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Qualcomm: Apple's next iPhones won't use our wireless chips

July 25, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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You might see the practical impact of the Apple-Qualcomm royalty feud in the very near future. As part of an earnings call, Qualcomm financial chief George Davis told investors that his company believed Apple would “solely use our competitor’s modems” (read: Intel’s) in the next iPhones. Given that Qualcomm would know whether or not Apple was a customer this close to an iPhone launch (new models usually appear in September), it’s safe to say that the chip maker has been shut out this time around.

It’s not shocking that Apple would drop Qualcomm like a hot potato. There was word that Apple was designing Qualcomm-free iPhones back in October 2017, and relations haven’t exactly warmed up since then with more lawsuits on both sides in addition to antitrust measures. It wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to go Intel-only for wireless chipsets in the near future, for that matter. Intel is the only other company to have provided those chipsets to Apple in recent memory, and a wholesale switch to someone else’s technology wouldn’t happen overnight.

Whether or not Apple sticks to Intel is another story. Calcalists sources recently claimed that Apple had turned down Intel’s Bluetooth and WiFi parts for 2020 mobile devices. That doesn’t preclude use of Intel-made cellular modems, but it also shows that Intel’s involvement isn’t guaranteed to last long.

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The best mobile devices for students

July 25, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

There’s no negotiating on this: You need a smartphone at college. Powerful flagships like the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S9 promise speedy performance, but even more affordable options like the Xperia XZ2 Compact and OnePlus 6 offer an impressive amount of bang for your buck. Though not necessary, you might also want a tablet for book-reading, or a smartwatch that double as a fitness tracker. While the Apple Watch is the most obvious choice for an iPhone user, other brands have offerings that are just as stylish — stuff you won’t be ashamed of wearing around campus.

As for tablets, Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad doesn’t break the bank (at least before you add on accessories) and is now compatible with the Apple Pencil — a tool once reserved for the higher-end iPad Pro line. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Surface Pro offers laptop-grade power, though we recommend paying extra for the accompanying keyboard. Lastly, you’ll also find a Kindle on our list, mainly because its e-paper screen can be much easier on the eyes than a phone or a tablet.

Find all our picks in our 2018 back-to-school guide and while you’re there, check out the other 13 categories we covered.

Check out our complete 2018 back-to-school guide and find all of our student-friendly buying advice right here!

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Leaked Apple repair videos offer a peek behind the curtain

July 23, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Apple products aren’t necessarily made for you to repair them at home; you generally need to take your ailing iPhone or Macbook Pro into an Apple retail store for any significant fixes or part replacement. Now, however, a YouTube account has apparently leaked eleven official-looking internal training videos that show how repairs are made on iPhone X, iMac Pro and MacBook Pro.

The videos were apparently sourced from Twitter by Arman Haji, who uploaded them to YouTube after the Twitter account was suspended, according to Motherboard. The videos also show how well sites like iFixit have been able to reverse engineer the repair process; Motherboard notes that the process in the iPhone X battery replacement video is extremely similar to that used in iFixit’s own procedure.

These official-looking videos will likely be taken down soon, so be sure to check them out now. We’ve embedded a few below and linked to the rest after that.

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Apple Internal – MacBook Pro 2016 and 2017 Customer Data Migration Tool Apple Internal – Display Replacement and 3D Touch Calibration Apple Internal – iPhone X Speaker Apple Internal – MacBook Pro 2016 and 2017 Touch ID Board Apple Internal – iMac Pro 2017 System Configuration after a Logic Board or Flash Storage Repair Apple Internal – Force Touch Trackpad Calibration Check Apple Internal – iPhone X Open Device

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Apple may introduce blue, red and orange iPhones this fall

July 5, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Apple may be releasing its next iPhone in a few more colors than usual. In addition to the usual gray and white, according to 9to5Mac, Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the entry-level 6.1-inch iPhone will be available in blue, red and orange. (It is unclear if the red version is a PRODUCT(RED) phone, as seen in the image above). Also, the 6.5-inch iPhone will come in gold, as well as black and white.

Kuo’s report also details three new iPhones this fall. The current iPhone X, at 5.8 inches, will receive an improvement in specs, while a new 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus will retail for around $1000. This means that the 5.8-inch phone will likely drop $100 or so in price. A cheaper LCD iPhone will round out the offerings at 6.1 inches; to hit a lower price point, it will be missing some of the premium features of the iPhone X.

It’s important to note that these are just reports; nothing has been confirmed by Apple yet. Kuo is a reliable source on these sorts of things, but Apple hasn’t introduced colored iPhones beyond the base model 5cs, so it would be an interesting (though very welcome) move on the tech giant’s part.

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Apple's next AirPods case may also charge your iPhone

June 26, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Apple is reportedly about to give you a new way to wirelessly charge your iPhone: by using your AirPods case. The plan, if it comes to fruition, will let you top up your phone (as long as it’s an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X) using the case for your earbuds while you’re on the go. Apple could make the feature available by the end of the year, but that’s likely dependent on the company releasing the long-awaited wireless charging version of the cases by then.

This is according to a report from Nikkei, which is fairly reliable when it comes to such matters, but we’ll still believe this when we see it. It might not be too difficult for Apple to add this as a feature with the upcoming AirPods cases that can charge wirelessly. But you shouldn’t hold your breath, as the company’s other wireless charging plans have apparently been delayed.

We don’t know when exactly Apple’s AirPower charging pad will hit retailers’ shelves; recent reports have suggested a September release, which is around the time Apple typically announces its latest iPhone models each year. It’s unclear when the wirelessly charging AirPods cases will arrive either.

Still, there could be a lot of AirPods users out there willing to top up their phone’s battery with their cases. Nikkei suggests Apple could sell as many as 28 million pairs of AirPods, cases included, by the end of the year.

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iOS 12 public beta is available right now

June 25, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Did Apple’s teases of grouped notifications and digital wellness efforts at WWDC last month make you swoon? Well the beta for iOS 12 — the software those features and countless others will run on — is available to the public starting today. The Cupertino company has promised that the software’s finished version will significantly speed up older phones in addition to adding fun new features like Memoji for iPhone X owners and FaceTime group chat for up to 32 people.

Of course, since this is a beta, it means that there will be parts of the software that may not be stable or optimized, and could outright break when you use them. As such, proceed at your own risk if you plan to install it on your daily driver handset. There’s a joke here about how buggy iOS 11 has been in its final versions, but I’m not going to make it. Happy downloading!

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Apple's AirPower wireless charger could launch around September

June 21, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the company’s first devices to include wireless charging support. Back when they announced last September, Apple also said it would be releasing its own wireless charging mat, called AirPower. This wasn’t like every other mat out there, though, in that it could charge multiple devices at once — an iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 and a set of AirPods, for example. The AirPower was given a vague 2018 release date, but according to sources speaking to Bloomberg, development of the mat has been marred with issues. Apparently it was expected to be on sale by this month, but is now likely to hit shelves around September, probably with the AirPods wireless charging case in tow.

Engineers are said to be dealing with various technical issues, such as ensuring the AirPower doesn’t overheat. Other complications include cramming in multiple charging sensors, which may have to overlap, and finalizing the firmware for the custom Apple chip responsible for power management and device pairing. In short, the AirPower hasn’t been as simple to manufacture as perhaps first thought, though it is in testing according to one source.

Apple never specified a release date, possibly because as Bloomberg notes, both the AirPods and HomePod speaker went on sale several months later than originally announced. Launching the AirPower slightly later than originally hoped might not be a very big deal for Apple, however. According to sources, the mat is part of a bigger strategy of doing away with the Lightning port much like the 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s said this was even considered during the development of the iPhone X.

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‘Elder Scrolls: Blades’ is an RPG you can play anywhere

June 10, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Have you ever wanted to play an Elder Scrolls game on your phone, for free? Bethesda thinks you have and has you covered with Elder Scrolls: Blades, what the company’s Todd Howard described as “a pure Elder Scrolls game.” It’ll run on every platform imaginable, Howard said, and all the versions will connect to one another, so, for instance, someone on an iPhone X can play against someone who’s running through it on a PC-based VR system or standard console. It’ll be out this fall. You use finger-swipes for melee attacks and casting spells against various beasts (and other players) in procedurally generated dungeons, and beautiful forests.

There are a few different modes as well, including a rogue-like endless dungeon and an arena for 1v1 combat. You can even build out your own town. As you build the town out, you’ll unlock additional quests. And, hey you can play the entire game in portrait mode, one-handed. Pre-orders for the F2P game are live right now in case you’re really excited. Howard said that Bethesda will keep the game going for years to come, a la what it’s been doing with Fallout Shelter, which is now available for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) June 11, 2018

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iOS 12 will support Face ID for two people

June 5, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Ever since the iPhone X arrived, Face ID has only ever supported one person — unlike Touch ID, there was no way to register someone else you trust with your device. That won’t be a problem with iOS 12. While Apple didn’t discuss the feature during its WWDC keynote, iOS 12 lets you add an “alternative appearance” for Face ID. It’s ostensibly meant for people who have problems with Face ID (say, people with glasses that significantly alter their look), but it can be used for a second person. A partner or child could have access to your phone without having to type in a passcode.

As with Touch ID, this isn’t the same as true multi-user support. You’ll have to reset Face ID for both people if there are ever any hiccups. It’s still a big improvement, though, and it suggests that Apple is well aware of its technology’s limitations.

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iOS 12 makes closing apps on your iPhone X a lot simpler

June 5, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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WWDC is in full swing and Apple has already announced a number of new updates for both iOS and macOS. On the iPhone, iOS 12 will make notifications easier to ignore and attempt to curtail phone addiction, but it’ll also make closing apps on the iPhone X so much simpler.

Right now, quitting apps on Apple’s flagship iPhone consists of swiping up, long-pressing cards in the app-switcher and tapping the minus button. However, iOS 12 will slim down that operation: the extra long-press in the middle is being axed. All you’ll need to do now is swipe up once, and swipe up again on the app you wish to terminate. It’s a small change, but one that owners of other iPhone models are already familiar with.

During the keynote, Apple SVP Craig Federighi also finally clarified one burning question: will iOS and macOS be merged? The answer was a resounding no, but Federighi did confirm that Apple will allow iOS apps to run on Macs. The company expects to make tools available to developers sometime in 2019.