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It’s no secret that President-elect Donald Trump is not a fan of U.S. manufacturers using overseas labor to build their products. Trump has been angling to stop Carrier from exporting American jobs, and he has railed against Ford for moving jobs to Mexico. Trump has also made Apple — one of the world’s most profitable companies — a target of his attacks. “I was saying, make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we're gonna get things coming,” said Trump in January. “We're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country,... Read more...
One of the criticisms against Apple and its iPhone line is that its handsets are often behind the technological curve in terms of hardware and features. Be that as it may, no other company makes more money from smartphone sales than Apple. Heck, it's not even close. The latest research from Strategy Analytics shows that global smartphone profits topped $9 billion in the third quarter of 2016, almost all of which went into Apple's pocket. “We estimate the global smartphone industry realized total operating profits of $9.4 billion during Q3 2016. Apple dominated and captured a record 91 percent share... Read more...
History (and Hollywood movies) taught us that you shouldn't pick on the school nerd, because it's the school nerd who goes on to become a raging success and gets the girl or guy. Apple missed that lesson. While Apple CEO Tim Cook was busy throwing shade at the convertible tablet category by comparing the concept to the futility of trying to merge a toaster with a refrigerator, Microsoft was busy designing the Surface Pro. Now it's Microsoft boss Satya Nadella who is getting the last laugh.Let's go back in time, shall we? If you set the DeLorean to early 2012, you can sit in and listen to Cook talk... Read more...
Remember getting Rickrolled? Talk about an annoying trend, but at least you could exit out of the 1980s hit single and resume normal activities (except for those dancing webpages on the desktop designed to dodge your exit attempts). Well, there's a new prank going around, one that can crash any iPhone handset in a not-so-obvious way. The prank consists of a short video that, when watched, slows down and eventually freezes any iPhone model. It doesn't happen right away—a user may be able to swipe through screens, open a couple of apps, or check email before the performance degradation becomes obvious.... Read more...
If you’re an Apple enthusiast that fills your home in gear from the company, including its wireless routers, we have some bad news to bring you. According to a credible report from notorious insider Mark Gurman, Apple has demolished its wireless router division. The deconstruction process has taken place of the past year, with engineers that previously worked on products like the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule being shuttled around to other divisions within the company. While Apple’s wireless routers integrate nicely with iPhones, iPads, and Macs, they don’t have broad... Read more...
Apple has begun providing free battery replacements to iPhone 6s owners who have been bitten by a battery bug that causes affected handsets to shut down prematurely. According to Apple, only a "very small number" of devices are affected by the issue, all of which fall within a limited serial number range and were manufactured between September and October 2015. "If you have experienced this issue, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider and have your device's serial number checked to confirm eligibility for a battery replacement, free of charge.," Apple states... Read more...
This week, a report ousted Apple's decision to throttle the Qualcomm modem found in most of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models to match the performance of the Intel modem found in other versions. Now, according to sources close to the matter, it's absolutely the case but is there a real issue? The issue involves Apple's need to dual-source the iPhone 7's modem block with either a Qualcomm X12 LTE modem or an Intel XMM 7360 chip.  As a company that sells millions upon millions of smartphones, Apple needs to plan every launch and production roll-out very strategically and supply... Read more...
One of the common arguments in favor of the iPhone and iOS devices in general is that "it just works." It's an oversimplified retort often thrown around by people who favor iOS gadgets over Android equivalents, but is it also an inaccurate one? A new report by Blanco Technology Group suggests that in reality Android devices work more often. There is a fair amount of surprising data contained in The State of Mobile Device Performance Health Report, which is an in-depth quarterly review of global mobile device trends, including diagnostic testing, performance issues, and outright failures. It begins... Read more...
It seems that Apple may have a complicated relationship with device user privacy. Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft has recently discovered that iPhone users’ call histories are being sent to Apple’s servers. A user’s call history can be sent to Apple’s servers if iCloud is enabled. The data will include phone numbers, dates, times, and duration of phones calls as well as missed and bypassed calls. Facetime and third-party apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber, and that use Apple CallKit to make the calls, are also saved in iCloud. Apple retains this information for no longer than four... Read more...
2016 is going to be remembered for a number of fortunate and unfortunate things, with one topic that falls into the latter category being the debacle of U.S. law enforcement vs. Apple. The FBI and other US federal agencies have made it no secret that they would like to be able to gain access to any smartphone if the need arises - something that anyone who cares even remotely about their privacy shouldn't be okay with. In the months that followed, the FBI somehow managed to break into an iPhone 5C without any help from Apple. And while it's not clear if the agency is able to pull that off on more... Read more...
Apple is offering to repair iPhone 6 Plus handsets that exhibit display flickering or are having multi-touch issues, though not for free as consumers had hoped. Instead, the "Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus," as Apple is calling it, is a new service that runs $149, assuming the screen is in working order without any cracks or otherwise broken. Three months ago Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit filed in California. The plaintiffs accused Apple of violating the state's consumer fraud statues, alleging that Apple had been aware of an issue that caused iPhone displays to exhibit... Read more...
Apple may be an American company, but the bulk of its products (save for the long-neglected Mac Pro, which is assembled in the United States) are manufactured in China. The relatively low cost of labor, coupled with premium pricing for devices like the iPhone, has allowed Apple to become one of the most profitable companies in the world. However, according to a new report from the Nikkei Asian Review, during the past year, Apple has at least explored the idea of manufacturing the iPhone in the United States. According to a source for the publication, “Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the... Read more...
If you were following along two weeks ago, shortly after the launch of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (sans Touch Bar), then you know that Apple has been making it increasingly difficult to repair and upgrade its Macs. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro was mocked for the consolidation of components onto a single logic board and received a 2 out of 10 reparability score from iFixit. It should come as no surprise then that the more expensive 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar continues down that same path (and actually goes even further). Delving inside the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was no different... Read more...
In search of the next big money maker, Apple is considering a foray into augmented reality, a sector company CEO Tim Cook thinks will be really big. The company's interest is described as being in the exploratory phase at this point, as it look at whether there exists a significant market opportunity for a set of AR glasses that would wirelessly connect to iPhone devices, the latter of which is Apple's true cash cow. The secret project is similar to what Google attempted with Glass. Google didn't get all that far with it, at least not on the consumer end of the spectrum, though Google's shortcoming... Read more...
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