iFixit publishes iPhone X teardown, finds logic board that’s been folded in half, other interesting changes

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, 03:57
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

Once again, the cool cats at iFixit have gotten their mitts on the new iPhone and published a full teardown of their findings.

Some of the highlights of the teardown included the following:

Battery: The iPhone X uses a two-cell 10.35 Wh battery. Previous iPhones use a single-cell battery.

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Some users experiencing errors activating iPhone X units, Apple assigns blame to wireless carriers

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Software, wireless

There might be a hiccup for some users when it comes to activating their new iPhone X devices.

A number of users have reported that the iPhone X isn’t completing the first step of connecting and thus activating through their wireless carrier.

The error message they’ve received has read as follows:

“Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your iPhone to iTunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of minutes.”

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Apple support document states that some burn-in, shifts in color could be normal when viewing iPhone X OLED at off-angle

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 03:34
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

Late last week, Apple published a support document explaining how OLEd displays function and that it is normal to see some screen burn-in over time and shifts in color when looking at the iPhone display from an off-angle.

The company described the display, when viewed from a side angle, as possibly presenting shifts in color and hue, something that’s a “characteristic of OLED” and “normal behavior.”

The document stated that with extended long-term use, OLED displays can show “slight visual changes,” which is also considered normal. The iPhone X has been engineered to be the “best in industry” at reducing burn-in effects, but Apple’s support document suggests burn-in is still a problem that some users could potentially see over time.

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Qualcomm files suit against Apple, cites breach of contract, unchecked access to development resources

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 03:47
Category: Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News, Processors

On Wednesday, chipmaker Qualcomm filed suit against Apple, claiming Apple has failed to abide by the terms of a software license and said it may have used its unprecedented access to that code to help Qualcomm-rival Intel Corp.

The two companies are now engaged in a lawsuit over technology licensing fees that Qualcomm charges for patents. Apple has stated that Qualcomm is charging too much and has leveraged its strong market position in chips illegally. Qualcomm has countered that Apple, one of its largest customers, has lied to regulators in an unfair attempt to bully it into charging less.

Apple currently uses Qualcomm’s chips as modems without its devices to communicate with cellular networks. Apple has widened its supplier base to include Intel for some of the chips, beginning with the iPhone 7. The company has yet to respond to requests seeking comment.

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Rumor: Apple more likely to meet iPhone X demand in 2018 as component supply improves

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, retail, Rumor

Per a new investor note released recently by the mighty Apple guru that is Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple seems unlikely to repeat the supply and production struggles it experienced with the iPhone X with the new 2018 iPhone models.

Kuo has stated that shipments of the 2018 iPhone models will arrive on time and in stable supply during late Q3 of 2018. He says there will be “no major spec upgrade” of the TrueDepth camera that helps power the Face ID biometric technology, with Apple using the same dot projector and infrared camera.

“We believe the supply of both components are now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions,” Kuo writes.

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Apple announces $279 price for non-AppleCare+ iPhone X screen repairs

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017, 05:48
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, iPhone, News

It’s best not to drop your brand new iPhone X.

Or, if you do, make sure it has an AppleCare+ plan covering it.

Apple has announced that a repair for the iPhone X screen will retail for $279 and $99 for any other damage up to two instances without an AppleCare+ plan.

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Rumor: Apple acquires InVisage, purchases possible image technologies for use in upcoming camera systems

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

Apple has reportedly snagged yet another image technology company, or at least hired some of its core staff away.

Per Image Sensors World, two anonymous sources claimed that Apple may have acquired InVisage.

The blog highlighted that InVisage is no longer listed as a current investment in the portfolios of venture capital firms Nokia Growth Partners and InterWest Partners.

InVisage also removed a news page and a list of employee profiles from its website, compared to an archived version from February. Many companies acquired by Apple in the past have simplified or even removed their websites.

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Chinese telecom companies cut Apple Watch Series 3 access to LTE, cite government security concerns

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Legal, News, security, Wearables

China has terminated LTE access for the Apple Watch Series 3 without explanation. Per the Wall Street Journal, all three major carriers in China have closed off LTE access, apparently over the government’s security concerns over the device.

The WSJ reports that LTE functionality was available on China Unicom at launch, but new subscriptions were terminated just a few days later. Existing users are so far unaffected, it says.

It’s thought that the government was concerned about the fact that it could not track the new Apple Watch Series 3’s user base given its use of an eSIM device.

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Rumor: Mac mini could see refresh before long

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 05:30
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, Processors, Rumor

Although it’s been three years since the Mac mini was last updated, there may be some updates to come.

Responding to an email from MacRumors reader “Krar”, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that while it was “not time to share any details,” he confirmed that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company’s product lineup in the future.

Cook’s response echoes a similar statement from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who commented on the Mac mini when Apple’s plans for a new Mac Pro were unveiled. “The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren’t bringing it up because it’s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use,” he said.

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Microsoft teases ARM-based notebook battery life, operating functionality

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Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2017, 05:49
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News, Samsung

microsoft has chosen to tease Apple with the prospect of running its notebooks for literally days at a time on a single battery charge thanks to ARM processors.

Over at the Qualcomm 5G Summit in Hong Kong, Pete Bernard, Principal Group Program Manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft, stated that the battery life while using an ARM processor is “beyond our expectations.”

“We set a high bar for [our developers], and we’re now beyond that. It’s the kind of battery life where I use it on a daily basis. I don’t take my charger with me. I may charge it every couple of days or so. It’s that kind of battery life,” claims Bernard. “I would consider it a game-changer in terms of the way people have experienced PCs in the past.”

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