Woz says iPhone worth high price, even in China

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Steve Wozniak in 2012
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 2012.
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The iPhone is lagging behind competitors in China. But if Apple notices a sudden uptick in sales, they may have an old friend to thank.

At a tech conference in the Guangdong province of China Tuesday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak praised Chinese manufacturers for making smartphones with great functions and affordable prices.

But Woz said the iPhone is still worth the extra money.

Smartphone obsession could be changing the shape of your eyes

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Are iPhones making our eyesight worse?
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iPhone-turns-10Smartphones may be changing the shape of our eyes, claims ophthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous in an intriguing new article for Wired U.K., marking 10 years since the launch of the iPhone.

Bastawrous says that smartphones may be linked to the phenomenon of more people becoming shortsighted than they were a decade ago, caused by the growth of their eyeball. The results can include glaucoma retinal detachment and another retinal problems. And sadly there’s no app for that!

See an unbelievably huge Mac collection and more [iSetups]

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The first iSetups episode shows off three Mac setups.
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If you’re a computer scientist, you can never have too many Macs. Just ask Richard Crossley, a Ph.D. candidate currently studying “optimization in high-performance computing to achieve maximum resource efficiency.”

It probably shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that Crossley’s got a pretty vast Mac collection. Check out his system, as well as other impressive Mac setups, in this week’s episode of iSetups. It’s Cult of Mac’s new monthly show highlighting the best Mac setups submitted by viewers — plus tips and tricks for how to improve them.

Ukrainian craftsman takes iPhone into new badass gilded era

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Those are not cases. These iPhones get gold, leather and jewels applied directly to the aluminum.
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Cult of Mac 2.0 bugIf your iPhone feels precious out of the box, hand it over to Dmitry Lischina for a couple of weeks. Afterward, you will then understand precious as you hold an iPhone unlike any other.

Lischina’s company Aurum Editions could have made phone cases, but instead developed a business around pulling apart iPhones and plating them with 24K gold, exotic animal leather and diamonds.

These creative hackers bring style to iPhone jailbreaks

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LockPlus, created by Jr, allows users to download thousands of different lock screen setups.
LockPlus, created by Jr, allows users to download thousands of different lock screen setups.
Photo: Jr/junesiphone.com

Cult of Mac 2.0 bugThis is the second story in a three-part series on jailbreaking iOS.

Apple may have used “Think Different” as a marketing slogan once upon a time, but there is a kind of underground network of iOS developers who claim the two words as a reason to exist.

But with their idea of “Think Different,” they add this: “Look Different.”

Budding startup uses iPhone to keep cannabis biz legit

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iPhone scanners are helping legal cannabis growers track product and stay compliant with state regulations.
iPhone scanners are helping legal cannabis growers track product and stay compliant with state regulations.
Photo: Flowhub

Cult of Mac 2.0 bugBefore corporate shine and the smell of success, there was a counterculture aura and a whiff of weed. Pot and the dreams of some industrious guys shared a garage where the personal computing revolution incubated under the Apple brand.

So what would the late Steve Jobs think if he could see Apple’s iPhone used to keep the growing and selling of cannabis legal? Jobs, who said he smoked it early on because it made him feel more creative, might smile and say, cool!

Old iPhones could erase gloom from earnings report

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iPhone user data was allegedly sold on the black market in China
iPhone user data was allegedly sold on the black market in China
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Analysts with sobering certainty say Apple is set to report its first ever decline in iPhone sales. Reports of cutbacks in production and shipments, and chatter about the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus not offering enough new features to inspire a rush to upgrade all point to one bummer of an earnings report.

But they might be overlooking one indicator – sales of older iPhones.

iPhones, iPads and Mac, oh my! Apple’s next big earnings call will be January 26

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On January 26, we find out how many millions of iPhones Apple sold over Christmas.
On January 26, we find out how many millions of iPhones Apple sold over Christmas.
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Mark your calendars. Apple is set to announce its Q1 2016 earnings January 26.

Apple confirmed today via its Investor Relations portal that it will be releasing financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 (re: September through December 2015) at 2 p.m. Pacific on January 26.

Cult of Mac Magazine: 9 uses for old Apple TVs, new iMacs and more

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Get news, how-tos and more in the latest issue of Cult of Mac Magazine for iOS.
Get news, how-tos and more in the latest issue of Cult of Mac Magazine for iOS.
Cover: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

With the Apple TV ready for a radical refresh, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll do with your old set-top box once you upgrade to the latest and greatest model.

You’ll find cool projects for your old Apple TV in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine for iPhone and iPad. You’ll also get updates on new iMacs and an opinion piece on why the end of smartphone subsidies is actually good for Apple.