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iPhone X VS Galaxy Note 8 In LTE Speed Showdown

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

Apple’s iPhones currently do not support gigabit download speeds, or rather to ensure a uniform experience across iPhones, Apple has capped the speeds on iPhones using Qualcomm’s modems to match those of Intel’s. For those who are wondering what’s the difference, a video uploaded by Booredatwork.com on YouTube demonstrates the differences.

As you can see in the video above, it compares the LTE speeds between that of the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It is pretty obvious from the video that the Note 8 is much faster, thanks to it being equipped with a gigabit LTE modem. While the Note 8 couldn’t hit the 1Gbps speeds (there are many reasons why, such as coverage, how many people in the area are using the network, and so on), it is still much faster than that of the iPhone X which topped out at 600Mbps.

Whether or not these differences in speed can be felt by users is a different story. If you’re just doing some light work like checking emails, surfing the web, sending instant messages, then chances are the differences might not be so obvious. However if you’re watching movies, playing games, or downloading larger files, then perhaps it will be.

That being said, last we heard Apple’s 2018 iPhones are expected to feature faster baseband chips, but whether or not this will allow the iPhones to achieve gigabit speeds remains to be seen.

iPhone X VS Galaxy Note 8 In LTE Speed Showdown , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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2018’s iPhones Could Feature Dual SIM Support

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

With Android phones, finding a model that comes with dual SIM support isn’t exactly hard to come by. Unfortunately for iPhone users who want dual SIM support, you guys have been pretty much out of luck for the past decade or so. However that could change come 2018, at least according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

According to Kuo’s latest research note (via MacRumors), he claims that next year’s iPhones will feature dual SIM support with LTE+LTE connections, and it will also allow for both SIMs to be active simultaneously while only using one set of chips. “Unlike existing DSDS phones, which commonly support LTE+3G connections, we believe next-generation iPhone models will support LTE+LTE connections, in a bid to enhance the user experience.”

This seems to be in line with the way Apple does things, where they might seem like they’re slow to the market with certain features, but when they do they try to come in over the top and offer a slightly better experience. Whether or not this report is true remains to be seen, but Kuo’s track record has been pretty good so far.

However it is unclear if the 2018 iPhone will support dual SIM card slots/trays, or if one will be embedded in the iPhone itself, like we’ve seen with the Apple Watch Series 3 and the newer iPads with cellular capabilities.

2018’s iPhones Could Feature Dual SIM Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Survey Finds That Teens Prefer iPhones, Adults Prefer Samsung

Tyler Lee November 20, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Samsung released an ad called “Growing Up” which was clearly aimed at Apple and their iPhones. We’re not sure if it was a coincidence or if Samsung was slightly prophetic because according to a recent survey conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of Ebates (via Forbes), Samsung was right: adults want Samsung products.

The survey asked participants what devices they wanted for Christmas, and based on their findings, those who the survey deemed as adults said that they wanted the Samsung Galaxy S8. The survey found that 38% of adults said they wanted the device, versus teens in which only 28% said they wanted the Galaxy S8.

When it came to Apple’s new iPhones, it seems that the handsets are popular amongst teens, where 25% said they wanted the iPhone 8 Plus versus 23% in adults; 35% for the iPhone 8 versus 22% of adults; and 35% for the iPhone X versus 20% in adults. The survey does not mention why teens prefer iPhones and adults prefer Samsung, but it does provide some insight as to what kind of customers Apple/Samsung should be targeting.

It is also unclear why there were no other Android brands mentioned, so we’re not sure how other brands like LG, HTC, and so on would have fared.

Survey Finds That Teens Prefer iPhones, Adults Prefer Samsung , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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News: FBI served search warrant to unlock Texas shooter’s iPhone

Dan Pye November 20, 2017

After trying and failing to compel Apple to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone, the FBI has issued a new search warrant to the company asking for help unlocking Texas church gunman Devin Kelley’s iPhone, mySA reports. The warrant requests “files stored on Kelley’s iPhone, a second mobile phone found near his body and for files stored in Kelley’s iCloud account.” Court records show Kelley had an iPhone SE…

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Apple’s 2018 iPhones Expected To Feature Faster Baseband Chips

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Apple tends to source from multiple suppliers for their components, and for the iPhone’s modem, it is no different as Intel and Qualcomm are the companies supplying Apple with the hardware. That is expected to be the same even in 2018, although KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Intel is expected to supply the majority of it.

The report from Kuo claims that 2018’s iPhones are expected to feature faster baseband chips from both Intel and Qualcomm. This is in line with an earlier report that said that Apple is working with Intel on 5G hardware for future iPhones, although Kuo’s report suggests that this could arrive as soon as 2018, and that Qualcomm is expected to continue supplying to Apple.

However Kuo’s report states that Intel will be the majority supplier, with as much as 70-80% of the components coming from Intel, while the rest is handled by Qualcomm. This isn’t surprising given that both companies have lawsuits filed against each other, although earlier reports suggested that Apple could skip Qualcomm’s components entirely.

That being said, Kuo’s report does not state what kind of speed improvements we’ll be looking at, although chances are that these will be pre-5G hardware, but the speed increases should be welcome all the same. It should also make up for the fact that Apple’s latest iPhones can’t hit gigabit speeds, but until it is official, it’s best taken with a grain of salt.

Apple’s 2018 iPhones Expected To Feature Faster Baseband Chips , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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2013-2015 MacBook Pro Free Repair Program Extended

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Some of you might recall that a couple of years ago, several MacBook Pro owners were complaining about how the anti-reflective coating on their laptop displays were peeling. To remedy that and to appease customers, Apple then launched a program in which they would replace the display for free.

That was back in 2015 and the offer would allow users to claim it within 3 years of their laptop’s purchase, which means that come 2018 that program will come to an end. However the good news is that it looks like Apple will be extending that program. According to MacRumors, they have obtained an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers which states that this program has been extended from three years to four years.

This means that instead of ended in 2018, it will now end in 2019 or even 2020, or at least for certain devices. This covers the 2015-2017 12-inch Retina MacBooks, as well as 2013-2015 MacBook Pros. It also appears to cover 2016-2017 MacBook Pros, although it seems that this is a problem more associated with the 2013-2015 models, but we suppose better safe than sorry.

MacRumors is also claiming that the internal document states that Authorized Service Providers can replace a damaged display free of charge, as long as the anti-reflective coating issues are present. This means that even if you sent it in for another display-related problem, it could be replaced for free if the coating issues are present.

2013-2015 MacBook Pro Free Repair Program Extended , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Teenage Girl Dies After Electrocuted By Frayed iPhone Charging Cable

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

If there is one problem that many iPhone owners are familiar with when it comes to the bundled charging cable, it is that it tends to fray around the edges where the connector is. This has been a problem that has been going on for many years, and one that Apple has yet to address, but perhaps the company could be thinking about changing that in the future.

In a report from Yahoo News UK, it seems that a 14-year old girl from Vietnam was electrocuted to death due to a frayed iPhone charging cable, or at least that’s what the current assumption is. The parents of the girl discovered her unconscious and rushed her to the hospital where doctors attempted to revive her, but unfortunately they were not successful and medics have confirmed that electrocution was the cause of her death.

Whether or not it is due to the frayed iPhone cable is unclear, but there’s a good chance it could be as the burnt white cable with frayed edges (see photo to the right) was found on her bed. The girl had been charging her iPhone the same way as she always did every night, but it was believed that she could have rolled over onto the cable, touching the exposed live wires, which electrocuted her in the process.

It has yet to be determined if the cable in question is an official iPhone cable or a third-party one. Companies like Apple have warned customers against using unauthorized third-party accessories in the past, but given how much Apple charges for official accessories, it is understandable why some customers might turn to cheaper third-party alternatives, even if they’re not officially licensed.

Image credit – AsiaWire

Teenage Girl Dies After Electrocuted By Frayed iPhone Charging Cable , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple’s HomePod Speaker Has Been Delayed To 2018

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

We’re sure that some of you guys might have noticed or found it a bit odd that during Apple’s iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X announcement that the company pretty much did not mention anything about the HomePod speakers. In the past we’ve seen how Apple has announced products at one event, and then touch on them at a later event, but that wasn’t really the case here.

Turns out there’s a reason why: the HomePod has been delayed. In a statement provided to John Gruber at Daring Fireball, Apple has confirmed that the speakers have been delayed and will not be released in 2017. Instead it looks like the HomePod will only be arriving in “early 2018”, whenever that might be.

The statement reads, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.” Like we said we’re not sure what “early 2018” means, but Apple usually holds an event around March/April which tends to be iPad/MacBook-related in nature, so it is possible that we could learn more about it then.

Unfortunately for Apple the delay also means that they’ll be giving companies like Amazon and Google an even bigger lead that they already have. Whether or not the HomePods will be worth the wait remains to be seen, although in the case of the AirPods which also faced delays last year, many reviews seem to think it was worth the wait, so maybe the HomePods could replicate the AirPods’ success.

Apple’s HomePod Speaker Has Been Delayed To 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iPhone X Reportedly Sells Out In Minutes In South Korea

Tyler Lee November 17, 2017

With the iPhone X being priced at $999 for the base model, there is some concern as to whether or not the handset will sell. After all at $999 it isn’t cheap and it will definitely drive away potential customers who might be shocked at the price tag. However so far it seems that Apple has nothing to worry about.

According to South Korean carrier SK Telecom, it seems that the carrier has managed to sell out their pre-order inventory of the iPhone X in 3 minutes. To give you guys some context, last year’s iPhone 7 took about 20 minutes to sell out, and while 20 minutes is indeed impressive, 3 minutes is just mind-boggling.

This is also more amazing when you consider that the iPhone X 64GB model is priced higher in South Korea at around $1,237 versus $999 stateside. Of course we don’t know exactly how many units SK Telecom had on hand in the first place, but industry analysts are claiming that about 150,000 units had been allocated to the region.

This report seems to be in line with initial reports that the iPhone X managed to sell 9-12 million units within the first 3 days of availability. It also appears that Apple might have gotten a handle on production because shipping estimates for the iPhone X in various markets have improved to 2-3 weeks.

iPhone X Reportedly Sells Out In Minutes In South Korea , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Reportedly Working With Intel On 5G Hardware For Future iPhones

Tyler Lee November 17, 2017

As it stands, Apple relies on components from both Qualcomm and Intel for the iPhone’s modem, but according to a report from Fast Company, it seems that future iPhones could use Intel’s hardware more or less exclusively. The report claims that Apple is working with Intel on 5G hardware for future iPhones.

Now you might be thinking that this could have something to do with the lawsuit that Apple and Qualcomm are embroiled in, and while that might have been the reason suggested in an earlier report, Fast Company’s report has indicated that this is purely for professional reasons, and that Intel is apparently willing to meet Apple’s needs when it comes to customizing their components in a way that Qualcomm will not.

The report also claims that Intel currently has a “small army” working on 5G hardware in order to catch up to the competition. Prior to this, there were reports that said that the iPhone would not offer its users gigabit download speeds, and apparently this had to do with the limitations in Intel’s hardware, which meant that even if Qualcomm’s hardware could hit those speeds, Apple would have artificially limited them to ensure an even user experience across the board.

That being said, none of this is official information for now so obviously it should be taken with a grain of salt, but we suppose we will find out in future teardowns if Apple has indeed decided to go with Intel for 5G hardware.

Apple Reportedly Working With Intel On 5G Hardware For Future iPhones , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.