iPhones More Likely To Be Stolen, But Less Likely To Require Repairing [Study]

iPhones More Likely To Be Stolen, But Less Likely To Require Repairing [Study]It is no secret that when it comes to smartphone theft, iPhones are the smartphone of choice. This is thanks to the fact that iPhones are typically seen as being desirable products (say what you will about specs and the pitfalls of iOS) and can be resold at a higher price. Apple has since introduced features such as Activation Lock which is part of iOS 7 thus making the phone more secure.

That being said, would you rather have a phone that has a higher probability of being stolen, but in exchange is less likely to break or require replacing? Or vice versa? Well according to device insurance firm, ProtectCell, it has been found that while iPhones tend to be stolen more often, they do require less repairing and replacement. (more…)

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    Phone Number On Russian Snowboarder’s Helmet Causes Flood Of Images & SMS

    Phone Number On Russian Snowboarders Helmet Causes Flood Of Images & SMSA Russian snowboarder, Alexey Sobolev, has inadvertently caused his iPhone to crash – after he placed his phone number on his helmet. The reason he did that? He claimed that he was bored, and hence, decided to place his phone number on his helmet. Unfortunately, the wonders of modern day technology such as freeze frame and high resolution video has caused his phone number to be taken down, and that is where the problems begin. In fact, so many people took advantage of his phone number by making calls in his direction, so much so that the amount of messages and images overwhelmed his iPhone, that it actually froze.

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    An iPhone Back In 1991 Would Have Cost At Least $3.56 Million

    An iPhone Back In 1991 Would Have Cost At Least $3.56 MillionTechnology has definitely come a long way since two decades ago. For those who grew up in the 1990s you guys probably remember that computers cost a bomb back then, and that owning a computer was truly a luxury (it still is in certain parts of the world). Laptops would be crazy expensive and people would pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for additional storage which can now be had for $10-$20. That being said, have you ever wondered how much an iPhone would have cost you back in 1991? Well according to Bret Swanson at Tech Policy Daily, he has estimated that an iPhone back in 1991 would have cost at least an eye-watering $3.56 million! Yikes!

    According to Swanson’s breakdown, the A7 chip would have cost $620,000, the flash memory of 32GB $1.44 million, and the 15Mbps data connection at $1.5 million. “Considering only memory, processing, and broadband communications power, duplicating the iPhone back in 1991 would have (very roughly) cost: $1.44 million + $620,000 + $1.5 million = $3.56 million.” Of course this doesn’t take into consideration things like the Touch ID sensor found in the iPhone 5s, the display, the touchscreen technology, the camera, and etc., but with 3 components coming in at $3.56 million already, we’d hate to think how much the final product would cost.

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    Apple Reportedly Lowers MFi Licensing Costs

    Apple Reportedly Lowers MFi Licensing CostsHave you ever wondered why accessories endorsed by Apple are so expensive? We can only assume that part of the reason is because manufacturers are trying to capitalize on the popularity of the iPhone/iPad, but at the same time the fault could be attributed to Apple as well who have made it expensive for manufacturers as well, as apparently licensing fees to create Made for iPhone (MFi) products can get pretty high as well. The good news is that there is a chance that future MFi products could see a price reduction as Macotakara has reported that Apple has lowered the licensing cost for MFi products.

    Hopefully what this means is that future MFi products will be priced lower as their licensing costs would have dropped as well, although we’re guessing if companies wanted to maintain their prices, their profit margins would be higher which would undoubtedly work out in the company’s favor. Apple’s MFi program was launched back in 2005 (it was known as Made for iPod then) and was created to ensure that there was a certain degree of quality when it came to accessories for Apple’s iPhone, as well as to ensure that these manufacturers adhered to Apple’s supplier responsibility code, such as safe working environments, no hiring of underaged workers, and so on.

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    Bitcoiners Protest App Removal By Destroying iPhones

    Remember yesterday we reported that Apple had removed a Bitcoin wallet app from their App Store? Well it turns out that the move was not particularly well-received by those who are advocating the virtual currency, and to protest Apple’s move, a group of disgruntled bitcoiners have created videos in which they destroy iPhones on video. To be honest we’re not sure if this is even affecting Apple as the iPhones were bought and paid by these people themselves, or at least they were sponsored, so for them to destroy their own property in protest is a little odd. Then again if they are in possession of bitcoins, which at times is valued over $1,000 per bitcoin, we reckon that they can afford to get themselves a new phone easily.

    It is unclear as to why Apple removed the app from their App Store. In fact in the past Apple has removed a couple of other bitcoin-related apps. Some speculate that it might be due to the fact that bitcoin’s legitimacy is still questionable, as in not all governments have announced their support for it yet. Some speculate that it could be because Apple is unable to take a cut from bitcoin transactions as the company does not officially recognize the currency themselves. Some also think that it might be because Apple could be working on their own mobile payment system and that by removing bitcoin-related apps, they are eliminating the competition, at least within their own ecosystem, but what do you guys think?

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    Apple Might Have Enough Sapphire To Make 100-200m Displays For 2014

    Apple Might Have Enough Sapphire To Make 100 200m Displays For 2014Apple has plans for sapphire, although what exactly those plans are remains to be seen. As it stands sapphire is used in the lens cover for the iPhone and also the cover for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor found in the iPhone 5s, but according to recent rumors, Apple could be thinking about incorporating sapphire into its displays as well. The recent push to open a sapphire plant in Arizona seems to support that theory and if you were hoping that Apple would use sapphire in a bigger way, such as in displays, you could be getting your wish. (more…)

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