The new iPhone looks really thin compared to the 4S and 3GS

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2012

Thanks to new in-cell display panels, a smaller dock connector and other modifications, the new iPhone is going to be thinner than ever before. How thin? The casing for the handset has been measured at 7.6mm.

While that doesn’t sound like a very big difference — just 1.7mm thinner than the 9.3mm 4S — it’s certainly noticeable. Just look at these two comparison photos showing the new iPhone, the 4S and the 3GS… Read More


Sprint expands LTE into four more US cities

By Ed Sutherland on Aug 29, 2012

Sprint has added four more US cities to its 4G LTE network. Baltimore, Gainsville, Ga., Manhattan/Junction City, Kan., and Sedalia, Mo. were added to the high-speed network the carrier launched on July 15. Baltimore residents gain not only LTE, but an upgrade to 3G, Sprint announced.

“As consumers all over the country are becoming more dependent on their smartphones, network quality is becoming more important,” according to a statement. Sprint’s LTE network began by introducing LTE in 15 cities. The carrier hopes to complete its LTE build-out by the end of 2013. Read More


Latest iPhone 5 hint: Apple paying to recycle your 4S

By Ed Sutherland on Aug 29, 2012

Most are confident we’ll see the iPhone 5 in mid or late-September. Because Apple isn’t a blabbermouth about such things, its fans are left reading tea leaves looking for hints to divine Cupertino’s exact intentions. The latest signal comes from the mothership itself. Apple will pay up to $345 for your old iPhone 4S.

The Apple Store is making the offer as part of its support for recycling old technology. Your gently-used 64GB white iPhone 4S could net you a $345 Apple Store gift card, while a 16GB black 4S will recycle $285 into your pocket. Apparently, Apple is hoping you’ll use your windfall to buy the new iPhone 5. Read More


T-Mobile preparing “Bring your iPhone to T-Mobile” campaign

By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2012

It’s starting to look more and more likely that T-Mobile will once again not be receiving an iPhone nod from Apple this year, making it the last major carrier in the US without the handset.

But it’s not going to take this lying down. Recently-leaked flyers show that the carrier is about to launch a “Bring Your iPhone to T-Mobile” campaign, with an emphasis on plan price.” Read More


How I factory unlocked my iPhone 4S in 10 minutes

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 28, 2012

Recently, I’ve been interested in factory unlocking my still on-contract iPhone 4S. I’d heard of various services over the past few months, but never really investigated them until recently.

After asking around on Twitter, I stumbled upon Cellular Medic — one of many services available online that claims to be able to factory unlock the iPhone for a fee.

I was pleasantly surprised that the entire unlock process took a mere 10 minutes. I went from an iPhone 4S locked to AT&T, to a permanently unlocked iPhone 4S that’s usable on virtually any GSM carrier. Take a look inside for a video walkthrough documenting the experience… Read More


T-Mobile to start offering 4G micro SIM kits for unlocked iPhones

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2012

Last week, T-Mobile announced that it was going to begin offering truly unlimited data plans on September 5th. It says the plans will work in conjunction with 4G data speeds, and promises that users will never be throttled.

Well, good news today for current or potential iPhone customers on the network. According to a new report, the carrier is about to start offering 4G micro SIM kits, compatible with its unlimited plans, for unlocked iPhone users… Read More


RadioShack offering 16GB iPhone 4S for $125

By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2012

RadioShack has just confirmed that it plans to start offering a steep discount on its 16GB iPhone 4S models this weekend, following the lead of several other retailers.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen price drops on Apple’s latest handset from multiple outlets, including Best Buy and Walmart. And now it’s RadioShack’s turn… Read More


Apple serves iPhone 5 mod kit company take down notice

By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 2012

A few days ago we told you about the iPhone 5 mod kit. It’s essentially a backplate for your iPhone 4/4S that’s made to look like the two-tone rear shells believed to belong to Apple’s next-gen handset.

Well either Tim Cook and company don’t like the fact that the mod kit is named after its latest smartphone, or it must look a lot like it, because Apple just served the developers a takedown notice… Read More


Walmart offering the 16GB iPhone 4S for $148

By Cody Lee on Aug 23, 2012

With the new iPhone launch less than a month away, retailers are scrambling to clear out some of their old stock. We’ve seen Apple’s handsets discounted at Target, Best Buy, and now, Walmart.

The retail giant just announced that it too would be knocking down the price of its iPhones. As of today, it’s selling Sprint, AT&T and Verizon models of the 16GB iPhone 4S for just $148… Read More


Mod kit lets you convert your iPhone 4/4S into an iPhone 5

By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2012

It’s extremely likely that the two-tone back panels we’ve been seeing over the past few months are indicative of what we’ll see on Apple’s next smartphone. And some folks aren’t very happy about that.

But for those of you who like the design, you don’t have to wait until next month to enjoy it. A new ‘iPhone 5′ mod kit has surfaced that allows you to convert your iPhone 4/4S into Apple’s next-gen handset… Read More


The time is ripe to sell your old iPhone

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2012

Apple is expected to unveil its latest smartphone next month on September 12. And though the handset won’t launch until the 21st, pre-orders for the device are said to begin the same day.

For those of you who plan on selling your old iPhone to help pay for the new one, that gives you around three weeks to do so. But according to resell data, you may not want to wait that long… Read More


Sprint now offering $100 gift card with $149 iPhone 4S purchase

By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2012

With the new iPhone event just a few weeks away, retailers have started to heavily discount current models of the handset in an effort to clear inventory and maintain sales during the lull.

Best Buy and Target are currently knocking $50 off all models of the iPhone 4 and 4S, starting as low as $49.99. And Sprint has just sweetened the deal with a $100 AER gift card… Read More


Verizon and AT&T join Sprint in iPhone discounting

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2012

Earlier this month, we reported that Sprint was starting to knock $50 off of its iPhone 4 and 4S models. Then a week later, Apple started matching the discounted prices at its retail stores.

Now it looks like other carriers want in on the action. Over the weekend, discounted AT&T and Verizon iPhones started popping up in Best Buy and Target stores around the country… Read More


Apple now matching iPhone discounts from other retailers

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2012

Last weekend we reported that Sprint, a large wireless carrier here in the US, had started discounting the iPhone 4S by $50. The move wasn’t surprising, as we’ve seen similar discounts from other carriers and retailers.

But word is getting around today that Apple has finally joined the party, and has given its retail stores the authorization to match the discounted prices from approved major retailers and carriers up to $50 dollars… Read More


Apple’s attention to detail extends to ads

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2012

If you’re subscribed to Apple’s official YouTube channel and have email notifications for new uploads enabled, an alert may have hit your inbox today saying Apple just uploaded the Siri ad starring film director Martin Scorsese (go here for a parody treatment).

And just like that, because the video has replaced the original clip, a bunch of web pages that have the original embed code in place now show empty boxes (don’t worry, I already updated our article with a new code).

At first glance, the commercial is exactly the same as the original ad from two weeks ago. At closer inspection, the new version removes the AT&T branding and fixes a minuscule editing error that only the pickiest of eyes would catch. That’s attention to detail for you… Read More