iPhone 13 release date: We have a good idea of when Apple will unveil its next phones – CNET


The iPhone 12 Pro Max was released in October.

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Though it's been only a few months since the iPhone 12 went on sale, Apple is already setting its sights on its next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 13 (or whatever it ends up being called). We're expecting to see four versions of the new phone: the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. But when can we expect Apple to unveil its newest phones?

Apple has yet to hint at any iPhone 13 event date. Based on Apple's history, however, we can typically predict when the company's iPhone events will happen, and make an educated guess on a release date based on that. While the pandemic changed the usual course for 2020, marking the first September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone due to production delays, Kuo predicts that 2021 will see a return to the company's typical cadence. 

Read more: Every iPhone 13 rumor we've heard so far 

If this is true, we can expect to get a first look at the iPhone 13 at an event at some point in September. 

Apple usually holds its events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and iPhone release dates typically are set about a week and a half after Apple announces the new devices. Usually, new iPhones are released on a Friday, around the third week of September. 

Now playing: Watch this: iPhone 13 rumor roundup


A few years ago, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple event timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read about here. Based on the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple event (and the unveiling of the iPhone 13) on Sept. 8, with a Sept. 17 release date. 

We won't know if this is true until Apple announces an event, and shows off the phones. But if you want to plan ahead and save up for an iPhone 13, we'd bet on the September timeline, at least for now. 

For more, check out why the iPhone 13 could have a 120Hz always-on display, and our review of the iPhone 12

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iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Rumored features, cameras and more compared – CNET


The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, released last year.

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It's only been a few months since the iPhone 12 hit stores, but Apple fans are already looking forward to the launch of the iPhone 13, which we expect to see in September. Whether you just upgraded to the iPhone 12 or are debating whether you should wait for Apple's 2021 flagship, you may be wondering how the iPhone 13 will stack up. We've collected all of the early rumors around the iPhone 13's specs, including cameras, display size and resolution, and the four different models that could be on the horizon, to help you plan your potential purchase. 

Here are the rumors we've heard so far about the iPhone 13 specs, and how they might compare to the iPhone 12. To be clear, none of the iPhone 13 specs have been confirmed by Apple.

Read more: Every iPhone 13 rumor we've heard so far

Four iPhone 13 models

Like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 will come in four models, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

Now playing: Watch this: iPhone 13 rumor roundup



The iPhone 13 isn't expected to be a major technical upgrade from the iPhone 12, which was the first to include 5G support. Because of this, analysts are predicting that the iPhone 13 will cost around the same as the iPhone 12, the base version of which starts at $799. It's also possible that Apple may lower the price of the iPhone 13, as others did after the economic downturn of 2020, such as Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE and Google's Pixel 5. The newly released Samsung Galaxy S21 also boasted a lower price tag, starting at $200 lower than its predecessor.

Here's the iPhone 12's US pricing, for reference: 

iPhone 12 US pricing

iPhone 12 model 64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone 12 Mini (carrier model) $699 $749 $849 N/A
iPhone 12 Mini (SIM-free from Apple) $729 $779 $879 N/A
iPhone 12 (carrier model) $799 $849 $949 N/A
iPhone 12 (SIM-free from Apple) $829 $879 $979 N/A
iPhone 12 Pro N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
iPhone 12 Pro Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

Increased refresh rates

Most phones (including the iPhone 12) refresh at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz, but some, like the Galaxy S21 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, refresh at 120Hz. There is speculation that the iPhone 13's display will have a 120Hz refresh rate (and an always-on OLED display). The higher the refresh rate, the faster and smoother a phone feels when scrolling through apps and websites. While this was rumored for the iPhone 12 as well, it seems more likely to happen this time around.

Better cameras

The iPhone 12 camera array includes regular, ultrawide and selfie cameras, night mode photos on all cameras, improved HDR mode, a telephoto lens (on the Pro and Pro Max models) and 2.5x zoom (on the Pro Max only).

As is typically the case with new iPhones, you can expect the iPhone 13's cameras to be upgraded over the iPhone 12. We've heard rumors of an added periscope camera to improve zoom, an improved ultrawide-angle lens for night mode photography, and lidar technology on all models, instead of just the Pro and Pro Max, as was the case with the iPhone 12.

Touch ID

The iPhone 13 could bring back Touch ID for the first time since the iPhone 8, with a big difference: It might be embedded under the screen, instead of as a separate button that takes up phone real estate. Some were expecting this to happen with the iPhone 12, but had also said it could get pushed to the next model. Alas, the iPhone 12 lineup lacks a Touch ID button. It's worth noting that Apple's 2020 iPad Air integrated a Touch ID button onto the side of the device. This would be a great addition this year in particular, since Face ID doesn't work when wearing a mask

Lightning port and headphone jack

The iPhone 12 doesn't have a headphone jack, and we don't expect any iPhone 13 models to have one either. But the Lightning port may be another story, now that Apple has introduced MagSafe charging capabilities. Kuo predicts that the iPhone 13 models will still include Lightning ports, with the exception of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which could be completely portless. The iPhone 12, by contrast, featured a Lightning port on all four models.

For more, check out our review of the iPhone 12, and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.

Rumored Apple iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 specs

iPhone 13 iPhone 12
Display size 6.1-inch OLED 6.1-inch OLED
Refresh rate 120Hz 60Hz
Cameras Regular, ultrawide, selfie, periscope Regular, ultrawide, selfie, telephoto (Pro Max)
Fingerprint sensor Yes No
Connector Lightning, except in Pro Max Lightning
Headphone jack No No
Price (US) $799 $799

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3 things Android 12 can do that Android 11 just can’t – CNET

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Google unveiled the latest version of its Android operating system last week, Android 12. Available now as a developer preview, Android 12 appears to be pretty similar to Android 11, with a few new features and some performance fixes aimed at helping your phone run more smoothly. 

If you're eager to try out the new OS, you can download and install the Android 12 developer preview now. But be warned that as the first developer preview, it is likely full of bugs, and isn't meant for the average person to try out at this point -- especially not on your primary device. We expect Google to launch a public beta in May, and the final version around August or September.

Here are three of the biggest new features we've seen in Android 12 so far, compared to Android 11.

Now playing: Watch this: Our first look at Android 12


App privacy features

Google is adding several new privacy features to apps to give users more transparency and control, according to an Android Developers blog post. One update gives you more information about how cookies can be used across sites, while another changes how apps export information to prevent them from accidentally exporting activities, services and receivers. 

It's worth noting that these policies are less strict than those in Apple's recent iOS software release, which includes new app "nutrition labels" that tell people what personal data their apps are collecting, and an upcoming change that requires developers to ask people for permission to gather data and track them across apps and websites. 

Redesigned notifications

With Android 12, Google is changing up the design of notifications to make them more modern and functional. When you tap on a notification, it will take you directly to the app or action you want to take, instead of going through an intermediary service to start that action. This should make everything run faster, according to the blog post.

As noted by tech site XDA Developers, Android 12 also gets a new button that lets you snooze unimportant notifications, and choose how long to do so. You can also turn on adaptive notifications ranking to let Android rearrange your notifications based on how you work with different apps, and reset it the ranking if you don't like it.

One-handed mode

Android 12 appears to include a few design changes that make it easier to operate Android phones with one hand and your thumb. XDA Developers noted that the updated settings UI moves the Search bar to the bottom of the display for easier one-handed access. It also uncovered a new feature called "silky home" that makes the entire interface more suitable for one-handed use. 

For more, check out how to download the Android 12 developer preview, and the best Android phones to buy for 2021.

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Ikea shows off its new lineup of furniture and gear for gamers – CNET


Ikea's new "matchspel" gaming chair will be available globally in October.


Gamers are going to need to practice their Swedish. This month, we're finally getting a glimpse of furniture giant Ikea's new gaming gear collaboration with Asus's Republic of Gamers, which has launched in China and will be available globally in October. 

The new gaming collection includes more than 30 products for PC gamers. You'll find furniture like gaming desks and chairs, and a drawer unit, along with accessories, like mug holders, neck pillows, ring lights, and, for some reason, a a wooden hand (called the "lånespelare") that can sit on your desk and hold your headphones or cables. Prices will range depending on the product family. 

Ikea first announced the gaming collection in September.

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Google wants to test drones for firefighting – CNET


An illustration of a drone that sprays crops. It's the kind of gadget that could potentially be used by Google to fight fires.

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Google is asking the US Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test a drone for monitoring and fighting fires, according to a document filed Tuesday with the FAA.

The ask comes from Google parent Alphabet's Google Research Climate and Energy Group -- not the company's Wing subsidiary, whose drone delivery service was certified by the FAA in 2019. Wing drones are currently being used to deliver food and medicine during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Read more: Best drones for 2021

The Google Research group is asking for permission to operate an unmanned aircraft system called the HSE-UAV M8A Pro, which weighs between 55 and 99 pounds. That drone, made by Homeland Surveillance & Electronics LLC for agricultural purposes like spraying chemicals on crops, could in theory be filled with water to put out a fire, a Bloomberg report noted. 

The testing would occur "at a confined private property" in Firebaugh, California, according to the filing. 

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Google wants to test drones for firefighting – CNET


An illustration of a drone that sprays crops. It's the kind of gadget that could potentially be used by Google to fight fires.

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Google is asking the US Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test a drone for monitoring and fighting fires, according to a document filed Tuesday with the FAA.

The ask comes from Google parent Alphabet's Google Research Climate and Energy Group -- not the company's Wing subsidiary, whose drone delivery service was certified by the FAA in 2019. Wing drones are currently being used to deliver food and medicine during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Read more: Best drones for 2021

The Google Research group is asking for permission to operate an unmanned aircraft system called the HSE-UAV M8A Pro, which weighs between 55 and 99 pounds. That drone, made by Homeland Surveillance & Electronics LLC for agricultural purposes like spraying chemicals on crops, could in theory be filled with water to put out a fire, a Bloomberg report noted. 

The testing would occur "at a confined private property" in Firebaugh, California, according to the filing. 

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Widgets on Galaxy S21 vs. iPhone 12: Samsung One UI 3 beats iOS 14 – CNET

This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

At Samsung Unpacked on Thursday, we finally saw the new Galaxy S21 phone line, complete with new camera features and a major price drop. Samsung also showed off a change on the software side: Widgets on many Samsung phones are getting an upgrade with the latest version of Samsung One UI 3 -- just as iOS 14 widgets finally arrived last year for iPhones and other Apple devices giving you the ability to customize your iPhone home screen with the app information you need.

While Android has had widgets for years, the December launch of Samsung One UI 3 for certain Galaxy devices with Android 11 OS brought redesigned widgets to keep your home screen more organized and aesthetically pleasing, and let you access more features from your lock screen. At Samsung Unpacked, the company unveiled new changes to One UI 3 to make widgets even more useful. 

So what's the difference between widgets for Samsung's One UI 3 and Apple's iOS 14? We break down what you need to know. 

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Widgets have been a mainstay feature on Google's Android since its inception in 2008. But Samsung's One UI 3 for Android 11 revamps some of the things you can do with these helpful tools. 

At Samsung Unpacked, the company revealed new widgets for the lock screen that let you see more information without unlocking your phone, including screen time, Bixby Routines, along with weather, music and your calendar. You can also set these lock screen widgets to dark mode. 

On your home screen, you can personalize your widgets down to size and level of transparency. Message notifications are grouped at the top for faster access, and you can flip between music apps. 

One UI 3 is currently available on Samsung phones including the new Galaxy S21 line, the Galaxy S20 line, the Galaxy Note 20 line, the Z Fold2, the Z Flip, and the Note10, Fold and S10 series (though there are some differences in availability depending on market). It will reach Galaxy A devices in the first half of the year.

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Apple finally added widgets for iPhones with the release of iOS 14 last June (Apple also introduced widgets for iPad in iPadOS 14, and for Mac in MacOS Big Sur at that time). 

iOS 14 lets you place widgets for apps like weather, music and fitness on your home screen. You can also customize your own Smart Stack widget on your home screen, which combines several app widgets that you can scroll through (you can also let Apple curate this for you, based on how you use your phone). 

You can download iOS 14 on supported iPhones (generally the iPhone 6s through the iPhone 11).

The bottom line

While Apple's widgets are a welcome, very useful (and aesthetically pleasing) feature, Samsung's One UI 3 widgets offer more by way of customization. However, that could change whenever we get a glimpse of iOS 15, likely later this year. 

Now playing: Watch this: iOS 14 tips and tricks


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ViewSonic’s new 8K monitor brings working from home to a new level at CES 2021 – CNET


ViewSonic's upcoming 8K monitor is designed for photographers.

This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

At CES 2021, electronics display company ViewSonic unveiled several new monitors for work-from-home setups, gaming and home entertainment

Its most premium offering is its first 8K ColorPro monitor, the VP3286-8K, designed for photographers who need a high-quality workstation. The 32-inch monitor with native 8K resolution includes Adobe RGB 99% for a wide color gamut coverage, and a color-blind mode with advanced color adjustments. It will come with a small puck that acts as a calibration device, and a module that will act as a backlight for photo editing. It will also include a Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort and a USB hub. The new ColorPro monitor is slated for summer 2021, with an estimated price tag of $5,000. 

For those who want a solid home office monitor for working and video chatting but don't need all those bells and whistles, ViewSonic's new VG2440V monitor may be of interest: Arriving this month for $220, the 24-inch video conferencing monitor includes a built-in webcam and native 1080p resolution. The HD webcam is adjustable and includes a shutter for privacy, and an omni-directional microphone and dual 2W speaker stereos. Connectivity includes VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB A/B and Audio-Out. 

Read more: CES 2021's coolest new gadgets: Rollable phones, giant TVs, coronavirus killers

In terms of gaming, ViewSonic also unveiled the XG320U, its biggest Elite gaming monitor so far with a 32-inch screen and native 4K resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. It includes support for HDMI 2.1, which few monitors offer, along with DisplayPort, USB-A/B and Audio-Out. Pricing information is not yet available, but the monitor is expected to hit shelves in summer 2021. 

Another new entry in ViewSonic's 32-inch 4K gaming monitor lineup is the XG321UG, which is also notable due to its Mini-LED backlights with 1,152 zones for high luminance and deep darks. It also includes a 144Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC Ultimate with Nvidia Reflex. It also supports VESA DisplayHDR 10000 and Adobe 99% color coverage, and HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, USB-A/B and Audio-Out. Again, pricing information is not yet available, but the monitor is scheduled for a summer 2021 release. 

For more, check out LG's UltraFine OLED Pro monitor at CES 2021, and Acer's new gaming monitors that target consoles and speedsters

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Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S20: Comparing Samsung phone price, features and more – CNET

Samsung's new Galaxy S21 phone line is now available to buy (here's where to order one). The latest version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy phone is the successor to the Galaxy S20 line, released in 2020. If you're in the market for an upgrade, you may be wondering: What exactly are the differences between the two Galaxy phones? And is it worth it to spend $800 for an upgrade? 

Here's everything you need to know for now about how the Galaxy S21 compares with the Galaxy S20. We chose a winner for each category below based purely on specs. For a more in-depth look at Samsung's new phones, read our full reviews of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Read more: Galaxy S21 vs. S20 specs compared: What Samsung changed in its new phones

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The base Samsung Galaxy S21 includes a 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4,000-mAh battery and three rear camera lenses, including a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens. It runs on Android 11, and has a new Snapdragon 888 processor. The phone gets a major price drop compared with its predecessor, starting at $800 (£769, AU$1,249). Read our full Galaxy S21 review.

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CNET gave the base Galaxy S20 a rating of 8.7 out of 10, naming it the best out of the S20 line. Our reviewer appreciated top-shelf features such as a sharp display and advanced camera capabilities, but noted that the starting price of $1,000 (£799, AU$1,349) was a bit high for what you get. While the S21 is mostly similar in features, unless S20's price drops more (you can get it refurbished for around $550), it seems worth it to upgrade to the S21. Read our full Galaxy S20 review.

Design, screen size and weight

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S20 are extremely similar when it comes to displays. Both feature 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED screens, a 120Hz refresh rate and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The differences are relatively small: The S21 has a pixel density of 421 ppi, compared with the S20's 563 ppi. The S21 is also slightly heavier, at 6.03 ounces, while the S20 weighs 5.75 ounces. 

The two phones also appear to be close to identical in design. The only major difference in appearance is the rear camera module -- on the S21, it has a metal overlay. Both phones are IP68-rated for water and dust resistance. Neither phone has a headphone jack

In terms of colors, the Galaxy S21 comes in pastels called phantom violet, phantom gray, phantom pink and phantom white (other colors are available for the S21 Plus and Ultra models). The Galaxy S20 is available in cosmic gray, cloud blue, cloud pink and cosmic black. 

Winner: Tie

Now playing: Watch this: Review: The Galaxy S21 5G surprised us with its changes



The base model Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 have the exact same camera setup: The rear camera modules have a 64-megapixel telephoto camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. Both phones also come with a 10-megapixel selfie camera. The cameras are the same on both Plus models, too. 

The major camera upgrades come with the S21 Ultra. This model has four rear cameras: a main 108-megapixel wide sensor and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, plus two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses -- one with 3x zoom and one with 10x zoom. It also boasts a fast Bright Night sensor and pixel binning technology, which makes your photos more detailed. 

Winner: Tie (except in the case of the S21 Ultra, which wins over the S20 Ultra)

Read more: Galaxy S21's camera features are good, but are they enough?

Now playing: Watch this: We review the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G and its bonkers cameras


Processing speed

Two of the biggest upgrades to the S21 are the phone's processor and the software it runs -- it's now on Android 11 with a Snapdragon 888 processor, which should lead to increases in speed and performance. The S20 was originally released with Android 10 and has a Snapdragon 875.

Winner: Galaxy S21

Battery life

The base Galaxy S20 and S21 models have the same battery size of 4,000 mAh. The battery size rises to 5,000 mAh in both the S20 Ultra and S21 Ultra. The only difference between models is in the Plus versions: The S21 Plus gets a battery size increase to 4,800 mAh, compared with 4,500 mAh in the S20 Plus. 

Winner: Tie (except in the case of the S21 Plus, which wins over the S20 Plus)

Read moreSamsung Galaxy S21: What to know about battery life and battery sizes

5G connectivity

All S21 and S20 models support 5G connectivity, so again, no difference there. 

Winner: Tie

Stylus support

One of the bigger differences between the two phone models comes at the Ultra level. The Galaxy S21 Ultra includes support for the S Pen stylus (sold separately for $40), whereas none of the S20 models do. That means S21 Ultra owners will soon be able to use the small digital pen to jot notes, take better screenshots, sign documents or draw in their favorite apps.

Read more: Galaxy S21 Ultra works with Samsung S Pen, Pro stylus: Price, features and limitations


Outside of the processor, perhaps the biggest difference between the base S20 and S21 is the price tag. The Galaxy S21 is now on sale (buy the S21 here), starting at $800 for the 128GB model. In comparison, the Galaxy S20 started at $1,000. Though the price on the S20 has fluctuated since the Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung didn't say whether it would get a further decrease, and thus far it doesn't seem to have done so. For international pricing see the chart below.

Winner: Galaxy S21 

Now playing: Watch this: Galaxy S21 Ultra's camera goes head-to-head with iPhone...


Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S20: Spec comparison

Here's how the specs of the two phones compare, now that the S21 details have been officially released.

For more about the Galaxy S21 and everything else Samsung announced, you can check out our roundup

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs. Galaxy S20 specs

Galaxy S21 Galaxy S20
Display size, resolution 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X; (2,400x1,080 pixels) 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X; (3,200x1,440 pixels)
Pixel density 421 ppi 563 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 2.80x5.97x0.31 in 2.72x5.97x0.31 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 71.2x151.7x7.9 mm 69.1x151.7x7.9 mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 6.03 oz; 171g 5.75 oz; 163g
Mobile software Android 11 Android 10
Camera 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)
Front-facing camera 10-megapixel 10-megapixel
Video capture 8K 8K
Processor Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 865 or 64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5GHz + 2GHz)
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB
RAM 8GB 12GB (5G), 8GB (LTE)
Expandable storage Up to 1TB Up to 1TB
Battery 4,000 mAh 4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen
Headphone jack No No
Special features IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, 5G-enabled, 30x Space Zoom, 10W wireless charging, 120Hz refresh rate 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; IP68 rating for water and dust resistance,
Price at launch (USD) $800 $1,000
Price (GBP) £769 £799, £899 (5G)
Price (AUD) AU$1,249
AU$1,349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G)

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CES 2021 trends in TV streaming, fitness apps, video chat software and more – CNET


CES will bring lots of new fitness apps and services, like the health and fitness platform Ultrahuman.

This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

CES 2021 is a very different tech show during a very different year. Most of us have had to forgo everything from movie theaters to gyms to bars in favor of streaming services, fitness apps and video chat platforms -- giving software and services a place closer to the top of the tech innovation pyramid. That evolution will be on display at the virtual conference.

While no one is walking the Las Vegas floors this week trying out new products that promise to consolidate your TV streaming, use your brain waves to dispel anxiety and improve your sleep, the apps and services that have been the center of our entertainment, exercise and work and social lives will play a big role at this year's CES, often taking advantage of the virtual environment that they operate in naturally. 

Before we close out Day 1 of CES 2021 and gear up for the Day 2 lineup, here are a few services, apps and software trends we expect to see at the virtual conference. 

Read more: The top 6 trends to expect at CES 2021

Streaming services grapple with the closure of movie theaters


Wonder Woman 1984 was one of the first major movies to be released on the streaming service HBO Max instead of in theaters during the pandemic.

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Though there will be far fewer major media companies present at CES 2021, we'll likely get a glimpse at how some of the pivots from movies to streaming services are faring, as CNET's Joan Solsman reported. The head of Warner Bros. will take part in a keynote called Entertainment Transformed, and will likely discuss the company's plans to release all of its new movies this year for streaming on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters, starting with last month's Wonder Woman 1984.

Other CES panels will include executives from Amazon, Starz, Pluto TV and more discussing the massive increase in streaming service subscriptions since the start of pandemic lockdowns last March.

Though we aren't expecting announcements from major players like Netflix or Hulu, it's likely that 2021 will continue the surge in streaming service subscriptions, especially as more shows and movies change hands or premiere. The arrival of The Office on NBC's Peacock likely boosted subscriptions this month, for example, as Wonder Woman 1984 did for HBO Max

The pandemic brings home entertainment, video chat equipment to the forefront


Sony will have new TVs on display at CES 2021.


With many parts of the world dealing with surges in coronavirus cases and lots of people still working and entertaining themselves from home, home entertainment vendors will have tons of new TVs, soundbars and streaming devices on display at CES 2021.

We've already gotten a glimpse of new Sony TVs that boast massive, brighter OLED screens and run the new Google TV streaming system. Samsung has also already had a ton of new home entertainment products to show off, including huge MicroLED TVs that let you watch four shows at once, QLED TVs that come in 4K and 8K resolution and soundbars with subwoofer microphones to upgrade your home theater experience. 

On the video chat side, we'll see a number of vendors looking to improve your experience on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or your service of choice, for work or for socializing. Companies like Owl Labs, j5create and Labpano will show off 360-degree cameras and related software, while Crew in a Box claims to offer a professional-quality plug-and-play remote video production solution. 

It remains to be seen whether any of these will catch on as widely as popular smart home tools like the Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest and Facebook Portal, which all support Zoom and other video chat platforms now. But many people will continue working from home until a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, these products will likely garner some interest. 

Fitness apps, services and products explode in popularity


Samsung's new Smart Trainer feature for its 2021 TVs lets you connect a webcam to track workout progress and get coaching.


As the pandemic closed or limited use of many gyms and fitness classes starting in March, at-home fitness products, apps and services saw major growth. At CES, we expect to see several new offerings in this category. Ultrahuman, a new health and fitness app debuting at the show, uses a MasterClass-like strategy helping people meditate, workout and optimize sleep with the help of athletes, neuroscientists, artists and psychologists. Wearable company Amazfit is unveiling its new Amazfit HomeStudio, a connected treadmill and fitness class hub. 

Samsung TVs are even getting in on the fitness action: A new feature on the electronics giant's 2021 televisions called Smart Trainer lets you attach a webcam to your TV so the Samsung Health app can track your workout progress and offer coaching and encouragement.

With people investing large chunks of money in at-home gym equipment and the apps and services that come with them (looking at you, Peloton), it'll be interesting to see if, when gyms are totally safe to return to, people flock back or stay in their at-home fitness studios. The fitness tech we see at CES could be a further sign of the move away from working out in gyms and into living rooms.

Now playing: Watch this: CES 2021: What to expect as the show goes all-digital


The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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