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As a market, we seem to have trouble learning that three key elements are necessary for a new technology to take hold: It has to appear complete, it has to be compelling, and it has to seem like a value (be affordable). Compared to what we have today, the car that opened up the automotive market in the U.S. was none of those things — yet it was incredibly successful.

So, this is about perception, which is why the iPod — which also was none of those things initially, if compared to the iPhone or iPad of today — also was incredibly successful. The difference comes down to expectations and marketing, and like quadrophonic sound, 3D and video disks, VR doesn’t yet have the right stuff.

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Apple announced a new 9.7-inch iPad at its March 2017 event, replacing the iPad Air 2, but ditching the Air name. The Apple iPad (2017) is the cheapest way to get your hands on an Apple tablet, but how does it compare to the rest of the iPad family?

We’ve put it up against the iPad Air 2 in a separate feature, and you can also read our entire iPad round up if you want to see how it fits in on the whole. Here we are specifically comparing it to the iPad Pro 9.7.

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We’ve seen plenty of renders and concept images of what the next-gen iPhone might look like, and we’ll see plenty more before it’s actually launched this fall.

But this new render comes from the workshop of Martin Hajek, who has been guessing future iPhone designs for quite some time now and with a fair degree of accuracy. Also, instead of being overly (and unrealistically) futuristic, Hajek’s imagined “iPhone X” is actually a throwback to the original iPhone, with a similar black-and-silver back design, and it looks great.

The render, created by Hajek for Computer Bild, shows a design that’s surprisingly tame on the front. Yes, it’s nearly all glass, but the edges are only slightly curved, and the top is reserved for the conventional bezel where the sensors and the selfie camera are placed.

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Apple may, for the first time, miss its traditional September launch for the iPhone because of supply issues. DigiTimes cites the Chinese-based Economic Daily News claims Apple is having “technical issues related to the lamination process of curved OLED panels, and the adoption of a 3D sensing system, that may cause delay of the new iPhone devices”.

Instead of being launched in September, the new iPhone may have to wait until October or November until it hits the shelves.

While the report doesn’t mention it specifically, we expect this is referring to the iPhone 8 that’s expected to launch alongside an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

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Big phones are a big deal. And the Honor 8 Pro is the company’s largest phone to date, with a whopping 5.7-inch screen wrapped into similar-to-iPhone-7-Plus proportions. If you want screen real estate and resolution then this is the Honor for you.

However, the Pro is a rather different proposition to the mid-level, smaller-scale Honor 8. The Pro is obviously larger, but it also does away with the hallmark ultra-gloss rear in favour of a softer blue matte option (black and gold are also available). It still looks great, but lacks that core point of distinction of the original.

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The new Samsung Galaxy S8 has launched, and its target of choice is the as yet unlaunched Apple iPhone 8 Anniversary Edition. These phones are critical for both companies. Apple survives largely off the iPhone today, and Samsung is trying to recover both from its burning phone problem and from its top executive being arrested on bribery charges.

Neither firm can afford a big loss to the other, and Samsung just came out of the gate with one hell of an opening salvo.

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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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