Apple is restricting the functionality of the Near Field Communications chipset embedded in its new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch products to its Apple Pay mobile payments program, according to multiple reports.
The number of smartphone shipments will approach 1.2 billion this year, an increase of 19 per cent from 985 million in 2013, according to latest forecasts by Juniper Research.
Apple said it took a record 4 million preorders for its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first 24 hours of availability, which started last Friday. The company did not say how many preorders it took during the first weekend of preorder sales; retail sales for the phones start Sept. 19.
Apple ramped up its R&D spending over the past few years, and a number of products the company is working on are so secret they have not even generated whispers and gossip among the public, according to CEO Tim Cook.
LAS VEGAS--MVNO Truphone said it will begin selling the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting Sept. 26. The MVNO began selling the iPhone 5s in May after it became an Apple authorized partner.
Information on price plans for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus started to trickle through on Friday morning, although it seemed that some trigger-happy Apple fans may have been causing problems for operator web sites at least in the UK.
Apple's decision to support Wi-Fi calling as well as voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus represents a bellwether for the wireless industry given the iPhone's high profile worldwide, say industry executives.
SAN FRANCISCO--T-Mobile US is making a big push for Wi-Fi calling by letting customers upgrade to a new Wi-Fi capable smartphone if they don't already have one. In addition, the carrier is offering postpaid customers a free (with a $25 deposit) proprietary "Cellspot" Wi-Fi router for their home to enhance their in-home coverage.
LAS VEGAS--Now that Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced, U.S. carriers are getting down to brass tacks to try to take advantage of consumer excitement. The launch is shaping up to be the most dynamic, unpredictable and hard-hitting iPhone release U.S. carriers have ever seen.
Softcard, the mobile payments company recently rebranded from Isis, said it is working with Apple to enable its own solution on the iPhone, just as Apple unveiled its own mobile payments program, Apple Pay. Although Softcard's announcement could be seen as a way to maintain its relevance now that Apple will offer a competing solution, the news underscores the idea that Apple Pay will spur consumer and retailer interest and adoption in Near Field Communication technology and mobile payments, according to analysts and industry players.