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Apple has installed a new robot ahead of Earth Day to help recycle all the iPhone models that are turned in and recapture some of the valuable materials inside the smartphones. The robot is called Daisy and it is designed to more efficiently disassemble iPhones and help Apple to meet its goal of making its products with only recycled or renewable materials. "At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet's precious resources," said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. "In recognition... Read more...
Apple is still making massive profits, but those profits reportedly aren’t as high as the company expected. The iPhone X cost so much and lacked features that appeal broadly to users meaning that sales of the smartphone were much lower than Apple had expected. Back in January, word was circulating that Apple had slashed production of the iPhone X in half for Q1 2018 due to poor demand. Rumors have also suggested that Apple is set to launch three new iPhone models this year including an updated iPhone X, a bigger iPhone X Plus, and a cheaper iPhone model. A new rumor about that cheaper device... Read more...
Apple is the best-selling smartphone company on the planet – just barely beating out Samsung -- but the company is raking in the vast majority of the profits in the sector according to a new report. Counterpoint Research says that during Q4 2017, Apple was able to secure a whopping 86 percent of all smartphone profits globally. According to Counterpoint, the smartphone market has likely reached its peak, and consumers are waiting longer to replace their devices. With that in mind, OEMs are increasingly look to find ways to increase their profit margins. Here's another... Read more...
How many hours a day do you spend on your smartphone or other devices? Former Apple engineer Tony Fadell, also referred to as the “Father of the iPod”, believes that society spends too much time on their devices. He recently contended in an op-ed for Wired that Apple has a responsibility to curb iPhone “addiction”. Fadell compared device use to food nutrition guides and programs. He remarked, “When it comes to digital ‘nourishment’, we don’t know what a ‘vegetable’, a ‘protein’ or a ‘fat’ is. What is ‘overweight’... Read more...
For as long as the Apple Watch has existed, developers have been asking Apple to let them make their own custom watch faces, a feature that customers would likely enjoy as well. Now in the third generation of the Apple Watch, developers are still not unable to do so. That may change, however, in a future version of watchOS. The feature was potentially hinted in a breakdown of the beta code for watchOS 4.3.1. The code in question has to do with a component of the NanoTimeKit framework. This is the part that is responsible for watch faces. Contained within is a log message referencing currently unavailable... Read more...
Batteries are the bane of mobile device makers—companies have to ensure that battery life is sufficient, and just as importantly, are well constructed and won't die prematurely or, even worse, overheat and catch on fire and explode. Hey, it happens. As it goes, Apple is currently dealing with a battery life issue on some of its Apple Watch devices, and is offering free repairs to customers who are experiencing swollen batteries. The bulging battery issue is affecting some Apple Watch Series 2 devices. In some cases, a defective battery is preventing the Apple Watch from powering on, and in... Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook and other members of Apple's executive team want employees to know they will make it very difficult for them if they leak inside information about the company or its products. However, at least one of the folks Apple is directly addressing wasn't intimidated by a recent memo posted to the internal company blog detailing how Apple will take action against leakers. Nay, this Apple leaker leaked the memo threatening to destroy leakers if they leaked any more confidential information. Cook may be in his office spinning his totem right now thinking this must be an Inception-induced... Read more...
It turns out that the Apple “halo effect” has its limitations. Apple has purportedly lowered its sales forecast and reduced the orders of the HomePod, a premium voice-activated speaker similar to Amazon’s Echo family of speakers. Various Apple store workers have reported that inventory is piling up and that they typically sell less than ten HomePods a day in individual stores. It initially appeared that Apple’s HomePod would shake up the voice-activated speaker market. The device was available for pre-order this past January and managed at the time to capture one-third... Read more...
Apple Music wants to beat Spotify in the streaming music game. Apple's streaming music service has been growing at about 5% per month compared to Spotify's 2% growth per month. At that pace, some in the industry think that Apple could have more subscribers than Spotify by the end of 2018. Spotify currently has around 76 million paid subscribers. Apple's latest Apple Music subscriber count puts the tech giant's service at 40 million users. That is up 2 million since last month when the service reported 38 million subscribers. That gain in such a short time signals that Apple's growth is accelerating.... Read more...
Apple has begun notifying macOS users that 32-bit applications will not work on future versions of the operating system. It's not clear when exactly Apple will phase out support completely, but in the meantime, users can expect to see one-time alerts when firing up a 32-bit app, starting with macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. This gives them time to prepare accordingly, though 32-bit apps will continue to run and function properly for the time being. Why the change? The pitch from Apple is that "state-of-art technology is what makes a Mac a Mac," and that all modern Mac systems run on 64-bit processors.... Read more...
Yet another day, yet another report of Apple prematurely sending an iPhone to an early grave. Last month, Apple released iOS 11.3, which brought a number of feature updates including a new battery health meter and new Animoji. However, some iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users were greeted with an unexpected and infuriated side effect of the iOS 11.3 update: touch support on their devices immediately ceased to function. The problem stems from users that sought third-party repairs for their broken iPhone 8 displays. It's almost an inevitability that you will at some point drop your smartphone,... Read more...
Yesterday, Virgin Mobile UK let it slip that Apple would be announcing new, limited edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhones today. And right on cue, the folks in Cupertino this morning revealed (PRODUCT)RED versions of both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Unlike previous releases of Apple's (PRODUCT)RED iPhones, the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus ditch the white front in favor of black. After all the complaining that Apple endured with last year's (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 release, it's good to see that the company actually listened to its critics. We must admit, it does look farbetter with the red/black... Read more...
Apple's "trash can" Mac Pro was heralded as a remarkable achievement in design and performance [by Apple] when it was first announced back in 2013. However, the machine was neglected by Apple, and was hardly updated during its lifecycle. In fact, Apple made the rare admission that the design of the current Mac Pro's chassis wasn’t optimized for the workflows that professionals actually required. “Being able to put larger single GPUs required a different system architecture and more thermal capacity than that system was designed to accommodate," said Apple’s Craig Federighi in... Read more...
In more recent years, Apple has not been afraid to tweak the physical design of the iPhone, finally introducing larger display options and, more recently, going with an all-front display (save for that annoying notch at the top). So what comes next? Well, rumor has it Apple is working towards curved panels with touch-free gesture controls to differentiate the iPhone from other premium smartphones on the market. Citing "people with knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg says the future iPhone model would allow users to perform tasks by moving their finger close to the display, without actually making... Read more...
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