Makers of consumer electronics are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season. Apple's rivals are hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales.Continue »
(CBS News) Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5 next week, which means rumors surrounding the new smartphone are at fever pitch. This time, a report is circulating that claims the company will be the sole maker of adapters for the iPhone 5's new dock connector.
Citing several sources, the blog iLounge reported that initially Apple will be the exclusive vendor for the iPhone 5's dock connector adapter. According to the report, the company has not offered developers specifications for the rumored dock connector. Additionally, the sources say the adapters will sell for about $10 each or $29 for a pack of three.Continue »
The investigation could add a headache for Samsung in its global legal battle with Apple. Samsung is betting on its pool of third-generation wireless patents to win patent lawsuits against its U.S. rival. But its argument that Apple should be barred from selling products that illegally use patents that are considered essential technology for 3G networks have scored only one victory - in a Seoul court - while drawing scrutiny from regulators on at least two continents.Continue »
The blog iMore garnered attention for accurately predicting the date of the Apple's iPhone 5 press event and now the site claims that leaked photos and video of "dummy phones" are accurate.
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The photos in question are from the website iLounge, which reveals a taller iPhone with a 4-inch screen. Those photos align with several rumors that the iPhone 5 will increase in size - from a 3.5-inch to 4-inch display. The concept photos also reveal a 20 percent thinner body.Continue »
(CBS News) It's been only a day since Apple announced its Sept. 12 event, but one analyst is already estimating how many devices the company will sell.
According to a report by AllThingsD, Gene Munster, analyst at Piper Jaffray, says that Apple could possibly sell between 6 million to 10 million iPhone 5s in the first week of launch.Continue »
(AP) WASHINGTON - The FBI on Tuesday disputed a computer hacker group's claim that it stole personal identification data on millions of Apple device owners from an FBI agent's laptop.
FBI officials said the bureau never asked for and never possessed the database that the group, which calls itself AntiSec, is posting on a website.
The group has released a link to a database of more than 1 million unique identification numbers for Apple devices, which could include iPhones and iPads. AntiSec said the data is just a piece of the more than 12 million unique identification numbers and personal information on the device owners that it got from a laptop used by an FBI agent.
The FBI denied that it ever had that information. But officials there said they could not verify the validity of the data that AntiSec released. Federal officials also warned that computer users should be careful when clicking on such links because they sometimes may contain malware that can infect computers.
(CNET) Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S3 surpassed the iPhone 4S as the top-selling U.S. smartphone in August, the first time that Apple's flagship phone has relinquished its position atop the smartphone food chain.
That's according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley, who checks in with retailers to see how each phone is doing.
The iPhone 4S, which initially launched with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint Nextel, and then expanded to a number of other carriers, has held the top spot as the single best-selling phone ever since it launched in October. To have held on to that spot would have been impressive for any device, but has been par for the course for previous iPhones.Continue »
Hackers associated with the group Anonymous claimed to have obtained 12 million Apple unique device identifiers (UDID) from an FBI computer. A faction of the group that call themselves AntiSec posted instruction on how to access 1 million Apple UDIDs on the public bulletin board Pastebin. The group reported the hack via Twitter, using an Anonymous account.
An Apple UDID is a string of numbers and letters that identifies individual iPhones and iPads. The numbers are used to determine which devices are approved for content, including apps in beta tests.Continue »
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(CNET) Reports that veteran Hollywood actor Bruce Willis is reportedly looking to take on Apple in a bid to pass on his vast music collection to his children after his death have been disputed. The claims, which were originally reported by The Daily Mail, have apparently been debunked by Willis' wife via Twitter.
(CBS/AP) Apple's battle at home may be coming to a close, but overseas the computer giant faces tough opposition.
A Tokyo court on Friday dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent - the latest ruling in the global legal battle between the two technology titans over smartphones.Continue »
Apple has rejected an iPhone app designed to keep track of fatalities caused by U.S. drone strikes for its "objectionable" content.
The company withheld App Store approval for Drones+, an app that sends text messages to iPhones whenever the media reports casualties resulting from a drone strike and shows users the locations of drone strikes on a Google map.
Japanese electronics company Sharp is behind schedule on the production of screens for Apple's next generation iPhone, according to a report by Reuters, citing sources "familiar with Sharp's production operations."Continue »
(CBS News) The saga of Apple vs. Samsung may not be over anytime soon. This time the South Korean electronics giant is reportedly seeks to cripple Apple by blocking the airways.
According to a recent report by the Korea Times, Samsung says it will "immediately sue Apple" if the company releases a products that uses long-term evolution (LTE) technology.Continue »
That's about to change.
This fall consumers will be able to choose from the widest-yet assortment of smartphone and tablet devices because Microsoft, a company that has been an also-ran in mobile computing for too long, has picked itself off the mat.Continue »