Today on The Daily Charge, Facebook launches a new dating service, Amazon's 20 new fire TV gadgets, and our big Apple iPhone 11 preview.
Good morning and welcome to CNET's Daily Charge.
It's Thursday, September 5th I'm Roger Chang.
I'm Ben Fox Rubin.
And I'm David Katzmaier.
Let's get today's stories.
Apple's next big event is scheduled for next Tuesday.
So we figured it's never too early to preview what we expect from the iPhone 11.
The biggest change may be to its highest end model rumored to be called the iPhone 11 Pro.
So say goodbye to the Max.
Supposedly has a glass back and a triple camera configuration, while the more budget-friendly iPhone, 11R, may finally get that duel lens set-up that, well, the budget-seekers have been waiting for.
So Are you guys excited?
Is that it?
This is it.
Dual lenses yay.
Isn't the big thing gonna be next year's iPhone?
Yeah so I mean this is.
How many times have we said that though?
Every year, every year.
This is not a S year technically.
So this is the third year that they're basically using the same design.
And they've been doing this recently, they've kind of extended out the cycle.
So now you have to wait three years for a big refresh.
And I think you're right in terms of adding 5G in terms of like a big redesign we'll probably have to wait for the 2020 model.
Right and they said this morning of the fingerprint reader might come next year to the end screen fingerprint reader too that everybody else already has, so yeah.
So yeah, it's a little disappointing.
If you're If you're an Apple user.
And we've commented about this plenty of times.
But Samsung already introduced both of those features, 5G and in-screen fingerprint reader.
What was it, in March, with the Galaxy S10.
Yeah, so it's pretty clear from reading Shara Tibken's story today, it's pretty clear that Apple has been well behind.
On the innovation curve, this is a continuation of that.
That being said, from a business perspective, they're like, okay, we the smartphone market is saturated at this point.
We're gonna build out on services, a lot of other things.
So that's what they've been doing for years.
And keep in mind, they deal with the Huge volumes for this single phone right?
So every time they have to make a big tweak, or change to his phone, it's a massive process.
So that's partly their greatest strength, is his greatest weakness.
Next up Facebook is launching a dating service in the US.
Yes, you heard that right, the company which faces a host of questions About its ability to protect our data, wants you to trust it with finding you that special someone.
Ben, what do you think?
Why is this happening?
This is like Facebook Portal all over again.
Which is like the company's going through
All of these security and privacy issues.
And now coming out with a new product that a lot of people are really questioning what the value is.
Or are people gonna trust Facebook with this type of data?
Yeah, our own Queenie Wong talked to Facebook about this and really asked about the privacy question.
They assured her that The information collected for the dating profile wouldn't be sold to advertisers, and they're trying to take extra steps to make this secure and kinda walled-off.
Keep in mind, beyond Facebook, other dating services have had a pretty bad rap when it comes to privacy concerns.
So there's two issues here that Facebook is dealing with.
And according to [UNKNOWN] story, she also mentioned that a lot of younger people are the folks that tend to use dating apps in the first place.
And so this is an opportunity for Facebook to try to lower the age of their total demographic.
Because everybody's been rounding to Instagram, so we'll see if that works.
And it differently sucks in the Instagram post automatically, so that makes sense too.
So if you're on Instagram, you're dating, so Definitely.
And keep in mind that this is not supposed to be Tinder.
This is more about finding that special someone and not the single-night hookup, so.
Also, Amazon launched 20 Fire TV-equipped gadgets at Berlin's IFA Trade Show that includes its first OLED TV.
With Fire TV built in, it's why we have David Katzmaier on.
David, break down for us, that is a lot of products.
Wait, I'm not here to talk about Facebook dating?
If you want.
We're done with that.
No, it's all about this OLED TV that has Fire TV, the first of its kind.
It's only in Germany.
So OLED TVs have great picture quality, fingers crossed that comes to the US.
Maybe LG will, you know, throw in Roku TV or Amazon Fire TV and get rid of their little web OS system.
There's also a new fire TV queue which is the weird remote control hybrid thing that's come to the US it's going to be faster and, a sound bar with built in Fire TV.
So that's a trend that's happening too is they're building these streaming things into sound bars, because why not?
There are people actually I get the streaming steak but our folks actually buying these This other kind of ecosystem of fire TV of connected products or?
I mean, Amazon says they are.
They mean the stick is doing really well but the fire TV is for example.
That's like their big other play.
And that again competes with Roku.
Those have been selling really well too.
According to them Prime Day was like a big blockbuster obviously for the Toshiba brand and things that have a partnership with Best Buy.
So they're out there in the market and a lot of people are using them and If you like Alexa a lot, I think it's a pretty good product.
Otherwise I'd like Roku TV better.
All right, finally the galaxy fold is back Samsung Town Center will launch with a new White Glove Customer Support Program.
But if you're looking to get in the US, you're out of luck.
It'll only be available in South Korea, Germany and the UK.
The fold has been, I mean, it's been a disastrous launch and now it's even coming to us.
I mean, there's that Was that mean for foldable phones.
I mean good for them I say this every time but honestly we were talking about or earlier that they are so incremental and the reference.
This is the first time that a major company well, Huawei is doing this too ->> also had a delayed product, right?
Yeah,>> This is a big change.
So I think at least from my perspective, consumers are going to be a little bit more patient but maybe I'm wrong about that.
And American consumers are not patient with something that breaks ->> [LAUGH]
feel like watching only in you know, Market, especially Korea, where it's basically planning your home turf.
They really have an advantage in terms of getting the word out there, positive.
They have a lot of negative stuff to overcome with this phone, so not launching in the US?
Wise, maybe a little pansy-ish, but it's Samsung they can do what they want.
[LAUGH] Well, partly, it's, I think, a bunch of carriers kinda backed out, right?
There were carriers that were committed to selling this thing, They probably saw the controversy and just said, you know what we don't need the drama.
Yeah, and they're still coming out with it so, you know they didn't scuttle it completely.
Right give them credit for that.
So for the Daily charge I'm Rodger Chang.
I'm Bex Foxhoben.
I'm David Cathmire.