Apple announced a new, 4-inch iPhone with a price tag aimed at enticing Android users to make the switch and current iPhone users to buy a newer model.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will take up the long-running patent feud between Apple and Samsung, stepping into a high-profile case that may have significant impact on the patent-litigation landscape.
U.S. consumers are upgrading their handsets less frequently as carriers move away from two-year contracts and toward leasing programs and equipment installment plans. The decoupling of those contracts with the price of the phone itself has provided consumers with added transparency about what they're really paying for their phones, so they're often holding on to them longer. This could create headaches for carriers trying to hold on to their subscribers.
Apple is hosting yet another "big event" Monday, but the company is widely expected to go small.
Apple quietly struck a deal late last year to use Google Cloud Platform in a move that has enabled it to cut back its dependence on Amazon Web Services, according to a report from CRN.
Maybe those recent rumors of "peak iPhone" were premature after all. The Wall Street Journal reports that Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said this week that demand for the iPhone this quarter has exceeded expectations and that the expected new version could "provide an additional boost."
The popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp is increasingly using encryption that is impeding the government's ability to access users' information, The New York Times reported. The situation mirrors Apple's battle against the U.S. Department of Justice over law enforcement access to the iPhone.
The U.S. Justice Department fired back at Apple in the high-profile San Bernardino shooting case, saying the iPhone vendor's claims about privacy and encryption are false and that it deliberately raised technological barriers to prevent law enforcement officials from breaking into the device.
Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek said the company won't rush to launch high-tier smart watches, despite losing ground to companies including Apple and Samsung in the mainstream market.
Samsung said it will launch a new phone upgrade program for users in South Korea this week, enabling them to switch to new smartphones once a year.