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Apple continues to claim that the iPhone is selling well despite reports to the contrary. Reports have been particularly critical of sales numbers for the iPhone XR, something that Apple refuted last month when it claimed that the iPhone XR was its best selling model. Apple has also been hit with iPhone sales bans by Qualcomm recently in Germany and China. Now, analyst Jun Zhang from Rosenblatt has issued an investor note predicting that Apple will cut iPhone production. According to Zhang, production could be cut by another 4 million units during the March quarter of 2019. Zhang writes that Apple is facing challenges, particularly in China, relating to the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.... Read more...
Back in November, we talked a bit about a video test that showed just how easily the 2018 iPad Pro could bend, rendering your fancy tablet useless junk. Reports have been surfacing online that the 2018 iPad Pro is coming out of the box with a slight bend in the frame for some users. Apple has now stepped up and acknowledged that some of the expensive tablets (stating at $799) are bent out of the box, but says that bend is a normal part of the manufacturing process. (Image Source: Mac Rumors) The Verge writes, "According to the company, this is a side effect of the device’s manufacturing process and shouldn’t worsen over time or negatively affect the flagship iPad’s performance... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm aren't on friendly terms right now considering that the two firms are currently embroiled in a long-running legal battle over patents and royalties. Qualcomm claims that Apple owes billions in royalty payments, while Apple maintains that its devices don't infringe on Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm was granted a sales ban on some older iPhone models in China and is now trying to add the iPhone XR and iPhone XS to the sales ban. Any possibility of having its new hotness banned in China has Apple scrambling to ready a software update that completely bypass the Qualcomm patents in question. Apple has confirmed that it will be pushing out software updates starting next week with... Read more...
A long overdue federal trial is officially on the horizon: Qualcomm and Apple will meet in a San Diego federal court on April 15, 2019. The two companies have already been battling each other for more than a year over LTE modem licensing fees and patents. Qualcomm originally wanted the jury trial to take place in February, but the date was delayed. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel noted that the two companies would need to accommodate the court’s busy schedule. He also argued that extra time was needed due to the complexity of the case. Before the trial date was announced, some had speculated that Qualcomm and Apple were far along in settlement talks. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf recently... Read more...
Apple has had a busy 2018 having recently debuted the refreshed MacBook Air and Mac mini desktop computer in late October as well as new MacBook Pros over the summer. Along with any new Apple laptop or desktop computer launch always comes new accessories for fans to enjoy. One such accessory is the Blackmagic eGPU Pro that features the Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU inside. This device is meant to give much more graphics processing power to any Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port. While the manufacturer of the Blackmagic eGPU Pro has made no comment on delaying the device, Apple's webpage for the device has been updated and reflects a delay in shipping until December. No additional details on why the device... Read more...
Japanese Apple fans will soon be able to get the iPhone XR at a discounted price; new NTT DOCOMO customers will be able to save roughly $100 over the life of their plan. The price reduction is part of Apple’s rumored plan to cut back on 2018 iPhone model production. Previously, the iPhone XR 64GB with a 24-month contract would have cost NTT DOCOMO customers ¥36,000 JPY (over $315 USD). Now the device will ring in at ¥24,000 (roughly $211), not including mandatory contract fees. Many new NTT DOCOMO customers will be able to snag an entire iPhone XR 64GB contract package for ¥7000 yen ($62) per month. NTT DOCOMO is one of the biggest mobile carriers in Japan and its serves more... Read more...
Apple may be one of the most valuable companies in the world, but it isn't immune to problems with its products. Apple recently warned that MacBook Pro SSDs could lose data and that there were display issues with some iPhone X devices; it offered free repairs for both devices. Apple allegedly has a new issue with a man named Rocky Mohamadali claiming that his iPhone X exploded. The man claims that he was installing the iOS 12.1 update onto the device when the explosion occurred; that is the update that promised a fix for the so-called beautygate selfie issue. Mohamadali says that once the update started he plugged the iPhone X into the official Apple charger that came with the phone; it's unclear... Read more...
When Apple announced three different iPhone models back in September, the cheapest of the trio was the iPhone XR. That device was announced alongside the iPhone XS and XS Max, but didn't ship until late October. More recently a teardown of the iPhone XR found that the smartphone uses hybrid iPhone 8 and iPhone XS internals offering iPhone XS levels of performance for less money and with reportedly better battery life. Despite being cheaper than the XS, the iPhone XR is a $749 "entry-level" smartphone, and early reports allege that it isn't selling well. A new report claims that Apple has told three separate iPhone XR suppliers to either reduce expectations for orders or to eliminate manufacturing... Read more...
The wearables market is booming right now thanks to smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 4 that debuted in September, and other wearables like the Fitbit Versa and Samsung Galaxy Watch. When the wearables segment was young, devices were aimed mostly at technology loving people and were seen almost exclusively as a gadget for tech fans. Wearables are now making their way into other markets as a tool for fitness and to help people monitor severe health conditions like heart arrhythmias. Apple has focused its Apple Watch Series 4 wearable not only at tech and gadget fans but also directly at people with health problems and the elderly who are at risk of falls; the fall detection feature was... Read more...
It's only been a few days since Apple unveiled its refreshed MacBook Air notebook keeping the thin profile and sporting a Retina Display, Touch ID, and 8th generation Intel Core i5 processors among other tweaks. A few days later the first benchmarks for the 2018 MacBook Air have turned up on Geekbench giving us an idea of what the updated hardware inside the machine means for performance. The Air in these benchmarks is called out as having a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y CPU and 16GB of RAM under the hood. The Geekbench scores for the machine show a single-core score of 4248 and a multi-core score of 7828. Those benchmark scores are better than the previous generation MacBook Air could muster... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm aren’t exactly friends, but in some ways, the two firms need each other. iPhones are among the top-selling smartphones in the world, and Qualcomm certainly wants to get in on that sales action. Apple needs Qualcomm modems because they typically outperform rival hardware from Intel and MediaTek, and its customers want the best hardware for their money. Apple has sought out hardware from other sources with company implementing Intel modems in their latest crop of iPhones recently and has threatened to use MediaTek in the past. And now it seems Qualcomm is accusing Apple of not paying its bills; the company alleges that Apple is $7 billion behind in royalty payments.... Read more...
“Beautygate” is about to become a thing of the past. Apple promises to eliminate the notorious skin smoothing bug with iOS 12.1. The update will improve selfies on their latest crop of smartphones -- the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Many users noticed that their skin appeared to have been “smoothed” and warmed-up in their selfie shots when they used their front-facing camera. Some users enjoyed the effect while others were downright insulted. Apple was accused of trying to make their users look more appealing, even though it has claimed in the past that it does not use beautification filters. Apple looked into the issue about a month ago and discovered that a bug in its... Read more...
Apple's entry-level iPhone for 2018 is the iPhone XR announced in September along with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max devices. Word is that the October ship date announced at the unveiling of the XR was due to issues with the notched LCD. Whatever the issue, the iPhone XR is expected to ship this week. Ahead of that launch, some details about what the XR will cost to repair if you break it have surfaced, and it sounds as if buyers should get the AppleCare+ warranty on the device (or at least buy a case). Buyers who crack the screen on their iPhone XR, and don’t have AppleCare+, will shell out $199 for a screen replacement. Consider that the iPhone XR starts at $749 for the 64GB version,... Read more...
Privacy is a very big deal for millions of people around the world who use mobile devices and social media. The challenge for many people is knowing exactly what data social networks and devices are collecting from you. Apple is trying to make it easier for users of its devices to see what is being gathered and stored, and to facilitate that sharing of information the privacy page has been revamped in the U.S. The verbiage on the page hasn’t changed from what was there before; Apple still says that it sees privacy as a "fundamental human right." The big change comes in the expansion of the data portal to let users of Apple devices in the U.S. download a copy of the data that is gathered... Read more...
Apple is working hard to position the new Apple Watch Series 4 wearable as a state of the art health monitoring device. Moving beyond the gadget and Apple fan crowd into the medical device and health monitoring market could certainly expand the reach of the wearable. Apple's latest watch has FDA approved EKG monitoring inside along with fall detection. The fall detection feature can dial out in an emergency for the elderly; that feature was recently tested by a stunt woman and found to function as promised. Apple has announced that it has teamed up with medical device maker Zimmer Biomet on a new app that runs on the Apple Watch that aims to gather data on patients who have had knee or hip replacements.... Read more...
Apple has been at odds with law enforcement over its ever-increasing security measures that have at times thwarted efforts to gain access to iPhones during an investigation. Earlier this month reports surfaced indicating that law enforcement had been able to get a user to unlock his iPhone using Face ID. Law enforcement now faces a new challenge; a company called Elcomsoft is warning law enforcement to not look at an iPhone with Face ID. The reasoning behind not looking at the iPhone is that security measures on the device can make it harder to unlock the phone if it sees the wrong face too many times. If too many failed attempts to unlock the device via Face ID occur, the device can default... 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 no other devices, other than iOS devices, seemed to be impacted. All Android devices and other electronics... Read more...
Love it or hate it, each fall most of the U.S. and other locations around the world adopt daylight saving time where we "fall back" and lose an hour from our clocks until the spring rolls around. Owners of the Apple Watch Series 4 in Australia, where daylight saving time (DST) rolled out already, experienced a bug that had to do with the Infograph faces on the wearable. Owners found their wearable stuck in an endless reboot loop that was reportedly caused by the large Activity complication on the Infograph Modular face spazzing out thanks to the loss of an hour. The Activity complication is meant to give the wearer a timeline graph of the current day broken down hour-by-hour for things like Move... Read more...
The Apple Watch Series 4 launched last month and packed in lots of features that make it one of the most appealing wearables on the market. A few of the big features of the smartwatch include ECG capability to detect abnormal heart rates and fall detection that can call emergency services if you are take a spill and can't dial 911 yourself. Anyone with a history of falls, particularly the elderly living alone, can appreciate that last feature. Falls represent a major cause of hospitalization for the elderly, and in those with conditions that make them unsteady when walking. Those two major health features will likely mean that the Apple Watch Series 4 ends up on the wrists of many senior... Read more...
Apple is often frowned upon in the tech world for many reasons, one of the major reasons being its famously closed ecosystem. Apple has often gone out of its way to ensure the use of approved accessories and software as well as ensuring if your device needs repair, you have to come to an Apple authorized service center. Apple's policy means you can’t simply order parts and fix your Apple gear, in many instances, as you would if you were using a Windows machine or Android smartphone. Apple famously did this with iOS 11.3 when it bricked iPhones with third-party screen repairs. Apple is now using proprietary software that will end any chance of independently repairing a new MacBook Pro or... Read more...
As is the case with most new iPhone launches, the latest crop of smartphones are giving some users trouble. Some users have complained that the wireless signal strength for both the Wi-Fi and the cellular connections aren’t as strong as previous iPhones offered. Now reports are coming in that the iPhone XS and XS Max are having charging issues via the bottom-mounted Lightning port. Complaints have turned up on the Apple discussion forums with multiple users claiming they have had the same issue with their iPhone not recognizing the charger when plugged in. One iPhone XS Max user named xMASTIFFSx wrote on the Apple support forums, "So Just got my new iPhone. and noticed this issue I've... Read more...
This week is a big one for fans of Apple smartphones, as the company will announce iPhones on Wednesday. Rumors have been plentiful about these new iPhones with the LCD base version being the device that has garnered much of the attention. This device has been tipped to have tiny bezels -- about half the size of the bezels on the costlier OLED packing iPhone models. Other rumors have claimed that the LCD 2018 iPhone would sell for about $699 making it much more affordable than the OLED models. Only days before the event to unveil the devices is set to happen new rumors have turned up with one suggesting that the LCD iPhone, previously called the iPhone 9, will launch as the iPhone Xc. The... Read more...
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