From 9to5Mac: As planned, iPhone sales have started via China Mobile, the largest carrier in China, today. The official iPhone China Mobile deal, which covers both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, was announced in December. Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook promoted the event with multiple interviews, calling the partnership a “beginning.” Subsequent reports indicated that millions of iPhones have already been ordered through China Mobile…
In a rare TV interview, Tim Cook described this week’s launch of the iPhone on China Mobile as “a watershed day” for the company. While the soft-spoken Apple CEO is noted for the humbleness with which he speaks, it’s hard to imagine him describing Apple as being “honored” to do business with many other companies.
“I’m so honored to be doing business with … China Mobile. It’s a huge announcement…we’re incredibly impressed with them, we have deep respect for them, and have had from the very first discussion that we’ve had together” …
Denver Nicks reports: A couple in China is standing trial after allegedly selling their daughter for money to buy an iPhone.
Prosecutors say the couple, identified in local media only as Mr. Teng and Ms. Zhang, hatched a “sinister conspiracy,” hiding the woman’s pregnancy and then placing online daughter-for-sale ads before having a home birth and selling the baby girl for about $8,000, the Telegraph reports.
The couple, who are unemployed, told prosecutors they merely wanted to act in the girls’ best interest to place her with a family of means. They used the money for an iPhone and luxury shoes.
MATTHEW PANZARINO reports: Apple will hold an invitation-only event on October 22nd to show off its new iPads, as well as the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks release, according to areport from All Things D’s John Paczkowski.
That timing seems just right for the new iPads to make an appearance — last year’s event was held on October 23rd — and Apple has previously slated OS X Mavericks for a ‘fall’ release. It also makes some sense for Apple to talk about the Mac pro, also slated for fall, and to hopefully deliver us a release date. Read the rest of this entry »
The latest software powering Apple’s popular iPhones and iPads overhauls the look and feel of the interface, and features a variety of new digital animations and effects. But many users claim the new effects are more nauseating than nice.
“The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache. It’s exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car,” wrote one iPhone user on Apple’s support forums. That thread has been viewed over 15,000 times and features dozens of similar reports of carsickness and nausea.
‘Can’t stand to look at my phone screen anymore while opening/closing apps. I just close my eyes or look away.’
– An unhappy iPhone user
“+1 here. Have headaches and nausea for past 3 days. Can’t stand to look at my phone screen anymore while opening/closing apps. I just close my eyes or look away,” another user wrote.
Dr. George Kikano, division chief of family medicine at UH Case Medical Center in Ohio, told FoxNews.com those users are likely correct: the iPhone is making them carsick. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has taken plenty of flack for running a company that is supposedly well past its glory days—and the iPhone smartphone franchise is sometimes dismissed as a spent force, losing ground to more innovative brands such as Android and Samsung. Well, here’s a little perspective for the Apple-haters.
The iPhone 5s and 5c sold a record 9 million units during the first weekend after its launch. Consider this: The brand’s sales haul over the last four reported quarters eclipses that of such companies as Home Depot (HD), Microsoft (MSFT), Target (TGT), Goldman Sachs(GS), Amazon (AMZN), PepsiCo (PEP), Comcast (CMCSA), Dell (DELL), Google(GOOG), Pfizer (PFE), and UPS (UPS).
If this single product were its own company in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, IPhone Inc. would outsell 474 of those companies—ranking between Wells Fargo (WFC) ($90.5 billion) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) ($84.9 billion).
Apple revealed that it sold 9 million of its new iPhones since they became available Friday, setting a company record for weekend phone sales. Read the rest of this entry »
This is what you hear and read. Sure, it was a hell of a run—iPhone, iPad, all that—but it’s about to end, and fast. If you need any proof, just look at China: the world’s largest smartphone market, flooded with ever-cheaper handsets and tablets from domestic manufacturers that didn’t even exist when the iPhone was first announced. You think those cheap handsets and tablets will confine themselves to the Middle Kingdom? Of course not—China will be the epicenter of a global collapse in device prices. The competition will be beyond Thunderdome, fought by companies armed with little more than a free operating system from Google and razor-thin profit margins. The Cupertino (Calif.) maker of chamfered-edged, precision-etched baubles? Toast. Check Apple’s stock price, down around 33 percent since its peak about a year ago.
None of this rattles Tim Cook. Oh, he’s heard it, of course, but his soft-spoken, deliberate manner in interviews is not cover for how, say, Apple’s share price affects his mood. “I don’t feel euphoric on the up, and I don’t slit my wrists when it goes down,” he says. “I have ridden the roller coaster too many times for that.” Read the rest of this entry »
The iPhone 5S and iOS 7 are available on Friday, and Walt Mossberg has his review of them. He says all the new features help the iPhone continue to be the top smart phone on the market, despite one downside. Find out what it is. [VIDEO]
It’s been several days since the release of the new, less expensive iPhone 5C, and no one has quite gotten over how expensive it is. It’s a common view that pricing a phone that was supposed to appeal to the Chinese market at $735 in Beijing dooms the entire project from the start.
The solution for Apple (AAPL) is to make buying a phone in China and other countries look more like it does in the U.S., says Rafi Mohammed, the author of The 1% Windfall: How Successful Companies Use Price to Profit and Grow. “If you are trying to get into a market where people can’t afford it, the only way to succeed is to push a new pricing strategy,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »
Matthew Panzarino writes: iPhone 5S announcement this week was punctuated with a lot of specs and buzzwords. Much of it centered around the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the 64-bit processor. But the most intriguing to me was the camera advancements.
Apple has been putting a major focus on the camera in the iPhone for a couple of years now. A recent Apple ad touted that more people take pictures with the iPhone than any other camera. Read the rest of this entry »
The post, which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal, was quickly taken down, but not before many Weibo users took screenshots and spread wt a post advertising advance orders for the iPhone 5S and 5C, the two iPhones that are ord online. The post in part said that China would be one of the first markets to get the new iPhones, and that customers who want to get the phones on the first day possible should follow a link, which led to a preorder page splashed with photos of the new phones. The post added that though no details about the phone have yet been released, what is formally announced by Apple will be what users get.
Though the post itself has been deleted, the link for preorders still functions and now leads to astripped-down landing page that reads in large font “Looking forward to…” and then in smaller red font, “If you have more hope, please leave your name and telephone here.” Though the website does not specifically mention the iPhone, the last part of the URL reads “iphone5s.asp.”
China Telecom, citing a non-disclosure agreement with Apple, declined to comment. Apple representatives were not immediately reachable for comment. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple has sent out invitations to the press for a September 10 event, and unless the rumors are completely off-base, that’s when the company will announce the next iPhone.
Or maybe iPhones. In addition to the requisite new-and-improved model, Apple’s expected to announce a low-cost “iPhone 5C.” Apple watchers like John Gruber have theorized that the iPhone 5C will stand in for the iPhone 4S on the lower end of the price spectrum, allowing every phone in Apple’s lineup to have a 4-inch screen and a Lightning connector cable. (Last year’s iPhone 5 introduced the larger screen and the new cable, and it, too, may also stick around as a slightly cheaper option.)