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Apple reveals how it spent $450 million to get iPhone 14 to communicate directly with satellites

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Smartphones of the iPhone 14 line, among other things, received the ability to transfer data via satellites. More specifically, we are talking about the ability to send an SOS signal. Apple today confirmed that the feature will be available to residents of the US and Canada later this month.

Apple reveals how it spent $450 million to get iPhone 14 to communicate directly with satellites

The company also revealed some details. For example, it turned out that Apple invested $450 million in this area. Most of the funds were received by Globalstar, with whose satellites the new iPhones can interact. Apple’s investment provides important improvements to Globalstar’s satellite network and ground stations, ensuring iPhone 14 users can connect to emergency services when they’re offline, according to the press release.

Satellite SOS is a great example of how American ingenuity and technology can save lives. We are proud that this service is provided by leading US companies and that our users can explore autonomous regions knowing they are still within reach of emergency services if they need it.

Returning to the investment, Globalstar’s ground stations now use high-powered new antennas designed and built specifically for Apple by Cobham Satcom. To improve reliability and coverage, these new antennas have been installed at all Globalstar ground stations worldwide, including new ground stations in Nevada and Hawaii, as well as existing sites in Texas, Alaska, Florida and Puerto Rico. Several antennas at each ground station communicate with the satellites and relay information provided by the user so that the user can get the help they need.

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The first unofficial iPhone 14 Pro Max with a waterfall screen is created

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The first unofficial iPhone 14 Pro Max with a waterfall

A Chinese modder who runs the Fix Apple Twitter channel posted photos and videoshowing the iPhone 14 Pro Max with its side-curved waterfall screen.

The engineer confirmed that in order to create such a modified iPhone 14 Pro Max, he had to replace the middle frame of the smartphone and install a new display. At the same time, the touch screen retained its performance, but it is still unknown how Dynamic Island works and whether the Face ID module has retained its performance.

The first unofficial iPhone 14 Pro Max with a waterfall screen is created

He also added that he is ready to make such a modification on request, but the price for such a procedure is not advertised. It is also unknown how much time is spent on such a rework.

The person who runs the Apple fix channel claims to have worked as an engineer at Apple and Huawei. On his page, there are many photos and videos showing the insides of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, as well as upgrading the smartphone to install two SIM cards.

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Users praise the first phone on Dimensity 9200. 98% of reviews of Vivo X90 on JD.com are positive

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Users praise the first phone on Dimensity 9200 98 of

The Vivo X90, the world’s first smartphone based on the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 SoC, only went on sale in China on November 30, but JD.com already has over 500 reviews for the device. This suggests that the device is in great demand. Well, an average rating of 98% based on these reviews suggests that users liked the Vivo X90 – their expectations were generally met.

Users praise the first phone on Dimensity 9200. 98% of reviews of Vivo X90 on JD.com are positive

The Dimensity 9200 isn’t as fast as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the Vivo X90 Pro+, but users aren’t complaining about performance. Among the advantages, users also call the camera, stylish appearance, fast charging and good autonomy.

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New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

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New Antutu record a new leader reigns in the ranking

The popular AnTuTu benchmark team has published its latest monthly rating of the most productive flagship smartphones based on the Android operating system.

New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

In November, there was a revolution in the ranking, which Antutu experts had been waiting for for several months. The latest smartphone Vivo X90 based on the new Dimensity 9200 platform scored almost 1.2 million points, overtaking all the flagships based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 that previously reigned in the ranking. Note that Vivo X90 became the world’s first smartphone on SoC Dimensity 9200.

However, places from second to ten belong to models equipped with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

Second place went to OnePlus Ace Pro with 1,115,759 points, and third place went to Red Magic 7S Pro. Rounding out the Top 10 are iQoo 10 Pro, Lenovo Legion Y70, iQoo 10, Moto X30 Pro, Xiaomi 12S Pro, Redmi K50 Extreme Edition and Vivo X Fold+

Statistics collected from November 1 to November 30, 2022. The AnTuTu ranking uses averages, not the highest scores. For each smartphone, the results of at least 1000 tests were taken into account – models with fewer tests are not included in the rating.

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