Published on February 21 2017

Optimists will call it bad timing, cynics will label it “Monkey see, monkey do,” but either way Samsung looks set to copy the worst feature of the radically redesigned iPhone 8…

 

According to a new report from SamMobile, Samsung is going to match Apple’s planned price rises which will see both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 retail for more than $1,000. Like previous years the pricing information again comes from Eastern European retailers, in this instance Ukraine’s Hryvnia.

Galaxy S8 Leak Reveals Samsung's Expensive Secrets

A database leak (screengrab below) reveals the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will start at $950 and $1,050 after a currency conversion. The caveat is electronics have different costs in different countries, but even factoring this into the equation the 2017 models carry a circa $100 premium over last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

 

For those prepared to pay this premium (which will be spread out if you sign a long carrier contract), Hryvnia’s listing also reveals Samsung’s initial Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus colour options. Black, Gold or Orchid Gray will be the finishes available, though Samsung usually offers more finishes a few months after launch.

Galaxy S8 Leak Reveals Samsung's Expensive Secrets

For those feeling frustrated about this trend of price rises (Google is also expected to increase the cost of the Pixel 2), it should be noted 2017 won’t be a year of incremental upgrades like 2016. The iPhone 8 will sport an entirely new design, and the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will have massive 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays while being no larger than the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge – though there are some downsides as well.

 

As such, I fully expect to see a lot of (justified) frustration about the pricing of 2017’s flagship smartphones. But those who do decide to swallow the cost are unlikely to be disappointed…

 

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Published on February 21 2017

Apple launching four new iPads in March

Apple may have already sent out invites for WWDC in June, but chances are it’s hosting another event much earlier than that.

According to Japanese website Mac Otakara (and as spotted by MacRumors), Apple is aiming to expand the iPad Pro lineup with four new models: updated versions of the existing 9.7 and 12.3-inch Pros, a new 7.9-inch model, and a premium 10.5-inch device.

Now, 9.7 and 10.5 inches seem awfully close, but the latter will reportedly be the more expensive model and include an edge-to-edge screen and omit the home button. The devices are otherwise rumored to have the same size body . Meanwhile, the 7.9-inch model is basically a replacement for the iPad mini 4.

I find it pretty hard to believe Apple would have four devices under the ‘Pro’ line, especially the two 10-inchish models, so don’t be surprised if the company comes up with some new buzzword to delineate at least a couple of the devices.

While we’re not getting a totally new iPhone until the fall, the report also suggests Apple will expand its iPhone SE with a 128 GB model, and add a red color option to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. As always, the rumor mill will keep on churning, so take these possibilities with a grain of salt.

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Published on February 16 2017

HTC reveals U Ultra pre-order price as former Android giant's losses continue

HTC has revealed the UK pricing for its premiere dual-screened smartphone, the HTC U Ultra, and has opened pre-orders at selected retailers.

The detailed launch plan for the Ultra, as well as the mid-range HTC U Play, coincides with the Taiwanese company's latest financial report, in which it posted a seventh consecutive quarter of operating profit loss.

While initially pitched as a 'sub-flagship' device in lieu of a follow-up to 2016's excellent HTC 10, the Ultra arrives in the UK with a hefty price-tag of £649 that puts it in the upper echelon of the current Android elite and comes in at £50 more than the base iPhone 7 model.

Thankfully for those looking to pick up the device when it launches on 1 March, other third-party retailers have undercut the HTC store pricing, with Clove offering the AI-powered smartphone for £620. In addition, the Ultra's mid-range sibling, the HTC U Play, arrives on the same day for £399.

With expectation growing that the "HTC 11" will skip Mobile World Congress 2017 - where LG, Sony and Nokia are all expected to reveal their Android big hitters - HTC appears to be banking on the Ultra's unique dual-display feature, its HTC Sense Companion AI assistant and glass design for the first half of 2017. You can read our early hands-on impressions of the HTC U Ultra handset here.

 

 

HTC reveals U Ultra pre-order price as former Android giant's losses continue

Heavy financial losses continue for HTC

The new U range of HTC smartphones represent the company's latest stab at regaining significant ground in the Android market, with the Taiwanese OEM's current financial fortunes a far cry from its glory days in the noughties.

In HTC's latest financial report detailing Q4 2016, the company announced losses for the seventh consecutive quarter as well as a drop in revenue by 13% year-on-year. The report struck an upbeat tone however, claiming that an overall improvement on quarterly losses ($3.1bn in Q4 2016 against $3.4bn in 2015) was aided by reducing operating expenditure by around 34%.

The report also talked up the potential for growth with its HTC Vive VR headset, co-developed by Steam creator and video game company, Valve. It cites the recent launches of Vive Arcade, Studios and the VivePoint store as key strategic elements of its ongoing VR venture.

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Published on February 16 2017

The LG G6 might beat the Galaxy S8 where it matters most

LG is about to launch an exciting new Android phone, a device that’s going to compete directly against Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Apple’s iPhone 8. Unlike last year when the Galaxy S7 overshadowed the LG G5 even though they were unveiled on the same day, the LG G6 will have plenty of time to shine at MWC 2017 before Samsung unveils the S8 in late March.

That said, the G6 vs. Galaxy S8 duel is still one to watch this year, especially considering the many differences between the two handsets.

A new report from Korean site ETNews says that the LG G6 will have a 3,200 mAh battery, which will be 400 mAh bigger than the G5’s battery. However, the battery is not user-replaceable, because this year LG is going for a premium waterproof design rather than a modular phone.

The carrier official who talked to ETNews said that the phone will offer users 12 hours of battery life while browsing “standard internet.”

The report also notes that LG will employ a unique Smart Doctor app to diagnose problems with the phone and suggest solutions. Meanwhile, when it comes to battery security, a special heat pipe will remove excess heat from the phone.

The Galaxy S8 is expected to have a 3,000 mAh battery, on par with the Galaxy S7 but smaller than the LG G6’s battery. Does that mean the Galaxy S8 will have worse battery life than the LG G6? This could be a very big deal — after all, these two flagship phones are expected to have similar feature sets, and battery life is always at the top of the list when consumers are surveyed about their smartphone priorities.

Well, there are certain key differences between the two phones that will also affect battery life.

The LG G6 will have an “old” Snapdragon 821 processor compared to the Galaxy S8’s new 10nm chip, which is supposed to be faster and more energy efficient. The G6 and Galaxy S8 will feature similarly-sized screens, but Samsung’s OLED display might require less power than LG’s LCD screen. This is all based on speculations and leaks at this point, as LG and Samsung have not confirmed any of the rumors that detail their next flagship handsets.

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Published on February 15 2017

To pass photos from a PC to an iPhone, it is not enough to connect the iPhone to your PC with the data cable. You need to install a program that allows synchronization between both devices. For this you can use iTunes. You can download it from here and install it on your PC. 

After doing this, open the program. Connect your iPhone to the PC with the data cable. Select your iPhone on the Devices section (to the left of the iTunes interface).

On the top right, click the Photos tab (if this tab does not appear, enlarge the window).

Check the box next to Sync photos.

Then check the box next to Selected albums.

Select the folder where the photos are located (or previously create a folder and save the photos you want to transfer there).

Click the Apply button and wait while the synchronization takes place

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On the screen of your iPhone the text Sync in Progress will appear. Once the process is complete, you will find the photos in the Photos icon of your iPhone: 

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Published on February 15 2017

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 is one of the worst-kept secrets in the smartphone business. And now Samsung has itself to blame for a new leak.

The company on Monday published a support page to its site citing the model number, the SM-G955FD. While the page was taken down soon after, eagle-eyed observers noted that the page referred to a Galaxy S8 Plus, and not just a Galaxy S8.

Samsung Just Leaked the Galaxy S8 Plus

Several S8 rumors have cropped up over the last few months that suggest that Samsung is planning to change its Galaxy S8 branding. The company in the past used two names to describe its devices based on their size and features. The Galaxy S7 line, for instance, featured a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The latter featured a curved display, thus the "edge" name.

However, several reports say that Samsung is planning to nix differentiating branding altogether and simply go with Galaxy S8. If the support page is any indication, though, Samsung appears to be planning to use Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus to describe its devices.

Samsung is rumored to be planning a curved display in both Galaxy S8 models, thus the reported decision to remove the "edge" branding. However, one Galaxy S8 model is expected to come with a screen size up to 6.2 inches. That would likely be the Plus version, firmly pitting its bigger device against Apple's iPhone 7, which also comes in a Plus model.

In addition to screen size, we've heard (and seen) a slew of Galaxy S8 rumors of late, including reports that it will be the first smartphone to ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The device is also expected to nix the home button and instead rely on a virtual home button. The front of the Galaxy S8 could be nearly entirely covered by a screen. Last but not least is a new Bixby virtual assistant that will take on Siri and have a dedicated launch button on the side of the phone.

Samsung has of course kept its plans close to the vest, but did say that it won't unveil the device at Mobile World Congress later this month. Instead, the company is rumored to be planning a late-March unveiling followed by a mid-April launch.

We'll be there to cover every last detail.

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Published on February 14 2017

The Galaxy S8 is going to be one of 2017’s most exciting smartphones. It is also one Samsung has (unsuccessfully) tried to keep secret ahead of the big release date - until now…

 

Perhaps sensing the cat is already out of the bag, Samsung has suddenly confirmed the larger of the two Galaxy S8 models: the ‘Galaxy S8 Plus’. It did this by putting the phone’s official support page live. Right now the page is blank and only carries the phone’s model number (SM-G955FD), but numerous consistent leaks have already pieced the handset together.

 

What we can expect is a monstrous 6.2-inch curved 2K AMOLED display crammed into the same size chassis as last year’s 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge, a Exynos 8895 or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 64GB of internal storage, iris and fingerprint scanners, a microSD slot, 4GB of RAM, a USB Type-C charging port, IP68 water resistance and - yes - a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung Suddenly Confirms 'Galaxy S8 Plus'

From this list the only obvious areas for disappointment are the RAM (6GB is already available from some rivals) and an absurdly positioned fingerprint scanner. We also don’t know much about the camera yet and this is an important area given Samsung lost its camera crown last year.

 

An Ultra HD 4K display is also off the cards. Personally I’d argue this is unnecessary (though VR may change that) and it appears to be the highlight saved for the reinvented Galaxy Note 8.

 

Given Samsung’s decision to confirm the Galaxy S8 Plus (‘Edge’ branding is scrapped as both it and the Galaxy S8 will have curved displays this year), it is likely the official support page for the Galaxy S8 won’t be far behind. Especially since the Galaxy S8 Plus support page remains live, meaning it was no error.

 

But don’t expect these pages to be populated with detailed information just yet. Samsung appears determined to string out the launch for both phones as long as possible and it has already broken from tradition by announcing it will not unveil the models at Mobile World Congress later this month.

 

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Published on February 13 2017

Apple is widely rumored to launch a high-end iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display this year, which has been variously called the "iPhone 8" or "iPhone X" to commemorate the smartphone's tenth anniversary, and rumors suggest the device will an include iris scanner to authenticate with your eyes. 

iPhone 8 Said to Feature Iris Scanner to Authenticate With Your Eyes

Taiwanese website DigiTimes, citing unnamed "industry sources," claims the so-called "iPhone 8" will include an OLED display, wireless charging, and iris scanning technology, the latter of which would presumably enable iPhone users to unlock their device or useApple Pay by authenticating with their eyes. 

A person's iris, or the circular colored muscle of the eye, contains a complex and random pattern that is unique to each individual. 

DigiTimes has sources within Apple's supply chain, but it has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's unannounced product plans, so this latest report should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt. The publication previously said iPhones with iris scanning capabilities would not debut until 2018. 

DigiTimes previously cited a Chinese website that said 2017 iPhones will include iris scanning capabilities, but today's report is based on its own sources. The original report claimed Taiwan-based supplier Xintec, an affiliate of Apple manufacturer TSMC, would begin mass production of iris-recognition chips this year. 

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the more reliable sources of iPhone rumors, believes Apple is leaning toward facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition, based on the bio-recognition patents it has filed. Way back in March 2016, he said the "iPhone 8" will include either facial or iris recognition. 

Kuo said he believes Touch ID will "ultimately be replaced by a facial recognition system" for enhanced security, in line with rumors Apple will remove the Home button; however, if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, he noted a "combination of fingerprint and facial recognition" is another possible solution. 

Last month, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri said the "iPhone 8" could include facial or gesture recognition technology powered by a laser sensor and an infrared sensor located near the front-facing camera. The feature could allow users to control their devices with simple gestures for tasks such as adjusting volume. 

Lending credence to these rumors is Apple's trademark for "Iris Engine" and the acquisitions of companies such as Faceshift and PrimeSense. 

iPhone would not be the first smartphone with an iris scanner, as Samsung included the technology on its now-discontinued Galaxy Note7. 

DigiTimes also said the "iPhone 8" will enter production earlier than in previous years, in line with a report from earlier this week.

Apple has requested its chip and component suppliers start trial production, inspection and prepare inventories for the new iPhone series earlier than usual, said the sources. Deliveries of chips and parts for the new models are expected to kick off in the second half of first-quarter 2017, the sources indicated.

Apple's trio of new iPhones, including more iterative "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus" models, are still expected to launch in September per usual. The "iPhone 8" in particula rmay cost upwards of $1,000 in the U.S. due to its significant redesign and features that require more expensive parts. 

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Published on February 13 2017

Apple is planning to release three new iPhone models later this year, including 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models and an all-new 5-inch model with an OLED display and glass casing, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. 

iPhone 8 Said to Have Separate Wireless Charger, No Headphone Jack Adapter or USB-C Cable in Box

The report, citing "reliable sources" within Apple's supply chain, insists that only the OLED model will adopt glass casing and wireless charging capabilities, contradicting a Nikkei report and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's repeated claims that all 2017 iPhones will feature an all-glass design and wireless charging. 

The blog previously said the more iterative "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus" models will lack wireless charging and retain the now-familiar aluminum design that Apple has used since the iPhone 6 lineup in 2014. Apple supplier Catcher Technology also said it expects only one new iPhone model to have glass casing. 

The loosely-translated report suggests the wireless charging will not be a built-in feature, but rather a separate accessory based on technology from Luxshare, a Chinese company that has been rumored to be a supplier of wireless charging coils for the inductive Apple Watch charger in the past. 

iPhone 8 Said to Have Separate Wireless Charger, No Headphone Jack Adapter or USB-C Cable in Box

If the report is accurate, it would mean Apple's next iPhones will not have truly wirelesslong-range charging capabilities, but rather contact-based inductive charging like the Apple Watch or Qi-based charging pads like Samsung's "Fast Charge" stand. Qi's latest Quick Charge 2.0 spec supports wireless charging up to 15W. 

Over the course of the last year, there has been ongoing speculation that wireless charging company Energous has inked a deal with Apple to potentially provide wireless charging technology for the iPhone 8, but patents and other evidence suggest Apple may pursue its own in-house inductive charging solutions instead. 

Overall, rumors surrounding Apple's wireless charging plans are still lacking consensus. Reports have linked MediaTekFoxconnPegatron, and Lite-On Semiconductor as possible suppliers of wireless charging chips or modules. 

Five years ago, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said "it's not clear how much convenience" wireless charging systems that have to be plugged in to a wall outlet add, while noting the ubiquity of the USB cord.

As for wireless charging, Schiller notes that the wireless charging systems still have to be plugged into the wall, so it’s not clear how much convenience they add. The widely-adopted USB cord, meanwhile, can charge in wall outlets, computers and even on airplanes, he said.

The report also claims Apple will no longer include a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter in the box alongside its next iPhones. Meanwhile, Apple's Lightning to USB-C Cable is said to remain an optional purchase, dashing hopes of connecting the "iPhone 8" to a newer MacBook or MacBook Pro straight out of the box. 

iPhone 8 Said to Have Separate Wireless Charger, No Headphone Jack Adapter or USB-C Cable in Box

Given that Apple's wireless AirPods and BeatsX earphones are now available, perhaps it feels including the Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter in the box is no longer necessary. But the inclusion of only a Lightning to USB-A Cable, rather than a Lightning to USB-C Cable or both, makes less sense given Apple's port future. 

Mac Otakara was one of the first sources to claim Apple would remove the headphone jack on iPhone 7, and it also revealed plans for a Jet Black color and longer earpiece cutout, but some of its rumors, including the addition of a "Jet White" color and a planned iPhone 6 battery program, have yet to materialize.

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Published on February 8 2017

Apple may start production of the iPhone 8 earlier than expected, according to information gathered by BlueFin Research Partners and shared by Barron's Tech Trader Daily. 

There is "some indication" from the supply chain that Apple will ramp up production of the iPhone 8 starting in June, but that doesn't necessarily point towards an earlier non-September release date. 

iPhone 8 Production May Start Earlier Than Usual
The most intriguing data points that we have uncovered suggests that AAPL is ramping the next generation iPhones earlier than historical norms, although we have no indication that there has been any change in release plans for the iPhone 8/X.[...] 

Interestingly, our present reads suggest a 300% increase in iPhone 8/X builds in the June quarter, now sitting at 9M. As a result, overall June quarter builds have increased from 45M to 48M, with the sharp increase in iPhone 8 offset somewhat by modest declines in legacy models.

Given the radical design changes expected in the iPhone 8, it is unsurprising that the company may be planning to ramp up production earlier than normal, if the information BlueFin Research has shared is accurate. An earlier production date will give Apple time to improve yield rates and work out manufacturing issues, and could potentially lead to better supply when the iPhone 8 launches in September. 

Rumors suggest the iPhone 8 will include an edge-to-edge OLED display, perhaps with curved edges, with a glass backing, a deviation from the aluminum body used since the iPhone 4s. It's said to look like a single sheet of glass, with a Touch ID Home button built directly into the display. 

Wireless charging in some form is expected to be included in the device, but it is not yet clear if it will be Apple Watch-style inductive charging or a longer-range over-the-air charging solution. Other rumored features include a faster, more efficient A11 processor, advanced biometrics like facial recognition or iris scanning, a new Taptic engine and 3D Touch advancements, and camera improvements. 

BlueFin Research also says Apple has adjusted iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SEproduction downward as it begins preparing for the launch of the iPhone 8.

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