Move Over iPhone X and Pixel 2, Galaxy S9 Has The Best Camera Now

Upon their launch, Apple’s iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 were the best phones in terms of camera performance. Google Pixel 2 in particular, scored the highest DxOMark scores which are a test to measure a camera performance.

While Pixel 2 did keep its crown for a few month, the recently launched Galaxy S9 has taken its place as the highest scoring DxOMark camera phone ever.

The phone scored 99 on DxO’s test which is one point higher compared to the Google Pixel 2  and 2 points higher compared to the iPhone X. More interesting is phone’s record-setting score of 104 in the stills department, it was the video tests where the phone scored only 91 which hampered its overall score a bit. Still, Samsung can now boast that the company makes the best smartphone camera in the world.

The test result stated that the phone takes great photos in sun lights and bright environments. There is a good amount of noise reduction and the dynamic range is great too. But just like other phones, the camera suffers in low light situations.

On the video front, the S9 has great video production capabilities and autofocus is stronger too. However, the camera has underwhelming texture production in the vide results.

“The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a smartphone without any real weaknesses in the camera department. In both still and video modes, it performs well across the board, delivering consistently good photo and video image quality in all light and shooting situations, thus earning itself our highest DxOMark Mobile score to date,” said DxOMark concluding in the review of the Galaxy S9+’s camera.

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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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On First Dates, iPhone Users Are 21 Times More Likely To Negatively Judge Android Users

Dating can be hard, especially when you are going out with a person you barely know. Not to mention, sitting with someone unknown and thinking about what the person on the other side of table thinks of you is also a consistent process.

Wel, it looks like before two people can fall in love on the first date, you will have to keep some non-romantic things into accounts from now on. I am talking about your date’s mobile operating system of choice.

A popular dating site Match.com put a survey and took input from over 5000 single people. Among simple questions was one about the mobile platform of choice where results were actually interesting.

The study result indicated that iPhone users are 21 times more likely negatively judge you if you are on an Android Phones. And, to sum it off, Android users will also be 15 times more likely judging their dates negatively if he/she has an iPhone.

To be fair, having a phone out on a date by itself is a cause of judgment as 58% of people said in their answers.

Want something more interesting? 92% women in the survey said that they judge their date if he has an older model of the phone. So, if you have been dating for a while and have not found much success, it may be time to get a new phone.

What a time to be alive.

PS: Why not end this post with something more interesting. 25% people on the survey said that they would have sex with a robot and half of them said that they would also consider it as cheating.

Truly, what a time to be alive.

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Why Pay $1000 For An iPhone X When You Can Get A Lookalike for $300?

There is no doubt that the iPhone X is the best iPhone Apple has launched in years, one more thing of no doubt is its price, $1000 just for a lower storage option, if you have been craving for a phone that looks as different as the iPhone X does but don’t want to spend a thousand bucks for it, it looks like Android has got you covered.

No, I am not talking about an App that emulates Dat Notch (Although it’s still cool). AH recently covered a $300 Chinese phone called Legaoo S9. Aside from Samsung’s brand name rip off, the most impressive thing the phone does is that is ships with almost same aesthetic as Apple’s golden boy.

The phone is a pretty mid-range affair tho, it runs on a mid-range MediaTek P40 processor, it has 6 GB of RAM and it will come with 128 GB of storage with a pair of 16 MP cameras on its back.

While it has most of iPhone X’s looks scored, the phone has a fingerprint sensor on its back, also, the volume rocker is on the left and the power button of the phone is on the right side.

Will I recommend you to buy the phone? Of course not, even at this low price. But I will definitely understand if someone goes out of his way to get this phone, even if it’s just for the giggles.

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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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More Reports About iPhones Cracking Open Come Out

After our earlier report of 6 already disturbing cases of Apple’s iPhone-8 Plus batteries swelling and getting the phone split opened, we had been waiting and watching to confirm how true the news is. For now, though there is no official response from Apple, just that they are looking into the matter, there is a case spotted in the US.

A Best Buy employee on Reddit uploaded the images of bulging iPhone 8 on Thursday.

Now it seems a serious problem, one that will affect Apple’s reputation badly. Previous cases were reported from Taiwan, Japan, China, Canada, and Greece. The first incident was spotted in Taiwan when suddenly a lady informed that her iPhone 8 Plus split open while it was charging.

Apple has a huge reputation for its hardware which is arguably infallible in its consumers’ view. If all pieces are affected by this disaster, returning or replacing the pieces will be only a slight damage compared to what Apple will go through as a loss of its market reputation.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus went on sale on September 22. Apple has not yet released any data of early sales of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, so we indeed do not have an exact report of how many phones are already out there in the market, how many are in stores and how many Apply keeps in his manufacturing units.

This is while pre-orders for Apple’s highest and most ambitious phone iPhone X will begin on October 27. This phone will be shipping by November 3 and is built on the same technology in terms of hardware. It has not encountered any complaint till the date but the issues in its sibling may affect its sale too.

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iPhone May Have a Serious Battery Problem, Apple Investigates

In case you forgot, we covered an incident of an iPhone 8 cracking open when it was put in charge a few days ago.  When it was one case, we thought it was a rumor, but there are 6 reports of iPhone 8 batteries swelling and phone splitting open.

Two iPhone 8 Plus users in Japan and Taiwan encountered it recently and the total number of reports reached six in five countries including Hong Kong, Canada, and Greece. Apple has been acknowledging this recently saying “We are aware and looking into it.”

In the first incident, an iPhone 8 Plus user in Taiwan tweeted photos of the swelling device while charging. It was only purchased 5 days ago. Apple recovered the affected iPhone 8 Plus.

But then in Japan, a device arrived split open in the box. Then there came reports from Hong Kong, Greece, and Canada after these reports.

Supposedly it is due to Apple’s obsession with thin phones. The same was suffered earlier was Samsung, in its case, it was Galaxy Note 7 that was called off after the reports of blasting batteries. Manufacturers now face limitations with lithium-ion batteries, and end up developing batteries with more power but with risks of a short circuit.

Even after knowing that Galaxy Note 7 is back on market in a bit different package, we are sure Apple does not want the same to happen.

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iPhone 8 Plus Cracked Open Because of Faulty Battery: Report

iPhone 8 was launched just a few weeks ago and it looks like Apple’s new phone might be in a big trouble. A user reported that her iPhone 8 split open after almost five days of use. The Next Web reported that Apple is currently investigating: the phone may have split up while charging or using.

At Taiwan, a user claimed that her iPhone 8 Plus got split open while it was charging. As the web reports came late Friday, the words were: “So far, the finger of blame is being pointed at the battery. Unconfirmed reports state the iPhone 8 Plus uses the same battery manufacturer, Amperex Technology Limited (ATL), as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7″.

Arguably, the screen of the device bulged out five days after the user purchased it. It was 64GB “Rose Gold” iPhone 8 Plus using the supplied cable and adaptor. “After about three minutes, she reported seeing the front panel bulge, and eventually lift completely from the device”, the report included. BGR reported about one more users reporting about the screen being visibly detached from the phone upon its arrival, although the phone was not being charged at the moment she noticed.

Because it’s just one user, It may just be a hoax or an anomaly as well, for there are no reports of visible evidence of burn marks. Unless Apple’s or a trustworthy independent investigation can confirm that the battery was at fault, we should take this news with a grain of salt.

We have to wait and watch till Apple finishes the investigation – or more iPhone’s split like that. Considering faulty batteries are some of the common problems with mobile phones these days and in some cases, these have been dangerous for users, Apple certainly will wish that these reports are fake. iPhone X will be coming very soon and it will be interesting to see what Apple has to say about these recent incidents.

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