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Free iPhone 6 Plus repair for models suffering camera fault

iPhone 6 PlusApple has confirmed that there is a known fault with the camera of the iPhone 6 Plus which leads to less than ideal images being captured by affected devices. And in order to address this issue which only a small number of customers are facing, the firm has also confirmed that it will carry out the repair work without charging a fee, according to Apple Insider.

The iPhone 6 Plus has an iSight camera, which makes it arguably the best smartphone that Apple has ever released when it comes to image capture quality. This means that any problems which do arise will be all the more noticeable.

Any owner of the iPhone 6 Plus should visit Apple’s official site and use the serial number of the device in question to find out whether it is susceptible to this issue.

If the camera is likely to develop the malfunction, or is already showing signs of it, then taking it to an Apple Store if possible or alternatively posting it to Apple will let you take advantage of the free repair service. It seems only the first run of iPhone 6 Plus models to come off the production line were impacted, so models purchased after January 2015 should be fine.

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Technology break through promises greater battery longevity in the phones of the future

Storedot quick charge batteryA joint effort by Chinese and American scientists has resulted in the creation of battery technology which, according to TechRadar, will see new cells lasting far longer than those in current mobile phones.

What’s even more interesting about this development is the fact that, as with so many technical advances, the discovery occurred in part by accident.

The result will see titanium oxide replacing the graphite currently used in the anodes of Lithium-ion batteries. Early indications are that batteries of this composition may last for up to four times longer than at present.

Whilst this will not extend the talk time or standby time between re-charging, it will mean that battery performance will remain consistent over many more charge-discharge cycles before it finally starts to degrade. This will effectively prolong the life of phone batteries and thus reduce overall cost of ownership.

Since improvements are based upon existing Lithium-ion battery technology, they should be relatively inexpensive to implement.

Throughout history there have been numerous accidental scientific discoveries. It appears that such an eventuality is still entirely possible in the modern era, even with all of the computer modelling and research data available to contemporary scientists.

New Samsung phone revives the clamshell design

Samsung G9198Anyone who is longing to go back to the days when flip phones were all the rage will be pleased to hear that Samsung is working on a device that very much has this vintage look on offer.

The good news is that the device, which has the development codename of G9198, will still feature some impressive hardware beneath its retro exterior.

It packs in a pair of 3.9 inch 720p Super AMOLED displays; one on either side of the upper half so that it can still showcase content when the clamshell is closed. A Snapdragon 808 processor is also onboard, along with a 2020mAh battery, according to G for Games.

In addition to the touchscreen displays, the phone also features a full alphanumeric keypad, so entering numbers and dashing off texts should be a doddle.

The only downside about all of this is that Samsung may choose not to launch the G9198 outside of Asia. This is a shame because it would almost certainly garner a lot of attention in the UK where there is surely a niche to fill for a retro-modern device like this which no other manufacturer has considered.

iPhone 6S could launch on September 9th

iPhone 6Apple is almost certainly going to announce the next iPhone handset on the 9th of September, according to sources quoted in a BuzzFeed report.

The iPhone 6S is just one of the three mobiles that Apple will be debuting during this event, if rumours are to be believed. Along with the 6S Plus and the affordable 6C, it will form part of an intimidating line-up of new devices, that will have rival manufacturers on the back foot for the rest of 2015.

Also emerging at the event will be the final release iteration of iOS 9, which is promising to bring with it a number of new features, including the ability to switch to 4G connectivity, when the local Wi-Fi signal is not up to scratch.

Some believe that Apple will even be using the same event to cram in some news about its next generation of iPads, although this might draw focus from the iPhone 6S range, so this is still up in the air.

Apple’s September release window has proven popular for the past few years and the world’s media will be watching, to scrutinise whatever it decides to announce next month.

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Details of two new Nexus phones leaked

Huawei Nexus 6Although a decent amount of information concerning the next Nexus branded smartphones from Google has already emerged, a comprehensive leak which occurred last week has laid bare the specifications of the devices, one of which is built by LG, while the other comes from Huawei.

LG’s model will feature a 5.2 inch OLED display, with a full HD resolution, along with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage space and an octa-core processor from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of chipsets.

Huawei’s handset will be much larger, with a 5.7 inch QHD display on the cards, along with an impressive 21 megapixel camera bolted onto the back.

These devices are likely to be known as the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, replacing the existing Google smartphones with the same nametags.

Hopefully, both of these handsets will be launched at affordable price points, which would be in keeping with Google’s prior strategy for the Nexus range. Observers have pointed out that some of the specifications mentioned in the leak do not stack up with previous reports, particularly when it comes to the LG handset, which was thought to be utilising a more modern Qualcomm chipset than mentioned by sources at GizmoChina.