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AppleInsider reports that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have tested 400 fake Apple chargers that have been obtained from sellers in Australia, China, and the US, and found that 99% of them are unsafe.
UL subjected the chargers to high voltage in order to find out if they were correctly insulated, as well as making other important safety checks.
After carrying out the tests, UL said that chargers made by unknown manufacturers and purchased online were an “unknown entity” and were therefore dangerous to use.
In October Apple stepped up its efforts to tackle the growing problem of counterfeit chargers by suing counterfeit accessories seller Mobile Star for violating copyrights and trademarks by selling fake goods on Amazon and Groupon. The lawsuit particularly refers to fake 5-watt USB power adapters and Lightning-to-USB cables that Mobile Star sold online.
Apple said that it has an ongoing program designed to combat the sale of fake accessories, and that in the past 9 months it purchased “well over 100 iPhone devices, Apple power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine” from Amazon’s “Fulfillment by Amazon” program, finding that nearly 90% of them were fake.
Back in 2012 engineer Ken Shirriff found that Apple’s official chargers had better and safer components than those in the fake ones, and following that Apple launched its still-running fake charger buy-back program.
Business Insider reports that Apple has made an official statement on its Chinese website about the battery problems that have been causing a small number of iPhones in that country to shut down randomly when they are 30% charged.
Have already agreed to swap batteries with some customers previously, in this latest statement Apple actually revealed a little more about what was behind the issue, saying,
“We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It’s important to note, this is not a safety issue.”
Apple added that the phone randomly shutting down is actually a feature.
“We wanted our customers to know that an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperature. To an iPhone user, some of those shutdowns might seem unexpected, but they are designed to protect the device’s electronics from low voltage.”
It might not be a surprise, following on from a recent leak, but Telltale Games and Marvel Entertainment officially announced their interactive episodic game series based on Marvel’s iconic sci-fi franchise Guardians of the Galaxy live on stage at The Game Awards 2016 in Los Angeles. The first five episodes of the series will premiere digitally in 2017 on consoles, PC, and mobile devices.
According to The Information, Fitbit is set to acquire smartwatch-maker Pebble. Rumor has it, the deal is mainly to acquire the Kickstarter legend's intellectual property and software, possibly for use in future Fitbit devices.
In another report, TechCrunch says a source is telling them the deal could peg around $34 to $40 million. Too bad, since rumors claimed Pebble has received offers close to $740 million in the past, when the wearable craze was just beginning.
Since its huge debut in 2012, Pebble was the go to smartwatch on the market, that is until the Apple Watch and Android Wear came around. While Pebble tried, the company couldn't keep up with big competitors and consumer interest in wearables.
As of today, Apple Pay is now available to use all over Spain, where contactless payment is supported. Since its inception, Apple Pay has been spreading all over the world, Spain being the thirteenth market where it is now available.
In Spain, Apple Pay lanches with support from financial institutions such as: Banco de Santander, Carrefour, Ticket Restaurant and American Express. According to Apple, the service can be used in 75 percent of Spanish stores with updated terminals.
“Apple Pay shows we are committed to collaborate and to bring innovation and new technology to our customers to make their payments easier, faster and more secure,” saidRami Aboukhair, country head of Santander Spain. “We are convinced our customers will love it.”
In addition to use in-store, Apple Pay in Spain can also be used on supported website and apps using the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or the new MacBook Pro and Touch ID. Currently Apple Pay is available in United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland.
Bloomberg reports that Apple is set to use drones and indoor navigation features in order to make improvements to its Maps apps and bring them closer in quality to Google’s ever popular Maps app.
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans said that the company is putting together a team of robotics and data collection technicians who will oversee the use of drones to record and update map information faster and more efficiently than the current minivans can manage.
Apparently, Apple is looking to use the drones to check out street signs, track road changes, and monitor construction work. The data that the drones collect would then be sent to Apple teams who would be tasked with immediately updating the Maps app in order to keep it as current as possible.
Apple is also working on new Maps features, according to Bloomberg’s source, such as viewing inside buildings and improved car navigation.
Apple has already spoken of the need to improve its Maps app to keep up with Google Maps, with senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, telling Fast Company earlier in the year that “There’s a huge data-quality issue there, and I don’t think we initially appreciated all the kinds of technology we would need to do that on an ongoing basis.”
Just as predicted by various analysts recently, demand for the iPhone 7 has started to fall away as we approach the end of the year. According to a source in Apple’s Taiwanese supply chain, as quoted in DigiTimes, demand for the iPhone 7 in China and other markets has fallen sharply since its launch in September. It’s thought that the early strong demand for the phone was buoyed by the popularity of the new Jet Black models, and also by Samsung’s recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
This slowing in demand is reflected in suppliers’ more conservative shipment forecasts for the iPhone 7 for the first half of 2017, with 5 million less units expected than for the second half of 2016.
However, it’s worth noting that Apple typically reduces its iPhone orders towards the end of the year anyway, as demand usually slows after the high-demand post-launch period, and this year is no exception to that. We’ll have to wait until January for Apple to reveal its results from the first entire quarter of iPhone 7 sales to really make sense of the figures.
Another reason for the slowing in interest in the iPhone 7 could be that suppliers are starting to turn their attention to the 2017 iPhone, which is shaping up to be very exciting indeed.
Apple has a great tradition of marking World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1 every year, via its (RED) charity. This year is no exception, with Apple announcing today that
a variety of special (RED) items would be available tomorrow.
In particular, AppleInsider reports, Apple is launching various new (RED) accessories, including a special (RED) iPhone 7 Smart Battery case, an iPhone SE case, and several really smart looking Beats accessories, including new (RED) Solo3 Wireless headphones, and a (RED) Pill+ Bluetooth speaker.
Also, from Thursday until December 6 Apple will be donating $1 to (RED) for every Apple Pay transaction at an Apple store, on Apple.com, or via the Apple Store app, up to a limit of $1 million.
In turn, Bank of America will make a donation for every Apple Pay payment made using its cards, with the same $1 million limit.
In the App Store there will be 20 games with in-app (RED) purchases, including Candy Crush Jelly Saga and Angry Birds 2. On iTunes, you can donate directly to (RED), and iTunes will also be donating all proceeds from The Killers Don’t Waste Your Wishes album. A free (RED) documentary, The Lazarus Effect, will also be available to download.
And finally, more than 400 Apple Stores will change their logos to red logos, or will display the (RED) decal in their windows.
iDownload Blog reports that Apple and Universal Pictures have teamed up to promote The Secret Life of Pets movie’s arrival on iTunes Movies by updating Siri to provide responses that tie in with the animated movie’s content and themes. There’s even a cute teaser video that showcases Siri’s involvement, and you can view that below.
Click here to download the movie for $19.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-secret-life-of-pets/id1127896563
According to a new survey from Piper Jaffray, the iPhone, along with the MacBook are the top two most wanted gifts this holiday season.
Of the two, the iPhone was way out in front, with 7.2% of those surveyed saying that they wanted a new iPhone most of all, up from 5.2% last year. The MacBook came in second with 2.1% popularity among those polled, pushing last year’s second placing, Microsoft’s Xbox, down into third place with 1.4% of respondents putting it at the top of their wish lists.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said that the iPhone 7 is still very much in demand, despite only being a relatively unspectacular update to the range. Munster added that Apple’s reintroduction of its Black Friday promotions last week does not represent any weakening in demand for Apple products, in fact quite the contrary, as this survey shows. Interesting to note too how popular the new MacBooks are with consumers, despite some less than stellar reviews.
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