Apple Expands Carrier Billing to Belgium and Norway

Apple has enabled carrier billing in Belgium and Norway, expanding upon the feature’s existing availability in Germany, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The feature is limited to select carriers in each country — share if yours is supported in the comments.

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The payment method enables customers to pay for iTunes content, App Store apps, iBooks, and Apple Music subscriptions without needing a credit or debit card, or even a bank account. Instead, purchases are added to a customer’s mobile phone bill and paid off at the end of the month.

Apple has a support document explaining how to set up carrier billing on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and Mac or PC.

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Apple has enabled carrier billing in Belgium and Norway, expanding upon the feature’s existing availability in Germany, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The feature is limited to select carriers in each country — share if yours is supported in the comments.

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The payment method enables customers to pay for iTunes content, App Store apps, iBooks, and Apple Music subscriptions without needing a credit or debit card, or even a bank account. Instead, purchases are added to a customer’s mobile phone bill and paid off at the end of the month.

Apple has a support document explaining how to set up carrier billing on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and Mac or PC.

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Apple Offering Refunds to Customers Who Paid for iMac Hinge Repairs

Apple has internally announced it will issue a refund to customers who previously paid for an iMac display hinge replacement or repair, according to a recently updated service document obtained by MacRumors. These repairs could often cost upwards of $100, according to reports from affected users.

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Apple’s service document acknowledges some 27-inch iMacs shipped between December 2012 and July 2014 may be affected by an issue with the display hinge, resulting in the screen no longer adjusting and continuously tilting forward. The issue appears to be limited to late 2012 and late 2013 models in particular.

The issue has been frequently reported by dozens of users on the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors discussion forums, and elsewhere on the web, with a number of iMac owners describing a similar experience in which the hinge makes an audible popping or cracking sound and then stops working.

Apple Support Communities user Mr Mo-Fo:

I was just sitting watching TV when there was a loud crack and my iMac screen suddenly tilted down – now the screen will not stay where it is tilted/positioned. I was not using the iMac at the time and it was not doing anything it just broke on its own. The Mac was only bought in February and has not been moved or tilted once it was in place.

MacRumors user Plazm:

My one month old 27″ iMac (about a month old) at work seems to have developed a loose hinge so that the screen always tilts at its most downward. It still tilts up and down, but will always return to that position by itself.

Apple has since extended its related iMac hinge repair program to cover late 2012 and late 2013 iMacs for up to five years from the date of their original purchase, compared to an original three-year period. Apple will replace the hinge mechanism on affected iMacs at no charge, regardless of warranty coverage.

Unlike some of Apple’s other Exchange and Repair Extension Programs listed on its website, the details of this program have not been made publicly available. Apple has instead sent internal communication to Apple Authorized Service Providers with information about repairs and refunds.

Apple recommends affected customers contact the company by phone or web to initiate the refund process. Customers who still have a broken hinge can book an appointment with the Genius Bar at an Apple Store or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to determine if their iMac is eligible for the repair program.

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Apple has internally announced it will issue a refund to customers who previously paid for an iMac display hinge replacement or repair, according to a recently updated service document obtained by MacRumors. These repairs could often cost upwards of $100, according to reports from affected users.

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Apple’s service document acknowledges some 27-inch iMacs shipped between December 2012 and July 2014 may be affected by an issue with the display hinge, resulting in the screen no longer adjusting and continuously tilting forward. The issue appears to be limited to late 2012 and late 2013 models in particular.

The issue has been frequently reported by dozens of users on the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors discussion forums, and elsewhere on the web, with a number of iMac owners describing a similar experience in which the hinge makes an audible popping or cracking sound and then stops working.



Apple Support Communities user Mr Mo-Fo:
I was just sitting watching TV when there was a loud crack and my iMac screen suddenly tilted down – now the screen will not stay where it is tilted/positioned. I was not using the iMac at the time and it was not doing anything it just broke on its own. The Mac was only bought in February and has not been moved or tilted once it was in place.

MacRumors user Plazm:

My one month old 27″ iMac (about a month old) at work seems to have developed a loose hinge so that the screen always tilts at its most downward. It still tilts up and down, but will always return to that position by itself.

Apple has since extended its related iMac hinge repair program to cover late 2012 and late 2013 iMacs for up to five years from the date of their original purchase, compared to an original three-year period. Apple will replace the hinge mechanism on affected iMacs at no charge, regardless of warranty coverage.

Unlike some of Apple’s other Exchange and Repair Extension Programs listed on its website, the details of this program have not been made publicly available. Apple has instead sent internal communication to Apple Authorized Service Providers with information about repairs and refunds.

Apple recommends affected customers contact the company by phone or web to initiate the refund process. Customers who still have a broken hinge can book an appointment with the Genius Bar at an Apple Store or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to determine if their iMac is eligible for the repair program.

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Buyer’s Guide: iMac (Don’t Buy)

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Kwikset’s Entry-Level Smart Lock ‘Kevo Convert’ Available to Pre-Order for $150

Smart lock manufacturer Kwikset recently announced that the company’s simplistic deadbolt solution, the Kevo Convert, is now available for users to pre-order for $149. Unlike Kwikset’s other systems, including the Kwikset Kevo, the Kevo Convert is an easy-to-install conversion kit that keeps the outward-facing hardware of a standard door lock, while replacing the interior deadbolt.

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Due to its simpler solution, the Kevo Convert system is cheaper at $149 than Kwikset’s other products, which run for upwards of $230. The conversion kit comes with all of the company’s smartphone-connected abilities, including ways for users to distribute access keys to people trying to get into their home when they aren’t around, and push notifications each time the deadbolt is locked or unlocked.

Other features include an “auto lock” security system that automatically locks the door thirty seconds after it’s been unlocked, “eliminating the need to double-check the front door before bed.” The Kevo Convert system works with any smartphone within Bluetooth range, but users who want the ability to unlock their home and gain remote access to their smart lock when out of that range will have to purchase the $99.99 Kevo Plus kit.

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Like other Kwikset products, the Kevo Convert will also be able to integrate with the Nest Learning Thermostat, Ring Video Doorbell, and other smart home connected devices.

Anyone interested can pre-order the Kevo Convert for $149 in Satin Nickel or Venetian Bronze at The Home Depot.

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Smart lock manufacturer Kwikset recently announced that the company’s simplistic deadbolt solution, the Kevo Convert, is now available for users to pre-order for $149. Unlike Kwikset’s other systems, including the Kwikset Kevo, the Kevo Convert is an easy-to-install conversion kit that keeps the outward-facing hardware of a standard door lock, while replacing the interior deadbolt.

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Due to its simpler solution, the Kevo Convert system is cheaper at $149 than Kwikset’s other products, which run for upwards of $230. The conversion kit comes with all of the company’s smartphone-connected abilities, including ways for users to distribute access keys to people trying to get into their home when they aren’t around, and push notifications each time the deadbolt is locked or unlocked.

Other features include an “auto lock” security system that automatically locks the door thirty seconds after it’s been unlocked, “eliminating the need to double-check the front door before bed.” The Kevo Convert system works with any smartphone within Bluetooth range, but users who want the ability to unlock their home and gain remote access to their smart lock when out of that range will have to purchase the $99.99 Kevo Plus kit.

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Like other Kwikset products, the Kevo Convert will also be able to integrate with the Nest Learning Thermostat, Ring Video Doorbell, and other smart home connected devices.

Anyone interested can pre-order the Kevo Convert for $149 in Satin Nickel or Venetian Bronze at The Home Depot.

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Canary Brings Live-Streaming and Archived Footage to Apple TV With New App

Connected security camera company Canary is today launching a new update to its app that introduces support for the fourth-generation Apple TV, letting users view their camera’s live stream on their television, or watch older recordings saved within th…

Connected security camera company Canary is today launching a new update to its app that introduces support for the fourth-generation Apple TV, letting users view their camera’s live stream on their television, or watch older recordings saved within the app. Prior to the Apple TV app, Canary users only had the company’s mobile app to view content captured via a Canary or Canary Flex system (via TechCrunch).

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When the Apple TV app is opened, Canary users will be presented with a dashboard and choose between live and recorded feeds. For those who have multiple Canary cameras, the app will initially open upon a “Location view,” so they can choose which system to access video.

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Canary cameras record movement as “events,” so users can scrub through each on the Apple TV app, bookmark important ones, delete those deemed unnecessary to save, and jump to the next one with a Related Videos section under each of these events. The version 2.0.2 update to the Canary app also brings support for iPads and Android tablets.

In addition to HD video capture, the Canary cameras monitor air quality and include a built-in 90 decibel siren that users can activate through the mobile app to scare off intruders the camera notices within the home. The Canary Flex has many of the same camera-capturing features as the basic model, with the added bonus of a completely weatherproof outer shell.

Canary can be downloaded from the iOS App Store for free [Direct Link]. The 2.0.2 update has yet to hit the App Store, but should begin rolling out today.

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Apple to Obsolete Select 2009 to 2011 Macs at End of Year

mac-mini-mbp-2009-to-2011Apple plans to add select 2009 to 2011 model Macs to its vintage and obsolete products list on December 31, 2016, according to an internal memo seen by MacRumors.

The following Macs will be classified as either vintage or obsolete in the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region:

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)

• MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)

Mac mini (Early 2009)

• MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)

The aforementioned Macs will no longer be eligible for hardware service or new parts from Apple or Apple Authorized Service Providers, except in Turkey and California, where Apple will continue to provide repairs and documentation for up to two years, or December 31, 2018 in this case, as required by local statutes.

Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured by Apple for between five and seven years. Obsolete products are those that were discontinued by Apple more than seven years ago. Apple and Authorized Service Providers make no distinction between obsolete and vintage products outside of Turkey and California.

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mac-mini-mbp-2009-to-2011Apple plans to add select 2009 to 2011 model Macs to its vintage and obsolete products list on December 31, 2016, according to an internal memo seen by MacRumors.

The following Macs will be classified as either vintage or obsolete in the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region:

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)

• MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)

Mac mini (Early 2009)

• MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)

The aforementioned Macs will no longer be eligible for hardware service or new parts from Apple or Apple Authorized Service Providers, except in Turkey and California, where Apple will continue to provide repairs and documentation for up to two years, or December 31, 2018 in this case, as required by local statutes.

Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured by Apple for between five and seven years. Obsolete products are those that were discontinued by Apple more than seven years ago. Apple and Authorized Service Providers make no distinction between obsolete and vintage products outside of Turkey and California.

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Buyer’s Guide: Mac Mini (Don’t Buy)

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iPads and Beats Headphones Top Best-Selling and Sold-Out Cyber Monday Charts

Apple’s iPad was one of the five best-selling electronic devices on Cyber Monday yesterday, November 28, according to new data acquired by Adobe and published in a press release last night. Every iPad appears to be taken into account in Adobe’s data, but it’s likely that the newest iPad Pro models helped fuel sales thanks to a handful of discounts from various retailers, particularly on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Accompanying the iPad in the best-selling category for Cyber Monday this year were Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Samsung’s line of 4K TVs, and Amazon’s Fire tablets. In addition, it was noted that Beats by Dre products — mainly the company’s headphones — were among the items that were most likely to run out of stock.

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In total, 2016’s online shopping holiday is on track to hit $3.39 billion in estimated spending, which will mark a 10.2 percent increase in comparison to Cyber Monday in 2015. Once all of the numbers come in, this year’s Cyber Monday could be “the largest online sales day in history,” and it’s already surpassed Black Friday spending this year, which sat at $3.34 billion.

“Cyber Monday is on track to be the biggest online shopping day ever, surpassing our forecast by almost $27 million or 0.8 percent,” said Tamara Gaffney, principal analyst, Adobe Digital Insights. “This indicates that consumers still had more appetite for online shopping despite the incredible volume of online sales on Black Friday. Prices are expected to start climbing after today as retailers shift attention to extend the season late into December with quick shipping deals and the option to click and collect in store.”

Apple didn’t participate directly in Cyber Monday deals, but the company did run a Black Friday offer this year that granted customers up to $150 worth of gift cards on specific product purchases. Last year, the company didn’t offer Black Friday deals, opting to allow third-party retailers like Best Buy and Target to do so instead.

Adobe’s full Cyber Monday report can be read here.

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Apple’s iPad was one of the five best-selling electronic devices on Cyber Monday yesterday, November 28, according to new data acquired by Adobe and published in a press release last night. Every iPad appears to be taken into account in Adobe’s data, but it’s likely that the newest iPad Pro models helped fuel sales thanks to a handful of discounts from various retailers, particularly on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Accompanying the iPad in the best-selling category for Cyber Monday this year were Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One, Samsung’s line of 4K TVs, and Amazon’s Fire tablets. In addition, it was noted that Beats by Dre products — mainly the company’s headphones — were among the items that were most likely to run out of stock.

cyber-monday-sales

In total, 2016’s online shopping holiday is on track to hit $3.39 billion in estimated spending, which will mark a 10.2 percent increase in comparison to Cyber Monday in 2015. Once all of the numbers come in, this year’s Cyber Monday could be “the largest online sales day in history,” and it’s already surpassed Black Friday spending this year, which sat at $3.34 billion.

“Cyber Monday is on track to be the biggest online shopping day ever, surpassing our forecast by almost $27 million or 0.8 percent,” said Tamara Gaffney, principal analyst, Adobe Digital Insights. “This indicates that consumers still had more appetite for online shopping despite the incredible volume of online sales on Black Friday. Prices are expected to start climbing after today as retailers shift attention to extend the season late into December with quick shipping deals and the option to click and collect in store.”

Apple didn’t participate directly in Cyber Monday deals, but the company did run a Black Friday offer this year that granted customers up to $150 worth of gift cards on specific product purchases. Last year, the company didn’t offer Black Friday deals, opting to allow third-party retailers like Best Buy and Target to do so instead.

Adobe’s full Cyber Monday report can be read here.

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Apple Campus 2 Construction Finishing Up as Glass Installed in Atrium and Landscaping Expands

With just over a month left in 2016, the latest drone video showing the progress on Apple Campus 2 has been shared online, letting fans check out the ongoing creation of Apple’s newest campus. Construction on the site continues with progress being made…

With just over a month left in 2016, the latest drone video showing the progress on Apple Campus 2 has been shared online, letting fans check out the ongoing creation of Apple’s newest campus. Construction on the site continues with progress being made on the glass panels for the atrium of the main building, as well as in the campus’ solar panels and landscaping.

Solar panel installation is said to be 60 percent complete in Matthew Roberts’ newest drone video (last month it was at 50 percent), and headway has been made on the entry-way atrium of the main spaceship building. This section of the campus has now had glass installed, covering from the floor to the ceiling of the building, and the design of the area is beginning to take shape.



As is the case with these updates, landscaping is also seeing a rapid update. The large dirt mound used to prepare areas of the site for new trees and various fauna is now “nearly gone,” with greenery sprouting up all over the campus, including large trees in front of the fitness center. The inside of the spaceship building is still full of construction equipment and work being done on the water feature and landscaping in the central courtyard.

Once construction is completed — predicted to be by the end of the year, but likely extending into 2017 — employees will begin to move into the building in early 2017. The grounds and landscape of the campus will see continued work throughout next year, following the completion of the main structures needed for the workers.

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4.7-Inch iPhone to Feature Wireless Charging Next Year

iphone-trade-upApple’s next-generation 4.7-inch iPhone will feature glass casing with wireless charging, according to the latest research note shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Positive prospects for 2H17F new iPhone models, with potentially unprecedented replacement demand. Our rationale is as follows: (1) the OLED model may trigger replacement demand among high-end users given its completely all-new-design form factor and notably superior specs in comparison to the TFT-LCD models; and (2) the new 4.7” iPhone, featuring glass casing and wireless charging, looks well positioned to tap replacement demand at the entry level.

Kuo said Pegatron will be the exclusive supplier of the new 4.7-inch iPhone and its wireless charger.

Kuo previously said Apple would switch to glass casing on at least some new iPhone models in 2017 to allow for wireless charging, but he did not specify which models. His latest research note did not mention the 5.5-inch model.

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iphone-trade-upApple’s next-generation 4.7-inch iPhone will feature glass casing with wireless charging, according to the latest research note shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Positive prospects for 2H17F new iPhone models, with potentially unprecedented replacement demand. Our rationale is as follows: (1) the OLED model may trigger replacement demand among high-end users given its completely all-new-design form factor and notably superior specs in comparison to the TFT-LCD models; and (2) the new 4.7” iPhone, featuring glass casing and wireless charging, looks well positioned to tap replacement demand at the entry level.

Kuo said Pegatron will be the exclusive supplier of the new 4.7-inch iPhone and its wireless charger.

Kuo previously said Apple would switch to glass casing on at least some new iPhone models in 2017 to allow for wireless charging, but he did not specify which models. His latest research note did not mention the 5.5-inch model.

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