Apple is being sued over the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor

Apple is being sued by a Michigan-based start-up over the heart rate monitor featured in the Apple Watch. The company in question, called Omni MedSci, is largely focused on near-infrared lasers and claims Apple has willingly infringed on its patents with the heart rate technology included inside the Apple Watch, thus the reason it has now filed a lawsuit.

According to the start-up, Apple and Omni MedSci were originally in talks over a two-year period between 2014 and 2016, coinciding with the development process of the first-generation and Series 1 & 2 Apple Watch models. During the …


Apple starts collecting heart rate data from Apple Watch users for a new heart study

Back in November, Apple asked Apple Watch users if they wanted to take part in a study called the Apple Heart Survey being conducted by Apple and Stanford Health. Now, Apple is telling those who opted-in that the study has begun. Tapping on the notification takes participants to the Heart Study app where they must confirm that they are “comfortable” speaking and writing in English, and haven’t been diagnosed with Atrial fibrillation or Atrial flutter. In addition, participants cannot be on blood thinners like Coumadin, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis and Savaysa.

If  the Apple Watch user …

Apple iPhone X users rate it almost perfect, cite three major advantages

Apple has apparently gone through prolonged soul-searching, and had to do a number of compromises in its first effort to make an “all-screen” phone that culminated with the iPhone X. Chief among those was the decision to ditch the home button with its integrated Touch ID finger scanner, and replace it with a Face ID biometric solution, achieved by the TrueDepth camera kit that brought along a “notch and horns” cutout at the top of the iPhone X display.

As a result, those coming from a legacy iPhone were supposed to hit both a muscle memory wall, and aspect ratio …

The iPhone X adoption rate is way above the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus

Despite the unseen $999 starting price of the iPhone X, Apple may have a hit on its hands, it seems, as the handset’s adoption rate outpaces those of the iPhone 8 or the 8 Plus. Since Apple never cites sales breakdowns, we usually rely on third-party analysis. Using millions of entry points from apps that utilize its software developer kit, analytics firm Mixpanel has managed to plot the iPhone X uptake relative to its other two siblings that got released this season. 
As you can see, iPhone X has shot up way above the iPhone 8 Plus at 3.59%, …

iOS 11 installation rate reaches 59 percent, adoption lagging behind older versions

iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is now installed on 59% of iOS devices. The latest information comes from statistics that were shared on Apple’s App Store support page for developers. 
This number is rather impressive, especially when compared to the adoption rate of Android Oreo (0.3% distribution as of November 9th). Still, we have to note that the adoption of iOS 11 is slower than what we’ve seen in previous years. For comparison, iOS 9 was running on 67% of devices by mid-November 2015, while iOS 10 …

Business customers rate T-Mobile the number one U.S. wireless carrier according to J.D. Power

You might think that it is mostly younger consumers who flock to T-Mobile, attracted by its brash president and CEO John Legere. In addition, the carrier’s in your face ads and attitude would seem to be more suited toward those not old enough to remember a world without smartphones. Today, the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study was released, and surprisingly it showed that large, medium and small businesses ranked T-Mobile the highest in wireless customer satisfaction.

According to the survey, employees working for a company that offers its workers unlimited data are …

Sprint Unlimited promo rate expires, price goes up to $60 a month

If you were hoping to sign up for Sprint’s unlimited plan for $50 a month, you’re too late. With the expiration of this promotion, the normal rate of $60 a month takes effect.  However, if you did manage to subscribe in time during the promotion, you’ll be paying only $50 monthly through next June. Barring a change or a new promotion, all Sprint customers will be paying $60 a month for unlimited starting in July 2018.

During the period when the promotion was offered, Sprint was charging subscribers with up to five lines of unlimited to pay only $90 a month. Now, certain Sprint locations …

Report says Apple iPhone X yield rate drops under 10%; release could be delayed until December

If you’ve been constantly thinking about November 3rd, daydreaming about receiving your Apple iPhone X and mentally opening the box containing the tenth anniversary model, you might need to adjust your fantasy a little. A tweet disseminated today from financial news wire service Brightwire contains the latest rumor concerning a delay in the release of the Apple iPhone X.

While Brightwire’s tweet didn’t specify what is holding up production of the premium handset, it did say that yields have fallen under the 10% mark. That is quite an abysmal figure. When you consider that this means more …

Android handsets failed at twice the rate of iPhone units during Q2 2017

The latest State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report was just issued by Blancco Technology Group and it revealed that during the second quarter, one out of every four Android devices failed worldwide. That was more than double the 12% of iPhone models that failed globally during the same three month period. In North America, the gap was even wider with 24% of Android phones going down vs just 8% of iPhone handsets. Strangely, in Asia the numbers were reversed with 60% of iPhones failing versus 28% of Android flavored handsets.

From April through June, Samsung handsets accounted …

Special "notch" required for Apple iPhone 8 OLED panels said to cause low yield rate

It seems that Apple is having an issue with the OLED panels being made for the production of the Apple iPhone 8. The tenth anniversary model is a premium version of the handset, and for the first time it will employ an OLED panel instead of using an LCD screen. A Weibo post by Foxconn Vice President Luo Zhongsheng (who is a legitimate executive of the company) reports that 40% of the OLED panels received by the contract manufacturer are failing to meet the grade at Foxconn because of the specific way that Apple wants the material cut.

The Foxconn executive noted that with this special cut …