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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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What will the new iPad mini 5 – or ‘iPad Pro mini’ – look like, and when will it launch in the UK? We explore the clues, evidence and speculation about the next iPad mini’s release date, new features, design changes and more in our iPad mini 5 rumour round-up. Plus: our wishlist of new features we’d like to see in the iPad mini 5

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Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters.

Responding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget’s sell-through – a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers’ shelves – reached a new high.

Cook’s comments followed a report on Monday from technology research firm IDC estimating that the tech giant sold 1.1 million units of the Apple Watch during the third quarter of 2016, down 71 percent from the year-ago quarter. The comments offer a glimpse of the gadget’s performance during the holiday quarter, which is typically Apple’s strongest.

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Apple has said in comments to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is “excited” about the potential use of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

The company’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner wrote that Apple is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”

 

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An Apple ad launch often creates a bit of a fanfare, and its latest, “Bulbs,” for the new MacBook Pro, has already clocked up more than 1.7 million views on YouTube since its launch on November 17.

The ad features a series of light bulbs bursting, in a montage showing inventions and discoveries such as the steam engine, gravity, binoculars, the typewriter and even a loo roll.

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Apple has launched a new repair program for a widely reported on iPhone 6 Plus hardware malfunction known as “touch disease,” which renders the touchscreen useless and manifests as a thin grey line at the top the display. According to Apple, however, this flaw is caused by dropping the phone repeatedly. The company says it will not cover the cost of a repair and will ask those affected by the issue to pay $149 to have it fixed. That might not sit too well with the iPhone owners who filed class action lawsuits against Apple over the touch disease issue.

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WHAT would you expect to pay for a coffee-table book that chronicles 20 years of Apple design?

Quite a bit if you go by the price tag selected by the tech giant.

In what could be described as a self-indulgent act, Apple is selling a coffee-table book containing 450 photographs of past and current products for $A429.00.

Admittedly, there is smaller version of the coffee table book for $A289, which some could argue is still a tad excessive.

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Ming-Chi Kuo is at it again. The KGI Securities analyst (widelyregarded as “the best Apple AAPL -0.11% analyst on the planet”) has revealed Apple has decided cancel the annual upgrade of arguably its most successful iPhone in 2016…

In a new research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo says Apple has decided not to release a 2017 update of the iPhone SE. The company’s budget friendly 4-inch handset has been a surprise critical and commercial hit and I recently argued it is a better buy than the iPhone 7.

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GPS, waterproofing, an app that reminds you to breathe: it’s pretty obvious that Apple wants its Series 2 Watch to be your go-to health tracker.

Thing is, how would it do in a 5-day test run as a wearable for a generally sedentary, deskbound kind of person? Having tried two Android Wear watches and a fitness band, this writer decided to see if an Apple Watch (Series 2) could do what the others failed to do: motivate a desk potato.
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