iPhone 6S in 2020 – still good?

The iPhone 6S was released in 2015 alongside iOS 9 and came preinstalled with it, and has since received updates all the way to iOS 13, becoming the oldest iPhone to support iOS 13 after Apple dropped support for the iPhone 6 and 6+ released in 2014 along with all other devices with less than 2GB RAM. However, is the 6S worth considering in 2020?

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How to fix “Your software is up to date” on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Many iOS users have had this issue before when trying to update their devices and it can be caused by a number of things.

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The next Galaxy Note is unlikely to be called the Note11 but rather the Note20 instead

Up until early this year we expected the S20 series to be called the S11 series, but early this year leaks began to surface claiming the then-upcoming phone would be called the S20 instead. And then at Unpacked, the S20 was launched.

This change was kinda expected by some, considering the Galaxy A series adapted a ten times table naming scheme for these phones. Some expected this naming would be exclusive to the A and M series but the S series adapted this as well.

But will the next Note be the Note20 or Note11? It would make sense for the Note20 to be the preferred name option. It’s new and doesn’t lag behind the inferior S20. Here’s why.

Samsung skipping the Note6 in 2016

The Galaxy Note7 was recalled in 2016 after reports of it exploding and setting fire randomly

In 2016, Samsung did not announce the Note6 at Unpacked as the successor to the Note5, but rather the Note7.

At the time, Samsung had already released the S7 and started to fear that the lower number of the Note series would mean the Note phones would not sell as well as their inferior S series.

So Samsung skipped the Note6 and went straight to the Note7, which ended up exploding, catching fire, and then being recalled and bricked with software updates.

But the year after, the Note8, which didn’t explode, was a great success, and is still a fairly solid phone today.

Samsung tend to pass features over from S to Note

The Galaxy Note10 trio, like its S10 counterpart, included a 5G variant

In the past, Samsung have passed a lot of features over to Note from the S series phone of the same year. For example, when Samsung ditched the microSD slot with the S6, they followed with the Note5. The Note8 inherited the S8’s design, the Note9 inherited the S9’s intelligent scan, and the Note10 inherited the S10’s hole punch and they both had a 5G variant. You get the idea.

The Note20 will likely inherit a lot of the S20’s features, but most of all it will likely inherit the S20’s number in its name in order to show that it is on its generation.

Future name confusion

A Galaxy Note11 could cause confusion years later when a phone with the Note20 name is released

Let’s say the Note20 does get called the Note11. Several generations later, the Note20 is released, as who knows what Galaxy S phone’s Note counterpart. To the new generation focused on the present and future, they’ll see the Note20 and view it as an old phone, like a counterpart to the then-ancient Galaxy S20. Therefore not as many people would buy this future Note20 phone, putting Samsung in the same problem they had before 2016 with Note phones being associated with S phones with the same number suffix.

Conclusion

Leakers and tech websites have already started to predict what the Note20 may look like

To conclude the future Note is very likely to be called the Note20 and not the Note11 so that it doesn’t lag behind its inferior S20, because they would want users to associate the S20 and Note20 with the same generation and set of features, and not to cause confusion in several years time with a phone called the Note20.

The Galaxy Note20 is expected to be announced by Samsung at Galaxy Unpacked later this year.

Older Samsung phones will receive the OneUI 2.1 update

In late 2018, Samsung released OneUI 1.0 based on Android 9 Pie. First to receive the update was the S9 duo and the Note9, the latest flagships of the time. Next up was the S8 duo and the Note8. Then followed several Galaxy A phones, a couple of Galaxy J phones, and later on the Galaxy M phones.

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Galaxy A31 expected very soon

Last year, the Galaxy A series phones were a massive success. The Galaxy A10 was the best selling Android phone in 2019, proving how successful the then-new phone series was. The Galaxy A51 launched a couple of months back was 2020’s successor to the Galaxy A50, and now Galaxy A fans are waiting for more.

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Google have cloned Apple’s 3D touch for Pixel 4

Apple’s 3D Touch has since been replaced with haptic touch on recent iPhones but still remains quite an impressive feature. You’d press hard on, let’s say, an app icon, and a number of options would appear for the app. Apple replicates 3D Touch for those iPhones that don’t support it on iOS 13 with the alternative haptic touch. But now Google are adding new 3D Touch functionality to their Pixel 4 phones.

Pixel Feature Drop

The original Pixel 1 and Pixel 1 XL are no longer supported and therefore won’t receive the update
Pixel Feature Drop 2 rolls out this week, and it includes a handful of new features, including new emojis, power button shortcuts, and dark mode timers. But a significant new feature is the inclusion of a 3D Touch like interface for Pixel 4.

What is 3D Touch?

3D Touch was first introduced with the iPhone 6S in 2015
First introduced with the iPhone 6S, 3D Touch allowed for quick shortcuts mainly for apps on the home screen. You could also use 3D Touch to preview webpages, access multitasking, and more.Other manufacturers such as Samsung have since adapted this interface style but Google has not up until now.

How to install the update

The software update is now rolling out but you may not get it instantly
To get the new feature drop, all you have to do is find software update in Settings and check for updates. It may not be available for you just yet, so you should try occasionally checking until the update is available.This functionality is only available on Pixel 4 as far as I know so don’t be shocked if the functionality doesn’t appear on your older Pixel. However, all Pixels that are still receiving updates are eligible for all the other cool features in the new feature drop.

How do you work the feature?

To access the 3D Touch-style interface on your Pixel 4, simply long press on an app icon and a menu should appear. For example, a web browser would show options to open new tab and search the web, whilst the Phone app may allow you to access voicemail, make calls, or dial a number.The Pixel 4’s 3D Touch based functionality does seem like a cool new feature and I’m sure more software improvements will follow.

At £1300, the Galaxy Z Flip deserves more than two major OS upgrades

Ever since the original Galaxy S’s release in 2010, Samsung have been providing two major OS upgrades for their flagships. Back then, this was amazing support for Android devices as many manufacturers didn’t even release one major OS upgrade. But in 2020, two major OS upgrades is minimal even for Android devices.

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Raspberry Pi 4 2GB RAM model price reduced to £35; 1GB variant still to be sold at same price however

The 2GB model of the Raspberry Pi 4 has had its price reduced to £35, same as the original Raspberry Pi Model B was priced at in 2012. This is after RAM prices were reduced last year, meaning it no longer costs the Raspberry Pi Foundation as much to produce the 2GB variant as it did before.

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Samsung could already be testing Android 11 for the Galaxy S10+

A recent test on Geekbench of a Galaxy S10+ has been done. This could just be any user seeing how exactly their phone scores, but no. What makes this Geekbench test stand out against all the other tests is that this phone is running ‘Android R’

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