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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...
Nearly a week after the U.S. Presidential election, many in the United States (and around the globe) are anxious about how President-elect Donald Trump will govern once he takes office on January 20th. Will then President Trump adhere to promises that he made during the campaign or will he take a more measured approach to appease a larger slice of the American populace? But it’s not just those within the United States that are a little on edge; some nations around the world are concerned about the power that President Trump will wield. One of Trump’s frequent targets on the campaign trail was China.... Read more...
Today is a brand new day, folks, and things you thought would not be possible have come to fruition. No, this isn't a political post talking about last night's presidential election (we figure you're already inundated with political chatter on your social media feeds, you don't need us adding to it). We're referring to Apple selling refurbished through its online store. Apple isn't in the habit of selling refurbished handsets and hasn't done this since the iPhone 3G. Sure, the Cupertino outfit has sold refurbished Mac systems, refurbished iPad tablets, and and refurbished accessories on occasion,... Read more...
Part of the deal with the new MacBook Pro is that buyers have to go all-in with USB-C, a pricey proposition that can entail buying new peripherals and/or adapters. To help things along, Apple has issued a temporary price reduction on its USB-C adapters, along with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals. On top of that, Apple just cut the price of its new 5K and 4K LG UltraFine Displays by more than 25 percent. Starting with the lower resolution of the two, the LG UltraFine 4K Display is now priced at $542, down from its MSRP of $699.95. The 4K offering is a 21.5-inch display with a 4096x2304 resolution,... Read more...
Apple has caught a lot of flak for its all-new MacBook Pro family for various reasons. After Mac fans waited a year and a half for a meaningful update, many were upset over the decisions to cap maximum memory at 16GB, employ relatively “weak” AMD Polaris GPUs in the range-topping 15-inch model, and ditch all USB-A ports in favor of USB-C. The fact that the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro only can accept USB-C connections -- like the 12-inch MacBook that debuted last year -- means that most professionals have to use USB-C adapters, USB-C hubs or Thunderbolt 3 docks to attach their peripherals.... Read more...
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