LOS ANGELES — Sure, Apple sold a boatload of iPhones in the holiday quarter and made a mint.But beyond the cash cow that is new iPhone sales, it also revealed how it's profiting by selling units that don't have enough room to hold all its customers' photos, videos and apps.The iconic iPhone maker this week said it shipped 77.3 million iPhones, along with 13.1 million iPads and 5.1 million Macintosh computers. But the more interesting number is the growing size of the iPhone army—now at 1.3 billion people, up from 1 billion two years ago. “That’s 300 million extra people you can sell to,” says Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights. The No. 2 division at Apple is Services —including Apple Music, iTunes, iCloud— now brings in more revenue than Macs or iPads, selling software, and to Moorhead, it’s not music subscriptions and iTunes movie rentals that are fueling the charge, “but all those iCloud … [Read more...] about How Apple profits from selling you iPhones with little storage
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Apple recently admitted to slowing down its iOS operating system (or performance throttling) as they get older and the batteries deteriorate, angering customers who say the company is only trying to trick users into purchasing newer iPhone models. “Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components. “Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.” But the larger … [Read more...] about How to tell if Apple is slowing down your iPhone — and how to fix it
Ben Gilbert, provided by Published 9:14 am, Sunday, December 31, 2017 Apple has a new iPhone on the way that looks incredible, is faster than ever, and ... is outrageously expensive. The base model costs $1,000. One thousand dollars! But there's good news, friends: There's a far better iPhone out there right now, and it costs less than half the price of the absurdly priced iPhone X. That phone is the iPhone SE — Apple's best iPhone. Here's the deal. 1. The iPhone SE is remarkably affordable, at just $350 to start. Apple Millions of people will excitedly plunk down a full stack for the iPhone X. It's more than just a phone — it's a status symbol. I get it. It's a much more affordable version of a Ferrari. Fine. But I'm a Honda Civic kinda guy. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Well-known San Antonio cook gunned down on his front porch, suspect at large mysa Man found dead in rollover wreck at busy S.A. intersection mysa Young … [Read more...] about 6 reasons you should buy an iPhone SE instead of any of the fancy new iPhones
Corrections & Clarifications: Augmented reality apps from Apple's new iOS mobile operating system work with the iPhone SE.SAN FRANCISCO — If you’re like many USA TODAY readers, you’ve probably been asking this question: so many iPhones, which one is for me?There's the $999 iPhone X, the $699 iPhone 8 and $799 8-Plus. But also you can downscale to last year's, now cheaper model, the iPhone 7, (now $549) or 7Plus ($669) — and others.Or you can hold onto your old model and just make do until it's really unusable.If you're thinking of an older model, remember that Apple only keeps certain models current for a set period of time, and then sunsets them, as is the case with the iPhone 5 and 5C, which won’t accept downloads of iOS 11, the latest mobile operating system upgrade, coming on September 19th.So if you do want to reach back in time and save money by buying an older phone like the 6S, know that eventually, perhaps in two years, Apple will sunset … [Read more...] about Skip iPhone X and 8. If you need an iPhone, this is the better deal.
So you’ve scored a new iPhone over the holidays. Lucky you. These new devices are Apple’s best yet.Hopefully you’ve spent a few days playing around with its many features, downloaded a few apps, and used the iPhone’s stellar camera to capture holiday memories with friends and family.Because it’s estimated we only use about 10 percent of what our consumer electronics are capable of – sort of like our brains, perhaps? – we’ve got a few lesser-known suggestions on getting the most out of your new device.You probably know Siri, your voice-activated personal assistant, can be used to set a time-based reminder, like saying “Siri, remind me to call my brother at 4 p.m.” But did you know you can set location-based reminders, too? You can say “Remind me to call mom when I get home,” and you won’t be notified until you step up to your door.If you haven’t done so already, for this to work you’ll need to … [Read more...] about New iPhone? Here fun new ways to use it
Owners of the iPhone — especially the 16 GB variety — know this scenario all too well: you try to take a photo or download an app and receive this dreaded message: “There is not enough available storage.”Naturally, the first instinct to delete photos or apps to free up space for more stuff. But a new trick has surfaced that can free up iPhone storage space without requiring users to delete a thing.This iPhone trick appeared on Reddit last month (hat tip to Cnet), and it requires users to rent a movie. Sort of.Here’s how it works:Go to Settings: Once there, tap General > About. Scroll down until you find “Available,” which tells you how much storage space you have.Head to the iTunes Store: Pick the HD movie of your choice available for rental. Don’t worry, you're not paying to rent a movie, but pick a big download. For example, the HD version of The Avengers is 6.5 GB. Hit Rent two times. You’ll see a spinning wheel, then receive … [Read more...] about This trick can free up space on your iPhone
On Jan. 9, 2007, Apple introduced the world to the iPhone. With its all-touch interface and sleek design, the iPhone took a very different approach to the smartphone, which had been defined by front-runners like BlackBerry.Ten years later, the iPhone is perhaps the most important device launched this century. It made smartphones a must-own device, and helped to transform how we live. Practically everything we do is through a smartphone, and the iPhone is a big reason for this shift.So how did we get here? Here's a look at the 10 most important moments in the iPhone's history.During a keynote at the MacWorld expo in 2007, the co-founder and CEO at the time says the concept was inspired by computers, with bitmap screens that could display any user interface and a pointer like the mouse. That's why the iPhone ditched keyboards. As for the pointer, Jobs opted for the pointing device "we're all born with": our fingers. This is also the moment we learned Jobs really hated using a … [Read more...] about The 10 biggest moments in the history of iPhone
Storage space on the iPhone has always been a finite, valuable commodity, dating back to the original iPhone in 2007.Whereas many Android phones allow you to add more storage through microSD cards, Apple's phones are limited. If you are running low on space, here are some ways to free up some gigs.First, check your free space. You can do this by going to Settings, then General, then Storage & iCloud Usage. This will give you a clear readout of how much space you have, with one additional click on "Manage Storage" giving you a detailed look at which apps are taking up the most space.Photos and videos were already some of the biggest space hogs. With recent iPhones employing 8 or 12-megapixel cameras and shooting high-quality HD and 4K video, space can quickly become a premium.While you can always transfer your pictures to your computer, there are other solutions to save your photos without ever plugging in.Personally, I'm a fan of Google Photos. In addition to … [Read more...] about Running out of iPhone storage space? These tricks can help
Smartphone owners carry important files on them – documents, irreplaceable photos and videos, for example. What are you doing to back-up your device in case it’s lost, stolen or damaged?There are a few solutions, such as syncing the phone with a computer via USB, or inserting a microSD card (for Android) or Lightning flash drives (for iOS), but one of the cheapest and easiest ways to safeguard your smartphone is by taking advantage of free cloud services.Question is, which one should you go with?Before we get into the differences between five of the more popular cloud services, a word on what we’re talking about here.Instead of – or in addition to – storing your files locally on your device, a cloud service lets you store and access your files in a password-protected online locker, of sorts.Offsite protection: Cloud services can protect your data from local threats, such as theft or damage. Snap a photo on your iPhone or Galaxy and you can have a copy … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to back up your iPhone or Android?
Google is getting back into making phones.The search giant and creator of the Android operating system debuted its two newest flagship phones — the Pixel and the Pixel XL — at an event in San Francisco Tuesday.Google has previously helped design "Nexus" phones like the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-made Nexus 5X, but the Pixel and Pixel XL will be the first phones to bear the Google brand, with the tagline "Phone by Google."Their return takes aim at Samsung, the top maker of Android phones, and iPhone-maker Apple with state-of-the art hardware and artificial intelligence- driven software — the feature seen as giving the edge to tech companies vying to dominate consumers' time and spending.From a design and specification standpoint the two Pixel phones are similar to other current flagship smartphones on the market, with large high definition displays, 12-megapixel f/2.0 rear cameras, and metal bodies. The Pixel will offer a 5-inch display while the … [Read more...] about Google unveils ‘made by Google’ $649 Pixel smartphone to rival iPhone