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2018 iPhone 9, iPhone XS & iPhone XS Plus Screen Protectors Enter Production, Confirm Design

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Olixar iPhone leak

We’ve had no shortages of iPhone rumors in 2018, and as we inch closer and closer to the reveal of the next devices the information is starting to be set in stone. Today we’re getting another leak giving us a good idea of what to expect from Apple’s 3-phone lineup in September.

This leak comes from case manufacturer Olixar. The leak gives us a look at Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup, featuring three different devices as many assumed. The three devices in question are the iPhone 9, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus. The screen sizes for these three devices are 6.1″, 5.8″ and 6.5″ respectively.

The 9 will not feature an OLED display, and may not include Force Touch. The device is also set to feature a metal back, which would do away with wireless charging. An aluminum chassis and a single camera setup are also likely happening. All of these concessions are being made in order to keep the price of the device down, which will be good for Apple fans that don’t want to completely go broke buying these things.

As for the XS and XS Plus, they will each feature dual cameras. All three of these devices will feature a button-free front, with Face ID set to return. The price tag for the iPhone 9 is rumored to be $750, offering a more standard device with some of the improved features of the X for considerably cheaper.

Lastly, we have some rumors on what these devices will actually be named. While iPhone 9 is pretty much set, Olixar claims that the two X phones will actually be called XI and XI Plus.

Source: Mobilefun

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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