New Apple iPad models appear in regulatory filings suggesting two new tablets are incoming?

Two new Apple iPad models, “A1893” and “A1954,” were approved by the Eurasian Economic Commission. The regulatory agency has oversight in countries like Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The two model numbers do not correspond with any previously released iPad tablet. Top Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities said last year that the 2018 Apple iPad Pro will resemble the Apple iPhone X thanks to the inclusion of an edge-to-edge screen, the TrueDepth Camera, and Face ID. And yes, that means that the new iPad Pro units will feature the infamous “notch.”

We would expect …


Apple sends out iOS 11.2.6 to fix bug that caused Indian character to crash iPhone models

Apple rushed out iOS 11.2.6 today to repair a bug that caused iPhones around the world to crash. A specific character from the Indian Telugu language sent over iMessage, or placed in a text field, can force an iPhone to reboot. The character cannot be read by iPhone models running iOS 11.2.5, If your iPhone is using any other iOS build, you are already in the clear.

In a vacuum, this bug might have been no big deal. But once the word got out, you had your jokers send the character to others via iMessage and social media in the hope that it would crash the recipient’s iPhone. Pushing out …

All Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and S8 models now come with free Gear IconX wireless earphones

Samsung will soon announce a Galaxy S9 and a Galaxy S9+, but that doesn’t mean the company wants customers to stop purchasing its current smartphones. That being said, following a wave of Galaxy-related deals that have been available lately, Samsung now has another offer to buyers of its high-end phones: the company is giving away Gear Icon X (2018) fitness earphones (normally priced at $199.99) for free.
To get yourself a free pair of Gear IconX earbuds, you can buy any of the following Samsung phones (either unlocked, or on a carrier*): …

Maze bezel-less phones are now on sale, sizeable discounts for Alpha and Alpha X models

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If you’re in the market for an affordable handset with a trendy design, Maze’s latest deals at Gearbest might be worth checking out. In order to commemorate the Chinese New Year, the manufacturer is reducing prices across its entire smartphone portfolio, including the recently-released Maze Alpha X.
The Alpha X is Maze’s …

Several Amazon Echo models are on sale over the weekend; check out these deals now

Just a few hours ago, a new sale got underway at Amazon covering some of its smart speaker models. From now until 2:59 am EST on Monday morning, you can save 12% or $15 on the Amazon Echo Spot. This is one of the newer Echo devices in the lineup, and includes a 2.5-inch display. With the discount, the price of the Echo Spot is reduced to $114.99 from the usual non-sale price of $129.99.

The second-generation Echo is also on sale. Priced with a $15 discount at $84.99, you can save $15 or 15% from the pre-sale price of $99.99. The new speaker on board features seven microphones, beamforming …

Sony's official policy: premium models get Android software updates for two years

Apparently, it is hard for most smartphone manufacturers to put into words their policy on pushing out Android updates. That leaves it to the consumer to try and guess how future proof his or her new handset is. Today, however, Sony decided to release its policy on Android updates for its premium and mid-range models. According to the company, the goal is to continue to update its top-shelf smartphones for a two-year period following the launch of a high-end phone. As for Sony’s mid-range handsets, the company said that it might decide against updating certain models if the hardware can’t provide …

The world's top Apple analyst releases new research notes on the 2018 iPhone models

KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made so many great calls on Apple, that he is considered by many to be the most accurate out of the thousands of analysts who follow the company. In Asia, where it already is Monday thanks to the time difference, Kuo has disseminated a new research note to his clients, containing his latest musings about the 2018 Apple iPhone handsets.

Kuo expects Apple to release three new handsets this year. The lower priced model will be the 6.1-inch Apple iPhone 9. According to Kuo, this model will:

Feature an LCD screen.Be manufactured by Pegatron …

Apple working on four next-generation iPhone models, but only three will make it to market

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Apple is working on a handful of iPhone prototypes before taking a final decision, but since plans can change on the fly, it’s hard to tell which of these projects are going to be finalized and which will be abandoned.

However, Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin believes he has the answer. According to him, Apple has four next-generation iPhone projects in the works, but only three of the products will eventually make their debut on the market.

The four iPhone models that Apple is now prototyping feature 5.7- to 5.8-inch LCD display, 6.0- to …

Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus listed on FCC site; both models will carry a 4000mAh battery

Just yesterday we showed you a 3D render of what was alleged to be the Moto E5. Sporting a real-facing fingerprint scanner (which includes the company’s iconic batwings logo), the handset is expected to feature a 5-inch display and a MediaTek SoC under the hood. Today, the Moto E5 resurfaces along with the Moto E5 Plus as both phones are said to be listed on the FCC website.

The model numbers posted on the FCC page are XT1922-4 and XT1922-5. While the FCC documentation doesn’t give away much information about specs, it does show that both phones will be powered by a 4000mAh battery. Last …

Android 8.1 factory images with January security patch now available for these stock Android models

Factory images are useful for those who don’t have any patience and won’t wait for an OTA update to hit their handset. It also helps those who are customizing their device get back to the latest Android build, just in case they screw up. New Android 8.1 factory images for three carrier specific stock Android devices are now available, and come three weeks after Google first disseminated the January 2018 security patch with an update. In addition to the factory images, these particular models will also receive the update OTA.

Let’s end the suspense. The following handsets now have an Android …