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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.2 Upgrade

With a Great Secret Feature

Apple released iOS 11.2.2 upgrade. With the upgrade emerged what many are calling the worst feature. However, for some it has become the best feature.

A number of users have reported that the iOS 11.2.2 has resulted in performance slowdowns. In some cases, the benchmark shows drops of over 50 percent. Others, however, have reported the opposite. They have witnessed the exact opposite of slowdowns— claiming that the iOS 11.2.2 has been speeding up their devices by as much as 30 percent.

No one really knows why this dramatic differentiation has occurred. Though it is clear that the two sets of users were in very different situations before updating. The people hit by slowdowns had iPhones running at full capacity, while those whose iphones have sped up were already suffering problems. Strange, isn’t it?

Some blame the occurrence on Apple’s important Spectre mitigations. Others blame it on the iPhone battery throttling.  At least, now those who upgrade to iOS 11.2.2 will enjoy their nice speed.

This information was obtained from, “Apple iOS 11.2.2 Release Has A Great Secret Feature

 

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Longbow Research Downgrades Apple

Analyst Believes iPhone cycle is just ‘good, not great’

An astonished occurrence falls on what is one of the most popular stocks in the market— Longbow Research downgrades Apple.

According to a Wall Street analyst, the iphone cycle will be a disappointment in 2018.   

The company, who is committed to giving investors insight to ensure their success, lowered its rating for Apple shares to neutral from buy, foreseeing the company will ship fewer iPhones than expected in fiscal 2018.  

The analyst, Shawn Harrison says, “[we are] seeing only a good, not great iPhone cycle. Apple found iPhone price elasticity with the introduction of the X blunting some demand. Reception of the iPhone 8/8Plus was lukewarm with Apple shifting production back toward the iPhone 7 as a result.”

Due to this, the analyst lower his fiscal 2018 iPhone unit shipment prognosis to 233 million from 248 million; contrary to Wall Street’s consensus of 239 million.

Consequently, Apple kicked off Wednesday’s trading session down 0.3 percent.

Indeed, for Apple this is a rare happening . However, 2018 is being a bit harsh to the company. In fact, the last time Apple was downgraded was on December 19, by Nomura Instinet.    

They downgraded Apple to neutral from buy, due to the company’s high valuation compared to previous iPhone cycles.

Meanwhile, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has higher hopes for the company, reiterating its buy rating and raising its price target to $220 from $180 for Apple shares. This is 25 percent above Tuesday’s closing price, and it is also the highest target among major investment banks that cover Apple.

Yet, with Apples turbulent moments this year, they seem to still be doing just fine. Apple’s stock is up 50 percent the last 12 months.

This information was obtained from, “Apple gets rare downgrade because analyst believes iPhone cycle is just ‘good, not great’”

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The $29 iPhone Battery Replacement

Good or Bad?

 A Wall Street analyst says after years of conspiracy theories that Apple was purposely slowing down older phones to make people upgrade their phone,  may now have an opposite effect on the company.

In December, Apple admitted that they have in fact been slowing down older phones. They say that without the slowdown, the iPhone would shut down when the old batteries couldn’t provide enough power for performance. After this revelation, Apple apologized and issued a discounted battery replacement for those who were using older models of the phone.

However, this offer might hurt the company. If they hadn’t issued this offer, people would willingly want to upgrade to a new phone just to get rid of the slow phone. The analyst Mark Moskowitz says, “Our August Wireless survey suggests battery drain is No. 1 reason for users to upgrade to new device.” He states that for this reason, a new battery would deter some upgrade intention.

According to Moskowitz, about three-quarters of the 675 million iPhones currently in use would be eligible for a battery upgrade. Without the discounted offer, this would have a good impact on iPhone sales.

If 10 percent of those eligible for the replacement take the offer and about one-third of the people needing new batteries would have otherwise bought a new iPhone this year, then Apple will lose out on sales of 16 million devices and $10.3 billion of annual revenue. On the other hand, if half the people needing new batteries would have upgraded, then Apple loses out on 27 million sales and $18.2 billion in revenue.  

Read:
Why the $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Deal Could Hurt Apple’s Stock
How to Find Out if Your iPhone Is Eligible for Apple’s $29 Battery Replacement
Yes, Apple Is Slowing Down Your Old iPhone. Here’s Why—and How to Fix It

 

    

 

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Apple Disclosure Report: Larger iPhones

Apple is secretive about their iPhone plans. However, due to their crazy revealing week and the pressure to do better, Apple is probably glad for the distraction that the following leak will give them—three new 2018 iPhones.

What’s New?

This year, Apple will expand the next generation iPhone X into two model range. This includes the iPhone X Plus. The iPhone SE will finally be updated after a long hiatus. The iPhones will also get bigger. The iPhone X might be 6.2 or 6.3 inches big. The iPhone SE will go from 4 inches to 6.1 inches.

Furthermore, the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus will use a second generation of face ID technology expected to increase screen-to-body ratio. There might also be a potential larger top memory configuration.   

For more information check out the following articles:

Apple Leaked Report Reveals Larger iPhones
TrendForce predicts improved Face ID and screen-to-body ratio for iPhone, says Samsung will struggle
Apple Leak Reveals Massive New iPhone

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The Apple Watch

 

Finds A Purpose

Before the Apple watch became a device exclusively for activity tracking and notifications, it was supposed to be a watch with a medical purpose.


In the last months of Steve Job’s life, he was fighting cancer while managing diabetes. Because he did not like pricking his finger to draw blood, Mr. Job’s authorized an Apple research team to develop a noninvasive glucose reader—
 turned into a wristwatch. However, because many of the health features were unreliable, Apple ended up turning the device into what it is known for today—an activity tracking and notification device.

Nonetheless, the Apple watch is now finding its medical purpose.

With that being said, September brought forth an interesting report. Apple announced that the Apple watch would become a more of a stand alone device. Since this announcement was made, many device manufacturers have been working on developing medical accessories. An example of this is the electrocardiogram for monitoring heart activity with the purpose to manage chronic conditions straight from their wrist.

This is a stepforward for a device that many deemed unnecessary because most of its components already exist in their smartphone.

Now, the smartwatch has a purpose.

For more information check out this article, “Freed From the iPhone, the Apple Watch Finds a Medical Purpose

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Apple iPhone X Expectations

are Still too High

According to analysts, Apple iPhone X expectations are still too high, despite stock pullback. Nicolas Baratte, an analyst from CLSA says iPhone X volume forecasts remain overestimated, regardless of a correction last week.

The company’s stock cut down 2.5 percent from 50 million to 30 million.  

Baratte says, “We maintain that 2017 fourth-quarter iPhone X volumes were at 30 to 35 million and we are very skeptical that volumes will increase in the first quarter of 2018.”

However, this still doesn’t change the demand and push-out of the product. He says, “consumers who wanted to get an iPhone X in December 2017 already have it.” Nonetheless, any expectations that forecast first-quarter volume over 35 million units will be too high.

Piper Jaffray restated its overweight rating and $200 price target on the company, following a recent survey of iPhone users. This survey reinforced Michael Olson’s expectation that a significant number of new models of iPhone will be sold in the fiscal year of 2018. This increases their confidence—”Our iPhone average selling price assumption of $720, therefore, appears achievable, increasing our confidence in revenue and earnings per share estimates.”

However, if the volume is problematic for Apple in the new year, then both Olson and Baratte agree that the price for the iPhone X should be cut. These cuts could provide a cheaper option for those who are looking for more screen space on their smartphone.  

Read “Apple iPhone X expectations are ‘still too high’ despite stock pullback, analyst says” for more information.

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Apple Is Doing The Right Thing

In Replacing Old iPhone Batteries

It’s been a long-time rumor that Apple has been slowing down their devices. Sadly, this speculated rumor turned out to be true. As a way of apologizing to their customers, Apple is now offering battery swaps for $29. Yet, many folks are unclear on how qualified batteries are eligible for the replacement. For those who didn’t know, Apple Genius Bar conducts a diagnostic test. This test checks whether a battery can retain 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge. However, Apple is now allowing discounted battery swaps on iphone 6 or later, regardless of the diagnostic test.

This clarification came after Apple passed along a memo regarding the replacement policy. To this policy they added that customers who paid $79 for a battery swap prior to the offer are eligible for a refund in price difference. Though Apple doesn’t consider battery condition in the new replacement offer, it’s good to keep in mind that the battery might not be replaced if there are other damages to your phone.   

For more information check out this article, Apple will replace old iPhone batteries, regardless of diagnostic test results 

 

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Buy Apple stock for the long term according to analysts

According to a Wall Street company, in this year, iPhone X’s innovative features will bring a bonus.

Piper Jaffray reiterated the excess ratings for smartphone makers and predicted next year, Apple will benefit from better monitors and 3D sensors to the rest of its iPhone line. Analyst Michael Olson wrote to clients on Thursday that “Why AAPL Can Keep Working: ‘Super Cycle’ Is Now ‘Super Long Cycle.'”, according to which, Apple may be more and more likely to experience the development of a formidable iPhone for many years Tracks, instead of short-term “super cycles.” In addition, the iPhone cycle is believed to be extended in FY18 and then there will be more iPhone X “offspring” in the fall of 2018, as people become more aware and interested in Augmented Reality after developers plugging new use cases and long-term backside 3D sensors into the app store.

Analysts expect that Apple will introduce three better OLED displays next year. In addition, he said, three-dimensional sensor supplier will be required to increase threefold volume next year. He writes that the iPhone X’s offspring could broaden iPhone users’ interests in the fall of 18.

Apple is one of the biggest performers in the market so far this year. Its shares have rallied 46% compared with the S&P 500’s 17% gain through Wednesday. And after the report, the company’s stock rose 0.8% on Thursday as well.

Apple’s iPhone X launched on Nov. 3 with the price of $999.

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18 iPhone X Tips and Tricks you need to know

Many of the iPhone X features are innovative, but some of them are not quite as obvious. The following are 18 iPhone X tips that you should know about:

1. Power Off/Medical ID/Emergency Call With The iPhone X
To turn off the power, pull out a medical ID, or an emergency call with your iPhone X, you need to press and hold the side buttons and any of the volume buttons at the same time. Then slide to turn off the device, pull up the medical ID, or make an emergency call.

2. Double Tap The Side Button For Apple Pay
When you double-click the side button on the right side of the device, it opens Apple Pay. This allows you to pay bills without having to remove a debit or credit card from your wallet.

3. Set Up Animoji
You can use facial expressions to customize animated messages (called Animoji) using the Face ID facial recognition system built into the iPhone X front by going to the message, clicking on the App Store icon, and clicking on the monkey with its mouth open. Then scroll to select an Animoji and touch and hold the red recording icon or click Animoji to send an animated photo. Animoji videos can be recorded for up to 110 seconds and sent via iMessage.

4. Close Apps That Are Open
To close an application that is open on the iPhone X, you need to activate the application switcher by swiping from the bottom home indicator and dragging the application to the right. Then press the app for a few seconds until you see the red button at the top of each app card. You can then slide the application as you would on any other iPhone, or click the red button to close the application. This is useful if you want to turn off applications that run in the background, such as streaming music applications or GPS applications.

5. Take A Screenshot With The iPhone X
Simply tap on the side button and the top volume button to take a screenshot on the iPhone X

6. Activate Siri By Pushing Down Side Button
Simply push down the side button on the right-hand side of the device to activate the Siri digital assistant on the iPhone X.

7. Force Reset Your iPhone X
If you want to hard reset the iPhone X, please follow these three steps: 1.) Tap and release the volume up button 2.) Tap and release the volume down button 3.) Press and hold the side button on the right Manual button for a few seconds until you notice that the device is restarted and the Apple logo that appears when the power is turned on.

8. Record 4K Videos At 60 fps
By default, iPhone X is set to record 4K video at 30 fps. However, you can set it to record at 60 fps to make sure higher and smoother resolution. This setting can be found in Settings app > Camera > Record Video.

9. Turn ‘Tap To Wake’ On Or Off
By default, there is a ” Tap To Wake” feature on the iPhone X. This means the lock screen will appear when you tap the screen. If you do not want to enable this feature, you can go to the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Toggle off “Tap To Wake” to turn off this feature.

10. Tap On ‘Done’ After Moving Around Or Deleting Apps
On other iPhone, you usually have to press an icon until it swings or removes the application from the home screen. Then click the Home button to close the application icon edit mode. On iPhone X, you also have to press the application icon to move or delete them. But Apple added a “Done” button in edit mode at the top right corner of the iPhone X screen so you can move or delete the application.

11. Home Indicator Opens The App Switcher
Without the physical home button, Apple added the Home indicator at the bottom of the screen. The Home light is used to unlock the device and activate the application switcher. To launch the application switcher, you must drag your open application from the home page indicator to the right of the screen with your finger. Then you will see all the open applications arranged together for easier switching.

12. Swipe The Bottom Edge To Return Home
The Home flag line is also used to return to the main screen when the application is opened. Swiping from the bottom edge of the home screen will take you back to the first page – this will come in handy if you have multiple application icon pages.

13. Control Apps That Use Face ID For Authentication
You can customize which apps use Face ID for authentication through going to the Settings app> Face ID & Passcode> (Enter Passcode)> Other Apps.

14. Swipe From The “Left Ear” For Cover Sheet
When you swipe down from the “left ear” (left area to the notch) on the top of your iPhone X, “Cover Sheet” appears. The cover sheet has been called the Notification Center.

15. Swipe From The “Right Ear” For Control Center
When you swipe down from the “Right Ear” (right area to the notch) on the top of your iPhone X, “Cover Sheet” appears. And then the Control Center will show. You can also control the Control Center under the Settings app > Control Center > Customize Controls. In addition, you can see the battery life on the left of your iPhone X as well.

16. ‘Zoom To Fill’ The YouTube App
To take full advantage of the larger 5.8-inch screen on the iPhone X, you can zoom in on the YouTube app. To zoom in and out videos, just use pinch-to-zoom gesture while in full-screen landscape mode. When zoomed in, the YouTube video shows ” Zoomed to fill” at the top. When you zoom out, it says ” Original.”

17. Swipe Left Or Right To Switch Between Recent Apps
Simply swipe left or right on the Home indicator line.

18. Additional Face ID Controls
Under the Settings app > Face ID & Passcode, there are additional Face ID controls. For instance, ” Require Attention for Face ID” will require the user to directly look at the front camera to unlock the device. This may prevent someone from unlocking the device when pointing to your device while you are asleep. In addition, you can turn on or off “Attention Aware Features” that essentially control whether the alarm will disappear and the screen will dim once you pick up iPhone X and watch it after waking up.

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How to remove iCloud from your Apple device

Clear Your iCloud Account From Your Apple Device

Generally, to ensure your personal data safety,  there are two ways to connect all your Apple devices to your iCloud account terminated,  depending on whether or not your Apple device still works properly.

For Apple Devices That Still Work

  1. Link your Apple devices to WiFi.
  2. Open up the settings on your device.
  3. Select “iCloud.”
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click “Sign Out.” and put in your password to confirm.

For Apple Devices That Don’t Work

  1. Get to icloud.com on your computer.
  2. Login to access your iCloud account through either your Apple ID or your iTunes.
  3. Click on “Find My iPhone” at the bottom of the page.
  4. Then, click the option called “All Devices.”
  5. Next, you’ll have a list of all of the devices that are currently connected to your iCloud account.
  6. Choose the device you want to remove.
  7. Click “Remove from Account.”

Verify Your Apple Device Isn’t Connected

The last step –  double-check that your Apple device isn’t still connected to your iCloud account. To verify that, go to website www.icloud.com/activationlock/ and type in your Apple device’s serial number or IMEI. Then you can confirm whether your device is or not connected to an iCloud account.