Why recent smartphone ‘bad news’ is really good news

Have you kept up with this week’s smartphone news? Smartphone shipments declined. Again. Apple’s iPhone revenue is dropping. Apple added a “software lock” to discourage you from replacing your iPhone battery. And smartphone manufacturing is fleeing China. This is all presented as bad news. In fact, it’s all good news. …

When will your phone get Android Q? A data-driven upgrade guide

With Google’s final Android Q beta now out in the wild and the final Q release likely just days away, the question on everyone’s mind is: When will my phone get the upgrade? (Okay, that — and also: Will they actually name the software Queen of Puddings? But that’s another …

Why the war on smartphone bezels is going too far

The battle to kill the smartphone bezel is going too far. Samsung, Huawei, and One Plus all sell phones with curved screens that make the edges of the display seem practically invisible at first glance. Pop-up cameras and notches have pushed displays to the tippy-top of the frame. Just last …

The unexpected side effect of Google’s Pixel 4 phone

Look, I get what you’re probably thinking right now. I’m normally the guy who calls shenanigans when some over-the-top article claims an unreleased product is somehow “changing everything” in a suspiciously vague way. Such grandiose claims deserve to be scrutinized and, in most cases, brushed off as sensational silliness. This, …

How Google’s Pixel 4 radar system could be more than a gimmick

Ladies and gentlemen, the future is upon us. Well, either that, or we’re about to be fed yet another Impressive-Seeming Phone Feature™ that looks incredible in marketing videos but ends up being more limited-use novelty than life-changing tech tool in the real world. Ever since Google confirmed the presence of …

Here comes the next silly smartphone design shift

One of these weeks, we’ll see a new smartphone design trend that’s actually advantageous to us — the ten-fingered terrestrial animals who carry these technological creations around in our pouches and/or trousers. This, unfortunately, is not that week. This week, y’see, the internet’s a-buzzin’ about an eye-catching new Android-based gizmo …

iPhone and MacBook rumors, what’s wrong with the iPhone lineup, your hot takes, and more

What could we see in the new iPhones next year? Will there also be new MacBooks? And your hot takes! That’s all in this episode of the Macworld Podcast. This is episode 660 with Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola. Listen to episode 660 [ Further reading: Learn more about …

Apple is poised to lose lots of iPhone users if it keeps ignoring the middle

We’ve been hearing for months that longtime customers are souring on the iPhone upgrade cycle, and now there may be some evidence to back that up. According to a study conducted by Bank My Cell of some 38,000 people, iPhone owners are 15 percent less loyal to their handset than they were …