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T-Mobile, Sprint Selling iPhone 5C for Zero Down

September 13, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is offering Apple’s new rainbow-friendly iPhone 5C for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $22. That comes out to $528, a good discount off the device’s $550 unsubsidized price tag. Sprint has also chosen to offer the 16 GB iPhone 5C for zero down and the 32 GB for $99, both with a two-year agreement.

iPhone Touch ID Won’t Store Fingerprints, Work With Sweaty Hands

September 12, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is relieving concerns about the iPhone 5S’s Touch ID, saying it won’t store actual fingerprint images. But that’s only a concern if your sweaty, greasy fingers can get it to work at all. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokesperson confirmed that the iPhone 5S will only store fingerprint data that will remain encrypted.

New iPhone Supports China Mobile’s TD-LTE Bands

September 11, 2013 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple’s new iPhone is showing support for TD-LTE bands 38, 39 and 40, the bands China Mobile is using for its LTE network. Supporting those particular bands is further evidence suggesting that an iPhone partnership could finally be coming for Apple and China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier.

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AT&T Closes $1.9 Billion Deal for Verizon Spectrum

September 11, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Following the announcement in January of a $1.9 billion deal to acquire spectrum licenses from Verizon, AT&T confirmed that the deal has been finalized. AT&T gets 39 lower 700 MHz B Block licenses reportedly covering 42 million people in 18 states—California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Review: Slick iOS 7 Shines on Apple's New iPhones

September 11, 2013 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the best things about Apple's latest iPhones is the slick new iOS 7 software that runs the devices. But that souped-up operating system could end up hurting sales because the free software upgrade will also work on iPhones released since 2010, giving owners of the older models less incentive to buy Apple's newest products.

Apple Unveils Pair of New iPhones, Fingerprint Sensor

September 10, 2013 2:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Apple today unveiled new iPhones during an event at its Cupertino, CA headquarters. The company took wraps off a cheaper iPhone, the iPhone 5C, as well the iPhone 5S, which will service as the high-end iteration of its flagship smarpthone.

Apple Says iOS 7 Will Be Available Sept. 18

September 10, 2013 1:32 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Apple says its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on Sept 18. Craig Federighi, head of software at Apple Inc., said at an event at the company's Cupertino, California, headquarters that "downloading iOS 7 is like getting an all new device."

Apple's Next Big Thing May Be Lower-Priced iPhone

September 10, 2013 10:46 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's much-anticipated update to its line-up of iPhones may leave the impression that the technology pioneer's focus has shifted to making more affordable products than engineering innovative breakthroughs. In keeping with its tight-lipped ways, Apple Inc. hasn't disclosed what's on the agenda...

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Apple Poised to Unveil New iPhones Today

September 9, 2013 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

On Sept. 10, it’s widely expected that Apple will introduce the iPhone 5S and a lower-cost model dubbed the iPhone 5C. The invite Apple sent out for the event hints at a colorful announcement and seemingly confirms the imminent arrival...

Android Losing Share in US, iOS Grows

September 4, 2013 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Android continue to reign supremes in the device world, Google may again be losing a portion of the U.S. market to Apple. According to the latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel, Android captured 51.1 percent of the smartphone market, but saw a decline of 7.6 percent annually...

Apple Mails Invites to Sept. 10 iPhone Event

September 3, 2013 12:46 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple has finally sent out invites for a September 10 event at its Cupertino headquarters, where many believe the company will unveil a new iPhone. The invites, which were reported on multiple outlets, begin with the line, "This should brighten everyone’s day," followed by the promise of breakfast and an "executive presentation" at 10:00 AM PST.

Report: HTC Targets China with New Mobile OS

August 28, 2013 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC is targeting China with a mobile operating system of its own. The new OS will include deep integration with Chinese apps like Weibo, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The project reportedly was conceived two years ago, when HTC first said it had aspirations to develop an OS of its own. 

NTT DoCoMo Nears Deal for iPhone, Again

August 26, 2013 9:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

NTT DoCoMo looks again on the verge of selling the iPhone. CFO Kazuto Tsubouchi told SankeiBiz there are compelling reasons for the carrier to sell Apple’s handset but Apple and DoCoMo have had their differences in the past. The Sankei report reiterated no terms for a deal have been reached yet.

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Apple's Grip on China Tablet Market Loosens

August 22, 2013 9:26 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's grip on China's tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance...

Report: Nokia Set to Launch Multiple Devices Next Month

August 21, 2013 3:21 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The race to get devices launched in September continues today, as Reuters reports Nokia will join Apple, Samsung and Sony in introducing more mobile gadgetry to the market. According to Reuters, Nokia is set to unveil multiple Windows Phone-based Lumia devices at an event in New York City late next month...

Report: Apple Will Ship Two iPhones in September

August 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is pushing supplier Foxconn to begin shipping both a “high-end and low-end” iPhone in early September. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, concluded the iPhones, rumored to be the “iPhone 5S” and the lower-cost “iPhone 5C,” could go on sale in September.

Wary of Icahn, Nuance Swallows Poison Pill

August 20, 2013 9:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nuance Communications, the voice recognition company behind Apple's Siri virtual assisstant, today announced a "poison pill" contingency plan that will allow investors to buy shares at a discounted price. Nuance says the plan is designed to reduce the likelihood of a hostile takeover...

Apple Patent Application Suggests New iPhone Could Feature NFC

August 15, 2013 3:24 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

iPhones and Near Field Communication (NFC) have gone together like oil and water but a new patent application from Apple suggests the technology could find its way into upcoming iOS devices. As Apple Insider points out, Apple filed a patent application regarding gifting content purchased from iTunes.

China Mobile Nearing Deal with Apple

August 15, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

China Mobile’s 740 million subscribers make it the biggest carrier in the world and an obvious target for Apple to extend its brand in China. China Telecom and China Unicom, the second and third biggest carriers in China, both carry the iPhone and have seen boosts in data consumption because of it.

Icahn Tells Apple CEO to Buy Back More Stock

August 13, 2013 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Icahn said on Twitter Tuesday that he spoke with Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook and told him the computer company's stock buyback needs to be boosted immediately. Icahn characterized the talk as a "nice conversation" and said he and Cook plan to speak again soon.

Report: Apple Will Launch Next iPhone on Sept. 10

August 12, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

On Saturday, AllThingsD reported that Apple has picked Sept. 10 as the date for its next big iPhone event. AllThingsD has been reliable in alerting us to upcoming Apple events. The publication correctly pointed to October for the iPad Mini release, which was the last time Apple launched a new product.

Report: Sub-$200 Smartphone Shipments to Top 750M by 2018

August 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The global demand for cheaper smartphones could be in line for some massive growth over the next few years. ABI Research is predicting low-cost smartphone shipments of 238 million in 2013 and more than triple that in 2018. The report sees the devices filling out OEM portfolios for emerging and developed markets alike, which could push shipments to 758 million by 2018.

Obama Administration Overrules Apple Import Ban

August 5, 2013 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama's trade representative on Saturday vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, dealing a setback to rival South Korean electronics company Samsung. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had banned imports...

Friday Flick: Gorilla Glass is How Tough?

August 1, 2013 11:53 am | Videos | Comments

While many were disappointed in the iPhone's Gorilla Glass covering, the easily shattered glass doesn't get babied in the lab. Take an inside look at what Corning R&D puts smarpthones through to test the durability of Corning's Gorilla Glass.  

Report: Next iPad Mini Will Have “Retina” Display

August 1, 2013 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple’s upcoming boost to its tablet sales, the iPad Mini 2, could be coming with a high-resolution “retina” display. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will be using displays from LG, Sharp and Samsung—its often bitter smartphone rival—in the new iPad Mini, which is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter.

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