Apple mistakingly makes old iOS versions available, some users hop on and downgrade en masse

Apple has a history of rarely looking back on anything it has moved beynd — it won’t re-incorporate hardware that it has once removed, and it certainly won’t let you use older versions of its iOS once you’ve updated your device. In order for an iOS build to be installed on your iPhone, it needs to be “signed” by Apple’s servers. Usually, once a new version is out, the previous one will be signed for a couple of weeks, after which Apple pulls the plug on it entirely.

Yesterday, however, the company had a slight mishap and was signing multiple old versions of iOS …

iOS 11 installation rate reaches 59 percent, adoption lagging behind older versions

iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is now installed on 59% of iOS devices. The latest information comes from statistics that were shared on Apple’s App Store support page for developers. 
This number is rather impressive, especially when compared to the adoption rate of Android Oreo (0.3% distribution as of November 9th). Still, we have to note that the adoption of iOS 11 is slower than what we’ve seen in previous years. For comparison, iOS 9 was running on 67% of devices by mid-November 2015, while iOS 10 …

Verizon vs AT&T iPhone X versions tested, big advantage for Qualcomm's modem in weak-signal scenarios

Entangled in a patent war with Qualcomm, Apple is trying to avoid the use of its components like cellular modems any way it can, and has been shipping iPhones with Intel modems for a while now, destined for GSM networks. The iPhone X isn’t spared this duplicity, and comes in versions with both Qualcomm’s X16 LTE modem, and Intel’s XMM7480. 

The X16 is the modem of choice for all flagships sold in the US this year, as it allows CDMA network tapping, and allows up to 1Gbps downloads, but since the Intel chip maxes out at 600Mbps, Apple has neutered …

Deal: Save $150 on iPhone 7/7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED versions at Best Buy

Here are a couple of good iPhone 7 deals for Apple fans who haven’t yet give in and bought the new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Best Buy has decided the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED version by $150.

There are multiple variants offered by Best Buy, but the outright price remains the same. For example, the AT&T version iPhone 7 is on sale for just $16.66 per month (was $21.67), the Sprint model sells for $20.83 per month (was $27.09), while Verizon’s costs $20.79 per month (was $27.05) for 24 months.

The iPhone 7 Plus is on sale as well and benefits …

LG V30 color versions: all the official images

The LG V30 is still being presented onstage as we speak, but its specs and design are already official, and the press photos are out for the world to gawk at. LG’s newest and most powerful phablet will be available in Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, and Lavender Violet, and you can choose which one you like the most from the images above. 

The phone is waterproof and certified to military-grade standards against drops and scuffs. It also features 82% screen-to-body ratio, making it join the exclusive club of just 5 phones to break the …

Samsung Galaxy J3, J5, J7: 2017 vs 2016 versions

The Samsung Galaxy J series is a relative newcomer to the Samsung smartphone family. That being said, it does cater to users that don’t require the best of the best from their handsets, and would rather save a few hundred bucks.

That’s why the series enjoys a moderate success globally, and it’s being upgraded for another year. But what exactly are the differences between last year’s Galaxy J smartphones and the current generation?

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) vs Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

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If the Google Pixel XL 2017 will have silver and blue versions, here's what they could look like

Yesterday, thanks to a render revealed by Android Police, we saw what’s supposedly a near-final design of a new Google Pixel XL smartphone – a 6-inch handset reportedly manufactured by LG.

Expected to be announced sometime this fall, the Pixel XL 2017 (or Pixel XL 2) could have at least one of the three color variants that the Pixel XL of 2016: black, silver, and blue. 

The render revealed yesterday showed a black Pixel XL 2017, so maybe you also want to see what the smartphone would look like in silver and blue. Thanks to Twitter user Benjamin Geskin, we can …

Netflix considers making mobile optimized versions of original series?

Fan of Fuller House, or the rebooted One Day at a Time? Do you watch Netflix original programming like House of Cards or Orange is the New Black? If you watch on a mobile device you soon might notice improvements in the way these shows appear on your phone or tablet. Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt spoke to the media today and revealed that the company is thinking about better satisfying mobile viewers of the Netflix app by producing a special cut of original shows for mobile devices.

According to Hunt, Netflix has yet to decide whether it will provide different cuts for different …

The upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 will be available in three distinct versions

In 2016, Xiaomi’s most notable smartphone release was that of the Xiaomi Mi Mix. The Mi Mix and its massive 6.4-inch bezel-less display certainly is a sight to behold, and while the Mi Mix is the phone that most people will remember Xiaomi for in 2016, another handset that the company released last year was the Mi 5. The Mi 5 aimed to offer all of the features of a flagship smartphone at a considerably lower price, and while trying to get the phone imported into the States isn’t the easiest process in the world, we still called the Mi 5 a “great all-around smartphone” …

32GB iPhone 7 significantly slower than more expensive versions

Not all iPhone 7s are born equally, according to new tests, which appear to show the cheapest, 32GB versions are significantly slower than the more expensive 128 or 256GB versions and that some have much poorer 4G reception.


Testing by both GSMArena and Unbox Therapy found that the speed of the storage within the 32GB iPhone 7 is significantly slower than that in the more expensive 128GB iPhone 7. Reading data from the storage of the 32GB version of the iPhone 7 was 200Mbps slower than the 12GB version, 656Mbps and 856Mbps respectively. The difference in read speed over 600Mbps is unlikely to be noticeable in day-to-day usage.

However, writing to the storage – saving data including photos, videos, music, apps or any other type of file – was found to be significantly slower on the 32GB iPhone. The 128GB iPhone 7 wrote to memory at 341Mbps, but the 32GB iPhone 7 was over eight times slower at just 42Mbps.

GSMArena found similar results in its testing of the iPhone 7, with a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus reaching write speeds of only 39.6Mbps compared with a 128GB iPhone 7 writing at speeds of 308Mbps.

Meanwhile, testing of different versions of the iPhone 7 Plus have also apparently revealed discrepancies in their cellular performances. According to New York-based Cellular Insights, which conducted tests using networking equipment, the iPhone 7 Plus smartphones with model numbers A1778 and A1784, including those available in the UK and Europe, performed noticeably poorer than those with model numbers A1660 and A1661, including those available in the US.

A1778 and A1784 iPhone 7 Plus smartphones have an Intel modem chip that connects them to the 4G network, while the A1660 and A1661 models use a modem supplied by Qualcomm, a common supplier of modems and processors to many Android smartphones, including the new Google Pixel.

The Intel iPhone 7 Plus models showed at least 30% worse network performance, and in some cases as poor as 75% worse, than the Qualcomm iPhone 7 Plus models. This performance gap means that the Intel iPhone 7 Plus models will have poorer 4G reception than the Qualcomm versions and slower download and upload speeds.

Milan Milanović from Cellular Insights said: “In all tests, the iPhone 7 Plus with the Qualcomm modem had a significant performance edge over the iPhone 7 Plus with the Intel modem. We are not sure what was the main reason behind Apple’s decision to source two different modem suppliers for the newest iPhone.”

In Cellular Insights further testing, it showed that the Intel iPhone 7 Plus models had worse reception than the iPhone 6S in the majority of signal conditions.

Most of the time users blame mobile phone operators when the signal drops out on their smartphone or data speeds are slow, but the testing indicates that depending on smartphone model, it might not always be the fault of the network provider.