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Earlier this month, Sprint unveiled a promotion that offered one year of unlimited service for free if you switched from a competing wireless carrier. It now looks as though Sprint’s prepaid arm, Virgin Mobile USA, is offering a similar promotion; although the prepaid service will cost you $1 for a full year of service. Unlimited talk, text, and data would typically cost $50 per month, but the new Inner Circle program will for a limited time offer you the $1 pricing. Similar to the Sprint promotion, you will have to pay the taxes on the service, and you must sign up for AutoPay in order to avoid... Read more...
If you have a cracked iPhone screen and want to get it repaired the “right” way, you will soon have a new avenue for getting those repairs completed — and it won’t necessarily have to be at an Apple Store. Apple is sending out its own proprietary machines that can safely and effectively replace iPhone displays, while certifying that secure elements of the device (like the fingerprint sensor) will continue to work. According to a new report, Apple will be sending out 400 of these machines in 25 countries throughout the globe by the end of 2017. Unsurprisingly, Best Buy, which is one of the largest... Read more...
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (AOCC) is again taking Apple to task over fatal "Error 53" codes that appear on some bricked iPhone and iPad devices that have been repaired by third-party services, though this time the consumer watchdog says it caught Apple employees misleading customers about their legal rights to a remedy. At issue here is a security check that iOS performs on mobile devices to ensure they have not been compromised. Where things get tricky is when turning to an unauthorized repair shop to fix a broken iPhone or iPad, as might be the case if the screen cracks... Read more...
It is only a matter of time before all of the major wireless carriers in the United States upgrade their wireless infrastructures to 5G, which will provide a significant boost in performance over 4G. In preparation for that day, Apple has begun testing next-generation wireless technologies so that its future iPhone models such as (potentially) the iPhone 8 will be ready for the high-speed revolution. We know this because the FCC made public an experimental license filed by Apple that gives the company permission to use a new wireless technology called millimeter wave. "Apple Inc. seeks to assess... Read more...
It seems as though Qualcomm is hoping to put some pressure on Apple to settle a patent infringement lawsuit by going after the companies that supply components for Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The savvy legal maneuver brings Foxconn into the fight, which is Apple's largest supplier of iPhones and other other products, along with three other Taiwanese manufacturers. The scuffle between Qualcomm and Apple has to do with a disagreement over royalties. Back in January, Apple accused Qualcomm in a lawsuit of what amounts to extortion by claiming the semiconductor maker withheld $1 billion in promised... Read more...
Google apps on Apple’s iOS platform aren’t exactly a foreign concept these days. The bulk of the search giant’s productivity, communications and webmaster tools are available on the iPhone including apps like Gmail, Google+, Google Drive, Google Docs and even Google Analytics. But one particular service that has since been reserved for Android devices might soon make the leap to iPhones: the Google Assistant. This information comes from Android Police, which typically has a good track record with regards to unreleased Android software features. According to the site, the standalone Google Assistant iOS... Read more...
The ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is heating up in a big way. These two companies have been arguing over licensing fees and rebates, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) getting involved earlier this year. As the squabble continues, it is being reported that Qualcomm is planning to ask the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of iPhone devices into the United States. A little back history is in order. Back in January, Apple sued Qualcomm for extortion claiming the semiconductor maker owed it as much as $1 billion in promised rebates related to licensing agreements.... Read more...
It looks as though another Apple supplier might need to find an additional large customer or start thinking about a “Plan B”. Last week, it was reported that Imagination Technologies GPUs won’t be used in future iPhones (likely 2018 onwards), which sent shares in the company plunging by more than 70 percent. Today, it is Dialog Semiconductor’s time to face the music according to Bloomberg. The publication is reporting that in its effort to bring more chip design in-house, Apple will drop Dialog as a supplier of the power management integrated circuits (PMIC) that go into every iPhone it sells.... Read more...
Apparently Apple was not bluffing last week when it told longtime partner Imagination Technologies that it was parting ways and planning to build its own graphics processors for use in iPhone and iPad devices. While that could have been a negotiating tactic (and still might be), Apple has posted job listings looking for help in developing home grown GPUs for mobile products. Imagination Technologies has been licensing its graphics technology to Apple for many years, dating back to the iPod era. Its graphics IP is found in several of Apple's products, including its iPhone, iPad, iPod, and even Apple... Read more...
The iPhone 8 is expected to be the most significant upgrade to Apple’s flagship smartphone range to date. The iPhone 8 will likely usher in an all-new premium design with an OLED display, and demand is expected to initially far outpace supply. The iPhone 8 will likely be unveiled alongside both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus — both of which will be slight refreshes of the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These “lesser” iPhones are expected to be available shortly after their official September announcement. However, Apple analyst Brian White says that the iPhone 8 will... Read more...
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For whatever reason, Apple continues to drag its feet in offering a true laptop with a touchscreen display. However, it hasn't abandoned touch functionality on laptop systems completely. Apple introduced the Touch Bar on its latest MacBook Pro model, which replaces the row of Function keys at the top, and now it's been discovered that Apple filed a patent to dock an iPhone or iPad onto a MacBook-looking laptop.Apple's application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is for an "electronic accessory device" that can "extend and expand usefulness of a portable computing device." Put... Read more...
Apple is not going to play ball with a group of hackers that is threatening to remotely wipe hundreds of millions of iPhone devices if the Cupertino outfit refuses to pay a ransom. While the hackers claim to have a large cache of iCloud and other Apple email account data at their disposal, Apple insists that its systems and servers remain secure and have not been infiltrated."There have not been any breaches in any of Apple's systems including iCloud and Apple ID," an Apple spokesperson told multiple media outlets. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained... Read more...
Bitcoin seems to be the currency of choice when it comes to demanding ransoms, and that is because culprits demanding payment can hide behind a pseudonym (Bitcoin itself is not actually anonymous). So it is no surprise that a hacking organization has instructed Apple to fork over a Bitcoin ransom in exchange for not leaking a cache of iCloud and other Apple email accounts belonging to hundreds of millions of iPhone owners.The hackers call themselves the "Turkish Crime Family." In addition to accepting Bitcoin, the group has told Apple it would also be fine with being paid in Ethereum, which is... Read more...
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