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Apple's Sneak Attack on Gaming Is Now in Play
October 03, 2013
Apple let a silly game demonstration take center stage at WWDC in June, and it released a new framework with instructions on how developers could build physical game controllers. The two together led me to believe that an Apple sneak attack on living room gaming was imminent. Since then, two more elements have risen to the surface, and now I think the sneak attack is well under way.
iOS 7 Is a Stomach-Churning Ride for Some Users
September 27, 2013
Apple's new iOS 7 is making people sick -- literally -- based on complaints that have begun appearing on Apple forums. "The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache," wrote Ensorceled on one forum. "It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Once a user makes the decision to update iOS, there's no going back to the previous version.
Apple's Blowout Launch Weekend Wasn't About the Phones
September 26, 2013
After Apple topped analyst expectations by selling more than 9 million iPhones in its opening launch weekend, it didn't take long for the Apple haters and naysayers to scramble for some negative spin: iPhone buyers are just cult fanatics, destined to buy the latest incremental update again and again until the rest of the world wakes up and realizes that Apple is just another fading tech company.
New iPhones Rake in Revenue
September 24, 2013
Just three days after its iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models hit store shelves, Apple announced Monday that it had sold a record-breaking 9 million handsets. In addition, more than 200 million devices were running iOS 7 as of Monday -- a mass upgrade that Apple called the fastest in its history. However, the iPhone 5s outsold its flashier counterpart by a factor of 3.4 times, according to Localytics.
German Hackers Claim They Cracked iPhone Fingerprint Scanner
September 23, 2013
The Chaos Computing Club, a group of German hackers, claimed to have cracked Apple's new iPhone fingerprint scanner. The scanner is one of the distinguishing features of Apple's new iPhone 5S, which is otherwise quite similar to the iPhone 5. It was not immediately clear whether CCC's claims were true, but two prominent iPhone security experts reportedly verified them.
Apple's Cold and Blustery Crossroads
September 19, 2013
What we're seeing from Apple right now -- and how consumers respond -- will determine the company's future and shape our love for its products. It all hinges on the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Hyperbole? No way. Come on, you might be thinking, aren't the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c just incremental updates? How can you turn a mild evolutionary release into something so important?
Is the iPhone 5c Dead or Just Asleep?
September 16, 2013
Apple usually trumpets preorder figures following the launch of a new iPhone, but it has maintained a deafening silence in the case of the iPhone 5c, sparking speculation that it is perhaps not doing too well in the market so far. That perception is being bolstered by reports that with its unsubsidized price in China being between $730 and $860, it is being shunned by Chinese consumers.
Icahn Scoops Up Apple Stock Post Product Launch Plummet
September 13, 2013
Apple received a rude rebuff from Wall Street Tuesday after rolling out its latest line of mobile phones, but Tim Cook's loss may turn into a gain for Carl Icahn. When Apple's share price tumbled from a little north of $500 before the announcement of the iPhone 5s and 5c to less than $470 after it, former corporate raider Icahn swooped in and began buying stock.
Apple's Big Surprise: These Babies Are Going to Sell!
September 12, 2013
Apple's iPhone launch event Tuesday was a small evolutionary step in its already proven game plan for product lines: Create something excellent and new one year, beef up the feature set the second year, and maybe -- just maybe -- rethink the overall design and start again in the third year. There is also the option to throw some new paint and tires on the product to buy another year of sales.
iPhone Reveal Sends Apple Stock Reeling
September 11, 2013
Shares of Apple dropped more than 5 percent on Wednesday morning following the widely anticipated unveiling of the company's two new iPhone models the day before. Representing the steepest drop in the stock since April, the tumble was accompanied by a newly lowered "neutral" rating by Credit Suisse, UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The stock also fell an additional 2 percent on Tuesday.
New iPhone Could Kick Biometrics Into High Gear
September 11, 2013
Perhaps the most exciting part of Apple's new iPhone launch is the realization of the long-rumored "Touch ID," the digital digit sensor technology featured in Apple's iPhone 5s. The premium model will sell for $199 with 16 GB of storage and a two-year service contract with wireless carriers in the United States. Touch ID can be used as a substitute for the pass code used to access a handset.
Early China Launch Heads Off iPhone Smugglers at the Pass
September 11, 2013
Smugglers who have long taken advantage of delays in Apple product releases in China will have a harder go of it when the company launches its newest iPhone models. The devices, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, will be launched almost simultaneously in the U.S. and China. This will complicate the practice of smuggling products into mainland China from Hong Kong.
Apple's Big Rollout: Yawns Today, Brawn Tomorrow?
September 11, 2013
Onward and upward, or so the executive suite at Apple is clearly hoping. Tuesday's rollout of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s -- and their related features and design quirks -- came as little surprise to company watchers as Apple's product pipeline has long been prone to leaks and speculation.
Apple Mixes It Up With Sleek, Splashy iPhones
September 10, 2013
At today's official iPhone launch event, Apple delivered five colors for the new polycarbonate entry-level iPhone 5c and introduced its new starship-grade iPhone 5s, which boasts a 64-bit A7 chip, all-new iSight camera with True Tone Flash, and a built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple also announced the delivery date for the already pre-viewed new iOS 7: Sept. 18.
Apple's Teenaged Nemesis Blows Its Big Reveal
September 06, 2013
Sonny Dickson, a teenager in Australia, leaked photos on his website purportedly showing an Apple fingerprint scanner. The photos were published less than one week before huge Apple events in California and China. Dickson, whose roommates are Mom and Dad, has long leaked Apple product info on his website. This most recent get, however, might be his biggest yet.
Apple Schedules Dog and Pony Show in Beijing
September 05, 2013
Apple has invited Chinese journalists to a Sept. 11 event in Beijing to announce... well, no one really knows, but it could be a big deal. One of the likelier reasons for the Beijing event -- set to kick off mere hours after the company is expected to unveil its new iPhone in the U.S. -- would seem to be the introduction of a new, lower-end iPhone, which would seem to be designed with Chinese consumers in mind.
Apple's Shrewdly Radical iPhone Trade-In Program
September 05, 2013
Apple's new iPhone trade-in program has the potential to radically amp up Apple's control of its iPhone customer base and even has the potential to change how iPhones are sold. On the surface, it's just a play for customer convenience, a move to get a customer to walk back into a retail store and buy something. Fair enough. Definitely smart.
The Waxing of Apple While Windows Wanes
September 04, 2013
Just who killed the PC, anyway? For if it's not dead yet, it surely will be in a few years -- at least according to IDC, which now projects that worldwide PC shipments will fall by 9.7 percent this year, representing the largest market contraction on record. The market is expected to decline through 2014. Then, in 2015, IDC projects it will shift into single-digit modest growth.
Ramping Up Retail in the Run-Up to Release Season
August 28, 2013
Apple's retail operations can be counted among Steve Jobs' "babies"; the stores' slick design and sales techniques are legendary in the industry for their per-square-footage sales. In 2012, Apple retail store sales outpaced Tiffany's by 40 percent. Apple is in no danger of following in the footsteps of, say, J.C. Penney or Sears, but its retail operations have shown some worrisome signs of decay.
Apple Stores May Soon Kick Your Old iPhone's Tires
August 27, 2013
Apple is preparing to debut a trade-in program that will allow customers to swap an old version of their iPhone for the latest version of the company's flagship smartphone, according to reports. Talk of the trade-in program for Apple's U.S. retail stores has been circulating since June. Staff training for the initiative is now apparently under way at some of the company's retail locations.
Rumors Running Wild as Sept. 10 Draws Near
August 23, 2013
Apple fans are gearing up for the Big Event on Sept. 10 and -- drumroll, please! -- the introduction of its next iPhone. By now company watchers have agreed that the following is the likely go-to-market blueprint for Apple this time around: The company is introducing two devices -- one with its usual high-end features, sleek design and iterative upgrades; the other, a cheaper device.
Is There Gold in Them Thar Cupertino Hills?
August 21, 2013
"They just gotta have that gold," warbled Jose Feliciano in the theme song to the 1969 movie Mckenna's Gold, but those very same lyrics might well be the theme for recent media coverage of the forthcoming line of iPhones. Speculation is rife that Apple will include a gold-colored iPhone, or at least one with champagne-colored trim, among its new lineup.

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