The National Security Agency has the ability to hack into and access user data on smartphones running software from Apple, Google and BlackBerry, according to a report from German newspaper Der Spiegel.
T-Mobile US could benefit more than other U.S. carriers if it launches the cheaper version of the iPhone that Apple is widely expected to announce at a media event Tuesday at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., alongside a new high-end model, analysts said.
This circling of Apple's rivals the week before its fall launch was obviously intended to capture consumer and industry attention before it was completely diverted by the iPhone 5S, or whatever Apple chooses to announce. It probably won't work--it's going to be all iPhone 5S, all the time for at least the next week or so.
China Telecom may have jumped the gun. On Sina's Weibo microblog, the No. 3 Chinese carrier posted a page for advance orders for the iPhone 5S and 5C, which Apple is widely expected to announce at a media Tuesday at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
What can the world expect from Apple's next iPhone, which is widely expected to be announced on Sept. 10? If rumors prove correct, this year's iPhone announcement will represent a major shift in Apple's strategy, with a high-end version (the iPhone 5S) and a less expensive version (the iPhone 5C) expected to hit the stage.
The days of near-absolute secrecy about iPhone launches seem to have evaporated, and the rumor mill has been at full tilt for weeks over what Apple might announce at its event. To keep track of everything, FierceWireless has compiled the six most prominent iPhone rumors, starting with the most plausible:
Apple sent out invitations to the media Tuesday for an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Sept. 10, where it is widely expected to announce new iterations of the iPhone. However, Chinese media outlets, including Sina Tech, have reported that Chinese media received invitations for a separate event in China the next day, fueling speculation that Apple will announce a long-awaited deal with China Mobile, the world's largest operator by subscribers.
The latest entrant to the online-video distribution business already has a bull's-eye on its chest. Target, the Minneapolis-based retailer, is said to be nearing the commercial introduction this fall of its Target Ticket service.
They represent some of the most innovative ways in which Apple and Google are trying to increase engagement with consumers, but developers couldn't get enough of the humor inspired by a mock feud between iOS virtual assistant Siri and the wearable technology Google Glass last week.
The rankings within app stores--any app store, from any provider--shouldn't be harder to interpret than Egyptian hieroglyphics. Unfortunately for developers, however, the thinking of some platform vendors, Apple in particular, can be more inscrutable than the Sphinx.