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Apple to ship new iPhone 5 in September

Apple Inc.’s next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company’s supply chain said.

The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the smartphone will look largely similar to the iPhone 4, one of the people said on Wednesday. Get the full story »

Feds probe data collection by smartphone apps

Music player Pandora's smartphone app for both iPhones (above) and Androids transmitted information about a user's age, gender, and location. (Reuters/Joe Skipper)

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey are investigating whether numerous smartphone applications illegally obtained or transmitted information about their users without proper disclosures, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The criminal investigation is examining whether the app makers fully described to users the types of data they collected and why they needed the information — such as a user’s location or a unique identifier for the phone — the person familiar with the matter said. Collecting information about a user without proper notice or authorization could violate a federal computer-fraud law. Get the full story »

Users complain iPhone clock bungles time change

From the Associated Press | Users of Apple’s iPhone peppered Twitter and blogs with complaints that their phones bungled the one-hour “spring forward” to daylight savings time that went into effect overnight Saturday.

Some users’ phones fell back one hour instead of springing forward, making the time displayed on the iPhone two hours off. This is just the latest clock woe for Apple’s chic iPhone. A clock glitch prevented alarms from sounding on New Year’s Day, causing slumbering revelers to oversleep. The devices also struggled to adjust to the end of daylight savings time back in November. Get the full story>>

Antenna problem fixed on Verizon iPhones

Gadget analysis group AnandTech, which was the first to diagnose the iPhone 4 antenna issue, ran a thorough test of the new Verizon iPhone 4 and found that the “death grip“ problem has been mitigated.

“Apple fixed the problem,“ said Brian Klug, author of AnandTech’s report. “You can use the Verizon Wireless iPhone with no case without any concern for losing signal because of how it’s held.“ Get the full story »

Verizon hints at new iPhone

A Verizon Communications executive hinted at a new version of the iPhone and said Verizon Wireless will replace its unlimited mobile data plans with usage-based pricing around the middle of summer.

Verizon’s shares fell 2.4 percent on Tuesday after its chief financial officer, Fran Shammo, said a new iPhone would hurt quarterly margins whenever it arrives. Get the full story »

Motorola shares falls on report of cheaper iPhones

Shares of Motorola Mobility fell about 5 percent on Monday on concerns it would be particularly vulnerable to competition from the next version of Apple Inc.’s iPhone.

Motorola shares fell $1.44 or 4.6 percent at $29.71 on New York Stock Exchange after the Wall Street Journal reported Apple was developing a cheaper iPhone that is cheaper than its current model, the iPhone 4, and about half the size. Get the full story »

Apple working on smaller, cheaper iPhone

Apple Inc is working on a smaller and less expensive version of the iPhone, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing sources.

The prototype device is about one-third smaller than the iPhone 4, the report said, citing a person who had seen it.

Apple has considered selling the new iPhone for $200 without a two-year wireless contract, Bloomberg reported. Get the full story »

Thin crowds greet Verizon iPhone

Thin crowds greeted Verizon Wireless’ launch of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, falling short of what some had expected.

Verizon Wireless began selling the iPhone on Thursday, ending AT&T Inc.’s more than three-year stranglehold on the device in the United States.

The lines in front of Verizon and Apple retail stores were noticeably shorter than mobs of customers that snaked around Apple stores during the summer launch of iPhone 4. Get the full story »

Motorola Mobility shares rise on AT&T pledge

Motorola Mobility shares rose 5 percent after AT&T Inc. said Motorola’s next product would be its flagship phone as the pair look to compete against the new Apple Inc. iPhone at Verizon Wireless.

AT&T, which first showed off the Motorola Atrix phone January 5, has given up its more than three years of exclusive rights to sell the iPhone. Motorola has been seeking new partners since Verizon, its biggest customer, has selling the phone.

The pairing of Motorola and AT&T was not a surprise for analysts. But after shaving as much as 20 percent off Motorola shares in the days after its earnings report last week, investors showed some relief when AT&T said in a Wall Street Journal story that it would push the phone heavily . Get the full story »

Apple to start Verizon iPhone sales Feb. 9

Apple Inc. said Wednesday that it would kick off online sales of the Verizon Wireless iPhone on Feb. 9, a day before the device hits its store shelves.

Apple’s Web sales launch of the highly-anticipated phone will follow Verizon’s online sales of a limited number of iPhones to its existing mobile customers starting at 2 a.m. Feb. 3 for delivery on or before Feb. 10. Get the full story »

Starbucks letting customers pay with cell phones

Starbucks Corp. will allow customers at U.S. company-operated stores to use some smartphones to pay for their purchases in an effort to drive sales.

Customers with Research in Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry or Apple Inc.’s iPhone or iPod touch will be able to pay using a Starbuck card mobile app at nearly 6,800 company-operated stores and 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target Corp. locations. Get the full story »

Verizon stock seen as pricey after iPhone news

Investors in Verizon Communications Inc. have been betting big on the company’s newly announced deal to sell Apple Inc.’s iPhone product — pushing the stock to some of its highest valuation levels in the past decade.

That has sparked debate on Wall Street about how economically beneficial the device will be to the carrier, despite widespread projections calling for the sale of 10 million units or more this year.

In particular, the iPhone likely will be heavily dilutive to Verizon’s earnings this year, given the subsidies the carrier will have to shell out to Apple for the device. Get the full story »

Verizon iPhone announcement expected today

Verizon Wireless is expected to announce Tuesday that it will start selling a version of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, ending AT&T Inc.’s exclusive relationship with Apple.

A version of the iPhone for Verizon’s network has been long expected, and Verizon Wireless has invited the press to an event at 10 a.m. Get the full story »

Verizon beefs up network to prepare for iPhone

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Verizon Wireless has been beefing up its network and believes it will have no problem handling iPhone-type loads, a claim that could be put to the test this year if the carrier signs up millions of subscribers using the Apple Inc. device.

Verizon Wireless, the country’s largest wireless carrier, is confident enough in its network that it will offer unlimited data-use plans when it starts selling the iPhone around the end of this month, a person familiar with the matter said. Such plans would provide a key means of distinguishing its service from rival AT&T Inc., which limits how much Internet data such as videos and photos its customers may use each month. Get the full story »

Verizon iPhone may be introduced next week

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Verizon Wireless said Friday that it will host an event in New York City on Tuesday, fueling speculation of an announcement regarding a Verizon-powered iPhone.

The invitation was largely devoid of details, saying little other than that Verizon President and Chief Operating Officer Lowell McAdam would host.

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, wasn’t immediately available for comment, and iPhone maker Apple Inc. declined to comment. Get the full story »