In late June 2012, when BlackBerry delayed the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform until early 2013, I wrote that it might be too little, too late. That sentiment seemed to be confirmed on Friday, when BlackBerry said it would cut 4,500 jobs--around 40 percent of its workforce--and post a nearly $1 billion loss for its most recent quarter. Even more dispiritingly, the company signaled it would shift its focus away from the consumer device market. The question now is: Can BlackBerry survive as a services company? I doubt it.
As long lines and short supply of the new iPhone 5s seemed to indicate on Friday, Apple said it sold a record 9 million units of the iPhone 5s and lower-priced iPhone 5c during the new models' debut weekend. Apple did not provide a breakdown of sales between the two new models.
Apple's high-end iPhone 5s went on sale at retail and carrier stores this morning, with reports emerging of long lines and tight supply for the gold version of the new smartphone.
While developers race to offer apps compatible with the new iOS 7, they were also surprised by a last-minute decision to offer compatibility options for older versions.
European technology fans lined up on Friday as the iPhone 5s and 5c finally went on sale in a number of countries across the globe, including the European markets of France, the UK and Germany.
China Mobile has finally confirmed its selection of vendors for its first TD-LTE contracts, which are believed to be worth around 20 billion yuan ($3.27 billion, or €2.41 billion).
Apple CEO Tim Cook dismissed pundits and analysts who have questioned the price of the company's lower-cost iPhone 5c as too high, arguing that Apple has never been in the business of making low-cost phones.
Changing rules of the game for standards-essential patents licensing would be a major step and, given the success of the mobile communications market, completely unwarranted. It would significantly affect the relative competitive positions of many market players.
Supplies of Apple's new high-end iPhone 5s may be extremely constrained in the opening weekend of availability, according to multiple reports, as rumors continue to fly over how much demand there will be for both the 5s and its cheaper counterpart, the iPhone 5c.
How will the addition of a 64-bit chipset in Apple's new iPhone 5s change mobile gaming, one of the areas in which developers can easily exploit the newly beefed up specs? Find out in this FierceDeveloper special report.