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Remember the old days, when your phone would vibrate and you’d practically jump out of your seat? Those days are back if you have an iPhone 5. Users are reporting that the iPhone 5 has an especially jarring vibration feature, so The Next Web dug into the smartphone and found out that it has an old vibration motor. You want vibrate mode to get your attention, but you don’t want it to get everyone’s attention. The vibration motor actually takes up quite a bit of space, given the iPhone’s small size. It sits in the upper-left corner of the device. The motor that appears in the iPhone 5 also appeared in the AT&T version of the iPhone 4, but not in the Verizon... Read more...
Tim Cook is coming into his own as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple. After a little more than a year at the helm, he's managed to differentiate himself in a subtle, yet meaningful way from Steve Jobs, and he did it simply by apologizing for the situation with Maps in iOS 6. We'll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor. If you're new to the Apple scene, understand that apologies don't come very often from the Cupertino company. When Steve Jobs was in charge, rather than apologize for a design defect in the iPhone 4 that caused a lot of dropped calls due to the antennae placement, he told people they were holding their phone wrong. Seriously. Now we have Tim Cook offering... Read more...
For a company that's worth over $650 billion, you would think Apple would learn how to better communicate with its customers. Perhaps that's the luxury of being in Apple's position -- as long as people keep buying the company's products, it needn't make excuses for design flaws. Remember the antenna issue that plagued the iPhone 4? Apple's stance was that users were holding the device wrong. Now there are reports that the iPhone 5 isn't up to the rigors of daily use and is prone to scratches and chipping. Some have even reported receiving damaged iPhone 5 models straight from the factory. Well guess what? Those dings and dents on your shiny new iPhone 5 are "normal," Apple says. In response to... Read more...
It's no secret there's no love lost between Apple and Samsung. The former sued the latter for patent infringement and recently won a billion dollar verdict, and Samsung, which will undoubtedly appeal, has been lobbing humor grenades at its foe, making fun of Apple customers in an ad spot for the Galaxy S III. And yet despite all the bad blood that exists between these two friends, you'll still find Samsung silicon inside the newly released iPhone 5. Say what? You read that right, and if you've been following the geekier side of the mobile scene for some time, this is hardly shocking. Samsung built the ARM-based A5 processor found in the iPhone 4S, as well as the A5X chip powering Apple's third... Read more...
An Apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, but with the latest release of iOS -- version 6 -- Apple has managed to kick Google Maps to the curb, too. The decision to ditch Google Maps in favor of its own mapping service based on TomTom's data hasn't been particularly well received by users, some of which have complained that it oftentimes screws up the location data. Google Maps has powered the mapping service on iPhone devices from iOS version 1 through 5, but going forward, it looks as though Apple wants to do whatever it can to cut ties with Google, makers of the most popular mobile operating system in the world (Android). But is the feeling mutual? It's hard to say. Google's Eric... Read more...
As we discovered during our formal review of the iPhone 5, Apple's newest smartphone isn't just fast, it pretty much smokes the top Android devices in benchmarks. Much to the approval of Apple, the iPhone 5 is also lighting up the sales chart, a point the Cupertino company is all too happy to gloat about. According to Apple, the device that topped 2 million pre-orders in just 24 hours has now notched more than 5 million sales since it was launched three short days ago on September 21. It's not quite the 6-10 million in sales some analysts were predicting, a point investors reacted negatively to by sending Apple's share price down by more than $10 so far today, but it's a number CEO Tim Cook is... Read more...
Some have criticized Apple for letting the iPhone fall behind the competition, and the iPhone 5 is no exception, as Samsung is more than happy to point out. A 4-inch screen? Yeah, several other smartphones have that beat. Fast 4G LTE connectivity? Again, there are plenty of mobile devices that already do that. A new proprietary dock connector? Okay, so Apple 'wins' that round. But is it fair to criticize the iPhone 5 for not reinventing the smartphone? Perhaps not. It may not be a revolutionary upgrade, but the sum of its parts adds up to a whole lot of phone, one that can certainly run with the big boys. We put the iPhone 5 through its paces and discovered that not only is it a shinier new bauble... Read more...
The iPhone 5 is on pace to become the best selling smartphone model of all time, but even though that's the case, wireless carriers won't see any real gain for several months. Unlike Android phones, the subsidies on iPhone models are much higher. Barclays analyst James Ratcliffe estimates that the iPhone subsidy is around $400, whereas most other phones -- like Android devices -- check in at $250 to $300. For wireless carriers, the end result is that iPhone customers don't become profitable until about 9 months have passed, compared to around 5 months for Android devices. Companies like AT&T and Verizon end up seeing their profit margins tighten after each new iPhone launch, though that's... Read more...
After months and months of rumors, followed by an official announcement and a little over a week of waiting, Apple's much heralded iPhone 5 is finally here. Depending on where you live, however, don't expect to leisurely trot on down to your neighborhood Apple store and walk away with a new generation iPhone model. Those who wanted one badly enough on day of release (today) camped out in long lines. As Samsung has pointed out in humorous ads mocking the Apple faithful, this has become an annual ritual, or bi-annual if you factor in the iPad. Each new iPhone release seems to bring with it a larger fan base, and the iPhone 5 will undoubtedly set a record for first day sales. It's already done so... Read more...
AT&T claims it has the nation's largest 4G network, a claim that's based largely on its HSPA+ infrastructure. But what about 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution)? The wireless carrier's working on it. Leading up to the iPhone 5 launch, AT&T flipped the 4G LTE switch on in almost a dozen new major cities across the U.S. Which ones? Within just the last week, AT&T expanded 4G LTE coverage to: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wilmington, Deleware Sacramento, California Memphis, Tennessee Birmingham, Alabama Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Seattle, Washington Honolulu, Hawaii Cincinnati, Ohio Fayetteville, North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina The list is even longer if you include the entire month of... Read more...
You don't buy an iPhone device with the intention of tearing it open and modding the handset in any significant way. In fact, most of Apple's products are a bear to service and/or mod, but would you believe things are getting better? Perhaps you've heard, Apple launched a new smartphone, and believe it or not, the iPhone 5 isn't a complete disaster when it comes to tearing it open (and yes, "complete disaster" is where we've set the bar). The folks at iFixIt did what they do best and promptly gutted the iPhone 5 in their latest tech autopsy. They've been doing this type of thing for some time now, grading devices with a Repairability Score that ranges from 1 to 10; the higher the score, the easier... Read more...
Samsung is certainly feeling spunky these days. After launching a pretty hilarious ad campaign poking fun at Apple users who wait in long lines to purchase every new iPhone iteration, the smartphone maker is again going on the offensive, but in a more serous manner. Reportedly, Samsung said it expects to sue Apple for alleged patent infringement over the iPhone 5, a device that launches to retail tomorrow. "Based on information currently available, Samsung expects the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models," Samsung's legal team said in a court filing. Samsung will make the final decision "as soon as it has had a reasonable... Read more...
If Apple wasn't worth over half a trillion dollars, we'd almost feel bad about Samsung's comically disparaging ads aimed at the iPhone maker. Sometimes the truth hurts, however, and far be it for us to discourage Samsung from making us laugh by pointing out how silly the whole Apple culture has become. The latest ad (embedded below) once again pokes fun at the annual ritual of iPhone buyers braving long lines in order to have the latest and greatest version of their iOS device on the day of release. Samsung ran a similar ad campaign when the Galaxy S II was competing against the iPhone 4S, and some will find this one even more funny simply based on the fact that there really isn't anything revolutionary... Read more...
It just wouldn't be an Apple product launch without a shortage of inventory to meet the frenzied demand, would it? The iPhone 5 is no exception. Apple's latest and greatest smartphone launches to retail two days from now -- September 21, 2012 -- but if you place your pre-order online, Apple says you can expect shipment in 3-4 weeks. That's right, it could be a month before you get your hands on the iPhone 5, and by then, you can bet there will be at least one rumor about the iPhone 6. That time frame applies to orders placed in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Other territories -- U.K., France, and Germany -- still show an estimated ship time of 2-3 weeks. Not surprisingly, the iPhone 5 ranks... Read more...
Preorders for Apple's latest iPhone 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, blazing past the record of one million previously set by the iPhone 4S. Given the popularity of the iPhone 5, Apple is already stating that demand has exceeded the initial supply. Apple still intends to deliver the majority of preorders by September 21 (this Friday), but some of the preorders won't arrive until October. AT&T also announced a new sales record for the iPhone 5 over the weekend, making the iPhone 5 the fastest-selling iPhone for AT&T. According to the wireless carrier, "Customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend." The... Read more...
Samsung may have lost its patent dispute with Apple, but it's winning the war of words with clever advertising. The mobile carrier took out a full page ad to highlight the differences between its own Galaxy S III smartphone and Apple's recently announced iPhone 5 device, the latter of which is racking up pre-orders at a feverish pace. Lest anyone bother to look at the specs, however, the Galaxy S III touts several advantages compared to Apple's latest and greatest. We covered many of them already, but in short, the Galaxy S III boasts a bigger screen (4.8 inches versus 4 inches), a higher resolution display (1280x720 HD versus 1136x640), longer battery life, twice the amount of RAM (2GB versus... Read more...
It wasn't even a full month ago when just the anticipation of a rumored iPhone 5 launch was enough to send investors in a frenzy. Apple's stock at the time surged to around $649, making Apple the most valuable company of all time (not accounting for inflation) with a market capitalization of over $607 billion. That might have been just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Following the iPhone 5's launch, Apple's stock closed on Friday at $691.28, resulting in a market capitalization of $648.01 billion. In pre-market trading this morning, Apple's share price is more than $699. It's likely to shoot past $700 today. At that price, around 22 shares would equal the cost of a $16,000 car, in case any of... Read more...
On the fence over whether to preorder Apple's new iPhone 5? It's a big decision, considering you're either locking yourself into a two-year service agreement or paying a hefty price for an unsubsidized model, but do yourself a favor and make it quickly. If you don't, a shortage of iPhone 5 devices could ultimately make the decision for you. First and foremost, this is a new Apple product launch, and that in and of itself could lead to a shortage of devices, like it has in the past. However, the real issue Apple is contending with is that Sharp is reportedly having trouble producing iPhone 5 displays in a timely manner, which could lead to a shortage of phones, especially if demand for the device... Read more...
If you're a Sprint customer who's anxiously counting down the days until you can get your hands on a shiny new iPhone 5, there's something you might want to know: Although the iPhone 5 has a lot to offer, Sprint's version of HD Voice won't work with the new phone. That's not to say you can't enjoy the shiny new phone and place clear calls on Sprint's network, but if you're uber-picky about clarity, just know you won't be able to use HD Voice. Apple has advertised the iPhone 5 as supporting "wideband audio" which carriers often market as HD Voice. Sprint's spokesperson Michelle Leff Mermelstein recently told Phone Scoop that its version of HD Voice, which uses CDMA 1X Advanced technology, is incompatible... Read more...
Apple's recently unveiled iPhone 5 device is the company's thinnest, lightest, and presumably the most costliest to produce iPhone model to date. We know the first two to be fact (unless Apple was inexplicably trying to temporarily bamboozle the masses during its press event yesterday afternoon), and the latter is an educated guess based on an estimated bill of materials (BOM). TechInsights compared the cost of parts in the iPhone 5 to that of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, all 16GB models, and the latest version is $35 more expensive to build than its immediate predecessor, and $55.50 pricier than the regular iPhone 4. Those figures are based on estimates of what the individual cost of parts are... Read more...
Apple neglected to mention that its new iPhone 5 device will be available to pre-paid customers, but rest assured, if you're not looking to tie yourself down to a two-year service agreement with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, you don't have to. Contract-free wireless carrier Cricket has announced that it too will offer the iPhone 5 later this month. "Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc, today announced it will offer iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, to customers in select Cricket markets in the U.S. beginning Friday, September 28," the wireless carrier said... Read more...
Want to head over to Apple's online store and order a MacBook Pro? You can't, at least not yet. What about an iPod touch, iPhone 4S, MacBook Air, or anything else the Cupertino company sells? Sorry, but Apple's online store is temporarily closed. You already know the reason why, but for the one or two people living cozily under a rock, it's because Apple's preparing for the iPhone 5. Apple's holding a major press event later this afternoon to announce its latest iPhone, which will undoubtedly be bigger, faster, and better equipped than previous versions. You can bank on 4G LTE connectivity, and based on all the leaked pictures and rumors, a larger touchscreen is a given, as well. It will have... Read more...
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