Weekend deals: Save on the OnePlus 8, iPad, PlayStation Plus, and more

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Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Verge Deals stamp of approval, so if you’re looking for a deal on your next gadget or gift from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more, this is the place to be.

Welcome to the weekend. Amazon Prime Day 2020 kicks off in less than two weeks, starting on Tuesday, October 13th and lasting through the 14th. That’s two days to get some of the best deals that we’ll see all year. We’re prepping behind the scenes for the event to make sure you’re able to get exactly what you’re looking for. But for now, I’m going to highlight a few of this week’s best deals that are still going on.

OnePlus 8

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The OnePlus 8 saw a respectable price drop last

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iPhone 12 should have Touch ID like the iPad Air — but it probably won’t

Apple’s new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad.


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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

One of the best new Apple features introduced during our unusual times may not appear in the iPhone 12. It may not arrive on any iPhone until next year — if at all. Apple’s new iPad Air, unveiled in mid-September and hitting the market later this month, relocates Touch ID to a button on the edge of the device. The company’s upcoming iPhone 12 lineup should do something similar, giving users an option between unlocking their iPhone using their face or unlocking it with their fingerprint as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic

Apple’s updated $599 (£579, AU$899) iPad Air integrates Touch ID into the power button on top of the tablet.

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iPad Air: How Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint sensor will work

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The new iPad Air comes in four new colors. 


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In September, Apple announced a completely redesigned iPad Air. The new look borrows the same overall design as the iPad Pro, with flat edges, no home button and a USB-C port. But one thing it doesn’t carry over is Apple’s facial recognition tech, Face ID. Instead, you’ll use a fingerprint to unlock the tablet, approve purchases and sign into apps. 

For the first time on a mobile device, we’re seeing Apple’s new Touch ID sensor hidden under the power button. Or, as Apple calls it, the “top button.” When holding the iPad Air vertically, you’ll find the button on the top-right edge, near the corner. When it’s connected to an accessory like Apple’s Magic keyboard, it’ll be on the left-hand side, near the top. 

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Apple Stores preparing for imminent release of iPad Air 4

Reportedly, Apple Stores are now receiving promotional material for the iPad Air 4, suggesting that it will be on sale very soon.

At Apple’s “Time Flies” event when it launched the iPad Air 4, the company said only that it would be available in October. Now, as October starts, it appears that Apple Stores are beginning to receive marketing materials to get geared up for the sales.

According to Gurman, the unspecified marketing materials suggest that the launch will be early October. This may fit with Apple’s schedule, which is currently expected to see the launch of the “iPhone 12” range on October 13, with pre-orders and sales beginning shortly

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iPad Pro mini LED-backlight expected in early 2021, MacBook later in year

Apple will use mini LED for the backlight of a “high-end MacBook” in late 2021, a report claims, a device that will follow after the launch of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro using the display technology in early 2021.

Osram Opto Semiconductors is reportedly going to become Apple’s second supplier of mini LED chips alongside Epistar, according to people familiar with the matter. The supply of mini LED chips from Osram will apparently start in 2021, with the chips intended for an updated MacBook model which would ship in the second half of 2021.

The industry sources of DigiTimes claim the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will use mini LED backlights, and will ship in early 2021, with each using over 10,000 mini LEDs. Epistar is thought to be ready to produce mini LEDs, with a production line for making blue-light LEDs modified for creating the smaller components during the third quarter

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Future MacBook or iPad models could have power for weeks using hydrogen fuel cells

Apple is investigating hydrogen fuel cells in mobile devices as an alternative to present battery charging technology, partly to achieve far longer battery life, but also to be more ecologically sound.

Apple patents are always about technology, or systems to use that technology, and occasionally they are specifically for devices such as the MacBook Pro. The newly granted “Portable computing device for external fuel cell control,” is all of these things, but it’s also unusual in how it sets out both the environmental and the political concerns that have prompted it.

“Our country’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels has forced our government to maintain complicated political and military relationships with unstable governments in the Middle East,” says Apple’s patent, “and has also exposed our coastlines and our citizens to the associated hazards of offshore drilling.”

“These problems have led to an increasing awareness and desire on the part of consumers

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Make your iPad more like a Mac. How to use Apple’s new iPadOS 14 features

There’s an argument to be made that the iPad is actually a computer, just not in the traditional sense. It easily switches from a flat slab of glass you can tap and sketch on with a fingertip or Apple Pencil, to a laptop-like device, complete with a keyboard and trackpad when you need to get work done. 



an open laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden table: iPadOS 14 adds some Mac-like features to Apple's tablet line. Scott Stein/CNET


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iPadOS 14 adds some Mac-like features to Apple’s tablet line. Scott Stein/CNET

Apple’s iPadOS 14 adds plenty of new features to its tablet lineup, like new-look widgets and a more streamlined Siri , but there are also some tools that make the iPad more like a Mac than ever before. Here’s how to install iPadOS 14 on your iPad and how to use the new software tools. 

A new and improved Search tool

If you’ve ever used the Mac’s Spotlight tool to perform quick searches, then you’ll feel

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iPhone 12 Confirmed, New iPad Reviewed, MacBook Air Cancelled

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes confirmation of the iPhone 12, the surprising iPhone Mini, the long slow goodbye of the MacBook Air, a review of the new iPad, the secrets of iOS 14, iOS 13 is retired, how Apple measures your wrist, and Apple’s Swift arrives on Windows 10.

Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

Apple Confirms iPhone 12 Launch Plans

It could be closer than we thought. In a leaked video from UK network EE, the company’s CEO praises the team for their preparations, before Apple’s Eddy Cue pushing the Apple One subscription bundles EE will be selling. Gordon Kelly reports:

“Marc Allera, CEO

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Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming platform coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac

At Amazon’s release event on Thursday afternoon, the company announced the Luna cloud gaming platform, which the company promises will arrive at launch on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Amazon says that the service will be browser-based, utilizing web apps for streaming. It also appears to be roughly the same technology base that Microsoft’s Xcloud streaming service uses, utilizing H.265 streams to a user’s device, and returning only user inputs.

Subscribers will be allowed to play Luna games on two devices simultaneously. Resolution will ultimately be 4K at 60 frames per second on what Amazon calls “select titles.” All games at launch, and most games afterward will stream at 1080p at 60 frames per second.

More than 100 games will be available at launch, and the company has also announced a partnership with a dedicated Ubisoft gaming channel. Amazon and Ubisoft say that the channel will “will have access to

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iPhone 12 should steal iPad Air’s new Touch ID — it’s perfect for COVID-19 times

Apple ‘s new iPad Air relocates Touch ID to a button on the edge of the device. The company’s upcoming iPhone 12 lineup should do something similar, giving users an option between unlocking their iPhone using their face or unlocking it with their fingerprint as the world combats the novel coronavirus pandemic. 



a close up of a keyboard: Apple's new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad. CNET


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Apple’s new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad. CNET

Last week, Apple unveiled its newest gadgets , including an updated $599 (£579, AU$899) iPad Air that integrates Touch ID into the power button on top of the tablet. The move makes it easier for you to unlock the device while you’re wearing a mask and allows Apple to include a larger screen in its tablet without relying on Face ID to unlock the device. To get Apple’s face-unlocking technology in an iPad, users have to opt

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