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Counterfeit iPhone factory shut down by Chinese authorities

Reuters reports that a Chinese factory responsible for $19 million of counterfeit iPhones was raided and closed by local authorities. The May 14 raid resulted in seizure of 1,400 handsets and “large quantities of accessories.” The factory, led by a husband and wife, posed as a tech repair shop in Beijing. Authorities also arrested 7 other factory…

Next iPad mini to be smaller version of iPad Air 2

In a report from Japanese website Mac Otakara, Apple is to announce an iPad mini 4 this year that takes a lot of its design cues from the iPad Air 2. While the iPad mini 2 (and the later criticized ‘update’, iPad mini 3) were fairly close to the specs of the iPad Air, the iPad mini 4 is said to be closer to the iPad Air 2 both in terms of specs as…

Apple Watch coming to Best Buy on August 7

In a press release yesterday, Best Buy has announced that they will begin carrying Apple Watch starting on August 7. They will become the first national retailer to sell this device outside of Apple’s own stores. The new Apple wearable won’t be available in all stores right away. Consumers can find Apple Watch in more than 100 Best Buy stores, as…

Slow HomeKit rollout due to high security requirements

At WWDC 2014, Apple introduced HomeKit, a framework for controlling smart devices in the home from iPhones and iPads. While many were excited about the possibilities, there have been few HomeKit enabled devices released, with several just recently coming to market. Why such a slow rollout? It seems that there are high security requirements that Apple…

Developers rejoice: Apple disables written app reviews on iOS 9 beta

If there is one thing that developers hate, it’s seeing 1-star app reviews on an iOS beta. Typically, an iOS major release has plenty of bugs and glitches that affect old apps. For instance, I can name a couple of apps on my iPhone that don’t work on the iOS 9 betas. Unfortunately, not all iOS 9 beta users are developers, meaning that some people may see an…

Apple releases second public betas for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

Two weeks after the first public betas, and on the heels of the fourth developer beta release, Apple has also released new updates for their public beta program. Users in both programs can find this download in their appropriate software update location as over-the-air updates. iOS 9 will be bringing a lot of new features to iOS devices later this…

Apple quarterly report: $49b revenue, 47m iPhones, 10.9m iPads, 4.7m Macs

Apple has posted their quarterly earnings for the June quarter. Posted are quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and net profit of $10.7 billion. This is is compared to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion in the year-ago quarter. Earnings per share rose to $1.85 per diluted share from $1.28 last year. Gross margin also was up slightly,…