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iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max May Feature Lightning Port With USB 3.0 but Still No USB-C

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Although we are still a few months away before Apple launches its iPhone 14 series in the market, a bunch of rumours are already out revealing some details. Until now we have heard about the iPhone 14 displays, cameras and some other distinguishing features like Satellite Connectivity. Adding to the list of rumours is a new report talking about the charging port of the upcoming iPhones. Apple has stayed consistent with the design of the port for years and has kept itself away from moving to a more widely used USB-C style port despite facing massive pressure not just from Android rivals but also from authorities like the European Commission. 

For years, users have been asking (or rather hoping) Apple to introduce a USB-C port in iPhones. The feature is much-anticipated since Apple itself has moved to USB-C ports for the newest chargers, MacBooks, iPads, Mac and monitors but has kept iPhones limited to Lighting Ports. However, the disappointment is likely to continue with iPhone 14 series as well, according to the iDrop News website. It has now been reported that iPhone 14 series will still feature the same Lightning Port. This means that those in the Apple universe will still have to carry a separate cable for charging iPhones. The same USB-C cable used for MacBooks or iPads won’t work on iPhones.

Also read: Foxconn Plans to Boost India iPhone Production to Meet Demand in the Country

Lightning Port but With USB 3.0

However, not everything will stay exactly the same. The report adds that although the Lightning Port will stay, the technology supported by it will be bumped up to USB 3.0. For now, Lightning Ports in the latest iPhones operate at USB 2.0 (480Mbps). With USB 3.0, it will reach 5Gbps transfer speed. Another interesting piece of news is that this tech will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. The non-Pro versions could feature the USB 2.0 Lightning Port.

Portless iPhone Incoming

The report also claims that Apple is not moving away from Lightning Port for iPhones since it acts as a revenue model when the firm gives licence for the Lightning connector to third-party manufacturers who produce cables and other accessories. Also mentioned is that Apple iPhones might be a couple of years away before they go completely portless. 

Also read: Prajwal Chougule, India’s Shot on iPhone Winner, Talks About What It Takes to Win Such a Competition

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Apple is already moving towards a portless iPhone at a steady pace. The company has been aggressively pushing AirPods and wireless headphones along with MagSafe wireless charging tech – indirectly pushing more users to go wireless.

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Infinix Launches Note 12 VIP With 120W charging, 120Hz screen, 108MP Camera

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Infinix has added another member to the infinix Note 12 series dubbed as Infinix Note 12 VIP, and it supports 120W Hyper Charge.

Infinix Note 12 VIP

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Infinix Note 12 VIP features a 6.7” AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, similar to the original Note 12 display, but noticeably more capable. This is a 10-bit panel with 100% DCI-P3 coverage and 120Hz refresh rate (plus 360Hz touch sampling rate).

Looking at the cameras, the main camera on the back has a 108MP sensor (1/1.67”, 1.92µm pixels after 9-in-1 pixel binning), 13MP ultrawide-angle camera as well as the Laser AF system.

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The new Note 12 VIP have 16MP selfie camera and XOS 10.6 software (based on Android 12) and run 8GB of real RAM and can enable 5GB of virtual RAM.

The device is housed by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W Hyper Charge technology.

The Infinix Note 12 VIP will be available soon in select regions at $300. You can visit the official site, which will guide you to a store near you.

Infinix Note 12 G96

The second device launched is the Note 12 G96 named after the Helio G96, a 12nm chipset (2x A76, 6x A55, Mali-G57 MC4).

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Infinix Note 12 G96

Infinix Note 12 G96 features a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio G96 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. The smartphone runs on Android 12 OS out of the box.

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Infinix Note 12 G96

When it comes to camera, the device features a dual lens camera setup at the back with 50MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. For video calls and selfies, the smartphone comes with a 16MP front-facing camera.

The Infinix Note 12 is housed by a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. The Infinix Note 12 (G96) will sell for $200. More details at the official site.

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FG Issues New Cryto Rules

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a set of new regulations guiding the issuance, exchange and custody of digital assets in Nigeria.

According to SEC, a digital asset means a digital token that represents assets such as a debt or equity claim on the issuer. 

In 2020, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed financial service providers to halt cryptocurrency transactions.

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But, in its new regulations, SEC said mandates the registration of “the offering and sale of digital tokens that are considered securities”. This signifies that Nigeria is attempting to balance outright prohibition and unregulated use of crypto-assets.

The new rule shall apply to all platforms that facilitate the trading, exchange, and transfer of virtual assets, all issuers and sponsors of virtual/digital assets, including international and non-resident issuers and sponsors, and any operator that aggressively targets Nigerian investors.

“The commission may reject any application for registration of digital assets if, in its opinion, the proposed activity infringes public policy, is injurious to investors or violates any of the laws, rules and regulations implemented by the commission,” the regulator added. 

The regulation provides that issuers may only raise funds within a limit of N10 billion. It, however, added that it could adjust the ceiling from time to time.

According to the regulation, SEC said it would accommodate digital assets offering platform (DAOP) — an electronic platform operated by a DAOP operator for offering digital assets — provided it tendered evidence of a minimum paid-up capital of N500 million and a current fidelity bond covering at least 25 per cent of the minimum paid-up capital.

The regulation requires applicants seeking to register a DAOP to pay N100,000 for the filing or application fee, N300,000 for the processing fee, N30 million for the registration fee, and N100,000 for sponsored individuals. 

SEC’s new rules could help provide the needed regulatory lucidity for the scope of a digital asset or security. 

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