Apple will repair iPhones with third-party batteries

In a change to its longstanding policy, Apple is apparently repairing iPhones with third-party batteries at its Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers. This is a about-face from its previous stance, which was to refuse repairs on iPhones with aftermarket batteries. According to MacRumors, which saw a copy of Apple’s internal memo regarding the […]

How Apple and app developers will try to entice you to subscribe, not just pay once

Apple introduces a revised Mac App Store at WWDC 2018 in San Jose, California. (credit: Valentina Palladino) For a while now, Apple has been encouraging app developers to consider subscriptions as a key revenue source, and the company is introducing some new options for developers that it hopes will make the option more attractive. In […]

Inherent security bugs in Apple devices required the use of VPNs

It is hard to imagine that a company with $62.9 billion in revenues over the last quarter of 2019 was unable to find the worst ever bug in iOS history. Rather, it was 14-year old teenage boy. It is called the FaceTime bug that made it possible to monitor audio and video content undetected. It […]

Apple closes two Dallas stores in apparent bid to ward off patent trolls

Enlarge / Apple’s new store will be at the Galleria Dallas. In addition to being a beautiful mall, it’s also outside the reach of the notoriously patent-friendly Eastern District of Texas. (credit: jinjian liang / Flickr) Apple is closing two Apple stores in the northern suburbs of Dallas in an apparent bid to ward off […]

Apple wasn’t the only smartphone brand struggling in China this fall

Apple wasn’t joking around when it warned that the Chinese smartphone market gave it grief in the fall. IDC estimated that iPhone shipments fell just shy of 20 percent year-over-year toward the end of 2018, hitting 11.8 million. It’s the third consecutive year of declines, the analyst group said, blaming this year’s drop on a […]

Apple, Facebook spat is over, for now—iOS certificate access restored

Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto/Getty Images) Days after Apple shut down Facebook’s developer certificate, disabling the company’s internal iOS apps, the two companies have now seemingly buried the hatchet. “We have had our Enterprise Certification, which enables our internal employee applications, restored,” Facebook said in a statement sent to Ars and other media outlets. “We are in […]