iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 iPhone 4S Status Bar to Get “4G” Indicator on AT&T? Sun, 09 Oct 2011 15:12:50 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 4S 4G Indicator

During the special media event held on October 4th, Apple announced the new iPhone 4S that supports HSPA+ technology making it capable of delivering 4G-like speeds. According to a leaked internal memo, first reported by The Verge, AT&T seems to be working with Apple to add “4G” network indicator to iPhone 4S status bar.

iPhone 4S 3G IndicatorWhen Phil Schiller unveiled the all-new iPhone 4S he categorically mentioned that the new wireless system allows download speeds twice as fast than fourth-gen iPhone. He went on to compare the speeds with other smartphones that deliver the same speed and even put “4G” in their names. However, Apple preferred to stay away from the debate of what the industry considers to be 4G or not.

One of the primary reasons behind AT&T ‘s interest in getting 4G network indicator is that its competitors Verizon and Sprint do not offer HSPA+ technology on their networks.

Apple is confident about the fact that in the real world experience iPhone 4S could well outperform other smartphones in terms of data speeds because of the unique software and new wireless system. Apple’s official website in all its product images mentions “3G” on the status bar and it will be interesting to see if AT&T succeeds in getting Apple to issue software update to accommodate the request of its long term carrier partner.

iPhone 4S features dual-core A5 chip, 8 megapixel camera with all new optics, capable of CDMA and GSM, records video at 1080p and introduces the new intelligent personal assistant called Siri.

Will you be upgrading to iPhone 4S? Have you already pre-ordered one? Let us know what you think about the iPhone 4S in the comments below.

]]> 3 Carriers Testing Apple’s 4G capable LTE iPhone (Rumor) Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:34:14 +0000 Read More]]> Apple iPhone 4G LTE

Though there is no confirmation that an LTE iPhone 5 is on the way, BGR reported early Monday morning that Apple’s carrier partners are testing an LTE capable iPhone.

The new prototype that Apple is reportedly testing is expected to operate on multiple carrier’s LTE 4G networks. BGR also mentioned in the report that internal firmware from an iOS test build confirmed that the new standard was being tested on “One of Apple’s major carriers”.

Verizon’s LTE 4G network launched in late 2010, making it likely that this may be the network that Apple is currently testing on. AT&T, another major carrier of the iPhone 4 is expected to launch its 4G LTE network throughout 15 markets by the end of 2011, making it widely available to over 70 million customers.

Reports earlier in 2011 have suggested that an LTE enabled iPhone 5 may be released in a little more than a year and that this may be due to the fact that the appropriate chips from Qualcomm are not yet ready for the iPhone.

Battery life is also a major concern with 4G capabilities on the iPhone. Majority of HTC Android devices that operate on a 4G network have horrendous battery life, allowing for only 4-5 hours of 4G networking until the battery dies.

The iPhone 4 currently receives over 7 hours of battery life, something that is threatened by a 4G connection. Apple has not yet reveled any plans of a 4G enabled iPhone and no photo evidence has been revealed. Stay tuned for more news on Apple’s 4G capable iPhone.

Are you waiting for a 4G enabled iPhone? Would you be willing to pay extra for 4G service? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

{via AppleInsider}

]]> 6 Photos of iPhone 5 / 4S Case Suggest Minor Design Changes Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:41:04 +0000 Read More]]> Photos iPhone 5 Case Design accessory

Earlier this week, case designs for the rumored iPhone 5 / 4S surfaced, pointing to the iPhone 5 getting a redesign. The case designs showed tapered edges, very similiar in design to the look of the fourth gen iPod touch and iPad 2.

Apple is widely expected to change the design of all of the next generation iPhone (fifth gen) to resemble one unified design as they have in the past. 9to5 Mac recently published photos of the purported iPhone 5 / 4S case showing a thinner, flatter appearance when compared with the current design. The new design resembles that of a hybrid between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4.

The new case does not show any of the rumoured claims of a larger screen or gesture area but does show very minimal changes of the mute switch being taken to the opposite side of the iPhone. The physical characteristics of the iPhone essentially remain the same aside from the volume controls appearing more like the elongated buttons found on the current iPod touch than the round individual buttons of the iPhone 4.

This small change makes sense as Apple could adopt a button design similar to the iPad 2 and iPod Touch.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5 in September, alongside the release of iOS 5.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 4 Apple’s new iPhone to be both CDMA and GSM but not 4G [Rumor] Mon, 11 Oct 2010 20:44:00 +0000 Read More]]> Techcrunch recently reported that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 4 refresh (widely rumoured to be coming to Verizon, but certainly to other CDMA networks globally) will possibly be a dual mode device which will support both flavours of 3G so as to be able to be deployed on as many networks as possible globally. This certainly makes business sense of course. The iPhone is losing out to the Android to some degree, but only in places where Android has access to popular networks when compared with iPhone.

What is also not that surprising, but may initially catch you off guard, is that Apple probably won’t even have 4G for the iPhone 5. Instead opting for a similar dual mode setup, and a mature 3G chipset.

If you remember that Apple chose very specifically to stick with 2.5G when 3G was already a widespread network standard, then this should really be no surprise to you. The iPhone 5 is already a reality, and being tested as I write this. So any phone chipset it uses will need to be at least in some kind of limited manufacture now, and be viable for mass production imminently.

4G chipsets at the moment are expensive and power hungry. The standards are not even set in stone yet. And telecoms companies are notoriously optimistic about both their current coverage, and coverage and services they will supply in the future.

Whereas Apple are known to prefer tried and tested technology, that is mature, cheap and light on power, for their devices.

Whenever Apple decides to refine existing technology they produce superior products. If you compare the relatively old technology of Apple’s current Retina Display to that of OLED displays on some Android devices then you have a good example. Despite being based on more mature technology, the Retina Display is still hands down the best mobile device display to date.

So if you are holding your breath for a 4G iPhone you might want to reconsider. You are certainly more likely to see a White iPhone before you see a 4G one.

Do you think no 4G in the near future is a deal killer for you? Or do you think Apple’s strategy is the wiser path? Have your say in the comments…

]]> 1 Apple Hiring Antenna Engineers. Replacement iPhone 4 fixes issue for one Wed, 30 Jun 2010 18:49:36 +0000 Read More]]> In what seems bad timing on Apple’s part, or perhaps a move borne out of necessity, they have started advertising for Antenna Engineers.

What ever happened to Grey Powell I wonder? The now famous Apple Base-band engineer who lost the iPhone 4 prototype? Perhaps Apple could do with putting him back to work on this issue?

This has all caused much sarcastic merriment on Twitter today, as pundits have picked up the story and circulated it, because of its obvious relevance to reported iPhone 4 reception issues.

Although Apple is still maintaing that the iPhone 4 reception issues are a non-issue, it seems clear that some iPhone 4s seem to be affected more than others. Or at least some individuals with iPhone 4s are having more problems than others.

What the breakdown is for iPhone 4s with the problem out of the nearly 2 million that have sold by now is unclear. I suspect the percentage is a vocal, unlucky minority.

So far there is also no sign of a software update to iOS 4, which many expected this week to address the issue. But this is most likely because this is something that cannot be fixed in software.

It is also something which affects all mobile devices to some degree, and unfortunately has bitten Apple because of their high profile and boasts of improved performance for radio signals on the new iPhone 4.

Most technical analysts agree that this is not an issue that is solely Apple’s problem. And that it is balanced by the fact that for most people the iPhone 4 is actually significantly better at dealing with data and voice transactions than previous iPhones, and even most of its competition, when on an even playing field.

That is probably small consolation to those who are experiencing problems though.

Anecdotally I have just spoken to a friend in the US who had vibration and signal issues with his new iPhone 4, and was able to exchange it for another unit. And this same individual, using his iPhone 4 in the same geographical area is now having no problems at all. Which tends to lend some credence to the theory that this is related to manufacturing problems for specific units.

A more charitable view of Apples requirements, which are as follows…

The candidate will be expected to performance radiation performance measurements, create test plans, execute them, publish test reports, provide feedback to the other design engineers, and lead some of the manufacturing of antenna.

Must have strong problem solving skills and strong working knowledge of radiation performance. that perhaps Apple wants to improve their devices over and above the industry standard, and avoid further issues like this in future.

What’s your take on the iPhone 4 receptions issues? Bad manufacturing, or bad design? Let us know your view in the comments.

]]> 1 iPhone 4 Pre-order starts June 15. Available June 24 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 02:05:59 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 4 pre order

The new iPhone 4 is certainly a major hardware upgrade for which a lot of people have been waiting for a long time. Video calls (FaceTime) and LED flash light were one of the most requested features and Apple has done a great job in offering what the consumers had been asking for.

Apple’s new products always tend to push limits and Steve and his team have managed to re-design the new iPhone 4 and make it even thinner, give better battery life and offer more than 100 new features.

If you don’t have an iPhone yet, this is the best time for you experience the mobile revolution started by Apple. iPhone 4 adds so many new hardware features that I think it will even tempt most iPhone 3GS users to upgrade their devices.

Apple will allow iPhone 4 pre-order starting June 15 and it will finally go on sale in US Apple Store on June 24. If you’ve already made the decision and would like to buy the new iPhone 4 we highly recommend pre-ordering it as Apple could experience production delays due to high demand and if you place your order in advance you don’t have to worry about its availability in the stores when it officially launches. You can visit Apple’s notify me web page to set up an email alert for the pre-order.

Is iPhone 4 the phone you had been waiting for? Are you going to buy the new iPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

]]> 7 WWDC 2010 New iPhone Keynote Event: Sure Things and Long Shots Mon, 07 Jun 2010 13:42:12 +0000 Read More]]> WWDC Keynote 2010

The day has finally arrived. At 10AM PST Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) chief Steve Jobs will go on stage in San Francisco to officially introduce us all to the new iPhone 4G / HD. Months of endless speculation, rumors, gadget blog wars, and police raids have led to this moment. While much of what we expect out of Moscone Center today is a known factor, some of it is not. Let’s quickly examine then what are sure things and what are long shots out of the accumulated rumors:

iPhone 4G / HD – If Las Vegas was laying odds on the WWDC announcement (and they probably are somewhere on the Strip), this would be the safest bet in the house. We will see a new iPhone 4G / HD today, it will have a front facing camera, and it will look like the much leaked form factor we’ve seen since April. It would take an epic amount of chutzpah for the outcome to be any different. But then again, if Steve Jobs is known for anything, it’s epic amounts of chutzpah.

Verizon iPhone 4G – This isn’t the biggest long shot of the day but I think it may be a close second. There’s an outside chance Verizon might get an iPad data plan to call their own but the iPhone stays firmly in AT&T’s grasp. For now at least. I think when the day comes for AT&T and Apple to part, Apple will chose the nuclear option and start selling an unlocked iPhone direct to market. Bold words I know but bookmark this article and come back in two years when the exclusivity contract comes up. Apple is in the hardware business, not the carrier business. They signed with AT&T just to get the product in the market. Now that the iPhone is the preeminent smartphone, Apple would like nothing better than to see it proliferate everywhere. in the Cloud – This probably has the best chance of happening today outside of the iPhone announcement. With pressure to innovate from Google and LaLa’s technology in their back pocket, Apple is ready to make the leap to cloud-based content. There are probably a lot of unhappy content companies out there this morning but I think Steve has probably convinced them it’s better to get 10 cents for a thousand plays than a dollar for a hundred. Streaming has a whole other set of issues around piracy and content but it makes the ones the movie and music industry are currently worried about go away. The consumer gets lower prices, the ability to buy a personal copy at a slightly higher price, and Apple and the content companies retain control. If they don’t do it today, it’s coming. Soon.

Steaming Apple TV – Don’t take that bet, it’s a long shot. Apple will want to get the bugs worked out of the streaming service first before they start offering dedicated hardware. Look for this around Christmas or in January when the next iteration of the iPad gets announced. Yes I said that. Apple seems to be slipping into a two announcement per year cycle; new hardware and gadgets in January, iPhones in June. Look for streaming Apple TV and new iPads then, not today.

Upgraded Mac Minis – In case you missed the memo, this WWDC is about mobile. Mac Minis with HDMI ports may be a stealth upgrade between now and Christmas; probably right after I buy mine next month with my luck.

Free MobileMe – This is a small but interesting possibility. I could see Apple offering a new MobileMe in a freemium model as a supporting add-on to the new iPhone. Most iPhone users who aren’t currently using MobileMe are avoiding it based on price. Google offers almost everything MobileMe does for free. I think this is an easy thing for Apple to do to win back some eyes for their platform and convince those who might otherwise not even look at it to pay for full service.

Like all Apple predictions, some of these are bound to fail. I fully expect that. But the great thing about reading the Apple tea leaves is that even when you miss a prediction, you still win when they bring out some other great product instead.

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]]> 1 AT&T Changes iPhone Upgrade Eligibility Ahead of iPhone 4G / HD launch Mon, 07 Jun 2010 13:04:40 +0000 Read More]]> ATT-eligibility

It seems many current iPhone users in the United States are getting an unexpected gift from AT&T. Both MacRumors and TUAW are reporting AT&T customers have received text messages and notifications on AT&T’s website in regards to early upgrade availability. For an $18 USD charge, a new contract and no early termination fee, iPhone users can upgrade. Of course, there is no indication what the users can upgrade to yet. One could reasonably expect it’s the much speculated iPhone 4G / HD slated for introduction at WWDC 2010 live keynote by Steve Jobs.

Considering the situation AT&T finds itself in, moving up iPhone upgrades was an easy and welcome move by the American telecom company. Ongoing dissatisfaction with their cellular network and recent changes in pricing structures have left many users wondering if staying with the iPhone is worth it. Sprint’s EVO and Verizon’s Droid Incredible Android handsets are benefiting from the discontent with their similar feature sets and networks perceived to be better than AT&T. The ball was really in AT&T’s court in regards to customer retention and satisfaction and it seems like they finally did something in that regards.

It will be interesting to see if the new iPhone 4G / HD, in conjunction with this change in eligibility requirements and their more inexpensive (but capped) data plans, will help out AT&T.

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[MacRumors, TUAW] ]]> 1 First iPhone 4G / HD Protective Rubber Case? (Video) Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:30:57 +0000 Read More]]> iphone 4g case

Earlier this month we reported that iPhone accessory maker had started advertising and taking pre-orders for the ‘iPhone 4G’ case and now another case manufacturer Gumdrop Cases has started the production of iPhone 4G case and now mailing samples to tech sites.

The iPhone 4G case manufacturer recently mailed the cases to and in a news report they said that the company based the case design on “specifications provided by inside sources in the plastics industry” and the iPhone 4G features leaked by Gizmodo and a Vietnamese blog. Gumdrop Cases confirmed that they did not receive the specifications for the iPhone 4G / HD case from Apple.

Its overall form factor is slightly more square than the current iPhone. The case also fits awkwardly around the current iPhone: The holes for the audio/silent switch, volume button, power button and microphone jack don’t line up. The camera hole is slightly too large, giving enough room for a camera flash

The iPhone accessory market is very competitive and has often leaked specifications about Apple’s future products. By announcing the availability and producing the first iPhone 4G case Gumdrop Cases aims to gain first mover advantage and supply the initial demand.

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[Wired] ]]> 1 Apple to announce Safari 5 availability during WWDC 2010 Keynote? Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:29:03 +0000 Read More]]> The rumor mill has been busy speculating WWDC 2010 announcements and after providing enough evidence for iPhone 4G / HD now we are reading about other possible announcements during Steve Jobs live keynote presentation.

MacGeneration today reported that Apple might announce a major update to Safari browser during WWDC. Safari 5 will reportedly include Bing search as an option in addition to Google and Yahoo!, new “Safari Reader”  which will make reading web pages easier by organizing and extracting the text. The update will also make Safari 5 render javascript upto 25% faster.

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[9to5Mac via MacGeneration] ]]> 0 Apple releases official iPhone app for WWDC attendees Sat, 05 Jun 2010 16:57:19 +0000 Read More]]> WWDC iPhone App

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2010 tickets were sold in just 8 days after it went on sale. On Monday (June 07) Steve Jobs will kick off the 5 day long developers conference with a keynote presentation. The recent prototype leak of iPhone 4G / HD and Steve Jobs comments on the lost device provide enough evidence for us to believe that Jobs will certainly unveil the new iPhone 4G / HD during his keynote.

If you are attending the event then you can head over to to download Apple’s official iPhone app for the conference attendees. In order to download the app you will have log in with the same account you bought the WWDC ticket with.

The WWDC iPhone app allows you to check on-going and upcoming sessions, mark favorites, filter the sessions and receive updates. This will definitely prove to be very helpful for everyone attending the conference and is cetainly a must have.

[MacStories, Image: AppleInsider] ]]> 1 New iPhone 4G / HD launching on June 18th? (Rumor) Sat, 05 Jun 2010 00:36:19 +0000 Read More]]> If rumors about the release date for Apple’s new iPhone 4G / HD over the past few days are to be believed then we could possibly be camping outside Apple Stores for the new iPhone on June 18th.

BGR seems to have good connection with AT&T store reps who share details about new product launches with them. Today they reported that multiple AT&T store reps have conformed that their iPhone sales quotas for the month of June are very high and further speculated:

this means the iPhone is confirmed to launch in June, not July. Knowing how many units stores received per day/week last year, if the iPhone launched in the last week of June, on Friday the 25th, we’re pretty sure the new sales quotas couldn’t be met (in-store orders don’t count as they don’t get recognized until the customer picks them up). We have heard stores having a 25-30% increase in their sales quota, so we’d like to think the next Apple iPhone will launch on Friday, June 18th.

Apple’s WWDC 2010 kicks off on June 07 and we will finally know the official release date for the new iPhone 4G / HD soon.

]]> 2 Apple prepares Moscone Center for WWDC 2010 Live Keynote Event Fri, 04 Jun 2010 23:55:11 +0000 Read More]]> WWDC Keynote 2010

Pictures of Moscone Center being prepared for WWDC 2010 live keynote event and the 5 day long developers conference have started appearing online.

AppleInsider recently published photos of San Francisco’s Moscone Center being prepared with banners for the upcoming conference.

Workers finished laminating the giant Apple logo on the convention center’s east wall of windows, and have hung the main banner for “WWDC10,” which focuses entirely on iPhone OS apps. It is identical to the “center of the app universe” image posted in Apple’s invitations

Apple is widely rumored to announce the new iPhone 4G / HD, introduce new cloud based services and provide an update about iPhone OS 4.0 during Steve Jobs live keynote event.

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[AppleInsider] ]]> 0 No Verizon iPhone 4G / HD at WWDC. But expect it in 2011 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 20:07:33 +0000 Read More]]> Verizon’s Wireless spokesman John Johnson effectively killed off any hope of the iPhone 4G / HD being announced as a new addition to their network during Steve Jobs’ keynote address at WWDC.

This news may surprise some who interpreted Steve Jobs’ comments in his own interview at D8 as him hinting that another network for the new iPhone 4G / HD might be a possibility, and admitting that it would be a good thing.

It is clear that Apple need to get their iPhone onto more networks in the US to compete with Androids more easy access to market. But first they need to address another problem.

That problem is that Apple doesn’t have the production capacity to support a roll out of the new iPhone 4G globally, and on two US networks at the same time. However, Apple are busy bringing more production capacity online for the iPhone 4G / HD. The hitch is that it is not up to speed yet.

In an interview with DigiTime’s senior analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last month details of Apple’s new production capacity were discussed. He had this to say:

Pegatron will indeed assemble an iPhone, but the manufacturing cooperation is still at the EVT (engineer verification test) stage. There are two more stages Ð DVT (design verification test) and PVT (process verification test) Ð before mass production. Though there were reports that shipments for this particular device will begin in the second half, we believe 2011 is more likely.

Putting two and two together in the tech rumour world doesn’t always yield four. But in this case it seems fairly obvious that Apple needs to go with another US network, in addition to AT&T. Steve Jobs is hinting at it, and Apple are doing something about it.

Verizon will be keen to not upset Apple at this sensitive stage, as concrete rumours of a Verizon launch may well stall sales of the iPhone 4G / HD, as people who are unhappy with AT&T hold off on buying waiting for more options..

Do you expect the iPhone 4G on Verizon this year or next? Or not at all? Have your say in the comments.

[DigiTimes interview] ]]> 15 New White Color iPhone 4G / HD casing photos Wed, 02 Jun 2010 23:36:02 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 4G White

During the interview at D8 Steve Jobs commented on the lost iPhone 4G debacle and said that he is unwilling to “let it slide”. It is still not clear if the prototype device was stolen or lost and the DA is still investigating the case.

Last month we reported on the possibility of Apple introducing iPhone 4G / HD in white and black color and published photos of white color iPhone parts. Today Powerbook Medic published new photos of the white color iPhone 4G casing and said:

The digitizer resembles the 3G and 3Gs with the exception of a camera hole next to the top speaker. The back case doesn’t resemble anything we’ve seen so far. The photos do confirm these will likely be available in white.

It’s still not confirmed if Apple will finally introduce the new iPhone 4G / HD in two colors however, many news sources have reported on evidence of next gen iPhone in white color.

Will Apple unveil iPhone 4G in black and white color options during WWDC 2010? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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]]> 0 Steve Jobs on lost iPhone 4G / HD and Flash. D: All Things Digital Wed, 02 Jun 2010 15:09:34 +0000 Read More]]> Steve Jobs iPhone 4G HD D8

Any chance you get to look into the mind of a genius and luminary like Steve Jobs is a rare and welcomed opportunity. Last night at the D8 conference we got such an opportunity. Although the inner thoughts of the captain of Apple are a little more common with Steve’s newfound willingness to answer e-mail, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher’s interview ranged over a wide variety of topics. It was interesting to get his take on many of the stories and controversies that have surrounded his company in the last 12 months.

During the D8 interview Steve Jobs was questioned about the lost iPhone 4G / HD and why Apple doesn’t support flash in their mobile devices.

The Lost iPhone 4G / HD prototype – Jobs downplayed the ongoing drama surrounding the loss/theft, revelation, and recovery of the iPhone prototype; likening it to some kind of potboiler mystery. “It’s a great story…it’s got theft, buying stolen property, extortion. Probably sex in there somewhere…someone should make a movie out of this.” While he couldn’t speak at length on the particulars of the case due to the ongoing legal investigation, Jobs makes it clear what he thinks of the type of journalism that brought the next generation iPhone out in the open. Talking later about the iPad and journalism, he laments our descent into a “nation of bloggers” and says “We need editorial oversight now more than ever.”

Flash – We’ve heard the party line on Flash before and Steve reiterated it at the interview. Flash is an old technology in the twilight of its usefulness he said. Likening the product life cycle to seasons, Jobs intimated that Adobe’s content technology was certainly in the winter of its life. He mentioned that Apple asked Adobe to show them something better than Flash but Adobe never produced it. He feels that although there are holes in some sites where Flash doesn’t play on the iPad and iPhone, those holes are being plugged as content providers and sites switch from Flash to open standards like HTML 5 and H.264. He didn’t intend to start a war with Flash, only that Apple made a technology decision based on what they thought was the best for the consumer and “So far they’re liking the iPad…we’re selling one every three seconds.”

Did Jobs say anything new to you or just reiterate what you already knew? Let us know your thoughts on these questions.

]]> 3 AT&T preparing for iPhone 4G / HD launch installs new “large display”? Tue, 01 Jun 2010 21:03:15 +0000 Read More]]> Last month we reported that AT&T had blocked staff holiday for the month of June to prepare for Apple’s new iPhone 4G / HD launch.

Today BGR reported that according their “source” AT&T is installing “large display” at their corporate stores in order to prepare for the iPhone 4G / HD launch.

We’re told that this is most likely a new iPhone display as there isn’t anything else that’s dedicated to a single device that would require the resources this display will.

Apple’s next gen iPhone is rumored to be unveiled during WWDC 2010 which will kick off on June 07 with Steve Jobs keynote presentation.

Will Steve Jobs introduce Verizon iPhone 4G? What are these large displays for? Let us know your thoughts.

]]> 0 Another version of the iPhone / Android market share figures Tue, 01 Jun 2010 18:34:16 +0000 Read More]]> Last month there were some interesting claims made about Android market share. NPD (a market survey and analysis company) released data claiming that Android handsets were outselling Apple’s iPhone, in the US at least. Apple were quick to rebuff the seriousness of the figures.

NPD’s report should be digested whilst also considering that they are based on a voluntary web based consumer survey, and that Android is an OS available across a wide range of diverse handsets, on many networks, some being offered in 2 for 1 deals, and others being offered for as little as 1 penny!

Conversely, it is also worth remembering that Apple’s iPhone is basically two handsets, on one carrier, at the end of their life cycles – with a highly publicised and leaked revision just around the corner.

Today, Net Applications released some statistics based on the kind of devices accessing their clients 160 million websites each month. Those figures tell a slightly different story.

If their metrics are accurate then the iPhone still maintains a large lead over Android devices, and actually gained in global market share in May. Rising some 2.5% from 30.3% to 32.8%. At the same time Android penetration went from 5.3% to 6.2%.

Analysing those figures it is clear that Android is growing faster than the iPhone. Its share growing by 17% in May, while the iPhone’s share only grew by 8.25%, whilst maintaing a larger installed user base. Those figures, although following the trend reported by NPD, do not quite show the titanic growth of Android that their report hinted at.

When you consider that new Android handsets seem to hit the market every day, and older Android handsets are available at bargain bucket prices, it doesn’t seem to me that Apple have that much to worry about.

I’ll be interested to see the same figures at the end of July.

Do you think Android’s growth is going to continue to rise, or stall after the release of the iPhone 4G / HD? Let us know your view in the comments.

[] ]]> 0 Pre-Order ‘iPhone 4GS’ Case. Another iPhone 4G Parts Video Tue, 01 Jun 2010 10:13:36 +0000 Read More]]> iphone4gs case

iPhone accessory makers in China have often managed to get detailed specifications about Apple’s next mobile device and offered accessories before the product launch. New product launches create a huge demand and thus offers a great opportunity for accessory  companies to gain first mover advantage and supply the initial demand. is one the largest iPhone accessories trading companies in Asia and they recently sent out an email to their customers about pre-ordering the new iPhone 4GS cases. The iPhone 4GS case design is clearly based on the leaked prototype images of iPhone 4G / HD which have been published by Gizmodo and Vietnamese website.

We have probably seen enough evidence of the new iPhone 4G however, new videos and images continue to appear as WWDC 2010 gets closer. today reported that one of their readers bought the iPhone 4G / HD parts in China and then delivered it to them. They further said:

Are those parts genuine? We can not know but we can tell for sure those parts are perfect, have no defects, not faulty at all, there is not even one single difference between the 2 copies we have.

Even though the genuineness of these parts cannot be confirmed, it bears a strong resemblance to videos and images reported earlier. The video shows parts of the new iPhone 4G / HD.

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[MacRumors] ]]> 0 Apple’s WWDC 2010 Keynote: Truth and Rumors Mon, 31 May 2010 17:16:10 +0000 Read More]]> White iPhone 4G

As I look out the window here it’s a beautiful, sunny Summer day. So why does it feel like Christmas is about to arrive? Well, anyone tuned into the Apple universe will tell you that’s the way we feel every year before the WWDC keynote. Apple always arrives with a big sack of goodies for us. So what do our Cupertino benefactors have in store for us this year? While mitigating circumstances may have revealed some of the surprises in store for us next Monday, some may yet appear.

The truth part of the equation comes in the form of the iPhone 4G / HD and the iPhone OS 4.0. Both are known factors at this point. Thanks to an apparent Spring of misfortune for Apple’s research and development department, we already know most of the hardware details. The fourth generation iPhone will sport a forward-facing camera, improved IPS display, faster processor, and longer battery life. Many of the technologies going into the 4G / HD have already been rousing successes in the iPad. While some have argued the iPad was just a big iPod Touch it seems the reverse will be true of the new iPhone; with many of the innovations the iPad introduced, the next iPhone is a lot like a little iPad. On the software side of the equation, iPhone OS 4.0 should prove to use the new hardware to the fullest extent possible. The most anticipated known feature is multitasking. Long an item only available to native iPhone apps like Mail, Music, and Mobile Safari; Apple has opened it up for all to use. I am particularly excited about the general availability of multitasking although I am a bit worried as well. I recently used a jailbroken iPod Touch with the Backgrounder app running. For those that may not know, Backgrounder is a hack that brought multitasking to jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches long before OS 4. While it was interesting to use a multitasking device running the iPhone OS, it seemed to burn through the battery life at an astonishing rate and it did seem to lag the OS some. Now, it was hardly a scientific test of the feature so any number of variables may have been in play but I hope official multitasking support addresses my lingering doubts.

With most of the iPhone announcements are already known, you may wonder what there’s left for Steve to surprise us with on June 7th. There are actually two prominent rumors floating around that might make a debut at the WWDC keynote. First was news late last week of a rumored new cloud-based Apple TV product. While Apple TV has never been much cause for interest in the iPhone OS crowd, this new device should cause a stir. Not only will it offer cloud-based streaming instead of the traditional local storage model, but it will also run the iPhone OS. In this new device we see Apple’s strategy of using the mature iPhone OS as the platform for a complete line of consumer content products, much like Google is attempting with Android.

The second rumor will serve as a compliment to the first. If the new Apple TV makes its debut at WWDC we should also see the unveiling of the much rumored “iTunes in the cloud” service. Video is a good starting point but Apple should see the obvious advantages of moving everything to a streaming model. The LaLa acquisition should finally start to bear fruit as Apple takes a multi-pronged and concerted approach to cloud-based content usage.

Regardless of what happens next Monday, it will be exciting to see what goodies Apple brings us. Just like kids on Christmas Day.

What do you think will come out of the WWDC keynote this year? Do you have a wishlist of products or features you’d like to see? Will there be more than new iPhones in store? Let us know in the comments.

]]> 7 iPhone 4G Hints in OS 4 and Features Round Up Sun, 30 May 2010 21:16:51 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone OS 4 News

Apple’s WWDC 2010 is scheduled to kick off on June 07 and Steve Jobs is widely rumored to unveil the new iPhone 4G / HD. If you have been following news reports and rumors about the new iPhone 4G then you would probably have a very clear picture of how the next iPhone will look and  know the exact hardware specification which will be offered.

The prototype leak and iPhone OS 4 beta code has revealed some interesting information about upcoming features and heres a round up of what we know so far.

iPhone 4G Hints in OS 4

The values for video capture in the third beta hint at a high resolution camera which could record 720p high-definition video.

iPhone OS 4 beta code had various references to error messages which prompted the user about video call being disconnected because the local Wi-Fi connection was lost.

Various news sources have confirmed that the code in iPhone OS 4 had reference to titles like “Flash is disabled” The design of the leaked iPhone 4G prototype also confirmed that next iPhone will support a camera with flash.

iPhone OS 4 Features Round Up

This has been one of the highly anticipated features for iPhone and Apple will finally allow you to customize the home screen of your device with new wallpapers in the background.

The average number of iPhone apps a user installs is increasing as more and more apps are made available. iPhone OS 4 will enable you to manage your apps with ‘Folders’ You will be able to group 9 apps in one folder to save the number of icons appearing on your home screen. This will also enable users to easily access the frequently used apps and games.

iPhone OS 4 will imporve the SMS app and now you’ll be able to Limit character count, Repeat alert, Show preview, Toggle MMS and group messaging and Toggle subject field viewer.

The fourth beta of iPhone OS 4 had an option in the settings menu which suggests that AT&T will finally be offering internet tethering on iPhone.

Apple provides seven multitaking services as APIs to developers which include Background audio, Voice over IP, Background Location, Push Notifications, Local Notifications, Task Completion and Fast app switching. These APIs will allow you to stream internet radio using Pandora in the background while you surf the internet and receive incoming Skype calls even when when the app is not active.

Multitasking is only supported on iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3rd gen and iPad.

Mail app on iPhone OS 4 will include Unified Inbox, Multiple Exchange Accounts, Fast inbox switching, Threaded messages and the ability to open attachments with apps. This will certainly make emailing on iPhone much more efficient and provide an enhanced user experience. iPhone OS 4 will also add support for Gmail Archive.

If you love reading eBooks on the go then you will finally be able to access the iBooks library on your iPhone running OS 4.

iPhone OS 4 will add software support for orientation lock which will make reading eBooks and performing various actions on your iPhone in the orientation set by you and will not rotate the screen when you change your angle of viewing.

iPhone OS 4 will add new iPad-style spelling correction features to iPhone and iPod touch. If you misspell a word it will be underlined with red color and you will be able to correct it with suggested words which will appear in blue color.

With more than 50,000 games and entertainment titles on iPhone and iPod touch Apple realized the importance of native social gaming network. Game Center will include Matchmaking and leaderboards too.

iPhone OS 4 Rumors

]]> 5 New iPhone 4G / HD screen resolution 960 x 640 Sat, 29 May 2010 22:12:15 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 4G Screen Resolution 960x640

As WWDC 2010 gets closer more and more details about Apple’s next iPhone 4G / HD are being uncovered.

Today claimed that they had obtained the next iPhone 4G / HD  screen parts and examined it under a microscope to find out the exact screen resolution. They confirmed that new iPhone 4G / HD features a 960×640 screen resolution and supports an IPS panel. This new screen resolution quadruples the total number of pixels when compared to iPhone 3GS and would make rescaling the apps which you have already purchased an easy task.

These claims certainly seem to be a good proof however, we would still need to wait for the official confirmation on June 7.

[ via Engadget] ]]> 2 iPhone 4G / HD availability to be delayed until September? Wed, 26 May 2010 22:10:46 +0000 Read More]]> White iPhone 4G

Now this is an interesting story. We just quoted Vijay Rakesh of Sterne Agee, who had some pretty compelling numbers on iPad production. Analysis that seems sound and makes sense.

One of the big issues he cited for iPad production was the availability of memory. Flash memory is something that Apple buys in huge quantity for its iPhone, iPod and the iPad. In fact Apple’s memory buy tends to affect the entire tech industry globally.

Rakesh, just after detailing his analysis of iPad production scale for the rest of this year casually throws in a comment on the new iPhone 4G / HD.

He states that he doesn’t expect to see them in any quantity until September.

According to him builds on the new iPhone 4G “are barely starting”. He still expects an unveiling in June. But doesn’t seem to think we’ll be getting them for a while in any quantity. At best it’s going to be a US only launch again, when it does happen.

Is it possible Apple has similar production line problems to those it faced with the iPad? Or are they suffering from a simple lack of Flash memory availability because of the success of the iPad?

Its certainly an interesting and very different claim for iPhone 4G availability than we are hearing from other sources which claim an early June launch.

Do you think we might have to wait until September for the new iPhone 4G? Let us know in the comments.

]]> 7 iPhone 4G release date. Early June? Wed, 26 May 2010 19:54:34 +0000 Read More]]> iPhone 4G HD Colors

Even though Apple is struggling to meet iPad demand in the US and other countries BGR is reporting that AT&T has confirmed to its employees that new iPhone 4G will be launching in early June.

The phone will be available for purchase in June, not July, and from what we’ve heard, it won’t even be late June.

In early April we reported that multiple sources confirmed AT&T blocking staff holiday for June. So this new report is certainly in-line with the previous rumor.

Apple’s WWDC kicks off on June 07, 2010 and Steve Jobs is expected to unveil the new iPhone 4G / HD during his opening keynote.

[BGR] ]]> 3 Sprint to get iPhone 4G / HD this Summer? Tue, 25 May 2010 00:39:56 +0000 Read More]]>

As WWDC 2010 gets closer iPhone 4G rumors continue to take new twists and turns. The possibility for new mobile networks for the iPhone have always been weak but as Android continues to grow Apple might be forced to re-consider their strategy and finally end AT&T exclusivity in the US.

If recent rumors about the reason behind AT&T raising Early Termination Fees (ETF) for its customers are to be believed then the introduction of iPhone 4G might open the gates for new mobile networks like Verizon and Sprint to officially support iPhone 4G.

James Kendrick of jkontherun today claimed that one of the ‘reliable’ sources who works for Sprint confirmed that “Sprint will be getting the iPhone this summer”

It is worth noting that when Sprint’s Chief Financial Officer Robert Brust was asked about offering iPhone he said “we’d love to have it”.

Do you want Verizon and Sprint to get iPhone this year? Will WWDC keynote event by Jobs finally lead to the entrance of new mobile networks for iPhone 4G? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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