Tech Bytes: iPhone 6 Plus camera replacement

iPhone 6 Plus camera replacement

Apple is offering a free rear camera replacement to eligible iPhone 6 Plus users who bought their handset between September last year and January this year.

Some of those handsets were shipped with a potentially faulty component, which caused pictures taken by the rear camera to turn out blurry.

To see if your phone is eligible to have its camera replaced, go to and enter your phone's serial number into the dialogue box. Users in Singapore can qualify for the replacement.

BlackBerry sports Android OS in video

In June, Reuters reported that BlackBerry might be coming out with an Android phone later this year.

Since then, there have been leaked pictures and specs of the phone, codenamed Venice, but a 24-second video that hit the Web last week is the most juicy leak yet.

The video provided a close-up view of the phone's sliding physical keyboard, and a segment in which two phones lined up next to each other prompted speculation that BlackBerry could be releasing both BlackBerry and Android operating systems on the same phone.

Many use similar lock patterns on phones

A new study by Ms Martle Loge of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has found that many people set similar lock patterns for the nine-dot lockscreen on Android phones.

She found that 44 per cent of the 4,000 lock patterns she analysed started at the top-left hand side of the screen, and 77 per cent of patterns started from one of the screen's four corners. A further 10 per cent were fashioned after a letter.

Tips for making sure you have a secure lock pattern? Use more points in the pattern, do not use letter shapes and use more changes of direction to make the pattern harder to guess, said the study.

Huawei announces flip-camera phone

Last Thursday, China-based cellphone manufacturer Huawei announced the Honor 7i, which comes with a camera that can be swivelled around to the front for quality selfies.

The camera has a 13-megapixel resolution, a 28mm wide-angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash.

The phone comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 616 chipset, as well as a 5.2-inch display, up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The base model of the phone (2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage) costs 1,599 yuan (S$350) in China, and the top model of the phone (3GB RAM and 32GB of storage) costs 1,899 yuan. There is no word yet on international availability.

Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2015, with the headline 'Tech Bytes: iPhone 6 Plus camera replacement'. Print Edition | Subscribe