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Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones this year and they are all going to be borrowing design elements from the current gen iPhone X, according to famous Apple leakster and KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. All of what you are going to be reading next, comes from MacRumors and is backed up by ET News from Korea.


There will apparently be an iPhone X (2nd Gen), iPhone X Plus and an iPhone X SE. The 2nd Gen iPhone X will be exactly the same as the current one in terms of display and form factor, but with more updated specs. The iPhone X Plus will sport a much larger 6.5-inch display, but the rest of the internals will probably match the iPhone X (2nd gen). The iPhone X SE will serve possibly as a low-end device in the middle with its 6.1-inch display. The batterie on these three devices are expected to be 2800mAh, 3,400mAh and 2,950mAh for the iPhone X, iPhone X Plus and the iPhone X SE respectively.


If you think that the iPhone SE sounds perfect, you would be unpleasantly surprised because despite sporting the same form factor as its more premium brothers, it won't have an OLED display, 3D Touch or even the dual camera setup. The already ridiculously expensive Apple phones are going to become even more expensive in 2018 with the iPhone X starting at $1,000 and the iPhone X Plus from $1,200 possibly. The "cheap" iPhone X will start at $700 - $800 in all likelihood. If you thought Samsung flagships were getting expensive, it's time to rethink the situation!

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



There was a time when Apple used to make small and sleek phones but that time well and truly gone. If you thought the iPhone X with its beautiful but huge 5.8-inch bezel-less display was big, wait till you hear this. Apparently, Apple is planning to build a smartphone that will have a 6.5-inch display and it might be called the iPhone X Plus. Reports also indicate that the next iPhone will be known as iPhone X as well, but with updated hardware, but quite possibly, the same 18:9 borderless OLED display. LG is reportedly going to supply the 6.5-inch display for this rumored gigantic iPhone.


It was quite a happening week for Apple as this news comes in right after the company publicly apologized for slowing down older smartphones and promised to replace the batteries of recent (iPhone 6 and up) iPhones for only for only $29. Also, a key figure in the music industry and longtime Apple Music Head, Jimmy Iovine is leaving the company.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Just as last year, Apple's iPhones have managed to hold the number one spot as the bestselling tech product of the year in 2017 as well. In fact, the iPhone has performed significantly better than last year, as is made evident by their astounding sales numbers. Apparently, Apple has sold more iPhones in 2017 than four of the other tech products on the list from 2nd till the 5th combined. Although we still have a day left in the year, it is being estimated that by the end of 2017, Apple will have sold 223 million iPhones and that's a staggering number.


It remains to be seen whether or not the recent reports about Apple slowing down its older iPhones to preserve battery affects the company's sales in any way, but given the loyalty of Apple users, that isn't very likely. The Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 managed to reach a sales figure of 33 million and take the second place on the list, followed by the Amazon Echo Dot speakers at 24 million, Apple Watch at 20 million, and the Nintendo Switch at 15 million.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Apple has just officially apologized to all its iPhone customers via a public letter, explaining the situation regarding slowed down older iPhone models. This apology comes in right after the company had made it public knowledge that they do indeed intentionally slow down older iPhone models to preserve the batteries in these phones which inevitably begin degrading from the very first use. While a degrading battery isn't anything new and it happens to all smartphones, the fact that Apple had been intentionally slowing down their iPhones to compensate for that was previously unknown.


You can read the full letter by clicking here, but if you are in a hurry, feel free to only read the relevant points as highlighted below.


·        Apple explains that batteries degrading is a natural phenomenon

·        The company is offering battery replacement for only $29 from late January 2018

·        The offer is applicable only to owners of iPhone 6 or later

·        The offer will end in December 2018

·        In 2018, iOS will show users detailed info about the condition of their battery


It remains to be seen how Apple fans who felt betrayed, reacts to this letter.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Samsung might have been toying with the idea for a long time, but it was ZTE who beat everybody to the concept and released the world's first foldable smartphone Axon M. Now, it looks like Apple is planning to do something similar with their next iPhone. The US Patent & Trade Office has just received a patent request from Apple which contains the description, a smartphone that can be "opened and closed like a book." If that's not a foldable smartphone, we don't know what is!


In fact, it sounds just like what ZTE did with the Axon, but according to the descriptions, it won't be two separate displays attached together; there would be one single foldable display. It is unclear at this point whether Apple will be going with LCD or OLED for the foldable panel, because the patent covers both, alongside microLED. Check out a portion of the exact text within the patent below.


"An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a flexible display layer, a cover layer, a touch sensor interposed between the flexible display layer and the cover layer, a support layer, and a polarizer layer."


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