iPhone 11 owners report audio issues with wireless CarPlay

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Are you suffering CarPlay problems?
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A growing number of iPhone 11 owners are reporting audio issues and other strange glitches with wireless CarPlay.

All say the feature worked fine with previous devices, but after upgrading to the latest Apple handsets, they’ve been unable to avoid CarPlay problems. And Apple’s latest iOS updates don’t help.

Apple ramps up A13 chip orders to cope with iPhone 11 demand

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Customers can't get enough of iPhone 11.
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Apple has been forced to increase A13 chip orders to meet higher-than-anticipated demand for iPhone 11, according to a new report.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Apple’s primary chip supplier, has been asked to churn out more chips this quarter as iPhone outperforms market and Apple expectations.

iPhone 11 solidly outsells Pro series

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Apple sold nearly three times as many iPhone 11 units as it did either of the more expensive Pro models.
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The budget iPhone 11 version was Apple’s biggest seller by a very wide margin last quarter, according to a market-research firm. It has the lion’s share of all iOS sales.

Still, the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also sold fairly well in Q4 2019, making up a higher proportion of Apple’s total sales than the iPhone XS series did in the same period the year before.

2021 may be the year iPhone finally loses its Lightning connector

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New regulations could force Apple to ditch Lightning cables in Europe.
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Apple is expected to deliver at least one iPhone model without a Lightning connector next year, according to a new Barclays report.

The device won’t make the switch to USB-C, as previous rumors have predicted. It is instead expected to rely solely on wireless connectivity options for both charging and data transfer.

Barclays analysts also believe that this year’s iPhone refresh will bring an improved TrueDepth camera system that could mean even better Face ID.

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S20 images reveal giant four-lens camera bump

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Samsung is ready to one-up the iPhone 11 Pro camera system by adding four lenses to the back of its next flagship smartphone.

Leaked images surfaced online this weekend giving a full view of the upcoming Galaxy S20 (yes, you read that right, Samsung is skipping ahead a few numbers). Samsung is set to unveil the S20 during a live-streamed keynote next. We’ve seen a couple of renders of the S20 leading up to the event, but this is these are the first real images of the iPhone’s next big rival.

Take a look at this huge camera bump:

Heartwarming ‘Shot on iPhone’ short film stars China’s Zhou Xun

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Actress Zhou Xun stars in the latest “Shot on iPhone” production.
Director Theodore Melfi and actress Zhou Xun worked on the latest “Shot on iPhone” short film.
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Apple’s short film Daughter portrays three generations of Chinese women as they struggle with their relationships and changing gender roles just ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration. This “Shot on iPhone” production stars Zhou Xun, one of the country’s top actresses.

The short was recorded on an iPhone 11 Pro to demonstrate the capabilities of the camera in Apple’s latest handset.

Watch this charming 8-minute video starring this well-known actress now:

Apple wants to see your best Night mode photos from iPhone 11

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Can you take Night mode photos as good as this? Prove it!
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Apple is inviting owners of its latest iPhone lineup to share their best Night mode photos. It plans to choose five winning snaps that will be showcased on the Apple website and official Instagram channel.

Winners may also see their photos featured in digital advertising campaigns, at Apple Stores, on billboards, or in third-party photo exhibitions, Apple says. You may also receive some cash.

Incipio’s plant-based iPhone cases are ready for your composting pile

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Incipio's Organicore cases decompose within 6 months.
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CES 2020 It’s finally possible to protect your iPhone from drops without adding extra plastic to our overflowing landfills.

Incipio, one of the largest smartphone case makers on the planet, is backing the plant-based plastics with its slim new iPhone 11 cases made out of Organicore, a 100% compostable material that can decompose in a compost pile in just six months.

iPhone 12 Pro with faster 5G may not arrive until 2021, analysts warn

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An iPhone with mmWave 5G could be more than a year away.
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Apple is expected to introduce its first iPhones with 5G later this year. But if you want an iPhone 12 Pro with the fastest possible 5G speeds, you could be waiting until 2021.

A new report claims that mmWave 5G, which is up to ten times faster than LTE, probably won’t make its way to iPhone this year. That means a successor to iPhone 11 with an LCD screen could be the only model available this fall.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S11 will bring fight to iPhone in February

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Even better cameras on the way?
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Samsung has issued invitations for an “Unpacked” event on February 11 when it will reveal its new Galaxy S11 lineup.

Recent rumors have suggested even better cameras will be the handset’s main selling point. iPhone 11 Pro overtook Samsung devices in DxOMark camera rankings last fall, but its time in the top four may be short-lived.