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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.

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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.

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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.

New iPhones Hit Stores Today as iOS 7 Sees Quick Adoption

September 20, 2013 9:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Friday Flick: iPhone 5S

September 20, 2013 9:36 am | Videos | Comments

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.  

Editor's Take: First Impressions of iOS 7

September 19, 2013 3:28 pm | by Andrew Berg & Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

BlackBerry Going OTT, Confirms Dates for BBM for Android and iOS

September 19, 2013 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has confirmed BBM, the company’s messaging platform, will be available for free download on Android starting Saturday and iOS starting Sunday. In the future, BlackBerry is expecting to add BBM Channels as well BBM Video and Voice calling to its cross-platform release. The BBM for Android requires version 4.0 and up and BBM for iOS requires version 6.0 and up.

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Apple's iOS 7 Grabs Attention for New Security Feature

September 19, 2013 10:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's new iOS 7 operating system has seen favorable reviews and now policy makers are praising it for its security features. In a press release Thursday, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released this joint statement...

The Reviews Are In: iPhone 5S

September 18, 2013 2:27 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | Articles | Comments

The early reviews of Apple's iPhone 5S are generally positive. While many say the company's new iOS 7 operating system might be enough to satiate some consumers, others say the 5S' new fingerprint scanner is reason enough to make the jump. See below for excerpts from some of the early reviews around the Web. 

Review: iPhone Fingerprint Sensor Worth Extra Cost

September 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Passcodes are such a pain that I've relaxed the security settings on my Android phone. I'm willing to forgo the extra safety, just so I'm asked to punch in the code less often. When I got my hands on Apple's new iPhone 5S, one of the first things I tried was a feature that allows you to bypass the passcode using a fingerprint.

Apple Offering Last Compatible Version of Apps as iOS 7 Looms

September 17, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is offering up the “last compatible version” of apps to iPhone, iPod and iPad users still rocking older iOS releases. A Reddit user pointed it out after trying to install Instagram on a second-generation iPod Touch and posted a screenshot of the prompt.

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.

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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