It's that time of the iPhone development cycle again. The alleged first images of the prototype for the new iPhone 6 are gracing the pages of MacRumors today, and yes, they're shot in the same blurry style normally reserved for shots of UFOs and Bigfoot. The pics came in from an anonymous source on Twitter, and according to Sonny Dickson (who sent out some of the best pre-release photos of the iPhone 5s), they originate from a source in China.
We'll get into the details in a bit, but the big news Wednesday had to be Google unloading its Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo at what appears to be a huge loss — and during the same week that the Android maker announced a sweeping patent-sharing deal with Samsung, which can't be just a coincidence. More on that in a moment, but for now, here's what else went down on Wednesday...
Apple executives have made no secret of their ambitions for China, and this week they've launched a new weapon to lure buyers in that populous country: An official online store alongside other global brands such as Nike and Gap.
Will they or won't they, and if so, when? That continues to be the question as a new advertisement on China Mobile's website seems to indicate that the carrier will launch its 4G network with the iPhone 5s and other compatible handsets.
The Wall Street Journal set much of the tech world abuzz this Wednesday when it announced that China Mobile had at last penned a deal with Apple, but recent news from AppleInsider suggests that the deal is still in the negotiation stage. That's no small stumble for Apple's investors, as the deal could bring many of China Mobile's 740 million users into the Apple fold.