Judging from our Twitter feed, all anyone wanted to talk about this weekend was how drugstore chains CVS and Rite Aid have gone out of their way to prevent iPhone 6 owners from making purchases with their new handsets — and there may be a very good reason for this, as outlined in our Monday Morning Report. We also take a look at OS X Yosemite adoption and how iPhone 6 preorders are trumping Samsung on their own turf. Kick off the week with a click!
Over the last few years, we've heard plenty of speculation about how Samsung and Android will trump the iPhone, yet every time Apple releases a new smartphone, the opposite seems to be true. Our Wednesday Morning Report takes a look at Samsung's quarterly profit drop, along with a peek at an iPad Air 2 dummy unit, and a new contender for the mobile payment throne. Click to read more!
With patent lawsuits flying back and forth between Apple and Samsung, it was probably only a matter of time until Cupertino reduced its reliance on components from the Korean manufacturer — and that day seems to have arrived with the iPhone 6.
It looks as though all those claims of former Android device users jumping ship for the iPhone 6 were true, after all. A new report from Bloomberg states that trade-ins for Samsung smartphones have tripled over at Gazelle, and that number may reach even higher. Indeed, the report states that almost a third of the the site's Android users plan to switch to Apple, with 39 percent reporting that the bigger screens are the deciding factor.
Call it the call before the storm: With iOS 8 inbound on Wednesday and the new iPhone 6 models touching down in stores Friday, it's going to be a long week for many readers. So why not kick up your feet and check out the latest Samsung attack on Apple, soak up rumors of a 5K Mac monitor, and check in on how Apple's gift of U2 is doing? It's all here in today's Morning Report.
Today singer Adam Levine joined the embarrassingly long list of Samsung spokespeople who just can't stop using their beloved iPhones. The revelation is particularly remarkable in Levine's case, as just last week he was quoted in a presser for Samsung's Milk Music service that he'd be participating in "a ceremonial iPhone burning" after the event.
Disappointed that you don't have the funds to spend a small fortune on a lunch date with Apple CEO Tim Cook? Never fear: you might be able to acquire some of the most unintentionally humorous items from Apple's history through a current eBay auction. The pieces in questions are the business card, shirt, and lanyard of former Apple employee Sam Sung — and any follower of Apple news shouldn't have a hard time guessing why it'd make a fun acquisition.
Could Apple's "thermonuclear war" against Samsung finally be showing signs of cooling down? While the two smartphone giants apparently aren't ceding any patent ground in the lucrative U.S. market, there appears to finally be some peace in the rest of the world, except in China, where Cupertino now faces a setback with the government. It's all in today's Morning Report!
Apple's earnings call this quarter revealed news that was very much in line with the trends we've been seeing from the Cupertino company in years past: For the most part, device sales were up, but sales of the iPad continued the downward slide we've been seeing for a while. On the plus side, research firm IDC (via MacRumors) shows that Apple still maintains a healthy lead over its competitors in the tablet market.
Now here's an unfortunate case of being the wrong brand at the wrong time: The CEO of ISIS Mobile Wallet announced Monday that the company is planning to rebrand as a result of the conflict taking place in Iraq. As you may recall, a militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has also been frequently referenced by the acronym ISIS, and the mobile wallet service is apparently uncomfortable with such an association. No word on what the new brand will be as yet, but while you're guessing, have a look back at our recap of the last 24 hours!