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Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones because of battery issues

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Apple finally confirmed what most people have been saying when new updates are pushed to older iPhones.

For a few months now, iPhone owners discovered that benchmark scores of their units fall as they get older. There’s talk that started on Reddit and thanks to Geekbench’s data, they where able to connect the dots. To their surprise, older iPhones become faster after the battery is replaced. How can that be?

With all the conspiracies floating around, Apple finally gave an answer through Business Insider through a representative:

Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.

It turns out that Apple is limiting the iPhone’s processor on purpose. It’s a feature rather than a bug designed to help prevent old iPhones from shutting down abruptly. The reason? Old batteries.

Apple reasons that if an iPhone draws more power than what the battery can handle, it’ll suddenly shut down, which could also explain why your good old iPhone from three years ago simply gives up sometimes. To solve this, iOS controls how much power an old phone with an aging battery can use to perform functions.

This debunks (for now) the popular belief that Apple is deliberately slowing down older iPhones to encourage customers to buy new models, especially when there’s a new one coming out.

Apple is happy about their fix and they’ll soon roll it out to other products soon.

If you happen to have an iPhone that’s already three years old, you might want to check the battery’s health. Rechargeable batteries have a limited lifespan, so replacement is an option.

SEE ALSO: Chinese woman returned her iPhone X for faulty Face ID

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OnePlus 8 Pro breaks 13 records in display tests

Display “visually indistinguishable from perfect,” according to DisplayMate

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To be clear, the OnePlus 8 series hasn’t officially launched yet. Currently, the company has the online launch event set on April 14th. However, some organizations have already received early review units of the anticipated flagship series. As you might have surmised from the title, a prominent display testing company has received one of these early units, granting its top prizes to the OnePlus 8 series.

Confirmed by DisplayMate through a tweet, the OnePlus 8 series has earned an A+ display rating, the highest possible score for the test. Further, the series has broken “10+ display performance records.” Apparently, the series’ color accuracy is “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”

Complementing this report, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau retweeted the accomplishment with his own clarifying comment. “Actually, the OnePlus 8 Pro hasn’t broken a single record. It’s broken 13,” he said.

Lau’s clarification confirms something we already know: that the OnePlus 8 Pro is way better than its lesser sibling, the OnePlus 8. Ironically, the CEO took down a more PR-friendly post about his company’s upcoming flagship series. DisplayMate likely referred to the more general “OnePlus 8 series” to draw attention to both phones. In contrast, Lau clearly attributes most of the accolades to just one phone of the two.

Regardless, we should also note that this isn’t the first groundbreaking phone for the display test. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 similarly broke 13 records as well. It’s easy enough to assume that the OnePlus 8 Pro has successfully grabbed the crown from Samsung’s premium model from yesteryear.

According to previous leaks, the OnePlus 8 Pro will sport a 6.78-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, among other specs.

SEE ALSO: New OnePlus 8 leak reveals purple-orange gradient

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Think pink: ROG decks out devices in black and pink

Bringing black and pink to your area

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) just announced a new special edition series of Electro Punk gaming devices that are stunning and they’re decked out in black and pink. From their pink, PNK LTD, line-up to this cyberpunk black and pink combo, ROG has kept releasing eye-catching color palettes to make sure you find the right gear to show off your personalities with.

Hit you with that…

Black and pink: let’s talk color; not the four drop-dead gorgeous girls that first came to mind with this new color combo.

 

ROG has long integrated Aura Sync into their devices so you can make their devices puke whatever color you liked or felt like. But, not even RGB lighting quite fills the void just as much for some people so, they developed color palettes.

The full Electro Punk set

The Electro Punk color set is available on the: ROG Strix G15 gaming laptop, ROG Strix Go 2.4 headset, ROG Strix Scope TKL keyboard, ROG Strix Impact II mouse, ROG Sheath mouse pad, and the ROG Ranger BP1503 backpack.

ROG Strix G15 Electro Punk gaming laptop

The 15-inch ROG Strix G15 sticks to gaming fundamentals to master it. It’s got the latest 10th Gen Intel Core i7 that can shred through everyday work and play; an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, and 240 Hz display. It’s perfect for buttery-smooth gameplay while maintaining laptop portability, storage, and durability. If you’re looking for a good baseline gaming laptop this is for you.

The Electro Punk edition lays out a sleek stripe around the chassis, highlighted WASD keys, and a pink ROG logo as icing on the cake.

ROG Strix Go 2.4 Electro Punk gaming headset

The ROG Strix Go 2.4 Electro Punk is a USB-C 2.4 GHz wireless headset. It gives you exceptional sound quality with a stable cordless connection to your PC, PlayStation, Xbox, smart devices, and Nintendo Switch. On top of that, it charges fast, has long-lasting battery life, comes with a detachable boom mic, and has built-in buttons for quick and easy volume and mic controls.

The Electro Punk variant has piping hot pink accents in and around the headband, ear pads, and the ROG logo. The rest stays sleek black.

ROG Strix Scope TKL Electro Punk gaming keyboard

The ROG Strix Scope TKL mechanical keyboard was created for fast-paced multiplayer gaming. It’s got an enlarged left CTRL key making it easy to find in any FPS frenzy. Gamers can punch in complex commands with confidence with Cherry MX switches. And, with its durable, aluminium-topped construction and compact size, it’s the perfect keyboard for travelling to LANs, tournaments, and other esports events.

This Electro Punk variant has keys that accent the edges well. On top of that, Aura Sync lighting shines under every key and through the ROG logo while casting an RGB glow below.

ROG Strix Impact II Electro Punk gaming mouse

 

Designed with pro gamers in mind, the mouse delivers smooth action in serious play. It’s 79g lightweight frame features a pivoted button mechanism for precision speed. And, ROG made sure to make personalizing Impact II’s performance easy.

The 6,200 DPI optical sensor ensures accuracy and responsiveness while a DPI button lets you switch between four sensitivity profiles. An exclusive push-fit switch socket design makes it simple to change click resistances and extends the mouse’s lifespan.

The programmable buttons above the thumb-rest pop out against the body of the new ROG Strix Impact II Electro Punk gaming mouse. and of course, the Aura Sync-enabled RGB lighting is integrated into the logo, scroll wheel, and front making it shine in theme from top to tail.

ROG Sheath Electro Punk gaming mouse pad

Every Electro Punk edition Strix G15 laptop comes with a special ROG Sheath desk mat that dials up pinpoint precision for gaming mice. The pad measures 35-inches across and 17-inches deep and provides the perfect comfort cushion for your ROG peripherals.

ROG Electro Punk backpack

The Electro Punk collection is more portable with the ROG Ranger BP1503 backpacks. It’s got pink piping, patches, and slash across the front. The 15-inch laptop backpack’s fabric is durable, lightweight, and water-resistant. And, the mesh netting inside lets users organize their cords tangle-free. It’s no gaming backpack without cushioned compartments for keeping everything perfectly snug.

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The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 looks like the holy grail of competitive gaming

A gamer’s own version of a super weapon

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Professional gamers love to take their skills to the next level. In order for them to do that, they need the type of hardware that could keep up with their aspirations. For ASUS ROG, they have something that just might provide everything they need. Along with their refreshed Spring 2020 collection, they’ve also announced the arrival of the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17.

The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 brings all the powerful hardware you can imagine for the pro player. For starters, this gaming laptop comes with the 10th generation Intel Core i9-10980HK octacore processor. With this, you can expect massive power doing practically anything and everything — especially for non-stop, hardcore gaming. This is coupled with the NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER that ASUS ROG claims to provide triple-digit frame rates.

Along with 32GB of DDR4 RAM, the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 becomes the battle-ready device for any competitive gamer out there. With this device, multitasking will naturally be a breeze and most heavy duty tasks are accounted for. We’re talking playing games while editing and rendering gameplay without breaking a sweat!

Perhaps one of the bigger additions to the hardware is the 17.3-inch, 300Hz refresh rate display. At a response rate of 3ms with the RTX 2080 SUPER, you can expect insane response times during intense moments. Also, you can expect clearer images with less motion blur in play, providing clear cut details for a smoother gaming experience.

Of course with all that power inside, this device finds a way to remain cool and collected. The device makes use of liquid metal compounds on the CPU and GPU that allows better heat transfer to its four heatsinks. Furthermore, ASUS ROG came up with a CoolZone design that alleviates some of the heat from spreading to the keyboard, particularly towards the WASD keys. The ROG Armoury Crate also comes with more optimized cooling modes to aid in heat exhaustion.

All in all, the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 looks to provide the professional gamer with the opportunity to be better. As for pricing and availability, these have yet to be announced.

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