Our Wednesday Morning Report has some bad news for Apple buyers in Russia, who won't be able to purchase their favorite products from Cupertino's online store until further notice. We've also got potentially good news for mobile payment provider LoopPay, and big savings for everyone as App Santa kicks off big app savings for the holidays. Don't delay, click and read on!
Rumors and predictions, rumors and predictions, that's most of what we got going on this week with the news to start off August. What will happen with your iPhone if you drop it? And what new ways will we find to use our iOS devices? Let's take a look inside and find out what's what.
If the current events in Russia weren't tense enough, the homeland of Vladimir Putin has now asked Apple to hand over its source codes for iOS devices and Macs so it can sift through them and see if they're being used for spying. This surfaced earlier this week when Peter Engrob Nielsen, Apple's chief representative in Russia, met with Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov.
Around two weeks ago, hackers identifying themselves with names like "Oleg Pliss" started holding iOS devices and even Mac computers hostage in exchange for payment — but now they've been caught in their Russian homeland.
Last year, the top three Russian wireless carriers all ditched the iPhone after claiming Apple's terms of sales weren't favorable. Flash-forward to today, and the same carriers have little choice but to sign on the dotted line again.
So how about that Super Bowl? Given that your faithful recap writer isn't a particular fan of football, we largely missed the festivities, but that doesn't mean we weren't able to indulge in the commercials or partake of the requisite pizza and snacks just the same. It wasn't quite the same without an Apple commercial, but thankfully we've got some Cupertino-related news to kick off the post-Super Bowl week ahead...
Never mind the fact that the iPhone 5s is still hard to find for many Americans -- the show must go on, and Apple has a schedule to keep, starting on Oct. 25 when the latest handsets touch down in more than 25 new countries.
Apple's iPhone has had a tough go of it in Russia, where traditional carrier subsidies have been largely ignored in favor of prepaid handsets. Can Cupertino regroup and attack the problem from another direction?
From the outside looking in, Apple appears to be in trouble with the iPhone in Russia, one of the world's largest countries. Three major carriers there have turned their back on the handset after five years, but is it a case of Apple being intentionally difficult because it has other plans -- such as its own retail stores there -- or are fickle Russians simply tired of paying too much money for the coveted smartphone? Time will tell, but let's get up to speed on the news in today's recap...