Recently this week, Comcast’s wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, has announced that BYOD (bring your own device) customers can now activate their unlocked iPhones (albeit select models only -- they can check by heading to this page) on the MVNO’s network by visiting any Xfinity Store location in the United States. Moreover, those users that happen to own handsets that are not eligible can still have their device swapped for a gift card that is worth the value of their smartphone.
There is a newly discovered flaw on Apple devices that is called the chaiOS bug, and it can potentially cause machines that run on iOS and MacOS platforms to lock up, crash, and even restart. The bug was first spotted by Twitter user Abraham Masri, who claims that apart from freezes and restarts, the chaiOS bug also causes other problems like resprings and battery issues, and possibly more.
Shortly before the holidays began, Apple faced a controversy for shutting down older iPhone models. The issue first came about on Reddit after users complained their iPhones were performing slower than before. John Poole (of Primate Labs) then ran benchmark tests on both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, which revealed that Apple was indeed slowing down these devices through various iOS updates.
The second biggest smartphone vendor in the world may still be dealing with some nagging battery related issues since December of last year, but it did something very right in the first day of 2018, or more accurately, its horde of fans did. On New Year’s Day, iOS mobile users spent a jaw dropping $300 million in purchases from Apple’s App Store.
Apple has said this week that Meltdown and Spectre, the two newly discovered processor security vulnerabilities, can impact almost all of its devices, including iPhones, iPad tablets, and even Mac computers. But the tech giant is also taking the opportunity to point out that risk can be reduced significantly if Apple users make sure to download the newest software updates, which come with fixes for one of the flaws.
According to Mark Moskowitz, an analyst from Barclays Capital, the recent backlash that Apple has been receiving these past few weeks after admitting that it has been intentionally slowing down the processing of certain old iPhone models could result to fewer iPhone sales this year. And when he said fewer, it could be around 16 million units fewer. The 16 million units not sold should equal about $10.3 billion in lost earnings in 2018.
One can say that Apple has had a rather interesting couple of weeks, so to speak. After reports of numerous old iPhone models slowing down in terms of processing had surfaced in the interwebs last December, the tech giant was compelled to acknowledge that it was indeed deliberately slowing down specific models in order to protect their aging battery (which often caused some units to randomly shut down when they were not charged enough or when used in cold weather).
Powercast has announced recently this week that it has managed to get approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its PowerSpot, a transmitter that the company claims is the first ever over the air radio frequency (RF) based charger for consumer use.
As indicated in its official blog, iFixit has decided to formally lower the pricing of its iPhone battery replacement kits to just $29, effectively matching the $29 price being charged by Apple in order to replace batteries of old iPhone units that Apple has slowed down. For those still not in the know, earlier this week Apple had issued an official apology for slowing down the processing speed of some old iPhone models in order to prevent them from randomly shutting down whenever the battery is not charged enough or when used in cold climates.
A little more than a week ago, Apple had admitted that it was intentionally slowing down older iPhone models. According to the tech giant, it was doing so in order to prevent battery problems (and potentially worse issues later on). By slowing down earlier models, the company was basically keeping them from shutting down randomly, especially when they are not sufficiently charged, or used in lower temperatures.
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