2019's iOS 13 "Yukon" to focus on iPad improvements, redesigned home screen and more

A tweet disseminated by Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman, gives us some insight into 2019’s iOS 13. According to Gurman, next year’s iOS update comes with an exclusive update for the Apple iPad that has a codename of “Yukon.” The home screen for the tablet will be redesigned, and an updated Files app will be included. Some of the updated features will be for the Apple Pencil.

If Gurman is correct, Apple will add in-app tabs, currently used on MacOS, and users will be able to call up side-by-side screens of the same app in Split View. In response to a tweeted response, Gurman did say that the …


LG puts the focus on audio with the G7 ThinQ

In a time where manufacturers are abandoning the headphone jack, LG has just announced several new features to appear in the upcoming G7 ThinQ. LG has been known for including quad-DACs in its phones. Those who love high-end headphones and audiophiles are always very appreciative of this feature. It is clear that a majority of music today comes from the smartphone. We power Bluetooth speakers with them at parties, we connect headphones to them at the gym and we connect to our vehicle’s sound system when driving. LG recognizes this and is placing the focus on one of the things that move us, …

The OnePlus 6 Alert Slider will also adjust camera focus

A new, camera-related OnePlus 6 feature has been teased by the company. The Chinese OEM has made no secret of its plans to launch the OnePlus 6 in the near future, with a number of teasers being released via the company’s official social media pages. Now, following previous gesture and spec-related teasers, OnePlus appears to have confirmed a new functionality for its popular Alert Slider.

The Tweet sent out by the company includes a short, animated video accompanied by the caption “Slide to focus with the Alert Slider,” the latter element being the biggest giveaway in regards to what the …

Samsung shifting focus: being first in everything is no longer that important, says boss

Now that the Galaxy S9 is out there and still being a hot buzzword, Samsung’s head of Mobile DJ Koh spoke at a press conference with Korean reporters, discussing what lies ahead. And it seems there will be a slight shift in strategies — one that will change what we expect to see from Sammy in the years to come.

When talking about hardware innovation, some reporters pointed to Chinese manufacturers that already have an in-display fingerprint scanner in their phones (we assume that’d be Vivo) and that foldable displays are already being seen in different places than just Samsung leaks.

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Apple overhauls software strategy: switches focus back on quality, even if new features take more time

iOS 12, the new version of Apple’s phone and tablet software that is expected to arrive this fall, will offer a lot new features, but at the same time, Apple has cancelled plans for others as the company is looking to fix bugs and has a renewed focus on quality and reliability over novelty. The information comes from a report by Bloomberg that claims to have inside sources.

While Apple will continue to publicly release new iOS versions every year, inside, the software team will have a new two-year plan that will allow more time for testing and it will have more freedom to push …

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) updated with selfie focus, other camera improvements

Although we should be talking about the new lineup of Galaxy A series smartphones, a new update makes the previous models newsworthy. It appears that both Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) smartphones have received an update that brings some important camera-related features.

The most important is called Selfie focus and it’s a new mode for the front camera that when enabled allows users to take a picture without having to tap the screen to focus on a subject. It’s supposed to add some sort of bokeh effect and make the background blur while the subject of the picture is right …

Report: Microsoft's foldable tablet to focus on note-taking, may be released in 2018

A lot of ink has been spilled in the topic of Microsoft’s spectacular failure in the smartphone realm, though one would imagine such musings would stop now that Windows 10 Mobile is pretty much officially dead. And yet, there’s that one rumor that has simply refused to die: the one about the foldable Surface device that’s been in development seemingly forever.

But if a new report from Windows Central is to be believed, the reason as to why it persists is simple: Microsoft is actually working on such a prototype. Commonly referred to as “Andromeda” (though …

HTC's stand alone VR headset to be named Vive Focus?

Back in July, HTC introduced a new standalone version of its Vive VR headset at the ChinaJoy trade show. The headset doesn’t need to be connected to a computer, and is powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chipset that you will find powering today’s high-end Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Originally named the Vive Standalone, that might be too much of a mouthful to spit out when you’re ordering the device.

A couple of new trademark applications that HTC has filed might have outed the real name that the manufacturer plans on using for the VR headset. Last week, HTC requested …

Huawei leaving the low-end market, focus is on premium smartphones

Let’s face it, long gone is the time when Huawei was mostly known for its budget-friendly smartphones. The Chinese company is now world’s number 3 handset maker, and not due to mainly selling low-end smartphones.

After trying to build itself an entirely different image, one that would not be associated with cheap smartphones, Huawei has decided to drop the budget-friendly smartphone market altogether.

Richard Yu recently confirmed that the profit his company makes for selling low-end handsets is too small, which means the business model is not sustainable …

Rogers BlackBerry KEYone receives update starting tomorrow; focus is on bugs, not security

A leaked internal document reveals that starting tomorrow, July 17th, the Rogers branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone will receive an update. Unlike other handsets in the Rogers family that are receiving updates tomorrow (such as the Moto G4 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+), the new files being sent to the KEYone are related to bug fixes instead of security.

The issues that need to be addressed by the update are apparently related to the Rogers’ network. Early last month, several Rogers subscribers complained about their inability to receive incoming phone …