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Samsung is set to cancel the Galaxy Note range, and the asking price of the Galaxy Note 9 means it is unlikely to ride to the rescue. That said, if the Galaxy Note 9 is to go out in a blaze of glory, then the good news is it will definitely sign-off by setting a record for the range’s most famous feature…
The Galaxy Note 9 will have a massive 4,000mAh battery. For sure. 100%. How do we know? Because a filing Samsung made with Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency ‘ANATEL’ and spotted by SamMobile states it explicitly. And this has spectacular consequences.
The big news is it confirms the details of a claimed hands-on review by popular Russian tech reporter Eldar Murtazin. At the time Murtazin claimed his leaked unit had a 4,000mAh battery and it delivered real-world battery life of up to two days and could playback 25 hours of non-stop video at maximum brightness on a single charge. That’s astonishing.
Furthermore, the ANATEL filing means Murtazin’s other intriguing Galaxy Note 9 claims must now be taken very seriously.
On the flip side, while this major battery upgrade will excite Galaxy Note fans (the Galaxy Note 8 had just a 3300mAh battery), the problem remains Samsung’s asking price. Earlier this week rock solid WinFuture tipster Roland Quandt said Galaxy Note 9 prices will start at €1050 ($ 1230) rising to €1250 ($ 1460) in Europe. And remember, European prices are not that different from the US as they include sales tax.
All of which means Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is at least going to out in a way that’s representative of the whole range: beloved and essential to fans, but a step too far for most users.
As we know, Samsung is unlikely to weep long for the Galaxy Note range given all the surprises it has lined up in its 10th anniversary Galaxy S10. But it is the even more costly, but potentially show-stealing, $ 2,000 game-changer in early 2019 which Note fans should look out for…
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Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the latest renders of the new iPhone X for 2018, the hardware that wasn’t announced at WWDC, why iOS 12 stands for stability, the renewed focus on iPhone security, the disappointment of no new MacBooks at WWDC, and all the spoof products announced on the internet.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).
First Renders Of The New iPhone X
As part of Apple’s push to expand the iPhone line-up (and increase sales of the iPhone family after years of declining share), the geekerati are expecting a budget version of the iPhone X (not to be confused with an update of the iPhone SE). What will it look like? Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reveals new renders of the budget iPhone X:
What Hemmerstoffer’s images and video (embedded below) show, is a 6.1-inch design which blends the chassis of the iPhone 8 and a single rear camera with the fascia of the iPhone X, complete with Face ID facial recognition module and the distinctive notch. On the flipside, this means no Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
…Hemmerstoffer notes this currently unnamed budget iPhone X (my naming bet is simply ‘iPhone’), will also pack wireless charging, stereo speakers and a new A12 chipset. So this is basically a single-camera iPhone X for over $ 200 less.
What Wasn’t Announced At WWDC
Lots of news to come out of this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference from Apple, but before we get to what did appear, it’s important to realise what was not on show. Apple refused the opportunity to show off any new hardware. No iPads, no Macs, no MacBooks, no peripherals, and perhaps most importantly, no mid-range iPhones to replace the iPhone SE. And WWDC was the best time to announce this upcoming smartphone, as I discussed earlier this week:
Assuming Taniyama-Shimura, there are enough signs in the supply chain that an update to the iPhone SE is coming. So the question becomes not of ‘will it arrive’ but ‘when will it arrive.’
…its non-appearance at WWDC tells us a lot about the handset. iPhone sales this year need a boost. The iPhone X has not delivered the super-cycle it promised and sales are flat to slightly down year-on-year. Market share is approaching single figures, and relying on high-end handsets with high margins may be delivering financial success… but it doesn’t provide for growth or entry into new markets. The iPhone SE 2 can help balance the equation of revenue and market share by offering a low-priced gateway into Apple’s world of smartphones.
Twelve Stands For Stability
Almost all of the focus at WWDC was on software, and the vast majority of that focus was on iOS. There have not been any major changes or additions, Apple has focused on the stability of the code to rebuild the bulletproof perception of the iPhone’s operating system. Zach Epstein is glad the new release is just ‘meh’:
It’s no secret that iOS 11 has been a complete mess for Apple. It’s not the travesty that whiny anti-Apple bloggers would have you believe, of course, but there’s no question that Apple made some big mistakes in iOS 11. It has had more security holes, annoying bugs, and performance issues than any version of iOS from recent history, and many of those problems still exist in iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4 now, more than 8 months after the software’s initial release.
We learned many months ago that performance and overall user experience were going to be Apple’s main points of focus in iOS 12. In fact, insider reports stated that Apple decided to delay the addition of several big new features in iOS 12 and push them back to subsequent releases, or maybe even until next year’s iOS 13 update. This way, Apple’s various iOS engineering teams could focus on improving performance in iOS and on refining the user experience, rather than on integrating complex new features.
Next: Security is key, a requiem for macOS, and Conan O’Brien’s new iPhone…