Apple Wireless Carrier Support

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

Why is T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” initiative working so well? The answer is as obvious as it seems: people don’t like wireless carriers. These telecommunications giants continue to squeeze subscribers for every last penny they can and all the while, they rake in billions upon billions of dollars each quarter. It would be one thing if a company just scraping by tacked on a tiny fee, but Verizon hauled in $7.9 billion in profit last quarter on $32.2 billion in sales while AT&T’s operating income climbed to $7.1 billion on revenue totaling $40.5 billion.

T-Mobile is hardly a non-profit, but the company has done a tremendous job of playing off consumers’ collective disdain for carriers and it has seen tremendous growth as a result. At the same time, its model really isn’t all that different from the rivals it regularly berates.

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The chairman of Google is an unashamed iPhone user

By on May 24, 2016 at 2:21 PM.

The chairman of Google is an unashamed iPhone user

It normally shouldn’t matter what smartphone a person chooses to use, but when the executive chairperson of one of the biggest tech conglomerates in the world says they use a product from the competition, well, it kind of does. In this case, we’re looking at former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, currently the executive chairman of Alphabet, the little company that’s the owner of Google. He apparently uses an iPhone 6s, Apple’s latest and greatest. He admitted his iPhone-using-ways during an interview, but still professed a little love for Samsung. More →

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iPhone Battery Storage Case

The modular iPhone is here, and it’s ugly as hell

By on May 24, 2016 at 1:50 PM.

The modular iPhone is here, and it’s ugly as hell

Modular phones are in vogue this year: Google’s pushing ahead with plans for its own handset with interchangeable cameras and speakers, while LG has already made a stab at things with its G5. You’d be right in thinking that Apple isn’t going to make its own modular iPhone any time soon. But luckily, case maker Otterbox is on hand with the Universe case, which offers attachments for everything from tripods to lenses to flash storage.

Unfortunately, it’s also unspeakably ugly.

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iPhone 7 Plus Photos

High-resolution renders show us what the iPhone 7 Plus will probably look like

By on May 24, 2016 at 12:38 PM.

High-resolution renders show us what the iPhone 7 Plus will probably look like

Many iPhone 7 buyers are already disappointed that Apple’s 2016 smartphone line will apparently look almost exactly the same as last year’s iPhones, thanks to the plethora of leaks we’ve seen so far. In case you missed it, this leak is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7. Numerous schematics have also firmed up the idea that the iPhone 7 will be a more refined version of the iPhone 6s, but not a radical design overhaul – and that’s really not a bad thing, no matter how bored you might be with smart rectangles with touchscreens.

But schematics and leaked components don’t tell the whole story. Thankfully, high-resolution renders and a video created using the information in these iPhone 7 leaks have come to the rescue, offering us a sneak peek of what the iPhone 7 will almost certainly end up looking like. More →

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New photo leak shows big differences between iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

By on May 24, 2016 at 9:49 AM.

New photo leak shows big differences between iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The barrage of iPhone 7 leaks and rumors continues with a new set of images from Asia that show not only schematics for the upcoming devices, but also metal molds that will reportedly be used in the phone’s manufacturing process. The new images seem to further reinforce some of the rumors we’ve read before; in particular, it looks like the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus (Pro) will be the only version of the upcoming lineup to pack a dual rear camera.

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Apple iPhone Cheaper Price

Apple wants to sell cheaper iPhones

By on May 23, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Apple wants to sell cheaper iPhones

In most countries, the iPhone is the most expensive smartphone you can buy. The iPhone’s price can be quite prohibitive in certain markets where Apple would like to see growth, including China and India, and the company is apparently aware of the problem. Without committing to anything, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during his visit in India that Apple is considering making a cheaper iPhone, but he insisted that the company’s priority is shipping quality products. More →

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Galaxy S7 Price

Giving away free TVs with each purchase is one way to keep Galaxy S7 sales up

By on May 23, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Giving away free TVs with each purchase is one way to keep Galaxy S7 sales up

Samsung shipped more than 81 million smartphones in the most recent quarter, according to market research firm Gartner. The company’s successful flagship smartphone launch was obviously a big driver for Samsung in the first quarter as it enjoyed its fastest profit growth in three years. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are clearly the sleekest and most powerful smartphones the company has ever launched, but they also got a helping hand from some serious advertising and marketing campaigns. On top of that, sales were no doubt bolstered by the fact that carriers were offering buy-one-get-one campaigns before the new flagship phones even launched.

If you missed out on a BOGO deal, don’t feel too bad because another nice incentive just popped up. More →

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iPhone 7 Production

iPhone 7 already shaping up to be Apple’s most successful model yet

By on May 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

iPhone 7 already shaping up to be Apple’s most successful model yet

A new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily (via Barrons) suggests that the upcoming iPhone 7 will be the monster hit Apple needs to help worried analysts forget about the current lull in iPhone 6s sales. According to the report, Apple has already asked component suppliers to prepare for a production target in the 72 to 78 million range, making it the “highest production target in about two years.”

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Smartphone Market Share Q1 2016

Whatever you do, don’t buy these smartphones

By on May 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Whatever you do, don’t buy these smartphones

There is nothing in consumer tech right now that’s as hot as the smartphone market, even as it nears saturation in many regions, and the real beauty of it is that there are so many options. Every company out there wants a piece of the action and they’re all looking for ways to differentiate their products, so there really is something for everyone. It’s not easy to make a choice that can truly be considered wrong since different people have different needs and wants, but there is one line of smartphones that people probably shouldn’t bother with unless they having a burning desire to dump hundreds of dollars into a dead platform.

As noted by market research firm Gartner, Windows Phone’s share of the global smartphone market actually fell below 1% this past quarter for the first time ever, market yet another stop on Microsoft’s one-way trip to smartphone irrelevance. As such, the worst mistake you can make when buying a new phone is to buy a Windows Phone, unless you’re fine with burning cash on a platform that’s on its way out.

Actually, there is one smartphone platform that somehow has an even lower share of the global market — BlackBerry OS — but it’s so low that it’s not even worth discussing anymore. More →

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Android N Beta Program

Watch a really excited Android fan show off Android N’s hot new animations in slow-mo

By on May 23, 2016 at 3:16 PM.

Watch a really excited Android fan show off Android N’s hot new animations in slow-mo

There are two reasons we love this new video of an Android fan showing off Android N’s hot new animations so much. First, it does a fantastic job of giving users a preview of all of the slick new animations Google baked into Android N. Transition animations might not seem like they would be a pivotal part of the overall Android experience, but we assure you they are. They add a tremendous amount to the user experience and that’s why mobile platform makers like Apple and Google  put so much time and effort into their animations.

The second reason we love this video so much is because the YouTube user who made it is really excited. Like, really really excited. More →

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iPhones will finally get the OLED screens they deserve

By on May 23, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

iPhones will finally get the OLED screens they deserve

Apple’s iPhones have long used LCD screen technology, which is great, if you like settling for second-best. OLED panels are lighter, look better, and can be curved into more interesting shapes. The best Android phones have been using them for years, and according to a report, iPhones due out in 2017 will be packing OLED panels.

A Bloomberg article cites a sudden spike in demand for screen-manufacturing technology as an indicator of suppliers preparing for a big increase in demand for OLED displays, and it doesn’t take much to connect the dots.

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