Apple appears to finally be shaking off the iOS 8 blues, judging from the rising rate of adoption detailed in our Wednesday Morning Report. We've also got news about Nautilus jumping on board the HealthKit bandwagon, along with a bunch of cool digital goodies coming up in two weeks courtesy of Verizon Wireless. You'll have to click to find out all the details!
They came, they saw, they purchased! At this writing, Apple hasn't yet posted sales figures for the iPhone 6 launch weekend, but judging from the long lines, we're guessing they'll have plenty to brag about in addition to the four million preorders racked up more than a week ago. Today's Morning Report kicks off with a look at new LTE enhancements from Verizon, out-of-warranty repair costs for the latest handsets, and how Windows users have an edge over Mac (for now).
Are you a grandfathered unlimited data user on Verizon Wireless? If so, you may soon find your favorite carrier slowing your roll on data consumption. GigaOM reported Friday that Verizon plans to throttle LTE speeds for heavy data users effective October 1, an effort to target the top five percent of users consuming 4.7GB or more each month. The new policy will only affect customers who haven't renewed their contract within the last two years, with customers being notified of the change next week. Speaking of changes, read on to find out how Verizon customers will be able to use their early upgrade program at an Apple store later this year...
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!
There's still no confirmation a deal between Apple and Beats Electronics is taking place, but that saga took another interesting turn late last week. According to The Wrap, the founder of the MOG online subscription-based music service that ultimately became Beats Music is suing co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, claiming he was fired before he could receive benefits from an incentive plan. Looking for a potential slice of Apple pie, maybe?
The CarPlay invasion appears to be coming in full force later this year, now that both Alpine and Pioneer have confirmed aftermarket systems and Hyundai just announced Apple's technology will be built into 2015 Sonata models. Apple's CarPlay website was also just updated and now adds Beats Music as another supported app, so there's plenty to get excited about — but for now, you'll have to settle for a recap of what went down over the last 24 hours...
Apple held the lottery for this year's Worldwide Developer Conference in an effort to prevent developers from scooping up all the tickets within seconds of being made available. Judging from our Twitter feed, a number of longtime Mac and iOS developers wound up empty-handed this year, so congrats to those who managed to get in and here's to a new Apple keynote on June 2!
You've got to hand it to Verizon Wireless -- the nation's largest carrier isn't afraid to go it alone rather than leap into a pricing war with its three smaller rivals. But could their attachment to traditional two-year contracts, higher prices and handset subsidies be short-sighted? For now, executives claim no, and they seem to have the numbers to back it up. This and more in our Monday recap!
Happy Fat Tuesday! If you can't make it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans this year, our Monday recap has an app that can put you into the heart of the fun right from your iOS device, along with a handful of other news items you might have missed yesterday. Let's kick things off with a big "oops, sorry about that" from the folks at Twitter...
Verizon executives have steadfastly refused to jump into a price war with rivals AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, but we can't help but think the carrier is feeling the pressure with its latest plans that offer more of... well, everything.