Posts Tagged ‘Apple-iPhone’

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’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

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.

News Tidbits: A Quick Bite of Mobile Updates

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The white version of the Samsung Android smart phone, the i9000 Galaxy S has just been made available in Germany. It has been out in the UK and in Spain for quite some time now, but if you missed it, they currently have plenty of stock in Germany.

Google’s Nexus S is now on pre-order availability. Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 are all offering the handset and if you want it on for free on contract, the cheapest available is a 35 Pound monthly tariff good for 24 months.

Local users of the Samsung Galaxy S under Orange and T-Mobile will be sad to know that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will not be available until this coming January. The delay has gotten quite a reaction from those who are initially excited about the new update but considering that the wait should is not that long, this is still good news.

Apple’s latest issue with Jailbreaking seems to have taken an odd turn as they have just disabled a crucial API feature in the iOS: the specific function shut off is the one that specifically identifies which handsets are jailbroken and which are not.

This new decision has led to many into believing that Apple is taking a step away from its strong stance against the practice of jailbreaking though many also fear what this would mean for the many game and app developers that rely on online sales in order to make a profit. If Apple does cease to stand against jailbreaking, piracy on the iPhone is certain to spread. Many believe that the decision by Apple is heavily influenced by the fact that the US government has deemed jailbreaking to be a completely legal practice.

Finally, the initial specs of the new Motorola tablet has been confirmed, aside from having a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, Andy Rubin’s little gadget sports a 1280 x 800 resolution, 7 inch capacitive touch screen, a 5 mega pixel camera and of course, the Android Honeycomb OS.

A Closer Look at the iOS 4.2 Update

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The new iOS update is officially out (after several weeks of waiting and a few delays slowing it down) and here is the quick summary of everything that users can look forward to.

First off, be aware that this update is primarily targeting iPad users over those who only have an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Apple has made no specific comment regarding this matter, but apparently, it seems that recent statements saying that the iPad is nothing but an oversized iPod Touch has needed some amending from the Cupertino based company. In any case, expect that most of these new features are only good for the touch screen tablet.

The iPad will now have multitasking features thanks to the OS update. This feature is pretty much the same as the one in the iPhone 4. This means that this is actually pseudo multi-tasking; given how Apple tends to cut features short, this is already more than what we can hope for when it comes to getting features that are actually practical.

Another important iPhone 4 feature that got implemented with the iOS 4.0 update is the use of folders. As to why it was not part of the features brought over initially to the iPad, we have no idea. But it is finally here now and it will spare users that endless stream of icons as users tend to fill up their menus with an overload of apps.

The consolidated inbox of the iPhone 4 also makes an appearance here as well. This is particularly useful for folks who happen to have multiple email accounts and would like to have all incoming mail sent to a single viewing area.

Of course, the update also brings features for other devices as well, the MobileMe remote access service is now free, AirPrint and AirPlay are now available, and the iPhone gets customized message alert tones per contact.

Why Patent Wars Happen

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

It has been said before, but we will say it again: war never changes. It may take different forms, but there is always an aggressor and there will always be a defender, the only thing that varies is the point. But as for cause, that remains the same –budget and profit.

Apple is one of the most often spotted in the court mobile phone companies (though the Cupertino based company is actually so much more than just phones). It may be due to Steve Jobs completely abrasive personality of the heavy reliance of Apple on its legal department. Everyone else gets to spend pretty much an equal amount of court time as almost all manufacturers have to deal with patent infringement lawsuits and more.

But the real point of the patent wars is that everyone wants to stop the sales of their competition.

A recent lawsuit case could potentially prevent the sales of the Apple iPhone from the United States and other regions in the world. Such a drastic move could severely hamper Apple’s position in the industry. While that is unlikely to happen (Apple’s legal team would certainly fight against that), it is easy to see what many of the cases are directing towards: preventing competition from selling devices.

Of course, there is also another side to patent wars: smaller tech companies cashing in on stale patents. This is pretty much what you can call technology squatting. Small tech companies would file and own patents for whimsical, yet practical technologies. These patents would never see production –at least on a large scale and eventually, companies would be able to make these innovations on their own.

The success of any product that makes use of such technologies would then bring in a lawsuit. Considering how large the smart phone industry is, a payout of a few pence per phone still translates to hundreds of thousands –even millions in payoff.

Apple Gets Headphones, Carphone Warehouse Launches Phones

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

In a very interesting move, Apple has confirmed that they have acquired Bluetooth handset manufacturer, Wi-Gear.

The company acquisition is just one of the many moves that Apple has been pursuing in the past few months. Earlier, the Cupertino based industry leader took in a company that focuses on near field communications technology. And while the technology has not been implemented in any of Apple’s new devices, many believe that it will be applied in later models.

The acquisition of Wi-Gear however has shown different results. Bluetooth headsets after all, are a very crucial and integral part of modern smart phone accessory kits and the iPhone has needed a few good ones. Apple’s decision to get Wi-Gear has brought hope that impressive, official ones will be made available before the end of the holidays.

In other mobile news, Carphone Warehouse is offering two new devices in their smart phone lineup.

While Apple’s decision to seemingly cancel the white iPhone may have disappointed many people (so far, no official statement contradicts this, though it is only a perceived fact from the fact that the device is no longer visible on the official online site), Samsung has delivered on its promise of a white variant for the i9000 Galaxy S. Carphone Warehouse is exclusively selling the handset.

For those unfamiliar with the stats for the Galaxy S, this Android smart phone is packed with a 5 mega pixel camera and Android 2.1 Éclair. The screen is an impressive 4 inch super AMOLED capacitive touch display and the processor is clocked at a pretty high speed 1GHz.

CW’s other handset offering is the toughest Android (and smart phone) in the market, the Motorola Defy. Completely dust proof and offers a few layers of protection against water and shock, this mobile phone boasts of Gorilla Glass and shock absorbent material.

Apple Surpasses RIM in Global Rankings

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

A recent study has shown that Apple has now ranked in at fourth place in terms of the top five mobile phone manufacturers for 2010. Currently, the top spot is still heavily dominated by Nokia, followed by Korean phone maker Samsung at second, and LG struggling with third.

RIM originally held the fourth spot before it was pushed down by Apple’s continuous climb to the top. As impressive as Apple’s feats may be, experts predict that the Cupertino based company can only go up so high. The solid position of the Android operating system is certain to keep Samsung and LG pretty much on top of the game with the Galaxy and Optimus series of handsets concentrating on Google’s open source mobile platform.

At the same time, the launch of Windows Phone 7 is certain to take away a huge chunk of the Apple iPhone’s consumer market share. This means that more people will be shifting over to other phone maker such as the above mentioned Samsung and LG (this time with the Omnia series for Samsung and still the Optimus for LG). HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson are also gaining plenty of ground thanks to the other operating systems.

Meanwhile, Nokia’s position on top spot is being threatened by the lack of support and interest for the Symbian mobile platform. With the MeeGo OS set to launch next year, plenty of hopes and expectations are being placed on the Nokia-Intel mobile platform.

Speaking of Sony Ericsson, the Japanese Swedish joint venture has slowly lost grasp of its original spot of third place as Samsung, RIM and Apple slowly pushed it down to the number six spot. With the rumored release of a PSP Phone device next year, SE stands to gain not only a chunk of the smart phone market, but also a significant share of the smart phone users in the gaming market as well.

Mobile News Bits: WP7, iPhone and Androids

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Huawei is releasing a couple more devices under Android Ideos lineup: the X6 and X5. As the name suggests, the X6 is the higher end smart phone between the two. While Huawei’s handsets are hardly great alternatives for more established brands such as HTC or Samsung, these are certainly worthwhile devices to invest in if you are really on a tight budget.

Specs wise, the X6 offers a much larger touch screen display at 4.1 inches and also support HD video recording and playback. The X5 on the other has a smaller screen at 3.8 inches and it packs a 5 mega pixel snapper.

For those who want to invest in a truly high end piece of hardware, Carphone Warehouse has an impressive Windows Phone 7 handset for you: the HTC 7 Trophy. Originally leaked last year as a WinMo 6.5 device, this handset slid out of the radar only to resurface as an upgraded device for the new Microsoft mobile platform.

Carphone Warehouse’s offer for the 7 Trophy is under Vodafone so expect to get good deals for this device, one recommended tariff is only up for 30 Pounds each month and already provides the user with 500MB of data allowance.

Lastly, it has been reported that iPhone owners are very picky about their networks. In fact, a recent study has shown that some networks are preferred more than others. Orange Mobile UK has had the misfortune on the bottom end of the list by having the largest percentage of unhappy iPhone users. The study showed that many are already considering upgrading by switching to another network.

The same study also revealed that the most common complaints where lack of overall satisfaction in the network and also the low coverage that was being provided. In the meanwhile, it also revealed that many iPhone users are considering switching over to Vodafone.

iPhone news: Lock Bypassed, Tesco Bar Scan App Launched

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

So you have run out of your favorite jar of pickles, or dip, or six pack. Need to get more? The best way may no longer be to hop out and head over to the grocer, a more convenience approach would be to whip out your Apple iPhone and take a quick scan of the bar code and have the product added into your virtual shopping cart.

It may seem like a little too overdone, but actually being able to save time on commute and simply having the grocery delivered is a big convenience, and Tesco knows this. CEO Laura Wade-Gery certainly knew that she had a great service for Tesco’s supermarket products when she launched this feature.

The best part of it all is that the app is completely free to download. While users will still need to pay for all the things they order, this certainly helps keep the daily needs of any household on proper stock. The only limit here is that the items to be scanned should be carried by Tesco; because they obviously cannot sell what they do not stock.

On a more serious note, it appears that someone has been able to find a way to bypass the password screen when moving the iPhone from a screen lock to accessing the phone’s address book. While the override will not allow access to other features of the phone, this is still a major security issue that Apple needs to address as soon as possible –as of the time of writing; Apple’s iOS 4.1 is still vulnerable to this flaw.

For those wondering how the bypass works, this is done by going to the emergency call mode (just tap the button), entering three hash marks (the # sign), pressing the call button and then quickly pressing the lock screen button on top of the device. This will grant the person instant access to the contacts list, though messages, email and other functions will still be locked out.