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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. 

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.

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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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.

Wal-Mart to Launch Smartphone Trade-In Program

September 10, 2013 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a smartphone trade-in program later this month that will help consumers trade up to the newest phones available. The world's biggest retailer said Tuesday that consumers will receive a credit from $50 to $300 when they trade in their working, undamaged phone.

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.

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First US-made Smartphone Just as Cheap to Produce

August 29, 2013 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola's new Moto X phone doesn't cost more to make simply because it's assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said Wednesday. The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories...

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. 

From the Magazine: Q&A: Simon Khalaf, CEO, Flurry

August 27, 2013 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

A mature economy and growing economy has emerged from out of the now burgeoning app stores. But like any musical artist will tell you, the competition out there is brutal and regardless of how good you are, it’s sometimes hard to be seen. App developers find themselves in the same situation...

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.

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Samsung, Sony Ready Product Unveilings Ahead of Apple

August 19, 2013 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The device market is ratcheting up for a busy September, as OEMs seek to take advantage of the upcoming holiday shopping season. Sony and Samsung will apparently be looking to beat Apple to the punch, with Sept. 4 product announcements. According to multiple reports, Apple is scheduled to take...

IDC: Android Extends Lead over iPhone in 2Q

August 8, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Research firm IDC says Apple's iPhone continued to lose market share to Android phones in the second quarter. IDC says the iPhone remains No. 2 behind Android, even without new Apple products driving purchases. Its market share is expected to grow...

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...

Group Accuses Apple Supplier of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of...

Apple Shares Jump 5% on 31.2 Million 3Q iPhone Sales

July 23, 2013 5:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of Apple jumped just over 5 percent in aftermarket trading immediately following the company's hotly-debated, highly-anticipated fiscal third-quarter earnings report. The picture that emerged wasn't all great but it did seem to soothe investors for the time being...

Ahead of the Bell: Low Expectations for Apple's 3Q

July 23, 2013 9:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's latest quarterly report is expected to show the company has been growing at its slowest pace since the debut of the iPhone six years ago. The numbers, due out Tuesday after the stock market closes, are likely to reinforce investor...

AT&T Offers Pair of New Mobile Share Plans

July 22, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ahead of its second-quarter earnings call scheduled for Tuesday, AT&T is offering users a $200 discount of the unsubsidized price of an iPhone 5. The sale brings the price of Apple's flagship smarrtphone down to $450 for the 16GB model...

Apple Uses Acquisitions to Fix Mapping Problems

July 22, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is seeking to refine its maps with a little help from the outside. The company last week acquired Locationary and HopStop, both of which could help fill some of the glaring holes in the company's much maligned Apple Maps product...

Incentivized Device Trade-Ins a Win for Everyone

July 1, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While you may have the greatest handset ever in your hand today, another will arive tomorrow that will eclipse it. Consumers are hungry for the latest and greatest, and new products are phasing out old ones at a faster rate than ever. That's led to a lot of devices lying fallow in millions of junk drawers...

BlackBerry Launches MDM Product for Android, iOS

June 25, 2013 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry today launched Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, which extends BES10 capabilities to separate work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. The BES10 server software is free to download, with annual client access licenses for Secure Work Space running $99 per year per device. BlackBerry said BES10 is also available as 

Report: Microsoft Considered Buying Nokia

June 20, 2013 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia was mentioned as a potential target for a buyout. Microsoft was reportedly very close to an agreement to buy the Finnish OEM, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal. Nokia and Microsoft are of course already close, as Nokia's flagship Lumia phones are built...

Friday Flick: Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft today released a version of its popular Office suite for the iPhone. Office Mobile is available now for free on the App Store but only subscribers to Microsoft's premium cloud-based Office 365 service can use the new app. After signing in to an Office 365 account, users can access...

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