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What’s the solution for the missing Escape key in the MacBook Pro?

You could use a virtual ESC key or remap the Escape to another key. Apple’s refreshed MacBook Pro will be officially announced tomorrow, but we already know that they will include an OLED touch bar instead of function keys. Yes, Apple will get rid of all function keys, including the useful Escape key, used by many specialists and programmers on their MacBook Pros. It’s clear that using virtual buttons is the smarter approach, but is it smarter for everyone? For regular users, having a configurable touch-sensitive bar with settings and important options depending on the app in use makes a[…]

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Apple reports a $217 billion revenue for the 2016 fiscal year, first decline since 2001

Apple’s revenue dropped from $233.7 to $217 billion. Apple has just published its fiscal report for the 2016 fiscal year. The company is facing its first annual decline in revenue since 2001 – something that once again shows the heavy dependence on the iPhone sales which have declined on a year-over-year basis by 13% to 45.5 million units for the fiscal fourth quarter ending September. Apple reported a total revenue of $233.7 billion for the 2016 fiscal year, down 9% compared with 2015. Digging into the numbers, we can see that the iPhone’s revenues have declined 5% for a year.[…]

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Apple increases the iPhone 7 production after a strong demand

Samsung may lose marketshare in the last quarter. The problems with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 have mixed up the expectations for the smartphone sales at the end of the year. While Samsung is shifting attention and parts orders from the already dead Note 7 to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models to compensate the market share loss, Apple has reportedly ramped up its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus production to meet the strong demand. Contrary to the expectations, and despite the modest hardware refresh, Apple has faced serious challenges to fulfill the demand for new iPhones 7, which[…]

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Apple Pay mobile payments launching in Japan

Apple Pay now works in Japan for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Japanese users with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can now make mobile purchases in stores that support Suica prepaid card, iD or QuicPay. Apple has yesterday activated Apple Pay in Japan, following the release of iOS 10.1 to the global public. Apple Pay in Japan is now possible thanks to the inclusion of a FeliCa chip in the new iPhone 7 models for Japan. Apple Watch ver.2 also supports this non-standard NFC mobile payment standard. Japanese customers can pay with their phones in cafes, bookstores, ticket[…]

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iOS 10.1 available for everyone, brings improvements and new features

iPhone 7 Plus users can now capture portrait photos with a bokeh effect After a month in a Beta stage, Apple has officially released iOS 10.1 to the general public, bringing a number of enhancements and many bug fixes to eligible devices. In addition to all visible and under the hood improvements, Apple introduces a Portrait mode for photos that is exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus users. iOS 10.1 is the first major update to iOS 10, available for everyone with iPhone 5 or newer as a free over-the-air update. The Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus is a[…]

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China becomes the largest source of App Store revenue

Chinese iOS app revenues are more than US revenues. China has topped the United States in the App Store revenue ranking for the third quarter of 2016, according to App Annie. While the US App store revenue has also reached new heights in the quarter, the growth in China was much higher, boosted by popular games such as PokemonGo. China now accounts for around $1.7billion app revenue, while the U.S. is second with 15% less, according to App Annie. The popularity of the mobile games in China has resulted in this unprecedented revenue in the third-quarter. Other important app categories[…]

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IBM is switching from PC to Mac

Why buying a Mac could save IBM $543? IBM has recently started to replace the old Windows PCs with new Macs for its employees. The process began back in 2015, with 30,000 new Macs for the employees, while the total number of Macs in use reached – 90,000. While many regular users may think that Mac is far more expensive than Windows PC, IBM has found that in the long-run, Mac is actually less expensive when you add the costs for support. Over the lifespan of the machines, which is 4 years, IBM would save $543 if the working machines[…]

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Apple Pay may soon be expanding to Germany

Apple Pay map suggests the service could soon launch in Germany. Apple is preparing an expansion of its mobile payment service to one of the key European market – Germany. The company has even included Germany in the Apple Pay map with all supported countries, according to a German blog. Later, the map was removed, but the rumors remain, fueled by the discovery that Apple’s official website had an inactive page ‘/de/apple-pay/”. If Apple really announced the mobile payment solution in Germany, it would be the fifth country on the continent (after France, UK, Russia & Switzerland) that supports Apple[…]

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One-handed keyboard found in the iOS code

Inactivated one-handed mode keyboard revealed in iOS. It appears Apple included a one-handed mode for the iPhone keyboard two years ago – in iOS 8. However, the ability to change the default keyboard layout from standard to left or right handed has not been activated in the public releases yet. Apple has introduced its first large-screen phones back in 2014, offering a dramatic increase of the screen size from 4 to 4.7 or 5.5 inches, but it seems that the one-handed mode was not approved for the final iOS release. But the code remained in the next versions of the[…]

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iPhone 7 with Qualcomm LTE modem performs better than iPhone with Intel chip

Comparing the LTE performance of the iPhone 7. An interesting test performed by Cellular Insights has proven that Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus show different LTE performance depending on the modems used for the devices. Apple buys chips from two manufactures – Intel and Qualcomm. Even before the test, we knew that Qualcomm’s equipped iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus have an edge because they support both GSM and CDMA networks, while phones with Intel processors could be used only for GSM networks, which limits the possible use of the device on all US operators. Now, let’s[…]

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