According to the Taipei based China Business Journal, 8 million iPhones were returned from Apple to Foxconn on March 15 because they were either malfunctioning or didn’t meet Apple’s standards in terms of appearance. According to the report it will cost Hon Hai 1 billion (US$161.8 million) to 1.6 billion Chinese yuan to repair the defective iPhones. » Apple Returned 8 Million Malfunctioning iPhones to Foxconn
The Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple has “deferred” its planned release for a cheaper iPhone until next year and that it will be made of a material similar to the glossy polycarbonate body Apple used on its entry-level MacBook. The phone is expected to have a slightly larger “4.5-inch” display and will start at $330, matching the charges for the iPad mini. » 4.5-Inch Polycarbonate iPhone Arriving In 2014 For $330
9to5mac has been able to pull data from iPhone prototypes and after investigation they believe that the next generation iPhones will have Near Field Communication (NFC) controllers directly connected to the power management unit (PMU). With the recently announced PassBook application Apple will be set to compete with Google Wallet and the similar service Microsoft unveiled last week. » Next-Generation iPhones Will Get NFC Chips For Mobile Payments
Some reports have suggested the next iPhone will have a 4.6-inch display. A new report, from iMore, claims the new iPhone will just have the same 3.5-inch screen as all previous iPhone models. They do expect 4G LTE, just like the new iPad. » Rumor: Next Gen iPhone Has LTE and Launches This Fall
Reuters relays a South Korean newspaper’s claims that the next iPhone will get a larger screen. Nothing really new about that, but it is surprising to hear the screen will be a 4.6-inch display. Rather persistent rumors have suggested the next iPhone would definitely get a larger display, but more in the 4″ range. A 4.6″ screen would be significantly larger. » New Rumor Suggests Next iPhone Will Get 4.6″ Screen
Free games with ads need more power form the battery than games without ads. A new study by IT scientist, Abhinav Pathak, from Purdue University proofs this. At least 75% of the energy needs of an app are used for downloading ads and collecting user data.
Surprisingly the iPhone 4s is the most successful mobile phone in Japan. Why surprisingly? Well Japan is not known for their love for foreign high-tech products. In 2009 the very well-known magazine Wired stated this as the main reason why the iPhone didn’t become a success there. Somehow the iPhone suddenly became the best selling phone in the country.