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Apple will replace iPhone batteries for $29 even if they’re technically still ‘good’

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If you have an iPhone 6 model or later, you should probably go replace the battery for a discounted rate at your local Apple Store.

Apple is now offering battery swaps for $29 (down from $79) a few weeks earlier than it originally promised. The decision to offer such low-priced battery swaps comes days after the company issued an apology for secretly slowing down older iPhones with software updates to prevent them from taxing the battery to the point where the phone might shut down unexpectedly.

The company faced severe backlash since it was first discovered that it slowed down older iPhones to mitigate long-term battery concerns. The discovery was first made by a Geekbench battery researcher who found that some iPhone 6, 6S, and 7 phones performed worse if they were running more recent versions of iOS (it was later revealed the iPhone SE was affected, too).

This weekend was the first that customers could set up an appointment at an Apple Store Genius Bar in order to replace their batteries for a discounted rate. However, the company did not explain to some employees that it was going to temporarily ignore results from the battery diagnostic test that’s usually used to determine whether a battery should be replaced.

Apple has released a new company memo clarifying to Apple Store employees that iPhones do not have to fail a diagnostics test in order to get the out-of-warranty battery replacement. Instead, employees can offer the deal to any qualifying iPhone owners.

In short: It means that the iPhone 6, 6S, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X are eligible for a $29 battery repair for the entirety of 2018. For more information, check out the Apple’s official apology page or call your local Apple Store.

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OnePlus 5 might beat the iPhone 7 Plus by unapologetically copying it

The now discontinued OnePlus 3T (pictured) will be replaced by the OnePlus 5.
The now discontinued OnePlus 3T (pictured) will be replaced by the OnePlus 5.

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The wait for the OnePlus 5 is almost over.

The smartphone startup that’s taken the world by storm will officially unveil its next flagship Android phone on June 20 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time during a live online keynote.

Sounds good, but a new leak might have just spoiled everything.

Android Police, which has a solid track record with leaks, published what it claims is a press image of the front and back of the OnePlus 5. Needless to say, it looks like a blatant copy of the iPhone 7 Plus.

Noted phone leaker Evan Blass also says the image is the real deal. SlashLeaks also posted the same image with profile views and the bottom half of the phone.

Yep, it looks just like the iPhone 7 Plus. The similarities are uncanny. 

Dual cameras with bump in the corner? Check. Microphone and dual-LED flash outside of the camera module in the same exact positions? Check. If you look closer at the purported OnePlus 5 image, you’ll even see a similar antenna band. 

Save for different locations for the power button, the notification mute switch, volume rocker, and the OnePlus logo in place of the Apple logo, the two phones look like long-lost twins.

The iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus

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Reactions to the leak have been both positive and negative. The obvious uproar is that it’s an iPhone ripoff, and OnePlus should be ashamed of itself if this is indeed the final design. On the other hand, some fans don’t seem to mind having an iPhone that runs Android. After all, lots of people think Google’s Pixel/Pixel XL look like iPhones (at least from the front) and are fine with that.

It’s easy to mock OnePlus’s lack of originality (again, if this is the final design), but they wouldn’t be the first to blatantly copy the iPhone. YouTuber SuperSaf reminded me Oppo’s R11 looks like an iPhone 7 Plus clone, too:

Yeah, it’s unbelievable how obvious the cloning is, but at the same time, phones have also pretty much reached peak industrial design. 

We could sit here pointing fingers, but at the end of the day OnePlus will have last year’s design for its 2017 flagship. Phones like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have long edge-to-edge displays that set them apart (for now), and Apple’s likely to follow with the iPhone 8. Other phones like the Essential Phone are even more daring with edge-to-edge screens on three sides.

As for what to expect inside of the phone? We might know a few things. 

OnePlus has teased some of the OnePlus 5’s features over the last few weeks, and it’s shaping up to be quite the device.

We know the phone will come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip (same one in the Galaxy S8), some potential new colors, and it’ll likely have a headphone jack.

Though the rest of the phone’s specs haven’t been confirmed, a comprehensive (and unconfirmed) leak in May claims it’ll come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD resolution screen, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 4,000 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery, and dual cameras on the back.

We’ll have to wait a few weeks (unless it leaks out by then) to find out when the phone will be available in the U.S. and Europe. Fans in India, however, might want to start marking their calendars; Evan Blass says the OnePlus 5 will launch on June 22 and sold exclusively on Amazon India.

Let the countdown to June 20 begin.

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The iPhone is so popular its sales can crater and it still takes first place

The new iPhone (RED) Edition dropped during Q1, which certainly contributed to Apple's dominance.
The new iPhone (RED) Edition dropped during Q1, which certainly contributed to Apple’s dominance.

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Apple is once again the king of the global smartphone market, even after a dip in iPhone sales.

When Apple released its Q2 2017 earnings report, one of the few points of concern — other than what exactly the company might do with its massive wealth — was the noticeable drop in sales for its signature product.  

Tim Cook & Co. are clearly focused on competing with their own records, because Apple appears to face little challenge from anyone else in the popularity department. A Strategy Analytics research report on global smartphone sales crowned the iPhone the undisputed leader in the market, as Apple absolutely dominated all comers.  

Apple held the top two spots in the global smartphone market by a wide margin, according to the report. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus shipped an estimated 21.5 million and 17.4 million units, respectively. 

Apple reported that it shipped over 50.7 million units during the quarter in its earnings report — but the company doesn’t elaborate on how each individual model sells, so these estimates could be our best shot at pinning down those numbers. 

The two Apple devices combined to account for 11 percent of the global marketshare.  

The iPhone 7 ruled worldwide smartphone sales.

The iPhone 7 ruled worldwide smartphone sales.

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Also taking top spots on the list was the Oppo R9s, a device from China’s top-selling phone maker, and two “midrange” Samsung Galaxy devices popular in Europe and Aisa that Strategy Analytics’ Director Linda Sui credited for helping to offset the lingering effects of the company’s Note 7 debacle.   

Apple was coming off the most successful sales quarter in the iPhone’s storied history, so a letdown wasn’t a total shock. The extent of the decline was troubling enough, however, that CEO Tim Cook addressed the issue directly in the earnings call Q&A session, blaming the dip in sales on rumors about the upcoming iPhone 8 expected to be released later this year. 

That new device is expected to kickstart a “supercycle” of iPhone sales, as consumers upgrade their old phones in light of the first major design overhaul since the 6 in 2014. Those expectations, combined with a strong showing from Samsung’s Galaxy S8, could temper sales enough to knock the iPhone 7 from the top spot next quarter — but once the iPhone 8 hits the market, Apple might take an even more massive lead if (or more likely, when) it reenters the top spot.  

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Apple’s India push is already paying off

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Don’t expect Apple to slow down its India push any time soon. Sales there are looking goooood. 

The iPhone-maker said its revenue grew by “double digits” in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market during March, according to second quarter 2017 earnings released early Wednesday local time.   

“We set a new March record for India,” CEO Tim Cook said, avoiding any specific numbers. Apple has been tight-lipped about its exact Indian earnings, much like other parts of its portfolio.

Cook, who paid his maiden visit to India as CEO of Apple last year, said the company is continuing to strengthen its “local presence across the ecosystem” in the “remarkable country.” 

“We’re optimistic about our future in this remarkable country with its very large, young, tech-savvy population, fast-growing economy and proving 4G network infrastructure,” he added.

Things could further improve in the coming months for Apple, which is preparing to manufacture the iPhones locally in the nation

This could come in handy, given that a heavy import duty imposed on iPhones by the Indian government makes the smartphone unusually expensive in the country. The iPhone models the company assembles at its India factory will not be subjected to local import duties. 

“We’ve [got a] ton of energy going into the country on a number of fronts,” Cook said, answering an analyst’s query about Apple’s roadmap for India.

Part of Cook’s strategy to gain a foothold in India is the country’s improving 4G network infrastructure. Last year, Apple partnered with Reliance Jio, a new telecom operator from India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, to offer a year’s worth of unlimited 4G data to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus customers

According to marketing research firm Counterpoint, as many as 200 million 4G-capable smartphones will be sold in India in the next five years. 

“The 4G network started rolling out in the last quarter of 2016, but they are growing at a speed I have not seen anywhere else in the world.” Cook said. “It’s truly impressive.” 

Faster internet access also means that people would be able to engage more with Apple’s bouquet of services. Or so says the trend. 

Even as the 4G network is yet to gain mass penetration in India, a recent study by Nokia found that Indians are already consuming as much as 70 percent of data as their counterparts in developed markets.

“We’re bringing all the things we brought to other markets that we have eventually done well in — channels, and stores.

“There are ton of things going on there and we agree that we are under penetrated there though our growth rates are good … really good,” he added. 

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Everyone’s just waiting to see what Apple does with its money

Not everything’s perfect with Wall Street and Apple. The iPhone maker (which also makes a lot of other things) sold fewer iPhones over the last three months than analysts and investors would have hoped, the company revealed in an earnings call Tuesday. 

They also pretty much met analysts’ expectations for revenue: $52.9 billion. 

So there’s little reason to jump up and down with enthusiasm about Apple on the NASDAQ trading floor. And yet, Apple remains the kingpin when it comes to money and value in the tech industry, and if you listen to Apple CEO Tim Cook, you may have faith that Apple’s status as one of the world’s richest companies isn’t changing anytime soon. 

“We are proud to report a strong March quarter, with revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus,” Cook said in a statement. 

He highlighted new products that have excited Apple’s fanbase, at least, and he pointed to a growing area of their revenue services, which includes revenue from iTunes, iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Pay, Apple Care and other sales from the App Store. 

“We’ve seen great customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition and we’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter,” Cook’s statement continued. 

And lastly, Cook teased Apple’s “exciting” event in the near future. 

“Looking ahead, we are excited to welcome attendees from around the world to our annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month in San Jose,” he said. 

Facebook, a competitor in the tech industry but with a very different business model, held its developer conference last month and pushed a future of augmented reality and virtual reality. Apple may paint a similar picture. 

Apple has a lot of money. This quarter, the company reported $52.9 billion in revenue. Here’s a good tweet showing the growth: 

This chest of money is from a wealth of products, but most significantly, iPhones, which it sold 50.8 million of over the last three months. It also sold 8.92 million iPads and 4.2 million Macs. Other than devices, Apple also pulls in money from the services, referenced above. That segment totaled $7.04 billion. As Cook likes to boast, Apple’s services business is reaching the status of a Fortune 100 company. 

So the question is how will Apple continue to make so much money and what will it do with its current wealth? 

The Wall Street Journal made a fun interactive about what Apple could buy this week, with companies like Twitter and Snap considered:

To address the fact that it has so much money, Apple increased its capital-return program for shareholders by $50 billion. (Their cash on hand is more than $250 billion). President Donald Trump’s tax plan could affect what decisions Apple makes in the future. 

“It’s difficult for us to speculate what might or might not happen,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s chief financial officer.

For now, our only hints from the call with investors with what Apple will be investing in is new, lucrative markets. Apple has prioritized India, one of the world’s largest smartphone markets. 

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