September 12, 2013 |
BEIJING -- If anything indicates how China's Apple fans feel about the company's latest product release this week, it's how Nicole Zhou spent her Wednesday afternoon. One day after the Cupertino-based company unveiled two new iPhone models -- the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back -- 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a...
September 25, 2012 |
We already suspected the iPhone 5 has a tougher, more durable screen than the Samsung Galaxy S III, but now it appears Apple's device might be more water resistant too. SquareTrade, a company that offers device warranties, put the two popular smartphones through a series of durability tests - the most compelling one being a dip in a pool - and the iPhone 5 came out on top. The video, which you can see above, shows the two flagship phones...
March 5, 2013 |
Would the iPhone have sold as well if it was called the "TelePod"? Apple Inc.'s former advertising lead Ken Segall told a college marketing class that the Cupertino company considered naming its phone the TelePod because it sounded like a futuristic twist on the word "telephone" and had similarities to Apple's iPod, which was very popular at the time. Speaking to students at the University of Arizona, Segall also said Apple considered some other names, including iPad, which the company eventually used for its tablet instead.
May 23, 2013 |
Repairing the iPhone 5 costs far more than fixing its predecessors because of Apple's tight control over the parts that make up its newest phone, according to a new report. In some cases, just repairing an iPhone 5 screen can cost $30 more than the entire phone that's been purchased for $200 with a two-year service contract. Normally, users can turn to third-party shops to fix their iPhones. But many phone shops are not willing to repair the latest iPhone because of the high costs of parts, Marketwatch reported . The repair firms that do work on the iPhone are charging as much as Apple, or even more, to fix the phone.
March 3, 2014 |
There are a lot of really unfriendly consumer contracts out there. But the absurdly worded terms and conditions for AT&T Mobile Insurance, the company's coverage for wireless devices, take corporate meanness to a whole new level. Marianna Yarovskaya thought she was being smart when she recently purchased AT&T's insurance to safeguard the new iPhone 5S she bought before an overseas trip. "With AT&T Mobile Insurance," the company's website says, "you can protect your investment and get a replacement device quickly to keep you connected.
April 26, 2012 |
Everyone knows Apple is popular in China -- so popular that people riot outside Apple's stores, or set up fake stores, or just crank out fake iPhones. On a recent trip to an electronics bazaar in Shanghai, we spotted a few of the most blatant of these knockoffs. Amusingly, the phones on display didn't look anything like actual iPhones -- instead, the manufacturers concentrated their piracy efforts on attempting to replicate the spelling of the names of popular devices and brands.
May 23, 2012 |
Google Search for iPhone has gotten a complete overhaul that makes the app much cleaner, speedier and a bit user-friendlier, if you will. The updated app, complete with the day's Google Doodle, now automatically fills the screen in both portrait and landscape orientations with search results. You scroll down, and the controls are hidden. You scroll up to reveal them again. Across the bottom of the screen, you find the categories of search areas including images, videos, news and blogs.
January 27, 2014 |
Apple reported iPhone sales Monday that fell well short of analyst estimates as well as guidance for the next quarter that also was lower than expected, sending the stock falling more than 5% in after-hours trading. Apple said it sold 51 million iPhones in the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, which ended Dec. 28. That was a new record, up from 47.8 million last holiday season. But sales fell short of analysts' expectations that the company would sell 55 million iPhones in the quarter.
January 16, 2012 |
Show everyone how special you think your iPhone 4S is — have it gold-plated. For a little more than $1,500, you can have an iPhone gold plated by Laban Roomes, an entrepreneur looking to expand his England business into the U.S. Roomes plans to make his American debut in south Florida next month. "Florida is kind of like my second home," he said, adding that he has family in Fort Lauderdale. Roomes is the founder and owner of Goldgenie, a business that began by gold-plating car emblems and has grown to plate phones, computer mice, flowers, game consoles and iPads.
March 6, 2014 |
QuizUp, a popular mobile game that had been available exclusively for Apple iOS users, launched Thursday for Android devices. The game allows users to face off against their friends by taking quizzes. Users choose a topic and then must answers questions correctly and as quickly as possible in order to get a higher score than their opponent. QuizUp offers a wide selection of topics, including the "House of Cards" Netflix series, music from the 2000s and flags from around the world.