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Apple Finally Reveals 5G iPhones ... and HomePod Mini

Apple refreshed its iPhone product line Tuesday, introducing four new models, as well as a downsized version of its HomePod smart speaker. All of the new iPhones are built around Apple's blazing fast A14 Bionic chip, support all flavors of 5G wireless connectivity, and are protected by a Ceramic Shield that protects the phone from damage after a fall four times better than in previous models. "The Ceramic Shield may sound trivial to some people, but when you can improve the drop test performance of a smartphone by 4x, that's not a trivial achievement," Mark N. Vena, a senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told TechNewsWorld. The big news from the event, though, was Apple finally making iPhones that support 5G. "This marks the start of a new era for iPhone," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at a virtual online event announcing the new products. Bringing 5G to the iPhone is a huge moment for the product, he noted. "5G will bring a new level of performanc

Huawei Mate 40 phones launch despite chip freeze

Huawei has unveiled its Mate 40 smartphones claiming they feature a more "sophisticated" processor than Apple's forthcoming iPhones. The component was made using the same "five nanometre" process as its US rival's chip, but contains billions more transistors. As a result, the Chinese firm claims its phones are more powerful. However, Huawei has had its supply of the chips cut off because of a US trade ban that came into effect in September. That means that once its stockpile of the new Kirin 9000 processors runs out, it faces being unable to make more of the Mate 40 handsets in their current form.   The basic Mate 40 model - which Huawei said costs € 899 ($ 1,049; £ 800) - has a 6.5in (16.5cm) OLED display. Three more expensive versions - ranging in price up to € 2,295 - have 6.8in OLED screens. In each case, the screens offer a 90Hz refresh rate - meaning the equivalent of 90 frames per second - which is higher than Apple's newest iPhones but less than

iPhone 12 launch causes NHS Covid-19 app confusion

Some owners of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro handsets have reported being shown an error message when trying to use the NHS Covid-19 app. Apple's devices - which were released on Friday - can in fact run England and Wales' contact-tracing software. But the issue arises if apps are transferred from an older iPhone via an iCloud Backup data transfer, which is common practice. This can easily be addressed by making a change within the Settings menu. Users should: select the Notifications listing then tap on Exposure Notifications then turn on the Allow Notifications option When users install the app from scratch, they are prompted to give the required permissions. But in what appears to be an oversight, when Apple transfers apps over, the phone does not ask owners to enable the permission and it is not obvious that it needs to be done. As a result, the app cannot enable the Bluetooth-based matching functionality it needs to work. The requirement is designed to protect user's