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iOS 8 Adoption Rate Reaches 68% - Apple





According to what the guys from Cupertino have recently posted on their Support page for developers, iOS 8 is now installed on 68% of active devices. Such a figure shows that over the last month, the number of iOS 8 users has grown 5%. As to the reasons for such growth, they include immense popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as strong smartphone and tablet sales during the holiday period of 2014.


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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015. 22:27

Apple Begins Selling Unlocked SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Models in America



The guys from Cupertino have recently begun selling unlocked and SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the USA. Such smartphones are currently available on Apple’s American online store. Still, there’s one drawback: those who plan to purchase one of such carrier-free handsets will have to wait several days. The shipping estimates for the aforementioned models are 3-5 business days.


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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015. 22:23

Apple Won't Release 4-inch iPhone This Year - Supply Chain Sources



Back in December, a rumor appeared on the Internet, which suggested that the guys from Cupertino were planning to release a smaller 4-inch iPhone 6 mini in 2015. Looks like this rumor turned out to be untrue.


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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015. 19:18

Top 10 Stories of the Week



It is Sunday today and that means it is high time we talked about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. Although due to all kinds of holidays last week was rather boring, there’re still some articles worth your attention. Let’s take a look at them.


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Sunday, January 4th, 2015. 22:04

Bank of America Promotes Apple's iPhone 6 and Apple Pay in New Ad



Bank of America has recently released a new ad highlighting the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay. In such a way one of the largest banks in the USA has joined the army of banks and retailers that promote the NFC-based payments service created by the guys from Cupertino and launched in the United States of America back in October.

In the short clip, which is available below, Apple Pay is called "the new, easy, secure, smart way to pay with a simple touch." Well, after watching the ad it is very difficult not to agree with this statement, don’t you think so?


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Sunday, January 4th, 2015. 21:39

Samsung Customers Are More Satisfied with Their Smartphones than Apple Customers



According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Samsung users are more satisfied with their gadgets than Apple users. In particular, the satisfaction rate grew 6.6% over the last 12 months to 81%. If to speak about Apple, it saw a 2.5% decrease in customer satisfaction in 2014. “Only” 79% of users are fully satisfied with their iPhones.


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Thursday, January 1st, 2015. 17:42

iPhone 6 Users Can't Add Cards to Apple Pay After They Restore Their Smartphones



According to the latest complaints that may be found on Apple Support Communities website, a number of users have encountered with an issue with Apple Pay that prevents them from adding a new card to the service after restoring the iPhone 6. The problem is reportedly connected with the security settings of Apple Pay aimed at protecting sensitive data from thieves as well as with some flaws in the hardware and software of Apple’s handsets.


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Thursday, January 1st, 2015. 16:55

Half of Devices Activated During Christmas Week Were Apple Devices



According to the latest report from a research firm Flurry, more than a half of new mobile devices activated during the Christmas week were Apple’s iPhones. This means that the sales results of the holiday quarter will surely please the guys from Cupertino.

To be precise, I should say that Apple accounted for 51.3% of new smartphone activations in the period of time between December 19th and December 25th. As to the closest rivals, they include Samsung with 17.7%, Nokia with 5.8%, Sony with 1.6% and LG with 1.4% of activated devices. As you may see in the chart below, the gap between Apple and its rival from South Korea is massive.


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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014. 0:28

Apple Patents Its Own Smart Pen for Transforming Handwritten Text into Digital



Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a smart pen capable of capturing handwritten text and drawings and turning them into digital notes or images to be displayed on the screen of a smartphone or tablet. Apple’s rights for the technology described in a document entitled “Communicating stylus” were granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent has a registration number 8,922,530.


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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014. 20:17

iOS Users Prove to Be More Active Online Christmas Shoppers



According to the results of the IBM survey first shared by VentureBeat reporters, iPhone and iPad users managed to beat the users of Android devices in terms of online mobile sales and shopping traffic during this year’s Christmas Day. Last year, by the way, the analysis of user’s shopping activity showed similar results. iOS users were using their devices to make purchases online more often than the owners of smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android.


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Monday, December 29th, 2014. 22:20

Rockstar Consortium Sells 4.000 Patents to RPX Corp



The Rockstar Consortium, which includes such tech giants as Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony, has recently sold its portfolio of smartphone-related patents to a firm from San Francisco called RPX Corp. This may mean that the end of the patent war between the guys from Cupertino and their rivals is near. As noted in the latest press release published by RPX Corp, the company plans to licence the aforementioned patents to Google, Cisco Systems and a number of other high-profile vendors.


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Saturday, December 27th, 2014. 19:24

Apple Became Top Smartphone Vendor in Taiwan in November



According to the latest reports from people familiar with the matter, Apple has become top smartphone vendor in Taiwan in November. The guys from Cupertino managed to beat other vendors, which included HTC, Samsung, Sony and ZenFone in terms of not only sales volume, but also in terms of sales value. In the first case, the market share of Apple’s devices was 26.4% and in the second case it was even higher and accounted for 48.9%.


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Friday, December 26th, 2014. 14:52

Demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Remains Strong - Analyst



According to the latest report from the analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, the demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus remains high and even continues to grow, even though Apple suppliers have significantly improved the number of handsets available for the purchase. Munster’s report is based on the survey conducted by the analyst among 1.004 U.S. customers planning to buy a new smartphone in the next few months.


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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014. 19:38

Apple to Release 4-inch iPhone 6s mini Next Year - Analyst



According to what the analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company writes, next year, Apple may return to the 4-inch form factor and release the low-end smartphone called probably the iPhone 6s mini. The design of the handset will reportedly be similar to the design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, however, the tech specs will be akin to the specifications of the iPhone 5s released in 2013.


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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014. 21:15

Russian Apple Online Store Is Back After Several Days of Outage, Prices Are 35% Higher



I have a piece of news for Russian customers: local Apple Online Store is currently back after being inactive for a couple of days due to noticeable currency exchange variations in the country. Apple has decided to shut down the website to adjust prices for its gadgets and accessories. As a result, the worth of hardware in the store is currently 35% higher than a week ago. Well, I must admit that the increase in prices is quite noticeable.


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