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Apple’s wireless AirPods were initially announced with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, and were originally said to ship in October. Apple, however, missed that launch window saying that it needed a “little more time” to get them ready for customers. Fast forward to late November, and Apple CEO Tim Cook told an anxious iPhone 7 customer, “I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks." While we’re still waiting for the AirPods to ship, some insider information is shedding light on what exactly is causing the delay. In this case, Apple is bucking the trend where a wireless... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto might get the lions share of the attention from Rockstar fans, but the developer has released a few other gems over the years as well, including some that sound downright bizarre at first, but turn out to be quite good. Such as Bully, which has just passed its tenth birthday. In Bully, you find yourself in the town of Bullworth playing the role of a high school student. It's an open world game (although limited compared to today's open-world epics) that lets you try to progress up the ranks of the school system, and tackle any and all roadblocks that arise. Rockstar has spruced... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 exploding in certain cases came a number of stories of other smartphones following suit. The biggest of those is with Apple's iPhone, and in particular, the two-year-old iPhone 6. At least eight cases in China arose from consumer iPhones that caught fire, and as you'd expect, Apple took the complaints very seriously (especially given the timing). After its research, the Cupertino company established that the phones only caught fire due to external physical damage, not a fault of the product itself. The company's official statement reads, "The units we've... Read more...
Samsung scored another victory today its long-running legal fight with Apple over patent infringement. Apple originally won the case against Samsung way back in 2012, with the latter being ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in damages for infringing on iPhone design patents across 11 products. Samsung eventually had the damages reduced to $548 million, and then decided challenge a lower court ruling ordering it to pay $399 million. The Supreme Court heard Samsung’s arguments and in an 8-0 ruling agreed the South Korean company is not liable for the $399 million judgement. With its ruling, the eight... Read more...
Market research firm IDC put a damper on the smartwatch category noting that basic wearables such as fitness bands are taking over as the wrist accessory of choice among consumers. It also predicted that Apple's success in the smartwatch sector going forward "will likely be muted" as it comes off a down quarter with year-over-year decline in Apple Watch sales. If that's the case, then why is Apple CEO Tim Cook so high on the smartwatch category?Simply put, Cook views IDC's assessment of the category as being flat out wrong."Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday... Read more...
Finally. That's all that can be really said about Apple admitting to the world that it's working on autonomous driving technologies. The company has been infamously, and perhaps infuriatingly mum on the fact that it's been working on such tech, even though there have been a countless number of hints to it. Well, we now know that Apple is indeed working on self-driving technologies. Apple could be targeting the likes of Tesla sooner than later... In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Apple says that it's feeding off of its expertise in machine-learning to help... Read more...
Some people take “swiping” a little too seriously. A former senior manager at the Taiwanese corporation Foxconn has been indicted for stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones in China. It is estimated that the manager, identified by his family name Tsai, pocketed $50 million TWD ($1.56 million USD) during his escapades. Tsai worked in a testing department in Foxconn factory in the southern mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen. Tsai and his eight accomplices sold thousands of test iPhone 5/iPhone 5s smartphones to stores in Shenzhen between 2013 and 2014. These phones were initially supposed to be scrapped.... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple places a high value on customer security and privacy, and the company goes to great lengths to make sure that it's a market-leader in both regards. However, even the most careful companies can be exposed to crippling security vulnerabilities. If software contains a previously unidentified bug or exploit, it just sits there waiting for some enterprising user to spot it. And that's just what happened with Apple's Activation Lock. When an iPhone or iPad is lost, the user has the ability to enable "Find My iPhone", which can immediately locks the device, requiring correct... Read more...
Late last month, Apple opened up a battery replacement program for certain iPhone 6s models that were manufactured between September and October 2015. At the time, Apple said that a "very small number" of devices were affected by an issue that would cause their smartphones to unexpectedly shutdown despite have a sufficient charge. Today, Apple is finally giving us a little bit more insight into what is actually causing the problem for customers. Since Chinese customers have complained the loudest about the issue, the statement was issued via Apple’s Chinese-language website: We found that a small... Read more...
It can be a punch to gut having to pay a premium price for a genuine accessory from Apple (or any company for that matter). The alternative is to save a few bucks by going with a knockoff or a supposedly certified accessory from a third-party at a discount, but doing so is a gamble. A new study in the U.K. found that almost every single fake Apple charger is a safety hazard. U.K.'s Chartered Trading Standards Institute commissioned UL safety specialists to purchase 400 counterfeit Apple charges online and test them for any safety risks. Out of all those 400 samples, just three had enough insulation... Read more...
Apple Maps got off to a rocky start when it launched in September 2012, and its early high-profile failures resulted in the ouster of Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iOS. While Apple Maps has improved significantly over the past four years, many consider the mapping application to still be behind market leader Google Maps when it comes to mapping data and performance. According to a new report, Apple is looking to catch and perhaps surpass Google thanks to the use of aerial drones that will be able to quickly monitor changes to roads, record new construction and even identify road signs.... Read more...
If you’ve been waiting patiently (or impatiently) for the arrival of Apple’s wireless AirPods, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer. That news comes straight from the horse’s mouth, which in this case is Apple CEO Tim Cook. AirPods, which are wireless Bluetooth headphones that were announced alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, were originally supposed to launch in October. However, as it became clear that the AirPods wouldn’t meet the October launch window, Apple issued the following statement: The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don’t believe in... Read more...
Owners of certain iMac systems who previously paid to have the system's display hinge replaced or repaired are receiving refunds from Apple. A leaked internal document that's being distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers contains the details, which at this time have not been made officially public. It remains to be seen if that will change.The design flaw affects some 27-inch iMac systems that shipped between December 2012 and July 2014. Owners of affected systems are unable adjust the display to an upright position. Any attempts to do so are met with the display falling forward angling... Read more...
Apple introduced a bunch of new features with iOS 10 when it released a couple of months ago, but more recent incremental updates have given iPhone users more than they bargained form. There are complaints that installing the iOS 10.1.1 update is somehow making batteries drain faster than they normally would, as well as giving inaccurate readings of battery life.That's an annoying combination to deal with. Some users report having ample battery life before going to bed—well over half and sometimes even close to full—yet waking up to a dead phone. That shouldn't happen if there are not any apps... Read more...
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