iPhone Still Accounts for 45% of Smartphone Sales on Verizon in Q2

Back in April, it was discovered that the iPhone accounted for more than half of Verizon’s smartphone sales during the first quarter of 2012. That impressive lead for Apple has since shrunk, however, as the mobile carrier today in announcing its second quarter earnings results revealed that it has sold 2.7 million iPhones, down from 3.2 million in the previous quarter.

The iPhone still represented 45 percent of Verizon’s overall smartphone sales of 5.9 million, although the handset once held a 55 percent sales stake back in the fourth quarter of 2011. Nevertheless, this type of iPhone sales decline is common as consumers anticipate the expected launch of the next-generation iPhone, perhaps taller and thinner in design, in the coming months.

Verizon competitors AT&T and Sprint are expected to post their own quarterly earnings results in the near future. Apple too will report its second quarter financial results next Tuesday, July 24, including its global sales numbers for the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac.

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AT&T Rumored to Charge For FaceTime Usage Over Network

Apple pleased several iPhone users when it added the ability to use FaceTime over cellular networks in the forthcoming iOS 6 software update, but it has been learned that AT&T may be planning on restricting access or charging for the video chat service over its network.

As discovered by MacRumors, a new dialog box in iOS 6 beta 3 directs AT&T customers to contact the carrier by phone or web in order to enable FaceTime over cellular on their account. This situation occurs when an iPhone user on AT&T attempts to toggle on FaceTime over cellular data under Settings. (more…)

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iPhone 3GS Gets Shared Photo Streams and VIP Mail on iOS 6 Beta 3

Good news for iPhone 3GS owners today, as it has been discovered by MacRumors that Shared Photo Streams and VIP Mail has been added to the iPhone 3GS with the release of iOS 6 beta 3. Both of these features had originally been disabled on the iPhone 3GS, which has been sold by Apple for a rather surprising three years and counting, but it appears that Apple has decided to show some love to adopters of its entry-level handset.

There are still several features on iOS 6 that are not compatible with iPhone 3GS, including Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation, but many people figured that the iPhone 3GS would not be eligible for the iOS 6 software update to begin with. iOS 6 is currently available as pre-release beta software for registered Apple developers and will be publicly released in the Fall, potentially alongside the next-generation iPhone that is both taller and thinner in design.

[MacRumors]

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Could This Be the Next-Generation iPhone in White?

As noted by 9to5Mac, a new photo has surfaced online that could be the front panel for the next-generation iPhone in white. While the photo does show a centered FaceTime camera as rumored, the credibility and validity of this image cannot yet be verified.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to be thinner with a larger 4-inch display, aluminum unibody chassis and smaller 19-pin dock connector. The home button is expected to remain a part of the new iPhone, which is said to have a centered FaceTime camera, redesigned speaker grills and relocated headphone jack at the bottom of the handset.

Moreover, it is also widely expected that Apple’s next iPhone will be compatible with LTE networks and could feature NFC for mobile payments. The new iPhone will likely be released next September or October alongside the public release of the iOS 6 software update.

[9to5Mac]

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Rumor: iPhone 5 Will Release August 7th

Update: Jim Dalrymple of The Loop disagrees, saying “Nope.”

Even though October has been pinpointed as the month that the next iPhone will be released, KnowYourMobile reports today that a “reliable industry source” tells them Apple will be unveiling it on August 7th. Not only does this oppose most claims of the phone making its debut in October like the iPhone 4S, but it also sounds incorrect because iOS 6 won’t be out until later this autumn. KnowYourMobile suggests, however, that this device will be the first to have the newest operating system. (more…)

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Scanbox – Portable Scanner for iPhone

The iPhone camera has always been unbelievably handy for snapping shots quickly, but have you ever considered using it as a scanner? Phil Bosua and his team — collectively named Limemouse — wanted a desktop scanner that wasn’t “big, expensive and cumbersome.”

After a few months of hard work, they were left with Scanbox and a dedicated app to go with it, called “Cam Scanner+”. It looks like a few pieces of paper, but what exactly is Scanbox? According to the Kickstarter page:

Scanbox is an easy to use, affordable and unbelievably portable scanning box that uses your smartphone’s camera to take amazing high quality scans. It’s easy to set up and packs down flat to easily fit into your bag or brief case.

The product definitely is a creative use of the iPhone 4S’ 8-megapixel camera, however Limemouse states that the box works with all iPhones as well as most smartphones with a camera on the back. To get the most basic model you have to contribute $15 to the project, while $25 will get you the “plus” version.

The campaign has already been wildly popular, passing the group’s original fundraising goal by more than ten times. Check out the video at the source link for more details. You’ll have to act quick if you want one, since the campaign ends in less than 24 hours.

[Kickstarter]

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Watch an iPhone Explode in a Teenager’s Pocket

Finnish teenager Henri Helminen probably did not expect his iPhone to explode out of his pocket and smoke profusely, but that’s exactly what happened and security footage acquired by Finnish news site Kauppalehti reveals the whole incident as it happened.

According to the 17-year-old, the iPhone had been “working perfectly” before the combustion; however, the handset has now been rendered useless after it exploded. Not too long ago, another iPhone reportedly self-combusted on an Australian airline, but security investigations revealed that it was an isolated incident caused by a loose screw from a faulty repair job.

[CNET]

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Rumor: Amazon Working on Smartphone to Compete with iPhone

For several years, Amazon was known as an online retailer that also sells a widely successful lineup of Kindle eReaders. Then, late last year, the company decided to make a splash into the tablet industry with its inexpensive Kindle Fire. While the Kindle Fire has never been viewed as a direct competitor with the iPad, instead catering to the low-end tablet market, it has still been a huge success for Amazon despite declining sales in recent months. Amazon was able to sell the Kindle Fire at such a low price by pushing sales of its massive digital content library on the tablet. But now, Amazon has a new product up its sleeves. (more…)

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Next-Gen iPhone to Have Quad-Core Processor?

According to DigiTimes, which has a spotty track record at reporting Apple rumors, the next-generation iPhone will be powered by a quad-core ARM processor that makes use of Samsung’s Exynos 4 chip architecture.

Apple would likely refer to this new chip as the A6 processor, whereas the new iPad only features a modestly improved A5X processor.

Apple has yet to sell an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with a quad-core processor inside, with the most powerful device being the third-generation iPad with a dual-core processor and quad-core graphics chip.

Last October, Apple released the iPhone 4S with the Apple A5 chip, which is a dual-core processor clocked at 800 MHz. By releasing an iPhone with a quad-core processor, Apple could better compete with the number of quad-core smartphones that have been released by competitors such as Samsung, HTC and LG. (more…)

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‘iPad Mini’ Could Have Display Akin to iPhone 3GS

Well known Apple pundit John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame has offered his insight on the screen for the so-called “iPad mini,” noting that Apple would likely use the same display technology utilized by the iPhone 3GS for its miniature tablet.

Gruber notes that LCD displays are manufactured in large sheets and then cut to size, which is a method that Apple has been using since the original iPhone debuted over five years ago.

“So instead of cutting these sheets into 3.5-inch 480 × 320 displays for the iPhone 3GS, they’ll cut them into 7.85-inch 1024 × 768 displays for the smaller iPad,” claims Gruber.

“Same exact display technology, though — display technology that Apple has been producing at scale ever since the original iPhone five years ago. These are displays Apple knows they can produce efficiently and in enormous quantities. All they have to do is cut them into bigger pieces.”

With a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels, the “iPad mini” would have the same amount of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2 models; this is great for developers, since apps will not need to be redesigned from scratch to accommodate the smaller display. Moreover, at 7.85 inches diagonally, the height of the smaller iPad would be nearly identical to the width of the current iPad with Retina display.

[Daring Fireball via AppleInsider]

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