Apple’s new iPhone software has a hidden feature so your battery won’t wear out so fast

Apple’s new iPhone software, iOS 13, includes a feature that will help extend the life of your battery. People are keeping their phones longer, often for three or four years, instead of upgrading every two years as was common when smartphones were new and improved more dramatically with every release. But batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge as effectively when the phones age, which means that your battery life starts to get worse. Since then, it added an option that allows use


Apple’s new iPhone software, iOS 13, includes a feature that will help extend the life of your battery. People are keeping their phones longer, often for three or four years, instead of upgrading every two years as was common when smartphones were new and improved more dramatically with every release. But batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge as effectively when the phones age, which means that your battery life starts to get worse. Since then, it added an option that allows use
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Apple's new iPhone software has a hidden feature so your battery won't wear out so fast

Apple’s new iPhone software, iOS 13, includes a feature that will help extend the life of your battery.

This is important.

People are keeping their phones longer, often for three or four years, instead of upgrading every two years as was common when smartphones were new and improved more dramatically with every release.

But batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge as effectively when the phones age, which means that your battery life starts to get worse.

Apple launched a battery replacement program in 2018 after it was criticized for slowing down older iPhones to maintain performance. Since then, it added an option that allows users to see if their battery is running at maximum capacity. If it isn’t, users can take in their phone to get the battery replaced by Apple.

The new iOS 13 builds on this even further with a built-in feature to help your battery last longer in the first place.


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Facebook suspends app pre-installs on Huawei phones

Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course. But some customers at stores in E


Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course. But some customers at stores in E
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Facebook suspends app pre-installs on Huawei phones

Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software.

Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able to use its apps and receive updates, Facebook told Reuters. But new Huawei phones will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.

Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. Apps including Twitter and Booking.com also come pre-installed on Huawei phones in many markets. Twitter Inc declined to comment and Booking Holdings did not respond to a request.

The move by Facebook dampens the sales outlook for Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, whose smartphone business became its biggest revenue generator last year, powered by strong growth in Europe and Asia.

Huawei declined to comment.

Alphabet’s Google said earlier that it would no longer provide Android software for Huawei phones after a 90-day reprieve granted by the U.S. government expires in August.

But Google’s Playstore and all Google apps will still be available for current models of Huawei phones including those which have not yet shipped or even been built.

The Facebook ban, by contrast, applies to any Huawei phone that has not yet left the factory, according to a person familiar with the matter. Facebook declined to comment on when the suspension took place.

In May, Washington banned U.S. companies from supplying technology to Huawei, part of a long-running campaign against the company. The United States alleges that Huawei is too close to the Chinese government and that its telecom network gear and other products could be a conduit for espionage, which Huawei denies.

Buyers of current Huawei phone models that do not have Facebook pre-installed would still be able to download it from the Google Playstore. Future versions of Huawei phones, however, will not have access to the Google Playstore and its apps unless the U.S. government changes course.

Huawei has said it was prepared for the U.S. action and vowed to work around any disruptions. But some customers at stores in Europe and Asia have told Reuters that they are reluctant to buy Huawei phones in the face of uncertainties, and analysts expect a dramatic drop in Huawei smartphone sales.


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The hot trend in smartphones? Not buying a new one

Samsung , the world’s largest smartphone maker by shipment volume, earlier this year introduced the Galaxy Fold — a nearly $2,000 foldable smartphone that ran into early issues, which delayed its commercial release . Chinese phone maker Huawei, for its part, also announced a foldable phone that will cost around $2,600 . “Phones are supposed to be for calling, for texting and for being connected with the world,” a user in London said about her expectations for smartphones. When mobile phones firs


Samsung , the world’s largest smartphone maker by shipment volume, earlier this year introduced the Galaxy Fold — a nearly $2,000 foldable smartphone that ran into early issues, which delayed its commercial release . Chinese phone maker Huawei, for its part, also announced a foldable phone that will cost around $2,600 . “Phones are supposed to be for calling, for texting and for being connected with the world,” a user in London said about her expectations for smartphones. When mobile phones firs
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The hot trend in smartphones? Not buying a new one

Samsung , the world’s largest smartphone maker by shipment volume, earlier this year introduced the Galaxy Fold — a nearly $2,000 foldable smartphone that ran into early issues, which delayed its commercial release . Chinese phone maker Huawei, for its part, also announced a foldable phone that will cost around $2,600 .

But those flashy new features may not be enough to sway people to trade in their old phones immediately, as long as they’re in good condition.

The smartphone industry has a two-part plan to tackle a global slowdown in sales: sell a pricey new type of mobile device that is able to transform into a tablet, and promote phones that can support super high-speed mobile internet standard 5G.

CNBC’s “Beyond The Valley ” caught up with people on the streets of London, Singapore and Guangzhou, China to ask what they thought of foldable smartphones and the responses were not positive:

“It looks very strange,” according to a smartphone user in Guangzhou.

“It’s super bulky,” said a user in Singapore.

“Phones are supposed to be for calling, for texting and for being connected with the world,” a user in London said about her expectations for smartphones. “I don’t think that I really need to pay that much to have this because I can pay a lot less and still be satisfied.”

Market research firm International Data Corporation said that smartphone shipment volumes for the first quarter of 2019 fell 6.6% on-year after a 4.9% year-over-year decline in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, explained that all smartphone makers face “one over-arching problem” at the moment — their devices look pretty much the same and they have similar functionality. When mobile phones first came out, there was tremendous innovation both in hardware and software, but that’s not now the case, according to Wood.

“The marginal gains over the different generation of products started to slow down,” he added.

Smartphone makers are also betting on super-fast internet as an incentive to get more people to switch their existing devices for new ones that can support the so-called 5G mobile internet.

South Korea’s three mobile carriers as well as Verizon in the U.S. commercially launched their 5G services last month while other countries like China and Japan are racing to launch their own versions of the nascent technology. Still, widespread adoption of 5G will take time since most of the infrastructure around the world is still being built.

But there’s some enthusiasm among potential customers of 5G phones.

A user in Guangzhou said he would buy a 5G phone because it is “trendy” but it also has a “better internet system” that would let him do more, including video streaming.

“It just makes everything easier for us, like social media, streaming Netflix and stuff,” another user in London said.


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Google reverses decision to cut ties with Huawei after US eases trade restrictions

Alphabet Inc’s Google said Tuesday that it plans to work with China’s Huawei over the next 90 days, shortly after the U.S. temporarily eased some trade restrictions on the world’s second-largest smartphone maker. The move marks a sudden and dramatic turnabout for the U.S. tech conglomerate. On Sunday, Google said it would cut ties with Huawei in order to comply with Washington’s decision to put China’s telecom giant on the so-called Entity List. However, shortly thereafter, the U.S. Commerce Dep


Alphabet Inc’s Google said Tuesday that it plans to work with China’s Huawei over the next 90 days, shortly after the U.S. temporarily eased some trade restrictions on the world’s second-largest smartphone maker. The move marks a sudden and dramatic turnabout for the U.S. tech conglomerate. On Sunday, Google said it would cut ties with Huawei in order to comply with Washington’s decision to put China’s telecom giant on the so-called Entity List. However, shortly thereafter, the U.S. Commerce Dep
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Google reverses decision to cut ties with Huawei after US eases trade restrictions

Alphabet Inc’s Google said Tuesday that it plans to work with China’s Huawei over the next 90 days, shortly after the U.S. temporarily eased some trade restrictions on the world’s second-largest smartphone maker.

The move marks a sudden and dramatic turnabout for the U.S. tech conglomerate. On Sunday, Google said it would cut ties with Huawei in order to comply with Washington’s decision to put China’s telecom giant on the so-called Entity List.

However, shortly thereafter, the U.S. Commerce Department announced it had granted a 90-day license for mobile phone companies and internet broadband providers to work with Huawei to keep existing networks online and protect users from security risks.

The exemption allows Google to send software updates to Huawei phones which use its Android operating system through to August 19.

“Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone’s best interests and this temporary license allows us to continue to provide software updates and security patches to existing models for the next 90 days,” a Google spokesperson told CNBC in an email on Tuesday.


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Verizon CEO: ‘Tens of thousands’ of customers buying new 5G phones

Verizon is betting that customers will pay up for Samsung’s new 5G smartphone, even though the price point is high and the technology’s infrastructure is still being built up. “It’s a great experience,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell ” on Thursday. We are seeing tens of thousands of customers taking it already,” he said. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the first device that supports Verizon’s new 5G network out of the box. It follows the Motorola Z3, which


Verizon is betting that customers will pay up for Samsung’s new 5G smartphone, even though the price point is high and the technology’s infrastructure is still being built up. “It’s a great experience,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell ” on Thursday. We are seeing tens of thousands of customers taking it already,” he said. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the first device that supports Verizon’s new 5G network out of the box. It follows the Motorola Z3, which
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Verizon CEO: 'Tens of thousands' of customers buying new 5G phones

Verizon is betting that customers will pay up for Samsung’s new 5G smartphone, even though the price point is high and the technology’s infrastructure is still being built up.

“It’s a great experience,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell ” on Thursday.

“I believe that there’s going to be people taking it. We are seeing tens of thousands of customers taking it already,” he said. “And today is the first day you can actually buy it.”

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the first device that supports Verizon’s new 5G network out of the box. It follows the Motorola Z3, which also runs on 5G but only if you buy an additional $200 accessory that enables it.


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Samsung may have a fix for its folding phone that was delayed after it kept breaking

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold screen is broken after just two days of use. Samsung has fixed problems that caused its folding phone to break and is planning to begin selling the Galaxy Fold next month, according to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Samsung told Yonhap it has started to test the redesigned model with three wireless carriers in Korea. According to Yonhap, Samsung solved part of the phone’s problems by tucking the protective film under the frame of the device, which will make it harder to accide


Samsung’s Galaxy Fold screen is broken after just two days of use. Samsung has fixed problems that caused its folding phone to break and is planning to begin selling the Galaxy Fold next month, according to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Samsung told Yonhap it has started to test the redesigned model with three wireless carriers in Korea. According to Yonhap, Samsung solved part of the phone’s problems by tucking the protective film under the frame of the device, which will make it harder to accide
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Samsung may have a fix for its folding phone that was delayed after it kept breaking

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold screen is broken after just two days of use. This phone costs $2,000.

Samsung has fixed problems that caused its folding phone to break and is planning to begin selling the Galaxy Fold next month, according to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

Samsung told Yonhap it has started to test the redesigned model with three wireless carriers in Korea.

Samsung had originally planned to release the Galaxy Fold on April 26 after accepting preorders, but reviewers, including CNBC, found issues with the display that caused it to break easily. Some reviewers peeled off a protective film on top of the phone’s new foldable display that was not meant to be peeled off. In response, Samsung delayed the launch of the phone indefinitely.

According to Yonhap, Samsung solved part of the phone’s problems by tucking the protective film under the frame of the device, which will make it harder to accidentally remove.

Samsung has said it will work to improve messaging on the phones it ships to customers so they know not to peel off the layer. Yonhap said another fix includes minimizing the amount of the hinge that’s exposed, which should prevent objects from getting under the screen and causing damage.

The company told CNBC on May 9 that a new release date for the Galaxy Fold would be revealed in the coming weeks. However, Samsung also said it will automatically cancel preorders if customers don’t reach out to confirm interest in the phone if it is not able to ship by May 31.

Samsung declined to comment on the Yonhap report.

Read more on Yonhap.


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Two major Apple suppliers take big hits as iPhone sales stumble

Foxconn and Japan Display reported disappointing financial results this week as the effects of slowing iPhone sales ripple through Apple’s supply chain. Japan Display said Wednesday that mobile display sales, which make up 73.3% of its total sales, were down 17.2% year over year. Japan Display blamed its sales decline on customers moving to OLED screens in flagship phones, instead of using traditional LCD screens. Japan Display is asking for 1,000 employees to retire early by the end of the seco


Foxconn and Japan Display reported disappointing financial results this week as the effects of slowing iPhone sales ripple through Apple’s supply chain. Japan Display said Wednesday that mobile display sales, which make up 73.3% of its total sales, were down 17.2% year over year. Japan Display blamed its sales decline on customers moving to OLED screens in flagship phones, instead of using traditional LCD screens. Japan Display is asking for 1,000 employees to retire early by the end of the seco
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Two major Apple suppliers take big hits as iPhone sales stumble

Billionaire Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, right, listens as Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Foxconn and Japan Display reported disappointing financial results this week as the effects of slowing iPhone sales ripple through Apple’s supply chain.

Foxconn sales dipped 17.7% in the first quarter of 2019 to $637.26 million.

Japan Display said Wednesday that mobile display sales, which make up 73.3% of its total sales, were down 17.2% year over year. Japan Display blamed its sales decline on customers moving to OLED screens in flagship phones, instead of using traditional LCD screens. It also pointed to “the slowdown of China’s and the global smartphone market” and the “prolonged life cycle of smartphones.” Japan Display is asking for 1,000 employees to retire early by the end of the second quarter.

The global slowdown in phone sales has been attributed to rising costs in phone prices. With premium phones now costing more than $1,000, customers are holding on to devices longer. Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi said in February that iPhone owners are now hanging on to phones for three or four years. Research firm IDC said in February that 2018 was the “worst year ever” for smartphone sales, with shipments falling 4.1%.

Apple iPhones probably won’t be much cheaper in the future, either. Earlier this week, J.P. Morgan said Apple would need to increase the cost of iPhones by 14 percent to offset the next round of tariffs, unless it absorbs the costs itself.

In an effort to offset the slowing sales, Apple has put a bigger focus on its services business with a new premium Apple News+ subscription offering, a new Apple TV Channels platform that rolled out this week that will provide it a larger cut of subscription revenues from services like HBO and Showtime, and an Apple TV+ library of original content that will roll out this fall.


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Apple supplier AMS surges 20% as it diversifies to Android phones

Shares of chipmaker AMS jumped more than 20% Tuesday morning after the Austrian group posted an upbeat outlook for the second quarter, amid rising demand for its 3D optical sensors in Android smartphones. The first quarter saw a spike in demand for Android smartphone launches which include AMS 3D technology, and the group expects more Android smartphones equipped with its 3D illumination solutions to launch in 2019. First-quarter revenues came in at $390.2 million, a 20% drop from the fourth qua


Shares of chipmaker AMS jumped more than 20% Tuesday morning after the Austrian group posted an upbeat outlook for the second quarter, amid rising demand for its 3D optical sensors in Android smartphones. The first quarter saw a spike in demand for Android smartphone launches which include AMS 3D technology, and the group expects more Android smartphones equipped with its 3D illumination solutions to launch in 2019. First-quarter revenues came in at $390.2 million, a 20% drop from the fourth qua
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Apple supplier AMS surges 20% as it diversifies to Android phones

Shares of chipmaker AMS jumped more than 20% Tuesday morning after the Austrian group posted an upbeat outlook for the second quarter, amid rising demand for its 3D optical sensors in Android smartphones.

AMS is known as the supplier of Apple’s facial recognition technology, but has looked to shed its reliance on Apple, after waning demand for the latest iPhone forced the Swiss-listed group to drop its long-term guidance and suspend dividend payments in February.

The first quarter saw a spike in demand for Android smartphone launches which include AMS 3D technology, and the group expects more Android smartphones equipped with its 3D illumination solutions to launch in 2019.

First-quarter revenues came in at $390.2 million, a 20% drop from the fourth quarter of 2018, but sitting at the upper end of AMS’ guidance. Adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) came in at $23.5 million.

The group expects revenues to reach $390-430 million in the second quarter and its operating margin to climb from 6% in the first quarter to 10% in the second.


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Shares of chipmaker AMS jumped more than 20% Tuesday morning after the Austrian group posted an upbeat outlook for the second quarter, amid rising demand for its 3D optical sensors in Android smartphones. The first quarter saw a spike in demand for Android smartphone launches which include AMS 3D technology, and the group expects more Android smartphones equipped with its 3D illumination solutions to launch in 2019. First-quarter revenues came in at $390.2 million, a 20% drop from the fourth qua


Shares of chipmaker AMS jumped more than 20% Tuesday morning after the Austrian group posted an upbeat outlook for the second quarter, amid rising demand for its 3D optical sensors in Android smartphones. The first quarter saw a spike in demand for Android smartphone launches which include AMS 3D technology, and the group expects more Android smartphones equipped with its 3D illumination solutions to launch in 2019. First-quarter revenues came in at $390.2 million, a 20% drop from the fourth qua
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Apple supplier AMS surges 20% as it diversifies to Android phones

Shares of chipmaker AMS jumped more than 20% Tuesday morning after the Austrian group posted an upbeat outlook for the second quarter, amid rising demand for its 3D optical sensors in Android smartphones.

AMS is known as the supplier of Apple’s facial recognition technology, but has looked to shed its reliance on Apple, after waning demand for the latest iPhone forced the Swiss-listed group to drop its long-term guidance and suspend dividend payments in February.

The first quarter saw a spike in demand for Android smartphone launches which include AMS 3D technology, and the group expects more Android smartphones equipped with its 3D illumination solutions to launch in 2019.

First-quarter revenues came in at $390.2 million, a 20% drop from the fourth quarter of 2018, but sitting at the upper end of AMS’ guidance. Adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) came in at $23.5 million.

The group expects revenues to reach $390-430 million in the second quarter and its operating margin to climb from 6% in the first quarter to 10% in the second.


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New tech in UK prisons can pinpoint illegal phones to an ‘exact cell’

The U.K.’s Ministry of Justice has started to use “specialist mobile detection technology” to find and then seize phones that are being used illegally by prisoners. The technology is being used to tackle the problem of mobile phone smuggling, which authorities said resulted in both violence and drug-dealing inside prisons. When it detects the presence of a cell phone in prison, the technology sends real-time alerts. A digital heat map is used to identify the strength of the phone’s signal, enabl


The U.K.’s Ministry of Justice has started to use “specialist mobile detection technology” to find and then seize phones that are being used illegally by prisoners. The technology is being used to tackle the problem of mobile phone smuggling, which authorities said resulted in both violence and drug-dealing inside prisons. When it detects the presence of a cell phone in prison, the technology sends real-time alerts. A digital heat map is used to identify the strength of the phone’s signal, enabl
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New tech in UK prisons can pinpoint illegal phones to an 'exact cell'

The U.K.’s Ministry of Justice has started to use “specialist mobile detection technology” to find and then seize phones that are being used illegally by prisoners.

The technology is being used to tackle the problem of mobile phone smuggling, which authorities said resulted in both violence and drug-dealing inside prisons.

When it detects the presence of a cell phone in prison, the technology sends real-time alerts. A digital heat map is used to identify the strength of the phone’s signal, enabling prison officers to home in on its location “to the exact cell.”

Prison staff are able to look at the data of a specific period of time to monitor the emergence of any patterns, such as when prisoners work together to smuggle drugs into a prison. The intelligence can be analysed and lead to arrests.

The technology has undergone a six-month trial in one prison and is being rolled out to four more facilities. The locations of where it’s being used have not been made public.

“As criminals look for new ways to smuggle contraband into prisons, it is vital that we stay one step ahead, and this kind of technology will help prevent them operating from their cells,” David Gauke, the U.K.’s justice secretary, said in a statement Sunday.

“This is vital to ensuring prisons are places of safety and rehabilitation, where offenders can turn their backs on crime for good,” Gauke added.

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