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In a recent digital Assistant showdown conducted in between Siri and Google Assistant the iPhone, it was proven beyond doubt that the newer AI powered voice assistant is indeed bad news for Siri. In the comparison done by CNBC, Google Assistant managed to win most rounds convincingly, displaying surprising accuracy in almost every aspect. Nevertheless, Siri did manage to tie and even win a few rounds, so props to the older assistant for that. Check out the full test here.


If you are wondering what this means for Siri now, well, we can tell you that it still can do a few things like waking up the iPhone or silencing an incoming call that the Assistant will never be able to do on an Apple device, but that's only because iOS won't allow it. To be honest, it is starting to look like the iOS needs a more advanced AI assistant or at least a more updated one.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



We all know that the iPhone 8 will supposedly be more special than ever before because this year will mark the iPhone's 10th anniversary. However, apart from a lot of speculations and a few questionable renders, we have so far been given little else to go on here. Then again, Apple have always been better at keeping secrets than Samsung. Nevertheless, we do have another render for you to look at and marvel today because it looks gorgeous.

 

 

 

If @OnLeaks and @GearIndia is onto something here, we are truly looking at an absolutely stunning bezel-less iPhone 8 this year. Just check the rendered images and the video we have for you to see what we mean. It is a known fact that @OnLeaks is one of the most reliable leaksters on the internet and if he is saying that this could be how the iPhone 8 OLED will look, he could very well be right! However, we could not help but notice that in spite of being different in its own way (especially with that brand new dual camera in landscape orientation), this design does seem a lot like what we saw on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ just a month back.

 

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If the latest report by Bloomberg turns out to be true, then Qualcomm is probably devising a strategy to put an import ban on iPhones manufactured by Apple outside the country. The United States International Trade Commission will likely be appealed by the chip manufacturer to put the ban in effect against the Cupertino giant. Whether or not they will actually try to do that remains to be seen. Also, it would be interesting to see how the Trade Commission reacts to the appeal, if Qualcomm does indeed decide to go ahead with it.


Why they would take such a step you ask? The answer isn't "to benefit the US economy," that much I can assure you! It's just a possible strategic move by the microchip manufacturer to strengthen their position in the ongoing legal battle that's currently going on in-between the two companies. Qualcomm is losing out billions of dollars because Apple has stopped paying licensing fees to Qualcomm, after citing that Qualcomm is charging exorbitant and unfair amounts of money for legacy technology. It looks like Qualcomm is trying to put some pressure back on Apple.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 8 will outsell the Galaxy S8 this year; a feat that has not been achieved in the last few years by the Cupertino giant. According to the KGI Securities analyst, the S8 and the S8+ just don't have enough key selling points going their way this year. The iPhone 8 with its OLED display will presumably take advantage of this situation and outsell the Samsung flagship. He further predicts the Galaxy S8 shipments to hover close to 40 - 45 million, which is less than the 52 million S7 and S7 Edge smartphones sold by Samsung in 2016 (estimated figures).


It is true that the iPhone 8 is garnering a lot of attention from everyone, especially due to the fact that this is going to be the iconic smartphone's 10th anniversary. Add to that the collection of rumors which range from borderless OLED displays to wireless charging and we could indeed have a very special iphone on our proverbial hands! That being said, do you really think that it can outsell the S8 globally? In spite of the bad stint with the Note 7, the entire world is waiting to see Samsung release their first flagship smartphone in over a year. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



No we are not talking about the iPhone 8 which we know is the most talked about iPhone at the moment. We are indeed talking about the iPhones which we will see in 2018. Based on a recent patent application by Apple, the iPhone which is still over one and a half year away from us, could sport a retractable design.



As you can see from the design sketches, the concept looks quite similar to what a scroll looks like. There are cylindrical housings on both sides and a thin sheet in between that can be retracted back until the two cylindrical units meet. The sheet in the middle is of course the flexible OLED panel of the device, with everything else being housed within the two cylindrical units. All of this is only hypothesis of course, but that's exactly what it looks like.



We have to admit, the concept looks downright revolutionary from every angle. Granted that chances of seeing something so radical and futuristic by next year are pretty slim, it is still a fact that Apple has indeed applied for a patent and these sketches seem to show us in which direction Apple is headed.


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