Apple hits some snags with iPhone 7, 7 Plus preorders, offers number to try to sort this out

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 05:29
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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Preordering an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus might be a little harder than it should be.

Last week, a number of customers looking to preorder the new handset via Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program encountered issues selecting the correct model because a lot of them were already sold out.

Apple is attempting to smooth this out, but the availability issue stemmed from Apple placing customers enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program in a different queue than the general preorders. These customers had to reserve their model directly from a local Apple store, which resulted in limited availability. Some customers in the iPhone Upgrade Program were unable to select their preferred model, carrier, color, or storage capacity. Others weren’t even able to enter the reservation system to begin with.

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Facebook Messenger begins incorporating payment tools into chatbot windows, releases beta of new feature to developers

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 05:49
Category: Developer, News, Software

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Facebook chat moved into the financial sphere today.

The company’s messenger bots can now accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016.

The web site uses stored credit card into to instantly make purchases that are part of the new closed beta the developers can apply for. Marcus also revealed that 34,000 devs have joined the platform and built 30,000 bots in the April launch, up from over 10,000 devs in May and 11,000 bots in July.

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Phil Schiller answers email, confirms identical sizes for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus camera sensors

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 10:59
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

Ask of the Phil and you might get an answer.

A user apparently sent an email to Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, the mighty Phil Schiller, regarding the actual physical size of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera sensors.

Phil, in return, offered the following reply, confirming that the sensors were in fact the same size on both models.

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Leaked photo hints at $29 repair fee for iPhone 7 Plus screen damage with AppleCare+ plan

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 10:57
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, photos, Rumor

It apparently pays to have AppleCare+ on your upcoming iPhone 7 Plus handset.

A leaked image shows the AppleCare+ screen replacement price for an iPhone 7 Plus being a mere $29 with prices for more extensive damage being listed alongside it.

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Sports Illustrated gets chance to play with iPhone 7 Plus camera at Vikings-Titans game, posts results online

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 05:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, photos
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The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras could be pretty damn spiffy.

Over the weekend, Sports Illustrated got a chance to try the new camera out on the iPhone 7 Plus. The pictures, taken at the Titans-Vikings game, show what the new 12-megapixel telephoto lens, complete with zooming capabilities, can do.

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Apple has yet to report iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus preorder numbers

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 05:13
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

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In what could be construed as a fairly prominent departure from years past, Apple apparently doesn’t plan to disclose first-weekend sales of its upcoming iPhone 7 handset.

Apple has disclosed the figures for its new iPhones the past eight years. Last year, for example, Apple said it sold 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones in their first three days of availability, up 30% from initial sales of the iPhone 6 models the prior year.

Some analysts and investors have viewed the numbers as a gauge of enthusiasm for the new phones. Apple said the figures are less relevant than in the past.

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Apple nixes $10,000 Gold Edition Apple Watch, replaces it with Ceramic model

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Date: Friday, September 9th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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The ultra-expensive $10,000 Apple Watch is no more.

In its place, Apple has released the $1,249 Ceramic model, which serves as Apple’s new top shelf unit.

Apple is currently touting the Ceramic model’s durability and scratch resistance as a luxury feature worth the extra money. The company is claiming that the proprietary metal is four times harder than steel and thus that much more durable.

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Apple increases iPad storage capacities across the board, nixes 16 GB models

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Date: Friday, September 9th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, retail

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While the focus of the Apple media event centered on the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple nixed the 16 GB model of its iPad variants and is now offering 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage capacities.

The iPad Pro has had the biggest shakeup with pricing on higher storage tiers falling. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro costs $599 for 32 GB, $699 for 128 GB, and $799 for 256 GB. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro costs $799 for 32 GB, 128 GB for $899 and 256 GB for $999.

The iPad Air 2 is now available in 32 GB and 12 GB capacities and can be purchased for $399 and $499. The iPad mini 4 is the same storage options and the same price points.

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Apple releases macOS Sierra, iOS 10 final candidates

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 13:11
Category: iOS, macOS, News, Sierra, Software

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After weeks of betas, it looks like the macOS Sierra and iOS 10 final candidates are ready to go and available for download.

In a recent email release, Apple cited that the new operating systems’ final candidates are available for download and installation. These mark the final stop prior to being released as version 1.0

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Apple announces Apple Watch Series 2, pre-orders to begin September 9th

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 05:04
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple took the wrapping off the second-gen Apple Watch today during its media event.

The new unit, dubbed the “Apple Watch Series 2”, boasts a dual-core processor, a brighter display, swim-proof capabilities and built-in GPS. This new model has a redesigned speaker to make it water-resistant down to 50 meters. Other than that, this updated smartwatch looks near-identical to the first Apple Watch, now known as Apple Watch Series 1, which was only splash-proof.

Unfortunately, the new unit lacks the much-anticipated cellular connectivity, meaning you’ll still need to pair it to an iPhone for data-heavy operations and calls.

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