iPhone 13: Apple removes noise cancellation when making calls

Apple has apparently removed an iPhone function that has been available for several years from its latest series, as users have noticed. It is a feature that is particularly helpful for the hearing impaired: the automatic filtering out of ambient noise (noise cancellation) while you are on the phone.

Feature is “not available” – Apple doesn’t say why

While there were initially reports that it could be a bug, Apple Support has now confirmed the deletion to a customer . In a support chat, he complained that his iPhone 13 did not support noise cancellation. The option that could previously be activated in the accessibility area of ​​the device is therefore no longer available there. “Telephony noise suppression is not available on iPhone 13 models,” said the supporter succinctly, who confirmed this when asked: “That’s correct, it’s not supported.”

It is unclear whether this has hardware reasons, i.e. Apple has omitted the corresponding technical features from the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro Max. In practice, this means that during FaceTime calls in a noisy environment, the other party can no longer hear the iPhone 13 owner, and the voice transmission sometimes breaks off.

There is a workaround – with AI

Apple itself explains the feature, which was there until the iPhone 12, by saying that the on-state telephony noise cancellation helps reduce ambient noise during calls when you hold the phone to your ear. However, the omission also seems to have other effects, such as echo effects when using Apple’s iPhone vehicle integration CarPlay.

There is currently a workaround that works a little differently than the previous, robust noise suppression: With iOS 15, Apple introduced AI functions that are intended to improve voice transmission. The feature called “Voice Isolation” is accessed through the iPhone’s Control Center, not System Preferences. Other new communication features can also be found there, such as FaceTime’s portrait mode.

iPhone SE 3 coming

The iPhone SE 3 will  be presented at the spring conference, according to Gurman

In his weekly PowerOn newsletter, Mark Gurman presented the latest information on Apple products.

 This time they talked about the cheapest iPhone in the company’s offer. According to Mark Gurman, Apple intends to present a refreshed smartphone during the spring conference, which will be virtual, as in the case of several previous events.

The third generation iPhone SE is to be slightly refreshed. The phone will receive support for the 5G network, an improved camera and a new processor.

During this event, there is a chance that Apple will decide to present a new large iMac. Additionally, there will be accessories from the spring collection.

Source: PowerOn

Apple vs. Samsung: Who Makes Their Customers Happier?

The race between Samsung and Apple in terms of customer satisfaction is extremely close.
As heavyweights in the global technology market, Apple and Samsung are already old rivals. While the customer’s decision is usually very clear in their respective home markets. 

Does Apple’s iPhone make owners happier, or does Samsung’s Android smartphones make them happier?

 In addition to price, features and performance, buying a new smartphone is often also a question of faith – the brand loyalty desired by the manufacturers sends its regards. 

Apple and Samsung are almost on par when it comes to customer satisfaction
Even if younger manufacturers such as Xiaomi are now heavily involved, a lot happens between the “old hands” Apple and Samsung. But who has the edge when it comes to customer satisfaction? A very clear picture emerges when looking at the “very satisfied” customers: In the top category, Apple can convince 68 percent of iPhone owners. Samsung, on the other hand, “only” has 53 percent (source: Statista Global Consumer Survey ).

With Samsung, 40 percent are “only” satisfied, with Apple 26 percent of customers. In terms of customers with a positive attitude, Apple and Samsung are almost the same with 94 percent for the manufacturer from Cupertino and 93 percent for the South Koreans:

This is how satisfied Apple and Samsung customers are with their smartphones (source: Statista).
Apple and Samsung should also be satisfied with these numbers. After all, there are hardly any customers who have serious problems with the devices and their experience of use. There’s a lot more to Samsung than just smartphones:

Competitors and partners: Samsung’s share of the iPhone
The two manufacturers are not only competing in the area of ​​smartphones. Apart from iPhones and the Galaxy series, there are also points of friction, for example from the respective smartwatches . Because of the coordinated ecosystems, it naturally makes sense for customers to choose a smartwatch based on their preferred mobile phone brand – or vice versa.

But it’s not just competition that plays a role between Apple and Samsung; the manufacturers also work together on a large scale. For example, the 120 Hz displays in the new iPhone 13 currently come from Samsung’s display division.

iPhone: 15 standard features that Apple’s first mobile phone did not have

Time flies by, because 15 years ago Apple presented us with the first iPhone. But many features that we take for granted today were out of the question at the time. An exciting review.

 If you want to see the rapid development of the iPhone, all you need to do is take a look at the first model from 2007. Although it laid the foundation for Apple’s current success, it still had to do without a large number of functions that we find in today’s iPhones see them as “normal”.

15 features that the first iPhone didn’t even have

App Store: An iPhone without an App Store? Inconceivable today, but it didn’t really exist until summer 2008, a year after the introduction of the first iPhone. In the meantime, developers and customers should be content with web apps, but the call for native apps was simply too loud, Apple heard it and reacted.
Copy and paste: The iPhone had to do without “copy & paste” for a long time; this was only available as a matter of course in 2009, two years later.
Front camera: Video conferences, especially with FaceTime, have become indispensable today, but this only became possible with the iPhone 4, the first Apple cell phone with a front camera.
Flashlight: At first there was no suitable LED flashlight, instead resourceful developers presented apps that displayed a white screen at maximum brightness in order to imitate a flashlight. An absolute must for iPhone users for a long time.
Video recordings: With the first iPhone you could take (bad) photos alone, you had to be patient for video recordings. Only the iPhone 3GS (from 2009) was able to do this.

MMS support: Even if MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) never became a hit, it would have been nice if the first iPhone supported it. But it was not possible, this was only possible from 2009 and then only from the second iPhone generation upwards.
GPS: navigation with the iPhone? Was only available the following year with the iPhone 3G, the original Apple cell phone, this was still denied.
Background images for the start screen: The iPhone remained monotonous for a long time, because it was only with iOS 4 from 2010 that the system made it possible to use your own background images.
SIM lock vs. free choice of provider: Today you have to remember that with the iPhone you couldn’t choose the provider at first. In the USA, for example, the cell phone was only available from AT&T for a long time, in Germany from Telekom. No longer imaginable today.
Siri: The voice assistant has only been hearing our requests for a little over 10 years. But let’s be honest, even nowadays Siri still doesn’t understand everything.
Touch ID and Face ID: Fingerprint sensor (from iPhone 5s, 2013) and face recognition (from iPhone X, 2017) seem natural to us today, but before we always had to enter our passcode manually.
Lightning connector: Even in the era of USB-C, it was still standard on the iPhone, but the first model didn’t even have the Lightning port, instead it used the 30-pin dock connector on the iPod.
Retina display: Even if the name is pure marketing, the fact is that the first iPhone had a relatively low display resolution. It wasn’t until the iPhone 4 that everything became a bit sharper – the retina display was born.
Wireless charging: Has only been around since 2017 and yet we have already gotten used to it.
Water resistance: The original iPhone should stay away from water, but the latest models are even waterproof to IP68 .

We looked back in 2017 and collected the milestones in iPhone development:

10 years of the iPhone: 27 milestones – which model has been the most innovative so far?
The real DNA of the iPhone
In a nutshell: From today’s point of view, using an original iPhone may even seem absurd, but the DNA of the Apple cell phone has not really changed and has remained unchanged since then. An easy-to-use touchscreen with a perfectly optimized user interface and the power of the Internet – was equally true in 2007 and 2022.

iPhone 13 beaten: Android smartphones can finally keep up

The iPhone 13 is currently considered the most powerful smartphone in the world. No other cell phone can compete with the Apple A15 Bionic chip. This is changing now, because at least in one area the Android smartphones are now catching up or even outperforming the Apple chip.

New Qualcomm chip beats iPhone 13
Every year various manufacturers of processors for Android devices try to beat Apple. It has not been possible for years. The performance of Apple’s A-chips is simply unmatchable. This year at least a partial success is achieved. The brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which will be installed in many high-end Android smartphones in the future, can at least  keep up with the Apple A15 Bionic and even outperform it thanks to the new Vulkan GPU :

It was previously reported that the graphics performance of the new Qualcomm processor will take a big step forward. Now the benchmarks show that it can even keep up with Apple. One can assume that the Exynos 2200 from Samsung will have a similar performance for the Galaxy S22 .

As already reported above, this is only a partial success because the CPU performance still cannot keep up with an Apple A15 Bionic . The iPhone 13 will therefore continue to be superior to most Android smartphones in the future. The in-house development of the chip and the perfect adaptation of the software by Apple continue to pay off. You stay at the top and will definitely go a step further next year.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 soon in first Android phones
The new Qualcomm processor will be used in various Android smartphones. For example in the Xiaomi 12 , which will be announced soon. But many other smartphones such as the Realme GT 2 Pro will also use this high-end chip. When the devices come onto the market at the latest, it will be possible to examine whether the performance is really that high.

Xiaomi’s sales and profits due iPhone 13

Xiaomi’s sales and profits is increasing from quarter to quarter: Xiaomi has two problems. One of them is the iPhone 13.

Xiaomi recently published its figures for the 3rd quarter of 2021 and showed that it is making profits. But the Chinese company is facing two problems. 

The company was expecting that its sales would further grow. But it did not happen. In fact, it declined and move it to the number third in the market behind Samsung and Apple. Calays reported that that Xiaomi’s market share in the second quarter was 16.7 percent nut now it has dropped to 13.5 percent. 

Xiaomi lamented that because of iPhone 13 it lost market share. The Apple phone just sold incredibly well, so Apple gained market share and Xiaomi couldn’t really keep up. Instead of giving up, Xiaomi wants to keep going and make its products better. In particular, the commitment in the high-end sector is to be optimized and the devices better adapted to the needs of customers.

Xiaomi can already show what the company can do in December. Then the Xiaomi 12 smartphones will be unveiled. Then at the latest we will see the answer from China to the iPhone 13.

Xiaomi is building Android tablets again. In the video we show you the Xiaomi Pad 5:

Xiaomi is troubled by a shortage of chips.   The company was not able make more smartphones due to shortage of chips. As it could not shipped smartphones to fulfil the growing demands as a result it affected its performance.

iOS 15: Small update should fix call problems with iPhone 12 and 13


iOS 15.1.1 is available for certain device models and ironed out bugs.

Apple has rolled out update for iOS 15 . It is available for download on Thursday night. This update is for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 owners who received the new iOS 15.1.1 because their iPhones faced problems after update. 

If the call suddenly drops

Apple said that this update will fix the problem who were facing call drop after receiving the update. Owners of iPhone 12 and 13 also faced poor reception during call. Their calls dropped immediately after connection or they could not hear the voice of the caller properly. This update is meant to fix these bugs.

5G model for the first time from iPhone 12

It’s easy to explain why the update is only available for iPhone 12 and 13: Both model series are the first to support 5G. Apparently Apple is still working on the modem firmware – or at least the interaction of the operating system with it. Security-related improvements should not be in iOS 15.1.1, however.

Really nothing security-relevant?

According to Apple’s list of security updates, the update “does not contain any published CVE IDs(Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). iOS 15.2 on the approach

Apple is already working on iOS 15.2. Among other things, the new app privacy report will be activated in it. This shows, among other things, when and whether apps have accessed certain devices and even websites. The company is also making preparations for a controversial local nude filter in iMessages – whether this will actually be activated remains to be seen.

How to configure the new Focus mode in Apple iOS 15?

Focus mode allows users to more easily and conveniently adjust their ‘Don’t Disturb’ mode in Apple products. (Photo: Internet)

Apple has recently introduced a new feature called Focus Mode in the iOS 15 update for its operating system.

This feature has made Donut Disturb mode more functional and improved. In fact, Apple has improved the old DND mode by adding some new features, including the creation of a filter for calls and messages and the auto-reply feature with automatic and multiple customizations in case of your unavailability.

Focus mode gives users more convenience so they can adjust their ‘Don’t Disturb’ mode more easily and conveniently.
Interestingly, Focus Mode will work equally well on Apple Mac, Apple Watch and iPad, let’s see how Focus Mode works and how to configure it.

How to configure Focus mode in iOS 15?

First make sure to update iOS 15 to your iPhone or iPad, then go to ‘Settings app’ and select ‘Focus’ option. Here you will see some of the existing options. These include Do Not Disturb, Driving, Sleep and Work. Along with these options, the ‘+’ button will appear on the right side. You can create a custom focus mode by touching the ‘+’ button.

Then you have to find the Share Across Devices option, which is below it. In which you will see the Focus Status and Phone Calls options, through which you can determine which application should be given access to Focus Mode and how to manage calls while Focus Mode is enabled.

You can see the fitness, gaming, mindfulness and reading options by tapping the ‘+’ button. From here, you can customize them by adding them to the Focus Mode list.

Creating custom focus mode

Select Custom by tapping the ‘+’ button to create Custom Focus mode. Then choose a color and icon by giving it a name. Then you have to select the people in your phone book who you want to be able to receive your notifications while still in focus mode.

Select the Calls From option and select one of the given options Every One, Nine One, Favorites and All Context. And then tap the Allow button. And if you don’t want to allow someone, then tap the Allow None button.

In the next step, you need to select the app that you want to allow to display notifications. Tap the ‘+’ button to add apps from the list provided, you can tap the Allow button by activating the Time Sensitive option. Like contact notifications, here you can choose not to allow any app to be notified.

Once you have completed these settings, your focus mode will be ready.

Features of the iPhone 13 series.

Apple launched iPhone 13 series on September 14. Like previous launches, Apple Apple unveiled its latest generation of iPhones at the California Streaming event. 

These beautifully designed smartphones have been launched in five new colors. 

Apple fans will be happy to know they will get an advance dual camera in iPhones. It will come with a new wide camera offering bigger pixels and sensor-shift optical image stabilization. This will enable them to capture photos and videos in low light. 

The new A15 Bionic chip has made iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini super fast and power-efficient. It gives phones longer battery life and a brighter Super Retina XDR display. They will love to see stunning content on their new iPhones. 

The new A15 has 15 billion transistors and features a dedicated neural network. This 16-core Neural engine can perform 15.8 trillion operations per second. 

Apple has used a new image signal processor in the phones which gives them improved computational photography capabilities.

iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch screen and the iPhone mini comes with 5.4-inch display. Apple has given a ceramic shield on the front. Both models have an industry-leading IP68 rating for water resistance, which enables them to withstand spills from the common liquid.

Super Retina XDR OLED displays in iPhones series will give you an incredible contrast ratio for true blacks and a 28 percent increase in max outdoor brightness at 800 nits.

Calling and messaging can be done without network in iPhone 13

This is a symbolic file photo of the iPhone 13.

Apple is launching iPhone 13 series next month. However, before the launch there are many reports about the phone. One leaked report said that the iPhone 13 model could be offered with Low Earth Satellite Communication Mode (LEO) connectivity. This has been disclosed by Chi Kuo. With this feature in-built, calling and messaging can be done without 4G or 5G connectivity in the phone.

LEO satellite is satellite connectivity located in low earth orbit. It does not use tower connectivity. This keeps your phone directly connected to the satellite. However, it has a higher latency rate. This service is expensive as well as slow. However, companies are working fast in this direction. In this, the name of Elon Musk’s satellite Internet service Starlink appears.

According to a report by The Verge, Qualcomm’s customized X60 baseband chip can be used for Satellite connectivity in the iPhone 13. With the help of this, iPhone 13 users will be able to make messages and calls without 4G and 5G connectivity in the phone. At present, satellite connectivity facility is offered by an American based communication company, so that the upcoming iPhone 13 series smartphones can be connected. According to the report, the Satellite Communications Technology Service has been optimized by Apple.

Apart from Apple, satellite connectivity can be used by other smartphone companies. However, this is still very early stage. In such a situation, one should wait for the launch of Qualcomm’s X65 baseband chipset coming in the year 2022. However, it is being claimed that Apple may become the first smartphone brand to offer satellite connectivity. Qualcomm’s customized chip should be used by Apple.

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