Month: September 2012

New iPhone 5 users discover it scratches easily

The aluminum case on the iPhone 5 may look pretty at first, but there’s no guarantee it will stay that way, according to some early user reports. Several news outlets reported that users have seen scuffing soon after opening their iPhones or, in many cases, right out of the box. Although the anodized aluminum case…

Damaged iPhones cost Americans $5.9 billion

If you’ve dealt with a cracked iPhone screen or dropped your iPhone in a toilet, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey from warranty company SquareTrade, 30 percent of iPhone users have damaged their device in the last year alone, and the cost of iPhone damage to American consumers has totalled $5.9 billion since…

Apple imagines air travel with just an iPhone

There’s been plenty of attention surrounding the new Passbook digital wallet feature in Apple’s iOS 6, but, according to newly approved patents, that app is just the beginning of the company’s plans for a ticketless future. CNN reported that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved an Apple patent from 2008 that focused on a…

Big gains for busy workers in iOS 6

While much of the attention for Apple’s new iOS 6 has focused on flashy additions like the new Passbook and Maps apps, many of the operating system’s biggest improvements are small changes that will help business users, according to several experts. MacWorld’s Rick Broida identified several productivity gains in iOS 6, which he said was…

How durable is the iPhone 5?

No sooner had the iPhone 5 gone on sale than people were trying to figure out how easy it was to break. And the results of several tests suggest that the iPhone is pretty darn durable. The blog Android Authority performed a drop test that pitted the iPhone 5 against the Samsung Galaxy S3 in…

Who’s buying the iPhone 5?

There’s no question that people are buying the iPhone 5 in huge, even record-breaking numbers, but it’s less clear who the customers lining up for the device are, exactly. Are they iPhone 4 users? 4S users? Android or BlackBerry users switching to Apple? Surrounding the phone’s September 21 release, some formal and informal surveys of…

People all over the world line up to buy iPhone 5

The morning of September 21 marked the release of the iPhone 5, and, from Sydney to Tokyo to New York, people were excited to get their hands on the new device. Multiple news sources covering the lines outside stores like New York’s Fifth Avenue flagship and Tokyo’s Ginza district location noted an excited atmosphere, as…

Reviews for iOS 6 come pouring in

The September 19 release of iOS 6 brought with it plenty of excitement and chatter about the new features landing on iPhones and iPads. Even users who don’t upgrade to the iPhone 5 on September 21 can take advantage of many new features by updating to iOS 6, and with iPhone repair and iPad repair…

By the way, Ping ending September 30

Compared to Apple’s more exciting and high profile recent product announcements, which included a major iTunes update, the company was much more low-key in making another announcement this month. Ping, the music social networking service that debuted in iTunes in 2010, will be shutting down on September 30. News broke in June 2012 on All…

The iPhone 5 runs faster than your desktop computer from 2003

You’ll no longer have to strap your old desktop Mac to your back to carry around serious computing power – you can do all the same things with the iPhone 5. While a wave of largely positive reviews of the iPhone 5 rolls in, a pair of numerical benchmarks give an idea of just how…