Tag Archives: iPhones
Remember that ITC ban on the import, sale and distribution of some AT&T-compatible iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, iPad 3G iPad 2 3G models Samsung won in June? Irving A. Williamson, Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, has officially vetoed the ruling. In a memo to the ITC, he explains that the descision considers the ban’s “effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers.” If you’ll recall, the case focused on patent 7,706,348 for encoding mobile communications, which Samsung claimed the aforementioned devices infringed upon. Williamson notes that despite his decision on the ruling, Samsung will still be able to “pursue its rights through the courts” (i.e. monetary compensation, etc.).
This post was updated at 11:18 a.m. PT to clarify that Isis will stick with NFC for payments, embedded in devices or in removable phone sleeves.
The U.S. carrier-backed Isis mobile payment service, which is still only in a couple U.S. markets, has announced two big things: it plans to expand to nationwide coverage by the end of the year and the service will work on Apple’s smartphones. The near-field communications-based service has so far only been accessible to Android smartphones — and Apple, notably, does not make products that use NFC.
Isis is off to an extremely rocky and slow start on its mission to give mobile carriers a piece of the mobile payments pie. And in order to expand to the many smartphones that don’t have NFC chips embedded in them, the service will offer cases that are loaded with NFC chips inside that can register payments with a mobile device in physical stores.
Here’s what an Isis exec told Bloomberg, with few details about when this expansion will take place:
“What you’ll see coming from us is a vastly improved product, a variety of new places to use it, a vastly improved user experience,” Ryan Hughes, chief marketing officer at New York-based Isis, said in an interview.
The iPhone isn’t the only newcomer: the joint effort by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will also work with Windows Mobile devices and BlackBerry phones.
While Isis has slowly expanded to a couple places since its debut last fall — Austin and Salt Lake City — it says it will be available everywhere in the U.S. by the end of this year. A couple thousand businesses are currently offering it and Isis reports that there are up to 10 transactions per month per Android customer using the service.
Meanwhile, Google, which has also tried to make NFC payments happen, has been having a really hard time with its own Google Wallet service. But apps and services that have opted not to confine themselves to NFC for mobile transactions, like Square and LevelUp, have been growing.
The biggest success story has been Starbucks though: it processes 3 million transactions a week in its U.S. stores. The Starbucks app, which is available on a variety of mobile platforms, including the iPhone, doesn’t use any kind of fancy payments system, which may be its best feature. All it takes is a simple barcode scanner to accept payment via preloaded gift cards.
Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:
Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.
- The future of mobile: a segment analysis by GigaOM Pro
- Forecast: the future of near field communication
- Defining the mobile wallet: what it is, why it matters
Samsung got a big win in the International Trade Commission today, as the ITC handed down a final ruling finding that several models of AT&T-compatible iPhones and iPads infringe a Samsung patent, and issued an exclusion order preventing them from being sold.
Source: ITC [PDF]
Documents have been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for a $ 53 million settlement between Apple and customers denied warranty coverage on their iPods and iPhones due to water damage. The case is due to Apple’s policy not to extend warranty coverage on devices where the indicator tape inside them showed exposure to liquids, however plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit argued the indicator could change color due to moisture or humidity. Apple does not acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement, which is still awaiting approval from the court, however customers with warranty claims denied prior to June 2010 (iPod touch) or December 31st, 2009 could be eligible for as much as $ 300 depending on the device owned and how many claims are filed. The scenario the plaintiffs cite is just the kind of thing we worried about back in 2006, and will probably remain in the back of our minds if we need to have any of our hardware serviced in the future no matter how much Apple and others work on more advanced detection systems.
Apple has been on a roll for, well, almost as long as we can remember. Basically since the debut of the iMac, the company has been riding a rocketship back from brink of irrelevance. The iPod, iPhone and iPad have all led it to post record quarter, after record quarter, after record quarter. Now we’re in the second quarter of financial year 2013 and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down much. The company posted $ 43.6 billion in revenue during the quarter and net itself a handsome profit of $ 9.5 billion. While those numbers do represent the slowest rate of growth Cupertino has seen in years, it’s hardly the fall from grace that some analysts were predicting. Compared to the same time last year, revenues are up from $ 39.2 billion though net income has dropped from the Q2 2012 mark of $ 11.6 billion.
(Credit: Silverline Mobile)
Here’s a crowdfunding project with a twist: instead of pledging a certain amount to buy a new gadget for yourself, an underserved senior citizen will receive said product instead.
The project in question is Silverline, which is seeking funding on Indiegogo to equip senior citizens with smartphones preloaded with essential apps.
Silverline Mobile’s Singapore-based creators, Jason Aspes and Lilin Phng, have developed senior-friendly iOS apps that provide useful information and keep them connected to loved ones. The five apps that have already been developed are:
- Discover: Snap automatically geotagged photos and add captions to document activities for the day.
- Well Being: Reminders to drink water, take medication and watch videos for health tips.
- Inspire: News stories delivered in the form of text, images and videos.
- Connect: Tap a contact’s photo to call him/her immediately.
- Emergency: Tap simple icons to call for emergency assistance.
(Credit: Silverline Mobile) If you pledge $ 79, an underserved senior citizen will get a refurbished iPhone 3GS with the Silverli… [Read more]
Crave Ep. 113: Hot! A homemade solar death ray
Parents crowdfund firstborn child on Indiegogo
iKazoo: Kazoo-inspired controller is one weird gadget
Fund this: Breathometer turns your smartphone into a breathalyzer
Could Minuum finally evolve the virtual QWERTY keyboard?
Crave: gorgeous gadgets and other crushworthy stuff. – CNET
Hon Hai Precision, also known as Foxconn Technology, has reported its earnings for the year and notched a net income of $ 3.2 billion according to the Financial Times. Most familiar as the manufacturing muscle behind Apple’s iPhones, iPads and the like, the Taiwan-based manufacturer beat analyst predictions on high margins for those products. Its subsidiary, Foxconn International Holdings, is the world’s largest cellphone maker and produces devices for companies including Nokia and Motorola, but suffered a net loss of $ 316.4 million. As a result, some are concerned about Foxconn’s heavy reliance on Apple as a customer going forward.Still, the company is reportedly continuing a plan to increase vertical integration, by manufacturing the parts for devices and not just putting them together — we’ll see if anyone notices changes in the final product anytime soon.
For the first time ever, the iPhone was the most popular smartphone in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2012. Apple sold 17.7 million smartphones during the quarter, which just barely edged out Samsung, which sold 16.8 million smartphones during the same quarter, according to Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Strategy report published Friday. All told, 52 million smartphones were sold in the U.S. between October and December, and Apple and Samsung dominated the competition: together they sold two out of every three smartphones.
The iPhone’s distinction as most popular phone during the quarter comes on Apple’s strength: holiday sales. However, for all of 2012 Samsung still bested all others including Apple — for the fifth year in a row — selling 53 million smartphones, and maintaining a 32 percent share. Apple’s full year share of sales was 26.2 percent.
You’ll note that this chart is, somewhat unusually, only comparing three vendors: Apple, Samsung, LG and then “others.” But that essentially sums up the state of the U.S. smartphone market: Apple versus Samsung, and that’s about it.
Apple’s 34 percent share of U.S. smartphone sales during the fourth quarter is not likely to be a pattern we’ll see repeated outside non-holiday quarters: Samsung puts out many different models of smartphones throughout the year, compared to Apple’s single annual refresh, and barring something catastrophic happening at Samsung, it’s is likely to continue as the biggest smartphone vendor in the U.S. for 2013.
What could boost Apple’s chances of overtaking Samsung outside of holiday sales is if Apple started releasing multiple models of iPhones to reach many more new customers, either through more price options, new subscription options, as T-Mobile is planning, or more screen size choice — as some estimate could start as soon as this year.
Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:
Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.
- Analyzing the wearable computing market
- Confused about the wireless markets? Here’s a breakdown
- Siri: Say hello to the coming “invisible interface”