Owners of iPhone devices who had purchased a battery replacement last year for an out of warranty iPhone model may be qualified to receive a $50 credit from Apple. Recently this week, the tech giant has set up a new support web page, which contains an announcement of a policy on rebates. This policy happens to be applicable to purchases completed at authorized outlets.
Because coffee. According to a blog post from eMarketer, Starbucks’ mobile payment service (which operates by way of the coffee house chain’s main mobile app for about seven years now) seems to be the market leader in the United States, in terms of the number of users who have completed mobile payment transactions.
As the world’s number one seller of smartphone devices, Samsung routinely ships tens of millions of its handsets on an annual basis. But as recently revealed during a trial, it turns out that the South Korean mobile brand received about four million smartphones returned for service in the United States yearly, and another million unit returned for damaged displays.
Based on an internal memo seen by MacRumors, it appears that Apple has confirmed that the service inventory of replacement batteries for iPhones are now made available without any delay. In other words, iOS mobile users who are looking to have their device’s battery replaced will no longer have to worry about extending delays in shipping, although it should be mentioned that depending on a specific location, the level of immediate availability of replacements might vary.
A research team from Elcomsoft has discovered a new iPhone feature called USB Restricted Mode when going over the code for iOS 11.4, and it functions exactly as it sounds -- it deactivates any transfer of data over USB if the iPhone unit has not been unlocked for a period of a week. The USB data transfer will be reactivated when a user unlocks the device (by normal means), and even if the USB Restricted Mode is still on, the iPhone will still be capable of charging.
Apple has essentially declared (by way of a post in its official developer web page) that every iOS powered mobile app submitted to the App Store must be developed using the iOS 11 SDK (software development kit) and must offer full support for the iPhone X’s Super Retina screen, which sports a soon to be ubiquitous front panel notch, by July of this year.
Just as it did during the busy holiday shopping season last year, Apple’s iPhone X has once again come out on top in the super competitive world of the smartphone industry. According to information recently presented by Strategy Analytics this week, this particular iPhone model managed to ship 16 million units across the globe during the first quarter of 2018, effectively securing the number one spot for a second consecutive quarter.
During the first three months of the year, Apple has managed to register an improvement in terms of its total volume of iPhone shipments, recording 52.2 million shipping units, which represents a 3 percent increase compared to the shipment volume in the first quarter of last year. The tech giant also managed to grow its market share to 15 percent, according to a new report recently released by Strategy Analytics.
As indicated in a report recently published by Fast Company, there is a strong likelihood that Apple will only be making 8 million units of last year’s flagship, the iPhone X, for the second quarter of this year. It goes without saying that 8 million units is a ridiculously low number, at least by Apple’s standards.
Well, it does make you wonder -- what do you call the iPhone models that follow last year’s iPhone X? Perhaps the logical choice would be iPhone 11, considering that the X in iPhone X’s name was meant to celebrate the ten year dominance of the first ever iPhone model (released back in 2007).
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