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The screen on at least one version of Apple’s upcoming iPhone will be curved in some way — if you believe a new report that claims Apple has ordered 70 million OLED screens from Samsung.

Nikkei Asian Review, who published the report Tuesday citing sources close to Apple’s supply chain, has no other details about the order, but says the screens will be used in a phone.

Apple is rumored to be launching three new iPhones this fall: Two with a regular, LCD screen, and a “premium” variant that will have a curved OLED screen. Judging by the size of this order, Apple expects this version — which is also rumored to be pricier than usual — to sell well.

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Google will probably put the promising but ultimately ill-fated Pixel C tablet out to pasture before too long — it’s been on sale for a year and a half now, after all. But that hasn’t stopped the company from giving the device some attention in Android 7.1.2; users on Reddit as well as 9to5Google have both confirmed the new software update contains a bunch of tweaks for the Pixel C interface. Chief among those is a new multitasking view designed for the tablet’s bigger screen. Instead of the scrolling list of open apps, the Pixel C app switcher now displays a grid of your eight most recent programs.

The rest of the tweaks here are meant to unify the interface with Google’s own Pixel smartphone.

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Imagination Technologies is famous for one thing: it’s the company that provides the graphics for the iPhone. But today, Imagination announced that its longstanding relationship with Apple is coming to an abrupt end. In a statement, the outfit has conceded that Apple will replace the PowerVR GPU at the heart of its iOS devices with a graphics chip of its own design.

When Apple started making the iPhone, it used a generic, Samsung-made ARM system that was paired with a PowerVR GPU. Over time, Apple began crafting more and more of its own silicon, thanks to its purchase of various chip design firms. These days, the PowerVR chip on the A10 Fusion is one of very few components that Apple didn’t have entire control over.

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It’s not often a phone is revealed in a green color finish. Or “greenery” to give it full credit. Which, as it so happens, is Pantone’s color of the year 2017. It’s also Huawei’s oh-so-on-trend color for its brand new P10 smartphone.

Yes, ok, so you’re staring at blue version of the device for this review (technically “dazzling blue” in Huawei speak) – but this one is actually the best-looking color of the lot (mystic silver, graphite black and dazzling gold will also join the UK line-up).

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Samsung traditionally announces its annual flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress in February each year but, thanks to the Note 7, it changed the schedule this year.

It is holding its Galaxy Unpacked show as a one-off instead, where it is expected to announced the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus handsets. And it’s almost upon us.

So here’s everything you need to know about Samsung’s event.

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Apple’s new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus went on sale online and in retail stores around the world today, and after a short wait in line, we managed to get our hands on one of the new devices.

Made from a matte red aluminum, the red iPhone 7 is super pigmented and bright in real life, but aside from its snazzy new casing, it’s identical to existing devices.

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We don’t have long to wait until the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones are officially unveiled – just until Wednesday 29 March – but it looks like we’ll know all the specifications of the SGS8 beforehand.

The website WinFuture claims to have the entire spec list for the smaller of the phones (and several press photos) so you can have a browse of these and see if there’s anything there that tickles your fancy.

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Apple has quietly released a new iPad on its online store. Simply called iPad, the new model replaces the iPad Air 2 as Apple’s standard tablet offering, sitting above the iPad Mini 4 and below the two iPad Pro models.

But while Apple may not be officially selling the iPad Air 2 through its online store, you can still pick it up at other retailers, so it remains a relevant product.

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Apple’s upcoming OLED iPhone 8 will have a very Samsung-like screen in terms of its technology, how its made, and its curve.

Recent reports have claimed that Apple will adopt OLED panels – matching major rivals, like Samsung – for its future iPhones, with the most recent news coming from The Investor, which said Samsung’s display-making unit, Samsung Display, is currently developing a pressure-sensitive OLED touch display for the iPhone 8. That means the OLED screen should support 3D Touch/Force Touch.

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It looks like the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play aren’t the only smartphones HTC plans to announce this year.

The company has posted an interesting teaser to its Taiwanese Facebook page. In the post, first spotted by TechRadar, we can see a photo with the caption “spring is coming”, while a comment above the post hinted HTC will give us an (translated) “unexpected surprise” on 20 March. So, what can we expect from the Taiwan-based phone manufacturer? HTC’s 2017 flagship, of course.

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