Apple’s market share grows in Q4 2016 following launch of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Uncategorized

Apple apparently gained some market share in the fourth quarter of 2016 thanks to the refreshed MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar built in.

The latest data from research firms Gartner and IDC show Apple gaining ground in the PC industry, despite the market continuing to slow as a whole. IDC’s new data shows that 70.2 million PCs shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016, marking a 1.5 percent year-on-year decline, but showing a continued stabilization of the market.

For the year, IDC says that PC shipments hit 260 million, down 5.7 percent compared to 2015. Worldwide, Apple saw its marketshare rise from 7.4 percent in Q4 2015 to 7.5 percent, though overall shipments fell by .9 percent for the year as a whole. Overall, Apple ranks as the fourth largest PC vendor worldwide, with Lenovo coming in at the top, followed by HP and Dell.

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MacBook Pro 2016 Review – It’s going back (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016, 15:41
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Review, Uncategorized

My 2016 MacBook Pro is going back.

I can’t think of the last time I returned a new Mac. I’m a textbook early adopter and have always purchased new Macs (especially notebooks) day and date when they come out.

Like most Mac users on the planet, I eagerly awaited Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro refresh – 500 days in the making. I chose the 13-inch MacBook Pro (over the larger, 15-inch) to replace an aging MacBook Air 13-inch in my fleet.

I ordered mine (MBP 13.3 Space Gray, 256GB, S3136LL/A) on October 27, 2016 and it arrived on November 18, 2016.

My use case

Laptops, like mobile phones, are extremely personal devices. Your mileage will vary.

My 13-inch MBP is primarily for use on my lap. I have a large monitor/keyboard/mouse setup (when I need it) at home and work, so I don’t need the largest screen possible on my laptop.

I also use it on the couch, in my recliner, at the kitchen table, coffee shop, shuttle bus, airplane, train, and Uber. I value light weight over tons of ports. I prefer the 13-inch model over the 15-inch because I commute by bicycle and the 13-inch weighs a pound less:

  • MacBook Pro 13-inch – 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch – 4.02 pounds (1.83 kg)

While not quite my “weekend/vacation” laptop (the minimalist MacBook 12-inch would be better there), my MBP13 isn’t my workhorse/power user Mac either (I need discrete graphics for that), so it’s somewhere in between. I’m looking for a MacBook with a better screen to replace my MacBook Air 13-inch.

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Refurbished first-gen Apple Watch units now available at 14 to 16 off on most models

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Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016, 05:18
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Uncategorized, Wearables

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You can now snag a refurbished first-gen Apple Watch at a pretty decent savings.

Apple has just posted its cheapest model, a refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 in a 38mm rose gold aluminum case, is only $229. Others, like stainless steel versions of the Apple Watch Series 2, are available for $509, or about 15 percent off. This move follows Apple’s recent decision to start selling refurbished iPhone models on its online store.

The discounts generally range between 14 to 16 percent off throughout the entire range of models.

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Apple launches online tool to determine eligibility for free iPhone 6s replacement battery to help avoid unexpected shutdowns

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Date: Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 05:52
Category: Uncategorized

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This is kind of handy.

Two weeks after launching an iPhone 6s battery repair program, Apple has released an online tool that allows iPhone 6s owners to check whether their device is affected by the problem.

An updated page for the iPhone 6s repair program runs your serial number to determine whether your iPhone 6s handset is eligible for a free battery replacement.

A small number of iPhone 6s models manufactured between September and October of 2015 have a faulty battery, which can cause the iPhone 6s to unexpectedly shut down.

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Apple Pay launches in New Zealand via ANZ bank partnership

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Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 05:18
Category: Uncategorized

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Apple Pay has come to New Zealand.

The service launched in New Zealand on Wednesday, marking the 11th country where the service has come online.

Apple Pay in New Zealand is available through a partnership with ANZ bank, meaning it can only be used with Visa credit and debit cards issued by ANZ at this time. Some banks in Australia and New Zealand have been reluctant to accept Apple Pay due to the fee Apple collects.

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Tekserve to close, Louis Rossman’s DIY repair videos likely to be removed from YouTube

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Date: Friday, July 1st, 2016, 08:30
Category: Uncategorized

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It’s the end of a great era.

And you can blame one jackass landlord raising the rent to an astronomical level as well as increased competition for it.

Tekserve, the go-to third-party store for Apple product repairs in New York City, has announced that it is to close after 29 years. The service center will close at the end of the month, and the retail store on August 15th.

Tekserve had the distinction of being the Apple Store in New York City prior to the actual launch of the Apple Store.

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Resources, references in macOS Sierra API hint at upcoming Touch ID, OLED touch bar for upcoming Apple products

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Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 07:03
Category: Developer, Hardware, News, Sierra, Software, Uncategorized

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It may be a convoluted mess to dig through, but sometimes source code hints at some interesting new resources that portend upcoming technologies.

Hidden inside Apple’s API differences web site for macOS Sierra are references to several additions that could include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID support.

Last month it was reported that Apple was planning a major MacBook Pro revamp that would bring support for Touch ID as well as a new OLED touch bar in place of the function keys. Now, macOS Sierra API changes further hint at those upcoming features…

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iPhone SE leak indicates 16GB base capacity, NFC chip for Apple Pay

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Well, this kind of thing happens sometimes.

Supply chain personnel in China have apparently snapped a specifications sticker for the upcoming iPhone SE.

According to the sticker, Apple will drop the “5” from the new handset’s name, sticking instead with “iPhone SE.” The device will be available in a 16-gigabyte capacity and carry an NFC chip for Apple Pay support.

The leaker also seemed to indicate that the iPhone SE will arrive in a 64-gigabyte configuration, with four color choices — presumably silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. The tipster also wrote that the overall design of the iPhone SE is similar to the iPhone 6s, which matches up with numerous previous predictions.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch could feature “action camera”, be released in March/April

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Date: Monday, February 15th, 2016, 09:07
Category: Uncategorized

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It’s unknown as to what the exact specs of the next-gen Apple Watch will be, but there’s some interesting speculation out there.

A piece over on Seeking Alpha offers the following take on it:

Apple’s revision of the Apple Watch will probably include a faster processor and addition of a FaceTime camera.

The addition of FaceTime video calling enhances the Watch’s communications functions.

The cameras in future Watch versions could allow it to take on the role of “action camera.”

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Apple acquires security firm LegbaCore

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 08:10
Category: security, Uncategorized

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When in doubt, buy one of the best security firms you can get your hands on.

Back in November of 2015, Apple quietly acquired security consultancy firm LegbaCore. The acquisition was initially revealed back in December by security researcher Trammell Hudson during a presentation at the 32C3 conference. The acquisition was further corroborated by a series of tweets from founder Xeno Kovah and the company’s website, which states that it is “not accepting any new customer engagements.”

The specific details are unclear, although Kovah and his partner Corey Kallenberg are working full-time at Apple, although their specific roles are unclear. Kovah only stated that he and Kallenbeg would be working on “low level security” at the company.

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