Apple has confirmed that it will never make a cheap iPhone.
Speaking at Recode's Code/Mobile conference, Apple product marketing executive Greg Joswiak delivered the bad news that Apple has no intention of chasing the budget market to compete with low-cost Android devices, dismissing speculation that the firm might one day release an affordable iPhone.
Most of us are already attached at the hip to our smartphones, so why not make them ever more useful in our daily lives? Apple seems intent on doing so by expanding use of near-field communication (NFC) to do more and more things.
NFC was just introduced to the latest iPhone and iPad models to facilitate the launch of Apple Pay, which allows users to charge a credit card or account by placing the device near a payment terminal, and Apple is currently rolling the feature out to more and more places around the world.
A series of reports from China have pointed to iPhone 6 sales beginning on Friday, October 10. The date was most recently supported by a store preparation timeline presented to retail employees in an internal training course.
The information points to product readiness and employee training that begins October 7 to support initial sales three days later.
Apple today released, then quickly pulled, its first update for iOS 8 after customers flooded its support forum with reports that their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones could no longer connect to a cellular network.
iOS 8.0.1, which was supposed to fix a host of bugs, including several prominent issues that had garnered press -- like one that barred apps relying on Apple's new Healthkit framework -- was released around 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET).
Early buyers have now had a few days with their new iPhones, but some of them are running into a problem: in some cases the thin, flat phones are bending or warping slightly in users' pockets.