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  • Oct 10, 2011
    3:22 PM ET

    iPhone Pre-Orders Delay Shipping, Competitors

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    When a new iPhone comes calling, Apple’s fans and its competitors both get put on hold. Due to the more than one million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S placed since the gadget was announced last week, many are already being told to expect shipping to be postponed “one to two weeks.”

    And not wishing to get overshadowed by Applemania, Samsung delayed the release of its Nexus Prime, which was due to be unveiled in San Diego tomorrow. Samsung claims the postponement was a way of paying respects to Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs, who died last week. “We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing,” it said in a statement. But not everyone is convinced. “That’s a weird justification,” says Edgar Dworsky, founder of ConsumerWorld.org. Who wants to go up against the new iKid on the block? Not Samsung, Dworsky says.

    Loyal Apple fans may also fall victim to the phone’s success on future models. The demand for the iPhone 4S could ultimately lead Apple to hike prices for the iPhone 5 as it continues to dominate the higher end of the smartphone market, analysts say. “The iPhone 5 will have much faster LTE technology and is expected to look really different,” Dworsky says, “which may finally make it more expensive than previous models.”

  • Oct 4, 2011
    3:16 PM ET

    Apple’s iPhone 4S: Faster, Not Slimmer

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    Just don’t call it the iPhone 5. The just unveiled iPhone 4S may not look any different on the outside, but it’s souped up on the inside with a faster operating system and better graphics. And when it goes on sale Oct. 14th, it will be the first iPhone available on Sprint.

    Unlike its predecessor, the 4S uses the faster chip developed for the iPad. As predicted, it’s a “world phone,” so you can choose any overseas carrier when traveling. Oh, and it’s got a cool new camera. “This will be the best still camera they’ve ever owned and the best video cameras they’ve ever owned,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told the press conference in Cupertino, Ca.

    Here’s how the new model compares with the previous model:

    iPhone 4S: $199/16GB, $299/32GB, $399/64GB. (iPhone 4 will now be $99/GB and free for 3GS on contract).

    Availability: Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. (iPhone 4: Verizon and AT&T).

    Roll out: It will be available in 70 countries with 100 carriers.

    Camera quality: 8-megapixels and 33% faster. (iPhone 4: 5-megapixels).

    Video quality: 1,080p HD video. (iPhone 4: 720p).

    Color: black and white (iPhone 4: black and white).

    “Siri” technology: Voice-activated “personal assistant” software supported by Yelp.com to find restaurants.

  • Oct 4, 2011
    2:40 PM ET

    Apple’s Real Surprise: A Free iPhone

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    A free iPhone is no longer just the purview of spam emails and suspicious web pop-ups.

    Apple announced today that the iPhone 4S starting price would be $199 for a 16GB version when you sign a two-year cellphone contract. As a result, the once-$199-and-up iPhone 4 now starts as low as $99 for a new 8GB model at AT&T and Verizon, and the $49 8GB 3GS is now free with a two-year AT&T contract.

    The free 3GS is likely to appeal to AT&T customers previously priced out of buying an iPhone, says Samir Sakpal, an industry manager and senior analyst for Frost & Sullivan. “It’s a good device; it’s just not the latest,” he says. But it’s not worth switching carriers for, either. The camera is a measly 3 megapixels and there’s no FaceTime video calling. The most noticeable difference for most users will be speed: the older phone just doesn’t surf as fast. Still, that may not be a deal-breaker for parents buying a teen’s first smartphone or mid-contract consumers looking for a cheap replacement for a broken phone, Sakpal says.

  • Aug 24, 2011
    2:13 PM ET

    Is the Sprint iPhone a Better Bet?

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    If you sell it, will they come? Third-place carrier Sprint certainly hopes so.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the carrier will join AT&T and Verizon in offering the much-anticipated iPhone 5 when it launches this fall.

    The news is clearly a win for Sprint: analysts are already talking about the potential for bumper fourth-quarter sales. It’s a great opportunity for the carrier, which has lagged behind Verizon and AT&T, to grab back some of its former customers who left to get the iPhone elsewhere, says Todd Day, an industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan. “Ultimately, it gives them a level playing field,” he says. (Sprint declined to comment on reports that it is getting the iPhone.)

    But will iPhone owners – current and future — benefit? Sprint customers will, if they want an iPhone without the hassle of switching carriers. For everyone else, the benefits are a little less certain.

  • Apr 27, 2011
    11:30 AM ET

    Apple Speaks: We’re (Sort Of) Not Tracking You

    Apple speaks!

    One week after two researchers revealed that your iPhone is storing your movements, the company has finally broken its silence. Here’s the headline: “Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.”

    That’s telling you. Apple says we’re confused, that’s all. One tiny caveat: if you click an iPhone ad, you share your location with that advertiser.

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    “Why is everyone so concerned about this?” Apple asks itself in an online Q&A. It replies, “Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology including Apple have not provided enough education about these issues to date.” Apple says the issue has raised complex technical questions that can’t be answered in a single soundbite, but insists all data collected is anonymous.

    Apple says it’s not logging your location. “Rather it’s maintaining a database of Wifi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.”

    In other words, it’s safe to go to the dry cleaners again (and stop off at a bar on the way home).

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