Fourth-place U.S. carrier T-Mobile might finally have a fighting chance at a comeback now that the FCC has signed off on its proposed merger with MetroPCS, and the timing couldn't be better since the carrier is scheduled to officially offer the iPhone this year. But there was plenty more going on Tuesday, so let's take a quick spin through the day's events, shall we?
T-Mobile USA closed out 2012 with the news the fourth-place carrier would be getting the iPhone this year, but the even bigger news was an end to subsidy pricing on handsets -- a move which is coming sooner rather than later.
Happy End of the World Day! If you're reading this, the predicted Mayan apocalypse did not occur and you can continue enjoying the holiday festivities with one less thing to worry about. However, your intrepid MacLife.com news recap reporter will be taking a much-needed hiatus over the next two weeks, so enjoy this final day of coverage before our return on January 7, 2013 -- and fear not, your diligent editors will have plenty of other fine content rolling out during the break to pass the time with. Happy holidaze, folks!
If you close your eyes and believe there will one day be a Microsoft Office for iOS, you might find yourself looking at any number of leaks that appear to already confirm its existence. Say, there's one right here in today's overnight recap, along with a report on how Apple and Microsoft appear to be tangling over SkyDrive in-app subscriptions. Ready to find out more? Then let's get started...
T-Mobile USA is the last major carrier in this country to nab the iPhone, but we have a feeling it might be one of the most competitive. When Apple's handset hits T-Mo next year, it will be fueled by the company's fresh new 4G LTE network at a time when parent company Deutsche Telekom is doing the once unthinkable by moving away from subsidized handsets, which will produce lower monthly fees for users. Sounds like a win-win for the consumer!
Thursday turned out to be a big day for those awaiting the arrival of iTunes 11, which swooped onto Mac and Windows computers with just one November day left to spare. While the app redesign may not be as radical as many of us hoped it would be, there's still plenty to like about the latest version and we're looking forward to seeing some of its new features — namely Up Next — added to iOS 7 next year. Here's what else was making news while you were playing with iTunes 11...
This is our final recap of the week as we prepare to gorge ourselves on turkey Thursday and then check out some Black Friday deals the next day. Like many of you, we'll probably be buying some stuff from Amazon over the four-day weekend, so it's good timing that the e-tailer has updated with iOS app with the ability to send delivery alerts -- a new feature you can read all about in today's recap, of course.
Superstorm Sandy is now only a memory as the cleanup in affected areas continues. It's always great to see corporations jumping to the aid of those affected by such tragedies, and that includes Apple, who has lit up donations to the American Red Cross via iTunes. The kindness has also spread to AT&T and T-Mobile, who are sharing network capacity in affected areas of New York and New Jersey to make sure you'll have a connection no matter where you are. Kudos!
In case you haven't heard, Apple set a date for its next media event with a casual "we've got a little more to show you" invitation sent to the media on Tuesday. The October 23 soiree is expected to unveil the iPad mini and possibly refreshed iMacs and Mac minis, but we'll just be happy for the arrival of iTunes 11, which Cupertino teased at last month's media event. Here's a look at what else went down on Tuesday you might have missed...
Last Friday was busier than normal for Apple-related news, and that trend continued right into the weekend, which saw the arrival of iPhone 5-compatible nano-SIMs at T-Mobile retailers, yet another free iCloud storage bump for former MobileMe subscribers and AT&T slashing its return window in half -- which is likely to just send more iPhone buyers to Apple, where a 30-day return window still exists.