Apple talks up iPhone X sales, some delivery dates improving

How was iPhone X pre-order day for you? It was very, very good for Apple – says Apple – with customer demand "off the charts" according to an official statement. Delivery dates for the high-end, bezel-free phone have now been pushed back to December, though you could always overpay on eBay.

"We're working hard to get this revolutionary new product into the hands of every customer who wants one, as quickly as possible," says Apple, as 9to5Mac reports. Pre-orders went live on Friday morning but whatever initial stock there was seems to have quickly been snapped up.

The other option for getting your hands on Apple's latest and greatest (and most expensive) handset is to walk into an Apple Store on November 3 – Apple will have some units in stock, it says, but advises interested punters to turn up early.

Delivery dates

Meanwhile, despite the apparently low stock levels, some customers are seeing improvements in their delivery times, MacRumors reports. A handful of readers saw delivery dates brought forward from November 10-17 to November 3.

If you have managed to get your name down for the iPhone X then, it might show up a little earlier than you reckoned, so adjust your plans for booking time off work accordingly. If you haven't already got a pre-order in, it looks like you'll have to wait until December at least if you order now.

We won't know for sure how many iPhone X units Apple has shifted until the company announces its financial results for the quarter on November 2. In the meantime don't forget there are plenty of phones out there if you're shopping on a budget.

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WhatsApp now lets you ‘unsend’ embarrassing and accidental messages

We're usually forced to live with our mistakes in this world, but WhatsApp is now giving us a way to erase our little embarrassments.

Starting now (at least for some users), if you accidentally send a message to someone, you'll be able to delete it for everyone who can read it as long as you act within seven minutes. WhatsApp describes the process more thoroughly in an updated FAQ entry.

WhatsApp already gave the illusion of allowing this, but the truth was that only you would see the message deleted from your client.

Whoever else you sent the message to would continue seeing it until they deleted it themselves, which could be a problem if you sent the message to the wrong person or it "contains a mistake." We suspect that's likely a euphemism. 

The feature is clearly labeled, too, so you'll now see an option called "delete for everyone" when you select the trash can option after holding down your thumb on the message. Whenever someone on the other end tries to read the message in the future, they'll just get a notification saying, "This message was deleted." Again, though, you'll have to act within seven minutes of sending the message for it to work.

Update and wait

You may have to wait a while to enjoy the full benefits. For one, it's a gradual rollout, so not every user has it yet. Secondly, both users must have the latest version of WhatsApp running for it to work properly. Otherwise you may hit "delete for everyone" and sadly find that everyone but you can still see it. WhatsApp won't send you a notification if this turns out to be the case.

And then, of course, there's always the chance that the recipient will see your message anyway, allowing them to screenshot your "mistakes" for everyone to see.

In other words, we're glad the feature has made it to WhatsApp, but you might want to play it safe and just be better aware of what you're sending when you send a message.

Rumors about the feature first dropped last month, and we're happy to see it made it into the live build.

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iPhone X repair fees are absolutely bonkers, even for Apple

So you thought the iPhone X itself was expensive? Just wait until you see the repair costs.

As MacRumors discovered, today Apple updated its non-warranty servicing pricing for the iPhone X, just in time for today's preorders. Judging from the numbers, it's probably a good thing they didn't update it earlier as they may have scared off potential buyers.

One of the standout features of the iPhone X is that fancy new OLED screen, which should save power and render images in brighter, crisper colors. 

Unfortunately, that means it's going to cost you $279 in the US to replace it if you shatter it. Compare that to the iPhone 8 Plus, which will only set you back $169 if you break the screen (and that's the same price you'll pay for breaking the screen of the older iPhone 7 Plus). 

It gets far, far worse if you have to repair any of the rest of it, likely because of that all-glass back that Apple included so the device would support wireless charging. Specifically, any "other damage" costs $549 to repair, which is crazy for a device that already costs $1,000. 

Outside the US, non-warranty screen repairs will run you £286, AU$419 or CA$359, while anything in the "other damages" category will run you £556, AU$819 or CA$709, depending on where you live.

A breaking point?

You can avoid these obscene prices if you pick up Apple's $199/£199/AU$299 AppleCare+ plan, which allows you to get relatively inexpensive out-of-warranty repairs for two years from the data of purchase.

Under the plan (which is more expensive for the iPhone X than earlier models), you'd only have to pay $29/£25/AU$45 for screen repairs and $99/£79/AU$149 for other damage. 

That's especially worthwhile if you end up dealing with the dreaded "other damage," as the cost of AppleCare+ and the repair cost together would only amount to $298/£278/AU$448. Apple clearly wants you to pick up its plan.

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These Galaxy S8 and Note 8 accessories allow you to make the most of your phone

Samsung has released three of the best phones of the year in the form of the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Each comes with a waterproof design, innovative Infinity Display and wireless charging built in plus kick-ass camera equipment too, but there are also a variety of accessories you can buy to improve your time with your phone.

Samsung makes a range of accessories and cases that can help you make the most out of your new phone – or the phone you’re planning to buy very soon – so here’s a look at some of the very best.

Perhaps the most useful accessory is the DEX docking station. You can use this to plug your Galaxy Note 8 or Galaxy S8 in to use it on a full screen monitor and alongside a keyboard and mouse.

It means you can work directly from your phone using apps that scale to the monitor and you won’t need to worry about uploading and downloading all your files from the cloud.

Samsung’s Wireless Convertible Charger allows you to keep your phone on your desk or bedside table and charge it up without having to plug it in.

It’s sat at an angle so you can always see the time and your latest notifications while it’s being pumped full of power using wireless charging. It means you no longer have to fiddle around with that annoying cable, plus it will work with any other device that’s compatible with Qi wireless charging too.

For the times when you’re on the go and you need to have some extra charge for your phone, Samsung also sells its own battery pack. At 5,100mAh it should charge up your Galaxy phone at least once and means you won’t have to worry about your phone dying when you’re on the move.

If you’re planning to buy a Galaxy Note 8, you can rest assured that in the very unlikely chance you lose the S Pen stylus you can also buy another from Samsung for only £39.99.

Plus there are a variety of cases and covers for both phones that will protect your device, but a lot of them add extra features too with innovative designs and different looks to anything else on the market.

For example, there’s the Clear View Standing Cover. You can use this matte cover as an adjustable stand that you can use to prop up your phone and give you the best viewing experience for landscape content.

When the case is closed, it still allows you to swipe for call and music controls too so you can ensure your screen is protected.

Then there’s the LED Cover, which comes in a variety of different colors for each phone and allows you to see notifications without having to open the cover at all.

You can turn off your alarm in the morning or answer a phone call with the LED notifications, making this one of the most useful cases for either phone.

If you’re looking for a case that shows off the great design of the Note 8 and Galaxy S8, you may want to opt for the Clear Cover that is see through. It’s only 0.8mm thick so it won’t make your phone feel chunky.

Or if you’re looking for a premium feel cover there’s the suede-like Alcantara option that’s durable, stain-resistant, and protective and also looks great wrapped around the edges of your phone.

Then the 2Piece cover that is made of two sections connects to the top and bottom of your phone. It won’t protect the center of your device, but this should help the phone if you drop it and will protect all four corners of the device.

Plus if you want to be productive on the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus you’ll find the Keyboard Cover that sits over the top of the screen with a QWERTY option will be perfect for you to type on.

Those with a Galaxy Note 8 that need that extra bit of protection from drops can go for the Protective Standing Cover and anyone who wants a durable protection for their Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus can buy the Soft Touch Cover instead.

You can see all of the accessories and cases for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on Samsung’s store here or you can look at the same for the Galaxy Note 8 on the same website here.

More images of the OnePlus 5T appear on company’s Chinese website

The trend of near bezel-less displays continues to grow stronger, with OnePlus 5T being spotted on the company’s Chinese website earlier today. The page reveals the OnePlus 5T in all its glory, giving a clear look at what we can expect from the next OnePlus flagship smartphone.

Several rumours have been doing the rounds of late, suggesting that OnePlus is preparing to launch a minor upgrade to the OnePlus 5, with the name suggested to be OnePlus 5T, on the lines of the OnePlus 3T launched late last year. With the launch timeline drawing closer, the OnePlus 5T has made an appearance on one of the websites of the company.

While not much is known by way of the specs of the OnePlus 5T, the leaked images of the phone reveal that it will come with an 18:9 display, very similar to what we have seen from flagships of Samsung, LG and Google this year. While the aspect ratio of the display is confirmed, other specifications of the OnePlus 5T aren’t completely known just yet.

That said, rumours are pointing at OnePlus 5T featuring a dual camera setup on the front, while details about the rear cameras are not known. The new OnePlus flagship smartphone could feature the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

One change as a result of the new 18:9 display is that the front mounted fingerprint sensor is moving to the back. This is a significant change, given that the OnePlus 5’s fingerprint sensor has been praised for being really fast – one of the reasons for its speed could be the fact that a front mounted fingerprint sensor is more accessible when compared to a rear mounted sensor.

The tagline seen on the images is ‘Larger Screen. Same Footprint’. This probably means that the dimensions of the OnePlus 5T are same as the OnePlus 5 and only the bezels have been reduced to accommodate the bigger display. Earlier reports have also hinted that the OnePlus 5T will come with IP68 certified water and dust resistance.

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