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iPhone sales dip despite record revenues

iPhone sales dip despite record revenues

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Apple's latest iPhone range sold about a million fewer handsets in the last three months of 2017 - but the firm still pulled in record revenues of $ 88.3bn (£62bn).The tech giant sold 77.3 million iPhones, down slightly on the same quarter the year before.However, sales of the pricey flagship iPhone X helped boost the company's profits to $ 20bn (£14bn).Experts have expressed doubts over the mainstream appeal of the phone (which starts at £999 in the UK and $ 999 in the US) and whether iPhone sales can continue to grow long term."Once you get past all the enthusiasts who want the iPhone X, you get down to a lot of people who think $ 1,000 is a lot of money for a phone," said analyst Bob O'Donnell of research firm Technalysis."We may be getting near the peak of the smartphone market, and th
Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

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Two of Apple's major investors have urged the iPhone maker to take urgent action to curb children's growing addiction to its smartphones, amid fears frequent use may be damaging the next generation.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, which collectively control $ 2bn (£1.47bn) worth of Apple shares, said the US firm must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.At present, parents can block or limit specific apps and features on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.In an open letter to Apple on Monday, the investors suggested the company goes a step further and allow users' ages to be inputted into phones, screen time to be limited, as well as a restriction on use to certain hours.They also called o
Apple slashes iPhone battery replacement cost by $50 amid criticism

Apple slashes iPhone battery replacement cost by $50 amid criticism

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Apple is taking action after coming under scrutiny for slowing down older iPhones as their batteries age. The company was hit with a lawsuit earlier this month alleging that it deliberately "slows down iPhone processors" in older models of the iPhone without the consent of the phone owners. The legal move came after Apple revealed that its new software updates slow down older iPhone devices in order to allow the batteries in older models to keep up with new features. In a statement today, the company emphasized that it would never "do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product." However, in order to address customers' concerns, Apple announced it would be reducing the price of out-of-warranty replacement batteries for certain phones by $ 50, from $ 79 to $ 29. "We k...
Hackers fool iPhone X Face ID with simple mask

Hackers fool iPhone X Face ID with simple mask

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Cybersecurity researchers have claimed they can fool the iPhone X's Face ID feature with a simple mask.Face ID allows iPhone X users to unlock their phone just by looking at it.Reviews of the phone widely noted issues with the feature, which uses infrared light to map users' faces and unlock the phone when the correct owner is looking at it.Now, hackers at Vietnamese cybersecurity firm Bkav say that the biometric security feature is less secure than Apple has suggested - and claimed to have fooled it with a mask made from $ 150 (£114) in supplies.Back in 2016, the FBI paid more than $ 1m to a non-government party to hack into the phone of the San Bernadino shooter.Bkav's claims come despite Apple's statement that the engineering team had collaborated with "professional mask makers and mak
Apple shares peak as iPhone X goes on sale in UK

Apple shares peak as iPhone X goes on sale in UK

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Apple has shrugged off concerns about production delays on the new iPhone X by reporting a 19% rise in profit to $ 10.7bn (£8.2bn).Revenues were also up by 12% to $ 52.6bn (£40.2bn) in the fourth quarter ending 30 September - an increase of 12% during the same period last year.Analysts on average were expecting total revenue of $ 50.7bn (£38.8bn).Image:Staff high-five customers as the phone goes on sale in Tokyo, JapanThe company's shares rose 4% in after-hours trading on Thursday to hit an all-time high - as its 10th anniversary iPhone X went on sale in the UK on Friday and in many Asian markets, with Apple chief executive Tim Cook reporting "very strong" orders.At a cost of £999, it is Apple's most expensive handset with features including an edge-to-edge screen and a face ID unlocking s