A report from early last month suggested that mass production of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5S displays would begin in June. Now, right on cue, the first complete display assemblies from Apple’s upcoming new high-end iPhone have seemingly leaked. The purported iPhone 5S displays pictured in leaked photos published by MacRumors have yet to be analyzed, but they appear to be very similar to iPhone 5 displays, as expected. Internally, however, there are some differences in the panel’s design that allow it to fit on the tweaked logic board from the new 5S. More →
While the HTC One may not be posting Apple or Samsung-type sales, it seems to be settling in as the third-most popular smartphone in the United States. Barron’s reports that R.W. Baird analyst William Power has found that “the HTC One continues to be noted frequently as the third-best-selling device behind the iPhone and S4″ on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Power’s report is just the latest indicating that HTC’s flagship smartphone has been a reasonably strong seller so far, as a report released earlier this month estimated that HTC is selling around 1.2 million units of the device per month and sales of the device could pick up even more when it comes to Verizon in the coming weeks.
We already know Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5S is getting an extensive internal overhaul following BGR’s exclusive report from last month, and now new purported components have leaked that once again show several internal design changes. Mobile accessory and component retailer TVC-Mall on Friday posted images and details surrounding two new parts it claims are included in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S. More →
Just one day after BGR speculated that Apple might do away with the “Black & Slate” color option on its next-generation iPhone and replace it with a color combination that includes a light gold-colored metal, a new report claims a gold iPhone 5S is in the works. Japanese Apple blog Macotakara, which has a mixed track record when reporting details about unannounced Apple products, claimed on Thursday that Apple’s iPhone 5S will come in a new gold color. The report states that this new color will be offered in addition to the white and black iPhones, however, rather than in place of the black model. In the same report, the blog also noted that Apple’s upcoming new cheaper iPhone model will ship with several new color options pulled from Apple’s bumper cases.
Apple is reportedly working on two new iPhone models that will debut later this year — an iPhone 5S with an integrated fingerprint scanner and a cheaper iPhone model that will be available with several color options that are new to the iPhone line. The news comes from Reuters and it mirrors a number of earlier reports. “For this year, Apple is expected to launch two new models, widely referred to as the iPhone 5S, with new fingerprint technology, and a cheaper version in plastic casing, supply chain sources have said,” Reuters’ Clare Jim, Reiji Murai and Poornima Gupta wrote. “Apple plans to dress up the cheaper phone in a range of 5-6 colors to differentiate it from the more expensive model that has traditionally come only in black and white.” The report claims Apple may be targeting a $99 retail price for the new handset, and it also claims the launch of the cheaper iPhone may be delayed until next year.
Apple unveiled a brand new version of its iOS operating system on Monday and now that the dust has settled, an interesting question is raised — does Apple plan to get rid of the “Black & Slate” color option on its next-generation iPhone 5S? This is purely speculation on my part, but consider two things: First, take a look at the mockups Apple posted all over its website to show off iOS 7. There are dozens upon dozens of images showing iOS 7 on the iPhone 5, but I just looked through them all and aside from tiny thumbnails, I was only able to find one mockup of iOS 7 running on a black iPhone. By itself, this isn’t necessarily evidence that Apple is ditching the black iPhone — but now take a look at BGR’s exclusive report from last month. More →
Everyone hoping to start off the new school year with a shiny new iPhone 5S may be in for a disappointment. Per Barron’s, Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung has published a new research note claiming that the iPhone 5S has been hit with production woes and likely won’t be ready by early September when Apple had originally hoped to announce the device. Yeung says that Apple’s newest smartphone will be delayed for between two to four weeks “likely due to display issues” and could launch in early October instead. Yeung also claims that production problems have also pushed back the Retina-equipped iPad mini release date to the fourth quarter of 2013, which is later than he’d previously projected.
You know we’re within months of a new iPhone launch because images of iPhone parts have started to steadily trickle out. The latest set comes to us from Czech site Letem Svetem Applem, which has three images showing off the iPhone 5S’s front-facing camera, home button and vibrating motor, which was already revealed when BGR exclusively published several high-resolution images of various leaked iPhone 5S parts last month. The new pictures don’t provide too much additional information beyond what we already knew, although AppleInsider notes that the “home button shown off in the pictures is markedly different” from another version that leaked in March. Much like previous iPhone 5S parts that have leaked out, the new images do nothing to confirm whether Apple will implement fingerprint sensing technology on the new device. All three images are posted below. More →
Google’s Motorola announced preliminary details surrounding the “Moto X” smartphone last week, but one detail was particularly troubling. The Moto X will include a number of exciting features enabled by a variety of sensors contained within the device, however according to Motorola boss Dennis Woodside, the phone won’t debut until late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter. More →
The arrival of the Galaxy S4 helped Samsung outsell Apple in the U.S. for the first time since the iPhone 5 launched more than eight months ago. Michael Walkley of Canaccord Genuity notes that Samsung’s flagship device was the top-selling smartphone in May on Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, and second best-selling handset on AT&T, behind the iPhone 5. The Galaxy S4 wasn’t the only reason Samsung outsold its rivals, however. Lower prices for the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III gave Samsung the extra boost it needed to become the top-selling vendor in the U.S. last month. More →
Motorola boss Dennis Woodside on Thursday finally confirmed the existence of the Moto X, the first Motorola smartphone that will launch with heavy influence from Google. Few details were shared by the executive while on stage at the D11 conference, but the tidbits he did offer were very intriguing. Woodside said the phone will be manufactured in the United States in a Fort Worth, Texas facility that used to build Nokia handsets. He also said the Moto X will feature two processors and numerous sensors that help the handset respond to context. For example, it will know when the user is driving a car, or when the phone is taken out of a pocket. Finally, he said the Moto X will launch by October and will be available across several carriers. As great as all this sounds, will any of it matter? More →
There has been a lot of speculation about the success of BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Using a wide variety of methods, some analysts have claimed that sales of the new smartphones are going strong, while others say they are fairly weak. One thing that’s clear, though, is that BlackBerry’s newest devices seem to be hits in France. According to French wireless provider SFR, the BlackBerry Q10 is the best selling smartphone on its network. The handset is outselling the Galaxy S4, HTC One, Lumia 520 and even the iPhone 5. Furthermore, the BlackBerry Z10 is also outselling the iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z and Galaxy S III. SFR has more than 21 million subscribers and is the second largest wireless provider in France. If similar trends are occurring on other networks, BlackBerry may finally have its first hit in quite some time.
Samsung’s flagship smartphone will be faster on Verizon than any other network in the United States. Mike Haberman, vice president of network support for Verizon, confirmed to Bloomberg that the Galaxy S4 will be the first device to support the carrier’s Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum, which will more than double the smartphone’s data speeds. The AWS frequency won’t be supported at launch, however, and will require a software update to enable it. Verizon is using existing AWS airwaves and those it acquired from cable companies last year to build its next-generation network in major markets such as New York over the next few months. The expansion will help increase capacity of its existing LTE network and allow supported devices to access faster data speeds. The Galaxy S4 is available now from Verizon for $199 with a new two-year agreement.