Nearly two thirds of the iPhones sold in the last 10 years are still in use

The iPhone has turned ten less than a month ago. And as we wait for the next-generation iPhone 8 to come out, we came across an interesting piece of information. Apparently, nearly two thirds of all iPhone devices ever sold are still in use today.

Just to put it in perspective, as of March, the total number of shipped iPhones was 1.163 billion units, according to Apple. And the market analysis firm Newzoo now reported that 62.6% of them were still in use as of April of this year. This makes for a total of 728 million old iPhones still in the hands of their users.

Additionally, …


Sprint intros free early upgrades for any leased phone, not just iPhones and Galaxies

Sprint just announced that it is giving some love to its subscribers who aren’t participating in the Apple-Samsung duopoly kabuki. The carrier will be extending its phone leasing offers to all handsets in its roster, not only iPhones and Galaxy S line devices. 

This will open up more frequent upgrades to all Sprint phone users, as they will be able to lease any handset with the ability to upgrade from it after one year, just like they could do with, say, the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7. So far, this option was also available for other phones, but did cost $5/month extra, and now …

iOS 11 Public Beta 2 rolling out to iPhones and iPads now

Three days after releasing the Developer Preview Beta 3 for iOS 11, Apple has now started rolling out Public Beta 2 to all enrolled devices. There is nothing major in the new update, just minor tweaks and fixes. Some users are reporting an improvement in battery life, while others are claiming that it’s “still bad” for them.

Yeah, basically, it’s a beta and it’s not the best idea to have it installed on your daily driver. But if you are feeling a bit daredevilish and can’t wait to test out the cool new control center, the file manager, and all the other nifty features …

Apple may switch to OLED iPhones in 2018 – a year earlier than predicted

Do you remember how we told you this March that Apple might switch to using OLED screens in all iPhones it produces, by 2019? Well, we’ve received some news from Nikkei today that suggests we could see an OLED-only iPhone lineup, as early as the second half of 2018.

With regards to what we can expect this year, Taipei-based Yutana Investment Consulting has said that it expects that Apple would ship up to 90 million units by the end of 2017, half of which will sport an OLED setup. You know what this means, right?

It means that Nikkei’s allegation from March this …

Apple's future iPhones might be the reason for Samsung's rumored OLED super factory

According to insightful industry insiders, Samsung might be poised to build another OLED factory that will essentially reaffirm it as the global leader in OLED display manufacturing. The factory will be built in South Korea in two stages. The first stage of the construction expected to last anywhere between six months to a year and will kick off OLED display panels production sometime in 2019. The second stage of the construction will further expand the new factory and will finish by 2021. The investment is said to cost Samsung some 16.3 trillin Korean Won. 
The …

Qualcomm alleges its tech made iPhones possible, Apple updates its claim, as the case between the two drags on

The months-long legal saga between Qualcomm and Apple, which started in January this year, has been gathering more and more momentum, rather than moving towards calmer waters. This Tuesday, Cupertino updated its claim against Qualcomm, alleging that the business practices of the last harmed not only Apple, but also “the entire industry”.

At the core of the legal battle between the two whether Cupertino should pay the chipmaker licensing fees on tech it uses in the production of iPhones. Apple has condemned the practice and subsequently withheld due payments to Qualcomm, with the last responding …

Pioneer pioneered a Lightning-powered portable speaker for iPhones and iPads

Pioneer is launching a new accessory for iPhones and iPads called Rayz Rally. It is the first Lightning-powered portable speaker on the market, and it is intended to serve mainly as an easy-to-use, pocket-size conference call system.

Now, when we say that the Pioneer Rayz Rally is powered by Apple’s Lightning interface, we mean that literally. Instead of having its own battery, the speaker draws power from the device it is connected to, so the user doesn’t have to worry about keeping the accessory charged. Of course, this also means that it will shorten your iPhone’s …

Analyst: Apple to ship over 40 million iPhones this quarter due to strong interest

Times are good for Cupertino, as Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri believes Apple is going to have a big quarter, shipping as many as 41.5 million iPhones. Not only is this an indicator for strong retailer demand of Apple’s most financially important product, it would also mark an increase of over one million units shipped from the same quarter last year.

Arcuri, though, is careful to point out that the number of phones actually bought by customers could be going down. Despite this, retailers are as sure as ever in Apple’s ability to deliver desirable phones. On the topic of the upcoming …

Apple is lobbying to kill bill that would make it easier for normal people to repair iPhones

A new “Fair Repair Act” bill could make phones and iPhones in particular much easier to repair for normal people, but interestingly, rather than being met with support from Apple, the bill has seen the company oppose it and now evidence has showed up that Apple is investing money to lobby against the bill. The evidence was uncovered by Motherboard and uses public records from New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Proposed by the Digital Right to Repair Coalition, a group of small independent repair shops, the “Fair Repair Act” …

Survey: Android devices now have lower failure rates than iPhones

No matter if your smartphone is an iPhone or an Android model, you have probably experienced app failure, annoying lag, hardware problems or some other kind of malfunction. After all, it is just an electronic device, and no such device or its software are perfect. But you know that, don’t you? What you probably weren’t expecting to hear is that, according to analysts, Android smartphones are generally performing better than their iOS-based rivals in terms of trouble-free operation. 
This is one of of the key findings of a report released by Blancco Technology …