Earlier this week, Apple has deployed security updates for its operating systems, in order to deliver a fix for a message bug that causes mobile apps to shut down when trying to render a specific Indian symbol. This bug was discovered just a week ago, and it mostly affects iOS apps that can display characters, including popular services such as Facebook, Twitter, Messages, and even Instagram. What happened was that when an app tries to display a certain Indian character in the Telugu language, that app proceeds to crash and even become inaccessible by Apple users.
It was only about a couple of weeks ago when Apple got to roll out an iOS update that came with a fix for ChaiOS, a bug that causes the iMessage app on iOS powered mobile devices to crash and cause locking and restarting issues. This week, the tech giant finds itself dealing with yet another iMessage bug, and this time around, this latest issue may be far more damaging.
According to yet another prediction issued by noted Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities (and reported by MacRumors), if Apple releases a new, less expensive flagship smartphone offering later this year, that iPhone model could end up selling as many as 105 million units during the second half of 2018 all through the first half of next year.
By introducing its new buy one get one special offer for the iPhone X, AT&T just became the first major US wireless carrier to launch such a generous promotional deal for one of the three flagship devices that Apple had launched last year. The iPhone X, after all, is widely considered as the most expensive iPhone model to date (with a starting price of a thousand bucks), and a BOGO deal that features the handset is certainly most welcome.
Earlier this week, Motherboard had reported that it had spotted what appears to be iOS source code posted on GitHub. Some have expressed their concerns that this source code could be used by hackers in order to search for flaws in Apple’s mobile operating system. Apple has since responded, stating that the code does seem to be the real thing, albeit based on a version of iOS 9 that was released more than three years ago.
Highly unlikely, it seems. As recently reported by the folks at 9to5Mac, the 2017 iPhone models (the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 8 Plus) happen to have received specific hardware updates that facilitate more effective battery power management tools that should minimize the occurrence of random battery shutdowns.
In response to questions asked by Senator John Thune regarding its deliberate slowing down of the processing speed of old iPhone models, Apple has stated through a letter that it is exploring the idea of offering rebates to iOS mobile users who paid for the full cost of replacing the battery of their iPhone units.
Apple has just released its earnings result for the final quarter of 2017, and the tech giant has managed to register iPhone sales of 77.3 million units. While it is true that 77.3 million units sold is still an impressive figure, it does represent a slight decrease compared to Q4 2016’s sales volume (78.2 million units). And it should be mentioned that the previous year’s 78.2 million iPhone unit sales was a record quarterly haul for Apple.
According to a recent report published by Bloomberg, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may be currently investigating Apple’s use of a software update in slowing down the processing speed of certain old iPhone models starting late last year. The federal investigation is said to be in its initial stages, and the talk is that the US government has also proceeded to requesting information from Apple itself.
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