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The iPhone SE 2, a device that goes by multiple names. (Image source: iGeeksBlog & OnLeaks)

Apple iPhone SE 2: Mass production of Apple's US$399 "budget" smartphone to start next month ahead of March announcement

The release of the iPhone SE 2, or iPhone 9 as it may end up being called, looms. Industry sources are now claiming that Apple's next budget smartphone will enter mass production next month, according to Bloomberg, before a March ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:46:00 +0100
Apple is rumoured to release three iPhone 11 successors this year. (Image source: The Verge)

Rumour | Specifications of three new iPhones offered from sources within Apple's Chinese supply chain

Macotakara is back again with new rumours about upcoming iPhones, but not about the SE 2 this time. Instead, the website claims to have received information from sources about Apple's next flagships, and goes into a far amount of ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:43:00 +0100
Apple touts iPhone privacy as a key selling point on its website. (Source: Apple)

FBI pressure leaves iCloud, iPhone users vulnerable to unencrypted back door

Apple has found itself in another privacy related controversy, this time over a decision apparently made two years ago, but only coming to light now. According to Reuters, Apple abandoned plans to fully encrypt iPhone (and iPad) b...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:20:00 +0100
WhatsApp will not display ads any time soon. (Source: WhatsApp)

Facebook abandons its "Ads for WhatsApp" plan

Facebook has encountered serious opposition to its intentions to use WhatsApp for ad revenue-building purposes. Now, a new report has indicated that the social media giant has ultimately dropped its efforts to achieve this aim, wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:09:00 +0100
The EU may ultimately prove the death of the Lightning connector. (Source: Wikipedia)

The EU might force Apple to drop the Lightning port within its jurisdiction

The European Parliament has announced that it will hold a vote on a motion to write its 2014 Radio Equipment Directive into law. This would probably result in an obligation for mobile device OEMs to fit all products to be sold in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:51:00 +0100
Apple introduced Face ID in 2017 with the iPhone X. (Image source: Apple)

Apple iPhone 12: 2020 iPhones to feature overhauled Face ID, ToF cameras and 6 GB of RAM

Rumours are currently floating about that Apple plans to upgrade several areas of this year's iPhones. Apparently, the iPhone 12 series will feature revamped a TrueDepth system for improved Face ID, a ToF camera and 6 GB of RAM. A...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:53:00 +0100
The Fitbit Versa 2. (Source: Notebookcheck)

A new Fitbit software update unlocks blood oxygen tracking on several devices

A number of newer Fibit wearables were shipped with SpO2 (or estimated blood oxygen) sensors, which may not have been activated within their systems. However, the OEM has addressed this in a new update. Therefore, compatible devic...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:32:00 +0100
Disney+ was far and away the most downloaded app this quarter. (Image via Disney)

TikTok and Disney+ top download charts in Q4 2019

The Disney+ mobile app has been downloaded more than 31 million times since its release in mid-November, giving a hint as to the early success of Disney's streaming service. The controversial video-sharing app TikTok came in secon...
Sam Medley, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:26:00 +0100
There have been rumours that Apple could launch the iPhone SE 2 as soon as March. (Image source: Apple)

Apple iPhone SE 2: New rumour throws upcoming US$399 "budget" smartphone into doubt

If you were underwhelmed by the renders of the iPhone SE 2, then a new rumour doing the rounds may whet your appetite. How about a device the size of an iPhone 8 but with a 5.4-inch screen and Face ID, instead? Such a design would...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:15:00 +0100
The TicPods 2 series. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi releases its updated, AI-powered TicPods

The TicPods 2 and 2 Pro are Mobvoi's new TWS earbuds. They look much like their predecessor: however, this series is the first to feature the OEM's new, proprietary assistant Tico. They also respond to gestures for call answering ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 23:03:00 +0100
mmWave and standard 5G iPhones could arrive at the same time (Image source: PhoneArena)

Ming Chi-Kuo predicts mmWave and standard 5G iPhones will arrive simultaneously

Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo recently predicted that Apple will bring mmWave and standard 5G iPhone 12 models to the market at the same time, allaying fears of a drawn-out iPhone 12 release timeframe.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:17:00 +0100
Apple owners may be the most likely to replace their own batteries. (Source: Pixabay)

Apple products stand out in a study of 2019 mobile device repair

A study of device repair in Germany for the year 2019 found that 30.7% of those conducted by users were carried out on Apple phones. Samsung was second in these terms at 29.7%, followed by Huawei at 21.6%. Owners were most likely ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +0100
Image via Apple (w/ edits)

Apple scores win in China due to iPhone sales jump in December

iPhone sales in China leapt to 3.18 million units in December, a year-over-year increase of 18.7%. While many analysts are excited about what this could mean for Apple's sales in China, it should be noted that October and November...
Sam Medley, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 17:10:00 +0100
A $15 discount makes this the lowest-ever AirPods Pro price (Image source: Apple)

Deal | AirPods Pro selling on Amazon for record-low price

Amazon is selling Apple's AirPods Pro at their lowest-ever price of $234.98. While $15 isn't much of a discount, wait times for the out-of-stock AirPods Pro are expected to be much lower than when buying direct from Apple.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:06:00 +0100
The iPhone SE 2, or is it the iPhone 9? (Image source: iGeeksBlog & OnLeaks)

Apple iPhone SE 2: Renders of Apple's upcoming US$399 "budget" smartphone confirm iPhone 8 design

Have you been waiting for Apple to release another compact iPhone? Well, the dreams and rumours of an iPhone SE 2 have taken a step closer to reality with the publication of OnLeaks renders, an occasion that is typically a sign of...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:32:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 series has strong night photography capabilities (Image source: Apple)

Apple's Night Mode Challenge showcases iPhone 11 series' photography chops

Apple announced a new Shot on iPhone campaign for iPhone 11 series users. Under the Night Mode Challenge, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max users will submit low-light night mode photos taken on Apple's latest phones.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:22:00 +0100
Apple now offers custom engraving for its AirPods and AirPods Pro earphones. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Apple introduces new custom engraving options for AirPods, AirPods Pro

Apple has launched a new free engraving service for its AirPods and AirPods Pro wireless earphones. Customers can choose from a limited range of emojis or use the alphabet to create their own name, for example.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 11:08:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 was the top selling smartphone in the US last year. (Source: Apple)

Survey puts Apple and Samsung with 9 out 10 smartphone sales in the US

Chinese smartphone makers have had huge success globally, but one market they are yet to crack is the US. According to a new survey by Wave7Research, the US market is dominated by just two brands with Apple and Samsung swallowing ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 11:15:00 +0100
The Apple A12 Bionic features a custom-designed GPU. (Source: Apple)

Apple and Imagination strike GPU deal after briefly parting ways

Apple has entered into a new licensing agreement with Imagination Technologies to use a wider range of the company’s extensive mobile GPU and AI patent portfolios. The two companies had previously been close partners before Apple ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 09:04:00 +0100
Taiyo Yuden expects 2020 iPhones to increase capacitor demand (Image source: Apple)

2020's power-hungry 5G iPhones may cause a surge in capacitor demand

Taiyo Yuden, one of Apple’s capacitor suppliers, indicated that capacitor demand may increase next year due to the introduction of 5G iPhones. The capacitor maker has seen profits rise this year on the back of increased capacitor ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 20:43:00 +0100
The tree that inspired a trillion-dollar brand (Image source: Harvest to Table)

Apple "Tree Angel" Jony Ive contributes US$129,000 to UK tree-planting campaign

Jony Ive, Apple’s former design head, made a $129,000 contribution to the Daily Mail’s “Be a Tree Angel Campaign.” The campaign, running over the course of National Tree Week, seeks to spread awareness and enhance the UK’s green c...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:28:00 +0100
Ookla's Speedtest VPN is the latest free virtual private network. (Image via Ookla)

Ookla launches Speedtest VPN, a free virtual private network

Ookla, the organization behind speedtest.net, has launched a free VPN. Speedtest VPN is a free virtual private network service, currently only for users of the Speedtest Android and iOS apps. The VPN is currently in beta and caps ...
Sam Medley, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 04:25:00 +0100
Airpods Pro may soon be manufactured in Vietnam (Image source: Apple)

AirPods Pro suppliers reportedly expanding production in Vietnam

Apple suppliers Goertek and Luxshare are reportedly seeking financing to invest in Vietnamese AirPods Pro manufacturing. In the context of the ongoing US-China trade war and rising wages in China, this marks another instance of pr...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 20:19:00 +0100
Is this what the iPhone 12 will look like? (Image source: Macotakara)

Supposed iPhone 12 case design mockup spotted on Alibaba

Japanese publication Macotakara got their hands on what is allegedly an iPhone 12 case mockup. The design appears to conform closely to predictions that analyst Ming Chi-Kuo made earlier, including an iPhone 4-like edge design.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 20:18:00 +0100
Sony's tiny image sensors are one of the company's biggest assets. (Image via Sony)

Sony's imaging business is booming, cannot keep up with demand

Sony's image sensor business is in high demand. Even running its factories 24/7 cannot keep up with demand. Sony's semiconductor business expects to generate over US $9 billion in revenue this year, about $8.15 billion of which co...
Sam Medley, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 18:21:00 +0100
The revamped bounty is open to all, with bigger rewards (Image source: Panda Security)

Apple Security Bounty revamped: now invitation-free, with bigger rewards

Apple recently revamped its Apple Security Bounty program. The new Bounty program is open to all researchers and substantially ups the reward ceiling. Is this enough to help Apple find critical iOS and macOS vulnerabilities in tim...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 20:40:00 +0100
Apple continues to dominate the smartphone market, raking in 66 percent of industry-wide Q3 profits (Image source: Wired)

Report: Apple earned 32 percent of all revenue in the smartphone industry

Third quarter financial results show that Apple continues to reign supreme in the smartphone space. Reports indicate that Apple secured over half of the industry's profits and one-third of its revenue.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 12:30:00 +0100
Apple's investigate alleged fraud at Foxconn (Image source: Nikkei)

Foxconn allegedly sold iPhones made from rejected parts: Apple investigates

An alleged fraud ring at Foxconn used defective parts to assemble and sell iPhones, raking in over US$40 million over three years. Apple's Business Assurance and Audit team launched an investigation to assess the situation.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:05:00 +0100
The Wearbuds will be at Aipower's CES 2020 booth. (Source: Aipower)

Aipower is going to CES 2020, bringing its innovative Wearbuds and more

Aipower is a start-up that had great success in its crowdfunding endeavors for its Wearbuds product. This is a type of fitness band that also houses a pair of truly wireless (or TWS) earbuds. They will be on show at CES 2020, alon...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:32:00 +0100
Staying up late's a problem, even if night mode is on (Image source: Healthysurvival)

New study claims "night mode" might keep you up longer

According to a University of Manchester study, your smartphone’s night mode might not let you fall asleep as previously thought. The warmer light transmitted may actually keep you awake for longer than with night mode disabled.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:41:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 Pro lost to the OnePlus 7T Pro in the very first round after messing up the white balance in its shot. (Source: Gadgets Now)

MKBHD's 2019 blind smartphone camera test throws up a few surprises

Last year, popular YouTube tech channel Marques Brownlee hosted a blind smartphone camera test that had some shocking results—with the US$300 Pocophone F1 finishing in second place. This year's version is just as interesting, as i...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 17 Dec 2019 21:05:00 +0100
Image via Oatmeal Dome

DolphiniOS is a promising GameCube and Wii emulator for iOS

A new GameCube and Wii emulator has appeared for iOS. DolphiniOS, a project from developer Oatmeal Dome, can play some games at full speed, including Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The project is still in the early...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 06:12:00 +0100
The Communication Limits feature in iOS 13.3 can easily be bypassed. (Image via Apple)

New bug in iOS 13.3 allows kids to circumvent Communication Limits parental controls

A bug in iOS 13.3 allows users to easily circumvent the Communication Limits feature. While Communication Limits is supposed to block users (specifically children) from communicating with or adding unknown or unapproved numbers, s...
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:30:00 +0100
Future iPhone photos could get much better thanks to AI. (Image via Apple)

Apple acquires Spectral Edge Ltd., may integrate AI photo enhancement tech in iPhone cameras

Apple recently acquired control of U.K. startup Spectral Edge Ltd., a company that developer AI-based photo processing software. The software merges an infrared picture with a traditional photograph to sharpen the image and improv...
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 19:39:00 +0100
The iPhone has struggled in China this quarter. (Image via Apple w/ edits)

iPhone shipments in China fell 35% in November

The iPhone may be doing well in Western markets, but the handset saw a massive 35% year-over-year drop in shipments in China last month. This news from Credit Suisse analysts flies in the face of prior predictions from Apple and o...
Sam Medley, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:48:00 +0100
One of the founders of Nuvia Inc. is the target of a lawsuit filed by Apple. (Image via Nuvia)

Apple files suit against one of the founders of chip design startup Nuvia

Apple is suing Gerard Williams III, one of the founders of Nuvia, for breaching an intellectual property contract and soliciting Apple employees to leave Apple and work at Nuvia. Williams denies that he actively recruited Apple em...
Sam Medley, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:36:00 +0100
What the iPhone 12 might look like (Image source: PhoneArena)

Analyst predicts as many as 6 iPhone 12 models will launch in 2020

Rosenblatt securities predicts that as many as 12 new iPhone models may be announced by Apple next year. While the claims are unverified, multiple predictions now indicate that 2020 will see a record number of iPhone launches
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:01:00 +0100
Apple may heavily throttle production of the iPhone 11 Pro in the coming months. (Image via Apple)

Apple may cut iPhone 11 Pro production due to market shift to 5G

According to analyst Jun Zhang of Rosenblatt Securities, Apple may cut its production of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max by as much as 25% in both December and March due to a market shift toward 5G smartphones. However, Zh...
Sam Medley, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 23:59:00 +0100
Could Apple's next US$399 "budget" handset be launched as the iPhone 9? (Image source: Apple)

Apple iPhone SE 2: Could Apple's next US$399 "budget" handset be launched as the iPhone 9?

Apple is said to be planning a successor to the iPhone SE for next March, which has hitherto been referred to as the iPhone SE 2. The comparatively compact smartphone will apparently sport an iPhone 8 design, with an informed sour...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 23:37:00 +0100
eSIMs may have a bright future. (Source: Medium)

The eSIM market is now thought to be worth US$700 million by the end of 2019

The eSIM market is thought to be capable of growing rapidly in terms of shipment volumes until 2025. New research on the same subject now shows that its value will exceed US$700 million by the end of the year. This may be driven b...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 22:37:00 +0100
The MAGFAST Extreme. (Source: MAGFAST)

The 500 amp MAGFAST power bank has 3 separate wireless charging coils

MAGFAST is a company set up to offer power accessories with an innovative magnetic interface. Its largest product is the Extreme, a charging station with 3 Qi-wireless charging coils on its top. It can also support USB type C, typ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Dec 2019 20:33:00 +0100
The Garmin Venu. (Source: Garmin)

The Garmin Venu smartwatch launches in India

Garmin has launched its Venu wearable in the Indian market. It has a smartwatch form factor, with a round 1.2-inch AMOLED display, but also has modes to track over 20 fitness-related activities and an inbuilt coaching interface fo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:14:00 +0100
Even with location services turned off, your iPhone 11 still tracks where you are. (Image: own)

Apple openly admits to iPhone 11 location tracking, offers reason

Apple has finally admitted to secretly tracking the location data of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max users. The company stated that the tracking was necessary for the Ultra Wideband (UWB) hardware in the 2019 iPhon...
Sam Medley, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:56:00 +0100
A 5G iPhone is in the works, but may not hit the market until 2021. (Image source: stock images w/ edits)

Qualcomm: 5G iPhone is "priority number one"

Apple and Qualcomm are pushing hard into the launch of a 5G iPhone. According to Qualcomm's president Cristiano Amon, the release of a 5G-capable iPhone is the chip manufacturer's "priority number one" in their relationship with A...
Sam Medley, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 18:37:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 Pro has hidden services that access location data even when all apps and services have location permissions disabled. (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 11 Pro requests user location even when app and service permissions are disabled

Due to copious amounts of data collected by Google from smartphones running Android, iPhones are often seen as a more privacy-conscious option. One of the key comparisons is the relative ease of disabling all location requests on ...
Craig Ward, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:08:00 +0100
Google Photos may get more like messaging apps in the future. (Source: Google)

Google introduces a new setting for more private, direct-to-contact photo sharing

Google Photos is probably one of the biggest platforms for personal image management. However, sharing via the same app has always been of a public nature. Now, the app is to gain a new update in which this content can apparently ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:52:00 +0100
The new Runn treadmill tracker. (Source: North Pole Engineering)

The Runn is a new sensor that beams treadmill performance to a smartphone

Those who use treadmills might want to keep track of their speed, incline and other metrics as they work out. The Runn is a new gadget that captures this data and sends it right to a compatible fitness app. It is up for pre-order ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:16:00 +0100
Will the next iPhones sport 6 GB of RAM and AirPods in the box? (Image source: Apple)

Next Apple iPhones to enter mass production in Q1 2020: 6 GB of RAM and AirPods in the box?

Two new rumours about next year's iPhones are doing the rounds, and they imply that Apple is considering making its smartphones better value for money. Heresy, right?
Alex Alderson, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:02:00 +0100
Sony Crackle is an example of an ad-based video streaming service. (Source: Sony)

More and more people are using ad-based streaming services

Some subscription-based streaming platforms have become huge for a number of reasons, the total lack of ads being one of them. However, there are emerging alternatives that reinstate this potential disadvantage back in return for ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:13:00 +0100
The Amazfit GTS reportedly did very well this Black Friday. (Source: Huami)

Huami asserts that its Amazfit GTS smartwatch had an outstanding Black Friday

Huami has released a statement on how its latest device, the Amazfit GTS, did in the recent November 2019 sales event. It claims that the smartwatch was a hit on numerous regional online sales platform. The GTR and Bip Lite wearab...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:46:00 +0100

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