Demand for Apple's iPhone 3G remains strong, which could be forcing Apple to ramp production beyond its original estimates.
TechCrunch is reporting that Apple has asked Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai, to increase production of the iPhone 3G to 800,000 units a week. That pace translates to about 40 million units a year, far greater than what most analysts had been expecting the company to sell in the iPhone 3G era.
A short-term bump in production capacity may not imply that Foxconn will keep up that pace; TechCrunch's report alludes to "some concerns about quality … Read more
Apple makes beautiful products, but don't try looking under the hood to see how secure they are. I'm a huge Apple fan, but I found this news that two presentations on Apple's security were pulled from the annual Black Hat conference.
One was a presentation by Apple employees on the company's security policies. On that one, it's shocking that the employees were planning to speak at all, as Apple is very tight-lipped about anyone within the company speaking publicly.
You can expect an iPhone Nano to be on the shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, according to a report on the U.K.'s Daily Mail Web site Sunday.
The report, which cited "an industry source," said the product would launch in the U.K. by mobile phone operator O2 for the pay-as-you-go market, but offered no clue when or if it would be launched in the United States.
The report seems to indicate the iPhone Nano would be a dumb-down version of the current iPhone 3G.
"The iPhone 3G has been the fastest-selling … Read more
Even though I have dropped a lot of jaws by showing off the instantaneous video highlights that … Read more
The whole Freeiphoneswap.com process (see part 1) got me worrying and thinking about fraud. And, with frustrations about the iPhone's battery common among bloggers and friends alike, you know there is a lawsuit looming out there as some plaintiff-side law firm will want to take Apple to task for allegedly misrepresenting the iPhone's battery life (both the first generation and 3G). Whether these would-be rentseekers have a claim a jury would buy will be seen.
But thinking about it, Apple says this about the iPhone's battery life:
Talk time: Up to 5 hours on 3G Up … Read more
According to USA Today, AT&T and Apple have agreed to extend their exclusivity relationship through 2009, meaning the next iPhone will be made specifically for AT&T service.
The report claims that Apple originally signed the deal with AT&T through 2008 and next year would start selling iPhones on other carrier services. But after AT&T offered a $300 subsidy on each iPhone instead of the revenue-sharing model that became such a hot issue last year, Apple decided it was in its best interests to stay on with AT&T for one more year and take the subsidy.
Undoubtedly some will say that AT&T may have made the best deal in quite some time and I tend to agree. But still others will say that Apple did the right thing in taking the money and although it's forced to sign up for another year with AT&T, it's still the right move.
Those people are dead wrong.
Apple's decision to stay in this deal with AT&T not only makes me wonder if Steve Jobs is thinking clearly, but it also solidifies my belief that Apple has a little too much faith in its product.… Read more
It happened to Microsoft and Yahoo. Could it happen to Apple?
The limitations of antipiracy software were dramatically illustrated last week when Yahoo Music announced the company would stop issuing authorization keys for the software that prevents its songs from being copied.
Microsoft's now defunct MSN Music service made a similar announcement last spring. Some CNET News readers have asked whether the same thing could happen at iTunes. The answer to that question is yes, it most certainly could.
If Apple ever stopped issuing keys for its FairPlay digital rights management then, just like at Yahoo and MSN, iTunes … Read more