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Apple Announces 5 Million iPhone 5′s Sold on Launch Weekend


Apple just posted a press release announcing over 5 million iPhone 5’s sold since the phone was released. They also announced that 100 million iOS devices are now running their new operating system iOS 6.

To compare, Apple sold 4 million iPhone 4S’s in the opening weekend last year. Although I’m sure if Apple would have had more units to sell, they would have been able to sell many, many, many more.

It should be noted though, Apple didn’t reach analysts expectations of at least 6 to 10 million iPhone 5’s, and that has caused Apple’s stock to drop 2% this morning.

The full press release is below:

iPhone 5 First Weekend Sales Top Five Million

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone® 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iPhone 5 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on September 28 and more than 100 countries by the end of the year. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeded the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders have been shipped to customers, many are scheduled to be shipped in October.

“While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*—all while delivering even better battery life.**

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 is available from the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, select Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4S is also available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract.***

iPhone 5 will be available on September 28 in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

* LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.

** Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

*** Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year rate plan, sold separately.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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Out-of-contract iPhone unlocks are easier than ever now!

Good news for those of you who just upgraded to the iPhone 5 from your AT&T iPhone 3GS, 4, or 4S! You can now have your iPhone unlocked from AT&T, and you can do it right from your own home!

Before, you were forced to chat, call, or visit a store to unlock out-of-contract iPhones, but now, all you need to do is fill out a simple form on AT&T’s site, located here. All you need is the account holder’s last four digits of their Social Security Number, and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, which can be found by tapping Settings -> General ->About on your device.

Once you’ve completed the procedure, AT&T verifies your information you supplied and authorizes Apple to push the unlock to your device! This process can take 5-10 business days in total though, to be clear. Once Apple completes the unlock request, you have to back-up and restore using iTunes to complete the unlock process.

AT&T’s policy is that you can unlock up to 5 out-of-contract devices per year. Remember that this is a service that AT&T will only perform if you have completed your original contract for the device (that includes upgrading to a new device).

This should allow for users to easily unlock older AT&T iPhones for use with international roaming or pay-as-you-go plans, such as Straight Talk!

Straight Talk and the iPhone 4S

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about Straight Talk. For those of you who don’t know, TracFone is collaborating with Walmart to “Cut Your Cell Phone Bill In Half” by working as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) on AT&T and T-Mobile. This allows you to get the same coverage as the big companies in your area, but pay the much cheaper costs associated with Straight Talk, namely $45.00 a month for Unlimited* Talk, Text and Web (The web as many customers have found out is not “unlimited”, but most consumers aren’t going to hit the warning cap set by Straight Talk). I was nervous mainly because I didn’t know what features were going to break when I tried to convert my phone to Straight Talk’s network. My iPhone 4S is locked to AT&T (I am waiting for AT&T to unlock my phone since it is now out-of-contract) and I wasn’t sure if that would create an issue or not. But, I took the plunge anyways and below are my findings!

The first thing I did was go to Straight Talk’s website and look into its “Bring Your Own Device” program. Previously, users were forced to purchase a cheap phone that they would just end up throwing away. That is no longer the case, as you can now purchase a Micro SIM for the expensive-for-a-SIM-card-price of $14.99 + Tax. The program supports any GSM iPhone, but it does not work with CDMA-only (iPhone 4) models like those used on Verizon or Sprint.

Once you receive your SIM card, activate it, following the directions inside the insert it came in. Then insert your SIM into your device and watch as the “AT&T” disappears to reveal a “HOME” carrier. Try to make a phone call and send a text message (to another person who DOES NOT have an iPhone). If all works well, you should be good to go on your “Unlimited Talk and Text”. Now we must address the Web side of that.

Data and Multimedia Messaging (MMS) on Straight Talk is a lot more complicated. Data is relatively simple. All you need to do is go to and select “Straight Talk” as your carrier. Install the profile it downloads to your device, and your data is good to go! Since this iPhone 4S is running iOS 6, the numerous methods that have gotten MMS working for others (including backup, .plist modify, and restore) did not work for me. Even on Straight Talk’s website, it says the only way for you to get MMS working was to Jailbreak. Although I’ve jailbroken devices before, there isn’t an iOS 6 jailbreak out for the 4S and even if there was, I don’t want to mess with it that much.

Then I found a SIM-swap method that “supposedly” worked for iOS 6. I was skeptical, but decided it would be worth my time to try it. I headed over to my local T-Mobile Retail Store and asked to buy a Micro SIM. Although I was hounded to buy a plan with it to get the SIM “free” I finally was able to get out with just a $9.99 T-Mobile Micro SIM. You don’t have to have a T-Mobile SIM, it simply needs to be a non-AT&T SIM. Make sure you are on the home screen and you have all pending and unsent MMS’s deleted. Make sure to read these directions BEFORE you do the SIM swap, otherwise you could mess something up. I’m not liable if you

Eject your current Straight Talk SIM, and replace it with your T-Mobile SIM.
Wait about 5 seconds and then tap Settings -> General -> Cellular -> Cellular Data Network (Most of these settings will be blank, that is okay.)
While on the Cellular Data Network screen, eject the T-Mobile SIM and insert the Straight Talk SIM. (DO NOT WORRY – when you take out the T-Mobile SIM you’ll get kicked back a few settings screens, that isn’t a problem.)
QUICKLY navigate back to Cellular -> Cellular Settings. Sit on this screen for 10 seconds. You should see the apn field filled with phone.
Update the settings to the following:

Cellular Data

APN: att.mvno
Username: Blank
Password: Blank


APN: att.mvno
Username: Blank
Password: Blank
MMS Proxy:
MMS Max Message Size: 1048576
MMS UA Prof URL: Blank

Internet Tethering

APN: Blank
Username: Blank
Password: Blank

Tap Cellular -> General -> Settings
Tap the home button to get back to your home screen.
Hold down the power button and turn off your phone.

Your MMS should be properly configured and you should be completely set up on Straight Talk, just as if you bought the iPhone directly from them!

Update: For the past few days, the iPhone has had the exact same coverage, service, and reliability as my iPhone 5, all for $45.00 a month. No problems whatsoever!

Apple Announces the iPhone 5


Today Apple announced the new iPhone 5. I was a little surprised that most of the leaks about the new iPhone 5 were correct. I guess Apple’s security isn’t what it used to be.

Anyways, the 5 biggest changes about the new iPhone are that it has a taller (longer) screen, a new A6 processor, LTE support, a new proprietary accessory connector named “lightening” and a new SIM card format.

The screen retains it’s 326 pixel per inch density but it’s now 4″ and has a resolution of 1136×960. It has the same horizontal resolution as the 4 and 4S but now the aspect ratio is 16:9. So now there’s room for another row of icons.

Personally, I like the width of the iPhone 4 and 4s. They’re the perfect size for me to use the iPhone with one hand since my thumb can reach across the screen easily. It’s very difficult to do this on my friend’s Galaxy S III’s. So I’m happy that Apple kept the same width and just made the screen taller.

Otherwise the screen retains the same 800:1 contrast ratio and 500 cd/m2 brightness of the 4s.

Physically, the 5 measures 7.6mm thick and weighs 112g. The thinness should make the 5 a great phone to be put in a case.

It’s available in 2 colors, Black/Slate and White/Silver. Both have aluminum backs, the Black one is anodized while the White isn’t. The metal backs should make the new iPhone’s very tactile though I always thought the 4 and 4S glass backs were pretty nice too. The parts of the back that aren’t covered with aluminum are covered in glass.

There are actually 3 versions all of which support LTE. There are 2 versions for GSM carriers and one version for CDMA carriers. The 2 GSM versions differ in which LTE bands they support. Basically there’s one for here and one for overseas.

The iPhone 5 will have both voice and data from a single chip. Most LTE phones have separate chips for this. Not a big deal to the end user but it’s worth mentioning.

The WiFi now supports dual bands (2.4 and 5 GHz), this is an upgrade from the 4S, which only supported 2.4 GHz.

The new A6 processor is supposed to have 2x the graphics and CPU performance as the older A5 chip.

There’a new accessory connector called ‘Lightning’. It’s 80% smaller than the older connector. Don’t you just love proprietary connectors? Apple is selling a old style to new style accessory connector.

The camera resolution is still 8MP but now has a new panorama mode. Apple was showing off a 28MP panorama. The iPhone 5’s camera also has a sapphire crystal lens. That’s the same glass you find on luxury watches. Sapphire crystal is extremely hard and it takes some serious effort to scratch it. You can now take video and still shots at the same time. The front facing camera now supports 720p FaceTime.

The mapping software now supports navigation. I’ve been using the new maps on my 4S which is running OS6. On my 4S the maps app is obviously not complete but it does look very nice. What effect this will have on navigation provider’s stock prices remains to be seen.

Apple will be taking pre-orders on Sept 14th. It will be available in-store on the 21st. Pricing will be $199/$299/$399 on a 2 year contract for the 16/32/64GB versions.

Personally, since the iPhone is sort of in the driver’s seat right now it doesn’t need to smash the competition feature-wise. That said aside from the LTE support and I suppose the slightly bigger, higher resolution screen it’s not a huge upgrade from the 4S.

LTE is a nice new feature. I tell people that LTE support is important not because they need their phones to transfer at 100mbps but because LTE networks (at least the ones here) tend to be less congested than their HSPA counterparts. Given that the new iPhone is probably going to set new sale records I’m uncertain what effect this will have on LTE network congestion.

So, who’s getting ready to pre-order now? While I love my iPhone 4S, I’m looking forward to getting one!

Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion Review: Spend the $19.99

I was awake and ready at 8:30 AM to download the newly released Mac OS X version 10.8, named Mountain Lion, today when it first came out. As a result, I waited for about 45 minutes for the 4.32 GB file to download and then another 30 minutes or so actually letting the system upgrade itself to the latest and greatest. So, here are my thoughts.

For many people today’s $19.99 operating system upgrade is absolutely worth it. Mountain Lion will be a culmination of hundreds of updates all rolled into one, for a measly $19.99. And although you can only get the update through the built in App Store, you’ll be glad to know you can install it multiple computers with a single purchase (unless you use the Mac OS X Up-to-Date Program) as long as those computers are logged in with your Apple account.

Of course we all know the numerous updates out there, so I’ll try to only touch on the ones that I find important or cool! Sound good? Great!

Twitter and Facebook Integration

Apple seemed to be pretty excited about all that Facebook integration could provide, and even talked about it in their marketing materials, including commercials!
So, of course, I was extremely excited about it as well, and was searching all over the place for it, only to find out that, IT ISN’T COMING TILL THE FALL….

But, I suppose we will get past that, since Twitter is integrated! This took me a while to figure out where to add the account, but after some searching, I finally found out you have to go to System Preferences, and select “Mail, Contacts & Calendars”. There along with options to add a Vimeo, Flickr, and Aol account is the option to add your Twitter account. I feel like this is going to be hard to find for people, and AppleCare is going to be getting a lot of calls just how to add Twitter and Facebook.

Google Integration

Another provider Apple threw into “Mail, Contacts & Calendar” was Google, something that will be wonderful for some, and annoying for others. They added Google Calendar sync, but they left out the most important feature for me as both a Gmail and Google Apps user, CONTACTS. Other than that, it is nice to have a central way to add accounts, even if the naming really should be “Accounts”.

iCloud Integration

iCloud is wonderful if you are an avid Apple user, especially if you were a former MobileMe user! Even though Apple only gives you 5GB for free, it still has some pretty nice functionality, and integrates nicely into Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and oddly enough, even TextEdit. But, that is all the extension that Mountain Lion gives to iCloud, at least beyond what was already present in Lion.

Notification Center

In previous versions of Mac OS X, we were forced to use Growl in order to get notifications, but this has now been replaced by the Notification Center we are used to on iOS, and personally I am in love with it. You can tweet from it (and soon enough post a status update to Facebook). It also displays your calendar events, as well as your mail and message notifications! It’s a simple Keyboard shortcut (if you manually enable it, I use option, left arrow.)


This feature looked great, especially because my Mid-2012 i7 Macbook Pro has a 512GB 6Gb/s SSD in it, but turns out all of us who shelled out the extra money for an SSD are out of luck, unless you have a Macbook Pro Retina Display Model or a Macbook Air (2011 edition or later). I’ll update this later when I update my Macbook Air.


Safari, is one area of Mac OS X that I feel has never really compared to the speed and performance of Max OS X, until now. I still use Google Chrome as my primary browser for a variety of reasons. Safari is now my backup browser and I do enjoy using it. My favorite feature of Safari 6 is the Omnibar, which has been long overdue! There are also a few other cool features, including another personal favorite, iCloud tab syncing. If you choose to, you can have the Safari tabs synchronized between your iPad and Mac (I don’t know if this works for an iPhone yet, so I’ll leave that for you to explore). It is wonderful to be able to leave a tab open on your desktop and, like magic, the tabs are open on your iPad! All and all, it is a pretty awesome little upgrade from the measly Safari 5 that was on Lion.

Voice Dictation

This was my real reason for purchasing Mountain Lion. I wanted to be able to talk to my Mac, even if Siri didn’t talk back. Considering how much I use Siri on my iPhone, I knew I would love to use it. I honestly wrote most of this post with it. I think it works as good, if not better than my experience with Siri on my iPhone, and much better than on my iPad. (A note here, you have to enable this in System Preferences, it is off by default!) The default shortcut is double tapping “fn” to dictate, but I decided to modify it to double tapping the “command” key, just because it worked better for me. Tap twice, talk, and then tap again to complete the dictation. While you are dictating, you can hear the fans slowing to keep noise down, but I have a feeling the fans are the least of your worries. To its credit, it successfully dictated while I was in a noisy room, which was quite surprising.

AirPlay Mirroring

Another feature I thought would be wonderful would be the AirPlay mirroring. The lag is almost non-existent on my Cisco-Linksys Router 802.11n Simultaneous Dual-Band router. It really works wonderfully, and is so minimal that you don’t even notice it until an Apple TV is in your network, then a little AirPlay icon appears in your menu bar. Choose it and your golden! The screen sharing starts simply and quickly. I watched a Youtube music video, and experienced no issues in either HD Video, or Audio.

Bottom line

Buy it, it is only $19.99.

Let us know if you upgraded and how you feel about the new lion on the block. If you didn’t, let us know why you are waiting! Because I know you it isn’t because you don’t have the $19.99…

How to return and get refunds for App’s from Apple’s App Store

I was looking at some games for my iPod Touch yesterday from EA because EA was running a sale on all their games.  I was found a game that I really liked (Madden ’11), and I bought it. After I downloaded it though, I noticed I downloaded the Madden ’11 for iPad not for iPhone and iPod Touch. So, I didn’t really worry about it, after all, it was only $0.99, but it still irked me.  So, I researched and found a way to return and get a refund from accidently purchased apps. Before I show you how, allow me to explain, I do app development, and if you buy an app and then return it, it does in fact hurt the developer, so if you REALLY purchased the wrong app, then feel free to return it and purchase the correct app, but, if you are just doing it to get free apps, then you should not use this tutorial, at all.

  • Open iTunes if you aren’t already there.
  • Go to the iTunes Store
  • Click on the arrow beside your email address, and select “Account”.
  • When prompted, enter your iTunes password.
  • Click on “Account Info”
  • Click on “Purchase History”
  • On the bottom of the page, click “Report a Problem”
  • Select the “I inadvertently purchased this app” as your problem and then fill out and submit the comments form with a VALID and LEGITIMATE reason to request a refund.
  • Locate the app purchase which you would like to receive a refund for, then click the “Report a Problem” link at the end of the line.
    • If for some reason your purchase isn’t listed, you can locate the app in the “Previous Purchases” section of your account history and you can return it from there.
  • Select the “I inadvertently purchased this app” as your problem and then fill out and submit the comments form with a VALID and LEGITIMATE reason to request a refund.
    • Be careful if you select a problem such as “this application does not function as expected”, as that might cause Apple to investigate with the developer before even attempting to give you a refund.
    • Apple does allow returns up to 90 days, but make sure to return the app as soon as possible to avoid any problems.