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Apple brings low-cost 8 GB iPhone 5c to more countries

Apple expanded availability of the 8 GB iPhone 5c to several new countries on Wednesday. The expansion was first noted by 9to5 Mac, and Mac Rumors reports the low-cost model is now on sale in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland. While prices vary by location, customers can expect roughly a €50 discount for the 8 GB model as compared to the original 16 GB version.

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The lower-cost iPhone 5c with less storage was a bit of a surprise when Apple initially announced it: The company introduced the new model last month, in the middle of a current product cycle. That’s atypical of Apple, which generally keeps iPhone product launches on an annual basis. Early sales data suggested that the iPhone 5s was outselling the iPhone 5c, indicating that Apple may not be earning the results it expected from the new iPhone 5c.

I doubt Apple will ever release sales figures specific to the 8 GB iPhone 5c — the company doesn’t break out data at that level — but I’d love to see the numbers.

My expectation? A lower-priced iPhone 5c with a meager 8 GB of storage isn’t bringing a large sales bump for the company. The limited storage certainly isn’t appealing unless you’re getting a large discount on the phone as compared to the 16 GB model. And in some countries, you’re not getting a discount at all according to one Mac Rumors commenter who says: “its hilarious cuz[sic] they introduced the 8GB one for 499€ here in Germany while every big store chain is selling the 16GB one for 489€.”

The timing of this product revision is taking place at a bad time. Until this year’s model, iPhones haven’t been sold at a discount by retailers — they kept prices the same as Apple’s own store. With the latest iteration, however, policies changed, allowing retailers to offer the phones at lower prices if they chose to do so. As a result, Apple’s offering of a discounted 8 GB iPhone 5c is competing with the newly discounted other models, making the product less desirable by comparison.

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Windows Phone 8.1 works with Apple Passbook data (but for how long?)

Although I covered many of the newest features of Windows Phone 8.1 in my review earlier today, I apparently missed one. In my defense, Microsoft hasn’t announced it. It’s only because of The Verge’s Tom Warren that we know about Windows Phone 8.1 working with Apple’s Passbook files. Warren tweeted out the following on Monday morning, showing that he has a boarding pass in his phone’s Microsoft Wallet app.

iMore’s Rene Ritchie expanded on the topic, suggesting that Microsoft is using Apple’s Passbook file format to create the files in Windows Phone 8.1. That’s likely true because it’s pretty easy to find the Passbook data file structure: A quick web search turned up all of the information, including a detailed PDF file, needed to build a specific Passbook file for a boarding pass, coupon, or loyalty code. Ritchie said that Apple code-signs the files, so it’s not clear how Microsoft is dealing with this aspect, possibly just accepting any files in Wallet whether they’re signed or not.

Regardless of whether Microsoft’s implementation is simply a test or not — Windows Phone 8.1 is in developer preview — there have already been Android apps that do the same. Passbook for Android reads .pkpass files, which are zipped Passbook data bits, to do exactly the same thing. And it’s not the only one available for Android.

I’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment to see if using Apple’s Passbook file structure is a long-term strategy for Windows Phone or if this is just a one-off test in the developer preview, and will update this post accordingly with any response.

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New Apple tech doesn’t need GPS to determine your location

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Apple was awarded a patent on Tuesday for a technology that should allow for much more accurate indoor location detection and mapping, even in the absence of GPS. The new patent, which was picked up by Apple Insider, uses a combination of Wi-Fi access points, location databases and other data to determine proximity to what the patent called “presence areas.” It then analyzes various data such as Wi-Fi signal strength and building architecture to determine a more precise location.

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Apple Should Buy Sony’s PlayStation Division

Apple has well over $ 100 billion in cash, which is making many people across the globe wonder what the company should do with all that money. Investors would like to … Continue reading
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FEATURED — 2014: The year Samsung copied Apple and Apple copied Samsung

Apple Vs Samsung

An interesting plot twist is playing out in the smartphone industry this year. In a scramble to identify new catalysts as smartphone sales growth continues to slow, Apple and Samsung will both seemingly make huge strategic shifts that aim to broaden the appeal of their high-end handsets.

Apple, rumor has it, will launch two new smartphones in 2014 that both have larger displays. Numerous reports suggest that the company is planning an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen, as well as an iPhone phablet with an even larger 5.5-inch display.

Samsung, rumor has it, will launch a new premium smartphone that features a high-end metal housing and possibly other premium materials. The device was supposedly pictured for the first time earlier this week, though a shroud blocked its case from view.

In other words, Apple will cave and finally launch a big-screen phone, like Samsung… and Samsung will cave and finally launch a metal phone, like Apple.

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Apple may design its own LTE chip for the iPhone 6 successor

iPhone 6s Specs Baseband Chip

Starting with 2015 iPhone models, Apple may use its custom radio chips, Digitimes reveals, as the company is apparently forming an R&D team to work on baseband chips, which are responsible for handling wireless connectivity on a handset including cellular radios responsible for LTE. Designed by Apple, these chips would be built by Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundaries, according to “industry sources.”

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Apple reportedly buying the display division of Japanese chip firm

Apple appears to be continuing on its path to ever more vertical integration as Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported that the consumer electronics giant is in talks with Japan’s Renesas Electronics to take over a unit that supplies all of Apple’s iPhone liquid crystal displays. Displays aren’t only the “face” of the phone, they are also the largest consumer of battery power. With such IP in-house, I’m sure Apple’s engineers can not only create a reliable supply of these components, but also improve the most important customer-facing aspect of a phone or tablet. Apple is reportedly seeking to buy a 55 percent stake of Renesas SP Drivers, a joint venture Renesas has with Sharp and Powerchip.

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Report: Apple to begin production of new iPhone screens in May — and they’re big

Apple will soon begin manufacturing the displays for this year’s iPhones. Judging by leaked screen specs, the upcoming phones promise to be much bigger devices than previous generations, according to a report from Reuters.

The report, which cites unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain, says there will be two screen sizes — a 4.7-inch screen, which is already considerably larger than the iPhone 5 series’ 4-inch displays, and a plus-sized 5.5-inch screen. While Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display have all been tapped to start making the 4.7-inch screen in May, there’s a delay in the planned production of the 5.5-inch display while Apple decides some technical issues, Reuters says.

The Reuters story adds more credence to the rumors Apple will go big in its next generation of smartphones. Larger screens would definitely put Apple in line with the trend toward heftier smartphones with broad swaths of real estate to view and swipe. The difference in the reported sizes between the screens would also mean that Apple may be doing more to differentiate the iPhone line within each generation of device.

Last year was the first time that Apple launched two distinct iPhones, the 5s and the 5c. Both were the same size, the main differences being cosmetics and internal hardware. Apple has already split the iPad line into bigger and smaller devices, and the iPad mini has proven a hit. Maybe it could do the same with a monster-sized iPhone 6.

 

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New Apple vs. Samsung legal battle even more important for Google than last time

2014 Apple vs Samsung Patent Lawsuit

The second U.S. Apple vs. Samsung trial, which is set to start on Monday in San Jose with jury selection, may be even more important for Google than the first case, new reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reveal. Unlike in the first patent fight between the two smartphone makers when Apple said Samsung copied the design of the iPhone with its devices, Apple is now attacking Samsung solely with patents that cover Android software features. Thus, the verdict in this case is all the more important for Google.

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Apple patent surfaces for oleophobic coating on sapphire

The iPhone 6 is expected to arrive with a sapphire display, which will replace Corning’s offering as a new way to keep the screen safe. This hasn’t been confirmed, but … Continue reading
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