Report: Apple To Accept Newer iPhone Trade-Ins With Cracked Screens, Other Dings

Report: Apple To Accept Newer iPhone Trade-Ins With Cracked Screens, Other Dings

For years the owners of iPhones with broken screens or damaged buttons looking to trade in their older device for a new one through Apple’s Reuse and Recycle trade-in program have been out of luck, unless they shelled out the cash to repair the smartphone first. That’s reportedly set to change with an upcoming revamp of the program.  [More]

Apple Kills Off Free iTunes Radio In Favor Of Apple Music

Apple Kills Off Free iTunes Radio In Favor Of Apple Music

As of today, Apple’s free iTunes Radio is dead. Long live Apple Music — or at least that’s apparently the company’s plan as it officially shut down the ad-supported service today. [More]

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Fake Apple Stores Becoming Less Popular In China Again

At times, the thirst for new Apple products is so great in China that fake Apple Stores selling real Apple products pop up, with helpful uniformed employees ready to sell you any gray-market iThingy you might want. Now Reuters reports that some of those stores have switched over to selling local Chinese phone brands like Huawei. [More]

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Google Paid Apple $1 Billion In 2014 For Privilege Of Search Bar On iPhone

When you go to perform a Web search on an iPhone, the phone automatically chooses Google for you. Why? There are other fine search engines out there, and the iPhone could direct you to use any of them. However, the public learned from a copyright lawsuit against Google that the two companies have a revenue-sharing agreement that keeps iPhones performing Google searches, and in 2014 the revenue that Apple received was $1 billion. [More]

U.S. Court Bans Samsung From Selling Certain Smartphones That Infringe On Apple Patents

U.S. Court Bans Samsung From Selling Certain Smartphones That Infringe On Apple Patents

Apple has won another round in the seemingly endless battle with Samsung over patents: a U.S. court has banned Samsung from selling certain smartphones that infringe on three patents held by its rival. [More]

Apple Promises To Fix Bug Causing Misleading Battery Meter On iPhone 6S, 6S Plus

Apple Promises To Fix Bug Causing Misleading Battery Meter On iPhone 6S, 6S Plus

If you’ve been confused by the battery meter on your iPhone 6S or 6S Plus that shows you having plenty of power, only to shut down while still showing a full charge, you’re not alone: Apple says a bug with the phones is showing some users a higher charge than the phone actually has. [More]

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Apple Patent Shows System Designed To Let People Pay Their Friends From Inside iOS Apps

Usually when I’m harassing my roommate via text message to pay me back for the pizza and beer I bought her the night before, I have to use another app to request that $519 (we really like pizza). Apple is thinking about offering another option, it seems, with a patent for a system that would allow iMessage users to pay each other from within the messaging app itself, as well as from within other iOS features. [More]

Samsung Galaxy S7 Will Reportedly Charge Faster, Have Pressure-Sensitive Screen

Samsung Galaxy S7 Will Reportedly Charge Faster, Have Pressure-Sensitive Screen

Back in September, Apple unveiled its more responsive “3D Touch” display for the iPhone 6S, so it should come as little surprise that Samsung may have something similar in its back pocket for the upcoming launch of its flagship Galaxy phone. [More]

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Apple Reminds Users That Their 2-Year-Old iPhones Are Totally Ancient

Sure, when we buy electronics, we acknowledge that they could become obsolete mere minutes after purchase. However, some iPhone fans who are committing acts of consumer endurance by using a mobile device released more than two years ago aren’t pleased with a reminder that Apple added to the App Store that’s nagging them to get a new phone already. [More]

Apple Reportedly Shelving Live-TV Streaming Service For Now

Apple Reportedly Shelving Live-TV Streaming Service For Now

The last we heard – just four months ago – Apple planned to offer a live-TV streaming service in 2016. But apparently a lot can change in that amount of time, as a new report suggests the company has scrapped the venture — at least for now.  [More]

Apple Increases iTunes Match, Apple Music iCloud Storage Limit To 100,000 Tracks

Apple Increases iTunes Match, Apple Music iCloud Storage Limit To 100,000 Tracks

Music lovers, who also happen to be users of Apple products, can now store a lot more of their favorite tunes in the cloud: about 75,000 more songs to be exact. Apple confirmed over the weekend that iTunes Match and Apple Music iCloud libraries will now have the capacity to hold 100,000 songs.  [More]

Samsung Agrees To Pay Apple $548M To Settle 5-Year Patent Battle

Samsung Agrees To Pay Apple $548M To Settle 5-Year Patent Battle

It’s been a long time coming, but Samsung and Apple’s ongoing patent battle has finally come to an end: a little under five years since the two technology giants first clashed in court over patents, Samsung has agreed to pay $548 million to settle the long-running dispute with Apple. [More]

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Apple Offers Temporary Fix For iPad Pros That Suddenly Go Dark: Turn It Off, Then Turn It On Again

If there’s one piece of advice we all turn to in the face of a malfunctioning piece of electronics, it’s “try turning it off, and then back on again.” That basic approach is proving to be the go-to for Apple right now, as it advises iPad Pro owners on how to revive their devices after the screen goes unexpectedly dark. [More]

iPhone User Blames “WiFi Assist” Feature For $2,000 Phone Bill

iPhone User Blames “WiFi Assist” Feature For $2,000 Phone Bill

Not even two months ago, we warned iPhone users that the new “WiFi Assist” feature in iOS9 could result in data overages if you weren’t careful. This tale of on San Francisco-area family shows just how bad it can be. [More]

Tim Cook: Apple Employee Kicking Black Teens Out Of Store Was “Unacceptable”

Tim Cook: Apple Employee Kicking Black Teens Out Of Store Was “Unacceptable”

Earlier this week, video showing an Apple store employee in Melbourne, Australia explaining to a group of black teens that they’d been asked to leave the premises because “we’re worried you might steal something.” The company apologized yesterday, saying Apple believes in equality “for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.” CEO Tim Cook also addressed the situation in an email, calling the treatment of the teens “unacceptable.” [More]

Apple Reportedly Exploring Person-To-Person Payment System

Apple Reportedly Exploring Person-To-Person Payment System

Not content allowing iPhone users to simply pay for their purchases via its mobile wallet, Apple is reportedly working on a peer-to-peer payment service that will let individuals send money to each other as easily as they would send off a text.  [More]

Apple, Google Pull Unofficial Instagram App That Harvests Usernames And Passwords

Apple, Google Pull Unofficial Instagram App That Harvests Usernames And Passwords

In yet another example of why unofficial apps aren’t always to be trusted, Apple and Google have yanked an app from their app stores that was supposed to let users know who was viewing their profiles. That’s not a thing, and a developer says that the app instead acted as malware, secretly collecting usernames and passwords and using them to post spam to users’ accounts. [More]

Apple Launches Apple Music For Android

Apple fulfilled a promise to bring its subscription music service to the other side today, launching Apple Music for Android users. Most of the functionality for the new app is the same as its iOS counterpart, minus Siri integration. The Android-based app also offers a free, three-month trial of the service to new users. After that, the service costs $9.99/month for a single user or $14.99 for a family plan, so don’t forget to cancel your subscription if you don’t want to foot the bill after 90 days. [via ArsTechnica]