Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News - Page 3
Apple might have a truly big surprise with the next-gen iPhone 13, with the latest rumor teasing the new iPhone will have a low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communication mode.
The exciting and unexpected rumor is coming from a credible source: analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said in his recent investor note, that he expects the new iPhone 13 to have support for LEO satellite communications. This means iPhone 13 owners will be able to make phone calls and send messages when they're in remote locations -- far away from traditional 4G and 5G tower coverage.
Inside of the new iPhone 13 will be a custom Qualcomm X60 baseband modem chip, which will support communications over satellite. The analyst says that he believes Apple will use LEO satellite communication technology inside of the upcoming Apple AR headset, the future Apple Car, and other products.
Apple shifted into the beautiful, warm arms of OLED display technology with the iPhone 12 -- and even more so with the upcoming iPhone 13 -- while the company is looking to overtake Samsung as the largest OLED smartphone company in 2021.
There are around 630 million OLED smartphone shipments in 2021 according to estimates from the Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) where it's expected to ship 176 million shipments this year -- 28% of the market. Samsung on the other hand is expected to ship 145 million OLED smartphones or 23% of the market.
How has this happened considering Samsung is the company providing Apple with 120Hz OLED displays for its new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro smartphones? Well, Samsung's current flagship Galaxy S21 series has been the worst-performing Galaxy S family for the first 6 months, ever. Samsung has been experiencing some hiccups with the Galaxy S21 family, so much so that it has started an investigation into its smartphone business and will make changes if they're required.
Apple is expected to unveil its next-gen iPhone 13 smartphone series during its September event next month, but we all know that won't be all -- new iPad, new Apple Watch, and more.
We should expect the new 5G-pwoered iPhone 13 with its 120Hz OLED display that Apple competitor Samsung is making for the company, with the 120Hz ProMotion display to be one of the most impressive parts of the new iPhone. Apple stepping into the world of 120Hz refresh rates.
Not only that, but Apple's new iPhone 13 will also rock its new in-house A15 Bionic chip that will see more performance, efficiency, and % charts we all know and love during Apple events. But it won't just be the new iPhone 13 unveiled at the September event, but a new iPad mini, new Apple Watch Series 7, and more.
ASUS has what should be the very best gaming smartphone in the world, with the introduction of the ASUS ROG Phone 5s and ROG Phone 5s Pro gaming smartphones.
ASUS is powering its new ROG Phone 5s gaming smartphones with Qualcomm's tweaked Snapdragon 888+ platform, and it starts with... yes, starts with 16GB of RAM with an 18GB model on offer as well. But the bigger start of the show here is what will be the beautiful 6.78-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with up to 144Hz refresh rate.
ASUS is offering 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz on the new ROG Phone 5s and ROG Phone 5s Pro -- so you can choose between PC-fast 120-144Hz, or use 60-90Hz for longer battery life. I don't know why you'd want to run the phone at anything less than the bleeding edge 120-144Hz, because that's what they're made for.
Samsung has made its new foldable smartphones official, with the introduction of the new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphones announced and dropping in September 2021.
The new Galaxy Z Flip 3 will be the cheapest foldable smartphone yet, with the 128GB model coming in at just $999 while the 256GB model is $50 more at $1049. Both of them are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 SoC, and have 8GB of RAM.
Samsung's new Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone has an outer 1.9-inch Super AMOLED display (260 x 512) while the inner 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display (2640 x 1080) rolls out with 120Hz refresh for those super-smooth feels. You'll also have Android 11 + One UI 3.1 on the new Galaxy Z Flip 3, which will make for some of the best foldable OS + software combinations yet.
So this is coming out of nowhere, but Financial Times is reporting that Apple will be placing a mandatory new software update to all Americans' iPhones called neuralMatch -- and it will act as surveillance on your phone searching for child porn.
The new program will be detecting and reporting any Americans that own iPhones and have any CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material). Apple will reportedly unveil neuralMatch next week, and then will be pushed onto US iPhones in a new software update.
The automated system will alert an actual team of human reviewers, after which if they confirm that child sex abuse material (CSAM) is on your iPhone, then they will contact law enforcement.
Google has just teased its next-gen Pixel 6 family of smartphones, where we don't know much about the new smartphones themselves but more so the new Tensor SoC inside of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones.
The new TPU (Tensor Processing Units) that Google uses inside of its data centers, will be used inside of the new Pixel 6 smartphones -- with the Tensor not being an SoC (system on a chip) but rather a bunch of chips. We don't know which chips are made by Google, and which are licensed from others -- but we do know that the Google-made mobile TPU will be used for AI tasks, while a new Titan M2 chip will be used for security inside of the new Pixel 6 smartphones.
But what we do know, is that Google's new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones aren't effing around -- the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be "ultra-high-end" phones from Google.
Google has taken to its community blog to announce that sign-in will not be allowed on Android devices running Gingerbread (2.3.7) or lower.
According to the announcement, Google will now be rejecting any sign-in attempts from Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower beginning on September 27, 2021. Google states that if a sign-in attempt is made after September 27 on apps such as Gmail, YouTube, and Maps, the user may experience "username or password errors".
Google goes on to recommend any users that are running Android 2.3.7 to update their devices to gain access to the aforementioned apps. It should be noted that these changes only affect less a very small percentage of users, as Google's distribution data claims less than 1% of active devices are running a version older than 4.1 (Jellybean).
A United Airlines flight that was preparing to leave the gate has been evacuated after an individual caused a "threat on board".
According to reports, United Airlines Flight 2167 that was preparing to leave the gate at San Francisco International Airport, was evacuated after many passengers aboard the flight received the same image of an airsoft gun via Apple's AirDrop feature. SF Gate reported that the pilot announced a "threat on board" after being notified of the image that was being sent to passengers.
It was later discovered that the image of the airsoft gun was taken prior to the flight and that the teenager didn't actually have the airsoft gun on him. "Out of an abundance of caution," the aircraft was inspected after the passengers were off the plane, according to Yakel. SF Gate also reported that the flight was delayed, and according to Newsweek, the plane was originally meant to take off at 2 pm local time but didn't leave the tarmac until 5 pm local time.
A new "holy grail" type of technology has been created by researchers at the University of California that very well could revolutionize how we charge our devices.
Engineers from the University of California San Diego have developed a new way of charging devices through harvesting energy from the human body. The engineers created a thin strip that is worn on the end of a finger that converts human sweat into energy that can then be used to power devices. Professor Wang and other authors on the study have said that the new form of technology is the "holy grail" of energy harvesters" due to how it doesn't require any external energy source such as sunlight or movement.
Not only does the strip generate energy from the sweat accumulated on the end of a finger, the biofuel cells located on the strip can also harvest energy from light finger presses such as typing on a keyboard, playing piano. The biofuel cells are able to produce 300 millijoules of energy per square centimeter, and the engineers were able to successfully power a Vitamin C sensing system.