Although it’s no longer Apple’s latest iPhone model, the iPhone X’s price hasn’t dropped and discounts US retailers are a bit stingy when it comes to offering appealing discounts on the flagship.
And when you can finally say that you’ve found a good iPhone X deal, you discover that it comes with various requirements that you might not like. Best Buy is running a one-day flash sale with savings on various Apple products, including the iPhone X.
Until the end of today (Sunday, April 21), you can purchase an unlocked Apple iPhone X for just $700, $200 off the MSRP. The catch is that you’ll have to activate the phone today with one of the three major carriers that offer the deal: AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.
If you decide to activate the iPhone X later, you’ll only get a $150 discount. On the bright side, you can save no less than $250 if you activate your iPhone X with Sprint. Of course, you’ll also receive 3 months of Apple Music for free if you haven’t been previously subscribed to the music streaming service.
A new flagship iPhone can easily set you back a thousand dollars or more. With better and more powerful hardware come the demand for a bigger screen, which invariably increases the risk for a cracked or shattered display.
An iPhone X Screen Protector Tempered Glass is a relatively inexpensive way to protect your investment from an early death. The only problem is, improperly installed or inferior products can come between the responsiveness of the iPhone’s display and make it harder to operate.
Do You Really Need A Screen Protector?
Apple’s newer products, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XS have stronger, more durable screens than its previous predecessors, or even the iPhone X. Still, in public tests and reviews, scratches are still possible and depend on how the user adds accessories that protect his or her mobile phone.
No one would like to end up having a broken screen after spending hundreds of dollars into a new smartphone. Purists may state that having a screen protector may ruin the aesthetic and touch experience, but having one is better than having nothing when your mobile phone falls on the pavement.
The good thing is, today’s screen protectors are better at what they do, and sometimes they even add new features and functionalities. Case in point- the iPhone XS Screen Protector Tempered Glass is made from real glass that has undergone a tempering process for extra durability and toughness. Other products may have anti-glare properties which add to users’ privacy, or come in an extra thin format for a “barely there” look and feel.
More importantly, a high quality tempered glass protector for the iPhone X or XS will absorb shocks, scratches and everyday bumps and still keep on going. iPhone users get peace of mind knowing that their latest gadget investment will be kept safe and sound from daily wear and tear, and even the occasional drops and shocks.
OnePlus 7 will launch in a few days and we know barely anything about the device. However, the rumor mill has been hard at work and we compiled all the possible features and price of the phone.
There are have been several leaks and renders suggesting different design.
The first render shows that OnePlus is going to copy the iPhone X design like other manufacturers.
One render suggested that the phone will feature a sliding mechanism like the Xiaomi Phone.
However, a new leaked image posted by a Twitter user suggests that OnePlus is working on a pop-up camera similar to Vivo Nex.
The in display fingerprint and pop up selfie camera will help the device achieve more than 95% screen to body ratio.
According to the reports, the OnePlus 7 specs will pack the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 and boast a Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display which will be clocked at 90 Hz. The screen is expected to size at 6.2 inches.
The RAM will vary between 6 GB to 10 GB depending upon the variant. This year’s OnePlus will have 4,150 mah of battery.
CEO of OnePlus Pete Lau has quashed all the rumors about the wireless charging. In a recent interview, he clearly mentioned that the phone will not support wireless charging. He explained that there is no benefit in adding support since wireless charging is slow.
However, it is clear that the phone will come with the wrap charge which will be clocked at 3oW. OnePlus 7 will not have a headphone jack but sport the new USB 3.1 standard.
Expected Release and Pricing
OnePlus 7 is expected to be released globally on 14 May alongside a 5G variant. The phone will be priced above £499.
It has been over a year since rumors broke out that Apple is planning on creating the iPhone X Mini, a smartphone touted to herald the company’s plan to enter the midrange market. The whispers began when reputable leaker Olixar said that the Cupertino-based giant is indeed making the device.
A few months later, Olixar released another rumor that the iPhone X Mini has been axed by Apple. In lieu of the smartphone came the rumors regarding the iPhone SE 2, the budget-friendly handset that’s speculated to entice the midrange market.
Rumors began sprouting that production will start in the first quarter of 2018. A year later, nothing ever came off that rumor with the tech media covering other stories as the iPhone X Mini and iPhone SE 2 narrative died down.
Until now, it’s unclear why Apple decided to abandon both smartphones. But rumors would have it that the company may have used up most of its resources creating other high-tier handsets like the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. So are there any plans to create the iPhone X Mini or the iPhone SE 2 in the future?
At the moment, nothing indicates that Apple wants to revisit those devices as the company focuses on its other flagships. This is quite an interesting move for the company since CEO Tim Cook previously said that they don’t want to be seen as a manufacturer that only caters the rich. By developing the iPhone X Mini or the iPhone SE 2, Apple could’ve dipped its hand on the market that they have yet to explore.
Of course, with the company also stretching itself to visit unchartered territories – like creating its own streaming service – it’s understandable that the iPhone X Mini has been benched. For now, it seems that Apple is contented in shelling out luxury smartphones that are bringing in large revenue for the company.
With smartphone manufacturer like Samsung and LG coming out with folding smartphones of their own, it probably will not be long before we actually see one from Apple but before that happens, Caviar is giving us a taste of what the device could look like.
Called the iPhone Z concept, the device comes with a folding design but instead of two sections, the concept had three sections so that it can be folded small enough to fit nicely in your pocket.
With three sizes, the user can choose to use the device as a phone, tablet or a laptop which is pretty convenient. Since having more camera is a most now, the device was also fitted with 2 camera in the front and 3 camera in the back.
The designer also made sure that the device had a USB C connector. Of course, with everything the device has to offer and seeing how much the current foldable devices are, this probably will come with a huge price tag!
An analytical report published this morning claims that Apple’s “iPhone XR was a strong performer for Apple this quarter, outselling the combined iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in Europe and claiming the title of the best-selling model in Great Britain.
In Europe, iPhone XR and iPhone XS/Max models both play an important role in managing Apple’s base – 16% of XS and XS Max buyers upgraded from an iPhone X, compared to less than 1% of iPhone XR buyers. As Smartphone prices rise rapidly, iPhone XR provides Apple with a way to keep its customers with older models continuing to upgrade regularly, and less tempted by the competition”.
In the US, Apple continued to dominate at a brand level, with the iPhone XR accounting for more than 1 in every 10 smartphones sold, while the Android carriers competed for market share.
In urban China, Kantar reports that Apple had three iPhones in the top 10 chart with iPhone X being their top selling model in the quarter with the iPhone XS Max and the XR rounding out the top ten best-selling devices.
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Apple introduced a new form factor with the iPhone X and added a notch to give users a bigger screen. However, the addition of the notch also reduced the amount of space available for the status bar, which now shows a lot less information, which means there is no battery percentage on the iPhone. Apple carried the same design over to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, and thus, users have the same frustration with the missing battery percentage. However, there are some tricks to help you get the percentage indicator back.
How-to video to add battery percentage to iPhone again
Apple hasn’t completely removed the functionality which calculates battery percentage on the iPhone. Instead, it is hidden in the Control Center panel and is activated by default. This means you will just have to pull down the Control Center panel with a simple swipe to reveal the battery percentage on the iPhone.
“On iPhone X and later, you can see the battery percentage in Control Center. Just swipe down from the top-right corner of your display,” Apple says on its support page.
Moreover, you can check the battery percentage no matter which screen you’re on. Thus, all you need to do to check the battery percentage on an iPhone is to swipe down the Control Center to see it and then push it back up to close it without even lifting your finger.
Another easy way to check the battery percentage on the iPhone is to plug it in to charge. Each time you plug your iPhone into a charging source, a graphic will come up revealing the battery percentage.
You can also ask Siri to check it. All you need to do is ask Siri, “What’s my battery percentage?” or, “What’s my battery?” and Siri will give answer with the battery percentage.
You can also view the battery percentage of the iPhone from the battery health section under the Settings menu. This option also shows the battery usage over the past 24 hours and the past 10 days.
You can also add the battery widget to the lock screen. To do so, go to the home screen and swipe to the right. Now scroll down the page and locate the edit button. Next, on the “Add Widgets” screen, search for “More Widgets” and tap the plus sign next to Battery. Now the next time you swipe from the home or lock screen, you will see the battery widget.
An easier way for jailbroken devices
Although the above methods of adding the battery percentage to the iPhone are easy, they are not as convenient as checking the percentage on models released before the iPhone X. There is no better way than to glance at your iPhone to see the battery strength. The above-discussed ways require you to perform one or two additional steps to check the battery percentage.
However, there is one way that will give the latest iPhones the same battery functionality as the models released before the iPhone X. T0 do this, you will need to possess a jailbroken device. A new tweak called BatteryPercent12 brings the numerical battery indicator to jailbroken iOS 12 devices.
Users won’t even have to sacrifice the battery icon when using this jailbreak tweak. This is an extremely useful tweak for those with a notched iPhone. BatteryPercent12 inserts a numerical value inside the tweaked icon in the status bar, so there is no need to change the battery or even remove the battery icon.
You can also customize the tweak to make it function the way you want. Some of the customization options are changing the colors, choosing whether or not to change the body of the icon to green when the phone is charging, and many more. To learn more about this tweak for iPhones or download it, head to BigBoss repo in Cydia. It is available for free.
Apple has provided powerful, efficient batteries in the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Compared to the iPhone X, the iPhone XS battery lasts 30 minutes more, while the XR can last 1.5 hours longer. Further, the 2018 iPhone models come with fast charging, which Apple claims can charge 50% of the battery in about 30 minutes.
The Apple iPhone SE was an instant hit among the users because of the price, performance, and size. However, more than 2 years have passed and Apple has not launched the awaited next iteration of the phone, iPhone SE 2.
According to a report by the Economic Times, Foxconn will commence the production of the iPhone X in July this year, at Foxconn’s plant in Sriperumbudur town in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
The production of iPhones in India will begin with the iPhone X and is expected to be followed by the iPhone XS and the XS Max, along with the upcoming iPhone models.
“Foxconn will begin with the iPhone X (range) from the Chennai plant. The plans are to step up production capacity and diversify to even higher models going forward,” said an official close to the news.
For those who don’t know, Apple began producing iPhones in India with the iPhone SE, followed by the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7, all manufactured by Wistron in Bengaluru.
The “Made In India” iPhones will result in lesser prices of the high-end iPhones and more job opportunities for people in the country.
The production will result in more users in India, which is the second largest and fastest growing mobile market in the world.
We hope the news turns out to be true and we can finally take a sigh of relief for not spending a fortune on iPhones!
While there were conflicting reports of premium Apple iPhone models being locally manufactured in India, the latest info sums up that the plan is ready to execute in a couple of months. The first premium model that’s expected to go through the production line is the iPhone X, with additional details stating that more premium models will be locally manufactured in the region as well.
Apple Partner Foxconn to Commence Commercial Production of iPhone X Using a 160-Acre Factory
According to the latest report from Economic Times, volume production is set to begin from July, with Apple’s long-time partner Foxconn commencing operations from its 160-acre factory in Chennai, according to the sources privy to this information. However, the plan isn’t to just stop at the iPhone X as the report states that production capacity is expected to step up and expand to higher models going forward. This means that we might get to see the iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR manufactured locally. While the following has not been confirmed, it is possible that a small percentage of Apple’s 2019 lineup is produced in India as well.
Apple has not commented if local production of premium iPhone models will grant Indian customers more savings when they purchase an iPhone X as opposed to the market prices at this current time. As of right now, Apple’s focus was plainly on lower-cost models such as the iPhone SE, which is targeted to emerging markets, the iPhone 6s and more recently, the iPhone 7. All of the aforementioned models, with the exception of the iPhone X, aren’t recent, and looking at Apple’s market share in India and comparing it to the likes of Samsung, and Xiaomi, one would wonder why Apple would choose India as an alternate manufacturing ground besides China.
It is possible that after the U.S. trade war with China, which looked like it might have sent tariffs on U.S. imports from China as high as 25 percent, Apple was looking for a second location. India also has the second-highest population in the world and is the second-largest smartphone market in terms of volume, which might have encouraged Apple to set up shop there as it will have near-limited low-cost labor opportunities there and a chance to increase its market share. While the political situation between the U.S. and China has settled down, Apple will no doubt be on its feet, ready to put its contingency plan in full swing.
Also, according to 9to5Mac, if Apple completes its requirement of locally manufacturing 30 percent of products, it may even get government clearance to open Apple Stores in the country, something which can boost local demand. All of these point to why India holds revenue-generating potential for Apple, and we’ll see in the coming months if the iPhone X local production truly improves the situation for the company there.