It's Monday morning, and who's excited about a new iPhone this week? Judging from the volley of related news over the weekend, the tech press sure is -- so we've assembled a handful of stories you might have missed since leaving work on Friday to kick off iPhone 5 week.
Two old favorites may be on the chopping block as the week winds to a close, with rumors flying that Twitter has ended development of its Mac app as word that Apple may be likewise killing the iPhone 3GS following the rumored debut of the iPhone 5 next Wednesday. But hey, it's Friday, so get caught up on everything you missed while sleeping before you head out for a weekend of fun.
All signs are pointing to T-Mobile USA again being left out in the cold when the sixth-generation iPhone is presumably revealed next week, but that doesn't mean the carrier won't have a strategy in place to combat the problem.
The end of August is here, but before you go sauntering off on an extended three-day Labor Day vacation, it's time to soak in a handful of stories to round out the month. Next week this particular writer will be shifting this recap into an early edition spot but fear not: MacLife.com will continue offering the same great PM recap you're now reading, along with a bit more afternoon news as icing on the cake. So without further ado, here's what's happening for Friday, August 31, 2012...
The U.K. mobile market may soon see some disruption, courtesy of Orange and T-Mobile, who are rumored to join forces and rebrand as Everything Everywhere in October, and an 4G LTE iPhone could be the club they use to beat back competitors.
With 34 new markets lighting up 4G LTE across the United States on Thursday and another 38 getting beefed up, Verizon Wireless now appears well ahead of its own goals, blanketing more than 75 percent of the U.S. population with fast data speeds.
It's gotta hurt being the only major U.S. carrier without the iPhone, and the proof of this dilemma is certainly being shown in T-Mobile USA's second-quarter, during which time more than half a million subscribers jumped ship for greener pastures.
Verizon Wireless continues to bring its A game, adding an additional 33 markets for its 4G LTE service as it posts $28.6 billion in operating revenues for Q2, announcing that smartphones now make up a full half of its postpaid customers.
And with one press release, it's official. With the Proview trademark lawsuit now settled and regulatory approvals behind them, Apple has cleared the new iPad for landing, right back where the products are manufactured in the first place.
Apple has finally put the Proview trademark lawsuit behind it, which means the company can start to focus on releasing the new iPad in China at long last. According to one blog in that country, Cupertino may be planning to do just that on July 27.