Apple reports $78.4 billion in revenues, $17.9 billion profit for Q1 2017

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Date: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 05:29
Category: Apple, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News

Where Apple’s profits had been down in the past few quarters, the company came back hard in the Q1 2017 financial report. Apple on Tuesday posted quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion, setting an all-time record for the company with a total net profit was $17.9 billion.

The lion’s share of the profits came from the iPhone, which saw sales of 78.3 million units in the company’s first quarter of fiscal 2017. That was an increase from the 74.8 million iPhones the company sold in the same quarter a year ago, holding the record until now.

The Q1 timeline also included Apple’s December/holiday sales for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets.

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Apple’s Activation Lock website could have played role in hack, thereby leading to its sudden closure

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Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, 05:44
Category: Hack, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Apple’s Activation Lock web site may have been involved in a hack, thus explaining its sudden removal and elimination.

As it turns out, the Activation Lock website was a vital part of a bypass hack used to unlock devices bricked by Activation Lock, perhaps hinting at why Apple shelved it.

The hack centered around the perpetrators changing one or two characters of an invalid serial number, thereby generating a valid serial number for an iOS device. The valid number could then be used to gain full access to the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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Apple’s iCloud Activation Lock page removed without explanation

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Date: Monday, January 30th, 2017, 05:48
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, retail, security

Without hint or warning, Apple has removed the iCloud Activation Lock status page, which used to exist at iCloud.com/activationlock, but that URL now leads to a 404 error instead. The utility let anyone type in the IMEI or serial number of an iOS device to find out if Activation Lock had been turned off, something which proved to be useful to verify the authenticity of a seller when buying a used iPhone online.

References to the web page have been removed from Apple’s support documentation, indicating this is not a temporary issue and the page has been intentionally pulled from service.

A previous Apple support document recommended that users check the Activation Lock status of an iOS device before buying it to ensure that the product was ready to use. The text was removed on January 24th and the iCloud.com/activationlock URL stopped working not long afterwards.

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Apple to include “Find My AirPods” app in iOS 10.3

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Date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 05:52
Category: AirPods, Bluetooth, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

With iOS 10.3, it’ll be easy to find your lost AirPod wireless headphones.

Apple is apparently working on an app in iOS 10.3 that can hone in on your AirPods’ wireless Bluetooth signal, provided it’s within range of an iOS device connected to an iCloud account. Like the Find My iPhone app, users will be able to tap “Play Sound” and both of your AirPods will begin to chirp.

If one is in your ear, the app gives you controls to mute the right or left earbud. If someone has borrowed your AirPods and that’s why they’re missing, the sound won’t pierce their ear drums, but the volume will gradually increase, so they’ll have to surrender the AirPods.

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Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, 05:58
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

It’s been a day for updates and Apple just released iOS 10.2.1, the current version of its mobile operating system.

The update, which weighs in between 65 megabytes and over a gigabyte depending on whether you download it over the air or via iTunes, offers the following fixes and changes:

Auto Unlock
Impact: Auto Unlock may unlock when Apple Watch is off the user’s wrist.
Desription: A logic issue was addressed through improved state management.

Contacts
Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted contact card may lead to unexpected application termination.
Desription: An input validation issue existed in the parsing of contact cards. This issue was addressed through improved input validation.

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Rumor: iPhone 8 to receive OLED display, updated 3D Touch sensor hardware

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2017, 05:31
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The current rumors are in and according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new OLED iPhone will use a flexible display panel, which will likely allow it to curve around the sides of the main chassis. However, this makes it incompatible with the existing 3D Touch pressure sensors seen in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

As a result, the next-gen iPhone will switch from a ‘FBCB sensor to a film sensor’, offering higher sensitivity and a wider range of 3D Touch pressure levels.

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Meitu selfie app apparently collecting, transmitting user data back to Chinese source

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2017, 05:11
Category: Android, iOS, iPhone, News, privacy, security, Software

The good news is that the Meitu app adds some cool selfie editing tools, allowing you to pretty much transform your selfie pictures into nifty anime characters.

The bad news is that the app is apparently sending back as much private information as it can to a Chinese source.

The MeituPic app, launched in 2013, soared to the top of the Chinese app charts. It was rebranded as “Meitu” in 2016 and works by taking a selfie, smoothing a person’s skin, adding virtual makeup and a number of other effects.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate facial and gesture recognition for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2017, 05:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It’s a rumor, but there could be some truth to it.

Cowen’s Timothy Arcuri has released a note stating that the next-gen iPhone will gain a front-facing sensor that will be used for both facial and gesture recognition.

Arcuri informed the firm’s clients that the expected iPhone 8 will include a new 5.8-inch model with an OLED wraparound display, wireless charging, “some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera”, and Touch ID embedded in the display.

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AT&T discontinues 2G network, ends cellular connectivity for first-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, 05:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

It’s time to move on where AT&T, the first-gen iPhone and cellular service are concerned.

On Monday, AT&T announced that its 2G wireless network was officially shut down on January 1, 2017, following four years of planning for its discontinuation.

This means that the 2G network available to the original first-gen iPhone will no longer receive cellular service from the AT&T network.

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Rumor: Apple planning iPhone 6 battery replacement program

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, 05:42
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

If you’ve been having troubles with your iPhone 6 battery, Apple may have a warranty program en route to help out.

An unconfirmed rumor has stated that Apple may be preparing a battery replacement program for the iPhone 6 handset, much the same as the popular iPhone 6s battery replacement program.

When Apple announced the 6s program, it said that only a ‘very small number’ of 6s units were affected, all of which were manufactured during a two-month period, making it seem unlikely on the face of it that the same issue could affect an earlier model.

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