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Apple Recalls Power Adapters in Australia, Central Europe, More

10:21 AM, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple recalls faulty two-prong charger adapters

Apple announced a voluntary recall in several countries for two-prong AC wall adapters and world travel adapter kits on Thursday over concerns they make break and cause electrical shocks. The affected adapters are for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

Oracle puts Java Browser Plug-in on Death Row

9:16 AM, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Oracle ending support for Java browser plug-in

The Java Web browser plug-in just got its death notice. Oracle announced it's deprecating the browser plug-in this fall with the release of JDK 9, and removing it completely in a later release.

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Odds are Oracle's announcement is drawing more "There's a Java plug-in?" comments than "Oh no! I'm screwed!" comments. Good on Oracle for giving everyone an heads up now on their Java browser plug-in plans.

Report Claims iPhone 7 Plus to get Dual Cameras

9:58 AM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone 7 Plus may sport dual cameras

When Apple updates the iPhone line this fall the larger display iPhone 7 Plus could include two rear-facing cameras. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the dual camera system will let iPhone 7 Plus users snap significantly higher quality photos by combining data from both lenses and may even include an optical zoom feature—something that hasn't been available on the iPhone before.

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Going dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus seems plausible, especially since Apple bought the camera sensor tech company LinX last year. It's too bad Apple likely won't include the new camera system on the iPhone 7, but it isn't a surprise since it doesn't offer optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

Apple Hints at Strong Q1 Apple Watch, Apple TV Sales

5:56 PM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Q1 2016 Apple Watch and Apple TV sales were probably pretty good

Apple doesn't break out quarterly Apple Watch and Apple TV sales, but based on the big jump in its "other" category—up 43 percent since the previous quarter—it's a safe bet both sold well through the holiday season. CEO Tim Cook also dropped a couple hints to back that up during the company's 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings conference call Tuesday afternoon.

Apple: We Have 1 Billion Active Devices

5:25 PM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

There's a billion active Apple devices in the wild

Apple announced a big milestone during its 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday: a billion iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs are currently in use. That's actively used devices, not simply devices sold, and represents more than 25 percent growth year over year.

Do Apple Watch Sales Suck? Maybe Not

2:14 PM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Supply sources say Apple Watch isn't meeting sales expectations

Apple is dealing with weaker than expected Apple Watch sales and is cutting back its 2016 shipment forecast. That's the word on the street, but take it with a grain of salt because it's coming from parts supply chain sources.

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Supply chain sources saying Apple isn't meeting its Apple Watch sales expectations feels a little dubious. These are people who have very limited knowledge about Apple's plans, and certainly don't have access to the company's internal expectations or overall manufacturing schemes. Maybe Apple sold as many watches as it expected, or maybe not.

Barclays CEO Commits to March Apple Pay Launch

11:13 AM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Barclays finally commits to Apple Pay support in U.K.

Barclays' inability to commit to support Apple Pay—something other U.K. banks have offered for months—may finally be coming to an end. CEO Ashok Vaswani told a bank customer in an email that Apple Pay support is on the way, and it'll be available by the end of March.

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Holding back Apple Pay support has to have been really frustrating for Barclays customers. Now we get to wait and see if the bank really does start supporting Apple's NFC payment system in March.

AAPL Q1 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

10:53 AM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

AAPL Q1 2016 earnings report Tuesday January 26

Apple's first fiscal quarter earnings report for 2016 is set to start when the market closes this afternoon at about 5PM eastern time. Investors will be paying close attention to Apple's holiday season iPhone sales and will no doubt try to get solid iPad Pro sales figures from the company. Be sure to check in with The Mac Observer this afternoon for our coverage and analysis.