Caviar crafts custom iPhone 13 Pro (Max) phones inspired by the Holy Trinity of watchmakers


If you’ve been following Caviar’s work, you will know that the founder is a fan of luxury watches. So, when you hear “Holy Trinity”, you should know that it refers to the horological kind – Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. These three legendary watchmakers are the inspiration behind the new additions to the Pair of Kings line, i.e. Caviar’s series that intends to pair a luxury watch with a luxury phone.

The phones in question are based on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max and have metal backs styled after the watch face and bracelets of the watches that they are named after.

Caviar crafts custom iPhone 13 Pro (Max) phones inspired by the Holy Trinity of watchmakers

Let’s start with the Vacheron Constantin Overseas. One of these will cost you a whopping $52,000 (or more) and only 7 will be made. The phone is decorated with a blue titanium “watch face”, 18K gold stylized cross-links bracelet, the Maltese cross and a decorative date indicator.


Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Vacheron Constantin Overseas
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Vacheron Constantin Overseas

Caviar’s iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Vacheron Constantin Overseas

Keep in mind that to complete the look, you will also need the watch itself – and it costs over €53,000. The Overseas ref. 4500V/110R-B705 was designed by Vincent Kaufmann, chief designer of Vacheron Constantin, with 30 years of experience at the company.

If you don’t have a hundred grand, consider the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. This one starts at a mere $6,600 and Caviar will produce 99 units. The phone contrasts blue titanium against gray titanium to evoke an image of the Royal Oak ref.15500 that it was based on (which is frighteningly expensive in its own right).


Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Caviar’s iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

There’s also the Patek Philippe Nautilus – both it and the Piguet were designed by Gerald Gent. This watch was inspired by the biography of Philip Stern, the head of Patek Philippe. As for the phone bearing the same name, there will be 99 units produced, each costing $6,670 or more. This one also uses blue titanium with the same pattern as the watch face and yet more titanium covering the rest of the back.


Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Patek Philippe Nautilus
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Patek Philippe Nautilus
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Patek Philippe Nautilus
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Patek Philippe Nautilus
Caviar's iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Patek Philippe Nautilus

Caviar’s iPhone 13 Pro (Max) Patek Philippe Nautilus

Head over to Caviar’s Pair of Kings collection to learn more (there you will also find the previous Rolex-inspired entries).

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Counterpoint: iPhone once again the best selling phone in China after six years


Apple was the largest smartphone brand by market share in China for the October-December 2021 period, according to the latest figures by Counterpoint Research. Cupertino earned an impressive 23% market share after a stellar 79% quarterly growth, earning it the top spot for the first time since Q4 2015. The sales were 32% higher than last year, driven by strong demand of the iPhone 13 series and the vanilla model in particular.

Counterpoint: iPhone once again the best selling phone in China after six years

Coming in at second place is vivo with its 19% market share though the company faced a 21% decline in shipments compared to Q3 2021. Oppo (including OnePlus) came in third place with a 17% market share, followed by Honor (15%), Xiaomi (13%), Huawei (7%) and Realme (3%). Realme saw the highest yearly growth out of all brands with 83% increase in sales between Q4 2020 and Q4 2021.

As a whole China’s smartphone market declined by 9% in Q4 while full-year sales were down 2%. Counterpoint’s Ivan Lam suggests the ongoing chip shortage alongside longer smartphone replacement cycles are to blame for poor sales. He also predicts OEMs will continue raising the average selling prices of their devices heading forward.

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Apple opens up ‘Shot on iPhone’ macro challenge


Apple has opened a new ‘Shot on iPhone’ macro challenge for its iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max users – you know, the company’s only phones with Macro mode.

To enter you’d need to own one of those, capture a macro image and post it on Instagram, Twitter, or Weibo with the #ShotoniPhone and #iPhonemacrochallenge hashtags, while noting which device you’ve used for the image.

Edited images are accepted – whether from Apple’s Photos app or third-party software.

A macro image we captured in our review of the iPhone 13 Pro - not that we're entering it
A macro image we captured in our review of the iPhone 13 Pro – not that we’re entering it

The winner’s photos can be posted by Apple in its Newsroom, Instagram account, or even blown up to life-size and displayed in an Apple store somewhere in the world. There’s no prize money, though, but you’ll likely get a name credit.

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Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro might use BOE panels


Apple is trying to reduce its dependence on Samsung and its OLED panels for years now but no other company was able to produce the kind of high quality panels Cupertino needs in sufficient quality. Still, BOE and LG got comparably tiny orders but a new report has it this might change next year.

Right now, only some of the non-Pro iPhone 13 units get OLED panels from BOE. Yet an improvement in the manufacturing process would enable the Chinese vendor to supply a bunch of panels for the iPhone 15 Pro duo. The more refined process will allow BOE to reach a good yield and deliver high-quality LTPO OLED displays with double stack tandem structure, increasing the lifespan of the OLED.

Apple's iPhone 15 Pro might use BOE panels exclusively

It’s still not confirmed, but it appears that BOE is on the right track, especially since it was able to sell Apple anything between 15 and 16 million units already, which is much higher than initially anticipated.

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A software bug is causing iPhone 13 displays to turn pink


An apparent software issue is causing some iPhone 13’s to display a pink overlay on their screens and crash. The issue has been reported numerous times on Apple’s Discussions Forums and Reddit.

Seemingly the only common thing between the issues is that it’s happening to the iPhone 13 series and not other Apple devices. One person reported that their GPS was inaccurate and the phone’s display turned pink. Another said the battery was acting weird and the phone kept freezing and then proceeded to pink screen.

A couple of users have reportedly had their phones replaced, while others were turned down by Apple with the response that there’s no hardware issue.

A user's iPhone 13
A user’s iPhone 13, Apple Discussions Forums

It seems the issue is most frequent in China, which is why Apple went on Weibo to advise its customers to do a backup and then update to the latest version of iOS.

Apple hasn’t issued any pink screen-related fixes, per its iOS 15.3 release candidate beta’s log.

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iPhone 15 Pro to have a 5x periscope camera, analyst predicts


Reports about Apple launching the iPhone 15 Pro in 2023 with a periscope cam are nothing new. However, the latest info, coming from analyst Jeff Pu, stated that Cupertino is testing prototypes and component samples of 5x telephoto lenses. A final decision on who will be the manufacturer is expected in May 2022.

iPhone 15 Pro telephoto cam will have a 5x periscope lens in 2023

When the components are approved, they will be included in the “high-end models of the 2023 iPhone lineup”, which should mean the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. The likely maker of the lens will be Lante Optics, and expectations are 100 million units to be made just for Apple.

Periscope lenses aren’t new with a bunch of Android smartphones having one of those – they allow the optics assembly of longer telephoto cameras to be placed horizontally and thus fit in modern slim phones.

While Android phones have adopted the technology for several years, Apple is traditionally trying to perfect a feature before implementing it, and first, we have to see its take on pixel-binning with the upcoming 48 MP camera in the 2022 class of iPhones.

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The best iPhone 13 cases you can buy in 2022


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The iPhone 13 is a slick little phone, but the aluminum sides can only protect it so much. If you want to safeguard your phone from drops and slips, you’ll need to invest in a good Apple iPhone 13 case. The good news here is that there are some great options, from rugged and leather cases to wallet cases and beyond.

To help you find the right choice for you, we’ve rounded up the best Apple iPhone 13 cases you can currently buy. Below you’ll find our top picks for each category, plus several alternatives that might better suit your needs.

If you’d like to learn more about our favorite case brands or other smartphone accessories we recommend, check out our guides below.

See also: Best case brands | Mobile accessories

Our quick picks for the best iPhone 13 cases:

Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best Apple iPhone 13 cases as new options launch.


Best iPhone 13 thin case: Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe iphone 13

Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe (iPhone 13)

This simple, MagSafe-compatible case comes in a variety of colors and won’t weigh down your iPhone 13.

Pros:

  • Thin and light
  • Great color options
  • MagSafe-ready

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Limited protection
  • Somewhat generic

Want to keep it nice and light? Then this first-party iPhone 13 thin case with MagSafe is a great option. It’s fairly basic by design, but we picked it because of the variety of attractive color options available. Plus, it features a built-in magnet array so you can take advantage of the excellent MagSafe accessory ecosystem.

Read also: Here’s why MagSafe is awesome

Looking for more thin iPhone 13 case options? We also recommend:

Want the thinnest iPhone 13 case you can buy? This is it. It measures just .3mm thick, so don’t expect much drop protection. It also works with some MagSafe accessories, but the lack of built-in magnets mean a weaker connection.

Buy now from PHNX

The iPhone 13 has a distinctly high-end look, and this clear case from Speck lets you show it off in all its glory. It’s slim enough to allow wireless charging, but if you want to use other MagSafe accessories we recommend opting for the Gemshell + MagSafe version with built-in magnets.

Buy now from Amazon

We have a lot of photography buffs here at Android Authority, and all of them love Moment lenses. But to use the lenses, you also need a Moment case. Thankfully, they’re pretty nice and come in a variety of colors, although they are a bit pricier than some alternatives.

Buy now from Moment


Best iPhone 13 rugged case: Otterbox Defender

Otterbox Defender iPhone 13 case

Otterbox Defender (iPhone 13)

This rugged case will protect your iPhone 13 from just about anything with thick bumpers and a raised lip around the screen.

Pros:

  • Exceptional protection
  • Some color options
  • Included holster

Cons:

  • Bulky
  • Hard to fit
  • Not MagSafe compatible

For maximum protection, we recommend the Otterbox Defender. It’s certainly not the most thin and elegant case, but what you do get is unbeatable protection. It has several layers, corner bumpers, and a raised lip around the screen. The only real downside is that it doesn’t include a screen protector, but you can always buy and install your own. Also, it’s a pain to install and there are no instructions included, so check YouTube if you’re having trouble.

Looking for more rugged iPhone 13 case options? We also recommend:

If you want a rugged case with a built-in screen protector, Poetic offers some great options for significantly less money. Despite the name, all of the designs are aggressively masculine, but they do come in several colors. If that works for you, they include the works — bumpers, screen protector, kickstand, etc.

Buy now from Amazon

While it doesn’t offer as much protection as the options above, this Spigen case is a nice middle ground. It still has great drop protection and a raised lip around the screen, but it’s significantly less bulky. It also has a built-in magnet for MagSafe accessories, although we would have liked to see more than just one color option (black).

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Best leather iPhone 13 case: Apple Leather Case with MagSafe

Apple Leather Case with MagSafe iPhone 13

Apple Leather Case with MagSafe (iPhone 13)

Apple’s first-party leather cases are truly gorgeous, and include magnets for MagSafe accessories.

Pros:

  • Attractive leather finish
  • Built-in MagSafe magnets
  • Multiple color options

Cons:

  • Doesn’t develop a patina
  • Not very resistant
  • Will dimple with MagSafe accessories

We know it’s a bit cliche to recommend Apple’s first-party cases, but the Cupertino giant’s leather iPhone 13 case edges out the rest of the pack. Apart from an attractive leather finish available in several colors, it also features a built-in magnet array for MagSafe accessories. However, the leather itself is somewhat thin, and due to the finish it won’t develop a natural patina. And like most Apple products, you definitely pay extra for the brand recognition.

Looking for more iPhone 13 leather case options? We also recommend:

The other two leather iPhone 13 case we liked are both folio cases, which offer more protection and functionality with space for cards and cash. This first one is from Nomad, and it’s made from real leather that will develop a patina over time. It also has a neodymium magnet array for MagSafe accessories, making it one of the most complete iPhone 13 cases you can get.

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If you want the leather look but don’t mind artificial options, this PU leather folio wallet is another great option. It has a magnetic clasp to keep your phone and cash safe, and it comes in a huge variety of colors to suit your style. There is a reason moms everywhere love this case.

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Best iPhone 13 wallet case: Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol 1

Smartish iPhone 13 wallet case

Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol 1 (iPhone 13)

Store up to three cards plus cash in this stylish but affordable iPhone 13 wallet case from Smartish.

Pros:

  • Stores cards and cash
  • Great color options
  • Very affordable

We outlined a few folio-style iPhone 13 wallet cases above, but for a more streamlined case our pick is the Smartish Wallet Slayer. It features a stylish design and great colorways (including fully custom designs), plus some protection from drops with a textured exterior and raised lip around the screen. Our only disappointment was the lack of MagSafe compatibility, but that’s an understandable omission given the design of the case. We also recommend checking out the Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol 2, which has the same great build quality with a slightly different aesthetic design.

Looking for more iPhone 13 wallet case options? We also recommend:

If you only want to keep a few cards in your wallet case, there’s a danger that they’ll fall out — unless it has an enclosed card holder like this option from Spigen. It only holds two cards and isn’t MagSafe compatible, but it’s extremely light and doesn’t add any bulk to the phone, which is great if you have smaller hands.

Buy now from Amazon

Ok, so this one isn’t technically an iPhone 13 case, but we had to include it because it’s just so convenient. It’s a simple MagSafe wallet that attaches to the back of your phone, with the added utility of a holder and kickstand. It will also work with any number of MagSafe-compatible cases, turning any case into a wallet case with ease!

Buy now on Amazon


Best iPhone 13 battery case: Alpatronix BX13

Alpatronix iPhone 13 battery case

Alpatronix BX13 battery case (iPhone 13/13 Pro)

Extend your battery with this 6,000mAh battery case, and reverse charge your AirPods while you’re at it.

Pros:

  • Beefy 6,000mAh battery
  • Not too bulky
  • Wired and wireless compatibility

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Only comes in black

There aren’t a lot of good options when it comes to iPhone 13 battery cases, but our favorite is this 6,000mAh option from Alpatronix. It has an enormous capacity for its size, and includes wireless charging to top off your AirPods, as well. That said, it is heavy and you might not want to keep it on your phone every day of the year. We found it more useful as a secondary case to swap on when you plan on being away from a charger for more than a day. Also, the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro share the same model, which means the camera cutout doesn’t quite fit perfectly on the standard iPhone 13.

Looking for more iPhone 13 battery case options? We also recommend:

We weren’t lying when we said there aren’t many good iPhone 13 battery cases, but there are some excellent options for MagSafe battery packs. These snap onto the back of your phone (or MagSafe case) when you need them, and store away when you don’t. Our favorite is this 5,000mAh option from Anker, which comes as a simple pack with a kickstand. There’s also another model that comes with the battery pack and a stand if you want a permanent desk stand.

Buy now from Amazon

If the Anker model isn’t quite aesthetic enough for you, this alternative from Mophie really looks great. Once again, it’s just a MagSafe battery pack and not a case, but there are versions that offer both 5,000mAh and 10,000mAh of power. Plus, the 10,000mAh model includes a mount for a tripod.

Buy now from Amazon


Best iPhone 13 custom case: Casetify

Casetify custom iPhone 13 case

Casetify custom cases (iPhone 13)

Customize your iPhone 13 case with text, colors, and a variety of designs.

Pros:

  • Custom colors, text, and designs
  • Compatible with wireless chargers
  • Eco-friendly

Cons:

  • Not MagSafe-compatible
  • Somewhat pricey

Nowadays cases are as much an accessory as they are pure protection, and sometimes you might want something a bit more bespoke. Our favorite custom iPhone 13 cases come from Casetify, which allow you to add custom text in different fonts and locations on the phone, choose colors, and select between several designs. Some of these designs are more lightweight, more protective, or just feature aesthetic changes to better suit your style. As an added bonus, they’re extremely eco-friendly and compostable, so you can feel good about doing your part.


How we test phone cases

We rigorously test smartphones, accessories, and other products in our reviews here at Android Authority, so why should iPhone 13 cases be any different? There are plenty of factors we consider while testing a phone case:

  • Protection: Different cases offer different levels of protection. A super thin case might prevent scratches and smudges, but won’t do much if you drop your phone onto the sidewalk. We consider factors like corner protection, the raised lip around the display and rear camera, and covered buttons. For hybrid and rugged cases, we also simulate real-world drops to test durability where possible. For example, if the phone falls while from pocket-height, or if it slips off of a table onto hardwood flooring.
  • Grip: Grip is another important factor. You don’t want a case that will slip out of your hand, but you also don’t want it to have too much texture. Apart from testing general hand-feel, we slide the phone across different surfaces like wood and marble to see how slippery a case is in everyday use. Cases with ridges or bumps along the sides or back to help grip are generally top performers.
  • Build quality: Poor-quality polycarbonate cases are prone to cracking during installation or removal. Case fit also plays a role here. If you have to apply a lot of pressure to install or remove a case, it’s more likely that the case will crack. With softer TPU cases, frequently removing your case might also cause it to loosen around the edges, affecting the fit over time.
  • Installation and removal: Installing a case shouldn’t be difficult, and the phone should snap comfortably into place. However, for some options removing a case can be difficult and could potentially damage your phone. It’s particularly problematic when you have to apply so much force that you feel the phone almost bending.
  • Design and colorways: These are, of course, personal choices, but it’s always good to have options. We also try to include a few clear cases that let you show off the phone’s design and natural colorway while still keeping the phone safe.
  • Value: Price isn’t everything. You can always find $15 cases that offer just as much, if not more protection than $60 cases. However, remember that rugged cases or cases with extra features like a kickstand or wallet compartment will likely be more expensive than a standard thin case. The same goes for premium material like leather.



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The iPhone SE+ 5G will become available in late April or early May, claims analyst


Display Supply Chain Consultants CEO Ross Young has more information on the iPhone SE+ 5G to dish out. Production of display panels for the new model is starting this month, which means that Apple can unveil the SE+ in late April or early May and it will be able to start shipping out orders in that same period.

The new model will use the old design, according to all the leaks so far. There is some uncertainty as to whether it will keep using the same 4.7” LCD with the Touch ID button on the front. One thing is clear though, the focus of this release will be the 5G connectivity.

The second generation Apple iPhone SE
The second generation Apple iPhone SE

The 2020 SE model was powered by the Apple A13 chipset and featured a 4G modem (the same configuration as the iPhone 12 series from half a year earlier). The new SE will get a newer chipset and modem – rumors from a few months ago claimed it will use the same Apple A15 chip and Snapdragon X60 modem as the iPhone 13 series.

The iPhone SE+ 5G is supposed to launch alongside the new iPad Air, which will probably be powered by that same A15 chipset. TSMC’s 5 nm foundries have their work cut out for them, considering that the iPhone 13 series is quite popular there are several new A15-based devices incoming.

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3D printed dummy of an iPhone SE+ 5G shows the same old design


The 2022 version of the iPhone SE will most likely maintain the dimensions and overall design of the 2020 model, however there is some uncertainty surrounding the front – will it still have a forehead and chin or will it switch to a notch?

This detail is mysteriously absent from the CAD design that @xleaks7 supplied to CoverPigtou. It was used to 3D print dummies of the phone, which will be called the iPhone SE+ 5G. It is missing the Home button, as you would expect from a design descendant from the iPhone X instead of the iPhone 8 like the current SE.

Such details are usually left in place for testing covers and screen protectors, but the missing button is no guarantee that the new SE will switch from a fingerprint reader to Face ID.


Apple iPhone SE+ 5G (3D printed dummy)
Apple iPhone SE+ 5G (3D printed dummy)
Apple iPhone SE+ 5G (3D printed dummy)

Apple iPhone SE+ 5G (3D printed dummy)

All the other buttons are present and in the same locations as before. Even the phone’s dimensions are identical – 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (8.2 mm with the camera bump). This will make it one of the smallest smartphones to launch in 2022 and probably means that cases for the current SE will be compatible.

The only thing that may cause issues is the Apple logo, which has been moved up for some reason (it used to be centered).

If the iPhone SE+ 5G switches to a notched design, Apple will be able to fit a larger display. However, a major increase in size is not expected until the next generation – the 2023/2024 iPhone SE is rumored to have a 5.7” display. That one will almost certainly have a notch.

As for the 2022 model, it’s not clear yet. Rumor has it that Apple wants to unveil the SE+ alongside the new iPad Air in March or April, so more substantial leaks should surface soon.

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Apple iPhone SE+ 5G and new iPad Air listed by Russian EEC


Three unreleased Apple devices have been certified by the Russia-based EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) regulator. Those carry the identifiers A2595, A2783, and A2784 – likely the third-gen iPhone SE (to be called SE+ 5G), and A2588, A2589, A2591, A2696, A2757, A2759, A2761, A2766, and A2777 – expected to be the fifth-gen Apple iPad Air.

This rumor fits nicely with a recent report that the next iPad Air will come alongside the new iPhone SE.


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Apple smartphone and tablet listings

Apple smartphone and tablet listings

The iPhone SE+ 5G will likely retain its ancient look with a 4.7-inch display and Touch ID home button, but will gain the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13 series, and 5G connectivity.

The iPad Air (2022) will also adopt the A15 Bionic chip, the 12MP ultrawide front camera with Center Stage support from the latest iPad mini, and 5G for the connectivity model.

The third-gen iPhone SE and fifth-gen iPad Air are expected to arrive this Spring.

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2022 iPhone SE to be called SE+ 5G, 2023/2024 model to come with 5.7″ display


We already know by now that Apple is about to introduce a new iPhone SE this spring and it will likely adopt a somewhat dated design. And according to Display Supply Chain Consultants CEO Ross Young, it will be called iPhone SE+ 5G.

Apple is planning to introduce an iPhone SE+ 5G next year, 2022 model to offer 5.7'' screen

As the name implies, it will offer 5G connectivity while sticking with the same design and the same 4.7-inch LCD panel.

On the other hand, in 2023 or 2024 a new generation iPhone SE will enter the scene with a 5.7″ display, which could be OLED if the cost of such panels goes down enough in the meantime.

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Apple confirms iPhone 13 series lacks noise cancellation during phone calls


Apple Support officially confirmed iPhone 13 series lacks call noise cancellation, a feature that has been available on past iPhones for over a decade. A new 9to5Mac report details the accessibility feature that reduces ambient noise on phone calls when you are holding the receiver to your ear is no longer supported on the iPhone 13 series.


Apple Support chat confirming absence of noice cancelation on iPhone 13 series (via: 9to5Mac)

Apple Support chat confirming absence of noice cancelation on iPhone 13 series (via: 9to5Mac)

There’s no further explanation as to why the feature is removed and it means all phone calls will remain without noise cancellation unless you have other hardware devices like headphones that come with built-in noise calculation.

It’s curious to see why Apple is not offering phone noise cancellation on its latest devices despite the fact that the phones have the hardware in the form of a multi-mic system. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments regarding this case.

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Apple to release a new iPad Air alongside the iPhone SE (2022)


Apple is rumored to introduce its third-generation iPhone SE this Spring but alongside the handset, the company might announce the fifth-generation iPad Air as well. The news comes from a reliable source on Apple scoops Mac Otakara.

Apple to release a new iPad Air alongside the iPhone SE (2022)

The report points to an A15 Bionic chip, 12MP ultrawide front-facing camera with Center Stage support, 5G connectivity for select models and a quad-LED True Tone flash. Design-wise, the device will be no different from its predecessor and that includes the 10.9-inch display, Touch ID button and slim bezels.

The same color options will be on the menu as before – Space Gray, Silver Green, Rose Gold and Sky Blue.

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Non-Pro iPhone 14 models to miss out on ProMotion displays


Last week we heard a rumor Apple will bring 120Hz ProMotion displays to its entire iPhone 14 series but a new report from Ross Young is saying Apple will keep its high-refresh-rate display tech exclusive to its Pro iPhones. Young specifies that BOE Display which is expected to be one of the display suppliers for this year’s new iPhones does not have enough LTPO display capacity and Apple will wait out at least another year to implement ProMotion on the vanilla iPhone models.

The new report also details the alleged iPhone 14 Pro display panel with an image showing both punch-hole and pill-shaped cutouts on the display next to each other instead of a notch.


Alleged iPhone 14 Pro Max display panel (Via: Ross Young)

Alleged iPhone 14 Pro Max display panel (Via: Ross Young)

This would be the first time any manufacturer decides to go with both display cutout styles so it would be interesting to see if this design holds up. Based on the report, this design will only make its way to the 14Pro and Pro Max phones.





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All four iPhone 14 models to have 120 Hz screens, 6GB of RAM


Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 family is expected to launch in the fall and comprise of four models: the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The “mini” model will be discontinued after the dismal sales of the iPhone 13 mini.

According to a research note by analyst Jeff Pu for Haitong International Securities, this year Apple will make its Pro and non-Pro iPhone models much more alike than before – when it comes to the screens and memory amounts used.

iPhone 13
iPhone 13

In fact, all four iPhone 14 models are said to sport 120 Hz screens, not just the two Pro devices (as is currently the case in the iPhone 13 generation). Not just that, but all four iPhone 14 models will also have the exact same RAM amount: 6GB. This too is in contrast to the current situation, where the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have 4GB, while the Pro and Pro Max have 6GB.

Previously, Pu said the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would bump that up to 8GB, but apparently that’s not happening anymore. A “supply chain check” revealed that cost considerations are to blame for the change in strategy.

With these features being identical between the cheaper non-Pro models and the more expensive Pros, it remains to be seen what other things Apple can pack into the Pros to differentiate them and make the price delta easy to swallow. We’re sure cameras will continue to be one such area of differentiation – but until now so were screen refresh rates and RAM amounts.

For what it’s worth, Pu says the Pros will start at 256GB of storage (while the non-Pros will start at 64GB, apparently), and the Pro models will also come with the much-rumored 48 MP main camera.

It’s still quite early in the iPhone 14 rumor cycle, so don’t take any of these things for granted just yet. There’s plenty of time for other rumors to either corroborate or challenge these statements.

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DxOMark: vivo X70 Pro’s camera beats the iPhone 13


DxOMark just published its full camera review of last year’s vivo X70 Pro, which we found to be among the best cameras in the market. DxOMark’s rating aligns with this az the handset got an overall score of 131 points sharing its 12th place with the Oppo Find X3 Pro and the vivo X50 Pro+. Interestingly enough, that puts it one place above the iPhone 13, 13 mini and 12 Pro Max.

DxOMark: vivo X70 Pro is a better photographer than the iPhone 13

The reviewers liked the accurate exposure, vibrant colors, excellent detail in low-light scenarios, the proper white balance on the ultrawide camera and the effective video stabilization. On the other hand, the review findings suggest that there’s noticeable clipping of fine detail in some scenarios, a little bit of noise in both day and night, color fringing on the ultrawide camera (this is a common issue, by the way) and the loss of focus and detail in low-light video scenes.

If you want to read in detail as well as compare the handset to other phones, check out the full review at the source link down below.

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