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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DataMan Next 11.1 outfitted with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” theme

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2017, 03:41
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

In the realm of “geeky and useful, the DataMan Next app has been updated to version 11.2 and outfitted a with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” theme.

As you may remember, DataMan Next, developed by Johnny Ixe, lets you quickly gauge how much of your allotted monthly data you’ve used at a glance.

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Robbers snag 313 iPhone X units being delivered to San Francisco Apple Store location

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 04:39
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, retail

It’s not quite the equivalent of the bank robbery scene in “Heat”, but it’s getting there. On Wednesday, three “husky” men in hoodies driving a white Dodge van broke into a UPS truck Wednesday while it was parked outside a San Francisco Apple Store.

The UPS truck was delivering 313 iPhone X units to the Apple Store, wherein the robbery itself occurred between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PT.

The total value of the stolen merchandise was estimated to be more than $370,000. The iPhone X, which becomes available in stores Friday, starts at $999 apiece. The suspects have yet to be caught.

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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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Security researchers hack iOS 11.1 at Pwn2Own event

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 03:17
Category: Google, Hack, iOS, iPhone, News, Samsung, security

Trend Micro’s annual Pwn2Own has kicked off over at the PacSec Security conference in Tokyo, complete with security researchers spending the day attempting to hack into the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Google Pixel, and the Huawei Mate 9 Pro in an effort to win prizes totaling more than $500,000.

And, for better or worse, Apple’s iPhone 7, running the newly-released iOS 11.1, was successfully breached twice Tencent Keen Security Lab. The first hack targeted a Wi-Fi bug and won the team $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points, while the second hack targeted the Safari Browser and earned Tencent Keen Security Lab $45,000 and 12 Master of Pwn points.

The group used a total of four bugs to both gain code execution and escalate their user privileges to allow their rogue application to install via a reboot. In addition, the group snagged $60,000 for the WiFi exploit and added $50,000 for the persistence bonus, thereby totaling $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points.

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Apple initiates Reserve and Pickup system for iPhone X units in some countries

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Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 03:31
Category: iPhone, News, retail

Following a successful preorder launch, Apple on Tuesday updated a handful of international websites to reflect new iPhone X Reserve and Pickup options set to begin on Nov. 4, giving customers another route to purchase.

Over in Australia, Belgium, and the U.K., customers will have the option to show up and reserve an iPhone X unit at 6 AM on November 4th. Potential iPhone X buyers in Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland and UAE will be able to place their reservation at 8 a.m. that day as well.

Upon arrival, buyers will complete a short form online, wherein they’ll be issued a unique registration code and have 30 minutes to visit the store they selected to complete the transaction.

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Apple releases iOS 11.1 update

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 03:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

If you were looking for a meaty iOS update, this might be your lucky day. On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system.

The update, a 246 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Emoji:
– Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more.

Photos:
– Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry.

– Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly.

– Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup.

– Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots.

Accessibility:
– Improves braille support for Grade 2 input.

– Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs.

– Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications.

– Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher.

– Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing.

– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail.

– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages.

Other Improvements and Fixes:
– Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch.

– Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen.

– Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps.

– Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data.

– Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation).

– Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch.

To snag the update, head on over to Settings > General > Software Update to install the update over the air or connect your device to your computer and install it manually via iTunes.

If you’ve tried the iOS 11.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Apple allows YouTube personalities early access to iPhone X, initial video reports posted

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 03:03
Category: Face ID, iPhone, News, Processors, retail

Because, as mentioned before, you literally can’t outrun social media, Apple recently invited a number of YouTube channels to try out the highly-anticipated device at a nondescript building in New York City.

The YouTubers tested out the assorted functions of the iPhone X including the camera, wireless charging, Animoji, Face ID and others, then posted their findings online.

So far, the reviews seem to be largely positive, with users citing the A11 processor, fun with Animoji, minor frustrations with the new interface and the learning curve of not having a Touch ID button on this model

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Initial iPhone X packaging, unboxing pictures and videos begin to surface online

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 03:41
Category: iPhone, News, retail

You can’t beat the speed of social media.

Although the iPhone X has yet to arrive anywhere in the world, Twitter user Benjamin Geskin began shooting images and videos of the new handset to the Internet over the weekend. The resulting images include the iPhone X in its retail handset as well as shared images of the iPhone X stacked and ready to ship.

Unlike the iPhone 8’s rear-focus cover art, the iPhone X packaging depicts the smartphone’s large OLED display.

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