Apple might be launching iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro in two stages

What you need to know

Apple has already confirmed that it will not launch iPhones in its usual September window.
A new report claims Apple will split its four iPhones into two stages.
Two 6.1-inch iPhones will kick things off.

Two late, two later.

Apple will launch its four 2020 iPhones in two different stages, according to a new report by MacRumors and DigiTimes.

Apple has already confirmed that its iPhone launch won’t happen in September, but DigiTimes cites sources when it says that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will ship first. The other models, a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro will follow.

This all seems to be down to the shipment dates of various iPhone parts.

Apple may launch its 5G iPhones in two stages, with two 6.1-inch models in the first and another two 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in the second, the sources said, adding that suppliers of SLP (substrate-like PCB) mainboards for the former models have recently kicked off shipments, with th…

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A Chinese firm wants all of Apple’s Siri-enabled devices banned in China

What you need to know

Chinese firm Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co wants Apple’s Siri banned.
The company owns Artificial Intelligence patents in the country.
It wants every Apple device with Siri inside to be kicked out of China.

”Hey Siri, this isn’t good.”

A Chinese company wants any Apple device with Siri built in to be banned from the country, according to a Wall Street Journal. It’s also suing Apple for a massive $1.43 billion, an even more massive 10 billion yuan.

Importantly, pretty much everything Apple sells comes with Siri incorporated which means Apple could be in for some tough times. If it was to lose out here, Apple would effectively be pushed out of China.

Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. said Monday that it is suing Apple for an estimated 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages in a Shanghai court, alleging the iPhone and iPad maker’s products violated a patent the Chinese artificial-intelligence company owns for a virtual assistant whose t…

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Review: Take your crafting to the next level with the Cricut Joy

This might be the new hobby you didn’t know you needed.

I’ve been looking for a fun new hobby to pass the time but also learn a new skill and be productive in some way. Enter the Cricut Joy. This diminutive machine is the latest in the Cricut line, designed to be a quick and easy-to-learn beginner’s machine, or a ”sidekick” if you already own a Cricut machine.

Mini Cricut

Cricut Joy

Bottom line: Explore your creative side with this portable crafting machine.

The Good

Tiny, portable machine goes in any room or on the go
Less expensive than other Cricut machines
Designed to be easy for beginners or anyone
Use with vinyl, paper, card stock, iron-on vinyl, Infusible Ink, and more
”Smart” materials an be used without a mat
Can print items up to 20 feet long (unlike other Cricut machines)
Sleek profile with no buttons
Can do proj…

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More than 1,000 fake iPhones went through a Swiss AppleCare+ scam

What you need to know

A mother and son were caught pushing more than 1,000 fake iPhones through Swiss Apple Stores.
The scam ran from 2015 through 2019.
They were said to be water-damaged, with AppleCare+ replacement them with real handsets.

A ruling on the fate of the scammers is expected tomorrow.

A mother and son pair of fraudsters are in trouble in Switzerland after it was discovered that they were returning fake iPhones to Apple Stores, claiming that they were non-functional because they were water damaged. More than 1,000 fake iPhones were involved in the scam, with Apple replacing the handsets with real, working ones without knowing what was happening.

All the pair had to do was cough up the CHF99 ($107) AppleCare+ free.

According to a report by SRF, the fake iPhones were shipped to Switzerland from Hong Kong with the real iPhones sent back once they had been obtained. The pair were paid just CHF10 ($11) for their work which, they claim, they didn’t realize was a scam.

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Get your free Target RedCard and save $50 on a future purchase

Being a RedCard holder is pretty much essential if you ever shop at Target, and despite what you might think, you don’t have to sign up for a credit card to get one. There’s a free debit option too, with no fees and no additional charges to worry about, and this week is the perfect time to sign up. Through August 15, Target is offering a coupon for $50 off a future purchase of $100 or more when you sign up for a Target RedCard.

There are two RedCard options to choose from, a credit card and a debit card, and you’ll score the coupon by signing up for either one. Having a RedCard at Target is crucial because it takes 5% off your order every time you shop there. Not only that, RedCard holders score free two-day shipping on thousands of items at Target without paying some large annual fee like Amazon Prime has. There are some exclusive discounts only members can earn as well.

Target’s free RedCard debit version provides the exact same benefits as the credit card option. Simply link it …

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All the Nintendo Switch games coming in August 2020!

Get your hands on these new Nintendo Switch games before they’re all sold out!

It’s new game time! Nintendo Switch has quite a few new games coming out this month, and we’ve gathered them in one list for you! Whether they’re new games or new takes on some old favorites, here are all of the games released for the Nintendo Switch this month!

Our favorites

Of all the games launching on Nintendo Switch this month, these are the ones we’re most excited about!

Skully

Coming August 4

The life this skull belonged to may have ended, but Skully’s life has just begun. Skully is rolling into his awakening ready to help the creatures of the island he washed up on.

$30 at Amazon

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time

Coming August 21

This platform adventure takes you through the world of this old cartoon favorite series as main character Samurai Jack. Give your own twist to this adventure with your choice of weapon!

$40 at Nintendo

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Should you get an iPhone SE now or wait for the iPhone 12 ’mini’?

If you need a new iPhone now, should you get the new iPhone SE right now, or should you try and hold out for the rumored smaller iPhone 12 ’mini’ coming later this fall?

And… how much later this year might that be exactly?

iPhone SE vs. iPhone 12: Design

The iPhone SE is either a retread or a classic, depending on your point of view. To bring costs down, Apple re-used the the body of the iPhone 8.

That means it has a mullet and goatee… Sorry, forehead and chin bezels, straight out of 2014. Same with the smooth, smooth, rounded edges. The glass and aluminum sandwich, though… that’s from 2017.

It’s a design Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 and one they still use today for the iPhone 11.

The iPhone 12… well, that doesn’t exist yet. But, the usual rumors and leaks that swirl around before any new iPhone release heavily suggest it’ll be retro too… in it’s own way.

Like the iPhone 5 or original iPhone SE, with squared off sides instead of curves, losing the bezels like…

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Should you get an iPhone SE now or wait for the iPhone 12 ’mini’?

If you need a new iPhone now, should you get the new iPhone SE right now, or should you try and hold out for the rumored smaller iPhone 12 ’mini’ coming later this fall?

And… how much later this year might that be exactly?

iPhone SE vs. iPhone 12: Design

The iPhone SE is either a retread or a classic, depending on your point of view. To bring costs down, Apple re-used the the body of the iPhone 8.

That means it has a mullet and goatee… Sorry, forehead and chin bezels, straight out of 2014. Same with the smooth, smooth, rounded edges. The glass and aluminum sandwich, though… that’s from 2017.

It’s a design Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 and one they still use today for the iPhone 11.

The iPhone 12… well, that doesn’t exist yet. But, the usual rumors and leaks that swirl around before any new iPhone release heavily suggest it’ll be retro too… in it’s own way.

Like the iPhone 5 or original iPhone SE, with squared off sides instead of curves, losing the bezels like…

read more

Should you get an iPhone SE now or wait for the iPhone 12 ’mini’?

If you need a new iPhone now, should you get the new iPhone SE right now, or should you try and hold out for the rumored smaller iPhone 12 ’mini’ coming later this fall?

And… how much later this year might that be exactly?

iPhone SE vs. iPhone 12: Design

The iPhone SE is either a retread or a classic, depending on your point of view. To bring costs down, Apple re-used the the body of the iPhone 8.

That means it has a mullet and goatee… Sorry, forehead and chin bezels, straight out of 2014. Same with the smooth, smooth, rounded edges. The glass and aluminum sandwich, though… that’s from 2017.

It’s a design Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 and one they still use today for the iPhone 11.

The iPhone 12… well, that doesn’t exist yet. But, the usual rumors and leaks that swirl around before any new iPhone release heavily suggest it’ll be retro too… in it’s own way.

Like the iPhone 5 or original iPhone SE, with squared off sides instead of curves, losing the bezels like…

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Live Photos are charming — here’s how to make some magic on your iPhone

What’s better than a photo? A photo that moves, of course! Here’s everything you need to know about the Live Photos feature.

Live Photos aren’t quiiiite video, but rather a full-on 12-megapixel photo that animates 1.5 seconds of motion before and after the still. Super cool, right?!

You can take them with any iPhone from the iPhone 6s onward, as well as iPad Pro, as long as they are on iOS 9 or later. Live Photos are also supported for viewing on Apple Watch Series 2 or later, and Macs that are running El Capitan or later.

How to take a Live Photo with your iPhone or iPad
How to view Live Photos on newer iPhone models
How to view Live Photos on an older iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
How to share Live Photos on your iPhone or iPad
How to set a Live Photo as the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad
How to extract a still shot from a Live Photo
How to turn a Live Photo into a GIF
How to stitch together multiple Live Photos to create a video

How to take a Live Photo with your iPhone…

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