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iOS 11.3 iPhone Battery Health feature detailed: here’s your first look

iOS 11.3 iPhone Battery Health feature detailed: here’s your first look

Apple recently promised to roll out a "Battery Health" feature in iOS that will offer transparency on the state of an iPhone's battery health and any performance impacts it may be having on the handset. That feature has arrived in the iOS 11.3 beta 2, giving the public their first look at the feature before it arrives on all iPhones.

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Apple may rebate iPhone batteries replaced pre-throttling discount

Apple may rebate iPhone batteries replaced pre-throttling discount

Apple may placate iPhone owners who paid full-price for battery replacements before it discounted the scheme as a mea-culpa over iOS throttling. The Cupertino firm unexpectedly found itself the center of a wrath-storm late last year, when it admitted that it had been limiting the performance of older iPhones that had degraded batteries.

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HomePod review round-up: Apple’s smart speaker judged

HomePod review round-up: Apple’s smart speaker judged

It's fair to say that Apple's HomePod has been one of the company's more controversial products in recent years, and the first batch of HomePod reviews aren't likely to settle those arguments. The smart speaker is set to ship this Friday, February 9, giving Apple Music fans and Siri skeptics alike the opportunity to see how well both play together. So, what can they expect?

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Tablets are struggling, and only 2 strategies are working

Tablets are struggling, and only 2 strategies are working

Aggressive pricing pushed Amazon's tablets ahead of Samsung last quarter, but even with Apple's iPad holding strong in pole position it may take a form-factor change to keep the segment moving. Sales of tablets slowed dramatically in 2017, according to the new Q4 2017 numbers from IDC, though some subcategories managed a little growth. Still, there are clear signs that consumers aren't going to settle for just a big display in order to open their wallet.

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2018 iPhone tipped to dump Qualcomm completely

2018 iPhone tipped to dump Qualcomm completely

Apple's ongoing spat with Qualcomm will have a big impact on the modem-maker's fortunes this year, with suggestions that every 2018 iPhone will jump ship to use Intel hardware instead. It's the latest installment of a long-lasting legal and contractual argument between the Cupertino company and what has been one of the most significant chipset providers for its smartphones. That battle culminated in a huge $1.2bn fine leveled at Qualcomm by the European Commission in January.

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Apple Disk II floppy drive is a Blu-ray/DVD drive in disguise

Apple Disk II floppy drive is a Blu-ray/DVD drive in disguise

While retro has always been a thing, nostalgia can only take you so far down memory lane before you have to backtrack to present day reality. Not unless you’re able to take something old and something new and put them in one glorious and totally working nod to the past. That’s exactly RetroConnector on Etsy is doing for used and pre-loved Apple Disk II boxes. But don’t bother trying to push in one of those flexible 5 1/4-inch floppies. This one only accepts CDs and DVDs.

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iPhone X call delay problem gets Apple’s attention

iPhone X call delay problem gets Apple’s attention

Apple is investigating a new iPhone X bug, in which incoming calls to the flagship smartphone are delayed. The glitch, which has been reported by a number of iPhone X owners, sees a lag of anything up to ten seconds before the handset begins ringing, enough time for the call to be diverted to voicemail instead.

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Apple Music set to overtake Spotify as HomePod nears

Apple Music set to overtake Spotify as HomePod nears

Apple Music may have launched playing catch-up to Spotify, but at its current trajectory the iPhone-backed streaming service will soon overtake its rival. The news, based on leaks from inside the music industry, comes just ahead of Apple's smart speaker launch, the HomePod, which was delayed from late 2017.

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Apple’s Touch Bar needs to grow up

Apple’s Touch Bar needs to grow up

Apple’s biggest changes to its MacBook range in 2018 may be focused on overhauling the processors inside its notebooks, but it’s making the most of one of its most misunderstood features that I really hope changes this year. I was one of what seemed like only a few people - outside of Apple, at least - upbeat about the Touch Bar when it first arrived on the MacBook Pro in 2016, though even then it was clear there was room for improvement. Apple’s concept of a contextually changing array of shortcuts placed within easier reach of your hands on the keyboard had potential, but its first implementation felt cautiously tentative.

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iPhone 7 “No Service” issue gets free Apple repair

iPhone 7 “No Service” issue gets free Apple repair

Apple will make free repairs to iPhone 7 handsets which suffer a frustrating "No Service" bug, including refunding owners who already paid for a fix. The new iPhone 7 Repair Program affects handsets in the US, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Macao, though not all versions of the smartphone will be eligible - or, indeed, suffer this particular issue.

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iPhone sales success just got redefined

iPhone sales success just got redefined

iPhone sales may be down, but that's unexpectedly good news for Apple, given just how much buyers are apparently willing to spend to put a flagship smartphone into their pocket. With conflicting reports over the past few months about iPhone X demand and sales performance of the tenth anniversary smartphone, interest in just how many handsets Apple actually sold in Q1 2018 was high.

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Apple tops Samsung in Q4 2017, smartphone shipments down

Apple tops Samsung in Q4 2017, smartphone shipments down

In the game of smartphone thrones, you never wear the crown for long. While Apple and Samsung always occupy the top two spots, who is above whom varies by the quarter or even data source. It seems that, for the last quarter of last year, Apple managed to win the blue ribbon against eternal rival Samsung. But while Apple fans may want to celebrate this victory, it might be short-lived for the industry as a whole. According to IDC, global smartphone shipments actually declined by 6.3% in Q4 2017 compared to the same period the year before.

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