Top Stories: iPhone 12 Rumors, Apple's A12Z-Based Mac mini, Leaked iMac, and More!

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With WWDC now behind us, our attention this week largely turned back to rumors, led by increasing claims that Apple controversially won't be including a power adapter in the box with the iPhone 12. We also saw a few other iPhone 12 rumors, signs of an upcoming iMac update, and some more information on timing of updates for Apple's smaller iPads.


The other big topic this week was Apple's Developer Transition Kit, a Mac mini equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip from the iPad Pro. App developers have been signing up for the kits to help them transition their apps to Apple Silicon for future Macs, and we got our first look at how these machines perform even though they will be widely outclassed by the machines that eventually ship to consumers.

Read on below for details on these stories and more!

iPhone 12 Models Reportedly Won't Include Charger in Box, 20W Power Adapter Will Be Sold Separately

Following a similar report last week, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also weighed in to claim that Apple is not planning to include a power adapter in the box with its iPhone 12 models launching later this year. Apple is also said to be eliminating the EarPods earphones that have traditionally been included with new iPhone purchases.


Apple will apparently be offering a new 20-watt fast-charging power adapter as a separate accessory, and removing the current adapter from the iPhone box will save Apple money, reduce e-waste, and allow for more shipping efficiency thanks to smaller boxes. Apple is even surveying recent iPhone buyers in Brazil about what they've done with the power adapters that came with their previous iPhones, so the company definitely appears to be doing research on the topic.

In other iPhone 12 news, rumors continue to be split as to whether some models will or will not include 120Hz ProMotion displays for a smoother on-screen experience. And finally, the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro models are rumored to be able to shoot 4K video at 120 and 240 frames per second, which would allow for great slow-motion footage.

Rosetta 2 Benchmarks Surface From Mac Mini With A12Z Chip

Apple's Developer Transition Kits to help app creators prepare for the Mac's transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon have begun arriving in developers' hands, and while Apple's terms limit the sharing of information about these Mac mini units equipped with A12Z Bionic chips from the iPad Pro, that hasn't stopped some individuals from sharing performance benchmarks.


The A12Z-based Mac mini runs programs designed for Intel Macs using a Rosetta 2 translation layer that impacts performance, but Geekbench benchmarks still offer an interesting look at how these systems perform. In fact, these systems run Geekbench via Rosetta 2 faster than Microsoft's Arm-based Surface Pro X runs an Arm-native version of Geekbench.

Of course, these Developer Transition Kits bear little resemblance to what Apple will eventually ship to consumers, as those future machines will be equipped with much faster chips said to based on the A14 chip coming to this year's iPhones, and as developers update their apps to support Apple Silicon natively, fewer apps will be subject to the speed hit of Rosetta 2 translation.

Unreleased iMac With 10-Core Comet Lake-S Chip and Radeon Pro 5300 GPU Shows Up in Geekbench

While we didn't get a hoped-for update to the iMac at WWDC last week, we're continuing to see evidence that an update is in the works.

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The latest piece of evidence comes from a Geekbench benchmark that appears to come from an unreleased iMac. Notably, the machine appears to be equipped with a 10-core Comet Lake-S processor from Intel and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics processor, both of which have also yet to be officially released.

The iMac is rumored to be one of the first machines to transition to Apple Silicon, but it looks like we could be getting one more generation on Intel chips, and it may include a significant redesign.

Apple Officially Obsoletes First MacBook Pro With a Retina Display

It's been eight years since Apple first introduced the MacBook Pro with a Retina display, and Apple is finally officially declaring that model to be obsolete.


Owners of the landmark 15-inch notebook will find that Apple is no longer offering service on the machines for any reason, so if you find yourself in need of a new battery or other repair, you'll need to look for an unofficial repair option or go the do-it-yourself route.

Kuo: Apple to Launch 10.8-Inch iPad Later This Year, 8.5-Inch iPad Mini in 2021

In addition to his predictions for the iPhone 12, Ming-Chi Kuo this week also shared a bit more information on his predictions for Apple's iPad lineup.


Kuo says that Apple plans to launch a new 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020, followed by a new 8.5-inch iPad in the first half of 2021. He has previously indicated that the new 8.5-inch model will be a larger iPad mini, while there has been some confusion as to whether the 10.8-inch model will be a replacement for the 10.2-inch entry-level iPad or the 10.5-inch iPad Air.

New Mac Ransomware Found in Pirated Mac Apps

There's a new 'OSX.ThiefQuest' Mac ransomware variant that's spreading through pirated Mac apps, according to a report shared this week by Malwarebytes. The new ransomware was found in pirated downloads for the Little Snitch app found on a Russian forum.


Along with the ransom activity, the malware may also install a keylogger for monitoring keystrokes, but what the malware does with the functionality is unknown. Malware in general and ransomware in particular are relatively rare on the Mac platform, so it's interesting to see this example surface and gain some insight into what it does.

The New York Times Ends Apple News Partnership and Pulls All Articles

The New York Times this week announced that it is pulling out of Apple News, as the service does not "align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers."


While The New York Times has never been a part of the Apple News+ subscription program, the newspaper's articles will no longer show up in the ‌Apple News‌ app at all. The news site says that Apple has given it "little in the way of direct relationships with readers" and "little control over the business." Rather than allowing its articles on ‌Apple News‌, The New York Times wants to drive readers to its own website and app.

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amartinez1660

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Wouldn’t the Geekbench version used on iOS/iPadOS work for that ARM DTK giving us the full native speeds? (I would still assume the same iPad Pro scores barring any thermal throttling that could have happened there if any)
 

Bboble

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Guessing we may see the 125 watt K variant chips in iMac. Hopefully they’ll rework thermals while still making ram easily replaceable all whilst dropping the chin.

The 9900K iMac also came out later than anticipated and much after the “hot” chip hit the scene.
 

ZipZap

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This is an Apple scam. The need to clearly show how costs have changed so much so that I would be paying even more for a phone that included a charger and earphones. Real 5g does not cost more when purchased in the quantities that apple will order. It would be fine if the cost of a separate charger was reasonable from Apple, but just like the wheels for a Mac Pro....they'll be overpriced.
 

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This is an Apple scam. The need to clearly show how costs have changed so much so that I would be paying even more for a phone that included a charger and earphones. Real 5g does not cost more when purchased in the quantities that apple will order. It would be fine if the cost of a separate charger was reasonable from Apple, but just like the wheels for a Mac Pro....they'll be overpriced.
That's not how quantity discounts work.
 

JosephAW

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It's funny how the malware was supposed to be software to protect your Mac for apps phoning home. Well they got the real deal of software phoning home. :cool:
 
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Zdigital2015

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Guessing we may see the 125 watt K variant chips in iMac. Hopefully they’ll rework thermals while still making ram easily replaceable all whilst dropping the chin.

The 9900K iMac also came out later than anticipated and much after the “hot” chip hit the scene.
The report earlier this week indicates a custom 95w TDP part - Core i9-10910 at 3.6GHz. The 125w TDP is too much for the current iMac chassis and Apple isn’t reworking it for this update, it will be the same old familiar chassis.
 

Azrael9

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Yeesh, Mac rumours...

Either I'm optically challenged or your iPad on a stick isn't horizontally parallel?

Premier Macrumours site with a wonky iMac conceptual.

REally?

C'mon guys....

Azrael.
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This is an Apple scam. The need to clearly show how costs have changed so much so that I would be paying even more for a phone that included a charger and earphones. Real 5g does not cost more when purchased in the quantities that apple will order. It would be fine if the cost of a separate charger was reasonable from Apple, but just like the wheels for a Mac Pro....they'll be overpriced.
....yeah. 'Only Apple.'

Next they'll charge you extra for it if you want it to come in a box or the cellophane.

And don't you think it will be cheap as wheels, either...

Azrael.
 

The Game 161

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As long as the pro max has 120hz i will be happy...that and good camera improvements/better zoom are my only requests.
 

Azrael9

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This is an Apple scam...they'll be overpriced.
Uh-huh.

Apple have got real pricey in the last ten years, eh?

Next they'll be charging £700 for wheels or £1000 for a stand...I mean you could get a £1000 phone for that...

Azrael.
 
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The Game 161

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This is an Apple scam. The need to clearly show how costs have changed so much so that I would be paying even more for a phone that included a charger and earphones. Real 5g does not cost more when purchased in the quantities that apple will order. It would be fine if the cost of a separate charger was reasonable from Apple, but just like the wheels for a Mac Pro....they'll be overpriced.
If you are spending 1k on a phone a £29 charger is somehow breaking the bank? I think most people are in the position that a power brick won’t be something they will be missing.

i imagine apple will give you a choice if to add one in checkout anyway.
 

Azrael9

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If you are spending 1k on a phone a £29 charger is somehow breaking the bank? I think most people are in the position that a power brick won’t be something they will be missing.

i imagine apple will give you a choice if to add one in checkout anyway.
And those old boxes...so no point in including a box either...think about that environment...

Plenty of old ipod and iphone boxes to get that 'nearly' new experience.

Whilst they're at it...Apple could not ship extended keyboards (re; a standard, normal keyboard...) as standard...or not even ship them or a mouse with a mac desktop either...

It's good for the customer and even better for Apple £££holders.

As for spending £1k. That's outrageous. That's nowhere near Apple charging enough. Should be £1200 at least.

Azrael.
 

The Game 161

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And those old boxes...so no point in including a box either...think about that environment...

Plenty of old ipod and iphone boxes to get that 'nearly' new experience.

Whilst they're at it...Apple could not ship extended keyboards (re; a standard, normal keyboard...) as standard...or not even ship them or a mouse with a mac desktop either...

It's good for the customer and even better for Apple £££holders.

As for spending £1k. That's outrageous. That's nowhere near Apple charging enough. Should be £1200 at least.

Azrael.
I think you are missing the point here, if apple added say 30-40 onto the price of the iphone 12 with the charger would anybody care? No

If Apple gives people the choice to to have the phone without the power brick with a lower price would people accept this? Sure....which from all accounts this is what they are planning to do. I fail to see the issue here.
 

The Game 161

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What? That Apple are greedy and cut ports, jacks and adapters to maintain margins? Whilst pushing iPhone prices up to ever Mountain Everest profits?

Nooooooooooooo.

I'm good here.

Azrael.
And people are still buying their devices with no headphone jack and will continue to do so with no port or power brick.

android devices will be doing the same soon enough like they did with the headphone jack.
 

windowsblowsass

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This is an Apple scam. The need to clearly show how costs have changed so much so that I would be paying even more for a phone that included a charger and earphones. Real 5g does not cost more when purchased in the quantities that apple will order. It would be fine if the cost of a separate charger was reasonable from Apple, but just like the wheels for a Mac Pro....they'll be overpriced.
I don’t see how this argument holds water when prices of iPhones went down last year and high end androids cost more.
 

2010mini

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If they are no longer including chargers or earphones, will the price be lower? Or will they use the "savings" to give us more hardware features on the iPhone? Thus the price stays the same?
 

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This is an Apple scam. The need to clearly show how costs have changed so much so that I would be paying even more for a phone that included a charger and earphones. Real 5g does not cost more when purchased in the quantities that apple will order. It would be fine if the cost of a separate charger was reasonable from Apple, but just like the wheels for a Mac Pro....they'll be overpriced.
They don't need to show anything. Enough people will buy it, and you could just not buy it. I don't understand what you have to complain about.
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If they are no longer including chargers or earphones, will the price be lower? Or will they use the "savings" to give us more hardware features on the iPhone? Thus the price stays the same?
It's not about the savings, it's about selling more AirPods and other accessories. Just as the 2016+ MBP having only USB-C was about selling dongles. They say less is more but raise the prices too without making the product much better (in the MBP's case it was worse).
 

JosephAW

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Hopefully the new iMac includes a power cord. ;)
US plug doesn't fit European outlets so why include it?
 

Digital Dude

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This is an Apple scam. The need to clearly show how costs have changed so much so that I would be paying even more for a phone that included a charger and earphones. Real 5g does not cost more when purchased in the quantities that apple will order. It would be fine if the cost of a separate charger was reasonable from Apple, but just like the wheels for a Mac Pro....they'll be overpriced.
I do miss Steve Jobs. I recall times when I would take an Apple product to an Apple store that was outside of the AppleCare period by 6~8 months, and they would fix it without a charge. Apple achieved its esteemed reputation of excellence, together with a much higher quality standard. You paid a lot, but you received a lot in return. The customer service was truly exceptional, and the attitude of employees was outstanding. With Tim Cook, it's all about profit with lower standards across the board; watered-down product features, co-pays, and nickel n' dime on everything. ✌
 
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smoking monkey

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SO this new Iphone is basically going to have two real big differences -- A larger screen and new design. Sure everything else will be great and I hear that they will improve video and night photography and the Lidar camera but apart from night photography it doesn't really improve everyday usage? Where is the real world value? Personally it feels like this is going to be a cosmetic release. And it probably isn't even Apple's fault. Just seems like the tech isn't quite there yet for under the screen cameras and sensors etc.

EDIT: 5G. That's big. But those networks will cost more to use and it eats data at a vastly higher rate. We're not quite there yet. Next year things should start showing change.
 
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I do miss Steve Jobs. I recall times when I would take an Apple product to an Apple store that was outside of the AppleCare period by 6~8 months, and they would fix it without a charge. Apple achieved its esteemed reputation of excellence, together with a much higher quality standard. You paid a lot, but you received a lot in return. The customer service was truly exceptional, and the attitude of employees was outstanding. With Tim Cook, it's all about profit with lower standards across the board; watered-down product features, co-pays, and nickel n' dime on everything. ☮
Well, Apple did have different chief retail officers from then and now. Also, part of the issue is imo Jonny Ive. By designing Macs to be slimmer and less accessible, it also will cost Apple more to fix. Thus it can be understandable from the retail operation standpoint to do less freebies as it might affect their own KPI. Ive is gone now, and the Burberry lady was replaced not too long ago. Company policies usually do take time to adapt whenever there's a change in management. We will see how it goes.
 
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