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Apple Stores reportedly waiving health checks for $29 iPhone battery

Apple Stores reportedly waiving health checks for $29 iPhone battery

Apple cut the price of its iPhone battery replacement to $29, and now is reportedly instructing Genius staff that phones needn't fail the battery health check in order to qualify for the discount. Controversy began in December, over iOS being programmed to artificially limit the processing capabilities of older iPhones when their batteries were deemed insufficiently powerful to keep up with maximum performance. Apple conceded it hadn't communicated the issue sufficiently well, and promised a more affordable way to replace the battery inside handsets dating back to the iPhone 6.

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Apple planning a wearable touchpad

Apple planning a wearable touchpad

Today we're having a look at a series of drawings and descriptions of a technology Apple has planned. This tech has electricity running through a series of strands of material, and the material is arranged in a weave. The conductive woven material creates the potential for Apple to go absolutely nuts in the wild world of wearables.

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Apple makes $29 iPhone battery replacements available immediately

Apple makes $29 iPhone battery replacements available immediately

The last week has been dominated by the news that Apple has been intentionally slowing the speeds of older iPhone models with aging batteries, followed by an apology from the company to be more transparent about its software updates with regard to power management. After this disclosure, Apple announced it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 starting next month, however they've now stated that the price change is effective immediately.

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There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

The landscape for smartphone chip-makers like Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung may be growing, but none can rest on its laurels as the industry tries to keep up with new trends like AI. SoC (System-on-Chip) design being increasingly brought in-house by players like Apple and Samsung are eating into the business of former go-to providers like Qualcomm, fueled in no small part by fierce and lengthy litigation over processor technology patents.

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Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Approximately one year ago, Apple made a bad decision in not properly announcing their iPhone slowdown measure with old devices with bad batteries. This week, Apple's bad-battery-iPhone-slowdown became public. Now several Android smartphone manufacturers are taking advantage of the negative feedback Apple's received as a result of said revelation. Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG have each announced that they do not slow down older smartphones. But they certainly could - and maybe they should?

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You can walk out of the Apple Store with an iMac Pro today

You can walk out of the Apple Store with an iMac Pro today

Apple's iMac Pro is now available for walk-in purchase at Apple Stores, with stock of at least one configuration now showing up on shelves. The Space Gray all-in-one is Apple's love-letter to content creators, a Xeon-powered processing monster with the latest and greatest in ports on the back, and a beautiful 5K display on the front.

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iFixit matches iPhone’s battery discount in Right to Repair fight

iFixit matches iPhone’s battery discount in Right to Repair fight

Though Apple has created a fair amount of controversy by admitting that it does indeed slow down older phones to compensate for worn down batteries, there is one good thing to come out of this whole debacle. Yesterday, Apple announced that it will offer $29 battery replacements for out-of-warranty iPhones dating back to the iPhone SE. That's in comparison to the normal price of $79 for a battery replacement, and this deal is going to last through December 2018.

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Samsung and LG take a swing at Apple’s slowdown woes

Samsung and LG take a swing at Apple’s slowdown woes

For the moment, one of the biggest stories in the tech world concerns Apple and the realization that it's slowing down some older phones to better support aging lithium ion batteries. The thinking behind this is that implementing some form of power profile management in phones with older batteries will help prevent sudden shut downs, but regardless of Apple's justification, it has users upset.

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“Steve Jobs” trademark now belongs to an Italian fashion startup

“Steve Jobs” trademark now belongs to an Italian fashion startup

The late Steve Jobs will forever be associated with Apple (and the ill-fated NeXT), its products, and his contributions to modern computing. That, however, doesn’t mean that the eyes of the law will see things the same way. In Italy, for example, “Steve Jobs”, as a trademark, legally belongs to an Italian fashion company and, try as it might, Apple is unable to say otherwise.

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Apple, Amazon tipped in talks over Saudi Arabia investments

Apple, Amazon tipped in talks over Saudi Arabia investments

Amazon and Apple are both in talks to expand their presence in Saudi Arabia, according to sources, potentially marking the first time both will have a direct presence in the country. Details are fuzzy at this time, though sources indicate that both companies have been in talks, with Apple discussing a licensing deal that may see an Apple Store or several launch in the country.

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7 signs of Apple’s iPhone power management in action

7 signs of Apple’s iPhone power management in action

Apple found itself in hot water with slowing iPhones, and today's apology for how it communicated the iOS power management system is its attempt to patch things up with frustrated users. Battery chemistry may be inescapable - it's a fact of scientific life that lithium-ion batteries will age and get less effective - but iPhone owners weren't impressed at hearing some of the slowdown symptoms they've observed were intentionally added. So, just what does Apple's power management system look like in action?

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iPhone slowdown apology: Apple promises $29 battery replacement

iPhone slowdown apology: Apple promises $29 battery replacement

Apple has responded to accusations it slowed older iPhones with the promise of much cheaper out-of-warranty battery replacements and more software transparency. The Cupertino firm found itself at the center of user frustration and no few conspiracy theories in the past weeks, after conceding that its previous attempts to avoid unexpected crashes in older smartphones had artificially slowed iOS apps. Now, it's aiming to make things right.

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