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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.

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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...

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. 

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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