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Recently, New York City’s mayor blamed the iPhone and iPad for an increased crime rate. It looks like he was right. Armed robbers raided an Apple Store in Paris on New Year’s Eve. An estimated £1 million worth of Apple products were taken. Most of them were iPhones and iPads.
The thieves obviously knew what they were doing. They chose to rob the place a few hours after the Apple Store closed on New Year’s Eve. This was the perfect time to loot the store, since police were kept busy keeping the peace. The thieves were armed, but fortunately no one was badly injured. According to the Daily Mail, one security guard was “lightly injured”.
Speaking to Le Parisien, a French newspaper, a spokesperson said, “As the majority of police were busy watching the Champs Elysées, the robbers took advantage of this opportunity.”
French police are examining the CCTV footage to try and identify the culprits. Witnesses are also being questioned.
This isn’t the first time something like this happened. In London’s Covent Garden Apple Store, an employee took off with 250 units of the iPhone 5. It seems Apple products are such hot items that thieves are willing to do everything it takes to take off with these devices.
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A leaked photo of the iPhone 5S’ casing has surfaced on the internet, showing us what the rumoured iOS-powered smartphone may look like. Judging from the casing’s shape, it seems the next generation iPhone will look exactly like the iPhone 5.
Nowhereelse.fr, a French site, spotted the picture on the forum iPhone5parts.net. The image shows the devices casing shaped just like Apple’s current smartphone, but with different internal fixings.
It’s possible that this casing is a fake, with the internals tweaked. However, it would make sense for the Cupertino firm to slightly move around the handset’s internals since Apple is likely to outfit the phone with new components. These include a more powerful processor and a larger battery.
If this photo is the real deal, the similarly sized casing suggests that Apple will be placing the same 4-inch retina display of the iPhone 5 on the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 5 is a solid device that packs the powerful A6 chip and a larger 4-inch screen every Apple fan was waiting for. However, the smartphone is far from perfect. The phone is will set you back £529, which will cost you an arm and a leg. Furthermore, it seems Apple failed to test its software properly before making it available to the public. The result is the purple haze effect affecting the phone’s camera and the Apple Maps app mess.
Of course, since Apple is yet to announce anything official about the rumoured iPhone 5S, take this information with a pinch of salt. We are, however, expecting more leaks in the months to come.
The iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or whatever Apple plans to name the phone is expected to be unveiled in autumn of next year.
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According to an analyst, Apple will be making cheap iPhones in 2014. The question is, will this happen?
The Business Insider reports that analyst Gene Munster reckons Apple will be making a cheap version of the highly popular iPhone sometime in the next two years. He believes that the bargain iPhone will only cost $200 (around £125). He says that the budget iPhone will be for emerging markets such as China and India.
Munster says that the business model for smartphones wherein networks subsidise handsets is not applicable in emerging markets. However, with a potential 3 billion customers in these countries, Apple is willing to make changes.
In China, two of the top network operators have announced that they will be offering the iPhone 5 in the near future. However, the biggest network in China, China Mobile, still refuses to offer the handset. This means that Apple will never be able to take advantage of the network’s 700 million subscribers.
It’s a fact that Android-powered handsets dominate the Chinese market. In China, it’s not only the budget Android phones that sell like hotcakes but the high-end blowers as well. In Q3 2012, 59% of high-end smartphones sold in China were powered by Android. In that same period, 3.5 million Android handsets were sold, as opposed to only 2.3 million iPhones.
So will Apple make a cheaper iPhone? Apple recently released the iPad mini, which is a cheaper version of the new iPad. It seems Tim Cook will decide to do the same with the iPhone.
The iPad mini was set to challenge the highly successful Google Nexus 7, a dirt cheap Android tablet. So it’s possible Apple is planning to create a cheaper iPhone to rival the bargain Google Nexus 4 or its successor in 2014.
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