Most popular iPhone colors are space gray and blue

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One of the coolest things about Apple’s new iPhone 5c is the fact that it comes in a variety of colors. There have long been rumors about a colorful iPhone that would break the traditional white and black mold for devices, and this year was the year that we saw Apple break out of its shell. However, it also came in the variety of adding a gold iPhone 5s to the line up as well. Now, if you’re anything like me, you have probably wondered which colors sold the best. While I personally would have gone with the space gray iPhone 5s, and either the blue or white iPhone 5c, I never knew where others stood on the idea. Now, thanks to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (or CIRP), we can get an idea of which colors have sold the best.

As evident in the chart above, my color choices would have been among the most popular (I say would have because I’m still tied down to a contract, so I’m stuck with my iPhone 5). The space gray iPhone 5s accounts for 43% of sales, while silver and gold are close to each other at 30% and 27% respectively. While the gold number is respectable, it is still quite a bit higher than I anticipated. I personally am not a huge fan of the gold iPhone, or the idea of a gold phone, but it seems like Apple has been successful with its new color choice.

When it comes to the iPhone 5c, blue is the most popular color, but white is not far behind. Blue and white combined account for 52% of all iPhone 5c sales. These have definitely been the most popular colors, and pink and green are actually not too far behind. Yellow is the outcast in the group, only accounting for 7% of sales. The charts also go on to break down the device sales by gender as well.

From CIRP co-founder Mike Levin:

“iPhone 5S and 5C colors seem to confirm some traditional gender biases. In the iPhone 5C, men prefer the neutral white, and the Space Gray in the iPhone 5S. In contrast, women prefer lighter silver 5S and the brighter iPhone 5C colors. Interestingly, no one, including the women in the survey, appears to want the Yellow iPhone 5C very much.”

Source:- todaysiphone.com

Apple fixes iTunes in the Cloud bugs with iTunes 11.0.5

itunes-in-the-cloud-1For big users of iTunes, recent issues have plagued the Apple music service’s cloud service, iTunes in the Cloud. It was noted that a fix for iTunes in the Cloud was the major feature for yesterday’s iOS 7 beta 6 release, and it appears as if Apple wants to put this issue behind it.

Today, the Cupertino tech giant released its latest version of its iTunes software, version 11.0.5. This update appears to mainly tackle the issue of iTunes in the Cloud bugs, which would cause some purchases to randomly download, or play unexpected items. Below is the description of the update from Apple’s iTunes website.

This update corrects an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

If you’re interested in updating your iTunes to fix issues with cloud syncing, head on over to the iTunes website (linked above) to download the update for your correct operating system. Have you encountered issues with iTunes in the Cloud, or random items playing? If so, be sure to drop a comment below and let us know!

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Obama Administration Vetoes Ban on Sale of Some Apple iPhones, iPads

2435292-3160011176-iphone.jpegThe Obama administration on Saturday vetoed a U.S. trade body’s ban on the import and sale of some Apple Inc. AAPL +1.49% iPhones and iPads, a rare move that upends a legal victory for smartphone rival Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE -1.33%

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices, citing concerns about patent holders gaining “undue leverage” as well as potential harm to consumers and competitive conditions in the U.S. economy.

He said Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the courts.

The action marked the first time since 1987 that a presidential administration had vetoed an import ban ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The ITC in June had ordered the import ban and an accompanying cease-and-desist order affecting some older-model Apple iPhones and iPads after finding the products infringed a Samsung patent.

The ban raised concerns among U.S. antitrust enforcers and touched off intense lobbying of the Obama administration by technology companies with opposing positions on the issue.

Critics of the ITC order questioned whether companies should be able to block rival products in cases involving patents that have been deemed to be essential to creating products based on key technologies overseen by industry standard-setting groups.

Apple and some other technology companies argued to the trade representative that the ban was inappropriate because Samsung had committed to fairly license such “standard essential” patents associated with technology for wireless devices.

Samsung insisted it had offered to license its patents to Apple, but the Silicon Valley company had sought to avoid paying for licenses of Samsung’s patents.

The South Korean electronics giant and some U.S. technology companies disputed that their commitments to standard-setting bodies mean that patent holders can’t seek import bans or court injunctions in enforcing their intellectual property. They argued that a veto of the ITC order would upset decades of settled expectations, weaken the value of patents and discourage innovation.

“We applaud the Administration for standing up for innovation in this landmark case,” an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement. “Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way.”

A Samsung spokesman said the company was disappointed by the veto. “The ITC’s decision correctly recognized that Samsung has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a license,” he said.

The veto concludes one of the most dramatic ITC cases in years. Apple’s loss in the case and the subsequent ban was seen as a blow to the company’s continued efforts to press cases against competitors it says have copied technology it developed for the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung, meanwhile, is scheduled to face a ruling by the ITC this Friday on whether some of its products infringe Apple patents and should be barred from import as a result. One person familiar with ITC proceedings said it might choose to delay that decision in the wake of the Obama administration’s move Saturday.

The ITC cases represent one set of fronts in a global patent war between Apple and Samsung, longtime technology partners that became bitter rivals after Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 and Samsung later introduced products that contain similar features.

Apple launched a series of patent suits against Samsung, which responded by leveling infringement charges of its own.

The ITC order would have barred the U.S. sale or import of some Apple products still on store shelves, including a version of the iPad 2 made to work on AT&T Inc.’s T -0.28% network, and the iPhone4, which runs on AT&T and T-Mobile USA’s airwaves.

Mr. Froman, in a letter explaining the veto, said he came to his decision after extensive consultations with government trade bodies “as well as other interested agencies and persons.”

He said he also “strongly shares” concerns raised in a policy statement issued in January by the Justice Department and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which said ITC product bans should rarely be allowed in cases involving standard-essential patents. Among other issues, the agencies discussed the possibility that holders of such patents could use them in ways that would unduly increase royalty rates they might receive for licenses.

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