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Steve Jobs Really Didn't Want Apple to Make the iPhone

And more from the 'secret history' of the iPhone

(Newser) - Steve Jobs really didn't want Apple to make a phone. Not only was the Apple CEO wary of dealing with mobile carriers, he was worried smartphones would only ever be popular with the "pocket protector crowd." After increasing pressure from employees, Jobs finally agreed Apple could make... More »

Suspect Tells Judge He Forgot His Phone Passcode; It Works

Meanwhile, another man got 180 days in jail for giving cops incorrect passcode

(Newser) - If authorities in Florida demand the passcode for your iPhone, giving them the incorrect one will net you 180 days in jail. But claiming you forgot? That's apparently a get-out-of-jail-free card. Christopher Wheeler is suspected of abusing his daughter, and detectives believe his phone contains images of her injuries,... More »

Trump Is Said to Have a Single App on His Phone

Surprised to hear it's Twitter?

(Newser) - CNET thinks that President Trump should load his iPhone with apps to help out in a variety of situations: Candy Crush for "dull meetings," for instance. But Mike Allen notes for Axios that "top White House officials" have told him the commander in chief only has... More »

Working Theory in Jet Crash: iPhone in Cockpit Is to Blame

Investigators say co-pilot may have used wrong outlet in EgyptAir crash

(Newser) - Investigators still don't know what caused an EgyptAir jet to crash last year en route from Paris to Cairo, but they're seriously looking into the possibility that a co-pilot's iPhone or iPad Mini is to blame. The theory is that the co-pilot plugged the device into a... More »

Note to iPhone Thieves: Do Not Answer FaceTime Calls

Deputy called stolen phone, alleged perp answered, got his picture taken

(Newser) - The latest gleeful Facebook post from law enforcement comes to us by way of, why yes, Florida: Specifically, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, which titled its post , "Smile - Thanks to a Quick Thinking OCSO Deputy - You're Being Facetimed Using a Stolen Phone!" Which brings... More »

He Flipped a Switch and the Home Exploded. Siri Saved Him

Christopher Beaucher was checking on his mom's vacant NH cottage

(Newser) - A New Hampshire man who was injured in a house explosion is thanking Siri for saving his life. Christopher Beaucher says he was checking on his mother's vacant cottage in Wilmot on May 1 when he saw something suspicious and went inside, per the AP . He tells WMUR-TV when... More »

Feinstein Reveals How Much FBI Paid to Hack iPhone

Agency shelled out $900K to see San Bernardino shooter's info

(Newser) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the FBI, says the government paid $900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings . The FBI considers the figure classified, and also won't disclose the identity of the... More »

iPhone Thief Gets Creative Inside a Target Store

Cops: She dressed as employee, stole $40K worth of iPhones

(Newser) - She wasn't a Target employee, but a woman who sure seemed like one allegedly made off with around $40,000 worth of iPhones from a Virginia store. NBC Washington reports Fairfax County cops are looking for the retail impostor, who they say donned attire resembling a worker's getup,... More »

Fast-Thinking 4-Year-Old Saves Mom With Siri

He uses her thumb to unlock phone, then summons help

(Newser) - A tech-savvy 4-year-old boy saved his mother’s life by unlocking her iPhone with her thumbprint and using Siri to call an ambulance when she became unresponsive. The BBC reports that during the emergency call in south London, the boy identified as Roman thought his mother had already died, saying... More »

Hackers Threaten to Wipe 559M Apple Accounts

A video reportedly shows them accessing one

(Newser) - Hackers identifying themselves as "Turkish Crime Family" are threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of Apple users' devices, including files backed up on the iCloud, if Apple doesn't pay a ransom of at least $75,000, reports Motherboard . The hackers say they have access to as many as... More »

Apple Announces (Red) iPhone, Cheapest-Ever iPad

iPhone will benefit (Red) campaign against AIDS

(Newser) - Apple's first product launch of the year introduced a new iPad and a special edition iPhone, BuzzFeed and CNN report:
  • The appropriately colored red iPhone will benefit (Red) , the AIDS-fighting organization founded by Bono. The aluminum-bodied phones will be similar to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus,
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After Electrocution Death, Coroner Says iPhones Should Carry Warning

British man dropped his in the tub

(Newser) - Dropping a phone in the bath while it is charging can be as deadly as chucking a plugged-in hairdryer in there, a coroner warned during an inquest into the death of a British man last December. Richard Bull, 32, was apparently using his iPhone in the bath when it slipped... More »

Chaffetz: Poor May Have to Choose Health Care or iPhone

'Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone ... they should invest it in their health care'

(Newser) - House Republicans' replacement for ObamaCare is taking heat from the left and the right , and one of their own is now getting roasted over his attempt at defending the nascent plan, reports Politico . Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, appeared on CNN Tuesday morning. When... More »

Apple Snaps Out of Its iPhone Slump

But that doesn't mean its troubles are over

(Newser) - Apple has snapped out of the first sales slump in the iPhone's decade-long history, but the upturn doesn't mean that the company has broken out of its innovation funk, the AP reports. If anything, the numbers Apple released Tuesday served as the latest reminder of the company's... More »

10 Years Ago: 'We Predict the iPhone Will Bomb'

Apple's star celebrates an anniversary

(Newser) - Apple unveiled a new gadget exactly 10 years ago, and things have gone pretty well for it since then. Some anniversary coverage about the iPhone:
  • Re-watch the very first ad here .
  • "These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone." See
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Apple Blames iPhone 'Touch Disease' on Clumsy Users

But it'll fix the problem...for a price

(Newser) - While they aren't exploding like a certain other smartphone , Apple's iPhone 6s and 6 Pluses have come down with what iFixit calls Touch Disease . As PC World reports, Touch Disease manifests as a flickering gray bar and nonfunctional touchscreen. Phones get Touch Disease "after being dropped multiple... More »

Guy Changes His Name to 'iPhone 7'

He got a free phone

(Newser) - A Ukrainian man has officially changed his name to iPhone 7 after an electronics store offered the latest Apple product to the first five people who do that. The 20-year old iPhone Sim (Ukrainian for "Seven") got the coveted prize Friday. He says he might change it back... More »

Apple Breaks 15-Year Streak of Increasing Sales

The company made $18 billion less in 2016 than it did in 2015

(Newser) - The last time Apple saw its annual sales decline, Friends was still the most-watched show in America. CNN reports Apple's 15-year streak—dating back to the debut of iPod in 2001—officially ended Tuesday when the tech giant announced sales of $216 billion in 2016, an $18 billion drop... More »

Last Time SCOTUS Heard a Case Like This, It Was 1885

Apple, Samsung battle has lasted years

(Newser) - The last time the Supreme Court heard a design patent case, it involved carpets—and there were only 38 states in the USA. The long-running Apple vs. Samsung battle over the latter company's alleged copying of iPhone design elements made it to the country's top court Tuesday, and... More »

Apple Faces Legal Fight Over iPhone 'Touch Disease'

Apparent manufacturing defect seems to affect iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

(Newser) - Apple is facing class-action lawsuits in the US and Canada over iPhones that owners say are freezing up, the CBC reports. At the heart of the suits is a big functionality problem: People say the touch screens on their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones occasionally stop working, and... More »

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