Posts tagged with: Apple

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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    Smartphone demand might be on a steep downward trajectory worldwide, but at least stateside, customer satisfaction continues to improve, from an overall industry grade of 78 out of 100 last year to 79 based on feedback supplied between March 5 and 31 by 12,710 tech consumers chosen at random. Questioned about their “recent experiences with the largest telecommunications service providers and phone manufacturers”, these singled T-Mobile and Apple out as their respective segment’s leaders in terms of the way they cater to the buyer’s needs and requirements. That shouldn’t come as a ...

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    Apple has to stop the free fall of its tablets somehow, caused by general market saturation and demand decline, as well as Cupertino’s recent lack of innovation, and steady Microsoft Surface rise. Just making the iPad larger, then smaller again, clearly doesn’t cut it, and while Tim Cook refuses to lower the quality bar or simply slim down profit margins, desperate times call for desperate measures as far as third-party sellers are concerned. A couple of months after charging “only” $760 instead of $950 for a 128GB Wi-Fi-limited iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch screen, top-rated eBay ...

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    In the United States, when you talk about smartphones, you usually talk about how much of the rest of the market is affected by Apple's weight. Not the case anymore. In Counterpoint Research's latest Market Monitor report for the first quarter, Cupertino's lead on the other OEMs has been thinning out for the past year. It has dropped from 46 percent last year to 33 percent this year. While it still heads the pack, Samsung is nipping at the heels with a 28 percent share, 2 percent better than 2015. LG dropped 1 percent to 15 percent, but that's after seven straight quarters of gains. ...

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    If you've always wanted to charge your aluminium-bodied iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, Mophie is finally bringing some contact power to its product portfolio. Its Juice Pack Wireless products range has been extended from cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to those fruity little devices, plus different mounts for your desk or the car. The cases and pads are compatible with Qi and "virtually any wireless charging technology," — say, Powermat — have magnets to keep your phone upright and "plugged" and come in any color you want, as long as it's black. Okay, the Galaxy S7 Juice Pack does also ...

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    For the past several cycles, it has taken two years for Apple to make a numerated iteration in its iPhone series. Those years that we dub "S" years have usually been saved for major shifts in internals and software. But it's the design that catches the eye and with rumors of an all-glass iPhone coming out of Infinite Loop in the future, the company may need more time to make it happen properly. That, and Apple is starting to realize that it has simply run the smartphone to the ground. Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that it will "likely take three years between full-model changes of its ...

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    If you haven't had your fill of patent lawsuits last week, check out what the California Institute of Technology is filing against One Infinite Loop. Caltech hit Apple with the suit on Thursday for infringing upon its Wi-Fi patents. The university is alleging that its intellectual property was crucial to the 802.11n and 802.11ac standards and that every iPhone from the iPhone 5. Apple's Wi-Fi chip supplier, Broadcom, is actually the main plaintiff in the suit, but since Apple commands about 14 percent of its business, Caltech believes Cupertino is fair game. The Wi-Fi chips aren't the ...

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    Is it still fair game to call Xiaomi a startup? It's had the typical meteoric rise that successful firms have had and it's getting out of its first major rut in sales with the release of a new flagship or two. The Chinese manufacturer's CEO, Lei Jun, is thanking supporters for helping it top the home market in April. Specifically, the Sino Market Research report said that Xiaomi got 26 percent of the market. It didn't signify whether the numbers were for sales or shipments. Huawei and Honor, while technically separate, come within striking distance of Xiaomi at a combined 23.7 percent. ...

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    The iPhone is a very expensive mobile device that can come with very little native storage. Complaint after complaint from the tech media has criticized Cupertino and several other manufacturers for the folly of its baseline memory option of 16GB. To the healthy smartphone user with an Apple in their eye, this rumor should be a relief. Kevin Wang directs market research at IHS Technology, a Chinese research firm. He also has a Weibo account. And based on his research, Wang told microbloggers all around that the "new iPhone's RAM will still be 2GB, ROM starts from 32GB." As application ...

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    The most profitable company on the face of the earth is confronted with a nearly unprecedented rough patch, as mobile device sales in general and iPhone demand in particular appears to dwindle, especially on the Western hemisphere. China and India could come to Apple’s rescue, at least until the radically redesigned AMOLED iPhone 7s of next year enters the picture, but as long as Tim Cook refuses to "lower the quality bar" and pander to budget-conscious audiences, share in the world’s two largest markets is unlikely to dramatically build up. Cupertino won’t be allowed favorable legal ...

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    Three countries in Europe are now "trading up with installments" with anticipation that more will be on the way. Apple's new combined trade-in and financing program is no longer exclusive to the US — if only for a limited time. France, Italy and Spain are the latest territories to roll-out the scheme, all with the same promise: give your working iPhone (4s or later) in good condition and you'll pay less for an iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus over 24 months. Unlike the US version of the program that is backed by Citizens One Financing, there's interest on these programs. Over in ...

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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    Is Memorial Day the new Black Friday? Hopefully not, as we don’t need another occasion for frantic bargain hunters to literally fight to the death for TVs, phones and home appliances they generally already own. Still, it’s sure nice to see HTC, Microsoft and now Best Buy in a giving mood until Monday, May 30, with the latter retailer arguably stealing the other two’s thunder by shaving a cool $200 off a trio of Apple Watches. And no, we’re not talking entry-level Apple Watch Sport configurations for a change, but rather more robust, better-looking and typically, much pricier ...

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    Let's cap this comparison on price. We're still months away from new iPhones and Nexii, but what about folks who just need to buy a phone today? We're looking at the mid-pack offerings from Google and Apple, and we're staying just under a $400 limit. We're pitting the Nexus 5X against the iPhone SE, and these two compete fairly well on paper. Both have solid cameras. Both phones have fingerprint sensors. Both devices should receive timely updates from their respective manufacturers. Yet, these two are also VERY different animals in terms of screen size, screen resolution, and overall build ...

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    We’re a year into a tech transition. Cables and ports are a big deal. Regardless if you use Android, Windows, or iOS on your phone, you likely have some gadget or accessory with a Micro USB port. Micro USB has become a phenomenally well represented standard, but to move into a new era of devices and services, even a port this ubiquitous eventually needs to evolve. The new standard is USB Type C, and it’s already arrived on a handful of devices. Current Nexus phones, HTC 10, LG G5, OnePlus, and the Lumia 950 all sport this new symmetrical port. So what does USB Type C do? How is it ...

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    Verizon's taking dollars off the board on a few older phones and one very new phone. You just need to get onto the network and not pay off for the device all at once (so much for you devil-opers out there). The Checkmark network is taking $100 off the price of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, LG V10. The discount also applies to the all-new HTC 10 as well. All you have to do is pay for the phone on a new 24-month device payment plan. The discount takes off some $4.18 per payment. Psst... @Verizon customers, right now you can snag an #HTC10 online for $100 off. Don't ...

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    Let's talk about audio. How our phones handle music and media is often overlooked for more impressive visuals. Playing games or streaming films looks better on camera. Video game performance can be used to rank phone performance, as most apps really don't tax our gadgets that severely. "Benchmarking" often means looking at artificial test designed to grade CPU and GPU power with scores relative only to how other devices complete the same artificial test scenario. Audio is a bit different though. From listening to music, playing games, or watching films, audio is a vital usage for many ...

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    While Samsung Pay arguably eclipses its iOS-compatible digital wallet rival in convenience, with both NFC and MST support, also driving fast adoption thanks to frequent compelling deals and freebies, it still can’t hold a candle to Apple Pay in terms of global availability. The same obviously goes for Android Pay, which like its Galaxy-supporting competitor is only live in a few countries, with Cupertino today adding Singapore to a much heftier list that includes the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and China as well. Technically, Singapore was first introduced to on-the-go, super-secure ...

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    With Amazon's runaway pace found in Alexa and the products based on that service, the voice assistant has gotten very popular with other tech companies. Google Assistant (and Google Home) and Microsoft's army of bots are on their way for the future. If Apple announces its own measure, it will be the last to do so at this year's WWDC. The Information reports that Apple will indeed be opening up Siri with an SDK and announcing an Echo competitor at the conference. Siri will likely hook onto Apple's existing services such as iCloud, HomeKit, HealthKit (we think the company will find a way ...

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    The last thing you think of when you hear about a "modular smartphone" would be Apple. It's not Project Ara, it's not PuzzlePhone, it's not even a Fairphone. An iPhone is all about what's on the phone and the accessories you can get for it. Well, case maker OtterBox has an idea of what accessories you'll want to get for your iPhone and it starts with its uniVERSE case. The uniVERSE case supports the current and last generations of iPhones and can plug into a whole bunch of third-party attachments made by SanDisk, olloclip, Square and many others. You can pop an extended battery in through ...

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    Apple isn't a startup, but CEO Tim Cook took the time to share his thoughts with blooming entrepreneurs at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today. Part of the talk was dedicated to shutting down rumors that pointed to the electronics titan would head into the wireless business once and for all. At a talk hosted by former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Cook furthered a previous denial about an Apple MVNO effort: Our expertise doesn’t extend to the network. We’ve worked with AT&T in the US, O2 in the UK, as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But ...

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    Going from zero to 13 million in less than a year is certainly remarkable, even by Apple’s standards, but the hottest, hippest audio streaming service out there still lags massively behind market veteran and undisputed heavyweight champ Spotify in terms of paid subscribers. Of course, in order to continue to resist the mounting Apple Music challenge, the 2008-launched freemium app for your phones, tablets and desktops can’t afford any missteps as far as pricing goes. Thankfully, Spotify realized just that, and taking a page from both Cupertino and Google’s playbooks, it finally ...

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    It’s not only China that should make Apple investors nervous on the heels of a steep Q1 decline in global iPhone sales, as the world’s most profitable corporation seems to have little room for growth in many Western markets as well, while a few emerging ones aren’t warming up to costly iDevices yet. India in particular feels like a major concern for CEO Tim Cook, who visited the country for the first time last week to chiefly try to persuade Prime Minister Narendra Modi into giving refurbished iPhones his blessing. That reportedly didn’t work out so well, as the Indian government ...

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    iPad Pro owners must be really suffering from the iOS 9.3.2 bug right now as they'd really appreciate a little development like this one. The first beta for iOS 9.3.3 came out today, but developer Luca Tedesco claims on Twitter that he was able to slap on Cydia in a snap. Well, that was a breakneck jailbreak. plz send moar hate pic.twitter.com/A0FgrlSiqK — qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) May 23, 2016 Tedesco had previously cracked open iOS 9.3, but did not make his beta version public. Just like he did for iOS 9.2.1. We expect that his request for "moar hate" will keep this jailbreak ...

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    Let's talk iPhone audio once again. Because the headphone jack just wasn't enough. Through NowhereElse.fr, we see this example of what is said to be an Italian-manufactured accessory case for the iPhone 7. Two things strike out in this design: number one, the four speakers adorning each corner of the device and; number two, the rearranged ports for the camera equipment on the back. It's amazing how both changes make way for the other in the slightest of ways. That vertically-aligned port layout is similar to the one found on the iPad Pro and would be better suited than a horizontal layout ...

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    Applied Materials doesn't often come up in our discussion of who makes what in a typical iPhone, especially when next year's iPhones come to mind. But while we can talk about Catcher Technology's confidence despite an all-glass iPhone in 2017, let's talk about another favorite iPhone 7s/iPhone 8 aspect, the OLED screen. Samsung and LG are among the several manufacturers getting some display work with many, many others saying they also are. But many of their factories need new machines that don't make LCD panels like they have for so long. That's where Applied Materials comes in — it is ...

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