Apple claims exploding iPhones in China are not its fault

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Apple says flaming Chinese iPhones were not based on manufacturing issues.
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Apple has denied that it is responsible for eight iPhone 6-series handsets bursting into flames in China, blaming the fiery phones on “external factors.”

The company came under fire (pun semi-intended) from Shanghai’s consumer watchdog for the alleged fault, but Apple said its own investigations have shown there is “no cause for concern.”

iPad sales could hit record low in 2017

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Ain't that just the way that sales go down, down, down, down.
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Apple is reportedly set to launch new iPad Pros in the first half of 2017, but that may not be enough to stop iPad demand slipping to its lowest level to a new record low, claims a new report.

Citing sources in the supply chain, the report claims that chip demand for the iPad has continued to slow, meaning that shipments of iPad devices for 2016 may struggle to hit 40 million units in total. And things are likely to get even worse.

Today in Apple history: Apple opens its first three-story retail store

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Apple's trendiest store yet?
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Dec7 December 7, 2007: Apple opens its magisterial store on West 14th Street in New York City. It’s the first three-story Apple retail outlet — and the first to offer free “Pro Labs” classes to customers.

Apple’s biggest store in Manhattan, it is also the second largest in the United States (after the one on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue) — with an entire floor dedicated to services.

iPhone is the camera used most in millions of photos on Flickr

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You could grab your DSLR. Nah, the iPhone will do the job.
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Once again, the world’s most popular camera is a phone.

Smartphones, led by Apple’s iPhone, was the type of camera used most by photographers in 2016 on the photo-sharing site Flickr, according its annual analysis of EXIF data on pictures uploaded to the site.

The iPhone was in the hands of shooters for 47 percent of the pictures uploaded to Flickr. Canon and Nikon were second and third with 24 and 18 percent.

Apple Pay is now accepted by 35% of U.S. retailers

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Apple has big plans for 2017, too.
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Apple Pay is accepted at 35 percent of retailers — or around 4 million locations — in the U.S., claims Jennifer Bailey, the VP in charge of Apple Pay.

Speaking at San Francisco’s Code Commerce conference (try saying that five times quickly!), Bailey cited it as a victory for Apple, and evidence that the service is finding its mark.