Apple is cutting its orders of iPhone touch panels, indicating that it's preparing to transition to its next handset, according to the DigiTimes.
Apple's touch-panel suppliers, TPK Holding and Wintek, will see shipments of the components decline sequentially by 15 percent to 20 percent during the second quarter, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes, citing sources. The publication's sources say Apple's current iPhone line is "moving into the final stage," and the company is moving to a new technology, called in-cell touch, for the iPhone 5.
In-cell touch technology has been rumored to be coming to the iPhone 5 for well over a month. … Read more
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Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: It turns out that word of a markdown for the 16GB iPhone 4S was a mistake.
Reports, including this one, had suggested that Apple's flagship phone could be had for just $114 at some Wal-Mart stores, which would have been a healthy discount from Wal-Mart's regular price of $188. It also seemed that the 8GB iPhone 4 had received a price cut to $34, but that too was in error.
Wal-Mart now says in response to CNET's inquiry that it had run into a glitch: "Yesterday, … Read more
At last, concrete specifics of the much anticipated and rumored Samsung Galaxy S III have been revealed. At today's Mobile Unpacked press event in London, Samsung officially pulled the tarp off of the smartphone and it looks like speculation about the device was right on the money. Find out how this Android superphone stands up against stiff competition from arch rivals, the Apple iPhone 4S and new HTC One X (AT&T). … Read more
There are several places where protective bumpers always belong: cars, children's bowling parties, and electronics cases.
Rubbery corners are a trademark feature in Ballistic's cases for a variety of smartphone makes and models. In its most recent line for the iPhone 4 and 4S, the Ballistic LifeStyle Smooth series, the case-maker brings the silicone inserts to a fairly fitted design for Apple's iconic phone.
Seemingly everyone is on pins and needles awaiting an LTE-capable iPhone.
One company that may want to hold off on the enthusiasm is Sprint Nextel.
A new iPhone could actually hurt Sprint's competitive standing among the major wireless carriers. If the next iPhone is capable of tapping into LTE networks -- which is a virtual certainty given the emergence of LTE-compatible iPads -- Sprint could be seen as behind the 4G curve. That's particularly the case if LTE is among the marquee new features, as it was with the new iPad.
"Consumers are becoming more familiar with … Read more
iPhone fanboys and girls in the U.S. have more choices than ever when it comes to picking a carrier. So which one offers the best service and the best deal?
Apple's iPhone is now available on three of the four biggest U.S. wireless carriers. And it's also available on a handful of regional carrier networks. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer some advice to a T-Mobile subscriber looking to jump ship for a carrier with the iPhone. I also give some good news to a mom, who is hoping Verizon Wireless will finally introduce … Read more
When it comes to making money in the smartphone business, Apple and Samsung have a license to print money, while everyone else is holding a hat out for handouts.
Apple and Samsung accounted for 95 percent of the industry's profits in the fourth quarter -- with Apple generating 80 percent by itself -- as the rest of the players struggle for the scraps. Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley said yesterday that their percentage could rise even higher in the first quarter.
Just five years ago, Nokia and Research In Motion -- two companies now desperately looking for a comeback … Read more
If AT&T's marketing of the iPhone 4S as a 4G phone has left you scratching your head in confusion, you're not alone.
AT&T has ramped up its marketing efforts lately, airing commercials on TV that highlight the iPhone 4S as a 4G device. The TV ads emphasize that AT&T's version of the iPhone 4S can download Web content three times faster than its competitors because it's operating on AT&T's 4G network. While technically the iPhone 4S on AT&T may be faster than the same device … Read more
The latest comes from iMore, which today posts some chewy, though anonymously-sourced hardware details about Apple's next smartphone. Those include a move to a 4G LTE radio like the one the third-generation iPad ships with, a display that's "similar if not same sized" to Apple's long-time 3.5-inch spec, and the move to a smaller dock port for charging and … Read more