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Digital Trends Live: iPhone 11 and Nintendo Switch leaks, insect meat, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler and Adrien Warner discuss the biggest trending stories in tech, including confirmation of the new iPhone 11 design, leaked images of the Nintendo Switch mini console, Samsung’s roll-up display phone, a virtual reality massage center, insect meat, and more.

Contributing Editor Luke Dormehl joins us to talk about the rise in insect-based proteins, and how scientists are using bugs to make efficient proteins for the world’s growing population.

We then break down the new Nvidia Super RTX GPUs with DT Computing Editor Luke Larsen, who delves into the announced specs, pricing, and availability.

Jason Yim, chief executive officer and executive creative director of Trigger, joins us to talk about creating AR experiences for properties like Spider-Man and Toy Story, and how 5G can lead to an explosion of AR use.

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The Google Pixel 9 may steal a key iPhone 16 Pro feature
A render of the Google Pixel 9 smartphone in black.

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We've officially entered the second half of the year, which means we're ever closer to new flagship phones from Apple and Google. Now, the news is that one of the most anticipated new features likely to arrive on the iPhone 16 Pro series could also be coming to the Google Pixel 9.

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The iPhone 16 Pro Max could redefine smartphone batteries
Insides of an iPhone depicted as a wallpaper.

Apple is reportedly eyeing a major battery upgrade for its next iPhone -- one that will not only boost the per-charge efficiency but also pave the way for easier (and hopefully cheaper) repairs. Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known industry insider for Apple moves and analyst at Tianfeng International Securities, writes in his latest investor note that Apple is making modifications to the iPhone 16 Pro Max's lithium-ion battery that will increase the energy density.

Battery density is defined as the amount of energy that can be stored per volume, and it is usually measured in watt-hours per liter for an average lithium-based battery, the kind used in smartphones. The benefits of a higher-density battery mean more electrical energy can be put inside a pack, or conversely, the size of the battery can be shrunk without reducing the capacity.

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Apple’s secret plan to change iPhone batteries forever
Battery inside an iPhone.

In the near future, replacing the battery inside an iPhone won’t be a risk-prone, complex, and messy affair with glue everywhere. According to The Information, Apple is exploring a new technology that will make it easier for people to remove the battery unit inside their iPhones, making replacements and repairs more convenient.

Here’s the detail right from the horse’s mouth: "The new technology—known as electrically induced adhesive debonding—involves encasing the battery in metal, rather than foil as it is currently. That would allow people to dislodge the battery from the chassis by administering a small jolt of electricity to the battery, the people said."

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