Managing slews of email can be one of the most challenging things of your days, but thanks to the help of VIP lists you now can through some of the nonsense by simply having defined persons get precedence over others. However, the VIP alert tone is set as default by other regular emails that you received, so here's how to set a unique ringtone to tell them apart.

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  1. Open Settings app on your iOS devices.
  2. Next up, go to Notifications, then select Mail.
  3. In Mail, choose VIP on the very bottom of the interface.
  4. Go to Sounds, and then click on any of the ringtones you want to use.
  5. By default, All emails are set Ring as the Alert tone.
In addition, you can also select different ringtones for your various email accounts (iCloud, Gmail, Outlook, etc). Next time you get an email on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a sender you have marked as VIP, you should hear the new unique notification alert sound, therefore, you will know it’s important.

Sure enough that VIP is a big help for managing your primary account, it will help separate junk emails. That way is also preventing your account from getting over-hauled distracting important stuff. Do you like the tip, let us know in the comment section below.

According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has issued a new research report which offers new supply chain details on the new iPhones coming this year, AirPods demand, as well as a "more affordable MacBook Air, which is we heard that the lineup will be updated...

Even through Kuo doesn't reveal any info on the new MacBook models other than outlining lower price tag, but we expect to see internal upgrades like processors and graphics, with improvements like the display, some of USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 upgrades may be also on the table, or perhaps an overall design updates.

We expect Apple (US) to roll out the new MacBook Air with a lower price tag in 2Q18. We forecast total shipments of MacBook models will grow 10-15% YoY in 2018 (vs. 0-5% YoY decline for the NB industry), up from 15.5-16mn units in 2017. While Quanta, Radiant, Catcher and SZS are likely to benefit from strong shipments mome\ntum, SZS also stands to benefit from increased market share and a higher ASP.

When it comes to the new iPhones that will be released this year, Kuo primarily focuses on the entry-level 6.1-inch model, he believes it will make for a strong year for suppliers such as Unimicron, as well as Apple partners Wistron and Pegatron.

Meanwhile, Kuo notes that demand for HomePod has been “mediocre”, but he's extremely optimistic about the AirPods demand going forward, as he predicts that AirPods along with the rumored high-end over-ear headphones are the future of Apple's artificial intelligence and augmented reality ambitions

Apple has stopped signing iOS 11.2.5, which means it is no longer possible to downgrade an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to software versions older than latest iOS 11.2.6 update. As for news about the iOS 11.2.x jailbreak, we did have some information. Sadly, both of the iOS 11.2.5 and iOS 11.2.6 cannot be jailbroken.

As we mentioned before that when Apple stops signing a particular firmware, it essentially means that iTunes won’t allow you to restore it anymore. Instead, you are then prompted to update to the latest available firmware. In this case, that's iOS 11.2.6, an update which fixed Telegu character bug that could crash apps like Messages or Twitter.

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Regarding jailbreaking, as long as you are running iOS 11 all the way up to iOS 11.1.2. You can use Electra to jailbreak your device. The new tool does come with Cydia, and it is the first time that general user able to install and run Cydia on an iOS 11 device including the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Another jailbreak news comes from Zimperium zLabs Team's Rani Idan says that Apple's bluetoothd” daemon has multiple vulnerabilities which can affect iOS 11.2.2 firmware and can possibly lead to a jailbreak. However, Idan said it needs more work to be done and see where this exploit may end up, still, there's a chance that they could release a jailbreak.

Asymco analyst Horace Dediu this week shared new research that determines lifespan of a typical Apple devices. The proposal is based on last month's earnings call, when Tim Cook says that there are 1.3 billion of active Apple devices, so if you use the number of active devices and cumulative devices sold, you can get to the average lifespan.

As can be seen from the figure above, Dediu found that the cumulative total sales of Apple devices reached 750 million units in the second quarter of 2013, so by default, 750 million devices sold before 2Q of 2013 were officially eliminated in the fourth quarter of 2017, as the products released after 2013 are still in use, which is how he got the idea that average lifespan is little four years.

Here’s how to compute this yourself: Visually, the lifespan is the distance horizontally between the two vertical bars such that the bars are the same length. The top vertical bar measures the gap between the area (cumulative devices) and the curve (active devices) and the lower bar is the gap between the area and the x-axis, i.e. the cumulative devices. When those two bars are the same size the distance between them is the lifespan (at the time of the top bar.)

Arithmetically, the average lifespan at a given time t is the duration between t and the moment when the cumulative devices sold reached the cumulative retired devices at time t.

For example today–as the visual above represents–the lifespan is the time since cumulative devices sold reached the current total retired devices. The cumulative retired devices can be calculated as 2.05 billion cumulative sold minus 1.3 billion active or 750 million. The time when cumulative devices sold reached 750 million was the third quarter 2013. The lifespan is thus estimated at the time between now and Q3 2013 or 17 quarters or about 4 years and three months.

Interestingly, the analyst provided another picture that showed us how average lifespan of Apple device has changes from time to time. It appears that the lifespan has dropped from 8 quarters to 4 quarters before and after 2011, that's because when iPhone 4/4S released, it promoted users to switch to new iPhone at that time. Following super cycle, the lifespan has gotten all the way up until now days of 17 quarters.

Nomad, an accessories maker that famous for its leather smartphone cases, has unveiled a beautiful wireless travel stand for iPhone users. It built-in aluminum kickstand that can be stored when not in use, with the perfect Qi-enabled wireless charging stand is designed for the traveling iPhone X or iPhone users.

The Wireless Travel Stand will allows you to charge your device either flat or propped up. Essentially, the bottom stand portion of the dock collapses into the back for easy storage during travel. Then, when you arrive at your destination, you then can switch back to the stand mode.

The Wireless Travel Stand is wrapped with premium Horween leather for a rugged but refined look. The rubber base makes it extra stable so your charger will stay put.

The charger stands upright and packs flat for easy travel—simply stow the durable aluminum kickstand. Optimized for iPhone X and 8 with a 7.5W charge output. The pad offers a stylish and functional desk or bedside home for your iPhone X/8.

There is only one downside for the accessory, that is the because it's powered a wall plug, rather than USB-C, Lightning, or even microUSB. Which means yet another cord for you to carry around, and that's the last thing any of us need in the modern day age of technology.

Aside from that, Nomad has built a charger that is nearly perfect. It can be used in different orientations, it can fast-charge your devices, and it supports fast-charging with the 7.5W output. The gadget can now pick up with the price of $59 on Nomad’s website.

According to a new research published by IDC, Apple is continuing to dominated the entire wearables industry with its Apple Watch, as its market share rise year-over-year from the 14.4 percent to 21 percent in Q4, along with units growing from 5.1 million, that makes it the best selling wearable device during the period.

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Furthermore, IDC says that one in every five wearables shipped last quarter was an Apple Watch, on the strength of new Series 3 models launched in September. Other four of the companies that ranked below Apple were Fitbit, Xiaomi, Garmin, and Huawei, with fitbit reported sales of 5.4 million wearables last quarter, while Xiaomi shipped 4.9 million units over that time,

4Q17 was the first quarter that Apple held the market leader position all to itself after spending several quarters close behind Fitbit or Xiaomi. Apple is catching the market at the right time with many users of basic wearables moving on to smartwatches and cellular connectivity (available on select Series 3 Watches) is earning a warm reception among end users, if only for the convenience of leaving their smartphone behind. The late-year push of 8.0 million units separated Apple from the competition to emerge as the overall leader of the wearables market for the year.

For data that was more specific on smartwatches, then Apple Watch accounted for an estimated 61 percent of worldwide smartwatch shipments last quarter, in total, it was estimated that 17.7 million Apple Watches shipped in 2017 was more than all competing smartwatches combined last year, for the sake of comparison, other smartwatch brands has shipped an estimated 15.6 million smartwatches cumulatively last year.

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Even through Apple doesn't break out Apple Watch sales as like it did with iPhones, iPads, and Macs, but CEO Tim Cook clams during last month's earnings call that Apple Watch had its best quarter ever in the fourth quarter of 2017, with over 50 percent growth in revenue and units sold for the fourth quarter in a row.

Despite Consumer Reports has recently claimed iPhone X has the best smartphones camera in all of 10 phones they tested, however, DxO has published their new rankings, which said Samsung's new Galaxy S9 Plus have the best smartphone camera it has ever tested.

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According to DxO, as they said that Galaxy S9 Plus camera lacks any "obvious weaknesses" and "performs very well across all photo and video test categories." Additionally, the site also found the Galaxy S9 Plu produces "excellent results" under the bright light and sunny conditions, with vivid colors, good exposures, and a very wide dynamic range. It also has impressive results when comes dimmer conditions.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a smartphone without any real weaknesses in the camera department. In both still and video modes, it performs well across the board, delivering consistently good photo and video image quality in all light and shooting situations, thus earning itself our highest DxOMark Mobile score to date. Add one of the best smartphone zooms and a capable bokeh simulation mode to the mix, and the Galaxy S9 Plus is difficult to ignore for any photo-minded smartphone user. With the Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung is setting the pace for 2018. We'll see if the competition can follow suit.

Moreover, the rear camera on the Galaxy S9 Plus earned top marks in several other areas, including autofocus, zoom, flash, and bokeh, exposure, contrast, color accuracy, accurate white balance, low noise, and good texture in low-light conditions.

Samsung also did a nice job on the OLED for Galaxy S9 models, as reports by DisplayMate, the new flagship has showed consistent Top Tier display performance and became the first display to receive All Green ratings in all of DisplayMate's lab test as well as measurement categories.

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DisplayMate praised that Galaxy S9 had matching and setting records in several categories including highest absolute color accuracy, highest peak display brightness, largest native color gamut, highest contrast ratio, and lowest screen reflectance. Surprisingly, the 3K 2960x1440 panel in the S9 is said to have the same power efficiency as the one found on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

Sadly, the Samsung's latest handset has beaten by both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in every benchmark test in which they were compared, but in three of the tests it was also bested by the iPhone 7, launched back in 2016. according to AnandTech who described the results as ‘awkward.
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