Verizon expects strong iPhone X demand this holiday season – BGR

The iPhone X sure is expensive, but that doesn’t mean that Apple won’t sell millions upon millions of units this year. Most reports say that Apple may meet its production goals for 2017 after all, although it’ll struggle to meet consumer demand well into 2018.

Verizon also said it expects strong iPhone X sales this quarter while confirming that iPhone 8 sales were not on par with what you’d expect from a new iPhone.

Verizon on Thursday said that only 5.5% of its customers upgraded their phones in the third quarter when the iPhone 8 was launched, down from 6.3% last year. However, the carrier is confident that the upgrade rate would improve this quarter, thanks to the iPhone X and Pixel 2, with special emphasis on the iPhone X.

“I think what you’re seeing there is a difference in timing with some of the new devices coming out versus what we’ve historically seen,” Verizon CFO Matt said on an earnings call with analysts, per Fortune.

“Obviously Apple is part of that with splitting the new devices between the 8, which came out in 3Q and the [iPhone] ten, which comes out in 4Q. But also on the Android OS side of the house, we’ve had the new Google device coming out this month as well.”

Yes, he called it “ten.”

“As we get into the holiday season, some of those new devices come out, we think we’ll see strong demand,” Ellis added, focusing on the price of the new iPhone X. “And look if you’re paying $1,000 for a new handset you’re going to want that to be on a good network, so we’re very confident that we’ll get more than our fair share of that activity when it comes through in the fourth quarter.”

In spite of lower iPhone 8 sales, Verizon beat expectations for the third quarter, reporting $31.7 billion in revenues, up 3%. The carrier added 274,000 postpaid subscribers during the period, 60% more than analysts expected.

Analysts expect carriers to fiercely fight for the iPhone X this quarter, which could drive that $1,000 price down significantly.

Will the Galaxy S9 be faster than the iPhone X? – BGR

When the Galaxy S8 came out this spring, it was the first high-end handset of 2017 to pack a processor built on 10nm process technology. We expected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8995 to be faster than Apple’s A10 Fusion 16nm chip that powers last year’s iPhone 7 generation. However, the iPhone 7 consistently beat devices with 10nm chips inside.

Next year, the Galaxy S9 may debut a brand a processor that’s even more efficient and faster than the Galaxy S8 chips. But will it be faster than the A11 Bionic 10nm chip inside the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8?

Samsung is far from telling us anything about the Galaxy S9, but the company did announce on Wednesday that it’s ready to produce 8nm chips. The company said that three months ahead of schedule and it’s ready to take orders for its “8-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, 8LPP (Low Power Plus).”

Does that mean the Galaxy S9 will get 8nm chips next year? Reports did say the handset will enjoy a brief Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 exclusivity, without mentioning what type of process technology the new chip will use.

Samsung’s announcement provides other clues that 8nm chips may soon reach mobile phones. The company says that the 8nm chips will “provide differentiated benefits for applications including mobile, cryptocurrency and network/server,” and says the company can quickly ramp up production. Apparently, Qualcomm will continue to work with Samsung on mobile chips.

“8LPP will have a fast ramp since it uses proven 10nm process technology while providing better performance and scalability than current 10nm-based products,” Senior Vice President of Qualcomm RK Chunduru said.

These 8nm chips are expected to offer 10% lower power consumption and an up to 10% area reduction compared their 10nm equivalents. Speed improvements are also expected, although it’s too early to talk benchmarks.

It’ll also be interesting to see whether the new 8nm chips can outperform the iPhone X’s A10 Fusion. The iPhone X proved to be faster than most Android phones out there, although it did suffer some defeats against the iPhone 7 and the Note 8.

While Samsung manufactures chips for Qualcomm, it also makes its high-end silicon for Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices. This week’s announcement also indicates that Samsung is probably working on the next-gen Exynos chip, although the company did not make any statements in that regard.

While the mobile industry may move to 8nm chips next year, Apple might not do it. TSMC, which manufactures the A-series chips for iPhones and iPads, eyes 7nm chips for next year.

Never-before-seen photos show iPhone X and empty Steve Jobs Theater before September event – BGR

Apple’s iPhone X release date is just around the corner, with preorders set to begin on October 27th ahead of the phone’s November 3rd launch. Hardcore Apple fans couldn’t possibly be more excited to get their hands on Apple’s first redesigned iPhone since 2014. Heck, even I’m excited. The iPhone X is our first glimpse at the future of Apple’s iPhone lineup and it’s packed with new features and new technologies that have never been available before on any smartphone, let alone an iPhone.

All that excitement began with Apple’s big iPhone X announcement event, which was historic for a few reasons. Beyond the simple fact that Apple was unveiling its tenth-anniversary iPhone, the event itself marked the first time the public got a peek inside Apple’s new Cupertino headquarters, affectionately known far and wide as Apple’s spaceship campus.

But now, a new set of photos has surfaced that show the iPhone X and Steve Jobs Theater like you’ve never seen them before.

Reports of iPhone X manufacturing delays and problems have been floating around since the early summer, and they’ve persisted even to today. Supply of Apple’s completely redesigned iPhone is expected to be severely constrained at launch, and shortages will likely continue well into 2018. Right now, we’re in the calm before the storm — that giddy feeling shared by millions of Apple fans will soon turn to frustration as they fight to get their hands on a new iPhone X, which will inevitably be sold out everywhere.

But hey, we might as well enjoy the calm before it turns into a storm.

Apple’s iPhone X event this past September was a spectacle from start to finish, and tech journalists and bloggers shared photos of the fray from start to finish. What the public never got to see, however, are photos from before the fray.

A user on Reddit just posted an album of photos that were captured by an unnamed friend. This friend presumably works at Apple, considering the fact that he or she had access to Steve Jobs Theater long before last month’s event started. These images show Steve Jobs Theater like we’ve never seen it before, and they also focus on part of the staging area where iPhone X demos were held. It’s truly a sight to behold.

Image Source: ajsayshello, Reddit

Image Source: ajsayshello, Reddit

The Apple employee also got up close and personal with the iPhone X.

Image Source: ajsayshello, Reddit

Apple’s design prowess and attention to detail clearly extends well beyond the product it sells, and the theater dedicated to the company’s late co-founder is a showcase of that prowess. There will be plenty more events held in Steve Jobs Theater in the coming years, but you may never get a chance to see it quite like you can in these photos. Head over to the thread on Reddit to check out the rest of the images.

iOS 11 is the buggiest release in years, at least according to the users – BGR

Since being released about a month ago, there are already more devices running iOS 11 than iOS 10. According to the latest data from Mixpanel, the installed base of iOS 11 devices currently stands at 52.3% compared to 40.75% for iOS 10. As tends to be the case, most iPhone and iPad users upgraded to Apple’s next-gen mobile OS rather quickly, especially when compared to Android where most users are running variants that are two years old or more. What’s unusual about iOS 11, though, is that it seems to be unusually and exceedingly buggy. While new iOS releases often have a few wrinkles to be ironed out, the problems users are seeing with iOS 11 are more pervasive and troubling than any iOS release in recent memory.

In the build-up to the official iOS 11 release, Apple rolled out a number of iOS 11 betas that were themselves a bit fidgety. It was assumed, though, that many of the more problematic issues would be fixed for the official launch. Alas, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Speaking to the varied problems many iOS 11 users are encountering, a Reddit thread titled “iOS 11 is the buggiest i have ever seen any of my iphones” has already garnered hundreds of comments from iOS 11 users all too eager to share their own experiences, or in this case, tales of woe.

The author of the Reddit thread relays a few worrisome issues that arose only after upgrading his iPhone to iOS 11, including being unable to hear other people on phone calls, the temperamental behavior of the music control widget on the homescreen, and last but not least, the poster adds that his iPhone periodically freezes up for minutes at a time periodically throughout the day. The only way to work around the above issues is to reset the device.

Hardly an isolated experience, a number of commenters chimed in with similar tales of woe and frustration, some of which involve keyboard malfunctions and a noticeable decline in battery life.

A representative comment can be seen below:

I’m seeing all sorts of issues as well on my SE. Third party iMessage apps will just re-populate out of nowhere, forcing me to go back into the edit menu and disable them at least once every few days. The media player widget problem – if I’m playing something in a number of apps (HBO Now, TED, Netflix, Podcasts, Spotify), especially if I’m Casting something, that media won’t show up in the CC widget or the lock screen which forces me to return to the app itself to control playback.

Where iOS 10 was juggling an impressive amount of apps in RAM I’m getting half that performance in iOS 11, re-loading apps I had open 10 minutes ago.

I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen the volume slider. I press the buttons, nothing happens on-screen (I have “buttons control volume” turned on). If I have Control Center open and I drag it down from a little too high it’ll pull the notification shade / lock screen over the Control Center…not to mention the lock screen shade has its own identity crisis. What are you, exactly? Can I pull you down and wait a few seconds for the phone to lock? Are you just for notifications?

The whole thing is very, very sloppy.

Apple this week released its third beta for iOS 11.1, so hopefully the official update will help rectify at least a few of the problems many users are dealing with.

One simple photo shows why Apple’s iPhone X is so exciting – BGR

With just over two weeks to go until Apple’s iPhone X release date finally arrives, anticipation is beginning to boil over. Yes, it’s true that the new phone’s sky-high price tag is scaring some people away. In fact, the thought of spending more than $1,000 on an entry-level iPhone X with only 64GB of storage is even causing some hardcore Apple fans to buy cheaper iPhones — or even to jump ship and switch to a Samsung phone.

There’s no question that spending $1,000 or more on a smartphone is out of reach for many people, but there are plenty of installment plans out there that make the iPhone X far more attainable. For people willing to cough up that kind of cash, the iPhone X couldn’t be more exciting. In fact, even I’m getting excited about the iPhone X, and it’s the first time in years that I’ve been excited about a new iPhone.

What’s so exciting? The answer lies in one simple photo.

Apple’s upcoming iPhone X is one of the most powerful smartphones the world has ever seen… but the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are just as powerful. The X packs a remarkable new A11 Bionic chipset with a built-in neural engine, which is an industry first… but the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the same exact silicon. The X has what is arguably the best smartphone camera on the planet… but it’s pretty much the same as the camera in the iPhone 8 Plus.

Since the iPhone X’s specs are on par with the other two iPhones Apple has already released, what’s so special about it? The answer is simple and obvious: The design.

I’ve said it time and time again, but it bears repeating. The iPhone X is the biggest and most hotly anticipated smartphone launch of 2017 because it’s the first redesigned iPhone the world has seen since 2014. That’s three years ago. Three long years with practically identical iPhone designs. Imagine a car going three generations without an exterior redesign.

Of course, the iPhone X design isn’t just exciting because it’s new — it’s exciting because it’s stunning. The phone sports a gorgeous new OLED display with the best screen-to-body ration in the industry thanks to Apple’s brilliant engineering. The stainless steel and glass construction is elegant to a point that the phone has no equal among Apple’s rivals. It truly is in a league of its own.

Why are iPhone 8 Plus sales believed by many to be lower than analysts were expecting? Take a look at this photo from Reddit:

This one, simple, low-quality picture truly is worth 1,000 words. Sitting side by side, it’s painfully obvious how dated and unappealing Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus design really is. It’s just… so… boring. It was a wonderful design in 2014. It drew a few yawns in 2015. It was stale and sad in 2016. Now, in 2017, it’s inexcusable. Apple is using the same iPhone design for the fourth consecutive year. Ugh.

The photo above makes it painfully apparent why so many people are so excited for the iPhone X. Expect chaos when iPhone X preorders go live on October 27th, and absolute pandemonium when the iPhone X is released on November 3rd.

Generation 3 Pokemon seemingly confirmed for ‘Pokemon Go’ Halloween event – BGR

The weeks following the debut of the Generation 2 Legendaries in the world of Pokemon Go have been rather quiet. Save for an event centered around the fall equinox, Pokemon Go players simply haven’t been given much to do, but it’s beginning to look like that’s going to change when the Halloween event begins this month.

Over the weekend, Niantic rolled out an update for Pokemon Go featuring bug fixes and performance updates. But as soon as the APK made its way online, members of The Silph Road community tore into the code and found multiple changes leading them to believe that the first Generation 3 Pokemon will be in the game soon.

For the first time, sound files for the cries of Gen 3 Pokemon have appeared in the APK for v0.79.2 of the game. These are the sounds that you hear when you encounter a Pokemon in the wild. Sound files for every Pokemon up to #386 (Deoxys) have been added, which means that every Pokemon cry from Gen 3 is now in the code of Pokemon Go. Plus, a new badge called “BADGE_POKEDEX_ENTRIES_GEN3” has appeared as well.

In addition to the Gen 3 code changes, there is also a new designation for “HALLOWEEN_2017,” as well as a new entry called “mapHalloweenNightMusic,” implying that the upcoming Halloween event may feature its own special music. A new Lavender Town night theme file seems to back this up. It’s appropriately spooky, if you forgot.

And finally, there’s the Halloween-themed splash screen, featuring several Pokemon from the third generation games, Ruby and Sapphire. If this isn’t enough to convince you, I’m not sure anything from the datamine will be:

Image Source: The Silph Road

Niantic has yet to officially announce the Halloween event, but we’re still two weeks away from the holiday. Expect a blog post early next week with details about the event, though we’ll have to wait and see if the developer is ready to introduce the Gen 3 Pokemon publicly, or if they’ll be a poorly-kept secret for the event.

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will reportedly copy the iPhone X’s signature feature, obviously – BGR

Every new iPhone comes with at least one signature feature, something no other iPhone has. In many cases, that hardware and/or software feature is not yet available on competing devices. The iPhone X has two such features. While both of them are already available over on Android to some degree, one of them reaches far beyond anything the industry has ever seen before.

But guess what: A new report suggests that Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy S9 could be the first Android flagship phone to copy the iPhone X’s best feature. Obviously.

Apple’s iPhone X has an-all screen design that’s unlike anything else found on competing devices. The other signature feature is the TrueDepth camera that enables the 3D facial recognition feature called Face ID. That’s also something unlike anything else found on Android flagships.

It’s no secret that Samsung is a fast follower in the mobile business. Sure, the Galaxy S8 came with an all-screen before the iPhone X was even announced. But the all-screen iPhone has been in development for years, and Samsung Display is a key partner. It’s very likely Samsung has known for a long while that an all-screen iPhone was in the works for 2017, since Samsung display is the sole supplier of the iPhone X’s OLED screens. Why do you think that Apple is afraid Samsung will steal its foldable iPhone design?

But that doesn’t mean the Galaxy S9 will necessarily copy the iPhone X’s notch design next year. What Samsung might do, according to a tipster with a solid track record, is copy the actual contents of the notch.

Apple calls the notch a “tiny space” at the top of the iPhone X. In it, there’s basically a miniaturized Kinect that can scan faces in 3D, providing secure logins that can’t be hacked with a picture. That’s not something Samsung can say about its existing facial recognition features inside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

According to Ice Universe, the Galaxy S9 will have a “3D sensor front camera,” which would basically be Samsung’s version of a TrueDepth camera and sensor array.

We still have a long way to go until February or March when the Galaxy S9 should be unveiled, so we’ll probably learn more about Samsung’s Face ID feature in the coming months. But if this rumor is true, it’ll be interesting to see how Samsung plans to make it happen. Manufacturing TrueDepth cameras is major bottleneck for iPhone X production. So if it’s a problem for Apple, it might be a problem for Samsung as well.

Apple’s iPhone X successor might copy the Galaxy Note and it would be hilarious – BGR

It’s usually Samsung that copies Apple’s smartphone design ideas, but Apple may soon take a page from Samsung’s playbook. A new report says that a future iPhone generation may come with Apple Pencil support, which would mark a first for the iPhone line.

That’s not surprising for anyone keeping tabs on Apple’s innovations. Various patents describe Apple Pencil use on an iPhone, and Tim Cook teased the feature himself in early September last year. It’s still hilarious, of course, considering Steve Jobs’s stance on styluses.

Apple wants to add a stylus to the iPhone as soon as 2019, The Investor says. Apparently, engineers have recently been working on such an iPhone.

However, the iPhone may not be a Note clone, a phone that houses a built-in stylus. Right now, the Apple Pencil is huge, and can’t possibly fit inside the iPhone. Not to mention that the report says Apple is working with a couple of stylus makers on possible partnerships.

“Apple is preparing to launch the phone as early as 2019,” an industry source said. “It is also in talks with a couple of stylus makers for a partnership.”

Apple’s stylus tech for the iPhone will be different from what Samsung uses for the Note line. The S Pen stylus uses electromagnetic resonance technology, which requires additional screen components. The iPhone stylus, meanwhile, is said to adopt supercapacitor stylus tech, which would make it cheaper. What’s even more interesting about this report is that Apple would need to drastically upgrade the A-series chip to support better handwriting features.

“A supercapacitor type is cheaper to make compared to the EMR stylus. It also offers a more pen-like feel,” a second source said. “Apple had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset.”

This remark is definitely something to remember, as it suggests the A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone X, which has no rival in the mobile business, still doesn’t meet Apple’s requirements when it comes to certain features.

With iPhone X release around the corner, Nikkei report says shortages expected – BGR

The good news is that the iPhone X is undoubtedly the most technologically advanced iPhone had ever created. Even more intriguing is that the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system is so sophisticated that it may take Android competitors years to implement something similar. The bad news, though, is that Apple is still having trouble producing the device at scale.

According to a new report from Nikkei, Apple is still encountering production issues with the aforementioned TrueDepth Camera system, the component which serves as the foundation for Face ID. Specifically, problems are still arising with the iPhone X’s dot projector, the component responsible for illuminating a user’s face with 30,000 infrared dots to create a depth map of a user’s face.

The report reads in part:

A tech executive familiar with iPhone X production told Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday that manufacturers are still struggling to perfect 3-D sensors and in particular dot projectors in Apple premium handset’s TrueDepth camera system, though the person could not pinpoint exactly the problem.

Hardly a surprise, reports that the iPhone X’s dot projector is the component responsible for production delays originally surfaced a few weeks ago and have since been echoed by a number of other analysts since.

All that said, another tech executive that spoke to Nikkei relayed that Apple is still gearing up to begin iPhone X mass production in the next week or two, with shipments slated to begin later this month. As it stands now, iPhone X pre-orders are still on track to open up on October 27 with deliveries expected to arrive on November 3. Of course, it goes without saying that supply will likely be extremely limited at launch, with some analysts opining that many interested buyers may not get their hands on the iPhone X until 2018.

Once Apple gets a handle on production, analysts are anticipating that demand for the iPhone X will be off the charts. To this point, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the iPhone X will help Apple sell upwards of 250 million iPhones in 2018. If Kuo’s projection pans out, 2018 may very well see Apple set a new record for annual iPhone sales.

Nobody will give you a free iPhone X for liking a Facebook page, so stop falling for these scams – BGR

I get it, the iPhone X is incredibly expensive at $999. And that’s just the starting price that gets you a measly 64GB of storage. But most buyers will not have to pay the price outright. There are plenty of financing option to help them deal with the wallet hit, including the iPhone Upgrade Program and various carrier offers.

But remember, iPhone fans, there’s no such thing as a free iPhone X. As a general rule of thumb, nothing in life is free. One way or another you’re going to pay for it. Falling for social scams that entice you to follow a Facebook page, YouTube channel or Instagram account, however, isn’t going to get you an iPhone X. Someone is taking advantage of you, and you won’t come away with a free phone.

There are many scammers out there looking to take advantage of the new iPhone release by promoting fake “free iPhone” offers. And the iPhone X could not be a better tool given that it’s the most expensive iPhone ever released.

According to ZeroFox, there are 532 fraudulent iPhone social accounts right now, and the number is going up.

What the purpose of these fake free iPhone offers on social media? The creators are looking to increase their follower counts. Some of the people looking to score a free iPhone X or iPhone 8 will follow, like, or share social content to have a chance of winning. However, the owners of these fraudulent social pages are only looking to quickly boost the number of followers, and then repurpose the page for something else.

Remember, there is no such thing as a free iPhone X for a like, share, or follow!

Other free iPhone offers will actually instruct users to share personal information that may be then used to steal a person’s identity.

Remember, there is no such thing as a free iPhone X for a like, share, or follow!

ZeroFox also says that free iPhones offers may also trick gullible users into clicking on malicious links and falling for phishing schemes. It goes without saying that you should never click on these links or install any apps if prompted to do so.

Remember, there is no such thing as a free iPhone X for a like, share, or follow!

Oh, and while we’re at it, nobody is looking to ditch old iPhone stock, including Apple. One of the great things about the iPhone is that it’s a valuable device. Even older models retain their value, so nobody will “ditch” them.

That’s not to say there aren’t genuine iPhone promotions that offer free iPhone models. However, before trying your luck, make sure you’re dealing with a verified company rather than an impersonator or some random person. In many cases, there may be certain conditions that must be met to make you eligible to win a free iPhone. If you’ve been a sucker for one of these fake offers in the past, you might consider going through the entire ZeroFox article and sharing it with friends. You will not win a free iPhone X offer if you do, but there’s still plenty of value in helping people steer clear of scams.

Also, consider reporting the fake pages and websites to the appropriate companies. It’s effortless to do so if we’re talking about Facebook pages or other social media accounts.

Finally, remember, there is no such thing as a free iPhone X for a like, share, or follow!