This week not only saw AT&T make the announcement that it has completed its acquisition of media empire Time Warner (to the tune of $85 billion), it also saw the number two wireless service provider in the country take the opportunity to unleash a new buy one get one iPhone X deal in celebration of Father’s Day (which happens this Sunday).
T-Mobile has built quite a reputation for always trying to shake up the wireless industry, particularly with its efforts to steal away current subscribers from its rivals (most especially industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T). Because the so-called Uncarrier is fairly good at this sort of tactics, it is no wonder that Verizon has been spurred into action. Recently, the Big Red is offering a couple of new deals that should counter two existing special offers from T-Mobile.
There was some talk as recently as last month that in 2019, Apple will be releasing an iPhone model that sports no less than three cameras. This time around, Lu Jialin, an analyst from Deutsche Securities, has been quoted (per Economic Daily) that next year’s iOS powered flagship offering will indeed offer a trio of shooters.
According to the analyst, next year’s iPhone will come with three cameras, one of which will be a telephoto lens, while the other two will be handling the depth mapping for augmented reality (AR) purposes (kind of like how most 3D cameras function), as opposed to featuring a module designed solely for 3D sensing.
Owners of iPhone devices who had purchased a battery replacement last year for an out of warranty iPhone model may be qualified to receive a $50 credit from Apple. Recently this week, the tech giant has set up a new support web page, which contains an announcement of a policy on rebates. This policy happens to be applicable to purchases completed at authorized outlets.
Based on an internal memo seen by MacRumors, it appears that Apple has confirmed that the service inventory of replacement batteries for iPhones are now made available without any delay. In other words, iOS mobile users who are looking to have their device’s battery replaced will no longer have to worry about extending delays in shipping, although it should be mentioned that depending on a specific location, the level of immediate availability of replacements might vary.
A research team from Elcomsoft has discovered a new iPhone feature called USB Restricted Mode when going over the code for iOS 11.4, and it functions exactly as it sounds -- it deactivates any transfer of data over USB if the iPhone unit has not been unlocked for a period of a week. The USB data transfer will be reactivated when a user unlocks the device (by normal means), and even if the USB Restricted Mode is still on, the iPhone will still be capable of charging.
Apple has essentially declared (by way of a post in its official developer web page) that every iOS powered mobile app submitted to the App Store must be developed using the iOS 11 SDK (software development kit) and must offer full support for the iPhone X’s Super Retina screen, which sports a soon to be ubiquitous front panel notch, by July of this year.
Just as it did during the busy holiday shopping season last year, Apple’s iPhone X has once again come out on top in the super competitive world of the smartphone industry. According to information recently presented by Strategy Analytics this week, this particular iPhone model managed to ship 16 million units across the globe during the first quarter of 2018, effectively securing the number one spot for a second consecutive quarter.
As indicated in a report recently published by Fast Company, there is a strong likelihood that Apple will only be making 8 million units of last year’s flagship, the iPhone X, for the second quarter of this year. It goes without saying that 8 million units is a ridiculously low number, at least by Apple’s standards.
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