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.
On the off chance that you were doubting that Apple would have a Black Friday event this year, it looks as though your doubts were for naught. As reported by MacRumors, a teaser page popped up on the online Apple Store for Australia, promising a one-day shopping event on November Friday, 29. With that in place, it seems as though it's only a matter of hours before we see a similar announcement for the United States.
It's too early to know what the news from Apple's fourth-quarter earnings call means for the company's ongoing success, but the folks over at Cupertino have plenty of cause for celebration. Follow three consecutive quarters of slipping sales, Apple's sales growth is now on the rebound. The actual profits from year-over-year sales may still be down, but that may change if the good news coming from Apple maintains its trajectory.
There's been one big question about the iPhone 5c that's been nagging at investors and consumers since it first made its appearance last month — just how well is it selling? We've long seen that the device is available almost everywhere where the iPhone 5s isn't partly because of the sheer numbers produced, but as AllThingsD reports, new research from Consumer Intelligence Research suggests that the story's even trickier than that.
In all of the fuss over the dazzling success of the iPhone 5s, there's been a persistent rumor circulating around that Apple's iPhone 5c has been a comparative failure owing to its near ubiquitous availability. But according to sales figures from Canaccord from September that surfaced in Fortune today, that apparently isn't the case. Indeed, based on their findings, the iPhone 5c is even holding its own against Apple competitors like Samsung and Google.
It looks like all those folks who've been camping out for the iPhone 5s might have the right idea, after all. Based on reports from numerous sources, the iPhone 5s appears to be suffering from limited inventory ahead of its launch. It's certainly believable, as even this morning reports were coming in that iPhone 5s preorders in China had depleted the available stock not long after they became available.
With the unveiling of the iPhone 5s and 5c, our real deals today are focused on cases that will work with the flagship product that Cupertino loves so much. Some of these are for your 5s (get a new phone, get a new case is our motto) while there are actually some 5c cases already ready on the market. So have these babies at the ready when your new handset gets to your hot little hands. And finally get yourself some orange for your iPhone 5c. It's the missing color!
Here we go, the last Price Drop before the big reveal next week. We've got some lovely kids books, free music, and how your voice can do so much, including speaking a foreign language. And as always, these deals are at rock bottom prices, so let's get rocking.
Like music? Then you should head over to iTunes right after reading this. In a rare move for Apple, dozens upon dozens of hit songs from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and today are available for just $.69 a song. Normally this is the kind of thing you only find on Amazon, so you should take advantage of it while you can if you like to download all your music through iTunes.
In honor of next week's big iPhone 5S reveal (which leaks have pretty much guaranteed with be fairly anticlimactic unless Tim's got another Mac Pro style surprise under wraps), this week's deals are all about the iOS. We've got iPod touches, iPads, and more inside. We'll keep it short this week, as we know if you're reading this blog, you're holding your breath and your wallet as you wait to see what next Tuesday will bring.