The holiday season is upon us, and retailers and carriers across the United States and other countries have kicked it off with attractive promotions and deals for customers. T-Mobile is a perfect example, having announced it will offer several Apple products—including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display (all 16GB storage models)—for $0 down with 24 monthly payments.
China Mobile—the world’s largest carrier with a subscriber base of over 700m—will begin taking iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c pre-orders on Thursday, December 12th at its website and some locations in Shanghai, according to a report from WSJ. The China Mobile website is intiting potential customers to pre-order iPhone 5s and smartphones from other OEMs with the “4G is here” slogan.
The holiday season is upon us, and new research by Parks Associates rates Apple as the most desired brand by holiday shoppers this year in nearly every category, including tablets, laptops, smartphones, home networking routers, MP3 players, and streaming media devices (Apple TV). The Cupertino company leads the desktop category for the first time, topping Dell and HP. According to the report, Apple leads the tablet category, followed by Amazon Kindle (Surprised?) and Samsung on for the second and third spot, respectively.
Google Wallet received its first update since it was released back in September. This new version brings several enhancements, including the ability to add your credit/debit card just by taking a picture of it. After capturing the snapshot, it will automatically add the card number as well as its expiration date.
Google is reportedly working on a toolkit that will allow users to install Chrome apps on iOS and Android devices. It’s not official yet, but a GitHub repository known as Mobile Chrome Apps, created by Google software developer Michal Mocny, was discovered by the folks at The Next Web. Included in the repository is documentation that sheds more light on what the company is working on, including Chrome Packaged App for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS.
We’ve heard several rumors now that Apple is working on an oversized iPad, possibly 12.9-inch, due in 2014 along with the purported iWatch. Well, according to this new rumor, Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, manufactured five prototype iPads featuring 2K and 4K resolution with a screen size of 12.9-inches.
The folks at PayPal have launched their own digital gift store, allowing US customers to purchase gift cards for their friends and family. And guess who’s the initial partner? Apple. Yes, PayPal’s digital store is selling iTunes gift cards of up to $100. The gift cards are available for US citizens, and customers can pay for them using their PayPal balance. PayPal did mention they’ll enter more partners to the gift store very soon.
Last month, Apple unveiled the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The iPad Air went on sale last month as planned, but the availability of the iPad mini with Retina was delayed, not going on sale until November 12th. If you’re residing in India, you’ll be glad to know that both tablets are expected to hit the shelves in India on December 7th, according to a press release. The news comes from BGR.in.
We may be done with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but it’s not the end of the holiday season, by far. At least for this month, several retailers will continue to offer attractive discounts to their customers. And according to a new report at 9to5Mac, several Apple stores have started offering iPhone 5c and iPad Air price matching.
Recently, market research firm Kantar WorldPanel released a report highlighting smartphone sales from August to October 2013, tracking smartphone sales from various markets. According to the report, the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c did boost Apple’s market share, but not as much as last year’s iPhone 5 release. According to the data, iOS market share is down to 40.8% in the U.S. in October 2013, compared to 47.2% in the same month last year, a fall of almost 6.4%.
Black Friday deals have officially kicked off, and multiple retailers are offering attractive discounts on various Apple products. We’ve listed a few here, including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Apple, along with a round up of, iPhone apps and accessory Black Friday specials. For those of you who are more interested in getting hold of a new Macbook, here’s a list of some of the best deals on Macbook Pro and Macbook Air.
Not too long ago, Piper Jaffray’s analyst Gene Munster mentioned that iPhone 5s availability has reached 90% based on a number of stores surveyed by the analyst. Now, a report from The Wall Street Journal suggests Apple’s supplier, Foxconn, added more workers to the iPhone 5s assembly lines, resulting in an increase in supply of the handset.