The Apple Store in the US has started selling unlocked versions of its iPhone 4 on their web site. Both black and white versions of the iPhone 4 is currently available. The iPhone 4 is available in either 16-GB and 32-GB models. The unlocked 16-GB iPhone 4 is currently selling at US$649 while the 32-GB version is available for US$749. The unlocked iPhone 4 can only be delivered to a US address if you order it from the US Apple Store. You can check out the details here.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is scheduled next week at the Moscone West in San Francisco. Apple usually introduces its newest devices and software during the event as a way to inform Apple developers. This year, Apple has been focusing on its directions for the major releases of its iOS and Mac OS X platforms.
For developers looking to create software for the iOS and Mac OS X, it is also an opportunity to meet and talk with Apple’s engineers — the people who create Apple’s products.
Apple continues to hit record numbers. Apple has just announced its financial earnings for its fiscal 2010 third quarter that ended June 26, 2010. In this quarter, Apple has posted a record revenue of $15.7 billion with a net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion. International sales for the company has accounted for 52 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Today is the start of the 5-day Apple 2010 Worldwide Developer Conference in Moscone West San Francisco. This year there are several announcements from Steve Jobs that most people in the tech world have been waiting for. I am particularly interested because I believe that the news coming out of the conference will have a very important impact in the mobile industry.
I’ve just read an article from Techcrunch about Apple’s renewed interest on mobile advertising. Previously it was Admob, this time Apple is looking to buy Quattro Wireless. The rumored price is about 275 million dollars. It’s obvious that Apple want’s to be able to get a share of the burgeoning mobile ads market. With its billions of dollars in cash (about 25 billion last time I looked) waiting to get invested, it’s probably the best investment.
The first obvious reason is money / profit. Mobile advertising has the potential of becoming bigger than traditional web ads. The amount can be in the billions of dollars annually.
Here’s an interesting rumor that Digitimes is running. It seems that the company who won the image sensor orders for the iPhone 3GS, OmniVision Technologies, is seeing to increase it’s 2010 production of it’s 5-megapixel CMOS image sensor (CIS) to 40-45 million units.
So far, the iPhone has seen 3 generations (new model anually). If the pattern keeps up, a fourth generation is bound to be released by the middle of 2010. With the current competition from Android, Maemo and other mobile platforms having better hardware specifications. Apple would be at a disadvantage if it doesn’t consider improving the specifications of the next generation of iPhone.
Based on Apple’s recent release of its financial report for the fourth quarter 2009 fiscal year ending in Sept, the Cupertino based company continues to experience growth in spite of the current global crisis. It has posted a $9.87 billion revenu with a profit of $1.67 billion. In comparison its year ago quarter revenue is $7.9.
Nice thing about mobile phones today is that when you want it to look according to yor taste, you can almost always customize its mobile phone skin. Here’s a nice twist, Taimur Asad of Redmond Pie decided to post a step by step guide to create the upcoming HTC Hero “Sense UI” look and feel and install it on the iPhone. The original HTC Hero Sense UI theme is actually created by Justflikwalk of deviantArt. The steps should be easy enough to do once you get your iPhone jailbreaked of course.
Everyone seems to be on the look out these days for an Apple iPhone killer. Well today, I have just found a real iPhone killer (literally). This guy just couldn’t take it anymore and did what he thinks is best — placed his iPhone to rest by shooting several 9mm slugs into it. May his iPhone rest in peace.
Apple, the iPhone and AT&T has been in the news a lot lately and most of the news aren’t good at all. The recent pull out of Google Voice (a great service that I hope I’d see getting available in the Philippines) from the Apple App Store has finally put a nail in the coffin for Michael Arrington to dump his iPhone/AT&T service. He’s not the first of the web’s popular figures to do so. For instance, GigaOM’s Om Malik has also decided to stop using his iPhone . Read more