There is a good article over at CNET on how an iPhone 5s from Verizon could work on AT&T. I won't go into the details here, but suffice it to say, as carriers standardize on LTE, it is possible to make a phone that works on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and other carriers. Indeed customers already could migrate between AT&T and T-Mobile, which use GSM SIM cards. In fact, I use an old AT&T iPhone on Consumer Cellular's service.
Carriers and mobile retailers have created their own dilemma by signing up users for two year contracts. This means that retailers won't get another shot at their next iPhone for 23 months or more. Given the rapid pace of innovation, many users are either left out or finding creative ways to upgrade. Personally, I leverage our Family Plan so I can get the latest iPhone each year and hand down my one year old model to a family member.
It's no secret (except to this guy) that the next iPhone will be built in China, but for years this has meant Foxconn, the mammoth independent manufacturing firm that has been plagued by reports of poor working conditions. Recently, Apple has decreased their dependence on Foxconn and farmed out more manufacturing work to Pegatron, a competitor to Foxconn.
Apple didn't introduce an iWatch or fitness band at their Worldwide Developers Conference, but they introduced technology to make it easier for others to do so. HealthKit is a framework for developers and gadget makers that can help them integrate fitness and wearable gear with iOS. And Apple isn't taking a backseat to see what happens. They are actively recruiting hospitals and healthcare firms to make the next generation of health products.
I love it when plans come together. The other day my kids were planning on camping in the backyard and they asked for a wireless speaker to enjoy their tunes. However, the forecast called for rain. While my kids can handle getting a little wet, I wasn't thrilled with the idea of ruining my electronics. That same day, the Boombot REX arrived, from Boombotix.
As we get closer to September 9th, the rumored launch date for the next iPhone, more parts and photos are leaking out. The latest, from Sonny Dickson, shows a scratched up back casing. There's a lot to learn from these photos, assuming they're real, of course. But they do jibe with previous leaks and Sonny has a good record.
Last week, we told you to save the date (September 9th) for the next iPhone announcement. Now comes evidence that developers might want to save a whole week, June 8th - June 12th, for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. This isn't much of a stretch, as Apple typically uses that second week in June to hold their WWDC event and introduce their next mobile and desktop operating systems. About 5,000 lucky raffle-winning attendees get the privilege of paying $1,300 to learn from Apple's experts.
It's almost official. Apple is expected to send out their "save the date" notices, and that date is September 9. The date is almost exactly a year after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were announced, on September 10, 2013. Last year, online orders began September 13 with availability on the 20. In the case of the gold version of the iPhone 5s, availability was extremely limited.
Apple recently released a commercial (they call it a "film") called "Stickers" that show how MacBook owners love their laptops. They demonstrate this by the stickers that adorn the back of the LCD screen on their MacBooks. You've probably seen them before, with the numerous creative ways the Apple logo is incorporated into the design.
At the recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released a ton of new tools, APIs, and, in a surprising twist, a brand new programming language called Swift. It can easily be overwhelming trying to be a developer, or system administrator for Apple Mac and iOS devices. You can try to use Google, StackOverflow, and books, but there's nothing like face-to-face instruction and interaction with experts and colleagues.