The first home of the Apple iPhone, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom AG have announced that AT&T would be acquiring T-Mobile USA in a cash and stock transaction that is worth $39 billion dollars.
â??This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our national future,â?? said AT&T Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson.
The transaction is said to improve network quality and also expand the reach of LTE to more than 294 million people. AT&T and T-Mobile customers both should see better service quality when it comes to voice quality as this will increase cell tower density. When the deal closes, AT&T will immediately gain cell cities that would have taken them around five years to build.
If you don’t have an iPad 2 and none of the stores around you have it in-stockâ?¦ you’ll be waiting a little bit longer.
Apple’s online store is now showing 4-5 week ship times for each model of the brand new iPad 2 orders. Many Apple Retail stores are planning on opening early tomorrow to accommodate the continued high demand for the iPad. Many customers are saying that retail stores have remained sold out of the iPad 2 since it’s launch date. On top of this, many people who have ordered through Apple’s online store are still waiting for their orders that were ordered on launch date.
The rumor mill has stopped churning as Apple announced the next generation iPad at a media event today. The iPad 2 will have the same 9.7-inch display as seen on the original iPad, but the iPad 2 will be 33% thinner than the previous model. It will also pack a 1GHz dual-core A5 processor and feature a front-facing and rear-facing cameras which opens the iPad up to FaceTime calls with the other FaceTime capable products out there. The rear-facing camera also allows for 720p HD video. Oh, and it also has the same 10 hour of battery life with 30 days of stand-by time.
Of course, Apple will be releasing WiFi and 3G capable models, the 3G model will be compatible with the GSM network of AT&T and Verizon’s CDMA network. The CDMA version for Verizon will only be sold in the United States. The iPad 2 will run iOS4.3 which will be released for the other iOS devices on March 11th.
There are also some new accessories coming with the iPad 2, including the Smart Covers which will attach magnetically to the iPad 2. What makes them so smart? It will automatically wake the device when opened and also put it to sleep when closed. They’ll also be releasing an HDMI adapter which allows you to connect your iPad 2 to your HDTV.
Apple was able to keep the prices to the first-generation iPad, but if you’re unfamiliar with those here is a break down: WiFi-Models come in at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $64GB. 3G+WiFi models will come in at $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.
You’ll be able to get your iPad 2 on March 11th inside the United States, you’ll also be able to pick between a black and white model.
Daniel Mead, the chief executive of Verizon Wireless, spoke to the Wall Street Journal and had some things to say to the nay-sayers regarding the launch of the iPhone 4. Mead stated that the lack of super-long lines to greet the brand new iPhone were the result of successful online sales. Verizon will being to double the number of stores carrying the iPhone, from 4,000 outlets to around 8,000. Of course, we will not know the iPhone sale numbers until the quartile earnings are reported.
Mead also pretty much confirms that Apple is working on an LTE model stating â??They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be apart of itâ??. Mead also said during the report that Verizon will continue to strongly support RIM’s Blackberry, Microsoft Windows 7, and the huge amount of Android devices on Verizon despite it’s huge promotion for the iPhone 4.
All Things Digital is reporting that Apple has set up a media event for March 2nd which is expected to introduce the next-generation iPad. The report states â??To those who intensely cares about this kind of stuff â?? which would be pretty much everyone in the tech ecosystem â?? Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad.â??
There is no word on when Apple will start sending out their famous media invites either. Of course, this pretty much disputes a rumor that surfaced yesterday claiming that the second-generation iPad would not launch until June. Of course, we will have coverage of the event regardless what it entails.
If you’re needing a new laptop, we highly recommend holding off on that purchase as it appears the long-awaited refresh of the MacBook Pro line is almost here.
BGR.com is reporting that their Apple sources indicate that the brand new MacBook Pro laptops will be available in the next two weeks, while Apple stores are set to start getting shipments in of them in the â??coming daysâ??. The goodness that comes with this report are the expected changes to the new MacBook Pros include a larger glass trackpad, weight in at around a half-pound lighter than current models. Something interesting that BGR notes [something that doesn't make sense to them] that the OS will be loaded onto a separate internal 8-16GB SSD with everything else remaining on the regular drive.
Apple has invaded homes all around the world from desktops to iPads but is Apple getting ready to enter you living room in a major way such as a television?
We’re not talking about the Apple TV, but possibly an actual HDTV by Apple. The company has posted a new job opening looking to work on â??the next-generation power supply technologyâ??. The more interesting thing is once you read down the job description.
The job description states â??The position primarily involves high-density offline power supply’s development for Apple’s next generation Macintosh platforms spanning from notebook computers, desktop computers, servers, stand alone displays, and TV.â??
While this may be grasping at straws, it’s very interesting to due to the job opening not listing the Apple TV. This could be Apple’s strange way of pulling our leg regarding our speculations, but who knows… it could happen.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson seems to be speaking out more regarding Apple than in the past. Stephenson gave a keynote speech at the MWC [Mobile World Congress] on Tuesday, to which he took to Apple’s iOS App Store. He expressed a dislike for the way Apple’s application system is set-up stating that customers shouldn’t have to lose their applications if they switch to another device other than the iPhone. He stated â??You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again.â?? He pretty much states that the solution to the problem is HTML 5, more specifically, the carrier run Wholesale Application Community.
For those unaware, the WAC is a web-based storage unit [that's what I like to say it is, really] that are theoretically compilable with any device that uses an HTML5-capable browser. The apps will be limited in function for the time being, considering only native apps can take advantage of the developer tools available for the different platforms.
It has been less than a day since the iPhone 4 on Verizon went on-sale to the general public and there is already a delay. By the early afternoon on Wednesday both Apple and Verizon’s websites say that the expected ship date is February 18th. This is great news for Apple and Verizon but of course not for consumers who weren’t able to get their hands on one online.
But, don’t freak out because if you don’t want to wait another week then you press your Apple Stores & Verizon Stores around the world. The Verizon iPhone will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless stores across the United States starting at 7AM Thursday morning. Also, some Best Buy stores and more than 600 Wal-Mart locations will have the Verizon iPhone on launch day as well.
Patrick Lo, the CEO of Netgear, took a few shots at Steve Jobs in a press event in Sydney.
The first thing that Lo stated that was regarding Apple’s refusal to support Flash on iOS Devices: “What’s the reason for him to trash Flash? There is no reason other than ego”. As you can see, it’s just a little smack-talk. Lo then decides to take a classless shot at Stevie Jobs by saying: ”Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on wether to one up the platform”. Does this guy not have any class? Better yet, does he not even pay attention to Apple and Steve Jobs, as Steve Jobs explained early last year the reason why iOS doesn’t support Flash.
Jobs stated in an open letter of sorts back in April of last year that many negatives play a role in the lack of Flash on iOS devices. He cited reliability, security, performance, and battery life. He closed out his open letter by stating “Flash was created in the PC Era – for PCS and mice”. Which in other words means, why move backwards when you can move forward? And he didn’t even have to take classless shots at anyone in Adobe.