🎁 Good morning! OnePlus announces the 8T today. Remember don’t expect an 8T Pro, only the 8 is getting an upgrade in 2020...
Apple’s iPhone 12 announcement was eye-catching in part from the new design Apple put on show yesterday, a throwback of sorts to the iPhone 4.
Apple did go with the iPhone 12 mini (5.4-inch, $729), iPhone 12 (6.1-inch, $829), iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch, $999), and Pro Max (6.7-inch, $1,099) lineup, and there are some eye-catching new features.
The headline specs include:
On the design front, some big changes:
And the controversial moves:
💻 The excellent 2020 Apple MacBook Air is only $850 this Prime Day, about $150 off the usual price (Android Authority).
👀 Report: Huawei is in talks to sell part of its Honor smartphone unit (Android Authority).
🍎 What Android could learn from Apple’s iPhone 12: small phones with big features is definitely one (Android Authority).
🎧 Best Amazon Prime Day US audio deals (SoundGuys).
😎 Facebook's $299 Oculus Quest 2 VR headset is now available (Android Authority).
💻 Surface Laptop Go reviews came out and intriguingly, they differ wildly! Monica Chin at The Verge wrote the review I expected, noting an 'expensive budget computer is a strange oxymoron'. It’s good, just expensive was the short version. But Owen Williams, who I really like, was much more positive, saying it’s the perfect smol computer for developers (as long as you’re not getting the base spec), and Raymond Wong went further, saying it was a fantastic surprise: “$700 beats $1350 for an iPad Pro and a Magic Keyboard.” But I have to say touch screen computers don’t really make as much sense as you might think — I own one and rarely use the feature! So, I side more with The Verge’s take that paying a little closer to $1000 for an XPS 13 just makes more sense ….but budgets are budgets.
📸 Panasonic announces tiny box-shaped Micro Four Thirds video camera (The Verge).
🔎 Google's 'Search On' event will reveal new AI-powered features on Thursday (Engadget).
📺 Netflix “is creating a problem by cancelling TV shows too soon”. Hard to ever go against what Netflix does, but there might be a point here? (Insider).
Also, Netflix drops its free trial promo in favor of other marketing approaches (Engadget).
🛰 Just two giant satellites in space might collide, nothing big (Twitter).
🧊 German ship completes historic Arctic expedition — remarkable photos (BBC).
🤔 “What useless skill do you absolutely dominate?” (r/askreddit). I like the pogo stick guy.
The mountains on Pluto have methane ice snowcaps, which is weird because it’s the same as Earth (where our snow is H2O), but on Pluto, it’s methane. And while the same snowcaps exist, it’s the formation that’s quite strange.
Space.com puts it like this: “Pluto's snowcaps are born in reverse,” which is about right! The snow is formed from the top down. On Earth, water rises from the lower atmosphere up to mountain tops, where it freezes and forms ice and snow.
On Pluto, it’s the reverse, says Tanguy Bertrand, lead author on the study, and planetary scientist at NASA.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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