I'm tempted to call the iPhone 5S the iPhone 5P, for "potential." This is Apple's half-step year, a rebuilding year. It's telegraphed by the name itself: adding an "S" versus giving the phone a whole new name. The 5S introduces technologies that could transform the future of iOS as a computing platform, and maybe pave the way for future products in 2014. But it doesn't manifest these changes right off the bat. Its promises haven't come to fruition yet.
One of the only surprises at last week's very predictable iPhone unveiling was that Apple's once again making its own cases.
Along with the two new iPhone models, on Friday Apple is also releasing 11 cases -- six at $29 a piece for the iPhone 5C, and another five at $39 for the higher-end iPhone 5S.
That may seem like a small part of the bigger iPhone picture, but it's notable given that Apple debuted last year's iPhone 5 without any sort of protection, breaking a two-year pattern it had going with "bumper" cases … Read more
But how did they get here? To find out, we've updated our Evolution of the iPhone video to encompass Apple's colorful, new smartphones. Click play on the video above to educate yourself on all things iPhone.
That was the beginning of the iPhone's meteoric rise to prominence -- a rise that would … Read more
Reservations for the unlocked version of Apple's iPhone 5S just went live in China, and most of them are already sold out.
The gold iPhone 5S has been the most popular version, according to a report from Chinese news site Sina Tech. Reservations for that model sold out at two Apple stores in Beijing just a couple of hours after they launched on Tuesday, September 17, local Beijing time, noted AppleInsider.
As of now, only reservations for the unlocked 16GB "space gray" iPhone 5s appear to still be up for grabs in Beijing and Hong Kong.
Reservations … Read more
Apple customers curious about the new fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S will be able to check one out in the flesh, according to 9to5Mac.
Citing information from unspecified sources, the blog site said Monday that a special demo application will be available on iPhone 5S floor models starting September 20.
Those of you shopping at Apple stores and iPhone 5S carrier outlets will be able to set up a 5S phone to recognize your own fingerprint. You'll then be directed to place the same finger on the Home button to confirm that the recognition worked. Finally, you'll … Read more
The list of corny Microsoft vids is long, and the competition is fierce, but here's a selection of some of the more cringe-worthy moments, courtesy of Messrs. Gates and Ballmer. The first is one of today's now-infamous "… Read more
Consumers looking to buy the new iPhone 5S can order one online if they're up past midnight on Friday, September 20.
Online orders for the iPhone 5S will launch on 12:01 a.m. PT starting September 20. On the same day, Apple will open its retail stores at 8:00 a.m. local time to start selling the 5S in person.
Retailers began offering the iPhone 5C for preorders starting today. Apple nixed preorders for the 5S, with one rumor pinning the blame on short supply of the more expensive new iPhone. KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo said … Read more
Consumers who grab the new gold-hued iPhone 5S and want a matching cable will be able get one once a new Kickstarter project meets its goal.
A company called Juicies sells a variety of dock connectors and other cables for mobile devices. The new Kickstarter project dubbed Juicies+ is striving to get funding to create higher-quality, tangle-free cables for smartphones and tablets. And one of those budding cables is a gold one designed to color-coordinate with the upcoming gold version of the iPhone 5S.
Juicies promises that it will offer the golden cable if it can raise $120,000. As … Read more
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.