Apple's iPhone 12 launch is undoubtedly its biggest announcement of the year, but 2020 isn't over yet and neither is what we expect from Cupertino. While the events may be virtual these days, the new hardware headed out to Apple Stores is very much real: here are four big things we could still see before the year is through.
Fujifilm has revealed the X-S10, its latest mirrorless camera and one which seems tailor-made for vloggers and anybody else hoping for a super-portable way to shoot 4K video. The camera combines a 26.1-megapixel sensor with a new five-axis image stabilization system, which Fujifilm says is good for a whopping 6 stops.
Apple's decision to leave EarPods out of the new iPhone 12 box may be causing controversy, but at least one country won't have to do without the free earbuds. The decision - which Apple said was to make its new smartphones more sustainable, on the assumption that most people already have headphones they want to use - was one of the more divisive parts of Tuesday's big "Hi, Speed" iPhone 12 reveal.
OnePlus has done something that lots of smartphone users out there who are interested in social media and want a less bloat-filled device will appreciate. The smartphone maker has stopped preloading Facebook, Facebook services, Instagram, and Messenger apps on its new smartphones. The first device to ship without these apps preinstalled is reportedly the OnePlus 8T (pictured).
OnePlus, sans co-founder Carl Pei, has just announced its second and last high-end flagship of the year. The OnePlus 8T changes the company's formula in more ways than one, launching without a "Pro" sibling but incorporating Pro features at the same time. It will definitely pique consumers' interests, especially on whether now is the right time to grab one. These early tests do seem encouraging but JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson seems to be on the fence but not for reasons you might think.
DJI may be best known for its drones but the camera technologies needed for these unmanned aerial vehicles can also be applied on the ground. Two years ago, the company unveiled its Ronin series of handheld gimbals that target professional filmmakers, unlike the consumer-centric Osmo. Now the pro gimbals are back with shorter names, lighter bodies, and even more features that you can cram in large sticks meant to hold your DLSRs and mirrorless cameras steady even while filming a car chase.
How much TV can you handle? If you ask Sony, the answer might be "as many as it can cram into a single device." Of the major Android phone makers, Sony is perhaps the only one outside of Chinese brands that actually produces smart TVs running Android's TV incarnation. That makes it almost odd, then, to hear that it is bringing Apple TV to some of these, but that might all for be the best as it could indicate a rollout of Apple's video streaming app to Android TV in general.
Although the Nook has pretty much disappeared into the background behind the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble remains a well-known name with a fair number of loyal customers. Those customers, however, may now have something to worry about as the bookseller reached out with some disturbing news. It reveals that its corporate systems fell victim to a cybersecurity attack and that the hackers may have gotten away with some important information about B&N's customers, potentially including their addresses.
Fast refresh rates are all the fad in smartphones these days but computer monitors have sported 120Hz and even 144Hz far longer than their mobile cousins. That doesn't mean, of course, that everything will be smooth and fluid magically and it still depends on the software taking advantage of that capability. Windows 10 finally lets you do so, at least in the latest Insider Preview, with a simple new feature in the Settings app.
Some say that you've really become a platform when you're big enough to have your own store, be it for digital content or even physical products. In that sense, Zoom has probably now grown up to be exactly that, perhaps to the chagrin of Google and Microsoft who continue to try to displace it as the household name in video conferencing. While it continues to grow its features aimed at the usual meetings, Zoom is also launching a marketplace to help users monetize those videos.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 added a lot of improvements over the Galaxy Fold that it made Samsung's first foldable phone feel a tad obsolete and even more fragile in comparison. In truth, however, the two are quite close in their capabilities, perhaps except for how the Galaxy Z Fold 2 can support more angles than its predecessor. In other words, there is no technical reason why the Galaxy Fold can't enjoy some of the more advanced features of the latest foldable phone and, thankfully, Samsung obviously agrees.