The Week: Most Recent The Digital Age:Apple's iPhone recent posts.en-usFri, 01 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent The Digital Age:Apple's iPhone from THE WEEKFri, 01 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0500Should Apple make a bigger, bolder 'iPhone Plus'?<img src="" /></P><p>Big phones are a hit. Samsung, despite the prognostications of some tech bloggers, is on track to sell&nbsp;10 million of its Galaxy Note II globally since it launched last fall, leaving little doubt that a market for 5-inch phone-tablet hybrids is out there.&nbsp;</p><p>Now Apple wants in on the big-phone<strong>*</strong> action, according to a recent report from the <em>China Times</em>, and could be plotting a larger iPhone to complement its existing line of iOS products. Insiders say that&nbsp;a new "iPhone Math" &mdash; which Instapaper inventor and technology writer Marco Arment has re-christened the "iPhone Plus" (more...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0500Is Walmart's no-contract, $45-a-month iPhone 5 really the best deal out there?<img src="" /></P><p>This week Walmart sucker-punched the mobile industry&nbsp;when it announced that it would start selling<strong>&nbsp;iPhones for a ridiculous deal</strong> <strong>using Straight Talk, a no-contract carrier</strong>: $45 a month for unlimited talk, text, and data. Or you can pay $60 a month to add unlimited international calls to select countries.</p><p class="p1">That sound you hear is AT&amp;T and Verizon trying to get their wind back.</p><p class="p2">You'll have to pay the full unsubsidized price for a phone up front &mdash; $449 for the iPhone 4 and $649 for the iPhone 5 &mdash; but you'll wind up saving a huge chunk of change in the long run. After two...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:22:00 -0500Apple: Cheap iPhone will 'never be in the future of Apple products'<img src="" /></P><p>Earlier this week, <em>The Wall</em><em> Street Journal</em> and <em>Bloomberg</em>&nbsp;independently confirmed with their sources that Apple was working on a cheaper iPhone built from lower quality parts &mdash; which&nbsp;we took with a dose of healthy skepticism.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">On Thursday, those rumors were shot down by Apple's SVP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, who told the <em>Shanghai Evening News</em> that a potentially cheaper iPhone will "never be in the future of Apple products." <em>The Next Web</em>&nbsp;confirmed with Apple that the interview was official. Here's what Schiller said:</p><p >Every product that Apple creates, we consider...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:59:00 -0500Finally! A quick-draw iPhone holster<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="600" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1">Stop everything. If you were in the process of inventing something, you might as well quit now, because 2013's Invention of the Year title is all but sewed up by a Japanese man who has created a spring-loaded iPhone holster. The invention rather ingeniously solves the super-pressing first-world problem of having to dig&nbsp;<em>all the way into your pocket</em>&nbsp;to answer your phone. (Check out the video above, in which the inventor shows off his holster, along with his push-up prowess, somersaulting skill, and iPhone answering/dancing combinations.)&nbsp;As Alex Moore at <em>Death and Taxes</em> points out...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:55:00 -0500Is Apple working on a cheap iPhone?<img src="" /></P><p>Here we go again. The <em>Wall Street Journal</em> is reporting that Apple is planning a cheaper version of the iPhone using less expensive parts, according to "people briefed on the matter." The move would diverge significantly from Apple's traditional emphasis on quality, and is meant to offset momentum from competitors like Samsung, which is expected to post its fifth consecutive record quarter&nbsp;thanks to the selling power of its Android-powered Galaxy series. The <em>Journal</em>'s sources say the new iPhone will debut sometime in 2013.</p><p class="p2">Meanwhile,<em> Bloomberg&nbsp;</em>reports&nbsp;that a more affordable version...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:32:00 -0500Why colorful iPhones are a terrible idea<img src="" /></P><p>Of all the criticisms leveled against the iPhone 5, a dearth of color choices wasn't one of them. Nonetheless, Apple may soon enter the rainbow, at least according to analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, whose sources report that different colored iPhones with different sized screens are on their way, and could be available as soon as May or June. Here's what White had to say (brackets are from <em>Barron's</em>): &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p >In terms of more colors, we believe the next iPhone will draw inspiration from the iPod touch that became available in multiple colors (beyond the traditional black and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:40:00 -0500Is Apple already testing the iPhone 6?<img src="" /></P><p>We're not even two full days into the new year, and already, we've got our first batch of iRumors. <em>The Next Web</em> is reporting that app developers combing through Apple's usage logs &mdash; an online hub where the tech company and app developers essentially share what they're working on &mdash; have spotted cookie crumbs from what <em>could</em> be the next iPhone running a new version of iOS. Specifically, developers spotted an identifier marked "<strong>iPhone 6,1"</strong> connected to an IP address within Apple's&nbsp;Cupertino campus. The mysterious device is running what's thought to be iOS&nbsp;7.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">We know that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:10:00 -0500Google Maps returns to the iPhone: 'Free, fast, and fantastic'<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="600" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1">In case you weren't around when a noisy chorus of iPhone fans made Twitter explode Wednesday night, you'll be pleased to hear that Google Maps is now available for Apple's iOS. Google has redesigned the app from the ground up, with a new interface "that makes what you're searching for faster and easier," says Google Maps director Daniel Graf in a blog post. Indeed, <strong>it's the same Google Maps users have known and loved for years, with some nifty new improvements</strong>: Voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, live traffic updates to (theoretically) make your commute easier, and public transit directions...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:50:00 -0500The Apple Maps disaster: Can Nokia's 'Here' app save the day?<img src="" /></P><p>Many iPhone owners were furious&nbsp;when iOS 6 was unveiled in September without a long-beloved application: Google Maps. In its place was a rudimentary new Maps app from Apple, which critics pilloried as a poorly thought-out power-grab. With a lack of transit directions, buggy landmarks, and turns leading to nowhere, <strong>Apple Maps quickly became a punchline</strong>, and CEO Tim Cook was forced to offer a rare apology, saying the company was "extremely sorry for the frustration [Apple Maps] has caused our customers," and even offered third-party alternatives to use until Apple worked the kinks out.&nbsp...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 20 Nov 2012 10:50:00 -05004 signs the iPhone is no longer the smartphone king<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In the eyes of many critics and tech bloggers, Apple's iPhone is still top dog when it comes to handsets. But according to a series of recent polls and editorials, the reigning king of smartphones may be slipping. With the rise of phones that run Android software, which Apple's chief rival Google licenses to partners like Samsung (for its hit Galaxy S series), the eyes of iFans may be starting to wander and their loyalty wavering. Here, four signs the iPhone is losing its mojo:&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"><strong>1. Android outsells the iPhone 5 to 1</strong><br />Android now owns 75 percent of the smartphone market, according to new numbers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 05 Nov 2012 10:32:00 -0500Tim Cook's apology for Apple Maps: Proof he's no Steve Jobs?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally addressed the widespread complaints about Apple Maps, which has been pilloried for numerous faults, including giving wildly inaccurate directions. In a letter posted on Apple's homepage, Cook said the company was "extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better." Cook went on to suggest that customers with iOS 6, the iPhone's newest operating platform, temporarily use map apps offered by Microsoft, Aol, and Google, a form of abasement that has some people saying, "That would never have happened...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 28 Sep 2012 12:35:00 -0400Why investors still aren't sold on the iPhone 5: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>Apple has announced that it sold 5 million iPhone 5 units over the weekend, crushing the previous record of 4 million set by the iPhone 4S in 2011. One would think Wall Street would embrace this news from the world's most valuable company, right? Think again. Investors aren't impressed by the sales figures, and Apple's shares have tumbled from their $700-plus price on Friday, bottoming out near $685 Monday. Why aren't investors sold on the well-received, record-breaking handset? Here, four theories:</p><p><strong>1. Analysts expected much more</strong><br />Forecasters predicted bigger, better things for the iPhone 5. Apple...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 25 Sep 2012 13:18:00 -0400Apple's iOS 6: Is dropping Google Maps a deal-breaker?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The iPhone 5, which goes on sale Friday, has been receiving glowing reviews in the tech world. However, the normally impeccable taste-makers at Apple are being slammed for one misguided decision: Dropping Google Maps from iOS 6, the operating system that comes with the iPhone 5 and is currently available for download for owners of previous iPhone iterations. Users say the replacement mapping app, Apple Maps, gives wildly inaccurate directions (particularly for overseas locations) and fails to identify public transportation systems in big cities. It's marred by so many glitches that a tumblr showcasing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 20 Sep 2012 16:08:00 -0400Why the disappointing iPhone 5 is smashing sales records: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>The verdict is in: Customers <em>really</em> want the iPhone 5. Going against the&nbsp;recommendations of disappointed tech bloggers, more than 2 million consumers went online on Friday to put in their pre-orders for the new smartphone. That's twice as many pre-orders as the iPhone 4S had in its first 24 hours, and more than triple the number of pre-orders for the&nbsp;iPhone&nbsp;4. Some analysts are now predicting that the iPhone 5 will sell 10 million to 12 million&nbsp;units in September alone, and 50 million by the time the holiday season peaks in December. Why is the new iPhone &mdash; which has a...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 18 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0400The disappointing iPhone 5: Is Apple falling behind the competition?<img src="" /></P><p>Is the iPhone still king? More than a few critics were let down Wednesday when Apple revealed a slightly thinner, slightly faster device that wasn't quite as groundbreaking as many hoped. (Read a full rundown of the iPhone 5's new features here.) Some observers saw Apple's biggest change &mdash; a screen-size bump from 3.5 inches to 4 inches &mdash; as a begrudging concession to the Android ethos that bigger really <em>is</em> better, at a time when phones like Samsung's Galaxy S III are pushing screens nearly 5 inches. Is the once-pioneering iPhone, currently lagging behind Android in terms of sales, now...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 13 Sep 2012 11:24:00 -04007 things you need to know about Apple's iPhone 5 announcement<img src="" /></P><p>On Thursday in San Francisco, CEO Tim Cook and a rotating cast of Apple executives raised the curtains on the latest addition to the i-family, the long-awaited iPhone 5. The phone boasts a number of the incremental hardware bumps the tech press had forecast during months of rumors and leaks. Does the new iPhone live up to the hype? Here, seven things you need to know:</p><p><strong>1. Almost everything shrank</strong><br />Smaller seemed to be the theme of the day. The iPhone 5 is 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, and also 18 percent thinner. The body, available in either black or white, is made entirely...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 12 Sep 2012 16:24:00 -0400