Iphone News & Analysis
| Monday Dec 2, 2013
As the focus shifts to digital sales on Cyber Monday, you may be wondering: What products scored wins on Black Friday?
Retailers are already seeing how shopping on mobiles and tablets is changing our buying behavior. Whatever your perspective, the results make for interesting reading as stores plan for future sales to drain us of yet more cash.
| Friday Nov 29, 2013
Apple's one-day Black Friday sale rolled out from midnight around the world, offering gift cards in most places instead of discounts on major items and accessories. Europe is a little luckier with discounts on the iPad Air and iPad Mini. Major retailers, meanwhile, continue to do all they can to attract customers with big deals — for the second consecutive day.
| Tuesday Nov 26, 2013
Bargain hunters are plotting their strategies to find the best pre-holiday deals, online and off. Two options to consider: the Apple and Microsoft stores.
Each one is offering potential savings of hundreds of dollars on the latest tablets, computers and software. The one-day Apple deals start at 12:01 a.m. PST on Black Friday in the United States, but Microsoft's sale is already up and running.
| Thursday Nov 14, 2013
Apple is pretty coy about its technical failings, leaving highly ambiguous terms in the update documentation. While it is not the only company that does this, you have to wonder why. Wouldn't it be helpful if companies just told users why they needed an update?
That issue aside, if you've been having issues with iOS 7, this new update could solve them. While the software engineers are squashing those bugs, the hardware design teams are preparing for next year's models.
| Tuesday Nov 12, 2013
Rather than announce a release date and get iFans stoked, Apple sneakily updated its online store overnight. Now available: its latest and likely most sought after mini tablet.
The starting-at-$399 iPad Mini Retina will sit alongside the iPad Air as two of this season's hot sellers, although there is even more competition than last year.
| Monday Oct 28, 2013
Apple has just announced storming sales of 33.8 million iPhones for its latest fourth quarter results, with iPad sales down a bit at 14.1 million, as buyers awaited the latest models, a similar fate that affected the Mac line-up.
On the money side, the company saw $37.5 billion revenue, quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, adding an extra $9.9 billion to its cash mountain. We'll listen to the earnings call and follow up with any details.
| Monday Oct 28, 2013
We've already seen the the Nexus 5 phone in black, thanks to leaks last week from Google. Now images are floating around of the phone stylish white, with the chatter coalescing around a Nov. 1 release date. More scurrilous chatter also suggests a full-size tablet, a Nexus 10 model, is also on the way.
Meanwhile, LG has shown off another curved smartphone for Korean users, suggesting that curved will be an option in most price ranges next year.
| Friday Oct 4, 2013
Over the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts.
| Friday Sep 20, 2013
Sure, you wouldn't expect those queuing at Apple stores to be there for the second-best smartphone in the range, but the tilt towards the 64-bit superphone is pretty much vertical according to early polls of shoppers. But those looking for the gold model will be disappointed, as they've sold out in seconds.
| Friday Aug 30, 2013
Apple is now allowing trade ins of old iPhones at its retail stores, something other electronics retailers have already been doing, and customers can get from between US$ 150 to US$ 250 per device.
| Wednesday Aug 28, 2013
Google seems to finally be getting up to speed with its iOS email app, with each update since the 2.00 relaunch adding valuable features. The latest 2.40 tweak adds direct links to other Google apps, and improves the attachments experience.
| Tuesday Aug 27, 2013
Apple is trying to make it easier to upgrade to the new iPhone with trade-in deals likely though Apple Stores while Samsung's new smartwatch is ticking down for a major launch event.
| Thursday Aug 15, 2013
Apple has responded to pressure from parent groups, legislators and growing reports of juniors running up large bills by changing the rules on how certain content is shown or accessed in apps aimed at children.
| Wednesday Jul 31, 2013
| Monday Jul 29, 2013
Two stories about Apple flooded the Web over the weekend, with one image suggesting that the iPhone 5C (presumably where "C" stands for Cheap or China) is about to become reality. Also, one of Apple's leading executives, Bob Mansfield, vanished from the company's executive page.