Items tagged with iphone x

Apple's iPhone XR is no longer a current-generation, near-flagship level, but it is still a very popular smartphone. Counterpoint Research's Market Pulse took a look at global sales figures for the smartphone industry, and the latest numbers for Q3 2019 are in. According to Market Pulse, the iPhone XR was the top-selling smartphone globally for the quarter. The publication notes that the iPhone XR has been the best-selling smartphone globally since Q4 2018, and over 25% of all Apple smartphone sales for Q3 2019 were the iPhone XR. One decision that helped keep the iPhone XR at the top of the sales charts for the quarter was an adjustment of the price in China and several other markets. Apple's... Read more...
Over the weekend, news spread of an unpatchable "checkm8" exploit that could allow millions of iPhone users to quickly and easily jailbreak their handsets. Lest there was any doubt it works, the hacker who developed the exploit posted a video on Twitter showing checkm8 in action on an iPhone X running iOS 13.1.1. The bad news for Apple is the nature of this exploit makes patching it away impossible. That's because checkm8 works its magic in the iOS bootrom, which itself resides in read-only memory inside a chip in affected iPhone models. Any jailbreaks that leverage the iOS bootrom can't be mitigated with a software patch. HACKED! Verbose booting iPhone X looks pretty cool. Starting in DFU Mode,... Read more...
Back in the early days of the iPhone, jailbreaking was an incredibly common practice for enthusiasts. With an iOS jailbreak and third-party app stores like Cydia, iPhone users were able to add software features and apps to their devices that Apple had yet to provide (sometimes years prior). Two things happened to shrink the jailbreak community over the years: 1) Apple became more adept at patching up security holes in a timely fashion and even began employing hackers to improve its defenses and 2) Apple has added tons of functionality to iOS that made jailbreaking not worth the time or added security risk. For those that are still adamant about jailbreaking, there is some... Read more...
There are plenty of vulnerabilities in the biometrics that are commonly used for unlocking devices today, including fingerprint readers and Apple's Face ID. Researchers at the Black Hat USA 2019 conference this week demonstrated a new attack that allowed them to bypass a victim's Face ID and login to the user's phone. However, the method that the hackers had to use is a little disturbing, as they had to use an unconscious victim and place a pair of modified glasses on their face. To pull off the hack, the researchers placed tape carefully over the lenses of a pair of glasses and then put the glasses on the victim's face to show how Face ID could be bypassed in this specific scenario. The exploit... Read more...
Best Buy has been offering some very good sales over the last few months. Right before the Super Bowl, the electronics retailer had smoking deals on big screen TVs. Right now Best Buy is offering excellent deals on a nice laptop from Microsoft, the Surface Laptop 2, and on the Apple iPhone X. The base Surface Laptop 2 is on sale at a $200 discount off the regular $999 price right now making it $799. We haven't seen prices that low since Christmas. That gets you the latest generation Surface Laptop 2 with an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and Windows 10 Home. The display is a 13.5-inch unit, and it has a native resolution of 2256 x 1504. The Surface Laptop 2 does support... Read more...
We have all been there-- you are trying to take a picture of your friends or family at a dimly-lit event and the photo comes out terribly. This past November Google released “Night Sight” to help Pixel 3 owners take quality photos regardless of their lighting conditions. Google is obviously proud of the Pixel 3 and the company's new Night Sight ad takes a shot at the iPhone X and its supposedly inferior camera. The new ad features the same photo taken with two different camera phones. The iPhone X photo is underexposed and it is difficult to see the subject, however, viewers of course can perfectly see the subject in the Pixel 3 photo perfectly. The sky has been brightened and a white... Read more...
Way back in late 2015, Apple released its first Smart Battery Case intended for use on the iPhone 6s. Priced at $99, the device boosted overall runtimes for the device to 25 hours, but was widely mocked for its ghastly battery "hump" which looked totally out of place with absolutely no attention paid to aesthetics. Things didn't improve with the Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 7. Now it looks as though Apple is ready to take another stab at the accessory three years after it launched the original. Guilherme Rambo did some digging into watchOS 5.1.2 and found a fresh icon that depicts a new Smart Battery Case. This time around, as you can see by the pill-shaped cutout for... Read more...
Apple may be one of the most valuable companies in the world, but it isn't immune to problems with its products. Apple recently warned that MacBook Pro SSDs could lose data and that there were display issues with some iPhone X devices; it offered free repairs for both devices. Apple allegedly has a new issue with a man named Rocky Mohamadali claiming that his iPhone X exploded. The man claims that he was installing the iOS 12.1 update onto the device when the explosion occurred; that is the update that promised a fix for the so-called beautygate selfie issue. Mohamadali says that once the update started he plugged the iPhone X into the official Apple charger that came with the phone; it's unclear... Read more...
Two of Apple's most popular products over the past year could be subject to some rather nasty malfunctions according to the company. Apple has initiated replacement programs for both the 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) and the iPhone X, which was recently discontinued. In the case of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple warns that a "limited number" of systems with 128GB or 256GB SSDs could experience data loss and complete failure of the drive. Needless to say, this is a serious issue, especially if customers don't have a recently completed Time Machine backup. The company says that MacBook Pro models affected by this issue were sold between June 2017 and June 2018. Apple has a support... Read more...
When Apple launched the iPhone X, it went through extremes to make the display are of the smartphone as large as possible while minimizing the bezels. This meant the introduction of the notch at the top of the screen and the deletion of the home button where the fingerprint scanner was previously placed. Rather than put the fingerprint scanner on the back of the iPhone, Apple went to Face ID where your face serves as your password. The first reported instance of law enforcement having an iPhone X owner unlock their device with their face has now occurred. Forbes reports that when the FBI searched the home of a 28-year-old Grant Michalski in Ohio, they found an iPhone X in his possession that... Read more...
Oppo's Find X smartphone launched during the summer, and it had a very attractive design that eschewed the notch design that the iPhone X popularized (and was quickly followed by many others). Instead, the Find X got around the need for a notch by using a motorized, pop-up camera that hid away when not needed. A new version of that smartphone has been tipped by a TENNA (the Chinese equivalent of the FCC) listing, and it will have a feature that is a world first. The TENNA listing that surfaced shows that a new Find X version will have 10GB of RAM inside along with 256GB of storage space. Ice Universe discovered the listing and shared via Twitter. Many smartphone users will automatically wonder,... Read more...
When it comes to the shameless copying of competing smartphones, we don't often think of Motorola. However, the company's latest P30 smartphone is such a blatant copy of the iPhone X that we wonder what exactly was going on in Motorola's design studio.  From the front, the P30 shares much with the iPhone X including its wide and similarly-shaped display notch and trim bezels around the sides. The only place where the P30 really differs is at the bottom, where it has a larger bottom bezel to make way for the internal display connector. Out back, things are also eerily similar, with the same raised, pill-shaped pod housing two cameras and a flash module. Instead of the familiar Apple logo... Read more...
Yesterday, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Note 9, which is its latest and greatest smartphone. Naturally, everyone is wanting to compare the Galaxy Note 9 to the iPhone X, which has been out for nearly a year at this point. Now, Samsung is looking to take some additional shots at the iPhone X with a fresh round of "Ingenious" ads. The new ads, “Pen” and “Power”, highlight two of the headliner features of the Galaxy Note 9. The first commercial dubbed “Pen” talks up the Galaxy Note 9’s powerful Bluetooth-enabled S Pen. A customer talks with an Apple Genius and asks about the difference between the Galaxy Note 9's S Pen and the Bluetooth-equipped... Read more...
We're roughly a month away from when Apple is rumored to be launching its 2018 family of iPhone devices. According to various sources over the past few months, there will be three standard models available at launch: a 6.1-inch LCD variant along with 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED models. Earlier this week, references were found in iOS 12 beta code suggesting that a dual-SIM version of the new iPhones will be made available. Now, according to the Economic Daily News, it's being reported that the dual-SIM capabilities will be limited to the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone -- the cheapest of the three. And to further narrow things down, it's being reported that the this dual-SIM iPhone will only be... Read more...
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