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iPhone lineup lands at MetroPCS stores across the US

iPhone lineup lands at MetroPCS stores across the US

If you're one of the many who have been waiting for the iPhone to arrive at MetroPCS, your time has finally come. The carrier announced today that most of the current iPhone lineup will be launching at stores across the US this weekend, giving customers the chance to buy one in-store or (presumably) online. The iPhones available at MetroPCS include the 6s, 6s Plus, SE, and 5s, with the standard iPhone 6 and 6 Plus notably missing from the list.

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Unlocking tool that FBI bought won’t work on iPhone 5s or newer

Unlocking tool that FBI bought won’t work on iPhone 5s or newer

The FBI and other government agencies might have been too quick to celebrate their victory in getting access to encrypted iPhones. The FBI has formally ended its legal squabble with Apple after it managed to purchase a tool that would unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c without Apple's involvement. The agency perhaps also too quickly offered the fruits of that acquisition to authorities similarly hindered by encrypted iPhones. But even FBI directory James Comey himself admits that the tool isn't a skeleton key and won't work on newer models.

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iPhone SE iFixit teardown: many interchangeable parts with iPhone 5s

iPhone SE iFixit teardown: many interchangeable parts with iPhone 5s

It is perhaps already a known fact that, except for a some key hardware components, the iPhone SE is pretty much a dead knocker for the iPhone 5s, both inside and out. What wasn't immediately evident, however, was how much those similar parts can actually be interchanged. That's the pleasant surprise that greeted iFixit when it finally tore through the iPhone SE. The good news: the journey is almost exactly like the iPhone 5s teardown. The bad news: so is the repairability score.

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iOS issue causes links to crash, fix incoming

iOS issue causes links to crash, fix incoming

Apple will issue an update to the latest release of iOS as complaints from users suggest an issue with web links. Reports have appeared from users working with devices from the iPhone 5 all the way through the iPad Air 2. Other devices that appear to be affected are the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPad mini. Thus far it does not appear that either iPad Pro or iPhone SE has been affected as such.

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Why does the iPhone SE exist?

Why does the iPhone SE exist?

This week Apple revealed a new smartphone that looks just like one of their old smartphones - why would they do such a thing? This is the iPhone SE, a device that uses the design of the iPhone 5 (or 5S, if you prefer) but bumps up its internal capabilities with the power of the iPhone 6S. The dimensions of this device are exactly the same as the iPhone 5s - the display is exactly the same, too - but it has a better processor and a better set of cameras. But why?

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iPhone SE puts iPhone 6s heart in 4-inch phone

iPhone SE puts iPhone 6s heart in 4-inch phone

"We're here today to talk about a smaller iPhone," said Apple's Greg Joswiak. "As you may have heard, we're calling it the iPhone SE." According to Joswiak, the company sold 30-million 4-inch iPhones just this past year. That's no number to scoff at. They've decided to continue the 4-inch display legacy with another model. This is the 4-inch iPhone called iPhone SE, and it works with the same graphics processing power as the iPhone 6s.

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This is what the iPhone SE looks like (more than likely)

This is what the iPhone SE looks like (more than likely)

As we move ever closer to Apple's next live event, the iPhone SE becomes a focus for potential customers looking for a once-again palm-sized smartphone. What you're about to see is a set of images that come from sources who wish to remain anonymous due to the highly volatile nature of the material they present. These images are made for case-makers internationally and appear to be renderings based on leaked components and design charts. The device, as per usual, is iterative, it would seem.

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Apple apologizes for Error 53, restores bricked phones

Apple apologizes for Error 53, restores bricked phones

Believe it or not, once an iPhone is bricked, it isn't necessarily dead forever. Earlier this month we came into the understanding - like many iPhone users in the wild - that Apple had built in a so-called "Error 53" into their iPhones with Touch ID sensors. If the devices had been tampered with - fixed by 3rd party fix-it groups, included - they'd be bricked. Now Apple has apologized publicly for the method with which they'd implemented said feature.

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Apple acknowledges 1970 iPhone bug, but a fix has already been found

Apple acknowledges 1970 iPhone bug, but a fix has already been found

Last week, a very strange bug was discovered on the more recent versions of the iPhone. A bug so bad that if you took the right steps, you could manage to brick your phone permanently. Of course, those actions involve either traveling back in time, or simply trying to get your phone to believe that it was January 1st, 1970. Well, today, Apple finally acknowledged that this bug does indeed exist, and has offered up some advice.

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Apple event tipped to release trinity of devices: Watch, iPhone 5se, iPad Air

Apple event tipped to release trinity of devices: Watch, iPhone 5se, iPad Air

This week it's been suggested that Apple is preparing their gear for an incrementally-spaced Apple Event coming soon. This event would bring on three devices, one of which would be the iPhone 5se, the upgraded version of the iPhone 5s, bringing 2016 specs to a smaller handset. Also coming here will be the iPad Air 3, also coming with the most updated of specs to match what iOS is now capable of doing. And of course, the darling wearable, Apple Watch, is set to be given a boost in specs this event as well.

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Apple’s iPhone earnings “stall” was inevitable

Apple’s iPhone earnings “stall” was inevitable

For the first time since the iPhone was introduced, growth appears to have stalled. In Apple's earnings call for their financial Q1, 2016, they've revealed that the iPhone's growth (year-over-year) sits at 0% for unit sales growth and just 1% for revenue growth. This same quarter one year ago showed 46% unit sales growth year-over-year, while the same quarter the year before that showed 7% unit sales growth year-over-year. So wait a second, you might be saying, is this the sort of thing that happens every other year?

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Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

This afternoon, Apple announced many firsts and bests, one of the simplest being "1 Billion Active Installed Base". This number represents what Apple has recorded as "iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch devices that have been engaged with [Apple] services within the past 90 days". That's one whole heck of a lot of devices. It doesn't account for devices that've been active offline exclusively, and it doesn't count how many Apple devices have been sold to date.

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