iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Reportedly Making a Weird Hissing Sound Under Load

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Reportedly Making a Weird Hissing Sound Under Load

  • It is mostly making the noise when performing tedious tasks
  • Few early buyers have reported the issue
  • The noise emits from the back of the phone

Apple started shipping the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to pre-ordered customers and made it available in retail stores on Friday, and three days later, reports of a strange issue are coming in. Cheekily calling it ‘noisegate’, several users are reporting that their iPhone 7 Plus is making a weird hissing noise, especially under load. Some users indicate the issue extends to the iPhone 7 as well.

 

The first to spot this behaviour was Stephen Hackett of 512 Pixels. He first noticed the noise when he tried to restore his phone via iCloud. The smartphone started to make a never before heard hissing noise, and it seemed to emit from the back of the phone, specifically the CPU, Hackett notes. When he shared his experience, many chimed in agreement, including a former Apple PR representative. Another user said he was facing the issue on his iPhone 7.

 

Of course, Apple told Hackett that his iPhone 7 Plus will get replaced with a new one as soon as possible. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by the A10 Fusion chipset, and it is touted to be an extremely powerful chipset. Benchmark scores have revealed that the new processor may not only be much more powerful that many Android counterparts out there, but it is also beating its own laptop MacBook Pro in single-thread score numbers.

So, inevitably, many are blaming the powerful chipset as the cause of the noise, and iOS developer Marco Arment is even calling it as the “the phone equivalent of hearing the fans spin up loudly whenever your Mac’s CPU gets used to its actual potential”. Whatever it may be, Apple is yet to release an official statement stating the cause of the issue, after which more clarity will be gained.

 

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black Variant Won’t Be Available From Apple Stores

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black Variant Won't Be Available From Apple Stores

  • iPhone 7 & 7 Plus Jet Black variants won’t be available in retail stores
  • The Jet Black colour variant does not come with 32GB storage option
  • All other colour variants are available in select markets this Friday

Apple hasn’t released any pre-order numbers for the latest pair of iPhones, but the company has let one nugget about sales slip out: If you want a Jet Black iPhone, you may have to wait awhile.

The company says phones with the new, glossy black finish for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won’t be on shelves in Apple stores on Friday.

 

“We couldn’t be happier with the initial response to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus,” Apple said in a statement to The Washington Post. “During the online pre-order period, initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus in all finishes and iPhone 7 in Jet Black sold out and will not be available for walk-in customers.”

 

The Jet Black iPhone models come only in the phone’s higher storage capacities, 128-gigabyte and 256-gigabyte.

Shoppers may have luck finding the Jet Black phones at carrier stores or other retail stores, such as Best Buy or Target. But you may want to call ahead before you go to the store (or camp out in line) to make sure you can get what you want.

 

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also available in Rose Gold, Gold, Silver and Apple’s other Black finish. The firm said shoppers will be able to find all of those hues in Apple stores and other retail stores starting Friday.

Those who really want the shiny Jet Black finish can still order the phone they want – though it will require patience. Orders for the Jet Black iPhone on Apple’s website have shipping dates that push into November.

 

Apple has said that it will not release preorder sales information for this pair of smartphones, as had been its custom, because it thought that the phones will sell out and that sales will be limited only by supply.

 

Skeptics have said that Apple’s decision indicates it’s worried that the latest phones, which are more of an incremental update than many had hoped, won’t sell in the way we have come to expect from Apple. That’s a valid concern, given that some may look at the new phones and decide not to upgrade so quickly.

Early statements from major US carriers, however, indicate that preorders are on pace with past years or better. Verizon Executive Vice President Marni Walden said at a mobile industry conference that iPhone preorders were “business as usual,” according to a report from Bloomberg News. Meanwhile, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have said that preorders are higher than for the iPhone 6s. Sprint, a smaller carrier, said preorders were “up more than 375 percent” from the first three days of iPhone sales last year.

 

Apple Opens Vietnam Subsidiary to Tap Smartphone Growth in the Country

Apple Inc has opened a subsidiary company in Vietnam, allowing the maker of iPhones to import and distribute cellphones directly in one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the Asia-Pacific.

Apple Vietnam Limited Liability was established on October 28 with a registered capital of VND 15 billion (roughly Rs. 4.3 crores), according to a news announcement recorded on Vietnam’s nationalbusiness registry website seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The Ho Chi Minh City-based firm will conduct wholesale businesses of various products including its signature smartphones, provide information technology and maintenance services as well as advising services, the announcement said.

The number of mobile phone subscribers in Vietnam grew 26 percent from 2009 to 2013 to 124 million, while the number of internet users surpassed a third of the country’s 90-million population two years ago, latest official data from the information ministry showed.

Communist Vietnam was Apple Inc’s hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half of last year, a growth rate five times faster than in India.

Rival Samsung has invested billions of dollars to build smartphone and electronic products plants in the Southeast Asian nation.

Apple opened its first retail stores in the Middle East at the end of October in the luxury malls of the United Arab Emirates, hoping to sell wealthy consumers on their new high-end smartwatches.

Apple’s two new stores, at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall, find themselves alongside other global luxury brands like Emporio Armani, Fendi and Burberry.

Apple rakes in $513 on every iPhone 6s Plus sale

The large-screen version of Apple’s latest phone retails for more than three times what it costs to produce, according to a teardown analysis by research firm IHS.

Apple spends $236 to make each iPhone 6s Plus device, which it sells for over three times that value at $749—a 217.4 percent markup that highlights the tech giant’s ability to dominate the premium market while other smartphone makers struggle.

The bill for materials for a 16-gigabyte iPhone 6s Plus comes in at $231.50, which rises to $236 once manufacturing costs are added, according to IHS. The iPhone 6s Plus costs just $16 more to make than the last year’s model, with Apple benefiting from cheaper components to boost margins.

3D Touch, upgraded cameras

One of the biggest additions to the new iPhone is the so-called 3-D Touch feature, which allows users to carry out different tasks depending on how much pressure they put on the screen.

IHS said the screen costs $52.50, making it the most expensive compenent of the 6s Plus.

Apple has also upgraded its main camera to 12 megapixels in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from 8 megapixels in the previous versions. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded. IHS said the cameras cost $22.50 on each device.

The Apple 6S and 6S Plus iPhones

The Apple 6S and 6S Plus iPhones

IHS noted that the decreasing cost of many iPhone components was helping Apple’s profitability. A 16 GB now costs Apple only $5.50 per unit, but the sale price difference between a 16 GB and 64 GB model was steep, IHS noted.

“Flash is now so cheap it’s almost irrelevant, but Apple monetizes this difference with consumers, to the tune of $100 for each additional step-up in memory capacity,” Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services for IHS Technology, said in a news release.

“For example, a 64 GB iPhone now costs Apple about $17 more to make than a 16 GB iPhone, but Apple charges iPhone buyers $100 more for the increased memory. This is part of Apple’s ongoing strategy to improve profits by selling a product mix that is heavier in the higher-end iPhones.”

Apple sold a record 13 million iPhones 6s and 6s Plus units three days after their launch, the company said on Monday, more than any previous first weekend sales results.

Out shooting with the iPhone 6S Plus’ camera

Apple’s brand new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus have been given a whole host of new features over their predecessors, but it’s the new camera that I’ve been giving the most attention.

The iPhone 6 was already one of our favourite camera phones, but with an upgraded 12-megapixel sensor, I was keen to see what the new snapper can achieve.

I’ve put the iPhone 6S Plus through a series of challenging trials, alongside its main rival the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the previous iPhone 6 to see how it stacks up.In an unusually sunny West London, the iPhone 6S Plus took some superb shots, with very rich colours and great exposure. It had the iPhone 6 beaten in terms of clarity (unsurprising, given the increase in resolution), and had more natural colours than the Galaxy S6, which erred for a warmer colour tone in many shots

Apple, Google Take Top Spots in Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2015 List

Technology giants Apple and Google were adjudged the best brands in the world for the third consecutive year as technology companies dominated Interband’s 16th annual best global brands report.

“For the third year in a row, Apple (ranked first) and Google (ranked second) claim the top positions. Valued at $170.276 billion (roughly Rs. 11,11,038 crores), Apple increased its brand value by 43 percent,” Interbrand said.

“Google, valued at $120.314 billion (roughly Rs. 7,85,090 crores), increased its brand value by 12 percent,” the brand consultancy firm said in a release.

Microsoft (ranked fourth) edged ahead of IBM (ranked fifth), and Amazon (ranked tenth) entered the Top 10 for the first time with a brand value of $37.948 billion (roughly Rs. 2,47,623 crores).

Coca Cola took the third spot, Samsung retained its seventh rank. Facebook, which was the top riser in the report, was placed 23rd by Interbrand.

“The report examines what it takes for brands to succeed in today’s hyper-fragmented world. As people demand immediate, personalised and tailored experiences, business and brands need to move at the speed of life,” Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s global chief executive officer, said.

“Many of the brands in this year’s Top 100 are aligned with people’s priorities, that they are able to integrate into their everyday lives,” he added.

Technology and automotive brands dominated this year’s ranking, holding a combined 28 positions.

“Technology brands, in particular, dominate collectively making up more than a third (33.6 percent) of the total value of all 100 brands,” the company said in a release.

Lenovo is the second Chinese brand to appear on the Best Global Brands 2015 ranking. The first wasHuawei (ranked 88th), which entered the ranking in 2014.

Interbrand’s ranking is based on a combination of attributes which includes the financial performance of the branded products and services, the role the brand plays in influencing customer choice and the strength the brand has to command a premium price or secure earnings for the company.

Apple TV Universal Search to Be Open to Developers With Upcoming API

One of the key features of the new Apple TV is its universal search offering. Instead of fetching content from one source – or requiring users to open half a dozen apps manually and make the searches there – the Apple TV automatically taps iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO and several other popular services to list down the availability of your desired content. At the time of its announcement, however, Apple hadn’t announced whether this capability will be expanded to include additional content sources. The answer is yes.

In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed some additional details on the Apple TV. Cook noted that developers will be able to make their content available to universal search using an upcoming API. “At launch we’ll have iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, and HBO — so we’ll have five major inputs into universal search initially,” he said. “But we’re also opening an API, so that others can join in.”

Cook is hopeful that many developers will join and make their content available to universal search. “I think that many, many people will want to be in that search,” Cook said. “And that’s great for users. Think about your experience today. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have the content you want to watch in an app, you sometimes don’t remember exactly where that show is, so you’re going to Netflix or Hulu or Showtime. You shouldn’t have to do that. It should be very simple.”

The Apple CEO also said that universal search will become intelligent enough over time to know the services a user is subscribed to, and tell a user if the content is available for free or with their existing subscriptions. For instance, if some episodes or seasons of a show are available via one service and rest available through a different service or subscription plan, the universal search will be able to tell.

The company unveiled the new Apple TV at its mega September 9 event. The new media-streaming device offers significant hardware improvements while also getting an iOS 9-powered tvOS which comes with its own user interface and apps. The Apple TV is also being marketed as a game console. It will go on sale in several regions (India not on the list as of yet) starting this month.

Apple Pay Faces Consumer Indifference in First Year

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has called 2015 the “year of Apple Pay.” So far it’s been underwhelming.

The mobile-payments system, which marks its one-year anniversary this month, has failed to catch on with consumers, accounting for only 1 percent of all retail transactions in the United States, according to researcher Aite Group. The service which allows users to pay for purchases by tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch on a device at cash registers has suffered from a lack of promotion and limited number of terminals available in stores. Plus Apple Pay is only available on newer iPhones.

“People don’t know why it is they’d use Apple Pay,” said Jared Schrieber, CEO of InfoScout, a shopper-research firm. “They are satisfied with the current methods and they don’t know how Apple Pay works.”

Apple, which relies on new products to sustain growth, entered a nascent market when it introduced its mobile-payments system last year. A similar feature had been available in Google’s smartphones through Wallet since 2011, yet adoption was anemic, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Like most things Apple, expectations were high for the payment service, which was seen as a potential rival toPayPal.

In January, Cook spoke of “momentum” for Apple Pay, which, he said, was “off to a very strong start” and being implemented by banks, credit unions and numerous merchants.

Competitors have followed Samsung Pay and Google’s Android Pay were both introduced this year but the consumer hasn’t yet. Merchants who adopted the system say that demand has been tepid.

Take Panera Bread, one of the retail locations where Apple Pay debuted last October. The service accounts for “low single digits” of the restaurant chain’s in-store transactions, said Blaine Hurst, Panera’s chief transformation and growth officer. It represents about 20 percent of transactions on Panera’s iOS app, which lets patrons place orders right from their phones, Hurst said. Customers can use certain iPhones and iPads to pay in apps.

At the Firehouse Subs chain, which introduced Apple Pay in January, the service makes up about 2 percent of all transactions, said Vince Burchianti, chief financial officer of Firehouse of America.

“Apple is just not even pushing it out,” Burchianti said.

Several surveys back up the anecdotal evidence. More than 75 percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users hadn’t tried the service as of April, according to a Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. In June, 13 percent of 1,500 people surveyedby InfoScout and Pymnts.com said they tried Apple Pay.

A more recent, smaller survey of 500 iPhone users published in July by Auriemma Consulting Group did find that 42 percent of the respondents used it for in-app and in-store purchases.

“We’re off to a great start and we are seeing continued, double-digit monthly growth in Apple Pay transactions since launch,” Apple said in an emailed statement.

There are indeed signs that demand will pick up in the next few years as Apple and rivals like Samsung ramp up advertising campaigns for their mobile-payment services.

More people will own the iPhones that enable Apple Pay the 6, 6 Plus introduced a year ago and their recent upgrades. Apple Pay is also the most popular mobile-payments service available to iPhone users, so once consumers become more comfortable making purchases with a swipe of their smartphone, Apple will have a large and captive audience.

“It’s going to grow reasonably slowly for the next three to five years, and then we are going to see a ‘hockey stick,'” a sudden surge, said Thad Peterson, an analyst at Boston-based Aite.

Apple will get some help this fall as more retail stores install terminals that accept Apple Pay. Credit-card networks have set an October deadline for most merchants to upgrade their systems to comply with a chip-based smart card standard known as EMV for Europay-MasterCard-Visa. Those terminals, right now installed in less than a quarter of U.S. stores, also accept mobile-payment systems like Apple Pay.

The switch to chip-based cards from magnetic-stripe cards in the U.S. may also accelerate Apple Pay’s adoption. Because the EMV chip cards must stay inserted in in-store payment terminals for the duration of each transaction, instead of being swiped, checkout times may be longer and the process more cumbersome. It could push consumers to embrace mobile payments and Apple Pay.

“The inconvenience will drive more adoption,” said Hurst, the Panera executive.

Apple Acknowledges YiSpecter Malware, Says Fixed Issue With iOS 8.4

Apple has acknowledged the YiSpecter malware that affects even non-jailbroken iPhones, and assures users that devices running versions newer than iOS 8.4 are not affected. Apart from a specific fix issued with the OS version, company also said that it has blocked the apps that distributed the said malware.

Over the weekend, security firm Palo Alto Networks reported about YiSpecter, a malware that was able to infect both jailbroken as well as non-jailbroken iOS devices. It did so by using enterprise certificates and abusing private APIs. The malware, as the firm reported, was only affecting users in Taiwan and China.

In a statement to technology blog The Loop, Apple acknowledged the existence of YiSpecter, and noted the steps it took to combat it. “This issue only impacts users on older versions of iOS who have also downloaded malware from untrusted sources. We addressed this specific issue in iOS 8.4 and we have also blocked the identified apps that distribute this malware,” the company said.

“We encourage customers to stay current with the latest version of iOS for the latest security updates. We also encourage them to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and pay attention to any warnings as they download apps.”

Palo Alto Networks reported that once a device is infected, the malware can launch arbitrary iOS apps, replace existing apps with their malicious counterpart, and force ads as well. It was also able to change bookmarks and modify the search engine in Safari. The firm added that removing the said malware was very difficult as it continues to reappear again.

Apple hasn’t disclosed the number of devices that are affected with YiSpectre, or publicly offered a patch to remove the malware. The company most recently came under first for the first major App Store attack that saw hundreds of legitimate apps in the Chinese App Store embedded with the malicious program XcodeGhost. The company had at the time also cleaned the store of the offending apps.

Apple launches OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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Apple just released its next-generation operating system for Macs, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, to the public.

If you haven’t been using a developer or public beta version over the last few months, here’s how to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan: First, make sure you can. El Capitan supports the follow Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and on:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

Is your Mac on that list? Then head on over to the Mac App Store and click on Updates. El Capitan will show up as a software update. You can also click on this link to go directly to the El Capitan download.

The Macworld staff has been diving deep this summer into all of El Capitan’s new features. Once you’re set up with the new version, take some time to read our coverage and decide which changes will help you make the most of your Mac.