Apple launched the iPhone Self Service Repair Program. And this may seem like a great idea, but there are caveats.
iFixit specialists praised Apple for such an initiative (although the company was simply forced to take such a step by new laws), but noted that one big problem remains in this matter.
The fact is that in Apple smartphones, almost all the main components cannot simply be taken and replaced. They need to be paired with the device at the software level. As part of the self-repair program, this works as follows: when purchasing parts, the buyer must enter the serial number of the device or IMEI, and any ordered parts must be paired with the specified device after installation. To initiate the pairing process, known as System Configuration, customers need to contact the self-service store’s support team via chat or phone. According to iFixit, this strategy limits the ability of third-party repairs through loss of function and scare tactics and could drastically limit the options for iPhone refurbishment companies.
As of today, you can buy the official Apple iPhone 12 screen and install it on your device yourself without any problems. So far, do-it-yourself repairs have been about keeping the speaker and Face ID sensor intact, then very carefully moving them to a new screen, and finally ignoring some OS warnings. If your build has been corrupted or failed, you are out of luck. The new program will solve this problem – provided you bought an official Apple part.
However, to check this part, you need to enter your phone’s serial number or IMEI. And when you have finished installing the part, you need to pair it with the phone you specified at the time of purchase using the wireless network configuration software. The requirement to pair parts essentially sets the iPhone’s expiration date. When a repairman receives a working phone with no parts, they will not be able to fully repair a product requiring a display replacement, even if they have an original Apple display from another phone
These new features will initially be limited to the Galaxy S23 line of smartphones. There are details about the One UI 5.1 shell
Samsung Galaxy S23 smartphones will be presented in a few days, but only now information about the new features of the One UI 5.1 shell, which is just debuting on new flagships, has appeared on the Web.
Apparently, there will be a lot of changes. The current One UI 5.0, recall, could not boast of a rich list of innovations.
So, the list includes the following features:
- Faster access to Expert RAW in-camera mode
- An easier way to change skin tone for selfies
- Shared family photo and video album
- Improved automatic photo processing with shadow and reflection removal
- Swiping up on a photo opens a panel with detailed information about the photo
- Gallery search will become better and more functional
- Ability to select a folder for storing screenshots
- You can use AR Emoji Camera for three people in photo and video
- Brushes for AR Doodles are available on the main screen
- New battery widget
- New weather widget
- Ability to set different desktop wallpapers for different modes of operation
- Additional conditions when creating scripts
- Sharing Samsung Notes
- More convenient interface for adding users to the sharing list for albums, notes, calendar, and so on
- Advanced Pairing Options for Samsung Smartphone and Laptops
- Improved DeX multitasking
- Improved native browser search
- Faster initial smartphone setup
- Bixby text calls
$170 ZTE Blade V40 spotted in Bangladesh
The ZTE V40 family of smartphones will soon be replenished with the Blade V40 model – it has already lit up in Bangladesh, and immediately with a price: a version with 4 GB of RAM (expandable by 2 GB) and 128 GB of flash memory is estimated at the equivalent of $ 170.
The Blade V40 hardware platform is based on a 12nm Unisoc Tiger T616 single-chip system with 2 Cortex-A75 cores and 6 Cortex-A55 cores. OS – Android 12 with MyOS 12 interface.
The configuration of the device is a triple main camera (with a main sensor with a resolution of 50 megapixels), a 6.6-inch IPS screen and a 4500 mAh battery. A full premiere of the device is expected in early February.
Why overpay for smartphones with 5G? On the example of the Samsung Galaxy A14, you can see that we are talking about a huge difference in performance.
The Samsung Galaxy A14 5G smartphone was introduced at the beginning of the month, but the company is preparing a more affordable version with 4G support. And today we have all the main characteristics of this model and images.
The design of the younger version will be the same, except that instead of brown it will be silver. Many characteristics will also not change, although there will still be differences.
The main thing, of course, is the platform. Instead of the latest Exynos 1330, MediaTek Helio G80 is used. Compared to the Exynos 850 in the Galaxy A13 4G, this is certainly a very significant improvement. For comparison, the Exynos 850 scores about 145,000 points in AnTuTu 9, while the Helio G80 scores 230,000 points. True, the same Exynos 1330 is gaining more than 410,000 points, so the difference between the A14 4G and 5G versions in performance is enormous.
The screen of the Galaxy A14 4G will retain the size of 6.6 inches, Full HD + resolution, but there will be no increased frame rate, like the A14 5G. The battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh, the main 50-megapixel camera, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of flash memory will also remain, but charging will be only 10-watt. But the smartphone will receive stereo speakers.
The novelty will be released at the end of March. In Eastern Europe, they will ask for 200 euros for it.
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