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iPhone up, Android down

Apple iOS gains ground in mobile smartphone war as Android continues to falter




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This time last year, it seemed that Android was on track for absolute and total annihilation of the mobile smartphone industry, with Google’s mobile baby eating into not just puny competitors BlackBerry, Palm, and Microsoft, but also Apple’s iOS. The story, as it seems to always do, has been changing rapidly since that thought, with industry statistic analysis company comScore issuing its latest smartphone sales survey results. And the results? Well, they aren’t great news for Google.

The newest results reveals that Apple, not Google, is the clear winner this period, which looks at June – September. Though Android continues to be the number one mobile operating system currently in use on the market, impact of Android smartphones on the marketplace has fallen quite rapidly while impact and strong sales of iOS is on the rise. Out of all the Android manufactures currently selling smartphones, only Samsung managed to make any sort of gains this period; Apple’s share of the market is up 1.5%, while Samsung’s is up 1.3%. HTC and Motorola are down 2.2%, contributing to Android’s decline. And remember – this doesn’t even take into consideration the massive sales numbers of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c over these past few weeks.

While not a clear indication of any real problem that requires emergency addressing by Google, it does constitute a potential worrying trend for Android – it’s becoming more and more obvious that customers aren’t interested in Android phones, but rather in Samsung phones. If you take Samsung out of the picture, not a single Android manufacturer made any noticeable positive impact in Android’s share this period. And if you’re Google, whose business strategy relies on getting as many Android devices out there via as many outlets as possible, that’s a potentially worrying statistic.

Via: TheNextWeb
Source: comScore


For iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5th gen

iOS 7 to be released on September 18th




ios7logoExcited for iOS 7, but don’t really have any plans to get your hands on one of those shiny new iPhones? Good news – Apple has just today announced that they’ll be releasing the final build of iOS 7 to the general public on September 18th, two days prior to when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C go on sale.

iOS 7 is a radical redesign and reimplementation of iOS, which had been showing its age prior to the upgrade. iOS 7 is a free update to anyone who owns an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, or iPod touch 5th generation. Most notably, iOS 7 improves the multitasking implementation on iOS, adds a new “flat” design, a new quick settings pane dubbed Control Center, improvements to Siri, and much, much more.


Far more than a simple upgrade

Here are your new iPhones: iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c




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They’re here. The new iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C have been unveiled at Apple’s event today after weeks of previous leaks. Let’s start off with the one everyone’s likely to buy, the iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 5S, while it shares mostly the same case as the iPhone 5, is a completely different beast under (and even outside of) the hood. For starters, there is an A7 CPU under there which Apple claims is the first 64-bit CPU in a smartphone. This adds up to a 40x performance boost and a 56x boost in the graphics department – as a side note, iOS 7 runs OpenGL|ES 3.0 just like the new Nexus 7. There is also a dual-LED flash with different coloured LEDs so that pictures turn out much better. And of course, there’s new case options: there’s the existing white and silver color, but there’s also white and gold. The original all-black color seems to have been discontinued and replaced with a black and gray color scheme dubbed “Space Black”.

On the 5S, the home button has been blanked and there is now a metal band around it. This is the new fingerprint sensor and can scan your finger up to a resolution of 500ppi and can even scan sub-epidermal layers. The metal band is not the sensor; just an activation switch to turn on the sensor. The actual sensor is built right into the home button. The fingerprint authentication can be used to authenticate with anything that supports it, which at this point is only going to be Apple’s own apps such as the App Store and the iTunes Store. The home button itself is made out of sapphire, just like the camera lens, so it won’t scratch. Stored fingerprint data is also stored locally, is encrypted and will never, ever be uploaded to iCloud.

iPhone5C

Now, the older iPhone 5 is being discontinued today. Usually, Apple reduces the price of the previous generation price but that isn’t the case this year. Instead, the iPhone 5 is being replaced with the iPhone 5C, an iPhone aimed at the low-cost market. It is essentially the same old iPhone 5 except with a plastic case and a slightly improved front-facing camera, which Apple is calling Facetime HD. The 5C, if you’re not aware, is a polycarbonate iPhone that comes in white, blue, pink/red, yellow and green and was designed so you wouldn’t see a single seam anywhere. You can also pick up different cases to put your 5C in for a mere $29. This reminds me a lot of the Nokia Lumia lineup, but shh, we shouldn’t talk about the competition here.

You can pre-order your iPhone 5S or 5C on September 13th, and pickup or buying will be on September 20th. By the end of the year, the new iPhones will be out worldwide and on 270 different carriers, which is a huge feat. The 5S will cost you $299 for a 16GB model and $399 for a 32GB model while the 5C will cost you $99 for a 16GB model or $199 for a 32GB model on the usual two-year contract. Curiously, the iPhone 4S will also be sticking around and cost $0 on contract. Off contract, the iPhone 5S will run you $649, $749 or $849 for a 16, 32 or 64GB model, respectively, and the 5C will run you $549 or $649 for a 16 or 32GB model, which is not cheap and is nowhere near the rumoured $450 price point. I guess “C” doesn’t stand for “Cost-reduced” at all…

Source: The Verge (1, 2), Apple Store (iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C)


We already know everything they're going to unveil though

Apple confirms September 10th event




apple-sept10Yep, Apple’s latest unveiling show is coming and if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, allow us to tell you what’s most likely showing up on stage this year.

This event is probably going to be just for iPhones and for the launch of iOS 7. On the table, we expect to see a refresh of the iPhone 5, called the iPhone 5S. The 5S is coming in the usual black and white colours, as well as two new colours currently known as graphite and gold. It’s also going to have a dual-LED flash; all of this as evidenced by leaked case parts. The iPhone 5S is also rumoured to have a quad-core A7 CPU and 2GB of RAM.

There’s also the upcoming iPhone 5C, of which the C is rumored to stand for “cost-reduced.” The 5C will feature a polycarbonate back shell and come in a variety of colours that’s reminiscent of the Nokia Lumia lineup.

We’ll bring you the news as it happens on September 10th. Just a little bit longer!


Look at all the matching colors

iPhone 5C leaks again, new photos reveal packaging and marketing materials




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Good news to everyone looking forward to Apple’s new “budget” iPhone – the iPhone 5C – which should be revealed at Apple’s much-rumored September 10th media event. Photos of the iPhone 5C have leaked once again, this time revealing packaging and marketing materials for the upcoming iPhone.

It looks as though the new devices will be housed in plastic, see-through packaging not altogether dissimilar from the packaging used on Apple’s iPod touch and iPod nano lines. Also of note, it looks like Apple is planning on marketing each color iPhone 5C – which will come in blue, pink, yellow, green, white – with a wallpaper of the corresponding color. The affects are certainly appealing and do well at showcasing iOS 7’s new visual style, with highly transparent elements in order to allow users to see more of their wallpaper and color “scheme” then before.

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Also of note, the packaging seems to confirm the iPhone 5C name, which we first learned in June of this year. It’s been a strange and leaky summer for an Apple that was said to be “doubling down on security” as the iPhone 5C now seems totally similar to everyone paying attention in the tech atmosphere, despite the fact that Apple still refuses to even acknowledge its existence.

We’ll be covering Apple’s big iPhone event as it happens on September 10th, so be sure to stay tuned for that! Apple is expected to be releasing iOS 7, their new iPhone 5S flagship phone (which could be launching in Champaign Gold and Graphite colors), the aforementioned iPhone 5C, and maybe a surprise or two.

Via: Engadget
Source: iapps.im


Get cash towards your new iPhone

Apple officially launches iPhone Trade-In Program




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Confirming earlier reports, Apple has officially announced that they will begin offering a brancd new iPhone Trade-In Program. The new Program is offered exclusively at Apple’s Retail Stores and will allow would-be customers to trade in their previous-generation iPhone’s for a gift card towards the purchase of a new iPhone. Said gift card must be used towards the purchase of a new iPhone at the time of the gift card’s transaction, meaning you can’t trade-in your iPhone, take the gift card, and walk out of the store without a new iPhone in hand.

There are of course some slight limitations to the program. Owners of the original iPhone, which was released in 2007 and has become known as the “iPhone 2G’, are unfortunately not eligible to trade in their iPhones for a gift card. Secondly, the new iPhone must be an on-contract model, meaning that you won’t be able to put that gift card towards an unlocked iPhone.

Though we’re can not confirm what the value of iPhone models currently are, reports are indicating that a 16GB iPhone 4S is worth about $120, while a 64GB iPhone 4S is worth $250. However we’d highly recommend that you take this with a heavy, heavy grain of salt and don’t use that information to put your finances in order quite yet.

Source: @jonfortt (Twitter, via Apple)


Apple investigating the matter

Chinese woman reportedly electrocuted by her iPhone 5




iphone5The family of a 23-year-old Chinese woman is now claiming that alleged victim Ma Ailun was using her iPhone 5, which was plugged in and charging, when suddenly the phone fatally electrocuted her. The claim was initially made on a Chinese social network by the sister of the victim, who at the time warned her friends not to use their phones while charging and demanded an answer from Apple.

Apple is now responding to the allegations, issuing a statement sending their condolences to Ma Ailun’s family while promising to investigate the case thoroughly while also working with the authorities to determine the actual cause of death. While this wouldn’t be the first time a mobile device has caused major issues – batteries in particular have been known to violently catch fire or even explode, which led to a mass recall and several lawsuits in 2006, 2008, and 2011 – however this is the first time I’ve heard of an iPhone actually electrocuting somebody.

Chinese newspaper China Daily is confirming the death by electrocution, however the report doesn’t directly claim that an Apple iPhone is at fault. China Daily is however saying that the Ailun family has turned over the iPhone to the authorities as part of the investigation.

Via: TheNextWeb
Source: China Daily


T-Mobile's been a big help

Android adaption stalls as iOS sales skyrocket in U.S. market, BlackBerry plummets




Research firm Kantar Worldpanel has just put out a brand new report indicating that the battle of the mobile platforms between iOS and Android has within the last year gone in a new direction, with iOS sales – which have traditionally been behind the sales of the overall Android platform – leaping ahead as Android sales have stalled and remained consistent with last year’s numbers. Sales of all iOS devices – which currently includes the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5 – have jumped from 38.4% last year to nearly 42%, while Android sales have remained virtually unchanged from 51.9% to 52%.kantar_may13_smartphones_us-1

The report concludes by saying that T-Mobile’s adaption of the iPhone has been a large contributor of this forward momentum for Apple, claiming that the iPhone 5 was the #1 smartphone on T-Mobile this quarter, beating out some tough competition from Samsung. Still, the iPhone only contributed for 30% of all T-Mobile smartphone sales, indicating that customers are still overall choosing a series of other alternatives, there just hasn’t been one big hit to compete with the iPhone.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry has seen a massive decline in sales from 4.6% to under 1% – 0.7% to be precise. This comes right after BlackBerry’s apparently failed attempt to reboot their brand with devices running their new BlackBerry 10 operating system, including the flagship BlackBerry Z10 and the QWERTY-rocking BlackBerry Q10. Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform meanwhile jumped from 3.7% to 4.6%, thus seemingly officially becoming the #3 platform in the industry, however insignificant they remain.

This includes data collected from March – May 2012 and March – May 2013, indicating sales of one quarter of the year rather than the entirety of the year.

Via: MacRumors
Source: Kantar Worldpanel


Improves speakerphone performance

Apple releases iOS 6.1.4 for iPhone 5




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Apple has just released a minor update to the iPhone 5 in the form of iOS 6.1.4 that reportedly improves speakerphone performance for the handset. The update is not available for any other iOS device as of yet, suggesting this is an iPhone 5 specific release. iOS 6.1.4 identifies itself as Build 10B350 and can be nabbed over iTunes or through an OTA update.

There’s no word as of yet as to whether or not this update brings any other improvements, but we’ll let you know if we learn more.

Source: MacRumors


Your favorite smartphone on the uncarrier

Reminder: Pick up your T-Mobile iPhone today




iphone5Those of you who like T-Mobile and the iPhone have probably been following the news, and you’ve probably already flocked over to Apple’s website to buy one. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, today you can now pick up your T-Mobile iPhone 5.

You can either buy one direct from T-Mobile, or you can trade in your iPhone 4 or 4S and also get up to $120 in credit for it. Buying from T-Mobile will require you to pay a $99 down payment plus monthly payments, whereas trading in waives the $99 down payment. You can also buy from Apple, but you will have to pay the full price upfront.

Source: Engadget


As the uncarrier gets closer to iPhone 5 launch

T-Mobile offering trade-in of your iPhone 4 or 4S for a new 5




iphone5As the T-Mobile iPhone launch draws nearer, T-Mobile is trying to sweeten the pot to draw customers over. Through mid-June, you can trade in your iPhone 4 or 4S for a T-Mobile-frendly iPhone 5, with no down payment (but monthly payments, of course).

Not good enough for you? Depending on the condition of your 4 or 4S, you can also get up to $120 in credit that can be used to help pay those monthly payments.

T-Mobile will begin sale of the iPhone starting Friday.

Source: Engadget


For but a cool Benjamin

iPhone 5 pre-orders begin on T-Mobile




iphone5As promised, T-Mobile has today begun accepting pre-orders for their specially reworked iPhone 5 today. T-Mobile’s version has been re-engineered slightly to allow the phone to take full advantage of both the network’s 4G LTE networks as well as AWS 3G bands, though owners of an AT&T iPhone 5 can get in on T-Mobile’s LTE with a little Cydia tweak we noted the other day.

T-Mobile’s iPhone 5 costs $99 upfront, $100 less than the upfront cost of the phone on any of the three other major carriers. However it’s worth remembering that T-Mobile is doing things a little differently these days – as announced at their Uncarrier Event, T-Mobile is essentially subsidizing the price of the phones via a traditional loan that customers have to pay back over a 20 month period. After the 20 month payback period has been completed, $20 will be reduced from your monthly bill.

T-Mobile is the last of the four major carriers to begin carrying the iPhone. AT&T began carrying the device in 2007, Verizon in January 2011, and Sprint in October of 2011.

Source: T-Mobile