The New iPad is on fire, iPhone China sales up 5x + the Facebook phone returns!


Your Wednesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer: “The New iPad Is On Fire” (via TechCrunch)
Worldwide, Apple’s lifetime iPad sales across all generations have now topped 67 million, Apple CEO Tim Cook said. “To put that into context it took us 24 years to sell that many Macs, five years for that many iPods, and 3 years for iPhones.”

Apple’s Chinese iPhone Sales “Mind-Boggling,” Bring China Revenues To $7.9B (via TechCrunch)
Revenue in China reached a record $7.9 billion, which is up threefold year-over-year. That brings Apple’s revenues in the country to $12.4 billion for the first half of the fiscal year. That’s nearly what Apple made in all of the last fiscal year when it made $13.3 billion in China.

What Apple’s Spectacular Earnings Mean For Phone Carriers (via ReadWriteWeb)
Smartphones in the U.S. have reached an inflection point where sales are not directly affected only by times of year or market saturation. What does this mean for the operators? In simple terms: more data plans.

iOS Gets Preferential Treatment in Twitter Streams With “View App” Feature (via BlackBerry Cool)
Apple is the only smartphone company that Twitter helps promote downloads by augmenting tweets that point to the App Store. App Discovery for iOS apps happens right in the Twitter stream by allowing users to click a “View App” button and then look at screenshots, a description and the icon of the app before clicking through to the App Store.

The Facebook Phone Rumor Is Back (via TechCrunch)
A new report hit today stating that Facebook and HTC are co-developing a customized Android smartphone. This phone, said to be developed exclusively for Facebook, would integrate all of the social network’s functions into the mobile platform. Per unnamed industry sources, the device would launch at the earliest in the third quarter of 2012.

Roger McNamee: Why the Instagram Deal Was Way More Important Than an IPO Schedule (via PandoDaily)
Decisive moments make or break a company. If Zuckerberg were letting them pass because of some arbitrary IPO window, this would be a stock you wouldn’t want to own.

PayNearMe launches a mobile cash payment system (via GigaOM)
PayNearMe, a cash payment system that lets users pay for online purchases, bills and bus tickets at 7-Eleven stores, now offers a fully mobile payment option. Users who don’t have a credit or debit card can complete purchases without having to print out anything or use a card in-store.

Defining the Post-App Economy (via ReadWriteWeb)
Assuming that the mobile Web’s cross-platform openness carries the day, as it has so many times before, what would such a mobile “Post-App Economy” look like and what would it offer for developers and users?

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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