Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday he is "incredibly optimistic" about the company's new partnership with China Mobile and hinted at a deeper collaboration.
Apple's chief was particularly upbeat while addressing the media before the latest iPhones go on sale Friday on China Mobile, the world's largest wireless carrier.
"We've gotten to know each other....Today is a beginning, and I think there are lots more things our companies can do together in the future," Cook told members of the media, including the Wall Street Journal.
Confirming long-standing rumors, Apple announced last … Read more
The iPhone 5S scooped up a healthy share of US iPhone sales last quarter by swaying buyers away from the 5C and 4S, according to a new report.
Based on a survey of Apple customers, research firm CIRP said on Tuesday that the 5S took home 59 percent of iPhone sales during the final quarter of 2013. In contrast, the 5C grabbed just 27 percent of sales, while the 4S ended up with 14 percent. The iPhone 5S was released in September.
Eyeing the same period in 2012, CIRP found that the newly launched iPhone 5 accounted for 50 percent … Read more
Trying to tap a precise spot on your iPhone while you're walking, jogging, or riding in a car can be a challenge. Apple may have a solution in the works via a new patent.
Awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, a patent dubbed "Variable device graphical user interface" envisions an interface that changes and adapts in response to your movement. The goal is to enlarge or adjust certain on-screen elements so they're easier to tap while you're on the go.
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other sensors would detect your motion … Read more
Apple reportedly is prepping to relaunch the budget-conscious 8GB iPhone 4 in India in an attempt to revive lagging smartphone sales.
To reach more buyers, Apple will cut the cost of the iPhone 4 to 15,000 Indian rupees ($243) from the original price of 26,500 rupees ($431), The Economic Times said on Tuesday, citing information from Apple's top four trade partners in India.
After launching in the country three years ago, the iPhone 4 was retired when the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S debuted. However, the 5S starts at the high price of 53,500 rupees ($… Read more
Apple's TouchID fingerprint sensor will be in the next iPhone, according to a new report.
Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), the production house that manufactures the fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S, will start in the second quarter producing TouchIDs for the company's next iPhone, Patently Apple reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with its plans.
This time around, TSMC has a different plan for producing the TouchID. In the iPhone 5S, the company relies on backend production of components to other firms. With the next iPhone, however, TSMC will handle the backend technology -- wafer level-chip scale packaging, according … Read more
China Mobile reportedly has more than 1 million iPhones 5S handsets to offer its customers as its preps for the official launch on Friday.
Citing information from a "person familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Apple supplier Foxconn shipped 1.4 million phones to China's largest mobile carrier. Those phones are destined for new buyers and those who have preordered the 5S.
The number doesn't account for all of China Mobile's iPhone 5S sales earmarked for January, the Journal added, but it does provide some insight into early demand … Read more
Buddhify 2 for iOS is an app that teaches mindfulness-based meditation through a series of guided lessons.
Meditation? Please. I'm not a hippie or a Buddhist, or a Whole Foods customer.
That was more or less my sentiment until a few weeks ago, when a friend recommended a book about mindfulness -- a state of awareness best achieved through, you guessed it, meditation. There's a large and growing body of evidence to suggest that mindfulness can improve both mental and physical health.
In fact, it's great for lowering stress, and I've discovered I'm a lot more stressed than I ever thought.… Read more
The International Trade Commission, a US panel that investigates patent infringement, initially ruled in 2013 that Apple had not violated six patents that Google acquired when it bought Motorola Mobility in 2012 for $12.5 billion. The suit was originally filed in 2010, when Motorola asserted that Apple had infringed on its intellectual property, including the use of technology that stops a user from accidentally activating the phone's touch screen … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Peter Brown checks out the Razer Project Christine.
- Sony at CES: PlayStation Now, "Breaking Bad" and the "wow" factor.
- Gaming exoskeleton to pair with Oculus Rift headset at CES 2014.
- Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype: Head-on.