- Pre-order details of the OnePlus 9 series have leaked.
- The flagship phones could be accompanied by pre-order gifts for early buyers.
OnePlus revealed yesterday that it has something to announce on March 8. Word has it that we’ll get an official launch date for the OnePlus 9 series on that day. Now, tipster Evan Blass has gone ahead and leaked some pre-order details for the purported OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.
According to Blass, the two phones will go on pre-order on March 23. That means we might just see them launch on the same date or some time closer to it.
Blass also revealed that the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro would be accompanied by pre-order gifts for early buyers. He claims that those who buy the OnePlus 9 will get a free set of the regular OnePlus Buds Z. Meanwhile, OnePlus 9 Pro buyers will get the Steve Harrington Edition of the true wireless earbuds.
Blass goes on to say that if the company is planning to launch the rumored OnePlus 9R or the OnePlus Watch alongside the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, the devices won’t be accompanied by any pre-order freebies.
Unfortunately, the tipster didn’t reveal more than this. We still don’t have a price leak for the phones, although we expect them to cost around the same as last year’s OnePlus 8 flagships.
Head to our dedicated OnePlus 9 series rumor hub to know more about the upcoming phones.
OxygenOS 220.127.116.11 for OnePlus 7/7T series brings Widevine L1 fix, June patch – 9to5Google
OxygenOS 18.104.22.168 is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series with a notable fix for Widevine L1 issues plus the June 2021 security patch.
The OxygenOS 22.214.171.124 update was confirmed as rolling out on the OnePlus Forums(1) with this OTA providing quite a few fixes for common issues. With regard to the Widevine L1 problems, some OnePlus 7/7 Pro and 7T/7T Pro owners were unable to view videos in apps like Netflix at resolutions higher than 480p due to this issue. While this patch does resolve the problem, you might actually need to clear your device cache for it to resolve things. It’s annoying, but not quite as annoying as having to watch videos at low resolution.
Also included in the OxygenOS 126.96.36.199 update are fixes for battery and power consumption, better management of device overheating, and blurry viewfinders when launching the camera app in certain conditions. OnePlus has pushed the outdated June 2021 security patch here too, which is a bit disappointing to say the least. You can check out the full changelog below:
- Reduced Power consumption
- Improved overheating control management
- Fixed the issue of not being able to play high-definition videos on some video platforms
- Upgraded Android Security Patch to 2021.06
- File Manager
- Fixed the crash issue of the application
- Fixed the issue that the camera is blurred when shooting on fullscreen size
- Improved the stability
- Optimized the dialpad UI display effect
The OxygenOS 188.8.131.52 update is rolling out in stages with a small selection of users getting access first before a wider rollout in the coming days. If you are happy to sideload the update ZIP, then it may be worthwhile giving the excellent Oxygen Updater a try.
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Not siding with Nvidia on Arm
2:57 p.m. PT
Graphics chipmaker Nvidia’s plannedhas been a touchy subject around the tech industry lately. In April, regulators in the UK spoke up against the acquisition .
Appleto for its iPhone and Mac chips, and it , so it’s no surprise the company may not be wholly supportive of the idea.
“I think that that acquisition has lots of questions that people are asking and I’ll sort of leave that up to everyone else,” Cook said.
Early innings of 5G
2:47 p.m. PT
That law of large numbers thing I mentioned earlier? Yeah, Cook says maybe forget it.
Despite the iPhone’s success, he believes “we’re in the very early innings of 5G.” He noted that most places around the world don’t have it broadly available, despite being “nine months or so into” the iPhone 12’s launch.
“We feel really great about the momentum, but at the same time we recognize that the 5G penetration is quite low around the world,” he added. “We’re at the front end of this.”
It’s not just Apple fans
2:39 p.m. PT
A popular trope about Apple is that its fans are rabid and willing to spend endlessly on the company. To counteract that perception, Apple’s highlighted how many new people are coming to its products. Worldwide, for example, the company said that even though the Apple Watch was first released six years ago, 75% of the people who bought one in the three months ended in June were new to buying one.
Apple didn’t offer similar data about its phones, but Cook said it was strong. “We had strong double-digit growth for switchers, and for upgraders, and in fact it was our largest upgrade quarter for Q3 ever,” he said.
Chip shortage isn’t so bad anymore? Or it’s worse?
2:31 p.m. PT
Apple warned in the past that Mac and iPad supply were dictated by how many chips the company could get hold of, setting up the possibility sales could underwhelm in the future. Instead, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said the company’s been able to set records despite those troubles. “It is remarkable that the last four quarters for Mac have been its best four quarters ever,” he said. “This exceptional level of sales success has been driven by the very enthusiastic customer response to our new Macs powered by the M1 chip, which we most recently brought to our newly redesigned iMac.”
Despite “significant” supply constraints during the quarter, he added, “we also started shipping our new iPad Pro powered by the M1 chip and customer response has been outstanding.”
He said supply constraints will be “higher” during the September quarter.
Apple CEO Cook said he’s “paying more for freight than we’d like to pay” but component costs continue, as an aggregate, to decline.
“In terms of supply constraints and how long they will last,” he said. “I don’t want to predict that today. We’re going to take it sort of one quarter at a time and, as you would guess, we’ll do everything we can to mitigate whatever set of circumstances we’re dealt.”
COVID-19 isn’t just going away
2:11 p.m. PT
Apple’s CEO kicked off the company’s conference call talking about how much people have turned to his company’s products. But he also noted that despite a positive spring and summer, things may be getting tougher again.
“As the last 18 months had demonstrated many times before, progress made is not progress guaranteed. And uneven recovery to the pandemic and the delta variant surging in many countries around the world have shown us once again that the road to recovery will be a winding one,” he said. “As we look forward to more in-person interactions in the future, we’re doubling down on innovation and doing all we can to help chart a course to a healthier and more equitable world.”
While Apple’s business appears to be humming, the rest of the world is decidedly less steady. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier Tuesday recommended that vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors again where transmission is “substantial or high,” for fearamong children who can’t yet receive a vaccine and the people who’ve opted against receiving one so far.
Even Apple has already told employees it’s delaying return-to-office plans until October at the earliest, mirroring moves from 2020 when companies began shifting schedules in response to worsening conditions.
Analysts and industry watchers will be watching for any signs from Apple about the future.
Why you need to urgently update all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs – NOW! – ZDNet
If you’ve not yet updated your iPhones, iPads, and Macs with the latest patches from Apple, then you need to take some time out of your day to do it right now, because this is a big one.
Earlier this week, Apple published iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1. While this update contains bug fixes, the main part of this update is a security fix for a vulnerability that Apple says is “may have been actively exploited.”
In other words, the bad guys are already using it.
Here’s how Apple describes the vulnerability in relation to iOS and iPadOS:
Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)
Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.
CVE-2021-30807: an anonymous researcher
It’s unclear is this is the vulnerability used for jailbreaking iOS devices, or whether it is linked to the NSO Group spyware tool hack used to target journalists, activists, and government figures.
To update your iPhone and iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update and download and install any available updates.
For macOS, click on the apple in the top-left corner, go to System Preferences, find Software Update and download and install any updates available.
I recommend carrying out these updates as soon as possible.
To get immediate notifications of updates for the iPhone and iPad, I’ve been using the app iVerify.
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