China outpaces U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:48
Category: App Store, iOS, News, retail, Software

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The Chinese user base is apparently even more app-crazy than its U.S. counterpart.

According to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie, the country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010.

Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior.

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Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5, makes reverting from iOS 10 to iOS 9 that much harder

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 05:59
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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It just got that much harder to revert from iOS 10 to iOS 9.

Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3.5, effectively preventing anyone already on iOS 10 from downgrading to iOS 9.

The company has stopped digital signing on iOS 10.0.1, making the latest versions of iOS —iOS 10.0.2, and 10.0.3 on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus the only releases anyone can install without unsupported workarounds.

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Apple announces “Hello again” media event for October 27th, expected to unveil next-gen MacBooks, other hardware

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 15:02
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C

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Some new Apple hardware is coming your way.

Apple just sent out the journalist invitations to a product unveiling at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. The event will take place next Thursday, October 27, at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

As usual, the invitation doesn’t specify what new hardware will be announced. Instead, it merely offers a “Hello again” tagline.

The going rumor is on updated Macs, since nothing but the 12-inch MacBook has been updated this year. The big rumor points to a next-gen MacBook Pro notebook, which is expected to include a set of touch-sensitive OLED keys to replace the function row along the top of the keyboard, allowing those keys to change based on the application you’re using.

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Rumor: Apple to release next-gen MacBooks this month, discontinue 11-inch MacBook Air units

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 05:06
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID

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Some interesting stuff has just come down the pipe about Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro notebooks.

A new report which cites a “reliable Chinese supplier” states that Apple plans to both announce the new MacBook Pro this month, as well as to ship it to retailers. As rumored in the past, the new MacBook Pros are expected to feature support for USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. As for other ports, though, Apple is said to be ditching support for traditional USB ports, as well as for MagSafe and Thunderbolt 2.

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Apple releases iOS 10.0.3 for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, looks to resolve cellular connectivity issue

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 05:49
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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If you’re rocking an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, the iOS 10.0.3 update is just for you.

Apple on Monday released its iOS 10.0.3 update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. The update addresses an issue that could cause the iPhone 7 to “temporarily lose cellular connectivity.” The workaround to the issue before the update was to turn off Voice over LTE.

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Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 to launch on October 28th

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2016, 05:34
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, retail, Wearables

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The Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch Series 2 is now set to go on sale come October 28th.

When Apple debuted the new Apple Watch units, it teased the Nike+ edition, then mentioned that the standard version would retail for $369.

As of now, French web site WatchGeneration noticed that Apple updated its own web site to reveal the October 28th launch date.

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Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units via U.S. online store

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:14
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

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Following tradition, Apple is now offering a SIM-free version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handset via its online store in the United States.

The SIM-free option allows customers to buy an unlocked iPhone without choosing a carrier.

SIM-free versions of the iPhone 7 Plus in all capacities list shipping estimates of three to four weeks, with the exception of the Jet Black SIM-free iPhone 7 Plus, which lists a shipping estimate of six to eight weeks.

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Rumor: Apple looking to acquire Sonder, currently developing smart/dynamic keyboard

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Hardware, Rumor

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Apple is apparently close to purchasing an Australian startup working on dynamic customizable keyboard.

The Sydney tech company Sonder has designed a smart keyboard that can be customised to accommodate any language, shortcut or custom icon, using the same E Ink display technology used by Kindle.

The acquisition of the company was first looked into when an Apple prototype using Sonder technology was seen at at an event at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

The Incubator Innoconn event was organised by Foxconn International Holdings, Apple’s manufacturing partner, for startups it has invested in..

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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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Mac shipments fall 13 percent in year-over-year comparison to third quarter of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, News, retail

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It looks like Apple will need some new blood in its Mac product line to stop its decline in sales.

According to a new report from IDC, third-quarter PC shipments declined by 3.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year, but Mac shipments dropped by 13 percent. PC shipments totaled 68 million units.

Still, IDC had predicted worse sales across the industry and the numbers were about 3.2 percent ahead of IDC’s initial projections.

In the top five PC companies, fourth-placed Apple registered the largest decline, with the 13 percent drop in Mac shipments. Apple’s Mac sales totaled 5 million units during the quarter, declining from 5.76 million units in the same quarter a year ago.

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