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iPhone 5s Touch ID-improving software update tipped

iPhone 5s Touch ID-improving software update tipped

Since its launch, some iPhone 5s users have experienced issues with the handset's Touch ID function, which results in gradual recognition failures over time, requiring reconfiguring the prints until the process starts back over. According to information that has cropped up, Apple will soon be addressing this problem with a software update.

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Apple Touch ID tech explained as Galaxy S5 follows in fingerprints

Apple Touch ID tech explained as Galaxy S5 follows in fingerprints

Apple has further detailed the way security works in iOS, including how the Touch ID system handles keeping fingerprint data safe as biometrics come under renewed scrutiny following Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch. The new iOS security whitepaper, quietly released this week, covers multiple aspects of data safety across devices like the iPhone and iPad, but is likely to be most interesting for the Touch ID scanner details and insight into the so-called Secure Enclave where Apple locks up fingerprint information.

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Samsung slams iPhone size with Galaxy Note 3 side-by-side

Samsung slams iPhone size with Galaxy Note 3 side-by-side

It should come as no surprise at this point that Samsung’s television video spots regarding the smartphone and tablet world are - at least in a large way - aimed directly at Apple. This week they’ve released an ad spot for the Galaxy Note 3 which compares the device to the iPhone 5s, showing the (much larger) Galaxy Note 3 display to be superior to the iPhone 5s for size and definition, summoning LeBron James to do the dirty work.

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iOS 7.1 update tipped to roll out in March

iOS 7.1 update tipped to roll out in March

iPhone owners eager for the next milestone in the life of iOS 7 might not have to wait much longer. Sources close to the matter are saying that Apple is eyeing releasing the iOS 7.1 update this March, but Apple and iOS fans probably shouldn't be expecting too much from this update.

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Apple Sapphire Crystal furnaces acquired: iPhone 6 production lines up

Apple Sapphire Crystal furnaces acquired: iPhone 6 production lines up

A number of documents have appeared this week showing how Apple and the folks at GT Advanced have moved in a number of machines made for inspecting Sapphire Displays to their new manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. These machines have been found in import/export records acquired by 9to5 Mac and analyst Matt Margolis and appear to be working with the ability to inspect large slabs of Sapphire. These large slabs are specifically intended for displays as opposed to Apple's previous implementations of the material, those being the frontmost bit of the iPhone 5s' Touch ID home button or the backmost bit on the back-facing camera array of the iPhone 5.

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Apple Arizona Sapphire Crystal plant initiates February

Apple Arizona Sapphire Crystal plant initiates February

New documents surfacing from Arizona's Foreign Trade Zones Board has revealed Apple's "aggressive" goal of taking its new Arizona plant online by February. This plant is believed to be focused on manufacturing sapphire crystal for use in future Apple mobile devices, probably for wearables or smartphone screens.

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iPhone iOS 7.0.5 is out, but it’s probably not for you

iPhone iOS 7.0.5 is out, but it’s probably not for you

Apple has released iOS 7.0.5, though you might find that it won't show up on your iPhone no matter how often you mash the Software Update button. The new software, pushed out today, addresses network provisioning on select iPhone models sold in China, according to Apple's sparse changelog for the update.

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iPhone 5C demand lower than expected, says Tim Cook

iPhone 5C demand lower than expected, says Tim Cook

It is rare for Apple, especially its CEO, to admit to some level of error so when it does, everyone is all ears. This has happened yet again as Tim Cook admitted that they might have overestimated the popularity of the iPhone 5C, whose market performance wasn't as they had expected.

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iPhone 6 specifications may include buttonless facade

iPhone 6 specifications may include buttonless facade

Over the past year we've had no shortage of rumors surrounding Apple's next iPhone - not all of which were centered on the iPhone coming after the iPhone 5s. This week it would appear that a theme is emerging on more than just the display size in what could be a double-release. While rumors surrounding the iPhone 6's display have thus far suggested that two display sizes are incoming, it's the frontside physical button we're interested in this afternoon.

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Apple sells record-breaking 51m iPhones and 26m iPads Q1 2014

Apple sells record-breaking 51m iPhones and 26m iPads Q1 2014

Apple sold 51m iPhones in its fiscal first quarter of 2014, setting a record for its smartphone sales, while iPad sales reached 26m, another record for the firm. The Cupertino company saw demand for both phones and tablets rise compared to the same three month period a year ago, up from 47.8 iPhones in fiscal Q1 2013 and 22.9m iPads.

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Apple Sapphire glass facility confirmed in Austin, tipped for iWatch

Apple Sapphire glass facility confirmed in Austin, tipped for iWatch

This week in celebration of 30 years of Apple's push for Macintosh, Tim Cook spoke with ABC news about several subjects - including, briefly, their investment in USA-based manufacturing facilities. This chat included a reminder that Apple was manufacturing the Mac Pro in Arizona, leading Cook to note their recent investment in Arizona. So-called "sapphire glass" is at the center of this push, and it's quite likely they'll be bringing it to a new product inside this year.

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iPhone 6 display size boost joined by rumor of iPhone 5c scrapping

iPhone 6 display size boost joined by rumor of iPhone 5c scrapping

This week there's already been one report of Apple deciding to move forward with at least one larger display size for their iPhone lineup, coming first to the iPhone 6, if the rumors hold true. Today the Wall Street Journal joins in with a report that - to be fair - includes a warning that "Apple's plans weren't final and that the company could change course." That said, sources here suggest that Apple will also discontinue the plastic-backed iPhone 5c less than a year after it was initially released - perhaps in favor of an all-metal lineup before the end of 2014.

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