One of the features Apple introduced to its iPhones a few years ago was 3D Touch. This is an expansion of its Force Touch technology found on the Apple Watch, which also made its way into the trackpads of its MacBook family of laptops. However, admittedly the tech never quite took off on the iPhone, so much so that it could be eliminated for good starting this year.
If you thought that Apple was done with Touch ID for good, at least as far as its iPhones are concerned, think again. This is because in a report from MacRumors, they cite a research note by Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and his associates in which following a meeting with some suppliers in Apple’s supply chain, they have come up with some predictions for future iPhones.
We know that Apple plans to release new iPhones this year. If the rumors are to be believed, this will include the iPhone 11, the 11 Plus, and the XR 2. Note that these names aren’t final as it is unclear how Apple plans on moving forwards with its naming scheme, but regardless, those models are the successors to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and the XR from 2018.
A couple of years ago, Apple landed themselves in trouble when it was discovered that older iPhones were being throttled via software updates. According to Apple, they justified this by saying that due to degrading battery health, without the throttling of the iPhone’s speed, it can lead to the phone shutting down at random.
When Apple launched the iPhone X and its successors, it felt like Touch ID for the iPhone was pretty much dead, and that facial recognition is the future that Apple will be embracing. However, interestingly enough, not everyone thinks that. In fact, various patent filings in the past show that Apple is still very much exploring new approaches and applications for fingerprint scanners.
Last year, Valve announced the Steam Link app for mobile devices. For those who are hearing about this for the first time, the Steam Link app basically allows gamers to play their Steam games on their mobile devices. This works by streaming games from your computer onto your smartphone or tablet.
Apple and Qualcomm have recently settled their ongoing lawsuits with each other, which some have taken to indicate that come 2020, we can expect to see Apple launch their 5G iPhones. Apple had previously been rumored to use Intel’s 5G tech for their iPhones, but with Intel dropping out of the 5G race for good, Qualcomm is pretty much the only other option.
According to a recent report, Apple is said to be introducing new color options to the iPhone XR 2 later this year. These new colors are rumored to come in Green and Lavender and are also rumored to be replacing two existing color options, which are Coral and Blue. Now thanks to a tweet by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, we have an idea of what those colors might look like.
Even the most die-hard Apple fan would be hard-pressed to defend the prices of the new iPhones, where the flagship base model is priced at $1,000. With those prices, it has become a lot harder to justify buying a new smartphone every year or every other year, but if you were hoping for prices to drop, you might be disappointed.
If you have an iPhone, iPad and an Apple TV, you might want to consider taking advantage of the mirroring function as it will let you enjoy content from your mobile device on a larger display. Here’s how you do that.
Apple’s iCloud makes for a pretty decent backup service for your macOS and iOS devices, but it is not unlimited and as such, you might eventually find yourself running low on space. You can check out our guide if you’d like to learn how to better manage your iCloud storage.
If you were hoping that 2019 could be the year that Apple introduces a new iPhone design, you could be disappointed. In an image shared on Twitter by Mark Gurman, he has revealed that is allegedly the molds that will be used for the 2019 iPhones. This includes the iPhone 11 and also the iPhone XR 2.
One of the things that Apple does really well is the support for its older devices. While it would no doubt be in the best interest of the company to encourage its customers to buy its newer products, they have actually done a good job at continuing to support older products with major updates.
While the iPhone XR might not be made of the same premium materials as the iPhone XS and XS Max, one of the ways that it distinguishes itself is through the use of colors, where they are offered in more colorful options compared to the other iPhones. If this a feature that you can appreciate, then the next-gen iPhone XR could be of interest to you.