First News Briefs for June 29, 2012
Apple hardware engineering executive Bob Mansfield is retiring. Mansfield led hardware engineering for Mac since 2005, for the iPhone and iPad since 2010 and for the iPad since its inception. Dan Riccio, Apple vice president of iPad hardware engineering, will take his place. Mansfield joined Apple in 1999 through the company's acquisition of Raycer Graphics, where he served as vice president of engineering.
T-Mobile USA's prepaid customers are getting access to the same handset protection service as its postpaid customers. The service, run by Assurant Solutions, costs $7 per month. T-Mobile's handset protection plans for its postpaid customers range from $4 to $8 per month.
Virgin Mobile USA has started selling the HTC One V, an Android smartphone with upgrades to its camera, audio and user interface. The device retails for $200 and comes loaded with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and a 1500 mAh battery. The new phone is currently available in Virgin Mobile stores and will hit shelves at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart in July and August.
Former ST-Ericsson CEO Gilles Delfassy has joined the board of Sequans Communications, which specializes in WiMAX and LTE chips. Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans, said Delfassy's board post "will be of great benefit" as the company gains traction in the LTE space. Delfassy led semiconductor maker ST-Ericsson from 2009 to 2011 after serving for nearly three decades at Texas Instruments.