AT&T Wednesday reported best-ever third-quarter smartphone sales of 6.7 million. Total smartphone base increased by 1.2 million in the quarter, with smarpthones accounting for a record 89 percent of postpaid phone sales. Interestingly, AT&T did not break out iPhone sales but did say that it had seen record Android sales.
T-Mobile today released details about its plans for Apple's new iPads. The uncarrier said it will offer up the iPad Air and iPad mini with no money down, and will throw in a monthly stipend of LTE data (200MB) for free. Beginning November 1, T-Mobile will offer iPad Air and iPad mini (iPad mini with retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular will arrive later in November).
The four major U.S. carriers have rolled out the individual data plans for Apple’s new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display and T-Mobile is already putting an “un-carrier” move on the competition by offering 200 MB of data free. AT&T’s, Verizon’s and Sprint’s lowest tiered offerings don’t match T-Mobile’s free deal but up from there, things start to level off.
The iPad Air wears a 9.7-inch Retina display with a 43-percent smaller bezel than the previous iPad. Inside the Air, the 64-bit A7 chip is running things and MIMO antenna tech should speed up the Wi-Fi. The Air begins shipping Nov. 1 and starts at $499. A Retina display, A7 chip and MIMO antenna also found their way onto the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, which is priced at $399 and due out in late November.
Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads. The San Francisco showcase is likely to feature remodeled versions of Apple's standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch (25-centimeter) display screen and the iPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch (20-centimeter) screen.
Apple has confirmed an Oct. 22 media event by sending out invites for the occasion Wednesday. The event, which will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, is expected to focus on new iPads and the latest iteration of the company's desktop operating system.
Apple said Tuesday that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, who used technology to drive a remarkable turnaround at her luxury fashion house, will take charge of the company's expansion plans and retail operation. Ahrendts, who will become a senior vice president at Apple next spring...
Apple is reportedly cutting daily production for the iPhone 5c from 300,000 to 150,000. MacRumors found a report from Chinese site C Tech that learned from “insiders” the cut in production was due to “dismal sales.” The iPhone 5c, which was largely thought to be Apple’s phone for emerging markets, somewhat confounded when it came in priced only $100 less than the flagship iPhone 5s.
Apple will reportedly hold an invite-only event Oct. 22 to show off its refreshed iPad and iPad mini. All Things D has the scoop again after accurately predicting the dates for this year’s iPhone launch and last year’s iPad Mini event. The event will also reportedly devote some time to the new Mac Pro and the company’s desktop operating system refresh, OSX Mavericks.
Apple's stock climbed in premarket trading on Monday as an analyst lifted the company's rating and price target, saying improving gross margins should help the business until the launch of the iPhone 6. Peter Misek of Jefferies LLC said in a client note that it appears Apple's suppliers...
Apple acknowledged a problem within iOS 7 affecting iMessage and has said it’s looking into fixing it. The Wall Street Journal pointed to a statement from Apple where the company noted the issue with messages not being sent through iMessage and indicated a fix would be coming in a future iOS 7 update.
Activist investor Carl Icahn is pressuring Apple to spend $150 billion buying back its own stock, a target that would more than double the amount that the company's board authorized in a previous attempt to placate frustrated shareholders.
T-Mobile's uncarrier strategy appears to be getting a little help from sales of Apple devices. According to recent numbers from Kantar Worldpanel, T-Mobile grew to 13.2 percent of smartphone sales in the U.S. market in the 3 month period ending August 2013, marking its highest share of sales over the past year.
As good as GPS is at helping smartphones guide you, the technology isn't very precise and doesn't work reliably indoors. Apple is trying to improve that with a new iBeacon system, which comes with last week's iOS 7 software update for iPhones and iPads.
NEW YORK (AP) — While the iPhone 5S includes a handful of new features that set it apart from Apple's previous model, the actual cost to make the phone hasn't changed very much, according to a new study. An IHS Inc. teardown of the new smartphone found that the components that make up a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5S cost $190.70. Manufacturing costs add another $8, bringing the total production cost to $198.70.
It’s too early to break out the nails for NFC’s coffin. There are still plenty of uses for the technology. But NFC’s mobile payments aspirations look like they’ve suffered a death blow at the hands of Apple’s iBeacon, Bluetooth LE and PayPal.
Apple’s record-setting iPhone weekend lead to a large amount of new activations on U.S. carriers, with the lion’s share going to AT&T and Verizon. Localytics estimates the iPhone 5S and 5C now represent 1.36 percent of all activated iPhones in the U.S. across the four big carriers. Of those new iPhones, about 49 percent jumped on AT&T and more than 37 percent started up on Verizon, accounting for nearly 87 percent of the total.
NEW YORK (AP) — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year's model: They could break more easily. SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple's new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.
The biometrics segment of the German hacking group the Chaos Computing Club (CCC) says it has successfully broken through Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security on the iPhone 5S. In a post on the CCC's website, the group says a fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface...
With the launch weekend for the iPhone 5S and 5C in the books, Apple is announcing it sold nine million iPhones in three days. With two models instead of the usually one flagship, Apple trounced the previous record of more than five million units in the first weekend, set last year with the iPhone 5.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police detained three people after a fight erupted outside a Pasadena, Calif., Apple Store where a crowd waited overnight for release of the new iPhone. Police Lt. Jason Clawson says two men were arrested about 7:30 a.m. Friday after getting into a fistfight while in line along Colorado Boulevard. They face misdemeanor citations. It was unclear what the fight was about.
With the Hong Kong skyline as a backdrop, Android Authority runs the new iPhone 5S and 5C through a series of drop tests. It's the first drop test we've seen so far for Apple's new smartphones and the results are completely different from what we expected.
Analysts are mixed on how good the weekend sales for the new iPhones could be. As Barron’s points, BMO Capital Markets see Apple selling far fewer than the 6 million iPhone 5 units sold during the launch weekend last year. But RBC Capital thinks Apple will easily match that total with this year’s two new models.
Apple's new flagship goes on sale today around the world. The new iPhone 5S comes replete with iOS 7, as well as a biometric fingerprint scanner. Analysts will be watching early sales numbers of both the 5S and the lower cost iPhone 5C.
After fits and starts, error messages and shaky office Wi-Fi, Wireless Week got through the iOS 7 update and came out on the other side of the rainbow unscathed. With Apple’s biggest overhaul to its mobile operating system yet running on both an iPhone 5 and a 4S, we settled in to actually play with it.