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We reported a couple of weeks ago that Apple would be unveiling a couple of new products in the middle of March, and we're now learning that the company plans to sell them mere days later. That's an atypical move for Apple, and it comes with a second atypical move: there will be no pre-orders. With production of both products having been ramped-up since last month, there seems to be no reason to have any sort of delay. It is somewhat interesting that Apple will be releasing both - the iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se - at the same time, however, as it's not uncommon to see multiple major releases spaced... Read more...
It’s no secret that the iPhone has long had a pretty good camera onboard, snapping fast and highly detailed photos. Apple is so proud of the iPhone’s camera that it launched a “Shot on iPhone 6” series last year which showcases the shooting capabilities of the iPhone’s camera (when handled by a skilled photographer). However, Apple CEO Tim Cook proved last night that the person actually taking the picture is just as important as the actual camera hardware. A lucky Cook found himself on the field at Levi’s Stadium following the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, and whipped out... Read more...
It's a terrible feeling to break your phone. I once sat in a jacuzzi for a full 30 minutes before I realized that my iPhone 4s was in my pocket (yes, my swimming trunks at the time had pockets)—oops! No amount of time spent in a tub of rice could save it at that point, though luckily I had ponied up for accidental damage insurance through a third-party, so it worked out in the end. Otherwise, I might have been looking at a phone upgrade, and to encourage that route, Apple is reportedly rolling out an iPhone trade-in program for damaged handsets.Apple already has an iPhone trade-in program, but... Read more...
If you look back at Apple's product launches, you'll notice that each new generation of a particular device boasts a standout feature or two that gets touted above all the rest—3D Touch, bigger displays, and Siri are a few examples. Looking ahead to 2017, and presumably the iPhone 8, wireless charging could be one of Apple's big feature upgrades.People who are supposedly familiar with Apple's future plans told Bloomberg that the Cupertino outfit is currently working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop a new wireless technology of its own, one that could be rolled out with its mobile devices... Read more...
Analysts have been predicting gloom and doom for Apple for the past few months, as you can see from its stock price which has dipped below $100 again after reaching highs in the $130s early in 2015. To be sure, there is definite cause for concern, but Apple still posted its highest profit ever during fiscal Q1 2016, $18.4 billion, which was slightly up from $18 billion during the same period a year ago. Overall revenue for the quarter came me in $75.9 billion (up from $74.6 billion) while gross margins were also up slightly, growing from 39.9 percent during the same period last year to 40.1 percent... Read more...
At this point, it has to be tough for Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile users. Besides the fact that Microsoft's smartphone operating system has global market share in the low single-digits, its app ecosystem isn’t nearly as healthy as what’s available on iOS or Android. And even when Microsoft develops interesting smartphone apps that people might enjoy, it often introduces them to Android or iOS first instead of Windows 10 Mobile — if at all. Such is the case with new Word Flow keyboard for iOS, which is currently undergoing internal testing at Microsoft and in a closed beta via the Windows Insider... Read more...
When we last left Joe Belfiore, he announced that he was taking a nine-month-long break from Microsoft to travel the world with his family. Belfiore is Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for the Operating Systems Group and has been the most recognizable face at Microsoft when it comes to championing the Windows Phone platform. So can understand why many were quite shocked this morning when Belfiore resurfaced on Twitter with a tweet about his visit to Kyoto. And it wasn’t his luscious golden locks that people were most interesting in; it was the fact that he was posting from an iPhone. That’s... Read more...
Back in September, Apple released a tool to the Google Play Store that helped users transfer all of their important information from an Android device over to an iOS one. To date, that app hasn't garnered the greatest of reviews, with most of the ire coming from fans of the less restrictive platform. While Apple allows users to move from Android to iOS, though, it hasn't up to this point made it easy for those who want to switch from its side over to Android. According to the EU, this could be one of the biggest reasons why we don't see many users switch from the iPhone to an Android device,... Read more...
When millions of customers open their wallets to buy the next generation iPhone, they may have to pull out a little more cash than they anticipated. Unverified reports that Apple is planning to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of Lightning audio have been picking up steam online. If the rumor proves true, it would seem that iPhone customers might need to buy new headphones (or adapters). Unsurprisingly, that’s rubbing some iPhone users the wrong way, and a petition has been launched online. Sum Of Us, an organization that bills itself as “Fighting for people over profits,” started... Read more...
It looks like there’s some big news to discuss with regards to Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic smartwatch. First and foremost, Samsung is adding two more finishes to complement the existing black metal finish: Platinum and Rose Gold. These finishes will be platings on top of the existing stainless steel housing, which should put it more in line with the similar Rose Gold and Gold finishes available on the Apple Watch Sport. In addition to the new two new finishes, Samsung is also introducing a number of new watch bands constructed of leather, steel and even nylon. But perhaps the biggest... Read more...
Ericsson now has a vested interest in iPhone sales. That's because the two electronic firms came to terms on a global patent license agreement that will see Apple pay Ericsson a royalty on every iPhone it sells for the next seven years. It also includes an initial payment, presumably to cover royalties from iPhone sales while the matter has been in litigation over the past year. It's a cross licensing deal that covers patents relating to both companies' standard essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS, and LTE cellular standards), while also granting certain other unnamed patent rights. Perhaps... Read more...
According to a new patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is mulling the idea of using "self-healing" material in future iPhones to help prevent water from killing the device. The patent name is subtle: "Electronic device with hidden connector." Where the "hidden" comes in is with the use of an elastomer which will effectively block exposed connectors on the device when not in use. Apple wants this material to color-match with the device it's being used on; for example, black or white. Untouched, it shouldn't detract from the device's aesthetics, and it could actually... Read more...
Apple's iPhone business is pretty much a license to print money, but even with record iPhone sales each quarter now the norm, the Cupertino outfit wants to see more users make the jump to its latest generation handsets. To encourage that, Apple's pushing pop-up ads in the App Store on older generation iPhones promoting the iPhone 6s. These aren't just quick pop-ups or banners, either. A user on Reddit ("evenifoutside") posted a screen grab of the full screen advertisement, which marks a first for Apple. The ad shows stock images of the "Ridiculously Powerful" iPhone 6s and serves as a wall between... Read more...
Last week, T-Mobile offered a special promotion to “beleaguered” Sprint customers that were looking to make a switch. Today, T-Mobile is opening its doors to AT&T customers with a healthy dose of holiday cheer. With last week’s Sprint offer, T-Mobile gave switchers a $200 credit per line. The AT&T offer is also worth $200, however, that money is put towards a memory upgrade on a brand new Apple iPhone 6s. In other words, AT&T folks that make the leap over to Team Magenta can get an 128GB iPhone 6s for the same price as a 16GB iPhone 6s. Apparently, this offer is only relevant to AT&T... Read more...
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