Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile is no longer selling Apple’s iPhones in its retail stores and it is unclear if the United States’ biggest prepaid wireless carrier is going to restock Apple’s devices on its shelves anytime soon.
Previously, Virgin Mobile’s website featured a range of unsubsidized iPhones for sale. Until recently, the carrier had a lineup of iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 4S models up for grabs. However, Virgin Mobile announced over the holidays that it would not be selling Apple’s newest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus but did not explain the decision.
Apple isn’t expected to release its next iPhone until September, but we may have already learned about one significant improvement.
Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes the next iPhone will come with an improved fingerprint sensor to reduce reading errors, MacRumors reports.
This is expected to make Apple Pay safer and more easy to use. In a note to investors, Kuo also wrote that he expects Apple to release its new iPhone in the third quarter of 2015.
When Apple finally released two larger-screen iPhones in the fall, the market responded with so much enthusiasm that the company ended up posting the biggest earnings in corporate history.
Now there is new data about how the devices are being used, and it suggests a huge disparity in mobile data usage. Citrix’s newly-released mobile analytics report shows that owners of the iPhone 6 Plus, consumed twice the amount of mobile data as people using the iPhone 6. (Overall, iOS is far ahead of Android when it comes to mobile traffic. A research note from Piper Jaffray in December found that iOS accounted for 61.4% of mobile traffic in the US compared with Android’s 37.5% share.)