- September 26, 2013
A recently leaked promotional poster shows that China Mobile will get both the iPhone 5c and 5s. As the world’s largest cellular carrier, China Mobile has long been rumored to receive the iPhone, but network incompatibilities and contract issues have apparently held the offering up. China Mobile now has its network ready for 4G and is only waiting on government approval, which will come before year’s end — possibly as early as mid-October.
A recent report noted the carrier would at least get the iPhone 5c. The poster claims customers in China will receive full 3G/4G support, and speeds of up to 100 Mbps with “the strongest iPhone.” [via Unwired View]
A court has ruled that Apple is allowed to use the iPhone trademark in Brazil. Brazilian company IGB Electronica SA previously had exclusive rights to the “IPHONE” name. Both companies can now legally use the iPhone name in Brazil, but Judge Eduardo de Brito Fernandes said Apple’s iPhone is “world renowned,” and it would be unfair to Apple to let IGB Electronica use the name without restrictions. Last year, IGB Electronica launched a “Gradiente iPhone,” which runs Android. [via AFP News]
French authorities are looking into Apple’s contracts with French carriers, according to a new report. Specifics are unclear, but the investigation is likely over concerns of anti-competitive practices. A few months ago, the country’s Competition Authority searched Apple’s French headquarters, wholesalers, and retailers. It was also reported that authorities were monitoring the App Store due to pricing changes. [via MarketWatch]
- September 25, 2013
A number of U.S. regional carriers have announced next Tuesday, Oct. 1, as a launch date for the iPhone 5c and 5s on their networks. Nine carriers have announced an Oct. 1 launch thus far: Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, C Spire, Cellcom, GCI, MTA, Nex-Tech Wireless, Ntelos, and Strata. It’s possible that other regional carriers may add the 5c and 5s on Oct. 1, but so far, these are the only confirmed carriers to add the device on that date. [via MacRumors]
AppleCare+, Apple’s two-year extended warranty and damage protection plan for certain devices, now allows users to receive iPhone, iPad, or iPod service in any country offering the service. Coverage is limited depending on which countries cover which device models. For example, the CDMA iPhone 5 can’t be replaced in Brazil, where it isn’t available. AppleCare+ for iPad, iPhone, and iPod is now available in 15 different countries. [via TechCrunch]
Algoriddim’s djay 2 ($10) is now ready for iOS 7 in version 2.1. The music mixing app has a new library, and new sample packs from Snoop Dogg and DJ Qbert. DJ Qbert also has his name on new built-in scratch tools within the app. djay 2 has also added support for inter-app audio, and tracks now load faster in iOS 7. On the iPhone 5S version, Harmonic Match has been added to enable automatic key matching of two songs in realtime.
PBS Kids recently released a newer Daniel Tiger app, but Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home ($2) is still in the App Store. Play at Home lets kids play with five different games, including Doctor, Bedtime, In Daniel’s Bathroom, Feel the Music, and Sticker Book.
- September 24, 2013
Apple Stores are starting to get more gold iPhone 5s units in stock, as iLounge has seen firsthand. From what we gather, there now appears to be more available gold 5s inventory than there was on launch day. However, supply is still extremely limited, with stores running out of stock as quickly as the phones arrive. A recent report noted that Apple has asked suppliers to increase production of the gold iPhone 5s. More silver iPhone 5s models also seem to be available in stores now.
- September 24, 2013
A teardown of Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c by research firm IHS reveals just a few internal differences between the new phones. IHS estimates the 5s costs Apple between $199 to $218 for components and assembly — the lower cost for a 16GB model, and the higher cost for the 64GB model. The iPhone 5c is estimated to cost Apple $173 for the 16GB model, and $183 for the 32GB model. IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler pointed out that Apple is “spending a lot of time and money combining RF chips,” which allows the phones to support more frequency bands. But internally, there aren’t too many differences between the 5c and 5s. “I would say that they’re almost the same phone, except that the 5s has the fingerprint sensor, the A7 processor and some newer memory chips that consume less power. Beyond that, they’re basically the same,” Rassweiler said. Though the report claims the phones have “the same cameras,” iLounge has found differences in areas like aperture, angle width and pixel size — the phones have a different flash, as well. [via AllThingsD]
- September 23, 2013
Apple is now allowing customers to check the availability of its iPhone 5s and arrange for in-store pickup through its online store. Currently, all 5s models on all carriers are showing an October shipping date. Although it differs by store, a search of numerous zip codes shows very few models are available for in-store pickup at this time, however, some iPhone 5s units—particularly in Space Gray—are available for certain carriers. By comparison, the iPhone 5c is still shipping within 24 hours, and many models appear to be available for in-store pickup.
Update: Apple is no longer offering in-store pickup for the iPhone 5s as of Sept. 24, a day after making the option available. But it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the option return again in the near future.
Despite concerns that Apple’s latest iPhones might not be selling as briskly as their predecessors, Apple announced this morning that the iPhone 5s and 5c have cumulatively sold nine million units over their first three days of availability—“a new record for first weekend sales,” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the company does not provide per-model sales breakdowns, Apple notes that demand for the iPhone 5s specifically is in excess of initial supply; iPhone 5c inventories have apparently remained high despite an international pre-order process that began 10 days ago. The new models notably have yet to go on sale in most countries throughout the world.
Apple also said that over 200 million iOS devices are already running iOS 7, which the company describes as “the fastest software upgrade in history.” The total number of iOS devices has continued to grow radically since 2007, and Apple has reportedly projected a rough doubling each year of the iPhone install base. The nine million iPhones sold in the opening weekend nearly doubles the five million iPhone 5 units sold during their 2012 launch, while the 200 million iOS updates double the 100 million updates to iOS 6 reported one year ago yesterday.
As reported earlier this week, Apple has already released iOS 7.0.1 for the new iPhone 5s and 5c models that went on sale today. New iPhones appear to be shipping with iOS 7.0, and users are being immediately prompted to update to iOS 7.0.1 following the initial setup process. The update reportedly addresses issues with Touch ID on the iPhone 5s as well as making other “bug fixes and improvements” for the new devices.
Apple has indicated that it is already sold out of some iPhone 5s models, citing “incredible” demand for the new device, according to report this morning by AllThingsD. Although Apple typically does not provide specific sales information until after the initial launch weekend, it has revealed that it many iPhone 5S models are already in limited supply at some stores.
iLounge’s editors have noted that the gold iPhone 5s seems to have been in extremely limited supply in the first place, with some Apple Stores receiving few to no units in their initial shipments at all. By comparison, the space grey colour still seems to be quite widely available, as are supplies of the iPhone 5c.
iLounge and a number of readers are experiencing SIM card issues with just-delivered Verizon iPhone 5s units. Affected iPhones display a message reading, “The SIM card that you currently have inserted in this iPhone is from a carrier that is not supported under the activation policy that is currently assigned by the activation server.” The message suggests that the iPhone needs to be used with another SIM card, or unlocked by a carrier, pointing users to Apple for additional information.
Telephone calls to Apple have led to mystified AppleCare personnel, and follow-ups with Verizon have had the same results. One reader noted that the Verizon SIM card shipped with the iPhone 5s works in a Verizon iPhone 5.
Update: After seeking solutions throughout the day, a number of users have reported that performing a complete iPhone restore through iTunes may work to resolve the issue. Alternately, phones that reported SIM failures may not have been registered properly in Verizon’s system, leading users to be locked out from activating their phones. Some iPhones, including our unit, spontaneously activated roughly 12 hours after initial purchase. If you’re continuing to have issues, please let us know in the comments.
- September 20, 2013
iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for Apple’s new iPhone 5s and space gray iPod touch. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at both devices, along with comparison photos.
iLounge has also posted iPhone 5c color comparison photos with classic iPod and iPhone models in the same gallery, showing off the iPhone 5c’s colors by contrast with prior versions. More pictures will be added as the day progresses.
Apple has already asked suppliers to ramp up production of the gold-colored iPhone 5s by one-third, according to the Wall Street Journal. The gold iPhone 5s has already seen heavy demand, which Apple doesn’t have the available stock to meet at this point. Within a half hour of the gold iPhone 5s going up for sale on Apple’s website, shipping times slipped to October for all models on all carriers. Buyers going to stores won’t fare much better, as a report from yesterday noted non-Apple stores would have very few, if any, gold units in stock today. Even Apple Stores have a very limited amount of gold and silver iPhone 5s units — iLounge visited a store that had just one gold iPhone 5s in stock when doors opened this morning.
Less than one hour after beginning to offer online orders for the iPhone 5s, the Apple Store is already seeing significant delivery delays for some models, particularly gold iPhone 5s units and contract-free T-Mobile phones. Regardless of capacity, the gold iPhone 5s is currently listed with October shipment dates, while the AT&T Space Gray color is on a 7-10 day shipment delay in 64GB capacity; all Space Gray and silver capacities are on 7-10 day delays through T-Mobile.
Notably, Apple is not offering iPhone 5s pick-up options at its retail stores at this time. Orders placed immediately after Apple began online iPhone 5s sales were being offered for September 30 to October 2 standard delivery, with the option of upgrading to faster September 27 to October 1 delivery for a fee. The limited online availability appears to confirm reports that Apple has experienced difficulties in the iPhone 5s manufacturing process, specifically with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and was unable to produce adequate supplies of the phone to meet anticipated initial demand.
- September 19, 2013
A teardown of the iPhone 5s and 5c was done by iExperts, an Australian phone repair site. Both the iPhone 5s and 5c have more compact logic boards than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s has an extra cable connecting the Touch ID sensor to the charging port assembly.
The iPhone 5s battery is slightly smaller than what was previously reported based on FCC disclosures — 5.92 Wh, instead of 5.96 — and the iPhone 5c battery is 5.73 Wh, as expected. Apple Japan is printed on the batteries for the new phones, a first. Switches in the new phones now have extra coating “that should help hold them together to prevent the failures prevalent in the other models.”
- September 19, 2013
A new report suggests very few gold or silver iPhone 5s units will be available in U.S. stores at launch tomorrow, not including Apple Stores. 9to5Mac reports that “every carrier source we’ve talked to and every US retail outlet we’ve heard from” has said they’re only getting space gray iPhone 5s devices at this point. The report does note that stock of the gold and silver phones could come in later tonight or tomorrow, but buying online may be the best way to get a gold or silver iPhone 5s at launch. It was previously reported that iPhone 5s stock would be constrained at launch.
Rovio’s Angry Birds Star Wars II ($1) has arrived in the App Store. The anticipated game lets users “join the Pork Side” by letting them fling pigs — like Darth Vader and Darth Maul pigs — into the birds. More than 30 playable characters are featured in the game. Achievements are another big part of Angry Birds Star Wars II, as players can work their way up to becoming a Jedi or Sith Master. The previously announced Telepods can bring characters into the game using physical toys, but that feature is strictly optional.
Evernote has updated to version 7.0. The free app has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 with a new layout. A new audio recorder gives users space to type while listening, and it’s easier and quicker to access some of the app’s most used features. Most notably, notes are always kept up-to-date now, as the app syncs in the background. AirDrop also allows users to share notes with others around them. It’s also possible to add arrows, shapes, and text to images and PDFs with the Markup feature.
Apple has told developers they can now manage the availability of previous versions of their apps. As noted earlier this week, the iOS App Store is now allowing users of older versions of iOS to download specific legacy versions of apps. Users are asked if they would like to download the “last compatible version” of an app. However, developers of these apps are now able to choose whether or not they want to make these older versions available.