Apple is willing to pay an industry-record $2 million cash reward if someone manages to hack the iPhone’s high security mode. Lockdown Mode, recall, has become one of the features of iOS 16.
The iPhone’s enhanced security mode, as conceived by Apple, will be applied if the owner of the smartphone considers that he has become a victim of targeted surveillance or his device is infected with a Trojan. Lockdown Mode protects the smartphone from outside interference, for example, it blocks images attached to messages and preview links in iMessage. FaceTime calls are also blocked if they come from unknown numbers.
Lockdown Mode was first announced by Apple at WWDC 2022 in early June. To the possible active users of Lockdown Mode, Apple primarily attributed journalists, activists and civil servants.
6300 mAh, NFC, Android 12, iPhone 13-like camera and maximum dust and water resistance for only $110. Oukitel WP20 Pro announced, sales start on August 22
The shelf of secure smartphones has arrived. Oukitel WP20 Pro is touted as a very inexpensive and rather thin model for smartphones with maximum protection against dust and water: it is protected in accordance with the degrees of IP68, IP69K, and also meets the requirements of the American military standard MIL-STD-810H.
The hardware platform here is simple – MediaTek Helio A22, but Android 12 acts as the OS. The amount of RAM was 4 GB, flash memory – 64 GB. The screen is characterized by a diagonal of 5.93 inches and a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The main camera copies the iPhone 13 module, but only visually – the sensors, of course, are different and much simpler (the resolution of the main one is 20 megapixels). The front camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor. Weight is 297 grams, dimensions – 166.2 x 81.2 x 15 mm.
The Oukitel WP20 Pro is available for just $110 during the global premier sale on AliExpress from August 22 to 26.
The best camera phone on the way? Huawei Mate 50 launched in mass production, it will be presented on September 7 along with smart watches Huawei Watch GT4
Huawei has started mass production of the new Mate 50 flagship smartphones, according to a Chinese resource that cites supply chain sources. Huawei has traditionally been very strong in terms of camera capabilities, and it is possible that some Mate 50 Pro will top the DxOMark rankings in the future. .
In general, four models are expected in the series: Mate 50e, Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro and Mate 50 RS. They will receive curved screens from local (Chinese) manufacturers and the recently introduced HarmonyOS 3.0. The younger model is credited with SoC Snapdragon 778G, all the rest – Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 without 5G support. However, some sources also talk about the use of Snapdragon 888 (also in the version with an LTE modem), so not everything is clear here yet.
The premiere of Huawei Mate 50 in China is expected on September 7, on the same day the company may introduce the Watch GT4 smart watch. There are no special details about this device: it is only reported that the watch will receive a larger screen than the current model, improved optical sensors and, of course, HarmonyOS 3.0.
Will there be more 200 megapixel cameras in smartphones? OmniVision OVB0A sensor introduced
There may be more smartphones with 200-megapixel sensors in the near future, and we are probably talking not only about expensive devices. OmniVision has introduced its second sensor of this class.
The OVB0A sensor has an optical format of 1/1.395″ or 1/1.4″ for simplicity. That is, it is quite large, but smaller than the same Samsung ISOCELL HP1, while it is exactly the same as ISOCELL HP3. The pixel size is 0.56 µm.
The sensor supports 16-cell binning, so that photos are obtained with a resolution of 12.5 megapixels. Video can be shot in 4K at 120 fps, 8K at 30 fps is also supported. The sensor should appear in smartphones in the fourth quarter.
OVB0A is OmniVision’s second 200MP sensor. The first was OVB0B in a larger optical format. It was introduced back in January, but in the end it did not appear in any smartphone. So, if OVB0A does not repeat the fate of the firstborn, then it will just become the first available on the market.
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