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Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has announced that new iPhones sold almost twice as good as the previous model during the first weekend.
Apple revealed that 9 million of new Cupertino-made iPhones were sold during the launch weekend. This topped last year result of 5 million registered by iPhone 5. Tim Cook said that this was their best iPhone launch yet. Truth to be told, the demand was so high that people who ordered those phones online may have to wait couple of weeks more before they will get their new Apple device.
The release in the UK was also quite satisfactory as operators and retailers allegedly say that new iPhones are selling well and probably they will be out of stock soon. This is good news for Apple, as initially pre-orders on iPhone 5C were lower than expected. However, we should remember that iPhone 5 was also quite positively received last year, but as time passed it started losing to Android smartphones.
Meanwhile, last week we also had the launch of iOS 7 (which come pre-installed in new iPhones) that was also a record-breaking event as Apple reported couple of days ago that it had 200 million devices running on the new operating system – a record for software upgrade launch.
The headlines of telecom news have recently been full of info about Apple’s twists and turns of the patent war with Samsung and rumours about an upcoming new addition to its smartphone family, iPhone 5. Samsung has lost the suit and paid a fortune for using Apple’s patents and since then the Cupertino company has been claiming patents on everything it can. iPhone 5 rumours are all over the Internet and this week Apple announced that they will show the new phone on September 12.
However, a Chinese manufacturer was faster than late Steve Jobs’ company. The phone that has been released in China is called GooPhone i5 and without any subtleties it has all the features and rumours which iPhone 5 is supposed to have that leaked into the Internet. The mobile phone looks like a bigger iPhone 4S with 4 inch display and even a smaller connector – exactly as expected of the new Apple phone. GooPhone i5 features a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor that works at 1.4 GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera and a screen resolution of 1280×720. Obviously, the phone isn’t running on iOS but instead it uses Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Chinese mobile phone producer did not only made a knock-off of the upcoming Apple smartphone but also filled for patent. If it works, than the phone design will belong to that company and Apple might blocked from selling its iPhone 5 in China, as long as it looks similar to GooPhone i5. This will have some bleak consequences for Apple as China is becoming the biggest smartphone market in the world.
If you want to see the GooPhone i5 check the video below.
24-month iPhone 4S contracts:
It seems that the cheapest contract is offered by O2 as you have to pay £15.5 per month. With such contract iPhone 4S prices start at £299.99. Alternatively, you can take a £26 contract and pay over £200 for the iPhone (both in Vodafone and T-Mobile). Three UK wants £25 a month and £99 for the smartphone. The lowest free iPhone 4S deals are from Orange and T-Mobile. They start at roughly £46 per month and a free iPhone.
12-month iPhone 4S contracts:
Only O2, Vodafone and Tesco offer 12 month contracts. Out of these it seems that O2 has the best deal as you can get iPhone 4S for £21 a month plus £429.99 for the phone itself. The only problem is that it is restricted for existing customers. Vodafone asks £36 a month and their customers would have to fork out £319 for the phone. Tesco hasn’t announced its deals yet.
iPhone 4S PAYG SIM card deals:
Three UK and Vodafone offer iPhone 4S PAYG deals, but you need to pay £499.99 for the phone. However, it is the same price as in the Apple store so if you want to have a PAYG SIM card in your iPhone it’s better to buy it from Apple and pick the operator that is the cheapest for your needs. Obviously, you can also wait couple months as surely there will be some special offers before or just after Christmas.
The first 24 hours of online iPhone 4S orders proved to be record-breaking. Apple said that over one million new iPhones have been sold during the first day. This beats the previous record of 600,000 phones set by iPhone 4. This hype is understandable as a lot of Apple customers have been eagerly waiting for the newest phone from Apple. Moreover, some people may want to pay tribute to Steve Jobs and honor him by buying his last device.
However, most of the tech experts are astonished, because they think that iPhone 4S is not revolutionary and didn’t suspect it to be so popular. The pundits say that the new Apple device lacks new ground-breaking features and design updates. For them it is “a major disappointment” but the demand for the device indicates that customers are not complaining. It is yet to be seen whether Brits will show such enthusiasm, and what iPhone SIM card deals will mobile operators offer.
Few days ago, on October, 10, a couple of young bikers robbed the biggest Apple shop in the UK located in London’s Convent Garden. Masked riders smashed into the shop at around 1 am. They quickly grabbed some iPads and Apple computers and fled on their motorbikes. Fortunately, the burglary happened before new iPhone 4S was in-stock at Apple spot in Convent Garden. However, the value of stolen goods can be counted in thousands of pounds.
London police caught two men aged 21 and 16 at the scene of the smash-and-grab. Despite being arrested at the crime scene, they are still only suspects at least until the police finds more evidence.
Silent Bodyguard is a new application for Apple and Blackberry mobile phones that may save people’s lives. The app sends an SOS message (Panic button) to people you have selected as emergency contacts. The message is a preset distress signal that gives your current GPS location and is updating your location every 60 seconds . To activate the SOS signal (Panic button) you just have to tap an icon and be in a place with either mobile coverage of WiFi connection. This useful safety tool may be a life-saving app for children and adults alike whenever they find themselves in a dangerous situation.