Apple has decided to come clean with it -- it really is slowing down the processing performance of older iPhones (as previously suspected by Redditors and Geekbench), but the tech giant is doing it to prevent more (and potentially worse) battery problems down the road. In an official statement made available to TechCrunch, the company admitted that it had rolled out a software patch a year ago that causes old iPhone units to operate more slowly.
According to a recent blog post on Geekbench’s official website, iPhone devices do exhibit some decrease in performance over time, and it is mainly due to their battery getting older. John Poole, the president and founder of Primate Labs (the firm who developed the Geekbench processor benchmarking software), explained that as the batteries age and show reduced power capacity, the processors on iPhones are also expected to slow down. We tend to believe that our iPhones will always be capable of fast processing, even after many years of use.
This might be good news for those who currently own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s -- the biggest wireless carrier in America has a new limited time promotional deal that promises to give two hundred bucks for specific iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s owners who decide to port their phone numbers to the Big Red’s network. Strictly speaking, the special offer is open to all customers who possess any iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus in all memory size configurations.
It appears that Google is not the only tech giant having troubles in Russia. According to the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), Apple is guilty of fixing the prices for specific editions of its iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 models at no less than 16 local retail partners. The iPhone maker is allegedly monitoring the pricing at these outlets and then requesting the retailers to increase the pricing if deemed not suitable.
T-Mobile has issued a statement advising its customers, especially those who own iPhone devices, to wait just a little bit before updating to iOS 10, the latest version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The statement was actually a tweet by John Legere himself, the chief executive officer of the major US wireless carrier. The advisory was specifically targeted to mobile users who currently have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus, or an iPhone SE unit.
In certain iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units, the touch screens are found to have a defect, specifically becoming unresponsive, essentially rendering them inoperable. As a result, owners of these affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices are suing Apple, as reported by Reuters. As indicated in a proposed countrywide class action suit filed over the weekend, Apple has allegedly known of the touch screen issue, but has since done nothing to properly address the problem.
Users of iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus devices who notice a gray bar being displayed on their handsets should be worried -- it could spell serious issues for their smartphone. As reported by iFixIt and Forbes, there have been numerous cases of the same thing happening being reported in Apple support forums.
It appears that Apple is having some little iPhone troubles in big China. According to a report published by Bloomberg, the tech giant has been ordered by Chinese officials to halt the selling of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices in Beijing, the capital city of the most populated country in the world.
Yup, you read that headline right. Dish, the satellite TV provider, has just launched a new service that offers to fix Apple iPhone devices, and the really cool thing about this is that those availing of the service will never need to get out of their homes. Granted, this latest move from a company primarily known for satellite TV services is a bit odd, but why not, right?
If you are a subscriber of AT&T and own an iPhone 6 device (or newer model), you can now make and take voice calls by way of Wi-Fi outside the country. Yup, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has started sending text messages to its subscribers just this week, basically notifying them that AT&T’s Wi-Fi calling feature has been expanded to territories outside the US. As updated in the official web page for AT&T’s Wi-Fi calling service, the feature can now be used in the Domestic Coverage Area (which includes the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) as well as from most international regions.
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