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Apple offered a logical explanation as to why iPhone 6 users might see the dreaded "Error 53" code on their smartphone after having an unauthorized repair person replace a defective screen, but will that explanation hold up in court? A class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California aims to find out. Let's back up a moment. The Error 53 code appears on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices that detect a change to the Touch ID sensor. It's a security feature designed to prevent unauthorized users from being able to access a person's sensitive data and to ensure... Read more...
Following a rash of user complaints over various video issues, Apple is launching a Repair Extension Program for late 2013 Mac Pro systems manufactured between February 8, 2015, and April 11, 2015. The issue with 2013 Mac Pro models manufactured between those dates is that some of them are running defective GPUs.Apple isn't making much noise about the program—the folks at MacRumors caught wind of it through an internal memo it obtained, and according to that memo, Apple's investigation of the reported problems led them to conclude that faulty GPUs are to blame. Affected systems can see a variety... Read more...
Accidents happen, and even if you use a case, a hard drop could end up cracking your screen or damaging other components in your smartphone. If you own an iPhone 6 from Apple, you might want to think twice about going to an unauthorized service center to have your device repaired. Since getting a screen replacement from Apple is often quite pricey, some people turn to technicians not certified by Apple for repairs. Be it an ad you see via Craigslist offering “mobile” $75 screen replacements right in your home or place of business, or mall kiosks that advertise repairs in less than an hour,... 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...
To outsiders looking in, it might seem as though Apple devices sell themselves. That isn't really the case, and if you pay attention to Apple's quarterly earnings reports, you'll notice that no matter how well the company performs, its stock price drops at the slightest hint that a particular product line or service isn't performing at peak levels. At present, it's the iPad line that has investors concerned, though Apple CEO Tim Cook believes a turnaround is ahead.Cook and a few other company bigwigs recently held a town hall meeting at Apple's headquarters to discuss the company's Q1 earnings... Read more...
If you’re a fan of all things Apple, you’re in for a fresh round of product introductions in a little over a month from now. Rumors about unreleased Apple products and upcoming keynotes are a dime a dozen, but when the information come from the likes of Mark Gurman, we take notice. Gorman indicates that his sources have pegged Apple’s next keynote for March 15th, during which the folks from Cupertino are expected to make two major product announcements. The first will be the long-rumored iPhone 5se, while the second will be the iPad Air 3. The iPhone 5se is expected to retain the same 4-inch screen... Read more...
Google might be taking a page from its rival and changing the way it operates in the mobile phone space, at least on the manufacturing side. Rather than continue to outsource production to established players like HTC and LG, Google's now interested in controlling the entire process from start to finish, much like Apple.The way it works now is Google partners up with third-party handset makers and gives them a list of features, requirements, and specifications for whatever Nexus phone it has on tap. Over the years, companies like ASUS, Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei have played major roles in bringing... Read more...
Apple is no longer the most valuable company on the planet. That distinction belongs to Alphabet, the recently formed parent company of Google, which reached a market capitalization of $570 billion during after-hours trading last night. That figure has fallen a bit after the opening bell this morning, but at $538 billion (and climbing), Alphabet still owns bragging rights over Apple. Investors reacted positively to Alphabet's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 earnings report. For the three-month period ended December 31st, 2015, Alphabet recorded $21.3 billion in revenue, up 18 percent from $18.1... Read more...
There's little doubt that Apple has a bit of an interest in virtual reality, but there hasn't been much proof up to this point that the Cupertino company has been planning to take that interest one step further. Well, according to Financial Times, Apple is indeed en route to deliver a VR product to market, and has assembled a large, experienced team, to see it through. The report says that Apple has plucked some VR talent from Microsoft's HoloLens team, as well as from Lytro, the company that gave us our first light-field camera. Beyond that, we learned only last week that Apple has also brought... Read more...
We knew that Jim Keller would eventually return to the tech scene after a brief hiatus. Back in mid-September, Keller left his post at AMD, where he served as AMD’s chief architect for CPU cores. He has now moved on to the “green” pastures of Tesla Motors, where he will be instrumental in advancing the electric carmaker’s self-driving routines. Tesla issued the following statement after news first broke of Keller’s new position: Jim Keller is joining Tesla as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Jim will bring together the best internal and external hardware technologies to develop... 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...
We guess it’s a bad month for power adapters in the world of tech. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a recall program to replace defective power cords on the first three generations of its Surface Pro tablets due to a fire risk. Now, Apple is joining the fray by recalling certain power adapters that shipped with a number of Mac and iOS devices around the world. Included in the recall are wall adapters that shipped with Apple notebooks and portable devices, along with the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. And while Microsoft said that it received no reports of injuries related to Surface Pro... 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...
If you're surfing the Internet with a browser (a rarity, we know), there's a new bug to be cautious of. With a bit of simple JavaScript, a browser's HTML5 History API can be called upon thousands of times, ultimately causing a meltdown. Of course, a dedicated website (CrashSafari.com) exists to act as a proof of concept, and of course, there are many trolls out there trying to trick you into visiting it. This prank isn't harmful, but it can still be a major nuisance. In a rare case, it could cause you to have to reboot, and almost always, it will cause you to lose your open tabs (unless you have... Read more...
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