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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.


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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.


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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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If you happen to be an Apple fan, then you should read everything we have for you today.


Augmented Reality in Apple iPhone X



Rumor has it that Apple might be developing a new kind of augmented reality (AR) technology for the iPhone X. It will apparently work based on a new sensor at the phone's back and will probably debut in 2019. Any other details regarding this are unclear at this point.


HomePod Delayed



Just when fans of the Cupertino giant thought that they were going to get their own smart speaker in the form of the HomePod, Apple has officially announced that it would be delayed. It was supposed to be ready for sale by December, but now that date has been delayed to "early next year."


Hacked Face ID



Apple took a bold decision by removing Touch ID from the iPhone X and replacing it with Face ID, but now the security of the Face ID is being challenged by a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm that goes by the name Bkav. They are claiming that they have managed to fool Face ID with a mask printed out from a 3D printer.


Smith Replaces Smith


Apple's Diversity Chief Denise Young Smith has stepped down after being in the position for just six months and he was replaced by Christie Smith.


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