The Morning After: Apple's next iPhone will arrive a little late

Apple confirmed its next iPhone is running behind the usual schedule.


Huawei’s had it rough in 2020 — and 2019, for that matter. But somehow, well thanks to sales in China, it’s shipped more phones than anyone else. More than Apple, more than Samsung. That’s in the face of US bans, its own conservative sales estimates and the whole lack-of-Android-on-its-flagship-smartphone… thing.

Huawei P30

Huawei’s sales declined by only five percent to 55.8 million units, compared to a huge 30 percent drop for Samusung, down to 53.7 million smartphones shipped. While smartphone sales dropped significantly in the US and elsewhere due to the coronavirus, sales in China suffered far less, and 70 percent of Huawei’s sales are now in its home country. It helps that devices like the P40 Pro are incredible phones if you ignore the whole Android / lack of Google element.

Huawei’s time in the top spot may be short: Samsung, naturally, thinks sales will rebound in the next quarter.

— Mat

Apple confirms its new iPhones will be delayed by a 'few weeks'

The company's CFO was very candid about the delay on a conference call.

iPhone 11 Pro

New iPhones appear in September, typically weeks after a splashy press conference at Apple HQ. Not so, this year. During the company’s post-earnings conference call, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri, confirmed that Apple’s new iPhones would be arriving later than usual, something Qualcomm had hinted at earlier this week.

“As you know, last year, we started selling new iPhones in late September,” Maestri said. “This year, we project supply to be available a few weeks later.” In these times of COVID-19-related delays, a few weeks really isn't too bad. Unless things change — it is 2020.
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Google posts its own Pixel 4a ‘leak’

Expect to see it revealed on August 3rd.

Google Pixel 4a

We’ve seen hints and renders of Google’s next budget phone floating around for months, and now Google is getting into the conversation. Headers on its social media pages and a dedicated website introduce some placeholder text, and if you manipulate the colors to match Google’s logo, the page reveals a launch date for its “Just What You’ve Been Waiting for Phone.”
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NASA's Perseverance rover is on its way to Mars

It’s scheduled to arrive in February 2021.

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (shown in an artist's concept)

The launch was successful, with the team announcing it received telemetry from the spacecraft and sent commands back to it. A few issues did arise during launch, but they have been dealt with. According to Deputy Project Manager Matt Wallace, “With the understanding of the causes of these issues, we are conducting the operations necessary to move the spacecraft back out of safe mode and into normal cruise mode.”
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After Starship test fire, Elon Musk expects 150-meter hop 'soon'

Stay tuned.

Starship test fire
Elon Musk / SpaceX

Elon Musk’s hopes for SpaceX’s Starship reaching orbit before this spring didn’t quite pan out, but a recent test firing has the SpaceX CEO expecting to see the company’s new vehicle take flight shortly. On Thursday, he tweeted that its new SN5 build completed a full duration static fire and said a 150-meter test hop will happen “soon.”
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Motorola Edge review

A great value option, but only for now.

Motorola Edge

Chris Velazco already reviewed Motorola’s new flagship, the Edge+, and now it’s ready to release a stripped down version. The base Edge is still 5G ready — unless you want mmWave support — and features a similar curved 6.7-inch Endless Edge display. However, instead of being a $1,000 Verizon exclusive, it’s a cheaper option for unlocked use on pretty much any network.

To get the price down, it uses a less-powerful Snapdragon 765G CPU, has a smaller 4,500mAh battery, halves the RAM to 6GB and loses wireless charging. Even with those compromises and a finicky in-screen fingerprint sensor, Chris calls this device a “no brainer” — as long as you can get it for the temporary launch price of $500. At its $700 MSRP, similar midrange 5G phones, including the Galaxy A71 5G, OnePlus Nord and LG Velvet, start to look like better options.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 leak shows improved hinge design

A punch-hole replaces the camera notch on the inner display.

Galaxy Z Fold2

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Fold2 has leaked in full, with what appears to be a more robust-looking hinge. The renders, found by MySmartPrice, show that the Z Fold2 has completely lost the original Fold’s cutout selfie camera notch on the interior screen — it’s now replaced by a hole-punch.

The most important changes we could spot are on the hinge, though. The original Galaxy Fold had some janky seals to close off gaps, but dust and other particles still got in. The Fold2’s sides appear to enclose the hinge structure more completely. The inside corners are also square instead of rounded, so there’s no longer a small gap at the top and bottom when it’s opened.
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