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As rumoured prior to announcement, the small-screen iPhone has been canned in favour of a new 6.7in non-Pro model. For the first time since Apple’s standard and Pro deviation, iPhone users have the choice of enjoying a big-screen iPhone without having to pay for all the other high-end tech available on the top-end Pro Max model.

While that’s exciting, it’s not the most notable aspect of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus – in fact, there’s quite a bit to get excited about this year. Apple has improved the camera system with a new rear-facing 12Mp camera with a larger sensor and larger 1.9-micron pixels that the company claims improves low-light performance by 49%, though the ultra-wide lens remains unchanged.

There’s also an upgraded 12Mp front-facing camera, boasting key upgrades including improved low-light performance and autofocus for the first time.

The iPhone 14 also boasts satellite connectivity, allowing users to connect to a satellite without a bulky antenna in areas with no cellular reception, ideal for emergency scenarios and letting loved ones know where you are via Find My.

The only real surprise is the inclusion of the same A15 Bionic chipset as last year’s Pro models, rather than upgrading the processor as with previous years.  

Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, including release date, pricing and the key new features of Apple’s flagship range. If you’re more interested in the Pro models, take a look at the latest iPhone 14 Pro & Pro Max news.

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When will the iPhone 14 be released?

The iPhone 14 is available to buy now following release on 16 September – but the same can’t be said for the 6.7in iPhone 14 Plus. If you want the big-screen iPhone, you’ll have to wait until 7 October.

How much does the iPhone 14 cost?

Here’s how much the iPhone 14 range costs:

iPhone 14

128GB – $799/£849

256GB – $899/£959

512GB – $1099/£1179

iPhone 14 Plus

128GB – $899/£949

256GB – $999/£1059

512GB – $1199/£1279

If you’re tempted, you can buy the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus from Apple and select retailers right now. We cover where to buy the iPhone 14 in more detail if you’re tempted.

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What’s new with the iPhone 14

So, what exactly is new with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus?

As heavily rumoured prior to its announcement, Apple has decided to ditch the small-screen iPhone mini form factor for a 6.7in iPhone 14 Plus. It essentially brings the large-screen form factor to the regular iPhone range, allowing consumers to opt for a 6.7in model without having to pay for all the extra features and functionality of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The benefit to the new iPhone 14 Plus, aside from the 6.7in Super Retina XDR display, is improved battery life, with Apple claiming that the iPhone 14 Plus has the longest battery life of any iPhone to date – including this year’s Pro models. If battery life is important, the iPhone 14 Plus could be the one to go for.

That sits alongside the 6.1in iPhone 14, sporting the same high-end Super Retina XDR display tech as last year. Both models cap out at 60Hz though – it’s still a differentiator between the standard and Pro models.

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The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus offer an improved rear camera setup – though the true hardware improvements are exclusive to the main 12Mp sensor. That 12Mp sensor boasts both a larger sensor and larger 1.9-micron pixels that Apple claims improves low-light performance by as much as 49%, along with sensor-shift OIS tech and a faster aperture that’s better at snapping fast-moving shots. Though the 12Mp ultrawide snapper remains unchanged physically, improvements to Apple’s image processing tech mean it offers up to 2x better low-light performance with better detail and more accurate colours.

There’s also a boost to the front camera, with a new 12Mp TrueDepth camera offering an improved f/1.9 aperture for low-light shots, but the bigger improvement for many will be the introduction of autofocus. Using a combination of the camera sensor and the Face ID sensor, it can focus on faces in the shot quickly, even in low light.

Video is another area where the iPhone 14 range sees an improvement; Apple is introducing a new Action Mode that uses the full sensor’s overscan and roll correction technology to provide a gimble-level stablisation experience ideal for recording videos when running and cycling.

Satellite connectivity is a new addition to the iPhone 14 range, and it’s among the first smartphones on the market to offer the tech. While smartphones usually connect to cell towers a few miles away, the new smartphone range can connect to satellites hundreds of miles above the earth moving at 15,000mph. Impressive stuff.

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The iPhone 14 has custom hardware built into the antenna, as well as a custom UI designed by Apple in conjunction with first responders to provide Emergency SOS via satellite in areas lacking coverage. You’ll have to point the iPhone at a certain area in the sky to maintain connectivity, but it’s a great addition for those that travel off the beaten track.

The only real surprise of the evening was the confirmation that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will again feature the A15 Bionic chipset, though with the caveat that it’s the improved A15 Bionic used in the Pro models rather than the standard models. Considering it’s still faster than most Android competition, it likely won’t matter to most, but it’s certainly a change from the iPhone upgrade as we know it.

Other improvements coming to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus include the same crash detection tech as that of the Apple Watch Series 8, able to detect when you’ve been in a serious car accident and contact emergency services, as well as the removal of the SIM tray in the US. US consumers have no choice but to opt for eSIM connectivity, though it’ll still boast a SIM tray in most other regions worldwide.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are available in five colours – midnight, blue, starlight, purple, and (PRODUCT) RED – at release.

It wasn’t the only announcement Apple made either; the company also revealed the Apple Watch Series 8, a new budget-friendly Apple Watch SE, a pro-exercise grade Apple Watch Ultra and the second-gen AirPods Pro too.

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Ps Vr2 Release Date, Price, Design & Specs

When was PS VR2 released?

The PS VR2 launched worldwide on 22 February 2023, with more than 40 games releasing alongside it in the first month or so.

How much does PS VR2 cost?

At launch you could only buy either set from PlayStation Direct – Sony’s official online store – but it’s now more widely available, meaning you can pick one up from the likes of Amazon, Best Buy, or Currys depending on where you live. Check out full guide to where to buy the PlayStation VR2 for more retailers, plus the best deals and discounts we can find right now.

That may be good news for those holding out on the hardware though – low sales may force Sony’s hand into cutting the price sooner, rather than later.

For reference, the high-end Vive Cosmos costs $699/£699 and the new Meta Quest Pro is even more at $1,499/£1,499, although the Meta Quest 2 is much cheaper at $399/£399.

What about the PS VR2’s design and specs?

We’ve collected all of Sony’s official information right here.

Design

In the blog post introducing the design, senior vice president Hideaki Nishino explains that it was inspired by the PS5 itself, but features more rounded edges and curves to represent the 360-degree view that players have within the VR space.

Some touches have purposefully been left the same, so that returning players will find the experience familiar, including the location of the headphone jack and the adjustable scope and headband. Other elements are new, such as a lens adjustment dial to match the lens distance between the player’s eyes.

One of the other big changes for comfort is a new vent along the front of the scope, which should help you keep cool (and reduce sweat) during longer gameplay sessions.

Sense controllers

The current Move controllers do the job, allowing you to interact with virtual environments, but without 1:1 tracking, they simply can’t compete with the experience on offer from Vive, Cosmos or Oculus Touch controllers – and Sony knows it.

Sporting an orb-like design reminiscent of the Oculus Quest 2 controllers, Sony says that the shape “allows you to hold the controller naturally” with no constraints on how you can move your hands, and the ergonomic design should translate to a more comfortable experience than holding the ageing batons. 

The Sense controllers also sport the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback present on the DualSense controller for PS5, arguably the best features of Sony’s new controller. That’s backed up by finger touch detection, allowing you to make natural gestures in-game, along with the standard plethora of analogue sticks and action buttons. 

There aren’t any big in-your-face lights to rely on for tracking this time either, with Sony instead opting for smaller tracking rings that live at the bottom of each controller. 

Connectivity

The cord in question is a 4.5m (14.7ft) USB-C lead, which makes sense given that Sony placed a single USB-C port pretty prominently on the front of the console.

Core specs

These are both custom chips, designed in collaboration between MediaTek and Sony, and neither company has revealed much about the specific silicon, but at least we have a name for it.

Remember that the bulk of the processing power comes from the PS5 itself though, with MediaTek’s chip only handling things like the displays, tracking, and connectivity.

Importantly, that means that there’s no need for an external camera – meaning there’s one less expensive accessory to buy, and one less bit of clutter and cabling taking up space in your living room.

Eye tracking

The integrated cameras aren’t the only tracking enhancement in the PlayStation VR2.

Eye-tracking market leader Tobii confirmed in July 2023 that it is providing the IR eye-tracking hardware, estimating that the deal will represent more than 10 percent of its revenue for 2023.

“PlayStation VR2 establishes a new baseline for immersive virtual reality (VR) entertainment and will enable millions of users across the world to experience the power of eye tracking,” said Anand Srivatsa, Tobii CEO.

“Our partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is continued validation of Tobii’s world-leading technology capabilities to deliver cutting-edge solutions at mass-market scale.”

Displays

It supports HDR along with foveated rendering, a rendering technique that involves reducing image quality in the peripheral vision to allow improved quality in the areas where the player is looking.

Haptic feedback

“For example, gamers can feel a character’s elevated pulse during tense moments, the rush of objects passing close to the character’s head, or the thrust of a vehicle as the character speeds forward,” Sony’s official blog suggests.

Software features

Sony has also confirmed a range of new software tricks coming to the PS VR2 in a blog post.

If you own a PS5 HD Camera, you can also hook that up in a new broadcasting mode, perfect for streamers who want to show off their reactions live to gameplay without a complicated setup.

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Finally, a Cinema Mode allows you to see the PS5 operating system, non-VR games, and content like TV or films on a virtual cinema screen. Content in Cinematic Mode will be displayed in 1920×1080 HDR video format with 24/60Hz and 120Hz frame rate.

Backwards compatibility

The PS5 is backwards compatible with the almost the entire PS4 library, so we expected that to apply to the PlayStation VR library too – but apparently not.

“PSVR games are not compatible with PSVR2 because PSVR2 is designed to deliver a truly next-generation VR experience,” Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of platform experience at PlayStation, said in an interview with the Official PlayStation Podcast, adding that “developing games for PSVR2 requires a whole different approach than the original PSVR.”

A report from PSVR Without Parole claims that Sony is going to be emphasising remasters of first-gen PSVR games though, so expect to see plenty of older titles re-released and optimised for the new hardware instead.

Confirmed PS VR2 games

The big one is Horizon Call of the Mountain, a VR spin-off of Horizon Zero Dawn and its sequel Horizon Forbidden West.

The next big one is that horror favourite Resident Evil Village has received a patch to add in PS VR2 support for the full campaign, with updated VR versions also available for No Man’s Sky, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, and Gran Turismo 7.

Beat Saber will be coming too, though not for launch, as will the VR version of Resident Evil 4.

As for proper new games, The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is getting a sequel that will come to PS VR2, along with indie titles including Samurai Slaughter House, Firewall Ultra, and Among Us VR.

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Here’s the full list of titles available in the launch window, which is roughly from the 22 February launch through to the end of March:

After the Fall: Complete Edition

Altair Breaker

Another Fisherman’s Tale

Before Your Eyes

Cities VR: Enhanced Edition

Cosmonious High

Creed: Rise to Glory – Championship Edition

Dark Pictures: Switchback VR

Demeo

Dyschronia

Fantavision 202X

Gorn

Gran Turismo 7

Hellsweeper VR

Horizon Call of the Mountain

Job Simulator/Vacation Simulator

Jurassic World Aftermath Collection

Kayak VR: Mirage

Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat!

The Last Clockwinder

The Light Brigade

Moss

Moss Book 2

NFL Pro Era

No Man’s Sky

Nock: Bow + Arrow Soccer

Pavlov

Pistol Whip

Puzzling Places

Ragnarock

Resident Evil Village VR

Rez Infinite

Runner

Song in the Smoke: Rekindled

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy Edge: Enhanced Edition

Startenders: Intergalactic Bartending

Sushi Ben

Swordsman VR

Synth Riders: Remastered Edition

The Tale of Onogoro

Tentacular

Tetris Effect Connected

Thumper

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution

Unplugged: Air Guitar

What the Bat?

Zenith: The Last City

And here’s just some of the other titles so far confirmed to launch later:

Resident Evil 4 VR

Beat Saber

Samurai Slaughter House

Firewall Ultra

Among US VR

Crossfire: Sierra Squad

Hello Neighbor: Search and Rescue

Honor Magic 5 Release Date, Price & Specs

Here’s what you need to know about the Magic 5 phones. Or go straight to reading our Magic 5 Pro review to find out what we think of the flagship model.

Where is the Honor Magic 5 on sale?

Honor gave the Magic 5 and 5 Pro a splashy launch – along with the Magic Vs foldable’s European debut – at the MWC trade show in Barcelona on 27 February, exactly a year after the Honor Magic 4. The company had already revealed the Magic 5 Lite by then, which launched in February, just a week or two before the main event.

The Magic 5 Pro is available to order in the UK now from Honor’s own website, the network Three, or stores including Amazon, Argos, Very, and Currys.

Exact release details for other markets haven’t yet been confirmed, nor have release details for the regular Magic 5.

Honor also announced a China-only Magic 5 Ultimate, which is on sale there now, but won’t be launching elsewhere.

As with previous models, you most likely won’t be able to buy the Magic 5 at all in North America.

How much does the Honor Magic 5 cost?

First up, the Magic 5 will set you back €899, which gets you 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage.

Upgrading to the Pro costs £949/€1,199, but that includes a bump to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage. In Europe this is a slight increase on the €1,099 Magic 4 Pro, though prices have stayed the same in the UK.

The Magic 5 Lite is much cheaper at £329/€369 – a small increase on the Magic 4 Lite, which launched at £299/€349.

Finally, the Ultimate is available in China for ¥6,699 (around $975/£780).

What are the Honor Magic 5 series specs and features?

Let’s split things up phone by phone.

Honor Magic 5 Pro

First up, we know plenty about the Magic 5 Pro now that it’s gone official.

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This is the flagship phone worldwide, with the usual array of top tier specs.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, the most powerful around right now.

The design is familiar, with a classic glass slab and a circular camera module on the rear. An IP68 rating should keep it safe from dust and water.

The main launch is in black and green models, though worldwide there will also be blue, purple, and orange versions of the phone.

The 5100mAh battery should delivery lengthy performance, with 66W wired charging and 50W wireless speeds.

The display is also top tier. It’s a 6.81in OLED, but with a few extra tricks. It’s quad-curved, so should feel sleek in the hand, and uses LTPO tech for dynamic refresh rate from 1-120Hz.

The 1312×2848 resolution should be crisp, and it supports the usual HDR, a peak brightness of 1800 nits, and excellent colour accuracy. There’s even a dedicated display chipset to optimise the HDR features and frame rate while gaming or watching video.

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Honor has also emphasised eye health, with 2160Hz PWM dimming, low blue light emissions, and ‘Circadian Night Display’ tech to avoid interfering with your sleep habits.

The other standout area is the camera. On the rear you’ll find a triple 50Mp rear camera setup – meaning the main, ultrawide, and telephoto cameras all packs that high resolution.

The highlight is probably the large 1/1.12in, OIS-enabled main camera, but all impress on paper. They also benefit from ‘Falcon Capture’ tech designed to optimise photos of fast-moving subjects.

As for software, the phone runs Android 13 with MagicOS 7.1 on top. It also packs some motion gesture controls – swiping your hand to scroll for example – but we’d be surprise to see those get much use.

Here are the full specs:

6.81in 1-120Hz LTPO OLED display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

12GB RAM

512GB storage

Camera:

50Mp, f/1.6 main camera

50Mp, f/2.0 ultrawide camera

50Mp, f/3.0 3.5x telephoto camera

5100mAh battery

66W wired charging

50W wireless charging

5G

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

IP68

Honor Magic 5

The regular Magic 5 is surprisingly similar to the Pro given the €300 price difference, so might be the better buy for many people.

You get essentially the same design, including the same size quad-curved display with matching eye protection features.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powers it, and the 5100mAh battery is the same size too. It even includes the same 66W wired charging, but ditches the wireless charging.

An IP rating is the other major omission, while the cameras are also downgraded. They look similar – and you still get three of them on the rear – but the actual sensors are different: a 54Mp main camera, 50Mp ultrawide, and 32Mp telephoto. Those are all still high resolution, but expect downgrades in image quality compared to the Pro versions.

Here are the full specs:

6.81in 1-120Hz display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

8GB RAM

256GB storage

Camera:

54Mp, f/1.9 main camera

50Mp, f/2.0 ultrawide camera

32Mp, f/2.4 OIS telephoto camera

12Mp selfie camera

5100mAh battery

66W wired charging

5G

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

Honor Magic 5 Lite

The next model is the Honor Magic 5 Lite – you can read our review to find out what we think of it.

This is essentially a re-branded Honor X9a for European markets, which you can tell from the way its design differs a little from what we know of the other models in the series.

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With a price of £330/€379, it should be no surprise that this phone is the most basic of the bunch. Still, it packs a 6.67in 120Hz OLED display with curved edges, and a large 5100mAh battery with fast 40W charging.

The Snapdragon 695 chipset is a little more basic, paired with only 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, so performance won’t be top tier. Hopefully the 64Mp main camera impresses for the price though – joined only by a 5Mp ultrawide and 2Mp macro, which are unlikely to be much good.

Here are the full specs:

6.67in 120Hz AMOLED display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 695

6GB RAM

128GB storage

Camera:

64Mp, f/1.8 main camera

5Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera

2Mp, f/2.4 macro camera

16Mp, f/2.5 selfie camera

5100mAh battery

40W wired charging

5G

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.1

161.6 x 73.9 x 7.9mm

175g

Honor Magic 5 Ultimate

Finally, we have the top model, the Magic 5 Ultimate – but sadly this one is China-only.

That’s probably OK though, as there’s not a lot that’s new here: this is basically the Pro in all but name – and design.

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The Ultimate looks a little different, with a quirkier camera module and a choice of black or orange vegan leather finish. It also comes fixed at 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, along with a battery boost to 5450mAh capacity.

Everything else is essentially as you find it on the Pro. Here are the full specs:

6.81in 1-120Hz LTPO OLED display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

16GB RAM

512GB storage

Camera:

50Mp, f/1.6 main camera

50Mp, f/2.0 ultrawide camera

50Mp, f/3.0 3.5x telephoto camera

5450mAh battery

66W wired charging

50W wireless charging

5G

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

IP68

Check out our guide to the best smartphones to see which models the Magic 5 range will have to overcome, along with the best phones coming out in 2023.

Mac Studio (2024): Price, Release Date, Specifications And More

Boasting faster CPU performance than even the top-tier 28-core Mac Pro, the Mac Studio is a deceptively small machine that blends the compact desktop computing experience offered up by the Mac Mini and incorporates some of the most impressive performance from a machine in the series to date.

When does the Mac Studio go on sale?

Apple not only unveiled the Mac Studio and Studio Display at its 8 March ‘Peek Performance’ event, it made both products available to pre-order on the same day. The date you can actually buy one is 18 March.

How much is the Mac Studio?

Apple introduced two main variants of the Mac Studio: one powered by its M1 Max chipset, while the other sports the newly-unveiled M1 Ultra.

Pricing for the M1 Max model starts at £1,999/US$1,999, with the move from a 24 to a 32-core GPU adding an additional £200/$200. Doubling the unified memory from 32GB to 64GB costs an extra £400/$400 too.

The M1 Ultra model, meanwhile, starts at £3,999/$3,999, with the option to move from a 48 to a 64-core GPU for an extra £1,000/$1,000. Doubling the unified memory to 128GB costs a further £800/$800.

Storage starts with a 512GB SSD on the M1 Max model, while the Ultra variant has at least a 1TB SSD, with additional storage SKUs offered up in increments of 1TB, 2TB 4TB and 8TB, topping out at £2,200/$2,400 extra.

A top-spec M1 Ultra-powered Mac Studio with 128GB of unified memory and 8TB of storage costs £7,999/$7,999.

How much is the Studio Display?

If you want to pair your new Mac Studio with the fresh-faced 5K Studio Display, pricing starts at £1,499/ $1,599 for the base model with a tilting head (or a VESA mount adapter) and standard anti-reflective coating on the screen.

Upgrading to even lower-reflectivity ‘nano-texture’ glass (as first seen on the company’s Pro Display XDR) will set you back an additional £250/$300, while moving from the tilt stand or VESA mount adapter to the tilt and height-adjustable stand costs an extra £400/$400.

What features does the Mac Studio offer?

The reveal of the Mac Studio arrived off the back of the introduction of the company’s new top-tier M1 Ultra silicon: a new class of chipset that surpasses even the M1 Max, introduced last year.

Design

Extruded from a single block of aluminium, the Mac Studio resembles a tall Mac Mini, with a 19.7cm/7.7in square footprint and a height of 9.5cm/3.7in, which Apple says if designed specifically to “fit under most displays.”

Connectivity

As for I/O, a centrally positioned power socket on the back is accompanied by four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 10Gb Ethernet port, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm “Pro” audio jack, “for high impedance headphones or external amplified speakers,” along with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Depending on whether you opt for the M1 Max or M1 Ultra model, the two front-mounted USB-C ports support either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 4 (offering 10Gb/s or 40Gb/s, respectively), alongside a SDXC (UHS-II) card reader, either way.

M1 Max vs M1 Ultra

Obviously, the whole hook of the Mac Studio is that it’s an impressively small form factor machine, while still delivering outstanding performance; most clearly demonstrated by the new M1 Ultra. But what is Apple’s new chip all about and how is performance relative to the already-capable M1 Max, which launched last year?

In the context of the Mac Studio, Apple made numerous compute and graphical performance comparisons to frame just how much more capable the various SKUs of its latest machine are, relative to its other high-end desktop offerings.

Mac Studio with M1 Max:

Up to 2.5x faster CPU performance vs iMac (27in) w/ 10-core i9

Up to 3.4x faster GPU performance vs iMac (27in) w/ Radeon Pro 5700XT

Up to 50% faster CPU performance vs Mac Pro w/ 16-core Xeon

Up to 3.4% faster GPU performance vs Mac Pro w/ Radeon Pro W5700X

Mac Studio with M1 Ultra:

Up to 3.8x faster CPU performance vs iMac (27in) w/ 10-core i9

Up to 4.5x faster GPU performance vs iMac (27in) w/ Radeon Pro 5700XT

Up to 90% faster CPU performance vs Mac Pro w/ 16-core Xeon

Up to 60% faster CPU performance vs Mac Pro w/ 28-core Xeon

Up to 80% faster GPU performance vs Mac Pro w/ Radeon Pro W69 00X

At a glance, the M1 Ultra looks like two M1 Max chips stuck together, and that’s kind of what it is. Sporting a 20-core CPU and up to a 64-core GPU, 32 neural engine cores and double the media engine of M1 Max, it can facilitate up to 18 streams of 8K ProRes 422 video, according to Apple.

Bound with what Apple has dubbed ‘UltraFusion’ architecture, this inter-die connectivity solution delivers a claimed 2.5TB/s of interprocessor bandwidth, which is “more than four times the bandwidth of the leading multichip interconnect technology,” according to the company’s Johny Srouji.

The expanded 800GB/s memory bandwidth also means the M1 Ultra-powered Mac Studios can leverage up to 128GB of unified memory.

What features does Apple’s Studio Display offer?

A new Mac wasn’t the only addition to sport the Studio suffix at its March event, with Apple pairing its latest machine with a new display, as well.

Along with the assortment of optional mounts and anti-reflective treatments mentioned earlier, the Studio Display offers up a 27in 5K Retina display, with support for the P3 wide colour gamut, while offering up to 600nits brightness.

Thanks to the integration of Apple’s A13 Bionic chip the Studio Display’s12Mp 122° ultrawide camera supports Centre Stage, meaning it can track a subject in-frame during video calls. What’s more, a high fidelity six-speaker setup – comprised of four force-cancelling woofers and two tweeters – delivers Spatial Audio, while a three-microphone array allows for clear voice capture and even “Hey Siri” support.

Concerning I/O, the Studio Display includes three USB-C ports, with up to 10Gb/s throughput, as well as a single Thunderbolt 3 port, letting users connect peripherals to their Mac with a single cable. Support for 96W power output through the Thunderbolt port also allows for the charging of external devices; even a 14in MacBook Pro.

The aluminium-clad Studio Display, paired with the standard 30° tilt-adjustable stand, measures 47.8cm/18.8in tall, 62.3cm/24.5in wide and 16.8cm/6.6in deep, weighing in at 6.3kg/13.9 pounds.

Curious to find out more about everything else Apple showcased at its March ‘Peek Performance’ event? Check out our features on the new iPad Air 5 and iPhone SE 3, Dominic Preston’s opinion piece on Why Apple Fans Deserve Better and episode 105 of our weekly podcast Fast Charge, where we break down the entire keynote.

As for the Apple wares that didn’t receive an update during the keynote, we’ve rounded up the latest leaks and rumours regarding the likes of a 2024 Mac Pro, iMac, MacBooks and more.

Sony Xperia 1 Iv Global Release Date, Price And Specs

There are obvious additions – like the move to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset – but more nuanced upgrades too, like the new Music Pro experience and continuous optical zoom from its unique telephoto camera. Here’s all you need to know.

When will the Sony Xperia 1 IV be released?

Sony announced the Xperia 1 IV (alongside the Xperia 10 IV) on 11 May, promising that the phone would be launching “this month”, however, it officially went on sale in the UK on 16 June.

One obvious absence from the 11 May stream was any sign of the anticipated Xperia 5 IV, which some are now speculating has been outright cancelled.

How much does the Sony Xperia 1 IV cost?

Even with what are mostly modest hardware improvements, Sony has seen fit to up the price of the Xperia 1 IV once again, with the 12GB RAM/256GB SKU coming to the likes of the UK and Europe costing £1,299/€1,399, while the US model – set to ship with 512GB of storage – is priced at $1,599.99.

Here’s how the last two models were priced:

Sony Xperia 1 II – £1,099/€1,199/$1,199

Sony Xperia 1 III – £1,199/€1,299/$1,299

Sony doesn’t shy away from high pricing for its most high-end phones, but outside of more specialist phones like the Xperia Pro-I and foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, the 1 IV arrives as one of the most expensive handsets on the market.

What are the Sony Xperia 1 IV’s specs?

The Sony Xperia 1 III is still a formidable smartphone and one that ushered in a number of world-firsts. As such, it’s not all that surprising that the 1 IV is perhaps one of the most iterative upgrades to the Xperia 1 family yet; although that’s not to diminish the innovate technology that it clearly serves up.

The main improvements manifest in the move to the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and an upgrade on last year’s dual focal length telephoto camera, which now includes continuous optical zoom between 85mm and 125mm or 3.5x to 5.2x magnification.

Smaller notable tweaks include a larger battery, the selfie snapper (finally) boasts a larger 12Mp sensor, the implementation of the ‘Full Stage’ stereo speakers has been improved and the standout 6.5in 120Hz 21:9 ‘CinemaWide’ 4K HDR OLED display is now reportedly 50% brighter, compared to last year’s Mk III.

Here’s the full spec sheet, as confirmed by Sony:

6.5in 120Hz 21:9 ‘CinemaWide’ 4K HDR OLED display

Now 50% brighter compared to Xperia 1 III

240Hz touch sampling rate

Gorilla Glass Victus (front and back)

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor

12GB RAM

256GB or 512GB storage (market dependant)

microSD expandable up to 1TB

12Mp f/2.2. 16mm 124° ultrawide w/ dual-PDAF

12Mp f/1.7 24mm 82° main w/ dual-PDAF & OIS

12Mp f/2.3 85mm 28° or f/2.8 125mm 20° variable telephoto w/ dual-PDAF & OIS

3D iToF sensor

12Mp f/2.0 83° front-facing camera (1/2.9in sensor)

Android 12

“Full stage” stereo speakers

3.5mm headphone jack

Dolby Atmos

High-Res Audio support (wired & wireless)

DSEE Ultimate

360 Reality Audio (headphones & speakers)

Knurled dedicated shutter button

IP65/68 dust/water resistance

Dual-SIM

5G

WiFi 6

NFC

Bluetooth 5.2

5000mAh battery w/ 3-years long life promise from Sony

30W fast wired charging

Wireless charging & reverse wireless charging

185 grams

165mm x 71mm x 8.2mm

Despite upping the price, the Mk IV actually comes with fewer things in-box. As part of the company’s “Road to Zero” initiative, this latest Xperia comes in all-paper packaging that’s 50% smaller than the previous model, which as you might have guessed, is partially made possible thanks to Sony’s decision to ditch the in-box power adapter.

Like before the Xperia 1 IV still supports 30W PD charging (not 45W as had been speculated), with Sony selling the same XQZ-UC1 fast charger it marketed alongside the 1 III, separately.

Interestingly, despite the move from a 4500mAh to a larger 5000mAh capacity battery, Sony still quotes the same 50% charge in 30 minutes. Wireless and reverse wireless charging are still part of the equation too.

Gamers will also appreciate a key improvement to Game Enhancer, which sees live streaming integration now part of its feature set; with a special agreement with YouTube that lets new channels live stream before reaching the otherwise-required 1000-subscriber minimum threshold.

The company also teased what it’s dubbed the Gaming Gear for Xperia 1 IV – a dedicated cooling fan that can be mounted onto the back of the phone to help maintain performance over extended gaming sessions; much like similar accessories seen on dedicated gaming phones, such as Asus’ ROG phone AeroActive Cooler and the Red Magic Turbo Cooler.

Sony did state, however, that the Gaming Gear is still under development with the help of professional e-sports team SCARZ and won’t hit the market “in some regions” until autumn 2023.

While there are a number of ‘Pro’ branded apps (Photo Pro, Video Pro etc.) to supplement the camera system’s extensive functionality, the Mk IV’s launch also heralded the unveiling of Music Pro.

Paired with a paid monthly subscription, users can record vocals via the Music Pro app, using the on-device microphone array. Files are then processed in the cloud, with what Sony describes as “studio tuning,” meant to make audio sound as if it were “recorded in a studio using a condenser microphone, with noise reduced and reverberation removed.”

We’ll keep updating this article as more pricing and availability details emerge, so make sure to check back for more information. In the meantime take a look at our guides to the best phones coming in 2023 and best Android phones and best Sony phones to see what the Xperia 1 IV is up against.

Vivo X Fold Global Release Date, Price And Spec Rumours

With a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and serious photographer power, this is a flagship positioned to rival the best from Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi. But will the X Fold ever make it outside of China?

Here’s all we know so far about the Vivo X Fold.

Will the Vivo X Fold be released outside of China?

Vivo officially the X Fold on 11 April 2023, alongside the Vivo X Note and Vivo Pad, and the phone is on sale in China now.

What we don’t know is whether the phone will ever launch elsewhere – but we’re not optimistic. Many of Vivo’s handsets never make it to the rest of Asia, let alone the West. To make matters worse, Android Authority reports that the company told it in March that there were “no plans at the moment for the foldable to receive a global launch.”

How much does the Vivo X Fold cost?

The X Fold is available in two versions in China:

12GB RAM + 256GB storage: ¥8,999 (around $1,400/£1,100/€1,300)

12GB RAM + 512GB storage: ¥9,999 (around $1,550/£1,200/€1,450)

For the sake of comparison, here’s how some of the other notable devices already on sale are priced:

What are the Vivo X Fold specs and features?

The Vivo X Fold is a flagship through and through.

The centre of it all is obviously the folding display. The X Fold has a folding 8.03in, 1800×2200, LTPO 3 AMOLED E5 display on the inside, with support for 1-120Hz refresh rates and HDR10+ content. This is made with Schott UTG (ultra thin glass, as Samsung also uses) and has an under-display fingerprint scanner.

The hinge is supposedly aircraft-grade, and allows the vivo X Fold to close flat or to stay open at angles between 60 and 120 degrees.

On the outside the 6.53in external display is also AMOLED, with 120Hz max refresh rate and HDR10+, along with another fingerprint scanner. This panel isn’t LTPO 3 though, and can’t drop all the way down to 1Hz.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, accompanied by 12GB of RAM and a choice of either 256 or 512GB of storage, so this is a powerful phone.

Speaking of power, a 4600mAh battery should be enough to keep those two screens running all day. If not, charging comes from 66W wired charging or 50W wireless, with a 10W reverse wireless charging option too.

The cameras are particularly impressive – no surprise given that this is one of Vivo’s strengths. The main camera uses a 50Mp Samsung GN5 sensor with OIS at an aperture of f/1.8.

It’s joined by a 12Mp, f/2.4 2x zoom camera; an 8Mp 5x periscope zoom camera; and a 48Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera. As with other recent Vivo flagships, the camera bears Zeiss branding and support for a few Zeiss camera modes including Texture Portrait, Motion Capture 3.0, Zeiss Super Night Scene, and Zeiss Nature Color.

You’ll also find two 16Mp hole-punch selfie cameras: one on the outer display, and one on the inner.

Here are the full specs for the Vivo X Fold:

8.03in 2K E5 AMOLED folding display with 1-120Hz refresh rate and LTPO 3.0

6.53in FHD+ external display with 120Hz refresh rate

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

12GB LPDDR5 RAM

256/512GB UFS 3.1 storage (not confirmed how much)

Rear cameras:

50Mp, f/1.8 main camera with OIS

12Mp, f/2.4 2x zoom camera

8Mp, 5x periscope camera

48Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera

Selfie cameras:

16Mp outer selfie camera

16Mp inner selfie camera

Wi-Fi 6

NFC

4600mAh battery

66W wired charging

50W wireless charging

Android 12 with OriginOS

It seems that Vivo isn’t pulling any punches with its first dabble in foldables, as the specs are top draw in most respects.

Be sure to check out our guides to the best phones coming in 2023 as well as best phones to see what the Vivo X Fold is up against.

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