Looks Like Apple Will Copy Samsung in The Next iPhone

Apple has accused Samsung of copying design and features in the past, of course, Samsung is not the only one as Nokia paid a good chunk of money to Apple last year in order to get rid of lawsuits.

It looks like the tables might turn for the next release of iPhone. The company is planning to launch 3 new iPhone models this year while all of these phones will be a lot similar to current gen iPhone X, the company is considering adding stylus support in the phones too.

At the moment, Samsung is the only major brand to make a phone with stylus under its Galaxy Note lineup.

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As the Economic Daily News said, the company is thinking of enabling Apple Pencil support on all the next get OLED equipped phones. While the stylus support is definitely a feature inspired by Samsung Galaxy Note lineup. Don’t expect that Apple Pencil will come bundled with the iPhone.

While it might be possible to add stylus support to current gen iPhones (iPhone X and iPhone 8), it will not be happening.

Considering it is highly unlikely that the stylus will come with iPhone, it will be interesting to see how many iPhone users actually shell out money to get on, especially when the phone will be costing an arm and a leg.

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An Apple Interned Has Leaked iPhone Source Code : Report

Just like Microsoft or other big software company, Apple doesn’t want people getting access to the source code of its mobile operating system,  the iOS which run on all iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Earlier in the week, a portion of the source code of the iOS was posted on GitHub and it looked like the code was leaked by a former Apple intern.

As Motherboard reported, the intern who took the source code and distributed to the group of five of his friends did it to help the Jailbreaking community. Jailbreaking is very similar to Rooting on Android, but Apple cites many security issues with the process to let users do it with their phones.

Anyways, the employee took  “all sorts of Apple internal tools and whatnot,” and gave it to the friends. The original plan was to make sure that code never left the circle of the five friends but the doe spread beyond the original group sometimes in 2017. Eventually, the code was posted on a discord group and then it reached Reddit and a few months ago, the iOS source code was posted on Github in the first week of February of 2018.

While the code has been taken down, Apple said that the company knew about the leak way before it made into the Github repository which is completely possible considering the code must also have reached Jailbreaking community’s hands.

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Samsung And LG Say They Don’t Slow Phones Like Apple Does With iPhones

I am sure you must have heard about Apple intentionally slowing down iPhones with older batteries.  A user found this trend on his phone and posted on Reddit, says later, GeekBentch published a report of Apple’s behavior. While Apple acknowledged this and apologize, a lot of users were curious to know if Android makers are doing the same.

Well, just recently, LG and Samsung made statements to clear out that the companies have not pushed any software update to slow down phones that are running on older batteries.

Samsung Said:

Product quality has been and will always be Samsung Mobile’s top priority. We ensure extended battery life of Samsung mobile devices through multi-layer safety measures, which include software algorithms that govern the battery charging current and charging duration. We do not reduce CPU performance through software updates over the lifecycles of the phone.

And LG has stated:

Never have, never will! We care what our customers think.

Apart from Samsung and LG, HTC and Motorola have also confirmed that they do not follow Apple’s practice. Considering these are four of the most influential smartphone makers, it is good to know that some manufacturers are not following Apple’s rules to slow down phones intentionally.

After apologizing, Apple has dropped battery repair charges from $79 to $29 and promised that the company will roll out a tool to measure battery performance in January of 2018.

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Apple is Being Sued For Slowing Down iPhones With Older Batteries

Just a few days ago, a data study revealed that Apple is updating older phones to slow down if they have an old battery. After some backlash, Apple acknowledged that the updates to slow down old phones are being pushed to preserve battery life.

Now, after this admission from Apple. An individual Stefan Bogdanovich filed a fist action lawsuit against the company. He claimed in his lawsuit that Apple’stactic of slowing down performance has caused losses to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users. He put that Apple never asked users for permission and the decision was as a ploy for Apple to market its products every year.

Another lawsuit was reported by Chicago Sun-Times where Five Apple customers in the state have filed federal lawsiit alledging inethical practices by Apple.

In case you missed, Apple’s statement on Thursday stated:

“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future,”

Time will tell how these lawsuits turn out for Apple, it would be interesting to see nonetheless.

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Data Suggests Apple Slows Down Old iPhones With Weak Batteries

According to a data study conducted by Geekbentch, Apple has allegedly made changes to its iOS that it deliberately scales down the performance of older iPhone models as their batteries degrade beyond a certain specification.

The company detailed its findings in a blog post where they analyzed scores of iPhone 6s running the 10.2.1 version of iOS. These scores show that beyond a certain point in the battery wear, the scores cluster.

This change is because of a minor software update and it suggests that Apple has done it knowingly to reduce the performance of some phones. The same effect is more impactful on 11.2 version of iOS. Apart from iPhone 6S. Data gathering on iPhone 7 also yielded similar results.

The investigation was started by a Reddit user who claimed that his iPhone 6S was running frustratingly slow and the problem went away after replacing the battery of his phone. The user ran Geekbentch before and after replacing the battery and he found that the scores were drastically after replacing the battery which shouldn’t have. The original battery was not too weak either -just 20% wear.

This is not the first time someone has said that Apple intentionally slows down iPhones but it is one of the first time that the claims are backed by strong evidendce. At the time of writing, Apple has not made any comment regarding the matter, but I will update the post if we find any new information.

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iPhone Are Now More Expensive Because of Increased Import Tax

Barely a couple of days after government’s decision of increasing import taxes on imported mobile phones, Apple has increased the prices of its mobile phones in the country. All phones except for iPhone SE, which is assembled now in the country, are affected by the changes.

On Friday, the government announced that mobile imports will be taxed at 15 percents incest of 10 as a decision to help curb supplies from other countries and to build up interest about developing phone inside. Because of this decision, iPhone has, on average, 3.5% increased pricing.

Surprisingly, the most affected variant of the phone is iPhone 6 which will cost 30,780 INR instead of 29,000 INR.

iPhone X, which previously cost Rs. 1,02,000 now costs 1,05,720 INR in India with 3.9% increase for the 256 GB variant. The 64 GB iPhone X will now cost Rs 92,430 instead of Rs 89,000.

Now that Apple has made the price change, other companies including Samsung and Xiaomi will be following the suit soon. One thing to keep in mind is that prices of these phone on many online retailers are typically less because of cashback offers and discounts.

Also, buyers spending top dollar on a flagship phone will probably be fine with the slight increase and this is why Apple is sure that sales of the iPhone’s won’t have a major impact.

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Watch Google And Samsung Hilariously Making Fun of Apple in Their Ads

Brands making fun of each other is nothing new in the world of advertising, but ads related to tech are often really funny and Google and Samsung’s new ads show this. Recent commercials from Samsung are so unabashedly mocking Apple iPhone X that it gets funny in a unique way. The “notch” screen is mocked particularly with a funny haircut.

This commercial is themed upon growing up for an Apple fan called Erik. He supposedly is buying iPhones for whole last decade. He is here finally given a reliving tagline suggestion of ‘upgrading’ to Galaxy. Erik’s suffering is covered in various acts like queues, messing with the dongle for the headphone jack-less iPhone 7.

The gist of it is a realistic point that Apple adopts every feature long after Samsung. That had been the case with waterproofing, camera quality, wireless charging, larger screen and so on.

Google, on the other hand, also picked a similar strategy for the promotion of Pixel. It’s ad answers a series of questions for what Pixel can do. And its features are put in bright contrast to those of iPhone X. The much-detested ‘No More Storage’ alert is displayed on iPhones and the voiceover says: “Pixel will never do this”.

With those Apple targeting commercials, somehow both Samsung and Google are giving Apple a taste of its own medicine that it used long before to mock Windows PC and Microsoft in contrast to its MacBook. Time will tell if those commercial leave a lasting impact of Apple’s loyal consumer base. But in the meantime, I think users in both camps can have a good laugh, Considering Apple has also done a lot of this in his ads.

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iPhone X Screen Does Not Work in Properly in Cold Weather, Apple Working On a Fix

A major issue aroused over Apple’s iPhone X is of its freezing in colder weather. Customers report that it takes more than two seconds sometimes to get the screen working on the new iPhones after one has entered the cold zone. Apple has now said that a software update will resolve the issue.

It all started with a Reddit user darus214 who made following commentary regarding the freezing of the iPhone Xscreen. “I’ve noticed that my iPhone X screen becomes very unresponsive as soon as I step outside. It literally takes 2 seconds from going inside to the cold outdoors and my screen stops being very responsive. I try swiping on websites and it doesn’t register my finger. It’s very noticeable. Is anyone else having this problem?”

Other user in the same thread answered that locking and unlocking of the phone may resolve the problem. However it had the issue recognized and other realized the freezing pattern of iPhone X screen.

Then Apple has responded in a statement “We are aware of instances where the iPhone X screen will become temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment. After several seconds the screen will become fully responsive again. This will be addressed in an upcoming software update.”

Apple’s official guidance for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is to use them at between 32º and 95º F, or the device might “change its behavior” or “temporarily shorten battery life.” However, its is not possible people to keep tracking the temperature for obvious reason that when one buys a phone he expect it to work fine in all temperatures that human body can go along with. This is not the only problem appeared with iPhone X though, some reports also came out about the phones having a ‘Green Line of Death’ on their displays, but the number of complains in very low compared to total units sold.

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iPhone X Users Are Reporting ‘Green Line of Death’ Problem

A month ago, reports were floating on the internet about iPhone 8’s cracking open due to faulty battery problems, and now it looks like that was not the end of iPhone issues. iPhone X is now facing an issue of a random green line appearing on displays. Earlier reported by MacRumors, this problem started as a mocking point around the internet as‘Green Line of Death’. At least 25 such reports are already mentioned around the net.

A weird part is that this issue doesn’t flash immediately, but after some regular use of the phone it pops out suddenly. In some cases it changes color into a purple line too, appearing towards right or left sides of the display. And in some case, on both sides. Consumers have shared photos of this hardware issue, Apple Support Communities, Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit are catching on this regularly. though those 25 cases make only a nominal count around the users, the sudden popup of those issues gets everyone else in suspicion.

The green line wasn’t visible on any of the affected iPhone X units when they were first taken out of the box but rather developed spontaneously after some period of usage in normal conditions. The devices involved also don’t appear to have been dropped or damaged in any way.

“Day one and a bright green line has appeared down the right side of the iPhone X,” said Apple Support Communities user benvolio1979 has stated it so.

Restarting or resetting the phone to its factory settings does not help either. Reports are from owners of both 64GB and 256GB configurations in Silver or Space Gray in the United States, Canada, Poland, and Australia at a minimum. MacRumors has yet not demonstrated the issue once again. And Apple has declined to comment on an emailed response from its spokesperson. However, Apple has been replacing affected iPhone X units free of charge. They are also supposedly collecting data from the incidents so that its engineers can forward on this matter. Considering iPhone X is one of the most hyped phones of the year, Apple certainly does not want this.

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How Much Does It Cost Apple to Make an iPhone X?

Apple launched the newest and probably the most impressive iPhone a month ago in an event. As you may already know the phone sells for $999. Want to know how much its components add up in money terms? IHS Markit broke iPhone X to pieces. They claim that 64GB version has a cost of around $370.

It is about A1865 model of the iPhone X with 64GB. The highest cost, as says Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking, is of the screen and its TrueDepth sensing system. It is also the most talked about feature of this smartphone which gives its Face ID, a facial recognition which replaces fingerprint recognition along with an infrared camera projecting more than 30,000 invisible dots to map faces.

Jérémie Bouchaud, Face ID is similar to Microsoft’s Kinect sensing system, which used a flood illuminator, dot projector coupled with an infrared camera.

Teardown reveals IR camera is supplied by Sony/Foxconn and flood illuminator is an IR emitter from Texas Instruments built on an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and single-photon avalanche diode detector from ST Microelectronics. Finisar and Philips have produced the dot projector and the overall cost of putting the hardware with the TrueDepth sensor cluster at $16.70.

Another big cost is the 5.85-inch 19.5:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display including the cover glass, AMOLED panel, and Force Touch sensor, at $110. And when sum up the totals cost by the margins that can be there, the overall cost reaches to $370. Of course, it will higher little when you including the manufacturing process, but that can be marginal. And if it’s about the overall cost of the material placed in the iPhone X, that will sum-up to $370. from another benchmark, however, HIS Markit claims Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus has a bill of materials cost of $288. So we can find it somewhere an approximation around those figures. You may be surprised to know that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 also costs almost same as the iPhone. 

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