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The week in phones: Xiaomi Mi 9 teaser, LG OLED speaker, 'China Red' iPhone XS

Feb 17, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The Xiaomi Mi 9 reportedly features a 48 megapixel primary sensor and an iridescent back

MI 9. Official Xiaomi photo


FaceTime bug lets callers eavesdrop as Apple promises fix this week

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Apple has temporarily disabled Group Facetime, presumably to fix the issue, though it did not specify any actual reason behind their move

Apple will again launch a trio of iPhones later this year – report

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The successor of the XS Max will reportedly sport 3 rear cameras

Qualcomm paves way for ban on some iPhones in Germany

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:20 AM

Qualcomm posts security bonds totaling $1.53 billion that would be awarded to Apple if the Munich iPhone ban is overturned by a higher court


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Jan 03, 2019 - 1:37 PM

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Apple cuts outlook, sees 'challenges' in China, emerging markets

Jan 03, 2019 - 7:35 AM

The company slashes its revenue guidance for the first fiscal quarter of 2019, ended December 29, to $84 billion – sharply lower than analyst forecasts averaging $91 billion

APPLE IN CHINA. Customers queue outside an Apple store to get their hands on the new iPhone XR in Shanghai on October 26, 2018. File photo from AFP

Apple risks iPhone ban in Germany after court case loss

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:41 AM

The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X may be banned in Germany after Qualcomm wins its case against Apple

IPHONE 7. The iPhone 7 smartphone is on display on the day of its release at Covent Garden in London on September 16, 2016.  Photo by Jack Taylor/AFP


Qualcomm wants iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR banned in China too

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:54 PM

This follows the ban on some older iPhone models – the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and the X – earlier this week

IPHONE XR. Photo from Apple


China court bans iPhone sales in patent dispute – Qualcomm

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The move marks the latest in a long-running dispute over patents and royalties between California tech giants Apple and Qualcomm playing out in courts and administrative bodies worldwide

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 20, 2018 an iPhone sits on display at an Apple store in lower Manhattan in New York City. A Chinese court ordered a ban in the country on iPhone sales in a patent dispute between US chipmaker Qualcomm and Apple, according to a Qualcomm statement on December 10, 2018. The statement said the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court had granted Qualcomm's request for two preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately to stop selling the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:59 PM

The freshly renamed 'Google Fi' service aims to take on traditional carriers by letting people pay based on how much data they use and roam internationally

Apple resumes iPhone X production as new iPhones struggle – report

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Apple's original notched phone makes its return

IPHONE X. Shutterstock photo


Smart launches iPhone Xs series with an epic surprise for loyal subscribers

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:33 PM

15 lucky subscribers each received a surprise upgrade to a 512 GB iPhone Xs Max — the latest and top-of-the-line iPhone variant currently available

iPhone XR arrives November 16 in PH via Globe

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Pre-orders will begin on November 9

Promotional material from Globe


Apple cancels iPhone XR production boost due to low demand – report

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:01 AM

Budget-conscious buyers are going for last year's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus instead


Apple's 5G iPhone expected in 2020 - report

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Apple wants to use an Intel 8161 5G modem chip for the 2020 devices

A FUTURE 5G IPHONE? A customer touches the screen of the new iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square on November 3, 2017, in San Francisco, California. File photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

Apple quarterly profit leaps but shares slip on outlook

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Apple says net profit climbs thanks to growing sales of digital content and services to of users and other Apple gadgetry including iPhones

APPLE. In this file photo taken on September 9, 2015 a reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


U.S. phone owners holding on to old devices far longer than ever – study

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The study suggests that U.S. phone owners would wait almost 3 years to make an upgrade

iOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime rolls out on Wednesday

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:30 AM

With the new update, FaceTime now supports 32 concurrent participants, up from 2


WATCH: Smart launches the iPhone Xs, Xs Max with Kris Aquino

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The new iPhones officially become available at retail, with Smart being one of the outlets to hold a launch

IPHONE LAUNCH. Sam YG and Kris Aquino host the launch of the new iPhones. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

iPhone Xs and Xs Max: Smart postpaid rates

Oct 20, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Smart releases its iPhone Xs and Xs Max packages shortly after Globe releases theirs

Screenshot from Apple livestream.


iPhone Xs and Xs Max: Globe postpaid rates

Oct 19, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Globe releases their postpaid rates for Apple's new iPhones


Apple releases PH prices for iPhone XS, XS Max, XR

Oct 16, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The most expensive variant is just about P2,500 away from breaching the P100,000 mark

IPHONE XR. The XR is Apple's 'budget' offering. Photo from Apple


iPhone XS, XS Max available on Globe on October 26

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Pre-orders start on October 19

IPHONE X S and X S Max, Screenshot from livestream.


iPhone XS, XS Max owners report charging problems

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Some models reportedly refuse to charge while in sleep mode and when the screen is off

Screenshot from Apple


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Sep 13, 2018 - 2:16 PM

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iPhones now dual-sim capable with the XS and XS Max

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:46 AM

The iPhone XS starts at $999 while the XS Max starts at $1,099

DUAL-SIM. The XS and XS Max are the first iPhones to have a dual-sim feature. Screenshot from Apple presentation


With iPhone XR, Apple says goodbye to bezels, legacy design

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:20 AM

It sports a new screen called 'liquid retina'

XR. Apple says goodbye to the bezeled era with the entry-level XR. Photo from Apple


At a glance: The major announcements from Apple's September 2018 keynote

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:05 AM

Check out Apple's announcements at a glance!

Here's how you can watch Apple's September 2018 keynote event

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Apple is livestreaming its keynote on Twitter for the first time ever!


What to expect: Apple's iPhone launch for 2018

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Apple is expected to unveil 3 new iPhone models this year and we’re rounding up what to expect during Apple's latest keynote

NEW IPHONES! A man takes a photo before the start of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California on June 4, 2018. File photo by Josh Edelson / AFP

Apple admits iPhone 8 logic board defect, sets up replacement program

Sep 03, 2018 - 10:14 PM

If your iPhone 8 has been having random restarts and screen freezes, it might be one of the 'very small percentage' of units Apple claims as having a defective logic board

Apple expected to unveil new iPhones at September 12 event

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Three new iPhone models are expected to be revealed

COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


U.S. gov't asked Facebook to help wiretap Messenger – report

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The case is reminiscent of Apple's case in 2016 when the FBI asked it to break into a locked iPhone for an investigation

Photo from Shutterstock


Apple quarterly profit leaps in 'best June quarter ever'

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:52 AM

Apple reports that it sold 41.3 million iPhones in the recently ended quarter, just shy of the 42 million figure anticipated by analysts

HISTORICAL MONEY. Apple flirts with a history-making, trillion-dollar market value based on its share price. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Images of alleged upsized iPhone X emerge online

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:28 AM

Alongside it is the 'midrange iPhone' which will reportedly sport a 6.1-inch LCD screen

COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Apple inches closer to $1-T market value with earnings on the horizon

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:05 PM

A 7% rise in share price following the earnings report will make Apple the first trillion-dollar company

IPHONE. A customer touches the screen of an iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square in San Francisco, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP


iPhone ownership top indicator of wealth in U.S. in 2016 – researchers

Jul 09, 2018 - 3:24 PM

'Across all years in our data, no individual brand is as predictive of being high-income as owning an Apple iPhone in 2016,' says researchers from the US National Bureau of Economic Research

IPHONE X. The iPhone X is one of the most expensive phones today, with a $999 launch price. Screenshot from Apple website


Blue, orange, and red iPhones may be coming – report

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Three new iPhones are expected this year: a 6.1-inch entry level model, a 6.5-inch 'plus' version, and an upgraded iPhone X

IPHONE X. The new iPhones coming this year are expected to come at several price points but all of them will be retaining iPhone X design elements. Shutterstock photo


Apple fined millions in Australia for false iPhone claims

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'The court declared the mere fact that an iPhone or iPad had been repaired by someone other than Apple did not, and could not, result in the consumer guarantees ceasing to apply, or the consumer's right to a remedy being extinguished,' ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court says

FINES. A picture shows the Apple logo outside the Apple store in Covent Garden in London August 30, 2016. File photo by Daniel Lean-Olivas/AFP

Apple's iOS 12 will run on devices supporting iOS 11

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:44 AM

Apple's newest mobile operating system update will work on older devices – including the iPhone 6 family – with the update reportedly improving the performance of iOS on older devices

FASTER. The iOS 12 update is meant to provide faster performance for older devices, as any Apple device supporting iOS 11 will support iOS 12. Screenshot from livestream.

Apple's internal documents show iPhone 6 models more likely to bend

May 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Apple's tests find the iPhone 6 is 3.3 times more likely to bend when compared to the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile is 7.2 times more likely to bend compared to the iPhone 5S.

IPHONES 6 AND 6 PLUS. Image from Apple PR.

Jury tells Samsung to pay big for copying iPhone design

May 25, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The award appears to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

Next-generation chips for upcoming iPhones now in production – report

May 23, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The new chip could be the first to use a 7-nanometer design, smaller than the 10-nanometer chips in today's flagships

APPLE. A customer touches the screen of the last year's iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square in California, USA. The next Apple flagship may be using a 7-nanometer chip, which would make it the first commercial device to sport one. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP


New Nokia X6 adopts the notch like many Android phones this year

May 21, 2018 - 4:04 PM

It’s Nokia's first phone to sport the display cutout popularized by the iPhone X

X6. Currently a China-exclusive, rumors abound of its eventual international release. Photo from HMD Global/Nokia


Will Apple bundle fast USB-C chargers with 2018's iPhones?

May 17, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The Apple rumor mill claims this year's iPhones will have USB-C fast chargers included instead of the traditional 5-watt units

A DIFFERENT CHARGER? This file photo taken on September 12, 2017 shows an iPhone X during a media event at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

CCTV captures alleged iPhone 6S explosion in Las Vegas repair shop

May 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The incident shows that any device with a lithium-ion battery can potentially explode if damaged, mishandled or defective


Does the iPhone SE 2 have a notch? A case vendor mockup points to 'Yes'

May 11, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Distributed by retailer Mobile Fun, the Olixar render features an iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen, an iPhone 5-styled chassis, and a notch on top of the screen

A NOTCH? A reported render of the iPhone SE 2 points to the phone having a notch. Screenshot from Mobile Fun product webpage.

'Black dot' emoji locking up iPhone, iPad and Mac messaging app – reports

May 10, 2018 - 1:29 PM

The dot contains hidden code that overloads a device's CPU


The iPhone X is the world's best-selling smartphone of early 2018 – report

May 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Apple's current flagship is followed by the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus at second and third respectively, according to a report by Strategy Analytics

Apple reports higher profits, unveils big share buyback

May 02, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Apple chief executive Tim Cook offered a bullish outlook on the company, touting the company's product pipeline as the 'best we've ever had' and championing good sales of the iPhone X

APPLE. The Apple logo is seen on the outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an event in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP