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by Maura at Nov 3, 2017
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When Apple CEO Tim Cook was questioned about the price of the iPhone X during this week’s Q4 earnings results call, he put forward a very interesting way of looking at how much the phone costs.

According to Cook, most people will be paying for their iPhone X monthly rather than paying the full price of $999+ upfront. With the lowest available monthly price for an iPhone X currently being just $33 on certain carriers in the US, Cook says, “so, if you think about that, that’s a few coffees a week - it’s less than a coffee a day at one of these nice coffee places.”

Cook also noted that many iPhone users are also now trading in their old iPhones and getting up to $350 off the price of the iPhone X, which represents the highest resale value in the smartphone market.

“In terms of the way we price, we price to the value that we’re providing,” explained Cook. “We’re not trying to charge the highest price we could get or anything like that. We’re just trying to price it for what we’re delivering. iPhone X has a lot of great new technologies in there that are leading the industry.

“It is a fabulous product. We can’t wait for people to start getting it in their hands.”

Image: Starbucks Coffee ☕ (@starbucks) • Instagram photos and videos

Source: Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Financing iPhone X Can Work Out to Cost of Just a Few Nice Coffees Per Week
by Maura at Nov 3, 2017
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According to a new report from MacRumors, it looks like so many users are trying to activate their iPhone Xs at the same time that it is crashing the system.

Some AT&T users are reporting on forums and various social media platforms such as Twitter and reddit that they are having problems activating their new phones. It seems that AT&T customers in particular (and a few Verizon customers as well) are finding that they are having a lengthy wait for their iPhone X to complete the activation process, with some even failing at the final hurdle and producing an error message after the long wait.

The message reads, “Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your iPhone to iTunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of minutes. If this problem persists, contact Apple, Support at apple.com/support.”

A MacRumors reader said that he had contacted Apple, who instructed him to call AT&T, who then admitted that their servers were “slammed.” AT&T gave him the automated activation phone number, which then said that his phone was now activated, but still the phone itself was still not activated, despite that. He eventually solved the problem after connecting to iTunes and re-starting many times over.

Hopefully any such problems should resolve once the initial rush to activate has passed, but I think that this could give us a very good indication of just how well the iPhone X is selling, as despite all of AT&T and Apple’s preparations, based on the experience of many previous years of device launch-day activations, the demand appears to be even beyond their wildest expectations.

Source: Some New iPhone X Owners Facing Activation Issues
by Maura at Nov 3, 2017
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MacRumors reports that teardown experts iFixit have completed the first iPhone X teardown, revealing the first inside look at the innards of Apple’s new flagship phone.

First things first, the teardown revealed that, as with all other iPhones since the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone X opens sideways with a single bracket.

iFixit found that the mini logic board is very neat and uses space very efficiently, with connectors and components packed in. The iPhone X logic board is apparently around 70% smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus logic board.

All that extra space is used to house the new L-shaped 2-cell battery pack, which is bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus battery pack.

The teardown also provides a revealing look at the TrueDepth camera system responsible for Face ID, so we finally get to see what lurks beneath the “notch,” and how the revolutionary 3D facial recognition system works.

The inductive charging coil is also visible in the teardown photos, as are a variety of other components such as the custom A11 Bionic chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, and the Cirrus Logic audio amplifier.

iFixit awarded the iPhone X a “repairability score” of 6 out of 10, praising the fact that its possible for a cracked display to be replaced without having to remove the Face ID biometric hardware, but docking points for the way in which the cables are used to tie unrelated components together into complicated arrays that are difficult and expensive to replace.

Image: iFixit

Source: iPhone X Teardown: TrueDepth Camera System, Stacked Logic Board With 3GB RAM, and 2,716 mAh Battery
by Maura at Nov 3, 2017
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The iPhone X has finally arrived to some very exciting scenes reminiscent of past major Apple product launches, with many customers queuing for days. It was initially thought that there would be very little stock available at Apple stores for walk-in customers, but 9to5 Mac reports that some Apple stores have apparently got more stock than expected, so it’s definitely worth going to your local store and checking.

According to 9to5 Mac’s sources at one particular Apple store, everyone lining up outside was able to buy an iPhone X and no one went home disappointed. Another source said that Apple stores in London have 500-1,000 units per store.

Meanwhile, Apple has been posting images online showing celebrations at various Apple stores around the world, including Dubai, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney, and more.

One Apple store that might have a little less stock than expected, however, is one in San Francisco, as more than 300 iPhone X units were stolen from a UPS truck directly outside the store.

Sources: Reports that Apple Stores may have more iPhone X stock than expected for walk-in customers

Apple shares gallery of images celebrating iPhone X launch around the world
by Maura at Nov 2, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that just as the iPhone X starts to roll out around the world, Apple has reported its Q4 2017 results, which include iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales, but not iPhone X sales.

The figures are impressive, with Apple reporting $52.6b in revenue and $10.7b in profit, with sales of 16.7m iPhones, 10.3m iPads, and 5.4m Macs. For the next quarter, the iPhone X quarter, Apple forecasts revenue of between $84 billion and $87 billion.

These latest results compare favourably with the previous quarter sales of $45.4 billion in revenue, $8.72 billion in profit, with 41 million iPhones, 11.4 million iPads, and 4.29 million Macs sold. The year-ago quarter saw $46.9 billion in revenue, $9 billion in profit, with 45.51 million iPhones, 9.28 million iPads, and 4.89 million Macs sold.
Source: Apple announces Q4 2017 revenue of $52.6b: 46.7m iPhones, 10.3m iPads, 5.4m Macs, next quarter guidance $84b-$87b
by Maura at Nov 2, 2017
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It’s already morning over in Australia and New Zealand, which means that, as MacRumors reports, some very lucky people are already getting the chance to unbox their brand spanking new iPhone Xs. As you might expect, this means lots of pictures and videos have been posted on social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and reddit of people unwrapping their new phones. There are no Apple retail stores in New Zealand, so the first walk-in customers in the world to get their hands on the iPhone X are in Australia, happening right now. Following that, stores in Asia, Europe, and then North America will all be opening to customers at 8:00 a.m. local time. Mashable has a great live blog tracking the launch around the world, which you can access here: Apple iPhone X launch: Around the world as the device goes on sale

Certain other retailers, such as Target and AT&T, will also have limited iPhone X stocks available to walk-in customers, although these are expected to be in even more scarce supply than in Apple’s own retail stores.

Source: First iPhone X Orders Start Arriving to Customers in New Zealand
by Maura at Nov 2, 2017
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Friday, November 3 is the day that the iPhone X is finally released, and all the signs are pointing to this possibly being a record-breaking launch for Apple. As MacRumors reports, lines have been forming outside Apple stores all over the world as early as Wednesday, if not even before that, and now on the eve of launch day the numbers lining up outside in the hope of bagging one of the few available iPhone Xs are growing and growing.

It really is very exciting to see pictures of the scenes taking place throughout the world, including outside Apple’s Orchard Road store in Singapore, the Sydney, Australia, store and the West 14th Street, Manhattan, store in New York.

It remains to be seen whether or not the efforts of those lining up outside will turn out to be in vain, as the number of units available for walk-in customers are expected to be very small.

Photo credit: Yahoo Singapore

Source: Lines Swell at Apple Stores Around the World as Customers Prepare for iPhone X Launch
by Maura at Nov 1, 2017
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While Apple’s forthcoming AirPower charging mat is not due to launch until 2018, a Polish website, X-Kom, may just have leaked details about the mat’s pricing, writes AppleInsider. According to Polish news site ThinkApple, which originally spotted the possible leak, the Polish retailer’s website is listing the AirPower mat for 999 zlotys, which is the equivalent of $273.99, which the website thinks will end up being around $199 in the US. According to MacRumors, the thinking behind this figure is that other Apple products that have been priced at 999 zlotys in the official Apple store in Poland, such as the Bose SoundLink speaker, for example, end up costing $199 in the US.

Of course that’s no guarantee whatsoever that the AirPower mat, which charges up to three devices at once, will end up costing $199, especially as it does seem rather expensive at that price, and, as AppleInsider points out, even more expensive than Apple’s AirPods, which cost $159. With no release date for the charging mat set as yet, it will likely be some while before we find out for sure.

Sources: Polish site pegs Apple's AirPower charging mat at $199

Apple's Upcoming AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Could Cost Around $199 in the United States
by Maura at Nov 1, 2017
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MacRumors reports that Apple has just announced that on November 4, and only in certain countries outside of the US, it will be reopening iPhone X reservations.

In Australia, Belgium, and the UK, Reserve and Pickup will start at 6 a.m., and in Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Switzerland and the UAE it will start at 8 a.m.

Customers in all the above countries will be able to select the colour and capacity that they require for their iPhone X, and then reserve their chosen model to be picked up at their requested Apple retail store. You won’t have to pay for the phone until you actually collect it from the store, unlike the usual in-store pickup where you have to pay in advance.

Reserve and Pickup might also be possible in other countries that have yet to be announced, so be sure to check with your local store what's on offer in your country or territory.

You have a 30-minute timeframe in which to collect your phone, and if you miss the slot your reservation could be cancelled, so be sure to be on time. You also need to take a valid ID.

Source: Apple to Reopen iPhone X Reservations Starting November 4 Outside of United States
by Maura at Oct 31, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that iOS 11.1 has today been released to the public following a month of beta testing. Aside from the 70 new emojis introduced in the update, including new food types, animals, and mythical creatures, there are lots of other improvements to expect.

Among the bug fixes featured in the update are a patch for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit and fixes for various Photos issues, including blurry photos, as well as repairs for Apple Watch data handoff problems, and other problems with inaccuracies in location data provided by third-party GPS accessories.

Improvements featured in the update include various VoiceOver enhancements and better Braille Grade 2 device support.

Not included in the update are Apple Pay Cash and AirPlay 2. And while a fix for the battery drain problems experienced by many is not mentioned in the iOS 11.1 release notes, last week, reports surfaced that beta testers had found that their previous battery drain issues were much improved after downloading iOS 11.1. Hopefully that turns out to be the case for the full official version, but we shall see.

Source: Apple iOS 11.1 now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with 70 new emoji, other improvements