Apple sold a ton of iOS devices, one iPhone caught a thief, Verizon's on the horizon, and Kindles are doing okay, too. The remainders for December 27, 2010 aren’t under the tree, but you can find them right where you left them.
Facebook for iPhone Usage Statistics (AllFacebook)
As John Gruber points out, the Facebook app for iPhone gained another million users on Christmas day, suggesting that St. Nick left a lot of iOS devices under trees this year. Would it kill all of you to write a thank-you note before you start poking your friends from high school?
A Find My iPhone Christmas Miracle (9 to 5 Mac)
When some coal-in-the-stocking-worthy thieves stole a Texas man’s Land Rover, he remembered the iPhone he’d left between the seats. Using the Find My iPhone feature, the man directed officers to the stolen car, and then helped again when one of the cuffed suspects escaped, and drove off again in the stolen car—running over an officer in the process. Guiding police to your stolen car and then to the escaping perp? There’s an app for that.
Report: Apple to ship 5-6 million Verizon compatible iPhones (Loop Insight)
Verizon customers need to track their stolen cars, too! Based on rumors from the various Taiwan-based suppliers, the latest thought is that Apple will start shipping CDMA-based, Verizon-compatible iPhones sometime in early 2011. Which means, if you will, that perhaps Verizon is on the horizon. (Apple, you’re free to use that in a press release.)
If you’re a techie and you didn’t get an Apple product this holiday season, perhaps you scored a third-generation Kindle instead. If so, you’re not alone; Amazon says its latest Kindle is now the bestselling product in Amazon.com’s history, outselling even the seventh Harry Potter book. Of course, Amazon’s still not saying how many Kindles it has actually sold. Even more damning: the company has thus far not released a single story about finding a stolen car by tracking the forgotten Kindle inside.