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Verizon Wireless sells 2 million iPhone 4 handsets in Q3 2011

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 8:00am

Verizon Wireless announced its Q3 2011 earnings on Friday and confirmed it sold 2 million iPhones last quarter and a total of 6.5 million total this year. This quarterly number still trails AT&T, which activated 2.7 million iPhone 4 handsets in Q3 2011. As its has reported in previous quarters, 20% of iPhone 4 sales are to new customers and 80% are renewals from existing Verizon Wireless customers.

This 2 million number is also down from previous quarters. In the first six weeks of sales at the beginning of the year, Verizon sold 2.2 million iPhone 4 handsets which was its best smartphone launch ever. Verizon also sold 2.3 million iPhones in Q2 2011. This slight decline to 2 million in Q3 may be the result of the iPhone 4S. Rather than purchase the iPhone 4, customers waited for the iPhone 4S.

Verizon also confirmed it has sold 6.5 million total iPhone handsets thus far this year which is about 11% of the total 55.97 million iPhone 4 handsets sold by Apple. In the same nine months, AT&T has sold 9.9 million iPhone handsets. None of these figures include the iPhone 4S, four million of which flew off the shelves in the first three days of sales. Verizon did not divulge iPhone 4S sales, but said demand was strong. It confirmed that its initial allocation ran out in the first 24 hours and the iPhone 4S is on backlog.

Verizon Wireless sells 2 million iPhone 4 handsets in Q3 2011 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple begins taking iPhone 4S preorders in 22 new countries

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 7:35am
Apple's iPhone 4S remains on track to launch in 22 more countries by the end of the month, as the company began taking preorders around the world on Friday.


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In Safari 5.1.1 , Show Downloads is back

MacOSXHints.com - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 7:30am
Not really a hint as much as an observation, but 'Show Downloads' is back in Safari.

In the most recent Safari update, 5.1.1, the Show Downloads menu item is back with its original shortcut, Command+Option+L. The only strange behavior is that it will be unavailable if your download history is empty (and of course that it is stuck to the Safari window). Otherwise it works like in Snow Leopard.

Thanks unnamed Apple hero!

[crarko adds: I guess I didn't notice it was missing, but it's good to have it back. Now Apple heroes, let's please have that modest iCloud support for Snow Leopard. :) ]


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10.7: Change an application's category

MacOSXHints.com - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 7:30am
Lion provides a new feature in the Finder: the ability to sort your applications by (App Store) category.

But category is not always accurate, or is not set for many non-Apple applications.

To add or modify a category, you have to open the application bundle ('Show Package Contents', the under the folder Contents open the file 'Info.plist').

You then can change the existing category by changing the key called 'LSApplicationCategoryType' (or create the category by adding a child named accordingly).

The list of available categories seems to be restricted to the ones provided by Apple here.

[crarko adds: As far as I can see, the category does indeed seem to only be included in programs downloaded from the Mac App Store, so you might want to add it. It's quite possible that when you u ...


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iPhone 4S 16 GB costs US$196 to build

TUAW.com - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 7:00am

Shortly after iFixit tore down the iPhone 4S, iSuppli also took its turn with the iPhone 4S and evaluated the cost of the materials that go into the handset. According to its analysis, the iPhone 4S 16 GB costs US$188 in materials and and extra $8 to build, a dollar value that's close to the $187 of the iPhone 4. The 32 GB has a bill of materials of $207 and the 64 GB is at $245.

Inside the iPhone 4S, the most expensive part is the NAND flash memory which costs $19.20 in the 16 GB model, $38.40 in the 32 GB and $76.80 in the 64 GB model. iSuppli also notes that the NAND flash is from Hynix and not from Samsung or Toshiba which were seen in all previous iPhone and iPad models. The second and third most expensive components are the mechanical/electro-mechanical parts which costs $33, followed by the wireless radio which is a custom part from Avago and costs $23.54. For all the nitty gritty details head over to iSuppli's report.

iPhone 4S 16 GB costs US$196 to build originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 21 Oct 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon sold 2M iPhones last quarter, 700K less than AT&T

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 6:42am
Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., sold two million iPhone 4 units last quarter, falling 700,000 short of rival AT&T. The carrier also declined to reveal its launch numbers for the iPhone 4S.


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Steve Jobs left designer Jony Ive more power than anyone at Apple

AppleInsider.com - Fri, 10/21/2011 - 5:29am
Apple's widely praised design chief Jonathan Ive has no true boss who can tell him what to do at the company, a distinction put in place by Steve Jobs himself.


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Catcher hoping to reopen Chinese MacBook unibody case plant in November

AppleInsider.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 10:33pm
After local officials ordered the suspension of operations at a Suzhou, China factory that supplies Apple with chassis for its laptops, Taiwanese manufacturer Catcher Technology will invest $2-3 million with the goal of getting its facility back online in November.


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Apple focuses on Siri with first iPhone 4S TV ad

AppleInsider.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 9:09pm
Television networks have begun airing the first commercial for the iPhone 4S, with the advertisement focusing primarily on the new device's Siri virtual personal assistant feature.


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First iPhone 4S TV commercial features Siri

TUAW.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 8:25pm

The first iPhone 4S ad has aired on TV and very prominently features Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant exclusive to Apple's newest handset. The ad shows several people talking to their iPhones, asking questions, looking up directions, setting up reminders -- all in very natural language. Siri itself doesn't appear until near the end of the video, though, so people who've never heard of the feature before may find this commercial somewhat confusing at first.

We've embedded a version of the commercial below (hat tip to Engadget) that someone filmed off their TV. The official ad hasn't shown up on Apple's site or its YouTube channel as of this writing, so we'll update this post later on when it does.

First iPhone 4S TV commercial features Siri originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 22:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple director says Steve Jobs told team not to ask "What would Steve do?"

AppleInsider.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 8:03pm
Apple board member Al Gore said in an interview on Friday that the late Steve Jobs had specifically told CEO Tim Cook and others to avoid asking themselves what he would have done while attempting to carry on his legacy.


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Apple aggressively pushing iOS 5 deployment to users

AppleInsider.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 7:37pm
Apple is pushing hard to make sure iOS users upgrade to the latest and greatest 5.0 version of its mobile platform, with the result of making it easier for developers to build and test their apps as well as simpler for users to stay current with the latest features.


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How to type "comma" using Siri

TUAW.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 6:30pm

Steve Sande and I have been collaborating on "Talking to Siri," an ebook that will soon hit the Kindle store. It's a how-to that will help you get the most done with your Siri intelligent assistant.

One of the questions that people keep asking us is "how do I spell out the word 'comma' or 'period'," in other words, how do you dictate the literal word instead of punctuation.

Fortunately, there is a solution for this. It's not a clean solution or an easy one, but it can be done. To type out comma, for example, you dictate no caps on, no space on, C O M M A, no space off, no caps off.

This tells Siri to start a forced lower-case mode without spaces. You then spell out the word in question (comma, here). At the end, you return to normal dictation mode by disabling that mode.

Be aware that Siri looks for context. It can differentiate between "The Jurassic Period" and "The Jurassic." (see that period there?) during dictation, preferring the former because the word finishes a phrase.

Like this tip? Have some more Siri power-user suggestions? Let us know. Join in the comments.

How to type "comma" using Siri originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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First music video shot with the iPhone 4S

TUAW.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 6:00pm

A band called The Turnback nabbed a few iPhone 4Ses as quickly as they could, and scheduled a music video shoot right around launch, opting to be the first to fire off a music video using just the iPhone 4S and its new HD camera. As you can see below, it looks pretty good -- not quite as good as a full HD video, I think, but not bad. For a phone camera, it's great.

The video was even shot in the new 1080p mode, and was cut together on Final Cut Pro. As a proof of concept, at least, it works, and it shows that aside from all of the splashy news around Siri, the camera adds yet another nice feature to the latest and greatest iPhone.

[via RazorianFly]

First music video shot with the iPhone 4S originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Steve Jobs vowed to 'destroy' Google Android, called it a 'stolen product'

AppleInsider.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 5:45pm
Steve Jobs said he would spend his "last dying breath" fighting Google's Android mobile operating system because he viewed it as a "stolen product," according to an upcoming biography on the Apple co-founder.


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Musician John Mayer shares his thoughts on Steve Jobs

TUAW.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 5:30pm

In a recent blog post, Grammy award winning artist John Mayer recalls his eight-year relationship with Steve Jobs. It's an interesting story about the Apple CEO that shows the gracious side of his personality, a trait that's not often discussed.

Mayer met Steve Jobs in 2003 when Mayer called Jobs to tell him how much he enjoyed Apple's products. Mayer offered to help Apple in any way he could. Soon after the phone call, Mayer was invited to perform the keynote music at Macworld 2004 when GarageBand was introduced and again in 2007 at the iPhone introduction. During this time, Mayer got to know Jobs and developed a casual relationship with him and his company.

A few years later, Mayer agreed to endorse RIM and told Jobs about his decision. As part of this agreement, Mayer would have to use a BlackBerry and not an iPhone. Rather than become angry with Mayer, Jobs was understanding and even sent the musician a pre-release iPhone 3G model while he was on tour.

[Via EdibleApple]

Musician John Mayer shares his thoughts on Steve Jobs originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Siri integrates with iOS phonetic name records to speak contacts correctly

AppleInsider.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 5:03pm
If the new Siri voice assistant feature in iOS 5 isn't recognizing or pronouncing the names of contacts correctly, entering a phonetic name field in the contact may solve the problem.


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Death Rally gets big multiplayer update

TUAW.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 5:00pm

Death Rally is a great iOS title from Remedy Entertainment, the makers of the Alan Wake game for the Xbox 360 a little while back. (Quick disclaimer: I, Mike Schramm, actually have a cameo in the game, for turning in a solid time at a press event. But I wasn't paid at all for my appearance, and I don't make anything from sales of the game. I legitimately think it's a great title, though.) The game has just gotten a big update that adds something players might be surprised by: multiplayer. Up to four people can now load up the game, and race against each other using the Shrieker car, on up to six different maps, including Eureka, which was previously only available via in-app purchase.

The update also adds a new weapon, the flamethrower, available from an in-app purchase reward pack, as well as a new paint job for one of the cars, and some enhanced graphics on the iPad 2. I have to say, iOS 5 support would have been nice (it's kind of a pain to have to re-do the game on the iPad if you've already played on the iPhone), but considering the update is completely free, I can't complain too much.

If you haven't picked up the game yet, it's available for just 99 cents as a universal version right now. Good luck trying to blow me up in the game -- you'll get an achievement for it if you do.

Death Rally gets big multiplayer update originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily iPad App: Puerto Rico

TUAW.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 4:30pm

Puerto Rico originated as a German board game) and has made the leap to iOS. It'ss a multiplayer strategy game that allows players to assume a different role in each round so everyone gets a chance to try something new.

In this game, you're a colonist trying to grow crops on a plantation in Puerto Rico, which you will then sell or ship to another destination. You also build a city that provide goods and other functions that aid you in creating a productive farm and eventually govern the island. In solo mode, you're playing against two computer-generated characters. Throughout it all, you're trying to earn victory points in your quest to gain dominance over the island.

Puerto Rico makes the transition to the iPad pretty well, and Ravensburger does a great job with the graphics, though the game controls are a bit fuzzy and hard to deduce. I highly recommend going through the extensive tutorial before playing the game, especially if you never played the original board game. Even after going through the tutorial, I found myself relying on in-game hints until I got used to the controls and gameplay. It's a challenging, fun game and the iPad version is available for $7.99.

Daily iPad App: Puerto Rico originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T sees iPhone 3GS sellouts, expects legacy model to expand smartphone base

AppleInsider.com - Thu, 10/20/2011 - 4:17pm
AT&T revealed on Thursday that the newly free-on-contract iPhone 3GS is seeing inventory sellouts across the U.S., and expects the device to broaden the company's smartphone base.


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