Sep 29


With the iPhone 5 now officially available in 31 major territories around the world, people start to wonder in which countries you can buy the iPhone 5 the cheapest. In the picture above (click it for full view) you can see the pricing across 25 different localized Apple Online Stores, including applicable VAT and other taxes (created by Setteb.it). It shows that after 21 percent tax, Italy become home to the most expensive iPhone 5, the 64GB iPhone 5 cost €949 ($1,226), compared to an estimate of €715 ($924) in the US after tax and €720 in Hong Kong. Even with the higher price in Italy, Federico Viticci noted on Twitter that the line at one Apple Store in the country numbered more than three hundred on Friday morning. » iPhone 5 Pricing Abroad, Italy Is Most Expensive, Hong Kong The Cheapest

Sep 29


After Tim Cook apologized in an open letter for Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps App and suggested other Map alternatives including webbased Google Maps and Nokia Maps, Apple has also added a new featured section to the App Store highlighting some other “free and paid” map alternatives. This section includes map apps such as RoadMate USA, Waze, Mapquest, Garmin, Bing, and MotionX. It looks like Apple is taking the Map criticism seriously. » Apple Created Alternative Maps Section In The App Store

Sep 28


Today the iPhone 5 will be launched in 22 more countries and at regional carriers in the U.S. The 22 new countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. » The iPhone 5 Launches in 22 More Countries Today

Sep 28


Apple sold a record number of iPhone 5 devices, but how much does it take to charge all these devices? Opower did some research and you may be surprised how little you pay to keep your iPhone 5 battery alive. After Opower got their hands on a new iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S III they headed into the Opower Lab for some testing. They found out that charging the iPhone 5 only costs $0.41 per year. » iPhone 5 Only Costs $0.41 Per Year To Charge “Galaxy SIII $0,53”

Sep 27


iLounge created an lengthy review of the iPhone 5, and performed an analysis on its battery life. They said “Battery performance too often falls below Apple’s best case estimates, particularly for cellular calling and data.” They did a view test whille using, cellular data, Wi-Fi data, voice calling, FaceTime calling, video recording, video playback and audio playback and noted that the iPhone 5 is in the same general ballpark as its predecessor in terms of run time. » iPhone 5 Battery Life “Below Apple’s Best Case Estimates”

Sep 26


Apple set a company record by selling over five million units of the iPhone 5 during the device’s launch weekend and run out of iPhone 5 pre-orders in just about an hour. Because of this the shipping estimates for new orders are up to 3-4 weeks. Bloomberg reports that Apple’s tight supplies are a result of the new in-cell technology being used for the iPhone 5’s display.

Apple used the technology in the first major iPhone overhaul since 2010 to make the device more svelte, an attribute that helped lure a record 5 million buyers in three days. Yet producing in-cell screens is also more painstaking than earlier screen types, contributing to bottlenecks.

Macrumors explains “The technology integrates the touch sensors directly into the display rather than adding them as a separate layer, allowing for thinner displays.” » In-Cell Display Technology, Reason For Tight iPhone 5 Supplies

Sep 26


A 9to5Mac reader sended an email to Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller regarding the easy to scratch”black” iPhone 5 back. He emailed: “I love my Black & Slate iPhone 5, but I’ve been seeing some scuffs, scratches and marks throughout the band around the phone along with many others. What should we all do? Any plans to fix this? ” Phil Schiller replied “Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal.” iPhone 5 users are not only experiencing scratching on their iPhone 5 bodies with normal use, some iPhone 5 units being scratched right out of the box. iPhone 5 scratch test video after the break. » Phil Schiller Says Aluminum iPhone 5 Back Scratching “Is Normal”

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