iOS 7.0.5 For iPhone 5s And iPhone 5c Released

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Apple today rolled out a rather rare iOS firmware update. Its rare because this firmware is only meant for the two new iPhones, and that too in one particular region. iOS 7.0.5 for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c has been released to fix “network provisioning” issues on various Chinese models, Apple hasn’t specified exactly what those issues are. Users who already have iOS 7.0.4 installed on their iPhones can simply grab the update over the air, it weighs in at just 35MB. As you were, rest of the world, the update is exclusive to Chinese customers.

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    Unlocked iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c Sale From Virgin Mobile

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    If you’re in the market to purchase a new unlocked iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, then Virgin Mobile’s new sale might serve your interest. Apple’s latest smartphones are being offered for as much as 10 percent off their usual price. Virgin Mobile says that it is running this promotion for a limited time, though it has not mentioned exactly when this sale is going to end. Those who really are interested in picking up a unit for less than what they would have normally paid should definitely hop on over to the carrier’s website.

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    iPhone 5s Accounted For 59 Percent Of U.S. iPhone Sales Last Quarter [Report]

    iPhone 5s Accounted For 59 Percent Of U.S. iPhone Sales Last Quarter [Report]

    It goes without saying that the iPhone 5s has proved to be a popular smartphone, not only amongst first time buyers, but also amongst existing iPhone users who have opted for the flagship model as opposed to the relatively cheaper and “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals that iPhone 5s generated 59 percent of all iPhones sales in the previous quarter, stealing customers away from the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S.

    As far as those two iPhones are concerned, the report finds that the iPhone 5c generated 27 percent of the sales and iPhone 4S accounted for 14 percent in the quarter ending December 2013. In contrast, during the same period back in 2012, the newly released iPhone 5 had generated 50 percent of all sales in the quarter whereas its predecessors, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 had accounted for 32 percent and 18 percent respectively. Mike Levin, co-founder and partner at CIRP, said that in the most recent quarter, iPhone models with large storage capacities sold better than ever before. Could this mean that the market is hungry for more onboard storage on an iPhone? Apple has long been rumored to be considering an iPhone with 128GB of storage, perhaps it just might take the plunge with the next generation iPhone.

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    China Mobile Reportedly Has Over 1 Million iPhone 5s Units At Launch

    China Mobile Reportedly Has Over 1 Million iPhone 5s Units At Launch

    The much rumored deal between Apple and China Mobile was confirmed last month. We had been hearing for quite some time that both companies had been negotiating, at one point it was also rumored that Tim Cook flew down to China in order to meet with the carrier’s top brass. They’ve both finally reached an agreement which will see the world’s largest mobile carrier launch the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on January 17th. It may have a lot of iPhone 5s units on hand to cope with demand, rumor has it that Foxconn has delivered a shipment of 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile last week.

    Foxconn is Apple’s primary manufacturer of the iPhone, sources with knowledge of the plans claim that they don’t know what the order volume for China Mobile will be after January. This particular order is meant to cater to demand following the launch on China Mobile. The carrier has more than 750 million subscribers, and analysts expect Apple to sell up to 20 million units on the carrier alone in 2014. China Mobile has already started taking pre-orders for the new iPhones, it finally launches them on January 17th. The deal could help Apple’s market share in China surge from six percent, the company’s smartphones are under a lot of pressure from Samsung’s devices, and those made by local Chinese vendors.

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    China Telecom Discounts iPhone 5s Ahead Of China Mobile Launch

    China Telecom Discounts iPhone 5s Ahead Of China Mobile Launch

    Late last month a move that was rumored for eons was finally announced by Apple. The company reached an agreement with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier with more than 750 million subscribers, to sell its smartphones to its customers. Analysts expect Apple to sell over 20 million iPhones on China Mobile alone in 2014, and while that remains to be seen, a rival of the carrier has just sweetened the deal for customers looking for a new iPhone. China Telecom has cut contract prices of the iPhone 5s up to 15 percent ahead of its launch on China Mobile, scheduled for January 17th.

    China Telecom is also offering customers gift packages and price reductions that total nearly 800 yuan or roughly $130. This is deducted from the 16GB iPhone 5s list price which stands at 5,288 yuan. The gift pack includes accessories such as an external battery pack and an iPhone case, thus making it an added incentive for prospective customers to turn to China Telecom. Another rival carrier, China Unicom, hasn’t launched any promotions prior to the iPhones’ debut on China Mobile, perhaps it too will announce something as the inevitable launch date approaches. Despite being late to the party, China Mobile won’t offer the new iPhones at a reduced price, in fact, the prices are expected to be in line with that of its rivals.

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    iPhone 5s Jailbreak Tweak Lets You Use Touch ID As A Home Button

    iPhone 5s Jailbreak Tweak Lets You Use Touch ID As A Home ButtonIf there’s one pet peeve that we’re sure many iOS users have about their device would be its home button. Considering that the home button needs to be pressed all the time in order to exit an app or switch between apps, it can wear out pretty fast, leaving some iOS users asking Apple for a soft key version. Granted you could always use the on-screen home button but that’s not a very elegant solution, but if you don’t mind jailbreaking your brand new iPhone 5s, here’s a tweak you’ll definitely want to check out.

    The iOS 7 jailbreak was released not too long ago and if you have jailbroken your iPhone 5s, you can head on over to the Cydia Store and download a tweak called Virtual Home, which basically transforms your Touch ID sensor into a home button, allowing you to activate the home button without actually having to press it, thus extending its life by a bit. This is thanks to the Touch ID sensor’s metallic ring which is able to detect the presence of a finger. Since we don’t own a jailbroken iOS device, we can’t speak to its functionality, but in theory this sounds like a fantastic idea and if you want to check it out, Virtual Home is a free download and will only be compatible with the iPhone 5s (naturally).

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