Now that Apple has officially sent out invitations to its Sept. 9 media event in San Francisco, where it is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones, a cavalcade of rumors is flooding out about what the company will and won't announce at the event.
The next iPhone could lead 12 percent of Android users to consider switching, according to Phoenix and SessionM's mobile insights platform mXP. The stats are based on a one-question poll that ran for 24 hours last month.
Verizon Wireless will activate compatible and unlocked iPhones, Google's Motorola-made Nexus 6 and other devices on its network if customers bring them from other carriers.
Samsung Electronics ran out of Galaxy devices it had set aside for iPhone customers to "test drive" for a month on the first day of the promotion, which Samsung attributed to strong demand.
Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated that he has confidence in the company's business in China, especially its iPhone sales, despite investors' fears about slowing economic growth in the world's largest smartphone market that have sent stock markets around the globe spiraling downward.
Samsung Electronics is hoping to entice Apple iPhone users to switch over to its latest Android-based high-end phones with a free 30-day trial. The promotion is kicking off just as sales at U.S. carriers are getting under way.
Smartphone sales growth was its weakest in the second quarter since 2013, according to research firm Gartner. That's mainly due to the first-ever slowdown in the Chinese market, the world's largest for smartphones, and while Apple had a strong quarter in China, OEMs that rely on Google's Android software saw their fortunes slide, and Android overall recorded its weakest growth ever in the quarter, Gartner said.
UK smartphone users rate ease of use, call reception and battery life as more important than new designs or features including mobile wallets according to uSwitch, a UK broadband and phone price comparison and switching service.
Sprint is going after T-Mobile US with its own special program for customers who want to upgrade to the latest Apple iPhones. Sprint is aiming to match T-Mobile with a promotional offer that will let customers get new iPhones for $15 in monthly device costs.
Intel's chips will ship in around 50 percent of the new models of Apple's iPhones, according to a report from Northland Capital Markets analyst Gus Richard.