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Predictable though it is, the Informer just had to reflect on Apple’s mega launch this week. Unveiling three major new products at one event is just showing off. Apple probably had half of this gear sitting around for years, but it just felt like lulling its competitors into a false sense of security, before giving them so much to worry about that Samsung has presumably had to hire armies of therapists just to keep its senior execs sane.

Analysts: Apple Pay revolutionary, Apple Watch promising, iPhones adequate

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with Apple Pay

As you would expect, the analyst community has been quick to pass comment on yesterday’s Apple mega-launch. Here are just a few of their views.

Apple has first interesting product launch for four years

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with Apple Pay

Apple has been in a holding pattern for the past three years and has finally revealed a bunch of stuff it has been working on for a while. The two new phones feature the first major industrial design overhaul since the iPhone 4 and the Apple watch seems likely to significantly raise the bar in the wearables category. But the most significant announcement is probably Apple Pay, not just for Apple, but for the catalysing effect it could have on mobile commerce on the whole.

Apple launches new phones, watch and mobile wallet

The new Apple Watch

Apple today announced an unprecedented range of additions to its product catalogue, including the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. The keynote session in Cupertino, California, saw the unveiling of new NFC mobile payment capabilities to be built as standard into the new models, and the launch of the Apple’s foray into the wearable technology space with Apple Watch, as widely anticipated.

Apple set to kick start mobile wallet with iPhone launch

Apple's Touch ID fingerprint reader

Multiple reports predict Apple will reveal partnerships with the major credit card providers as part of a new mobile wallet initiative that will be unveiled at the big annual iPhone launch, set for 9 September.

Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth

The Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn't seem to be as popular as its predecessors

By its recent lofty standards, Samsung’s Q2 2014 smartphone shipments were a disappointment. In spite of the launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 in the middle of the quarter, shipments declined annually and it seems the strategy that has served Samsung so well may have run its course.

BRICs drive solid iPhone Q2 for Apple

The iPhone 5C seems to have sold more than expected in Q2

Tech giant Apple reported healthy Q2 earnings, with increased iPhone and Mac sales versus the year-ago quarter. The 35.2 million iPhones sold were a new record for the quarter, up 13% on the same quarter a year ago.

What a difference 70 years makes

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Telecoms is an industry so fast-moving that even reflecting back on how things were a decade ago evokes sepia-tinged images of people from the past walking unnervingly fast to the soundtrack of frantic piano. “I remember when the point of mobile phones was to make phone calls,” sneer parents everywhere to their digitally native children.

Apple impresses with quarterly performance

Apple has continued with its impressive financial performance, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the second quarter of 2014, as well as net profit of $10.2bn

Device manufacturer Apple continued with an impressive financial performance for the quarter to end-March, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the period, as well as net profit of $10.2bn.

US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators have teamed up in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the US

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

All dressed up: smart wearables get fit in 2014

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.

9m iPhone 5s/c sold in three days, fingerprint security hacked

Apple sold nine million of its new iPhone devices in three days

Nine million units of Apple’s new iPhone models, the 5s and 5c, were sold during the first three days’ of their availability, Apple has announced. Apple said the total was a record for a new iPhone and that the demand had meant its initial supply of the flagship 5s had been exhausted. Online orders should be shipped “in the coming weeks,” the firm said.

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

The iPhone 5s

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 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.

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.

EC grants 800MHz delays to nine Member States

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda

The European Commission has allowed nine Member States further postponements to their obligation to make 800MHz spectrum available for mobile broadband use. All states originally agreed to meet a January 2013 deadline but a number have yet to comply. There were 14 requests for further postponements, accounting for half of all Member States.

Russian operators begin to phase out iPhone

Apple's iPhone has been dropped by MTS and Megafon in Russia

Two of Russia’s largest mobile operators have ceased selling iPhone devices in the country due to the extensive marketing and financial support demanded by Apple. Second and third placed MTS and Megafon have already stopped advertising the device on their online shopping portals.

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.

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