Apple’s (AAPL) iOS 6 can’t seem to catch a break lately. Between the Maps app fiasco, limited Passbook usage and redesigned App Store that makes discovering apps even more difficult, iOS 6 seems like an update worth skipping for iPhone 4 and 4S users. According to reports from MacObserver and hundreds of messages on the official Apple discussion boards, iPhone 4 and 4S users who updated to iOS 6 are seeing their batteries drop from 100% fully charged to under 50% in a handful of hours – on standby.
For the first time since it launched, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 4S is not the top-selling smartphone in the United States, according to channel checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. The Cupertino-based company is widely expected to announce its next-generation iPhone next week, leading a large number of consumers to delay their smartphone purchases until then. At the same time, Samsung (005930) is pushing its newly released Galaxy S III smartphone, which has become the best-selling device on three of the four major U.S. carriers. The iPhone 4S remained the top-selling smartphone on AT&T (T), although the Galaxy S III was able to outsell the handset at Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S). More →
While Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone hasn’t been officially announced yet, the company is providing a nice gift for users who bought the previous model. TheNextWeb reports that Apple’s recycling program is now offering up to $345 for the iPhone 4S in good condition, or $45 more than what Samsung (005930) was offering for the 64GB iPhone 4S earlier this year. The cash that users receive comes in the form of a gift certificate for Apple stores, so this current offer is really ideal for iPhone fans who are planning to upgrade to Apple’s newest device when it becomes available on September 21st. More →
When Apple (AAPL) introduced the iPhone 4S to the world last October, consumers were initially disappointed the handset wasn’t the fabled iPhone 5. With added features like Siri and a dual-core processor, some early reviews labeled the smartphone as a minor update from the iPhone 4. The handset was an instant hit, however. Aside from standard praising, numerous professional photographers raved about the camera, which is arguably the best smartphone camera available today. In fact, the camera is so good that Guardian photojournalist Dan Chung has been using his iPhone 4S to capture the action at the London Olympics. With the help of some binoculars, a clip-on Schneider lens and the Snapseed processing app, Chung has been live-blogging the games and has captured some truly spectacular images. Examples of which can be found below. More →
Rumors that wireless charging will be introduced in Apple’s next iPhone seem to pop up at least once or twice ahead of each new iPhone release. Perhaps Apple is indeed working on wireless charging technology, or perhaps people just wish that were the case. Regardless of whether or not Apple has plans to bring futuristic charging tech to an upcoming iPhone, one U.K. man took it upon himself to add the exciting feature to his iPhone 4S. More →
Now that T-Mobile and AT&T don’t have to pretend to like each other anymore, the nation’s No.4 carrier can go back to attacking AT&T and its top-selling smartphone, Apple’s iPhone 4S. T-Mobile debuted a new TV commercial this week that once again takes aim at AT&T’s slow network and Apple’s popular iPhone. “If this is the speed of the iPhone 4S on AT&T, what does 4G speed on T-Mobile look like?” the ad’s narrator asks as a man cruises along the highway on a motorcycle. Then, T-Mobile’s TV spokeswoman flies by the man while decked in leather on her new motorcycle. T-Mobile might be going out of its way to draw attention to the fact that Apple’s iPhone will be supported on its network by the end of the year but in the meantime, expect plenty more ads taking shots at Apple’s handset and its top U.S. carrier partner. The full video can be viewed below. More →
T-Mobile has acknowledged internally that Apple’s iPhone offers a “poor customer experience” on its network, but the nation’s No.4 carrier is working as quickly as it can to change that. The company announced this past February that it will be performing upgrades to its network that bring faster data speeds to users who purchase an iPhone on their own and unlock it for use on T-Mobile, and on Tuesday the carrier said the work will be performed ahead of schedule. More →
Apple has just released a new version of iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Listed changes are as follows:
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
• Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
• Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
• Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
• Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
• Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
The new iOS build is available for download as an over-the-air update for users with iOS 5.0 or later installed on their devices, or it can be downloaded and installed using iTunes. iOS 5.1.1 is compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2, iPad and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch devices.
Walmart has evidently dropped its prices on the AT&T iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S in select retail stores, according to Cult Of Mac. Without rhyme or reason, the price of the 8GB iPhone 4 on AT&T has dropped from $88 to $34, and the 16GB iPhone 4S is now being offered for only $114, down from the original list price of $188. The new prices apply to any AT&T customers, whether they are new activations or upgrades. Unfortunately, pricing on Verizon and Sprint iPhone models has not been lowered. Walmart previously reduced the price of the iPhone 4 one month before the iPhone 4S was announced in October, and that was the last major price drop we saw. Reports have surfaced that the next-generation iPhone could be announced in June, though our sources have indicated otherwise.
UPDATE: Walmart confirmed to 9to5Mac that the retail chain “experienced a pricing error in limited stores” yesterday and prices have now returned to their original amounts. More →
Behold the Ghost of Palm Past. Earlier this week, industry watchers got to relive the rise and fall of webOS as Research In Motion gave the world a brief look at a gorgeous new smartphone platform while failing to convince anyone that it can succeed in a market dominated by Apple and Google. RIM’s stock plummeted from a high of $14.62 earlier this week to the $11-range as a result. Then, on Thursday, Samsung took the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The impressive smartphone’s design was described as having been inspired by pebbles that had been smoothed be the flow of water in a river. There was once another smartphone with a design inspired by river rocks, but I can’t quite put my finger on it… More →
After posting the most profitable quarter in technology company history to close 2011 — and the second most profitable quarter among all companies, ever — Apple came back again in the first calendar quarter of 2012 and managed another monster quarter. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant earned $11.6 billion on $39.2 billion in sales during the second fiscal quarter of 2012, and its iPhone was responsible for an estimated 80% of all smartphone profits during the quarter. According to Apple watcher Horace Dediu, Apple’s share of all cell phone profits was nearly as overwhelming. More →
Apple’s new iPhone, which is currently rumored to launch in September or October, is reportedly going to be the first iPhone to have a larger display. Multiple reports have suggested that the new iPhone will feature a 4-inch screen, and iLounge’s Jeremy Horowitz is throwing his weight behind it as well. Additionally, he’s reporting that the device will be taller and 20% thinner than the current iPhone 4S. The back of the device will have a metal panel according to the report, though it won’t cover the entire back of the phone. This seems a little strange, especially with iLounge’s rendering. What about the white version? Lastly, there will indeed be a new dock connector to make room for the thinner case, so no doubt third-party accessory manufacturers are going to be thrilled about that, but Apple’s move to introduce a thinner and smaller dock connector is likely a necessary step toward making the iPhone insanely thin. One barrier that Apple has not yet tackled is the 3.5 mm headset jack, which some day might disappear completely in favor of Bluetooth and AirPlay streaming. One more mockup of the new iPhone from iLounge is after the break. More →
Apple and Samsung each reported record first-quarter results last week and according to research conducted by one analyst, the companies combined to account for all mobile industry profits last quarter. Apple last week reported $11.6 billion in profit on $39.2 billion in sales, both second fiscal quarter records for Apple, and Samsung managed a best-ever profit of $4.5 billion in the same quarter, $3.9 billion of which came from its IT & Mobile Communications business. Read on for more. More →