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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 »

Apple: 90% of Chargers Sold on Amazon May Be Counterfeit

Apple filed a lawsuit Monday

(Newser) - Buyer beware: Nearly 90% of Apple chargers and cables sold on Amazon could be counterfeit, the AP reports. That's according to a lawsuit Apple filed Monday against Mobile Star LLC. Apple claims the chargers—manufactured by Mobile Star and wrongly bearing the Apple logo—"pose a significant risk... 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 »

New Candle Makes Your Home Smell Like an Apple Store

Twelve South candle emits odor of a freshly opened new Mac

(Newser) - If you're over Yankee Candle's seasonal scents of autumn wreaths, spiced pumpkins, and cinnamon apples, reports on a more techie type of fragrance. In what the Verge calls an example of "Stop it tech, you're drunk," Apple accessory maker Twelve South is offering... 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 »

Apple's Hot New Patent Is for a Paper Bag

Maybe coming to a store near you

(Newser) - For those concerned that the latest iPhone wasn't revolutionary enough , the latest Apple patent application to make headlines would seem to indicate that Tim Cook and Co. are truly getting back to basics: It's made out of paper, has handles, and you can put stuff in it. Or,... More »

Apple Is a 'Toxic' Place for Women: Report

Leaked emails to Apple CEO Tim Cook say women subjected to culture of harassment

(Newser) - The final insult was a rape joke. When her male colleagues joked in July about an intruder coming to rape everybody, a woman engineer at Apple decided enough was enough: She took her complaints about a "toxic" office atmosphere to CEO Tim Cook. "I do not feel safe... More »

Apple Dumped Headphone Jack Out of 'Greed,' 'Stupidity'

Mashable columnist laughs off company's claim that 'courage' led to getting rid of iPhone feature

(Newser) - Apple presented its new smartphone Wednesday, and nestled in with the iPhone 7's much-ballyhooed features was the disclosure that the company is getting rid of the phone's headphone jack—news that wasn't exactly met with universal acclaim , or much acclaim at all. Chris Taylor is one detractor... More »

Apple's New iPhone Is Just a Modest Upgrade

And you better not lose those expensive wireless headphones

(Newser) - This year's iPhone, revealed Wednesday, is seen as a more modest upgrade, as several analysts noted that it was increasingly difficult to make impressive changes in hardware, the AP reports. Among Apple's biggest changes are nixing the headphone jack and adding a "dual lens" camera to the... More »

Genius Bar Didn't Leap to Hire 'Legendary' Apple Engineer

After 21 years with Apple, JK Scheinberg retired, then got a little bored

(Newser) - Are all those young people staffed by Apple to help out customers at Genius Bars the most qualified for the job, or is there something more pernicious, like actual age discrimination, at play? As the New York Times reports in a story on ageism in the workplace, JK Scheinberg, the... More »

New iPhone Tells Headphone Jack to Hit the Road

Apple will unveil its new iPhone 7 on Wednesday

(Newser) - Wednesday is new iPhone day, also known as tech-news Christmas. So here's what people are saying less than 24 hours before Apple unveils its new iPhone 7:
  • The biggest news circling around the new iPhone is its lack of a headphone jack, opting instead for wireless headphones or headphones
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Apple CEO on EU's $14.5B Tax Bill: 'Maddening'

EU's countries starting to speak out, and they're not agreeing with Cook

(Newser) - To the European Union, a $14.5 billion bill for back taxes it handed Apple Tuesday is a valid request for recompense. To Apple CEO Tim Cook, it's "maddening" and nothing more than "total political crap"—and Washington seems inclined to agree, with US Treasury Secretary... More »

Europe Just Gave Apple an Unprecedented Tax Bill

The EU wants $14.5B in back taxes

(Newser) - Apple got some bad news out of Europe on Tuesday in the form of a massive tax bill. The European Union says Ireland has given illegal tax benefits worth up to $14.5 billion to the company and must now recover the money, plus interest. The penalty is unprecedented— Reuters... More »

'Rookie Card' Apple-1, Likely Finished by Jobs, Is for Sale

Expect the winning bid to be over $1M

(Newser) - An early Apple computer is up for auction, and it's a safe bet the winning bidder will be shelling out north of $1 million. The reason? The Apple-1 being sold at Charitybuzz appears to be a rare prototype likely hand-finished by Steve Jobs himself four decades ago, reports Recode... More »

Apple: Goodbye Revolver Emoji, Hello Water Gun

Emoji swap part of iOS 10 update that also includes rainbow flag, 'gender diverse' additions

(Newser) - Apple has swapped out an emoji in what the Guardian describes as a reflection of "growing despair in America and worldwide" over gun violence. Starting in September, a neon-green water gun will replace the company's black-and-silver revolver, part of an iPhone and iPad iOS 10 update that "... More »

iTunes Purchase May Be Downfall of Pirate Website

FBI arrests Artem Vaulin of website KAT with help from Apple

(Newser) - It might—might—be a little tougher to grab illegal downloads off the Internet in the near future: The FBI says it arrested the owner of the biggest illegal site on the Internet, with help from Apple, reports MacRumors . Artem Vaulin, a Ukraine native, was arrested in Poland and accused... More »

Apple Sued in China Over War Film From the 1990s

A Chinese production center is seeking $10,500

(Newser) - Apple is being sued by a subsidiary of China's broadcasting regulator over a propaganda film more than 20 years old, the AP reports. A Beijing court says the case has been brought by a production center that alleges that Apple has infringed its exclusive online rights to broadcast a... More »

Florida Man: I Invented iPhone, Apple Owes Me $10B

He says he filed patent in 1992

(Newser) - A Florida man who says Apple ripped off his design for the iPhone is willing to let the matter drop for the modest sum of $10 billion plus 1.5% of worldwide sales of the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Thomas Ross—who filed a patent for his "Electronic Reading... More »

One Guess Why Apple Won't Donate to the 2016 GOP Convention

It's given $140K worth of technology and donations in the past

(Newser) - Donald Trump recently tried to instigate a boycott of Apple. Well, it looks like Apple is boycotting him right back. Sources close to the company tell Politico that Apple won't be providing any funding or technology for next month's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The given reason: Trump'... More »

You Can Finally Delete Apple's Default Apps

Bye bye, Stocks

(Newser) - No longer will your iPhone be filled with default apps you never use and can't get rid of. With Apple's iOS 10, unveiled Monday at its developers' conference, users can finally delete many apps that come standard on Apple devices, like Stocks, News, and Weather, writes Lily Hay... More »

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