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Apple apologizes for slowing down iPhones, offers discounted battery replacements

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After getting sued and taking a backlash among iPhone users, Apple is now apologizing for not being more transparent about their new power management feature which causes old iPhones to slow down.

In a published statement on their website, the Cupertino company clarified that they “have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.” That’s perhaps the main point of this message for the battery and performance fiasco of the year.


To address the issue and help iPhone owners with old batteries, Apple is offering discounted battery replacements. For US$ 29 (down from the usual US$ 79 fee), users can get a new battery for their iPhone regardless of whether it’s covered by AppleCare or not. It’s only a temporary offer that’ll last through the end of 2018.

Apple further explained how batteries age and classified them as “consumable components.” As we all know, batteries degrade over time which is why we have to keep its health in check.

Early next year, Apple will release a software update that’ll give users more info on the health of their iPhone’s battery. This will be really useful in determining if one should replace their phone’s built-in battery already, but this feature should have come sooner.

You may read the full statement of Apple here and learn more about the how the new updates manage performance and avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age, which started in iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and SE and iOS 11.2 for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

SEE ALSO: Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones because of battery issues

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Samsung is working on cheaper versions of 2019 flagships

Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite is coming

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Still don’t know which 2019 flagship to buy? With the holiday season right around the corner, you’re likely on the hunt for some gifts for yourself and for others. If you’re still busy counting centavos, Samsung is working on a more affordable alternative to this year’s series of flagships.

According to SamMobile, the South Korean smartphone maker is developing a Galaxy S10 Lite and a Galaxy Note 10 Lite. Both smartphones will offer the Samsung flagship experience to more budget-friendly customers.


Based on the rumor, the Galaxy S10 Lite will still carry an enjoyable set of hardware under the hood. Like the other members of the series, the upcoming smartphone will sport a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Inside, it will have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For cameras, it will have a triple rear camera combination — a 48-megapixel main shooter, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie shooter will reportedly shoot at 32 megapixels. For power, it sports a huge 4500mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging.

Strangely, the upcoming smartphone’s specs go above and beyond the usual hardware of a “lite” version. Despite the “lite” moniker, the supposed Galaxy S10 Lite is a very capable smartphone. The specs are even better than the Galaxy S10 series’ current affordable version, the Galaxy S10e. Unfortunately, the rumor does not include how much it will cost or when it will drop.

Likewise, the same rumor includes a more affordable Galaxy Note 10 Lite. However, there is even less information surrounding this smartphone. At the very least, Samsung’s insiders have already confirmed the working model — the SM-N770F. No specs or price yet, though.

As with most rumors, wait for a better announcement before setting aside some money on the upcoming smartphone. Given the impressiveness of the specs, these might be a totally new smartphone in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 gets Note 10 features

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India will let Huawei demo its 5G technology

Huawei is leading the 5G race

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On the consumer side, Huawei is known for making smartphones and wearables. However, the Chinese company is currently leading research and development of 5G — the next generation of wireless mobility.

It has gotten approval to participate in the demonstration of 5G use cases during the three-day India Mobile Congress to be held in New Delhi, even as the government is yet to take a decision on allowing the firm to participate in the upcoming 5G field trials.


The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has assigned telecom service providers with spectrum in the 3400-3600Mhz band range to demonstrate India-specific 5G technology-use cases.

Huawei will present the demos with Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, who currently use Huawei and ZTE equipment for their network operations in India.

The Chinese giant has been barred by the US due to alleged security concerns. Earlier this year, there were revelations that Huawei is embedding snooping software in the source code of its serves to spy and access the data of other countries.  The US is also lobbying its close allies to boycott Huawei.

On the other hand, Huawei currently leads the 5G revolution due to its massive investment in research and development. Experts say the global rollout of 5G will be delayed by a couple of years if Huawei is barred in multiple markets. Competing companies include Ericsson and Nokia.

India is yet to give Huawei a clean chit for an actual rollout though. For now, the nod is seen as more of a diplomatic move by the Indian government ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

SEE ALSO: The new online generation: Explaining 5G internet

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ROG Phone 2: Price and availability in the Philippines

Includes pricing for accessories

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The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is officially in the Philippines!

The ROG Phone 2 with 12GB RAM  and 512GB  storage began pre-orders at the price of PhP 49,995 (US$ 962) last October 3 to October 11, 2019. It will hit the market on November 2019 along with the Ultimate Edition that has 12GB RAM and 1TB storage for PhP 59,995 (US$ 1165).


The phone’s accessories are available at ROG Stores only. Pricing are as follows:

Accessories list Price
Professional Dock PhP 4,995
Lighting Armor Case PhP 2,495
ROG Kunai Gamepad PhP 6,995
TwinView Dock II PhP 14,995
Mobile Desktop Dock Revised PhP 10,995
ROG Phone Bag PhP 2,495
ASUS WiGig Display Dock
(Champion’s Super Pack Exclusive)
PhP 13,995
AeroActive Cooler II
(Out-of-box Accessory)
PhP 2,995
Aero Case
(Out-of-box Accessory)
PhP 995

 

Gaming phone refined

The ROG Phone 2 is perhaps one of the most specced out phone in the world today. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus with a 120Hz AMOLED Display, 12GB of RAM, 512GB storage, and 6,000mAh battery.

Other features like performance improvement and cooling that keeps the phone in optimal condition promises to deliver the best mobile gaming experience to date. There are even new and improved accessories like the Kunai gamepad that makes the phone look almost like a Nintendo Switch to take your gaming experience to an even higher level.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on October 11, 2019 to add pricing details of the accessories.

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