It's a hot week in the news if you're interested in the future of cellphones. Carriers are getting shut down on the lock-out while one of the nation's biggest providers thinks the same big bucks they've been raking in over the years isn't quite enough. Plus some holiday classics get the iOS treatment. That and more under the fold, so dig in.
If all the news about iPhone 5s shortages made it sound as though Apple's doing quite well for itself, you'd be right. Recent data compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley (via AppleInsider) shows that both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c ranked as two out of the three best-selling smartphones across American providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile for September, October and November of this year.
Mac minis are back in the game after a hiatus around these parts. These little hockey puck-sized powerhouses were some of the first signs of Apple's commitment to shrinkage — but in a good way. And now we see that the cold weather has also gotten the prices of gear down to smaller sizes. So what are you waiting for?
Apple's expansion of iTunes Match is nearly complete, with the music-matching service and companion iTunes in the Cloud downloading now available in all but a handful of countries where Cupertino offers music for sale. The rest will surely come in due time, but this week finds a handful of Nordic countries added to the lineup. More on that in our Tuesday recap!
It's no secret that BlackBerry has had a rough time as of late, and the remaining loyal user base that still can't quite get used to those newfangled touch screens on the iPhone are looking for replacements. Just in time, the fascinatingly named "Typo Keyboard" is out, which offers a physical keyboard attachment for the iPhone 5 and 5s that mimics the look and performance of BlackBerry's tactile keyboards.
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.
And so the holiday season is upon full force. Well good. We've got good news for Apple, as usual, good news for those of you waiting for your iPhone 5S, some sweet games and some sweeter deals, and free music -- who doesn't love free music? Plus, let's all enjoy a good laugh at Android OS adoption rates as shown above. They're hilarious. All that and more, just step inside.
It looks like all those worries about the limited availability of the iPhone 5s are at last coming to an end. As AppleInsider reports, yesterday Apple updated its online to store to announce that the iPhone 5s will now start shipping within one to three days, compared to the three to five days it was listing over the last couple of weeks.
Even though it was a week of travel, feasting, and shopping like fools for a good number of Americans, that doesn't mean things weren't percolating in the Apple news department. We've got new games, new gear, and new market dominance. That's right, Apple might be pretty popular in America, but they're big in Japan. Like huge. Meanwhile...
One of the biggest pieces of overseas news in the wake of the iPhone 5s' launch was the news that Apple's beloved smartphone would at last be carried by NTT DoCoMo, the largest cellular carrier in Japan. At the time, questions swirled about as to whether it'd be embraced by the country, and a new report from Kantar Worldpanel (via MacRumors) suggests that it has, indeed.