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Apple apologizes for secretly slowing down iPhones, will offer $29 battery fix

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In an open letter today, Apple apologized for secretly throttling CPU performance in iPhones with older batteries. The letter is also a clarification to a lot of misunderstanding among customers regarding iPhone performance, followed by a discounted price on battery replacement on older iPhones.

While the purpose of slowing down older iPhones isn’t aimed at forced device upgrades, according to Apple, the act is inclined towards managing the lithium-ion battery efficiency, which is consumed as part of battery’s chemical aging process.

Apple explains the chemical aging process of a lithium-ion battery, which is common across the industry, in the letter as follows.

All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes. Time and the number of times a battery has been charged are not the only factors in this chemical aging process.

Device use also affects the performance of a battery over its lifespan. For example, leaving or charging a battery in a hot environment can cause a battery to age faster. These are characteristics of battery chemistry, common to lithium-ion batteries across the industry.

A chemically aged battery also becomes less capable of delivering peak energy loads, especially in a low state of charge, which may result in a device unexpectedly shutting itself down in some situations.

A new support article, iPhone Battery and Performance, does its best at explaining iPhone’s battery and the factors affecting its performance.

Apple also admitted that in iOS 10.2.1 it improved the power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns from ruining the entire user experience on iPhone SE, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s devices. As a result, the slow down in performance.

About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. With the update, iOS dynamically manages the maximum performance of some system components when needed to prevent a shutdown. While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.

The same update was issued to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2, says Apple.

The Big A also mentioned that it will be offering battery replacement for out-of-warranty iPhones at a very reduced price, starting late January 2018. Customers with iPhone 6 or later will be eligible to replace their batteries for as low as $29, which is $50 less than the actual $79 price point. This is valid worldwide until December 2018, though.

In addition, Apple also announced that it will be issuing a software update that will provide users with more transparency to the iPhone’s battery health, early next year.

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max to launch in more countries and territories starting October 26

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Apple has announced that the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in more than 30 countries and territories in the coming weeks. That goes alongside the iPhone XR launch next week.

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available to pre-order on Friday, October 19 at 12:01am Pacific Time to customers in additional countries. The availability sparks beginning Friday, October 26 at 8am local time in countries including Chile, Columbia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The same event will occur in South Korea and more than 10 additional countries and territories beginning Friday, November 2.

The new iPhones can be ordered through Apple.com or the Apple Store app, or purchased at an Apple Store or authorized resellers on the launch day depending on your region.

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iPhone XR pre-orders begin Friday, October 19

Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). Starting at $749.

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Apple launched the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max worldwide last month. The company also introduced the cheapest 2018 iPhone — the iPhone XR — at its Special Event, which is almost ready to hit the market next week.

The iPhone XR will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, October 19, with sales commencing a week later. Customers will be able to purchase the iPhone XR beginning October 26 at 8am local time in more than 50 countries and territories around the world — that includes the following names.

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

Meanwhile in Armenia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Macau, Maldives, Myanmar, Ukraine and Vietnam, the iPhone XR will launch on Friday, November 2, and a day earlier on November 1 it arrives in Israel.

The iPhone XR comes in a wide range of finishes, including Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). It will be offered in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants, starting at $749. Pre-orders begin on Friday, October 19 at 12:01am Pacific Time on Apple’s official website and the Apple Store app.

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Xiaomi teases Mi Mix 3 with 10GB RAM and 5G support

No notch, no chin. Full display here!

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Xiaomi will be unveiling the Mi Mix 3 on October 25 next week, and the teasers have started rolling in.

The Mix series from Xiaomi is known for its gorgeous display since the original Mix, and the company hasn’t bothered to adopt the infamous notch — not on the Mix series at least. That’s one cool thing Xiaomi is keeping up with lately amongst other manufacturers. The Mi Mix 3 is no different. With no notch and a full edge-to-edge display this time, the Mi Mix 3 will ship without a chin, too. The move axes the front-facing camera from the bottom to a more convenient but mechanical module — yes, the Mix series is transitioning to a sliding module for front camera sensor on the Mix 3.

The sliding part may be annoying for some (who don’t like to slide up every time to unlock the phone, just like me!), but we cannot deny the fact that how gorgeous the phone looks without any notch or chin.

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If the sliding module for front sensors isn’t enough, the Mix 3 will pack 10GB of RAM (yes, ten gigabytes) and will be the first commercially available 5G phone in the market. That said, one should not forget that Xiaomi’s product specifications vary according to the market.

Xiaomi has started teasing the Mix 3 across the social media now, while the company’s Global Spokesperson Donovan Sung has been tweeting the images and specs of the device implicitly since last month. If we’re to follow what Xiaomi does prior to product launch, we’ll be seeing a plethora of teasers until the official launch next month in China. Stay tuned for more on Mi Mix 3!

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