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Posted by ROD on October 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM (CDT)

Some Verizon iPhone 5s units having SIM issues?

I HAD TO HAVE MY 5S REPLACED YESTERDAY, VERIZON HAD ONE SHIPPED FROM THE WAREHOUSE AND IT HAD THIS ISSUE WITH THE SIM CARD, THEY SENT ME TO APPLE, APPLE EXCHANGED THE PHONE AND THE NEW PHONE HAS THE SAME ISSUE….... VERY FRUSTRATING!!!! I’M ON HOLD WITH VERIZON AS I TYPE!!!

Posted by Patricia Daniels on October 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM (CDT)

Apple criticized for pulling private browsing app in China

This is pretty bad. 

Notice, they didn’t say the government required them to take this down.  I’m sure they would have if they had known, but it’s likely they might not have even found out about this app.  Apple took it upon themselves to take this down.

Posted by 0megapart!cle on October 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM (CDT)

iPhone 5s motion sensor issues verified through tests

If you look at the leveler, the bubble is not centered.

Posted by Victor on October 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM (CDT)

iPhone 5s motion sensor issues verified through tests

add a delta to each value and voilá: fixed! ;-)

Posted by oluv on October 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM (CDT)

iPhone 5s motion sensor issues verified through tests

Could be a new tagline: “iPhone 5S ... for those who are just a little skewed

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM (CDT)

Reuters: Retina iPad mini may slip to 2014

All I can hope is that if there is anything substantive behind this rumor that Apple doesn’t rush out a “iPod touch 3G” version of the mini to fill in for the holidays (because if they do, they probably won’t bring the real upgrade until late next year).

I’m ready to bust out the credit card for a genuinely competent iPad mini that will last a couple of years, but not paying for another deliberately old tech in a new shell model.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM (CDT)

Apple selling refurbished 128GB iPads online

As usual, AppleCanada ships all the iPads to the US and never gets any refurbs back…

Posted by dave on September 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM (CDT)

Apple motion against Lodsys dismissed

Not really sure what the judge’s angle here is, but I’m sure there’s nuanced legal argument for why an obvious patent troll is allowed to go after people using *Apple’s* APIs which *Apple* has licensed and, yet, *Apple* isn’t allowed to file an intervention on their behalf :rolleyes:

There’s too much money involved for Apple to allow this to continue - figure the next step will be 1) Apple provides legal counsel for the afflicted developers, 2) Apple refuses to pay any further licensing fees to Lodsys, and 3) Apple files motion to invalidate the patents in question since they’re about as inherently valid as an IOU for one million dollars from a homeless guy written on toilet paper.

Companies like Apple only pay these fees in the first place because it’s cheaper than going to the trouble of fighting these patent troll corporations, but if paying them off doesn’t do any good because they continue to intimidate your developers that earn you a lot of money, that rationale goes bye-bye.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on September 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2

I want to update my iPhone 5 (6.1.4) to the latest iOS.  However I have an iPhone 5S on order that should ship in 7-14 days from AT&T but I don’t know if it will come with iOS 7 or one of the updates.  Should I hold off updating my current phone until I know what version my 5S will come with?

Posted by twodaend on September 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2

I installed the update and you can still bypass the lock screen.

Posted by Steve on September 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM (CDT)

Apple announces iWork, iPhoto, iMovie iOS apps go free*

Confirmed that Jesse was correct—Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie are indeed free on a new iPhone 5S, and these apps synced back to my library and I was able to add them to my legacy iOS devices, nice!

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on September 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 11.1, updates iTunes terms

Did anybody else notice that this new iTunes version reintroduced an error that had been corrected in the previous version? When playing from a playlist and choosing a song from the library to “Play Next”, after playing the chosen song the pointer returns to the top of the playlist (and not to the point in the list where you originally were if you were not playing the song in the top).

Posted by Luciano on September 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM (CDT)

Apple TV 6.0 reposted, seemingly with iOS 7.0.2 inside

MIne had some issues with Airplay- It broke some Applescript calls too.

Posted by ~ruindpzzle in san diego, CA on September 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM (CDT)

Teardown: 5s build costs at least $199, 5c $173

$1???? Sorry, you’re wrong. Any idea how much tooling and test fixtures cost for production runs in the 100’s of millions? Its not cheap. And no….tools once made do not last for the entire production run. They have a limited life span. There is a whole slew of costs not accounted for here. THings like corporate op-ex. Yes….iPhones pay for toilet paper in the bathrooms in Cupertino. iPhone’s are also probably carrying some burden for other Apple products. There are royalties to be payed on things like…bluetooth, WiFi, cell technology. There are warranty and return costs burdened on every iPhone. I.E. every iPhone sold carries a cost burden for another iPhone that may fail. I could go on and on but to say its merely cost of goods is simplistic.

Posted by Rand on September 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM (CDT)

Teardown: 5s build costs at least $199, 5c $173

The only cost is not the sum of the parts, but you are right, Code Monkey, over the long term, if these phones sell in the quantities Apple expects them to, the bill of materials will be the vast majority of the cost.

What I find amazing is the absolutely tiny cost of the Flash in these devices.  Only $19 for 48 GB!  This is absolutely bargain basement Flash, certainly, but it has to be higher quality than cheap usb flash drives, right?  So cheap.  I really hope that Apple lowers the cost of the higher capacity models with the iPhone 6.

Posted by 0megapart!cle on September 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM (CDT)

Teardown: 5s build costs at least $199, 5c $173

When you’re moving as many units as Apple is, effectively, the only cost is the sum of the parts.

They will move in the neighborhood of a hundred million or more of any particular iPhone over it’s 3 year lifespan. Even if it cost them 100 million to bring it to market (which you know it didn’t), that’s still only adding $1 to the cost.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on September 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM (CDT)

Teardown: 5s build costs at least $199, 5c $173

Every time I read one of these articles about how much it costs to build something I get infuriated. Could one of you “journalists” write an article that gives an accurate picture of what it REALLY costs to bring a product to market? (Sadly….iLounge is not alone in perpetuating these stories) All products, not just iPhones cost a lot more to “make” than just the cost of their parts.

Posted by Rand on September 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM (CDT)

Apple offers iPhone 5s in-store pickup, availability check

I am still rocking with an iPhone 4 (not S) that I had for nearly 3 years, so I am interested in upgrading to the 5s, especially after reading the review on here.  Thus, I did a quick check around myself in the Washington, D.C. area.  I am interested in the 64-gig model, so that is what I concentrated on.  Seems the “space grey” model is still fairly plenty full.  So is the “silver” model.  However, the “gold” one is next to impossible to find as NOBODY had it in stock.  I will admit the gold one did actually have me intrigued as it is something new and different from the usual black and white ones.  However, I will probably end up with the black (“space grey”) one.

Posted by SkiBumMSP on September 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM (CDT)

Apple TV 6.0 update pulled after bricking complaints

Mine needs an iTunes restore but I have to borrow a micro USB cable from someone to do it :-/

Posted by Jeff on September 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM (CDT)

Apple intros space gray iPod touch, nano, shuffle

To Max Claster, the 16GB model lacks a rear camera and flash. The microphone is also moved to the top since it won’t be next to any rear camera.

Posted by Want one xP on September 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM (CDT)

Apple TV 6.0 update pulled after bricking complaints

The update failed twice but on the third try it worked.  No issues with my Apple TV since.  It’s our main entertainment hub, so I’m glad we had no issues.

Posted by Dp on September 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM (CDT)

Apple notes "incredible" demand, iPhone 5s in short supply

Since at my local Apple store, they had run out of iPhone 5S Gold by the 23rd person in the queue, I’d say the “shortage” is deliberate policy. What’s more other phone retailers are complaining while they have crates of the 5c they cannot sell in every colour, they have only a small number of slate-grey handsets and no silver or gold ones at all.
Apple either wrongly predicted that everybody would plump for the 5c (or buy one if a 5s wasn’t available), or are trying to over-hype the phone by making them hard to get.

Posted by Apple TV Victim on September 23, 2013 at 3:50 AM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple TV Software Update 6.0

CNET is reporting the update has been pulled for bricking devices among other complaints.

Posted by hoshieBIOTpod in Havelock, NC USA on September 23, 2013 at 2:57 AM (CDT)

Some Verizon iPhone 5s units having SIM issues?

THERE IS A WAY OUT !!

I had this issue in the morning (with my new 5S) as reported on this thread.

In the evening, went back to Apple store (VZN tech folks were still there). VZN guy advises Apple salesperson to cancel my purchase and ring in back the same phone in a specific way (as as off contract phone ) to override/ bypass the existing software glitch in VZN. After which, was able to successfully swap phones retaining current phone line.

Here is timeline for your read:
8:00 am in the line at nearby Apple Store for a 5S, Gold and Silver model stock deplete very quickly in 30 min !
8:00 to 10:40 in the line for my turn
10:40 AM into the store with Apple Buleman ! for space gray 5S
10:40 AM transaction complete and Apple guy unsuccesfully tries to activate the phone. He tried to get a new nano-SIM card as well, but that did not help

11:00 AM Verizon tech in the apple store in-takes the issues
11 AM to 12:40 PM: Verizon tech tries to troubleshoot without any result and pretty much gives up
12:40 PM Left the store with 5S without activation
2 PM: Called Apple 1-800 number, they tell me it’s Verizon’s problem
3:45 PM: Called Verizon Tech support - they advise me to walk into Verizon store to get the phone activated
4 PM: Verizon service tech in store tell me the phone is defective and advised me to return the 5S back to Apple and stick with my old phone !
5:30 PM: Back in Apple store to try for one last time before I give up
6:00 PM: Verizon tech in Apple store advises the Apple guy to cancel my iPhone 5S transaction and re-sell the same phone by overriding something (got store manager go-ahead) and puts in the transaction as a new phone without contract for the Apple system to ‘correctly’ transmit the details so that Verizon system doesn’t get confused !!
6:30 PM: 5S up and running !!!

Just been a joy ride !!

Posted by Vamsi on September 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM (CDT)

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