The last weekend of September will probably live in infamy for viewers of the series finale of Breaking Bad, but there was plenty of other stuff happening at the same time, and some of it even relates to Mac and iOS. Why, just take a look at today's weekend recap, which will give you some idea of what you might have missed while you were glued to the television screen...
With the release of the two latest iPhone models, case makers have to be happy that not only can they continue to sell out their existing stock for another year, but they have something new to slightly tweak current designs to work with. And if you have an older-model 30-pin iPhone, accessory makers are starting to clear out their stock of merchandise, which is good news for you if you like sales. Plus, we still have a healthy selection of the best refurbs on the block, so dive right in.
The new iPhones have been on sale for almost a week now, but only for those who patronize the nation's four largest carriers. Thankfully, that appears to be changing next week, with regional carriers being added to the mix.
Sure, having iMessage on the Android platform would certainly be a coup for Apple, allowing iOS users to chat absolutely free with their Google-loving friends and colleagues. But don't expect it to ever happen — judging from this week's quick exit of the bogus iMessage Chat app from the Google Play store, maybe Google itself doesn't want it to happen. Read on to find out more...
Research firm IHS is at it again, this time tearing down the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in order to see how much they cost Apple to make (at a minimum). Despite the appearance of that snazzy new camera, even with that powerful new A7 chip, it still costs Apple less to build the iPhone 5s than the iPhone 5 (to say nothing of the 5c).
Oh, Microsoft… you're back at it again with a new generation of Surface tablets, but we can only imagine that buyers will forget all about them when Apple unveils its next iPad, presumably at a media event next month. But kudos to the Windows maker for adopting the old saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again…"
If you thought last year's iPhone 5 launch was spectacular with five million units sold, apparently splitting the product line into two new models is capable of nearly doubling that amount in a single weekend.
So who managed to get their hands on an iPhone 5s over the weekend? Despite waking up at midnight PST to order online direct from Apple.com, our own handset finally just shipped from China this morning, marking the first time we didn't have one on launch day. But don't cry for us, Argentina -- instead chime in on the comments and let us know your own tale of success (or failure) at procuring one!
There's no question about it. We had our hottest story of ever this week with the release of iOS 7. The 90 tips and tricks documented here was so popular you readers CRUSHED our servers. So we'll lead off with that article for the two of you who missed it this week, but please go easy on us, okay?