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Court case reveals that Apple knew ‘bendgate’ was going to happen

But they blatantly lied to us

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Throughout the years, Apple has stumbled on oodles of controversies. However, none has so far eclipsed 2014’s massive “bendgate” scandal. Almost four years after the issue, new records have revealed that Apple knew more than they were letting on.

To recap, “bendgate” refers to the iPhone 6’s and 6 Plus’ uncanny susceptibility to physically bending given enough pressure. Despite cases popping up around the world, Apple vehemently denied the issue’s existence.

According to the company’s QA department, bent phones were just rare exceptions to the norm. They even highlighted their stringent quality control to demonstrate that bending wasn’t an issue.

Even then, hardy critics kept intentionally breaking their phones, further aggravating the issue. New cases kept popping up. As a result, several complainants filed cases against the company, stating that Apple knew but covered up the issue prior to launch.

Now, with the investigation well underway, US District Court judge Lucy Koh has revealed internal court documents submitted by Apple. During the investigation, the court required Apple to submit testing results prior to the iPhone 6’s launch.

Among other things, the documents revealed that Apple knew that their phones suffered from a bending defect. Even worse, Apple knew exactly how bendable their phones were. According to the report, Apple knew that “the iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s… and that the iPhone 6 Plus was 7.2 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s.”

Further, Koh reveals that Apple made quiet changes to the iPhone 6’s engineering more than a year after the launch. Too little too late, the change nevertheless increased the phone’s resistance against bending.

Clearly, this runs counter to Apple’s adamant claim that the issue doesn’t exist. While the documents favor the complainants, the court case come a tad bit too late since Apple has already barreled through several iterations since then.

If anything, Apple has learned from its mistakes, more readily admitting to issues that plague iPhones. That, or the company has learned to hide its faults better.

SEE ALSO: You’ll get $50 if you replaced an iPhone’s battery out of warranty

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OPPO Reno4 price and availability in the Philippines

Launched with Careless Music Manila

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The OPPO Reno4 is now official in the Philippines.

Touted as a content creating smartphone, the Reno4 is treading the same path that the Reno line has been taking since the Reno2. On its back is a quad-camera setup: 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide angle lens, 2MP macro lens, 2MP mono camera. Up front, it has a 32MP selfie camera.

Night photography enthusiasts will enjoy the Night Flair Mode, which allows users to apply neon effects against the backdrop.

Moreover, its camera also comes with 960fps Smart Slow Motion for impressive slo-mo shots. There’s also an upgraded Ultra Steady Video 3.0 that now works in both front and rear cameras.

Inside, it’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. It also has 8GB of RAM with 128GB storage. It has a 6.4-inch display in a very thin and light body at just 7.7mm and 165g.

It also comes pre-installed with OPPO’s own SoLoop video editor for editing all your social media videos.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Reno4 in the Philippines will come in Galactic Blue or Space Black and will retail for PhP 18,990.

The pre-order will start from August 15-21. Pre-orders come with a free Rock Space EB100 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds worth PhP2,899.

Starting August 22, the latest handset will be available in all OPPO concept stores nationwide, dealer partners, and e-commerce partners Shopee and Lazada.

The new OPPO Reno4 will also be available via Globe Postpaid, free at ThePlan 1499 with free Rock Space EB100 Stereo Earbuds starting August 22.

To maximize your mobile experience, ThePLAN 1499 comes with 11 GB Mobile Data, Unli All-Net Text, Unli calls to Globe/TM, 50 mins All-Net calls and 1GB data allocation for Facebook. You’ll also get a free subscription to Amazon Prime Video (for 6 months) and iflix VIP (for 3 months).

You can also get 0% interest for up to 12 months with OPPO’s official credit card bank partners Metrobank, PNB, and Citibank. Additionally, you can also purchase OPPO Reno4 at 0% interest installment with Home Credit, with a 20% down payment requirement for any of the 9-month, 12-month, 15- month, and 18-month installment plans.

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Snapdragon chips have over 400 new vulnerabilities

Qualcomm is already patching them out

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Undoubtedly, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series are dominating the smartphone industry. Even amidst the pandemic, the blockbuster series are still developing several new variants throughout the past few months. That said, a single vulnerability can cripple a huge chunk of the industry at once. Catastrophically, Snapdragon chips have over 400 new vulnerabilities, as discovered by a security report.

In a research called Achilles, Check Point, a security firm, discovered the numerous vulnerabilities inside Qualcomm’s Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chips. Embedded inside a processor, a DSP system regulates a device’s charging abilities, multimedia capabilities, and audio features. The system uses a “Black Box” feature, which centralizes the system and prevents intrusion except from the manufacturer… and determined malicious parties.

That said, the DSP carries more than 400 vulnerable pieces of code. With the flaws, malicious parties can turn the device into a spying tool, controlling every aspect of the device. They can also freeze the entire phone and block users from accessing every piece of information on the phone. Moreover, the same malicious parties can perfectly hide their activities from both the user and security software.

Naturally, Check Point has deliberately refused to name the vulnerabilities or the affected models. At Since the Black Box feature blocks phone makers from altering the code, a lot of responsibility falls on Qualcomm. Thankfully, the firm has already alerted Qualcomm to the vulnerabilities. For their part, Qualcomm has started developing patches and will eventually roll them out to phone makers soon.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm reportedly urged US to reverse the Huawei ban

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iPhone 12 series will reportedly launch on October 12

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With the coronavirus still ravaging businesses all over the world, some of the traditional release schedules are currently shrouded in mystery. If the world didn’t descend into madness this year, we would have acquired a better idea of when the more anticipated devices this year will come out. However, we only have delayed rumors. Today, we finally have an idea of when the iPhone 12 series will launch. According to a new rumor, the iPhone 12 series will reportedly launch on October 12.

According to infamous Apple leaker Jon Prosser, the iPhone 12 announcement event will happen on October 12. Likewise, iPhone 12 preorders will open on the same date. In a quick turnaround, the regular iPhone 12 variant will ship one week after on October 19. On the other hand, the more premium iPhone 12 Pro will ship sometime in November.

Previous rumors (and a confirmed report) have already hinted at a one-month delay for the upcoming series. That said, an October 12 launch date makes sense. With a date potentially set for October, the series will still come in time for the holidays.

In other news, the next Apple Watch and iPad series will launch quietly without an official event. After which, they will officially come out on September 7.

Of course, Prosser has had a strange track record lately. For the earlier part of the year, the leaker knocked down leak after leak correctly. However, he has also gotten a few leaks incorrectly as of late, especially regarding WWDC 2020.

If anything, Prosser’s latest report makes the most sense with the past rumors in mind. Now, our wallets are up for a beating during this coming holiday season.

SEE ALSO: Apple might skip the 120Hz display again on the new iPhone 12

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