Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

Win an Apple iPhone 4S with Best Mobile Contracts

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Tuesday saw the event that Apple fans around the world have been waiting for: the launch of the next generation iPhone, the Apple iPhone 4S. With its upgraded dual-core processor, improved camera and the all new and exclusive ‘Siri’ voice control system, the Apple iPhone 4S is all set to be the next big thing.

To celebrate the launch of the new iPhone, mobile comparison site Best Mobile Contracts have announced a new competition in which one lucky winner will be awarded the new Apple iPhone 4S absolutely free, no strings attached! To enter, simply visit the Apple iPhone 4S competition page here and answer the question: “How long would you make your Nan queue for an iPhone 4S?”

When you’ve picked your answer, share the competition on Facebook or Twitter and then submit your email address so they can contact you if you win. Best of luck, everyone, and let us know your answers in the comments below!

Apple patent draws up thoughts of 3D enabled iPhone 5

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

We’ve been hearing quite a bit of talk about the iPhone 5. Recently rumors surfaced that not only will the phone not carry NFC support, but that the much speculated release date of June-July during the World Wide Developers Conference is not true and instead Apple would be pushing the release back into the holiday season of this year as it has been noticing a steady decline in its iPod line as iPad’s, iPod Touch’s and the iPhone have overtaken the company’s original iPod line in sales revenue.

Again we are hearing another set of rumors, this time involving the cameras on the rear of the device. Needless to say, Apple has been pushing photo and video capture in their devices as of recently and with iMovie already released for the iPad it should not come as a surprise that the next generation iPhone could receive some sort of spec bump in the camera department.

According to sources, that spec bump will come in the form of dual 3D cameras. What would make someone come to such a conclusion? Well the boys over at AppleInsider have unearthed the patent filings for some sort of “deterministic calculation for stereo disparity compensation.” Big terms we know, but basically this translates into some sort of device capable of shooting 3D video footage which would obviously require some sort of dual camera set up.

This patent dates back to 2009 so it’s not exactly recent and Apple has been known to file hundreds of patents, many of which never ever see the light of day. So this could be just another patent Apple is trying to secure just in case the need arises. However with the push of 3D by so many other major players in the mobile device industry, we would not be surprised if dual 3D cameras showed up on a future version of the iPhone.

Source: AppleInsider

No iPhone 5 at WWDC?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

If you’re like us, you’re probably tired of hearing all these rumors about iPhone 5s and when it might or might not launch. Well here goes another rumor that we’re sad to say might actually be true. According to some new reports, Apple’s WWDC conference, which kicks off on June 6th, will not be used to launch the iPhone 5, instead the conference will be used to solely push software innovations coming to the next version of iOS, Mac OS X as well as 200+ developer conferences where Mac developers can be trained in how to’s concerning Mac OS X development.

So when and where would Apple announce the iPhone 5 you might ask? According to such sources as All Thing’s D and others, sources that have been spot on concerning recent and past Apple rumors, the company will use their annual September event to launch the iPhone 5. As you might be aware of, in the recent quarters, Apple has been seeing it’s MP3 market share slowly slip, mainly due to the fact that many smartphones have built in media players and the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone have been cannibalizing sales of the iPod platform.

It would then make sense for the company to shift its focus from iPod Nano’s, Classics and Shuffles to iOS and the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone 5 as the look to find better ways of competing with Android.

As stated before, all these are just speculations but seeing the trend of current events in Cupertino, we would not be too surprised if all this played out exactly as the rumors go. That being said, we don’t have long to wait before we find out the truth.

Source: Digital Daily

Apple planning to “radically” change iOS Maps?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

You can read into this from whatever angle you want and we’re sure many people will probably do so in terms of the Apple iPhone 5, but we’ll just go ahead and post what we have been hearing along the Apple news wavelengths.

Thanks to Apple Insider who was able to pick up info on a couple job positions Apple is looking to fill. According to the job listing, the Cupertino based company is looking for applicants with “excellent skills in object-oriented software design and programming.” Their label will be iOS Maps Application Developers and will be responsible for changing the look, feel and interaction of iOS Maps which is currently powered by Google.

It has been known for quite some time now that iOS Maps is light-years behind what Google has to offer in version 5.0 of their Google Maps which allows check in’s via Google Latitude, one of the best navigation experiences on a smartphone.
With these new job postings it seems that Apple might be interested in taking on Google head on in offering an in house solution for navigation and what not instead of relying on third party sources such as TomTom, Navigon and other to provide navigation to iPhone users. It could also mean that iOS Maps might get some type of social media plugin which could allow users to check in etc. similar to SquareTrade, Facebook Places and Google Latitude.

This could also lend some credence to the rumor that Apple is considering a cheaper iPhone for customers in other countries. Such an idea would mean the company would be wise to provide applications for basic features such as navigation etc. Currently most rumors are pointing to a June unveiling of the iPhone 5 and if that is the case most naturally we could be seeing some fruition to these Maps rumors then.

Source: Apple Insider

Apple iPad 2

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

True to its word, Apple delivered the specs and release information for the next generation iPad, dubbed the Apple iPad 2. While the event was filled with media representatives from around the world, for whatever strange reason, no one was allowed to do video streaming and as such was stuck with pictures and text to update their respective news sites and blogs.

We’d like to tell you that there was a lot more delivered than previous leaked, but unfortunately that is not the case, but at any rate the company did a good job of following up with the blockbuster success of last year’s device of the year.

First of all, that mockup’s proved to be true, the iPad is a lot thinner than the previous generation. Call me ancient, but for some reason I did not mind the weight or thickness of the first generation model and for some reason I believe this one is a bit too thin for my purpose. But that is just me.

Apple has added a second color to the line, so not only will you be able to get a metallic finish, but there will be white available from day one, we’ll believe it when we see it.

Under the hood we’re dealing with an updated dual-core A5 processor which Apple claims is 9 times faster than the previous generation and a new dedicated GPU as well which handles gaming and multimedia at blazingly fast speeds. As expected, display remains the same so you’ll have to wait till next year to get that amazingly crisp IPS display with the insane pixel density.

Front facing camera is there (VGA quality) as well as a rear facing camera that shoots 720p content at up to 30fps though it is not known what the camera’s megapixel count is. Overall the device is 33% thinner and 8.8mm thick with a weight of just over 600 grams.

The new iPad will hit the United States on March 11th for the same price as the original (the original iPad is getting a $100 price drop starting today while stocks last) and AT&T and Verizon will be carrying both devices. A UK launch is expected between the 11th and the end of March so don’t fret and thanks to a proximity sensor and gyroscope, we’re sure you’ll be interested in waiting around for this device. Oh and did we mention you finally get 1080p output to your TV via an HDMI out cord?

Source: Apple

Apple’s iPad event is in a few hours

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

In a little over nine hours, Apple will have an answer for the Xoom, Galaxy Tab 10.1, TouchPad, PlayBook, ASUS Slate and all the other tablet PC’s that are challenging its dominance. So far we are hearing rumors of what to expect from the announcement and though these are just rumors, the sources are credible and were right on for last year’s iPad announcement.

So far, we’re hearing that in addition to a thinner design, the device will be featuring a front facing camera. While early case mockup’s indicated that there would be a rear camera, many analysts are speculating that this will not be the case. You’ve been hearing this for weeks now so it probably goes without saying; don’t expect a high resolution screen from the device. That is being shelved for version 2.0 of the device and should come around with version 3.0.

The latest version of iOS will be doing the honors (4.3) and in addition to the set of new API’s and what not, we’re hearing that MobileMe will no longer be a paid subscription service but instead live in the free domain. Its features should also be greatly expanded so prepare to be angry for paying $99 for last year’s subscription.

Last but not least, we would expect that the target launch date of this device will be sometime in April to coincide with the release of all the other major tablets and seeing Apple has a great track record of releasing devices very soon after announcement, we wouldn’t expect this to be otherwise.

The Apple iPad 2 live event will take place in San Francisco at 6PM London time (10AM Pacific Standard Time). We’ll have the latest details for you than so be sure to stay tuned.

Source: Engadget

Apple’s Tim Cook hints at cheaper iPhone

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Apple is currently experiencing an onslaught of Android devices thanks to manufacturers ramping up production, manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony. Even so, Apple has still remained at the top of the trend and even though they are no longer the leader in terms of sales, they are the main company directing the winds of change in the industry.

The Cupertino based company has been working behind closed doors on the next version of the iPhone which is set to be released sometime this summer. So far the company has remained quiet about it’s plans but many news organizations such as WSJ and All Things D have reported that Apple is working on three prototypes even though they do not suspect all will make it from the R&D department.

According to the reports, there is the regular iPhone 5, a QWERTY slider and finally a cheaper model. Thanks to Apple’s Tim Cook, the cheaper version has all but been confirmed, not for launch, but at least in consideration.

Here are the words of Tim Cook paraphrased by Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi who had the pleasure of sitting down with the CFO concerning the rumors of a cheaper iPhone:

While Tim stopped short of explicitly stating that Apple would pursue a lower price iPhone, he did state that Apple was working hard to “figure out” the prepaid market and that Apple didn’t want its products to be “just for the rich,” but “for everyone”; he also stated that Apple “understood price is big factor in the prepaid market” and that the company was “not ceding any market.” Cook noted that Apple executives – including himself – had spent “huge energy” in China, noting that it is “a classic prepaid market.” He further noted that the handset distribution model was poorly constructed and that Apple would look to “innovate” and do “clever” things in addressing that market.

What does this mean? Well it is clear that Apple is clear on their intentions of challenging Android, Nokia and Blackberry on all levels, and not just the high-end line.

Source: Engadget

iPhone 5 to debut between June 5th and 9th?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Apple is staying mull about their plans on the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2. So far the company has not released any information as to the device or any detail regarding it’s launched. But if we’re to believe the latest rumors, Apple will be launching the iPhone 5 at its WWDC conference between June th and the 9th. Those are the dates that Apple has booked the Moscone Center in San Francisco for this years event.

According to the Moscone Center’s website, the event is listed as a “Corporate Meeting” with an anonymous description. This is generally the type of description that is used to refer to Apple’s events at the Moscone Center.

It has been traditional for the company to announce the next generation of the iPhone at the WWDC in the Moscone Center each year in the month of June while saving huge announcements and product launches for its other divisions for the months of January (computers etc.) and September for its musical line.

Other rumors have said that Apple is indeed planning to launch the iPhone 5 which will be a world phone and work on both the GSM and the CDMA bands meaning one model would work on both networks. More importantly, it is said that the iPhone 5 will feature NFC as well as a faster processor and an updated storage.

The iPad 2 which is also rumored to be revised at said event will be getting similar treatments, an updated processor, dual cameras, one for HD recording on the back and a front facing camera for FaceTime and Skype. We’re hearing that the previously spied IPS screens will be held off until version 3.0 which makes sense seeing Apple generally likes to bring updates in a timely manner and not everything at once.

Source: Cult of Mac

White iPhone 4 hitting UK in March?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

If you’re like us, you’re probably quite tired of all these rumors that build up your hopes and then drop them lower than they were. Like seriously, how long can it take to bring an iPhone with the color “blanco” to the market? Most naturally, by the time it arrives, we’ll be waiting for the iPhone 5.

That said, we’re hearing that the iPhone 4 White Edition will be landing in the UK next month. You might be wondering where these rumors surfaced, well after photo spaces clearly appeared on Apple’s online store saying that “The white iPhone 4 will be available in spring 2011” and thanks to statements released in October of last year, these tipsters believe that the UK could be getting lucky with the iPhone hitting Vodofone in March.

Remember that Apple originally said the iPhone 4 White would be available in July of last year. Then thanks to unforeseen complications in the manufacturing process, it was delayed until “later this year.” As many can see, “this year” has past more than a month ago and still no white iPhone, so forgive our suspicion that this could be another false rumor.

That said, Google hasn’t been doing too badly about bringing a white version of its flagship device to the market. It’s no iPhone 4, but with the same if not better internal specs, we’re wondering what is holding Apple back. If we had a guess, it could be the fact that Apple realizes the problems it suffered due to its faulty antenna design and the fact that the glass on the back of the iPhone has been known to crack when it gets in contact with dust particles in cases. It could be that Apple is trying to right these wrongs with the white version.

Source: Pocket Lint

Mobile Updates: AR Translation App for iPhone, Nokia Looking at WP7

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Augmented reality applications are starting to become more and more commonplace these days, and the Apple iPhone is a great platform for launching such apps –to be precise, developers enjoy launching great apps on the iPhone as the iTunes store brings apps to more users that actually purchase apps (the Android on the other hand, is a greater hit for those who love free stuff).

The Quest Visual Word Lens application is simple to use and quite impressive; take a picture of a sentence, word or phrase and the application will translate the content into a wide variety of languages. Granted that the app’s language packs are a little limited in terms of what languages it supports, it still manages to get the job done. And in terms of usefulness, it is hard to deny the fact that the being able to figure out what is written on that product instruction label would as a pretty useful bit of information.

Naturally, the app still pales in comparison with Google’s Goggles translate function –especially considering that the Word Lens app lacks the ability to figure out messages in slightly shaky shots (so expect to need a tripod or a very steady pair of hands). Even worse is the fact that this is a paid app (it is the iPhone after all). But since iPhone owners do not have much of a choice, expect to see Quest Visual’s app to hit the top ten lists pretty soon.

Nokia has confirmed that they are looking into developing mobile phones for other operating systems –that much they have already let known pretty early on. While the Finnish phone maker seems pretty adamant about not making an Android device, there have been hints that Windows Phone 7 is under consideration. Microsoft software has already appeared several times on Symbian platforms and for Nokia to adapt WP7 fully would not be hard to imagine.