This year's iPhone lines match -- or better -- 2012's, analyst says

The volume of customers waiting in line for new iPhones has prompted Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster to stick to his forecast that Apple can sell 5 to 6 million handsets before the weekend is over.

Tracking early-morning lines at a few Apple Stores on Friday, Munster and his team found an 83 percent jump in eager buyers at Apple's flagship 5th Avenue store in New York City. Specifically, 1,417 people were already in line at 8 a.m. local time, compared with 775 people in line at the same time last year waiting for the iPhone 5.… Read more

Apple to suppliers: More gold iPhones -- WSJ

Thwarted in your search for the golden iPhone? Don't give up the quest just yet.

Sales of the iPhone 5S and 5C kicked off today, and already the gold-trimmed version is the most popular and the toughest to find.

To help meet consumer demand, Apple has asked its suppliers to pump out more gold models, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing "people familiar with the situation," the Journal said Friday that Apple is looking for production of the gold version to rise by one-third.

Apple's online store shows a wait time of 7 to 10 … Read more

iPhone 5S, 5C hunters hit up NYC, but 64GB gold is elusive

NEW YORK -- Long lines awaited the launch of the iPhone 5S in New York City, but many customers soon found out the stores had shortages of the gold version.

The first people in line at Apple's flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue waited 15 days for the 64GB gold iPhone 5S only to find out the store had a very limited supply of that device available.

Brian Ceballo, a 19-year-old who was the first person in line, told CNET before the store opened at 8 a.m. ET that Apple initially told him they didn't have … Read more

Hordes hungry for the iPhone 5S and 5C line up at Apple Stores

Old habits are hard to break. Even though a (pretty neat-o) fingerprint sensor and some iterative software and hardware improvements are the only real upgrades to the iPhone 5S, lines have been forming outside Apple Stores worldwide in advance of the September 20 launch of the 5S and the "unapologetically plastic" and colorful iPhone 5c.

iPhone sales began first in parts of Australia and Asia, and online orders in parts of Europe are already backordered by as much as 10 days. In North America, Apple fanatics began lining up in Manhattan two weeks ago

Pre-orders for the iPhone … Read more

Paying to skip iPhone 5S launch lines

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This year, the lines for Apple's iPhone 5S will be more tense than usual. No early preorders means fans need to visit a store to have the phone on launch day. And with reports of limited supplies, it also could be a challenge to get the color you want.

But hundreds of customers are avoiding the lines by hiring someone to hold their spot. TaskRabbit is a popular service for finding someone else to wait in line. So far about 250 TaskRabbit users have hired someone to wait in line for the iPhone 5S, … Read more

Few surprises in iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C teardown

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C aren't even on store shelves yet, but the devices have already been torn apart. However, the dissections didn't offer much to surprise customers.

Australian iPhone repair company iExperts on Thursday published images of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S all opened up for the world to see. One interesting note was that the iPhone 5S' TouchId fingerprint sensor comes with an extra metal clip that needs to be removed to open the case. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C don't have that clip.

The images show all three devices … Read more

Apple CEO Cook: If we don't innovate, we'll end up like Nokia

Innovation stands at the center of Apple's plans for the future, CEO Tim Cook tells Bloomberg.

In an interview published Thursday, Cook said Nokia's fall from grace as a dominant force in mobile to an also-ran is a warning to every company competing in the industry.

"I think [Nokia] is a reminder to everyone in business that you have to keep innovating and that to not innovate is to die," Cook told Bloomberg.

Deciding what is true innovation and what is a bore, however, may be a bit more difficult for Apple than in the past. … Read more

Best iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 cases

Updated February 3, 2014: Added 10 new cases, dropped 10 from list, included "best of the best picks" at the front.

Since the release of the iPhone 5 in 2012 and the iPhone 5S in 2013, this list has been updated several times as new cases have been released (and yes, plenty of new cases continue to hit the market in 2014). There are close to 100 cases in the round up but I've front-loaded the slideshow with some brands and cases that I think deserve a little more attention -- call them the "best of … Read more

For $199, which iPhone would you buy?

Starting Friday, September 20, consumers will have a choice -- one never seen from Apple before: two new phones, the iPhone 5C (32GB) and iPhone 5S (16GB), both selling for $199 with a two-year agreement.

Both have their appeal; the 5C comes in five different colors, running on Apple's A6 processor like the original iPhone 5. Whereas the 5S lands in three other colors, running Apple's newer A7 processor, accompanied by the M7 movement-sensing chip, a new camera, dual LED flash, and fingerprint recognition.

Both iPhones are running iOS 7; the 5S runs on a 64-bit version.

For … Read more

Apple expected to sell 5-6M iPhone 5S, 5Cs this weekend

Apple could be on track to sell more iPhones than it did last year, but not by much, says a new report.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note Wednesday afternoon saying he expects Apple to report sales of around 5 million to 6 million iPhone 5S and 5C units in its first weekend. That would be on par with, or 1 million more than, the sales of 5 million the company reported with last year's iPhone 5.

"While the 5-6 million range may be viewed by some as a disappointment given that it will include China … Read more