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Apple iPhone XR is FCC certified today, which means Apple can start selling iPhone XR in the US on October 19th. It's expected that first shipments will be arrive to customers just one week later, Friday the 26th, at the same time, it will also have stocks in Apple Stores.

The iPhone XR features the new 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display, Apple claims it's the most advanced LCD screen on the iPhone to date. Featured with a notch for Face ID and Animoji, the innovative backlight design allows the display to extend all the way to the corner of the device, which it seems that the entire screen is covered with vivid colors.

When it comes to spec, iPhone XR doesn't support 3D Touch, instead, Apple added "Haptic Touch" as a compromise. Differ from iPhone Xs, it only has a 12MP wide-angle single camera, but still advanced than iPhone 8 Plus. Other features are it shipped with the A12 Bionic processor, iP67 rated waterproof, and 1.5hr longer battery life than the 8 Plus.

All new iPhones will be available to pre-order on October 19th in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. It comes in several colors including usual Grey and White. Blue, Coral, Yellow, and a Red. It will available for as low as $749, just little bit cheaper than 8 Plus.

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules that dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses which connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences. The rules put in place by the United States government back in 2015 under the Obama administration

Now, broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon, And Charter will be allowed to blocking or slow down a user's access to certain websites, as well as potentially charge access to sites and services. The vote passed in favor under FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, along with the two other Republican commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr.

The order passed today by the FCC will eliminate a "utility-style regulation" of ISPs, and also removes any requirement for these companies to refrain from blocking or throttling web traffic. The remaining requirement is that telcos will be forced to tell clients if their content is prioritized over competitors, if they don't they could face penalties from the Federal Trade Commission.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was one of 21 tech pioneers who signed an open letter calling for the cancellation of today’s vote. The Cupertino firm and many other large tech companies previously urged the FCC to reconsider its proposal. Those in favor of keeping ISPs classified under Title II argued that the FCC rolling back the internet's classification as a public utility will hurt net neutrality.

Apple will be impacted by the decision, given its growing dependence on cloud services such as Apple Music, iMessage, iCloud Drive, and the App Store. The company's push into 4K and original video might be severely hampered if throttling becomes widespread.

Via 9to5Mac, AppleInsider, And MacRumors, Image Credit BGR

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has now issued a statement urging Apple to activate the FM radio capabilities built into the wireless modem of every iPhone. Pai’s pointed statement follows the NAB renewing its own push for Apple to enable FM radio access on iPhones.

Pai said he hopes Apple will reconsider its position following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which have devastated parts of the United States, including Florida, Texas, Barbuda, Dominica, and Puerto Rico. The storms can leave over millions of people without cellular service for weeks or even months, while FM radio can provide vital access to weather alerts and other life-saving information.

When wireless networks go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information. I applaud those companies that have done the right thing by activating the FM chips in their phones.

Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so. But I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. That's why I am asking Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones. It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first. As the Sun Sentinel of South Florida put it, 'Do the right thing, Mr. Cook. Flip the switch. Lives depend on it.'"

Both the Qualcomm and Intel chips that enable Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity in every iPhone have a built-in FM tuner that would allow people to listen to FM radio over the air. Apple has not enabled the functionality, forcing users to use an app to stream FM radio over Wi-Fi or cellular data. Perhaps FM radio access would likely still require a traditional antenna, not as simple as just turning on the function.

Currently, Apple hasn't responded why they counties to keep the FM radio functionality disabled. Some critics suggest it could be to avoid losing Apple Music subscriptions, but who knows? Maybe the real reason is probably deeper than that.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac, Image Via MacRumors And Wccftech
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