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It appears that no one is safe from the hacking capabilities of Israeli security firm Cellebrite. Cellebrite is well-known in law enforcement circles for its lineup of hardware devices that are able to use brute force methods to hack smartphones and tablets. The company recently announced that it has the capability to "perform a full file system extraction on any iOS device" with its latest Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED). This newest product, dubbed UFED Premium, can chew through any and all passcodes on an iOS device to unlock them. What's even more critical, which Apple has attempted to thwart in the past with USB Restricted Mode, is that UFED Premium can perform... Read more...
When it comes to the Right to Repair movement, Apple is definitely not onboard. Apple is a company that feels that its devices are so complex that regular consumers shouldn't be burdened with tasks such as replacing the battery or a cracked display on their devices -- even people with the proper skillset to do so. This staunch defense of its IP and how it is handled post-sale extends to third-party repair shops that aren't "Apple Certified". In the case of one Norwegian repair company, Apple has unleashed its legal attack dogs over a relatively small sum of money. According to a report by Motherboard, Apple decided to sue the owner of PCKompaniet, Henrik Huseby, over components... Read more...
There have been many leaks making the rounds that claim to give insight into what the 2019 Apple iPhone models will look like, and what features they will offer. Rumors have suggested that these new iPhone models won't have 5G connectivity (which isn't surprising), but will have a new antenna design. Rumors have also indicated that the new iPhones will have an ugly, square camera bump on the rear with three cameras inside. Many iPhone fans have hoped that the unsightly square camera bump rumor was wrong. But, that earlier reporting has seemingly been confirmed with alleged iPhone prototype cases surfacing that show a large square cutout for the camera area. The third camera sensor -- which... Read more...
It is getting to be that time of the year when iPhone leaks and rumors heat up, as Apple is expected to unveil its 2019 models in a few months. As we approach the inevitable launch, other smartphone makers have released flagship devices of their own, with advanced features like 5G connectivity. Will the 2019 iPhones bring anything exciting to the table? Time will tell, though analysts at Barclays don't necessarily think they will. Instead, Barclays believes Apple will again release three models just like it did for 2018 (iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR) with designs that are overall similar to existing models. The only major change, according to Barclays' crystal ball, is the addition... Read more...
The Apple App Store is regarded as being more a lot more secure than Google Play, but it's not perfect. An app was discovered last month that had bypassed Apple's security and was spying on users. Now, cybersecurity experts are worried that more unsecure apps might be sold to Apple customers after a Supreme Court ruling this week that will allow iPhone users to proceed with a class-action suit against Apple. The class-action alleges Apple's monopoly on the downloading of apps from the App Store drove prices up. While the Supreme Court approved the suit, the actual suit does have to go back and work its way through the lower courts. The case has the potential to force Apple to open its walled... Read more...
TSMC has been a long-time partner for Apple in producing its A-Series SoCs that go in everything from the iPhone to the iPad to the HomePod smart speaker. A new report claims that Apple's next-generation SoC, the A13, is currently under production, with TSMC once again leading the charge. 2019 iPhone XS Max Mockup Early test chips reportedly entered production in April according to Bloomberg, while full-scale mass production is expected to kick off in June. Production will ramp quickly from there to ensure the Apple has enough supply to fuel a likely late September launch for the 2019 lineup of iPhones and new iPad Pro models. At this point, it's likely that TSMC will still be using a 7-nanometer... Read more...
The launch of the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones this week was no surprise. The devices had been leaked and rumored for months ahead of becoming official. The devices launched starting at $399 for the 3a and $479 for the Pixel 3a XL. Google wants to woo iPhone users to the Android side with these new smartphones, and is offering some trade-in deals on that could put some cash back in their pocket if they switch. It's hard to imagine owners of high-end devices like the iPhone XS Max moving to a mid-range device, but stranger things have happened. The trade deal for the iPhone XS Max is worth $610 if your device is in good shape. Traders with that deal could get a Pixel 3a XL... Read more...
Apple and other smartphone makers have been struggling with smartphone sales globally as consumers hold onto devices longer. However, Apple is of course still pressing on with new iPhone models for this year, which aren't expected to support 5G technology. A new rumor claims that the next iPhone models will have a new antenna that might improve performance and hold users over until a 5G iPhone does launch in late 2020. The new rumor comes from notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and he says that Apple plans to use modified-Pi (MPI) material for most antennas in 2019 iPhone models. The current material used for antennas by Apple is liquid crystal polymer (LCP). Kuo says that the LCP material limits... Read more...
A new report by Which?, an advocacy group in the United Kingdom, found that Apple and HTC both overstate battery life on smartphones, sometimes "significantly," which is the case with some iPhone models. In stark contrast, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony all underestimate or are conservative about battery life with the phones that were tested, based on the organization's methods. "Which? tested nine iPhone models and found that all of them fell short of Apple’s battery time claims. In fact, Apple stated that its batteries lasted between 18 percent and 51 percent longer than the Which? results," Which? said. The biggest discrepancy belonged to the iPhone XR, one of Apple's newest generation handsets.... Read more...
Will the next generation iPhone sport an even fancier display than the OLED panels that are found on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max? It's a possibility. Apparently Foxconn, which assembles the bulk of Apple's iPhone products, is extending its investments into microLED technology through three of its subsidiaries, including Advanced Optoelectronic Technology (AOT), Epileds Technologies, and Marketech International. All three have developed and are currently ramping up capacities of parts related to the production of microLED chip, as well as production equipment. While a cursory glance at the name might suggest that microLED is a step backward from OLED, the opposite is actually true. Both technologies... Read more...
Earlier this week, Qualcomm and Apple settled their differences that arose over royalty payments, inking a multi-year deal for licensing and hardware distribution. But thanks to court documents that were presented on the opening day of the blockbuster trial between the two companies, we're learning that Apple's public comments on the worth of Qualcomm patents were in stark contrast to private comments. In addition, Apple seems to have instigated its plan to cut off Qualcomm royalty payments well before it even filed a lawsuit against its supplier. In internal documents obtained by Qualcomm during discovery, a 2009 memo from an Apple accounting claimed that Qualcomm is "widely considered... Read more...
Smartphone growth around the globe is down, and it is affecting profits for companies like Apple and Samsung. Maybe it's not rocket science as to why this is happening. Outside of market saturation, high-end handsets have been going up in price, and perhaps consumers have reached the breaking point. If that is the case, it makes sense for Apple to consider launching a new mid-range iPhone, as is rumored. Apple's current generation iPhone models consist of the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max and 5.8-inch iPhone XS, both with OLED displays, and the 6.1-inch iPhone XR with an LCD screen. There are other differentiating factors, though all three sport a custom A12 Bionic processor. Off contract, prices range... Read more...
It looks as though the other shoe has dropped with followings Apple's surprise settlement with Qualcomm over patent licensing fees (as we predicted). Intel, which is currently the sole supplier of 4G LTE modems for Apple's current generation of iPhones and iPads, just announced that it is throwing in the towel on 5G modem development for smartphones. Given that Apple is currently Intel's only customer for 4G LTE smartphone modems, and the company is already reportedly behind schedule with its first-generation 5G modem, the news of the Qualcomm settlement was probably just too much for Chipzilla to bear. Per the public details of the Apple-Qualcomm settlement, the two companies... Read more...
Spring is in the air, which means that we’re starting to hear more about the next version of iOS that powers iPhones and iPads. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is scheduled to kick off on June 3rd, but a new report is already shedding some light on what we can except in iOS 13. The first addition is something that has been requested from Apple fans for a long time: a true systemwide dark mode. Apple has already introduced dark mode with macOS, so it’s only natural that the company would want to extend this feature to iOS. According to 9to5Mac, the feature won’t be enabled by default, and will instead be accessible via the Settings menu. A... Read more...
Apple has continued business as usual seemingly oblivious to the writing on the wall that shows consumers are tired of its high prices. Apple has seen its upgrade cycle grow significantly with the finger pointed directly at the ever-growing cost of new iPhones. At the same time Apple has seen in China that when its devices are cheaper, their sales are significantly stronger. With Apple it's not just the upfront costs that gouge consumers, it's also the cost to fix iPhones down the road that kicks owners when they most need help. Samsung has gone official with the prices for repairing its flagship Galaxy S10 family of smartphones that sell for prices similar to what Apple charges. The pricing... Read more...
Samsung is losing customers to the competition in the Android space. According to new data from Counterpoint Research, over a third of Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T owners in the fourth quarter of 2018 came from Samsung Galaxy devices. In stark contrast, less than one in five Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T owners defected from Apple iPhone handsets. The data highlights Samsung's recent struggles in the smartphone space, as it pertains to sales. Samsung is not alone in that regard—the smartphone market as a whole has slowed in recent months, so there is a bigger trend at play. However, competition from Google and OnePlus with their latest flagship phones exacerbates the issue for Samsung, which is a market... Read more...
As we dive deeper into 2019, two of the big buzzworthy features talked about in the smartphone world have been folding displays and 5G connectivity. The former is best exemplified by the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, while the latter will come to fruition later this week with the commercial availability of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Given Apple’s notoriously secretive development process, there is very little insight into what the Cupertino, California-based company has cooked up in terms of 5G-enabled iPhones. However, a new report suggests that these 5G iPhones could arrive much later the original expected. Most analysts and industry pundits have coalesced... Read more...
Apple loves its high margins, and it rarely cuts prices on devices, save for the occasional sale. It did institute a price cut in China back in February that saw prices fall modestly in the country, and sales boomed as a result. Apple cut prices in China as it faces very strong competition from local brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. Reports indicate that Apple has now cut prices in China once again. A reduction in the value-added tax (VAT) went into effect in China on April 1. Apple passed the tax savings on to the consumer in China and cut prices as much as 300 to 500 yuan, or about $44 to $75, for some of the latest iPhone models. Price cuts were made to the iPhone X, iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 smartphones.... Read more...
It’s not often that we’re witness to vaporware products from Apple, but AirPower definitely fit that category. The wireless accessory – which was supposed to charge an iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch simultaneously -- was first announced alongside the iPhone X way back in September 2017, and was supposed to launch in 2018. However, 2018 came and went with no sign of the device. Today, Apple confirmed what many thought was coming anyway: AirPower has been canceled. The Cupertino, California-based company made the announcement in a statement to TechCrunch, which reads: After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have... Read more...
Apple’s next generation iPhones likely won’t be unveiled until sometime in September, but details on the smartphones are already starting to slowly leak out. The latest report from Macotakara has a few insights into what is on the schedule for the new iPhones. The first is with regards to wireless charging. The iPhone family has supported standard wireless charging since the Apple iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X debuted in 2017. However, the latest trend with flagship smartphones is reverse or bi-directional wireless charging, which allows them to charge another phone (or accessories).  The Samsung Galaxy S10 family calls this Wireless PowerShare, and Apple's next generation... Read more...
Qualcomm and Apple have been duking it out in courts around the globe with respect to patents and licensing agreements. Today, however, Qualcomm was the big winner as a U.S. jury handed the chip company a $31 million judgement in its favor. The jury in the U.S. District Court for the South District of California found that a number of iPhone models – the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X – infringed in varying degrees on three Qualcomm patents. The patents in question were: U.S. Patent No. 8,838,949: Allows a smartphone to quickly reestablish an internet connection once power on U.S. Patent No. 9,535,490: Relates to efficient traffic management... Read more...
Will 2019 be the year of folding smartphones? It sure is starting to look that way. Whether consumers take to these new designs remains to be seen, but more than one smartphone maker is at least considering a folding phone. You can count Apple among them, based on a recently published patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent application references the existence of flexible display technologies, and that it would be "desirable" to implement them into electronic devices, particularly cellular phones. This, the patent says, would lead to "improved electronic devices." Apple's method for implementing a flexible display into an iPhone involves hinges.... Read more...
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