Another week has flown by, and that means that it’s time for another edition of mobile news at The Hub! This week we’re checking out the rumours of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini, the rumblings that Apple is working on more augmented reality tech for the iPhone, and looking at Apple’s quick fix to iPhone X issues.
We’re also going to be taking a look into the new rumours around the iPhone X Plus which could be coming next year, as well as the imminent rollout of updates to the ubiquitous Google Maps app.
iPhone X gets patch to fix cold temperature screen freezing
Apple has released a patch to fix an issue that cropped up last week which caused the iPhone X to temporarily stop responding when it experienced a sudden drop in temperature. It’s an impressively fast turnaround for what could have been a major issue.
However, a new issue has been raised with users reporting that the front-facing speaker makes crackling noises when playing sound at high volumes. Hopefully, this will turn out to be another quick software fix from Apple.
Rumours spark about an upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini
Rumours have started that Samsung could be reviving the high-end compact smartphone, with an upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini. This comes from a reliable Chinese leaker who has remained anonymous.
They claim that the S9 Mini will have all the same specs as the larger models including an Infinity Edge display. The leaker has also claimed to see the upcoming full-size S9 and it will have a BBAR coating on its camera lens – something only professional DSLRs currently use.
iPhone to introduce rear facing 3D sensors for AR
A new Bloomberg report says that Apple is working on integrated rear facing 3D sensors into the 2019 iPhone designs. This is to provide further support for augmented reality (AR) which Apple sees as the next big mobile breakthrough.
Currently, Apples ARKit and Googles ARCore have smoothed the way for developers to begin creating apps, but the additional hardware could cause AR to jump forward in development.
Google Maps updates for smarter information and colour coding
Google has launched an update to their hugely popular Maps app which aims to make them clearer and easier to read. The new update will tailor highlighted information depending on what tool you use, e.g. the transit tool will highlight train stations and bus stops.
Google is also colour coding its information, marking food and drink outlets in orange, shops in blue, and outdoor activities in green. We think this update will make the app even easier to use, and you should start seeing it on your phone over the next few weeks.
iPhone X Plus possibly coming in 2018
We’ve heard new rumours that the iPhone X Plus is going to be launched in 2018. This comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who correctly predicted iPhone X details before the announcement.
Ming-Chi expects the phone to feature a huge 6.5-inch OLED screen and it is likely to cost even more than the current iPhone X. The analyst has also predicted a cheaper version with an LCD screen instead of OLED.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s mobile news! Make sure you check back in next time for all of our mobile news and updates.