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Apple struggles with demand for iOS7; handset ecosystems target OTA updates

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On Wednesday Apple released iOS 7, the biggest update to the mobile operating system since it first launched, to an expectant public. Users attempting to update can expect frustration as Apple’s delivery mechanisms are hammered for the first few days. When iOS6 was released last year, more than 100 million users attempted to download the update within the first week.

Under the thumb

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The moment she discovered she was pregnant, Mrs The Informer downloaded an app for her iPhone that gave her regular and constant updates on the development of the little clump of cells that would, some 18 months after his arrival, smash the screen of that iPhone, and that of its replacement, and then drop the second substitute into the toilet.

O2 UK yet to be granted Apple LTE approval

O2 will not be able to offer LTE services on the iPhone 5s or 5c at launch later this month

Apple has yet to grant O2 UK approval to offer its new 5s and 5c iPhone models on the operator’s newly launched LTE network. While O2 has denied failing any of Apple’s network approval tests, a spokesman confirmed that the tests have not yet been passed.

iPhone positioned for global LTE support

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Apple’s latest two iPhone models, unveiled Tuesday, will support 13 LTE bands, making the device accessible worldwide and boosting its presence in Asia with new deals in Japan and China.

Apple faces huge expectations with next iPhone

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C tomorrow

It’s the time of year again when the industry and Apple fans alike brace themselves for the launch of the next iPhone. This time the industry is expecting to see two devices launched – the iPhone 5S and the debut of a lower priced entry-level iPhone, expected to be named the iPhone 5C.

Apple revisits NFC implementation with patent application

Apple has applied to patent a gifting system using near field communication (NFC) technology

iPhone maker Apple looks to be considering adopting NFC as details of a patent application emerge for gifting media files from one iOS user to another.

Apple calls for counterfeit and third party charger trade-in

Vodafone to launch iPhone in UK January 14

Apple is asking its customers to hand in their counterfeit and third party device chargers in return for an official one for the price of $10, or the equivalent in local currency. The replacement USB power adapters will be available in retail stores starting August 16.

Obama overturns US ban on Apple devices

Obama's administration has overturned a ban on the sale of iPhones

US president Barack Obama’s administration has stepped in at the last minute and overturned a ban on the sale of older models of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the country. Initially, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) had ruled that the devices in question infringed upon 3G patents owned by Korean device maker Samsung.

Motorola champions ‘hands-free’ device

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Handset maker Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google, has launched a smartphone designed to be primarily controlled by voice. According to the firm, the Moto X handset has an “active display” which constantly feeds new information to the user without the use of notifications and pop ups.

FreeBSD founder quits Apple to focus on Big Data

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Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of the popular FreeBSD operating system and Director of Unix Technology at Apple, has stepped down from his role at the Cupertino-based firm to become CTO of iXsystems. The Silicon Valley firm specialises in high availability servers and storage systems and has close ties with the FreeBSD community.

Over 5 million smart watches expected to sell next year

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The worldwide smart watch market is set to exceed 5 million units next year, according to research published this week. Apple is rumoured to be readying a smart watch device this year, and estimates suggest that over 330,000 smart watches were shipped in 2012, led by Sony and Motorola, while recent start-up Pebble Technology joined Sony as a market leader in 2013.

Apple guilty of e-book price fixing

Apple has been found guilty of colluding with book publishers and conspiring to raise e-book prices

Apple has been found guilty of colluding with book publishers and conspiring to raise e-book prices in the US. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act; federal statute to limit cartels and monopolies.

Apple revamps OS

Apple's latest platform upgrade represenst a major overhaul

Apple has reworked its mobile operating system iOS with its seventh iteration. The platform has had a major overhaul with a new look and feel, six years of after the first operating system was launched on the original iPhone.

NSA accessing Google, Facebook and Apple user data

US National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly has direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US firms

It has been alleged by the Guardian newspaper that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet players. The access is reportedly part of a broader programme, called PRISM, which allows the agency to collect search history, email contents, file transfers and live chats of internet users.

Is Apple losing its grip on MNOs?

In 1Q13, gross margin fell from 44.7 per cent to 38.6 per cent, meaning that Apple's net profit stayed flat at $13.1bn

Apple’s quarterly profits took a dip last week and, so universally is the company renowned, even my dad asked me if the firm’s latest numbers heralded the beginning of the end.

Tele2 CEO slams Apple

Mats Granryd become president and CEO of Tele2

The CEO of Swedish mobile operator Tele2 has been quoted by a Swedish business newspaper voicing frustration at his company’s dealings with Apple.

Peaks and troughs

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It was an overwhelmingly numbery week this week, as Q1 financials deluged the Informer’s inbox. Over the weekend the mainstream press were all aflutter about the fact that Apple was going to report a drop in quarterly profits. This duly happened, but fluctuations are relative and when your profits are plummeting all the way to $9.5bn for the quarter, it’s hardly a catastrophe.

Apple posts first profit dip in a decade, analysts expect comeback

Apple has posted its first quarterly drop in profit in ten years

Device giant Apple has posted its first quarterly drop in profit in ten years, with $9.5bn 2Q13 (January to March) net profit marking a more than 18 per cent decline on the $11.6bn generated in 2Q12. Quarterly revenue grew year on year however, to $43.6bn from $39.2bn a year ago. Gross margin was 37.5 per cent compared to 47.4 per cent in 2Q12.

EE defends Apple’s LTE policy, urges more to do the same

EE’s CEO Olaf Swantee believes that Apple’s policy is good for the industry

UK operator EE has defended Apple’s policy of preventing mobile operators from offering the iPhone 5 as an LTE device until it has tested the performance of their LTE networks. The operator launched its 4G network in September 2012, with the iPhone available at launch as an LTE device.

Mobile device price drop sees tablets outsell PCs

Worldwide devices are on pace to total 2.4 billion units in 2013

The number of tablets sold globally will surpass the number of PCs sold by 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner. Sales of Android smartphones are also expected to triple between 2012 and 2017, the firm forecasted.

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