Apple's new ad hints that with the iPad Pro, we are close to a post-PC world

Apple says that with the iPad Pro and iOS 11, a post-PC world is closer than we think. And that is the focus of a new ad for the device that was released yesterday by Apple. It isn’t until the very end of the commercial when you understand what Apple is trying to say in 60 seconds. A young girl named Scout (maybe 11 or so) hops on her bike, carrying her iPad Pro in a bag. It’s a busy day for this young iPad Pro user as she meets a friend on an apartment stoop, and works on a report about insects (using the camera to take a picture of a praying mantis).

Our heroine then sits down …


Earnings warning hints at weak iPhone 8 sales; iPhone 7 is the most popular phone during Q3

Pegatron, one of the contract manufacturers used by Apple to assemble the iPhone, warned today that demand for the Apple iPhone 8 could be weak during the first quarter of 2018. The company said that it often experiences a seasonal slowdown during the start of a new year. Jeff Pu, an analyst at Yuanta Investment Consulting, predicts that Apple will slash orders for the iPhone 8 by 50% during the first quarter. Pegatron produces the iPhone 8 while Foxconn assembles the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Apple contributes 60% of Pegatron’s revenue and is the company’s top customer.

In addition, …

OnePlus CEO hints at OnePlus 5T pricing: Won't exceed $600, probably

OnePlus’ own CEO Pete Lau might have just dropped a rather saucy hint about the pricing of the upcoming OnePlus 5T.
When asked on Weibo if 4,000 yuan (around $603) would be enough to buy the next OnePlus phone, the CEO chimed in with “Enough”, heavily implying that the device will most certainly cost up to $600. Of course, this doesn’t mean the phone will explicitly cost $599, but it falls perfectly in line with the pricing we expect.
OnePlus started as a company that stuck to a rather aggressive pricing but …

Teardown of Google Play Store v8.4 hints at audio books, auto-updating system apps, more

A recent teardown of the latest Google Play Store APK (version 8.4) is hinting that audiobooks could be coming soon to Google’s large software repository, which always has tons of apps, movies, music tracks, and e-books. That’s yet another step in Google’s quest of making the Play Store a one-stop shop for all the kinds of media content you might possibly think of.
The unearthed code is rather sparse and gives no hints as to what app will be used to blay the audio books, but we bet that either Play Music or Play Books will have the honors. As usual with …

Wink, wink: OnePlus heavily hints at the OnePlus 5T boasting a 3.5mm headphone jack

OnePlus just posted an image on Facebook that heavily implies its next smartphone, which is believed to be the OnePlus 5T, will retain a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. 

We mean, it’s only logical to assume that since the whole premise of the image is to highlight the fact that all of OnePlus’ devices so far – the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5 – have boasted the good ol’ audio jack on deck, allowing you to plug in any standard headphones. With a tagline of “What do our phones have in common?”, OnePlus is asking the important questions …

Google Duo 21 hints that users will be able to send audio and video messages to contacts

According to a report published today, video conferencing app Duo could soon be used to send and receive audio and video messages to and from contacts. Breaking down Duo 21 reveals button-like icons that users would press to start and stop the recording of a video message. Also discovered in this teardown are several strings that are related to the message notification that a recipient would receive from Duo. The notification reveals if the message is via voice or video, and who it is from. Of course, a Watch or Listen button would be included depending on the form the message takes.

Speaking …

Alleged Google Pixel 2 protective cover hints at large top and bottom bezels for the phone

Google has high hopes for its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. To understand that, all you need to see is the television commercial about the Pixel that promotes the October 4th unveiling of the two sequel models. In the ad, Google shows hundreds of questions people ask about their smartphone, including What’s wrong with my phone’s battery? Why is my phone always out of storage? Why does my phone take so many blurry photos? Why doesn’t my phone understand me? Why is my smartphone so slow? It appears that Google will tell us on October 4th that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are the phones for you.

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WhatsApp update for Windows Phone hints at future business use for the app

The other day, messaging app WhatsApp told us that it now has over one billion average daily users. And yes, believe it or not, some of them wield a Windows Phone. Today, it was discovered that WhatsApp has updated its beta app for Windows Phone to version 2.17.234. While this is not a major update and contains one small change, it does give us a hint about a future capability of the app.

With the update, Windows Phone users will not be allowed to use a check mark character in their profile name. Sounds like nothing, really. However, it actually does mean more than you might think. According …

iOS 11 Beta 3 hints at live broadcasting, could mean massive potential for gamers?

So, iOS 11 is currently up for anyone wanting to try its beta — you’ve got the Public Beta, which is considered stable enough to offer to the early adopters hungry to test the newest software features to come from Apple’s kitchen; and then you’ve got the Developer Preview, which is more raw and definitely unstable, available only to those with developer accounts who more or less need it for their work.

The Developer Preview subscribers have just received a brand new update (Beta 3) a couple of days ago and there are a bunch of small fixes and tweaks to the interface, …

Galaxy Note 7R (FE) gets benchmarked once again, hints at more than acceptable performance

You’ll never guess the alleged benchmarks of what phone just got leaked out!

No, it’s not the upcoming OnePlus 5, this one already got benchmarked a few days ago. 
We’re talking about none other than the upcoming refurbished version of the Galaxy Note 7, which might have made a promising appearance on Geekbench, one of the larger benchmark databases. Depending on who you ask, the phone will be either called the Note 7R or the Note 7 FE (Fan Edition), but anyways, the important part here is that the upcoming safe handset is forming up to be a powerhouse …