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Globe opens pre-orders for the iPhone 11 series

Pre-order starts October 18

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Apple fans in the Philippines don’t have to wait much longer. Globe is opening pre-orders for the iPhone 11 series this October 18.

Pre-orders will happen through Globe’s online shop. All iPhone 11 models will be available with ThePLAN, Globe’s standard postpaid plan. Those looking for more data allocation can also avail the iPhone 11 with ThePLATINUM, Globe’s premium postpaid plan.

Existing Globe postpaid customers may renew their plans and devices to the new iPhone 11 through the plan renewal hotline (211).

All pre-ordered iPhone 11 models are expected to arrive by October 25.

Apple’s iPhone 11 series consist of three flagships: the 6.1-inch iPhone 11the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro, and the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. The regular iPhone 11 has a Liquid Retina LCD display while the pro models have the Super Retina XDR AMOLED displays. All devices come with a 12MP wide-angle + 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera setup, with the pro models gaining a 12MP telephoto camera. A13 Bionic chipset in these pohones delivers fast performance and improved battery life.

Pricing in the Philippines starts at PhP 47,990 for the iPhone 11 (64GB model). It goes up to PhP 67,990 for the iPhone 11 Pro (64GB model) and PhP 73,990 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max (64GB model).

SEE ALSO: iPhone 11 Unboxing: Purple, Midnight Green, or Space Gray?

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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