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Founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Apple is the most valuable tech company in the World. Apple started as a computer company but today it has become one of the largest smartphone producing companies in the world. Other than iPhone, Apple is well known for its products such as iPods, iPad, iTunes, and Macs. The company's latest smartphone was iPhone 4, that is widely praised for its hardware as well as software. Apple's portable devices are powered by iOS mobile operating system. Read our Apple coverage for the latest iPhone news, reviews and videos:

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    In case you can't tell, we're in sort of an Apple wrap-up mode right now, bringing you tidbits on stories from multiple sources that all add up to something that's hopefully a little more interesting than their constituent parts. We just told you the latest on what's going on with the FBI's interest in iPhone hacking, and now we're turning our attention to Apple's own efforts to fix some iOS bugs, as the company corrects some buggy Siri behavior and releases its very latest iOS beat for developers. Siri's voice control can be a great way to easily access disparate parts of Apple's ...

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    Late last month, the saga of the FBI and its locked iPhone 5c reached what seemed like an uneventful end, as the government backed down from its demands that Apple help break its own product in an effort to discover what, if any useful information might be stored on a handset once owned by terrorists. After Apple's big legal showdown fizzled out, where are we left? In the time since the feds told Apple they wouldn't be needing its help after all, we've continued to follow this story and its possible repercussions. This week we get a couple new updates, including word about our chances of ...

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    Smartphones give their users tons of control over what they can do with them, letting them outfit their handsets with the apps of their choice. At least, that's true for software we install ourselves, but what about the native apps that arrive with our phones? Those can include some incredibly useful titles, but all too often there are more than a few we could do without. If we could simply remove the unwanted apps, that would be one thing, but restrictions have a nasty habit of preventing us from doing so. That's the case with iOS and its system apps right now, but last summer Tim Cook ...

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    Even though the global smartphone market has arguably reached a saturation point after many years of constant, spectacular growth, and tablets are slowly heading towards oblivion, Apple remains too stubborn to enforce discounts on iDevices that no longer sell like hotcakes. Thankfully, third-party retailers seem to have promptly realized the just-released 9.7-inch iPad Pro threatens the mainstream popularity of its 12.9-inch sibling, putting the jumbo-sized model on sale already. Amazon currently asks $715 and up instead of $800 for a 32GB configuration, as little as $840 for a 128 gig ...

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    What Apple might call "business as usual" may be too overbearing for French regulators to take sitting down. The General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control has requested that Apple repay several national carriers to the sum of €40.5 million with an additional €8 million in fines. This as the agency points out some troubling clauses in carriage contracts for the iPhones. Apple commanded minimum orders and was able to use carriers' patents and branding at-will. Meanwhile, carriers were stuck paying for in-store and external advertising and part of any ...

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    Smartphone security is all about balance, finding ways to deliver the functionality and convenience we desire while taking reasonable steps to keep our data secure: go too nuts with the security precautions and the phone becomes a pain to use (or maybe worse, only performs the most basic operations), but dial things back too far and you've got a wide-open phone that's not doing enough to keep private information private. Apple's long struggled with how to deliver the convenience of Siri voice control while still enforcing device security, and over the years we've seen no shortage of ...

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    While early US adopters of mobile payment services can currently try out a smorgasbord of digital wallet apps, developed by Apple, Samsung, Google and even Walmart, at millions of retail locations nationwide, things are a lot more complicated and limited on British shores. Although Apple Pay launched in the UK just nine months after debuting stateside, and it’s been a full nine months since, both Samsung Pay and Android Pay seem to be putting off their local introductions until they get enough financial institutions on board. Speaking of, not even Apple Pay enjoyed the approval of all ...

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    While a number of teardowns have shown the just-released iPhone SE to be extremely similar to the larger, much pricier 6s in terms of internal components, the 4-incher still greatly resembles the 2013-unveiled 5s on the outside. With a bill of materials also estimated at a fraction of iPhone 6s production costs, it’s only natural to expect certain build quality compromises in store for the $400 and up SE. We’re not talking major corner-cutting here, and alarming resulting frailty, but you’ll need to be a little more careful than usual to not drop or harm the device. According to ...

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    It’s the same old story we're almost too familiar with. No matter what type of upgrades new iPhones or iPads bring to the table, Apple gets richer and richer with every unit sold. Even the tech giant’s most affordable gadgets yield massive profits, offsetting a fairly disappointing box-office start. As you know now that the iPhone SE has been torn down and rigorously inspected under the hood twice, many of its components seem to be borrowed from past generations, thus greatly reducing production costs. How greatly? A preliminary estimate by IHS puts the so-called bill of materials ...

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    With plenty of reservations and $3.5 billion, Foxconn finds itself the majority shareholder of Sharp. Now what will they do? "I am committed to make speedy investments in Sharp to help develop the next-generation display technology," Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said when the two companies met in Osaka to seal the deal. That display technology is OLED — something Samsung does so well in, it makes more than 95 percent of the market supply according to research firm Sigma Intell. As Apple is reportedly scouting out as many sources for as many displays as possible for an iPhone without an ...

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    Apple may have to weather out not just a plateau in financial success, but a decline. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has rewound his estimates of total iPhone shipments for 2016. As opposed to the Street figures between 210 million to 230 million, Kuo's target number centers around the 200 million mark with his bet weighed towards the lower end of his range. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus sales have been tepid and early returns from the iPhone SE indicate meager checkouts for that product. Kuo believes that demand from new markets has not made up for falling demand in developed ...

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    While Apple sells relatively expensive smartphones, it does want to pry open another avenue of sales growth: India, a country with low per capita income. With the iPhone SE selling for more than a third of an Indian's average annual income and total market share at two percent, the company is asking the government for permission to import and export used products for sale in the country. But the Mobile and Communications Council, a committee formed by manufacturers with large presences in India like Micromax, Intex and Samsung, is against the idea. Karbonn's chairman said that the ...

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    Apple's next iPhone is likely to do a lot of things differently, as we'd only expect from a year where Apple doesn't pull any of this “s” action and actually bumps its model number up to 7. That could include stuff like an edge-to-edge display with no side bezels, new look for the phone's antenna stripe, or dropping the familiar analog headphone jack in favor of a digital Lightning-driven listening solution. One of the biggest rumors we've heard suggested for Apple's iPhone 7 design has been the idea that the manufacturer could introduce a wildly new camera design, outfitting at least ...

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    Classifying the iPhone SE is proving more difficult than we might have imagined. It's Apple's entry level iPhone option, but pricing is mid-pack in North America, and some of the tech on tap is top tier. While the design is a recycle from the iPhone 5S, the SE represents one of the more exciting moves from Apple of late. Instead of relying on older phones to fill in price gaps in the iPhone line up, this phone was purpose built to offer a less expensive, but still premium solution to price conscious shoppers. It also shows that Apple has learned from the abysmal failure which was the ...

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    Apple's introduction of the iPhone SE has been interesting to watch for a number of reasons, presenting us with new questions about just how and why Apple shoppers choose the hardware they do. Is it the four-inch size of the iPhone SE that will prove most attractive? Or is it the phone's comparatively low (to flagship models) price point? Will releasing it off-cycle from the fall's iPhone help or hurt sales? Last week we took an early look at sales data, but only had access to pre-order figures at the time. By now, the smartphone has been fully released, letting us see if its first weekend ...

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    While some hardcore iFans may choose to blindly trust their heroes and pre-order new iPhones or iPads without waiting to check out hands-on previews, unboxing videos and rigorous reviews, many prospective buyers these days go the cautious route. That often includes probing the internals of a just-launched iDevice not only through synthetic benchmarks. You also have iFixit to be grateful of for the most thorough, information-packed and quick teardown inspections. The latest such destructive/educational material puts the spotlight on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s guts, which are predictably ...

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    An Arkansas prosecutor's office was the first local law enforcement agency to request the FBI's help to decrypt a case-critical iPhone. It's expected to be the first of many — we know of quite a few requests for Apple to decrypt iPhones that may be retracted and sent instead to the FBI. "As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners," the FBI said in a letter to local authorities. "Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints." That help may ...

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    There’s an old saying that goes, “it’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” And if that was going to be the crux of my argument, this article would already be over. But the fact remains that you and I have a pretty expensive hobby in smartphones and especially flagships. So, if it’s only worth what someone will pay, then we’re clearly all willing to pay quite a bit. But then these tear-downs come out and we find out just how much it actually costs to build these phones from a physical component perspective. Often the cost is 1/3 of the retail price of these units, ...

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    Trust us, we don't really think of Walmart as the first place we'd buy our smartphones from, but given the right circumstances, you just might. So, when Walmart goes out and says that it's discounting all stock of iPhones and Galaxy phones. Be it the iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s, heck, maybe even the iPhone 5c, you'll get $100 off. Galaxy S7? Galaxy S6? Galaxy S5 Active, even? Sure, those are $150 off. Here are the catches, though: the phone must be purchased on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint — Walmart was able to get agreements with those three carriers, but not T-Mobile — and must be ...

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    The iPhone SE still has that new car smell. We just recently unboxed the phone and shared our first impressions, but what have we learned about it during the first day of use?Apple's mini-mid-ranger is checking a lot of the right boxes, and doing so while making a pretty compelling price argument. Sure, the screen is smaller and lower resolution than many people might be used to since the iPhone 6, but pairing that screen with the A9 processor and 12MP camera from the iPhone 6S makes for a snappy and powerful gadget. First day of battery life? Early audio impressions? Design? Ergonomics? ...

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    It didn’t take long for a group of skilled and resourceful engineers to pry open the newly released iPhone SE and give us a quick look under the hood, confirming what everyone kind of already suspected. This is by no means an entirely “new” device, recycling a number of key components from the ancient iPhone 5s, as well as last year’s 6s. And yes, describing the 2016 4-incher as a 6s mini seems largely accurate. But oddly enough, the SE appears to borrow something else from the 5s besides the overall design language and form factor. The two are just as tricky to fix for ...

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    The iPhone SE is a curious little beastie. Apple recycled the chassis from the four inch screened iPhone 5S, including the same Retina resolution, and then packed in the top of the line A9 processor and 12MP camera from the flagship iPhone 6S. On paper, this seems like it should be really to explain and categorize, but this is only Apple's second attempt at building a new phone specifically for the mid range market. In years past, Apple would simply reduce the price of the one and two year old iPhones when releasing a new phone.The SE manages to disrupt Apple's pricing strategy, but ...

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    Apple’s “most stable” new software release “in years”? Please, iOS 9.3 has been riddled with the oddest bugs since day one, and while its first sub-point maintenance update managed to mend a few system flaws, at least another remains unfixed. What’s really infuriating is iPhone users on Sprint have been complaining both online and directly to the carrier about erratic connectivity for over a week now, and it took the Now Network all this time to even acknowledge the problem. They say an error confessed is half forgiven, but of course, Sprint needs to actually roll out a ...

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    Based on four days of availability, the iPhone SE isn't a surprise hit, saleswise. And it's that lack of surprise that's hurting Apple suppliers right now. Digitimes, tapping its inside sources, is reporting that chip manufacturers have gotten marginal increases in orders from Apple. Component orders intended for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus may be down as much as half in this quarter. Meantime, factories will churn out parts for four to five million iPhone SEs. Analysts are planning on 15 million shipments for the year. The contract slump continues for those paying Apple as the piper. ...

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    It's said that Verizon has the most cellular subscribers in the country because of its astounding performance and coverage. Barring the marketing wars between the tier-one carriers, the 'ol checkmark would always want a little more money beyond the filled treasure chest it has — $131.6 billion in FY2015 — from charging some of the highest service rates and fees to maintain, improve and expand that coverage. So goes the ploy as the company is to announce a $20 upgrade fee on phones purchased from Verizon through an installment plan, annual upgrade plan or at full retail price. The ...

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