Welcome to this week’s edition of mobile news at The Hub! This week we’re looking at what Apple could be bringing us in their 2018 iPhone X range and their iOS 12 update. We’re also examining the further hints of foldable smartphones from Samsung and Sony – as well as checking in with the new rumours regarding the Samsung Galaxy S9.
iOS 12 to focus on security rather than new features
According to industry insiders, Apple has decided to delay large changes for iOS 12 and instead, they will focus on boosting security and stability. With the wave of security concerns that have hit the tech industry lately from widespread flaws in chips, it makes perfect sense that Apple would focus on this.
With this focus, it’s likely that the iPhone interface will keep the same look and feel throughout 2018, but smaller tweaks and updates are expected as usual.
Google purchases part of HTC to bring the Pixel in-house
Google has confirmed that they have completed the purchase of part of HTC’s smartphone business. The deal brings HTC employees who work to develop the hardware under Google’s control, so we can expect to see Google launching more devices in the near future.
Google has said that a number of HTC employees that are included in the agreement had already been working with Google on the Pixel smartphones as part of previous deals.
Evidence of foldable phone mounts from Samsung & Sony
Evidence that Samsung is pushing for a foldable phone is mounting as their Q4 2017 earnings statement said that their display panel business is to “reinforce its competencies in new applications such as foldable [displays]” in 2018.
The company also stated: “Samsung will continue its efforts to differentiate its smartphones by adopting cutting-edge technologies, such as foldable OLED displays” – which all seems to point towards a foldable phone launching in 2019 at the latest.
Interestingly, and according to Business Korea, industry insiders have said “we know that Sony is working with flexible OLEDs” and that “Sony is expected to implant its success factors in the TV business in its smartphone business and develop products such as foldable phones.”
Galaxy S9 to be released in March with dual SIM
With the Samsung Galaxy S9 due to officially unveil on February 25, industry sources are expecting that the phone should be released for orders in March. Tech watchers also noticed references to dual SIM capability on Samsung’s German site – a new feature for European models.
The Galaxy S9 is expected to fix all issues with the S8; with an easy-reach fingerprint sensor, software upgrade, and camera to match the Pixel 2. Being released less than a year from the launch of the S8, Samsung hasn’t had time to incorporate the under-screen finger-print scanner that many has hoped.
2018 iPhone X range to have longer battery life and super-slim option
Leading Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that the new iPhone X models available in 2018 will feature larger batteries for a longer life and increased RAM. He is also predicting a slimline option that will be more affordable and with fewer features.
The slimline model is thought to be due to a new LCD screen design from Japan Display that allows for smaller bezels, as well as having some smaller components – hence, the lower cost option.
That’s everything for our round-up of the week’s mobile news! Check back next week for more industry updates and rumours at The Hub.