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Apple to switch HUMAN iPhone-juicer-fiddlers with ROBOTS – report

Apple is preparing to replace the worker drones on its iPhone battery production line with robot replacements. According to industry sources in Taipei, Apple will automate its battery production later this year. It has already automated the manufacture of iMacs and Mac Pros. Younger Chinese workers are becoming less and less …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Mar 2014
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Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids

Danish company ReSound claims the LinX for the iPhone is the first "cool hearing aid". That might be stretching things a bit but perhaps only because of attitudes. The ReSound LiNX can use the iPhone as a phone, with the audio through the hearing aid like a Bluetooth headset, play music stored on the phone for the hearing …
Simon Rockman, 10 Apr 2014

Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

Apple has quietly reintroduced an iPhone accessory that was discontinued when the iPhone 5 was unveiled last September: the lowly but in some quarters much-missed charging and syncing dock. Apparently, Apple didn't want to clutter up its Tuesday-morning rollout of the iPhone 5C and 5S with a mention of such a quotidian piece of …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Sep 2013
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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

A survey has found that iPhone owners may be slightly smarter than their Android-owing counterparts when it comes to brain teasers. The highly scientific test, apparently commissioned by bookies Ladbrokes, found that on average iPhone fanbois were able to complete a series of puzzles in less time than folks with other handsets …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jan 2014
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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

Darth Vader has posted his first selfie, and appears to use an iPhone to do it. The selfie appeared on Instagram, which now has an official Star Wars account that will presumably be used as one of the zillion marketing tactics now necessary to motivate the general public to leave their sofas and trek to cinemas. Vader's image, …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2013
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You're spending WHAT on iPhone 6? Wells Fargo downgrades Apple stock

Analysts at Wells Fargo have downgraded their outlook on Apple shares for this year, taking it down from "outperform" to "market perform". A report on the fruity firm stuck to a valuation of between $536 and $581 a share, but it pointed out some concerns about the gross margin of profit on the upcoming iPhone 6 as well as …
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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

Apple has “revived” the production of iPhone 4 handsets in India, Indonesia and Brazil in a bid to claw back lost ground on Samsung and grab an extra slice of the mid-market in these fast growing regions. Three senior execs “with direct knowledge of the company’s plan” told India’s Economic Times that Apple’s management on the …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Feb 2014
Oscar Mayer's Bacon Odour Dongle

Can you smell bacon? Yes! And it's coming from your iPhone!

US processed meat concern Oscar Mayer has brought the world a dongle that imparts the scent of bacon to the iPhone. The promotional gewgaw has a companion app that includes an alarm clock that controls the porcine dongle. At the time you wish to rise from your slumbers, the app sets the dongle to work so your first sensory …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2014
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Cross-border kids used as Easter iPhone MULES in China

Cross-border school kids as young as 10-years-old are being used as mules to smuggle iPhones and other electronic gadgetry from Hong Kong into China where they can be sold at a premium. Customs officers found five cases of electronic devices inside students’ backpacks during the Easter holidays on Saturday, according to Hong …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Apr 2014
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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

Apple's new sapphire glass production facility in Arizona will contain enough machinery to make 100 million iPhone screens, it has been claimed. It was estimated back in October last year that over 421 million iPhones have been sold since the product was launched in 2007. If the estimate about the new Arizona factory is correct …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Feb 2014
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Swap your old iPhone for a new one, Tim Cook tells British fanbois

Apple is reportedly planning to export its US in-store iPhone exchange scheme to the UK and allow British fanbois to swap their old Jesus Phones for shiny new ones. According to shadowy Cupertino sources quoted by rumour site 9to5Mac.com, Apple has begun training British staff in the difficult skills required to swap one phone …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Oct 2013

'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

Apple's Asian suppliers will begin producing 4.7-inch displays as soon as next month for a next-gen iPhone release this fall, but 5.5-inch displays for an even bigger Cupertinian handset are said to be delayed due to production problems. So reports Reuters, citing supply chain sources – which, as Ars Technica astutely points out …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014
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Thai man reportedly dies clutching his scorched iPhone 4S

A 28-year-old Thai man has become the latest to die after talking on his iPhone whilst it was charging, according to local media reports. The man from Chanthaburi province was discovered lying face down on the cement floor of his room clutching a black 4S device which was plugged into the wall through a charger. His 52-year-old …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2013
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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

Apple's iPhones are losing ground in Europe as consumers increasingly opt for Android and Windows Phone handsets, according to researchers. Analysts with Kantar Worldpanel ComTech found that over the third quarter of this year, Apple saw its share of the market in Germany, France, and the UK decline over the same period in 2012 …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2013
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BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

BlackBerry has said that it won't be renewing its licences with T-Mobile US after the operator apparently tried to lure its customers away from its handsets and onto Apple's Jesus mobes. “BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years. Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and …
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Not so shiny shiny: MWC in a post-affluent iPhone world

The dynamic of the mobile phone market since about 2007 been shaped by Apple’s iPhone. Before the Jesus phone, the trend was ever tinier, ever shinier. Since then, it's been big screens, app stores and pricey handsets targeting relatively affluent markets. This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) saw a shift in that six-year …
Team Register, 06 Mar 2014
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Apple says sayonara to Samsung's ninjas: iPad, iPhone don't infringe comms patents – report

Apple's iPhone 4 and 4S and iPad 2 products do not violate Samsung-owned patents, a judge in Tokyo ruled today, according to reports. The South Korean giant had taken its rival to court in Japan and demanded damages for alleged patent infringement, and is now considering lodging an appeal, we understand. The ruling, as reported …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Mar 2014

Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

Apple staff referred to the flashy new gold iPhone 5s as the "Kardashian Phone" during its development, a Cupertino source has claimed. The "news" was first revealed by New York Times reporter Nick Bilton, who tweeted: A source at Apple told me while they were making the gold iPhone it was referred to internally as "The …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013
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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

Apple's most innovative minds seem to have been on a go-slow recently, with no properly exciting new products announced since Steve Jobs shuffled off this mortal coil. But at least the fruity firm can be relied upon to update its software on an annual-ish basis, which generally happens at the Worldwide Developers' Conference. …
Jasper Hamill, 21 May 2014

iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

Foxconn is planning to spend up to $1bn building a new factory in Indonesia. The firm responsible for making Apple's iPhone has signed a letter of intent which will see it build a new factory in Jakarta. The facility is expected to open its gates some time in the next five years and will contain manufacturing and assembly …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Feb 2014

Hackers lay claim to exploit that defeats iPhone anti-theft tools

A pair of security researchers claim to have found a flaw which could allow an attacker to remove security measures on lost or stolen iPhones. Dutch researchers "AquaXetine" and "Merruktechnolog" were credited in a report from De Telegraaf as exploiting a "man in the middle" flaw that tricks a stolen iOS device into connecting …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2014
Apple iPhone 5c: back, front, and side views

Great Fall of China: iPhone 5C sales lag as blinged-up 5S sells out

Apple has failed to conquer the Chinese market with the iPhone 5C, its (slightly) cheaper and more garishly coloured release. Despite the gold version of the iPhone 5S selling out across the massive nation, Chinese consumers have not warmed to the other versions of the flagship phone and appear to have entirely rejected the 5C, …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2013

Ham-fisted farmer fear: A peanut-butter-and-iPhone sandwich

Japanese farmers are claiming some shipments of grain from the USA include smartphones. The phones' presence isn't an Internet of Things play. Nor is it a new food craze. Instead, as reported by Japanese news outlet Mainichi, (through the Associated Press), it appears that US farmers are dropping their phones while they work in …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2014
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iPHONE 5S BATTERY: It may NOT just be you, it may be RUBBISH

Apple is recalling some of its flagship iPhone 5s handsets after a flaw was found in the batteries that causes them to unexpectedly run out of juice. "We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2013

Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas

Anyone short of ideas for the stocking filler this Christmas and with a spare £68k down the back of the sofa can look no further: it's time for a Gold iPhone from the Dixons Retail concession at Harrods. The Jesus mobe, made by one of Harrods' commercial partners, is housed by a 24 carat case with over 300 22 and a half carat …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2013

For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

The Free Software Foundation has taken issue with fingerprint recognition in the iPhone 5S and has called on users to reject Apple’s closed system smartphones. Executive director John Sullivan used the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C on Tuesday to zero in on the iPhone 5S, the expensive iPhone variant that comes equipped with a …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2013

Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

With the rumored launch date of the next iPhone fast approaching, Apple on Friday began allowing iPhone owners to trade in their old handsets at the company's Apple Retail Stores in the US. "iPhones hold great value," an Apple spokeswoman told the AFP news service. "So, Apple Retail Stores are launching a new program to assist …
Neil McAllister, 30 Aug 2013

New iPhone sells out, millions in hands of lucky fans, Cook cock a hoop ...

Apple has given itself a pat on the back after shifting nine million of its latest iPhone 5S and 5C models over their first weekend on sale. However, while we know that the iPhone 5S has sold out across the world, the success of the cheaper plastic-sheathed 5C is less clear. Apple has not broken down the new iPhone 5-series …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Sep 2013

Rare gold iPhone 5s goes up against 50 caliber high precision rifle

iPhone haters are a dime a dozen, but it takes an especially hearty helping of heated hostility towards Apple's latest shiny-shiny to go after one with a 50-caliber Barrett M82A1 high-precision rifle. Actually, we have no idea whatsoever whether Richard Ryan harbors any personal animosity to Cupertino's new iPhone 5s, but we do …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Sep 2013
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Chinese iPhone thief returns SIM, contact list to rightful owner

A Chinese iPhone thief has gone to extraordinary lengths to atone for his crime, copying out all 1,000 address book contacts onto paper and sending them to the phone’s owner. In an act of kindness rarely observed by the criminal fraternity, the pickpocket wrote out 11 pages of telephone numbers in total, according to a Xinhua …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2013
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Apple slugs Australia with iPhone tax

Apple's newest iPhones have surprised the world with premium pricing, but that premium is even more noticeable in Australia, where punters will be asked to pay more than US shoppers, even once one takes into account exchange rates. The Reg looked at prices for unlocked handsets, recorded on Apple's website. We checked out the US …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2013

Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report

Apple's flagship iPhone 5s has been the world's top-selling smartphone for two months in a row, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research's Monthly Market Pulse report for October 2013. Cupertino holds three of the top four slots in the top 10, with Samsung's Galaxy S4 coming in at number three. Top 10 smartphones in …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Dec 2013
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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

The CEO of a Chinese firm rumoured to be building an entry-level version of the iPhone has warned world+dog against calling it cheap. Tong Zixian, chairman of Pegatron, told a shareholder meeting today that the new iPhone's "price is still high". According to a dodgy translation of Zixian's comments, the new phone offers "parity …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek

Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

Apple has told its hardware makers to reduce iPhone 5C production for the fourth quarter – sparking concerns that demand for the handsets may be weaker than expected. The 5C went on sale in September along with the high-end 5S, with both models hitting 11 markets – including the US and China – at once, for the first time. The …
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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

Apple has applied for a patent for technology that will warn of oncoming dangers to users distracted by their text messages. An application submitted by the company to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (rooted out by AppleInsider) describes a user interface that displays transparent text messages over a live video feed …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Mar 2014

Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

Apple has failed to disclose the sales figures for its new iPhone for the first time since 2009, sending fanbois and investors into a spiral of doubt and fear. The fruity firm normally thrusts upon the world a boastful press release announcing how many gazillions of new iMobes ordered even before the things have hit the shelves …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2013

Pile of fanboi cash taking up space in garage? IPHONE UNDERTAKERS are keen to help you

A crafty group of "upcyclers" are looking for funds and phones to start their recycled iPhone craft project and, er, presumably sell it back to you. So if you're struggling to "start a conversation" with a fellow fanboi, this might be for you. An American firm has launched a bid to turn smashed iPhones into "interesting" bits of …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013

Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

Out-of-date "vintage" iPhones are being sold on eBay for more than £1,000 as fanbois yearn for the good old days when Apple was golden. One "super rare retro" first generation iPhone 2G is being sold for £1,399.99, with the seller claiming it is a "vintage collector's item". The unlocked old iPhone comes in its original box, …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013

There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

After learning that Apple's iPhone 5s was being activated by carriers at a far higher rate than the less-expensive iPhone 5c, we were curious as to how the UK compared to the US when it came to that breakdown – so we asked Localytics, the company that provided the original activation stats this Monday. "Comparing the United …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Sep 2013

It's official: Firm numbers show firm global lead of pricey iPhone 5s

There's been a tsunami of speculation about the relative sales figures for Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but now that the first firm numbers are in, it's abundantly clear that among the fervent fanbois who couldn't wait to get their hands on Apple's latest shiny-shiny, the flagship 5s is the clear winner. The analytics folks …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013
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Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment

A 30-year old man has been in a coma in a Beijing hospital for over ten days after being electrocuted whilst charging his iPhone 4, the second such incident reported in China this week. Wu Jiantong is now breathing unassisted and undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatment in an effort to help his brain recover, according to Beijing …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jul 2013
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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

Fanbois aren't safe from Windows malware - and it's all down to iTunes syncing. The music software's sync is the Achilles' heel that could expose otherwise secure iOS devices to malware, security researchers warn. Simply connecting an iPhone or iPad to an infected Windows machine through a USB cable leaves it vulnerable to …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2014
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BEASTED: Apple fined $666k in Taiwan for iPhone price meddling

Colossal shiny-gadget empire Apple has copped a festive shoeing from Taiwanese regulators, receiving a T$20 million (US$666,700) fine for attempting to the fix prices that could be charged for its iPhones sold on the island. The Taiwanese Fair Trade commission told media that Apple Asia, Cupertino's regional tentacle, was being …
Lewis Page, 27 Dec 2013
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Lingering fingerprint fingering fingered in iOS 7 for NEW iPHONE

A London-based programmer has found a reference to fingerprint-recognition technology in a beta build of Apple's new iOS 7 for iThings. Hamza Sood grabbed a load from text from a folder called BiometricKitUI within the Accessibility Bundles in the Library directory of the new operating system. The software is in the hands of app …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2013

EXPLICIT VID: Man filmed trying to bang brand new 'budget iPhone'

Footage has emerged which appears to show that Apple's mysterious cheap new iPhone has a scratch-resistant surface which can take a serious battering and still stay pretty. A video posted on the Taiwanese site Apple Daily shows what it claims is a brand new model of iPhone being tested against several real-world scratch risks. …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013
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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

UK consumer magazine Which? has dropped a benchmark bucket on the iPhone, rating it the slowest of seven smartphones under test. The magazine ran the Geekbench 2 test on seven phones – the iPhone 5, Samsung's Galaxy S4, the HTC One, Sony's Experia Z, Google's Nexus 4, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and the BlackBerry Z10. With a …

Apple bags top Windows feature: Blue Screen Of Death arrives on iPhone 5S

Apple's latest iPhone 5s handsets are suffering "Blue Screen of Death" crashes that force folks to reboot their expensive gear. And we're told application software, when launched by the user, crashes twice as often on the new mobile than freshly run code on the iPhone 5c and 5. That's all according to data provided by app- …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2013
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Sick of losing out to Walmart at Xmas? Apple to price-match iPad Air, iPhone 5c

US Apple stores have begun price-matching the latest models of its mobile phones and fondleslabs. According to a report on 9to5Mac.com, Cupertino has ordered its US stores to price-match both the iPad Air and iPhone 5C. iStores will be free to decide whether or not to price-match stores that are offering the Air and the 5C at a …
Team Register, 05 Dec 2013

Russian Interior Ministry cuffs iPhone ransomware suspects

Russia's Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of two chaps suspected of conducting ransomware attacks on iPhones. The Ministry's statement on the arrests describes a modus operandi that sounds an awful lot like that employed by “Oleg Pliss”, an entity that last month remotely locked iThings in Australia. Apple later …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014
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The iPhone of the future will know you BY YOUR EARS

Apple is looking to develop a set of earbuds which will be able to automatically detect and play content for multiple users. The company has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on what it calls "earphones with cable orientation sensors." The patent has not yet been awarded and the company has …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2014