Preorders were set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, but Apple's online stores weren't usable until 12:12 a.m. Customers might have had better luck with T-Mobile in Germany and O2 in the United Kingdom, which began presales just after midnight PT.
Smartphones -- and the iPhone in particular -- are the Swiss Army knives of tech. With each new version, they absorb more and more functionality from "dedicated" devices -- everything from point-and-shoot cameras, camcorders, portable gaming systems, dedicated GPS devices, e-book readers, and PDAs, just to name a few. And now, with the introduction of the iPhone 5S, another product category may well be on the chopping block: health trackers.
Sapphire has found its way to the iPhone 5S via Apple's Touch ID technology, but a recent patent filing indicates the company might bring the stone to more devices.
The US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application describing a method by which sapphire could be used to build a consumer electronics device. AppleInsider earlier reported on the application.
Apple integrated sapphire -- the second-hardest stone in the world after diamond -- into both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The company used sapphire to protect the iPhone 5's rear lens, and sapphire has … Read more
Consumers looking to pick up either of the two new iPhones can save a bit of cash via Walmart.
The company announced Thursday that it will sell the 16GB iPhone 5C for $79, or $20 off the full retail price, and the 16GB iPhone 5S for $189, a savings of $10 off the full price. Those prices require the standard two-year contract with the carrier of your choice.
Customers can preorder the 5C starting Friday at their local Walmart store. Preorders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and must be picked up by September 25. The 5C goes … Read more
US consumers aiming to preorder Apple's new iPhone 5C will have their chance starting 12:01 a.m. PT tomorrow.
Verizon and Sprint have both set up Web pages announcing the preorders and the starting time. A spokesperson for AT&T told CNET that the carrier's preorders will begin at 12:01 am. PT as well. To keep up with the rest of the pack, T-Mobile will also likely kickstart its 5C preorders first thing Friday.
Preorders for the iPhone 5c will also begin Friday for consumers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto … Read more
NTT DoCoMo has told Japan's handset makers that iPhones will take about 40 percent of all new contracts, dealing a big blow to domestic phone suppliers, Nikkei reported Thursday.
The 40 percent figure is believed to be the quota that Apple and DoCoMo agreed on, the report said.
DoCoMo, Japan's largest carrier, will carry both the iPhone 5S and 5C. And may also carry the iPad, according to Nikkei.
This development marks a tectonic shift in DoCoMo's strategy and the Japanese phone market in general. Domestic phone suppliers like Sharp and Fujitsu are expected to suffer as … Read more
The fingerprint scanner on Apple's new iPhone 5S is being heralded as the most innovative feature on the latest model of the company's smartphone. However, Apple has admitted that its "Touch ID" sensor isn't exactly perfect -- namely, it doesn't like sweaty fingers.
Company testers have discovered that the Touch ID sensor will not always respond to fingertips coated in sweat, lotion, or other liquids, an Apple spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal.
Besides fluids, the scanner also doesn't seem to like fingertips with scars. However, the company spokesperson told the Journal that … Read more
Both of Apple's new smartphones -- the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C -- are officially out of the bag. We've got photos, videos, and plenty of hands-on impressions from our limited time with the devices, but some questions still remain.
If I missed any big ones, please drop them in the comments or send me a tweet. I'll be updating this at various points throughout the week, so feel free to check back!The basics: Price, design, availability
What's different about the iPhone 5S? Not much. It's got the same dimensions and screen specs as … Read more
As anybody who's ever shopped for an Apple product knows, Apple is a master at pricing products so you end up torturing yourself over whether to spend the extra money on a feature upgrade, even if you know it isn't really worth the premium Apple is asking for it.
Often that upgrade involves more memory, a faster processor, or a higher-capacity hard drive. For instance, when I bought an iMac a few years back, I decided against bumping the processor up to an Core i7 from a Core i5 because the price delta just seemed too great for … Read more
The iPhone 5S, unveiled Tuesday, adds some cool new features to Apple's lineup but is still just an incremental upgrade over its predecessor. What should Apple add to the iPhone 6 to entice consumers?
Bigger screen Apple bumped the size of the iPhone's display to 4 inches last year, but that now seems tiny compared with the competition. Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia, and other device makers are trying to outdo each with bigger screens. Apple has never played the game of follow the leader, but 2014 seems ripe for an even larger iPhone screen. Apple should avoid the … Read more