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iPhone 4, MacBook Air late 2010 to obsoleted in two weeks

iPhone 4, MacBook Air late 2010 to obsoleted in two weeks

Even, or especially, good things must come to an end. While the usual turnover for smartphones and computers is usually claimed to be two years, various laws mandate that manufacturers offer parts and repairs far longer than that. That said, there’s always a hard limit to that life extension. By the end of this month, Apple will reportedly be shuffling a few of its devices over to its “vintage and obsolete” list, practically putting an end to the iPhone 4’s and late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air’s long lives.

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Apple iMessage switch under legal fire

Apple iMessage switch under legal fire

It was realized several years ago that iMessage users were in a bit of a bind if they ever wished to switch to a non-Apple smartphone. Once you used iMessage with your phone number to accept messages, you were sort of stuck there. You couldn't switch to an Android phone, for example, and expect to keep getting messages - iMessage continued to get said messages, even if you weren't using iMessage. Apple released a tool to fix this - you can now de-register numbers from iMessage. Apparently they did not release said tool fast enough, as Judge Lucy Koh is on the case.

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Is Apple finally giving us the variety we want?

Is Apple finally giving us the variety we want?

One of the main complaints about Apple’s mobile ambitions over the years has been a lack of variety. For quite some time, we’ve had our shot at one submission in each category. A single phone, a solo tablet, and not enough variety to keep many users engaged. That’s been changing, and if rumors are true, will continue to. Is Apple finally getting the hint? If they are, let’s hope they’ve learned from past mistakes.

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Apple replaces faulty European iPhone USB adapters

Apple replaces faulty European iPhone USB adapters

Apple has just made a public service announcement that informs its users in several countries in Europe and Asia that a certain make of its USB adapter for the iPhone poses risks as it is prone to overheating. The good news is that it is accepting responsibility for this QA failure and will replace faulty adapters at no cost.

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iPhone 6 vs every other iPhone video gets 4K release

iPhone 6 vs every other iPhone video gets 4K release

This year’s iPhone 6 dummy has been captured once again, this time in the form of a close-up and detailed comparison to the rest of the iPhone lineup. This device is compared to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s as well as the entire collection of iPhone 4S and below - everything with a smaller display, that is to say.

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iPhone 6’s Would You Rather: bigger battery or thinner phone?

iPhone 6’s Would You Rather: bigger battery or thinner phone?

Reports of the next-generation iPhone 6 have begin to trickle, bringing on word that the device may very well be thinner than its predecessor. The question we’ve got for you, the reader, is whether you’d rather have a thinner iPhone for the release of the iPhone 6, or one with a bigger battery? Is the trade-off worth having a device thicker than before?

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Tim Cook: Apple will take emerging markets at entry-level

Tim Cook: Apple will take emerging markets at entry-level

This week during Apple’s earnings call for their financial Q2 2014, Tim Cook spoke up on the impact of changing smartphone plans and the growing smartphone market around the world. How might this affect Apple and sales of the iPhone? Cook made clear that it wasn’t an easy question to answer.

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Apple acquires Novauris, Siri to benefit

Apple acquires Novauris, Siri to benefit

Supposing you’re a heavy user of Apple’s personal assistant Siri, you’ll be glad to know that the company has just acquired a company that’ll make her a whole lot better. Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies, a group co-founded by Dr James Baker, a founder of Dragon Systems.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/6/2014: iPhone 4, Outlast, Sony sells VAIO

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/6/2014: iPhone 4, Outlast, Sony sells VAIO

This week we're seeing some rather odd headlines in the world of gadgets, technology, and the people who work in-between. One of the strangest has to be a note from artist Jean Michel Jarre, a fellow who wants $400 for every smartphone made because "content creators", as he calls them, are more important (says he) to the industry than the creators of the hardware their bits are served on.

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Apple iPhone 4 production renewed with eye on developing markets [UPDATE]

Apple iPhone 4 production renewed with eye on developing markets [UPDATE]

The Apple iPhone 4 has been off the market for several device iterations. After the iPhone 4 came the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, and the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models. You wouldn't expect Apple to go back and start making more iPhone 4 models, but that is exactly what the tech firm has reportedly done.

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Gold and Silver iPhone 5c appear in Japan

Gold and Silver iPhone 5c appear in Japan

Supposing you saw the opportunity in the iPhone 5c to change out the back of the smartphone for a custom cover, you'll be glad to know that Japan's customization shops are now in full swing. While the images before you may seem to be bringing on the next Gold and Silver generation of the iPhone 5c, what you're actually seeing are a set of custom-fitted jobs from a shop that makes it its business to bring the brightest and the oddest in iPhone covers to the planet.

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There is no “Apple Trap”

There is no “Apple Trap”

There's a conspiracy theory appearing in print this week summoning up the suggestion that Apple purposefully creates products that become obsolete over time. The very idea that such an article exists - here in 2013, no less - but that it only targets one single company as such makes it clear: someone didn't do their homework. Claims against Apple specifically are made by the NYTimes in an article called "Why Apple wants to bust your iPhone" in its online edition and "Cracking the Apple Trap" in print.

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