Robbers snag 313 iPhone X units being delivered to San Francisco Apple Store location

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 04:39
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, retail

It’s not quite the equivalent of the bank robbery scene in “Heat”, but it’s getting there. On Wednesday, three “husky” men in hoodies driving a white Dodge van broke into a UPS truck Wednesday while it was parked outside a San Francisco Apple Store.

The UPS truck was delivering 313 iPhone X units to the Apple Store, wherein the robbery itself occurred between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PT.

The total value of the stolen merchandise was estimated to be more than $370,000. The iPhone X, which becomes available in stores Friday, starts at $999 apiece. The suspects have yet to be caught.

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Qualcomm files suit against Apple, cites breach of contract, unchecked access to development resources

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 03:47
Category: Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News, Processors

On Wednesday, chipmaker Qualcomm filed suit against Apple, claiming Apple has failed to abide by the terms of a software license and said it may have used its unprecedented access to that code to help Qualcomm-rival Intel Corp.

The two companies are now engaged in a lawsuit over technology licensing fees that Qualcomm charges for patents. Apple has stated that Qualcomm is charging too much and has leveraged its strong market position in chips illegally. Qualcomm has countered that Apple, one of its largest customers, has lied to regulators in an unfair attempt to bully it into charging less.

Apple currently uses Qualcomm’s chips as modems without its devices to communicate with cellular networks. Apple has widened its supplier base to include Intel for some of the chips, beginning with the iPhone 7. The company has yet to respond to requests seeking comment.

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Apple initiates Reserve and Pickup system for iPhone X units in some countries

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Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 03:31
Category: iPhone, News, retail

Following a successful preorder launch, Apple on Tuesday updated a handful of international websites to reflect new iPhone X Reserve and Pickup options set to begin on Nov. 4, giving customers another route to purchase.

Over in Australia, Belgium, and the U.K., customers will have the option to show up and reserve an iPhone X unit at 6 AM on November 4th. Potential iPhone X buyers in Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland and UAE will be able to place their reservation at 8 a.m. that day as well.

Upon arrival, buyers will complete a short form online, wherein they’ll be issued a unique registration code and have 30 minutes to visit the store they selected to complete the transaction.

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Apple allows YouTube personalities early access to iPhone X, initial video reports posted

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 03:03
Category: Face ID, iPhone, News, Processors, retail

Because, as mentioned before, you literally can’t outrun social media, Apple recently invited a number of YouTube channels to try out the highly-anticipated device at a nondescript building in New York City.

The YouTubers tested out the assorted functions of the iPhone X including the camera, wireless charging, Animoji, Face ID and others, then posted their findings online.

So far, the reviews seem to be largely positive, with users citing the A11 processor, fun with Animoji, minor frustrations with the new interface and the learning curve of not having a Touch ID button on this model

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Initial iPhone X packaging, unboxing pictures and videos begin to surface online

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 03:41
Category: iPhone, News, retail

You can’t beat the speed of social media.

Although the iPhone X has yet to arrive anywhere in the world, Twitter user Benjamin Geskin began shooting images and videos of the new handset to the Internet over the weekend. The resulting images include the iPhone X in its retail handset as well as shared images of the iPhone X stacked and ready to ship.

Unlike the iPhone 8’s rear-focus cover art, the iPhone X packaging depicts the smartphone’s large OLED display.

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Apple announces $279 price for non-AppleCare+ iPhone X screen repairs

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017, 05:48
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, iPhone, News

It’s best not to drop your brand new iPhone X.

Or, if you do, make sure it has an AppleCare+ plan covering it.

Apple has announced that a repair for the iPhone X screen will retail for $279 and $99 for any other damage up to two instances without an AppleCare+ plan.

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Apple posts carrier compatibility specs for upcoming iPhone X launch

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017, 05:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

As with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, the iPhone X won’t have the same carrier compatibility for all variants.

While GSM is the standard for most carriers around the globe, Sprint and Verizon in the U.S. still use CDMA. Apple hasn’t shared the iPhone X’s exact cellular specifications on its website, but it has stated that the AT&T and T-Mobile variants will be GSM only and won’t work with Verizon and Sprint.

The company has also announced that all models are unlocked, but that the Verizon and Sprint models will have the most carrier flexibility, until Apple offers a SIM-free version.

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Rumor: Apple acquires InVisage, purchases possible image technologies for use in upcoming camera systems

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

Apple has reportedly snagged yet another image technology company, or at least hired some of its core staff away.

Per Image Sensors World, two anonymous sources claimed that Apple may have acquired InVisage.

The blog highlighted that InVisage is no longer listed as a current investment in the portfolios of venture capital firms Nokia Growth Partners and InterWest Partners.

InVisage also removed a news page and a list of employee profiles from its website, compared to an archived version from February. Many companies acquired by Apple in the past have simplified or even removed their websites.

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Apple to have iPhone X units available in limited quantities at Apple Store locations on November 3rd

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Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 05:59
Category: AppleCare+, iPhone, News, retail

This is one of those times where it might just pay to camp outside an Apple Store.

Apple on Tuesday announced that it will have limited inventory of the iPhone X available for walk-in customers on November 3rd. Still, the company added that customers are “encouraged to arrive early” given limited inventory.

The iPhone X launches in more than 55 countries and territories on Nov. 3, where it will be available in Apple retail stores starting at 8 a.m. local time. Preorders start this Friday, Oct. 27, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific, 3:01 a.m. Eastern.

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Apple offers early iPhone X pre-order access to iPhone Upgrade Program members

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:18
Category: iPhone, News, retail

This is one of the perks of being part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.

Apple is now enabling IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.

The ‘head start’ on Monday appears to only apply to customers already enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and doesn’t necessarily guarantee launch day inventory. The process instead is intended to let upgraders complete the loan eligibility process through Apple, which partners with insurance firm Citizens One, before the official pre-order period kicks off at 12:01 am PDT on Friday, October 27.

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