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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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It’s easier to get a PlayStation 5 now, Sony says

More supplies worldwide

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Still struggling to get a new PlayStation 5? If dwindling console stocks are keeping you down, Sony has announced a reprieve for queue waiters. The company promised that supply for the console will greatly increase ahead of the PlayStation VR2’s launch in February.

Since the console’s launch back in 2020, scalpers and bots have persistently plagued the industry, taking supplies away from most gamers. Over the years, the impact of supply problems gradually dissipated. Today, it’s easier to buy a PlayStation 5, but supply can still be an issue in some parts of the world.

During CES 2023, Sony initially hinted that PlayStation 5 stocks should increase even more this year. Now, Sony is making it even more official. Today, the company officially posted that it’s easier to find one in retailers globally.

For users hunting for the console in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, Sony recommends going to the official PlayStation store to buy one.

To promote the increased supply, Sony has also released a new promotional video for the PlayStation 5’s exclusives set to imitate a news show.

Only a month into the year, 2023 is already looking to be a great year for the platform. Later in February, Sony is set to launch the new PlayStation VR2. The console will also host a flurry of notable exclusives including Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and Street Fighter 6.

SEE ALSO: PlayStation launches ‘The Year of Play’ campaign

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Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

Plus a new poster

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Netflix continues its huge gamble on anime adaptations. Over the past several years, the platform produced a couple of live-action versions of classic anime shows. To the company’s dismay, neither of the adaptations were received well. Still, the gamble continues to truck on. Netflix has confirmed that the upcoming One Piece adaptation is coming this year.

The live-action adaptation isn’t exactly new. Netflix first announced the title back in 2020 but offered only a few developments concerning the show’s production. Now, we have a release window and a poster.

To be fair, the new poster doesn’t show much except for Luffy’s back. A wider shot shows a bit more including the rears of all the Straw Hat Pirates and a shot of the Thousand Sunny in the distance.

Likewise, Netflix has not shared what the synopsis of the One Piece adaptation will be. Historically, the platform’s live-action adaptations start from the very beginning, taking viewers on a compressed tour through the original anime show’s plot.

That said, the company has a long uphill climb to legitimize its live-action anime adaptations. Despite featuring Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, Netflix’s previous Death Note adaptation quickly receded into a forgettable title. Additionally, Cowboy Bebop was canceled after only one season.

SEE ALSO: Netflix Southeast Asia movies to watch

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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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