Barclays says Samsung momentum ‘begs an answer from Apple’

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2013

It’s no secret that Apple has fallen out of the good graces of most Wall Street analysts. And with its stock price still bouncing around $250 below its last-September high, and no new products on the horizon, it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.

I wouldn’t say Apple’s in trouble though. It’s coming off a record high quarter in iPhone sales, revenue and other metrics, and has more than $130 billion in cash. But the folks over at the prestigious Barclays firm say that it’s about time for Tim Cook to panic… Read More


Budget iPhone to feature hybrid plastic/metal design, due later this year

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2013

Last week, DigiTimes released a report, claiming that its sources had seen prototypes of a low-cost iPhone floating around Apple’s supply chain. Both The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg corroborated the story via their own independent informants.

Today, DigiTimes offers up a few more details about the fabled handset, claiming that Apple is toying with both an all plastic and a hybrid plastic/metal chassis for the cheaper handset, as well as a special ‘see-through’ design. More details after the fold… Read More


Reuters clarifies budget iPhone story: Apple won’t blindly pursue marketshare

By Cody Lee on Jan 11, 2013

And the plot continues to thicken. After two major news outlets ran stories earlier this week claiming that Apple was working on a less-expensive iPhone, Reuters reported that the company had no such plans, citing comments made to a Chinese newspaper by Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller.

But as most of you know, Reuters retracted the report earlier today. It was unclear at the time why it had chosen to remove the story, but it’s attempting to clear things up this afternoon with a new report called “Apple won’t blindly pursue market share” that helps shed some light on what happened… Read More


WSJ: Apple working on less expensive iPhone

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2013

As hard as we try, we just can’t escape the ongoing ‘iPhone nano’ rumors. It seems that everyone in the tech industry is waiting on Apple to diversify its handset lineup and introduce a less expensive iPhone for prepaid and emerging markets.

In fact, we’ve already heard a report on the topic today from DigiTimes, who says that their sources have actually seen the low-cost smartphone. And this afternoon, The Wall Street Journal throws its hat into the ring with its own scoop… Read More


Is this a Nano SIM tray for the next iPhone?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2012

Hot on the heels of recent news that European carriers were stocking up on a 40 percent smaller Nano SIMs as they got to test the new SIM card standard extensively ahead of the next iPhone’s release in September, a French blog this morning posted a series of image depicting a purported Nano SIM tray for the iPhone 5. Also leaked, a slightly reworked and a bit smaller home button thought to be making an appearance on the next iPhone. More pics right after the break… Read More


Apple once again rumored to be releasing a low-end iPhone

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2012

Just as analysts and pundits were certain that Apple would release a redesigned iPhone 5 last year, they also believed we’d see an “iPhone Nano.” The smaller, cheaper handset would’ve allowed the Cupertino company to make inroads into the prepaid market.

But as we all know, neither device ever materialized. Instead of an all-new iPhone, we got the familiar-looking iPhone 4S. And instead of an iPhone Nano, we got a cheaper, retooled iPhone 4. But according to a new report, Apple is still considering the latter… Read More


Patent Reveals Apple was Working on an iPhone Nano

By Cody Lee on Oct 18, 2011

One of the most consistent iPhone rumors we’ve been hearing over the past few years has been that the Cupertino company is working on a ‘nano’ version of its popular smartphone.

Obviously, nothing has ever materialized, but for some reason the iPhone Nano always seems to surface in the rumor run-up right before Apple releases a new handset. But why? The folks over at PatentlyApple might have the answer… Read More


Beautiful iPhone 5 Renders Look More Like iPhone Nano

By Alex Heath on Sep 14, 2011

With Apple’s next iPhone announcement approaching fast, we’re all more eager than ever to see what stunning creation Apple unveils next.

Until then, our appetites can be temporarily satisfied with beautiful artist renders of potential iPhone 5 designs. This one is no different, expect that it depicts what looks to be more like an iPhone Nano than iPhone 5… Read More


Cheaper iPhone Would Have to Be an “Innovative, Category-Killer Experience,” According to Apple

By Alex Heath on Aug 5, 2011

Since the beginning of this year, rumors have been heating up that Apple will release not one, but two iPhone models this year. One of these devices would be the next flagship iPhone 5 based on the the current pricing structure, while the second device would be a cheaper (possibly pre-paid) “Nano” handset.

Apple’s COO and CFO have chimed in on what it would take for the company to release a cheaper iPhone. They describe that the product would need to be an, “innovative, category-killer experience.” Read More


Alleged iPhone “Lite” Leaked Online, And It’s Jailbroken

By Alex Heath on Jul 28, 2011

Take this one with a huge grain of salt, but TechCrunch is reporting that it’s received leaked shots of a “light version of the iPhone 4.” These pictures of what looks very much like a jailbroken iPhone 4 come from Tinhte, and TechCrunch makes the point that Tinhte got a white iPhone 4 prototype right with a leaked video back in April.

This iPhone 4 prototype is made of a cheaper build quality, and it matches up pretty well with a couple iPhone 5 case leaks that we reported on yesterday. However, the device doesn’t seem to be any smaller than the current iPhone 4… Read More


iOS 5 Beta 4 Adds Cellular and GPS Toggles to iPod Touch

By Alex Heath on Jul 24, 2011

Remember the rumor that Apple would introduce a 3G-equipped iPod touch at its music event this September? A recent finding in the newly-released iOS 5 Beta 4 uncovers something that all but confirms that possibility.

There’s always the chance that Apple got lazy and just forgot to remove the cellular and GPS toggles in the Settings app for the iPod touch, but it’s more exciting to speculate that this is a sign of things to come… Read More


AT&T Offers iPhone 3GS Refurb for $9

By Alex Heath on Jul 19, 2011

A recent rumor is that Apple will start offering the iPhone 3GS as its “low-end” consumer device this Fall with a $350 off-contract price tag. Previously, it was speculated that Apple would introduce a second iPhone ‘Nano’ model in the coming months for the prepaid and cheaper phone markets.

AT&T has started offering the 8GB iPhone 3GS as a refurb for only $9. Usually, these types of price drops mean that a carrier is trying to get remaining units off the shelves, so we find it unlikely that the 3GS will be of any interest to Apple come this Fall. Read More


iPhone Nano: Why it’s Becoming a Serious Possiblity

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 2011

Judging by the latest round of iDevice rumors, Apple could really be looking to shake things up this Fall. Instead of their typical refresh of the stand-alone iPhone model, many folks are expecting the Cupertino company to unveil two new smartphone devices.

One model is expected to be a feature-packed high-end device, and the other, a supplemental “iPhone Nano” model for the low-end market. We’ve been hearing the iPhone Nano rumors for quite a while now, and have even started a few of our own.

But even with the mounds of evidence suggesting the device is in the works, it still seems inconceivable that Apple would break its tradition of producing high quality, expensive products. Or does it? Read More


Why Apple Could be Releasing an iPhone Nano this Fall

By Cody Lee on Jun 28, 2011

The idea of an iPhone nano has been debated since the device’s inception 4 years ago. Apple’s conquest of the mp3 player market with multiple iPod models has had many folks wondering if Apple was going to do the same thing with their smartphone line.

While most people scoff at the idea of Apple producing a cheap version of the popular iPhone, Horace Dediu of asymco seems to think otherwise. Apparently, Apple has plenty of reasons to manufacture an iPhone “nano.” Read More


iPhone 5 Will Enter Production “in Mid to Late August,” Ready for September Launch

By Guest Author on Jun 27, 2011

Following the iPhone 4’s first birthday earlier this month, we’re now sitting patiently awaiting the release (or at least the announcement) of Apple’s iPhone 5. The device is rumored to land this September, and backing up those rumors is some new “intelligence” obtained by one investment banker on a recent trip to Taiwan.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty met with individuals in Taiwan last week — home to Apple’s supply chain and manufacturing facilities — and issued a note to clients in which she claims the fifth-generation iPhone will enter production in August and will “ramp aggressively” into the fourth calendar quarter… Read More


Next iPhone in Final Testing Stages for September Release

By Alex Heath on Jun 13, 2011

After the next generation iPhone was a no-show at Apple’s WWDC conference last week, the previous reports of an iPhone release in September gained more credibility. Now, according to some Apple intelligence from 9to5Mac, the next iPhone has reached final testing stages (or “AP” stage) with high-level Apple and carrier executives.

All signs point towards Apple being on track for a September release of the next iPhone, but some problems with Verizon could restrict FaceTime over 3G on the carrier’s CDMA network. Read More


Will the iPhone Nano Look Like This?

By Alex Heath on May 28, 2011

Talk of a cheaper, perhaps contract-free ‘iPhone Nano‘ has been circulating for several months now. With WWDC on the near horizon, and an iPhone announcement expected this fall, there’s plenty of speculation surrounding Apple’s next gen iPhone.

Will Apple release the typical, evolutionary upgrade to the current iPhone 4? Or will things get changed up with two new iPhone models released at once? Read More


Fake iPhone 4 Nano Being Sold in China for $60

By Alex Heath on Apr 20, 2011

With rumors flying about the iPhone 5, little attention has been paid to the iPhone Nano rumors that surfaced months ago. While the U.S. has remained quiet about a future iPhone Nano device, Chinese dealers are beginning to sell knock-off iPhone 4 Nano’s to the tune of about $60 U.S.

These fake, mini iPhone devices run a Java-based iOS ripoff and behave a lot like the original iPhone. Most notably, these Chinese knock-offs are about 2/3 the size of the real iPhone 4… Read More


Is A Cheaper iPhone Inevitable?

By Cody Lee on Mar 30, 2011

As rumors continue to fly about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5, it’s easy to forget that Apple may indeed be cooking up a smaller version of their hit smartphone. The gossip started back in 2009 when rumors were claiming the possibility of an iPhone Nano launch that fall.

Well, obviously there was no such introduction and the story kind of died out. Then earlier this year, media giants Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal reignited the rumors with claims of confirmation that the iPhone Nano existed… Read More


Apple’s New Commodity Outlook is Disappointing to Me

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 2, 2011

Apple products; there’s something to be said about the mystique of owning a new Apple product. The “Apple smell” is one of the first things that come to mind, along with the minimalistic packaging, and crisp design lines.

For reasons such as these, it’s disheartening to see Apple taking on an “Apple is for everyone” outlook, as the company looks to capitalize even more so on their recent dominance.

True enough, Apple is already past the point of ubiquity. I know plenty of people that struggle to pay their light bills, but still manage to keep up with their AT&T payments each month.

Even so, Apple’s new public outlook is disappointing to me…

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