Apple has just issued a press release revealing it sold 9M iPhones during the launch weekend of its iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. As is typical for the company with new hardware, it hasn’t broken out individual model sales, but other signals point to a stronger debut weekend for the higher-end iPhone 5s than for the 5c. Apple blew away its previous record for first weekend iPhone sales, which was 5 million for the iPhone 5 last year.
Consumers looking for a way to measure how much excitement there is with the new iPhones that go on sale Friday may want to check out the TaskRabbit index.
In recent Apple launches, busy consumers have turned to the San Francisco micro-job site to hire people to wait in line for the latest iPhone or iPad. Last year, 350 people were hired just in San Francisco and New York alone for the “line skipping” jobs.
“This year, we’ve seen just over 250 people sign up to have a TaskRabbit wait in line for them in all of our 15 active markets combined,” said TaskRabbit spokesman Johnny Brackett.
The drop in the TaskRabbit index is just one indicator that the legendary enthusiasm among die-hard Apple fans is a bit damper this year for the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. As of Thursday evening, lines at Apple stores were either noticeably shorter or nonexistent.
Last year we saw Apple begin to address the changing landscape with the iPhone 5. The 5 saw Apple moving to a thinner, lighter chassis with much better internals and a significantly larger display. While there is market demand for Apple to do the same again, and move to an even larger display, there are some traditions Apple is sticking to. In this case, it’s the tradition of the S-update.
The iPhone 5s continues Apple’s tradition of introducing a performance focused upgrade for the last year of any new chassis design. The first time we encountered an S-update was with the 3GS, which took the iPhone away from its sluggish ARM11 roots and into the world of the Cortex A8.
After Apple’s iPhone event ended this morning, I had a chance to spend a few minutes with the two new phones and wanted to post some thoughts.
The iPhone 5C is a gorgeous looking phone, no matter what color choose. They all feel very rugged in their construction, so you can put any thoughts of a cheap iPhone out of your mind right now. Perhaps it’s the reinforcement that Apple put inside the plastic casing or the build of the casing itself—whatever it is, the 5C is a solid phone.
The Child ID App, first released in August 2011 for iPhones and now available on Android phones, provides parents with an easy way to electronically store pictures and vital information about their children in case they go missing—whether it’s a toddler wandering away at the mall or a teen who has been snatched by a stranger.
Using the app, you can show pictures of your kids and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. You can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.
If you’ve ever wanted to create and edit Word and Excel documents on your iPhone, the wait is over. Microsoft is launching Office for iPhone, bringing Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the world’s most popular smartphone.
The version of Office the iPhone’s getting is Office Mobile, which is nearly identical to the apps that already exist on Windows Phone. It includes phone-friendly versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but not other Office apps such as Outlook.
SEE ALSO: 10 Free iPhone Apps You’ll Use Every Day
Creating a version of Office for iPhone fits with Microsoft’s new strategy of treating its services as platform-agnostic, and it comes to iOS long after other Microsoft apps, including OneNote and Lync. It also fits with Microsoft offering Office 365 as a subscription service, accessible from many devices, rather than a one-time download for one machine.
“With Office 365 Home Premium and Pro Plus, we promised they’d work across all of your devices,” says Julia White, marketing manager for Microsoft Office. “Now that those are out, it’s time to expand think about other end points our users have said are important to them.”
A U.S. trade agency says Apple infringed on its Asian rival Samsung’s patent in its manufacture of some older models of the iPhone and iPad.
Bloomberg reports on the order from the U.S. International Trade Commission: “It’s the first patent ruling against Apple in the U.S. that affects product sales, covering models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G made for AT&T Inc.”
Reuters notes that the ITC panel “issued a limited import ban and a cease-and-desist order for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.”
President Obama has 60 days to overturn the order. An Apple spokeswoman told the AllThingsD website that the company was “disappointed” with the decision and planned to appeal.
If you ever need to upload a photo from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to LGF that’s larger than the allowed 400K and you don’t have an app to do resize for you, here’s a quick and easy workaround using email.
Note: The following only applies to fairly large images, like those taken with your device’s camera. With smaller images you won’t be given the option to resize when trying to email them. I’m not sure what the exact cut-off point is, but hopefully it’s less than 400K.
Emailing a photo from an iPad
Step 1: Go into your photos and choose the image you want to send. Now hit the little options arrow that let’s you choose what you want to do with it. Once you choose “Email Photo”, it’ll embed the image into an email.
Off to the right, at the end of the CC/BCC field, you should see your image info as shown below (it may be different on newer iPads—mine is ancient). Tap it.
Step 2: You should now be presented with options to resize it. Choose one and then mail it to yourself.
Once you receive it, just tap the photo to select it and you’ll see the option to save it.
Emailing a photo from an iPhone/iPod Touch
As with the iPad, you go into your photos and choose the image you want to send, then hit the options arrow that let’s you choose to email it. Once you fill out the “To” field—which is the only field that must be filled out—you can simply hit “Send” and it’ll automagically present you with resizing options.
As with the iPad, once you receive it just tap the photo to select it and you’ll see the option to save it.
As Charles mentioned in the thread that prompted me to create this Page, there’s a $2 app that looks like it can do batch resizing, so you might want to take a look at it. I said I wasn’t going to buy another app, but on second thought…
Apple iPhone 5 Overtakes Samsung Galaxy S3 to Become World’s Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q4 2012
According to the latest research from our Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Apple’s iPhone 5 overtook Samsung’s Galaxy S3 to become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2012. A rich touchscreen, extensive distribution and generous operator subsidies have propelled the iPhone 5 to the top spot.
Apple’s iPhone 5 smartphone model shipped an estimated 27.4 million units worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 captured an impressive 13 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A rich touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the iPhone 5’s success. In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple shipped an estimated 17.4 million iPhone 4S units for 8 percent smartphone share globally in Q4 2012. Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are currently the world’s two most popular smartphone models.
Sounds like Apple is doomed. Doomed!
On Dec. 14, my partner, American Indian activist Suzanne Blue Star Boy, and I were on a train heading home from New York when the horrific news of the Newtown, Conn., massacre arrived on my iPhone. We were shocked and terrified. After a few moments, Suzanne said: “Someone needs to do a march.”
I posted the idea on Facebook, and many responded in agreement. By the next day, Suzanne and I had decided we had to lead a march for gun control. Hundreds began signing on to the effort: Facebook friends, colleagues from Suzanne’s professional circles and mine at Arena Stage (where I am artistic director), neighbors and many others.
We moved fast. We wanted the march to take place as quickly as possible because, as the ancient Greeks tell us, the sorrow of being human is that we forget quickly. And we cannot forget Sandy Hook Elementary School. Three months would be too long to wait. Two months would be too long. We needed to act instead of just talking. We wanted to bring our bodies and our minds and our souls to this work.
There is only a small window of time for change, and we’re in that special moment.
I’ve been asked, “Why you, Molly? You’re a theater person. Why is gun control your issue?” My answer: Gun control is everyone’s issue.
I am not a mother. I am not a teacher. I am not a policy person. I am not a safety expert. But none of that matters. I had to act. The victims at Sandy Hook were everyone’s children. The victims of gun violence in the United States are everyone’s mothers, everyone’s fathers, everyone’s brothers and sisters.