With just a few hours left before the whole world has transitioned into the awaited date, Apple's online store goes down. This is nothing entirely new if you've been watching the company's behavior in the past, which could mean Cupertino is knee-deep in preparations for the availability of the much-awaited iPhone 5s.
Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have gone on sale in the UK through Apple's online store, though supplies of the flagship 5s are already showing signs of constraint. Each sold unlocked, rather than with a carrier agreement (and subsidy), the iPhone 5s will ship in 7-10 days, Apple suggests, whereas the iPhone 5c will take just 1-3 days.
Apple’s executives are out in full force this week, talking about their company’s unique ability to deliver designs that people love. With Jonathan Ive at the design helm, Apple believes that it can continue to be the most successful device maker in the world simply because its “eye” is better than that from other users.
But I’m here to tell Apple, its fans, and everyone else that thinks the company is invincible one very important thing: the design dominance cannot be relied on forever.
They're the new smartphones we've been waiting all year for, and Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c didn't disappoint. Replacing the discontinued iPhone 5 and taking the mid-range and flagship spots in Apple's line-up, each runs iOS 7, itself a considerable departure from versions of the smartphone software before it. With sales set to begin imminently, head on past the cut as we pick out exactly what you need to know about the new iPhones.
This year's first day of adoption for Apple's iOS 7 has, according to Chitika, hit just over 18% in just under 24 hours since release. In the first day of adoption for iOS 6 last year - one year ago nearly to the day, as it were - web usage for Apple's newest mobile operating system hit just over 16%, making this - at least by one metric - Apple's most successful upgrade of its mobile OS to date. Meanwhile analytics from Mixpanel suggest that iOS 7 adoption may itself be at a cool 30% in just under a day as well.
Supposing you've seen the calls of opposition from Apple nay-sayers over the past week, you'll be interested to know that the heads of Apple aren't immune to talk of "non-innovative" releases in the iPhone. Speaking with Bloomberg Businessweek on several topics here in the launch week of both the iPhone 5s / iPhone 5c and the newest Apple mobile operating system iOS 7, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Craig Federighi make clear their aim with the iPhone, and what they think of this "innovation" word being thrown around so freely here in the present.
Google Wallet has finally launched for iOS, though since Apple's iPhone and iPad lack NFC the app focuses on sending mobile payments rather than in-store use. While on Android the focus of Google Wallet has been to turn smartphones into tap-to-pay credit cards, Apple's continued avoidance of NFC has forced a less revolutionary approach on iOS: the app effectively works as a place to corral loyalty cards and payment details, as well as to send money digitally.
Less than 24 hours ago, Apple released iOS 7 to the public, resulting in massive amounts of downloads and what analytics group Mixpanel suggests is a staggering adoption rate. The team at Mixpanel have ushered in their tracking chart - as they often to - of the newest Apple mobile operating system as it's hit the public. Over the past several days - since September 18th, Mixpanel's "1,763,443,640 records" show iOS 7 adoption moving from 10.2% up to 33.13% - that's a sampling of the whole world, suggesting a third of users out there in the wild have updated their internet-accessing iPads and iPhones and iPod touches already.
With the launch of Apple's new iOS 7 operating system, Google has announced the launch of a new version of its Chrome browser specifically for users of the new Apple OS. Google says on the Chrome Blog that users will notice the new design for Chrome on iOS 7 including improvements to the full-screen experience for iPad users.
Facebook and Twitter have released new apps for iOS 7, borrowing the iPhone and iPad software's flatter UI style, among other features. The new Facebook for iOS tweaks the navigation, putting new News Feed, Messages, Notifications, and other shortcuts along the bottom of the News Feed display, in addition to adding gestures for those using the app on iOS 7.