BlackBerry might seem like a sinking ship following the news that Fairfax Financial is expected to acquire the former smartphone giant for $4.7 billion, but it looks like Apple's already there to supply lifeboats for the team. As the Financial Post reports (via MacRumors), Apple has set up shop near BlackBerry's Ontario offices in order to recruit the best and brightest from the beleaguered company.
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.
The 2013 holiday season hasn't kicked off yet, but it's already a great time to buy an iPhone 5c as retailers attempt to undercut each other with deals that allow buyers to nab a phone for as low as $45 up front.
On January 7, 2007, Steve Jobs walked on to the stage in Cupertino and changed the world. We can talk about predecessors to the iPhone such as the Palm, we can talk about other devices that followed not long after, but it was Apple's device that got the concept so stunningly correct. Most importantly, Jobs' presentation had much to do with that success. But according to a piece by Fred Vogelstein in the New York Times today, there's a strong chance it may not have happened that way.
One of the big stories from the general tech sphere yesterday centered on Ars Technica's discovery that Samsung artificially inflated the CPU speeds for the Galaxy Note 3, leading the normally Twitterphobic Apple executive Phil Schiller to tweet "shenanigans" in response. But as Anandtech reported today, the rabbit hole goes far deeper than that. According to the site's research, almost all smartphone manufacturers--with the exception of Apple and Motorola--employ GPU and CPU tweaks to cheat on benchmark tests to make smartphones appear more powerful than they are.
T-Mobile's U.S. division has been shaking up the wireless industry in recent months, but is any of this change having a real effect on its bottom line? Thanks largely to the iPhone, all signs point to yes.
As if Samsung's announcement that they would also release a smartphone with a 64-bit chip in the nebulous future wasn't oddly timed enough, AppleInsider reports that the South Korean tech giant has now announced that it plans to release a gold Galaxy S4. The gold in this case will only affect the trim, whereas the front would be available in either pink or brown.
And now for another sobering reminder of just how quickly things can change in the tech industry: BlackBerry, once the undisputed leader of the smartphone market around 2007, released a letter of intent this morning to sell itself for $4.7 billion. That's a harsh contrast compared to the news we're hearing from Apple, which witnesses the most successful launch in smartphone history with the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.