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iOS 10.3 is now available for download. (Source: Apple)

Apple iOS 10.3 now publicly available

The update brings a shift to Apple's new APFS file system, which should increase overall system performance and better allocate storage space. There are a few other changes as well.
Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

The notorious activist group says that the CIA developed specialized tools to specifically target and infiltrate Apple products, namely Macbooks and iPhones. The tools have been in use since at least 2008.
Alexa is now available to help in the Amazon iOS app. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS

The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
As of March 2017, about 97.2% of Android devices may be vulnerable to exploits in WikiLeaks' latest documents. (Picture source: Android Developers)

Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA

Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
The iPhone 6 leads the failure rates, followed by the 6s. (Source: Blancco Technology Group)

Research firm finds iPhone failure rate increasing, eclipsing Android

Research firm Blancco has found that iPhones have become remarkably less reliable over the past five quarters. At the same time, Android phones have increased in reliability significantly.
Even as the smartphone market slows down, iPhone sales have bounced back due to its loyal customer base. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)

Apple's iPhone refresh details get further confirmation

In light of new information, Nikkei Asian Review now states that Apple's iPhone 8 will feature three configurations, one of which is the 5.8-inch OLED version. In addition, we're also getting two smaller versions of the iPhone 8 sometime this year.
Mac Otakara has stated that Apple may update their current iPad Pro and iPhone lines in March. (Source: Otakara)

Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March

According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
Showtime Glass offers screen protection with some glitz. (Source: MOXYO)

Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen

Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
Xiaomi may be making its own line of SoCs, codenamed "Pinecone." (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"

Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
The new sensor can create 64x slow motion video clips. (Source: Sony)

Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps

The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
Apple iPhone 7 smartphone

Apple to start making iPhones in Bangalore

As the Indian market grows, Apple seeks to take advantage of this trend and plans to start manufacturing smartphones locally as soon as this April. The location chosen for the plant is Bangalore, India's technology hub.
Apple has been struggling to compete with the more aggressively-priced smartphones coming out of China. (Source: CNBC)

Oppo R9 replaces iPhone as top selling phone in China

After five years, a mighty titan has been dethroned. Apple's iPhone has finally been supplanted by a fast-growing mid-range smartphone maker Oppo Electronics. Apple will have to impress with the iPhone 7 in order to win Chinese consumers back.
Stroll, the first TV ad for the Apple AirPods shows how easy it is to pair them to your iPhone 7.

Apple Stroll: First AirPods TV-ads promise easy pairing

Three 15 second TV-ads and a one-minute video put the spot on Apple's wireless AirPods, that are supposed to make music life easier for Apple users, thanks to an improved pairing technique and Siri integration.
"Take mine"! The new Apple spot puts the focus on the Portrait Mode in the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple "Take mine!": New iPhone 7 Plus commercial puts focus on Portrait Mode

Apple shows off how powerful Portrait Mode in the iPhone 7 Plus really is. The new commercial aptly named "Take mine!" follows a young woman around a small village in Italy where everyone wants to have their pictures taken.
If you want to get the Apple AirPods before Christmas, ebay has you covered, for a lot of money.

Getting the Apple AirPods before Christmas can cost up to $1.000

If you really want to get your hands on the Apple AirPods before Christmas next week, it can cost you up to $1,000, a quick look at ebay reveals. Apple's shipping window has increased to six windows by now.
Apple's wireless AirPods can be purchased for $159 USD. (Source: Apple)

Apple's wireless AirPods now available for purchase

After several delays, Apple's AirPods are now listed on Apple's online store.
Bridge, the first Mixed Reality Headset for iPhones will be available for sale in March 2017.

Occipital Bridge: Mixed Reality Headset for iPhones

Occipital will start selling the Bridge, a Mixed Reality Headset for iPhone 6 or higher in march of next year for $399. A limited explorer edition for developers is available now.
Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks

Apple AirPods finally coming in the next few weeks

Impatient iPhone 7 owners will be able to purchase a pair of AirPods hopefully before the end of this month according to an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Cortana can sync across Android, iOS, and Windows machines. (Source: Microsoft)

Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS

Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.
It might not be a good idea to save a few bucks on a cheaper charger. (Source: International Configurations, INC)

Study shows over 99% of counterfeit Apple chargers dangerous: watchdog group

UK watchdog Trading Standards tested 400 counterfeit "Apple" chargers for basic safety violations. Only 3 passed.
Apple's iPhone 7 series may not have sold as well as expected (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Apple working on "more than 10" designs prototypes for next iPhone

Distinct new features include curved and OLED displays.
Is life with the new MacBook and an iPhone 7 better despite the need for adapters?

Dongle life with Apple MacBook (Pro) and iPhone 7: The Video

How is life with the new MacBook (Pro) and the iPhone 7, The Verge wondered and made a video about it. Is it better now than with previous generations? Or are you stuck in dongle hell? Watch and find out for yourself!
The video in question will cause iPhones to crash soon after viewing. (Source: Apple)

Five second video can crash iPhones

A short five second video that's able to cause iPhones and iPads to lock and freeze can be easily shared via a link.
iPhone assembly lines may soon become a rarity in Asia. (Photo Source: Cult Of Mac)

iPhone manufacturing might be moved to USA

"iPhone: Made in the USA?" Apple may ask iPhone manufacturers to move production to the United States in the future.
Individual chargers for Apple's new Macbook Pro notebooks don't include the cable required to charge the device. (Source: Apple)

Individual Macbook Pro chargers don't come with a USB-C cable

Macbook Pro users hoping to buy additional chargers for their new device will have to provide their own USB Type-C cables.
Apple has recently started selling refurbished iPhones. (Source: Apple)

Apple starts selling refurbished iPhones

For consumers hoping to enjoy iOS without spending a lot of money, Apple has started selling iPhones on its refurbished store. The refurbished units will be sold at a discount, but still come with the standard warranty and accessories.
Will there be a jet white version of the iPhone 7?

Jet white: Will Apple release a glossy white version of the iPhone 7?

The big success of the jet black color option might have convinced Apple to prepare a jet white version as well, according to a rumor out of Japan. However, it may not be likely to happen after all.
The iPhone 7 is capable of creating waves with its powerful stereo audio output.

New Apple iPhone 7 "Dive" spot lays focus on water and sound

Once again, Apple is enlightening us with a short promo video for its successful iPhone 7. It is all about the sun, music, some water and a slightly unusual target group: older men.
Apple's lineup of iPhone 7 Plus devices. (Source: Apple)

Lower capacity iPhone 7 units have significantly slower storage speed

Recent tests confirm's findings that iPhone 7 units with 32 GB of storage have significantly slower read/write performance than their 128GB and 256 GB variants. This could result in slower speeds when transferring large files to and from the phone.
Apple's YTD stock price, highlighting 10/25 closing price of 115.59. (Source: Yahoo! Finance)

Apple releases Q4 2016 earnings, sales continue to decline

Apple released their earnings report for the fourth quarter of their fiscal year 2016. While some units, particularly Services, saw increases in sales, overall revenue is down about 9% from last year. This continues the trend of declining sales for Apple, although this decline is starting to slow.
A user saw this message after a reset when the home button stopped working on the iPhone 7.

Apple iPhone 7: Virtual Home Button as workaround

In case the new home button on the iPhone 7 fails, Apple has you covered with a virtual home button that will be enabled automatically, a user discovered.
Apple is offering a fix for those who suffer from playback control issues with Lightning earpods.

Apple: iOS 10.0.2 fixes Lightning earpods control issues

Even if Apple is already beta testing iOS 10.1, it is still busy fixing bugs in iOS 10. Version 10.0.2 fixes a few usability issues with Lightning headphones and the Photos app.
Do you really want to strap a $1000 smartphone on your surfboard? He did it!

Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: A surfer is testing their water resistance in the ocean

We all know that Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are water resistant. But does that make them perfect surf companions? Surfer Kai Lenny took them out to the ocean and compared them with Apple's previous generation.
Is your new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus making weird noises under heavy load?

Apple iPhone 7: Does yours also make hissing sounds under heavy load?

Early buyers report, that their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are making weird hissing sounds when the phone is under heavy load. The sound apparently originates from the back of the phone but not every iPhone 7 seems to suffer from that problem.
The haptic engine simulates a key press but only if the home button had skin contact.

Apple iPhone 7: The new Home button needs skin contact

The all new and improved Home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might be less than perfect on a cold day. It seems like it may need skin contact in order to work, according to a bunch of Twitter posts by early users.
Going for an early morning swim? No problem with an Apple Watch series 2.

Apple's new iPhone 7 & Apple Watch promo videos focus on sports, water and low light

Apple released three new videos this weekend, promoting how an active lifestyle can be supported using iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the new Apple Watch Series 2.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Smartphone Review

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The second one features better zooming. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is showing off with two main cameras and a powerful processor. All of this is sitting inside a water and dust resistant case with two new colors. You also get stereo speakers, but the analog headphone jack has been removed.
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 5.5" | 188 g
Apple iPhone 7 Smartphone Review

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Now, it is also waterproof. The case of the new iPhone is now also protected against water and dust. There are also improvements in respect to the camera as well as the display, combined with a lot of performance. A headphone jack is, however, not available anymore. Sound output is now handled by the Lightning port instead.
Apple A10 Fusion | Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 4.7" | 138 g
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus availability very limited, jet black units already sold out

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and all jet black models, already sold out

Although Apple admitted that jet black iPhone 7 units are easier to scratch, and customers should use protective cases, these handsets are already out of stock. Even more, the silver, gold, rose gold, and black iPhone 7 handsets are only available in limited quantities for Apple retail stores' walk-in customers.
Final rollout of iOS 10 and watchOS 3 has started.

Apple iOS 10: Final version started to rollout to users

Apple has started rollout of their newest iOS version to users all over the world. iOS 10 brings a lot of improvements to iPhones and iPads and is being touted by Apple as the biggest iOS upgrade of all times. Apple Watch users can also upgrade to watchOS 3 starting today.
Tim Cook presenting the iPhone 7: Are they testing how far they can go?

Apple iPhone 7: Are they testing how far they can go?

The iPhone 7 and its missing headphone jack could be testing grounds for next years major new iPhone revision, says Business Insider.
Apple lowered the service fee for iPhone screen damage to $29 if you are under Apple Care+ protection.

Apple lowers Apple Care+ service fee for iPhone screen damage to $29

Apple is reducing the service fee for damaged screens to $29 if you sign up for a new Apple Care+ plan for your iPhone.
Using Apple Plugs, you can upgrade your old iPhone to an iPhone 7.

This is how the internet is making fun of Apple's iPhone 7 and their AirPods

The courage that Apple showed stripping the iPhone from its headphone jack is being put to a test every day now, with artists and comedians all over the world making fun of Apple, the iPhone 7 and their newest wireless earpods, the AirdPods.
Thanks to a pairing button on the AirPods case, they might work with Android as well.

Apple AirPods: Seems like they might also work with Android

Apple does not want you to know about it obviously, but their recently announced AirPods seem to work with Android as well.
Thanks to the missing audio jack on the iPhone 7 Belkin can sell you an adapter.

Apple iPhone 7: You need this to charge your iPhone 7 while having your headphones plugged in

Belkin wants to sell you a $40 adapter to split your Lightning port in two so you can listen to music while charging your iPhone 7 at the same time.
Apple suggests to buy a case for the new glossy iPhone 7

Glossy jet black Apple iPhone 7: Apple warns it may show abrasions over time, suggests case

If you think about pre-ordering the glossy jet black iPhone 7 for $1000 or more, you may want to shell out another few bucks for a case, Apple suggests.
Apple AirPods wireless headphones for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple unveils the AirPods wireless headphones

These new accessories will hit the market next month and work with devices running iOS 10, watchOS 3, or macOS Sierra.
The iPad Pro now got a 256 GB version, the 16 GB iPads are all but gone.

Apple iPad series: Apple bumps up minimum storage capacity to 32 GB, intros 256 Pro-models

Even if Apple did not officially announce the change at yesterday's September event, they completely eliminated the 16 GB iPad versions from the Apple store. The entry level models all start with 32 GB of storage now, the iPad Pro's top out at 256 GB.
Don't blink and check out the Apple September event in 107 seconds.

Don't blink: The Apple September iPhone 7 event in a 107 second video

If you didn't have time to watch the Apple September event yesterday, you might want to check out this 107 second video to get an idea of what you missed.
Watch the event live, even under Windows, Linux or Android.

Apple iPhone 7 September event: How to watch it live!

Apple will stream today's iPhone 7 event anywhere in the world and you can watch it live, even if you are on Windows, Android or Linux. We will tell you how and when.

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