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iPhone 5s 64-bit processor “front end of a long roadmap” says Tim Cook

iPhone 5s 64-bit processor “front end of a long roadmap” says Tim Cook

Apple's 4th quarter earnings report here in 2013 had mention of the best of said quarters for iPhones sold in the history of the company - but even that didn't sway one user from asking Apple CEO Tim Cook what the benefits were for the newest set of features for the iPhone 5s over the previous generation. The question itself centered on the iPhone 5s' A7 chip, the motion coprocessor, and the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, inquiring what Apple had to say to investors that simply did not see the benefit in these features in the short run.

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iPhone sales growth earns new fourth quarter record

iPhone sales growth earns new fourth quarter record

Apple announced today it sold 33.8 million iPhones in fiscal 4Q 2013, which is a record for the quarter in any year; last year it sold 26.9 million iPhones in the same quarter. Most impressive, however, is this figure: Apple sold a record 150 million iPhones in the fiscal year on the whole, up 25 million (16.7%) from 2012, and the company has now sold 421.3 million smartphones in total.

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iPhone 5s and 5c accelerate death of the 3.5-inch screen

iPhone 5s and 5c accelerate death of the 3.5-inch screen

Apple's iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch may have set a new record for opening weekend sales, but they've also significantly hastened the death of the 3.5-inch iOS screen size, new research suggests. Looking at North American web traffic and the screen sizes iPhone users were browsing on, Chitika Insights says in just a week after the iPhone 5s and 5c debuted, the share of traffic from iPhone 5-series devices rose 4-percent in terms of iPhone traffic overall.

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Gold iPhone 5s madness reaches fever pitch: China turns to stickers

Gold iPhone 5s madness reaches fever pitch: China turns to stickers

Desperation has nearly set in for seekers of the gold iPhone 5s in China - and it's not just Apple that's cashing in. What's appearing now are massive amounts of standardized shiny gold stickers for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, each of them made to make the non-gold editions of the device look a bit more up-to-speed. Retailers have begun selling gold iPhone stickers "in the thousands" according to some reports, with no end in sight as China's obsession with the color strikes hard.

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iOS 7 Waterproof hoax expands with “AirDrop protection”

iOS 7 Waterproof hoax expands with “AirDrop protection”

This week a hoax was dropped by the likes of some as-yet-unknown graphic designer who had a hankering for some iOS 7 trickery. The first joke in this series consisted of a series of images that suggested an upgrade to iOS 7 would include full waterproofing of whatever device you bumped to the new operating system. Needless to say, those that believed in the hoax were sorely disappointed when they found their iPhones dead as a doornail under water.

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iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

The teardown of the iPhone 5s has officially gotten microscopic. With the team at chipworks making it their mission to get down and dirty with the heartiest Apple chip on the market today, the iPhone 5s has joined the ranks of the devices that our current teardown culture has seen fit to take apart down to the tiniest of details. Tearing the top off the processor as you'd see it first when you pop off the back of the iPhone 5s (not recommended, by the way,) a new conglomeration is revealed.

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Is Apple’s iPhone pricing outrageous or sound business?

Is Apple’s iPhone pricing outrageous or sound business?

Earlier this week, a teardown by IHS revealed that Apple’s iPhone 5c costs the company $173 to produce, representing a 12 percent reduction compared to the iPhone 5. The entry-level iPhone 5s, meanwhile, sets customers back $199.

The news was not at all surprising. Apple has for years been building products for a relatively cheap sum. But as Apple continues to generate massive profits and carriers sell unlocked iPhones for several hundred dollars, I can’t help but wonder if the company is going a little far with its pricing.

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iOS 7 downgrades remain available as iOS 6 is ushered out [UPDATE]

iOS 7 downgrades remain available as iOS 6 is ushered out [UPDATE]

As with all upgrades to a new operating system on the device you use most during the day, with iOS 7 there's a set of features not all iPhone users are going to like. Lucky you, there's a way to switch quite a few (if not nearly all) of the odds and ends back off, as it were, back to the way they were in iOS 6 before iOS 7 turned the iPhone on its head - see our iOS 7 review if you've not already. While users can still (for now) go through the steps to actually resetting their smartphone back to factory settings to get iOS 6, they'll still eventually (probably) be coerced into moving to iOS 7 anyway - for them, toggles are in place.

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