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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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Does the Google Pixel 3 XL scratch too easily?

Here’s how to remove them

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Within the past month, Google has consistently made headlines. Everyone is talking about Google’s new smartphones — the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. At the time, the media’s speculative talk painted an optimistic picture of the eventual launch. True to the hype, the Pixel 3 duo opened to much fanfare.

Now, with the launch in the rear-view mirror, the Pixel 3 is finally getting its fair share of criticism. Naturally, critics are putting the smartphone through all sorts of stress tests. Besides performance benchmarks, these include hardware durability tests. More famously, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything specializes in destroying smartphones.

As per his usual regimen, the YouTuber tried to damage the Pixel 3 XL’s front and rear panels. The results are both surprising and disappointing.

On a positive note, the smartphone’s Gorilla Glass 5 withstood all damage. The scratch test proved Corning’s ironclad claims in the past. At the very least, the Pixel 3 XL is safe from substantial damage.

However, JerryRigEverything discovered a more surprising revelation. The Pixel 3 XL’s back is remarkably prone to scratches. Upon scratching the surface, a sturdy key left clearly visible marks on the smooth exterior. Unlike the Gorilla Glass front, the rear is partially made with just frosted glass. Sadly, the video concluded without offering any solutions. Seemingly, the scars came with permanence.

Fortunately, another YouTuber, Erica Griffin, debunked JerryRigEverything’s claims. After confirming the aesthetic flaw, Griffin showed what the scratches really are and how to remove them. Instead of deep scratches, the scarring is actually just residue of the key. Afterwards, Griffin washed the blemishes with water, soap, and a toothbrush. The method completely erased all traces of the scars.

Indeed, the rear is more prone to scratches. However, if you find yourself with a horridly scratched rear, there is an easy way to clean your phone without taking it in for repairs. Just don’t try scratching your phone deliberately.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 XL Unboxing

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s face unlock is not as secure as it’s supposed to be

It’s easy to fool

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The recent buzz in the smartphone realm is all about the Mate 20 series from Huawei. When the company officially announced the new flagship phones, we were in awe at what they can do. Although, no phone is perfect and early releases come with flaws. Take the Mate 20 Pro’s face unlock feature for example. It’s supposed to be more secure than the usual security measure, but it turns out it’s not.

With two biometric unlocking methods, the Mate 20 Pro should be one of the most secure and convenient phones. You can unlock using the in-display fingerprint reader or use the 3D face recognition with all the complex sensors like Apple’s Face ID. Unfortunately, the latter is not working right for the guys over at AndroidPit in Germany.

The video is in German but you’ll get the context. Check out the video below:

According to the Steffen Herget of AndroidPit, the Mate 20 Pro they have for review quickly unlocks with his face and also his colleague’s. It didn’t happen one time, and it’s not done intentionally.

Steffen and his colleague do look alike, though. They both have a full beard and similar short hair. But, they’re neither twins nor related to each other. This is where the security features of 3D face unlock should come into play, but things aren’t working as expected.

Huawei does claim that their 3D face unlock feature has a failure rate of 1:1,000,000, which is the same as Apple’s Face ID, so it shouldn’t be that easy to be fooled.

This issue could be fixed by a firmware update, especially since the software of review units are pre-final. The retail version might have newer firmware, but this is not looking good for Huawei.

You may head over to the source link (it’s also in German) below to read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s 3D face unlock fail. Huawei has yet to issue a statement or a quick fix.

Source: AndroidPit

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?

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Honor Watch to launch alongside Magic 2

Coming October 31

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Honor will be launching its flagship Magic 2 with its manual sliding camera mechanism by the end of the month, and coming along for the ride is the Honor Watch.

Based on a teaser shared by Honor on Chinese website Weibo, the Honor Watch is set to be unveiled on October 31.

Other than that, not much else is known about Honor’s first truly smart watch.

There’s speculation that it’ll resemble the recently launched Huawei Watch GT, but will be sold at a cheaper price, which Honor has been doing with its smartphones.

Whatever the case, it’ll simply add to the numerous tech launches we’ve been experiencing this month. Before this event, we’ll still see new products from Xiaomi, Apple, and OnePlus, to name a few.

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