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Continuing with its "un-carrier" theme, T-Mobile on Wednesday announced a special trade-in offer that will make it possible for customers to pick up an iPhone 5 without a down payment. Anyone with an iPhone 4 or 4S can bring in their device and trade up to an iPhone 5, and depending on the condition and trade-in value, they can also receive a credit of up to $120, which can be used toward monthly payments. "Our message to iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 customers is simple: bring in your device and trade up to iPhone 5 on T-Mobile," said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile. "We’re making... Read more...
Considering how long it took T-Mobile to crash the iPhone party where all of its wireless peers have been hanging out for quite some time now, you'd think the Dutch-owned carrier would spring for balloons and streamers to announce it's now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5. You'd also be wrong. Without any fanfare or a fancy press release, T-Mobile has quietly begun serving up the latest iPhone model on its website a week ahead of when it's slated to land in retail stores (April 12). T-Mobile carries all flavors of the iPhone 5, including black and white models with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of built-in... Read more...
Samsung last week announced its much anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone at a press event in New York City, revealing two different processor options depending on the region. One of those is Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.9GHz, the same as found in the HTC One, but with a higher frequency. Even though it's a difference of just 200MHz, early benchmarks show the Galaxy S4 taking an impressive lead over the HTC One, along with other high-end devices. Kudos goes out to PrimateLabs for charting the benchmark results of the Galaxy S4, as conducted by Android Authority using the Geekbench... Read more...
The rumor mill rarely takes a break when it comes to Apple devices, and all we've been hearing about the past few weeks is chatter about the next iPhone. Specifically, there's been talk of Apple introducing a lower cost iPhone model made of polycarbonate plastic to compete with all those $99 Android smartphones, and of course it seems inevitable we'll see an iPhone 5S in the near future. In case you'd forgotten about either rumor, an analyst with KGI Securities just issued a new research report saying both devices are destined to debut alongside iOS 7 this June, with retail availability expected... Read more...
A new survey suggests that iPhone 5 owners aren't as satisfied with their choice of smartphone as several of their Android-toting brethren. Based on a large sample size of nearly 94,000 mobile users living in the U.S., On Device Research found that the iPhone 5 ranked fifth in customer satisfaction, trailing behind the Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC Rezound 4G, Motorola Droid Razr M, and Motorola Artix HD, in that order. "Although Apple created one of the most revolutionary devices of the past decade, other manufacturers have caught up, with some Android powered devices now commanding higher levels... Read more...
Apple can stick to its guns all it wants by refusing to release a lower-cost iPhone model, but at some point, the Cupertino company has to face the reality that the iPhone isn't the trend-setting device it once was. Remember when the iPhone was a status symbol and the coolest handset on the block? Now it's merely a symbol of someone who's invested in iOS, because unlike before, there are plenty of awesome alternatives to choose from. Let's look at Verizon's fourth quarter results. Verizon sold a record number of iPhones in Q4, a clear indication that they're still wildly popular. However, only... Read more...
Apple's share price is lingering around the $488 mark, down more than 30 percent from its 52-week high of $705.07 just prior to the iPhone 5 launch. Shares of Apple stock dropped to as low as $483.80 earlier this morning, and is on pace to the close the day below $500 per share, which would be the first time that's happened since February 15 of last year. There are a number of reasons why Apple's stock has fallen over time, but in this particular instance, it's due to recent reports that Apple reduced orders for iPhone 5 components due to weaker than expected demand. Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu... Read more...
Where once millions of buyers only had eyes for Apple's sexy iPhone devices, sassy smartphones from Samsung and other Android players have gotten pretty good at wooing previously loyal iOS fans. As a result, demand is down for the iPhone 5, as evidenced by Apple reportedly cutting orders for various components due to weak demand. An article sitting behind a paywall on Nikkei.com claims that Japan Display Inc. and Sharp have both started cutting output of displays for the iPhone 5 "amid slower-than-anticipated sales" of Apple's flagship smartphone. We're not talking about a nominal amount of orders,... Read more...
So, you went out and purchased yourself an Apple iPhone 5, is that it? Great, so have millions of others. If you want to stand out from the crowd with a truly unique and geeky looking iPhone 5, one way you can do that is by dropping an additional $40 on a translucent iPhone 5 Mod Kit. It might very well be the best (or worst) phone accessory investment you ever make, depending on handy you are with DIY projects. Let's assume you're comfortable tearing apart your iPhone 5 and aren't at all concerned with voiding the warranty. Or maybe you're just fed up with all the scratches your iPhone 5 has accumulated.... Read more...
If you're looking for a last minute Christmas gift, head on over to your local Wallyworld (if you can stand the crowd this time of year) and browse the Apple products, you might be surprised at what you find. Namely, Walmart is selling the iPhone 5 for just $127 in-store with a two-year service agreement to AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. The iPhone 5 normally sells for $187 at Walmart, and $200 on Apple's website, so this is a fantastic deal for a high-end smartphone. But is also an indication that Android has Apple in a headlock? It's hard to tell. Under normal circumstances, discounts this deep... Read more...
Let's start with the good news. Apple's over-the-air (OTA) iOS 6.0.2 update is available and it brings with it a fix for "a bug that could impact Wi-Fi." Great, say goodbye to Wi-Fi glitches. And hey, the Mayans messed up; the world didn't end today, or at least it hasn't yet, so that's good news too, right? As for the bad news, well, here we go with battery life complaints again. Some iPhone 5 users are reporting battery drain issues after applying the update. "It is absolutely draining my battery," an iPhone owner posted in Apple's support forum. "I can usually get through a day with about 75... Read more...
Walmart may be able to save you a few bucks this holiday shopping season, provided you're in the market for Apple gear. We're not talking about ancient devices, either. One of the discounted items up for grabs is the 16GB iPhone 5, which Wally World is selling for $127, a fair amount cheaper than its usual selling price of $199. The 16GB iPhone 4S has also been marked down and is selling for $89.97, representing a $47 savings. Keep in mind these are subsidized prices that require a two-year service contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. For those of you jonesing for an iPad, Walmart reduced... Read more...
In September, Apple ditched Google's mapping data in order to switch to its own maps app. The results were horrible, eventually causing CEO Tim Cook to issue a public apology for the maps fiasco. Apple's troubles didn't end there. Earlier this week, Australian authorities warned people against using Apple Maps and went so far as to call the inaccuracies in Apple Maps a potentially life-threatening issue. Now, iOS users can rejoice: Google has issued its own mapping application for iOS that brings many of the must-have features people love back to iOS. With Google Maps for iOS, you'll get Google... Read more...
The inaccuracies in Apple's new mapping application have been well publicized. Apple has acknowledged issues, and CEO Tim Cook has even issued a public apology for the maps fiasco in iOS6. It's been a couple months since Apple replaced Google Maps with its own app and the company is still working to improve things. Although overhauling the maps app is no small undertaking, we're willing to bet Apple wishes they could change the PR surrounding Maps, especially since Australian authorities are calling the inaccuracies in Apple Maps a potentially life-threatening issue. That's a serious accusation,... Read more...
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