by Juli Clover
Shortly after the new iPhone 12 models launched without power adapters, Samsung shared an ad mocking Apple for not including a charging accessory. That commentary hasn’t aged well, however, as there’s more proof that Samsung too is planning to ditch power adapters for its next-generation smartphones.
A filing with Brazilian regulatory agency ANATEL that was discovered by Tecnoblog (via 9to5Mac) approves the new Galaxy smartphone models for sale. The documentation has few details about the new devices, but it apparently confirms that none of the three new smartphones that are coming will be sold with charger or headphones.
By removing the power adapter and headphones, Samsung will be following in the footsteps of Apple. None of the iPhone 12 models come with a power adapter or EarPods in the box, instead shipping with just a USB-C to Lightning cable. Apple said that the accessories were eliminated for environmental reasons, but there has been speculation suggesting Apple removed the power adapter and EarPods to cut costs due to the expense of the 5G chips used in the new iPhones.
Samsung too may be planning to stop selling headphones and power adapters alongside new Galaxy smartphones in order to save some cash, offering the accessories as a standalone purchase like Apple does.
In the past, Samsung has mocked Apple’s design and product decisions before doing the exact same thing. When Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016, for example, Samsung made fun of the iPhone before eliminating the headphone jack from the Galaxy S8.
Samsung’s new smartphones are expected to debut in January with new camera modules with up to four rear cameras, higher capacity batteries, faster chips, and more.
Users on the Apple Developer forums and Reddit are widely reporting that iOS 14.2 causes severe battery drain issues.
Symptoms of the problem include rapid battery drain and longer charge times than usual. Some users are reporting that their devices are losing over 50 percent charge in less than 30 minutes, and seeing large drops of around five percent within minutes of normal use.
Friday December 4, 2020 3:22 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple today launched a new display replacement program for iPhone 11 devices to address a problem that cases a “small percentage” of iPhone 11 displays to stop responding to touch.
Apple says that affected devices were manufactured between November 2019 and May 2020, and if there are touch issues, the iPhone 11 models could have a problem with the display module.
Those with iPhone 11…
Sunday December 6, 2020 3:29 pm PST by Frank McShan
After a period of beta testing, Waze is now able to directly integrate with Apple CarPlay’s multiscreen dashboard, as noted by users of the navigation app on the MacRumors forums.
In addition to CarPlay Dashboard support, the update appears to introduce in-app lane guidance for the first time. @9to5mac @MacRumors @waze Waze dashboard is here!!!!! pic.twitter.com/gvuaaTSJRG— Camilo Díaz …
Apple has filed a patent application for an intense light-absorbant matte black finish for a range of products, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBook (via Patently Apple).
Image via ColorWare The patent application, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is titled “Anodized Part Having a Matte Black Appearance,” and outlines the characteristics of the finish and…
Twitter user @DongleBookPro has shared images of a prototype Macintosh Classic with a translucent casing.
The final retail Macintosh Classic used an iconic beige plastic, so it is rare to see one with a clear casing. This allows it to show off many of the Macintosh’s internal parts, such as its nine-inch CRT monitor. It also highlights just how much empty space there was within the…
You’d think news and rumors would be settling down a bit as we get into December, but that certainly wasn’t the case this week as we saw quite a bit of both. On the rumor front, the big one was a fresh report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reiterating that Apple is planning for two redesigned MacBook Pro models next year featuring Apple Silicon and Mini-LED displays, with Mini-LED trickling down the…
Thursday December 3, 2020 9:12 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Following a busy fall season in which Apple hosted three events in as many months, the company may have one more product announcement in store this year.
In an internal memo this week, obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source, Apple informed service providers that it has AppleCare-related changes planned for Tuesday, December 8 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Specifically, Apple …
Saturday December 5, 2020 10:21 am PST by Frank McShan
Apple this week announced its App Store Best of 2020 winners, recognizing 15 apps released over the course of the year. For the first time, winners are now receiving a physical award, and some developers have begun sharing their respective awards over the past few days.
Image via Flexibits Fantastical developer Flexibits, Genshin Impact, and Share the Meal have all provided photos of their…
Apple may use components made by Samsung for a “folded” telephoto lens on at least some iPhone models released in 2022, allowing for significantly increased optical zoom, according to unnamed sources cited by Korean website The Elec.
The report claims that Samsung’s Electro-Mechanics subsidiary would supply components such as actuators and lenses to LG, which in turn would use the components …