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Apple Watch Series 4 is more popular than iPhone XS — analyst

Based on initial pre-orders

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Just a couple of days after the start of the pre-order for the new Apple iPhones and Watches, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo already has a report providing an insight into how the new devices are doing. The new Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Watch Series 4 are not yet available in stores, but the pre-order numbers say a lot about the excitement of the fans.

Let’s put the good news first. It’s claimed that pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 4 are doing “better than expected” which is probably due to the number of new features. The new smartwatch from Apple now sports a bigger display and has electrocardiogram support. The latest-generation wearable is expected to boost Apple Watch sales in the coming months to over 18 million units, and more than half of that will be the Series 4.

Prices of current iPhones from Apple

As for the new phones, Kuo claims that pre-orders for the iPhone XS are not doing well or simply “lower than expected.” Due to the lack of major changes and features from last year’s iPhone X, the new regular iPhone is off to a weak start. Sales forecast for the iPhone XS will be around 10 to 15 percent of the total iPhone shipments.

It also seems that the soon-to-be-available and cheaper iPhone XR has a role in iPhone XS’ popularity, as well as the bigger iPhone XS Max.

The iPhone XS Max is doing okay, especially in China where the dual-SIM capability and new gold color are popular among consumers. The estimate for the iPhone XS Max is between 25 to 30 percent of overall iPhone sales in the remaining months of 2018.

The upcoming iPhone XR is shaping up to be the most popular among the new iPhones with an estimated 55 to 60 percent share of the total iPhone shipments this year. Too bad the pre-order for the cheaper iPhone is still a month away.

Kuo estimates that the shipment peak of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be in October, and the iPhone XR will start shipping and benefiting from supply chain momentum in October.

Via: MacRumors

SEE ALSO: Apple discounts iPhone 8 and 7, discontinues iPhone X, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE

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Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

Safety first!

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Tinder is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get: the girl next door, the workroom hottie, or (worse) the creepy stalker. Unfortunately, the popular dating app can lead to a lot of terrible nights. Bad dates are, of course, not the end of the world. Ending up with a psycho partner, however, can quickly lead to dangerous situations.

In a long-overdue move, Tinder is finally implemented a panic button for dates that go horribly wrong. The emergency feature will alert authorities and safety personnel if things go sideways. Additionally, it can keep trusted friends updated on where you are.

The panic button will come in partnership with a third-party safety platform called Noonlight. Once installed, the feature will coordinate with both apps. When connected, Noonlight will share updates through the Tinder Timeline.

The actual panic button is located inside Noonlight. When pressed, the button will alert authorities. Afterwards, connected authorities will start texting the individual. If unanswered, they will start calling. If it comes up unanswered again, authorities will go to the individual’s location.

Starting next week, the feature will roll out through a new Tinder tab called Safety Center. The launch will start initially in the US. After the initial launch, the panic button will come to Tinder’s sister services including OkCupid and Match.com.

Besides the panic button, Tinder will also add verification methods to ensure truthful accounts. Users can get verification by recreating their account’s various photos. If the photos match, they get verified.

SEE ALSO: 3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

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Apple shot a film entitled ‘The Daughter’ using an iPhone 11 Pro

So raw, emotional, and honest

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When tech giants create ads and films, you can expect it to be heartwarming. For instance, Apple released a Chinese New Year special, guaranteed to make you tearful and warm.

Entitled “The Daughter,” the short film tackled hope, love, and reconciliation featuring three generations of Chinese women.

It has the elements you need for a good cry — a realistic depiction of disagreement between a mother and daughter, a single parent’s determination to provide a good life, and a child’s curiosity, optimism, and innocence.

Apple Singapore brought together three talented individuals to create this emotional film. Oscar-nominated folks — director Theodore Melfi and cinematographer Lawrence Sher — worked with China’s top actress Zhou Xun in producing the film through an iPhone 11 Pro.

Once again, Apple proves iPhone’s prowess in the video department. There’s a reason why we held iPhone 11 Pro as the best smartphone for photography and videography — there’s nothing like it! Watch the video here.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez’s new music video was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro

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QuickShare will be Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop

It has cloud powers too

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Samsung is developing an alternative to AirDrop. It has a rather straightforward name of “Quick Share” and appears to carry all the functions of Apple’s offering.

Spotted by XDA-Developers, the feature lets Samsung users quickly share files, photos, and videos to other Samsung users. They can set to receive from their trusted contacts by selecting “Contacts Only”. Alternatively, they can receive files from any nearby user by choosing “Everyone”.

To differentiate it from Apple’s seamless file-sharing feature, Samsung will let users upload files to Samsung Cloud. Nearby SmartThings appliances will download the files and stream it to the user’s Galaxy device. However, there is a size limit of 2GB per day with this feature.

This feature will probably debut on Galaxy S20 when it launches on February 11th. It will likely remain exclusive to newer Samsung devices sporting OneUI 2.0. However, it is possible that this feature will roll out to other devices through over-the-air updates.

Samsung is not the only company developing its own nearby file sharing tool. Last August, rivals OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi announced an unprecedented partnership to develop an AirDrop-like feature for their devices. These are a welcome development for Android users longing for a decent AirDrop alternative.

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