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Oct

Kuo: iPhone XR Pre-Order Demand Over First Weekend Exceeded That of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus


iPhone XR pre-order demand in the first three days of the device’s availability was “better than that” of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during the same period last year, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said that although pre-order demand immediately after launch has been lower for the iPhone XR versus the flagship iPhone XS models, overall iPhone XR shipment momentum is “more stable” because it will drive more customers to upgrade than the iPhone 8 series over time.


Kuo added that iPhone XR shipping estimates on Apple.com (many models remain available for launch day delivery on Friday) do not indicate exact demand, as the type of customers interested in the device are more general users, with many ordering through carriers to take advantage of promotions.

An excerpt from Kuo’s research note with TF International Securities:

We are not surprised that XR’s initial delivery times are shorter than those of the iPhone XS series after pre-order open given that XS and XR have different target customers. The former’s target customers are Apple fans, who snap up new models rapidly after the pre-order open. The latter’s are general users who are used to operating iOS with characteristics including favoring the Apple brand, limited budget, or no urgent replacement demand.

Some other analysts had expressed concerns that the iPhone XR’s strong availability implied weak sales of the $749 handset.

Kuo already predicted that iPhone XR demand would be higher than that for the iPhone 8 series last year in a research note shared last week. He also increased his iPhone XR shipment forecast to 36 to 38 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 10 percent from his original estimate of 33 to 35 million units.

Related Roundups: iPhone 8, iPhone XRTags: Ming-Chi Kuo, TF International SecuritiesBuyer’s Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)
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22
Oct

eBay Debuts New Smartphone Trade-In Program ‘Instant Selling’


eBay today launched a new option for customers who are looking to trade in their iPhones or other smartphones, which it’s calling “Instant Selling.” Using this feature, you can list an old iPhone and get paid instantly with an eBay voucher.

Instead of listing an old device on eBay as normal, waiting for bids to come in and for payment to be received, eBay is making this process easier with Instant Selling. To use the program, visit eBay, enter your device’s information to see if it’s eligible, add images, list the device, and get a quote.

Afterwards, you’ll receive an instant eBay voucher representing the resell cost of the smartphone, which you can then put towards the purchase of a new smartphone or anything you come across on eBay. The retailer will also provide a shipping label for you to ship out your old iPhone.

“Millions of Americans have unused phones in their homes and simply don’t realize how much their devices are worth, probably because trade-in values are typically so low,” said Alyssa Steele, Vice President of Hard Goods, eBay. “With Instant Selling, people can find out exactly how much their phone is worth, and sell their phone within a matter of minutes to immediately help fund the holidays, or maybe something off their personal wish list.”

eBay’s program will be helpful for anyone who plans on doing a lot of holiday shopping on the site, since the provided voucher is only accepted on eBay. If you think that might be you, eBay says that Instant Selling provides higher trade-in values on average in comparison to sites like Gazelle, EcoATM, Apple’s GiveBack program, and more.

A table that eBay provided highlights its high-end values, but it still looks like Instant Selling could be a solid trade-in option for eBay shoppers. eBay offers $579 for an excellent condition used 64GB iPhone X, compared to the Apple GiveBack program’s $525.


As of now, Instant Selling eligibility includes unlocked smartphones on Verizon and AT&T, the Samsung Galaxy S7 to S9+, and the iPhone 6s 16GB to iPhone X 256GB. Next month eBay will add Sprint, T-Mobile, Google Pixel, and some LG devices to the program.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with eBay. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

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22
Oct

HomePod is Ninth Most Popular Smart Speaker in United States According to Recent Survey


Apple’s HomePod is the ninth most popular smart speaker model in the United States, according to an online survey of 1,011 smart speaker users conducted by research firm Strategy Analytics in July and August.

The top eight positions are held by various Amazon Echo and Google Home models in the Strategy Analytics rankings. The standard Amazon Echo tops the list with an estimated 23 percent share of the U.S. installed base of smart speakers, while the HomePod is estimated to have just four percent market share.

  • Amazon Echo: 23%
  • Amazon Echo Dot: 21%
  • Google Home: 8%
  • Google Home Mini: 7%
  • Amazon Echo Plus: 5%
  • Amazon Echo Spot: 4%
  • Amazon Echo Show: 4%
  • Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: 4%
  • Apple HomePod: 4%
  • Google Home Max: 2%

Apple does not disclose HomePod sales in its quarterly earnings results. In August, Strategy Analytics estimated that HomePod shipments totaled 700,000 units in the second quarter of 2018, giving Apple a roughly six percent share of the worldwide smart speaker market at the time.

While the HomePod may have only a single-digit share of the overall market, Strategy Analytics shared data last month indicating that Apple accounts for 70 percent of the small but growing $200-plus smart speaker market, topping competing products such as the Google Home Max and a variety of Sonos speakers.

That data shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Amazon Echo and Google Home models are regularly priced as low as $49, whereas the HomePod retails for $349. Apple has marketed the HomePod as a premium speaker that also has Siri, as opposed to a personal assistant that also plays music.

It’s also worth noting that the HomePod only launched this past February, two to three years after its biggest competitors. Today, the HomePod is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, and Germany, with sales set to begin in Mexico and Spain on Friday.

Back in April, well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple was “mulling” a “low-cost version” of the HomePod, possibly in the form of a Siri-enabled Beats speaker. The status of those plans is unclear.

Related Roundup: HomePodTag: Strategy AnalyticsBuyer’s Guide: HomePod (Neutral)
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22
Oct

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of tvOS 12.1 to Developers


Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.1 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fourth update and over a month after releasing the tvOS 12 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 12.1 beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that’s installed using Xcode. Subsequent betas can be downloaded over-the-air.

We’re not yet sure what fixes and changes the tvOS 12.1 update might bring, but it’s likely to focus on bugs that have been discovered since the release of tvOS 12. No new features were discovered in the first three tvOS 12.1 betas.

Apple’s tvOS updates have historically been minor in scale, and Apple does not often provide us with detailed notes outlining what’s new, but we’ll update this post should any changes be found in the fifth beta.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12Buyer’s Guide: Apple TV (Caution)
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22
Oct

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of watchOS 5.1 to Developers


Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth watchOS 5.1 beta and more than a month after releasing the new watchOS 5 operating system.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.

To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 5.1 includes support for the Group FaceTime feature that’s also available in iOS 12.1 and macOS 10.14.1, with Group FaceTime calls able to be answered in an audio-only capacity on the Apple Watch. Group FaceTime allows you to chat with up to 32 people at one time.

The watchOS 5.1 update brings a full-screen new “Color” watch face option for the new Apple Watch Series 4 models, with users able to choose between dozens of shades. There’s also a filled-in circular color option for older Apple Watch models that joins the standard Color clock face.


Alongside macOS 10.14.1 and iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1 introduces support for more than 70 new emoji characters like face with hearts, red hair, gray hair, curly hair, super heroes, kangaroo, peacock, parrot, lobster, cupcake, mango, and more.

For additional details on watchOS 5 and what was introduced in the new software, make sure to check out our watchOS 5 roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5Buyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)
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22
Oct

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers


Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta and more than a month after releasing iOS 12, a major new version of the iOS software.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.1 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

iOS 12.1 includes several new features that Apple promised would come to the iPhone XS and XS Max. The beta introduces support for the eSIM, which is a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need to use a physical SIM card.

Carriers will need to implement support for eSIM, which is likely to happen after iOS 12.1 launches. In the U.S., AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will support eSIM.


The iOS 12.1 update brings a new real-time Depth Control feature, which lets you adjust the depth of field of your Portrait Mode photos before you capture them. Right now, in iOS 12, Depth Control is only available for post-capture editing.

If you tap on the “F” icon at the top of the screen while capturing a photo you use Depth Control to adjust the amount of background blur in an image.


In addition to these iPhone XS and XS Max features, iOS 12.1 reintroduces the Group FaceTime feature that was removed from iOS 12 during the beta testing period. Group FaceTime was present in many early betas but was ultimately removed because Apple needed more time to test it.

Group FaceTime is designed to let iPhone and Mac users conduct video and audio chats with up to 32 participants at one time, with new camera effects features included.

The update also adds more than 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads, with options that include red hair, gray hair, curly hair, cold face, party face, face with hearts, mango, kangaroo, peacock, lobster, cupcake, and tons more.

As for bug fixes, iOS 12.1 addresses a charging problem that could cause iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12 to fail to charge when connected to a Lightning cable while the screen is off and it fixes a bug that caused iPhone XS and XS Max models to prefer 2.4GHz WiFi networks to 5GHz networks, resulting in perceived slower WiFi speeds. Both of these bugs have also been addressed in the iOS 12.0.1 update.

Related Roundup: iOS 12
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22
Oct

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS quick look


We’re still working on our review of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but today we had the opportunity to try out the €1,695 Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS.

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Internally, there’s not much different with the Porsche Design model. The baseline option is running 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but Huawei is also selling a 512GB storage option for €2,095. It’s still running the same Kirin 980 SoC you’ll find in the standard edition Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
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Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS review: Is it worth that premium?

Huawei is one of the few brands keeping the luxury phone trend alive. It doesn’t have diamond-encrusted notches or Vertu-level pricing, but the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS reaches well beyond its Huawei P20 stablemates …

The primary difference with this device is aesthetic. The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 Pro has two strips of genuine cow leather on the back, surrounding a center strip of black glass. This glass also embeds the cubed camera array, and there is no camera bump like there is on the standard Mate 20 Pro. Near the center of the glass, you’ll find a Porsche Design logo, with the Huawei logo directly underneath.

You’ll also have access to a few special wallpapers exclusive to the device, with a couple of live wallpapers animating the Porsche stripes. We’ve gone ahead and stripped these wallpapers from the device and have them available for download here.

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How do you feel about a company partnering with a car brand to boost brand value? We’ve seen other moves in the past from the likes of Oppo and Lamborghini, so it’s not like this move is completely unheard of.

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22
Oct

Snatch this year’s Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar at a discount


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

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Amazon has the latest edition of the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar on sale for just $33.99 today. Last year’s version was a hit that became harder to find as Christmas crept closer, so purchasing it now not only saves you some cash but also a headache if you might want one later this year.

This advent calendar is perfect for the young Star Wars fan in your life as it comes with 24 Lego Star Wars surprises for every day of December leading up to Christmas! Some of the surprises might be minifigures to add to the collection, while others might be buildable mini models of vehicles like a Tie Fighter or an AT-ACT walker. It includes 307 pieces in total along with a foldout play mat.

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22
Oct

Chrome OS is skipping Oreo entirely, grabs Pie and new Assistant UI


Oreo, Oreo, wherefore art thou Oreo?

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Chrome OS has had Android apps for a while, and as such has Android Nougat running as a subsystem within Chrome OS. Now, Nougat is two years old at this point, and replacing it will be Android 9.0 Pie rather than Android 8.0 Oreo. Android Pie has a lot of improvements and expanded features within its lovely crust for Chromebooks to savor, and while the first Canary channel update for Chromebooks to contain Pie — which is pushing out to Pixelbooks on that channel — has a lot to reveal about just what the Chrome OS team will be taking advantage of, there are a couple changes that are quite noticeable in the new version.

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The look of the Settings app on the new Canary channel release — as displayed on Chrome Unboxed — is quite similar to what you’d see on Android tablets or phones and, honestly, has a lot more dead space than before. I’m not thrilled, but hopefully before it comes to Beta or Stable channels, Settings can refine itself to a menu that resembles Android but take advantage of a Chromebook’s increased real estate.

The other big change here involves Google Assistant. The search bar at the top of the Chromebook dock has been replaced with a Google Assistant bar, complete with suggested sites and apps below the bar, and when you summon Google Assistant, instead of a window that hides off in a corner, Assistant sits proudly with a wide window front and center on your Chromebook’s screen, making Assistant much easier to see, read, and engage.

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The Google Pixel Slate showed the same Google Assistant bar in its app drawer and dock in our hands-on last week, so it’s unclear if this new Assistant UI might be arriving on Beta or Stable channels for more devices before Android Pie, but it is definitely progress, and it reminds us that Chrome OS is indeed ever-evolving.

Want to make the jump to the Canary channel? Read this first.

22
Oct

VPNSecure is currently 94% off


Banking information. Mortgage payment history. Your important documents. Nearly all of your life is online these days, and, while convenient, that can be scary. There are many people out there looking to act maliciously, and we need to be sure that is in the back of our brains at all times. While you can’t avoid using the internet (in most cases), you can ensure that it is a secure connection when you do use it.

VPNs have become more and more popular as the time passes because people want to make sure that the information they are transmitting is getting to the right places. VPNSecure is a great option, and right now you can score a sweet deal on a lifetime subscription to the service. With it you’ll be able to connect up to five devices at the same time, use unlimited bandwidth and more.

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Some of the key features include:

  • Allows you to bypass geolocation blocks on your favorite streaming networks
  • Encrypts your traffic so hackers can’t access your data
  • Hides your location & IP address
  • Supports torrents
  • Allows you to connect five devices simultaneously
  • Grants you the ability to choose Data Cipher
  • Uses Stealth VPN to render your VPN traffic unrecognizable
  • Delivers unlimited bandwidth
  • Does not keep any logs of your activity
  • Includes servers in 46+ countries & counting
  • Protects against DNS leak fixes, kill switches & more

You are getting a whole lot for your money here. VPNSecure normally costs $450 for the lifetime subscription, but right now you can pick one up for only $25.

Browsing the web can get you in loads of trouble if you aren’t careful, so be sure to grab this at its 94% discount to secure your browsing sessions.

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