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One of the big changes that Apple made to the iPhone X when it launched last year was to integrate Face ID rather than Touch ID into the device. A new report is going around citing sources in the supply chain that claim Apple plans to increase Face ID availability. According to this report, all the 2018 iPhone models will get Face ID when they launch. Face ID is seen by many analysts as being a significant feature for Apple when compared to the facial recognition that Android devices sport. Apple uses other sensors alongside the camera in its facial recognition technology including an infrared... Read more...
Apple makes a killing from its iPhone devices, which is the biggest reason why the company's market capitalization is right around $940 billion. But in India, one of the fastest-growing smartphone markets, Apple has a tougher time selling iPhone handsets. Sales are comparatively poor in India, and it doesn't help that Apple is dealing with high-level executives calling it quits. It's not that consumers in India have no interest in iPhone devices. The problem for Apple is price. Apple does not manufacturer its latest iPhone devices domestically in India, and so its top models are subject to tariffs... Read more...
If Hasbro had any sense, it would an iPhone game piece to the board game Monopoly, and dip it in gold so that it stands out among the others. After all, owning an iPhone is top indicator of wealth, right? Right!? Hey, don't shoot the messenger, we're just passing along what the National Bureau of Economic Research and University of Chicago came up with in a new study. "Knowing whether someone owns an iPad in 2016 allows us to guess correctly whether the person is in the top or bottom income quartile 69 percent of the time," the study states. "Across all years in our data, no individual brand is... Read more...
DISH has become the very first major pay-tv company to offer users compatibility with Google Assistant. The compatibility launches today for the Hopper, Hopper Duo, Joey, and Wally set-top boxes. The cool part about this compatibility is that you don’t need to go out and buy additional hardware. While Google Home devices are supported, so are most Android phones and iPhones with the Google Assistant app installed. "Since we first introduced voice control technology, we've seen our customers really embrace the hands-free TV experience," said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product... Read more...
It seems as though every new iOS updates brings various complaints from users ranging from performance setbacks to battery life issues, and iOS 11.4 is no exception. iPhone users running iOS 11.4 right now have been complaining in droves that battery life has suffered after the update. Reports indicate that there are over 33 pages of complaints on the Apple website from users suffering from varying levels of battery drain since updating to iOS 11.4. The main complaint is standby battery life has been significantly impacted for many of these users. One user claims that before iOS 11.4 he was... Read more...
HTC is facing some significant challenges as it finds it increasingly difficult to compete against Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market. The company earlier this week that it was laying off 1,500 workers to save money. Those layoffs come after the worst month of sales for the company in the last 24 months. HTC's June sales declined 68%. HTC was once one of the bigger names in smartphones, but its fortunes have changed in the last several years. Palm and Blackberry faced the same harsh reality in a world where most smartphone users want an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy device. HTC is also... Read more...
The launch of Apple's 2018 family of iPhones is just a few months away, which means that the rumors surrounding the smartphones are starting to ramp up dramatically. The latest info leak suggests that at least one member of the new family will be available with more colorful finishes, which is a break from the typically drab iPhone color palette.  The news comes from reliable Apple leaker, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that the entry-level 6.1-inch iPhone will be available in grey, white, blue, red and orange. An iPhone hasn’t launched with that wide range of color options... Read more...
Over the past six months, we've heard a lot from Intel about its upcoming 5G modems that will be used in a new wave of mobile devices. Apple was widely expected to use the 5G modems in its future iPhones, especially considering the legal battle that it's waging with Qualcomm over LTE modem licensing costs. However, a new report suggests that Intel won't be getting Apple's business with regards to the next-generation 5G modem chips. According to CTech, Apple informed Intel that the chipset it is currently working on, "Sunny Peak", will no longer be needed. Sunny... Read more...
Sometimes you need to see inside something to check if all is functioning well. That might be while you are rebuilding your car's engine or working on an AC system. Whenever you need to get a look at the inside of something in tight quarters, an endoscope/borescope comes in handy. Amazon has the Depstech Wireless Endoscope on sale right now and it is Wi-Fi enabled with a 2.0MP camera on the end. The camera's "neck" is rigid, so you can bend it and cram it into tight spaces even if the only way to gain access is from underneath. The Depstech Wireless Endoscope works with Android or iOS devices including... Read more...
A crippling bug that could effectively brick an older iPhone or iPad is going to cost Apple at least $9 million, which is how much a federal court in Australia fined the company. The fine is not due to the actual software flaw that Apple later patched with iOS 9.2.1, but for telling some Australian iPhone and iPad owners that it would not fix their bricked mobile device if they it had previously been repaired outside of Apple. The bug in question became known as "Error 53" because that is the error code that would appear in iTunes on affected devices. According to support document on Apple's website,... Read more...
South Korean carrier SK Telink is bringing a device back from the dead that Apple first introduced nearly a decade ago. That device is the iPhone 3GS and sales will kick off again at the end of the month. The reason that the carrier is resuming sales of these long out of production devices is a practical one. The carrier found a cache of unsold iPhone 3GS smartphones at a warehouse and plans to sell the devices new in the box with all the original accessories. The device will be dirt cheap and should be appealing to those wanting a cheap backup smartphone or a "throwaway" device for a kid. They... Read more...
Why spend $999 on a trendy smartphone when you can spend hundreds less on a similar-looking device with many of the same features? That is the question that many of Apple’s faithful will be asking when the incoming 2018 class of iPhones arrive this fall. According to a new report, Apple is gearing up for a rather big upgrade cycle this time around and is expecting for customers to flock to the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone. This particular iPhone is expected to have a design similar to the current OLED-equipped iPhone X (complete with a display notch), but use a cheaper, traditional LCD display.... Read more...
Apple has confirmed plans to bolt shut a security hole in iPhone devices that law enforcement agencies have been using to gain entrance into locked handsets after seizing them from suspected criminals. As can be imagined, those same agencies are none too pleased with Apple's decision. As far as Apple is concerned, however, it's a matter of security and privacy for consumers, both of which are compromised by certain third-party devices. For example, companies like GrayShift and Cellebrite offer USB devices that enable customers to thwart existing security measures in iOS, and in particular a set... Read more...
Apple is set to announce a new generation of iPhones later this year, but word on the street is that next year's iPhone refresh will adopt the USB-C interface for charging and connectivity. We've heard rumors like this in previous years, but they've never come to fruition. The latest talk of USB-C replacing the venerable Lightning port comes from a new DigiTimes report that says that both the iPhone and the iPad will make the jump in 2019. The Lightning port has been with us ever since 2012 when the iPhone 5 was introduced. Today, however, USB-C has become commonplace for new... Read more...
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