Apple Warned iPhones Have A Serious Problem

faces a new threat not only to its latest iPhones but every iPhone and iPad you can buy…

In short: the data on all iPhones and iPads running iOS 12 is not safe. This comes after an announcement from popular data recovery company DriveSavers that files on these devices can be accessed with “a 100% success rate”. Furthermore, unlike most security holes which are disclosed to Apple, this one is being kept secret.

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Why? Speaking to MacRumors, DriveSavers said it is building a service around the exploit and charging users up to $3,900 if they want to access locked devices. That said, the company stresses it is using strict identification protocols from customers to ensure they are not hacking an iPhone or iPad which doesn’t belong to them.

Whether or not you choose to believe DriveSavers about this, the problem is others may not be so ethical.

With DriveSavers keeping the flaw a secret to protect its new service, Apple has a major job on its hands to find and fix it. And until then, the race is on for more nefarious hackers to discover and exploit it …if they aren’t already.

And the prizes are high.

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Samsung, Huawei and Apple shipped the most phones in Q3

At the beginning of the month, we showed you Counterpoint Research’s numbers for the global Q3 market and today we have a further breakdown, including a cool infographic.

To rehash, in the months July through September Samsung captured the most market share (19%), fending off Huawei (14%), which in turn beat Apple (12%). Oppo and Xiaomi ended on par at 9% each, beating vivo’s share by a single percentage point. HMD didn’t ship that many phones, but its shipments grew 73% over the same three months in 2017.

The third quarter of 2018 saw 5% less phones shipped, compared to Q3 of 2017 – totaling 380m units.

Now the breakdown – Oppo took the Asian market with 16% total, followed closely by Huawei (15%), vivo (15%) and Xiaomi (14%). Samsung was relegated to just 10%.

Unsurprisingly, Apple took the biggest portion of the North American market (39%), followed by Samsung (26%).

Samsung’s strongest market was Europe with 31% market share, followed by Huawei’s 22% and Apple’s 19% – no other makers were close.

Overall it was a profitable Q3 for some, despite the declining shipments. Samsung posted record profits, while Xiaomi offset a declining Chinese market with a strong showing in India. Apple’s shipments were flat but its skyrocketing average sales price helped Cupertino bring in the profits.

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Microsoft shortly passed Apple as the most valuable American company

For a while this Monday, Microsoft surpassed Apple as the most valuable United States-based company. The software company hit a valuation point of $813 billion today, which was just $1 billion ahead of Apple. Considering that not long ago Apple (and Amazon not too long after) broke $1 trillion valuation, it has come a long way down since then, due in part to Apple’s latest (and most expensive) smartphones (XR, XS, XS Max) not selling as well as anticipated.

It isn’t to say that Microsoft hasn’t faced any challenges lately, but Apple has been just been barely able to get by with investors. Its smartphone business has slowed down due to a very complicated list of factors but has tried to compensate revenue by raising the retail price of iPhones every year while also focusing on selling subscription based services like iCloud and Apple Music.

On the other hand, Microsoft is doing well with Azure cloud services and Office 365’s subscription-based model while Microsoft’s gaming segment (Xbox) is seeing strong forecasts with its Xbox All Access monthly subscription model. On a similar note, both Sony and Microsoft are rumored to be releasing brand-new consoles this year.

Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

We are anticipating a very interesting Q4 this year. Apple recently introduced its new iPad Pro, Mac Mini, and MacBook Air lineups which are coming out just in time for the shopping season. Its recent partnership with Amazon to sell Apple devices will also help boost some sales and we’re curious to see if 2018 iPhone sales will strengthen before the end of the year.

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Samsung Galaxy F may be exclusive to EE in the UK

With a rumored price of £1,500, there was little danger that the foldable Samsung Galaxy F would be a mass market device. Rumor has it that UK carrier EE is in talks with Samsung for an exclusivity deal, which will help spread out the cost by splitting it into monthly installments.

SIM-free units will be available from EE and also from Samsung stores, the exclusivity is only for phones on contract. However, with no contract you’ll have to pay the full price up front and the top-specced version of the Galaxy F is said to reach £2,000.

Naturally, EE has made no official comments on the potential exclusivity deal while Samsung only reiterated its expectation to build “at least” 1 million units.

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Samsung’s foldable phone could end up costing over $2,500

Let’s be frank here, we all knew this was coming. Foldable display tech, arguably the biggest smartphone revolution in years finally reaching end-user viable market status was bound to demand a premium. Especially in its first iteration and from a top dog, name-brand the likes of Samsung. Even so, $1925 – $2565 is beyond eye-watering. It is exuberant to say the leas

It is clear that the Samsung Galaxy F/Flex or whatever naming the Korean giant lands on will be a concept device, not really meant for the general consumer. Much like the Note Edge was back in the day when curved was the futuristic trend. That’s probably for the better too, since there were plenty of issues with that device and we can only imagine foldable panel implementations will be an order of magnitudes harder to perfect and really make viable. But, we digress.

Back to the mentioned figures. These come from a fairly reputable source. However, little extra info is offered. The biggest question in our mind is why the two price tags are so far apart. The only thing that springs to mind is at least a couple of models and storage tiers. Potentially size difference, although the foldable design could turn that concept on its head altogether. Apple’s current lineup has the entry-level 64GB iPhone XS at $999 and the top-tier XS Max at a $500 premium, so the variance is not unheard of.

We also can’t help but wonder why the quoted figures are so precise. Dare we even consider the possibility that these are actual production and parts cost calculations and not retail prices? We probably won’t get any sort of additional info prior to the first Flex Display actually hitting the market in at least some shape or form, which is said to happen some time in March 2019. The source of that particular release time frame also mentioned a price of about $1,770 (KRW 2 million in its homeland), while another carrier leak has also previously mentioned a GBP 2,000 figure for the top end model. In any case, no matter which source you decide to trust, you are still looking at prohibitively expensive price points.

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Week 47 in review: Samsung dominated the headlines with its S10 and A8s

https://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/news/17/02/week-6-in-review/-728x314/gsmarena_002.jpgIt was another week of Samsung-themed conversations in the tech world. Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy S10 was again a regular in our news section.

This week the Galaxy S10 talk is that Samsung will bring back the “flat” display for the entry-level model (quotation marks because the screen will likely still taper off to a 2.5D curve) while retaining the prominent edge curve for the higher-end Galaxy S10 models.

Those same higher-end Galaxy S10 models could swap out the rear glass for ceramic, which will provide added scratch resistance to the phones while retaining the wireless charging capabilities.

The Galaxy S10 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S series (well, technically 9th anniversary, 10th device) and it’s clear that Samsung is betting big on its success. With sales slowing down and rivals such as Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo bringing aggressive competition, Samsung could be facing a crisis otherwise.

That makes 2019 a big year for Samsung. And the market leader looks poised to take it head on. According to the rumor mill it’s prepping a 6.7-inch smartphone with 5G – perhaps the Galaxy Note10.

The rest of the Samsung-related topics this week round off with the Galaxy A8s and the new Infinity-O screen, which was sighted in the wild.

The display has a circular cutout in the upper left corner of the screen and there’s a good chance we’re going to see it premiered with the upcoming Galaxy A8s, which we saw for the first time this week.

In other news, analysts report that Apple will be forced to scale down iPhone XR, XS and XS Max production due to lower than predicted sales. Apple is still coming out on top, financially, thanks to its higher average selling price, though.

Meanwhile Realme teased that the U1 will go on sale on November 28 while Asus teased the Zenfone Max Pro (M2) – a device with “next-generation gaming”.

The Honor 10 Lite made its debut this week, packing great value-for-money and Xiaomi set a Guinness World Record for the most stores opened simultaneously – 500.

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Huawei will aim to release an Infinity-O smartphone before Samsung

Huawei’s aggressive pursuit of becoming top vendor globally continues as the company aims to match each and every step by current leader Samsung. The company’s Mate 20 series are the most direct competitors to Samsung’s Galaxy Note9, we know Huawei is bending over backwards to beat Samsung to the first foldable smartphone and now the company has confirmed that it will launch a smartphone with an Infinity-O display in December.

The confirmation comes in the form of a teaser image, posted to one of Huawei’s Weibo accounts and shows the outline of a smartphone with a hole in the upper left corner of the screen. The image also shows the month – December.

Huawei's teaser for the Infinity-O device
Huawei’s teaser for the Infinity-O device

Samsung also has an a phone with a hole in the screen coming soon. But whether the Galaxy A8s will be able to launch before Huawei’s competitor remains to be seen

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Samsung Galaxy S10 to take after Galaxy A8s design

Samsung doesn’t exactly hide the fact that the upcoming Galaxy A8s smartphone will feature company’s first Infinity-O display, but the latest contains clues to the Galaxy S10 design according to latest rumors.

The render shows a full-screen display with a small cutout on the left for the front-facing camera and according to the source, it’s 6.7mm wide while next year’s Galaxy S10 would incorporate similar design but with a much smaller hole – around 2-3mm narrower.

However, the report doesn’t specify which Galaxy S10 version will adopt the Infinity-O design – it could be the budget variant with a flat screen or all three

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Polaris Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 will go on sale in time for the holidays

Samsung’s Polaris Blue Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will make it out of China and South Korea after all. The new color will go on sale in Germany (to start) in early December, priced at €849 and €949, respectively.

The new gradient paint job was originally announced as Ice Blue for China and subsequently South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue
Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue

The only difference we can see between the Ice Blue models for China and South Korea, and the Polaris Blue models destined for the German market are the storage options. Ice Blue was announced in a configuration with 128GB of memory, while the Germany-bound Polaris Blue are listed as 64GB.

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue
Samsung Galaxy S9 in Polaris Blue

Samsung Galaxy Note9 faithfuls will be quick to ask where’s the Note in Polaris Blue. Sadly, there’s no word on such a version so far.

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Samsung Galaxy A8s to have LCD Infinity-O display, made by BOE

According to an unconfirmed industry report, Samsung could turn to Chinese display maker BOE to produce the Infinity-O panel for the upcoming Galaxy A8s.

What’s more interesting is that the panel could be of the LCD variety, instead of OLED, as a cost-saving measure.

BOE is currently tasked with making the 6.39-inch OLED display on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Speaking of Huawei, we know it will try and beat Samsung to the first smartphone with a hole in the display, so can we guess that its smartphone will also use a BOE-made LCD.

Producing an LCD with a hole is no doubt harder than producing an OLED with one. The camera cutout in the Galaxy A8s’ display will reportedly be 6.7mm and it’s speculated that the Galaxy S10 will have a smaller 2-3mm cutout.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s will house a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s bound for announcement in January, but some rumors suggest it will be out before the year’s end.

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