Apple iPhone Forum

by Maura at May 24, 2018
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MacRumors writes that Apple has today made refurbished iMac Pro computers available in its online stores in the US and Canada.

Eight-core, 10-core, and 18-core options are all available, in a variety of storage, memory, and graphics options. Prices start at $4,249, with the most expensive configuration costing $8,159, with all available versions representing a saving of 15%.

As an example of the sort of savings you can expect, the following configuration would cost you $4,999 new, but for the refurb price of $4,249 you’ll get an iMac Pro with a 3.2GHz eight-core Intel Xeon W processor, 32GB of DDR4 ECC memory, 1TB of SSD storage, and Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics.

Released in December 2017, the iMac Pro is designed for heavy professional users, complete with its...
by Maura at May 24, 2018
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According to a new report on 9to5 Mac, some iPhone X users are complaining online that their phones’ camera lenses are developing cracks for no obvious reason. Most of those posting about the issue are saying that they have not dropped their phone or done anything to cause the cracks. Some are attributing them to excessively cold weather.

“Bought the iPhone X right before Christmas, and found a crack on the rear camera glass last night,” said one user. “The phone has been used with cover all the time and no drop or accident.”

However, other users have said that their phone camera lens has cracked despite warmer weather.

“I live in Malaysia and weather is hot and humid,” said one, whereas another said “Phone has never been dropped, never been out of the...
by Maura at May 23, 2018
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According to a new report from 9to5 Mac today, Apple will give $50 credit to anyone who paid for an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement in 2017, prior to the discounted replacement scheme set in place by Apple as a result of "batterygate." As an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement previously cost $79, the $50 credit from Apple means that those affected are now on an equal financial footing with those customers who only had to pay $29 for an out-of-warranty battery replacement after batterygate had arisen.

The replacement program affects any iPhone from iPhone 6 onwards.

If your phone qualifies and you want to get the $50 credit, simply go to an Apple Store, Authorised Reseller, or Apple Repair Center. Only people who paid to have their battery...
by Maura at May 23, 2018
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Bloomberg reports that TSMC has begun mass production of the 7-nanometer processors that are due to feature in this year’s iPhone line-up. Expected to be called the A12 chip, the new processor should be a vast improvement on the current 10-nanometer chips that are used in the latest iPhones and iPads, being faster, and therefore more efficient, despite being smaller.

By using the 7-nanometer process chips in its new iPhone line-up, Apple is once again at the very forefront of mobile technology, being one of the first companies to use the new chip processes in its mobile devices, although Samsung is not far behind, having announced yesterday that it will be starting production of its own 7-nanometer processors later in the year.

Qualcomm is another competitor that...
by Maura at May 22, 2018
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MacRumors reports that Apple has today sent out press invites for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), confirming that the keynote event will take place on Monday, June 4, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, where it’s being held for the second year running.

The keynote address takes place on the first day of the conference and is usually the event where Apple makes several new product announcements, both software and hardware.

This year’s event looks to be more about software than hardware, with updates to macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS all expected to make an appearance.

It’s also rumoured that Apple will be announcing new iPad Pro models and new Mac models during the keynote. There’s even the...
by Maura at May 22, 2018
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Alolan Forms of Gen 1 Pokemon coming soon to Pokemon Go.jpg

Niantic took to its blog today to announce that Pokémon from the tropical Alola region will soon be arriving in Pokémon Go. This means that some of the Gen 1 Pokémon from the Kanto region will soon be appearing in their Alolan forms. The unique variants of the familiar Pokémon were first found in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games.

Forbes’ Dave Thier writes that it’s a little surprising that we are actually getting Pokémon from Gen 7 (albeit special versions of Gen 1 Pokémon), which first appeared just 2 years ago, before we’re getting any from Gen 4, but the summer theme actually makes perfect sense going into the summer season for the game.

The image released by Niantic gives a lot of clues about which Alolan Pokémon will be coming to the game, and...
by Maura at May 22, 2018
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iPhone has record breaking sales in US in Q1 2018.jpg

According to a new report from Counterpoint, via 9to5 Mac, Apple sold a record number of iPhones in the US in Q1. This follows on from figures released by IDC earlier in the month that showed that Apple’s overall smartphone market share worldwide had increased by 2.8% year over year in Q1.

Despite the fact that the smartphone market as whole in the US dropped by 11% in Q1, Apple’s share of the market grew by a record-breaking 16%, representing the highest figures that the company have ever recorded for iPhone sales in Q1.

With such impressive sales, Apple has now well and truly wrestled the premium smartphone market away from Samsung, with the former now commanding 80% of the +$800 smartphone market.

Counterpoint’s figures mean even more good news for Apple,...
by Maura at May 21, 2018
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According to a new and exclusive report from ZDNet today, the TeenSafe app, which is a secure monitoring app designed to enable parents to keep tabs on their teens, has leaked tens of thousands of parents’ and teens’ account details on two unprotected servers on Amazon’s cloud. The information did not even require a password to be entered by anyone who wanted to access the information.

The leak was found by UK-based security expert Robert Wiggins, who makes it his business to look for such public exposure of data. When ZDNet told TeenSafe about the breach, the data was taken offline.

“We have taken action to close one of our servers to the public and begun alerting customers that could potentially be impacted,” a TeenSafe spokesperson told ZDNet.

ZDNet says...
by Maura at May 18, 2018
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9to5 Mac reports that according to new figures from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 600,000 HomePods in Q1, representing 6% of the smart-speaker marketshare.

Amazon currently has 43.6% of the market, or 4 million of the overall smart speaker total of 9.2 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2018. Google is in second place, with 2.4 million shipments, and Alibaba just ahead of HomePod with 700,000 shipments.

The figures show that Amazon experienced a dramatic drop in its smart-speaker marketshare since the HomePod was launched at the end of last year, with Amazon’s share falling to 43.6% from 81.8% in the year-ago quarter. Google’s marketshare increased just as dramatically as Amazon’s declined, up to 26.5% from 12.4% in the year-ago quarter.

As 9to5...
by Maura at May 17, 2018
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When Apple announced that it was discontinuing its entire AirPort wireless router line-up at the end of April and would keep selling them until all stock was gone, it was inevitable that the day would come when supplies became scarce, and now, according to MacRumors, that day is here, less than a month after Apple made the announcement.

If you were still hoping to pick up an AirPort Extreme, you’re now out of luck as they are all sold out, unless you happen to live in countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, or Singapore.

AirPort Express and AirPort Time Capsule models are still available, however, on Apple’s U.S. online store, and some other countries, but there’s no way of knowing how long that will remain the situation.

Also, in some European countries,...