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Apple finds quality problems in some iPhone X models

Apple Inc said on Friday it had found some issues affecting some of its iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook pro products and said the company would fix them free of charge. The repair offers are the latest in a string of product quality problems over the past year even as Apple has raised prices for most of its laptops, tablets and phones to new heights. Its top-end iPhones now sell for as much as $1,449 and its best iPad goes for as much as $1,899. Apple said displays on iPhone X, which came out in 2017 with a starting price…

Apple’s mettle in India tested in squabble over anti-spam app

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: In India, the world’s second-biggest smartphone market, Apple Inc’s normally deft management of government relations is being put to a fresh high-stakes test. For almost two years, Apple has battled India’s telecom regulator over a demand that it allow the use of the government’s anti-spam app. Non-compliance, the watchdog threatened last month, could result in phones being “derecognized” from the country’s networks, meaning they would no longer function. It is just one of several headaches the…

World stocks rise as metals surge mitigates iPhone X woes

LONDON: World stocks edged higher on Wednesday as a strong rally in commodities buoyed expectations for a strong year for the global economy in 2018 and helped mitigate concerns over the technology sector triggered by reports of soft iPhone X demand. Oil and copper prices rocketed to multi-year highs, pushing the MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, 0.1 percent higher. While oil prices were strengthened largely because of an attack on a crude pipeline in Libya, the surge in copper was…

Apple says illegal student labour discovered at iPhone X plant

BEIJING: Smartphone maker Apple and its biggest manufacturing partner on Wednesday said that a small number of students were discovered working overtime in its Chinese factory, violating local labour laws. The students worked voluntarily in the factory for more than 11 hours a day as part of a school internship program at a plant run by Hon Hai Precision, also known as Foxconn, the manufacturer confirmed. "We discovered instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China. We've confirmed the…

Vietnamese researcher shows iPhone X face ID ‘hack’

HANOI: A researcher in Vietnam has demonstrated how he apparently fooled Apple’s face recognition ID software on its new iPhone X using a mask made with a 3D printer, silicone and paper tape. An announcement on Friday by Bkav, a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm, that it had cracked Apple’s Face ID, and a subsequent video apparently showing an iPhone being unlocked when pointed at a mask, were greeted with some skepticism. Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav’s vice president, gave Reuters several demonstrations, first unlocking the phone…

Apple admits screen problems in ‘the most expensive’ iPhone X

CALIFORNIA: As Apple’s newly-launched iPhone X continues to fetch profits for the company, buyers of the expensive handset, on the other hand, are encountering a problem they shouldn’t have expected. Apple’s iPhone X went on sale last Friday with queues at Apple Stores around the world as fans hoped to get their hands on the tenth-anniversary handset. Apple has admitted that there are issues with the screen on the iPhone X in a suitably downplayed support document called ‘About the Super Retina display on your iPhone…

Apple’s iPhone X hits stores as profits soar

Apple's flagship iPhone X hit stores around the world on Friday, as the company predicted bumper sales despite the handset's eye-watering price tag and celebrated a surge in profits. Apple enthusiasts around the globe were lining up to get their hands on the new device which features facial recognition, cordless charging and an edge-to-edge screen made of organic light-emitting diodes used in high-end televisions. The new gadget marks the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone release and is released in about 50 markets…

iPhone X sales: Apple nears trillion-dollar in market cap

SAN FRANCISCO: AppleInc Chief Executive Tim Cook quashed concerns recently about muted demand for the iPhone X, saying pre-orders for the 10th anniversary smartphone were "off the charts," but it might be the company's market capitalization that needs a bigger graph. Positive reviews for the new device and expectations that many users are on the verge of upgrading from older iPhones have sent Apple's stock to record highs, pushing it closer to becoming the first publicly listed company with a stock market value above $1…

App developer access to iPhone X face data spooks some privacy experts

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple won accolades from privacy experts in September for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on the phone itself. But Apple’s privacy promises do not extend to the thousands of app developers who will gain access to facial data in order to build entertainment features for iPhone X customers, such as pinning a three-dimensional mask to their face for a selfie or letting a video game character mirror the player’s real-world facial expressions. Apple allows…

iPhone X is best yet and FaceID works, mostly – reviewers

The first reviews of Apple’s eagerly awaited iPhone X are out and the verdict is clear: it is the best iPhone yet. The run-in to the Nov. 3 release of the redesigned glass and stainless steel device has been dominated by concerns over the supply and functionality of its new FaceID access system. At $999 (£754), it is also the most expensive phone the company has ever launched, but going by channel checks run by market analysts, demand is already far outstripping supply. "It’s thin, it’s powerful, it has ambitious…