Apple released iOS 6.1 this afternoon, adding 4G LTE functionality for a large number of global carriers. Beyond the cellular improvements, iOS 6.1 offers some minor tweaks to Siri features, controls, and privacy settings.
Cupertino has just released its financial results for the first quarter of 2013. Despite some recent turmoil over reduced parts manufacturing and lowered stock expectations, Apple has still started the year with a record showing.
Only a week after reports began to show up claiming Apple has cut part orders on the iPhone 5, sources are now claiming Sharp has reduced production of iPad panels. While it's not immediately clear if the decrease in manufacturing is related to the popularity of the iPad mini or an impending new device, one has to wonder exactly what's going on within Apple's supply chain.
Apple's iPad has a storied history of leading global tablet sales. Despite a seemingly never-ending deluge of tablets from numerous tech companies, Cupertino has hardly budged from the top spot. But according to one survey, Google's Nexus 7 may have dethroned the iPad for its stake of Japanese market share.
The vacancy left behind by former Apple senior vice president of retail John Browett has yet to be filled. Obviously, there was some discussion current VP Jerry McDougal would take over the reins, but apparently he's decided to resign. Cupertino has already named a successor to take McDougal's place.
Now that the booths have been broken down, the awards have been handed out and the last bit of per diem has been fed into a slot machine at McCarran International Airport, there's a general sense that something was missing from CES. Somehow, among the thousands of exhibitors, products and prototypes, the biggest splash was a television that few consumers could afford and a keynote presentation that the greatest minds in tech journalism are still trying to figure out.
Just yesterday, word circulated of Apple's potential plan to sell a lower-cost iPhone, in order to compete with the likes of Android and Samsung smartphones. While the rumor seemed grounded in some truth, Apple senior vice-president of marketing Phil Schiller refuted the idea in a recent interview.
The Engage Bamboo has a lot to like. The snap-on case's silver plastic looks like metal. It adds very little bulk to your iPhone 5. The etched logo on the bottom-left is unobtrusive and its texture actually adds just the tiniest bit of grip.
When it's time to hit the town, sometimes there's no room in your fancy coat's pockets or your sequined clutch for a bulky wallet and your iPhone 5. Speck says its SmartFlex Card case can hold 3 cards, but we got 3 thick credit cards plus a slightly thinner driver's license in there, and the fit was snug but didn't stretch the case past its limits -- and the cards were still easy to remove, thanks to the thumb-sized hole opposite the in/out slot.