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The iPhone XR could be far more important to Apple than we realized

For years, China has been a puzzle that Apple could never quite solve, but at least one analyst seems to believe that the iPhone XR could be the key. In a recent report, Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that most domestic phone makers in China saw sales drop year-over-year during Golden Week (a national holiday taking place in the first week of October). Kuo believes that a lack of innovation is partially to blame, but that the iPhone XR may play a role as well.

In his report, Kuo predicts that while the rest of the market suffers, demand for Apple’s more affordable iPhone XR in China at launch will top the region’s demand for the iPhone 8 series over the same stretch last year.

According to 9to5Mac, Kuo’s report states that Huawei was the only notable Chinese smartphone brand to see a year-over-year increase in shipments. Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and others reported declines, with the industry as a whole dropping 10 to 15 percent in China. Meanwhile, Kuo thinks that the iPhone XR will not only overtake the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in launch sales, but over the course of its life as well, due to its lower retail price.

Apple will open up preorders for the iPhone XR on October 19th, with the first shipments expected to begin arriving on October 26th. Starting at $749 in the US, the iPhone XR features the same A12 processor that powers the iPhone XS and XS Max, and although its display is LCD instead of OLED, its design mirrors that of the iPhone XS. Tack on dual SIM support and a range of color options, and it’s clear why Kuo is so high on the XR.

How to fast charge your iPhone or iPad

There are at least five degrees of fast charging available nowadays. Knowing which standard to take advantage of, and under which scenario, is paramount to efficiently topping up your iPhone battery as fast and safe as the technology allows. This step-by-step tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about charging your iPhone faster.

Apple’s AirPower charger is still delayed, so Logitech and Apple designed this iPhone X stand instead

Despite having released multiple phones with support for wireless charging last year, Apple has still yet to release an official wireless charger of its own. The AirPower multi-device charger was announced last year, but as of right now, it still doesn’t even have a release date. Thankfully, accessory makers have picked up the slack and given iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus owners plenty of options to choose from if they decide to go the wireless route.

Most wireless chargers on the market are small, circular pads that sit on your desk or a bedside table, but on Monday, Logitech unveiling the Powered Wireless Charging Stand, which is its first to hit store shelves. Unlike other wireless chargers, you can actually prop your iPhone up in the Logitech stand, vertically or horizontally.

“Whether charging your iPhone overnight on a nightstand, at your desk in the daytime, or anywhere a charger can sit, [the Powered wireless charger] holds your iPhone in a snug and comfortable position so you can check notifications, read a recipe, FaceTime with friends or watch your favorite shows in either portrait or landscape mode – all while charging your device,” reads the description on Logitech’s blog post from Monday.

Logitech goes on to explain that the rubberized u-shape cradle, apparently designed “in collaboration with Apple,” can support an iPhone with a case up to 3mm thick, and ensures consumers that they won’t have to adjust the phone — just drop it in. The charger delivers up to 7.5W charging for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, but just 5W for other Qi-enabled devices.

Logitech’s Powered Wireless Charging Stand will be available later this month for $69.99.

Logitech’s new wireless charger lets you unlock with Face ID while your iPhone X is charging

Logitech’s new dock supports 7.5W wireless charging, works in portrait and landscape orientation and holds your phone in an upright position so you can unlock with Face ID, read news, conduct FaceTime video conversations and more, all while the phone is charging.

Apple bashing continues with new Galaxy S9 ads about the camera, fast charging & dongles

Samsung’s renewed anti-Apple advertising may have something to do with the fact that it’s allegedly moving up the Note 9 launch because Galaxy S9 has struggled to sell well.