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Apple has just pushed the iPhone X out the door, and the rumor mill is already cranking it into high gear for the 2018 iPhone lineup. Famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back again with his predictions/channel rumors on what Apple has in store for customers. The current iPhone X, whose form-factor includes a 5.8-inch OLED display with a density of 458 pixels per inch (PPI), is expected to carry on next year. However, the device will be joined by an even higher-end model tentatively called the iPhone X Plus. This device will reportedly have a larger 6.5-inch OLED display (480 to 500 PPI).... Read more...
A security firm called Bkav Corp. from Vietnam is claiming that it has been able to defeat Apple's new Face ID facial recognition technology to access an iPhone X using a mask. The firm says that for its test, Face ID was set up normally with no special tweaks. The company offered up a Q&A session about how exactly it pulled off the security bypass that sheds detail on what exactly happened. One of the big questions asked here is how exactly Bkav could beat Face ID when similar efforts failed. The answer is somewhat self-serving, "Because... we are the leading cyber security firm ;) It is quite... Read more...
A few weeks ago, Google's Pixel 2 XL was getting lots of negative attention for OLED display problems. The two most frequent complaints revolved around color representation and more critically, premature OLED burn-in on the LG-manufactured display. However, it's now Apple's time to get in line and take its lashings with regards to the ultra-expensive iPhone X. Earlier this morning, we reported of a problem where iPhone X displays are slow to respond when operating in cold temperatures. Apple says it will fix that issue with a future software update, but a new defect won't be so easy to fix. Mac... Read more...
Old Man Winter is getting ready to settle in for the season, and for some iPhone X owners, that is bad news. Low temperatures can abnormally affect the function of iOS devices, and the iPhone X in particular, it seems. The issue came to light when a Reddit user started a thread complaining about his shiny new phone becoming "very unresponsive" whenever he steps outside to mingle with Jack Frost. "I've noticed that my iPhone X screen becomes very unresponsive as soon as I step outside. It literally takes 2 seconds from going inside to the cold outdoors and my screen stops being very responsive.... Read more...
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been unable to access data on a locked smartphone that belonged to Devin Patrick Kelly, the individual who opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 people dead and several others injured. In a subsequent press release, the FBI identified the handset as an iPhone and said it had not been able to access the data on it. Unfortunately, it might be too late to do anything about it. "They're in the process of looking at the phone," Christopher Combs, the special agent leading the investigation, told reporters earlier this week. "Unfortunately,... Read more...
Virtual reality is proving to be more than a passing fad. Things could have fizzled after the Oculus Rift finally came to market following a hyped up (and successful) Kickstarter run, but what happened instead is that it started a movement. Everybody seems to be jumping on board, from HTC to Microsoft. You can add Apple to the list as well, and not just because of fancy camera technologies in its newest iPhones. Apparently Apple is looking at creating a standalone augmented reality headset within the next two years.Augmented reality (AR) is a form of VR that blends virtual objects into real world... Read more...
Apple and Samsung have been battling in court for years now over patents having to with slide-to-unlock and quick links. That quick links patent is the one that turns things like phone numbers into tappable links, so that you can quickly dial them. Apple was originally granted a $120 million award by a jury who found that Samsung did indeed infringe on its patents. Then on appeal, a judge threw out the ruling calling two of the patents granted to Apple invalid, and stating Samsung didn’t infringe on a third. That appeals court did all that while upholding the judgment against Apple for violating... Read more...
It has been a tradition over the years for Apple fans to stand in long lines for the privilege of buying a newly released iPhone model on launch day. For rival Samsung, it has its own iPhone tradition—poking fun at Apple, while pointing out the strengths of its latest Galaxy handsets, strengths that oftentimes elude the newest iPhone. Like a 3.5mm audio jack. Well, Samsung is at it again with a new ad campaign that mocks the new iPhone X, and several iPhone models that came before it. Samsung's ad starts off with a camera capturing tired customers standing in a line outside of an Apple store for... Read more...
Google has been taking some heat over the LG-manufactured OLED display used on the Pixel 2 XL smartphone, which was shown to suffer from screen burn-in problems, sometimes only with a few hours of use. Google stepped up and stated that this was normal with an OLED screen such as the one used on the smartphone. Apple is heading off future complaints about the new iPhone X and its Super Retina OLED screen with a support document that was recently published. The warnings include an attempt to inform users that with an OLED screen there are a few potentially annoying norms you must live with.... Read more...
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month or so, you know that today marks the official retail release of Apple's iPhone X. The first hands-on reviews began filtering onto the internet earlier this week, and the iPhone X has been featured on national and local TV news broadcasts to spread the word. Given that the iPhone X is in short supply and that scalpers are selling the smartphones for hundred over MSRP, it should come as no surprise that nefarious actors are looking to get in on the action. In fact, that appears to be the case in San Francisco, where thieves methodically stalked... Read more...
The iPhone 8 looks similar to the iPhone 7, which itself looks similar to the iPhone 6, and on down the line. In some respects, smartphone design finds itself in a state of stagnation. In an attempt to buck that trend, Apple launched an iPhone X model alongside its new iPhone 8 phones. It is a celebratory product in recognition of the iPhone's 10-year anniversary, and it a features a bit of a different design than the iPhone 8 and previous iterations. Putting it under the knife, however, reveals that not much is different in terms of do-it-yourself repairability. Apple's highly sought-after iPhone... Read more...
The legal spat between Apple and Qualcomm has just taken an interesting turn, and this time around, Intel has been drawn into the mix. Qualcomm has just sued Apple (again) and it alleges that the company violated a chip software license agreement by sharing that code with Intel. If you recall, Apple began using Intel as a secondary supplier for iPhone LTE modems when the iPhone 7 launched in 2017. The modems are features in GSM iPhone models that are available for AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Given that Intel is a rival to Qualcomm with regards to winning lucrative contract dollars from Apple,... Read more...
Technology is great, wonderful, groovy, and every other kind of positive adjective, except when it isn't. There are always downsides to be found, and the iPhone X with its fancy facial recognition technology—Face ID, as Apple calls it—is no exception. The problem raised by privacy advocates is that even though facial data used to unlock the iPhone X is securely stored on the handset, Apple's privacy policies do not cover apps that give developers access to such data. App developers can tap into the iPhone X's facial data to build various different experiences for users, such as having a game character... Read more...
Apple's decision to launch three different iPhone models has been met with a bit of intrigue since the plan originally came to light. Many figured that iPhone 8 sales might be sluggish as people held off for the fancier iPhone X. In China this has proven particularly true, as two major online retailers in China are already offering big discounts on the device to try and move iPhone 8 stock. Chinese e-tailer Suning.com is offering the iPhone 8 with discounts as large as 1,100 yuan, which works out to about $165.50 off the device. That discount makes it cheaper than pricing offered on the... Read more...
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