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Apple's China Factor

Earlier this week, Asymco’s Horrace Dediu wrote a wonderful post about the huge differences between Microsoft and Apple in China. He makes a very strong case for how difficult of a position Microsoft is in. I encourage you to the Asymco post in detail to understand his arguments. Pretty compelling stuff.

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myCharge at CES 2013 gallery: More better power

myCharge has always made a good range of affordable backup batteries for iPhones, iPads, and other gadgets. At CES 2013 they've really taken it to another level, however, with more models, far more designs, and Lightning adapter support built in. They've even got a spiffy new iPhone 5 case in the pipeline.

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The less expensive iPhone

Rumors of a less expensive iPhone, in one form or another, certainly aren't new. Rumors follow want. We want iPhones, the less expensive iPhones are the more of them we can have an more often we can have them. Apple knows that too. The original iPhone was Ballmer-laugh inducing expensive, and Apple and Steve Jobs adjusted the price down, and then changed course to a subsidized model for the iPhone 3G starting at only $199. The next year, when Apple introduced the the iPhone 3GS, they kept a lower-capacity version of the iPhone 3G around, starting at only $99. In 2010, when Apple introduced the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS went to $99. And in 2011, when Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4 became the $99 iPhone, and the iPhone 3GS was positioned at $0 on contract. With the 2012 introduction of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4 has become to $0 iPhone.

It's not difficult to imagine a second line of thinking at Apple, one where they also tossed around the idea of secondary line of iPhones, designed to be less expensive from the start. Rumors of that "budget iPhone" or "iPhone nano" have been around every bit as long. But if that was the case, if Apple has such a device in the planning stages for 2010 or even earlier, they chose not to go that way, not to introduce more than one new model a year. At least not then...

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Vaja at CES 2012 gallery: High-end meets high-color

Vaja was at CES 2013 showing off their high-end, high-color leather line-up and once again Derek Kessler caught them in-camera.

In a world dominated by the little black case, what do you think of Vaja's 2013 palette?

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BodyGuardz Pure offers strong protection, great glass feel

Plastic screen protectors are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, and just like how BodyGuardz went from wet to dry application on their traditional line of film-based products, they've gone from plastic to glass on their new line of Pure protectors.

With an H8+ hardness, ultra-clear, smudge-resistant finish, the coolest part is putting it on. Just line it up, pull off the covering, and then tap the middle and the adhesive spreads out like a nano-tech army, lightly but securely bonding the BodyGuardz Pure to your iPhone.

Check out the easy installation in the video above and let me know what you think, is glass the future for everyone?

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Tim Cook continues discussions aimed at bringing the iPhone to the world's largest carrier, China Mobile

The iPhone is one of the most popular phones on the world, yet almost 6 years later it's still not on China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world, and unavailable in any official way to China Mobile's over 700 million subscribers. Discussions have been going on for years, of course, and earlier today Apple's CEO Tim Cook met with China Mobile's Chairman Xi Guohua in Bejing to keep them moving.

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Verizon sold 9.8 million smartphones in Q4 2012, including higher mix of iPhones

AT&T teased their Q4 2012 smartphone activation numbers yesterday, and now, in an 8-K SEC filing, Verizon has done the same, reporting 9.8 million activations, including a higher mix of iPhones.

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Incipio shows off the ultra-protective Atlas case for iPhone

Live from CES 2013, Derek Kessler and I caught up with Incipio and learned all about their new Atlas case for iPhone. It's pretty much a hostile environment suit for your iPhone.

Is that a level of protection you're interested in?

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T-Mobile activating 100,000 iPhones per month, now supports 1.9 million devices

According to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, the company is seeing a huge intake of new iPhone customers and this is before it actually officially has the phone on its network. Speaking at their 2013 Citi Global Conference in Las Vegas today, Mr Legere claimed that T-Mobile was seeing around 100,000 iPhone activations every month. He also claimed that T-Mobile serves around 1.9 million iPhones on its network.

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AT&T announces record Q4 smartphone sales, if history is any indicator, iPhone 5 says they're welcome

While AT&T won't be announcing their Q4 2012 financial results until January 24, they just couldn't help but slip out a teaser regarding record smartphone sales in the quarter. How record? 10 million devices, up from 9.4 million in Q4 2011. That includes iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, but based on previous quarters, that's likely to skew hugely towards Apple and the iPhone 5 launch.

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