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iPhone 14 series is a bigger hit than iPhone 13

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The new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come in four colors -- two of them new (space black and dark purple).
While Apple is producing fewer iPhone 14 units, it's making a lot more iPhone 14 Pro Max ones.
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Reports that Apple is making fewer iPhone 14 units than its predecessor are true… but that’s not the whole story. Apple is producing many more units in the entire iPhone 14 series than it did the earlier models, according to an analyst.

And the change will be a benefit for Apple’s bottom line.

Apple will produce fewer iPhone 14 units due to low demand

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Weak demand means Apple won't produce as many iPhone 14 units as initially forecasted.
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Apple has reportedly gone back on its plans to boost iPhone 14 production for the year. The company seemingly nixed the original plan after demand for the “standard” iPhone 14 did not surge after its release.

The situation is very different for the iPhone 14 Pro.

Apple starts making iPhone 14 in India

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Apple is now manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India.
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Apple has started manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India. The move comes just a couple of weeks after the latest iPhones went on sale in over 30+ markets globally.

The Cupertino giant has already been assembling the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 in India. Foxconn and Wistron manufacture the phones in their Indian facilities.

iPhone 14 Pro review: Dynamic Island and massive camera sensor offer something new ★★★★★

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A Silver iPhone 14 on a wet picnic table★★★★★
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Out of the box, the new iPhone 14 Pro looks almost identical to its predecessor, the iPhone 13 Pro, with its frosted glass back, shiny steel band and triple-lens rear camera.

But switch it on, and you immediately see an obvious difference — the new Dynamic Island, a fun, interactive UI element that alone is almost worth the upgrade. But what cinches it is the new 48MP camera sensor, which takes absolutely fantastic pictures.

Win a Zagg iPhone accessory bundle of your choice [Cult of Mac giveaway]

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Everything you need for your new iPhone 14.
This is your chance to win everything you need for your new iPhone 14.
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This week we teamed up with Zagg to offer five lucky winners the chance to take home products from InvisibleShield, Gear4 and mophie. Zagg and its affiliated brands offer top-notch accessories for iPhones and other gear, including new cases and screen protectors designed just for iPhone 14.

The best part of this week’s giveaway: If you win, you get to pick which products you want.

iPhone 14 Pro camera shakes and makes weird noises in TikTok, other apps [Updated]

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iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will come in four understated colors.
There's a whole lot of shaking going on.
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Users report that the camera in the iPhone 14 Pro starts shaking uncontrollably in some third-party applications. The weird glitch occurs in popular apps including TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram.

The shaking only occurs when using the built-in camera of these apps. Strange mechanical noises from inside the phone accompany the shaking.

Update: This problem is fixed in iOS 16.0.2, available now.

iPhone 14 is ‘the most repairable iPhone in years’

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iPhone 14 is easier to repair than any of its predecessors in years.
Apple designed the iPhone 14 to make it easier to repair.
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Turns out the iPhone 14 isn’t a cookie-cutter copy of its predecessor like everyone thought, but the big changes are all on the inside. A teardown of Apple’s new “basic” handset finds that it’s easier to repair than earlier versions.

iFixit, which did the teardown, calls it “the most significant design change to the iPhone in a long time.”

iPhone 14 Pro wait times reach 4 to 6 weeks

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iPhone 14 Pro has the processing power for great gaming.
If you waited to order an iPhone 14 Pro until now, you'll have to be patient for weeks before receiving it.
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If a coworker came in today with a new iPhone 14 Pro, you may have decided you just have to have one. Bad news: the wait is a month or more before it can be delivered.

There’s much better news for anyone interested in the more basic iPhone 14.

Update to iOS 16.0.1 immediately to fix iPhone 14 activation problems

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The iPhone 14 Pro is in the wild on launch day. Just be sure you update to iOS 16.01 before activating with your cellular carrier to avoid problems.
The iPhone 14 Pro is in the wild on launch day. Just be sure you update to iOS 16.01 before activating with your cellular carrier to avoid problems.
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Anyone having activation problems with their iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro series model should install iOS 16.0.1. Apple specifically created the update to deal with an issue in setting up its latest handset.

It also takes care of other bugs in the iPhone 14 series.

Apple video explains how to activate an iPhone 14 eSIM

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Apple video explains how to activate an iPhone 14 eSIM
Setting up an iPhone 14 with an eSIM should be simple.
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iPhone 14 models require eSIM rather than physical SIM cards. That means those getting Apple’s latest handsets have to activate them via eSIM – they can’t simply plug in a SIM card to get connected to a wireless network.

It’s new to many iPhone users, but Apple released a video that explains how to activate an eSIM on an iPhone.