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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 half of them were the latest iPhone 5 model. Why would so many smartphone shoppers buy an older model... 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 refuted the notion in a note to investors today, but it came as little consolation to investors. "As... 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, either. Apple cut its LCD panel purchase order in half, down from an initial estimation of 65 million... 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. Either way, iPhone5Mod has begun selling a replacement see-through chassis for $40, and... 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 usually run when there's a new model on the horizon, but the iPhone 5 is Apple's new model. What's... 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 percent of my battery power remaining. Today I've gone through 90 percent and I've done nothing special... 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 the price of the 16GB iPad 3 with Retina Display to $399. That's the same price Walmart sells the... 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 local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, and of course, Google's reliable maps. Users... 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, but after several motorists ended up in a semi-arid national park where temperatures can reach... Read more...
The iPhone 5 has been available for two and a half months, and quite frankly, we're surprised it took this long for the first pics of what's supposed to be the inevitable iPhone 5S to appear online. But they're here now, and assuming they're real, you can expect the iPhone 5S to look just like its predecessor. No big surprise there. After enlarging the screen for the first time since the iPhone debuted and swapping out the familiar (and proprietary) dock connector for a new one, Apple probably isn't real eager on making major changes to the design this early in the game. Instead, the iPhone 5S will likely sport upgraded hardware and perhaps a few tweaks to appease Foxconn in the manufacturing... Read more...
If wireless carries got together for a game of dodgeball and had to pick teams, we have a feeling T-Mobile would be the last one picked. That would definitely be the case if Apple was put in charge of the event. To wit, Apple's iPhone has been on the market for over five years, has been upgraded five times (after the original iPhone, there was the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5), and has been made available to more carriers than just AT&T for almost 2 years now, yet T-Mobile is still stuck on the sidelines. Is it time to invite T-Mobile to the party? Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig thinks so. According to Fortune, Craig sent out a note to investors saying "speculation... Read more...
Kim Kardashian, the American socialite and reality television star who turned 32 years old last month, had previously said she wanted an iPhone 5 for her birthday. It seems an appropriate gift request, considering both her and Apple's latest smartphone were the top searches on Bing in their respective categories. In the field of technology and consumer electronics, the iPhone 5 ranked No. 1 as a search term on Bing, according to the "Bing Top Searches of 2012 Report," which is based on the aggregation of billions of search queries (it also topped the list for news stories). Here's how it broke down: iPhone 5 iPad Samsung Galaxy S III / Samsung Galaxy S3 Kindle iPad 3 iPod touch Xbox PlayStation... Read more...
Here's a heads up on a pretty good deal for an iPhone 5 (one that doesn't require getting into fisticuffs with Walmart shoppers). Over at AT&T, you can snag Apple's latest smartphone for just $100 with a qualifying data contract and two-year service agreement, albeit it's a refurbished model. Still, it's the lowest we've seen the iPhone 5 to date. That $100 price tag is for the 16GB model and is available in black or white. You can also grab the 32GB model for $200 or the 64GB SKU for $300, both available in black in white as well, and both refurbished. New iPhone 5 models sell for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB), so you're saving $100 on whichever model you go with. We have no idea... Read more...
Smartphone shoppers jonesing for an iPhone 5 still have to wait for Apple to replenish its stock, however the wait time on Apple's website has now dropped to two weeks. It's a sign that supply is catching up to demand, and also that Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) doesn't appear to running into any further issues building those pesky smartphones to spec. Hon Hai Precision Chairman Terry Gou recently stated that his company was shipping "far fewer" iPhone 5 models than Apple requested due to quality control issues. He didn't specify which design cues were causing the most trouble, though there have been reports of iPhone 5 models arriving in the U.S. already scratched and dinged, right out of the... Read more...
In a roundabout sort of way, Sony admitted that none of its smartphones are as good as Samsung's Galaxy S III or Apple's iPhone 5. No big revelation there, even if only looking at the sales figures. The Galaxy S III, for example, is currently the world's top selling handset, while Sony's Xperia line isn't even on the radar. And therein lies the problem. The solution? Build a better device, and that's exactly what Sony intends to do. In an interview with Financial Times Deutschland, Sony Mobile Sales and Marketing Chief Dennis van Schie said his company will soon reveal a "flagship model" that's capable of competing with the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III. He stopped short of offering up any hardware... Read more...
You have to know that when you buy an Apple device, something newer and shinier is just around the corner, usually a refreshed version of the item you just purchased it. That's especially true if there's not an "S" attached to your iDevice, which is something early iPhone 5 adopters are about to find out. Citing a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, DigiTimes says Apple is about to begin a trial run of a new version of the iPhone 5, presumably the iPhone 5S, as early as December. Initial production will be somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 units. As for a release, Apple is reportedly targeting the first quarter of 2013. It's unclear what the iPhone 5S will bring to the table that's not... Read more...
Apple's iPhone 5 is a gorgeous looking smartphone, there's just no two ways about it. From its thin and light profile to its crystalline diamond-cut chamfers surrounding the 4-inch display, there's a high level of precision required to build the iPhone 5, and apparently that's making it difficult for Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) to keep up with demand. In fact, Hon Hai Precision Chairman Terry Gou told reporters that his company is shipping "far fewer" iPhone 5 models than Apple requested due to quality control issues, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Gou, it ultimately comes down the iPhone 5's design that's causing production difficulties, though he stopped short of specifying exactly... Read more...
A little bit of perspective never hurts every once in awhile, and Saturday Night Live provided plenty of it in regards to the plethora of complaints related to Apple's recently launched iPhone 5 device. The general consensus is that the iPhone 5 is another winning product from Apple, but it's not without its flaws, including the fact that it's easily scratched. Users have also taken issue with the built-in camera serving up purple hued pictures in brightly lit scenes, as well as Apple's decision to remove Google Maps from iOS. SNL addressed them all in hilarious fashion. Host Christina Applegate from Married with Children fame and, more recently, Up All Night, played the part of Caitln Owens,... Read more...
Extrapolate from this what you will, but when it comes to browsing the Web, Apple's iPhone 5 device is generating more traffic than Samsung's Galaxy S III, according to data collected by Chitika Insights. The research firm says it conducted a "user agent analysis on millions of mobile ad impressions," and did so for a week straight (October 3rd through October 9th). During that time, 56 percent of the Web traffic came from iPhone 5 users. "The Galaxy S III has been available in the U.S. for nearly four months, and posted impressive sales figures – even beating out domestic sales of the iPhone 4S in August 2012. However, only 18 days since the public release of the iPhone 5, the newest Apple... Read more...
It wouldn't be an iPhone launch without some kind of controversy, it just wouldn't. (Un)luckily for Apple, the iPhone 5 is no exception. It has a tendency to scratch way too easily, and is also prone to mucking up brightly lit photos with a purple haze. In a private email exchange with one of its iPhone 5 customers, Apple called the built-in camera's behavior in such situations "normal" and suggested angling it away from the light source. Now Apple has addressed the issue publicly. A new support document on Apple's website acknowledges that photos taken with iPhones may exhibit "a purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot" when there's a bright light source off to the side. Apple's resolution?... Read more...
There's big trouble brewing at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory in China. According to local reports, as of yesterday afternoon, between three thousand and four thousand workers went on strike at the plant, which produces iPhone 5 devices for Apple. Foxconn is often the topic of unfair working conditions, and that's what this work stoppage is all about. Employees grinding away at the factory building iPhone 5 models for Apple are complaining that they're being told they have to work during holidays, and also that quality control has to improve dramatically, despite the lack of worker training. "Quality control inspectors fell into to conflicts with workers and were beat up multiple times by workers,"... Read more...
Oh brother, here we go again. Quick history lesson before we dive into the hoopla surrounding the iPhone 5. When the original iPhone 4 model launched (not the iPhone 4S, mind you), users reported issues with dropped calls, spotty connections, and weak signals when talking on the device. It turns out the internal antenna was poorly placed, a design flaw, if you will, only Steve Jobs famously suggested users were holding the phone wrong. As in, with your hand wrapped around the chassis as you hold it up to your ear. Well, here we go all over again. The recently launched iPhone 5 doesn't have the same problem (and nor did the iPhone 4S), but it does have two annoying issues of its own. For one,... Read more...
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