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Apple confesses iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have broken mics

Includes an offer to fix the phone

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Apple just can’t catch a break. Another set of glitches is rocking the iPhone world off its axis. Thankfully, the company has admitted its faults this time around. Well… kind of.

Taken by MacRumors, an internal memo leaks the existence of an audio issue currently affecting iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models with iOS 11.3 and later.


The flaw mutes out the mic during voice and FaceTime calls. Additionally, it disables the speaker button during a call. In general, the issue wreaks havoc on the device’s microphone functions, preventing users from broadcasting their audio over the air.

Apple released the corresponding memo exclusively for its authorized service providers. Besides details on the flaw, the memo also explains how service providers can troubleshoot the problem before initiating a full-blown repair.

Apple’s first line of defense involves disconnecting all the phone’s Bluetooth or wireless audio devices. This step ensures that the flaw does not originate from outside sources.

If the flaw remains even after a diagnostic test, service providers can submit the phone for repairs. This also applies to phones with an expired warranty. Apple is lifting its usual repair ban for non-warrantied phones only for this specific issue.

However, the memo does not indicate if the repair is free, warranty or not. Also, despite the memo, Apple has not released an official statement to the public yet. Technically, Apple’s “confession” exists only in internal circles.

Affected users can book an appointment through authorized Apple repair centers or online through Apple’s website.

SEE ALSO: Apple recalls some iPhone 7 smartphones

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Samsung’s Android 10 roadmap leaked

Compatible devices include 2018 smartphones onward

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Even from its early days, Samsung has always championed Android. Naturally, you should expect consistent Android updates well into your Samsung phone’s lifecycle. Unfortunately, Samsung’s Android support cycle is getting smaller. The company has recently leaked its upgrade roadmap for the Android 10, thanks to AndroidPure.

As expected, Samsung is upgrading a lot of devices. From the main flagship lines, smartphones released in 2018 and onwards will receive the update. The Galaxy S series includes the Galaxy S9, S9+, 10, 10+, and 10e. Meanwhile the Galaxy Note series will include the Note 9, Note 10, and Note 10+.


Meanwhile, the midrange segments will enjoy a lot more inclusion. The Galaxy M series includes the M10, M20, M30, M30s, and M40. The Galaxy J line includes the J3 2018, J4, J4+, J5 2018, J6, J6+, J7 2018, J7 Duo, and J8. The massive Galaxy A line will include the A6, A6+, A7, A8, A8 Star Lite, A9, A9 Star Lite, A9 Pro 2019, A10, A10s, A10e, A20, A20e, A30, A30s, A40, A50, A60, A70, A80, and A90 5G.

Finally, Samsung’s tablets will also receive the update. The Galaxy Tab A 2018, Tab A 2019, Tab S4, and Tab S5e will all get Android 10.

Notably, the company’s flagship lines are curiously missing a few pieces. Samsung’s 2017 launches are not included — the S8 and the Note 8 series. Strangely, 2017’s Galaxy A7, a lower-tier phone, will still receive the update.

Likewise, Huawei is on the same boat. Their current roadmap includes only smartphones released during 2018 and onwards.

The smaller inclusion pales in comparison to the latest competition, the iOS 13. Apple’s latest OS includes more older models compared to Android.

Unfortunately, Samsung’s roadmap does not include a timeframe. We don’t know when the Android 10 update will drop, only that it will at some point in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung might fuse the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one series

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Singapore’s first iPhone 11 buyer is a 17-year-old

He bought an iPhone 11 Max Pro

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It’s a familiar sight. People lining up right outside the Apple Store waiting to get their hands on the latest iPhone. Today, the iPhone 11 is now available in Singapore and first in line is a 17-year-old from Malaysia.

His name is Aidid. He went to Singapore along with his sister to get their hands on the latest iPhones. Little did he know, he would be the first one in line. Aidid recorded the experience on Instagram. Here’s a quick look at when the doors opened.


 

Aided went all in. He bought a Space Grey iPhone 11 Pro Max for himself but he didn’t stop there. He also purchased a black iPhone 11 and an Apple Watch Series 5.

Best cameras on an iPhone to date

One of the biggest improvements on the iPhone 11 family are the cameras. The pro versions sport a triple camera setup: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto. With the three new perspectives come improved overall image quality. It promises to produce better portraits and better low-light shots with Night Mode. The next-generation Smart HDR will help a lot in improving lighting. Apple says it will intelligently relight a scene to produce a more natural-looking image with greater detail.

The iPhone 11 family is also equipped with the A13 bionic chip. It’s not only smarter and faster, it’s also more power efficient.

Pricing and availability

The new iPhones are now available in Singapore. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models in midnight green, space grey, silver and gold starting at SG$ 1,649 and SG $1,799, respectively.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in purple, green, yellow, black, white and PRODUCT(RED) starting at S$1,149. The Apple Watch Series 5 is also up for grabs and starts at SG$ 599.

Apple Event: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

 

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be out early 2020

Epic fights and interesting side quests to come!

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If Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ wasn’t hyped up enough for you, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot might be what your missing.

This isn’t just about epic fights that Dragon Ball FighterZ blew up and is now know for. If you haven’t known, this time, you get to try exploring what used to just be a backdrop. The game allows you to play through most of Goku’s life. It’s an action role-playing game that lets you immerse yourself in Goku’s story as you progress further into the plot.


If you don’t find the appeal in playing out Goku’s life, you might want to reconsider. The game looks pretty cool and the views can be stunning when you’re flying in third-person perspective. When fights break out, it’s a whole different story.

The perspective shifts to an over-the-shoulder fighting game. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot looks to be an interesting addition, drifting away from just letting us play hyped up fighting scenes. The game also lets you roam, mine, fish, and complete side quests.  

The game is going to be based off the anime. If you’re a huge fan of the anime, this is your shot to play it out in whole new immersive perspective.

When the heck is this game getting released? Luckily, it isn’t too far from being released. Bandai Namco just announced that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is coming out on the 17th of January 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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