Recently, Apple and AT&T landed in some hot water with the FCC after the removal of several Google Voice compatible Apps and denying Google’s own voice App from entering the App Store. While many blamed AT&T, the carrier and Cupertino based company have filed their responses to the FCC and the result is rather shocking.
Many speculated that AT&T had some hand in Apple’s decision of removing Google Voice compatible Apps from the App Store due to a previous complaint from the carrier about SlingPlayer’s exorbitant data usage over the iPhone’s 3G connection. While AT&T has influenced Apple’s decision in the past it surprisingly had no hand in the removal of GV Mobile and denying Google’s official Voice App. The reason however, might insult you. In Apple’s response to the FCC’s inquiry about App Store policies and why Google Voice Apps were removed, the company had this to say:
Apple spent a lot of time and effort developing this distinct and innovative way to seamlessly deliver core functionality of the iPhone. For example, on an iPhone, the “Phone” icon that is always shown at the bottom of… more...
USAA customers will be one of the first users to be able to cash checks using nothing more than their iPhones.
USAA, a bank and insurance company, has created a new iPhone App that leverages its existing technology to recognized digitally scanned copies of checks. The addition of an iPhone App increases USAA’s mobile subscriber reach and could expand its customer base from the current number of 1,000,000.
“We’re essentially taking an image of the check, and once you hit the send button, that image is going into our deposit-taking system as any other check would,” said USAA’s Wayne Peacock.
The App has been available on the App Store since May but has recently added the feature to take a picture of a paper check and have it cashed instantly. It would be beneficial for users to take a picture with an iPhone 3GS thanks to its improved 3.2 Megapixel camera. While USAA mainly serves military customers, anyone can sign up for its banking services.
A demo of the App is available after the jump
While Apple released its newly revamped iPhone 3GS with a lower price tag and gave the iPhone 3G a $100 price reduction, Apple is still enjoying a very healthy profit margin according to a new report.
Turley Muller wrote in a recent report on his financial Blog that Apple reaps a sizeable product margin with the 32GB iPhone 3GS to the tune of 59.6%. He also believes that this massive margin allows Apple to subsidize the cost of other Apple products such as the MacBook.
“Going forward Apple will recognize higher iPhone revenue carrying a higher gross margin,” Muller writes. “As iPhone revenue as a percentage or share of total revenue increases, the impact of the higher iPhone (gross margin) on overall (gross margin) will intensify. This will assuage margin pressures Apple faces in other areas.”
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Apple has yet to come to an agreement with any Chinese carrier to bring the iPhone to the biggest cellular marketplace there is but rumors are already springing up that a WiFi absent version will hit soon.
Foxconn, manufacturer of the iPhone, reports that a model lacking WiFi capabilities is currently in production.
Two production lines in the Foxconn Shenzhen plant are producing 90-coded mobile phones, device that looks like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, said one source. The mysterious products might be the very model designed for Chinese users, according to another source, noting that the massively-produced device has no Wi-Fi functions, just like the A1324 model, the Chinese version of 3G iPhone being sent to the China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) for a test.
It’s curious just why Apple would sell an iPhone without WiFi but other iPhones in different countries have had some part of their radios disabled such as GPS through Software locks. Hacks exist to remove these locks but completely removing the Hardware invalidates these Software hacks and makes it impossible for iPhone users to enable WiFi.
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The App Store has been a major success since it’s launch alongside the iPhone 3G a year ago but now Apple has the numbers to prove it’s the dominant App marketplace amongst any carrier.
Today, Apple announced that 1.5 Billion Apps have been downloaded since the store’s public debut. It was only 3 months ago that Apple held a contest leading up to its Billionth App download. In addition, the store now carries over 65,000 Apps from 1000,000 developers.
“The App Store is like nothing the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up.”
As the iPhone 3GS goes on sale tomorrow in the US, inquires about the phone’s price and plans have been met with responses from various European carriers.
Orange, France’s exclusive carrier for the iPhone will charge €229 ($318US) €149 ($206US) for the 16 and 32GB versions respectively with at least a two year contract. However, the cheapest contract costs €39 and lasts two years. T-Mobile of Germany (Deutsche Telekom) will be pricing the iPhone 3G S at €1 for the 16 and 32GB models but requires customers to sing a two year contract at €119.95 per month. The 32GB phone will also €249.95 with a lower monthly fee. Finally, TIM of Italy’s will be charging €619 and €719 for the 16 and 32 GB models respectively on prepaid plans.more...
Tomorrow Apple is set to officially introduce the iPhone 3GS with an improved 600 MHz ARM CPU but there already talks that a much more powerful will be arriving. However, it won’t arrive for some time.
James Bruce, ARM’s wireless segment manager has confirmed that the company’s follow up to the Cortex A8 (aptly called the A9) will be making waves in major smartphones next year. The obvious speculation is that Apple will incorporate the dual core A9 into it’s next generation iPhone. It wouldn’t be surprising as Apple is keen on accelerating the iPhone’s underlying hardware. More on the CPU:
“What we’ve done on the A9 is actually make it more power efficient than the A8. The dual-core A9 will be coming out on 45-nanometer rather than the (current) 65-nanometer process,” Bruce said. Generally, the smaller the geometries, the faster and more power-efficient the processor is.
Bruce continued. “With the dual-core running at maximum load there’s probably going to be an increase of about 10 to 20 percent in power consumption but in general day to day use you’re actually going to see better battery life.”
As we loom closer to the public debut of Firmware 3.0 for the iPhone and the new App Store policies that follow, we’re already seeing some of those changes take effect. Notably, Apple’s App review policy is making a drastic change but also a limit is being placed on how Apps can be downloaded.
Previously, you could download an App and redownload it free of cost after you’ve deleted it but now, Apple will be charging you. However, you’re given the option to download said App in iTunes on your computer. The only reasonable explanation is Apple’s fear of “piracy” as iPhone owners could log in to multiple iTunes accounts and download Apps for free that were already bought by their friends in Firmware 3.0.
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Recently, Chinese Ontrade a Chinese hardware wholesaler, leaked parts of the next generation iPhone for purchase. The parts in question hint at what kind of changes we could see in the next generation model’s underlying hardware.
First, a new bezel would bring the speakerphone to the very top cutting in to the tapered edge between the headphone jack and the lock button. Ontrade also claims to have the next generation iPhone’s screen for sale which sadly, is not an OLED display that is now starting to pop up in smartphones and notably, the Zune HD.
Apple and Telecom New Zealand may be in talks to bring the next generation iPhone and iPhone 3G to the country soon.
The leak was posted on Twitter by the telecom’s head of retail, Alan Gourdie. The only other confirmation has been a mention by National Business Review which lines up with Alan’s message.