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New York – A new iPhone/iPod Touch app called Spotliter launched Wednesday, enabling the application of sophisticated imaging effects to videos as they are recorded.
Designed by web-tech developer Netomat, the app’s effects are triggered by tapping, pinching, swiping or sliding fingers on the mobile device’s screen.
Touch effects and filters are said to be “unique, and not available on any other iPhone video recording app.”
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Beverly Hills, Calif. – A line of fashionable iPhone 5 cases worn around the neck like necklaces will debut today from start-up Vanesa Rey.
The 14-SKU line of Necklace Cases features genuine leather and man-made composite "vegan leather" constructions with a snap-open wallet pocket for cards and cash. The case holds an iPhone with the screen facing the wearer for easy access.
Chicago — Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s outsold the lower-priced 5c by more than 2-to-1 in the two weeks following their late-September launch in the U.S., Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found in polling recent iPhone buyers.
CIRP found that 65 percent of iPhone sales were 5s models, and 27 percent were 5c models. Nine percent were legacy 4S models.
As a jaded tech reporter, my first reaction to TV coverage of the lines outside Apple Stores this morning was “Really?” Aren’t there any real stories to cover?
But viewers and even broadcasters need an occasional break from the news. And I’ll admit it: I too was curious about how long the first kid in the queue camped out for a mid-cycle iPhone upgrade.
Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart has shaved $20 off the $99 contract price of Apple’s forthcoming 16GB iPhone 5c and $10 off the $199 iPhone 5s.
The discounter began taking in-store pre-orders for the iPhone 5c this morning, in advance of the new handsets’ Sept. 20 sale date.
Walmart has also dropped the contract price of the discontinued iPhone 5 from $98 to $79 for the 16GB model, and cut $100 from the price of unlocked iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 models, to $549 and $349, respectively, for use with its Straight Talk prepaid plan.
El Segundo, Calif. – Apple’s lower cost iPhone 5c won’t spur a major increase in iPhone sales in the second half of 2013, but if Apple begins selling iPhones to China’s largest carrier, China Mobile, iPhone sales growth will accelerate, an IHS analysis found.
Although the iPhone 5c did not address the low end of the market, the phone nonetheless “represents a major departure from its [Apple’s] previous product strategy, which could improve the company’s competitiveness,” IHS said.
New York — Accessories makers spared no time in jumping into the new iPhone market, making cases available immediately for Apple’s new flagship 5S and colorful 5C phones.
Luvvit unveiled some of the first cases for the anticipated iPhone 5C before the smartphone had been officially announced.
Luvvit has 17 SKUs showing on its website, including a screen protector, its Hybrid Kickstand case, its Armor Shell case, and its Skinny hard cases available in several colors. All prices are $19.95.
Cupertino, Calif. — Apple introduced two iPhones for the first time since the original iPhone’s 2007 launch, unveiling a flagship 5S and a lower-priced 5C to segment the market.
The strategy is to accelerate the iPhone’s slowing global growth rate and post a stronger performance in developing countries where smartphones aren’t subsidized by carriers.
In the past, Apple debuted one iPhone at a time but continued to ship its previous model at a reduced price of $99 while offering an older model for free.
Astoria, N.Y. — Luvvit, a CE accessories maker based here, unveiled some of the first cases for the anticipated iPhone 5C.
Although the smartphone hasn’t been officially announced yet, a Luvvit spokesperson confirmed that the cases have already begun shipping. The spokesperson said the cases had been tested with the actual device.
The consumer electronics industry has gone through a massive sea change over the last several years as Apple has defined the next generation of user experiences for millions of consumers through devices like the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and more. In addition to beautiful physical design, ease of use is the key differentiator for Apple, and it is this element of user experience that has set the stage for the hardware wars of today.