Rumor: Sprint to Launch iPhone 5 with Unlimited Data Next Month

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Many rumors have suggested that Apple will offer the iPhone on Sprint beginning next month. Today, Bloomberg reports that Sprint will indeed offer the iPhone next month as had previously been reported by The Wall Street Journal. The carrier is rumored to be launching the iPhone 5 in mid-October under its new deal with Apple. According to the report, Sprint will offer the iPhone next month with unlimited data service.

Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) will offer Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone next month with unlimited data service plans to distinguish itself from rivals AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the matter.

Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, plans to begin selling the device in mid-October under a deal with Apple for the next model, the iPhone 5, said the people, who wouldn’t be identified because the plans aren’t public. Becoming the country’s only operator to offer the device with unlimited data service for a flat fee may help Sprint draw customers from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which already carry the phone, they said.

In addition, the reports also suggests that Sprint has postponed the launch of a new rival 4G phone in order to accommodate preparation for the iPhone’s launch. In fact, yesterday Sprint announced that it has delayed the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 9350 to October from today’s previously planned launch date. No reason for the delay was given.

Unlimited data is a significant selling point for Sprint, which currently offers  a package of unlimited voice and data for $99.99 per month on several existing smartphones. At one point, both AT&T and Verizon offered unlimited data for the iPhone, but both carriers  switched to tiered data plans for new customers. Existing customers who previously had unlimited data  have been allowed to maintain their data plans.

Apple Forecast To Lead 2011 Smartphone Shipments With 86.4m iPhones

A new report from DigiTimes suggests that global smartphone shipments for this year are expected to reach 462 million. That would be a 60 percent increase from the 288 million smartphones shipped in 2010.

Apple Smartphone 2011 Data

According to analysts, the leading vendor will be Apple, topping the 74.4 million units expected to be shipped by Nokia. The report suggests that Apple is expected to ship 86.4 million units in 2011, which would be a significant increase from the 47.5 million iPhones the company shipped last year.

Nokia would fall to No. 2 worldwide. In 2010, Nokia shipped over 100 million smartphones, but is expected to fall while the rest of the industry sees tremendous growth. Coming in third, will be  Samsung, which is involved in a heated legal battle with Apple. Samsung is expected to see its shipments increase 44 percent to 67 million units.

In all, the top five smartphone makers — Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Research in Motion and HTC — are forecast to top 333 million units. Together, they would account for 72 percent of total units shipped in 2011.

Last quarter was the best yet for Apple in terms of iPhone shipments, which reached 20.34 million, representing a 142 percent year-over-year increase. Clearly, the iPhone is “dead in the water“.

Best Buy Preparing for October launch of Apple’s iPhone 5

Best Buy Mobile iPhone 5

Today, Boy Genius Report has received a leaked document from Best Buy suggesting that the new iPhone will launch the first week of October. The note to employees also claims that Sprint will offer Apple’s new iPhone at launch, suggesting that the recent rumor is true.

Thanks to a leaked document from a Best Buy source, we have discovered that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores are anticipating taking preorders for the iPhone 5 starting in the first week of October. What’s a tad bit more interesting, however, is the mention (and further anticipation) that Sprint will be carrying the iPhone 5 at launch.

The leaked document suggests that pre-orders for the new iPhone could begin soon, with an expected launch in the first week of October. However, the note also says that launch dates are subject to change.  Also, Best Buy Mobile managers are scheduled to have a meeting to discuss release dates for major new products.

In addition, This is my next reported on Sunday that Best Buy is scheduled to have an Apple fixture installed at its retail stores on October 21st. AppleInsider also reported in August that Apple had begun working on television ad spots for the new iPhone.

To be clear, this isn’t a run-of-the-mill installation for the big box — our tipster tells us that the request that a manager be on-hand at 6AM is out of the ordinary (they usually show up at 7AM for inventory), and that a similar arrangement was scheduled for the iPhone 4 launch.

The next iPhone is expected to have the same A5 processor found in the iPad 2, as well as a new 8-megapixe camera.  With the recent amount of leaks, I think an Apple event will occur soon.

San Francisco Police Did Assist Apple in-house Search of Lost iPhone Prototype

On Thursday, it was reported  that Apple had once again lost a prototype of iPhone 5 in a bar  in late July. Later today, SFWeekly reported that    an Apple  security personnel may have posed as police officers during the search for the lost item. Now, contrary to previous reports, SFWeekly  reports that the San Francisco Police Department now admits to assisting Apple investigators with the search of a lost iPhone 5.

Contradicting past statements that no records exist of police involvement in the search for the lost prototype, San Francisco Police Department spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield now tells SF Weekly that “three or four” SFPD officers accompanied two Apple security officials in an unusual search of a Bernal Heights man’s home.

The four police officers from the San Francisco Police Department  accompanied two Apple investigators to the home of Sergio Calderón. According to the latest report, only two Apple employees entered the home and searched while the four police officers remained outside.

SFWeekly suggests that there are some questions regarding the incident and why it was not recorded as per standard procedure. A spokesman from the San Francisco Police Department, said    “Apple came to us saying that they were looking for a lost item, and some plainclothes officers responded out to the house with them. My understanding is that they stood outside. They just assisted Apple to the address.”

The previous report suggested that employees from Apple may have impersonated the police which is a criminal offense.

This entire story seems like hog wash to me. What do you guys think?

Apple Investigators Posed as Police in New Lost iPhone Prototype Search?

Cava 22

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple in late July had once again lost an iPhone prototype in a bar. It was  reported that Apple and San Francisco police tracked the device to a home in Bernal Heights  neighborhood of San Francisco and conducted a search, but were unable to find the device.

Today, SF Weekly reports that Apple  security personnel may have posed as police officers during the search. Which in fact, is a criminal offense. In addition, the report suggests that police officers may have improperly assisted in the investigation without properly documenting their work.

[Sergio] Calderón said that at about 6 p.m. six people — four men and two women — wearing badges of some kind showed up at his door. “They said, ‘Hey, Sergio, we’re from the San Francisco Police Department.'” He said they asked him whether he had been at Cava 22 over the weekend (he had) and told him that they had traced a lost iPhone to his home using GPS.

At no point, he said, did any of the visitors say they were working on behalf of Apple or say they were looking for an iPhone 5 prototype.

Calderón claims that he allowed investigators to search his home and car. His computer was also examined to  determine whether the lost iPhone had been synced with it.  The investigators found nothing during the search, and reportedly offered Calderón $300 to return the phone  and left a phone number for him to contact them if he could offer further information on the device.

As the visitors left, one of them — a man named “Tony” — gave Calderón his phone number and asked him to call if he had further information about the lost phone. Calderón shared the man’s phone number with SF Weekly.

The phone was answered by Anthony Colon, who confirmed to us he is an employee of Apple but declined to comment further. According to a public profile on the website LinkedIn, Colon, a former San Jose Police sergeant, is employed as a “senior investigator” at Apple.

A spokesman from the San Francisco Police Department has expressed concern about the events, suggesting that the department will investigate the incident.

Anthony Colon’s LinkedIn profile has been deleted, but MacRumors has a saved image of the profile.

Apple Loses Another iPhone Prototype at a Bar

Cava 22

Today, CNET reports that Apple has lost a prototype iPhone at a bar, again. The iPhone was lost in late July at Cava 22, a Mexican restaurant and bar in San Francisco’s Mission District. Apple is working with the police to recover another missing iPhone prototype.

A day or two after the phone was lost at San Francisco’s Cava 22, which describes itself as a “tequila lounge” that also serves lime-marinated shrimp ceviche, Apple representatives contacted San Francisco police, saying the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return, the source said. Still unclear are details about the device, what version of the iOS operating system it was running, and what it looks like.

The company tracked the location of the missing prototype from the Cava22 bar on 22nd Street to a house in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. The San Francisco police and Apple investigators reportedly spoke to a man in his twenties about the device. The man denied knowing anything about the lost phone. After a search, they found nothing. The report doesn’t mention if Apple ever got the phone back. Company representatives contacted police asking for help in recovering the device, which Apple reportedly described as “priceless.”

In addition, Apple’s representatives reportedly offered the man a cash reward for its recovery with “no questions asked,” but the man continued to report no knowledge of the device.

Last year, Apple lost an early prototype of the iPhone 4 at a bar in Redwood City near the company’s headquarters.  That device was picked up by another customer and sold to Gizmodo. The criminal investigation for the incident ended this month.

So an Apple employee walks into a bar…

Adobe Unveils PDF Creation App for iOS

Today, MacStories has discovered that Adobe  released a new iOS app called “CreatePDF”. “CreatePDF” is a $9.99  universal app allowing users to easily create PDFs on their iPhones or iPads. Adobe claims that  CreatePDF  brings the same high-quality PDF creation as Adobe Acrobatto iOS devices. In addition, the app uses Adobe’s  online services for performance and quality, creating PDFs that offer quality and accessibility standards.



Upon installing, CreatePDF registers as a default app to open Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, Adobe Illustrator drawings, Photoshop images and InDesign  files, in addition to Open Office and StarOffice documents and JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TIFF images.

The app currently supports the following file formats:

  • MS Word (docx, doc), Excel(xlsx, xls), PowerPoint (pptx, ppt)
  • Adobe Illustrator (ai), Photoshop (psd) and InDesign (indd)
  • Images JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
  • RTF, Text and WordPerfect
  • OpenOffice and StarOffice documents

The app works through iOS’s built in “Open in” menu, which allows third party apps to communicate with each other by sending documents to other applications that support specific file types, such as PDF, .doc, or plain text.

You can purchase CreatePDF for $9.99 in the App Store.

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Sprint Tells Employees to Give “No Comment” on iPhone 5

Earlier this week, WSJ reported that Sprint is going to offer the iPhone 5 alongside AT&T and Verizon in mid-October. Today, SprintFeed has obtained an internal Sprint memo notifying dealers on how to respond to the recent report claiming that the carrier will offer the iPhone 5 in mid-October.

Sprint iPhone 5 Memo

The memo says employees who are asked a direct question by a customer regarding the iPhone 5 should reply by saying “Yes, I saw a few of those reports, I don’t have any information to share.”  Sprint dealers are also advised to refer customers to the Newsroom. In addition, the memo suggests that if a dealer is asked by a customer they should simply state “no comment”.

“A recent  Wall Street Journal  article mentioned that Sprint is getting the iPhone5,”

“If you’re asked by a customer or just talking to friends or family members, you need to avoid making any comment about the iPhone and simple state “no comment.”

Even though the memo doesn’t offer any evidence of Sprint offering the iPhone, Sprint’s “no comment” stance suggests the company will indeed be offering the iPhone later this year.

People familar with the matter had previously told WSJ that Apple was planning to launch the new iPhone by the end of September, but may have delayed the release because of production yield rate issues with its contract manufacturer.

Dutch court awards Apple an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy phones

A Dutch court has issued Apple a preliminary injunction that prevents the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones in the Netherlands. This injunction has the potential to spread across the European Union.  FOSS Patents has a copy of the official court order, and it states that the injunction will go into effect in mid-October.

The order, which was issued by the Rechtbank’s-Gravenhage (a Dutch court located in The Hauge), only applies to Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones, including the widely successful Galaxy S II. That means that it won’t have any effect on the sales of Samsung’s tablets.


This is an important injunction because Samsung’s primary European logistics hub is located in the Netherlands. That means that in order to ship these devices throughout Europe, Samsung would have to reroute its operations. That’s unlikely, however, due to Samsung Korea’s lack of infrastructure. It would be logistically impossible for Samsung to respond in a timely manner.

The injunction is specifically based on the infringement of one patent in Apple’s portfolio. That patent is regarding the way you navigate photos in a gallery app, not the touted square based app organization design. This means that this injunction could be upheld in the countries where that patent is valid across the E.U. Unfortunately for Apple, documentation shows that they have allowed this patent to lapse in many countries, meaning it may not have much hold.

This comes on the backs of a previous injunction from a German court temporarily banning the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Europe. That injunction was lifted shortly after it was issued, however. It is possible that this new court order could suffer the same fate.

Apple Working on a Cheaper iPhone

As the expected date of the iPhone 5 launch nears, the frequency of new rumors about the next iPhone has also increased. Every day, there is a new rumor which either speculates about either the specifications of the iPhone 5, or its launch date. However, this is new – Reuters posted that Apple is working on an inexpensive variant of the iPhone 4, which will ship alongside the iPhone 5.

Apple will be using the same strategy it adopted with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. The cheaper version of the iPhone 4 will come with 8 GB of internal storage. According to their sources, the flash drive will be manufactured by a Korean company. not Samsung, which did it for the iPhone 4.

The Apple iPhone 4 may be the most popular smartphone in the U.S., but the high price has deterred most smartphone users in the emerging markets and developing nations from buying the iPhone. With a cheaper version of the iPhone, Apple may have to take a slight hit on its huge margins, but it could make up on profits with increased sales. A cheaper iPhone could also help Apple beat Android, which is dominant at the budget end of the smartphone market.

Apple is increasingly looking to Asia for further growth in the smartphone market. It was recently in talks with China Mobile, which has close to 600 million subscribers in China.

While the cheap iPhone 4 will likely have specifications similar to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 is expected to ship with a larger display, a processor upgrade and 1 GB RAM. It will also sport an 8 MP camera, according to rumors.