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Apple sees iPhone sales drop again but beats forecasts

The US tech giant sold 40.4 million iPhones in its third quarter, slightly above forecasts of 40.02 million.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the results reflected "stronger customer demand... than we anticipated".

The firm said it expected sales to fall again in the fourth quarter to between $45.5bn (£34bn; €41.4bn) and $47.5bn.

China rules against Apple over iPhone patent claim

The iPhone 6 and 6S models are similar to Shenzhen Baili's little-known 100C phone, the authority ruled.

In theory, this could lead to iPhone sales being halted in Beijing but sales continue as Apple has appealed to a higher court.

The tech giant said the handset is still available throughout China.

Apple wants to make its iPhones 'unhackable'

Word of the lockdown comes from The New York Times, which cites "people close to the company and security experts" as its sources.

Making the iPhone unhackable involves closing up the loophole at the centre of Apple's security dispute with the FBI concerning California gunman Syed Rizwan Farook's handset.

The government agency wants Apple to build software that would allow it to circumvent the passcode for the ISIS devotee's handset, a hacking method that only works because iPhone software can be updated even when a device is locked.

Apple warns iPhone sales set to fall for first time

The US tech giant sold 74.8 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter, compared with 74.5 million a year ago.

Apple said revenue for the next quarter would be between $50bn (£34bn; €46bn) and $53bn, below the $58bn it reported for the same period a year ago.

This would mark Apple's first fall in revenues since it launched the iPhone.

Despite first-quarter iPhone sales being below the 75 million expected by analysts, it was still a record quarter for the company.

People are sharing a link solely designed to crash your iPhone

A link has started doing the rounds with the sole purpose of crashing your desktop browser or forcing your phone to reset. Cheers, guys, really helpful...

Pointing to a website solely designed to ruin your day, the link to crashsafari.com has taken on Rickroll levels of sharing irritation - so if you see it in your inbox steer clear.

It works by filling your browser's address bar with thousands of characters, filling up your phone's memory and causing the device to grind to a halt and then crash.

iPhone 7 rumoured to boast six-core chip

Reports circulating on Chinese social network Weibo suggest that the handset will be powered by a processor with six cores, according to AppleInsider.

This would be quite a jump for Apple, considering the current-generation A9 chipset powering the iPhone 6S packs only two cores.

Samsung, TSMC and Intel are among the component makers said to be jostling for the rights to produce the A10 processor for Apple.

Overnight phone charging does not destroy the battery

Answering a question on Quora, tech writer Jesse Hollington refuted recent reports that overnight charging does lasting damage.

"You simply can't overcharge an iPhone, or any other modern electronic device, for that matter," wrote Hollington. "When your iPhone is plugged in and reaches 100%, it switches to external power and simply runs from that."

The explanation is that any device that uses a Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer battery must incorporate a charging circuit that cuts off charging power when it hits 100%.

iOS 9 gets hit by download errors

Some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users and developers are reporting difficulty downloading Apple's latest operating system update, with 'Software Update Failed' error messages prevalent.

Fan site 9to5Mac reports the error for over-the-air users could be related to server load trouble.

Earlier today, Apple delayed the release of its iPhone and iPad-friendly iOS 9 patch watchOS at the very last minute.

Apple's watchOS 2 release delayed due to bug

Scheduled to roll out today (September 16) alongside the iPhone and iPad-friendly iOS 9 patch, the watchOS 2 has now been officially pushed back by Apple at the last minute.

"We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected. We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly," an official Apple spokesperson told Digital Spy.

Despite confirming the delay, the iPhone 6S maker has failed to confirm when exactly we can now expect the first major Apple Watch software update to land.

Google tries to woo iPhone owners with android watch app

The move thrusts Google on to Apple's turf in an attempt to boost the lackluster sales of watches running on its Android Wear software. The program uniting the devices running on different operating systems is being released Monday in Apple's app store.

Until now, Android watches only worked with smartphones powered by Android software, just as the Apple Watch is designed to be tethered exclusively to the iPhone.