Smartphones covered in camera lenses will change everything

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Take a picture or nine with this smartphone prototype from Light.
Photo: Light via Photo Rumors

Mobile phone photography has been through a mostly meaningless megapixel war. Now on to the next battle – the smartphone with the most cameras.

Apple, true to its playbook, will watch while other companies fire opening salvos with smartphones packing three or more lenses.

5G iPhone will cost Apple a pretty penny

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Making the 5G iPhone is going to be a complex and expensive business.
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There’s no doubt Apple will eventually make a 5G iPhone. The high-speed standard was finalized a few months ago, and wireless service providers are building 5G networks.

The next step is for the companies that developed the technology to decide what they’ll charge Apple and other phone makers to license their patents. The total might be more than you expect.

Today in Apple history: Apple unseats Nokia as top smartphone vendor

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Remember when Nokia was on top of the world?
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July 21: Today in Apple history: Apple unseats Nokia as top smartphone vendor July 21, 2011: Apple officially passes Nokia to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

It’s a major milestone for Apple, which launched the iPhone just four years earlier. For Nokia, which dominated the cellphone market during the 1990s and early 2000s, it marks the end of an era.

Nokia’s iPhone X clone is amazingly affordable

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The Nokia X5 looks like an iPhone X, but is nowhere near as expensive.
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Just like every other smartphone maker, Nokia now offers its own iPhone X clone.

The Nokia X5 gives buyers a 5.86-inch edge-to-edge display and impressive specifications at an amazingly affordable price tag. There’s just one problem for now.

Cool new HealthKit gadgets can measure practically anything

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New HealthKit gadgets make health and fitness easier than ever.
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Mobile World Congress 2018 BARCELONA, Spain — Smart sperm testers, body cavity inspectors, Bluetooth pillows, holographic jump ropes and contactless thermometers. It’s all just another day at Mobile World Congress, where more and more companies show off their new HealthKit-compatible gadgets.

If you want your iPhone to know absolutely everything about what’s going on with your body, these handy medical devices are for you. Here’s what they do — and why they’re cool.

Sorry Microsoft, Delta is switching to iOS

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Nokia phones, Surface tablets will be swapped for iPhone and iPad
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Delta Air Lines plans to ditch all its Windows devices in favor of iOS next year.

iPhone 7 Plus will replace its fleet of Nokia handsets, while iPad Pro will take the place of Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

Apple paid Nokia $2 billion in cash to settle patent battle

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Keeping Nokia at bay isn't cheap.
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Apple paid $2 billion in cash to settle its most recent patent battle with Nokia.

Neither party revealed the sum when they put their differences aside and entered into a new licensing and business cooperation agreement back in May. But Nokia’s earnings reveal that the Finnish firm received a massive payout to drop its patent lawsuit.

Apple stops giving Nokia the stink eye

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Nokia’s health devices could return to Withings.
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Apple is again selling Nokia devices after settling a legal battle over patent infringement.

Nokia health accessories, which are compatible with iPhone and iPad, returned to the Apple online store on Wednesday almost two months after the two companies reached an agreement.

‘Apple should pull the plug’: 10 iPhone predictions from 2007

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They must have been holding their crystal balls wrong.
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iPhone turns 10 Predicting the future is tough, even for the experts. That’s the only lesson we can learn from looking back at these horribly misguided iPhone predictions that greeted the device at its launch 10 years ago.

Before most people had even wrapped their fingers around Apple’s first-gen smartphone, tech pundits, analysts and competing CEOs were already writing off the iPhone as a disaster similar to Apple’s previous excursions into video game consoles and the like.

Here are just a few of the laughable reactions that greeted the iPhone in 2007.