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Apple devices that won’t get iOS 13 or iPadOS 13



Apple just held its 2019 WWDC keynote Event which was held at San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California. The event saw the company announce its latest iOS upgrade that represents a significant update.

The new iOS version 13 was announced with some new exciting features. Some major features announced include Dark mode, substantial improvement to the maps app and the photos app and a new battery management feature that relies on machine learning among other features.

Also, the company introduced a new name for iOS on iPad to be called iPadOS, which brings multi-window support with new home screen design and many other features. However, since we are all immersed in how great the latest update is, we’re missing out on an essential aspect of the whole story.

Will iOS 13 be available for your Apple device? According to Apple, any handsets launched after 2014 will support iOS 13. Still, for those launched in 2014, there’s an exception. iPhone 6 will not be upgradable to the latest iOS despite its peers the iPhone 6S and 6 Plus being planned to receive iOS 13.

Want to know which gadgets will be upgradable to the latest iOS upgrade? Here’s the list;

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

The newly announced iPadOS 13 which is based on iOS 13 will also be available to download only for these iPads;

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

All the other devices that launched anywhere before 2013 will not be updated to the new iOS version. This includes the original iPad Air launched back in 2013.  As usual, Apple never offers an explanation on why they won’t provide a software update to their old devices, which is something you have to deal with in case you’re affected.


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Samsung Galaxy A50s and A30s arrive with new cameras, prettier rear panels




Today Samsung officially took the wraps off the Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A30s – incremental updates, as signified by the names, but an important ones nonetheless – the Galaxy A50 is Samsung’s best-selling A series phone.

Samsung Galaxy A50s and A30s have new cameras, prettier rear panels

Samsung Galaxy A50s

Samsung has redesigned the rear panel of the Galaxy A50s to include a geometric pattern and holographic effect that comes in four finishes – Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green and Prism Crush Violet2.

What’s also new are the cameras. The Galaxy A50s brings a new 48MP f/2.0 main camera paired to the old 5MP depth and 8MP 123-degree ultrawide modules.

The selfie camera has been upgraded from 25MP f/2.0 to a 32MP f/2.0 unit.

Samsung Galaxy A50s
Samsung Galaxy A50s

Samsung Galaxy A50s

Otherwise the Galaxy A50s is an exact match to its namesake A50. Up front there’s a 6.4-inch 1080x2340px Infinity-U Super AMOLED. The Galaxy A50s uses a 10nm Exynos 9610 octa-core chipset with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast-charging and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Samsung Galaxy A50s and A30s have new cameras, prettier rear panels

Samsung is yet to announce availability and price.

Samsung Galaxy A30s

The Samsung Galaxy A30s also gains the new design and comes in the same four colors. The rear camera gets a new 25MP f/1.7 main unit (up from 16MP) and a new 8MP ultrawide module paired to the old 5MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is unchanged at 16MP f/2.0.

Samsung Galaxy A30s
Samsung Galaxy A30s

Samsung Galaxy A30s

Another added feature is the in-display fingerprint scanner – the old phone had a rear-mounted one.

The Galaxy A30s has a 6.4-inch Infinity-V Super AMOLED of 720x1560px resolution, which is a downgrade from the 1080p panel of the original A30. It packs a 14nm Exynos 7904 octa-core chipset with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and a 4,000mAh battery with 15W charging.

Samsung is yet to reveal availability or price of this one too.


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LG announces K40s and K50s midrangers with military grade durability




LG is bringing some new smartphones to its booth in Berlin during the IFA conference, taking place in the first week of September. Two of the devices are the LG K40s and LG K50s – just a day after their patenting the names, the Korean company announced the extra durable mid-rangers.

LG K40s
LG K40s

LG K40s

LG K40s

The LG K40s comes with an unnamed processor, having a 2GHz octa-core CPU. Its screen measures 6.1”, has HD+ resolution with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop notch on the top for the 13 MP selfie camera.

On the back, we see a horizontal dual camera setup – 13 MP main shooter and 5 MP ultrawide angle lens.

The phone will arrive with 2GB or 3GB of RAM, while the storage is 32GB and further expandable via the microSD slot. The battery capacity is 3,500 mAh, but LG stays silent on any fast-charging capabilities.

The phone is MIL-STD 810G compliant, which means it can handle plenty of drops before it gets any damage.

LG K50s

The LG K50s comes with a larger 6.5” screen, but is otherwise most identical to its sibling. It retains the HD+ resolution aspect ratio, and the waterdrop notch, but manages to fit a bigger 4,000 mAh battery.

You get the same 2GHz octa-core processor on an unnamed chipset, but only one memory variant – 3GB/32GB.

The camera on the back has been upgraded with a 2MP depth sensor joining the 13MP regular and 5MP ultrawide units.

LG K50s
LG K50s

LG K50s

LG K40s and LG K50s come in New Aurora Black and Moroccan Blue colors. Starting October they’ll be available in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, but pricing will be confirmed later on.


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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G review: bigger, faster and lasts longer




The Galaxy S10 5G is the largest, most advanced and most expensive smartphone in Samsung’s current lineup, aimed not just at being “the 5Gone” but also the best one.

Unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro, which comes in either 4G or 5G versions that are identical in size, weight and features, the S10 5G is its own phone. It’s bigger, heavier, thicker and has more cameras and sensors on the back and front than the S10+.

The front is filled by the 6.7in QHD+ AMOLED screen, which curves at the sides and has an large oval-shaped cut out in the top right of the display for two selfie cameras and a depth sensor.

The screen is really lovely, as you’d expect for a top Samsung: bright, crisp and colourful with good viewing angles. It is not quite as bright or smooth as the fantastic 90Hz screen on the OnePlus 7 Pro, but better than all the rest.

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 The selfie cameras and sensors poke through an oval-shaped hole in the top right of the screen, taking up notification space in the status bar. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The massive screen means the S10 5G is a very big phone. At 77.1mm wide and 162.6mm tall the S10 5G compares similarly to 5G rivals such the OnePlus 7 Pro or the 4G-only iPhone XS Max. But the way the back tapers at the sides and its comparatively light 198g weight, which undercuts the competition by 8-10g, makes the S10 5G just about manageable. I could fit it in a men’s jeans pocket, but anything smaller was a struggle.

If you don’t want the biggest of phones and the downsides of weight, cost, size, one-handed use, etc that come with them, this is most definitely not for you.

The display hides Samsung’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone with your thumb on the screen, which works well enough but isn’t as fast or accurate as the optical sensor on the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G or traditional fingerprint sensors.

The phone is water resistant to the international IP68standard, or depths of up to 1.5 metres in fresh water for 30 minutes. Drop the S10 5G in the toilet and you’ll be able to rinse it afterwards. It also has a headphone socket, which is rare in 2019.


  • Screen: 6.7in QHD+ AMOLED (502ppi).
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9820 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
  • RAM: 8GB of RAM.
  • Storage: 256GB.
  • Operating system: One UI based on Android 9 Pie.
  • Camera: rear triple camera + depth sensor, front 10MP selfie-camera + depth sensor.
  • Connectivity: single sim, LTE, 5G, wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5, wireless charging and GPS.
  • Dimensions: 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.9mm.
  • Weight: 198g.

36-hour battery life

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 A USB-C port and a headphones socket take care of physical connections. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Galaxy S10 5G has the same processor, memory and storage as most of the other Galaxy S10 versions and therefore performs similarly. In this US this means Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor, but in the UK, Europe and many other regions it means Samsung’s own Exynos 9820, as tested here.

It’s a fast-feeling phone, if not quite the fastest, and will handle most of what you can throw at it. Games and augmented reality experiences, which are being pushed hard with 5G, were smooth but made the phone heat up quite a bit.

The S10 5G has the largest battery in Samsung’s S10 phone line and so lasts the longest at 36 hours between charges. With the screen set to default FHD+resolutionand the always-on display (AOD) setting off, the phone made it from 7am on day one until 7pm on day two with fairly heavy usage, mainly on 4G with bursts on Vodafone’s new 5G network where available in London.

The S10 5G is also faster charging than Samsung’s other phones with a 25W charger included in the box. It hit 90% in an hour, which is still not the fastest charging phone but is a significant improvement over other Samsung devices. Wireless charging at up to 15W with a Qi charging matt works well, as does wireless power sharing charging something else from the back of the S10 5G such as Samsung’s Galaxy Buds.

Network performance

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 The S10 5G’s 4G performance was worse than the regular S10, but both performed worse than rivals on the same Vodafone network. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The S10 5G proved great on Vodafone’s new 5G network, which was significantly faster than 4G when available, routinely managing 200Mbps download speeds in areas where Vodafone’s 4G network managed around 20-50Mbps.

But the S10 5G’s 4G performance on Vodafone’s network was poor, spending a significant amount of time dropping down to 3G in areas where a OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei P30 Pro had strong 4G signal on the same Vodafone 4G network. The issue was particularly problematic on public transport.

This poor performance gave rise to further testing which revealed that the poor signal performance on Vodafone’s 4G network wasn’t isolated to Samsung’s new 5G phone – but also its regular 4G phones including the Galaxy S10. The 4G-only phones had a slight advantage of around half a bar of signal strength over their 5G counterparts on the same network.

However, when the Samsung phones dropped down to 3G their internet connection effectively became unusable causing everything from web pages and apps, to messages and even email, to time out. But it’s worse than simply being offline, as the phone thinks it has a working internet connection, leading to an extremely frustrating scenario where the phone continually tries over and over to perform the task you’ve set it before timing out after a minute or so.

To be clear, Samsung’s S10, S10+ and S10e performed the same as the OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei P30 Pro (two of the best for network performance) on both EE and Three’s 4G network in and around London and the south of England. The problem appeared only to be on Vodafone. But neither Vodafone nor Samsung could explain the signal issues faced by the Samsung S10 5G and other S10 smartphones.

A Vodafone spokesperson said: “We’ve recalled the device and SIM for internal testing. We would welcome the opportunity to walk around with the Guardian in the areas they have visited to better understand the user experience found so as we can better understand any issues and implement improvements or fixes.”

A Samsung spokesperson declined to address the 4G problem and instead said: “The 5G user experience is only going to get better as 5G network coverage improves and expands. Samsung is working closely with our partners to provide updates to the device so that consumers can get the best network performance.”

Samsung One UI

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 Samsung’s One UI is good, but its gesture navigation options are difficult to use with one hand with a screen this size. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Galaxy S10 5G runs Samsung’s new One UI version of Android 9 Pie, which is the same as the other S10 variants.

One UI is a big upgrade over previous versions of Samsung’s software, refocused around making phones with large screens more usable, which was useful here. The top of the screen is generally for information display, while the bits you have to touch have been moved towards the bottom.

The only thing that hasn’t aged well are Samsung’s gesture navigation options, which replace the traditional three-key navigation bar at the bottom of the screen with swipe pads where the buttons would be. It’s not a fluid experience and is difficult to use one-handed on this size of screen.

While more beneficial for the larger Galaxy S10+, the S10 still benefits from generally having the top half of the phone for viewing information and the bottom half for touch-based interactions. Rival systems such as that used by OnePlusHuawei or even Google’s upcoming Android Q are far better.


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 The camera system on the back is the best of Samsung’s current lineup, keeping pace with most rivals but falling short of Huawei’s highs. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Galaxy S10 5G has the same three regular cameras on the back as the S10 and S10+ but adds a 3D depth camera for good measure.

That means you get a main 12-megapixel camera, 12-megapixel telephoto camera and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera providing zoom from 0.5 to 2x, and then on to a 10x hybrid zoom.

There didn’t appear to be much difference between the cameras on the S10 5G and S10/S10+. It produced some excellent photos in good light, with solid but not class-leading low-light performance, despite the new night mode.

Video capture was very good, arguably better than many rivals, with fun depth effects using the extra sensors on the S10 5G. The selfie camera is the same as the S10+, which is excellent.

Overall, the camera on the S10 5G is good, but falls short of the best from Huawei.


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 The glass back tapers in towards the metal band at the top and sides. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
  • The stereo speakers are pretty good.
  • The ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is incompatible with most screen protectors, but a compatible one comes included in the box.
  • The haptic vibrations are sharper than last year’s model, but not as good as Apple’s iPhone or the OnePlus 7 Pro.
  • Palm rejection was good at preventing mis-touches on the curved screen edge, where your hand rests on the touchscreen when you grip.


The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G costs £1,099 in crown silver or majestic black on either EE or Vodafone. So far, the phone is not available to buy standalone and SIM-free in the UK.

For comparison, recommended retail prices for the competition include the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G on plans starting at £59 a month on EE, the 4G 6.4in Galaxy S10+ for £899, the 4G OnePlus 7 Pro from £649, the 4G Google Pixel 3 XLcosts £744, the 4G Huawei P30 Pro for £899 and the 4G iPhone XS Max costs £1,099.


The Galaxy S10 5G has all thehallmarks of a range-topping Samsung. A big, bright screen, sleek design, solid performance and excellent battery life – the best of any of Samsung’s S10 variants.

The rear camera is also very good and Samsung’s One UI is great, as long as you’re happy using navigation buttons as the swipe gestures are hard to use on this size of phone. It is massive and expensive, meaning only big-phone lovers are going to want to even try and use it.

Its 5G performance is solid on Vodafone’s new 5G network. But the poor 4G performance on Vodafone of the S10 5G and its smaller S10 siblings, which neither the network nor Samsung have managed to explain, mean I strongly recommend not buying any top-end Samsung phone on Vodafone.

It may not quite be the best 5G experience available at the moment – that’s the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G – but it’s close run thing. And where the OnePlus is an EE exclusive in the UK, the S10 5G is available on a wider range of mobile networks.

The S10 5G is the biggest and best Samsung you can buy, at least until the recently launched Note 10 arrives in stores, which could take the crown.

Pros: great screen, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner, hole-punch notch, wireless charging and powershare, great camera, good performance, good software, good haptics, headphone socket, microSD card slot, 5G.

Cons: massive phone, expensive, poor 4G performance on Vodafone, slow software updates.

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 The silver back shines in a mixture of pleasing colours depending on the light and object around it. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian


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