QiPack on Kickstarter Brings Wireless Charging to iPhone

9 hours, 3 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There's a new project on Kickstarter called QiPack that would bring wireless charging to your iPhone. The developers behind the project have created a portable charger small enough to fit in your pocket. That charger can then charge your iPhone through a special case that connects inductively.  That means it will charge wirelessly.  There are Android devices on the market with support for the Qi standard that don't need a case, but other devices, including Apple's iOS devices, will need a case or a coil receiver. Either way, though, there are tons of folks who want portable charging without charging cables. There's a ton of information on the Kickstarter page, and funding options for iPhone owners start at $53.

Goodbye Net Neutrality: FCC Backs Down on Internet Traffic Equality

1:30 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

After a January ruling from a federal appeals court struck down regulations requiring that all Internet traffic be treated equally, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  promised revisions to ensure Net Neutrality doesn't die. Now it seems that isn't the case because the FCC has changed course and instead will let Internet service providers charge companies like Netflix and Facebook for preferential treatment and guarantees of faster data transfers through their networks -- and that's a change that flies in the face of what was promised in Net Neutrality.

Rumor Claims New MacBook Air Models Only Days Away

11:10 AM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Rumor

The MacBook Air may be see a refresh next week, according to unnamed insider sources. The last time the MacBook Air line saw an update was about 10 months ago, which does make the thin laptop line ripe for a change.

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It's about time for a MacBook Air refresh, and there isn't any obvious reason why Apple shouldn't roll out new models next week. That said, nothing has been confirmed, so reports that they're on the way have to be considered as rumors for now.

Analyst: Apple Needs to Choose iPhone Margins or Marketshare

10:21 AM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple reported selling 43.7 million iPhones during its second fiscal quarter for 2014, beating analyst estimates and showing better margins in the process. Despite that good news, Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um sees a time coming where Apple will have to choose between maintaining high device margins, or driving unit sales.

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There isn't anything stopping Apple from selling iPhones at a higher price point, and that's possible if the next new model ships with a larger display. That doesn't mean Apple will stop selling iPhones at current prices, and it doesn't necessarily mean iPhone sales will suffer. If Apple wants to keep its high margins on iPhone sales, and can't keep component costs low, it'll have to raise prices across the board, and that's the part that could impact sales.

Apple Reports Record March iPhone Sales in Q2 2014

8:00 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Analysis

iPhone 5s

Apple announced its quarterly results on Wednesday, and the company surprised just about everyone by not only blowing away iPhone unit sales estimates, but in setting a March quarterly record while it was at it. The company sold some 43.7 million iPhones, well ahead of consensus estimates of 38 million, as well as 4.1 million Macs and 16.3 million iPads. Kelly Guimont walks us through the numbers.

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Apple is a successful computer company that just happens to be a stupendously successful mobile company.

Apple’s Stock Jumps $40 (7.7%) in After-Hours Session

7:31 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Going Up!

Shares of Apple Inc. jumped 7.68 percent during the after hours session after Apple blew away its own guidance and Wall Street's consensus estimates. Trading in the after hours market is always exaggerated when it comes to $AAPL, but a sharp increase indicates that investors were pleased with Apple's results.