Facebook to try again with its own smartphone, going after ex-Apple talent

Facebook branded phone kickstand rumor
Undeterred by such things as “Falling stock prices” and “Federal investigations into underwriters involved in its IPO,” Facebook is continuing to move forward with plans for its own smartphone, according to new reports surfacing this weekend that also give some hints at what any future phone might be like.

The New York Times reported this weekend that Facebook is once again considering launching its own line of smartphones, according to anonymous sources within the company, but that current plans are on a far grander scale than the initial “Buffy” phones rumored last November. Amongst the new developments reported by the newspaper, not only has the company hired more than half a dozen former Apple employees who had worked on hardware and software for the iPhone and iPad, but sights may be set on multiple targets this time around:

Now, the company has been going deeper into the process, by expanding the group working on Buffy, and exploring other smartphone projects too, creating a team of seasoned hardware engineers who have built the devices before.

The prospect of launching multiple mobile devices is something that makes some experts nervous, including former Apple manager Hugo Fiennes, who told the Times that “building isn’t something you can just jump into. You change the smallest thing on a smartphone and you completely change how all the antennas work. You don’t learn this until you’ve been doing it for a while.” According to one internal anonymous source, the company already knows this, with the project having to be rebooted multiple times after the failure of earlier prototypes and the realization that it needed to work with experienced hardware designers – Hence the former Apple hires.

Another anonymous source argues that Facebook can’t afford not to move into the smartphone business if it wants to stay relevant, at least according to the man in charge. “Mark [Zuckerberg, Facebook founder] is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms,” the source is quoted as saying. Whether or not that’s true is a matter of opinion, considering the fates of other companies that have tried (and failed) to compete in the smartphone space, but the paper suggests that there’s always a Plan B the company may want to consider should plans to build its own phone come to nothing yet again: Buy out an existing phone company.

If nothing else, it’d make more sense than buying Instagram…

Deals

Apple brings back the iPhone SE with a $100 clearance discount included

Apple is offering the iPhone SE on their online clearance store once again. With discounts of $100, you can get a brand new unlocked iPhone SE for as little as $249. This offer is only available while supplies last.
Computing

Apple is reportedly set to showcase a new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019 in June

Our Mac Pro 2019 rumor roundup covers all the news, leaks, and rumors about Apple's new machine, set to be announced sometime in 2019. Here's what Apple has said, what the experts think, and what we're likely to see with the new Mac Pro.
Home Theater

Make the most out of your new Apple TV with these must-have apps

If you're looking to turn your fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K into an all-in-one entertainment powerhouse, we can help you get started with this list of the best Apple TV apps you can download.
Mobile

The 2019 iPhone could put a charge into your other Apple gadgets

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.
Deals

Amazon cuts prices on the Apple Watch Series 3 for Presidents’ Day

The Apple Watch Series 3 is seeing the same price cut we saw during the Amazon sale just last week. So if you're hoping to pick up an Apple Watch for less than $250, this $50 discount from Amazon can make that happen for you.
Deals

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for February 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Mobile

With Galaxy S10e, Samsung unapologetically rips a page out of Apple’s playbook

Samsung's Galaxy S10e -- a new entry in the Galaxy S-series -- has a few things in common with Apple's lower-cost iPhone XR. From the price tag to the color, we take a look atthe similarities.
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for February 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.
Computing

Chrome is a fantastic browser, but is is still the best among new competitors?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for February 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for February 2019.
Deals

From Air to Pro, here are the best MacBook deals for February 2019

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Mobile

Apple stomps on one FaceTime bug, only to have another one appear

Having fixed a FaceTime bug that let users eavesdrop on calls, another issue with Apple's video chat app appears to have surfaced. It concerns adding people to group calls, though there is a workaround.
Deals

Protect your iPhone or iPad with the IPVanish VPN, on sale through February

One of our favorite virtual private networks for iPhones and iPads, IPVanish, is now offering a huge discount on its two-year subscription as part of its 7th-birthday promotion. Read on to find out more about how this VPN works and how you…
Product Review

Sleek and expensive, the Apple TV 4K will still delight the Apple faithful

Is Apple’s latest streaming set-top box a revolution, or too little too late? Find out in our Apple TV 4K review, and learn how this device wins in some big categories, but falters in others.