Apple iPhone 5s might get iOS 12 according to WebKit test

The smart money expects that for the first time, the Apple iPhone 5s will not receive the next version of iOS this September. Last year, the cut-off model was the iPhone 5; any iPhone that was released after the iPhone 5 received iOS 11. With that in mind, one could come to the conclusion that the Apple iPhone 5s would be the cut-off model this year and iOS 12 will be made available to the iPhone 6 and later.

But thanks to the open source nature of WebKit, the browser engine used by Safari, we were able to find a page that mentions a test run in January that included an Apple iPhone 5s running …

Apple iPhone 5s doesn't receive the iOS 11.3 battery health features

Late last year, Apple admitted that it had throttled the CPU on some older iPhone models. These units contained worn out batteries that were not up to providing the handset with enough power to perform certain complex tasks. When that happened, the iPhone in question would shut down, forcing the user to reboot the phone. Apple included the software required to throttle these older models through the update to iOS 10.2.1, and never told the public what was going on until last December.

Besides offering $29 battery replacements until the end of the year (reduced from $79) the company added …

Malaysian retailer Switch cancels $50 Apple iPhone 5s sale after getting mobbed

Switch, an authorized Apple retailer in Malaysia, was about to hold a massive clearance event on older iPhone and iPad models. With the price of the Apple iPhone 5s cut to $50, and iPads starting at $79, consumers throughout the country were attracted to the deals. In fact, a huge crowd of over 11,000 formed a line outside the store on the evening before the sale was scheduled to take place. The huge throng appeared even though midnight queues were not allowed at this particular Switch location.

Switch employees handed out claim tickets to those at the front of the line, but as the doors …

Deal: The unlocked Alcatel Idol 5S with Android 7.1 Nougat is on sale for 22% off

The newest Android smartphone launched by Alcatel, the Idol 5S is now on sale on Amazon. The handset made its debut in the United States only last month, so it’s quite disconcerting to see this mid- to high-end smartphone being discounted earlier than usual.

The Idol 5S is the only smartphone launched by Alcatel that ships with Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. The 5.2-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution features Asahi Dragontrail Glass coating.

On the inside, Alcatel’s mid-range handset packs a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, …

Amazon adds more Prime-exclusive phones: get Nokia 6, Alcatel Idol 5S, or Moto E4 for less

Amazon just added no less than 5 new devices to its Prime-exclusive phones list, where you trade the appearance of some ads on the lock screen for getting the phones cheaper. All of these come in the $80-$200 range, so they are targeted to folks who would be looking into saving some dollars in exchange for a few ads here and there. 
Here are the six devices that Amazon will be offering to its Prime customers at a discount, while the Alcatel phones seem to be Amazon-exclusive, too. Does anything here tickle your fancy?
Nokia 6 …

Alcatel Idol 5S, A50, and A30 Plus offer decent features at accessible prices

Alcatel today announced three new smartphones that run Android Nougat: Alcatel Idol 5S, Alcatel A50, and Alcatel A30 Plus. In addition to being available as Amazon Prime phones (with adds on the home screen), all tree handsets are also offered add-free in the US, though they’re a bit more expensive this way.

Succeeding the Alcatel Idol 4 from 2016, the Idol 5S is built around an aluminum frame, and seems to be a nice mid-range smartphone. Running Android 7.1 Nougat, the device features a 5.2-inch 1080p display, dual front-facing speakers for stereo sound, fingerprint …

This month's Alcatel Idol 5S leak shows the handset compared with last year's Idol 4

It seems that once each month the unannounced Alcatel Idol 5S appears in a story of some sort. Back in February, the sequel to the Alcatel Idol 4 was discovered on the Geekbench site with the Helio P20 chipset from MediaTek under the hood. The MT6757CH carries an octa-core CPU, and the Mali-T880 GPU; the phone went through the test with 3GB of RAM inside and Android 7.0 pre-installed. In March, the Alcatel Idol 5S was spotted on the GFXBench site, this time with a broader list of specs.

Some of the new information we learned from GFXBench last month included the 5.2-inch size of the display, …

Alcatel Idol 5S spotted again with 5.2-inch FHD display, Android 7.0 Nougat

Alcatel usually has a strong presence at Mobile World Congress, but this year, TCL, the Chinese company that owns the brand, did not announce anything impressive other than the BlackBerry-branded KeyOne smartphone.

Perhaps TCL has so many projects underway that there’s no time to launch them all at once, or maybe it’s a strategic decision to allow some time between new devices.

However, we do know for sure that TCL is likely to announce a brand new mid-range smartphone very soon, the Alcatel Idol 5S. We’ve talked about it back in February when the handset was spotted at Geekbench, …

How to SIM Unlock your Apple iPhone 5S VIDEO

I found myself with a T-Mobile iPhone 5S and since I use an AT&T SIM card a lot nowadays (and didn’t want to buy another iPhone), I figured it was time to unlock it (we can talk about how ridiculous it is that we lock phones to carriers some other time). For anyone else curious about how to do this for themselves for whatever reason, here’s how.


iPhones are unlocked in a slightly different way than most devices. For any other GSM device, you just give an unlock code supplier your IMEI, wait for the unlock code to be sent to you via email, and put it into your device. For an iPhone, you give your IMEI, they send you an email when the unlocking is complete (usually a few days to a week later), you plug it into iTunes and wait for iTunes to tell you it’s unlocked.

Now, it is important to note that these unlocks cost money and that the amount they cost fluctuates depending on a lot of factors in the industry (I can remember a time when AT&T iPhone Unlocks cost $0.99, sigh). Right now, unfortunately, they aren’t cheap, in fact, they’re pretty expensive. Most companies I’ve found charge close to $100 for an unlock code (prices vary depending on the original carrier it is locked to though). If this is still worth it to you, here’s how to buy an unlock and how to unlock the iPhone once it’s complete.

*Important Note: Not all devices can be used on all carriers (i.e. an AT&T or T-Mobile iPhone, even when unlocked, will not work on Verizon or Sprint). Read this for more info.

I. Find your IMEI
1. On the phone, go to Settings > General > About.

2. Look for your IMEI there and write down that number (without any spaces).

II. Purchase your iPhone Unlock
There are plenty of places to buy unlocking services from. You can google for unlocking service, or buy an unlock from us if you want by heading to our Unlock My Phone section.

1. Head to your unlocking site of choice and follow their steps to purchase an unlock (if you don’t use my site just make sure you choose an unlocking service that offers a refund and has some good reviews).

2. Once you give them your IMEI and make payment, the waiting begins. Allow however many days they say it takes for them to unlock the device.

II. Use iTunes to Unlock the iPhone
1. Once you get the email saying that the iPhone is unlocked, on the phone, go to Settings > iCloud.

2. Sign in with your Apple ID an password if prompted.

3. Turn off Find my iPhone.

4. Take out the SIM card.

5. Put in an unauthorized SIM card (any SIM card that isn’t the one the iPhone came with).

6. Turn it on.

7. It should tell you that you need to activate it.

8. Connect to Wifi and let it activate.

9. Your new carrier’s name should be in the status bar. If so, you’re all set.

If that didn’t happen, plug it into the computer, open iTunes and wait for it to confirm your device is unlocked (or require you to restore and then it’ll unlock).

Youtube Video Here