Apple overtakes BlackBerry in smartphone market

Californian gadget shop Apple steamed into second place in the smartphone market during the third quarter, knocking RIM off its perch, and creeping up on Nokia. During the three month period to the end of September, global shipments of smart phones hit a new peak of just under 40 million units, representing around 13 per […]

Apple claims to be beating BlackBerry

Californian kit maker Apple laid into BlackBerry vendor Research In Motion (RIM) late Tuesday, with head honcho Steve Jobs bragging to analysts that he had sold more handsets than the Canadian firm. As Apple’s financial results were posted, Jobs said that in the quarter to the end of September – the first period in which […]

BlackBerry to get app store

Keen to get in on the application distribution action that Apple and Google have brought to the industry’s attention, BlackBerry maker RIM (Research In Motion) on Tuesday revealed its own plans. In March 2009, RIM will launch the BlackBerry Applications Storefront, a marketplace which will put developers apps in front of the millions of BlackBerry […]

Apple removes secrecy oath from iPhone SDK

Californian gadget maker Apple has removed the requirement that developers pledge an oath of secrecy on the contents of the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK). Apple said it had decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software on Wednesday, just days after Google championed the ‘openness’ of its own Android platform with […]

Flash for iPhone may exist, but it’s not there yet

The iPhone community is foaming at the mouth yet again, in the wake of reports that software developer Adobe has confirmed the existence of a Flash player for the Apple device. At the Flash on the Beach developers conference, which is taking place in Brighton, UK this week, Adobe’s senior director of engineering, Paul Betlem, […]

Apple targets mass market with unlocked iPhone

Californian gadget maker Apple has made an unlocked version of the iPhone 3G available, direct from its own stores. Unfortunately, the unlocked unit is only available to consumers in Hong Kong, where the iconic device began selling this week. A 16GB version is retailing for HK$6,200 (Eur545), while the 8GB option is HK$5,400, which is […]

Mixed response to latest iPhone 3G update

On Friday, Apple released the latest major update for its flagship iPhone 3G device, promising to fix the numerous connectivity glitches which have dogged the device since launch. There’s not really any accurate way of gauging the effects of the 2.1 firmware update on the iPhone population, but the discussions on the official Apple support […]

iPhone update ahead, App Store going great guns

At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple frontman Steve Jobs unleashed the latest batch of iPhone and iPod updates ahead of the all important holiday shopping season. On the menu was yet another firmware update for the iPhone 3G, which has suffered from bad press since its launch. Version 2.1 of the device […]

Microsoft amps up Zune with radio tagging

Software giant Microsoft has upped its game in the portable music player space, giving the Zune device new features to better compete against market leader Apple. A new firmware update to be released next week will allow US Zuners to tag songs they hear over the device’s FM radio for later purchase. New features will […]

iPhone gets VoIP, operators get worried

Apple iPhone users will be able to circumvent cellular networks to make calls thanks to a voice over internet protocol app supplied by Belgian phone firm Nomado Telecom. The tech provider claims callers could make savings of up to 80 per cent connecting to the internet via the terminal’s wifi connection. Calls made via Nomado’s […]

Apple rapped for misleading iPhone claims

Californian gadget maker Apple has caught flak from the UK’s advertising watchdog, over its claim that ‘all’ of the internet is accessible from the iPhone. In its TV ads, Apple claims, “all the parts of the internet are on the iPhone,” but consumers have complained the claim is misleading because the device does not support […]

Lessons to learn from Apple’s App Store

The rest of the mobile industry could learn a valuable lesson from newcomer Apple, as the App Store takes the mobile content and apps market by storm. Analysts at the Daiwa Institute of Research this week said that the introduction of the App Store in the iPhone 2.0 platform represents a compelling reason for high […]

Apple releases another iPhone update

Users connecting their Apple iPhone 3Gs up to iTunes on Tuesday will discover yet another software update waiting for them. In Apple’s now familiar vague descriptions of iPhone updates, the latest 248MB download claims to contain “bug fixes” and will take the firmware up to version 2.0.2. Many users hope these bug fixes are for […]

Turkcell scores iPhone 3G deal

Leading Turkish operator, Turkcell, said Monday that it has become the latest carrier to strike a deal with Apple to supply the iPhone 3G later this year. The operator said it will bring the iconic device to its prepaid and postpaid customers ‘later this year’. Turkcell will be the second operator to distribute the iPhone […]

Best Buy to sell iPhone 3G

The iPhone 3G is reported to be selling like hot cakes and on Wednesday Californian vendor Apple introduced plans to make the gadget more available under a deal with consumer electronics retailer Best Buy. From September 7, the US high street retailer will start stocking the iPhone 3G at $199 for the 8GB model and […]

App Store has teething troubles, iPhone has kill switch

Californian gadget maker Apple appears to be having a few teething troubles with its newly launched App Store for the iPhone. The App Store, which is part of iTunes, allows developers to get their applications in front of the entire iPhone user base, but only after Apple has vetted the apps for suitability and security. […]

Virgin adds to iPhone competition down under

Virtual network operator Virgin Mobile added to the already intense competition between iPhone sellers in the Australian market on Friday, bringing out the Apple device with its own tariffs. This looks to make Virgin the first MVNO to offer the iPhone and takes the number of providers offering the device in Oz up to four, […]

Apple’s MobileMe back up and running

Californian kit maker Apple said Tuesday that it has restored service to the remaining 1 per cent of MobileMe users affected by an earlier outage. The company has also managed to retrieve all historical messages, allaying user fears after an earlier admission that as much as 10 per cent of mail received between July 16 […]

Teething troubles bite Apple’s MobileMe

Californian kit maker Apple has been forced to address teething issues with it MobileMe service by establishing a status blog to keep disgruntled users updated. The MobileMe service launched alongside the iPhone 3G earlier this month and immediately encountered problems. Heralded as “Exchange for the rest of us,” MobileMe is an internet-based service that enables […]

iPhone hype fall-out continues

The web is still crawling with iPhone stories. Sensibly, marketing departments appear to have taken a breather since last week, leaving Apple to bask in the media’s attention. Though not all of it has been welcome. Saturday’s headlines seemed to focus (perhaps unfairly) on the glitches that bugged the new release. The working week, though, […]

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