AppleCare+, repair prices tick up for assorted iPhone models following Apple media event

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Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 05:23
Category: AppleCare, AppleCare+, Hardware, iPhone, News

Alongside Tuesday’s announcements of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple has also increased the price of some AppleCare+ warranties, as well as out-of-pocket repair and replacement costs for every recent iPhone model.

The cost of an AppleCare+ warranty has jumped from $129 to $149 for the iPhone 6s Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus. For the iPhone X a plan will cost a record $199, likely because of the potential expense of replacing its 5.8-inch OLED panel.

Non-warrantied screen repairs for the iPhone 6 and iPhone Se have jumped from $99 to $129 and the cost for the iPhone 6s and 7 screen repair is up $20 to $149. All Plus-series phones are $20 more expensive at $169.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.7 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, 05:18
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software

Amidst a slew of new product announcements, Apple released iTunes 12.7 on Tuesday following its media event. The new version features a number of notable changes. As mentioned by Apple in a popup window displayed after installation, the new iTunes places emphasis on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Absent from that list is the App Store, which was previously incorporated as a means to preview, purchase and manage iOS apps on registered devices.

The upgrade marks a change to the conventional iTunes approach, both removing bloat and moving the software away from its previous status of centralized content management hub.

“If you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones to your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac,” Apple says.

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Apple releases iOS 11 gold master to developers, public beta testers

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 16:29
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

If you’ve been wanting to tinker with the new iOS in its complete form, this is your lucky day.

The iOS 11 gold master is out and currently available to developers and public beta testers alike.

After months of testing (and an earlier leak), iOS 11 GM is finally out to the public. Developers and public beta testers will be able to update to the new GM now.

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iPhone X announced at Apple press event

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 14:27
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

The big kahuna has been announced.

Over at the Apple press event, Apple officially unveiled the iPhone X (pronounced: ten). The handset features a Super Retina Display, incorporates a 5.8-inch OLED with an edge-to-edge design and is available in space gray and silver colors.

Like the Apple TV 4K, the iPhone X supports HDR and Dolby Vision. It also supports True Tone like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus announced at Apple press event

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 13:15
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

The iPhone 8 you’ve been hankering for has just been announced.

Over at Apple’s media event, the company announced the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus handsets. Both models feature LCD displays and incorporate Apple’s new six-core A11 Bionic processor.

The A11 processor features two high-performance cores said to be 25 percent faster than the A10, and four high-efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster. An Apple-designed GPU is said to deliver a 30 percent speed boost. Also attached is a new image signal processor, providing faster autofocus in low light, improved pixel processing, and better noise reduction.

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Apple announces Apple Watch Series 3 models, will offer LTE functionality on higher-end models

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 13:15
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

The third-gen Apple Watch is en route.

And, as rumored, it features LTE functionality.

Apple today announced the Apple Watch Series 3 at its media event. The device is available with cellular capabilities built right into the device, so you can leave your iPhone behind and still send or receive calls and messages, listen to Apple Music, and more over LTE or 3G. Apple Watch shares the same phone number as your iPhone, but it requires an add-on plan.

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Apple unveils AirPower charging plate, will allow for multiple devices to be charged simultaneously

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 12:54
Category: AirPods, Apple Watch, battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Wearables

This actually looks pretty handy.

Over at the Apple media event, the company unveiled its AirPad, a large wireless charging plate for its assorted products.

The wireless charging base can charge the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, along with Apple Watch Series 3, and AirPods with the new wireless charging case—all at the same time.

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Apple announces Apple TV 4K, incorporates HDR functionality into new model

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 12:44
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, TvOS

Apple kicked off its media event by announcing its new Apple TV 4K set top device. The new model adds HDR functionality to allow a resolution capable of four times the pixels of the current 1080p HD model, while HDR provides a greater range of richer colors with supported titles and TV sets.

The Apple TV 4K retails for $179 with 32GB of RAM and $199 for 64GB.

The updated tvOS, coming to the previous fourth-generation and these new fifth-generation models, expands features in the TV app introduced last year. In addition to live news, the TV app will add live sports later this year, with the ability to mark favorite teams in a Sports tab (U.S. only).

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV could feature A10X Fusion processor, 3GB of RAM

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Processors, Rumor

It looks like there’s a good chance the next-gen Apple TV will also use an A10X Fusion processor.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been analyzing the firmware files and has discovered signs that the new unit, set to be unveiled officially by Apple tomorrow, will use the A10X along with 3GB of RAM. This represents a big increase in power and may signal a larger direction beyond 4K movies and TV shows.

The upgrade could significantly increase computing power as well as graphics performance.

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Rumor: iPhone X to include 3GB of RAM, iPhone 8 to include 2GB of RAM

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith’s been able to contribute to the rumor mill of late given what he’s been able to glean from Apple’s beta software.

In his latest contribution, he pointed out that the iPhone 8 will feature 2GB, while the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will both feature 3GB. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 7 Plus features 3GB of RAM and the iPhone 7 packs 2GB. As you can see, there’s not a huge difference in terms of RAM specs here but

Smith also mentioned that the iPhone X could incorporate a 12MP rear-facing camera with support for 4K video at 60 FPS and 1080p video at 240 FPS. The front camera could feature a 7 megapixel sensor with support for 1080p video at 30 FPS.

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