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Wednesday
Apr102013

T-Mobile Offers iPhone Trade Deal

T Mobile / Apple(NEW YORK) -- After five years, wireless carrier T-Mobile will finally start selling the iPhone on Friday. But the company is also sweetening the deal for customers.

From April 12 through June 16, customers will be able to bring in their used iPhone 4 or 4S and trade it in for credit towards the iPhone 5, allowing them to get the new phone without putting money down.

If they bring in an old iPhone 4 or 4S, customers will get the iPhone 5 without having to make a $100 down payment. They will additionally receive a credit of $120 depending on the type and condition of the iPhone brought in. The rest of the cost of the phone can be paid off over the next two years at $20 per month. The credit can also be used towards a service bill or even accessories.

The iPhone 5 will be offered with T-Mobile's contract-free Simple Choice Plan. Customers won’t have to sign a contract on the phone -- instead they pay month-to-month for their cellular bill and can back out anytime. The plan starts at $50 and offers unlimited voice calls, texting and 500MB of data. Adding 2GB a month costs an additional $10 and unlimited data adds $20 more.

But because there is no contract and T-Mobile isn’t subsidizing the cost of the phone, buyers have to either pay the price of the phone either upfront or over two years. In this case, the iPhone costs $99 upfront, but customers who trade in an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S will have that cost waved. The phone will still cost $24 per month.

Verizon, AT&T and Sprint offer the iPhone 5 for $199, but only offer a two-year contract, wedding customers to the carrier for two years.

T-Mobile, which has been the smallest of the major four U.S. carriers, announced last week that it gained subscribers in the first quarter of the year, it’s first such gain in years.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jan142013

Report: Apple Cuts Orders for iPhone 5 Components

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Is the demand for Apple's latest iPhone starting to trail off?

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has cut orders for multiple components of the iPhone 5.  Specifically, two sources told the newspaper that orders for screens for the January-March quarter have decreased to half of what Apple had originally planned.

Apple told its suppliers of the reduction in orders last month, according to the sources.

Japan's Nikkei newspaper, meanwhile, reports that two Apple LCD panel suppliers in Asia have reduced production.

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Sunday
Dec162012

Walmart Slashes Prices on Apple iPhone 5 and iPad

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK)-- If you’ve been waiting for the iPhone 5 or an iPad with a Retina Display to drop in price, you can now do a little dance. Walmart has started to carry the iPhone 5 and third-generation iPad at a steep discount, at least for Apple products.

While Apple rarely offers its newest products for less than the retail price, for the next 30 days at Walmart stores, the 16GB iPhone 5 will cost $127, down from the usual $199. The 16GB iPhone 4S, which is usually $89.97 at Walmart, has also been discounted to $47. Both versions of the phone will require a two-year cellular contract with either Sprint, Verizon or AT&T.

In addition, Walmart has also slashed the price on the third-generation iPad. The 16 GB iPad with Retina Display will start at $399. Apple offers the iPad 2, which doesn’t have a Retina Display and a slower processor, for the same price on its website. Additionally, at Walmart, starting today, Dec. 17 this iPad will come with a $30 iTunes card. There are no discounts on the fourth-generation iPad, which has a faster A6X processor and new Lighting charging port, or the new iPad Mini.

The offer is only available in Walmart stores and there are likely to be shortages.

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Wednesday
Oct032012

Designer Unveils $35K iPhone 5

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Millions of people have already proven money is no object when it comes to picking up the latest iPhone, but a British designer might have given the most hardened Mac addict pause: a $35,000-plus version of the cellphone.

Stuart Hughes has blinged out the iPhone 5 with a case made of 128 grams of solid 18ct gold and the Apple logo re-done with 53 "flawless" diamonds making up 1 carat of precious stones in total.  A 24 carat gold version is also available.

The phone, which is the top-of-the-line 64 gig version, has been limited to 100, according to Stuart Hughes' website.

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Friday
Sep282012

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes for New Maps Glitches

Apple(NEW YORK) -- It has been no secret: Apple's new maps app featured on the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, launched last week with a lot of glitches, including misplaced points of interest and jumbled renderings of important locations.

On Friday, Apple addressed the issue head on with an apology letter from CEO Tim Cook. The letter, which appears on the Apple website, admits the direct problems with the service.

"At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers," Cook wrote. "With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better."

Cook also reiterated what Apple said last week -- that the Maps will get better over time as more people use the service.

He also alerted users to the fact that there are other options in the App Store, including Bing, MapQuest, and Google's Maps available through the browser.

Apple had used Google's Maps since the launch of the iPhone, but with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, both released last week, it moved to its own solution, which it has been building for quite some time. According to reports, Google and Apple still had another year lefft in their agreement, but Apple wanted to create its own solution. Google has not released a standalone app for the iPhone or iPad.

Still, it remains clear that Apple is planning to invest big into mapping and fixing the problems.

"Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world," Cook concluded. "We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard."

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Tuesday
Sep252012

iPhone 5 Glitches, Secrets, and Scratches Found Since Launch

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Millions of people pulled their brand new iPhone 5s from its clean packaging this weekend, and while a new larger, lighter and faster phone greeted them, some also discovered some unadvertised features.

Within hours after it went on sale last Friday, many new iPhone 5 owners began reporting issues and secrets about their new phones.

Firstly, many Verizon iPhone owners were pleasantly surprised to find that their phones were able to work on AT&T's network.  All they had to do was swap out the nano-SIM card in the new iPhone 5 for an AT&T SIM.  In the past, Apple had been rigorous about limiting the phone to specific networks.

While most who buy the iPhone 5 from Verizon still have to agree to two years of service with the carrier, this means they won't have to buy a new phone if they want to switch after the contract expires.  Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney confirmed to ABC News that the phones were in fact "unlocked for 3G GSM roaming in the U.S."

However, other iPhone buyers weren't thrilled with another discovery: that the back aluminum plate on their phones was slightly scratched.

"Just opened my iPhone 5.  I have two nicks at the very top.  Disappointed," a user wrote on Apple's support page.

Over the weekend, many took to Twitter, Facebook and tech forum sites to share photos of very small nicks on the backs of their new phones.  Under the hashtag #scuffgate, some shared photos and videos of the scratches.  According to AllThingsD, Apple customer service has gotten many complaints about the issue since the launch.

Apple did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the scratch issue.

Small software glitches have also been reported and have been detailed on Apple's support forum pages.  

Apple has faced criticism for glitches in its Map app in iOS 6.  The new app, which replaces Google Maps, has misplaced some towns and displayed other geographic errors.

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Friday
Sep212012

Lines Form as iPhone 5 Goes on Sale 

Joanna Stern/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Some decided to stay at home and patiently wait for the UPS and FedEx truck to pull up. Others stood in line for hours. For what? The iPhone 5, of course.

In typical Apple product launch fashion, fans eager to get their hands on the latest iPhone camped out in front of Apple stores across the country all night.

All Apple stores open at 8 a.m. local time on Friday to start selling the iPhone 5. The phone, which was announced last week but rumored for months, has a larger 4-inch screen, LTE, a faster processor, a new design and the new iOS 6 software.

At Apple's flagship New York City store on 5th Avenue, it was estimated that over 200 people waited overnight for Apple to snatch up the phone. Of course, not all of them were planning to even buy the phone. A few at the front of the line were being paid to hold the spot for others.

At the Apple Store on the Upper West Side in New York, close to 70 eager fans lined up. Queues also formed around the world in France, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

Apple sold two million phones online within the first 24 hours of being on sale. Those who ordered the phone within hours of it going on sale should receive it by Friday, but for others the ship time has slipped to three or four weeks.

The phone, which starts at $199 with a two-year contract, will also be available through AT&T, Verizon and Sprint stores starting on Friday.

 

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Tuesday
Sep182012

Everpurse: A Purse with a Built-In Phone Charger

Everpurse(NEW YORK) -- Liz Salcedo was a social worker who helped other people with their problems, but she had a problem of her own: a battery life problem. She was using her phone heavily, and by 2 p.m. on most days, her iPhone was almost completely out of juice.

Her husband decided to lend a hand and bought her a number of third-party mobile chargers. Together they rigged a system to charge her phone in her purse so she didn't have to chase down AC outlets wherever she went.

"We made modifications to it and it worked fairly well," Salcedo, 27, told ABC News. "Friends started wanting me to make one for them."

So she did. Together with her husband and now-business-partner, Dan, she has created Everpurse, a bag with a built-in battery charger.

The small bag, which is meant to fit inside a larger purse or laptop bag, has a built-in charging pocket. You drop your phone in the bag and it "automatically connects to the charger via gravity," says Salcedo. Salcedo wouldn't go into detail on how the phone connects; the patent, she says, is still pending. There will be bags that support the older iPhone charging port, Apple's new Lightning port, and MicroUSB ports, which are used on most Android phones.

A battery in the bag charges your phone, and a wireless pad charges the battery in the bag. Using inductive charging you lay the bag right on the pad. It works similarly to the wireless-charging Powermat accessories, but uses the Qi wireless charging standard, which is the same technology in Nokia's new Lumia 820 and 920.

"I think wireless charging is where we are headed," Salcedo said. "I wanted to do something that cut down on the wires."

That's also shown in the design of the bag itself. Behind the bag's inside lining are the inductive receiver and battery. You cannot see wires or the battery; Everpurse teamed up with two Chicago designers to craft the bags so that they look non-technical. The small bags will be available in different colors and materials, including leather and cloth.

But they aren't quite ready yet. With a prototype made, Salcedo took the project to Kickstarter.com, a crowdfunding website, which allows people to invest in and buy the product. Since launching last week on the site, more than 800 people have backed the project and Everpurse has raised over $125,000.

Early backers were able to buy one fabric Everpurse and one charging mat for $99, typically a $175 value, says Salcedo. For $119, Everpurse is offering a leather bag and one charging mat. The Kickstarter deals will be offered until Oct. 13.

Kickstarter projects don't always take off, but Everpurse seems to have struck a chord with buyers and other consumer electronics companies. While Salcedo says she will likely sell the bag after the Kickstarter run, she also says she may license the technology to other bag makers. Within the last couple of weeks she has heard from a few bag and technology companies.

It's going to be a bit of time before you can get the Everpurse. Salcedo says it will ship by March 2013. (Her plan is to make as much of the bag as possible in the U.S.) Looks as if some of us will just have to be okay with rigging our own purse-phone-charging systems until then.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep182012

Apple Stock Closes Above $700

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Not that long ago $400 was considered by some to be too high a price to pay for Apple stock, but now that seems like a bargain as the stock closed on Tuesday above $700 for the first time -- $701.91 to be exact.
 
The company’s stock has been on an upward march since rumors of a new iPhone 5 started.
 
Now the iPhone 5 is here, there were more than two million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, and the stock price has hit another milestone.
 
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Tuesday
Sep182012

iPhone 5 Soaring Pre-Sales Lift Apple Stock

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Just how high can Apple go? Thanks to even bigger than expected pre-sales for the iPhone 5, Apple’s share price briefly rose to over $700 before closing at $699.78 on the Nasdaq market.

The bounce came after the company announced record first-day orders for the iPhone 5, more than twice as many presales as the 4S got.

Last year Apple became the world’s most highly valued company, zooming past oil giant Exxon. Its stock has gained 73 percent in value this year.

The iPhone 5 goes on sale in Apple stores on Friday morning. Some analysts estimate 6 million smart phones may be sold in the first weekend.

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