Today marks the anniversary of one of the most important milestones in Apple history--perhaps even in the history of contemporary technology. Seven years ago today, speaking at the Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco, Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone to the world. As MacRumors notes, at the time Jobs introduced it as a device that served as a touchscreen iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator all rolled up into one.
No, that's not a typo: Sprint has actually introduced a new plan called "Framily" that allows up to 10 friends and family to share a single account, and it's headed to the company's retail stores this Friday.
T-Mobile did rather well for itself last year, whether through the introduction of the iPhone, its "Un-Carrier" plans for unlocked devices, or its frequent upgrade program, and if the latest offer from AT&T serves as any indication, other carriers are starting to get worried. How worried? As of today, AT&T is offering T-Mobile users $450 when they trade in eligible smartphones.
If all the news about iPhone 5s shortages made it sound as though Apple's doing quite well for itself, you'd be right. Recent data compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley (via AppleInsider) shows that both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c ranked as two out of the three best-selling smartphones across American providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile for September, October and November of this year.
The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over patents has sometimes been seen as a battle between two countries, with the United States in one corner and South Korea in the other, each looking out for the interests of their own companies. But as MacRumors reports (via Reuters), a South Korean judge toppled that perception by dismissing a lawsuit put forth by Samsung arguing that Apple had infringed on three of its patents.
Will they or won't they, and if so, when? That continues to be the question as a new advertisement on China Mobile's website seems to indicate that the carrier will launch its 4G network with the iPhone 5s and other compatible handsets.
Remember when Barack Obama fought tooth and nail to keep his BlackBerry after being elected President of the United States? Judging from comments made this week, it sounds like he'd gladly trade it for an iPhone, if only he could.