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  • Apple announces repair programs for iPhone X, MacBook Pro problems

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    Richard Lawler
    Richard Lawler
    11.09.2018

    As it tends to do, Apple has chosen a Friday evening to announce programs that will replace flawed components on a couple of its devices. First up is a display module replacement program for the iPhone X. Some owners have been reporting touch issues since the phone debuted, and according to Apple a failed part in the display could cause the following problems: The display, or part of the display, does not respond or responds intermittently to touch The display reacts even though it was not touched If your touchscreen is finicky on an "eligible device" then it will be replaced for free, although there might be a charge for things like a cracked display. The replacement program covers your iPhone X for three years dating back to when it was originally purchased.

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    Apple plans to sell more of its products on Amazon

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    AJ Dellinger
    AJ Dellinger
    11.09.2018

    Apple and Amazon have come to an agreement to stock the online retailer's shelves with more Apple products, according to CNET. The deal will expand Amazon's direct access to Apple products, including the latest models of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The deal also restricts third-party sales of Apple products on Amazon to Apple-authorized resellers.

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    Mac mini teardown uncovers all of the tiny desktop's updates

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    11.09.2018

    The long-overdue Mac mini update looks similar on the outside, but how much has it changed on the inside? Quite a bit -- though you'll be glad to hear some things have stayed the same. iFixit has torn down the diminutive desktop, and it's evident that Apple made only very strategic changes to the system's internals. It's still relatively easy to get inside the system by popping off the bottom and sliding out the entire motherboard. And when Apple said the memory was upgradable (unlike the 2014 model), it wasn't kidding. There's a shield to prevent interference, but it's easy to remove and install your own RAM sticks.

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    Apple MacBook Air review (2018): A good buy and a tough call

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    Dana Wollman
    Dana Wollman
    11.09.2018

    I'm going to let you in on a secret: In the lead-up to Apple's big Mac-and-iPad event last month, Team Engadget had a prewritten story ready to go in the event that Apple finally killed off the Air line. Needless to say, that article never saw the light of day. Instead, that keynote marked the debut of a long-overdue next-generation MacBook Air. Like the older edition (which is still on sale, by the way), this one has a 13.3-inch screen, a wedge shape and aluminum surfaces. Everything else is changed. Retina display with much thinner bezels? Check. Apple's newer "butterfly" keyboard? Yep. Touch ID and louder speakers? Yes and yes. A stripped-down selection of ports? Sigh. In many ways, it's the machine that Air holdouts have been waiting for, and ultimately I believe it's going to please a lot of people. But with a starting price that sits just a hundred bucks below the entry-level MacBook Pro, many shoppers will be facing a tough decision.

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    iPad Pro 12.9 review (2018): The future of computing?

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    Chris Velazco
    Chris Velazco
    11.09.2018

    The iPad Pro line has been around for three years now, and Apple has been adamant that it embodies the company's vision for the "future of computing." That's as big a claim now as it was when Tim Cook first made it, but with the release of the new iPad Pro, it's finally starting to feel like Apple is making good on its word. Consider this: The 2018 iPad Pro is sleeker, faster and more flexible than any other tablet Apple has ever made. At first glance, this new generation of iPads is the first we've seen that actually comes close to being able to replace a traditional laptop. It's just that good. But is it good enough? Or, rather, is it good enough in the right ways? That really depends on your priorities: artists and other creative professionals will be utterly thrilled, but the rest of us may be in for some disappointment.

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    Apple patent could make it impossible to put headphones on wrong

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    AJ Dellinger
    AJ Dellinger
    11.09.2018

    It's been rumored that Apple has been working on a pair of over-ear headphones for some time now. While the company hasn't revealed any details, a recently approved patent may provide a glimpse into Apple's plans. The patent, titled "System and method for automatic right-left ear detection for headphones," details a concept for a "reversible" pair of headphones that would change left and right ears depending on how you put them on.

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    iFixit takes a peek inside the new MacBook Air

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    Richard Lawler
    Richard Lawler
    11.08.2018

    You know the drill -- new hardware arrives and iFixit pulls it apart. Apple's revised MacBook Air just hit the shop table, so you can look inside while figuring out which of the company's portable computing solutions fits your lifestyle (if any of them do). A peek inside confirmed Apple's butterfly keyboard setup with silicone gasket that reduces noise and -- just coincidentally -- contaminants from breaking things, as well as a battery cell that can be replaced without swapping the laptop's entire top casing with the keyboard and trackpad.

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    Foxconn says it won't staff Wisconsin plant with workers from China

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    Mallory Locklear
    Mallory Locklear
    11.06.2018

    Last year, Foxconn, a supplier to companies like Apple and Microsoft, announced plans for a factory in Racine, Wisconsin, a deal that promised to bring a $10 billion investment and 13,000 jobs to the area. But the details of that plan have changed in the past months, and now the Wall Street Journal reports that the company is looking to bring employees over from China in order to staff the facility. Foxconn, however, has denied those reports.

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    Nike+ Run Club update enlists Siri as your exercise motivator

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    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    11.06.2018

    Nike has updated its iOS Run Club app to add a couple of features encouraging you to run more. The app's latest version features Siri Suggestions integration, which means your iOS Spotlights will urge you to put on your running shoes based on your previous activities. If you typically run an hour or so before heading to work, for instance, you'll start seeing the Nike+ Run Club app as an app suggestion every morning, making it harder to skip when you don't really have a legit reason.

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    A weekend with the new MacBook Air

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    Dana Wollman
    Dana Wollman
    11.06.2018

    It's a gray, blustery Saturday, and I'm curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee and the new MacBook Air. The laptop is warming my legs, but not uncomfortably so. I'm trying my best not to drip breakfast blend onto this pristine keyboard. I only unboxed this machine on Friday afternoon, which means that in the early hours of Tuesday morning, when this story goes live, I will have had it for less than three days. That's not quite enough time for a full review, but rest assured, I am working on it. In the meantime, I've been testing the new Air the way it was meant to be used: as an everyday laptop for the masses. What follow are some preliminary impressions. Pour yourself some coffee and join me.

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    Apple releases watchOS 5.1.1 after previous update bricked devices

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    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    11.05.2018

    Apple has released its latest watchOS update, after the previous release caused a bricking issue on some Apple Watches. The watchOS 5.1.1 update seems to resolve the problem that led the company to pull version 5.1 soon after releasing it last week.

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    iPad Pro preview (2018): Early signs point to a powerhouse with potential

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    Chris Velazco
    Chris Velazco
    11.05.2018

    Apple's newly updated iPad Pro is, to put it bluntly, a spectacular bit of hardware. In fact, it's so spectacular that we haven't been able to completely put it through its paces yet. Frankly, there's so much going on here that to try and pretend we could thoroughly test it in the four days we've had it would be a disservice to you and anyone else considering buying one. After all, these machines don't come cheap: The model we've been testing is the fully specced-out 12.9-inch Pro with 1TB of storage, and once you factor in the keyboard case and a new Apple Pencil, you're looking at more than $2,000. To really decide if something like that is worth it, we needed a little more time. That's why we're saying to hell with embargoes and holding off on publishing our full review for a few more days. Don't worry: You'll be able to read it soon, so you'll have our full verdict ready just as the new Pros go on sale. In the meantime, though, we've learned a lot about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro over the past few days, and I wanted to share some of those first impressions with you.

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    Apple reportedly launches its first 5G iPhone in 2020

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    11.03.2018

    The first 5G smartphones should arrive in 2019, but don't expect Apple to rush to join them. A Fast Company source claims Apple intends to use an Intel 5G modem, the 8161, in its 2020 batch of iPhones. Apple is reportedly using a precursor 8060 chip for prototyping, but has "heat dissipation issues" (due to the sheer demand needed for millimeter-wave signals) that would both raise the temperature and hurt battery life. The issue isn't enough to send Apple running back into the arms of Qualcomm, but it's supposedly "unhappy" with Intel for this reason.

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    Smartwatch shipments grow 67 percent in Q3 thanks to Apple and Fitbit

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    11.02.2018

    The smartwatch market doesn't show any signs of slowing down, and it might have just hit a major milestone in the process. Strategy Analytics estimates that smartwatch shipments grew a whopping 67 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018, with 10 million devices heading out the door. The frontrunner won't surprise you -- Apple is believed to have shipped 4.5 million watches (nearly a million more than last year) thanks to the debut of its overhauled Series 4. Fitbit proved to be the real upstart, through, jumping from zero to 1.5 million thanks mostly to the Versa.

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    Apple News app will provide real-time results on Election Day

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    AJ Dellinger
    AJ Dellinger
    11.02.2018

    Come November 6th, Apple will turn its News app into election central. According to TechCrunch, the company is planning to launch a new Election Night section that will display live results, highlight updates to key races and share major stories from major news outlets. The Election Night tab will appear in place of the Midterm Elections section in the app starting at 8 PM ET on election day.

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    Stanford outlines its massive Apple Watch heart rate study

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    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    11.02.2018

    The Apple Heart Study Stanford launched back in 2017 has garnered so much interest that it was able get 400,000 volunteers. Now, the researchers have revealed the finer details about the study, including what the testers can expect. To start with, each participant has to have access to an Apple Watch (series 1, 2 or 3) and an iPhone, because the trial is meant to examine whether the wearable can accurately detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) or irregular heartbeats.

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    Global smartphone sales fell by 6 percent last quarter

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    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    11.02.2018

    It's not a secret that smartphone sales have been dropping around the world, but a new report gives us an idea of just how bad it's getting. Manufacturers shipped just 355.2 million units last quarter, a decline of 6.0 percent over last year, according to data firm IDC. Samsung caused much of that pain because it shipped 13.4 percent fewer smartphones last quarter and it accounts for 20.3 percent of the global smartphone market.

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    Apple reportedly expands the list of ‘vintage’ products it will repair

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    AJ Dellinger
    AJ Dellinger
    11.01.2018

    Apple is expanding its program to repair some of its vintage products that are still in circulation, according to 9to5Mac. Under the program, Apple will extend service of the iPhone 5. It also offer repairs for the 11- and 13-inch models of the MacBook air released in mid-2012 and the 21.7- and 27-inch iMacs from mid-2011. Apple will extend the program to cover the iPhone 4s and 15-inch MacBook Pro from mid-2012 on November 30th. The 13-inch MacBook Pros with Retina display from late 2012 and early 2013, 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display from mid-2012 and Mac Pro from mid-2012 will be covered on December 30th.

  • Apple will stop reporting how many iPhones, iPads and Macs it sells

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    Chris Velazco
    Chris Velazco
    11.01.2018

    For Apple watchers, being able to look at how many devices Apple has sold in a given quarter can be a valuable way to gauge the company's performance, and those numbers can be helpful when trying to figure out if Apple's strategies are panning out. Those days are sadly over. At the end of his prepared remarks during the company's Q4 earnings call, CFO Luca Maestri said Apple would stop reporting sales of its devices — iPhones, iPads, Macs and all — as of the December quarter. In other words, Apple is done talking about how much hardware it sells completely, and it seems like this change is going to stick.

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    Apple’s more expensive iPhones are making them a lot more money

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    Chris Velazco
    Chris Velazco
    11.01.2018

    We spent time with Apple's new hardware not long ago, but the company is keeping the party going with another new release: its Q4 2018 earnings. Right off the bat, we're looking at total revenues of $62.9 billion — that's up from the $52.6 billion the company reported last year, and comfortably above the consensus estimate of $61.57 billion thrown around by Wall Street analysts. To hear Apple CEO Tim Cook tell it, this has been the company's strongest September quarter ever. And as usual, Apple was also quick to point out its sales strengths overseas, noting that a full 61 percent of its overall revenue came from international markets. So, yes, this is another big quarter on the books for Apple, and iPhones again accounted for the lion's share of the company's total intake. That's not because it's selling more of them than usual, though.