Get free iPhone upgrades every year with Etisalat contracts, Xiaomi Mi5s Plus features metallic body and dual-lens camera, Uber launches food delivery service, and more
It has been another news-filled week for the consumer technology market. Here’s a look back at all the highlights.
- For those who are planning to invest in the latest Apple iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus smartphone on a contract basis, Etisalat has a new program called “iPhone for Life” which allows users to get their devices updated with the latest models for free. The subscription for this program is absolutely free for those who are on a contract basis, and are only meant for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple did specify that users who wish to update to the next version for free, should keep their iPhone 7 devices in good condition. Users can opt for this option by dialing 101, or by visiting any Etisalat Business Centre. Click here for more.
- Soon in October, Apple is expected to unveil the long-awaited 2016 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro devices. Rumor has it that the new models could come with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors and NVIDIA GPUs. Analysts believe that Apple has already started the production of the new MacBook Pro’s, earlier this year. New reports also indicate that Apple may be planning to use the upcoming AMD ZEN laptop processors in their future portfolio. The Cupertino company could add new features such as a secondary OLED screen for the MacBook Pro. Check out more.
- After a long wait, Xiaomi has taken the wraps of their latest smartphones called the Xiaomi Mi5s, and the Xiaomi Mi5s Plus. The new smartphones now come with the latest Snapdragon 821 processor that’s faster than the Xiaomi Mi5. The Xiaomi Mi5s is chipped with 3GB RAM, along with 64GB inbuilt storage, whereas the bigger Xiaomi Mi5s Plus comes with 4GB RAM for the 64GB model, and 6GB RAM version for the 128GB storage model. The new smartphones now come with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The bigger Xiaomi Mi5s smartphone features a dual-lens camera setup and a bigger 3800 mAh battery. Click here for more features.
- The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that from October onwards, users will be able to top-up their Nol cards via the NFC of an Android smartphone. The Nol cards use NFC technology, which is already being used and offered by many Android smartphones. Users will only need to download the application, enter their credit card details, and tap the card with the smartphone. Users will no longer need to wait in top-up counters at metro stations to fill up their cards. Check for more.
- Uber has launched a new food delivery service in Dubai called the UberEATS. With the new UberEATS application, users will be able to order from over hundreds of popular restaurants, anytime between 11am to 11pm. Over 32 cities have been selected for this new venture, with Dubai being one of them. You can log-in the UberEATS application using your standard Uber account credentials. Check out more here.
- Samsung seems to be having a tough time handling explosive problems. If Note7 issues weren’t enough, it appears that over three different incidents have been reported about Samsung washing machines exploding in homes. One of the users reported that their washing machine ripped through the wall of their garages. Samsung thinks that these affected machines are the ones which are manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016. However, the company says that most of their customers didn’t face any sort of issue up until now. These reports originate from US only, so it could just be an isolated incident. Check for more.
- Blackberry has officially declared in their second quarter financial results that they will no longer be designing and building their own smartphones, and will only outsource to other hardware partners for releasing new devices. The new Blackberry DTEK50 is a good example of a partnership between Blackberry and Alcatel. John Chen, the CEO of Blackberry did confirm this a year ago that if the company doesn’t make profits by the end of 2016, they will then no longer make their own devices. However, John Chen did say that they are planning to release new smartphones with keyboards, sometime later, which could possibly be with a hardware partner. Check out more.
- While Google is closer to announcing their new Pixel smartphones, fresh new renders of the new devices have been leaked online, showcasing how the device will look like. If rumors are true, there will be a “G” logo, which indicates that Google designed the smartphones themselves, but manufactured by HTC. Check out more.
- Last weekend, Snapchat, who is now rebranded to Snap Inc., has unveiled their first hardware called the Spectacles which allows users to record a 10-second video using the device’s built-in camera. The camera is capable of capturing a video with 115-degree field of view. These videos, which are known as “memories” can be synced to your smartphone, and shared via the Snapchat application. The device is expected to roll out in limited quantities at a later point. Check out more here.