CES is always a big show every year, even if it doesn't always produce much in the way of Apple or iOS news, but there was more than enough going on with Apple and its competitors. Amazon did a little something new with downloadable music, Russia made a giant iPhone model, and there was some confusion about cheap iPhones. Plenty more where this came from.
If you were holding out hope that Apple will one day produce a less expensive iPhone, don't let the Reuters story about Phil Schiller dismissing the idea ruin your day -- the news agency has since withdrawn the story.
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.
Looks like Microsoft has today all to itself -- after launching Windows 8 in New York City last week just ahead of Hurricane Sandy, the company now heads to San Francisco for its big Windows Phone 8 launch, which Google had hoped to steal some thunder from with an Android event scheduled for the same day. Unfortunately, even the mighty search giant couldn't predict what Mother Nature will do, so we'll have to get a dose of updated Android hardware after things calm down in NYC.
The iPad mini debuted today, just in time for the holiday gift-buying bonanza. Undoubtedly, Apple is hoping to compete with the likes of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7 tablets. But will consumers plop down the cash for a premium product?
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing "the most beautiful Mac" Apple has ever made! At the San Jose media event, the folks in Cupertino have announced the company's latest iMac, which is impossibly thin and "stunning from every side."
On the heels of new product updates and the announcement of iBooks 3.0, Apple Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller took the stage in San Jose to introduce the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Call it either "ScatchGate" or "ScuffGate," Apple appears to have yet another non-controversy on its hands with the iPhone 5's new aluminum back, which is more prone to scratches or scuffs than the last few models. Of course, those of us who owned an original iPhone back in 2007 remember well how the back side picked up scratches, so we'll just kick back and let the rest of you twist in the wind over it for now. But in case you're curious what Apple has to say about it, read on...