Today Facebook invited members of the press to an event related to Android on April 4, and TechCrunch notes that Facebook will likely debut its long-rumored smartphone at the event. According to previous reports, the handset would be an HTC smartphone based on Facebook-modified version of Android OS.
Apple is gradually rolling out a new customer service initiative called ‘table selling’ across its retail stores. With the new strategy, employees at Apple Stores are assigned a product table at which they are responsible for serving groups of customers with the same device but different needs. Previously, employees helped each customer individually on a first-come, first-serve basis which often resulted in lengthy wait times.
The United States Patent and TrademarkOffice published an Apple patent application (via AppleInsider), which offers the possibility of using a flexible display in iPhone or in othermobile device with transparent cover as glass tubing or other form. The display would be able to cover the edges and backside of the device, even to make a more visible area.
iOS version of Xiaoi (center and right) and Android version of Xiaoi (left)
As Shanghai Daily reports, Apple is facing a suit in China from a local company claiming that Siri infringes on its patent rights. The court in Shanghai will hold a pre-hearing today where Apple and the plaintiff, Shanghai Zhi Zhen, should exchange evidence. The report notes:
According to a report from The Economic Times, Apple plans to triple the size of its reseller network to 200 stores in India by 2015. Reportedly, Apple's vice-president (sales) for India, Europe, Middle-East and Africa Hugeues Asseman discussed some of these plans with key franchisee owners and trade partners during his visit to Mumbai last month. The reportnotes:
As The Wall Street Journalreports, Apple has acquired indoor location positioning company WifiSLAM for around $20 million. Apple has confirmed the acquisition deal, but declined to share any details on its plans for the company. The report said:
According to The Guardian's report, today Apple added a new tagline "Offers In-App Purchases" directly underneath the Free/Buy button for App Store apps that support the feature. The tagline helps make clear to users that paid or free apps may require additional in-app purchases in order to enable apps’ full functionality or receive other benefits such as in-game currency. The report notes:
The New York Times reports that European Union regulators have a deep interest in the contracts between Apple and iPhone vendor partners in order to identify the anti-competitive behavior of the company. In particular, Apple requires from suppliers to sell a certain number of iPhone, putting pressure on it.
Today an analyst Amit Daryanani from RBC Capital Markets has issued a new research report predicting a launch for both a lower-cost iPhone and the iPhone 5S in June-July timeframe, which is in line with other recent claims. However, Daryanani says that the cheaper iPhone appears to lack a Retina display. He said:
While Apple has earned much praise for its iPhonedesign aesthetic, it also has received criticism for durability problems, with many users experiencing the issues after dropping their smartphones onto hard surfaces.
In the fifth-generation iPod touch and iPhone 5 Apple began using sapphire crystal in order to cover the rear camera of the devices, providing superior scratch resistance and durability. Apple notes:
DigiTimes reports that the components for the next generation iPhone will be shipped at the end of may, and the new Apple’s smartphone may appear somewhere in the third quarter. This confirms other reports that iPhones will be released in June or July.