China Drove Big iPhone And iPad Sales For Apple During Q3 2014

apple-store-china Apple‘s earnings are out, and there’s a narrative contained therein of the emerging importance of China and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries in general – the company revealed to the FT that iPhone sales are up 55 percent year over year in the BRIC nations, and Chinese iPhone sales are up 48 percent, with the iPad sales in that country rising 51 percent year… Read More



FLIR ONE Starts Pre-Orders For Its iPhone Thermal Imaging Camera

FLIRONE_plumbing_bathroom_lifestyle If you ever wanted to experience how the Predator sees the world, now’s your chance, and all you’ll need is an iPhone and the FLIR ONE case. The FLIR ONE case packs a full thermal imaging camera that sees variances in temperature on the infrared spectrum, and works with either the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s, along with the FLIR ONE companion app. It can show you a live view of the… Read More


Apple Tipped To Bet Big On Big Phones With iPhone 6

iphone-6-render Apple has made its largest-yet initial order for iPhones, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. The order encompasses devices with both 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, echoing rumors we’ve been hearing for a while now, but the WSJ’s sources say that Apple has ordered between 70 million and 80 million units combined across the two styles, which is increased well above… Read More


Surprise! Xiaomi’s New Metal-Edged Flagship Looks Like An iPhone. But Its $13 Wearable Is Novel

Mi 4 Fast growing Chinese Android smartphone startup Xiaomi, which earlier this month reported that it had shifted ~26 million handsets in the first half of this year, has unveiled a new flagship device which it will be hoping powers it over its sales target of 60 million smartphones in full year 2014. It’s also taken the wraps off its first wearable: the Mi Band. Read More


Chinese State Media Renews Anti-Apple Rhetoric, Calls The iPhone A “National Security Concern”

sanlitun-apple-store-china Apple has faced a fair amount of state-sponsored criticism in China, a market where the prevailing powers have a stated goal of promoting more home-grown network and IT solutions. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s iOS 7 poses a threat to national security because of its ‘Frequent Locations’ feature, which identifies and provides users a map of their oft-visited… Read More


Apple Patents Stronger Sapphire Displays And Illuminated Sapphire Controls

iphone5s-display Apple has a few new patent applications with the USPTO (via AppleInsider), all relating to sapphire glass displays and elements for its use in mobile devices. The patents cover a method for making sapphire glass display covers stronger, a way to create illuminated buttons with sapphire, and a way to embed markings below a sapphire layer. The strengthening patent may be the most interesting,… Read More