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Galaxy S10R? Samsung Galaxy S10 Line May Have A Third, Cheaper iPhone XR-Like Model

By | October 27th, 2018

Get ready folks. Samsung is getting ready to announce the Galaxy S10R.

Snark aside, according to a new report by Bloomberg, Samsung is planning on doing something a little different when it announces the Galaxy S10 early next year. While the phones would normally ship in Sx and Sx+ configurations, there will apparently be a third option in 2019, with Samsung building a version of the phone that will be marketed at the more cost-conscious market, reducing the features of the phone in order to reach a lower price point.

This move sounds immediately familiar to anyone who has been keeping an eye on what Apple has been doing in the last couple of months. In September, it announced the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, a three iPhone-shaped pronged attack that offers a high-end model, a larger high-end model, and a cheaper, slightly inferior model. So, a Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10R?

While we’re not at all suggesting that Samsung will borrow Apple’s naming convention, if Bloomberg’s report is accurate, it’s clear that the company is joining Apple in reacting to a market that is currently dominated by the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi. The Chinese companies are building strong, inexpensive flagship phones and making a killing at retail with customers who want the best, but don’t want to spend $ 1,000 to get it. Samsung and Apple are continuing to offer the highest of the high-end, with high prices to match, but with new less costly versions also being made available.

In order to follow the iPhone XR model, Samsung’s Galaxy S10R will apparently lose the curved glass display and in-screen fingerprint sensor of its more costly stablemates, although it’s possible there will be more casualties as well. It all depends how aggressive Samsung wants to make its pricing, and how willing it is to cull features in order to meet it.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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2018 iPhone Lineup To Include 6.1-Inch LCD Model, New 13-Inch MacBook To Replace MacBook Air

By | January 24th, 2018

We are in the middle of something of an Apple news onslaught, what with the announcement of when the HomePod will finally ship alongside a raft of new software releases for every major bit of hardware the company makes.

Sometimes that makes it difficult to see the wood for the trees, and two little bits of news may have passed you by today. They’re relating to one thing we hear lots about and one that we do not – the iPhone and the MacBook Air.

Starting things off with the MacBook Air, a new report by DigiTimes claims that we will see a newly updated entry-level 13-inch MacBook arriving towards the second half of 2018, with the notebook likely to replace the MacBook Air at the bottom of Apple’s notebook totem pole. The report has General Interface Solution set to make the LCD displays for the device.

Touch panel maker General Interface Solution (GIS) is expected to land more LCM (LCD module) orders from Apple, which reportedly plans to release an entry-level 13-inch MacBook in the second half of 2018, according to industry sources.

With new orders for MacBooks and other models, GIS is expected to ramp up its LCM shipments to 600,000 units a month by the end of 2018 compared to 300,000 units currently, said the sources.

If this is indeed the case, then we could see the end of the 13-inch MacBook Air at the $ 999 starting price point. That price has kept the MacBook Air relevant since its arrival in 2008, despite its lack of hardware innovation. We know we will miss it when it finally goes away.

Moving onto the iPhone, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared more information on what he believes will be a 6.1-inch iPhone, released later this year. We already have expectations that it will carry some iPhone X features such as Face ID, although design and manufacturing materials are likely to lean towards a lower price point. Kuo says that will mean an LCD screen as well as a single rear camera and, interestingly, no 3D Touch. That would make it the first iPhone without 3D Touch since the iPhone 6s.

Development schedule of new 6.1″ LCD iPhone slightly behind 6.5″ and 5.8″ OLED models, but it may enjoy extended longevity into 1H19F, boosting slow season outlook: We predict the 6.1″ LCD iPhone will differ from the 6.5″ and 5.8″ OLED models in terms of certain specs, for reasons of cost/price and product segmentation. However, this shouldn’t have any effect on key user experience. We revise up our price projection for the 6.1″ model from $ 650-$ 750 to $ 700-$ 800, and remain positive on shipments momentum.

The 6.1-inch iPhone is expected to find a place in the middle of Apple’s lineup, right around the $ 700-$ 800 price bracket.

(Source: DigiTimes | Via: MacRumors)

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How To Get iPhone X UI, Gestures, Lock Screen On Any Old iPhone Model

By | January 15th, 2018

Two brand new tweaks have made their way into the public domain for jailbroken devices running a liberated version of iOS 11. FluidEnabler and Swiper are tweaks which look to bring the experience and visuals of Apple’s gorgeous iPhone X to older devices by mimicking a number of the more prominent areas.

First up is the relatively in-depth FluidEnabler tweak which doesn’t just look to make some visual changes but actually dives down to a hardware level as well.

Visually speaking, there isn’t a huge deal to talk about from a user-interface perspective, as, in all honesty, the biggest visual change with iPhone X is largely down to the notch on the device and how it splits the status bar up into two sections. FluidEnabler is for older devices, and therefore devices without the notch, so it really only brings the new interactive bar on the bottom of the screen which replicates the defunct Home button on iPhone X and adds in gestures-based interaction.

After installation, there’s also an attempt to replicate the tweaked lock screen that iPhone X users have. This includes two cylindrical toggles at the bottom of the display which allows a user to activate the LED flash and use it as a torch or immediately invoke the stock Camera app with a hard press.

Where the hardware changes are concerned, FluidEnabler means that Siri is invoked by holding the Power button, or what would be called the Side button on iPhone X. Screenshots are now captured with the Side button and Volume Up button. The multitasking experience is also representative of the new iPhone X experience by pressing and holding a card to actually close it rather than using the typical swipe up.

FluidEnabler is seen above

Those who opt for FluidEnbler won’t necessarily need to install the second tweak, Swiper. Swiper is basically an attempt to replicate the iPhone X lock screen on older devices running iOS 11, which is actually part of FluidEnabler. Like the former, Swiper introduces the two quick access toggles to the flashlight and the native Camera app and pretty much makes the lock screen a nicer and more visual experience.

Lock screen with Swiper on non iPhone X

If you are jailbroken on iOS 11 using something like Electra then these are definitely two packages to try out. For downloads and installation instructions head over to the links below.

Download: FluidEnabler for iPhone
Download: Swiper for iPhone

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SIM-Free Unlocked iPhone X Model Now Available In The U.S., Here’s What You Need To Know

By | December 5th, 2017

Finally. Just ahead of the Christmas holidays, Apple has launched SIM-free unlocked iPhone X model in the U.S.

The SIM-free model of iPhone X has arrived in the U.S. market almost a month after the company initially launched the handset in the U.S. and other markets.

While the iPhone X sold from Apple Stores in the U.S. comes unlocked when bought outright for full price no matter which carrier variant you buy it, the SIM-free model is the “truly” unlocked model with support for more wider range of bands not only nationally, but internationally as well. Unlike the carrier specific models, as the name suggests, the SIM-free model doesn’t come with any carrier SIM as well.

Apple’s official explanation of SIM-free iPhone model is as follows:

“SIM-free” means your iPhone doesn’t ship with a carrier SIM card. The SIM-free iPhone sold on apple.com and at the Apple Store is unlocked. That means you’re free to use a SIM card from any carrier that provides service for iPhone.

While internationally, Apple has always launched SIM-free model of iPhones (including iPhone X) on day 1, but because of the carrier situation in the U.S., SIM-free model in the States almost always arrives a month or two after the initial launch.

If you head over to the apple.com’s iPhone section, when buying the iPhone X, you will now be presented with a fifth SIM-free “Buy without a carrier” option alongside the usual AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint models.

If bought today, the SIM-free version of iPhone X will ship in a week time from now, just like all other variants of iPhone X.

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iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus Vs Every Other iPhone Model Ever [Video]

By | September 20th, 2016

Here’s iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6s Plus vs every other iPhone model ever speed test on video.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now a weekend-old and everyone is getting to know their new smartphone. We’ve already heard reports of some handsets emitting a strange hissing sound when their A10 CPU is under load, but generally it has been a successful launch, with the iPhone 7 Plus proving more popular. The reasons for the newest iPhone being a strong release are not too difficult to fathom. With a slightly designed exterior but rebuilt interior, the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the fastest iPhones yet, and that’s ignoring the fancy new camera system, especially on the dual-lens-camera-wielding iPhone 7 Plus. Going back to the sheer speed of the devices for a minute though, just how fast are they?

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It is now perfectly normal for Apple to produce new graphs alongside new iPhones which claim to show that they are considerably faster than their predecessors, and that is to be expected. You would always expect an iPhone 7 to be faster than the original iPhone, for example,. but have you ever wondered just by how much? If you have, then you’re in luck.

Just because the best way to illustrate anything these days is via a video, and here we have a video that highlights just how fast the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are by comparing them with every model of iPhone ever made. That means there are now fewer than 15 iPhones being put through their paces in the video, with benchmarks, camera tests and audio gauging carried out in order to quantify just how good the latest handsets are. The answer? Very good indeed.

Check the video out for a full rundown of how the various iPhones fared. It makes for interesting viewing.

Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this past Friday, with devices being snapped up around the globe. Despite the lack of a headphone port and the fact next year’s iPhone is predicted to be something special because of the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone’s launch, the iPhone 7 and its larger brother have been well received with all Plus models being sold out even before the retail launch. These speed tests won’t hurt them, either.

(source: EverythingApplePro [YouTube])

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