Apple leads in holiday device activations, down 5 percent year over year

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Date: Thursday, December 29th, 2016, 05:45
Category: Android, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Samsung, Software

The Christmas gifts have been exchanged, the Chanukah ones are being given this week and it looks like Apple is leading the pack in terms of smartphone activations for the 2016 holidays.

This year, 44% of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices with Samsung seeing 21%. While Samsung is slowly growing in popularity throughout the holiday season, up 1% from last year, Apple devices continue to be the gift to give. Holding the third and fourth positions for activations are Huawei and LG; which is remarkable, as both manufacturers do not have an individual device within the top 35 devices activated. Their high rank is likely due to the fact that they have wide variety of devices and affordable options (hundreds of phablet and medium phones) for consumers to choose from.

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Rumor: Apple to debut 5-inch iPhone with dual-camera system, three glass-backed iPhone models in 2017

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Date: Wednesday, December 28th, 2016, 05:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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There’s word of a 5-inch next-gen going around.

Japanese rumor site Mac Otakara, which tends to have a pretty reliable track record, has reported, via a Taiwanese supplier, that a 5-inch iPhone 7 with the unique vertical dual-camera system may be introduced as the medium-sized lineup for the iPhone 7 models.

Earlier this month, Mac Okatara reported that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would retain the aluminum design of the iPhone 7. However, the report said the new phones would come in an all-new red color. Multiple reports have stated that there will be three new iPhone models in 2017, including updated 4.7- and 5.5-inch models with LCD screens and a premium model with an OLED display and glass casing.

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Consumer Reports cites varying battery performance on 2016 MacBook Pros, holds back recommendation on new notebooks

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Date: Friday, December 23rd, 2016, 05:08
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar

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Consumer Reports feels there’s an issue with the 2016 MacBook Pro battery.

The publication, which has reviewed the notebook, Consumer Reports explained that while the new models held up well in terms of display quality and performance, the battery life issues were too big of an issue to overlook.

The organization tested three MacBook Pro variants: a 13-inch Touch Bar model, a 15-inch Touch Bar model, and a 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. The general consensus was that “MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.”

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Apple issues “Report Junk” feature for iCloud calendar users to address recent spam issue, macOS and iOS versions expected soon

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2016, 05:27
Category: iOS, macOS, News, Software

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If you’ve been annoyed by iCloud Calendar spam over the past few weeks, Apple may be working on a solution.

Recently, Apple has added a new “Report Junk” feature to its calendar program on iCloud.com. lets users remove spammy invites from their calendar and reports the sender to Apple for further investigation.

The feature is currently only available on Apple’s iCloud.com Calendar web app but it is likely to roll out to the iOS and Mac native Calendar in a future software update.

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ABC, Disney apps now support single sign-on feature

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Date: Friday, December 9th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Apple TV, iOS, iPad, News, Software

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The new single sign-on feature for iOS is looking pretty convenient and ABC and Disney have just come on board to support it.

Both the Watch ABC and Watch Disney apps for Apple TV and iOS will now automatically log you in if you’ve entered your cable or satellite credentials into the new settings menu.

The feature currently works with iPhone, iPad and the current-gen Apple TV, albeit some apps only support single sign-on with certain devices for now. In the case of ESPN, yet another Disney-owned business, single sign-on has yet to be enabled for the company’s streaming apps.

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Apple now allows users to book repairs via Apple Authorized Service Providers through support web site

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 05:02
Category: Apple, AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, News

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It’s a quiet update, but it makes a difference.

Apple recently updated its Support web site to include a feature that allows users to find and schedule repairs for iPhones, Macs, and iPads from Apple Authorized Service Providers.

When troubleshooting a product, choosing “Bring in for Repair” after going through Apple’s support prompts now brings up all repair centers near a customer, including Apple’s own retail stores and retail locations where customers can get repairs from Apple Authorized Service Providers.

The site includes nearly all local Apple Authorized Service Providers and lists availability for the fastest repairs and same-day service. There’s also an option to book a repair directly from the site.

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Apple links iPhone 6s battery/unexpected shutdown issues to overextended air exposure during manufacturing

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Date: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, 05:58
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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Apple has apparently figured out what the cause of its iPhone 6s battery flaws and unexpected shutdowns was.

The company released a short note linking the issues to mistakes made during the manufacturing process:

“We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs,” Apple wrote on its Chinese website. “As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur.”

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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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Rumor: Apple to see its best iPhone sales in 2017, will include wireless charging, glass chassis across entire range of new models

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Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 05:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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A new report from analytical firm KGI has Apple as having its biggest iPhone sales ever come 2017. The new estimates, which cover three anticipated new models, will empower Apple growth with ‘unprecedented’ demand. KGI expects the new phones may sell between 120-150 million units in the second half of next year, eclipsing the previous sales record set by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The firm believes that the new form-factor premium OLED iPhone model will encourage high-end customers to upgrades their devices while the low-end 4.7-inch model will feature wireless charging, a glass chassis and attract the lower-end of the market.

KGI reiterates what the firm has said before, in that Apple will debut three new iPhones in 2017: one major redesign (colloquially dubbed ‘iPhone 8’) and two iterative updates to the existing 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

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Rumor: Apple testing out more than 10 different iPhone prototypes, focusing on OLED displays for the future

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2016, 07:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone prototypes are here.

And they are both varied.

A number of sources have claimed Apple will launch its first iPhone with a curved OLED display next year.

A new report claims an OLED version could be introduced as one of several new iPhone models unveiled next year, but it would have a higher price tag than current iPhone models.

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