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.
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
Are the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro worth it?
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.
And the RAVPower 10W Qi wireless charger with adapter is down to $16.
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.
Is GaN tech worth an upgrade?
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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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.
Come for the sneakers, stay for the DualSense 5 unboxing video.
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.