LG K8 and LG K10 debut ahead of MWC with upgraded specs

LG K8, LG K10 official

MWC 2018 kicks off next week, but LG just couldn’t wait until then to share the news of its two new K Series smartphones.

The LG K8 and LG K10 are now official. LG’s K Series of phones is meant to offer premium features at not-so-premium prices. These new devices are follow-ups to the original models that we saw launch in early 2016.

The new LG K8 features a 5-inch 1280×720 display, 8-megapixel rear camera, and 5-megapixel front camera. LG touts that low light photography has been improved on the K8, and it’s also included HDR photo support.

Inside the LG K8 is a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. A 2,500mAh battery powers the K8, and what’s notable is that the battery is removable, which is something we don’t often see on modern smartphones.

LG’s K10 steps up its specs in a number of ways. It’s got a larger 5.3-inch 1280×720 display and is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera that includes tech from the LG G6. There’s also an 8-megapixel front camera that can add bokeh to your selfies.

The LG K10 spec list also includes a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot. Like the K8, the K10’s 3,000mAh battery is removable. Also of note is that the LG K10 includes a rear fingerprint reader for added security.

Both the LG K8 and LG K10 will come equipped with Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The phones will launch globally in regions like Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. No launch timing or pricing details have been shared, though.

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Deals: Apple’s 13″ MacBook Air for $899; upgraded 27″ iMac 5K for $1,869; iPads from $299 (up to $150 off)

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As we near Valentine’s Day, shoppers can pick up last minute gifts with prices starting at just $ 299. Apple’s current 13" MacBook Air is $ 100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ, while a premium 27" iMac 5K with Radeon 575 graphics is $ 130 off. Current iPads are also up to $ 150 off with $ 20 off AppleCare as well.
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Have you upgraded to iOS 11?

Apple iPhone X

Apple has earned itself, at least from the fans of the company and from others that might be on the fence, a bit of a barrier when it comes to expectations. For some people who use Apple products on a daily basis, the next software update is simply a given — something they’ll download when they get some free time, and they won’t give it another thought. For others, depending on the device(s) they have, that same software update might never even see the light of day in their home or on their daily drivers.

I think we’re starting to see some of that benefit of the doubt start to whittle away.

That isn’t to say that I think Apple’s software updates of recent are anything bad. In all honesty I haven’t really had any issues with software updates over the years, especially not with major decreases with battery life or performance. That is until I had to use an iPhone 6 recently, which was just about the most abysmal time with a smartphone I’ve had in recent memory.

But, I think Apple is facing some key issues right now. First, that people are holding onto their devices for longer stretches of time, which means that Apple isn’t getting the benefit of people upgrading to the new software just by default when they buy a new phone.

And then there’s the fact that iOS has gotten better over the years, which means some folks just might not find a reason to upgrade to something new. “Don’t fix what’s not broken,” basically. And if no one is promoting the new changes by word-of-mouth in their circle, well, the reasons to put new software on your device might not present themselves at all.

I can’t help but think back to iOS 7 and Apple’s drastic change to the mobile operating system, either. I can think of so many people I know who automatically upgraded to iOS 7 and when they saw the changes were so huge, so sweeping, it was a bit too much. As a result, they aren’t in any kind of rush to automatically accept new software from Apple.

I can understand that sentiment wholeheartedly with the launch of iOS 11. The changes to Control Center –especially in its implementation on the iPhone X — still frustrate me.

Apple recently published that iOS 11 is on 65% of devices out in the wild. That’s impressive, to be sure, in its own right — especially if we look at the version disbursement of Android (we’re not going to get into “fragmentation” anymore). However, the number isn’t all that impressive if you just look at it from Apple’s perspective.

Looking at it year-over-year, which Rene Ritchie did earlier this month, iOS 11 is at 65%, but iOS 10 at the same time was at 76%. iOS 9 was at 76%, too, and iOS 8 was at 68%. Jump all the way back to iOS 7 and that number is at 80% in the subsequent January after its launch.

For all the reasons I listed above, I think Apple is starting to face the reality that people just aren’t upgrading their iOS devices as often as they used to — or as often as Apple would like, probably. Especially considering key security updates are included with new software, too.

But, it got me wondering: If you have an iPhone that supports iOS 11, have you actually upgraded your device to the latest version of the mobile operating system? If not, what are you waiting for? Or are you simply just not going to upgrade your phone at all, and, if that is the case, why not? Let me know!

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Some iPhone 6 Plus owners may be upgraded to an iPhone 6s Plus for free

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If you own a relatively old iPhone 6 or 6 Plus model, you can restore it to former glory via a simple battery replacement. Many of the iPhone 6 units still in use likely have chemically aged batteries, which trigger iPhone slowdowns. For $ 29, you can have your battery replaced at an Apple store, instead of the previous $ 79 repair fee.

In an interesting turn of events, however, it looks like iPhone 6 Plus owners may qualify for an even better deal: a free upgrade to iPhone 6s Plus.

An internal Apple document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers on Friday, and seen by MacRumors explains the new policy. Apparently there’s not enough iPhone 6 Plus stock to go around for whole-device replacements, and a previously leaked document confirmed that Apple doesn’t manufacture the iPhone 6 Plus anymore. Apple isn’t selling any iPhone 6 version in its stores, though some carriers still do.

“Orders for whole unit service inventory of some iPhone 6 Plus models may be substituted to an iPhone 6s Plus until the end of March 2018,” the memo says.

Apple does not explain what would make an iPhone 6 Plus eligible for a whole-device upgrade. But MacRumors points out that the move may be linked to the iPhone 6 Plus battery shortage that was reported recently. A report said a few days ago that replacement batteries won’t be available for the iPhone 6 Plus model again until March or April.

MacRumors notes that Apple can replace the display, battery, speakers, rear camera, or Taptic Engine in stores. Other repairs, however, may need whole-device replacements. Will Apple stores upgrade your iPhone 6 Plus just because you don’t want to wait until March or April for a new battery? You can always schedule a Genius Bar appointment to find out.

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‘Pokemon GO’ Support for iOS Devices That Cant Be Upgraded to iOS 11 Will Be Discontinued next Month

Niantic just announced that Pokemon GO [Free] will be discontinued next month for iOS devices that cannot be updated to iOS 11. This will be implemented in an update to the app that will happen in the future. Pokémon GO has been pushing for new hardware specific features like the AR mode and they want to push further bringing improvements that require dropping support on earlier versions of iOS. Over the last year, we’ve seen dynamic weather and more come to Pokémon GO and I’m excited to see where the team takes the app going forward.

The deadline for them dropping support is February 28th and after that Trainers may not be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from the devices that are not supported. To continue playing, you will need to move to a supported device. The devices affected by this change are iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini (1st Generation), and iPad 2. If you’re on one of those devices and still play Pokémon GO regularly, you have over a month to upgrade to newer hardware. It isn’t uncommon for service based and living games to drop support for older devices across platforms so this was to be expected. Check out our forum thread for Pokémon GO here.