Articles about iPhone

Ofcom slaps ban on BT/EE 4G spectrum bid

Communications giant BT/EE will not be able to bid for more 4G spectrum in the forthcoming auction, according to proposals by communications regulator Ofcom. Next year, Ofcom will auction 190 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands – an increase of just under a third of the total mobile spectrum currently available. …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Analysis For the past few weeks, this tech reporter has been tussling with a complex issue: which new laptop to buy. Just a month ago, this seemed like an exciting proposition: not only was Apple going to update its MacBook Pro line (at last), but Microsoft had gone all Apple on us and come out with some genuinely innovative products. …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2016
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Apple admits the iPhone 6 Plus has 'Touch Disease'

Apple has admitted that the iPhone 6 has “Touch Disease”, a glitch that leaves the handset's touch screen inoperable. The problem surfaced in August when repair site iFixit diagnosed a problem with controller chips that lost electrical contact with the phablet's motherboard. Apple, as is its wont, remained silent … until …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016
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FYI Apple fans – iCloud slurps your call histories

Apple's effort to avoid becoming an on-demand data dispensary for authorities faces unlikely saboteurs: The company's commitment to convenience and its customers' preference for the same. Russian digital forensics company Elcomsoft on Thursday published a blog post claiming that Apple's iCloud Drive service stores phone call …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Nov 2016
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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

China says the rhetoric of US President-elect Donald Trump could lead it to block the sale of products by Apple and other US tech companies. An editorial from the state-run Global Times news outlet suggests that, should Trump make good on his campaign promise to declare China a currency manipulator and raise tariffs on …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2016
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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

Google has responded to the European Commission's complaint that it is abusing its market power with the Android mobile phone operating system by griping that Microsoft and Apple are worse. The ad and search giant points out in a neat animated GIF that of the 39 bundled apps on an iPhone, all 39 of them stem from Apple; on a …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2016
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Reg meets 'Lokihardt', quite possibly the world's best hacker

Power of Community If Jung Hoon Lee is not the world's best hacker, he can't be far from the top of the dais: the 22 year-old South Korean better known as Lokihardt has an uncanny knack for finding zero-day exploits in the world's most popular and most secure systems. Lee is a fixture at global hacking competitions like Pwn2Own and PwnFest where …
Darren Pauli, 11 Nov 2016

Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

Special report A looming set of changes to the macOS has some administrators worried that the way they manage and configure Apple systems will need switching up. Those changes, which have only been partly revealed by Apple, will see a new file system implemented in the OS and, in the process, a lockdown of key components of the operating …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2016
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Tech Trump: Silicon Valley steps into the valley of unhappiness

The biggest question facing millions of Americans this Wednesday is: just how much of what Donald Trump said on the campaign does he intend to actually try to make happen. And in that respect, few are more fearful than Silicon Valley. As we've already noted, Trump has backed a number of positions that go directly against the …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Nov 2016

Tailored Swift – coming soon to a cloud near you

Interview Jonathan "Jono" Guthrie, senior software engineer for PerfectlySoft, dropped by The Register's office in San Francisco to discuss the merits of the Swift programming language. The Apple-created Swift has attracted significant attention from developers since the iPhone maker released it as an open source project last year, but …
Thomas Claburn, 09 Nov 2016
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HP Elite x3 phablet: The three-in-one business has been waiting for?

Review HP is making a hugely ambitious return to smartphones, billing the Elite x3 as “one device that’s every device”. No pressure, then. The proposition is that the Elite x3 is a phone that doubles as a PC and tablet replacement. Once connected to an external display, keyboard and mouse, either wirelessly or via a dock, this hefty …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2016
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LeEco – the Chinese biz that said it'll topple US tech giants – has already hit the rocks

Less than a month ago, Chinese media and electronics firm LeEco made its glitzy launch into the US market. However, its founder Jia Yueting has just told staff that the firm is in trouble. Back then LeEco (pronounced Le Echo) promised a smartphone better in spec to Google's Pixel or Apple's iPhone but costing half as much; a $ …
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2016
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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

Review Earlier this month, Google announced its Pixel range of smartphones – two models intended to replace the Nexus line the Chocolate Factory has carried for the past six years. The Nexus carried a stripped-down version of Android with no bloatware or funny skins. It was beloved by developers for its simplicity, for getting code …
Iain Thomson, 05 Nov 2016
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Standing out from the crowd with an Android phone? You and 90 per cent of the market

Android smartphones currently account for nine tenths of what analysts say is now strictly a two-brand market. Strategy Analytics estimates that over the third quarter of 2016, Android handsets claimed precisely 87.5 per cent of all shipments, the highest market share ever for the Google-backed operating system. Apple was …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Nov 2016

ARMed and dangerous, Mate: Huawei slips new Cortex cores into Samsung Note killer

Pics Huawei's chance to seize upon Samsung's Note 7 woes has come, with a new phablet and a Porsche Design-branded sibling. The Mate 9 was unveiled in Munich, Germany, on Thursday, and ushers in EMUI 5, a user-interface skin more familiar to European and US punters. The handset runs Google's Android 7. Huawei has also introduced a …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Nov 2016
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MacBook headphone hell

Apple's "courageous" headphone decision didn't carry over to the new MacBook Pro. This according to teardown house iFixit, which noted in its dissection report that the new MacBook Pro (the one model that doesn't have the Touch Bar) still uses a 3.5mm headphone jack, and does not contain a Lightning input. This means that the …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2016
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Ex-soldier slapped with sex offender order after flouting private browsing mode ban

A disgraced former Territorial Army soldier who made indecent images of children has been given a sexual offences order after being caught breaching a previous one – by enabling private browsing mode on his iPhone and iPad. Paul Martin McGarrity, 56, of Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, UK, received the sexual harm prevention …
Gareth Corfield, 01 Nov 2016
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Apple rushes out iOS 10.1.1 fix after health data flat lines

Apple has once again posted an update to iOS, this time to address a bug it introduced with the last patch. The iOS 10.1.1 update contains little in the way of new features or bug fixes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Rather, it addresses a single flaw that had in some cases caused a loss of the ability to view stored …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2016

No nudes, bloated apps, Android sucks and 497 other complaints about Apple to the FTC

Exclusive Apple and its products prompted almost 500 complaints to the US Federal Trade Commission in the past 22 months – a number that suggests the iGiant has cut the rate at which consumers express dissatisfaction. That of course doesn't include social media ire about the new MacBook Pro. The Register sent a Freedom of Information …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Oct 2016
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Geohot gone geocold on georides: Comma.ai self-driving car kit cancelled

George "Geohot" Hotz is cancelling his Comma.ai self-driving car project after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) threatened to fine him tens of thousands of dollars over safety concerns. Hotz, who made a name for himself jailbreaking iPhone and PlayStation firmware, had been planning to launch Comma …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2016

Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

Apple has taken advantage of a more competitive sterling exchange rate to hike its computer prices – by far more than sterling fell. Cupertino raised some UK prices by as much as £500. Apple had already raised the prices of its iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch products. Sterling has fallen some 15 per cent from its 1H 2016 …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2016
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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

Apple confirmed Thursday that its new Macbook Pro line will feature a touchscreen display to replace function keys. The new models, offered in 13-inch (33-cm) and 15-inch (38-cm) flavors, will be the first to sport the Touch Bar, a small Retina display strip that will sit just above the number keys in an area previously …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2016
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iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

Samsung already had plenty to worry about before its flagship phone started exploding. Strategy Analytics reckons the Korean giant’s phone sales have fallen 10 per cent. And it’s not alone. Apple is experiencing “iPhone” fatigue after years of merely incremental upgrades, down 5 per cent globally over the year. Overall global …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2016
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Amazon certifies third-party refurbishers: How good and new is good as new?

Amazon has launched a new service called "Certified Refurbished" to encourage customer confidence when purchasing second-hand consumer electronics. The programme will see certain vendors and third-party refurbishers certified on the Amazon marketplace to sell products which “look and work like new”. Amazon informed us that …
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Apple grounds AirPods launch with shipping delay

Apple is going to miss its own deadline for shipping the AirPods wireless headphones. The Cupertino iPhone slinger told the media that it "needs a little more time" to get the cordless headset ready for release. "We don't believe in shipping a product before it's ready," Apple told multiple outlets. Apple introduced the …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2016
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Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with one of two cellular modems, Qualcomm's MDM9645M modem or Intel's XMM7360 modem, depending upon the associated mobile carrier. In ideal conditions, the two modems perform equally well. But research firm Cellular Insights claims that at the edge of cell coverage areas, where signal …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2016

BlackBerry design boss tells El Reg: 'We're not getting out of phones'

Analysis The more BlackBerry explains its phone strategy, the more people insist there will never be another BlackBerry. Which must be annoying. Headlines a month ago that the company had “hung up on its handset business” were only half right. Executives reaffirmed to us this week that they expect to see more BlackBerry phones rather …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2016
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Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

A bellicose Burgundian has been served a six-month suspended sentence and a pile of damages after being driven to distraction by a glitchy iPhone and taking revenge on his local Apple store with a shiny metal ball. According to French tech site Slice42, Yann Serre had bought an iPhone 6 in the Dijon Apple store in January 2015 …
Clodagh Doyle, 26 Oct 2016
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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

Analysis Santa may have an empty sack this Christmas, crushing the dreams of fanbois (and fanfilles). Apple admitted yesterday it was unable to meet the demand for its iPhone 7. Six weeks after the launch, Apple’s own online store is still showing long delays for several configurations of the iPhone 7. These will continue into December …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Oct 2016
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This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

The Nexus 6P appears to have been hacked with attackers at the Mobile Pwn2Own contest installing malware without user interaction in less than five minutes. The hack by China's Keen Team happened minutes ago at the Tokyo event and does not require users to do anything. It is as of the time of writing yet to be confirmed but …
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016
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Disaster in Cupertino: Apple only made US$9bn last quarter

Apple once again saw revenues drop, as 45.5 million iPhone 7 sales were not enough to boost its fourth-quarter earnings. CEO Tim Cook talked up the particularly strong performance of Apple's internet services while glossing over another quarter of falling revenues. "Our strong September quarter results cap a very successful …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2016

BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

Hands-on Review Available for order this week, BlackBerry’s penultimate own-brand phone is a luxurious but light big sibling to its DTEK50. That was the first to marry a reference design, from TCL, to BlackBerry’s own “hardened” Android. The DTEK60 – not a name that rolls off the tongue – also uses BlackBerry’s Android, but aims for the …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2016
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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

Apple has distributed a fresh round of security updates to address remote-code execution holes in iOS, macOS, Safari, and the firmware for Apple Watch and AppleTV. Miscreants who exploit these flaws can take over the vulnerable device – all a victim has to do is open a JPEG or PDF file booby-trapped with malicious code, so get …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2016
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Cheapest Apple iPhone 7's flash memory is waaaaay slower than pricier model

Apple is silently stiffing customers who don't spend enough on the latest iPhones. For the past few years, the cheapest new iPhone model had a storage capacity of 8GB, then 16GB, which in practice meant just over 12GB available if you include the bundled software. This meant there was insufficient space to perform an update …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2016

NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

Comment As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it. That’s not news and the US government has many tools in its box. Many had already heard of the Uniting and Strengthening America by …
Frank Jennings, 20 Oct 2016

HomeKit is where the dearth is – no one wants Apple's IoT tech

It's been four months since Apple half-launched its smart-home/internet-of-things service through the introduction of a new app in iOS 10 called "Home." At the time, we asked "where are the products?" and unfortunately it's a question we're still asking in the lead-up to what should be a holiday push for the smart home. One …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Oct 2016

Spain's iPhone killer actually a rebranded Xiaomi – new claim

An Android phone maker in Spain is facing allegations that its flagship product is just a rebranded Chinese model. The Zetta handset had been advertised as a smartphone built in Spain's Extremadura region, and was considered the country's own answer to the iPhone, with more than 80 shops selling it. However, according to …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2016
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Sextortion on the internet: Our man refuses to lie down and take it

Exclusive An unpleasant Monday morning kicked off when my personal email account popped up a message of thanks for joining YouTube rival Vimeo. Seven minutes later, I visited the website, where I was confronted by a sexually explicit video stating I was a pedophile. The video depicted a bearded young man lying back on a bed, pleasuring …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2016
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Galaxy Note 7 flameout: 2 in 5 Samsung fans say they'll never buy from the Korean giant again

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 fiasco continues to erode the South Korean goliath's customer base. Two days ago, the electronics giant said it would stop selling the Note 7 after a series of fires arising from faulty batteries. It also advised Note 7 customers to stop using the device. Now, a survey conducted by ecommerce company …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2016
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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

The world didn’t pay much attention to the fifth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, back on the 5th of October. Perhaps that’s because we believe we’ve all moved on. But that’s less true than we believe, in both some very obvious and very non-obvious ways. First, the obvious: the smartphone is now undeniably the most …
Mark Pesce, 13 Oct 2016
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Desktop budget wrangles: Whose device is it anyway?

“Giving away budget never felt so good." Those were the words of an IT manager attending one of our roundtables recently. But why was he so happy about losing control of a chunk of his IT funding? The topic of the roundtable was end user computing, and he was explaining how the annual budget negotiations around desktop …
Dale Vile, 12 Oct 2016

Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

Analysis There was a distinct whiff of the retro about Google’s launch of its Pixel smartphone. Exclusives with selected large mobile operators; yet another attempt to create a unified Android experience; even the clear focus on Apple as the primary competition – all these should be issues of the past. "Premium is a very important …
Wireless Watch, 12 Oct 2016

Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

Samsung received good news of a sort on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court heard arguments for why Apple should reimburse the company $399m. In the latest round of a four-year fight, Samsung told the Supremes that it was unfair to be forced to pay back all the profits it made from smartphones that a court decided back in 2012 had …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Oct 2016
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Steve Jobs' thermonuclear showdown with Samsung reaches US Supreme Court

Steve Jobs’ “"thermonuclear war"” against Samsung over smartphones has landed in the US Supreme Court. The US's court of courts will hear oral arguments from both sides on Tuesday. The case was launched by Apple five years ago and seeks $399m over claimed iPhone patent infringement by the electronics giant. Samsung has …
Andrew Cobley, 10 Oct 2016
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T-Mobile and AT&T halt all Galaxy Note 7 sales

US mobile carriers T-Mobile US and AT&T have decided the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is too great a risk and have stopped shipping replacements for the phirebug phablet. T-Mobile took to the web on Sunday afternoon with a statement in which it said "While Samsung investigates multiple reports of issues, T-Mobile is temporarily …
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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Nexedi, an open source software company based in France, has filed a lawsuit against Apple in Paris alleging that Apple's App Store contract is unfair. In a blog post, founder and CEO Jean-Paul Smets and UI designer Sven Franck said that the company has undertaken the lawsuit to force Apple to improve its support for the …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Oct 2016
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Actually, yes, Samsung, you do have to pay Apple $120m

In yet another reversal in the Apple-Samsung patent war, Samsung was told on Friday it actually did have to pay Apple $120m for infringing three patents. The surprise decision [PDF] from the full Federal Appeals Court in Washington, DC, comes eight months after it was told by a smaller three-person appeals panel that it did …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Oct 2016

FBI wants to unlock another jihadist’s iPhone

The FBI wants to crack into another deceased terrorist’s locked iPhone. Dahir Adan stabbed 10 people inside a St. Cloud, Minnesota, shopping mall last month before he was shot dead by an off-duty police officer. Daesh (IS) later claimed responsibility for the attack. Adan - like San Bernardino gun attack terrorist Rizwan …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2016
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Cisco exec: Is our networking gear exciting? Yeah, like 'sewage'

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Cisco’s head of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia has joked that selling enterprise networking is about as exciting as raw effluence, or at least it was until Apple sprinkled, er, magic dust on its tech plumbing. The firms linked arms last autumn to work on tighter tech integration, largely around wireless, security and …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016

Four reasons Pixel turns flagship Android mobe makers into roadkill

Comment This year’s “Google phones” – now rebranded as Pixel – are just the latest step in Google seizing control of Android – and the biggest so far. If this process is like cooking the proverbial frog, then Google just turned up the heat so quickly, the OEMs cannot help but notice. “There's more and more resemblance to Microsoft in …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Oct 2016