Once you get the new iOS 8 software on your iPhone, consider adding widgets for quick-glance info with just a swipe down from any screen. Here’s how to add them for a more personalized iPhone experience.
For $45 a month you can get unlimited talk, unlimited text and absolutely no data. Sprint’s experimenting with the idea of a smartphone that can only connect to the internet through Wi-Fi.
iPhone owners say Siri couldn’t answer questions like “When is St. Patrick’s Day?” but a judge ruled this was not enough to ground a lawsuit against Apple.
There’s no shortage of guides for how to better use your iPhone, and now Apple is offering its own tips and tricks page for the iPhone 4s, the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s right on its site.
Sprint’s Nextel has always been the king of push-to-talk services, but the king is on its deathbed. AT&T hopes to capitalize on its demise with a new PTT app for its most popular smartphone.
The reports circulating the web that Apple is in cahoots with the carriers to restrict your iPhone’s speeds are just plain wrong.
Both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S outsold Samsung’s Galaxy S III juggernaut, which after five months of availability, sold 15.4 million units during the fourth quarter.
The iPhone 5’s new camera lens isn’t a gigantic improvement. But where Apple does make more significant advances is the software. My tests shots show the iPhone 5 has faster photo capture, better low-light performance, and improved noise reduction.
Is it possible to build a better smartphone for consumers that costs less to produce? Apparently so, if you’re Apple. A preliminary teardown of the iPhone 5 shows that the most expensive iPhone this year is cheaper for Apple to make than the iPhone 4S.
If you had told me even a year ago that more than 60 percent of the photos I take would never touch my Mac, I’d have laughed. But it’s true. Here’s a walk through my heavily iOS (and Mac) powered digital photography workflow.
It looks like the brand-new shininess of millions of new iPhones has lost a little luster since the holidays. After a big holiday and iPhone 4S bump, the number of daily app downloads in the U.S. took a big nosedive in March, according to Fiksu.
This year is shaping up to be a good one for health-related gadgets, thanks to the new Bluetooth 4.0 specification and profiles. The $79 Wahoo Blue HR is among the first of these devices, and I recently took it for a 5-mile test run.
The iPhone 4S will arrive March 9 on China Telecom, China’s third-largest carrier. It’s an important step for Apple, which has highly prioritized its China business, but the number of reachable customers pales in comparison to the 650 million customers China Mobile serves.
Sprint sold 1.8 million iPhones in the last three months of 2011, or just a quarter of the number of iPhones that AT&T did. But it’s actually good news for the nation’s third-largest carrier, which announced its quarterly earnings Wednesday.
The iPhone may have passed over Android in total U.S. smartphone sales, but Google’s platform still has one key advantage: it’s attracting more mobile data newbies. According to the NPD Group, 57 percent of first-time smartphone buyers last quarter chose Android handsets.
This year’s CES was the biggest in the show’s 44-year history, boasting 15 miles of exhibit hall aisles, 3,100 booths and 153,000 attendees. The Kerton Group sent three delegates to CES to scout out new products, listen to keynotes, watch announcements and get tips from insiders. This report, which bundles those findings together, serves as an outline of the major launches and overarching trends at CES (think smartphones for $0, Androidification and connectivity) as well as an analysis of what those developments mean for the larger consumer electronics picture. Companies mentioned in this report include Apple, Tesla and T-Mobile. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.
IOS development is not for the faint of heart, and a new blog post by developer Kent Nguyen does a good job of pointing out exactly why. Nguyen targets those who would be footing the bill for app development, in the hopes of lessening sticker shock.
Apple’s iPhone 4S has helped it regain ground lost to Android in consumer smartphone market share, but it’s also having a very positive effect on enterprise adoption, according to a new report. The iPad remains by far the top tablet in business.
Apple is one step closer to nearly doubling its potential iPhone subscriber base in China, thanks to a new regulatory approval it secured in that country. Apple now has permission to offer a handset that operates on the network used by third-largest Chinese carrier China Telecom.
A recent report on the outsized increase in data usage among iPhone 4S users blamed the bandwidth drain squarely on Siri. But while Siri may be used as the mechanism for more Internet searches and smartphone services, the application itself uses very little data.
Apple is set to reap the benefits of increased consumer interest in smartphones, according to a new study. A survey of 15,000 U.S. shoppers found that Apple and Google will dominate, with Apple’s winning back share over the next six months.
Prior to Huawei’s CES scheduled press event on Monday, the company took a shot at high-end handset makers with the Ascend P1 S. Just 6.68 millimeters thin, the phone runs Android 4.0 on a Texas Instruments dual-core OMAP chip and 4.3-inch high-resolution Super AMOLED display.
Verizon sold 4.2 million iPhone during the fourth quarter of 2011, CFO Fran Shammo said at a conference on Wednesday. That’s more than twice as many iPhone devices as it sold during the previous quarter, an increase do doubt spurred by the iPhone 4S.
Apple’s Siri ad featuring the jolly old elf was 2011’s most effective holiday advertisement according to viewer reaction as measured by Ace Metrix, a TV ad analysis firm. The Apple spot featuring Santa Claus using Siri also exemplified a trend this year: specifically, “Santa sells.”
Apple’s iPhone 4S is on a roll this holiday in the UK, where it accounted for almost a quarter of all smartphone sales during the four weeks leading up to Dec. 9. Even older iPhone devices, like the 3GS, outperformed newer devices like Nokia’s Lumia line.
Apple’s iPhone 4S is the smartphone on the tip of everyone’s tongue this holiday season, according to stats from Nielsen/McKinsey subsidiary NM Incite released Friday. The 4S captured 40 percent of online buzz around smartphones during the last six months, despite not being introduced until October.
Welcome to another installment of Tips and Tricks, the series that aims to teach you something new about your Apple stuff. This time, we’ll be taking a look at Siri and how changing one or two words in your query can produce completely different results.
The growth of the Internet of things is likely to open new disruptive business opportunities for services that add value to the data collected. It will involve supply chain management, disease management for chronic diseases, public health services in areas such as air quality or the traceability of products in the food chain for food safety.
The iPhone 4S has made waves around the world, but it has yet to even enter the water in China, Apple’s second-most important market. We should see how it does there soon, however, as a launch is very close, according to a China Unicom exec.
Resisting the lure of Google’s annual Android reference device is nearly impossible for an early adopter like me. This year, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is that device. Here’s what I think of the Nexus, Android 4.0.1, and how both stack up to the iPhone 4S.
According to an extensive comparative study of iPhone 4S performance across all three major U.S. carriers, AT&T offers by far the best data performance on paper, and also performs nearly as good or better than both Sprint and Verizon in terms of call quality and reliability.
Apple seems poised for a strong holiday season, at least according to two new surveys. Both those doing the shopping and those writing up their own personal wish lists seem to be in sync about one thing: Apple’s iPad and iPhone are in high demand.
AT&T isn’t seeing its network subscribers jumping the fence for greener pastures in the wake of rivals Sprint and Verizon getting the Apple iPhone, an AT&T executive said in an interview with MarketWatch on Wednesday. Instead, it hasn’t seen subscriber loss rates change at all.
Few things impress people about the Apple TV in demonstration more than AirPlay mirroring, which is available on both the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. And that’s exactly why developers should focus on delivering unique and creative AirPlay solutions to help their apps stand out.
Samsung has surprisingly decided not to file for an injunction against Apple’s iPhone 4S in its home country of South Korea, it told major Korean newspaper The Chosunilbo on Monday. The decision comes after similar attempts are already underway in France, Italy, Australia and Japan.
After many users reported still seeing problems with battery life under iOS 5.0.1, a release intended to fix said issues, Apple has issued a short statement addressing remaining concerns. The statement, made to AllThingsD, says that Apple will “continue to investigate” remaining problems.
Sprint issued a press release Friday notifying iPhone 4S owners that their SIM slot will now be locked for devices on its network, even though they were sold unlocked. You can still put the world back in Apple’s first world phone with a special request, however.
Apple has been facing reports that it decreased orders to suppliers because of lackluster iPhone 4S demand, though some analysts disagree. The reaction to the launch of the 4S in 15 new markets on Friday, including Hong Kong, seems to contradict tales of flagging interest.
Apple is selling the iPhone 4S unlocked through its U.S. online store as of Friday. The contract-free devices were promised by Apple for November availability back when the iPhone 4S originally launched. They are available for order now, with expected ship times of 1–2 weeks.
Apple released iOS 5.0.1 on Thursday after a remarkably short beta testing period. But was the release too expedited? A number of complaints from iOS 5 device owners on the Apple Support Discussion forums suggest that could be the case.
Samsung tried to get a look at the full versions of Apple’s carrier contracts with Australian providers in an ongoing court case in that country earlier this week. The presiding judge in the case, however, told Samsung’s lawyers Friday that Apple need not go that far.
Three weeks after iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S debuted, Apple has released a software update intended to reign in oft-reported problems related to battery life and some other software issues. On Thursday Apple started to make iOS 5.0.1 available to users.
T-Mobile USA reported a net gain of 126,000 subscribers in the most recent quarter, marginally increasing its total subscriber base to 33.7 million customers, while data revenue per customer grew as well. Without an iPhone, the carrier is focused on value plans and fast mobile broadband.
The HTC Titan arrives on Nov. 20 as AT&T’s largest phone yet, thanks to a 4.7-inch display. Priced at $199 with two-year contract, the Titan runs on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 platform and offers the same mobile broadband capabilities as Apple’s iPhone 4S on AT&T’s network.
It’s no secret now that Apple is working hard on getting a fix for iOS 5 battery issues out the door. But battery life isn’t the only problem new iPhone 4S owners are having with their devices. Here are three other common complaints.
The iPhone 4S launched on three U.S. carriers simultaneously for the first time ever, but AT&T still takes home the gold in terms of the choices made by 4S customers when it comes to mobile networks, according to a new study by app analytics firm Localytics to be released Thursday.
Nokia phones are known for taking excellent photos. Then again, the new iPhone 4S has an improved camera too. Which is better? It’s too early to tell, but here are a few images taken with the default settings on an iPhone 4S and Nokia Lumia 800.
Apple had previously released iOS 5.0.1 to developers for beta testing, but as of Tuesday, a report claims it is now extending that testing pool to include some ordinary end users, too. 9t05Mac received an invitation to download the pre-release software through Apple’s software seed program.
Apple’s smartphone could’ve been available on five carriers this fall instead of just four, according to U.S. Cellular’s CEO Mary Dillon. Dillon revealed during the carrier’s earnings call that her company turned down the iPhone because Apple’s “terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint.”
Siri went down on Thursday for its first extended outage — around five hours, according to most counts. Five hours is hardly three days (like another noteworthy recent mobile service blackout), but the reaction of media and users show Apple’s personal assistant is making its presence felt.
Apple said in a short statement Wednesday to AllThingsD that it has found iOS 5 bugs responsible for battery issues experienced by many iPhone 4S (and other device) owners, and will issue “a software update to address those [bugs] in a few weeks.”
Yesterday, figures out from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech underscored how Apple’s share of smartphone sales in several key countries had actuall…
The iPhone 4S global rollout continues, with 15 new markets getting the device Nov. 11, with pre-orders beginning Friday, Nov. 4. Hong Kong and South Korea lead the new pack, which will bring the total number of international markets where the 4S is available to 44.
Net Applications has released its mobile market share numbers for October, and they show Apple gaining a lot of ground. IOS grew 7 percentage points during October, from 54.65 percent to 61.64 percent. Android grew, too, overtaking Java ME for the second spot globally.
Normally, if you ask Siri to tweet for you, it’ll say it can’t help with Twitter. If you ask about Facebook, you’ll get even less of a response. However, using both these social networks’ SMS features, you can get Siri to update Twitter and Facebook indirectly.
iPhone rumors are an integral part of the hype engine surrounding new product launches, but Apple noted during its most recent conference call that they hurt device sales for the quarter. Now a new report says they may have slowed down app downloads, too.
People paid a lot of attention to two new features that arrived in the iPhone 4S: The much-improved camera and Siri, the new voice-powered digital assistant. But the 4S also snuck in another feature upgrade, one that’s a ticking time bomb of potential goodness: Bluetooth 4.0.
U.K. site MyVoucherCodes polled over 1,500 smartphone shoppers, and found that a third of those surveyed were “disappointed” with the 4S. Of those questioned, only 29 percent said they’d be interested in buying one. Might initial fervor mask a mostly underwhelmed buying public?
Amid the updated hardware specifications of Apple’s iPhone 4S, a beta application is poised to be the breakout star. Siri is helpful now, but imagine what it, or a similar solution, could do for interfacing with many connected devices in the coming “Internet of things” age.
On Monday, China Mobile announced 10 million iPhone users on its network. It’s an impressive landmark, but far more so when you realize that China Mobile isn’t an official carrier partner for Apple’s smartphone. That’s a strong argument that hardware is more important than network speeds.
In an official statement released Thursday, T-Mobile SVP of Marketing Andrew Sherrard addressed T-Mobile’s absence from the lineup of U.S. carriers offering the iPhone — a list that now includes regional carrier C Spire. Essentially, T-Mobile wants it but only if it works with the carrier’s tech.
Apple announced when it unveiled the iPhone 4S that it would reach 22 more countries by the end of October. The company opened up preorders for the device in those countries on Friday, with expected shipping times of one to two weeks.
Media reports are making a big deal about Siri being accessible from a locked device. It’s true that by default Siri works on a code-locked iPhone, but don’t fret, there’s a simple — albeit somewhat oddly placed — setting to make sure Siri doesn’t give up your info.
Since Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 4S on Oct. 4, 2011, SocialNuggets, a company that provides social media analytics for consumer electronics, has been analyzing the social media conversation around the device. The aim is to determine which announced features of the iPhone 4S received the most mentions and what that means for the device’s overall success. Siri and the new camera were at the center of discussion, while a lack of 4G support suggests that not all users are willing to hop the upgrade bandwagon. Companies mentioned in this report include Apple, Sprint and Verizon. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.
On Wednesday, I wrote about how Siri had finally convinced me to use voice commands with a phone, despite an inherent reluctance to do so. According to Google’s SVP of Mobile, Andy Rubin, however, I’m hanging out with the wrong crowd. Here’s why he’s wrong.
AT&T revealed Thursday morning that it had already activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S devices as of Tuesday, which makes this iPhone launch the most successful ever for the carrier. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier to support the new iPhone’s HSPA+ mobile broadband speeds.
I’ve had voice-powered features on my phone for nearly a decade now, but I seldom if ever used them until Siri on the iPhone 4S. Now, I can’t stop. What is it about Apple’s new “personal assistant” that makes doing what seemed wrong feel so right?
Tango is used to seeing a bump in registrations whenever a new smartphone is released. But last week’s launch of the iPhone 4S gave it an even bigger lift than usual, with record registration numbers that were up 35 percent higher than usual.
Sprint isn’t the only new U.S. carrier allowed to sell the iPhone this year. On Wednesday, regional carrier C Spire (formerly known as Cellular South) announced pre-order instructions on its website to buy Apple’s latest smartphone, which means T-Mobile was once again passed over.
Since Apple has just launched a new iPhone, it’s inevitable that reports of problems with the initial shipments are also cropping up. The iPhone 4S has garnered plenty of complaints, but here’s a quick gut check to help you determine what is and isn’t serious.
Join Matt and Kevin for hands on thoughts of the new iPhone 4S, iOS 5 and Siri, Apple’s new personal assistant. We even ask Siri which is the best mobile phone; the answer is typical Apple. Plus first impressions of Nokia’s N9 smartphone with MeeGo.
Apple’s iPhone 4S is here, having just hit retailers in seven countries this Friday. So how is it? Well, read on to discover my initial impressions, as someone who’s making the leap from the lowly iPhone 3GS, which is now two generations old.
Siri is a big draw for customers interested in the iPhone 4S. Apple’s promo material about Siri make it look absolutely amazing, and by most accounts, it is. But if you’re not in the U.S., you might experience a little disappointment when you fire Siri up.
Apple repair site iFixit has already managed to secure an iPhone 4S and pulled it apart. Details of what’s inside reveal a design that’s fairly similar to its predecessor, as you might expect from the outside appearance of the 4S, but also show some noteworthy changes.
The reviews of Apple’s iPhone 4S are in, two days before the phone is released to the general public, and they confirm the sentiment followi…
Early iPhone 4S reviews are easy to sum up (people like it) but it’s worth zooming in on some of the individual takes from the better appraisals popping up around the web to get a sense of what exactly is and isn’t pleasing about Apple’s latest.
With its network modernization announcement on Friday, Sprint set itself up to meet one of two fates: another spectacular, Nextel-style failure or a corporate turnaround fit for the history books. The company laid out plans for its LTE network that involve going alone with the help of an unknown instead of its former 4G partner, Clearwire. It will do this with scant spectrum resources, even as it balances its precarious finances with a big bet on the iPhone 4S and unlimited data. If Sprint succeeds, the story will read like that of an underdog who makes its ultimate comeback. The question, however, is whether that’s even possible.
Sprint, with its network modernization announcement last week, has set the stage for one of two things: another spectacular, Nextel-style failure or a corporate turnaround for the history books. Which will it be?
We’ve been hearing anecdotal evidence over the last few days, but now some official word from Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) itself: the iPhone 4S is pr…
Did you hear the iPhone 4S saw pre-bookings of a million devices on day one? That’s not only good news for Apple, but also for its carrier partners: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. And they aren’t the only ones cashing in on the iPhone 4S bonanza.
Open Signal Maps has put together an interactive map showing data from thousands of carrier speed tests combined with information known about the iPhone 4S’s chipset. AT&T is the fastest in 31 states, but does that include your state? Check out the map for more details.
The press may have been disappointed in the iPhone 4S announced last week. But the same can’t be said for early buyers. Apple has announced that it’s officially the fastest-selling iPhone ever, with more than 1 million preorder sales in the first day it was available.
Samsung and Google have delayed the expected debut of Android’s next version as well as the introduction of the Nexus Prime smartphone. Minecraft gained support for most Android phones, and I took a good look at iOS 5 from an Android owner’s perspective. It impresses.
There’s a mild uproar spreading among AT&T iPhone 4S customers who are running into the apparent loss of their grandfathered unlimited data plans when upgrading to the iPhone 4S online. Don’t worry, it isn’t AT&T trying to screw you; it’s just isn’t great at UX design.
Pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhone 4S went down very early Friday morning, but they didn’t go off without a hitch. AT&T, in particular, seemed to have trouble getting its act together, resulting in some frustrated customers who were up very late. Apple itself also encountered delays.
Apple officially began taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4S via its online store at 12:01 a.m. PDT (3:01 a.m. EDT) on Friday morning. Users eligible for an upgrade can place their order now, and shipments will begin arriving at customer doorsteps next Friday, Oct. 14.
Sprint confirmed today that it will offer unlimited plans for the upcoming iPhone 4S. But, while we’re confident that Sprint’s network can handle the iPhone with unlimited data, will consumers be able to handle Sprint’s network? It’s going to be pretty slow.
Apple’s iPhone is getting an improved camera with the iPhone 4S, but a medical research team has gone a step further, turning the iPhone into a powerful, professional-caliber imaging and chemical detection device. This could be a big help to medical teams working in developing areas.
Samsung revealed Wednesday that it would try to stop the release of Apple’s new iPhone 4S in France and Italy with filings seeking injunctions on the new smartphone. Samsung’s complaints will center on two instances of alleged patent infringement related to WCDMA standards for 3G connectivity.
One of the curses attached to dazzling the world again and again is that people expect you to keep doing it. There’s no question Apple (NSDQ…
So there was no iPhone 5. But there will be a new iPhone 4S, which Apple announced Tuesday. It looks just like the iPhone 4, but while there were no huge changes, it’s important to remember that these incremental upgrades could add up to a lot.
As soon as Apple announced the new Siri feature in the iPhone 4S, Twitter went crazy with people making jokes about the new personal assistant feature. A simple search for Siri on Twitter will show up an almost endless list of tweets. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite gags below.
Apple unveiled its latest handset, the iPhone 4S, at the company’s Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday, showing off new software and updated hardware features. Although I’ve been a full-time Android user for the past 22 months, there’s much to like about Apple’s new hardware and software.
So will Apple’s Siri be like Facetime, widely praised and less widely used? Or will it be like touch screens that ushered in new ways of interacting with handsets? Folks in the speech recognition and virtual assistant market are hoping it’s the latter.
Another Apple press event is now complete. While Apple does grab our attention over and over, we seem to quickly forget the somewhat underwhelmed feeling we get the moment any press event is over. But feelings aside, did Apple deliver what it needed to this year?
One of the big upgrades in the new Apple iPhone 4S is its new 1080p HD camera. That’s a big boost over the current iPhone 4’s 720p camera, but the upgrade may not be apparent if users try to watch those videos on an Apple TV.
Apple has apparently jumped the gun slightly, revealing the iPhone 4S name at its official Japanese retail site. The information only tells us that a 4S definitely exists, and that it’ll be released on Oct. 14 at 8 a.m. in Japan (and likely the U.S., too).
It’s Tuesday. That means it’s iPhone 5 day, but one intrepid Apple fan isn’t waiting to get the skinny on what, when and where Apple plans to release. Instead, Rob Shoesmith set up camp to be first in line for the iPhone 5, sight unseen.
Apple press events are like Christmas morning for grown-ups; you’re never quite sure what’ll be under the tree. So why not scrap the speculation and talk about what the next iPhone really needs to continue its success, regardless of what it’s supposed to have?
Apple says it’s ready to “talk iPhone” on Tuesday. Wall Street has also jumped at the opportunity to talk about how many new iPhones, which are expected to be unveiled on Tuesday and go on sale later this month, Apple will be able to sell.
A new report Tuesday claims AT&T has blacked out employee vacation requests for the first two weeks of October. The AT&T blackout, which is said to come directly from an AT&T source, marks the third account of iPhone-related vacation day blackouts to date.
Apple’s next iPhone will be unveiled next week at a press event on Oct. 4, and that device will be the fifth major iteration of Apple’s smartphone. It’s time for our rundown of what we probably will and won’t see at next Tuesday’s event.
Apple has officially announced its iPhone event, to be held on Oct. 4 as previously reported. The event will take place at Apple’s Cupertino Campus in California, beginning at 10 a.m. PDT ( 1 p.m. EDT), according to press invitations issued by Apple on Tuesday.
It’s crunch time. By most accounts, we’re just weeks away from Apple lifting the curtain on the next generation of iPhone, and that means rumors are coming fast and furious. Let’s check out the latest crop and see what stands the test of closer scrutiny.
Reports surrounding Apple’s next iPhone are beginning to stream in, and a new one today claims that the next-generation iPhone will launch during the third quarter. Sources reportedly within Apple’s supply chain also say initial shipment estimates for the new device are high.
Apple has reportedly placed an order for 15 million next-generation iPhones with supplier Pegatron. While Apple obviously isn’t commenting, a big order now makes sense for a number of reasons, not the least of which is how long Apple has already waited to refresh the iPhone.
Apple’s iPhone is four years old today. During that time, we’ve seen many improvements, both in terms of software and hardware, for Apple’s little smartphone that could. Here’s what all the change tells us about Apple’s future moves for the iPhone.
Analysts have begun their traditional pre-release Apple hardware predictions for the next generation of iPhone. Among the predictions are a claim that Apple will pursue the mid-range smartphone market with a $350 iPhone designed for use off-contract with pre-paid plans.
Rumors are beginning to approach consensus with regards to Apple’s next iPhone, with much of that info coming from sources reportedly within Apple’s supply chain. Here’s a look at what Apple appears to be planning, and when you can expect to see it.
Apple’s next iPhone won’t have near field communication (NFC) capabilities, according to Wall Street research firm Bernstein. Rumors have been going back and forth about whether would include the tech in its next-gen smartphone, which recent reports suggest we won’t see until at least fall.