Apple leads in holiday device activations, down 5 percent year over year

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Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016, 05:45
Category: Android, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Samsung, Software

The Christmas gifts have been exchanged, the Chanukah ones are being given this week and it looks like Apple is leading the pack in terms of smartphone activations for the 2016 holidays.

This year, 44% of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices with Samsung seeing 21%. While Samsung is slowly growing in popularity throughout the holiday season, up 1% from last year, Apple devices continue to be the gift to give. Holding the third and fourth positions for activations are Huawei and LG; which is remarkable, as both manufacturers do not have an individual device within the top 35 devices activated. Their high rank is likely due to the fact that they have wide variety of devices and affordable options (hundreds of phablet and medium phones) for consumers to choose from.

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Rumor: Apple to debut 5-inch iPhone with dual-camera system, three glass-backed iPhone models in 2017

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Date: Wednesday, December 28th, 2016, 05:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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There’s word of a 5-inch next-gen going around.

Japanese rumor site Mac Otakara, which tends to have a pretty reliable track record, has reported, via a Taiwanese supplier, that a 5-inch iPhone 7 with the unique vertical dual-camera system may be introduced as the medium-sized lineup for the iPhone 7 models.

Earlier this month, Mac Okatara reported that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would retain the aluminum design of the iPhone 7. However, the report said the new phones would come in an all-new red color. Multiple reports have stated that there will be three new iPhone models in 2017, including updated 4.7- and 5.5-inch models with LCD screens and a premium model with an OLED display and glass casing.

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Super Mario Run reviews begin to emerge, cite strong gameplay, good first step for Nintendo on new platforms

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Date: Friday, December 16th, 2016, 05:16
Category: Android, Fun, Game, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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At long last, Super Mario Run from Nintendo has emerged for iOS and Android and the reviews are starting to come in.

And they’re pretty good, if not stellar.

Over at Gamespot, the game received a 7 out of 10 with reviewer Peter Brown citing the game’s polish, smooth controls and movement options that feel immersive but not limiting.

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Apple releases iOS 10.2 update

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Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, 05:02
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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On Monday, Apple released iOS 10.2, the new version of its iOS operating system.

The update, which weighs in between 360.6 megabytes and 2.4 gigabytes (depending on whether you use over-the-air or iTunes to update it), adds the following fixes and changes:

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AT&T subscribers to receive more than $88 million as part of third-party “cramming” lawsuit settlement

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Date: Friday, December 9th, 2016, 05:55
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, wireless

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You might have a part of a class action lawsuit reward coming your way.

The United States Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it will be distributing more than $88 million in refunds to 2.7 million AT&T customers who had unauthorized third-party charges added to their service bills, something better known as “mobile cramming.”

The refunds come from a $105 million settlement AT&T paid the FTC back in October of 2014, after the carrier was accused of allowing third-party companies to bill customers for things like ringtone subscriptions without their consent. Money was also collected from Tatto and Acquinity, two companies involved in the cramming scheme.

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Apple now allows users to book repairs via Apple Authorized Service Providers through support web site

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 05:02
Category: Apple, AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, News

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It’s a quiet update, but it makes a difference.

Apple recently updated its Support web site to include a feature that allows users to find and schedule repairs for iPhones, Macs, and iPads from Apple Authorized Service Providers.

When troubleshooting a product, choosing “Bring in for Repair” after going through Apple’s support prompts now brings up all repair centers near a customer, including Apple’s own retail stores and retail locations where customers can get repairs from Apple Authorized Service Providers.

The site includes nearly all local Apple Authorized Service Providers and lists availability for the fastest repairs and same-day service. There’s also an option to book a repair directly from the site.

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Apple links iPhone 6s battery/unexpected shutdown issues to overextended air exposure during manufacturing

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, 05:58
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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Apple has apparently figured out what the cause of its iPhone 6s battery flaws and unexpected shutdowns was.

The company released a short note linking the issues to mistakes made during the manufacturing process:

“We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs,” Apple wrote on its Chinese website. “As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur.”

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Rumor: Apple to see its best iPhone sales in 2017, will include wireless charging, glass chassis across entire range of new models

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Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 05:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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A new report from analytical firm KGI has Apple as having its biggest iPhone sales ever come 2017. The new estimates, which cover three anticipated new models, will empower Apple growth with ‘unprecedented’ demand. KGI expects the new phones may sell between 120-150 million units in the second half of next year, eclipsing the previous sales record set by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The firm believes that the new form-factor premium OLED iPhone model will encourage high-end customers to upgrades their devices while the low-end 4.7-inch model will feature wireless charging, a glass chassis and attract the lower-end of the market.

KGI reiterates what the firm has said before, in that Apple will debut three new iPhones in 2017: one major redesign (colloquially dubbed ‘iPhone 8’) and two iterative updates to the existing 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

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Rumor: Apple testing out more than 10 different iPhone prototypes, focusing on OLED displays for the future

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2016, 07:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone prototypes are here.

And they are both varied.

A number of sources have claimed Apple will launch its first iPhone with a curved OLED display next year.

A new report claims an OLED version could be introduced as one of several new iPhone models unveiled next year, but it would have a higher price tag than current iPhone models.

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Trump pushes for Apple to manufacture products in the U.S., offers tax incentives

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2016, 05:16
Category: Finance, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

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President-elect Donald Trump, following up on a campaign promise that he would “get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China” – and he has now said the same thing directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Trump offered the following:

I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here.’

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