Following early reports that the launch of the iPhone on T-Mobile’s U.S. network brought “gangbusters” sales for the carrier, T-Mobile USA Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert now follows up those comments, stating that T-Mobile believes that the iPhone launch, and the new “UnCarrier” plans launched in tandem with the device, both performed better than expected.
T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert boasted that the carrier had “one of its biggest weekends in the history of the company” thanks to the launch of the iPhone on Friday. T-Mobile on Friday launched the iPhone in its stores for the first time, finally catching up to its larger rivals, and even smaller regional carriers. Sievert told CNET that iPhone sales did better than he expected, although he declined to provide specific figures.
“We had really ambitious internal goals, and we beat them,” he said.
This is great news for the iPhone, for T-Mobile, and for many customers who are looking for ways to avoid carrier contracts for their smartphones. Congrats, T-Mobile!
Last month, reports began emerging that Twitter is planning to launch a new music streaming and discovery service – and now those reports are proving to be accurate, thanks to confirmation from Twitter themselves! As The Verge notes, the company has now confirmed their acquisition of music discovery site We Are Hunted, and has launched a new website stating that the Twitter Music service is “coming soon.”
The app is initially being tested among celebrities with large Twitter followings, such as Ryan Seacrest, who tweeted about the app last night. Twitter Music reportedly aims to offer song and artist recommendations for users based on clues from their Twitter feed, and will feature the ability to stream songs using services such as SoundCloud and iTunes.
Twitter has even launched an official website for the new music, teasing that the service is “Coming Soon.” Twitter will reportedly begin rolling the service out to the masses in about a week. AllThingsD has a few details about how the app will work:
The app suggests artists and tracks to users based on a number of personalized signals, including the Twitter accounts a user follows on the microblogging service. Users will be able to listen to clips of music from inside the app, using third-party services like iTunes and SoundCloud; they will also be able to watch music videos provided by Vevo, the music video service owned by Universal Music and Sony.
Earlier today, Twitter acknowledged that it had acquired music recommendation service We Are Hunted last year and put its staff to work building the new app.
We hope to get a good look at the app in person when it launches in about a week. Will you use Twitter’s new music service?
Katy Huberty’s note to investors on Thursday saw the Morgan Stanley analyst opining that Apple could debut new internet-based services as well as a “killer app” later this year. The comments follow her recent meeting with Apple management.
In the near term, Huberty said Apple could make a surprise announcement at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June regarding a new type of internet service such as streaming music or a mobile payment system. She went on to say that Apple Internet Software and Service chief Eddy Cue is believed to be working to improve existing services like iCloud and Maps, but at the same time is planning to launch new initiatives.
“We believe Apple could charge either developers or users for some of these services, which could boost Apple’s annuitized revenue stream and better monetize its large user base,” Huberty wrote. “For example, Apple could offer a streaming music service using a freemium model.”
Huberty also pointed to the recent hiring of Kevin Lynch as a sign that the company may be working on a new project. Lynch led subscription-based services and wireless device development at Adobe
It’s widely rumored that Apple is working on an internet radio service, ‘iRadio,” however disagreements over royalties are said to be holding up the services introduction. While it was reported last week that Apple was nearing an agreement with Warner Music, and Universal Music Group, no official announcements have as yet been made.
Huberty expects earnings to increase later this year with the debut of the “iPhone 5S” and a possible low-cost model iPhone. New carrier agreements with Japan’s NTT Docomo and China’s China Mobile are also seen as catalysts.
She also mentioned a “killer app” much like Siri was for the iPhone 4S. Huberty offers up mobile payments as such a “killer” example.
After months of rumors and leaked images and photos, Panasonic finally unveiled the Lumix DMC- GF6. The good news is, this high-quality camera is the device for the social butterflies among us.
The Lumix DMC-GF6 is a step-up from the DMC-GF5. It has a heftier body and a smooth metallic form. Panasonic has integrated quite a few noteworthy upgrades like a screen that can be tilted to 180-degrees, wireless connectivity and a mode dial. Its connectivity is what Panasonic hopes will set the GF6 apart from the rest. The camera has built-in NFC and WiFi capabilities and can connect effortlessly to any smart phone or tablet via an integrated app. The GF6 also has an Instant Transfer function that allows for automatic and wireless transfer of photos or videos.
Aside from its connectivity prowess, the GF6 also boasts of full 1920 × 1080 HD AVCHD video recording at 50i or 60i. There’s also a heap of modes built in the camera. Some exciting modes to check-out are the Creative Panorama, Self Shot and Stop Motion Animation. The camera’s revamped mode dial is now located at the top to easily access settings that are often used.
Panasonic hasn’t confirmed when the Lumix GF6 will hit the market or how much it will cost. However, some reports have pegged the camera to cost around $ 680 and that it will be available by April 24.
Following an unlikely report earlier today that Apple’s next-gen iPhone may come in a variety of sizes, Japanese site Macotakara reports that the device will come in a new color in addition to black and white. It’s unclear from the report what that new color might be – perhaps a mix between black and white parts? That would be pretty cool.
Citing a “trusted source,” Japanese blog Mac Otakara reports that when the “iPhone 5S” hits store shelves, it will come in three colorways, adding one color to Apple’s usual black and white variants. The source failed to reveal the mystery color.
It should be noted that the Google translation on the blog’s webpage incorrectly states “3 colors added to 2 colors of iPhone 5,” suggesting there will be five color options for the iPhone 5S. The actual translation is, “One new color will be added to the iPhone 5′s existing two color options for a total of three colors.”
Previous reports have suggested that the next iPhone might come in up to 8 different colors, just like the current iPod nano and iPod touch lineup. Apple’s rumored “budget” iPhone will reportedly come in the same color options as the 5S. Well-informed (and highly accurate) analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that Apple will use a new blended fiberglass and plastic material in order to reduce the overall cost.
The new iPhone are reportedly set to be announced sometime in July, for a public release in August – which meshes well with what iMore (another extremely well-informed source) has heard about the release date. It’s worth noting that Macotakara does have a very mixed track record when it comes to Apple predictions - but at least this report is less absurd than today’s previous iPhone rumor!