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11. April 2018

Israeli Consumer Protection Bureau Launches Investigation Into Apple Over iPhone Slowdown Controversy

Israel is the latest country to launch an investigation into Apple over the ongoing iPhone slowdown issue that saw the company fail to adequately inform users about a 2017 software update that could result in slower performance on some older iPhones with degraded batteries.

The Israeli Consumer Protection on Fair Trade Authority on Tuesday said it had launched an investigation into Apple over Apple’s failure to disclose the details of the iOS 10.2.1 software update that introduced the changes, reports Reuters.

The head of Apple in Israel, Tony Friedman, has been questioned as part of the investigation. Israel’s Fair Trade Authority has confirmed that [...]

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1. März 2018

Consumer Reports Says iPhone X Offers the Best Smartphone Camera

Apple’s newest flagship device, the iPhone X, has the best smartphone camera currently available according to new rankings published this week by Consumer Reports.

Furthermore, Apple devices took up most of the spots on Consumer Reports‘ list of top 10 smartphone cameras, with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus following the iPhone X. The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 6 Plus also earned top 10 spots. Apple iPhone X Apple iPhone 8 Apple iPhone 8 Plus Samsung Galaxy S8+ Apple iPhone 7 Apple iPhone 6s Plus Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy Note8 Apple iPhone 7 Plus Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

Introduced in November, the iPhone X has two 12-megapixel rear lenses arranged [...]

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13. Februar 2018

Consumer Reports: Google Home Max and Sonos One Sound Better Than HomePod

Consumer Reports has conducted some early audio testing of the HomePod, and while the full evaluation isn’t yet finished, the site believes that both the $400 Google Home Max and the $200 Sonos One sound better than Apple’s new $349 smart speaker.

The HomePod received a „Very Good“ sound quality rating, as did the Sonos One and the Google Home Max, but the latter two speakers also received higher overall sound quality scores.

Consumer Reports says that its speaker tests are conducted in a dedicated listening room, with experienced testers who compare each model with „high-quality reference speakers.“ In the case of [...]

 
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16. Januar 2018

Chinese Consumer Group Demands Answers From Apple Over Older iPhone Slowdowns

Apple’s iPhone slowdown controversy extended to China on Tuesday after a Chinese consumer group asked the tech giant for information about iOS updates that reduce the performance of older iPhones (via Reuters).

The Shanghai Consumer Council has written to Apple and requested an explanation for the slowdowns and information about what Apple planned to do to rectify the problem. The consumer group, which is a non-government organization approved by the Chinese authorities, demanded a response by Friday, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The council explained that its query came in response to consumer feedback that old iPhones became sluggish after [...]

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