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Ahead of the Bell: Apple's Fiscal 4Q Review Coming

October 28, 2013 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's latest quarterly report is expected to show the company's earnings are still falling as rival products siphon sales away from the iPhone and iPad. The fiscal fourth-quarter results, due out after the stock market closes Monday, are likely to serve as the latest reminder about the stiffening competition facing Apple Inc. at a time when the company's well of innovation has apparently run dry.

Icahn: $150B Buyback Would Take Apple to $1250 Per Share

October 24, 2013 12:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Notable activist investor Carl Icahn, chairman of Icahn Enterprises, today published on his new website a letter he wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The letter, which was not immediately available due to a technical glitch on the new website...

LinkedIn Tool Shares User Info on iPhone Email

October 24, 2013 9:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people's careers in emails being read on iPhones. The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn's more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

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AT&T Reports Record 3Q Smarpthone Sales, Postpaid Adds Drop

October 23, 2013 5:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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.

Uncarrier T-Mobile Will Offer iPads for Zero Down with Free Data

October 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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). 

Carriers Announce Data Plans for New iPads, T-Mo Offers 200 MB Free

October 22, 2013 3:31 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Apple Rolls Out New iPad Air, iPad Mini

October 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

New iPads Likely to Star in Apple's Latest Show

October 21, 2013 2:24 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

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New iPads Expected at Apple's Oct. 22 Event

October 16, 2013 9:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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 Taps Burberry CEO to Oversee Stores

October 15, 2013 9:06 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

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...

Report: Apple Cutting iPhone 5c Production in Half

October 11, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Report: Apple Holding iPad Event Oct. 22

October 9, 2013 9:47 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Ahead of the Bell: Apple

October 7, 2013 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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...

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Apple Looking into iOS 7 iMessage Bug

October 2, 2013 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Icahn Wants Apple to Spend $150B Buying Its Stock

October 1, 2013 2:18 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Report: T-Mo Gets Boost from iPhone Sales

September 30, 2013 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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. 

Baseball Demos Location Tech with Apple's iBeacon

September 27, 2013 9:03 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

IHS Study Puts iPhone 5S Production Costs at $191

September 25, 2013 3:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Apple’s iBeacon, PayPal Gang Up on NFC’s Mobile Payment Hopes

September 25, 2013 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

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.

AT&T, Verizon Dominate U.S. Carrier Activations for New iPhones

September 23, 2013 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Tests: New iPhones Less Durable Than iPhone 5

September 23, 2013 9:44 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

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.

Hackers Claim Bypass of iPhone Touch ID Lock

September 23, 2013 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

Apple Sells 9 Million iPhones in Three Days

September 23, 2013 9:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Fight Erupts in iPhone Line at Calif. Apple Store

September 20, 2013 2:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

An iPhone Drop Test with Surprising Results

September 20, 2013 12:34 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

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.

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