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This Year Will Be The Year of IPhone 12.


7 inches and also 2,778 by 1,284 pixels for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The screens are all greater resolution, as well as denser, than their apple iphone 11 precursors; the 12 and also 12 Pro are regarding the same resolution as the 11 Pro was. The iPhone 12 and 12 mini’s displays are a little brighter than the apple iphone 11’s LCD at 625 nits max illumination.1

All of the panels have a 60Hz refresh price, while leading Android phones usually have 90Hz or perhaps 120Hz displays currently. While you can see the frame-rate difference when filming screens in slow motion, it’s not truly noticeable in daily use because scrolling smoothness has always been far better on iPhones than on Android phones.2

The apple iphone 12 Pro can be found in four more subtle, matte tones. The screens are covered in a brand-new Corning product called Ceramic Shield, which Apple says is 4 times less most likely to smash than previous iPhone glass. At PCMag, we do not test ruggednessour financing contract with Apple involves returning phones to the company undamaged.

Pixel 5 ‘Battery Share’ makes reverse wireless charging easier

Pixel 5

One of the things we praised about the Pixel 5 in our review is its long battery life, which you can take advantage of if you need quick access to a wireless charger. Google’s new flagship device has reverse wireless charging capabilities called “Battery Share,” and according to its support page (found by 9to5Google), the feature automatically turns on once you plug in the phone.

When the Pixel 5 recognizes that it’s plugged in via USB-C and that it’s charging, Battery Share switches on “for a short period,” the support page says. You won’t have to worry about wasting battery life or having to manually turn off the feature, because Battery Share also deactivates by itself if it doesn’t sense another Qi-compatible device using its power within 30 seconds. The feature also switches off on its own if it knows the device you’re charging, whether it’s a pair of wireless earbuds or another phone, is already full.

Of course, you can still use Pixel 5’s reverse wireless charging capability even when it’s not connected to a power source via USB-C. If, say, you’re on the road and need to charge your Pixel Buds, simply go to the Settings app and toggle the feature on manually.

Comcast and Walmart might make smart TVs together

Comcast X1-powered TV

The next time you visit your local Walmart, you could find a Comcast X1-powered TV among the endless variety of sets from LG, Samsung and TCL. According to The Wall Street Journal, the telecommunications company is in early talks with Walmart about a potential pact that could see the retailer sell TV sets that run Comcast software, similar to its Flex set-top box. As part of the deal, Walmart would reportedly get a slice of recurring revenue from Comcast, and the TVs they make could end up bearing the retailer’s onn. branding — though a third-party would likely manufacture the TVs for the two companies.

“We’re constantly having conversations with current and new suppliers about innovation and new products we can bring to our customers, and we don’t share details of those discussions,” a Walmart spokesperson told WSJ when asked about the talks. Comcast didn’t comment on the report, but it has signaled in the past that this is something it’s interested in exploring. According to Light Reading, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a recent earnings call that “We’re early days, but we’re looking at smart TVs on a global basis, and we’re wondering — can we bring our same tech stack for certain capabilities in aggregation to consumers who are relying more and more on smart TVs?.”

If the talks lead to a partnership, it would put Comcast in a crowded marketplace dominated by players like Amazon, Apple and Roku where it’s late to join the fray — but that might not be a problem. It could allow the company to extend the reach of X1 and platforms like Flex outside of the regional markets where it offers cable TV. More importantly, it would be another way for Comcast to grow Peacock’s streaming subscriber base without having to depend deals with companies like Roku for support.

For Walmart, meanwhile, the deal would mean more value-priced TVs to put on shelves, with Comcast providing support and software. It also wouldn’t be the first time Walmart has entered into an agreement of this type; Walmart and Roku have something of a similar deal in place with several Onn-branded TVs and soundbars that run Roku OS.

Facebook makes more money per user than rivals, but it’s running out of growth options


Investors care about ARPU, which is measured by dividing revenue by number of users in a quarter, because it shows how effectively companies monetize their users. These social networks are becoming victims of their own success — the pool of new potential users keeps shrinking.

If user growth starts to go flat or decline for these companies, revenue growth must come from squeezing ever more value from existing users.

Facebook is now entering that stage. It remains the clear leader in ARPU, but investors were spooked last week when the social network announced its number of daily active users in the U.S. and Canada fell to 196 million from 198 million in the third quarter. Facebook said it expects its user base in that region to remain flat or decline in the next quarter, too. Its user base in Europe also remained flat at 305 million daily active users for the third consecutive quarter.

But there may be little space for ARPU improvements in the U.S. and Canada region, as Needham analysts pointed out in a note last week. ARPU there was already a whopping $39.63 last quarter, compared with $12.41 in Europe, $3.67 in Asia-Pacific and $2.22 in the rest of the world.

The key to growth may lie in Facebook’s broader family of apps. On the company’s earnings calls, executives discussed early efforts to integrate messaging apps with ads so that businesses can run ads in Facebook and Instagram and take users to a Messenger or WhatsApp thread. Facebook is also expanding its e-commerce business through Facebook and Instagram, and executives suggested last week ads could come to Instagram Reels, Facebook’s TikTok competitor.

These types of auxiliary services for Facebook are still in the “early innings of monetization,” wrote KeyBanc analysts.