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A recent iPhone price cut in the UK has spurred sellouts at O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores. Meanwhile, an interview with Steve Jobs will air tonight as part of a documentary on Pixar; Apple has pushed out a new build of Mac OS X 10.5.3; and AT&T added another 1.3 million subscribers in the first quarter.
UK shoppers flocked to the retail shops of O2 and its retail partner Carphone Warehouse last week after the British wireless carrier announced a 100 pound price drop on the 8GB iPhone, MobileToday is reporting.
O2 stores in Newcastle, Birmingham and London said they each sold out of the touchscreen handset last Wednesday, the same day the price cuts were announced.
"And an employee in Carphone Warehouseâs flagship store on Londonâs Oxford Street said sales had doubled from 30Â per day to 60, while another Carphone staffer commented: âWe usually sell one or two a day, but yesterday we sold about 20 â it was like launch day again.â"
O2 was expecting its stock to be replenished ahead of this week, the report says.
Steve Jobs and The Pixar Story
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, along with Tom Hanks and George Lucas, will be among the interviewees in a vibrant documentary on the history of Pixar animation studios set to air at 10:00 p.m. local time Tuesday (tonight) on the Starz movie channel.
"Here's the problem with this documentary, which charts the birth, near-death, and explosion of the multiple-Oscar-winning animation studio:," reads a description from Entertainment Week. "It will make you realize that your job sucks. Because unless you work for John Lasseter at the MIT-meets-Romper Room HQ, hatching hits like Toy Story and Cars, then you have no idea how rewarding a job can be."
Mac OS X 10.5.3 build 9D23
Just days after privately releasing Mac OS X 10.5.3 build 9D22 to its vast developer community, Apple on Monday evening pushed out yet another build of the impending update to its Leopard operating system carrying build number 9D23.
According to people familiar with the distribution, the latest build lists no known issues and Apple made no changes to the twelve core areas of the software for which developers should reserve their testing efforts.
However, the new build added eight new code corrections to a bug fix list now sprawling nearly 180 items long. Amongst the most recent additions were resolutions to issues with mounted Boot Camp volumes, Safari bookmarks and .Mac Mail accounts, and memory leaks spurred by Finder accessibility windows.
Based on timeframes provided to AppleInsider, the Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update should be released to Leopard users within the next two weeks.
AT&T profits rise 22 percent
AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that first-quarter profits rose 22 percent, fueled largely by the addition of 1.3 million net wireless subscribers — a sign that the nation's largest wireless carrier has thus far escape the adverse affects of a slumping U.S. economy.
Net income rose to $3.46 billion, or 57 cents a share, up from $2.85 billion, or 45 cents a share. Meanwhile, revenue increased 6.1 percent to $30.74 billion from $28.97 billion.
The exclusive U.S. wireless provider for Apple's iPhone said wireless sales were up 18 percent to $11.8 billion and that it ended the first quarter with a nation-leading 71.4 million mobile customers.