Lots of interpretations being tossed around on the quote from Schmidth regarding Google making their own Google Maps App…
I see it as two possible interpretations: as Google giving up on iOS, or Google dragging their feet and waiting to see what happens..
Here’s the quote from Bloomberg’s Teo Chian Wei:
“We haven’t done anything yet with Google Maps,” Schmidt told reporters in Tokyo today. Apple would “have to approve it. It’s their choice,” Schmidt said, declining to say if the Mountain View, California-based company submitted an application to Apple for sale through its App Store.
I read this as Schmidt saying they don’t have a standalone app right now, and when they do it will be up to Apple to approve it — meaning he’s not sure if they will (they will). However many are sure to read this as Schmidt saying that Apple is holding the app, I highly doubt this is the case.
By next Friday, the iPhone 5 will be in 31 countries, and will be in 100 by the end of the calendar year. That would be 30 more than the rollout of the predecessor phone, the 4S, over a similar period, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek calculated.
Translation: Apple has worked out supply constraints and inked deals now with 240 carriers. It will get enough phones out the door in the next 10 days to have a material effect on earnings.
It’s not just that they’re making better iPhones every year. They’re getting better at making them….
“We have counted iPhone launch day lines at every launch since the iPhone 3G in 2008,” Munster said in a note to clients. “We believe that based on our count of 775 customers in line for the iPhone 5 at the flagship 5th Avenue store, demand for the iPhone 5 is higher than any previous launch. We believe the line for the iPhone 5 was 70 percent greater than the line for the iPhone 4S despite Apple taking 2x as many online preorders… Given the strength of the line for the iPhone 5, we are incrementally more confident in Apple?s ability to sell 8 million phones in the launch weekend.”“
A number of Apple early adopters claim that the back case of the iPhone 5 is highly susceptible to scratching and more visible signs of wear and tear, according to multiple reports from across the Web.
Perhaps even more serious, numerous accounts state that users are receiving iPhone 5 devices damaged directly out of the packaging, before customers have had chance to actually lay hands the device.
It seems to be an issue with the anodized aluminum surface, and the apparent difficulty that comes with keeping the device from getting nicks and scrapes. It appears that the black version is either more susceptible to damage than its white counterpart, or signs of visible wear are more readily visible due to the higher contrast in colors.
Four television ads for the iPhone 5 have just hit the airwaves and Apple’s YouTube channel. The ads feature a different voiceover actor than previous iPhone spots and have a somewhat jovial tone; the Panorama highlight ad, “Cheese,” is particularly cute.