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EU probe: Ireland 'gave unlawful state aid' to Apple

The European Commission said its preliminary findings suggest Ireland provided unlawful state aid to tech giant Apple for more than 20 years.

The European Commission has been investigating 'sweetheart' deals between Apple and Ireland. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In a letter published today, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told Ireland it must provide details of the tax arrangements.

Almunia said any unlawful aid could be recoverable from Apple.

Apple releases iPhone operating system glitch fix

Credit: Martyn Landi/PA Wire

An embarrassed Apple has released a new update that the company says will repair the problems caused by software it released earlier, repeating an apology to owners of its newest iPhones affected by the bug.

The tech giant had scrambled to fix the software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, but some analysts say Apple's response to the high-profile gaffe may be more important than the fault itself.

Hours later Apple released a new update, dubbed iOS 8.0.2, which it said would fix the problems caused by the iOS 8.0.1 update that it released on Wednesday.

Apple: Only nine people complained about bent iPhone

Apple has said that only nine customers have been in touch to complain about a bent iPhone 6.

A spokesman for the IT giant told CNBC that it had selected "high quality materials" and that the new models have been through rigorous tests.

CNBC editor Jon Fortt tweeted:

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iPhone errors and bending put apologetic Apple in a fix

Apple has apologised for the rotten experience reported by the buyers of its latest iPhone.

Some people who raced to get the iPhone 6 Plus last week have since complained that the smartphone bends out of shape in their pockets.

Widespread user discontent followed about problems with Apple's upgrade to its new iOS 8 operating system, prompting the company to pull a release that had been issued to fix existing errors.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports on a difficult few days for the tech giant.

Apple apologises for iPhone 6 update problems

Computer giant Apple has apologised after an update of i.O.S.8.1 left some iPhone6 users without service and other problems.

Apple iPhone 6. Credit: PA Wire

They said: "We apologise for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it is ready in the next few days.”

They added that they had a workaround for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users which enabled them to restore the phone service and Touch ID functionality after updating to iOS 8.0.1.

They said: "Affected users can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes. For more information visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6487."

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'Bending' iPhone: Users should exercise common sense

By: Alok Jha - ITV News Science Correspondent

The bending rumours are unlikely to put any die-hard Apple fans (or many others) off from buying their new iPhones but if you’re worried, it seems sensible to exercise a little common sense when using it.

A woman places an iPhone 6 in her pocket. Credit: Caroline Seidel/DPA

As Rik Henderson wrote for Pocket Lint: "Don't put a 5.5-inch superthin phone in your back pocket, no matter whether it is made by Apple, Samsung or any other manufacturer.

“You wouldn't put your glasses in your back pocket would you? And they probably cost less.”

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