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Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s Kirin 980 Falls Short Of iPhone XS A12 Bionic In Benchmark Results

By | October 18th, 2018

Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro is currently the talk of the town after its announcement during an event in London a couple of days ago, and it’s getting plenty of attention thanks to the new Kirin 980 chip that sits inside.

Huawei is making big claims about that chip, claiming it will give Apple’s A12 Bionic a run for its money – the chip that is used in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. With that in mind, Phone Arena wanted to put the phone through its paces to see just how capable that new chip is.

We’re not going to go through the whole suite of tests that Phone Arena went through and for that, we suggest checking the full post over there for the lowdown. However, the specifications that were gleaned during the testing confirmed that the new Kirin 980 is indeed a 7nm chip, making the Mate 20 Pro the first Android phone to make the jump from a 10nm architecture. Huawei has been working on this for years, and with two big A76 cores clocked at up to 2.6GHz, two middle A76 cores running at up to 1.92GHz, and a further four A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, the opportunity is certainly there for this to be one fast flagship smartphone.

The tests carried out by Phone Arena included GeekBench 4, AnTuTu, and GFXBench in order to try and get a rounder feeling for how overall performance stacks up, and while the Mate 20 Pro does indeed beat out all other Android phones in some tests, losing out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at times, it never quite manages to drag itself into the same bracket as the new iPhones.

It’s not far off, but it can’t quite hit the same heady heights. Still, it’s clear the Kirin 980 is a hell of a chip.

(Source: Phone Arena)

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Galaxy Note 9 Smokes iPhone XS Max In Real-World Battery Test [Video]

By | October 13th, 2018

While the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL may have cause to disagree, we’d suggest that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are still the biggest stories in town, if only because they’re the phones that everything will be compared with over the next 11 months. That’s very much the case here, although in this situation, it’s to put the iPhone XS Max firmly under the microscope.

Youtuber PhoneBuff took an iPhone XS Max and pitted it against a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in order to see which would win when being subjected to a battery torture test.

This being PhoneBuff, the test was aimed at trying to accurately represent how both devices would be used in the real world, which means the test comprised various things such as an hour-long phone call, an hour of email browsing and all other kinds of wonderful things that we all do with our phones during the average day. Just to make things as accurate as possible, a robotic arm was used to make sure that the test was fair. During the test, display brightness and audio volume were both set identically across both devices, and we’d suggest checking the full video out to see how things went down.

The TL;DR of it all? Well, the iPhone XS Max didn’t do great and the Galaxy Note 9 was the clear winner by some considerable margin. This is perhaps to be expected to some extent given the difference in battery capacity, however, with the iPhone’s battery sitting at 3174mAh and the Galaxy Note 9 boasting a 4000mAh capacity. The test also doesn’t cater for intermittent idle time, which is likely to take up most of a smartphone’s daily routine.

Still, the way the iPhone’s battery just seemed to disappear makes for an interesting watch regardless.

(Source: Phonebuff [YouTube])

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Luca Todesco Successfully Jailbreaks iPhone XS Max Running iOS 12

By | October 7th, 2018

Italian developer and renowned jailbreaker Luca Todesco is back with some news that will delight the jailbreak community. The enigmatic and often abrasive developer has once again taken to Twitter to confirm that he has successfully jailbroken his new iPhone XS Max hardware running iOS 12.

In terms of actually jailbreaking iOS 12, Todesco is a little way behind the China-based Pangu Team which confirmed back in September that it had managed to successfully jailbreak iOS 12 running on Apple’s iPhone XS.

Todesco had also confirmed that his iOS 12 beta hack was still relevant in the production release of iOS 12 but was waiting on getting his hands on iPhone XS Max to validate whether or not there were any hardware concerns or restrictions in place that would thwart his attempts. We now have that confirmation:

since I’m finally done hacking the Xs Max I started using it as my daily driver and I gotta say it’s a damn fine piece of hardware.

The subsequent replies to the tweet show confirmation from Todesco that he has managed to successfully jailbreak the iPhone XS Max and that he has restored the device back to running stock iOS firmware and is currently using the hardware as his main device. As expected, the Italian was also pushed by his followers on whether or not a jailbreak would be released into the community to support Apple’s latest hardware and firmware combinations but there was no reply forthcoming to either confirm or deny whether or not that would happen.

As we know, Todesco was the developer responsible for the Yalu and Yalu102 jailbreaks and has provided a lot of value to the community outside of those releases. With that said, whether or not he will pick up where Yalu left off and once again contribute to the community in the form of an iOS 12 jailbreak is entirely up for debate.

One thing is for sure; there is a lot of attention being paid to Apple’s iOS 12 platform and definitely enough interest to suggest that we will be able to welcome a jailbreak into the world sooner rather than later.

As always, if anything progresses on this we will be sure to keep you informed.

(Source: @qwertyoruiopz [Twitter])

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Crazy Deal: 2-Pack iPhone XS Max Tempered Glass Screen Protectors For $2.94 [Today Only]

By | October 5th, 2018

You can grab a 2-pack of iPhone XS Max tempered glass screen protectors for just $ 2.94 instead of $ 6.99 today. Go ahead and avail the deal.

The iPhone XS Max is an unwieldy smartphone, of that there is little doubt. The sheer size of the thing is both its biggest positive and it’s most irritating negative at the same time, but if you do want the biggest and the best iPhone around, you need to make your peace with the fact it’s likely to get dropped. Nobody wants their new pride and joy to get broken though, so that’s where iPhone cases and screen protectors come into play. We’re huge fans of keeping our smartphones looking tip-top for as long as possible, and we have a new screen protector deal that we think you’re going to want to take advantage of, before it’s too late.

Over at Amazon right now you’ll find a two-pack of ZeroLemon tempered glass screen protectors that are just perfectly sized for that massive iPhone XS Max screen. Bubble-free and fingerprint-repellent, the screen protector is just 0.3mm thin, meaning it won’t feel like you have a giant slab of glass sat atop your iPhone. That’s just not a good look when you’ve spent at least $ 1,099 on a new flagship smartphone.

All of this comes with a 30-day refund guarantee and a lifetime replacement warranty, meaning you should never be left without a screen protector if something goes wrong.

So what’s the deal? Right now you can get the two-pack of tempered glass screen protectors for just $ 2.94 which is a bargain in anyone’s book!

Keeping your iPhone scratch-free has never been so inexpensive!

Buy: iPhone Xs Max Screen Protector, ZeroLemon 6.5-inch Tempered Glass Film for OLED Display, 2 Pack from Amazon: $ 2.94 using code TMCN7XY3 | Original price $ 6.99

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Apple Looking To Determine Cause Of iPhone XS / XS Max LTE Connectivity Issues Following Complaints

By | October 4th, 2018

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have largely received great reviews since their arrival a couple of weeks ago, and most people have been enjoying their new iPhones without issue.

That being said, it wouldn’t be an iPhone launch without there being some sort of potential problem, and it seems that some users have reported that they are experiencing LTE connectivity issues.

Apple is said to be looking into the problem, with one iPhone XS Max owner reporting that Apple is in the midst of an outreach program with some of those who are experiencing issues.

According to the iPhone owner, Apple has had him install a baseband logger in order to ascertain whether there is a deeper issue that needs to be rectified here, with other users also reporting that Apple engineers have been in touch to ask for logs and such.

With the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max going on sale on September 17th, a few people started to report connectivity problems almost immediately although the vast majority have not experienced anything of the sort. In fact, to the contrary, many have reported that their iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are able to receive stronger LTE signals than ever, while also being able to perform speed tests with speeds never before seen on an iPhone.

(Tweet via: @Devmer11)

If there is indeed a fix to be made in software, it will likely arrive as part of an iOS 12.1 update, with the second beta of that release currently being worked with and in the hands of developers. Interestingly, that release already upgrades the modem firmware from 1.01.20-1 to 1.01.12, but some users appear to suggest that this still does not solve the issue being faced.

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In Depth iPhone XS LTE Performance Review Solidifies Speed Gains, But Still Slower Than Galaxy Note 9

By | October 2nd, 2018

Apple has taken a fairly big step forward in terms of LTE speeds and performance with iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. However, according to a report and investigation by PCMag, Apple’s new 2018 iPhones are still lagging behind Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 and its Qualcomm X20 modem.

Most consumers will purchase a device based on how it looks and feels as well as taking on board the marketing and PR spiel that the company pushes out. With iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Apple has tried to take the next step forward from an LTE speed and performance perspective by utilizing a brand new modem called the Intel XMM7560.

This is the first Intel model that actually supports all four wireless networks in the United States and has allowed Apple to move away from the Qualcomm chips that have previously been used. It’s a big step forward from Apple’s previous smartphone, the iPhone X, but doesn’t quite match the capabilities of the Qualcomm modem used in the Note 9.

The tests used in the PCMag investigation used a 20MHz channel of Band 4, which is the exact same configuration as used by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and all of the major wireless carriers that are currently operating in Canada. Apple’s adoption of 4×4 MIMO antennas means that the iPhone’s LTE speeds have been doubled in good signal areas but also improved when the signal is weak:

The first thing you see is the effect of the new 4×4 MIMO antennas. In good signal conditions, they double the phone’s speeds, but they also help in weak signal conditions. Apple was the last major manufacturer to adopt 4×4 MIMO, and it was desperately needed.

The outlet also tested iPhone XS Max against two other 4×4 MIMO devices in the Galaxy Note 9 and the Google Pixel 2, showing that both of those devices perform better than Apple’s hardware under those conditions:

Between the three 4×4 MIMO phones, you can see that in good signal conditions, the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 2 still do a bit better than the iPhone XS Max. But as signal gets weaker, the XS Max really competes, showing that it’s well tuned.

It seems that Apple has made significant internal improvements over its 2017 hardware but still has some improvements to make before it competes with and surpasses Qualcomm-based hardware on the market.

(Source: PCMag)

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ChargeGate?: Some iOS 12 Devices Including iPhone XS, XS Max Refusing To Charge Via Cable Until Woken

By | September 30th, 2018

Another day, another reason for the Internet to fret at the thought of a widespread issue with the iPhone and this time, there may actually be something to it, although not to the extent some are reporting.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that some devices running iOS 12 are experiencing an issue whereby they refuse to start charging if they are asleep when the Lightning cable is connected. Wake the device up, and charging begins as normal.

This was originally reported as an issue impacting solely the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, with YouTuber Unbox Therapy happy to produce a video on it, but reports have since confirmed that other iPhones and even iPads are also suffering from the same problem. This would, of course, suggest the issue is iOS 12-related, but we will need Apple to confirm on that front.

Anyone experiencing this issue will notice that their device does not appear to charge if it is asleep when the Lightning cable is connected, but if they wake the device with the cable plugged in, it will immediately start charging. It’s possible that it was charging all along, of course, and was merely not waking the screen and making the charging sound like normal, but we’ve not been able to recreate the issue in order to test.

On that note, it’s worth remembering that this does appear to be very hit and miss, with some who are seeing the issue not able to replicate it reliably.

Interestingly, it’s been noted that those impacted are not seeing the same behavior when using wireless chargers, suggesting this may be related to the USB Safe/Restricted mode that Apple added as part of iOS 11.4.1 in order to prevent brute force unlocks from being carried out when a device has not been unlocked for a period of 60 minutes. Charging should not be affected by this, but it’s possible something has gone awry.

We’d expect this to be rectified by an iOS software update at some point, and it’s important to note that most devices will start charge if woken up, so there’s no actual problem with usage here so long as you make sure your device starts charging when you expect it to. Still, it’s something that needs fixing and it’s now over to Apple to do exactly that.

(Video source: Unbox Therapy [YouTube])

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iPhone XS, XS Max, Apple Watch Series 4 Now On Sale In More Countries, Check If Yours Is On The List

By | September 29th, 2018

Apple released the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max last week, bringing it to an initial bevy of countries. Today a further 25 are able to pick up a new iPhone, adding to the 30 that are already able to buy one. With a total of 55 countries now online, Apple continues to show the world how to launch a product in a huge number of markets within a very short space of time.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, including three different storage sizes for each model, are on sale as of today in these countries following a pre-order process that opened last week: Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and South Africa.

It’s expected that stock levels should be fair, if not stellar, with countries where the phones are already available reporting that devices are generally coming into stock at relatively regular intervals, although there is customarily a delay between the time an online order is made and the time it is shipped. Checking stores for local pickup is definitely the way to go.

On top of the new iPhone availability, the Apple Watch Series 4 is now also available in the following countries: Bahrain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and South Africa.

Stocks of Apple Watches are currently extremely restricted in the countries where they became available last week and it will be interesting to see if that spills over into the this week’s additional countries.

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That Was Fast: iPhone XS Running iOS 12 Jailbroken Already By Pangu Team

By | September 28th, 2018

Apple’s iPhone XS has been officially available in the public domain for less than seven days, and already, much to Apple’s disdain, the hardware has been jailbroken by none other than the Pangu Team. This, according to Min Zheng of the Alibaba security team.

Taken to Twitter, it seems that Min Zheng has taken the opportunity to announce that members of the Pangu Team have already managed to jailbreak Apple’s iPhone XS running iOS 12. According to the tweet, the team has managed to do this by bypassing PAC mitigation on the brand new A12 Bionic chip which ships with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

In addition to the tweet, Zheng has also shared an attached screenshot which shows root access on Apple’s iPhone XS hardware, essentially confirming the successful jailbreak of the device.

iOS 12 Jailbreak on iPhone XS by @PanguTeam ! Bypass PAC mitigation on the new A12 chip. That’s amazing!!!

Theoretically, the same process could be applied to the larger iPhone XS Max to get the same root access as both platforms are built on top of the same A12 Bionic architecture. It’s very possible that the team simply doesn’t have access to Apple’s iPhone XS Max and therefore has been unable to prove the concept on that hardware.

The good news here is that Pangu has a pedigree as far as jailbreaking is concerned and has already proven that it is not only capable of pulling together all of the necessary components for a jailbreak but that it’s also willing and able to publish something into the jailbreak community for the public to take advantage of.

There are absolutely no guarantees that the team will take this work and turn it into something that will be released to the public but it’s definitely breeding confidence the fact that Pangu has managed to successfully liberate Apple’s latest hardware on the latest firmware.

As you might expect, this will definitely not please Apple. iOS 12 was meant to be all about security and stability. If this work actually turns into something tangible then this could be the quickest jailbreak that we’ve seen come to fruition for quite some time. As always, we will keep you updated if anything develops. Stay tuned.

(Source: @SparkZheng [Twitter])

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How To Check iPhone XS, XS Max Stock At Your Apple Store

By | September 22nd, 2018

Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are now available for the first time, with those who pre-ordered early having received their devices now. If you were a little late on the uptake, then you may have to wait a few more days to get your hands on your new pride and joy, but the delays are minimal compared to previous years.

If you don’t have a pre-order in and have plans to chance your arm at an Apple Store, there’s a great way to avoid making a wasted trip by checking stock before you set off.

Here’s how you go about checking whether iPhones are in stock at your store of choice.

Step 1: Head on over to the Apple Store website that serves your country.

Step 2: Select the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, depending on which you would like and then select any carrier or color preferences you have.

Step 3: On the page where you select the storage option, you will notice a “Pickup: Check Availability” link beneath each storage capacity. Click the one below the capacity you want.

Step 4: When a new box appears, enter your ZIP or postal code and the page will show what availability is like for your local Apple Stores.

At this point, you’ll either be in luck or, more likely right now, be told that no stock is available. Now you can either select a different option and hope for the best or just come back and try again tomorrow.

This should work just fine in the following countries, although depending on the location, it may be unavailable currently – in the UK, for example.

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Good luck, and happy hunting!

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