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APPLE LEAK ‘CONFIRMS’ NEW IPHONE X CANCELLATION

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Olixar is back. The popular case maker, with a remarkable track record of smartphone leaks, has updated information on Apple’s major iPhone refresh and it sings a very different tune…

Having repeatedly claimed Apple would produce a ‘mini iPhone X‘ no larger than the iPhone SE (and produced the schematics to prove it), Olixar says new sources have confirmed Apple’s new models will instead be the largest iPhones it has ever made. In fact, Olixar is so confident in this information it has started production on its official line of accessories.

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6.5-inch iPhone X Plus schematics

So what do we learn?

The circa 5-inch mini marvel is toast. Instead, the 5.8-inch iPhone X will be complemented by a 6.1-inch budget-friendly iPhone X and 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus. This backs multiple leaks, including my exclusive last month that Apple had decided to drop plans for the so-called iPhone X Mini.

It also ties in with the leaked iPhone schematics I obtained last week which broke down the sizes of the new, enlarged iPhones in comparison to the iPhone X:

  • iPhone X – 143.6 x 70.9 mm (5.65 x 2.79-inches)
  • ‘Budget’ iPhone X – 147.12 x 71.52 mm (5.79 x 2.81-inches)
  • iPhone X Plus – 157.2 x 77.1 mm (6.18 x 3.03-inches)

It’s worth noting at this point that historically Olixar’s confirmation is worth your attention.

In just the last two years the company has leaked accurate designs of the iPhone X (source), Galaxy S9 (source), Galaxy Note 8 (source), Galaxy Note 7 (source) and iPhone 7 (source).

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Olixar’s Mini iPhone X CAD will not be made

Interestingly, what Olixar’s doesn’t reveal is the back of the new iPhones. Apple is again expected to use all-glass on their backs to enable wireless charging (with fast wired charged thrown in free), but my sources at Ghostek claim the iPhone X Plus will move to a triple camera.

As mentioned in that report, I have conflicting claims from my other sources which state the iPhone X Plus will stick to a dual camera so don’t get too excited yet. But what is clear is the (currently unnamed) budget iPhone X will cut costs by sticking to a single rear camera like the iPhone 8. It is also expected to lose 3D Touch, which may be the beginning of the end for that technology.

Of course, there will be millions of iPhone users disappointed to learn the one credible dissenting voice to Apple’s supersizing plans is now onboard because it kills any lingering hopes a small, premium iPhone will return.

That said, if Apple is going to slash new iPhone prices by almost $300 then I think most buyers won’t complain too much…

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Forbes

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APPLE EXPANDING HAPTIC TOUCH FEATURE IN IPHONE XR WITH IOS 12.1.1 UPDATE: REPORT

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Apple’s new iPhone XR comes with Haptic Touch as a replacement for the 3D Touch sensor. This allows consumers to launch the camera app or turn on the flashlight by using a long-press gesture, though it is not as functional or as quick in terms of response as 3D Touch, which has been part of the iPhones since the iPhone 6s.

Right now Haptic Touch capabilities are limited on the iPhone XR, but Apple could be expanding this with future iOS 12 updates. A report by 9to5Mac says they have spotted new features in the iOS 12.1.1 beta 2, which will increase the capabilities of Haptic Touch on iPhone XR and allow users to expand notifications by long pressing them.

On the iPhone XS, thanks to the 3D Touch display, long pressing on a notification opens up a pop-up menu and action buttons. With the iPhone XR, the rich content will soon be visible thanks to a long press and users will be able to reply, market an email as done, etc depending on the type of notification. Currently users have to swipe left to view the message to take any action, which is tedious on the iPhone XR.

However, the Peek and Pop feature on 3D Touch displays which is used by many apps will not be possible on the iPhone XR. This shows a rich menu when a user long-presses on the icon of particular app. Once again the reason for this is that Apple iPhone XR does not have pressure sensitive display like the other two new iPhones.

 

Given the iOS 12.1.1 beta has the feature, Apple should add the capability to the iPhone XR when the next iOS update is formally rolled out.  The iOS 12.1.1 update will likely start rolling out to the public by the end of this year, though Apple has not confirmed when it will be officially released. The company just released iOS 12.1 which added the Group FaceTime feature, new Emojis, as well as the dual-SIM feature to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR

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SAMSUNG SAYS IT’S WORKING ON FOLDABLE LAPTOP DISPLAYS

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Samsung is expected to unveil its foldable smartphone concept next month, but the company is also working towards bigger devices with foldable displays. “Like foldable smartphones, Samsung is collaborating with display makers to develop laptops with foldable displays that will not just simply fold in and out but create new value and user experience, amid the changing market trends for laptops,” said Lee Min-cheol, vice president at marketing for PCs at Samsung, during a laptop event in South Korea earlier this week.

Foldable displays in laptops could transform the market for 2-in-1 devices. Existing convertible laptops attempt to flip and twist into tablet and media modes, but a foldable display would certainly help create new designs. Samsung hasn’t revealed which companies it’s working with, or any expected date for a prototype or retail device. Still, laptops like HP’s new Spectre Folio would be an ideal candidate for a flexible and foldable display, or even potential devices like Microsoft’s “pocketable” Surface.

The Korea Herald reports that Lee also revealed that Samsung sells around 3.2 million PCs each year, and that they “play a centric role among IT products in increasing connectivity with other mobile devices.” Samsung also recently revealed an ARM-powered Surface-like 2-in-1 recently, complete with LTE connectivity and the promise of up to 20 hours battery life.

 

 

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APPLE’S ICLOUD SERVICES SUFFERED AN EXTENDED OUTAGE

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Apple’s iCloud service appears to be experiencing an extended outage today, with some users reporting problems accessing iCloud-based apps and services like Notes and Find My iPhone. In an update of its System Status page, Apple notes that iCloud is suffering a widespread service disruption of some sort. Not everyone appears to be affected by whatever the issue is.

The outage looks like its affecting some key Apple software services, including iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, and a number of productivity apps that sync using Apple’s cloud platform. And beyond Find My iPhone and Backup, there are quite a few serious software tools that rely on the iCloud infrastructure, like iCloud Keychain for secure login and general account sign in for iOS devices and Macs, that are seeing problems.

There’s no official word yet from Apple, which does not operate a public-facing iCloud Twitter account or other channel for updating users on service status beyond the status page. (The official verified @Apple account typically wipes its tweet history every now and again, and at the moment includes no tweets whatsoever.)

But these issues have been persisting for hours, according to a number of anecdotal accounts on Twitter. We’ll update this post when the situation has been resolved or when we have additional information.

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