Apple launches repair program for iPhone 7 units affected by the “No Service” bug

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Date: Monday, February 5th, 2018, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

This might help you out.

Apple on Friday launched a repair program for iPhone 7 devices that are impacted by an ongoing bug that causes them to have no available service even when cellular coverage is available. Apple says the problem is caused by a component that has failed on the main logic board.

The company has stated that the issue affects “a small percentage” of iPhone 7 devices and causes them to display a “No Service” message instead of properly connecting to an available cellular network.

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Some iPhone X users report difficulty accepting, declining calls, Apple currently investigating the issue

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Date: Monday, February 5th, 2018, 03:23
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

The iPhone X may be having trouble answering phone calls.

A recent report states that a growing number of users are unable to answer phone calls with their iPhone X because the display does not wake up while the phone is ringing, thus meaning they can’t access the accept and decline buttons.

Since December, the issue has been a hot topic on Apple’s support forums. At this point, it’s unclear if the issue is software or hardware related. One user stated that restoring iOS fixed the issue for a few days, but it later surfaced again. Another user stated that Apple replaced their iPhone X, but the problem also emerged on the replacement unit.

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Review: Cardhop, Contact management jedi for macOS

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Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 10:15
Category: Review, Software, Software

Apple’s Contacts app (formerly Address Book) hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s pretty much a loose database of friends and family, offer the required functionality to support a centralized locations for email addresses, contacts, and phone numbers. But it feels like Apple was forced to make it, against its will.

Luckily, Flexibits’ Cardhop picks up where Contacts leaves off. Cardhop organizes your contacts via an easy menu in the macOS menu bar, then adds quick actions to message, email, place a call. Other neat features include quick access to groups of contacts (for sending a group email) and the ability to send Facebook messages without having to switch over to a web browser.

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YouTube live streaming service arrives for Apple TV

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Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 06:59
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

This is nifty.

In a surprise address on Wednesday, YouTube announced that its streaming live TV service is now available on Apple TV devices. In a tweet telling Apple TV owners to check the App Store, the official YouTube TV account disclosed that its app is now available on tvOS-based devices.

The launch, which had been scheduled for spring of 2017, was pushed back in December on the Roku and Apple TV platforms, the company stating it would launch in the first quarter of 2018 after failing to meet an October deadline.

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Apple seems to be testing iPhone battery support program via Canadian Apple Support app

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Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 03:04
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

If you’re north of the border, this is relevant to you.

Apple seems to be launching a trial of its iPhone battery replacement program in Canada. The company has geared support its app to take names for particular iPhone models and says the app will alert users when the battery is available locally.

The program appears to be handled specifically though the Apple Support app. Users wanting to replace their battery select Get Support, select the phone in question, choose battery, power, charging as a service desired, then they are presented the option to Reserve a Battery.

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Apple reports $88.3 billion in revenue for Q1 2018

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Date: Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 03:21
Category: AirPods, Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

Even if iPhone X sales are slumping, Apple still reported a record-breaking $88.3 billion in revenue for the quarter ending on December 31st, 2017. This represents a 13 percent increase over last year’s $78.4 billion.

The company managed to sell 77.3 million iPhones in the three-month holiday quarter, about a million less than last year, but revenue grew by more than $7 billion to $61.6 billion. Per company CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone X “surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November.”

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Home app to help manage HomePod software updates

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Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 03:05
Category: HomePod, iTunes, News, retail, Siri, Software

It looks like you’ll use Apple’s Home app to update your HomePod once it arrives.

Developer Guilherme Rambo dug into Apple’s iOS code and found the HomePod software update mechanism. Along with alerting you to new software updates, the Home app will also let you enable automatic software updates, much like Apple TV.

While this is a little bit unexpected, it also fits into Apple’s history of sometimes building in Frankenstein-esque functionality into its apps, much like the way iTunes grew to become a central hub for media and devices.

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Apple to use iOS 12 to focus on stability and performance as opposed to wheeling out loads of new features

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Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, 06:48
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

You shouldn’t go looking to iOS 12 for huge, splashy new features.

Instead, Apple will apparently be giving iOS 12 the Snow Leopard/Mac OS X 10.6 treatment and working on targeting stability, performance, and reliability as opposed to adding in loads of new features. The strategy helped fix what was becoming a growing list of issues and complaints about the Mac operating system. Now it seems that’s what’s happening with the next version of iOS for the iPhone and iPad.

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Rumor: Apple working on “at least three” updated Mac models with custom co-processors

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Date: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, 04:26
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Processors, Rumor, security, Touch Bar, Touch ID

Apple may in fact be en route to designing its own processors, which could replace Intel as the supplier of Mac CPUs.

The company began in 2008 when Apple bought chip manufacturer P.A. Semi. The acquisition led to the design of the A4 processor, popularized in the original iPad released in 2010.

The same year, P.A. Semi’s Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies Johny Srouji also joined Apple in 2008.

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Rumor: Apple to continue selling current-gen iPhone throughout 2018

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Date: Monday, January 29th, 2018, 03:07
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor, Samsung

The rumor mill has changed and Apple may in fact stick with its usual strategy of selling the current model iPhone X as opposed to replacing it with a second-gen model later this year.

According to unnamed industry sources, Korean publication The Investor reported on Friday that Apple will be launching two new OLED iPhone models later this year, including a larger 6.46-inch model.

The report also claims that the two new models will be “adding to the current iPhone X.”

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