iPhone X

Amazon made its own iPhone dongle, beating Belkin in price

Amazon made its own iPhone dongle, beating Belkin in price

Last year, Apple removed the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7, a "courageous" move, but one that has put us in a world where dongles are now the norm. With Google's new Pixel 2 smartphones also ditching the 3.5mm jack, the era when we could charge our devices and use wired headphones at the same time is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately Amazon is here to rectify the situation, at least for iPhone users, with a dongle that slightly undercuts Belkin's new solution in price.

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iPhone X ‘True Super Cycle’ tipped for 2018

iPhone X ‘True Super Cycle’ tipped for 2018

The iPhone X is part of Apple's next Super Cycle - and that's neither a new feature for the iPhone nor a new way to wash it. The Super Cycle referred to in a report from KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo today (in a new investor note) is a long period of financial growth for a company - due in this case to the release of a brand new iPhone X, a device which looks and acts significantly different from its predecessors. The call for a super cycle to begin in 2018 goes against two opposing analyst trends, one that says this cycle will begin in 2017, the other that there won't be a super cycle at all.

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Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

When the Pixel 2 was announced, I did not expect that Google would bring back wireless charging - and they didn't. Much to the surprise of the industry at large, Apple added wireless charging with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X this year. But Google didn't come back with wireless charging - not now, and not since the Nexus 4. Though their reasoning holds some water, it most certainly does not hold nearly enough.

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Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

In the future, cords will only be used to run power across long distances and to facilitate the transfer of data only when the fastest transfer will do. Aside from those two items, everything else will be done without the ubiquitous USB, or Lightning plug, or headphone jack. No company can stop this from happening, and only the most extremely rare company will stick around to create retro hardware.

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Google Pixel 2 XL tipped to ‘copy’ iPhone X in these 3 ways

Google Pixel 2 XL tipped to ‘copy’ iPhone X in these 3 ways

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a slightly different design than its predecessor and its release schedule will differ as well. In the most basic sense, these are the two ways in which the Google Pixel 2 XL will end up following Apple's iPhone X lead - a later release than previous devices, and a relatively large redesign. But we're interested in more specifics - and in providing proof on whether Google actually did "copy" Apple at all.

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Samsung making more from iPhone X than their own Galaxy

Samsung making more from iPhone X than their own Galaxy

Apple's iPhone X is expected to bring Samsung more earnings in its first 20 months on sale than their own Galaxy smartphones. This is according to analyst group Counterpoint, who suggest that Apple will sell approximately 130 million iPhone X units by the summer of 2019, earning Samsung one whole heck of a lot of cash from OLED manufacturing. Initial analysis suggests that Samsung Display makes $110 per iPhone X unit made.

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This Google Ultra Pixel 2 just hype-blocked iPhone X

This Google Ultra Pixel 2 just hype-blocked iPhone X

This morning a device by the name "Ultra Pixel" appeared in a well-crafted set of "slides" on a computer shared with the press. This set of images depicts what seems to be a presentation showing the next Google-made smartphone - Pixel, but not just Pixel. This device would be called Ultra-Pixel, and it'd have an edgeless frontside as well as specs that match or beat the Pixel 2.

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iPhone X Face ID spills secrets as Apple talks security

iPhone X Face ID spills secrets as Apple talks security

With the iPhone X on the horizon, and plenty of questions about how Face ID will hold up, Apple has relaunched its privacy site and released a white paper about the facial recognition system. Announced at Apple's iPhone event earlier this month, Face ID relies on the iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera, the cluster of new sensors that occupies much of the controversial "notch" at the top of the smartphone's OLED screen. Since it completely replaces Touch ID, there have been questions all the way up to the government about just how safe and secure it might be.

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This iOS 11 setting isn’t new, but it is essential

This iOS 11 setting isn’t new, but it is essential

It's not strictly new, but this iOS setting just changed the way I use apps, download apps, and keep apps to use in the future. This isn't the way I used to do things - I'd usually test and app until a "would you PLZ rate our app, THX" popup occurred, then I'd delete the app immediately. But that's no longer the deal, per Apple's new rules and this one setting. What we'll find out now is if this setting and these rules have the gas to change the way apps get rated by everyday average users.

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The iPhone X launch will be a nightmare

The iPhone X launch will be a nightmare

If you've been holding off upgrading to iPhone 8 because you really want an iPhone X, don't say goodbye to your current phone quite yet. Rumors that Apple's 2017 flagship would be severely short supply have been circulating almost since we first heard tidbits about its specifications. Now, though, the rumors are solidifying into seriously bad news for early-adopters.

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Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Any other year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would feel, well, magical. Apple's two new smartphones address some long-standing complaints from iPhone owners, like including wireless charging support; they look sleek, have improved cameras, and borrow clever screen technology from the iPad Pro. Of course, this year there's a shadow looming over both new handsets.

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The $2,000 iPhone is coming

The $2,000 iPhone is coming

Like many, I was unsurprised and generally unmoved by the iPhone X. We can blame leaks for that. The event wasn’t exciting, and judging by the opening which brought us words from Steve Jobs’ that had never been made public, it’s clear Apple wanted it to be. Instead, we got exactly what we expected, save for one small detail. Apple is framing the iPhone X as the blueprint for mobile tech moving forward. On a hardware level, that’s great. Elsewhere, that’s a problem.

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