because it's Intel, not because Intel chips perform faster than AMD chips...
 

duckofdeath

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In case Apple loses performance crown, Apple sales will go rapidly down because performance matters? And that people actually buy phones that have fast CPU because fast CPU matters?

I disagree. Around 95% of phone users have even no clue what is CPU and have absolutely no idea about CPU performance between different phones. Apple sells because it's Apple. Intel sells better than AMD because it's Intel, not because Intel chips perform faster than AMD chips...
Come 2022 and AMD entering the mobile stage in Samsung phones, performance is irrelevant again. That spam will start filling the internet comment section around August/September this year. Apple's confirmation bias influencer nonsense is as predicable as the sun setting.
 

ilovelinux

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Come 2022 and AMD entering the mobile stage in Samsung phones, performance is irrelevant again. That spam will start filling the internet comment section around August/September this year. Apple's confirmation bias influencer nonsense is as predicable as the sun setting.
Indeed. The word will be that iOS is so optimized that you don't need huge performance. Apple brainwashes us to the point that even unpaid trolls (fanboys) spend their time spamming everywhere. Youtube is essentially a homeshop front for Apple and full of s***heads Sh*t-fluencers.
 
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Shadowboxer

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. I know people like to hate on the big companies... but there’s a reason they are big companies - and it’s NOT because they sell crap...
The ironic thing is that the people who hate on Apple are the only sheep around here. Apple are cool to hate. But there’s not really any rational reason to hate them. People just aren’t thinking for themselves.
 
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p51d007

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Everyone that laughed at the folding phones (rightly so) will jump up and down to stand in line for days to get one from Apple though. Can you imagine what they will charge for that POS?
 

yukka

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There are people here who really hate apple. Fortunately the lack of copy and paste in the first or second gen phones hasn’t stopped my iPhone 12 mini kicking ***. Pretty sure I’m doing it wrong though. Looking forward to being set straight by angry people.
 

jelabarre59

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Seriously???? Removing the **charging port** now??? I guess that's because you could also use it to connect other peripherals, and Apple can't have you getting any actual *functionality* out of a wokePhone. And as it won't have any ports on it, WHEN (not IF) it breaks down, you'll have NO other option but to throw it away and buy a new one (regardless of whether you need to retrieve data from it or not).

Apple is teaching all the **WRONG** lessons to the rest of the tech industry. But then again we already know Big Tech has already drifted off to their own fantasy land, and are ready to forcibly drag the rest of the world with them.
 
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