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Apple Arcade adds 5 more games to iOS, now boasts 80 titles

Apple's Arcade game subscription service welcomed 5 new titles to iOS and tvOS and 2 new titles to macOS this week. The new games bring the total number of games available in Apple Arcade to 80 for iOS and tvOS and 61 for macOS, s...
Sam Medley, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:45:00 +0200
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Apple may be rushing to develop its own 5G modem by 2022

A source familiar with the matter claims that Apple is developing an in-house 5G modem for release in 2022, according to a report from Fast Company earlier today. The source says that a 2022 release date is "really pushing it," bu...
Sam Medley, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:22:00 +0200
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

87% Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Smartphone Review: A leap forwards or more of the same?

Max reloaded - Apple returns with three new iPhones, just as it did last year. The biggest and heaviest among them is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which aims to convince those who like big screens and even photographers with its high-quality triple rear-facing cameras. We put Apple's latest most expensive iPhone under the microscope in this live review.
Update: Live Review finished.
Apple A13 Bionic | Apple A13 Bionic GPU | 6.5" | 226 g
Florian Schmitt, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 23:47:31 +0200
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Call of Duty Mobile hits 100 million downloads in its first week, shattering record

Call of Duty Mobile recently claimed the award for most downloads in the first week after launch for any mobile game in history, surpassing 100 million unique installs after its first week. Sensor Tower estimates peg total downloa...
Sam Medley, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:59:00 +0200
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Apple is now selling Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller

Apple now sells the Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller through its online store. The move is likely due to Apple's recent push into the gaming market. Considering the latest OS updates for all Apple devices (e.g., iOS 13, iPadOS, ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:31:00 +0200
Computational photography: we take it for granted now. (Source: Engadget)

The computational photography market may be worth nearly US$30 billion by 2024

Computational photography - or imaging that depends at least as much on software as on hardware - was worth US$7.9 billion as a market in 2018. However, the latest analysis indicates that this valuation will grow to $29 billion ov...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 21:01:00 +0200
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. (Source: Apple)

Some iPhone 6s or 6s Plus units may fail to power on, but Apple is fixing it

Apple has initiated a recall for certain iPhones of the 6S series, saying that it has found that the relevant units may become unable to start under certain circumstances. The Cupertino-based OEM will not disclose which aspects of...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 19:25:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4. (Source: PhoneArena)

Xiaomi may add NFC to the international-variant Mi Band 5

The Mi Band is a popular fitness wearable series worldwide, albeit with one potential drawback: many units sold outside China come without NFC. Its maker, Xiaomi, will reportedly address this deficiency in its next generation. Thi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:17:00 +0200
The iPhones 11 may be the most popular of their series so far. (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 11 may prove more popular than its Pro or Pro Max siblings already

A new report from Taiwan indicates that Apple needs new stocks of its iPhone 11, but not of the Pro or Pro Max variants. Sources who claim to be close to the suppliers in question have noted that this is a surprising uptick in ord...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 18:08:00 +0200
Is this how the iPhone SE line will evolve? (Source: MacRumors)

The cut-price iPhone SE2 will arrive in 2020: Ming-Chi Kuo

The latest leaked research note allegedly sent to TF International Securities by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that Apple does have a second-gen SE in the works. It will apparently be released in the first quarter of 2020 and...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:39:00 +0200
Apple iPhone 11 Smartphone Review: More than just an affordable Apple smartphone

87% Apple iPhone 11 Smartphone Review: More than just an affordable Apple smartphone

Colourful - New colours, dual rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi 6 and a bigger battery; those are the improvements that the iPhone 11 has over the iPhone XR in a nutshell. Read in our detailed live review to see whether the cheapest of this year's iPhones can live up to expectations.
Update: Live Review completed.
Apple A13 Bionic | Apple A13 Bionic GPU | 6.1" | 194 g
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 00:19:08 +0200
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Smartphone Review: Triple rear-facing cameras and more power than you could shake a stick at

88% Apple iPhone 11 Pro Smartphone Review: Triple rear-facing cameras and more power than you could shake a stick at

A compact luxury - The smaller of the two iPhone Pros is also probably the most compact flagship smartphone on the market. Apple equips the 5.8-inch device with triple rear-facing cameras, a larger battery and W-iFi 6 among other changes from last year's model. The iPhone 11 Pro does not include a 5G modem, nor is there a 5G SKU either. Read on in our live review to find out whether this latest iPhone will be crowned the best smartphone of 2019.
Update: Live Review finished.
Apple A13 Bionic | Apple A13 Bionic GPU | 5.8" | 188 g
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 20:19:02 +0200
Call of Duty: Mobile brings something new to the mobile battle royale scene.

PUBG Mobile faces stiff competition as Activision's Call of Duty: Mobile launches in full

After months of beta testing, Activision and Tencent Games' latest offering, Call of Duty: Mobile is now live and available worldwide. While not quite as feature-packed as its biggest competitor, PUBG Mobile, it does seem to be a ...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:21:00 +0200
A new vulnerability may open a way for a jailbreak for almost every iPhone ever made. (Image via Hindustan Times)

New exploit, dubbed checkm8, might lead to permanent jailbreak for multiple iPhone models

A new vulnerability found in the bootrom of iPhones ranging from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X may pave a new path for a permanent jailbreak method. While no jailbreak method that exploits the vulnerability yet exis...
Sam Medley, Sat, 28 Sep 2019 23:47:00 +0200
Could the 2020 iPhone finally eliminate the dreaded notch? (Source: @BenGeskin)

First plausible 2020 iPhone render based on rumored protoype hits the mark

The first plausible iPhone rumor for 2020 has emerged and it looks like it could solve one of the biggest design issues with the current iPhone design. Based on a rumored prototype design doing the rounds at Cupertino, the 2020 iP...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 13:30:00 +0200
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Mario Kart Tour launches, hits top spot in iOS App Store

Nintendo's latest title to hit the smartphone market exploded out of the gates yesterday. Mario Kart Tour launched on iOS yesterday and quickly hit the top spot in the App Store for 58 countries. However, the game's freemium prici...
Sam Medley, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 17:02:00 +0200
The new Canon EOS M200. (Source: Canon)

Canon tackles smartphones that encroach on photography with the new EOS M200

Canon has released a new mirrorless camera that can record 4K vertical videos and then share them directly to social media. The EOS M200 has a 24.1MP APS-C sensor and CMOS auto-focus. It can also record in 60fps FHD and has a ligh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 23:12:00 +0200
Apple Music is getting new features. (Source: Apple)

Apple Music upgrades to a dark theme and Chromecast support

Music is a rather unique Apple app in that it is cross-platform (or, in other words, has an Android version). Its latest updates also make it compatible with Google's Chromecast. It has also acquired a dark mode, presumably to ali...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:14:00 +0200
The Google Assistant may get harder to activate in the future. (Source: XDA)

Google plans to make the Assistant's attention more selective in the future

Google has announced that future updates will make it more difficult to activate the Assistant by mistake. The company has also taken pains to reassure users that their audio data will not be collected by default in the same relea...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:13:00 +0200
An analysis of Twitter sentiment directed at iPhones. (Source: Eagle Alpha)

Apple's social media stock may be down in the wake of the new iPhones

A firm that analyses user attitudes toward specific subjects (e.g. companies) on Twitter claims to have shown that recent sentiment with regard to iPhones on this platform has deteriorated compared to that in 2018. Its research ma...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Sep 2019 22:58:00 +0200
Kiosks such as these are one of the easiest routes to cash for an old phone. (Source: YouTube)

Need money for an old phone? Local stores and kiosks are the safest bet, but not necessarily the most profitable

The online device valuer has released the results of a new study on the best way to sell a phone in 2019. Marketplaces - both in a user's vicinity and online - emerged as those associated with the greatest payouts, albe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:15:00 +0200
Evidently, bokeh on the iPhone 11 Pro still needs some work. (Source: MKBHD)

Apparently, portrait shots on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro phones are as bad as ever

Apple's iPhones have consistently been some of the best camera phones on the market. There seems to be a recurring issue over the past few generations, though: messy portraits. The new iPhones still manage to have that niggling fa...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 22 Sep 2019 15:19:00 +0200
The iPhone 11 series has already been covered extensively, despite only being announced a few days ago. (Image source: Apple)

Apple iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max: A summary of initial reviews

The first reviews of the new iPhone 11 series have gone live, so before we have finished with ours, we thought it would be apt to summarise the prevailing views of Apple's new babies. Camera innovations like the new ultra-wide sen...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:44:00 +0200
The iPhone 11 smartphones feature two or three camera sensors inside square-shaped housings. (Image source: Apple)

If you hate the square camera design for the Apple iPhone 11 then you're going to loathe the next-gen iPad Pro

An image of an apparent final design mockup of the next-generation Apple iPad Pro has found its way online, and if you are not a fan of Apple’s choice for the main camera design on the iPhone 11 series then there’s a good chance y...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:33:00 +0200
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Xcode finding quashes iPhone RAM rumors, confirms all 2019 models have 4 GB

New findings in Apple's Xcode confirm earlier AnTuTu posts showing that the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have 4 GB of RAM. While the iPhone XR from last year had only 3 GB of RAM, both the iPhone XS and XS M...
Sam Medley, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 22:56:00 +0200
The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 25% larger battery than its predecessor. (Image source: Apple)

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max looks set to be a battery life champ

The rumours were true, Apple has finally equipped an iPhone with a large battery. Early teardowns show that the company's latest flagship of flagships includes a sizable upgrade over the iPhone XS Max, which should help give it st...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 19:58:00 +0200
The JAM Audio Live Free truly wireless earbuds. (Source: JAM Audio)

JAM Audio claims that its new true wireless earbuds can last over 54 hours per charge

The Live Free truly wireless earbuds are the latest products from the company JAM Audio. It is claimed that they are smaller and more comfortable than their predecessors. They also come in a handy case that is rated for a battery ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:48:00 +0200
AnTuTu scores for what are allegedly the iPhone 11 series. (Source: GizmoChina)

AnTuTu appears to confirm 4GB of RAM for all 3 new iPhones

AnTuTu Benchmark has reported that it has completed testing of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. They have all scored well over 400,000 points each, meaning that they can probably compete well with equally new Androids. Howeve...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:33:00 +0200
A wall outlet for the future. (Source: Leviton)

A new power socket with USB type C Power Delivery ports has modern devices in mind

Leviton's new duplex wall socket also has in-built USB outputs. These welcome and increasingly welcome upgrades to electrical fittings are type-C ports with the Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard. This means they are rated to charge...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:44:00 +0200
The non-offending side of the iPhone 11 Pro. (Image source: Apple)

Trypophobia rears its unholy head once more thanks to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro and its rear triple camera system

People suffering from trypophobia have been posting negative comments on social media about the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max due to their rear main camera arrangements. It wasn’t that long ago that another flagship smar...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:36:00 +0200
Despite its fast A13 Bionic SoC, the iPhone 11 pro still packs only 4 GB of RAM. (Source: Apple)

iPhone 11 Pro allegedly pops up on Geekbench, A13 Bionic destroys Android-based SoCs

Despite its measly 4 GB of RAM, the alleged iPhone 11 Pro spotted on Geekbench still managed to crush all competing Android-based devices, mostly thanks to the superior A13 Bionic SoC, which breaks the 5,000 and 13,000-point mark ...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:33:00 +0200
Time to celebrate the arrival of the new Apple iPhones. (Image source: Apple)

The Apple iPhone family welcomes the new additions of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have all finally been officially revealed by Apple. The new smartphones feature high-performance A13 Bionic chips and standout camera systems: a dual setup for the regular iPhone...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 12 Sep 2019 03:03:00 +0200
Apple Arcade goes live on November 1, 2019. (Source: Apple)

Apple's TV+ and Arcade titles, formats and pricing structures are outlined in full

The latest Apple keynote introduced the new iPhones and iPad, yet did not stop there. It also outlined the company's new gaming- and TV-streaming services in detail. They will both go live in November 2019, cost US$4.99 per month ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:13:00 +0200
UWB is found in the iPhones 11 Pro and Pro Max only. (Source: YouTube)

Apple develops a proprietary short-range communication system for the iPhones 11 Pro

The Apple U1 chip is new hardware that controls ultrawide band (UWB) energy transfers between devices. This enables compatible products to locate each other and exchange data in a way non-U1-enabled counterparts cannot. These new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:08:00 +0200
Trade-ins for the new iPhones are live now. (Source: YouTube)

Apple channels Samsung with its new iPhone 11 trade-in program

Earlier in the year, we learned that Samsung would offer up to US$600 off the price of a new Galaxy Note 10 phone - in exchange for the right used device, that is. Now, Apple is doing the same for its new line of iPhones. These ne...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:35:00 +0200
Fastest mobile SoC? We'll find out in a few days. (Source: The Verge)

A closer look at the A13 Bionic SoC powering Apple's new iPhone 11 models

The new A13 Bionic is still a hexa-core CPU chip, but, thanks to TSMC's latest 7 nm EUV manufacturing process, this SoC now integrates 8.5 billion transistors. It also features a new quad-core GPU plus an octa-core NPU, and all of...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:30:00 +0200
Apple claims its new products are 'all-new' -- they aren't. (Source: Apple)

Opinion: Sorry Apple, your 'new' products are not 'all-new'

Apple and its market machine is in full spin mode following the launch of the iPhone 11 range along with the Watch Series 5 and 10.2-inch iPad. Yes, it is true these devices are new. However, I take exception to Apple labeling the...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:58:00 +0200
Apple could be preparing to amaze everyone with a resurrected AirPower charging mat. (Image source: iMore)

AirPower resurrected and full iPhone 11 details revealed: names, models, prices, and release dates

According to a recently leaked image, the Apple iPhone 11 series will feature smartphones ranging from an entry-level US$749 device all the way up to an eye-watering US$1,299 top-end model. The picture shows that the top two SKUs ...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 09 Sep 2019 22:16:00 +0200
The iPhone "11" is now projected to look like this. (Source: GizmoChina)

The iPhone 11 series will get Wi-Fi 6, according to the latest leak

An increasingly familiar name in tech rumor circles has posted on Twitter concerning the 2019 iPhones. This spec-heavy leak asserts that Apple will indeed stick with the screen sizes chosen by the company over the last few years f...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Sep 2019 17:59:00 +0200
The new Fitbit Versa 2 comes with Amazon Alexa support. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit Versa 2 launched with Alexa, new premium health subscription service

Fitbit has launched its second-generation Versa health and fitness smartwatch. The key upgrades include support for Amazon Alexa voice recognition and the addition of enhanced sleep tracking.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 01 Sep 2019 10:33:00 +0200
Apple's next big launch event will take place on September 10. (Source: Apple)

Apple issues invites for a September 10 iPhone event

Apple has issued invites to the press for its 2019 iPhone event. Dubbed “By innovation only” the new generation of iPhones will be officially unveiled on September 10 that the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cuperti...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:12:00 +0200
Apple continues to sell fewer iPhones and is now in danger of being overtaken by Xiaomi for the number 3 global smartphone vendor position. (Source: Apple)

Gartner: Huawei, Samsung up in Q2 smartphone sales, Apple down and under threat from Xiaomi

Despite the cards being stacked against it last quarter, Huawei managed to record an increase in smartphone sales of 16.5 percent for the quarter, while Samsung also saw a 3.8 percent bump. Apple, on the other hand, continued its ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 28 Aug 2019 07:39:00 +0200
The Liberate Air earbuds. (Source: House of Marley)

The new truly-wireless earbuds from House of Marley are made from 100% recycled materials

The Liberate Air earphones are made from reclaimed silicone and have a bamboo finish. In addition, they have a charging case described as made from recycled aluminium, wood, cotton and plastic. These new House of Marley products a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 24 Aug 2019 18:23:00 +0200
The triple-cam setup on the back appears to be the only design change on the new iPhone 11 models. (Source: AppleSfera)

Bloomberg leaks fresh list of iPhone 11 features

Analysts say that the iPhone 11 models look very similar to last year's models, as Apple decided to keep the same screen sizes and notches. There are, however, new features like the Matrix co-processor, AI-assisted triple-cam setu...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:33:00 +0200
The stylus might only be present on the iPhone 11 Max models. (Source: Mobilefun)

Olixar leaks iPhone 11 cases with stylus cutouts

The alleged renders coming from Olixar show three leather cases with stylus cutouts. The stylus might be an exclusive feature of the iPhone Max variants, which could become the direct competitor for Samsung's future Galaxy Note ph...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:42:00 +0200
Image via Twitter user @yosy1692

Apple accidentally rolls back security patch in iOS 12.4 update, making jailbreaking possible

An oversight by Apple caused an old security bug to be reintroduced with iOS 12.4. While the bug had been patched in iOS 12.3, the exploit is present in the latest operating system from Apple and can be used for jailbreaking on co...
Sam Medley, Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:46:00 +0200
The Apple Watch 4's successor might be released soon. (Source: Apple)

Apple Watch screens may step up to micro-LED, but not until 2020

In a new research note written for TF International Securities, the tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that he now believes that Apple will switch to micro-LED for its sixth-generation Watch. In the meantime, the Series 5 will s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:05:00 +0200
The XS and XS Max. That's the zenith of iPhone-name complications...right? (Source: MacRumors)

New accessory listings appear to confirm 2019 iPhone names

The tech world has largely been operating on the theory that the next generation of Apple smartphones will be called something along the lines of 'iPhone 11' for some time now. A French blog claims to have caught a leak from a cas...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:14:00 +0200
The Fitbit Versa 2's alleged boxed state. (Source: OLX)

Fitbit's Versa 2 official packaging allegedly leaks out

Fitbit has been linked to a second generation of its popular Versa smartwatch for some time now. Recently, rumors about it have started up again in light of new leaks. They claim to show the wearable's official packaging, as well ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:06:00 +0200
Live View superimposes AR directions on your phone screen. (Source: Google)

Google Maps AR navigation to hit non-Pixel phones soon

AR-assisted navigation is one of the most interesting - and possibly useful - aspects of the Google Maps app to be unveiled in recent years. Unfortunately, it was also introduced as a Pixel exclusive. Now, however, it may be avail...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 10 Aug 2019 21:07:00 +0200

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