Today in Apple history: iPhone 4s made available for preorder


The iPhone 4s was the last iPhone Steve Jobs directly worked on.
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Oct7 October 7, 2011: Two days after the death of Steve Jobs, Apple opens preorders for its next-gen iPhone 4s.

The last iPhone that Jobs worked on directly, the 4s boasts a speedier A5 chip, improved 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, and — most significantly — Apple’s new AI virtual assistant, Siri.

Today in Apple history: Siri makes its public debut on iPhone 4s


Siri popularized digital assistants, but it's quickly falling behind.
Siri had first been predicted by Apple back in the late 1980s.
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Sept4 October 4, 2011: With the new iPhone 4s, Apple introduces the world to Siri, a groundbreaking example of artificial intelligence in action.

Siri’s debut represents the culmination of a long-term dream at Apple, an accomplishment predicted in the 1980s and fulfilled almost down to the exact month.

iOS 10 won’t be compatible with all iOS 9 devices


You might need a new iPhone to get iOS 10.
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Tim Cook called iOS 10 “the mother of all releases” during today’s keynote in San Francisco, but Apple doesn’t plan to share iOS 10’s greatness with all the devices that are currently running iOS 9.

Apple made iOS 9 supported on more devices than ever last year by pushing it to all iPhones and iPads running iOS 8. This year though it appears that some users will be left out of the update, including iPhone 4s owners.

Here’s which devices will be compatible with iOS 10:

Siri lawsuit costs Apple $25 million


Hey Siri
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A long running lawsuit between Apple and Dynamic Advances and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has finally come to an end, and it wasn’t cheap for Apple.

The Dallas-based Dynamic Advances sued Apple for allegedly infringing on a 2007 patent. The patent in question was exclusively licenced to the firm by Rensselaer, but Apple violated it with certain voice features used in Siri. 

Apple has a cunning plan to boost profitability in India


Apple is still trying to find the right strategy for India.
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As the next giant untapped market shimmering on the horizon, Apple is looking to grow its brand in India — and to do so it’s taking the bold step of exiting the rapidly-growing sub-Rs 20,000 ($290) smartphone category by stopping selling its older iPhone 4s and 5c handsets.

But the reason totally makes sense.