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Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

Last year I wrote a piece poking fun at Apple’s marketing campaign claiming its iPad Pro can replace a laptop. I was hardly the only tech writer who felt that way at the time — after all, the iPad’s OS is basically a blown up version of a mobile phone OS, lacking the ability to truly multi-task more than two apps at once or basic (yet crucial) PC things like having access to your files. But that still didn’t stop devoted Apple fans from getting upset with me.

Well, Apple has worked hard in the past year to make even doubters like myself shut up. I’m currently typing this article on the relatively new (released a month and half ago) iPad Pro 10.5-inch with a beta version of iOS 11, and … everything is going fine. In fact, I’ve been using this device as my work laptop for the past few hours and I haven’t pulled my hair out.

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iPhone 8 has already had incredible reveals and this includes several Forbes exclusives, but now Apple AAPL -1.00% itself has focused attention on significant new upgrades…

The ever reliable 9to5Mac brings these new details and Apple iself is again the source with its new HomePad beta software revealing the iPhone 8 will not only skip Touch ID but look to replace it entirely with a commercially untested ‘Face ID’ facial recognition system for both logistics and pay. The hope will be Apple can succeed where others, notably Samsung, failed.

 

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It’s hard to say when exactly the inflection point came. Was there was a single point in time that the devices in our pockets became computers first and phones as a distant second? Was it the original iPhone, released 10 years ago today? Perhaps it was the iPhone 3G, which added faster internet, or the iPhone 5, which supported LTE. Or maybe it was iPhone OS 2, which opened up the App Store for developers to create their own communication platforms outside of SMS and voice calls.

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The iPhone 8 rumor machine has been running at a high gear, so much so that Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks it’s affecting current iPhone sales. Even though it doesn’t work and isn’t Apple’s final iPhone (we don’t even know where this mockup came from), the unofficial prototype gives us an idea of what the iPhone 8 could look like in real life, and not just in a rendering.

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The upcoming Apple smartphone has recently been rumoured in two variants, one with the fingerprint sensor embedded at the font, underneath the display and another with the sensor placed at the back. But none of them is to have a curved screen which was long rumoured on the so called anniversary edition. A new leak has confirmed the same.

The new leak comes in form of CAD renders from Onleaks that suggest how the iPhone 8 might look. There are characteristics of the design that reveal it won’t be anything like the Samsung’s Galaxy S8. What appears at a closer look is a display topped with a 2.5D curved glass and extremely narrow bezels, probably like the LG G6.

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For months now the leaks have all been in alignment: the radically redesigned iPhone 8 (I predict simply ‘iPhone’), will be very expensive. In fact a price tag starting at over $1,000 is the common consensus. Until now…

In a new report from global financial services giant UBS , company analyst Steven Milunovich reveals Apple AAPL -0.50%’s pricing structure of its 2017 iPhones is expected to be dramatically lower than previously expected. Obtained by MacRumors, the report also says we can thank Samsung for Apple’s pricing rethink.

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In 2017 iPhones will change radically and new information has revealed a triple upgrade that will ensure we never look at these smartphones in quite the same way again…

In a research note obtained by long running Apple AAPL -0.15% site MacRumors, multinational banking and financial services company Barclays has revealed all Apple’s next generation of iPhones will have new screen technology.

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KrebsOnSecurity recently featured the story of a Brazilian man who was peppered with phishing attacks trying to steal his Apple iCloud username and password after his wife’s phone was stolen in a brazen daylight mugging. Today, we’ll take an insider’s look at an Apple iCloud phishing gang that appears to work quite closely with organized crime rings — within the United States and beyond  — to remotely unlock and erase stolen Apple devices.

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Apple   has long faced a tricky balancing act when it comes to selling cheaper iPhones. With manufacturing costs for older and/or less advanced models likely in the $200 range or below, the company can easily sell such iPhones at lower price points while still turning a profit, and in doing so take share from mid-range Android rivals. But when a company is selling over 200 million phones annually at an average selling price (ASP) well north of $600, it’s hard to blame it for being cautious about how much it moves down-market, given the risk of potentially cannibalizing sales of pricier models.

 

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The past few months we have seen a bunch of speculations saying that Apple will launch a new third variant of the iPhone this year. Almost everyday we head something around the iPhone and today we are hearing that the third variant will be the iPhone 8 featuring a stainless steel frame and a glass front and back finish.

The tip comes from Taiwanese website DigiTimes, which is known to keep tabs on Apple’s supply chain.

 

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