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by Maura at Apr 19, 2018
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Tim Cook explains why Apple will never merge iPad and Mac.JPG

MacRumors reports today on an interview that Apple CEO Tim Cook gave to The Sydney Morning Herald recently in which he talked about why Apple will never merge iPad and Mac for a unified software and hardware platform.

“We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other,” Cook told The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Wells. “One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two…you begin to make trade-offs and compromises.”

“So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day, but that’s not what it’s about,” continued Cook. “It’s about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or express their passion or express their creativity....
by Maura at Apr 19, 2018
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New LCD iPhone could cost around 550 dollars.JPG

AppleInsider reports today on a new note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in which he says that one version of Apple’s rumoured forthcoming LCD iPhone could be dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) capable, with two physical SIM card slots and no eSIM support. A second LCD model could have the usual single-SIM slot, and could cost from $550 to $650, even cheaper than the figure of between $700 and $800 that was rumoured back in January. The DSDS version would probably cost a little more, approximately $650 to $750.

Kuo also predicts that the rumoured 6.5-inch OLED iPhone will also have DSDS capabilities, but he thinks that the smaller, 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X will not come with a dual-SIM variant.

DSDS has several very useful features to it, such as...
by Maura at Apr 18, 2018
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Samsung beats Apple in activations in last quarter.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that according to new figures from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Samsung is still beating Apple in terms of smartphone activations in the last quarter, with Samsung having 39% of activations, 8% more than Apple, which had 31%. LG came in a long behind the top two with 14% of activations, and the Other group had just 17%.

Back in the December 2017 quarter, Apple was slightly ahead of Samsung with more than 40% of activations, mainly due to the launch of the iPhone X and iPhones 8 and 8 Plus, but now Samsung has taken the lead back again, albeit by a very small margin.

However, as far as customer loyalty is concerned, Apple is still ahead of Samsung, with over 90% loyalty. CIRP bases its figures on how many people activating...
by Maura at Apr 18, 2018
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Apple's Do Not Disturb While Driving is Helping People stop using their phones when driving.JPG

Business Insider reports today that according to car insurance company Everquote, Apple’s new ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature has led to those drivers who have the feature on their phone using their phones 8% less than previously.

That might not sound like a lot, but with Everquote’s app showing that around 37% of trips logged still involve phone use while driving, every little helps, and hopefully this is just the start.

Everquote found that during those 37% of trips, drivers were using their phones for sometimes as much as 11% of the time, which translate to around 3 minutes of a 29 minute drive.

Everquote crunched the numbers from 781 million miles of driving data using sensors such as the iPhone GPS and accelerometer.

Everquote revealed that 70% of...
by Maura at Apr 18, 2018
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New filings show that iPhone SE 2 release is imminent.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that a filing issued by a European regulatory agency have given the strongest hint yet that Apple is about to release the iPhone SE 2.

The filing from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a body that authorises devices for several countries, including Russia and Armenia, reveal that the commission has green-lit several new iPhones for sale.

The documents, which were first discovered by Consomac, don’t reveal any model names, but rather a string of model numbers, such as A1920 and A1921, none of which have been used previously by any other Apple device.

There’s not much else to learn from the filing, other than that the phones in question will be shipping with iOS 11, although that is more likely to be iOS 11.3 or later, specifically....
by Maura at Apr 17, 2018
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iPhone X accounts for 35 percent of total smartphone market in Q4 2017.JPG

According to a new report from CNBC, via 9to5 Mac, new research from Counterpoint shows that in Q4 2017, while the premium smartphone market did not achieve as much growth as expected, Apple was still the most profitable brand, with 86% of the smartphone market profits.

Breaking down those figures a little further, the iPhone X alone was responsible for 21% of total industry revenue and 35% of total industry profits for Q4 2017. Counterpoint notes that this means that the iPhone X generated five times as much profit as 600 Android brands combined.

Counterpoint also said that continuing to sell older models for longer than previously in order to appeal to a variety of price brackets had proved to be a wise and profitable decision.

“Apple still has eight out of...
by Maura at Apr 17, 2018
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Apple to launch premium subscription news service.JPG

According to a new report on Bloomberg today, Apple is about to launch a new premium news subscription service, having acquired magazine app Texture last month. Bloomberg’s source says that Apple has plans to integrate Texture technology, along with some of its employees, into the Apple News team prior to debuting the new premium subscription service.

The upgraded Apple News app, complete with new subscription option, is due to launch this year. Bloomberg’s source says that some of the subscription revenue from the new service will be paid to magazine publishers that are participating in the new service.

Apple’s previous news service, Newsstand, did feature various magazines and newspapers, but you could only buy individual subscriptions, as is still the case with...
by Maura at Apr 16, 2018
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Samsung to begin production of iPhone X and iPhone X Plus OLED displays in May.JPG

According to a new report from Economic Daily News, via MacRumors, Samsung will begin production of OLED displays for this year’s iPhone X as well as the new iPhone X Plus in May. If everything goes to plan, once production lines are rolling in May, Samsung will double its production capacity in June.

If this report is accurate, it means that iPhone X and iPhone X Plus production is ahead of schedule this year, as it was not originally thought that Samsung would start production until the end of June. This should also hopefully mean that all three of this year’s iPhones will all be released at the same time, unlike last year.

Apple is not likely to announce the new iPhone line-up until early September, so we can’t know for sure until then exactly what to expect,...
by Maura at Apr 16, 2018
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New FCC filings show Apple was working on gold iPhone X last year.JPG

MacRumors reports today that according to documents that were filed with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Apple was at some point working on a gold iPhone X colour option.

The news was revealed in a document that Apple sent to the FCC about the iPhone X back in September 2017, which, among other images, included several images of a gold-coloured iPhone X that were sent to the FCC in order to illustrate various features of the iPhone X, including its dimensions.

Going by these images, the gold colouring used for this iPhone X prototype looked very much like that of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

According to other documents also sent to the FCC about the iPhone X, the filing was prepared by Apple back in July 2017, so it would seem...
by Maura at Apr 16, 2018
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Apple now repairing Apple Watch Series 2 for free.JPG

AppleInsider reports that Apple has launched a new program that offers free, out-of-warranty repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 battery issues. The news came via a note that was sent to Apple stores and Authorised Repair Providers via Apple’s internal GSX portal.

The document refers to the fact that “some” Apple Watch Series 2 models will not power on, or have swollen batteries “under certain conditions.” While the memo did not go into detail about minimum eligibility requirements for free repairs, whether or not the watch is deemed eligible will depend on a physical examination.

Only the 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 models are involved in the program, so it looks like the 38mm models are not affected. You will be able to claim your free repair for your watch for up to...