A month with the iPhone 4S

By on November 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM.

A month with the iPhone 4S

It has been a month since Apple released its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. A month since it crushed sales records. A month since consumers got their first hands-on experience with Siri, the intelligent assistant that may help change the way we interact with consumer electronics moving forward. A month since we had to fight the urge to dry heave upon seeing “The S stands for ____” in every third headline across various tech blogs. We reviewed the smartphone in October and called it “the best phone Apple has ever made,” and while the phone might look exactly like its predecessor, we’re not so sure that’s a bad thing. After all, Apple’s year-old iPhone 4 and two-year-old iPhone 3GS were the best-selling cell phones in the U.S. last quarter, so age doesn’t seem to be much of an issue among consumers. More →

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Aging iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS still best-selling phones in Q3

By on November 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

Aging iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS still best-selling phones in Q3

Despite the huge variety of new smartphones released since the previous two generations of iPhone were first unveiled, Apple’s devices still managed to top the list of best-selling phones in the U.S. last quarter. According to new data released by market research firm The NPD Group on Monday, Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS were the No.1 and 2 top-selling handsets in the U.S. during the third quarter this year. The iPhone 4, available from Verizon Wireless and AT&T during the quarter, was first launched in June 2010 while the iPhone 3GS was released more than two years ago in June 2009, and was sold by only one carrier in the U.S. last quarter. According to NPD’s data, Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G was the No.3 best-selling cell phone in the U.S. during the third quarter, followed by the Motorola DROID 3 and the Samsung Intensity II. The NPD Group’s full press release follows below. More →

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iPhone owners report even worse battery life with iOS 5.0.1

By on November 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

iPhone owners report even worse battery life with iOS 5.0.1

Apple on Thursday released an update to iOS 5 that addressed issues many users were having with poor battery performance. The Cupertino, California-based company had been testing the solution for some time, even uncharacteristically reaching out to affected end-users and having them install the potential fix to test its effectiveness. Despite Apple’s determination that iOS 5.0.1 resolved issues related to battery life, however, not all users are finding that to be the case. Read on for more. More →

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Apple reportedly has no plans to bring Siri to older devices

By on November 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

Apple reportedly has no plans to bring Siri to older devices

Apple will not bring its virtual personal assistant Siri to older devices, a new report claims to confirm. MSComputerVideos founder Michael Steeber on Tuesday posted an email conversation that allegedly took place between “someone who contacted Apple with a bug report” and Apple. In the exchange, a suggestion is posed to Apple asking the company to consider offering Siri to owners of older devices as part of a special paid update. “Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices,” Apple’s engineering department reportedly responded. Based on technology from Apple’s Siri acquisition and Nuance Communications, Siri is a sought-after virtual personal assistant service that allows iPhone 4S owners to speak naturally to their devices to trigger commands, get answers to a wide variety of questions, perform web searches and more. More →

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AT&T still home to majority of U.S. iPhone owners, report says

By on November 9, 2011 at 6:35 PM.

AT&T still home to majority of U.S. iPhone owners, report says

Verizon Wireless and Sprint have yet to knock AT&T off of its throne as the most prominent iPhone carrier in the United States. According to new data from Localytics, 56% of iPhone 4S owners are on AT&T, 32% are Verizon Wireless subscribers and just 12% are on Sprint. “Looking at the iPhone 4 distribution as a comparison, Sprint seems to have eroded more of Verizon’s market share than AT&T’s — of the previous generation handset, 60% are on AT&T versus 40% on Verizon,” Localytics explained in its report. The firm noted that AT&T’s share is larger because it has an existing base of iPhone users. “Many longer-term AT&T users, especially those holding iPhone 3GS and earlier devices, are off-contract or nearing the end of their contract,” Localytics explained. “AT&T has been aggressively leveraging the iPhone 4S to sign these customers to new two-year contracts, and the data in this study suggests that tactic may be working.” More →

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Apple’s iPhone 4S antenna resolves ‘death grip’ issues, Consumer Reports says

By on November 8, 2011 at 9:05 AM.

Apple’s iPhone 4S antenna resolves ‘death grip’ issues, Consumer Reports says

Apple was undoubtedly losing sleep over the fact that Consumer Reports refused to “recommend” its iPhone 4 due to the attenuation issues affectionately referred to as Antennagate — Consumer Reports continuously praised the iPhone 4 despite saying it couldn’t recommend the phone — but now the Cupertino-based company can finally sleep easy. Consumer Reports on Tuesday proclaimed that the redesigned antenna system on Apple’s iPhone 4S is no longer affected by the dreaded death grip. “In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal,” the independent consumer shopping guide stated on its blog. While the new antenna allowed the iPhone 4S to score higher than its predecessor in Consumer Reports’ ratings, the improvements still weren’t enough to top Samsung’s Galaxy S II, the LG Thrill or the Motorola DROID BIONIC. More →

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Apple updates ‘Apple Store’ app with self checkout, in-store pick up support

By on November 8, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

Apple updates ‘Apple Store’ app with self checkout, in-store pick up support

Apple on Tuesday released a highly anticipated update to its Apple Store app for iOS, adding functionality that may represent the future of the company’s retail operations. The new app was released five days later than initially planned and while the cause of the delay is unclear, Apple’s new Store app includes all of the great functionality BGR exclusively detailed last week. Apple’s change log for version 2.0 includes “Personal Pickup,” giving users the ability to make purchases in the app and then pick them up at a local Apple Store of their choosing, and “EasyPasy,” a self-checkout feature that allows iPhone 4 and 4S users to scan and pay for accessories without any required interaction with Apple retail staff. Apple’s updated Apple Store app is available immediately in the App Store. More →

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Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 and 4S review

By on November 7, 2011 at 7:00 AM.

Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 and 4S review

Brookstone announced a new device Monday morning that allows you to project images up to 50 inches diagonally onto any surface using your iPhone. It is called the Brookstone Pocket Projector for iPhone 4/4S by Texas Instruments DLP and I’ve spent the last week using it. I’m definitely impressed by the product, which slides onto an iPhone much like any other case, but is it worth the hefty $230 price Brookstone is asking? Read on for my review.

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With just 4% of mobile market, Apple owns 52% of profits

By on November 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM.

With just 4% of mobile market, Apple owns 52% of profits

Apple’s iPhone accounted for just 4.2% of the mobile handsets shipped in the third quarter of 2011, but the company still managed to rake in more than half of the industry’s profits. Among the eight top cell phone vendors in the world, Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley said Apple accounted for 52% of total operating income between them. The figure is down from 57% in the second quarter. Samsung accounted for 29% of profit among top vendors, up from 18% in the June quarter, and HTC accounted for 9% of total operating income. RIM’s value share slid to 7% from 11% in the prior quarter, and Nokia dipped three points to 4%. Read on for more. More →

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Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 to developers

By on November 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM.

Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 to developers

Apple on Friday released iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 to developers. The new software is available for Apple’s iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 and third and fourth-generation iPod touch devices. The first beta of iOS 5.0.1 was released just two days ago, and it offered an update for battery life issues affecting many iPhone 4S owners, among other new features. The iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 update just hit Apple’s developer site and some users are reporting difficulties while trying to downloading the update. Users report no problems when trying to update their devices over the air, however. More →

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U.S. Cellular refused to sell iPhone citing ‘unacceptable’ terms

By on November 4, 2011 at 1:21 PM.

U.S. Cellular refused to sell iPhone citing ‘unacceptable’ terms

U.S. Cellular CEO Mary Dillon recently said on a conference call that her company turned down a chance to sell Apple’s iPhone. Dillon explained that Apple’s “terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint,” FierceWireless noted on Friday. All is not lost if you are a U.S. Cellular customer looking to carry the iPhone, however; Dillon didn’t rule out possibly picking up the device at a later date. As FierceWireless points out, it is a bit strange that U.S. Cellular turned down the device when another regional carrier, C Spire, announced recently that it will begin offering the phone on November 11th with an unlimited data package (sans streaming). Perhaps U.S. Cellular is holding out to see how C Spire fares with the iPhone and Apple’s “unacceptable terms.” Or maybe the carrier is waiting for a 4G LTE iPhone — Dillon explained that U.S. Cellular expects to blanket 25% of its network with 4G LTE by the end of this year, with phones launching in early 2012. More →

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iPhone 4S now No.1 smartphone at top-3 U.S. carriers, iPhone 4 still hot

By on November 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM.

iPhone 4S now No.1 smartphone at top-3 U.S. carriers, iPhone 4 still hot

Apple looks to be following up its surprising miss in the September quarter with a huge holiday quarter for its popular iPhone line. According to Canaccord Genuity’s checks, Apple’s iPhone 4S was the best-selling smartphone in October for Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint despite only being available for half of the month. Apple’s previous-generation smartphone, the iPhone 4, was also found to be among the three top-selling smartphones at each of the country’s top-3 carriers. Read on for more. More →

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HTC likely biggest loser from Sprint iPhone deal

By on October 27, 2011 at 6:25 PM.

HTC likely biggest loser from Sprint iPhone deal

Sprint finally began selling two iPhone models earlier this month, and while anxious subscribers can now finally get their hands on Apple’s sleek cell phone, not everyone will come out of this deal a winner. Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst William Power told clients recently that HTC’s market share in the United States will likely suffer from the deal in the near future. And considering Sprint will be selling iPhones for at least the next four years, the Taiwan-based smartphone maker is likely none too happy. The success of Sprint’s flagship EVO 4G ushered in a new era of supersized smartphones and its successor, the EVO 3D, continued to attract subscribers with class-leading specs and fast 4G speeds. Sprint’s shelves have been lined with HTC smartphones over the past few years in fact, and quite a few have found success according to various sales estimates. Power also notes that Sprint’s shift from WiMAX to LTE may hurt HTC’s sales, though HTC is currently a 4G LTE device leader in the U.S. and is expected to be among Sprint’s premier LTE device partners moving forward. More →

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