Apple vs Trump: iPhones are unlikely to be made in the US, Apple exec implies

President Trump used to be very vocal about Apple’s practices during his campaign. He believed that the iPhone should be manufactured in the United States, and not China. And despite not mentioning any of that in public after his inauguration, it’s safe to assume that The Donald is still convinced that Tim Cook and company should move their manufacturing facilities to the US.

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At a Goldman Sachs conference on Tuesday, Luca Maestri, Chief Financial Officer at Apple, addressed a question that stemmed from Trump’s continued criticism of Apple’s manufacturing facilities in China. He said:

One of the points that we are making in Washington is the fact that we have been a very large contributor to the US economy during the last decade. We made billions of investments in the United States. In the last 10 years, we created about 2 million jobs in this country – in the developer community, in our retail stores, in our call centers, and through the supplier chain.

While not directly saying whether Apple will start making iPhone on US soil or not, the answer Maestri gave makes us believe that Apple is looking to keep its factories in China. Furthermore, in order to gain some leverage, Apple is bringing up the argument that it’s actually creating jobs in the US, just not in manufacturing.

However, the CFO didn’t dismiss the idea of manufacturing iPhone in the US completely. “It’s very, very difficult to speculate at this point,” he said, adding that the Trump administration has yet to take any actions towards encouraging US manufacturing.

Maestri also talked about taxes, and specifically – border taxes, which were repeatedly mentioned by the Trump administration. According to the Apple’s CFO, nothing good will come out of a potential border tax. He said, “it is very hard for us to imagine that a border tax would be good for the US economy because it is a tax that would end up burdening the end consumer.”

All new iPhones will feature wireless charging

Apple is rumored to be launching three new iPhones later this year and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reportedly believes all three will offer wireless charging.

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We’ve only got about seven or eight months to go before Apple introduces its next iPhones and there’s been some chatter about Apple putting out three new iPhones instead of the usual two, with one being a super high-end model with prices for it approaching $1,000 in the U.S.

Now the site MacRumors is reporting that an analyst from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, is claiming that all three new models will not only feature all-glass casings but wireless charging and OLED displays.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo says that wireless charging increases the internal temperature of smartphones and Apple will be equipping the new iPhones with a new 3D Touch module with “additional graphite sheet lamination” to prevent the phones from overheating and wigging out.

We take all these analyst claims with a grain of salt, but the wireless charging rumors have been fairly persistent and it does seem like a logical feature that Apple might add to the next iPhones, whatever they’re called. All that said, Apple could simply come out with “S” versions of its current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple W1 Bluetooth chip explained

Apple’s AirPods aren’t just special because they are one of the few “truly wireless” earbud headphones available — models with separate left and right earpieces that aren’t tethered together with a cable. Along with three Beats headphones (the PowerBeats3 Wireless, the Solo3 Wireless and the BeatsX) they’re one of only a handful of products that incorporate Apple’s new W1 chip, a teeny-tiny piece of hardware that will make your forget how awful pairing over Bluetooth can be.

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What’s special about the W1?

Like the A-series chips that power iPhones and iPads, the W1 is custom Apple-designed silicon. In addition to standard Bluetooth 4.1 streaming and advanced power management, the chip adds a host of key features unique to the AirPods, including balancing all of that sophisticated syncing (between the two earpieces, the case and the audio source) with the sensor inputs (automatically pausing music if you remove one from your ear).

On one hand, headphones with the W1 chip are no different than any other wireless models: you can pair them with any Bluetooth-enabled device. But if you’ve ever gone through that process, it’s a bit of a pain: Press a button on the headphones to enter pairing mode, pull up the settings menu on the phone or tablet and — if everything works as planned — choose the headphone from the menu to complete the connection.

By comparison, the big advantage of W1-enabled headphones is that “they just work” — when you’re using them with a compatible Apple device, at least.

When you pull AirPods out of their case, they’ll pair with your iPhone within seconds — around 3 seconds, actually. Kind of like the way you just plug in wired headphones. After the first time you pair W1 headphones with your iPhone, it will also be added as a Bluetooth headphone on any other device tied to your Apple ID. From there, selecting it as the sound output is easy — no further pairing required.

The W1 chip also helps improve battery life. The W1-equipped PowerBeats3 Wireless and Solo3 Wireless, for example, last longer compared to their respective predecessors, which are otherwise basically identical. So the W1 is basically the secret sauce that wrings more juice from same-size batteries.

Do I have to have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus?

Nope. Because the W1 chip is Bluetooth compatible, any Bluetooth-enabled devices can still be paired with W1 headphones like the AirPods. That includes pretty much any iPhone, Android phone, tablet, Mac and many PCs. When pairing with an Android phone, for example, it works the same way as pairing any other Bluetooth headset. Even though you don’t get the pairing benefits available for iPhone owners, you do seem to get the same battery life gains.

That convenient auto-pairing, meanwhile, only works with these Apple devices:

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 10.2 or later
Apple Watch on WatchOS 3 or later
Mac with MacOS Sierra or later
Which headphones have the W1 chip?

There are four W1 headphones available right now. Click through for full reviews of each one:

– Apple AirPods
– Beats Solo3 Wireless
– Beats PowerBeats3 Wireless
– BeatsX

The good news is that they start at $150, £130, AU$200, which isn’t a huge premium compared to similar models from other big-name manufacturers.

Will we see other brands use the W1 chip?

You probably noticed that the only W1 headphones available are made by Apple or its Beats subsidiary. Apple hasn’t expressed intentions to license the W1 chip, so don’t expect W1 headphones from Bose or the like anytime soon.

However, it should be noted that many Android phones offer a “tap to pair” feature (with accessories that are equipped with NFC chips) that delivers a similar easy-pairing experience. The problem (in our experience) is that it doesn’t generally work as smoothly or reliably as the W1 headphones do with iPhones.

Jailbreak 3G 4.0 iPhones

A few individuals think that to jailbreak 3GS iphones is not possible, but this is a fallacy. What follows is an easy step by step guide to hack and modify these models of mobile phones. After you download the required software programs you should be able to get this done in about 20 or 30 minutes.

1. Before you unlock your mobile device you need to jailbreak it and to do this you will need the genuine Apple IPSW. Plug in the iPhone and follow that up by clicking the restore key. The screen will ask you if you agree to do a back-up of the mobile phone and then you will need to download the utility that will start the restore process. As soon as you notice the download notification pop-up on the left side of the screen, unplug the mobile phone. You don’t actually want to let the restore complete; you solely need to download the IPSW file.

2. Next, open up redsn0w. Click “browse”. If you’re using iTunes, you’ll need to click the iPhone2, 1_3.0 7A1 file in your library, under your user account.

3. After you hit ok, and then next, you’ll be brought to the kernel. Here, you’ll put together the firmware that is used to actually do the jailbreak. It’ll load, and prompt you to select which options you want. Select those options by checking the requisite boxes – you want Icy and Cydia. Click next again.

4. Once the firmware is assembled, redsn0w will with no delay put your device into the DFU mode. Be cognizant that 3GS iPhones carry disparate processes with relation to DFU mode in comparison to older iPhones. Carefully observe the procedure to unhook, power off and plug in the device. Hold the button that says “home” until the iTunes logo is displayed. The utility will then start the process of hacking the phone.

5. When the hack process ends, connect to Wireless and then open up the Icy screen. You could have to wait for the tap sources. As soon as the looking at sources ends, then you should tap the edit key at the upper right section of the screen and follow that by press the plus key at the top right section of the screen. Next, click the Add button to input: http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com inside of the source section. Select the bigger add button so as to finish this part. Press the refresh key at the center-left in order to complete verification on the code that was just installed.

6. During the time that you have the Icy app open, you ought to go toward the bottom of the screen and hit the button that says “Utilities”. Ensure that you choose “Utilities”, not “Utility”. At the end of the utilities screen “ultrasn0w” should be seen”. Click this and then Click “Install”. After this finishes, your jailbreak 3GS is finished – restart the device and you are good to go!

The author is an old school mobile device hacker who got his start with the bag phones of 20 years ago. At the moment, he’s working on finding all of the ways to jailbreak 3gs phones. Read his article on how to jailbreak 3g phones now.

AudioAmp: Fix iPhone’s low Ringer Volume

ne of the complaints of the iPhone has surprisingly been iPhone’s low ringer volume. It seems to be well below the standard, in terms of volume, established by other mobile handsets.

Most of the users have blamed iPhone’s tiny speakers to be the culprit of this problem. However I had reported that the culprit in fact could be the audio itself and not the speaker and you could use a hack to fix this problem.

I had even published an iPhone tip on how to resolve the low volume problem of your iPhone’s ringer by using a a loud, high frequency audio custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone.

However, Erica over @ Tuaw had figured out that the Celestial framework folder (/System/Library/Frameworks/Celestial.framework/) had a Maximum Volume property list. She had observed that adjusting the Default -> Default value up to 0.99, up from 0.7 had boosted the iPhone’s speaker volume.

iPhone hacking genius Nick “Drudge” Penree has apparently made use of this iPhone tip from Erica to develop a native iPhone application which will do all the work for you and thus save you of all the hassles. The iPhone App called AudioAmp is available as a package in Installer.app.

Let me know if the iPhone App helps!

Thanks Nick for the tool.

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Top Posts @ iPhone Hacks ne of the complaints of the iPhone has surprisingly been iPhone’s low ringer volume. It seems to be well below the standard, in terms of volume, established by other mobile handsets.

Most of the users have blamed iPhone’s tiny speakers to be the culprit of this problem. However I had reported that the culprit in fact could be the audio itself and not the speaker and you could use a hack to fix this problem.

I had even published an iPhone tip on how to resolve the low volume problem of your iPhone’s ringer by using a a loud, high frequency audio custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone.

However, Erica over @ Tuaw had figured out that the Celestial framework folder (/System/Library/Frameworks/Celestial.framework/) had a Maximum Volume property list. She had observed that adjusting the Default -> Default value up to 0.99, up from 0.7 had boosted the iPhone’s speaker volume.

iPhone hacking genius Nick “Drudge” Penree has apparently made use of this iPhone tip from Erica to develop a native iPhone application which will do all the work for you and thus save you of all the hassles. The iPhone App called AudioAmp is available as a package in Installer.app.

Let me know if the iPhone App helps!

Thanks Nick for the tool.

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I had even published an iPhone tip on how to resolve the low volume problem of your iPhone’s ringer by using a a loud, high frequency audio custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone.

However, Erica over @ Tuaw had figured out that the Celestial framework folder (/System/Library/Frameworks/Celestial.framework/) had a Maximum Volume property list. She had observed that adjusting the Default -> Default value up to 0.99, up from 0.7 had boosted the iPhone’s speaker volume.

iPhone hacking genius Nick “Drudge” Penree has apparently made use of this iPhone tip from Erica to develop a native iPhone application which will do all the work for you and thus save you of all the hassles. The iPhone App called AudioAmp is available

Solar Paper world first super thin and lightest solar charger for iPhones Samsung Smartphones and GoPro Cameras

Solar Paper world’s slimmest and lightest solar charger for GoPro cameras, Bluetooth speakers, Digital cameras, flashlights, smartphones etc

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Solar Paper is the world’s first solar charger that is paper thin, ultra light in weight, pretty flexible solar panel that easily fits between the pages of a notebook or a planner.

Solar energy is nothing but the energy harnessed from sunlight which is available in abundant and just needs to be tapped with appropriate devices.

Solar Charger, is not a new product and there are already many solar chargers available in the market which are really great; however the main problem with even the best of the chargers is that either they are too heavy or too big which makes it difficult to be carried around during day to day activities. Some of them even take a very long time to charge the gadgets.

The major goal behind developing ‘Solar Paper’ was to get a small scale personal solar charger which could charge the gadgets much faster.

Thus, a company known as YOLK, a solar charger startup based in the US, successfully developed ‘Solar Paper’ which claims to be the world’s first thinnest and lightest solar charger. Yolk is the same company which had developed the Solarade portable chargers last year which had an awesome response and a positive review.

Solar Paper is just the size of an iPhone 6 measuring around 19 cm in length and 9 cm in width, and it seems that the charger is able to charge an iPhone 6 in mere 2.5 hours in full sun, which is really amazing because most of the other solar chargers and even a wall charger would take almost double this time to charge an iPhone6.

The Solar Paper is extremely thin, about 1.5 millimeters thick along the length of the panel, and the company claims that the charger is so thin that it can be even placed in between the pages of a notebook and used as a bookmark. On the other hand, it weighs around 120 grams indicating it is light in weight.

The top end of the panel features a USB port that can connect to the gadgets and a LCD screen which displays the overall current charge being passed from the panel to the gadget. This LCD screen would help the user to make out how much energy is being generated by the charger and also user can study how the charger is performing in different atmospheres. Due to the LCD screen this portion of the panel is a bit thicker measuring around 1.1 centimeters; however otherwise the device is pretty slim.

This light weight and thin solar charger can even be draped around the exterior of a backpack thus helping the hikers to gather adequate sun rays and then use this solar energy to charge their gadgets.

Each single unit of the Solar Paper outputs around 2.5 Watts. Besides, the beauty of the product is that the panels have been embedded with magnets which enables users to link together the extra panels depending upon the requirement of their charging. Users can have the Solar Paper charging configured in the multiples of 2.5 W such as 2.5 W, 5 W, 7.5 W and 10 W. One would thus need four panels so as to get 10 W, which is the power required to charge a tablet. The magnetic surfaces also help users to stick them on some metallic surfaces while placing it outdoors.

Solar Paper charger is currently on the global crowd funding platform, Kickstarter and the good news is that it has already surpassed its goal of $50,000 and at the time of writing this article it has crossed $214,415, while the company still has 36 days more to go.

Once the funding rounds comes to an end the company would focus on developing their first batch of Solar Paper and it is expected that the first batch of chargers would be shipped to customers in September this year.

The Solar Paper can be used to charge GoPro, external battery, Bluetooth speaker, Digital camera, double recharging battery charger, flashlight, smartphone and even Tablet just by adding additional panels.

If readers are looking for a super thin solar chargers then they would need to churn out around $69, now, for a basic two panel version that gives a 5W output. For the 7.5 W and 10 W the cost might be a bit more. The retail price would increase after the Kickstarter campaign and is expected to hit $120.

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Apple set to shift 53 million iPhones in Q2

Apple is on track to have sold 53 million iPhones by the end of the June quarter, according to stats produced by Morgan Stanley through its AlphaWise Trackers. Shared by the folks at AppleInsider, the 53m estimate is underpinned by increasing interest from China, a nation that Apple has continually focused upon in recent times. As the iPhone continues to sell strongly, there have been murmurings that the Apple Watch is falling below general expectation, with Apple’s lack of published sales figures only fanning the flames. But according to Morgan Stanley, demand for Cupertino’s first wearable gadget is still at a “healthy” level.

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While initial demand during the first week of Apple Watch’s sale was only half that of the original iPhone, the deceleration of Apple Watch uptake has been more gradual. Currently, demand is said to be stabilizing at a level 20 per cent above that of the inaugural Apple smartphone. But there remains a general notion that smartwatches in general — aside from, it would seem, the Pebble — are ahead of their time just now.

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty believes that suppliers building the next-gen iPhone are expecting similar shipment figures year-on-year versus the iPhone 6. Should Apple, as expected, keep the current flagship on sale at a cheaper price of around $99 on-contract, Huberty expects there to be a strong interest in the older model once the newer variant has hit the scene.

Simply put, the “iPhone 6s” era should generate similar sales and shipment numbers to that of its predecessor, largely because it’s an ‘s’ model rather than a number upgrade. If, instead, it was a redesigned handset billed as the “iPhone 7”, Morgan Stanley and the rest of Wall Street would almost certainly be singing a different tune.

On the topic of the Watch, Huberty notes that “it could take some time for users and developers to find more compelling use cases for the Watch,” which seems to echo the general consensus of the tech community. A pretty gadget with largely fluid functionality, it doesn’t yet offer that must-have appeal. But with devs soon able to submit standalone apps and rumors of Apple Watch 2 already in motion, those touting its demise may be premature in their assertions.

Trade in any smartphone to get a Cheaper iPhone

It’s no longer a question: Apple will now officially accept certain Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices in exchange for credit toward new iPhones.

The original rumor only mentioned Android phones, but 9to5Mac confirms that BlackBerry and Windows devices are also now accepted.

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Apple made no formal announcements, but the company’s individual retail store pages in the US, UK, Canada and other regions now state that users can “get credit when you recycle your eligible iPhone, iPad, or select smartphone from another manufacturer.”

TechRadar contacted an Apple Store representative in the UK who confirmed you can trade in any smartphone to receive the discount on an iPhone or iPad, but you can only trade in one smartphone for each purchase.

Once you take it into the store, Apple will run a diagnostics check to make sure there isn’t any damage and to test out the battery before offering you a price for it.

You’ll then get an Apple gift card to the quoted value and be able to use it on either the purchase of an iPhone or an iPad – but sadly there are no MacBook or Apple Watch purchases here.

Despite the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earning Apple a mind-blowing amount of money since their launch last year, the company is still coming up with new ways to boost sales.

Its latest ploy? Courting disillusioned Android users with the allure of discounted new iPhones, according to 9to5Mac.

Is the iPad Pro still happening?
Just like it already does with old iPhones, Apple will soon begin offering gift cards for use toward new iPhones in exchange for non-Apple phones, including Android devices, the site says.

The program will reportedly begin in a matter of weeks, following training for employees.

Take the sting out

Apple is no stranger to trade-ins, but with this promotion the company could potentially attract Android users put off by the relatively high price of new iPhones.

It makes perfect sense, although we haven’t heard anything official about the program yet.

Apple let us know that it has nothing to share about the program at this time, but we’ll keep an ear to the ground.

Download Free Microsoft Office for phone or tablet

Microsoft is also offering a full version of Office designed specifically for phones and tablets for free! Just go to Google Play or the iOS App Store to download it.
People in the corporate world use Microsoft Office by rote, but that’s not the case in the small business market and the consumer market because of the expense. So Microsoft is trying to come up with a replacement business model and this is it.

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Once you do the free download, you can run Office on your iPads, iPhones, Android phones, and Android tablets.

As a practical matter for the Androids, this will probably work better on the phablets and tablets, not the smaller Android screen phones. I have a phablet and my screen size is 6 inches or so and it displays very well.
This will be a big help for me. It used to be that I would get a lot of attachments that I would try to open up, and the screen on my phone would go blank. Now that problem will be solved for free.

Of course, in the desktop and laptop world, it’s still a king’s ransom to buy Office. If you want to save money in those environments, try OpenOffice.org for a free office suite. Or as an alternative, my wife uses Google Docs and loves it. It’s great for collaboration on a document or project among a few key players. Both options are free to use.
Free is a great price! Microsoft had come up with a new model because people weren’t paying for their bread and butter offering in the touch screen world.