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It seems every each year the iPhone is getting bigger and bigger, every since iPhone 6 plus was release, it went from 4-inch to 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch to 5.8-inch, and then 6.5-inch nowadays, because people simply want have bigger smartphone, that applies to majority smartphone brands on the market, smaller phones are nowhere to found, however, a new concept trying to imagine what would a mini iPhone XR look like.

Designer Krystofer said his inspiration for the concept of the iPhone mini came from seeing a child using a Plus-size iPhone to make a call. Another is that he saw an old man having difficulty taping on the top of a large-size phone. Therefore, Krystofer decided to design an iPhone that is tinner, less powerful, but cheaper. Like other iPhones, it can make calls, texts, pre-installed several core apps, and emergency features.

Similar to iPhone XS and XR, the iPhone mini uses the same full-screen notch design, but its body is 40% smaller than the iPhone XS Max and has only one rear camera. Simply put, it's more like a mini version of the iPhone XR. "Your thumb can reach all corners", he says: "it would be light and could fit into any pocket unlike the new line-up out from Apple"

However, as far as Apple is concerned, they are unlikely to launch a phone similar to the iPhone mini. There are even rumors that Apple has given up the second-generation iPhone SE. With the slowdown in the smartphone market, Apple has turned to a new strategy of selling fewer handsets at higher prices and increasing revenue by increasing the average iPhone price.

According to The Information, Apple is actively developing its own cellular modem and will be used in future iPhone models. For several months, the company has been actively recruiting engineers in San Diego, where the Wireless Architecture team is located. However, due to the complexity of the wireless modems, we may not see an iPhone with its own-designed cellular moderns until 2021.

Furthermore, considering there were reports stated the fact that Apple will launch its first 5G-enabled iPhone in 2020 featured with Intel modems, so the first iPhone with in-house designed cellular modern is highly thought to be available in 2021. This allows Apple to further reduce reliance on chipmakers like Intel and Qualcomm, especially Apple is in a patent battle with the latter.
[...]And a person briefed on Apple’s plans confirmed that the company, indeed, has an an active project to build its own cellular modem chip, which connects Apple’s phones to the networks of wireless carriers. Due to the complexity of the chip, it could take Apple as long as three years to ship iPhones with them, analysts said.
The plan could eventually benefit users since it designed the best industrial-leading A-series processor, T-series coprocessor, S-series processor, and W-series wireless chip for its wide range of products, so I would expect them to design one of the most powerful cellular modern ever.

Just as Apple's supply chain has lowered its forecast for earnings,, chipmaker Broadcom, announced its fourth-quarter earnings report, which is better than expected and the outlook for next year is strong. CEO Hock Tan pointed out that the wireless business performed better than expected in the last quarter, thanks to the rose demand for old smartphones of "a customer in North America", hinting at Apple.

Tan said in the report that the growth of the number of old smartphones for North American customers" helped the company's wireless business unit to performed well in the fourth quarter. He did not directly name Apple, but according to Bloomberg, Apple is the biggest partner of Broadcom in North America.

Tan's statement indicates that Apple’s old iPhone sales are in strong demand. However, he also pointed out that the wireless business is expected to face a "seasonal decline" in the first quarter of the year ending in January next year. Older iPhone models that still available for purchase including iPhone 7, 7 Plus,  iPhone 8, 8 Plus, as well as the iPhone X.

Several Apple supply chains have lowered their financial forecasts, reflecting the weak demand for the latest models such as iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which has deepened doubts on the future of Apple's iPhone but also gave exceptional attention to whether the earnings and outlook of Apple stocks.

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Yesterday there were reports claims that Apple may be planning to introduce a new Smart Battery case for the iPhone XS. Today there is new evidence that the accessory may available more than one iPhone model and also leaked what it will be look like, according to Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Mac who found the three model identifiers associated with the Smart Battery case in iOS 12 code.

These model identifiers, namely A2070, A2071, and A2171, are more than likely match to three new iPhone models released this year, particularly iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. Another identifier found in the iOS code is said to indicate that the accessory will be released in 2018. Design wise, the "power bank" looks bigger, implying the new battery case may have a larger capacity.

Apple's first Smart Battery case is dedicated to the iPhone 6, which included an additional 1877 mAh battery for the phone while also provide extra protection, its successor iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 too introduced the corresponding versions, however, the iPhone 7 capacity increased to 2365 mAh.

It's unclear if this year's case to support wireless charging. Different from the previous models, the new model also matches the design language of the new iPhone. As for the release date, considering the first one launched in December of 2015, Apple will debut the Smart Battery Case in the near future.

According to a report published by Gartner, Apple has retained its 11.8 percent share of the smartphone market in 3Q 2018, while Samsung losing 3.4 percent compared to the same period last year, with only 18.9% market share in the quarter, and Huawei saw greater smartphone growth demand, with 13.4%, and placed at #2 spot, whereas Apple now ranked #3.

Though global smartphone sales increased 1.4 percent year-over-year when it compared to Q3 2017, Garner says that if Huawei and Xiaomi wasn't included in the report, then the global smartphone sales would have declined 5.2 percent, in the end, the Chinese smartphone brand, Huawei, was the only one to see significant growth thanks to its cheaper but high-end smartphones.

Garner estimates that Apple sold 45 million smartphones in Q3 2018, roughly the same as last year's figure, and especially points out that iPhone XS Max was more popular than the smaller iPhone XS. Samsung, however, saw an estimated twelve million unit decline in shipments, and Huawei sees a 52 million unit sales.

The research firm believed that next massive consumer smartphone adoption will be in 2020, when the 5G and foldable phones begins to appeared on the market. While Apple will not release the 5G iPhone until 2020, Samsung and other smartphone makers are expected to launch the first 5G device next year.

From the view in 3G and LTE eras, Apple's support for new network standards has been slow. Today, Bloomberg said that next year's new iPhone will not support 5G data network, Apple may have to wait until 2020 to add the mobile network standard support to the iPhone.

Currently, many carriers have indicated that 5G will be deployed in certain regions next year. At the same time, smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung are also actively preparing to launch devices that support 5G. However, Bloomberg believes that Apple predicted that the first versions of the 5G smartphones would suffer from problems like poor coverage.

Back in the day when the iPhone 4s was released, Android vendors began to sell various LTE devices, and Apple chose to continue to wait for the technology to mature. Goes on, it proves that Apple's wait right, the initial 4G smartphone consumes many power and spotty coverage, Second-generation 4G modem got optimized better. so that's when Apple started supported 4G on iPhone 5.

Of course, we still don't know what will happen to the first 5G phones, but Apple will choose to wait. Finally, the dispute with Qualcomm also limited Apple's decision to fully embrace 5G, because Intel's 5G chip has not yet been developed, and it still needs to wait for about 18 months. This means that the iPhone in 2019 is definitely not in time for the party.

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If you don't plan to upgrade to the iPhone XS or the iPhone XR, but continue to use your older models, you should consider changing the battery, since the price for a battery replacement will rise from $29 to $79 start from January 1, 2019, that means you can still replace the battery for $29 next month, devices including the iPhone 6 and later are qualified for the limited time offer.

Thus, if you have an iPhone 6 or later and feel you need a battery replacement right away, you can try to go to your local Apple Store today. We’d recommend making a Genius Bar appointment as well as calling ahead to check on the supply of the battery for your specific device, though. Go to the Settings app - Battery - Battery Health to see if the battery is in peak performance power.

Apple says they will throttle performance when the battery become degraded and says they are aiming to smooth out the high power draw peaks that can result in shutdowns and prevent the older devices to "deliver the best experience." Apple is also going to introduce the so-called Power Mangement feature to devices such as the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR eventually.

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Apple has launched new Limited Time Trade-In program for users that plans to buy new iPhones, and it will provide up to $100 extra credit. The devices that are eligible for the offer including the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and the 8, this comes after Apple had its four-day Black Friday promotion.

iPhone 6s, for example, in addition to its $100 original credit worth, you will also get an extra credit of $100, in total, Apple would give you 200 bucks when you trade-in this device, and then purchase new iPhones. However, it's unclear when the offer will stop, and it appears that this promotion only limit to the U.S..
For a limited time, you can get even more back when you upgrade to iPhone XR or iPhone XS and trade in your iPhone.
Apple has strict rules when it comes to trade-in: your iPhone must be turned on, it must be in good condition with the functional button, and it can't have a broken display. Though Apple offers recycling it, there is no compromise value for broken iPhones that don't open or broken buttons. iPhones with damaged displays get less trading value, you can go to your local Apple Store to trade-in as well.

According to the latest data released by Google Trends, the peak of global users searching for "iPhone" the keyword through Google appeared in September 2012, before and following the release of iPhone 5. Based on this data, they pointed out that users' interest in the iPhone has dropped. But does it really means that consumers are less purchasing iPhones? Well, here are our thoughts on that matter.

Google Trends reports that this year's Google search peak on the "iPhone" keywords is only half of that 2012 peak, this year's iPhone search peak appeared during the Apple September event. Google Trends’ data is just a reference for analyzing users’ interest in the iPhone. It doesn't take into account other ways that users to gather information about new products, such as social media and uses other search engines, considering its privacy issues.

Also, It does not tell the user why someone is searching for a product, and other buyers would rather search for "iPhone XS" or "iPhone XR" instead of directly "iPhone." Perhaps most importantly, Google Trends does not match the number of users who brought iPhones. Apple has sold 125 million iPhones in 2012, and this year, even though users are “not so interested” with the iPhone, Apple has sold nearly 217 million iPhones.

Lately, designer Hasan Kaymak created an iPhone XR 2 concept phone without any buttons and ports and the Notch. Compared to Apple's iPhone XR, which was just released, the biggest change to the iPhone XR 2 was that it didn't provide any physical buttons and ports, means that all wired connections were abandoned, according to the Concept Phones website.

It featured with a single camera like the current iPhone XR and implements iPhone XS-like camera technology with AI algorithms. The phone not only has a more energy-efficient lithium-ion battery that can last for several days but also adds a "magnetic battery" that can generate electricity by itself. Better, Touch ID was being introduced back, with this time is under the display.

Design wise, the edge-to-edge, true full screen, and buttonless iPhone is the straight version of Oppo Find X, which I personally think it’s the most beautiful smartphone ever made, its body is different than any other “ top-notch” flagship experience, so the so-called iPhone XR 2 Concept Phone will definitely get my fully attention. However, the things that’s unique from the Find X are the back panel and the operating system.

Well, we would not expect Apple to release the smartphone until 2020, as rumors already suggests that the company will continue embrace the notch design, and for a such title; iPhone XR 2, I think iPhone XF will be more sustainable, which the “F” stands for full-screen. Anyway, considering the overall design and specifications, Apple will very likely priced the smartphone above $1200 for starting price.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has approved a new patent from Apple, according to the patent, Apple intends to develop a "real full-screen" design with a camera and a must-have sensor array completely put together in a small cutout, the patent applications was filled on June 27 this year.

Apple specifically summarized it as an exclusive solution to how to achieve "real full-screen", which mentioned how to hide the camera inside the panel, this solution is especially suitable for products that uses all glass such as the LCD displays. As you can see from the picture below, the device has a cutout in the upper right corner of the screen, and then inserts those sensors into the cutout.

From the patent description, which also talked about what materials might be used to make such cutout. Apple claims that aluminosilicate glass (such as Corning's DVTS glass) will be a glass material suitable for the cutout. Other glass materials include but are not limited to soda-calcium, borosilicate, etc.

Of course, the technology is also designed for other products, including laptops (ie MacBook), as well as tablets (such as iPad). Samsung and LG also filled similar patents. In any case, whether Apple will implement a "true full screen" design in the new iPhones in 2019, we have to wait another whole year to find out!

In September of the year, the E6 production line of LG plant was approved by Apple, the company hopes that LG can mass-produce OLED screens. Yet, LG's mass production ramp rate doesn't seems to meet Apple's demand, according to South Korea's ETNews.

After months of testing, deliberation, and failed mass production commitments, LG has finally begun mass production of OLED screens for Apple's new iPhone. LG has finally become the second OLED panel supplier for new iPhones after Samsung, breaking Samsung monopoly situation. However, LG could only produce no more than 400,000 OLED screens this year.

South Korean analysts said that Apple should offer LG's OLED screen with a price of $90, relatively speaking, the cost of Samsung screen is about $100, so analysts believe that only then LG can be included in the Apple's supply chain list as soon as possible. LG is expected to shipping these OLED screen likely next month.

It is unclear what size the panels supplied by LG Display will be, either is 5.8-inch or 6.5-inch sizes. Though the South Korea headquartered company already produced OLED screens for Apple Watches, most of the orders from Apple gets taken by Samsung, one of its biggest rival.

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According to the report from Fast Company, Apple will release the first iPhone with 5G chip in 2020,  an anonymous source says Apple plans to use Intel's 8161 baseband chip on the 2020 iPhone product lineup, and Intel will become the exclusive supplier of 5G chips.

The upcoming 8161 chip will be built by Intel's 10nm process. It is said that Intel is currently testing a prototype of the 8161, the 8160 chip, which will be designed to use on the 5G iPhone prototype. Yet, the source also said that Apple was not happy with Intel recently as they could not successfully solve the heat issue and poor battery life of the 8160 chip.
Many wireless carriers, including Verizon and AT&T in the U.S., will initially rely on millimeter-wave spectrum (between 30 gigahertz and 300 Ghz) to connect the first 5G phones. But millimeter-wave signal requires some heavy lifting from the modem chips, our source explains. This causes the release of higher-than-normal levels of thermal energy inside the phone-so much so that the heat can be felt on the outside of the phone.
Although not really satisfied with Intel, Apple did not intend to settle the relationship with Qualcomm and restart the chip supply negotiations. Instead, Apple began contracting with MediaTek as a Plan B, and once Intel couldn't solve the issues, the company will switch to them instead. We should expect the first 5G smartphone coming out next year.

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Apple has updated its list of "vintage and obsolete products list " this week and confirmed that from October 30th, the iPhone 5 became an vintage product in the US and Turkey, and obsolete products in other countries. according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

Vintage means if an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac product is no longer in production for more than five years but less than seven years, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Whether it's vintage or obsolete, the product will longer receive services from Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

The iPhone 5 was a milestone product back in the day, because it's the first iPhone that use a larger screen, as models prior to the iPhone 5 used a 3.5-inch screen. It's also the first Apple smartphone to support LTE and first to include a Lightning port instead of 30-pin port. Oh, by the way, the iPhone 5 is the first to have 8-megapixel rear camera lens.

For iPhone 5, what memories do you have?

Both the front camera and rear wide-angle lens of the iPhone XR and iPhone XS series are basically the same, which means that the iPhone XR will also have the beautygate issues. However, a report by The Verge, Apple is adjusting the algorithm for Smart HDR in iOS 12.1 to solve the problem while retaining more details.

Last month, shortly after the iPhone XS was released, many users found that the portrait photos taken by the iPhone XS front camera were automatically skin smoothing. Though Apple has not announced the details of how to solve the problem of automatic beauty, the problem appears to be caused by the Smart HDR feature, first introduced last month.

The Verge says that the Smart HDR chose the wrong base frame when processing during self-timer. It sometimes chooses frames with longer shutter speeds instead of selecting frames with shorter shutter speeds to freeze motion and preserve detail. Since the front camera also does not have an optical image stabilization function, so taking pictures at the same shutter speed as the rear camera will result in loss of detail that looks like smoothing on the front camera.

We expect Apple to release iOS 12.1 early of November, if not next week. At the same time, they also stopped signing iOS 12, meaning you can't downgrade to iOS 12 by all means. As for why Apple has doing this for so long, it's a solution that prevent users from jailbreaking.

iMessage, one of the reason that most users don't switch to Android, in recent years got even better. However, if you joined a group conversation or just simply texting friends and family, your iPhone will keep buzz until you respond to them. Luckily, there is a way that mute a certain group chat and people who keep texting you, here is how to do it!
  1. Choose conversation that you want to mute, don't click on it 
  2. Swipe from right to left on the conversation will have two options: Hide Alerts Delete
  3. Then tap on the Hide Alerts to mute the conversation
  4. Once you tapped on it, a Do Not Disturb icon will appear near the person’s name
  5. And that's it
With this enabled, your iPhone won’t ring, vibrate or light up when you receive a message from the conversation. Yet, these messages will still be visible on your Lock screen, but unlike before, where your device will light up to notify you a message has received. Surely, this trick will help from being disturb, and a great way to stay away from your devices.

Apple recently filed a new patent, which will help users to recognize a robo or scam call with a loud sound or vibration, this could means that Apple intends to add "spoofing calls filter" to the iPhone in the future, perhaps they may bring this feature in iOS 13 next year.

According to the patent document description, iPhone will automatically check the number in the huge database after receiving the call to confirm the identity of the caller. This feature would improve the accuracy by analyzing the information of the incoming call, including some device identifiers (Unique Device ID), determine if it's scam or robocall.
A mobile device receives an invitation to commence a media session. The invitation may be from a legitimate caller or from a spoofing caller. The mobile device checks parameters using templates to evaluate a consistency of the invitation with respect to a database in the mobile device If the result of the evaluation is that the message is spoofed or the likelihood that the message is spoofed is substantial, then a warning is provided to the called party,
We would expect Apple to bring this feature as early as next year, it may added along with other iOS 13 features like the Home screen redesign, dark mode, etc. Google, however, already introduced the spam filter feature called Screen Call feature for its new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, enable users to avoid robocalls and scam calls.

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Apple's unique notch design on the iPhone X and iPhone XS has spawned many Android copycats, but concept designer Antonio De Rosa has a new idea, which is to make the notch move to the left of the screen instead put the cutout on the middle of the device.

The so-called Apple Phone smartphone includes a new look and a chic stylus. By moving the cutout to the left side of the screen gives you more room for icons and other information in the top status bar, and makes the iPhone look different from other Android competitors, stands out to other smartphones such as OnePlus 6, Pixel 3XL, and more.

In addition, Antonio de Rosa also hopes that Apple will eventually integrate the stylus into the Apple Phone. The stylus can be pulled out from the top of the phone and connected via Bluetooth, a bit like the mini Apple Pencil and Samsung's S Pen. The back of the Apple Phone, however, featured with 5 rear cameras, with four 1200 MP lenses, and a 20MP lenses.

In terms of configuration, the Apple Phone has a 6.7-inch Super Retina OLED display with a resolution of 3000x1386 and a pixel density of 458ppi. The front camera system has been improved, including 8-megapixel dual cameras, and the Face ID has been upgraded to the second generation, and an A13 chip.

The 5G standard has become the next focus of the smartphone industry, many cellular carriers are beginning to support 5G in major cities, and smartphone makers are already preparing and deploying 5G technology, but Apple seems to be late to the party, however, a Taiwan supply chain source tells us that the first 5G iPhone would be released next year.

The iPhone XS/XS Max and XR released this year don't support 5G networks, so that leaves a chance to 2019. According to the source, Apple is already planning to launch 5G iPhone and is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2019. It will likely to use Intel's 5G chip considers that the current bond between Apple and Qualcomm seems to be way conflicting,

When it comes to the price, the 5G iPhone may be cost even higher, starting at $1,299, that's $100 higher than this year's iPhone XS Max starting price. The source says that since Apple self-developed GPUs and processors, the company would launch self-developed baseband modern rather sooner than later, but it will just take time.

In theory, 5G can deliver speeds that are twenty times faster than 4G LTE. 4G LTE has a peak speed of 1GB per second; which means that 5G is able to achieve speeds of 20GB per second. Not only that but the 5G standard also capable of replacing your home wifi connection.

In terms of processing power, the new S4 chip on the Apple Watch Series 4 is definitely a beast. However, Apple did not go into many details on S4 at the September press even last month, just simply saying that it is twice as fast as last year's S3 processor on Series 3.

Recently, developer Steve Troughton Smith conducted some studies on Apple's S4 chip, and the results were impressive. Steve developed a demo app for Apple Watch to observe the performance of the device, and determine that it can even beat iPhone 6s in some cases, as the iPhone 6s equipped with the A9 chip and was released 3 years ago.

During the test, Steve found that the Apple Watch Series 4 can do Metal rendering at 60 frames per second without any problems. Even more impressive is that CPU-intensive apps use only 64% of the processing power of the S4 chip. The developer said that he usually needs an iPhone 6s or newer model to get similar performance when using the same app.

Anyway, from what we have seen, the majority of users agrees that going from older models like Series 0 or even Series 2 can report a pretty noticeable speed bump. Plus, its revamped screen design and new Digital Crown, along with ECG/EGG functionality, improvements on GPS, as well as watchOS 5, it is definitely worth to purchase it.

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