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    High-quality smartphone speakers, flexible OLED screens, interchangeable Apple Pencil tips, and Apple Watch-style digital crown mechanisms for other iDevices are just a few of the Cupertino-based giant’s plans the US Patent and Trademark Office disclosed in the past six months or so. But while some of these, including dual rear cameras, could definitely help the iPhone 7 (6SE?) and looming new iPads stand out from previous generations, as well as provide hardware evolution a vast majority of consumers actually want, others would be met with such controversy they’re better left ...

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    The AppleCare+ warranty extension program looks pretty sweet and straightforward at first glance. For an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, it covers two accidental damage incidents up to two years from your original purchase date, and it only costs $130 upfront, as well as $100 for each major repair. Repair isn’t exactly the right word, since Cupertino will replace your broken 6s or 6s Plus with a brand-new unit under the terms of this agreement. Or any other iDevice, for that reason, with varying fees. Meanwhile, standard AppleCare warranties merely have your backs for 12 months, and offer no ...

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    We've been following iOS 10 beta since it's initial launch at WWDC 2016. This is definitely one of Apple's best and most reliable updates ever since the company's initial rebound with iOS 7. We're still months away from the final public release, but the beta program continues to progress. Apple has just launched iOS 10 beta 3 to developers. Sadly the company isn't really specific over what improvements we can find when compared to beta 2. The only thing Cupertino mentions is that these are bug fixes and improvements to previous launches. Beta 2 was notorious for its unreliable battery life ...

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    The second iOS 10 beta for developers is out and people have been digging up little changes from feature recalls, new icons and plenty of options. 3D Touch options have been revised in the Control Center. Your organ donation preference is available to toggle in the Health app. Oh, and we have a new home button action: you can now rest your finger to unlock your device. It's a convenience measure that takes away the enforced extra tap of the home button to get away from the lock screen in the first developer beta. It also feels like a better obviation of the whole "slide to unlock" ...

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    iMessage is not coming to Android. Why? It's part AI war and part good business. The Verge's Walt Mossberg picked up a few points from the hours of presentations at WWDC this week and figured out why it had to make more sense for Apple to port over Apple Music to Android, but not iMessage. One executive told Mossberg that the company has a user base totaling a billion, which should be enough to help better its artificial intelligence engines. We don't particularly see a competition for the best artificial intelligence out there since everyone is building code and algorithms for their own ...

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    In the beta out for iOS 10, there's a change to the platform's operating procedure that may have you scratching your head just a bit. We are closing in on ten years of the whole "Slide to Unlock" paradigm where you would pull a tab across the bottom of the screen to access your home screen or your security measure. Touch ID complicated things with an almost-instant touch-to-sensor unlock. Nowadays on the iOS 10 developer preview, if you pick up your iPhone to check the lockscreen, you're prompted to "Press home to unlock". Furthermore, as BGR points out, if you just place your finger ...

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    Apple's WWDC 2016 brought us -- among other things like a new watchOS (version 3), tvOS, and macOS Sierra -- the next generation of Apple's operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod: iOS 10. The presentation showed off ten upcoming features of the new platform revamp, ranging from user interface and experience to specific features and overhauls, like Home, Messages, Photos, Music, and more. As usual, Apple already made iOS 10 available to developers as an early beta, and we had to take it for a spin. As with every early stage software, there are bugs to  be ironed out and glitches ...

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    Quick. Fast. Instant. But unlike noodles, news articles shouldn't take two minutes to load. That's why companies like Facebook and Google have been offering up speedy-loading optimizations to content providers — with a share of the click revenue, of course. Google has been keeping its Accelerated Mobile Pages to Android users, but not anymore — version 15.1 of its iOS search app now has it. Users just need to look out for that lightning bolt next certain "top stories" to get informed instantly. Google Now cards also serve up sports highlight videos, too. Restaurant entries get a ...

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    If “Lying Ted” or “Little Marco” were still in the Presidential race, or “Crooked Hillary” would stoop to the same low blow name-calling tactics as her presumptive opponent from the other side of the aisle, Trump’s recent disclosure of financial investments would provide so much ammo for such an easy derogatory label. Something short and punchy, like maybe “Two-Face Donald” or just “Hypocritical Donald.” Granted, the controversial businessman was heard giving contradictory statements on many delicate issues these past few months, ranging from immigration to foreign ...

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    After listing Steve Jobs among the 100 most influential people in the American world five times, and then Tim Cook thrice, including this year, news magazine Time just bestowed the ultimate honor upon the trend-setting, history-changing and money-making juggernaut that is Apple. Credited for ushering in a “new era of flat, touchscreen phones with buttons that appeared on screen as you needed them”, the iPhone has been named the most influential gadget of all time. It wasn’t the world’s first smartphone, but it paved the way for a “family of very successful products” that ...

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    Okay, so do you have an iPad Pro? With an Apple Pencil? You might want to be on the lookout for a new Apple Pencil that can act as a flashlight, a camera, an eyedropper or paintbrush tool or even an actual pencil — but all of it smarter. It's only a possibility, but Cupertino may be up to the challenge of making such a pencil as it has a patent for it, dating back all the way to 2012. Sure, with such tiny tips, fiddly handling could be expected. In fact, the lack of elegance in the whole act doesn't sound like something Apple would promote. But perhaps a beautiful accessory deserves ...

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    After its dismal growth reading on smartphone shipments, market research firm IDC has released both its quarterly shipment reports for tablets and the trend line continues groundward. 39.6 million tablets went across the world last quarter with 87.6 percent of them being regular slate tablets — plenty of them in the form of Apple's older iPads and Amazon's Fire tablets (with some 54-fold growth) while others from smaller budget market players round out the majority. In what IDC refers to as the fledgling "detachables" sector, Microsoft still leads the field with its Surface initiative ...

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    The entire mobile market is in a state of transition. Owning a smartphone is no longer the status symbol it once was. Smartphones are now largely commodities for folks. A phone might be a mission critical communication device, but consumers are starting to get burnt out on yearly upgrades. This puts Apple in a precarious position as a significant portion of Cupertino’s profit comes from iOS devices, 65% of the company’s sales coming directly from the iPhone. We’ve already delved into the earnings report in-depth, but the bullet points are as follows: iPhone sales down 16% iPad ...

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    Even back when the Republican presidential candidate field was a little more crowded than it is today, and just as divergent on major social, economic and policy issues, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson could all agree Apple made a huge mistake by opposing the FBI. In the Democratic camp however, the iPhone 5c decryption controversy saw both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders reluctant to take sides, as the two candidates seemed to understand this was far from a black and white situation. In the meantime, of course, the Department of Justice managed to build ...

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    Innovator. Visionary. Prophet. Words once used to describe Apple co-founder Steve Jobs by his devoted iFans, and now associated with the creator of “Ali G”, “Borat” and “Bruno” in a Cupertino-parodying publicity stunt for a new feature length comedy called “The Brothers Grimsby” or simply “Grimsby.” Before shouting blasphemy however, you should check out the surprisingly tasteful and subdued film ad. In it, Sacha Baron Cohen channels his inner Jony Ive and Tim Cook, unveiling to a familiar hall of enthusiastic followers his most likable, idiotic character yet. But ...

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    Update: Well, that was a whirlwind. And next week's gonna be crazy as well. Join us then! The Pocketnow team is prepping for harvest season at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. We're expecting some huge announcements from some major players, and we've been catching some interesting leaks from around the web. Samsung is teasing "life proof" build quality on the Galaxy S7. We might finally know what LG's "Magic" accessory port is all about, and what's going on with selling unreleased phones through Dubai's version of Craigslist? Another week of mobile tech news has passed, and we're going to talk about ...

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    Apple’s best quarter in history in terms of both overall profits and iPhone unit sales will likely be followed by its all-time worst, at least as far the latter is concerned. We’ve known that for a while, and Cupertino no doubt expects it, looking towards the lower-cost 5se and, possibly, a precocious 7 launch to turn things around. What’s unlikely to put the company’s financial records on the right track are iPads, projected to fall short of 10 million shipments between January and March 2016 for their own historically lowest quarterly level. Apparently, the iPad Pro is indeed off ...

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    The race is still on for the all-important title of the first Western-popular mobile payment service to land in the world’s largest smartphone market, but despite Samsung’s best efforts, it seems Apple will ultimately prevail. Then again, Apple Pay can’t possibly get the head start it was gunning for in China anymore, as Samsung Pay should spread from Korea and the United States in “early 2016” as well, likely as soon as next week. If that ETA pans out, iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches will have barely been able to support on-the-go transactions and simple and secure in-app ...

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    Voice assistants tend to be pretty helpful in getting you what you want to know. Google Now seems to be one of the more matured services that can get more than the basics down to an art. Cortana, being one of the newer players, is getting there quick — especially with cross-platform access. We refer to these types of services, however, as Siri, almost by second nature. Says a lot about what Apple does. But this is about what Apple didn't do for five years. Since 2011, it was reported to Apple when Siri fielded queries about where one could find an abortion clinic that she instead would ...

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    Rumors are swirling about the compact iPhone 5se and super-sharp iPad Air 3 Apple might be unveiling as early as March, plus the iPhone 7 no doubt scheduled for a fall release, but it’s actually next year that we’ll likely see true innovation brought to iDevices. No, we don’t mean just AMOLED display technology, though that would be a pretty big deal too, but rather a “cutting-edge” new feature allowing iPhones and iPads “to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones”, as Bloomberg eloquently puts it. To an outsider’s eye, it probably ...

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    This is not a drill, prank or isolated incident. Browsing the web on iOS devices and Mac computers using the default Safari app can result in nagging crashes over and over again. Reopening the browser doesn’t resolve the mysterious underlying glitch, which apparently has something to do with search suggestions. No, simply changing the search engine can’t fix the epidemic bug either, but the good news is you can contain the malfunction by turning off Safari suggestions. That’s obviously merely a temporary workaround, the only other thing that kind of works is not clearing your cached ...

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    If you want to take a stab at doing more on your phone in 2016, make sure you have an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, first of all. It has 3D Touch. Rimshot aside, iOS is getting another point upgrade and we now know more about what goodies are going into the bump. Since we mentioned it first, 3D Touch menus will be available for the Weather, Settings, Compass, Health ("Don't worry, I'm a medic"), App Store and iTune Store apps. We already talked about Night Shift, the Touch ID lock for Notes as well as improvements to News. Other major improvements include jumps between Apple Pay and Wallet ...

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    In addition to iPhones, which are single-handedly responsible for a mind-blowing 94 percent of global handheld profits, the rapidly growing Apple Watch, perpetually beloved Macs, and the slow-starting but potential-brimming iPad Pro, the world’s most lucrative tech business can also rely on its iOS App Store for a solid chunk of change. How solid? To the tune of $20 billion a year, according to Cupertino’s latest press release, although that obviously accounts for developer payments and other expenses too. Still, $20 billion sales of apps and in-app items in 2015 alone should solidify ...

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    If you're an iPhone or an iPad user, chances are you have, at least once in your life, tried to find a solution to hide (if not uninstall) some of the apps that Apple bundles with its devices. Well, for those of you who are brave enough to live the Jailbreak way, this might not be big news, but, for all the others, it's one more reason for joy. No jailbreak is needed for this little trick/hack to work, and it is persistent until you restart your iPhone or iPad. This isn't, obviously, the best solution users were hoping for, and we're pretty sure it's also not what Tim Cook had in mind when ...

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    This is a story of redemption. It's also the story of acceptance. And it's partly a story of not giving a rat's bottom about which app you go to for your maps. Apple certainly cared where its users got their location apps when it launched Apple Maps back in 2012. With geological renderings of wonder, mislabeled roads and points of interest and, for the longest time, a lack of basic transit directions, it's a wonder how Apple Maps came to be chosen over Google Maps for iOS users. That's what Apple is reporting. Specifically, its app handles 5 billion requests every week, three times as many ...

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