2018 Apple iPhone News, Rumors and Other Mysteries Unleashed! September 10, 2018

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Amid all the questions concerning Apple’s new iPhone(s?) scheduled for unveiling this Wednesday, September 12 (and subsequent pre-order date of September 14), multiple leaks are also springing forth, giving us a better look at the fabled Next Big Thing– as well as answers to a lot of revealed truths… or at the very least, very educated guesses.

Right off the bat, several rumors suggests it’s more than just one phone. Some say two, others three. First on deck, the iPhone XS, a calculated name and dubbed such because Apple has a habit of dropping S’s at the tail ends of their improved models. It would stand to reason then, that the second one, slightly bigger and released at the same time, would be the XS Plus, but such is not the case. Reports tumbling in are calling it the iPhone XS Max. As both the XS and XS Max will probably break the sound barrier of pricing, it makes sense that there’s also talk of a kinder, gentler model, the iPhone 9 (or 11?). Now, the 9 (or 11) won’t exactly be cheap, but compared to the other two, it’ll look like the “responsible choice.”

Anyway, without further ado, here is a breakdown of the three new fabled iPhones and the rumors associated with them.

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iPhone XS

The 5.8” OLED iPhone XS (or, maybe the  X2… the XI—aren’t rumors fun?) base price is estimated at $1,100, about a benjamin more than the X. All photo leaks depict Apple’s new smartphone in a (clandestinely) celebrated new gold, which isn’t such a gotcha surprise ‘cause a gold iPhone X was briefly in the works last year before it was canceled. We’re actually expecting three color options for the iPhone XS: gold, black and white. No surprise there, either.

Sources indicate the XS will be about the same size as the iPhone X, however it may be thicker due to a larger rear camera sensor and lens, so we can expect some camera improvements (more on this later).  Apparently the top and bottom bezels will finally be removed, as has the home button, so the difference of screen size with previous models is a bit “Apple and oranges.” Or, to look at it another way, the 6.5” Max won’t be as monstrous to lug around as you might think

The iPhone XS—as well as the XS Max and 9—are predicted to house A12 chips, upgraded from last year’s A11 Bionic. Apple analysts suggest the XS will probably have faster mobile data speeds and come equipped with a dual-SIM card slot. Lines of code in the forthcoming iOS 12 software update (included with the XS and XS Plus out of the box) conspicuously point to that dual-SIM promise, which means iPhone owners can finally enjoy the benefits of two SIM cards in one phone. It’s also believed the XS may be coming with 4G of RAM and a 2.49GHz chipset (dare to dream). Apple may also be adding to the existing storage sizes, including a 512GB model—bigger than most laptop solid state hard drives! Of course, if it does happen, that unit won’t be going for $1,100.

As for the camera, not a lot’s been learned. There will likely be a dual-lens rear camera on the XS and XS Max, able to shoot 12MP photos, with a telephoto lens and one normal lens, both with optical image stabilization. Also, because of the absence of a Touch ID home button, the front camera will no doubt come with Apple’s TrueDepth feature. Other new technology might be introduced on the cameras, but for the time being, we’ll leave it at that.

Expect a longer battery life with your new iPhones as well. The XS is predicted to be 10% bigger than the X, coming in at 3,000mAh. Charging the phone will be easier, too, as it’s snuck out that Apple will be including a fast charger this time.

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iPhone XS Max

Larger and brawnier, the 6.5” OLED XS Max has most of the same features as the iPhone X, plus some other tablet-like powers that just might make it easy for you to step it up to Apple’s flagship. For example, there will be some large screen app interfaces usually reserved for the iPad, such as mail and Messages, with more information on the screen, such as threads.

The Max will most likely be priced $100-200 higher than the XS, putting it around $1,200-1,300. Like the XS, it will also be available in gold, black and white.

The Max’s battery will have greater battery life, too. Reports suggest the battery in this phone will be 25% bigger than last year’s iPhone X, sporting up to 3,400mAh. And, like the XS, it will have the dual-SIM card slot.

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iPhone 9

While iPhones XS and XS Max reportedly both have OLED screens, the budget-minded 6.1” iPhone 9 is purportedly coming with an LCD screen. It will also feature an aluminum body (the XS and XS Max are stainless steel) and Face ID. The color lineup is still up in the air, though: One report lists gray, white and red, while another predicts pastel yellow, pink and blue. Also, it’s equipped with one rear camera lens to the others’ two, a single SIM card to the others’ duals, 3GB of RAM and a max storage of 256GB. Its demure starting $699 still gets a lot of bang for the buck, though (for example, you still get the A12 chip) and iPhone’s legendary photo-taking skillz). Reports indicate that if you’re holding out for this least expensive 2018 iPhone, you may have to wait a little longer. Due to certain assembly issues, the iPhone 9 is scheduled to come out four weeks later, in October. A small price to pay for a small price.

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On a related note, there are also spicy predictions about the new iPad Pro being released this week, including the Lightning connection getting switched out with a USB-C port, and the usual 12-watt power adapter being replaced with an 18-watt. Other rumors about the Apple tablet include, two models– an 11″ and a 12.9″, no Home button, slimmer bezels, rounded corners and a bigger display. There’s also chatter about the headphone jack going away.

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To get the most out of your new iPhone XS, XS Max or 11—or whatever they’re called—check out Hypercel’s vast selection of smartphone accessories, from wireless chargers to USB-C PD power sources. Also, stay tuned for our rollout of iPhone XS and XS Max screen covers! Whatever your needs, you’re sure to find them at the highest quality and lowest prices.

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Galaxy S9 and 9+ are Coming– and Hypercel is Ready! February 23, 2018

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The first major smartphone of 2018 looms near, as Samsung will present their hotly anticipated Galaxy S9 in mere days.The leading Android phone company is all geared up to unveil their next flagship phone this February 25, a day before the Mobile World Congress kickoff, and many believe it’ll be a repeat performance of  their previous model as a veritable iPhone X upstager. And Hypercel will be ready, showcasing new products to enhance the S9 experience (more on this later).

 Last year, the Galaxy S8 proved to be a huge success for the company. The leaks, however, suggest the S9 is taking it to an even further level, incorporating new touch-screen technology (while keeping its all-screen, edge-to-edge display), and featuring improved processors.  Pre-orders for new Galaxy S9 should be available online March 1, with deliveries to the first customers by Friday, March 16.

 At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S9 may feel like déjà vu to those familiar with the S8. It’s got a 5.8-inch display, same as the Galaxy S8 (the S9+ is 6.2 inches) and both models are hanging onto their rear fingerprint scanners. But they’ve also added new iris and facial sensors, a significant leap forward from their predecessor’s iris scanner.

The S9 and S9+ are also equipped with the same Infinity Displays as their predecessors, with unchanged sizes and resolutions– 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED panels with the signature unorthodox 2960×1440 pixels. The screen’s position has been altered ever-so-slightly, however, and the bottom bezel is marginally smaller.

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Probably the crowning feature for both Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones are their cameras. Both come with variable aperture lenses—f/1.5 and f/2.4—and the rear cameras have 12mp sensors, optical image stabilization and fast focus, while the selfie cam sports an 8mp camera, f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. The S9+’s second camera has a F/2.4 aperture. Samsung has been promoting its dual camera technology a lot these past few months, particularly about the ISOCELL camera sensors. The 3-stack, fast-readout sensor will allow a smartphone camera to have “DSLR-like photo experiences such as greater light sensitivity, depth effects and sharper brightness in all conditions,” according to Samsung.

Reports also indicate there will likely be a super slomo mode (at a high resolution) as well as a 960fps video option.

Jumping on the Animoji train, Samsung is also equipping its S9 and S9+ with a 3D emoji feature which apparently functions very similarly to Apple Animoji, but which Samsung says is, in some ways, better. Perhaps they are referring to the added feature where the user can create 3D animations of their faces, complete with masks, and that masks can be added to a photo after it’s taken.

The Galaxy smartphones will be powered by crazy-fast Exynos 9810 (Europe) and Snapdragon 845 (US and other regions) chips, and ship with 4GB and 6GB of RAM (the S9+ is rumored to be getting more RAM). Out-of-the-box, the phones will come with 64GB of storage, upgradeable with a microSD card. The rumor mill’s been whispering that 256GB and 512GB versions are in the works, but for now just stick that in the “Wait and See” basket.

S9 and S9+ will have 3,000 and 3,500mAh batteries, respectively, just like the S8. Also like the S8 version, the S9 and S9+ will utilize wireless Adaptive Fast Charge tech, sporting 15W of power (9V @ 1.67A).

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Other features include dual-SIM slots, USB-C support, AKG-tuned stereo speakers and Bluetooth 5.0. There are no solid leaks about a 3.5mm headphone jack, but the port’s there, so expect it. The phones will be IP68 certified for water and dust protection, and ship in four colors: Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue.

Price
No hard facts yet on pricing for the phones, but reports have placed the S9 at $850 in the US, £789 in the UK. Slap on an additional $100-150 for the 9+.

Hypercel’s Naztech and HyperGear brands are both gearing up for the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ releases! Naztech will be stocking premium-quality, tech-compatible screen protection, a wide selection of custom-design phone cases and powerful chargers– including  super-speed USB Power Delivery (USB PD) products, such as 18W and 60W portable batteries, 45W wall charger and 30W car charger. HyperGear is also ramping up, with the latest powerful car and wall chargers, power banks, Bluetooth speakers and headgear, lightning-fast charging cables and more. Visit Naztech and HyperGear sites, and stay tuned for further updates!

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HyperGear 2017 Christmas Gift Guide December 15, 2017

Now that mobile gear has pretty much dominated our lives, it’s no wonder with all the peripherals and accessories out there, that all everyone on your gift list wants is a little slice of tech heaven. So, consider this article about HyperGear’s latest products a tech-gift cheat-sheet, sure to garner some good cheer. And if one of those lucky recipients gets a little friendly under the mistletoe, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

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Beast XL

Stop your loved one from squeezing the life out of their smartphone by trying to make it their sound system… in the backyard, at the pool, while taking a shower. Bless its heart, the phone wants to be there for them, but it just wasn’t made to be a boombox. It’s time to unleash The Beast– the Beast XL Wireless Speaker, that is. This portable powerhouse was engineered to perform in all kinds of gnarly conditions, pumping outstanding Hi-Fi acoustics and a deep, pounding bass that not only gets the party started, but keeps it going for 16 solid hours—anytime, anywhere. Loaded with 5 dynamic drivers, 2 passive bass radiators, 2 acoustic tweeters and thundering subwoofer, this acoustic force majeure “goes to 11,” filling big spaces with high levels of strong, sweet sound—and no distortion! It’s housed in a rugged, rubberized enclosure made for the outdoors, and uses advanced wireless technology to stay connected up to 30 feet. There’s also a 3.5mm AUX cable for non-wireless gear. But wait, there’s more: the Beast also performs as a speakerphone and can easily take or make calls, hands-free. The Beast XL wireless speaker will quickly become their constant companion, inside and out, rain or shine. And just try getting them out of the shower. $49.75 at Amazon.

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Magbuds

For the dedicated gym rat in your life, consider the funky-looking, workout-friendly wireless MagBuds. These awesome aluminum alloy earphones house powerful 10mm neodymium drivers, delivering incredible Hi-Fi and heart-pounding bass that’ll energize their endorphin-addled beefcake to the next level. These sweat-proof MagBuds were designed with ergonomic ear gels that fit snugly in the canals for maximum noise isolation, sealing in the music and shutting out the grunt-n-clank riff-raff. Flexible ear fins secure them in place, even through the toughest of workouts. Powerful magnets firmly lock the earbuds together around their neck when not in use. Eye-catching and innovative, the MagBuds are a great accessory for the gym, running, hiking, by the pool or vegging in the Barcalounger after a long workout. $49.99.

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dBm

For the price of a drive-thru lunch, you can exponentially enhance someone’s Christmas morning– and whole year for that matter– with an eye-popping pair of HyperGear dBm Wave Pastel Earphones. These most-worthy in-ear headphones fuse brilliant color with high-tech components for a truly pleasurable audio experience. Thrusting wave after wave of technicolor HD sound into the cranium, the dBms employ powerful 10mm neodymium drivers, delivering smooth stereo sound with enhanced bass and crisp treble tuneage. Available in groovy rose, teal or lilac, they come with three size options of silicone ear gels for locked-in freshness of sound and blocking out the extra-auditory hubbub. They also come with a cool flat cable that’s impervious to tangles, and an intuitive remote control that smoothly switches between music and calls. These earphones are so money– but for $9.99 you wouldn’t know it. And they don’t have to.

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Dual USB Power Bank

Being off the grid might sound like freedom, but it’s a big pain in the tush when you’re in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone. It’d be a great predicament to IG or tweet to followers, but, oh wait– the phone is dead! That’s why the HyperGear’s Dual USB Portable Battery Pack with Digital Readout is such an awesome Christmas gift (you would even say it glows).  Available in 8000, 12000, 16000 and 20000 mAh, these invaluable portable power stations are shockingly lightweight for the charging power they dish out. They all feature a well-lit, numeric power level indicator, so there’s no guessing how much juice is left. Using Smart Chip Technology, the two USB ports can gauge and exactly how much power to give the devices—and adjust accordingly– for fast n’ furious and simultaneous charging.  Plus, since no one (that I know of, anyway) likes to wait for their charger to recharge, they’re all built with 2A micro USB input ports that savagely suck up fresh power in half the time it takes 1A adapters. The Dual USB Battery Packs’ housing sport a sleek, two-toned, matte-gloss finish, so not only do they look more expensive, they feel great in your hand. Made with quality stuff and drop-kick-tested for superior quality, all of the Battery Packs slip easily into a pocket or backpack, ready to bolt. Ranging from $34.99-$54.99.

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Wireless Gift Set

Gear up or go home.  If your certain someone has a smartphone (and if they don’t, you should rethink your relationship), tablet, mp3 player, etc., HyperGear’s Wireless Gift Set’s got them covered.  This awesome combo kit comes complete with ultra-comfortable over-the-ear headphones, powerful sport earbuds and a pounding portable speaker, so whatever the occasion, they’ll be equipped with the perfect wireless device. So light they feel weightless, the headphones’ 40mm neodymium drivers deliver thumping bass, no-holds-barred mids and crystal highs for a full-on sensory sound experience. When your friend goes off somewhere to sweat, they’ll also enjoy the total immersion of the snugly caressing high-fidelity ear buds. And when they’re ready to share the love of their playlist, the massive-sounding mini speaker will take the party to realms never before imagined. $69.99

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 Sound Tower

One of the unfortunate outcomes of Christmas shopping is that you find stuff you really covet and end up getting for yourself, too. This is one of those times. Every home should have one of these units. The stylish, ultra-slim Sound Tower Wireless Speaker sits beautifully in the corner of any room, yet fills the whole place with pristine acoustics and a thumping bass that makes you look around for the monster stereo system. Equipped with dual 5W speakers and powerful advanced wireless technology, the portable Sound Tower is always ready to get the party started, indoors or out. Grip-friendly and totally free to go wherever the action is, the wireless speaker can wander up to 33 feet from its sound source and play up to 8 hours of non-stop tuneage. It can also serve as a speakerphone and take or make the occasional call. In classic black or eye-popping teal, this is sure to be a hit with whoever gets it (including you). $39.99

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iPhone X Premium Tempered Glass

Does the lucky person on your “Nice” list have a new iPhone X? Then, my friend, look no further. HyperGear’s Premium Tempered Glass is the perfect gift for the X owner. We’ve all witnessed the profound despair of someone with a brand new phone that’s got a big, ol’ crack on the screen. And the iPhone X’s thousand-dollar face is ALL screen– it’s just begging for it. Designed specifically for the X, HyperGear’s Premium Tempered Glass provides the ultimate armor for the screen. Its deceptively ultra-thin window is actually constructed of FOUR layers of drop-scratch-shatter-proof Japanese Asahi Glass and boasts a bulletproof 9H hardness rating, a compelling reason, by itself to get it. Its laser-cut tapered edges provide a perfect, second-skin fit and the surface is custom-made to accommodate Apple’s pressure-based 3D Touch Technology, perfectly mimicking bare-screen accuracy. $9.99 MSRP. Or, if they’re a family of X-ers, get the Family 3-Pack for just $19.99!

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Quad Charger

Peace in our time. That’s what the Quad promises, at least to the bustling household. So many mobile devices, so many souls grappling for power– charging power, that is. Can’t we all just charge along? You can with the Quad USB Wall Charger. Because this amazing, 6.8A high-speed gizmo transforms a single outlet into 4 USB charging ports, all eager to spread the wealth of power to hungry devices. With the compact, lightweight Quad your giftee will be able to simultaneously charge 2 phones and 2 tablets (or 4 phones, or 3 phones and 1 tablet… you get the idea) at maximum speed! No more juggling between devices or taking turns. The foldable prongs means it can slip into a briefcase, handbag or backpack– snag-free– and be the perfect traveling companion. That’s a lot of joy to be spreading for $34.99.

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MiniBoom

Listen up. HyperGear’s mighty MiniBoom Wireless Speaker is more than just another pretty face. Sure, it’s cute, compact and colorful, but the real bonus is on the inside (didn’t your mother ever tell you that?). Equipped with a radical 40mm neodymium driver, this unexpectedly powerful speaker can fill a room with crisp, clear audio and a booming bass, so the lucky duck who gets it will never miss a beat. Also, being wireless, the MiniBoom can go anywhere that bigger, clunky speakers are verboten– like the study area in a dorm room, on a nightstand, in the corner of a busy kitchen, or nestled in the modest real estate of an office cubicle. It’s an easy traveler, too, and thanks to advanced wireless technology, it can stray up to 33 feet from the device it’s connected to, and play for up to 5 hours. Or, for those who want their MiniBoom to stay put, it comes with a handy AUX cable for non-wireless operation. It also works as a speakerphone! Really, this isn’t a hard decision.  In fact, the toughest choice about the MiniBoom speaker is, what color to get– black, teal, red, silver, gold or rose gold? Just $14.99, but they don’t need to know that.

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High-Power Quad USB Car Charger

We’re a multiple-device people who also tend to travel in multiples– ergo, we run out of charging ports in cars. That’s just science talking. So, you can’t go wrong with getting your significant so-and-so the High-Power Quad USB Car Charger. This polymorphic powerhouse puts out 6.8A of rapid charging power for up to 4 devices—smartphones, tablets, GPS navigators, wireless headsets, eReaders, gaming devices, etc.—simultaneously, and at maximum speed. Built for a power-heavy mobile lifestyle, the Quad will take 4 phones, or two phones and two power-hungry tablets, with just a smile and a nod. All ports are equipped with Smart Chips which gauge the devices and adjust the power automatically so that each is getting its optimal charge. Compact and minimalist, the sleek Quad is designed for easy access for all the charging cables, and comes in four attractive finishes; white, black, silver, gold and rose gold. As holiday gifts go, at $19.99, this baby’s a no-brainer.

If you need more ideas, check out HyperGear’s catalog of headphones, speakers, chargers, power banks, smartphone accessories and other mobile gear. No doubt you’ll cover everyone on your list and toss a few extra things in the basket for yourself.

 

 

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Power Up and Go! The Naztech Turbo T3 June 11, 2015

Today’s world is a place where we cannot seem to live without our smartphones on us at all times.  If they lose juice, communication shuts down. Luckily, Naztech’s top tier designers are dedicated to heightening the communication experience for all users and have responded with the Naztech Turbo T3.

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With rapid high-charging technological features and a sleek design, the Trion has the capacity to charge three devices at the same time at look good while doing it. This is one truly powerful charging system equipped with protection against short circuiting and overcharging.

 

Think of the wonder that would come from the ability to charge your phone, MP3 player, and tablet all at the same time. Users now  have the opportunity to just charge up and go. No more arguing about who gets to use the charger when you are away with friends, children, or even on a business trip.

 

The Turbo T3  proves to be the perfect travel companion, as its  compact design creates an ergonomic look with an easy grip rubberized finish and its illuminating LED light allows users to conveniently see each USB port (especially at night).

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Check out the Turbo T3  now at Hypercel.com and Naztech.com and let us know what you think!

 

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