Now that there are more than 12-million Apple Arcade subscribers as of the end of 2020, it’s no surprise that some of them are looking for an alternative to using purely touchscreen or motion controls. Meet the Backbone One, which measures in at 7-inches long when not in use and 10-inches in play mode. Featuring large L1/R1 buttons, analog L2/R2 triggers and the latest Lightning connector for ultra low latency control signals. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
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Apple has been known to be ultra stringent when it comes to quality control and product defects, as most never see the light of day outside their factories. However, this iPhone 11 Pro Max with a misaligned logo is allegedly a 1-in-100 million error. Fortunately, this misaligned logo is the only defect on the handset, and its current owner tried selling it for a premium recently, but was unable to get their desired asking price (reportedly $2,700 USD). Read more for a video discussing this iPhone.
Taiwan is dealing with its worst drought since 1965, and for at least one man, this has been a blessing in disguise. Why? A man, surnamed Chen, was paddleboarding in Taiwan’s famous Sun Moon Lake when he accidentally fell, causing his waterproof pouch-protected iPhone 11 Pro Max to be dropped. Little did he know that one year later the water would recede as the island suffers from a severe water shortage and a worker discovered the device. Read more for the news report and additional information.
Limited to 99-units each, Caviar’s all-new iPhone 12 Pro / Pro Max Mortal Kombat edition comes in three different variants: Scorpion, Shang Tsung, and Shao Khan. The company is known for their luxurious, and sometimes outlandish, handset makeovers, so these designs aren’t too much out of the ordinary, except for its price tag, which starts at a whopping $6,140 USD. Starting off with Scorpion, this handset has a case made from titanium with a rugged PVD coating, which is commonly used to cover luxury Swiss watches. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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A teenager from Thailand thought he was getting a steal on a used iPhone, but when it finally arrived, there was no smartphone to be found, just one of the strangest (or coolest) coffee tables yet. The extremely large box was the first sign that something didn’t seem right, and after opening it up, the iPhone-shaped table appeared. On the bright side, the table does appear to be well crafted, including the Touch ID sensor and front-facing selfie camera hole. Read more for another picture.
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The second-generation iPhone SE was officially released on April 24, 2020, so it’s about time for a refresh, whether it be this year or next. There are rumors swirling that the third-generation iPhone SE could be based on the fourth-generation iPhone, but with an under-display Touch ID sensor. Other features include a new Lightning charging port rather than a 30-pin connector, a near bezel-less OLED display, and a single rear camera. Read more for a video and additional pictures.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is eyeing a 2023 launch for its folding iPhone, and the screen could measure between 7.5 and 8-inches. Strange Parts’ Scotty Allen decided that was a bit too long of a wait, so he decided to make his own, sort of. He purchased two flexible AMOLED displays off e-commerce website AliExpress, with one being just 0.3mm thick and very flexible, while the other slightly more rigid. Read more for a video to show the results of this experiment.
Omdia, a global communications and digital media research organization, speculates that Apple could launch a foldable OLED smartphone in 2023, alongside an activity pen. If this rumor were to be true, the press event would be held sometime in September, 2023, and to prepare, LG as well as Samsung are already signed on as display providers. This concept by Svyatoslav Alexandrov has an outer 6.3-inch OLED display, which opens up to reveal a larger 8-inch OLED panel. Read more for a video and additional information.
Unnecessary Inventions specializes in things you probably don’t need, but are fun to look at. Their latest creation is the MagSanetizePro, which dispenses hand-sanitizer on demand at the push of a button. How does it attach to your device? Using MagSafe of course, which on the iPhone itself adds a magnetometer and a single-coil NFC reader, but in this case, the magnets are used to properly align the MagSanitizePro for a not so portable look. Read more for the video.
MayTree, a South Korean a capella group, is back at it again, and this time, with iPhone sound effects. Some of them include the alarm, marimba, messages, and even the lock screen. On a related note, did you know that development of what was to eventually become the iPhone began in 2004? That’s right, Apple began to gather a team of 1,000 employees led by hardware engineer Tony Fadell, software engineer Scott Forstall and design engineer Sir Jonathan Ive to work on the highly confidential “Project Purple”. Read more for the video.