Is Your iPhone Already Obsolete?

Chris Reilly | |

How soon will you be throwing away your new iPhone?

Apple iPhone Problem — Siri Adds “Hey” or “Oh” to Texts: Jeff Kagan

Jeff Kagan | |

Apple needs to fix an annoying new problem before it causes harm to the company.

Apple To Scan US iPhones for Images of Child Sexual Abuse Using 'neuralMatch' Tool

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Apple unveiled plans to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse, drawing applause from child protection groups but raising concern among some security researchers that the system could be misused, including by governments looking to surveil their citizens.

The tool designed to detected known images of child sexual abuse, called “neuralMatch,” will scan images before they are uploaded to iCloud. If it finds a match, the image will be reviewed by a human. If child pornography is confirmed, the user’s account will be disabled and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified.

Apple Posts Record Fiscal Q3 But Warns of Slowing Revenue Growth

Reuters | |

Apple Inc said on Tuesday that a global chip shortage that has bit into its ability to sell Macs and iPads will start to affect iPhone production and forecasted slowing revenue growth, sending its shares lower.

Apple executives said revenue for the current fiscal fourth quarter will grow by double-digits but be below the 36.4% growth rate in the just-ended third quarter. Growth will also slow in Apple's closely watched services business, they said.

Apple To Host Annual Developers Conference in Online-Only Format Again as Coronavirus Cases Surge

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Apple Inc said on Tuesday it would host its annual developers’ conference in an online-only format for the second year in a row, from June 7 to June 11, as COVID-19 cases rise in the United States.

The iPhone maker’s Worldwide Developers Conference, usually held in San Jose, California with more than 5,000 people attending, was moved completely online for the first time in June last year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Apple's Latest Version of iOS Enables Unlocking of iPhones While Wearing Face Mask

Kimberly Redmond | |

Apple Inc is testing new iOS software that will enable iPhone users to unlock their device while wearing a face mask – as long as they are wearing an Apple Watch.

The update released this week, which is part of a beta test expected to be broadly rolled out soon, enables an iPhone to communicate with a synced Apple Watch when the smartphone is raised to use Face ID.

Apple Beats Revenue and Earnings Estimates With Record iPhone, China Sales

Reuters | |

Apple Inc on Wednesday reported holiday quarter sales and profits that beat Wall Street expectations, as new 5G iPhones helped push handset revenue to a new record and sparked a 57% rise in China sales.

Apple shipped its iPhone 12 lineup several weeks later than usual, but an expanded number of models and new look appear to have tapped into pent up demand for upgrades, especially in China. The company also posted strong sales of its Mac laptops and iPads in the quarter, driven by consumers working, learning and playing from home during the pandemic.

Apple Plans To Increase iPhone Production by 30% in First Half of 2021

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Apple Inc plans to raise iPhone manufacturing by nearly 30% to up to 96 million units in the first half of 2021, Japanese financial daily Nikkei reported on Tuesday, prompting another jump in the shares of the California-based tech giant.

Citing unnamed sources, Nikkei said the company had asked suppliers to produce around 95 million to 96 million iPhones. That target would include the latest iPhone 12 as well as older iPhone 11 and SE models, but could be undermined by an industry shortage of key components, it said.

Apple Says It Will Lower App Store Fees for Small Developers; Critics Call It 'Window Dressing'

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Apple Inc said on Wednesday it plans to start a program to lower its App Store commissions for software developers who make $1 million or less in proceeds each year from the store, but some of the company’s critics called the move “window dressing.”

Apple takes a 30% cut of most purchases made on the App Store, although the commission drops to 15% for subscriptions that remain active for more than a year.

The iPhone maker said developers will automatically get the lower 15% rate if they generate $1 million or less in proceeds - defined as the portion of store purchases that the developer keeps - in a calendar year.

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