A bit of advice for anyone who was worried about the less-expensive iPhone 5c cannibalizing Apple's flagship smartphone sales: relax. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners surveyed consumers to find out which iPhones were purchased in September. As AllThingsD reports, the iPhone 5s is the overwhelming favorite.
Breaking down the results of the analysis, the iPhone 5s accounts for 64 percent of all new iPhone sales during the survey period. This is compared to 27 percent for the iPhone 5c and just nine percent for the iPhone 4s. Not only are these strong numbers for the top billed iPhone 5s, the ratio is mostly holding steady when compared to last year's iPhone 5 launch.
Ironhide Game Studio posted a teaser this afternoon for its upcoming Kingdom Rush Frontiers Halloween campaign on its Facebook page. The post was tagged with the hashtag #ShadowmoonCampaign. The announcement came a few weeks after Ironhide finally released the popular Tower Defense game to Google Play for Android users.
The last Kingdom Rush campaign Rising Tides brought three new levels, six new enemies, a new boss and five new achievements. Ironhide did not give specifics about the upcoming update, but they did post a message that suggested it will have something to with the undead.
An endless night is upon us! The dead rise from their graves and mindless horrors prowl the land! Something dark has awoken, something to fear... Welcome to the #ShadowmoonCampaign!
The Shadowmoon campaign will be available on October 31, 2013.
Prepaid mobile fans will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c through the wireless carrier Cricket starting on October 25. Cricket is currently accepting pre-registration for the new Apple handsets, and will offer them along with their new Smart Plans.
Cricket customers can get an off-contract iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c with nationwide unlimited talk/text/data starting at $50. Cricket's Smart Plans support 4G LTE and 3G CDMA wireless networks, and offer up to 10GB of full-speed data allowance.
Developer Bytesize has released a new app that takes advantage of Apple's official iPhone 5c case by allowing users to transform their device into a Connect Four-like game. Users can challenge their friends to a game of Four in a Row by putting their case on backwards and using its cutout holes as a game board. As you can see from the video below, the case doesn't line up perfectly with the iPhone's display, but it does get the job done.
Bytesize says the game is also compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5s, as long as you have an iPhone 5c case. The game requites iOS 7 or higher and can be played on the iPod touch or iPad, but you'll have to create your own board.
Big changes are coming for customers who sign up to start AT&T Mobility service later this month. The mobile carrier has decided to nix its traditional service plans once and for all. Existing customers will not be affected unless they actively change their current subscription plan. So what exactly will AT&T offer instead of standard per-device monthly service?
AT&T began offering its Mobile Share plans last summer, which allow customers to share a data allotment among several devices with unlimited talk and text. Each device is charged a monthly fee on top of the pooled data price. The more data that is purchased the cheaper it becomes to connect each individual device to the plan.
The iPhone 5s represents several firsts for Apple and the smartphone industry in general. Not only does the device feature 64-bit architecture, but the latest iPhone integrates a fingerprint sensor and independent M7 motion coprocessor. With new technology there's always the potential for bugs to surface after the latest hardware gets into the hands of users everywhere.
Of course the iPhone 5s is no different, and while reviews have been overwhelmingly positive some users have reported problems. Complaints and issues can always be brought to Apple's attention either in iPhone support communities or at the retail store Genius Bar. Besides troubleshooting, keep in mind the iPhone 5s comes with a one-year AppleCare warranty. Usually devices can be repaired or replaced in-store.
There are a lot of signs that suggest the iPhone 5c isn’t selling as well as Apple expected. First of all, the "unapologetically plastic" phone has been been readily available since its launch. iPhone 5s shipping times are currently estimated at two to three weeks, while the iPhone 5c is shipping within 24 hours. It also seems like a lot of third party retailers can't wait to give the phone away. Large retail chains such as Best Buy and Walmart are currently in the middle of an iPhone 5c price race to see who can offer the handset for cheaper. There have also been reports that all the major carriers have a lot of unsold iPhone 5c stock sitting around.
Top analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo have also begun slashing their iPhone 5c sale estimates. Business Insider reported on Friday that Kuo "is now estimating Apple shipped 11.4 million 5c units in the September quarter, a 33% drop from his original estimate." Kuo expects "iPhone 5c sales to be just 10.4 million units for the December quarter, a 10% sequential drop."
Nine Doctor Who episodes which were previously thought destroyed are now exclusively available on iTunes. The episodes "Web of Fear" and Patrick Troughton's six-part story "The Enemy of the World" were recently discovered at a TV station in Nigeria, and have been digitally remastered by the BBC.
iTunes users can now download all six episodes of "The Web of Fear" (episode three is still missing, but has been reconstructed using still image ‘telesnaps’ and original audio) and "The Enemy of the World" for $10, or for $2 per episode. Doctor Who fans can also pre-order the missing episodes on DVD for £13.99 from the BBC's online store. The limited edition DVDs will be available in early 2014.
This is the first time these episodes have been available to view in over 40 years.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown made waves in the gaming community when it was released to the App Store for $20. The hefty price tag made it one of the more expensive games available for iOS devices, but it is now priced at a more sensible $10. The game has also received a few improvements including multiplayer mode, multiplayer leaderboards and iOS 7 optimization.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a port of the popular PC game that was developed by Firaxis Games in 2012. It was called the Game of the Year by gaming websites GameTrailers.com, Kotaku, GameSpy and Giant Bomb. XCOM is turn-based action-strategy game that takes place on Earth during an alien invasion.
Fitbit has followed up its popular Flex wristband with the Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Fitbit Force. The wireless activity accessory includes most of the same features as its predecessor, but adds a new OLED display. The Force accurately measures steps, distance, calories burned, and contains an altimeter to track how high you climb each day.
The Force is also equipped with a sleep monitoring and silent wake alarm that tracks how many hours you slept, and it allows users to stay motivated with online and mobile badges and leaderboards.