Troy Wolverton Troy Wolverton (280 Posts)

Troy writes the Tech Files column as the Personal Technology Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. He also covers the digital media, mobile and video game industries and writes occasionally about Apple, chips, social networking and other aspects of technology. Previously, Troy covered Apple and the consumer electronics industry. Prior to joining the Mercury News, Troy reported on technology, business and financial issues for and CNET

Apple releases iOS 7

The wait is over: Apple has released iOS 7. The radical remake of the operating system that underlies the iPhone and iPad went live on Apple's servers around 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Before then, Apple iPhone and Read More →

Cell phone unlocking gets Obama’s formal backing

The effort to remove the legal ban on unlocking cell phones may be picking up steam. On Tuesday, the Obama administration formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to unlock devices when Read More →

Apple won’t offer iOS update for recently sold iPod touch model

If you've got an iPod touch and are hoping to upgrade to iOS 7, the all-new version of Apple's handheld operating system, you may be out of luck, even if you purchased the device earlier this year. Apple isn't offering a Read More →

Apple’s new fingerprint scanner: A good idea gone wrong

Apple's new fingerprint scanner is a good idea. But the company has crippled it so much that it's little more than a gimmick at best and a security problem at worst. The fingerprint scanner, dubbed "Touch ID" by Apple, is one Read More →

New iPhones, same old limit on talk-and-surf

There's bad news for iPhone fans on Verizon and Sprint's networks: Apple's newest smartphones have the same problem as its old ones with talking and surfing at the same time. Users of the Sprint and Verizon versions of the new iPhone Read More →

Update on my Apple wish list: I got nothing

Updated When it comes to my wish list for the iPhone, it looks like I struck out. In my Tech Files column for Monday, I listed four things I was hoping that Apple would Read More →

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