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The Morning After: Apple enters the 5G era with the iPhone 12

Engadget, Mat Smith and Richard Lawler
·3-min read

New iPhones have arrived, so as you would expect, while we reviewed the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, the team at iFixit pulled out their tools and pried them open. Inside, shockingly, they found phone parts, plus a few new magnets to support the MagSafe charging setup.

iPhone 12 teardown - iFixit
iPhone 12 teardown - iFixit

What they didn’t find is a battery that’s the same size or larger than last year’s devices. To squeeze 5G modems inside those slim shells, something had to give and several components took a backseat to save space. In our review Chris Velazco noted that the iPhone 12’s battery life doesn’t quite match what we saw from the iPhone 11 -- hopefully the sacrifice is worth it for faster data connections.

-- Richard Lawler

The Engadget Podcast

Are the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro worth it?

Engadget Podcast logo
Engadget Podcast logo

This week, Devindra chats with Senior Mobile Editor Chris Velazco about his iPhone 12 and 12 Pro reviews. Do they live up to the hype? Are they a decent upgrade over last year? And does 5G matter? Also, they dive into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s brilliant Among Us Twitch stream, as well as the (wholly unsurprising) death of Quibi.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.
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This week's best deals: $25 off the Apple Watch Series 6 and more

And the RAVPower 10W Qi wireless charger with adapter is down to $16.

Apple Watch
Apple Watch

This week brought the lowest price ever on the new Apple Watch Series 6 and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller dropping back down to an all-time-low. You can also still save hundreds on a few 2020 LG OLED smart TVs, too.

Here are all the best deals from the week that you can still snag today, and remember to follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for more updates.
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What we bought: Our favorite USB-C chargers

Is GaN tech worth an upgrade?

Anker PowerCore
Anker PowerCore

Whether or not you’re picking up a new phone this weekend, you might need a new charger. Now that USB-C chargers can power up iPhones, Androids and laptops of all stripes, figuring out which one is the best for you can be tricky. Here are a few of our favorites.
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NASA works to secure the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample

Good news / bad news.

TAGSAM
TAGSAM

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully snatched a sample from the surface of an asteroid this week. However, as we know from every heist movie ever, the getaway is the tricky part. NASA scientists look at pictures of its TAGSAM capture module and have determined it’s leaking pieces of the sample. They suppose larger rocks may have wedged a flap open, and are adjusting flight plans to help secure the sample within the spacecraft before it flies back to Earth.
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Travis Scott joins the PlayStation team as a 'strategic creative partner'

Come for the sneakers, stay for the DualSense 5 unboxing video.

Maxell ad
Maxell ad

What happens when you combine Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack brand with the PlayStation 5? We don’t know yet, but the musician has already had successful pairings with Nike, McDonalds and Fortnite. So far, he’s put together one slick video that references the classic Maxell High Fidelity ad, and shown off an unreleased pair of Nike Dunks sporting a backward swoosh and the PlayStation logo.
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