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T-Mobile USA Posts Loss for Q4 2011, Blames iPhone 4S, But LTE Coming

T-Mobile girl with tip jarHow bad are things for fourth-place U.S. carrier T-Mobile? Apparently, so bad that they issue a press release to announce fourth-quarter operating results which mentions being “negatively impacted” by the release of the iPhone 4S on three other carriers, right in the first sentence.

T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom has announced their Q4 2011 financials, but the news isn’t all that fantastic for the nation’s fourth-place carrier. The failure of the AT&T marriage was certainly a blow, although ultimately T-Mo benefitted from the loss with a billion cash payment in December, plus additional spectrum and roaming for its customers.

The problem is one of diminishing returns, as T-Mo USA bled 526,000 customers in the fourth quarter after gaining 126,000 in the third quarter; the carrier only lost 23,000 in the same quarter a year ago.

“The sequential and year-on-year increase in customer losses is a result of intense competitive pressure from the launch of the iPhone 4S by three nationwide competitors in the fourth quarter of 2011,” the press release notes. “In addition, higher connected device deactivations contributed significantly to the net customer loss in the fourth quarter of 2011, including a nearly 265,000 deactivation related to one customer with a yearly service revenue impact of less than million.”

Revenue dropped from .69 billion a year ago to .57 billion, which doesn’t sound so bad considering the carrier is still serving 33.2 million customers. “However, not carrying the iPhone led to a significant increase in contract deactivations in the fourth quarter of 2011,” explained T-Mo USA president and CEO Philipp Humm. “In 2012 and 2013, T-Mobile USA will invest to get the business back to growth, including an incremental .4 billion investment in its network modernization initiative, which will total a billion investment over time.”

So how will T-Mobile USA get its mojo back? It’s all about LTE, which the carrier plans to start deploying in 2013 on the AWS spectrum it received as a bonus for the AT&T merger not going through as planned. “This anticipated network transformation will significantly enhance coverage and performance for customers,” the press release notes — assuming there are many left by the time it lights up.

Perhaps the real question is: Will the 2012 iPhone finally go pentaband (if not LTE) to allow for 3G/4G data on T-Mobile? If so, we can see a healthy market for unlocked iPhone 5 models later this year…

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iPad 3 Announcement Coming March 7, 4G LTE Confirmed?

iPad 2 with Smart CoverIt’s been quite a busy Monday evening since our daily recap was put to bed, particularly for those waiting on the rumored iPad 3 next month. A rumor about the announcement date was quickly confirmed, followed by additional confirmation that the next iPad will come packing 4G LTE for AT&T and Verizon.

MacRumors has collected a volley of Monday night rumors about the next iPad, with iMore reporting that the announcement itself will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 — just a hair over three weeks from today. That date was just as quickly confirmed by Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop, who quoted the iMore post and replied with a simple “Yep.” Given Dalrymple’s own sources inside Apple, that’s probably all the confirmation one should need.

But the guessing game doesn’t end there! The iPad 3 has widely been rumored to come packing 4G LTE radios, which The Wall Street Journal is confirming with a report also published on Monday night.

“Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter, as the battle to cash in on big investments in mobile broadband heats up,” the report reads. “Apple Inc. appears to be planning to announce the latest version of its tablet computer in the first week of March, according to another person briefed on the matter. Whether other carriers will also sell the device couldn’t be learned.”

The real question is how the next iPad will handle traditional 3G, given that LTE hasn’t gained any significant traction overseas to date. The report notes that a 4G LTE-equipped iPad would automatically switch to a “slower network technology” (presumably 3G or even EDGE, where available) when LTE isn’t available.

You probably already know the rest of the iPad 3 story: 2048×1536 Retina Display, quad-core A6 processor and likely beefed up GPU. Is that credit card in your wallet or purse getting warm yet…?

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Tuesday Recap: MacBook Rumors, Comic Zeal 5, New Apple TV Coming?

Comic Zeal 5Hey hey, it’s Tuesday! Other than being the second day of the week, that doesn’t mean all that much, particularly for those looking forward to next week’s Thanksgiving holiday (at least here in the USA). But turn that frown upside down, because we’ve got some juicy MacBook rumors, a swanky new update to the Comic Zeal Comic Reader app, whispers of a new Apple TV on the way and a preview of what the Netflix app will look like on the iPad in a few weeks for this Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

Report: Ultra-Thin 15-Inch MacBook Coming in Q2

According to a report from DigiTimes, there’s a new, ultra-thin 15-inch MacBook on the way, and suppliers have already started shipping “a small volume of components” this month, with the final product expected “as early as the second quarter of 2012.” The question is, could these suppliers be putting together a refreshed MacBook Air or is this the rumored super-thin MacBook Pro? No one knows for sure, but clearly the new “ultrabook” category is heating up, with Asus and others brazenly imitating Apple’s success with the MacBook Air.

Comic Zeal 5 Introduces New Interface, Organization Options

Bitolithic has unleashed Comic Zeal 5, a major new version of their universal popular comic book reader for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The updated app features an all-new interface for organizing comics on your device, including the ability to load new CBZ, CBR, RAR or ZIP files via iTunes, Wi-Fi or even through other apps such as Dropbox. An innovative new slider allows users to push comics, series and dividers into a red ribbon at the right side of the screen, then simply drag them out at the intended destination. Comic Zeal 5.0.36 is now in the App Store for .99 and as always, it’s a free update for existing users.

Never Mind Those Rumors, MacBook Shipments Stable in Q4

You can always count on Taiwan’s DigiTimes to first barf up a good rumor and then clean up the mess only after everyone else has gotten it all over their shoes. Case in point: That recent rumor about Apple reducing its MacBook shipment forecast for the fourth quarter of this year, which the website is now debunking. Rumors of supplier Catcher Technology being ordered to halt production over foul odors emitted from their factory appear to have been overblown, and ODM partner Quanta Computer is planning to increase shipments for the last quarter of this year, up from 5.3 million units shipped in the quarter that ended in October. But did we get an apology for spreading the rumors in the first place? Heck, no…

Netflix Introduces New Android App, iPad Version Forthcoming

Streaming giant Netflix may seem to be all thumbs these days, but judging from a new post on The Netflix Blog this morning, they may be working hard to get their mojo back — starting with a stealth update to the Android tablet app which offers a new, “fully redesigned experience.” That includes the new Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble NOOK tablets, but the more exciting news for Apple fans is they won’t have long to wait for the new experience on the iPad as well. “This experience will be ready for the iPad in the coming weeks, so stay tuned,” Netflix mobile manager Zal Bilimoria writes. Among the changes are a new interface that displays twice as many movies and TV shows, and tablet-centric features such as swiping through rows of titles with larger artwork. No download is required — Android users simply open the app and they’ll see the change.

Rumor: Updated Apple TV Coming Soon?

The eagle eyes over at 9to5Mac are noting that Amazon.com has changed their listing for the second-generation Apple TV, now referring to it as the “2010” model with a price drop to .99 on top of it, matching a similar deal through Best Buy. Is Apple gearing up for pushing some little black boxes on Black Friday this year or does Amazon and Best Buy know something they’re not supposed to be telling? We’ll all know soon enough…

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MacTech Conference Coming to Los Angeles — Save $500!

As a MacLife reader, we’ve arranged for you to get a special discount — on us! — for this year’s event. Just a couple of weeks away, MacTech Conference 2011 is November 2-4 at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles. This amazing event is well regarded in our industry not just for the content, but also for the opportunities to meet and interact with others.

The hotel block is almost full, and there’s a limited number of discounts that we have available, so you need to act quickly to get the 9 deal (Save 0 off the onsite registration price).  Simply use this link to register: http://www.mactech.com/conference/special-reg_MacLife

Here are some more details about what you can expect to learn at the conference, and links to find out even more…

World-Class Speakers with world-class content: Literally and figuratively. As an international event, we have over 40 speakers from half a dozen countries — the true leaders in the industry — with content specifically designed for IT Pros, Enterprise, and developers.  See for yourself all the speakers and sessions descriptions at http://www.mactech.com/conference/sessions

Built to interact. From beginning to end, MacTech Conference is built to help you network with peers, and meet new contacts. The atmosphere MacTech builds around breaks, meals, and evening activities (which include a tour of Hollywood’s most famous backlot on the iconic tram and conference party) is designed to make it easy for you to network.

Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud. As the first major industry event after all these have actually shipped, MacTech Conference is a great opportunity for you to find how others are dealing with deployment, migration, and support of these new technologies.

Start Off Right. Industry legend Guy Kawasaki will kick off the event with the keynote speech at MacTech Conference 2011. Guy Kawasaki is the author of the New York Times bestseller Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, and the former chief evangelist of Apple. See http://www.mactech.com/conference/keynote for more.

Designed for Attendees. Attendees of the 2010 event loved it. Their highest compliment when surveyed is that 100 percent would recommend the conference! What are MacTech Conference 2011 registered attendees saying? See for yourself at http://www.mactech.com/conference/activities.

Packed Schedule, Morning till Night. MacTech is known for packing in value. As an immersive conference, we’ll have you busy from morning until night. On the first evening of the event, the iconic Universal Studios Tram will pick up conference attendees at the hotel to begin this private adventure. We’ll go behind-the-scenes on the legendary Studio Tour to explore Hollywood’s most famous backlot in the world’s largest working movie studio. Then Paul Cuoco, Universal’s Technical Manager responsible for show theatrical systems and media integration, will be on hand to talk to attendees about some of the behind-the-scenes technology that creates the magic. And on the second evening, we’ll take a walk from the hotel down Universal’s CityWalk to Jillian’s. At Jillian’s, we’ll enjoy all that Jillian’s has to offer (bowling, Guitar Hero room, arcade, billiards and more). See http://www.mactech.com/conference/activities.

Hand-picked Sponsors. MacTech Conference invites the sponsors that we believe our attendees are interested in seeing. These people not only have solutions that you can use, but also give you ways to do more or increase revenue. Often, you get the opportunity to talk to the core personnel from these organizations and get real answers, and give real feedback.

MacTech Select Awards. As a developer, it’s hard to get recognition for products. At MacTech Conference, attendees can submit their products for a vote by Conference attendees for their favorite technologies. See http://www.mactech.com/conference/awards.

Special Presentation by Code 42. Right after the conference ends on Friday, Code 42 will be making a special presentation.  In this special two-hour event, Code 42 Software and IT thought leaders from two of the world’s leading technology companies will discuss the challenges of protecting data in an ever more mobile and platform diverse world. (We can’t publicize the names of the companies, but trust us, you know them.) As an added bonus, Code 42’s CEO, Matthew Dornquast will be presenting an advance look at the upcoming major upgrade to their flagship product, CrashPlan PROe. And, as if that wasn’t enough, there will be free lunch, and every attendee will get a free five-seat license to CrashPlan PROe. See http://www.mactech.com/conference/code42.

Get Apple Certified. The new Lion exams are out, and after the event ends, you have the opportunity to update your Apple Certifications. You can take any Apple Certification Exam that is currently available at the time of testing (2-hour exams only).  See http://www.mactech.com/conference/certification.

All Meals Included. Space is Limited. MacTech Conference is priced economically including food, a MacTech Magazine subscription, a schedule packed full of sessions, exclusive entertainment, and more. The hotel block is nearly sold out, so you need to act fast. 

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition Coming to iOS in 2011, Video Released

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

The smash hit PC game, Minecraft, is now officially coming to the App Store this year. However, Mojang’s perpetual work-in-progress will land on the Android mobile platform first, with plans to launch September 29.

If you’re not up to speed on the whole Minecraft-phenomenon, the game is an open-world sandbox game in which players roam the world searching for minerals and other goods to build monuments, buildings, castles, anything they can dream up. Just run a YouTube search for “amazing” and “minecraft” and you’re bound to get a decent glimpse at what the game has to offer.

Due to the game’s ridiculous popularity, we’ve been anxiously awaiting news of the upcoming mobile version which was first betrothed to Xperia Play as an exclusive. Now we’re getting word that it will be out in just two days for Android, and sometime before the end of the year on iOS.

For those of you Minecraft-nuts, we’ve even got a glimpse of how the game will play on a touch screen. Just like the PC version, the controls are very simple, which fits a mobile game. We’re just hoping that the touch screen controls don’t hinder the play experience. Minecraft is a game that takes a lot of patience. And patience is something that can quickly be eroded by bad controls. Check out the video below:

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Rumor: Curved Glass Coming to iOS Devices in 2012

curved glassDIGITIMES is reporting that Apple may opt for curved glass touch screens for iOS devices in 2012. According to the report, curved glass will be very popular for a variety of devices next year, and Apple is big on the design.

So big, in fact, that Cupertino allegedly purchased glass polishing equipment for its suppliers in preparation for the production of iOS devices fitted with curved cover glass. Lens Technology and Fuji Crystal received the new equipment, and they have traditionally supplied the screens for the iPhone. G-Tech, who primarily supplies screens for the iPad, also received equipment from Apple, according to the report.

Curved glass is not new to the mobile device industry, and appears to be specifically an aesthetic development, with no clear technological advantage. Some manufacturers have claimed a stronger glass surface, but this would depend on a lot of variables. At this point, the use of curved glass by Apple would simply indicate a significant design change to iOS devices.

Via Electronista

 

Adrian covers daily news as well as the weekly Law & Apple column for MacLife.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.

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The Dark Meadow Gets Launch Trailer, Coming October 6

Phosphor Games has announced that its bizarre, atmospheric new iOS game, The Dark Meadow, is nearing release. In about ten days time we’ll finally have our hands on the spooky-looking new adventure game, but for now we’ll have to make do with this new trailer.

Apparently the game was inspired by a myriad of influences from Guillermo Del Toro’s atmospheric Pan’s Labyrinth to Epic Game’s classic iOS title, Infinity Blade. Judging from the trailer, the former seems more appropriate than the latter.

We’re very much looking forward to exploring The Dark Meadow’s creepy (super creepy, actually) abandoned hospital. Check out the trailer below, and look forward to the game’s release on October 6th.

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The Dark Meadow Gets Launch Trailer, Coming October 6th

Phosphor Games has announced that it’s bizarre, atmospheric new iOS game, The Dark Meadow, is nearing release. In about ten days time we’ll finally have our hands on the spooky-looking new adventure game, but for now we’ll have to make do with this new trailer.

Apparently the game was inspired by a myriad of influences from Guillermo Del Toro’s atmospheric Pan’s Labyrinthe to Epic Game’s classic iOS title Infinity Blade. Judging from the trailer, the former seems more appropriate than the latter.

We’re very much looking forward to exploring The Dark Meadow’s creepy (super creepy, actually) abandoned hospital. Check out the trailer below, and look forward to the game’s release on October 6th.

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Rumor Round Up: iOS 5 Gold Master Coming and Sprint Preps for iPhone

As we approach the halfway mark in September, the iPhone rumor mill is starting to go into high gear. Reports are in today that iOS 5 is in the final lap of development and Sprint employees are already getting trained up on all things iPhone — except the iPhone we are all waiting for, that is.

BGR is reporting that they have received some information from “a trusted source” regarding the rollout of iOS 5. According to the report, iOS 5 beta will be released this Friday, and the Gold Master build will be released a week later “on or around” September 23.

iOS 5

BGR speculates that this indicates iOS 5 will be preloaded onto the iPhone 5, that the wireless carriers will have until October 5 to approve the IOS, and the launch of the next iPhone will be right behind that. Seems to us like that is an awful lot of speculation based on some trusted sources; here’s hoping BGR nailed it.

Exactly who those carriers will be, aside from AT&T and Verizon, is anyone’s guess at this point. Rumors have suggested that either Sprint or T-Mobile, or both, will be added to the mix with the launch of the next iPhone.

TUAW is reporting that Sprint has already started training employees on the iPhone in preparation for an “imminent Sprint iPhone 4 launch.”

Sprint Rumor

However, the report also suggests that Sprint will only launch the iPhone 4 this year, and will have to wait until spring 2012 for the iPhone 5. This strategy would give the AT&T and Verizon a window to lock in customers with the iPhone 5, but would also give long-waiting Sprint customers an opportunity to get on an iPhone now. How many Sprint customers would lock into a contract with an iPhone 4 right when the hype for the iPhone 5 is at its zenith remains to be seen.

 

Adrian covers daily news as well as the weekly Law & Apple column for MacLife.com. You can follow him on Twitter, if you want to.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Coming to Mac this Winter

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Mac gamers wont have to wait very long to get one of 2011’s biggest hits. Eidos announced today that its Game of the Year frontrunner, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, will be arriving on Mac soon.

The exact release date hasn’t yet been announced, however they have said that it will be coming sometime this Winter. They also did not mention any pricing details, though it’s probably safe to guess it will debut at the same price tag it had on PC.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the second sequel to the all-time classic original Deus Ex. It takes place in a futuristic vision of Detroit (and other locales) in 2027 during a time when prosthetic, bionic “augmentations” have become common. It currently holds an impressive 89/100 rating on Metacritic and scored a 94/100 from Mac|Life’s sister publication PC Gamer.

“We are delighted to partner with Feral, a leading expert in development for the Mac platform, to bring the acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution to Mac players,” added Stephane D’Astous, general manager of Eidos Montreal. “The game presents a powerful vision of a dystopian future, and we’re excited that gamers will now be able to experience it on the Mac.”

Feral Interactive has brought many other popular PC games over to Mac, including Bioshock and Borderlands. They’ve said that there should be more details about the Deus Ex Mac port in October. 

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