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Prices of the upcoming iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max leak

They will not be cheap

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We’re just a few days away from Apple‘s event but inside info keeps on coming. Last week, we got an early preview of purported renders of the upcoming high-end iPhones. They look quite official and could be the real deal. This time, we have an update about the prices and monikers.

New reports are saying the top-dog iPhone this year will be called the iPhone Xs Max. This information was confirmed by two sources claiming to be familiar with Apple’s marketing plans. It seems like Apple is done with the “Plus” moniker and joins the likes of ASUS and Xiaomi in labeling their big-battery phones as “Max.”

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Anyhow, the name change won’t affect the closeness of the two high-end 2018 iPhones. They’re probably going to be like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with similar designs, materials, and specifications aside from screen size and battery capacity.

What’s going to be different is the “entry-level” variant with a 6.1-inch LCD and aluminum frame. There’s not much info about its official name though, but we’re betting it’ll be called the iPhone 9.

As for the prices of the three upcoming iPhones, early info from Germany says the 6.1-inch iPhone will be priced the same as the iPhone 8 at launch. While the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be as expensive as the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X’s launch prices, respectively.

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So, this means the cheapest 2018 iPhone will be US$ 699, the iPhone Xs is at US$ 799, and the iPhone Xs Max will retail for US$ 999. The prices are for the base models with 64GB of storage.

Unlike last year though, all 2018 iPhones will look similar and the inspiration will come from the iPhone X with Face ID built in. They all have glass backs and wireless charging features, and all three will be rocking Apple’s latest A12 chip along with iOS 12.

Nothing is certain or official, but rumors tend to be accurate most of the time. We’ll just have to confirm everything during Apple’s event happening on September 12.

Source: 9to5Mac 1, 2

SEE ALSO: Apple will officially announce new iPhones on September 12

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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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