Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter, just below analysts' expectations but not too far off. Analysts had forecast around 35.9 million iPhone sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Attention is now turning to the next iterations of the iPhone and whether Apple will introduce a wearable device dubbed the iWatch, as many industry watchers expect it will.
Apple is asking its suppliers to produce between 70 million and 80 million units of the next iPhone by Dec. 30, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, according to the Wall Street Journal. That volume would represent the largest ever for an iPhone launch and could indicate the demand Apple is expecting for its first iPhones with displays that would match the larger ones common on other smartphone platforms.
ASPEN, Colo.--Intel has been struggling get its mobility business back on track, but that turnaround isn't happening as quickly as many would like. In the second quarter of 2014, Intel's Mobile and Communications group, which houses its wireless chip business, had a total revenue of $51 million, down 67 percent from the previous quarter and down a whopping 83 percent year-over-year.
Apple refuted a report from China's state broadcaster that described the iPhone as a "national security concern" because of a location-determination feature that it said records the time and location of a user's movements. According to The Wall Street Journal, researchers quoted in China Central Television's report said such data could provide people with knowledge of China's economic situation or "even state secrets."
T-Mobile US announced it will sell the iPhone on its prepaid plans. Further, the carrier said that, for a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone with prepaid T-Mobile service at an Apple store can get $50 off the device, and customers who buy a new iPhone with a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan can get a $50 iTunes gift card.
According to a new survey conducted by Accenture, fully 40 percent of Americans would prefer a phablet--a smartphone with a screen of between 5 and 7 inches--instead of a smaller phone. However, that number among Chinese survey respondents shot to 66 percent.
Since the iPhone was first released seven years ago, the vast majority of American iPhone shoppers have purchased their device for around $200 with a two-year service contract. But this year, things could be much different.
Apple fans have long suffered from large-screen envy as the smartphone maker has resisted the urge to increase the screen-size of its iconic iPhone. But rumors are that the Cupertino, Calif., company is close to giving in to temptation with plans for an iPhone 6 whose screen could run as large as 5.5 inches, with a smaller variant that might be offered simultaneously coming in at 4.7 inches. But along with larger screens could come higher wireless data consumption, which mobile operators, depending upon their network's capabilities, may meet with cheers or jeers.
An uptick in U.S. wireless customers using device financing plans has led to an increase in sales of the more expensive Apple iPhone 5s among customers who activated iPhones, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
T-Mobile US is the only U.S. carrier that has so far confirmed it will support Wi-Fi calling for Apple's iPhone, a new feature Apple is enabling via its iOS 8 software update.