iPhone 5 set sales records, stocks sink

Chelsea Ratterman

Editor-In- Chief


Graphic courtesy of mctcampus.com


Sales for the new Apple iPhone 5 skyrocketed past its predecessor’s sales with ease during the Aug. 21 weekend.


The iPhone 5 set sales records, selling 5 million iPhones within 3 days. The iPhone 4S sold 4 million its opening weekend.


Sales followed a pre-order marathon from consumers, who preordered two million phones within the 24-hour period after pre-sales opened. This also beat the numbers from the iPhone 4S debut, which only saw an estimated one million pre-orders in the same 24-hour time frame. Estimated dates for consumers who pre-ordered the phone was three to four weeks.


Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement released by Apple that “demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”


According to Cook, Apple sold out of its initial shipment of iPhones, but stores are still receiving regular shipments to meet demand and customers who order online will receive an estimated delivery date, averaging near the four week mark.


Campus response

Students on campus have been favorable toward the new phone.


“It is literally the lightest phone I have ever held, and with the A6 chip the Internet works so much faster. The better battery life, I don’t have to stress about how much of it I use,” Sarah Smith, an international business major, said, “with the built in qualities it literally makes me feel like I’m holding a Stark device. It’s that super!”


Market effects


Despite the large number, Apple stock fell slightly Aug. 24, due to the five million sales not reaching predictions by analysts of seven to eight million units. The high for Aug. 28 was at $695.12, and the US market closed with Apple at $690.79.


The sales number released by Apple did not include shipments that had not been signed for. Apple requires a signature on shipments for it to be considered a sale.


Foxconn Riots


One event that marred the end of Apple’s big weekend was the riots, involving some 79,000 workers, in the Chinese Foxconn manufacturing facility, which supplies parts for Apple and other electronic companies.

This plant, among others, has been under the microscope for its work practices, potentially involving 60- hour workweeks.


The cause of the riots is still under investigation. Rumors persisting say that the riots were caused by tension between workers from different provinces or a tiff with security guards.


The plant re-opened Tuesday after police calmed the area down.




Apple continues to raise the ante

Chelsea Ratterman, Editor-in-chief 

Apple continues to raise the ante

Apple unveiled its new iPhone to the world Wednesday, Sept. 12.

CEO Tim Cook took the stage to introduce the product and laid to rest some of the rumors that have been swirling since the day after the iPhone 4S came out.

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Student Success spring iPad winner

Have you checked out the Student Success workshops? There are three the week of September 10-14, with a focus on college survival, going green, and interview skills.

The potential perk of these workshops is an iPad. Those who attend a Success Workshop will be entered into a drawing at the end of the semester for an iPad. Continue reading

Samsung loses patent battle with Apple

­­­Chelsea Ratterman

 Samsung loses patent battle with Apple

A court case between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics may have determined the future of the smartphone market.

In a patent and trademark infringement case against Samsung, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion dollars in damages, one of the largest intellectual-property awards on record.

Samsung, a publicly traded company in the Korean stock exchange, lost 7.5 percent on Monday, August 27 following the verdict. This resulted in a loss of $12 billion to Samsung’s market capitalization.

Apple, on the other hand, closed out on the New York Stock Exchange, with a 1.8 percent increase, resulting in an $11 billion gain. This brought Apple’s market capitalization, already the highest in the world, to $633 billion.

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Apple Reinvents Education with iBooks 2 for iPad

Katie Johnston, Feature Editor

On January 19, Apple announced a new service, which aims to relieve back strain and budget strain for students, iBooks 2 for iPad. Apple plans to revolutionize learning with new, highly interactive digital iTextbooks.

Apple has teamed with three textbook companies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson, to offer educational titles on the iBookstore. Most iTextbooks are priced at $14.99 or less.

In order to maintain these prices, Apple insists on owning the exclusive rights to all iTextbooks. That means all textbook authors who want to do business with Apple must make his or her digital textbooks exclusive to iBooks 2.

Terry McGraw, CEO of McGraw-Hill said in an interview with reporter Peter Kafka, “I wish Steve Jobs was here. I was with him in June this past year, and we were talking about some of the benchmarks, and some of the things that we were trying to do together. He should be here. He probably is [gesturing up and around]. This was his vision, this was his idea, and it all had to do with the iPad.”

About the ibooks 2 app

According to the iBooks 2 Apple press release, “iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, full screen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned…The new iBooks 2 app is now available as a free download from the App Store. With support for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D projects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks that come to life with just a tap or swipe of a finger. With its fast, fluid navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards, the new ibooks 2 app lets students study and learn in a more efficient and effective ways than ever before.”

Cost and Where to get it

iPad 2 is available in Apple stores, the Apple website and sold in most electronic stores. The average base price for an iPad 2 is $499. The iBooks 2 app is available for free from the Apple store.


While Apple is not currently offering a student discount on the iPad 2, there are ways to save on this product. Refurbished devices from the Apple Store are discounted due to returns. They’ve had the hardware, battery, screen, and software reconfigured back to factory quality and repackaged in a new box.

Living an iLife

By: Narges Taghavi, feature editor

What happened to the days when you would look up a word in the dictionary? How about having to stop and ask the guy at the gas station for directions? Remember when your favorite shows could only be viewed on an actual TV?
Apple products have revolutionized the way we do these simple things. More than half of America has at least one or more Apple products such as iPhones, MacBooks, or the old favorite iPod.
Some people cannot do anything without having their iPhone on hand, because it is basically like their child. An iPhone user can easily watch Netflix, get directions, find the cheapest gas, update Facebook, and of course the standard cellphone things like call and text people.
Many of the people using Apple products are students such as high school and college kids, however in this day and age when the world of technology has become paramount it wouldn’t be shocking to learn that elementary and middle school students, as well as their grandparents, own an Apple product.
Since the majority of their target audience is students, the company should focus on combining education with their products. Though there are few apps for educational purposes, if Apple created teaching apps or personal tutor apps not only would students appreciate it, but parents would be more willing to buy an Apple product for their children.

Steve Jobs will be missed as the CEO of Apple

Parents would feel as though their kids aren’t just surfing the web all day, but know that the learning doesn’t stop after they leave the classroom.
Speaking of the classroom, CDI College, Vancouver Career in Calgary North, and Vancouver Career College in Coquitlam have started to digitalize the way their students learn by having them receive all course content via eText for iPad.
As you can see there are so many ways the company can grow. Though with the resignation of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, several Apple lovers are concerned that there might not be a bright future for the company.
Trey Northris, student, owns three Apple products (iPod, iPad, and Mac) and isn’t too happy about Steve Jobs leaving. “I believe that him stepping down will hurt apple, because he is the man that helped Apple make all of the iPods & iPads.” Northris said.
Another student Octavia Guesby doesn’t own any Apple products, but said that Steve Jobs leaving will not be a good thing for the company. “I think his resignation will have a huge impact because I’m sure no one will have ideas like him,” Guesby said.
While others are sure that Apple will continue to create amazing products. “Pretty sure Apple products would continue to spread and upgrade.” Amber Clay, student, said.
One student, Stephanie Long, is sure that Jobs has instructed his team well enough, so that they will continue to soar without him. “I think he trained his workers to continue to do the Apple company business like he did,” Long said.
Whether you are an Apple addict or not, one thing is certain, the company has made an impact on the world. Student Stephen Henderson put it succinctly when he said, “Their products have revolutionized phones and computers.”
Fellow student Chris Hutton echoed the sentiments when he said, “Apple has changed the outlook on how we can obtain our entertainment and media sources.”
So what are your thoughts? Do you think a new CEO will change Apple for the better or worse?
And the next time you’re using an Apple product, think about what you are using it for. Whether it is to surf the web, play Angry Birds, watch Netflix, or read.
To some, it may seem like it is an Apple world and we’re just living in it.