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All posts tagged "iPhone"

  • Apple Q3 2016 earnings is a mixed bag, iPhone still its biggest product

    Many people cite Sony's PlayStation 4 as keeping the company afloat, but clearly Apple's in the same boat, using the iPhone as a paddle, bucket and plug for its current profit-leaking business model. The company today announced its Q3 2016 earnings, and it's a mixed bag. While its Q3 2016 sales and revenue beat forecasts, the company's still down on its Q3 2015 numbers. Let's start with the brightest spark: the App Store. "Our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record,"...

  • Apple still gets it first, but Prisma app gets Android port

    Android and iOS apps tend to get released at the same time these days, but there are still a few notable exceptions. Whether it's because there are fewer devices to target or a perception that Apple fans are more likely to pay for in-app purchases, the practice of releasing an app on iOS first is nothing new. One of these high-profile apps is Prisma, a popular photo tool that turns your snaps into works of art. It's been exclusively available on iPhones for a few weeks -- until now, that is. The team behind the arty app have released Prisma on Android, allowing the...

  • Android full-disk encryption is less secure than Apple’s, study finds

    If you use an encrypted Android device that sports a Qualcomm CPU at its heart, this news is for you. Encryption usually makes infiltrating a device a more difficult affair, but not all encryption methods are made equal. This revelation was made by indie researcher laginimaineb. According to the findings, Android devices powered by ARM-based Qualcomm chips store encryption keys not in hardware, but software. This effectively makes it easier for attackers to gain access to these keys, and your information. The issue lies in ARM's TrustZone system used to store the keys. Related: John Oliver explains the FBI Apple encryption debacle...

  • iPhone 6 ruled as a rip-off of Chinese phone by Beijing patent authority

    Looking back, Apple probably wouldn't mark 2016 as a good year. After it was embroiled in a battle with the FBI in early 2016, it had to relinquish exclusive rights to the iPhone name in China just two months ago. Now, the company has suffered yet another setback in the country. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has today ruled against Apple in its latest patent dispute. Its iPhone 6 (and Plus) design were found to infringe on patents owned by Chinese mobile phone company Baili. According to Bloomberg, the Apple devices were found to be too similar to Baili's 100C phone. Related: Apple...

  • Apple loses exclusive rights to ‘iPhone’ name in China

    This has to be one of the strangest legal battles of the year, but Apple has now lost a case against a company in China selling its products using the iPhone name. No, these products aren't smartphones in the same vein as Apple's, but rather a range of quite fetching smartphone cases, bags, wallets, and other leather products. Chinese company Xintong Tiandi was awarded the rights to use the name IPHONE on its products back in 2010. As Apple couldn't prove that it was an established brand in the Chinese market prior to Xintong Tlandi's reservation of the name (it only began...

  • Special Podcast #19: Analysis of everything Apple launched on 21 March 2016

    In our latest Special Podcast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made about the latest Apple event of 21 March 2016. The team weighs in on everything Apple launched on the day, including the latest addition to the iPhone range: the 4 inch iPhone SE, a lower entry price for the Apple Watch, a 9.7 inch iPad Pro, its recycling robot Liam, and the new iOS 9.3 update. Listen to the full podcast below. Read more: iPhone SE: the 4-inch iPhone 5S upgrade you’ve always wanted Analysts get the iPhone SE, but aren’t sure...

  • Tim Cook takes the worst photo with an iPhone, faces Twitter ridicule

    Apple has long promoted the iPhone camera capabilities, in fact it is one of the selling features of the iPhone. The company has a campaign called 'Taken on an iPhone' to showcase the iPhone's camera capabilities. It would appear however that Tim Cook, the man at the helm of the Cupertino based tech giant, cannot take beautiful photos with the iPhone. During the Superbowl 50 yesterday, Tim Cook took a picture of the Broncos as they celebrated their win. The picture was out-of-focus and had too much meaningless foreground. Twitter, that ever-ready-to-ridicule-beast, wasted no time in tweeting at Cook, some...

  • South Africa’s top iPhoneographers announced for 2015

    South Africa's 2015 iPhoneography competition came to a close at the Southern Sun The Cullinan in Cape Town on Thursday night, revealing the country's top iPhone photographers. The Cape Town overall winner is Shen Winberg. Other category winners include Barry Baumgart, Kevin Smith, André de Jager, Thoban Jappie, Charlie JvR and White Shadow. In Johannesburg, Jaco van der Walt was recognised for having the best portrait and is the overall winner. Other Johannesburg winners include Jonathan Boynton, Chad Nathan, Aamina Richards, Bilal Ally and Lee-David de Haas. The rules are quite straight forward for the competition, use an iPhone to take the image, and can...

  • Watch the first mini-doc shot in 4K using iPhone 6s Plus [video]

    Apple's latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, have only been on sale to the public for about a week, yet photographers and filmmakers are already taking advantage of the devices' fancy new hardware. Specifically, their using the iPhone 6s Plus' ability to shoot 4K video in order to make stunning, world-class documentaries. The video, called The Painter of Jalouzi, is made by filmmakers Bryn Mooser and David Darg from the Haiti-focused RYOT Foundation, which -- as its website reads -- seeks to find "sustainable ways to foster hope in the midst of despair". Through film and other creative...

  • 10 iPhone 6S features to get excited about

    Now that we are certain about Apple’s 9 September press event in San Francisco, a lot of speculation is being put to rest about the name and release of the new handsets. Last year when Apple launched the iPhone 6, despite the fact that the price was high, it was a sales phenomenon, selling over 74-million in the first four months of 2015. This helped iPhone 6 to become the best selling smartphone of the year

  • Apple design guru Jony Ive gets promoted to chief of design

    Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, the man credited with having most of the design of all Apple products at the palm of his hand, has been promoted to chief design officer. The title than Jon Ive is leaving is that of senior vice-president of design. Ive is by far the most talked about and popular designer in the tech space. Yves Behar is perhaps the only man that rivals him for such a title. Ive is known for being the main brain behind Apple’s unique industrial design aesthetic over the past decades, working under both CEOs Steve Jobs and Tim...

  • Smartphone shipments grow in Middle East, Africa as affordable devices become popular

    Smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa, according to a Q4 2014 Handsets tracker released by analyst International Data Corporation (IDC), experienced an unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83% in 2014. The growth was primarily caused by the increased availability of cheaper models and dual-SIM devices. In 2014, smartphones accounted for 41.9% of all mobile handset shipments to the region, up from 27% in 2013. The growth of more affordable smartphone, though a positive thing, has negatively affected feature phones. Year on year in 2014, feature phone shipments were down by 4.5%. Smartphones priced under US$100 captured 20% share of...

  • Apple’s reuse and recycling programme now accepts Android trade-ins

    Apple has announced that its iPhone trade-in programme will now include select Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. The trade-in programme, available both on the company’s online and in-stores, includes certain models of Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony, and BlackBerry devices. Upon trading in a device, customers receive credit for their old smartphones. The credit comes in two ways, an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer, that must be used toward purchasing of a new iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. Read more: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else in Q4 2014 For now, the trade-in...

  • Apple shows off its photo prowess with Shot on iPhone 6 campaign

    With the tech press' attention is firmly on the Mobile World Congress, currently underway in Barcelona, Apple has released a new ad campaign called Shot on iPhone 6, showing off photos taken on the device. In the past we've reported on iPhoneography, the South African photography competition for iPhone users, but now Apple has woken up to its own device's popularity within the photo-taking sphere and is promoting it. This is not the first time Apple has promoted the camera capabilities of its devices. A few days ago, with a Martin Scorcese voiced ad, it promoted the iPad as...

  • Jury orders Apple to pay $532.9m in patent trial

    A federal jury in Tyler, Texas has ordered Apple to pay US$532.9-million to Smartflash LLC, a company that licences patents and does not sell anything, Bloomberg reports. The jury ruled that the company’s iTunes software used a Smartflash LLC’s patented inventions without permission. Smartflash LLC has something of a history of suing big companies, including Amazon, and is also currently suing Google and Samsung. The company, which appears to play exclusively in the patent space, claims that Apple infringed three patents, and was seeking US$852-million in damages. Apple argued against the accusation and said that the damages should be...