Hope you set the alarm clock and got your iPhone 5 preorder in early if you're hoping to have FedEx or UPS bring it straight to your door, because the shipping estimates from Apple's website have already slipped to two weeks.
Happy iPhone 5 preorder day! If you're reading this in the afternoon, that means you probably stayed up late trying to preorder your shiny new handset right when the virtual stores opened at 12:01am PST, and we're kind of bleary-eyed from doing the same. So let's cut this short and recap what happened while you were(n't) sleeping, shall we?
The end of August is here, but before you go sauntering off on an extended three-day Labor Day vacation, it's time to soak in a handful of stories to round out the month. Next week this particular writer will be shifting this recap into an early edition spot but fear not: MacLife.com will continue offering the same great PM recap you're now reading, along with a bit more afternoon news as icing on the cake. So without further ado, here's what's happening for Friday, August 31, 2012...
With 34 new markets lighting up 4G LTE across the United States on Thursday and another 38 getting beefed up, Verizon Wireless now appears well ahead of its own goals, blanketing more than 75 percent of the U.S. population with fast data speeds.
What a topsy-turvy world we live in! Valve's Steam is expanding beyond games next month, while Verizon js hoarding some not-so top-secret data plans for its new Share Everything program. Don't know what we're talking about? Then you clearly haven't read today's news recap, which includes all the details on this and much more. Here's the latest for Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
Apple controls its own destiny with the iPhone, a brutal reality that clearly must chafe at its carrier partners. But would a once-exclusive partner actually go so far as to instruct its salespeople to sell other smartphones over Cupertino's handset?
We'll have to wait just a bit to see Apple's own quarterly results on Tuesday afternoon, but there's plenty to look forward to if AT&T's own Q2 2012 results are any indication, with the onetime exclusive carrier activating 3.7 million iPhones during the quarter.
Verizon Wireless continues to bring its A game, adding an additional 33 markets for its 4G LTE service as it posts $28.6 billion in operating revenues for Q2, announcing that smartphones now make up a full half of its postpaid customers.
An error message discovered in iOS 6 Beta 3 has put a damper on one of the operating system's new features, which is the ability to make FaceTime video calls over a cellular data network. While AT&T and Verizon seem to be mulling how much to charge customers for such a privilege, as usual Sprint has no such issue.
It's not much of a surprise, especially now that rival Verizon Wireless has already introduced their own service, but AT&T has finally made good on its promise to introduce shared data plans -- and won't be forcing current customers to use them if they don't want to.