Items tagged with iphone xs

An upcoming incremental update to iOS could result in some iPhone models throttling the CPU, in certain situations. The feature (not a bug) is basically a workaround for a degraded battery that might otherwise turn off an iPhone unexpectedly. This feature already exists older iPhone models, and soon will be rolled out to newer models. "For iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus, iOS dynamically manages performance peaks to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down so that the iPhone can still be used. This performance management feature is specific to iPhone and does not apply to any other Apple products. Starting with iOS 12.1, iPhone... 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...
Apple has just released Smart Battery Cases for its 2018 lineup of smartphones, which include the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. The cases are available in either white or black finishes and aren't exactly aesthetically pleasing with a rather large "hump" on the back that houses the battery. Existence of the cases was first leaked in early December. The new Smart Battery Case will cost you $129 regardless of which iPhone model you have. The Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XR will give you a maximum of 37 hours talk, 20 hours internet, and 20 hours of video. The iPhone XS paired with its Smart Battery Case will return figures of 33 hours, 21 hours, and 25 hours... Read more...
You can only push prices so far before customers start turning away from your products. That seems to be the case with Apple's 2018 lineup of iPhones, which are the most expensive ever introduced for customers. A new report indicates that many Chinese retailers have taken the uncommon step of slashing the prices of relatively new iPhones in order to win the attention of customers. According to Reuters, popular Chinese retailers like Suning and JD.com are discounting models like the iPhone XR by as much as $118 off its starting price. In total, six retailers have instituted dramatic price cuts in order to spur iPhones sales according to the news organization.  At this point it's not... Read more...
If you're firmly entrenched in the Apple camp and just so happen to be part of the T-Mobile family, the third-place wireless carrier is currently running an offer that will get you up to $750 off the price of a new smartphone. Although T-Mobile hasn't announced an end-date for the promotion, it's likely not going to last too far into the new year. As is currently stands, you can get either the iPhone 8 or the iPhone XR for free with the current promo. With more expensive phones like the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, you'll get a maximum of $750 off the purchase price. For example, you can get an iPhone XS for $999 minus $750 in monthly bill credits bringing your... Read more...
Have consumers finally had enough of Apple's efforts to jack iPhone pricing into the stratosphere? There are numerous warning signs suggesting that this is the case. However, Apple's decision to not breakdown sales numbers for iPhones, Macs and iPads in its future earnings reports could obfuscate any real analysis of sales data. Apple's flagship iPhone prices have been on the rise for years, but things took a turn towards the extreme with 2017's launch of the iPhone X. The device, with its notched display and first-generation Face ID system, launched with a starting price of $999. Despite analysts and pundits balking at the high price tag, consumers were seemingly unfazed, propelling the iPhone... Read more...
A woman named Courtney Davis has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the Northern District of California over misleading images used to advertise the company's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max smartphones. Mrs. Davis claimed that the images hid the display notch from view and gave the impression that there wasn't one. The display notch is an issue that several companies in the smartphone business are currently working to find a solution to. Companies are trying to make smartphones with displays that cover the entire front of the smartphone without anything else in the way, but this has been problematic as companies also want to keep a camera on the phone's front and the phone needs to have a... Read more...
The stakes in the ongoing legal drama between Apple and Qualcomm are getting higher. Earlier this week, a Chinese court sided with Qualcomm, imposing an import and sales ban on Apple products ranging from the iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus on through to the iPhone X. The basis for the preliminary injunction was that Apple infringed upon two Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm is now going for the throat, and is asking Chinese courts to ban the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. These represent Apple's most recent iPhones, and according to Apple's own figures, the iPhone XR is currently the company's best-selling smartphone.  Qualcomm is looking to use the same two patents... 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...
Might it be possible that consumers are starting to suffer from iPhone fatigue? Well, anything is possible, as Kevin Garnett excitedly proclaimed after helping the Boston Celtics take home its 17th NBA championship, only Apple is far less likely to be as enthusiastic about an apparent slowdown in iPhone sales. It was reported two weeks ago that Apple had cut back on iPhone XR orders amid tepid demand. According to that report, Apple told three separate iPhone XR suppliers to either reduce expectations for orders, or to eliminate manufacturing lines for the device. In addition, Apple reportedly told Foxconn and Pegatron, its two main suppliers, to halt plans for any additional iPhone XR production... Read more...
Black Friday is right around the corner, and deals news is now starting to flow at a fevered pitch. People wanting to acquire some tech goodness for Christmas giving can start shopping right now in fact. If someone on your Christmas list wants a new iPhone, some deals are going right now at Best Buy and Target that will save you some money ahead of the holiday rush. Best Buy is offering a deal on the iPhone X that will afford people who trade in eligible devices the ability to get in on a $275 gift card for their trouble. The iPhone X has to be activated on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, though T-Mobile is nowhere to be found on this deal, unfortunately. The big caveat of the deal is that... Read more...
“Beautygate” is about to become a thing of the past. Apple promises to eliminate the notorious skin smoothing bug with iOS 12.1. The update will improve selfies on their latest crop of smartphones -- the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Many users noticed that their skin appeared to have been “smoothed” and warmed-up in their selfie shots when they used their front-facing camera. Some users enjoyed the effect while others were downright insulted. Apple was accused of trying to make their users look more appealing, even though it has claimed in the past that it does not use beautification filters. Apple looked into the issue about a month ago and discovered that a bug in its... Read more...
Apple's entry-level iPhone for 2018 is the iPhone XR announced in September along with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max devices. Word is that the October ship date announced at the unveiling of the XR was due to issues with the notched LCD. Whatever the issue, the iPhone XR is expected to ship this week. Ahead of that launch, some details about what the XR will cost to repair if you break it have surfaced, and it sounds as if buyers should get the AppleCare+ warranty on the device (or at least buy a case). Buyers who crack the screen on their iPhone XR, and don’t have AppleCare+, will shell out $199 for a screen replacement. Consider that the iPhone XR starts at $749 for the 64GB version,... Read more...
What is Apple brewing up? The company recently sent out invitations to members of the media for their October 30th event in Brooklyn, New York. The media invites featured various Apple logo designs and promised that “there’s more in the making”. The October 30th event will likely feature other Apple products besides iPhones and Apple Watches, which were unveiled last month. There have already been a number of leaks for a new iPad Pro, and it is expected to resemble the iPhone X thanks to the removal of the home button, thinner bezels, and a TrueDepth camera system that will incorporate Face ID. It is also rumored that the iPad Pro will be available in 11- and 12.9-inch display... Read more...
Several complaints have been leveled against Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max smartphones since launch. One of the major complaints from users was allegedly poor WiFi and cellular signal quality; something recent tests refute. Other complaints have focused on charging with the smartphones not recognizing the charger for some users.  In addition, testing by Tom's Guide found that the battery life on the iPhone XS was shorter than that of Phone X that preceded it. New testing from Consumer Reports has found the opposite to be true. The publication has tested the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and found that both devices outperformed Apple's claim for battery life per charge compared to the iPhone... Read more...
As is the case with most new iPhone launches, the latest crop of smartphones are giving some users trouble. Some users have complained that the wireless signal strength for both the Wi-Fi and the cellular connections aren’t as strong as previous iPhones offered. Now reports are coming in that the iPhone XS and XS Max are having charging issues via the bottom-mounted Lightning port. Complaints have turned up on the Apple discussion forums with multiple users claiming they have had the same issue with their iPhone not recognizing the charger when plugged in. One iPhone XS Max user named xMASTIFFSx wrote on the Apple support forums, "So Just got my new iPhone. and noticed this issue I've... Read more...
Apple's iPhone XS Max is the biggest (based on its 6.5-inch display) and most expensive iPhone ever released. The flagship starts at $1,099 and can cost as much as $1,449 if you opt for 512GB of onboard storage.  Apple is by far the most profitable smartphone OEM on the planet, and the folks at TechInsights have torn the smartphone apart to get an estimated build cost. Not surprisingly, the device is allegedly more expensive to build than last year's iPhone X. The mid-range 256GB SKU is estimated to cost $443 for the parts alone compared to $395 for last year's 64GB iPhone X. Not surprisingly, the most expensive component of the iPhone XS Max is the 6.5-inch OLED display, which... Read more...
When Apple announced the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max earlier this month, it made some bold claims about battery life for both flagship devices. Compared to the iPhone X, Apple said that the iPhone XS would last 30 minutes longer per charge. When it comes to the massive iPhone XS Max, the company said that runtimes would last an hour and a half longer. However, new testing by Tom's Guide suggests that Apple's numbers might be a bit of an exaggeration. The site ran both iPhone XS models through its usual Battery Test regimen, which includes web surfing at 150 nits brightness, disabling auto-brightness, and turning off True Tone. Additionally, all tests were performed... Read more...
Apple unveiled its new 2018 iPhone models earlier this month, and the devices included the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Not long after the devices were announced, a report surfaced that claimed the devices offered faster downloads than previous generation iPhones. However, some iPhone XS and XS Max buyers are complaining that their devices suffer from bad Wi-Fi and cellular signal strength. Some of the owners of the new devices are claiming that their previous iPhone 7 and iPhone X smartphones offered better signal strength. One Twitter user, Justin Flood, reports that his iPhone 7 had a significantly better signal than his new iPhone XS. He also mentions that Speedtest shows... Read more...
Once again, Apple saw long lines at some of its stores by customers wanting to snag a new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Don't worry yourself about buyers standing out in the sunlight for too long, though, because Huawei was kind enough to bring some shade. No, we're not talking about umbrellas or makeshift tents, but a different kind of shade. Huawei was spotted giving away free power banks to customers in line for a new iPhone model at Apple's store on Orchard Road in Singapore. That particularly location is Apple's first store in Southeast Asia, which opened for business around a year and a half ago. The power bank has a 10,000 mAh capacity and sells for 80 Singapore dollars (around $59 in US... Read more...
Apple has begun shipping the first wave of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max smartphones to customers, and the former has already been disassembled (complete with video footage). Right off the bat, getting inside the new iPhone XS is a bit harder compared to last year's iPhone X. If you recall, the iPhone X is IP67 rated for water/dust resistance, while the iPhone XS family bumps that up to IP68. As a result, the seals holding the display into place are stronger, making removing it more of a hassle (although not impossible).  The other thing of note is that the L-shaped battery from last year remains. However, while there were two separate cells on the iPhone X, the battery in the iPhone... Read more...
Have we all lost our minds when it comes to smartphones? Or perhaps the better question is, have smartphone OEMs completely jumped the shark? Apple announced its new 2018 lineup of iPhones last week, and the flagship iPhone XS starts at $999. That itself isn’t too surprising, given that that iPhone X launched at the same price last year. However, Apple's iPhone XS Max takes the cake with a starting price of $1,099. Maybe I’m just a cheapskate, but that’s a boatload of money for a smartphone that isn’t all that much of an upgrade over last year’s iPhone X (with the exception of the larger 6.5-inch display). But it doesn’t stop there. Even though you’re... Read more...
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