Should iPhone 8’s Touch ID be on its back? [Friday Night Fights]


A sacrifice worth making?
A sacrifice worth making?
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Recently “leaked” schematics for Apple’s next-generation iPhone reveal the company could be returning to a sharper, squarer form factor similar to that of the iPhone 5. They also hinted at a big change for Touch ID.

Friday Night Fights bugWith Apple expected to eliminate the Home button from this year’s iPhone, its fingerprint scanner could be relocated to its back — like on many Androids. This would free up space on the front of the phone for a larger display, while maintaining the secure and super-fast biometric sensor we all love.

But is a rear-facing fingerprint scanner a smart move, or should it remain on the front of the iPhone? Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we battle it out over the iPhone 8’s Touch ID button.

Galaxy S8 review roundup: Samsung just schooled the iPhone


Galaxy S8 Infinity Display
Samsung has a winner in the Galaxy S8.
Photo: Samsung

The first reviews of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have dropped a day ahead of their official launch in many markets, and there’s one thing to take away from them: Samsung just knocked it out of the park with its best smartphones to date.

Despite the problems the company encountered with the Galaxy Note 7 last fall, it has managed to produce two new devices that don’t disappoint. From gorgeous design and impressive cameras to the best display on the market, the Galaxy S8 series has it all.

It might not perfect, but the changes and improvements Samsung has made show Apple what a smartphone should be in 2017, and make it even more difficult for the iPhone to catch up.

Here’s our review roundup.

‘Leaked’ iPhone 8 drawings reveal surprising design


iPhone 5's straight edges could be making a comeback.
iPhone 5's straight edges could be making a comeback.
Photo: Sonny Dickson

A new photo of what is believed to be iPhone 8 schematics reveals a surprising new design direction.

Apple appears to have done away with the smooth curves we’ve come to expect from its smartphones in recent years, opting instead for sharper edges and flat sides. This image suggests the next iPhone will be much like the iPhone 5, only bigger.

Much bigger.

Budget handsets help Samsung overtake Apple in phone sales


Galaxy S8 in hand
The Galaxy S8 could suffer because of excitement about the iPhone 8.
Photo: Samsung

According to Trendforce data, Samsung beat Apple in smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2017.

But before high-end Galaxy owners start celebrating, the numbers aren’t quite as simple as that: Samsung was only able to beat Apple due to its low end budget devices such as the J-series handsets making up the numbers. Apple, on the other hand, stuck to its premium pricing model — while iPhone 7 excitement was tapered by the long-awaited iPhone 8.

Microsoft tops Apple in tablet satisfaction rankings


Surface Pro 4 sales are still weak.
The Surface Pro 4 is starting to catch on.
Photo: Microsoft

For the first time ever, Microsoft has beaten the iPad in J.D. Power’s latest tablet satisfaction rankings that found the Surface has a higher number of younger customers than its competitors.

Apple has dominated J.D. Power’s rankings over the last few years, but according to the popular ranking service, Microsoft’s offerings were just a little bit better thanks to best-in-class design, productivity and accessory use.

iPhone 8 may not be as expensive as predicted


The iPhone would look better without bezels.
The iPhone would look better without bezels.
Photo: iDropNews

The next iPhone Apple unveils may not prove as expensive as some have speculated, according to a new research note from investment firm UBS.

Early rumors for the iPhone 8 claimed it will cost upward of $1,000. However, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich says the real price tag will most likely be a lot less than that. And fans might have Samsung to thank.

Today in Apple history: Apple frenemy Microsoft is born


Bill Gates before and after that first dollar.
Apple and Microsoft had a long and storied history together.
Photo: Fulvio Obregon

Apr4 April 4, 1975: Childhood friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft Corporation, a software company destined to become a tech behemoth — and a major Apple frenemy.

Microsoft broke through to the mainstream with Excel and Word a few years later, and soon became a key developer for Macintosh software. Then Windows launched, looking suspiciously Apple-like, and Microsoft and Apple embarked upon a long-running feud.