IOS 9 is now available, WatchOS 2 delayed

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The iOS 9 update is now available for iOS devices running iOS 8. Apple has delayed the WatchOS 2 update due to a bug.

Apple has launched the iOS 9 OTA updates. The iOS 9 was released in June and is now available for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and 5th generation iPod Touch or newer iOS devices.

The new iOS brings new system font, updated multitasking view and Siri, keyboard that shows lower and upper case letters and multi window view for iPads.

The WatchOS 2 is not launching yet. Apple wasn’t able to fix a bug before the release date. The WatchOS 2 will be available soon, the exact date is unknown.

Source: Apple Insider | The Verge

Xperia Z5 Premium does not display 4K all the time

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Since the release of the Xperia Z5 Premium there has been conversation about the 4K resolution not being rendered all the time. Now Sony has commented the debate.

At IFA 2015 Sony offered a very limited hands-on time with the Xperia Z5 Premium. Still some screenshots were taken and they revealed the fact that the UI is not rendered in 4K. This has launched a lot of discussion and now Sony has answered:

Xperia Z5 Premium features a 4K display with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels based on SID Standard and enables all video and image content to be enjoyed in 4K resolution. All other content is displayed at 1080P or lower resolution in order to optimise the performance and battery stamina for this device, ensuring you can enjoy the 4K resolution when you need it most.

It looks like the 4K is only used in Sony’s own photo and video apps and rest of the content is in 1080p. This reduces the load on the CPU and GPU and saves battery. The UI doesn’t need to be rendered in 4K, neither the web browser as we have all the responsive sites that display content ridiculously big anyways. The resolution downgrade makes sense until the point that many people use other apps to view content that would benefit from the 4K resolution.

We understand the reason behind this, battery life. What we don’t understand is the lack of customization. Why can’t the user choose how to stress the SoC and waste the battery. Sony already offers the great power saving tools that are customizable, why can’t the resolution downgrade be optional? Google Photos and YouTube should also take an advantage of the high resolution display.

In the Xperia UI, the user can choose which apps can use internet connection when the screen is turned off. It would be perfect if Sony could implement the same kind of settings to choose which apps can render in native 4K.

Source: PhoneArena

LG teases a smartphone releasing on 21 September

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LG has teased a new smartphone that is going to be released on 21 September. The device features a metallic design and it’s called LG Class.

LG Electronics has released a photo of a new smartphone in Twitter. The device looks different than the previous leaks of the LG V10 so we are pretty sure this is a different phone.

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The photo above shows an advertisement banner for the device and reveals the name, Class. We have very little information about the device at the moment but we will keep you posted as the release happens on 21 September.

LG is expected to release the previously rumored V10 on 1 October. The V10 is rumored to feature very similar specification to the LG G4. LG has previously teased a ‘super flagship’ coming later this year and the V10 doesn’t meet the expectations we have after that kind of statement. So, the Class might be it.

Source: LG in Twitter | @scweeny in Twitter

A foldable Samsung smartphone might come in January

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The Samsung Project Valley has leaked with possible specifications. The new generation of flip phones might be here soon.

Samsung Display has already hinted that smartphones with foldable displays might be here as early as next year. More recent rumors told that Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone, Project Valley or Project V.

Now the possible specifications of the device have leaked to Weibo. The device is going to have a Snapdragon SoC, 820 or 620, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. The source also suggests that the device might be released as soon as next January.

The foldable AMOLED technology has been introduced many times by Samsung and they have officially stated that the foldable smartphones will come in 2016. As the smartphone industry is pretty much stable at the moment and Samsung is losing a little market share every quarter, it would make sense that Samsung would try something new like it did with Note series back in the day and more recently with the Edge series.

It remains to be seen how the huge audience will react to the new smartphone sub-category. As with the Note Edge, the first gen device might only come available in very limited edition in side of the Galaxy S7. That would give Samsung a clue about how interested the market is in these devices.

Source: Weibo | Via: Pockenow

Microsoft announces October 6 event

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Microsoft has sent press invitations for an event on October 6. We are expected to see the new Windows 10 devices.

The main focus of the event will be the new Windows 10 Mobile devices, Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The devices are rumored to feature QHD displays, high-end Snapdragon SoCs and 3GB of RAM. The plastic design returns with a large camera bump on the back.

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The Lumia 950 is going to feature a 5.2″ 1440p display, Snapdragon 808 and 3000mAh battery. The larger 950 XL has a 5.7″ 1440p display, Snapdragon 810 SoC and a 3300mAh battery. Both will have a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 5MP front facer. There will also be an iris scanner to securely unlock the device. Charging port is upgraded to a USB Type-C.

Also we are expecting to see the Microsoft’s answer to the iPad Pro. The Surface Pro 4 might be revealed with full desktop Windows 10 and in different sizes. The 12″ model might get a 13″ or 14″ variant alongside it. The specs are of course going to be impressive and comparable to laptops.

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Qualcomm releases Snapdragon 617 and 430

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Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon SoCs. The mid-tier 617 and 430 have octa-core CPUs.

Both models have eight Cortex-A53 cores but the 430 is clocked a little lower. Both support Full HD display resolution and and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

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The differences between the SoCs are in the LTE and video recording support. The 617 supports category 7 LTE while the 430 only supports category 4. Both can record 1080p video but the 617 can record in 60FPS as the 430 can only do 30FPS. Surprisingly the 430 has an Adreno 505 GPU and the 617 packs a 405.

More detailed specs can be found at the Qualcomm’s site:

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Snapdragon 430

LG sends invitations for October 1 event

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LG is expected to release a new flagship Android phone and wearables. The LG V10 might bring G4 features in a larger footprint. 

LG has announced an event to happen on October 1. The Korean company is expected to introduce the flagship smartphone that the company CEO teased a while ago. We might also get some new wearables as the LG Watch Urbane is already rather old.

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The event invitation tips for the video capabilities of the new flagship. The previously rumored and teased LG V10 is going to feature mostly the same specifications with the current flagship G4 but with a bigger screen. The rear camera is going to stay the same but the front shooter is going to see a downgrade from 8 to 5 megapixels. That would suggest that LG is preparing some great video recording capabilities and even better display for better viewing experience.

When it comes to wearables, LG is one of the manufacturers that can make the difference. LG has a great record in battery life in their smartphones, so they might be the one to figure out the battery life in smartwatches. LG Watch Urbane just got a new gold variant at IFA 2015 but the standard model is starting to feel a little old as the new competitors appear.

Source: LG via Android Central

IPhone 6S RAM and Battery Size Confirmed

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Apple’s 3D Touch video reveals the reduced battery capacity of the iPhone 6S. Information from Adobe confirms 2GB RAM for iPhones and 4GB for iPad Pro.

As usual, Apple didn’t tell a whole lot of exact specifications of their devices at the September 9 keynote. Luckily different sources are providing information about the specs before the devices have even come available for customers.

Apple’s official 3D Touch video reveals the battery capacity of the iPhone 6S. The added haptic feedback module reduces the physical size of the battery. The technology hasn’t improved enough to keep the battery capacity and the new battery is 95mAh smaller than the one in the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6S now has a 1715mAh battery compared to a 1810mAh juicer in the last year model. Most likely the iPhone 6S Plus also has smaller battery than the iPhone 6 Plus.

An Adobe worker has revealed that the new iPhones have 2GB of RAM. The information is from an internal Apple website and it’s been shared to Reddit. Apple didn’t mention the RAM size in the keynote but it’s understandable because the 100% growth to last year would have looked hideous as everyone knows that the iPhone 6 and 6S had 1GB of RAM.

Adobe has also revealed the amount of RAM in the iPad Pro. The company released an article introducing the features of the new iPad Pro and confirmed the 4GB of RAM. The statement has now been modified but the link is still down below.

The iPhone 6S is the third flagship this year to reduce the battery capacity compared to last year. The development is alarming because most users want more battery life. Most the people commenting online demand better battery life even in the cost of a thicker phone. Still smartphone manufacturers are making the devices thinner. Motorola has probably understood this with their Moto X Play and the upcoming Moto X Force. Hopefully more manufacturers are taking the note.

Apple finally got the second gigabyte of RAM. Previously it’s been a struggle to even keep tabs loaded in the browser and still customer satisfactory has been ridiculously high. Next year the customer satisfactory percent might be over 100.

Sources:

Adobeflashcrashed in Reddit

Adobe News

3D Touch video – YouTube

Apple announces the iPhone 6S

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Apple has just released their new iPhone lineup. Unsurprisingly the new models are called iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

IPhone 6S brings some new features but most things stay the same. The display size stays the same at 4.7″ but it’s now pressure sensitive. The 6S Plus also keeps the screen size and resolution but adds the pressure sensitivity. Both models grow up in size because of the new stronger aluminium used in their chassis and the added thickness comes from the pressure sensitive module.

The processor is updated to the new 64-bit A9. Cameras are now 12 and 5 megapixels. Apple finally adds the 4K video recording to the main camera and the 1080p FaceTime video for the front facing camera. Both models now have optical image stabilization. The display now acts as a flash for the front facing camera. Live Photos capture a little video every with every photo and the feature is on out of the box.

The new iPhones include the new TouchID 2 that is mentioned to be faster than the previous model. The M9 motion co-processor is now used to power the always-on “Hey Siri” feature to communicate with Siri without touching the device.

Force Touch is renamed as 3D Touch that gives shortcuts and tries to change the way we use the smartphone. The 3D Touch creates shortcuts to the home screen. Long pressing an icon gives options to frequently used actions in that app. Most of the default apps also support the 3D Touch in many different ways.

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The new Rose Gold color option is added to the usual lineup of colors. The prices and storage sizes stay the same and the last year models get a $100 price drop. The new iPhones will be available on September 25.

Apple updates iPad Lineup

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Apple has released the new iPads. The iPad Pro has a 12.9″ Retina display.

The new iPad Pro is designed for multimedia and multitasking. The display is 12.9″ 2738 x 2048p IPS LCD and 264 PPI. The display has variable refresh rate to improve performance and increase battery life.

The iPad Pro has a A9X chip thats 1.8 times faster than the A8X. Apple also promises a 10 hour battery life. The Pro is 6.9mm thick and it weights 712 grams.

Apple also introduced a bunch of accessories for the iPad Pro. The Smart Keyboard has the same switches the MacBook uses and it connects to the iPad via three magnetic dots in the side of the iPad Pro. With Apple Pencil, Apple reintroduces users to a stylus. The Pencil is pressure and angle sensitive. The Pencil is rechargeable via the Lightning Port in the iPad.

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The prices start at $799 for the 32GB model. The Apple Pencil costs $99 and the Smart Keyboard costs $169. The iPad Pro comes in the usual three colors, gold, silver and grey and will be available in November.

Apple also updated the iPad mini. Mini 4 now packs the same specifications that the iPad Air has but in a different chassis. The iPad mini 4 starts at $399.