Apple's iPhone 4S has already secured a home for itself on the shelves at Best Buy.
The retail chain's iPhone 4S Web page shows that it will sell all three flavors of the new phone (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB) at the standard retail prices of $199, $299, and $399, respectively, and in both black and white. Best Buy will also offer prospective iPhone 4 buyers a choice among the three major carriers--AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.
Preorders started last Friday, while the phone itself will go on sale at Best Buy stores and other outlets this … Read more
Apple's new iPhone 4S, which will hit retailer shelves on Friday, is getting rave reviews from journalists giving it an early spin. (Look for CNET's more in-depth review of the iPhone 4S later this week.)
AllThingsD's Walt Mossberg evaluated the iPhone 4S for about a week and said while the phone looks much like its predecessor, "Inside its familiar-looking body there lurks a nascent artificial-intelligence system that has to be tried to be believed."
The new feature that impressed Mossberg the most was Siri, Apple's new voice-controlled artificial-intelligence system.
"My advice is that … Read more
Sprint Nextel plans to shed more light on the financial impact of selling the Apple iPhone during its next quarterly report.
The company had always planned to provide more guidance regarding the iPhone, Chief Executive Dan Hesse told CNET during an event at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications show in San Diego. With the iPhone 4S not even out yet, he didn't believe it would be fair to provide any estimate so soon.
Sprint and Hesse caught a lot of flack on Friday when the company laid out its own 4G plans. Investors at the conference bristled as Hesse … Read more
Apple's next iPhone doesn't arrive until Friday, but one German customer has already received a unit ahead of time and provided photos of the packaging and the new Siri feature in action.
German site Macerkopf.de (via MacStories) posted photos the buyer shared of the 32GB model. The outside box doesn't bear any notable changes from the iPhone 4's packaging except for the obvious "S" on the side. … Read more
Apple's iPhone 4S smartphone isn't even on store shelves yet, but benchmarks have leaked out on the Web, suggesting the device holds up quite well against most products, except the iPad 2.
Apple will win customers away from 4G Android phones by offering the iPhone 4S at a lower cost but still managing to rake in hefty profit margins.
At least, that's the take of Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore. In an investors note released Sunday, Whitmore compared the prices of the iPhone 4S with those of several Droid phones. Though the monthly fees for each phone are comparable and depend on the carrier, the upfront cost for the new iPhone is lower, which Whitmore believes will lure in more customers.
The 16GB iPhone 4S costs $199 with a two-year contract. … Read more
Despite record breaking pre-sales of the iPhone 4S, there are still many Apple iPhone fans who were disappointed that the company didn't launch a newly designed, 4G-enabled iPhone 5.
In this edition of Ask Maggie, I do my best to answer the unanswerable: when will the real iPhone 5 hit the market? I also offer some further explanation for why the iPhone 4S, even though it is the exact same phone sold on every carrier, will not be able to be used on all three U.S. iPhone carriers. In other words, I explain why a Verizon iPhone 4S … Read more
Tomorrow in San Diego, the annual fall edition of the CTIA wireless show begins again. For the first time in eight years, I won't be attending. And given the bombshell that Samsung dropped last Friday, it turns out that I may not be missing much.
It was only a few days ago that Sammy was set to sweep CTIA with the debut of its Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime smartphone. Coming off months of hype and countless leaks, the handset has the potential to become the next great Android device with its curved shape, killer specs, and the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Indeed, it looks promising, and I'm eager to welcome it into the world.
But then, other things happened. Last Tuesday, less than a week after Samsung sent out event invitations, Apple grabbed the spotlight away by rolling out the iPhone 4S. No, it wasn't a radically different iPhone 5, but even the 4S' improvements were enough to make many people forget that "something big" was coming. That was bad enough, but then Apple made it worse by announcing that it would follow the Galaxy Nexus' scheduled October 11 debut with the release of iOS 5 on October 12 and the 4S on October 14.
At first, I didn't think much about the timing. The wireless calendar, particularly during the preholiday buildup, is always crowded with new phones so it's difficult for any company to find a time just for itself. And given the volume of devices that Samsung produces, it never seems concerned with staggering its releases. So I was shocked when the company quietly announced on Friday that it was postponing the Galaxy Nexus launch. But more to the point, I also shook my head and said, "Oh, Samsung." … Read more
After months of curiosity, Apple's iCloud service will finally be active on October 12, mere days away. While there's a lot we already know about Apple's device-wide set of cloud services, it's becoming clear that the concept is still a mystery for most people--and even, to some extent, for us. Yes, iCloud's still a little cloudy.
We know about document-editing, iTunes Match, photo streams, and cloud syncing of settings and app data, but here's what still confuses us as we approach the day where we'll be figuring it all out for ourselves.
You can redownload iTunes music...but can you erase it? The beta functionality that currently works in iTunes allows downloading previously purchased music: check. However, there's no way to manually delete tunes once downloaded to make room for other files. How can this be? Will iOS 5 fix this? It seems so, but perhaps only by deleting a song at a time. Can music be deleted at a faster clip? Right now videos/podcasts/apps/photos can be deleted, but not music.… Read more