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First iPhone X batch reportedly only contains 46,500 units

posted onOctober 16, 2017
by l33tdawg

Reports detailing the first shipment of Apple's $999 iPhone X claim there will be even fewer devices to go around than originally expected. According to a Digitimes report that references news from the Chinese outlet, Apple's manufacturer Foxconn recently began shipping the first round of iPhone Xs to the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates, but that first batch only included 46,500 devices.

Three Ugly Mistakes That Guarantee More MacBook Pro Disappointment

posted onJanuary 12, 2018
by l33tdawg

Having a safe and secure computer is a requirement that is becoming more important to consumers. For many years the Mac range of computers, from the MacBook in your bag to the Mac Pro hiding under your desk,  was regarded as a gold standard, immune to malware and secure against malicious attacks.

In the last few months that perception has been challenged by errors on the part of Apple and its suppliers. The strong selling point of security is no longer there.

Another macOS password prompt can be bypassed with any password

posted onJanuary 11, 2018
by l33tdawg

MacRumors spotted a bug report that affects the current version of macOS High Sierra. In System Preferences, you can unlock the App Store preference pane by typing any password. Apple has reportedly already fixed the bug in beta versions of the next macOS High Sierra update.

While this bug is nowhere as serious as the infamous root login bug, as John Gruber wrote, this one is quite embarrassing. What’s wrong with password prompts and macOS?

Apple forks over another $184M to UK tax authorities after 'extensive audit'

posted onJanuary 10, 2018
by l33tdawg

HMRC extracted the extra payment from Apple Europe after what the department called an "extensive audit" of the company's pre-2015 tax filings, according to the Financial Times. Apple Europe is a London-based subsidiary of Apple which, among other activities, handles European marketing operations.

The audit is believed to have found that Apple Europe was not paid fair value for the services it provided to other Apple subsidiaries, leading to artificially lower taxable revenue.

iMac Pro teardown finds mystery Apple chip that could be A10 Fusion coprocessor

posted onJanuary 3, 2018
by l33tdawg

In taking apart the new iMac Pro, iFixit discovered an Apple chip identified as "338S00268," which the repair experts said "appears to be the rumored A10 Fusion coprocessor." Notably, the chip discovered near the solid-state hard drive is separate from the T2 chip, which handles secure booting, password encryption and more.

The discovery of a second Apple chip could refuel speculation as to what exactly the hardware is for.

Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tunes

posted onJanuary 1, 2018
by l33tdawg

The iPod died slowly, then all at once. After nearly 16 years on the market, more than 400 million units sold, and one Cupertino company launched into the stratosphere on its back, Apple quietly pulled the iPod Nano and Shuffle out of its virtual stores today. The iPod Touch still lives on: In fact, Apple now offers the Touch with 32 gigs of storage starting at $199. But that's not a real iPod; it's an iPhone-lite. Today officially marks the end of Apple's era of standalone music players.

Apple’s response to battery controversy: have a new one for $29

posted onDecember 29, 2017
by l33tdawg

The past few weeks have been tumultuous for Apple ever since the company confirmed it slows down iPhones as their batteries age. In a message posted to Apple's website today, the company formally apologized to customers while explaining how iPhone batteries age, what Apple has already done to prevent unexpected device shutdowns, and what the company will do to address customer concerns.