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Facebook and Apple are two of the biggest companies in tech, but the companies have differing philosophies on privacy and data sharing. While Facebook encourages its users to share as much about As a result of this clashing viewpoint, Apple CEO Tim Cook has on many occasions taken shots at Facebook — particularly this year when the social media giant was already under fire for high-profile data breaches. Back in March, Cook said of companies like Facebook, "We're not going to traffic in your personal life.” Elsewhere in the MSNBC interview, Cook added, "Privacy to... Read more...
It appears that the chilly relationship between Apple and Amazon has thawed a bit more. The two companies have announced that Amazon will now sell iPhones, iPads and other Apple products directly and via authorized sellers in the Amazon Marketplace. Products that will now be available for sale on Amazon include the new iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Pro family, Apple Watch Series 4, Mac desktops and laptops, Apple TV, and Beats headphones. It should be noted that this is the first time that Amazon has ever sold [new] iPhones and iPads directly to customers, although the retailer has previously... Read more...
The first 5G networks in the United States are lighting up as we close out 2018, and should begin to slowly spread across the country in 2019. At the same time, smartphone manufacturers are gearing up for the 5G revolution, with a number of players expected to launch 5G smartphones during Q1 2019. One major player that won't have a 5G smartphone during 2019 and for the majority of 2020 is Apple. According to a new report from Fast Company, Apple's first 5G iPhone won't arrive until 2020, a little under two years from now. As you may recall, Apple typically launches... Read more...
Apple is typically boisterous when it comes time to post its quarterly and year-end financial results, and while that was again the case with its latest earnings report, there is also cause for concern (or at least suspicion) among investors. First, let's start with the $62.9 billion in revenue Apple raked in during its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 29, 2018. That figure represents a 20 percent jump in revenue from the same quarter a year ago. Part of that includes $10 billion in services revenue, a 27 percent year-over-year jump and an all-time high for Apple. The other key revenue generator... Read more...
One of the most peculiar tech stories that we have reported on in recent memory had to deal with a helium leak involving a newly installed MRI machine at a medical facility. Helium leaked in significant enough volumes to cause iPhones, iPads and even Apple Watches to fail throughout the building. At the time, it was suspected that all of the Apple devices were using a similar microelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillator, which was made even more apparent given that Android devices within the building were completely unaffected. We first reported on the incident in mid-October, and... Read more...
Everyone knows when November rolls around that you should hold off on most electronics purchases until Black Friday to score huge discounts on the items you want. Costco's Black Friday ad leaked not long ago with lots of deals on notebook computers and tablets. Not to be outdone, rival wholesale club Sam's Club has revealed smoking good deals on electronics that won't require you to fight the Black Friday crowds. Sam's has a pre-Black Friday special that will be good for $300 off a Galaxy smartphone. This deal will kick off ahead of Black Friday with the caveat that it is a one-day deal only good... Read more...
To say that Apple and law enforcement around the world have a contentious relationship is an understatement. Each time law enforcement gets a tool that allows accessing iPhones with a court order when the owner can't be compelled to unlock the device, Apple works hard to break that tool. Such is the case with the GrayKey iPhone cracking tool that police around the world have been using to gain access to iPhone devices. Until iOS 12 launched, the GrayKey tool allowed the unlocking of iPhone devices by law enforcement. On any device running iOS 12 or higher, the tool reportedly no longer works. Multiple... Read more...
Doctors and researchers have used MRI machines for over forty years to create detailed images of internal organs and tissues. But do MRI machines play well with other modern inventions? One Reddit user recently reported that an MRI machine zapped every iOS and watchOS device in his facility. Redditor u/harritco remarked that he had experienced the “most bizarre issue I've had in my career in IT”. A medical facility had installed a new MRI machine and by the end of the day every iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch had been disabled. More than forty people were affected by the issue, but... Read more...
Apple's planned TV service has been long talked about and long delayed. In 2015, reports indicated that the delay in bringing the service to market had to do with negotiations for local programming. Last month, a report surfaced that claimed Apple's insistence on staying away from programming with sex and violence was threatening the service. Many wondered how Apple planned to lure in subscribers, in a Netflix world, with bland original content. The answer is that Apple reportedly has no plans to sell subscriptions to its service, for now. People who claim to be familiar with its plans say that... Read more...
Several complaints have been leveled against Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max smartphones since launch. One of the major complaints from users was allegedly poor WiFi and cellular signal quality; something recent tests refute. Other complaints have focused on charging with the smartphones not recognizing the charger for some users.  In addition, testing by Tom's Guide found that the battery life on the iPhone XS was shorter than that of Phone X that preceded it. New testing from Consumer Reports has found the opposite to be true. The publication has tested the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max... Read more...
When Apple launched the iPhone X, it went through extremes to make the display are of the smartphone as large as possible while minimizing the bezels. This meant the introduction of the notch at the top of the screen and the deletion of the home button where the fingerprint scanner was previously placed. Rather than put the fingerprint scanner on the back of the iPhone, Apple went to Face ID where your face serves as your password. The first reported instance of law enforcement having an iPhone X owner unlock their device with their face has now occurred. Forbes reports that when the FBI searched... Read more...
Now that the rumors are over and Apple has revealed its three new iPhone models, all the speculation has turned to how many units Apple will sell. While the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR were all announced at the same time, the cheapest version, the iPhone XR, will ship much later than the other two. The iPhone XS and XS Max with OLED screens will be available this Friday. The iPhone XR won't ship until more than a month after the other two devices. This has left many wondering what's the holdup. Sure, some of the delay could be perceived as a ploy by Apple to get people to buy the iPhone XS and... Read more...
Apple announced the AirPower wireless charting mat in 2017 when it introduced the iPhone X. At the time, the company touted its ability to simultaneously charge an iPhone, the Apple Watch and AirPods. While compatible with the Qi wireless standard, it also had some of Apple’s own proprietary secret sauce added to optimize performance with its products. However, as we strolled further into 2018, there was still no official word from Apple on AirPower or when it would be released. During its iPhone/Apple Watch event held last week at the Spaceship campus, Apple made nary... Read more...
Apple is amplifying its war against the 3.5mm audio jack by no longer including an adapter with its older iPhone models. Now if you purchase an iPhone 7 or later and want to use your existing set of headphones with a 3.5mm jack, you'll need to purchase a Lighting-to-3.5mm dongle separately, priced at $9 if buying directly from Apple. In case you haven't followed the situation, here's a recap. Apple sparked a bit of controversy in 2016 when it released its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models, both of which arrived to the scene without a 3.5mm audio jack. However, the company did include an adapter... Read more...
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