MagSafe camera lens concept turns your iPhone 13 into a professional mirrorless camera

Probably the most incredible interpretation of the iPhone’s MagSafe feature.

Here’s a thought. Adding an array of magnets to the back of the iPhone just so you can attach a card holder to it seems like a massive waste of potential, doesn’t it? You could attach so many accessories via the MagSafe feature (and even allow the iPhone to detect and pair with it via NFC/Bluetooth), an external hard drive, a better speaker, or potentially even a larger, more professional-grade camera lens. Meet SCIO, a MagSafe camera lens from the mind of Vladimir Fer. Sure, your iPhone’s cameras are arguably already the best on the market, but when has that ever stopped Apple from pushing the boundaries further? Taking inspiration from Sony’s QX10 and QX100 modular camera lenses, SCIO is a mirrorless lens that simply attaches to your iPhone via MagSafe. Snap it on and your smartphone is now a professional shooter capable of much more realistic portrait shots and telephoto images. Combine this with Apple’s own computational photography chops and the SCIO turns the iPhone into easily the best camera a consumer can own, without breaking the bank.

Designer: Vladimir Fer

With a much larger lens and sensor, SCIO’s imaging system is capable of capturing much more light than the iPhone 13’s multiple lenses. This allows for better photos, more detail, higher-resolution low-light shots, and much more accurate bokeh. SCIO’s camera lens uses your iPhone’s display as a viewfinder, and can potentially pull battery power from the iPhone via reverse charging, so you don’t need to separately charge the camera lens. It also means being able to manually adjust your camera’s settings, like its focus, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed – something that isn’t really as straightforward with the iPhone’s native camera app. This really brings traditional mirrorless/DSLR-style photography to the iPhone, allowing professionals to extract the most out of their smartphone camera. Moreover, while the SCIO is capturing images, the iPhone’s own camera lenses can record other details like depth, HDR information, and tinier details to help enrich the final photograph. The lens even has a tripod mount, bringing traditional and computational camera experiences even closer!

Although the SCIO lens can directly be attached to the back of the iPhone, it’s best paired with a companion case that comes with a better grip and a physical shutter button. The lens itself has a few details that upgrade your photography experience, from a tiny screen that displays your active camera settings to an adjustment ring for controlling focus or zoom. In the spirit of modularity, the SCIO also lets you attach hoods and filters using a magnetic system on the front. The same magnet system lets you attach a lens cap when you’re not actively using the lens.

What SCIO does, apart from bridging the gap between mirrorless and smartphone photography, is bring a new dimension to MagSafe’s capabilities. Sure, you could attach a card case or a charger to the back of your iPhone, but that’s like using a desktop with a high-end GPU to play Solitaire.

Although it seems unlikely that Apple would make such a concept, the beauty of the SCIO’s underlying idea is that Apple doesn’t need to do anything. Third-party companies like Moment or Zeiss (or even Leica, considering how intertwined the two companies are) could develop their own hardware and just create an app that pairs with the lens module via Bluetooth to directly stream video to the iPhone. It’s a camera revolution that’s just waiting to happen!

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Leaked iPhone 14 Pro dummy prototype shows a much larger camera bump, and no more notch

2022 seems to be the year that the iPhone finally breaks up with the notch.

Whoever Dave2D‘s sources are, they certainly must be pretty important people. The YouTuber managed to get his hands on a pretty realistic-looking iPhone 14 Pro dummy unit – the kind Apple hands out to case/accessory designers beforehand to help them manufacture and launch upgraded accessories as soon as the phone drops. It’s rumored that Apple will be dropping just 4 iPhones this fall (the company is discontinuing the Mini), and while the 14 and 14 Max look relatively unchanged, the higher-end 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max have some significant design upgrades – notably the absence of the camera notch for something much more discreet.

Apple debuted the notch in 2018 – nearly 4 years ago. Since then, almost every company’s moved on to bigger and better things, but the iPhone-maker couldn’t seem to shake off the intrusive design detail. In fact, in a year where even MUCH smaller companies were making phones with tighter bezels and camera cutouts, Apple was faithfully committed to giving their iPhones an ugly, obtrusive forehead like a parent getting their children bad haircuts. It’s funny that Apple even figured out 5G before they figured out notch-less displays.

However, if Dave2D’s secret source is to be believed, Apple’s finally figured out a workaround, with a rather fitting ‘i’ shaped camera cutout on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. This creates the iPhone X moment for the Pro range, with a design that people can now instantly distinguish as a different, more premium model (the same way the notched iPhone X actually distinguished itself from the iPhone 8). For someone who’s used Android all his life, this doesn’t feel too different, but if you’re a serial iOS-head, this new camera cutout will instantly be the first thing your eye immediately travels to… because for the first time, you have hardware that is actually ‘inside’ the screen’s real estate.

It’s not entirely certain why Apple chose this unique cutout (the company should have figured out under-display FaceID by now, right?) but some speculate that this is the best the company could do given the dire circumstances and timelines. Apple ditched their Chinese front-facing camera manufacturer for a South Korean maker at the very last minute due to quality and developmental issues. Rumor has it that this new camera system turned out to be thrice as expensive as the regular notch, but given the fact that the company is running on a tight deadline with their iPhone event just 4-ish months away, it was the best they could do. Maybe the iPhone 15 will look better, right?

Front-facing camera aside, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are rumored to have Apple’s latest A16 Bionic chip. The specs of this chip are the kind of details that nobody will really know up until Tim Cook or Phil Schiller actually gives us the whole story.

Other notable details include a similar but slightly larger camera bump. Apple seems to be pushing the envelope with just making their iPhone cameras bigger so they have larger sensors, and the iPhone 14 Pro seems to be no exception. Another feature that comes as no surprise? Lightning connector on the base. Apple has until 2024-25 to adopt the USB-C format before the folks at the EU get pissed, so chances are this might be the last, if not second-last iPhone with Apple’s proprietary lightning connector. Makes sense, considering the company also sells iPhone accessories like the AirPods and the MagSafe battery pack that use the same cable/port.

Apple is scheduled to announce the iPhone 14 this September or October. While this prototype here seems to paint a pretty reliable picture of what to expect, there are still a few more details that need mentioning, like the colors, price, and the new killer feature that sets this iPhone apart from others. (It was the Cinematic Mode last year)

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World’s first MagSafe tripod lets you turn your iPhone into a powerful cinematic device

Meet MagStick – a selfie-stick that also doubles as a tripod with a feature that sets it apart from the rest. With a MagSafe mount, MagStick allows you to instantly snap your iPhone in place and get shooting. When used as a selfie stick, the MagStick extends a whopping 63.5 inches, and in its tripod mode, MagStick allows you to use your iPhone like you would a professional camera. All it takes is two snaps – firstly for the iPhone to snap into place, and secondly for you to snap the shutter button!

Designer: Andobil

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Although the idea sounds rather elementary to begin with, it’s funny how nobody’s exploited the MagSafe mounting system for tripods yet. MagStick allows you to conveniently stick your iPhone onto its fixture thanks to the magnetic ring, and further secure it with clasps so there’s absolutely no chance of your phone falling out. The clasps mean MagStick works with other phones too, securely gripping onto your device with the mere press of a button on the back.

The MagStick can be visually split into its two halves – the Mag half, and the Stick half. The upper half with the magnets holds your phone, while the lower half works as a tripod or a selfie stick. Depending on how you want to use your smartphone’s already capable camera, the MagStick shapeshifts to your demands. The telescopic tripod/selfies-stick stretches to well over 5 feet in length (63.5 inches to be precise), and the MagStick’s 3-axis adjustment system lets you rotate, tilt, and swivel your phone to orient it at just the right angle.

Each MagStick also comes with its own embedded Bluetooth shutter button that lets you remotely trigger the camera. You can even pop the Bluetooth remote out of the MagStick, using it as a wireless remote instead of relying on your phone’s camera timer feature.

The MagStick isn’t phone-specific, though. Detach the MagSafe clamping system and underneath sits a standard tripod mount which lets you mount traditional photography devices like an action camera, a 360° camera, or even a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. However, that MagSafe clamp does unlock the MagStick’s true potential – aside from just acting as a mounting system for your phone, it comes with two additional threaded inputs for accessories like lights and microphones.

While the title of being the “world’s first MagSafe tripod” sounds rather gimmicky, in the case of MagStick, it actually does more than you’d think. Tripods were designed for professional cameras, and selfie sticks were designed for tacky tourist photography. The MagStick, on the other hand, covers a much wider area, by giving your smartphone the ability to capture footage in a new, controlled way. The MagStick is perfect for travel (it weighs a mere 650g) but it’s also great for vlogging, livestreaming, and even for more professional video calls. Its MagSafe and intuitive clamping feature means the tripod prioritizes smartphones over more professional gear, letting you use the camera at hand… with the ability to snap on accessories like lights, mics, and extra battery packs.

You can grab the MagStick for a 34% discounted price of $59 by visiting their Kickstarter page. The product begins shipping in July 2022.

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This aramid fiber iPhone case is sturdy, slim, stylish, and MagSafe compatible

Determined to make some of the best Apple accessories your gadgets could ever wish for, PITAKA’s back with an aramid fiber iPhone case that protects your smartphone without sacrificing sleekness. The Fusion Weaving MagEZ Case 2 is available for all iPhone 13 makes, and comes constructed from Aramid fibers (which are as tough as carbon fibers, but more flexible too) with an overall thickness of 0.055 inches or a mere 1.4 millimeters. The case wraps right around your phone, with cutouts that let you access the buttons and the ports, as well as a camera cutout with a protective lip to prevent your iPhone’s camera from any physical impact. Moreover, the Fusion Weaving MagEZ Case 2 is also MagSafe compatible and works with virtually all of PITAKA’s own MagEZ 2.0 accessories, from the MagEZ Slider to the wireless charging car mount MagEZ Car Mount Pro, and even the MagEZ Wallet 2.

Designers: James Zheng, Stephen Lu & Lucky Liu

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The MagEZ Case 2 comes with PITAKA’s proprietary Fusion Weaving technology – a composite aramid fiber material that has an incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio, along with an unmistakable woven pattern that sets the case apart. The criss-cross black pattern provides a nice visual element along with a signature colored strip running along the back, while also giving your otherwise-slippery slab of glass and metal a tactile grip that feels easier to hold. Moreover, PITAKA’s Fusion Weaving material doesn’t interfere with your phone’s network signal, and is also wireless-charging compatible and MagSafe friendly (considering how stunningly thin it is).

Crafted from delicate 600D aramid fiber and through Fusion Weaving™ that allows multiple weaving styles to appear on the same surface, the Air Case boasts various colors and complicated patterns.

Available for all iPhone 13 models (with cases for the Galaxy S22 launching soon), PITAKA’s Fusion Weaving MagEZ Case 2 will cost you a cool $69.99. While that sounds slightly on the pricey side, it’s worth noting that the case is just 10 bucks more than Apple’s own leather case. Did I also mention it’s made from aramid fiber? Moreover, it makes even more sense when paired with some of PITAKA’s finer offerings, like their slim wallets with MagSafe capability, car mount, or magnetic wireless power bank.

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Apple self-repair program begins its long sustainability journey

Apple has finally opened the doors that will make it easier to repair its products, but there might still be some caveats to an almost perfect situation.

Today’s smartphones weren’t designed to be easily repairable, at least not by regular people or unauthorized personnel. In addition to making sure that phones don’t easily fall apart or get damaged by dust or water, companies are also quite keen on protecting their intellectual property from prying eyes. Of course, that has made the repair narrative of these expensive devices even more expensive, tedious, and uncertain. Things have gotten so bad that even governments have started to weigh in on the matter. Before things come to a head, though, Apple spearheaded a new trend to offer self-repair services, which it has now finally launched, starting in the US.

Designer: Apple

Companies have many reasons and excuses to limit repairs to official channels only.

There’s the usual quality control and legal liability, which manufacturers can’t guarantee the moment other people start tinkering with their products. And if people don’t have the right knowledge and the right tools to repair phones, they might end up doing more harm than good in trying to save money.

That said, there are also plenty of reasons why people should be able to open up and repair phones, though not necessarily regular consumers. Third-party services, which had existed long before the iPhone came to the market, have been struggling to make ends meet because of the high and expensive barriers to entry to be an authorized service provider. Going beyond simple quality control, this state of affairs has allowed a select few to obtain a monopoly and dictate high prices for those services.

Fortunately, it seems that things are starting to change, at least for major phone brands like Apple, Samsung, and even Google. It’s not that these devices have suddenly become easier to repair, but companies are now giving third parties equal opportunity to obtain parts, tools, and information on how to repair iPhones and, soon, Macs. It’s not without its catches, though, such as its initial availability only in the US for now, and the repair specialists at iFixit point those caveats out.

The biggest one is that you can only buy original replacement parts from Apple’s website, which is the only way the company can retain control over the quality of its products. That pretty much still gives Apple a very tight hold and monopoly over those parts, ensuring that it is both the gatekeeper and the bottleneck for this supposedly more open ecosystem. Ideally, it would allow even third-party replacement parts to be used in order to create a more competitive ecosystem that would help drive the prices of parts and services down.

Of course, just because you can doesn’t mean you should, at least for normal iPhone owners that have broken screens or dying batteries. This self-repair service program is intended more for smaller shops than individuals, especially considering the prices for the parts and tools. At the moment, only the iPhone 12 and older as well as the 3rd gen iPhone SE are supported, and the program is only available in the US. Eventually, however, that will spread to Europe later this year and will cover Macs with Apple Silicon as well.

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The only Apple charger you need – the MagEZ Slider wirelessly charges ALL your Apple gadgets and even has a detachable power bank

This might just be the one charger to rule them all…

Meet the PITAKA MagEZ Slider. It’s a charger. No, wait. It’s a wireless charger. Uh, hold on. It’s a wireless charger with MagSafe capabilities. Oh, let me say that again. It’s a wireless charger with MagSafe capabilities that also has a built-in detachable power bank and can charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Simultaneously.

Designers: Stephen Lu, Liang Daqian, Lucky Liu, James Zheng, Tom Chen & Li Huipeng

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Charge all your Apple essentials, including your iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch.

Over the course of its existence, PITAKA’s worked to fundamentally make Apple’s products better by designing highly functional charging accessories for them. The MagEZ Slider, however, feels like a culmination of all that work. A wireless charger designed to work with your phone, watch, and TWS earbuds, the MagEZ Slider is compact little number that’s perfectly sized to sit on any tabletop surface while simultaneously ensuring that your workspace isn’t cluttered with different wires and dongles.

The MagEZ Slider builds on one of PITAKA’s previous products, the MagEZ Juice. The MagEZ Juice was a portable wireless charging power bank that came with its own dock/stand, allowing you to practically charge your phone anywhere. Now in its evolved form, the MagEZ Slider comes with a few new tricks up its sleeve. Sure, it has a MagSafe power bank and a docking stand for your iPhone, but now it even features a wireless charging zone for your AirPods. The rear surface of the MagEZ Slider lets you easily pop in a magnetic tray to rest your AirPods on, effectively charging them. The reason the tray isn’t baked right into the product is so as to ensure the entire MagEZ Slider has a compact profile that adapts to your needs.

Charge the power bank by placing it in the dock, then snap on your iPhone for simultaneous charging.

An adjustable, magnetic stand provides enough space to charge your AirPods.

Plugin and charge your Apple Watch using the Power Dongle.

To charge your Apple Watch, the MagEZ Slider comes with a USB-C port on the side that lets you pop an Apple Watch charging pad in. The removable charging pad ensures that the MagEZ Slider’s design remains clean and minimalistic, allowing you to expand your charging capabilities should you need to.

The Slider also comes outfitted with a rotating turntable on its base. Designed to let you adjust your gadgets to face you wherever you are without fiddling with the apparatus (and potentially knocking your phone or other gadgets over, the MagEZ Slider’s rotating turntable base swivels a full 360°. Contrary to what you’d think, the Slide doesn’t get its name from this unique feature. It is, in fact, the sliding MagSafe power bank that gives the MagEZ Slide its name, and also its key user interaction.

The sheer convenience of the MagEZ Slider lies in its ability to organize all your charging requirements in one place… however, that convenience is compounded once you realize that the MagEZ Slider has its own magnetic wireless power bank too. With a built-in 4000mAh battery, the power bank (which could also be found on the 2019 MagEZ Juice) is the MagEZ Slider’s pièce de résistance, letting you effectively travel while your gadget charges. The power bank sports a rounded, curved design that makes it easy to slide in and out of pockets, and it docks perfectly into the MagEZ Slider’s stand too when you’re finally at your desk. You’ll never need a single charger or Apple accessory again… and given the fact that the Cupertino-based company’s stopped shipping chargers with their flagship devices, the MagEZ SLider could easily be the most useful and versatile little accessory you own.

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This MagSafe mount + strap lets you securely attach your iPhone to practically anything

Up until now, Apple’s interpretation of MagSafe meant ‘modularity’. With Moment’s Strap Anywhere mount, the MagSafe also means ‘hands-free’. Designed to let you secure your iPhone to any handle, pipe, railing, bar, or even your wrist, the Strap Anywhere uses Apple’s MagSafe feature to secure your iPhone so your hands are unencumbered. The idea, Moment’s team says, was to allow users to attach their iPhones to indoor fitness equipment like a Peloton bike, squat rack, treadmill, elliptical, etc. The strap’s silicone construction provides a friction-grip, and is even sturdy enough to double as a stand for your iPhone, letting you prop it up at an angle on your desk or yoga mat.

Designer: Moment

The Strap Anywhere mount works directly with the iPhone as well as with MagSafe cases for the iPhone. Made from sweat-resistant material, the strap’s perfect for gym equipment, although its adjustable nature means you could technically use it anywhere, from your motorcycle to even your shopping cart! Moment engineered a proprietary configuration of magnets to provide extra strength, combined along with a grippy silicon material. Whether it withstands a bumpy ride on an offroad trail is yet to be determined, although I’d personally just stick to stationary indoor training equipment!

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Turn your iPhone into a professional film-making setup with this modular phone-rig

What they don’t tell you about those “Shot on iPhone” series is that there’s much more than the iPhone in that equation. The phone’s camera is supplemented by lights, rigs, stabilizers or tripods, probably a bunch of studio equipment, and lastly, post-production software. Sure, it’s shot on an iPhone, but ‘with a little help from its friends…’ Friends like the SmallRig 3611.

The SmallRig 3611 is a modular ‘phone cage’ that lets you turn your iPhone into a professional-grade videography setup. Designed to work with iPhones 6-13 (and even a few Android models), the SmallRig 3611 gives you a stable rig to mount your phone onto, eliminating jitter. The cage lets you attach external handles to help you get a better, more stable grip while filming. This goes a long way in physically stabilizing your footage (especially since you’re gripping the phone with two hands), so that your iPhone camera’s digital stabilization algorithm does its charm, resulting in incredibly cinematic footage. Along with holding your phone in place, the 3611 also lets you mount a wide variety of other accessories, from lights and microphones to even an extra battery pack for your smartphone and other gadgets.

Designer: SmallRig

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Known for making accessories for phones, DSLRs, Mirrorless cameras, and even film cameras, SmallRig’s catalog spans everything from rigs to mounts, tripods, softboxes, lights, and even lens adapters. The 3611 is a relatively compact phone cage made from aluminum alloy, designed to work broadly with the iPhone and with the Samsung Galaxy series, and even the Pixel series. The rig comes equipped with multiple 1/4″-20 threaded holes and cold shoes to match the SmallRig accessory ecosystem. The rig comes with a clamp that safely and securely holds onto your phone, and can be adjusted/slid around to make sure it grabs your device without blocking the camera or accidentally pressing any buttons.

Once you’re phone’s locked and ready to film, the SmallRig lets you attach either one or two handles at any point on the cage, giving you the flexibility to maneuver your phone however you deem comfortable, and even letting you work in landscape or portrait modes. Additionally, the 3611 rig even sports a tripod mount, for static video capture, and lets you mount a host of other accessories, from professional-grade microphones to lights. There’s even space for an additional battery-pack on the front, letting you film for longer hours, as well as a multiport dongle that lets you connect the battery pack to your phone as well as other accessories.

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MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case works as a phone stand, protective case, and more

MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case Price

There are plenty of MagSafe accessories almost everywhere globally, and we know more will be released. The influx will only end until Apple decides to discontinue the MagSafe system. And no, we don’t think it will happen anytime soon.

MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case is the latest accessory design for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12. It delivers a new charging experience that others can say is better in many ways. Not all iPhone models support MagSafe wireless charge technology— only the latest iPhones can. It seems more third-party manufacturers are coming up with new accessories for the MagSafe system. We can expect more related announcements of actual products and even concept designs will be made.

Designers: SX Zhang and Neo Bie for Stylepie Innovation Tech

MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case Designer

Shenzhen-based designers SX Zhang and Neo Bie of STYLEPIE Design presented the MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case. It is a smartphone case and iPhone stand at the same. We have seen the idea being implemented many times, but this one is MagSafe compatible and appears to be not bulky.

The MagSafe Phone Case is ideal for different modes of use: Ring Mode, Stand Mode, Play Mode, and Handle Mode. When talking to someone on the phone, you can hold it more securely with the part that lets you hook your finger. The Stand Mode is ideal for watching your favorite TV shows, movies, or YouTube videos. Play Mode is for when you’re spending time on your favorite mobile game while Handle Mode is for regular use when you just want to scroll through your social media apps or favorite websites.

MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case Phone Stand

As per the designer, there is no case in the market yet that acts as a phone case and phone stand in one that is compatible with MagSafe. This means you don’t have to remove the case just so you can charge the phone. The part that serves as a leg or hook doesn’t get in the way, so you can still charge the device even when in use. The leg folds flat when not in use and doesn’t add to the thickness of the phone case.

MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case Design

The MagSafe Phone Case is from the same designer who introduced the iMac G4-inspired MagSafe Charger. We like the simplicity of the design of this new phone case. It doesn’t make the iPhone 12/iPhone 13 look bulky, but we’re assuming it’s durable enough to protect the phone from drops from an acceptable height.

There is no need to buy a separate phone stand with this MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case. Just pull out the leg and you’re good to continue with what you need to do on your iPhone. Viewing can be steady while holding the phone can be more secure than ever. There is no reason now why your iPhone can’t be adequately protected as there are now new choices for a reliable phone case and phone stand that allows a more effortless charging experience–like the MAG.T MagSafe Phone Case.

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The Apple Arcade Pro is an iPhone-inspired handheld gaming device with two notches and controls

The Apple Arcade app/service may seem like a half-baked effort on Apple’s part to enter the gaming industry. One could argue that Apple doesn’t even care about gamers or gaming beyond the odd Monument Valley or AR-based game that they’ve showcased at their keynotes. However, the Apple Arcade Pro changes ALL of that. Designed as a hardware concept that rivals the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, or any of the Android-based gaming phones, the Apple Arcade Pro is a handheld console modeled on the iPhone, however with not one but TWO notches that allow the console to have its own button layouts.

The Apple Arcade Pro is exactly what the company needs to blitz right into the gaming industry. Google Stadia is on life-support, Microsoft Xbox Game Pass hasn’t quite picked up yet, the Steam Deck hasn’t rolled out to many people yet, and literally the only handheld gaming device that’s really got a stranglehold on the market is the Nintendo Switch… the Arcade Pro has the ability to massively tilt the scales by doing a couple of things – A. Championing mobile-based AAA gaming, B. Putting Apple’s A15 Bionic chip to even better use, and C. Allowing Apple’s Arcade service to expand rapidly in a way that would probably even threaten Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Sadly though, there’s no way Fortnite is coming back to the Apple gaming ecosystem anytime soon…

The Apple Arcade Pro models itself on the successful iPhone format. It comes with a Stainless Steel body in four different finishes, and sports the same flat-edge design as the iPhone. On the front, however, things are a bit different. There’s no front-facing camera, but the notch is still there. In fact, there are two notches on either side of the device, allowing for the Arcade Pro to have its controls – an ambidextrous set of D-pads that change function depending on what game you’re playing. On the rim, the volume buttons are replaced by left and right shoulder buttons, and the speaker modules now go all the way from one corner to the other, immersing you in audio as you game.

Move over to the back and there’s a bit of a throwback in terms of the camera layout. Instead of equipping the Arcade Pro with the best-quality camera as you’d find in the iPhone, the Arcade Pro instead has an iPhone X-inspired dual-lens system that sits further to the corner, so it doesn’t get obstructed by your hands as you game. In between the two cameras, however, sits a LiDAR sensor that turns the Arcade Pro into the world’s first AR-based dedicated handheld gaming console.

Other noteworthy features of the Arcade Pro are its upgraded Taptic Engine that allows for better haptic gaming, the Magic Joy buttons that mimic the ones seen on the Apple TV remote, 95W MagSafe charging on the back, and a new Game OS, designed specifically to highlight the new gaming experience. The Arcade Pro doesn’t just tap into the Apple Arcade service, it redefines it completely and spins the arcade service into its own standalone service, giving it a dedicated operating system that prioritizes games first, while also offering other features/apps like Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV, Safari, etc. Want to take a break from gaming and just use the Arcade Pro to watch content? There’s a Pro Stand-inspired Gravity Stand that lets you prop your device on it and easily enjoy watching stuff online. The concept doesn’t detail whether the Arcade Pro has cellular services (there isn’t a SIM tray anywhere to be seen), although we could go on a limb and say that it’ll still have Messages, although, with a front-facing camera, Memoji and FaceTime seem out of the picture.

Obviously, this is a concept and it’s practically guaranteed that Apple won’t release a gaming console any time soon (although it definitely should, considering how incredibly lucrative the industry is), but for the people who think having an iPhone-inspired gaming device is an illogical idea, let’s not forget that for the longest time Apple did have its own iPhone-shaped device that catered to a specific category – music. The iPod Touch, for years, was an iPhone-lite that did a limited set of tasks focused primarily on music and browsing the internet… so it’s fairly within the bounds of an alternate reality to envision the Arcade Pro as a gaming-specific iPhone.

Is the Arcade Pro a great idea? On paper, it definitely is, given how the gaming industry is bigger than Hollywood, the music industry, the NBA, NFL, and MLB all combined. Apple’s had a long history of sidestepping gaming, but just purely from a revenue standpoint, it makes a world of sense considering Apple can’t even claim it’s a monopoly business here. Moneytalk aside, the Arcade Pro sounds like the PERFECT device for kids… an iPhone Lite, if you will. Apple will have to develop the OS in a way that enables incredibly rigid parental controls for youngsters, but the Arcade Pro has the potential of not just being a gaming device – it also becomes the communication device parents feel comfortable giving their kids and allowing them to keep in touch… without splurging the big bucks on buying a kid an iPhone.

Designers: Junwoo Kim & Joonho Sung

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