The Force (touch) appears to be with Apple. The company has started early production of new iPhone models with its "Force Touch" feature, which can sense how hard users are pressing down on a screen, according to a Bloomberg report.
T-Mobile US is the only carrier that is supporting a new feature in Apple's iOS 9 operating system that lets customers receive calls and text messages over cellular networks on their Macs and iPads when they are away from their iPhone.
Apple is close to maxing out the number of carrier partners it will reach, with most major operators around the globe already selling the iPhone, according to a report from analysts at Wells Fargo. Furthermore, the upcoming "S-cycle" product launch for the new iPhone expected to be released this fall likely will mean fewer sales to carriers than the bonanza iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch from the last holiday shopping season.
Apple stores are going to change how they sell iPhones to AT&T Mobility customers, according to a 9to5 Mac report. According to the report, which cited unnamed sources, AT&T customers will only be able to buy iPhones through Apple's online and physical stores using AT&T's Next equipment installment plan option.
Apple said that Jony Ive, its chief designer, has been promoted to a newly created position as Chief Design Officer, but is stepping away from some of his day-to-day duties in his new role.
Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms. The company's decision to do so is part of a broader effort by Microsoft to bring features and services from Windows 10 to non-Windows smartphones.
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said that "a little over 50 percent" of T-Mobile's subscribers are on the carrier's family plans, and that those family plans cover an average of around 2.4 lines of service. He said the carrier sees "substantial opportunity" to sign up additional customers to T-Mobile's family plans, and he said the carrier will continue to offer "pulsed" family plan promotions in the future to do so.
Apple reports its quarterly earnings later today, and while analysts don't expect a blowout quarter, many are predicting Apple to post its second-best period of iPhone sales ever.
Sprint's Wi-Fi calling service is coming to Apple's iPhone. The carrier said that starting today, Sprint customers with an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s and 5c will get access to the feature via an over-the-air software update that will be distributed over the next week.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Apple Watch "will be the first modern smartwatch--the first one that matters," even if its usefulness is not readily apparent.