More on Apple: iOS 7, 5C pre-orders, sapphire touchscreen rumor


iOS 7 (AAPL +2.3%) is now available for download, flat icons and all. Also being released is iTunes 11.1, which adds iTunes Radio and a new Genius Shuffle feature.

Developers have been busy making their apps iOS 7-friendly. Apple blogger/fan Pixel Envy has provided a very comprehensive review of the OS.

A U.S. carrier source tells Reuters iPhone 5C pre-orders haven't been "overwhelming," and that supply for both the 5S and 5C has disappointed. Multiple reports emerged yesterday of tight 5S inventories.

Hit-and-miss Digitimes reports the 5th-gen iPad and retina iPad Mini will join the iPhone 5S in having sapphire home buttons (presumably with fingerprint sensors underneath), and that iPhone 6 will "possibly" feature sapphire touchscreen cover glass.

Sapphire is thinner and more scratch-resistant than current cover glass solutions such as Gorilla Glass, but is also much more expensive.

Also: Apple chairman and former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson has agreed to become the CEO of (and an initial investor in) Calico, a Google company set to work on anti-aging technology. Tim Cook provides some high praise for Levinson in the PR.

Earlier: iPhone 5S/5C reviews, Morgan Stanley note

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  • Humble Eagles
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    I think the big reason Apple isn't back up toward 500 is that certain large investors have access to inside info via the carriers, and some are probably selling. Three potentially huge mistakes there: 1) - Apple is trying to move sales to Apple stores, so I suspect the carriers will sell less than in the past. 2) - Apple's rollout schedule is extraordinarily aggressive. They will likely sell out of everything 5S pretty quickly. More of the sales will take place elsewhere. They will sell a ton in Japan alone. 3)- The 5C is unprecedented, in that it is last year's phone in a colorful dress with a couple of improvements. The carriers should be comparing orders to last year's 4S sales, not 5 sales. I think Apple could sell >60mm phones next qtr. Hardly the time to sell Apple.
    18 Sep 2013, 03:13 PM Reply Like
  • Justin Jaynes
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    what is the actual launch date of the 5S
    18 Sep 2013, 03:25 PM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    Friday, 0301 EST in the store and 8AM local at Apple stores. The salient point that I think you are getting at is that the only phone available has been the 5C, not the 5S. So, any info on orders is likely being compared to past iPhone rollouts and not last year's $100 phone.
    18 Sep 2013, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • Applocrat
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    interesting points. What do you think of the pre order numbers from china Unicom?
    18 Sep 2013, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    Jumping in, over 100K on 5c only compared to 200K this point on 5 -- neutral.

     

    I'm on a 4S and it's my upgrade year. The 5S fingerprint will benefit me each and every time I use the phone. If Apple would make it show the time when I pull it out of my pocket, I could probably cut a fourth of those. No swipe needed for the time but I will find it very nice to skip the swipe on everything else except a direct to Siri, even considering the advance it was.
    18 Sep 2013, 06:51 PM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    Really feel sorry for those US carriers. Maybe they should change their tune just a little bit about how they sell their phones. They need to go back to school. I vaguely remember something about being down stream in a product pipeline. The company which controls the pipeline controls the flow. If Verizon and AT&T need more phones which happen to be in great demand, they also need to change their actions. Actions do speak louder than words, so I guess one might say that they, AT&T and Verizon, are getting schooled now.
    18 Sep 2013, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    They even make more themselves on data because iPhone users buy more. The way those mega corporations are, and with the Ma Bell culture still firmly entrenched, it's quite likely management is not aligned with even their own interests.

     

    Apple made a huge gift to T which they have squandered.
    18 Sep 2013, 06:55 PM Reply Like
  • Applocrat
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    My fear is that arguably the most significant improvement, the finger print scanner- doesn't have enough uses yet, or rather people aren't considering how useful it could be. The power of a life without passwords needs to be marketed aggressively.
    18 Sep 2013, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • pk de cville
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    It will be easy to feature in one of their 'lifestyle' commercials.

     

    Wait for it.

     

    Within months they will add payment alliances (Starbucks, McDonalds,...) and finally, the ultimate rollout into generalized payments with Beacons from Apple, PayPal (today), and others...

     

    Beacon payments and shopping info will be the std that supplants failed NFC payments.
    19 Sep 2013, 05:50 AM Reply Like
  • 426260
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    According to the Apple web site, "iCloud Keychain" is "Coming Soon" - see: http://bit.ly/1a7tik2

     

    Here's an excerpt:
    "Now iCloud can remember your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers for you. And Safari will enter them automatically whenever you need to sign in to a site or shop online."

     

    Also, Apple has chosen not to release the finger print scanner API to 3rd party developers - http://bit.ly/1a7tik3
    19 Sep 2013, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    I would think China would be down a bit overall. CHL rumors have that market in a tizzy. The grey market phones that used to go through HK are in chaos if CHL signs up, and Chinese customers may be holding out to see what develops. I think Japan will be the superstar this time because NTT DoCoMo is reportedly selling aggressively. 60mm new potential customers!
    18 Sep 2013, 03:25 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    The grey markets in HK are at a loss already since Cn's launch date = global.

     

    http://on.wsj.com/1a3QNKH
    18 Sep 2013, 07:34 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Why bother with 5c when the 5s is only a few bucks more? Makes no sense to buy the 5c imo.

     

    iOS7 looks awesome as does the 5s. That said, I would NOT confuse the product with the stock.
    18 Sep 2013, 07:25 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    Yep a hundred dollars on a two year contract is four dollars more a month...a no brainer
    19 Sep 2013, 12:02 AM Reply Like
  • pk de cville
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    Why bother with 5C?

     

    I'm with you, but you should note that the previous years models have been selling in the millions at $100 less for the last 3 years.

     

    The 5C is $100 less AND it's a previous year 5 in BRAND NEW clothes. Ought to sell millions too.
    19 Sep 2013, 05:56 AM Reply Like
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