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iPhone sales are on the up. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android

iPhone sales are on the up. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android

Apple is close to becoming the world’s top smartphone maker for the first time since it conceded the title to Samsung more than three years ago. The Cupertino company is selling more iPhones than ever before, while Samsung’s smartphone sales are slowing.

Say goodbye to the swipe. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Say goodbye to the swipe. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung’s fingerprint scanners could be some of the worst available in today’s mobile devices; they’re so unreliable that most people don’t even bother with them. But sources familiar with the company’s plans say it is working to change that for the upcoming Galaxy S6.

How? By copying Apple, of course.

A younger Jony Ive, pre-Apple. One former colleague once told me he looked like "a hairbrush."

A younger Jony Ive, pre-Apple. One former colleague once told me he looked like “a hairbrush.”

It’s not exactly news that Samsung would like be a whole lot more like Apple. And when you compare the sales figures from Samsung’s ailing mobile division to Apple’s thriving iPhone numbers, who can blame it?

But while the South Korea-based tech giant isn’t going to be able to steal away any of the design brains behind Apple’s must-have devices any time soon, it’s trying to do the next best thing: hiring a former boss from the company Jony Ive helped start before he set sale for Apple in the 1990s.

Is the Mi Note Xiaomi's prettiest smartphone yet? Photo: Xiaomi

Is the Mi Note Xiaomi’s prettiest smartphone yet? Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi’s more affordable answer to the iPhone 6 Plus is here, and if you’re shopping for a flagship phablet, you should be interested. Not only is it incredibly attractive, it’s also thinner than Apple’s offering, and it’s packing some impressive specifications. It also starts at just $370.

The Oppo RC1 is a midrange stunner. Photo: Oppo

The Oppo RC1 is a midrange stunner. Photo: Oppo

Apple failed to get its sapphire glass ready for its latest smartphones, but Chinese manufacturer Oppo did not. Its new RC1, a midrange handset with a 5-inch display, has a sapphire back panel that allows the device to be incredibly thin but still surprisingly sturdy.

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