Apple won’t force users to upgrade to iOS 15 to receive security updates

Apple has long pointed out that most iPhone users update to the latest version of iOS that their phones support shortly after a new version of the operating system is released. That’s… not at all the case for Android devices – according to StatCounter, only 15-percent were running Android 11 as of May. But one […]

Do people still want “small” smartphones? (Apple may have overestimated demand for the iPhone 12 mini)

Smartphone screens have gotten larger and larger in recent years, but there are still some folks who prefer a model with a smaller display that’s easier to operate with one hand. So when Apple launched the iPhone 12 series last fall, the company included an iPhone 12 Mini with a relatively small (by recent standards) […]

Lilbits: Color E Ink, Huawei’s new laptops, more trouble for Huawei, and Linux phones

The upcoming Astro Slide 5G from Planet Computers is a smartphone with a 6.5 inch touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard that lets you use it like a little laptop. First announced last year, the phone has been available for pre-order through crowdfunding and we learned last week that it’s now expected to ship in June. […]

Lilbits: Getting what you pay for with enthusiast-grade hardware

Pine64 has produced some of the most interesting hardware aimed at open source enthusiasts over the past few years. They’re not exactly high-performance machines, but what they are is cheap – among other things, Pine64 sells Linux smartphones for as little as $150 and Linux laptops for as little as $100. Those low prices, combined with […]

Lilbits: Surface Laptop “Go,” Volla Phone, and Gateway’s cheap laptop that doesn’t stink

Rumor has it that Microsoft has at least two more Surface devices set to launch this year — a new entry-level 12.5 inch Surface Laptop with a lower starting price than any current model, and a 2nd-gen Surface Pro X tablet powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 processor. Now we can add another […]

iOS 13.5 will make it easier to unlock an iPhone while wearing a mask

Apple introduced Face ID with the iPhone X in 2017, allowing users to unlock the company’s flagship phones by looking at them… which is fine under normal circumstances, I guess. But all the fancy 3D face scanning tech in the world isn’t much use when your face is partially obscured by a mask. So Apple […]

You can jailbreak an iPhone… with an Android phone

Folks have been jailbreaking iPhones for years in an attempt to gain more control over their devices and install apps that wouldn’t otherwise be supported. But Apple doesn’t make it easy — the company typically patches the security vulnerabilities hackers use for jailbreaking shortly after they’re discovered. That said the checkm8 exploit discovered last year […]

Counterpoint: Top smartphones of 2019 were nearly all Apple and Samsung devices

I don’t think it’s any surprise that Apple and Samsung dominate the smartphone market these days. But a recent report from Counterpoint Research confirms that fact — and offers a few interesting details that I hadn’t necessarily expected. The report examines the top 10 smartphone models sold in 2019. First up, only one of those […]

Microsoft brings Project xCloud game streaming preview to iOS (in a very limited test)

Four months after launching a preview of its Project xCloud game streaming service for Android phones and tablets, Microsoft is bringing its xCloud preview to iOS. That makes Project xCloud the only major game streaming service compatible with iPhones and iPads right now… but the test is very limited at the moment. Let’s take a look […]