A plastic, cheaper iPhone might be a reality, after all.
After rumors surfaced recently suggesting Apple would launch a thicker, cheaper, plastic iPhone, an image seeming to be just that device has hit the Web. Earlier today, mobile case maker Tactus shared a photo of what it claims is the rear, plastic casing on Apple's next iPhone.
It's not clear how Tactus might have received the casing or whether it's real, but it follows a rumor in February from Japanese Apple-news site Macotakara, which claimed that a cheaper, plastic iPhone was on the way to store shelves.… Read more
Apple likely sold around 35.5 million iPhones last quarter, according to Piper Jaffay analyst Gene Munster.
In an investors note out Thursday, the analyst cited the 4 million iPhones activated by Verizon last quarter, which represent a 56 percent share of the carrier's smartphone sales and are inline with Munster's expectations.
Though that number is down from the December quarter's 63 percent, Munster believes such a decline is expected since the holiday quarter was the first full quarter of iPhone 5 sales, a period when the phone's share of the market is typically at its … Read more
Verizon Wireless sold 4 million iPhones in the first quarter.
The breakdown of iPhone sales was split evenly between the iPhone 5 and older iPhones, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said during a conference call Thursday.
The company sold 7.2 million smartphones in the period, with 28 percent going to customers new to Verizon. Shammo declined to provide a figure for Android sales.
In total, Verizon sold 9.7 million devices on a contract basis, with 87 percent of those being phones of some sort.
The 4G LTE push continued in the first quarter. Verizon activated 5.9 million … Read more
After climbing to more than $700 eight months ago, Apple's shares continued their steep decline on Wednesday. After falling below $400 for the first time since 2011, the shares closed at $402.80, down $23.44, or 5.5 percent.
This has been a slow-motion stock rout as many Wall Streeters have soured on Apple, reducing forecasts for the company while adopting a decidedly negative opinion about its future prospects. The trigger for today's sell-off was Cirrus Logic, which supplies analog and audio chips to Apple. The company issued a disappointing quarterly forecast, which got interpreted as a … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- 4chan's Boston bombing Google Doc culls photos, speculation, and accusations.
- Beating conspiracy theorists at their own game.
- Using Microsoft Photosynth to recreate a panoramic photo of the bombsite.
- Encode hidden messages in your Facebook pics with "Secretbook" extension.
According to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who recently visited Apple's Asian suppliers, the rumored iPhone 5S will most likely be delayed. It's previously been said that the device would hit stores by July. Misek also said that the possible low-cost iPhone launch could be pushed to this year's fourth quarter and an iPhone 6 probably wouldn't come out until 2014.
"iPhone 5S is having preproduction issues with mass production at least a … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Former 404 guest and Internet Archivist releases Web's largest collection of historical software.
- Judge holds himself in contempt for cell phone going off in court.
- NY Philharmonic phone disruption: A cell-phone etiquette reminder.
Apple has finally won a patent for a system that lets iOS users more easily organize their apps.
Granted today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent dubbed "Device, method, and graphical user interface for managing folders" describes the method used by iOS to let users create folders in which to store apps and activate the "jiggle mode" to move or delete them. Introduced in iOS 4, the technology outlined in the patent is pretty much the way iOS users know it today.
Holding down the icon for an iOS app causes all … Read more
Schmidt, speaking today during an AllThingsD mobile conference, declined to say why Apple decided to go with its own mapping system rather than working with Google as it had in the past. But he said his company is still pushing Apple to use Google Maps as the primary navigation tool on iOS.
"We would still really like them to use our maps," Schmidt said. "It would be easy for them to take … Read more