For Apple fans not able to purchase a pre-order for the iPhone 4S due to the extremely high demand, there is still hope.
Wal-Mart’s warehouse club chain Sam’s Club is now offering pre-orders for the new Apple smartphone alerting customers yesterday that they can now begin reserving the device at its locations.
“iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order at most Sam’s Club locations beginning at 10:00a.m.on October 11th on a first-come, first-served basis. Available for purchase on October 14 while supplies last,” announced Sam’s Club.
The iPhone 4S will not be available at every Sam’s Club location.
Customers looking to pre-order the smartphone at their local Sam’s Club should check the Sam’s Club iPhone database to determine which store will offer the device for their carrier of choice.
The chain is also not offering a discount on the iPhone 4S, but it could be the last chance for customers looking to get their hands on the new handset on its launch day.
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Apple has announced that it received over 1 million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S, completely selling out of its initial stock in less than 24 hours.
Other retail giants such as, Best Buy, Radioshack, Target and Wal-Mart will also carry the iPhone 4S.
Apple’s new smartphone was unveiled last week at the company’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event in Cupertino, California.
Pre-orders for the device started on Oct. 7.
Based on reservations alone, the iPhone 4S has already broken records and outdone all past iPhone models in terms of sales.
Apple’s former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs passed away the day after the iPhone 4S unveiling.
At first, the new smartphone disappointed Apple fans expecting a drastically re-designed iPhone 5, but with the handset creator’s death, customers seem to be paying tribute to the late tech innovator by staying loyal and purchasing the iPhone 4S.
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The battery life of the smartphone could possibly be enhanced by making use of the new chip from Qualcomm which will be an additional benefit.
LTE chips that are currently used in phones such as the HTC Thunderbolt could have raised a few design-related concerns for Apple. First is with respect to the size of the chip. In the present situation after all other components have been added, LTE chips will not fit into the casing of the iPhone 4. It has to be noted that the iPhone 4 already uses a small printed circuit board that will leave little space for the LTE chip.
Accordingly, if Apple had released an affordable iPhone 5 with LTE this year, the device would most probably have been bulkier than its predecessor, which would have been a step backward that Apple clearly was not willing to take.
Apple may have disappointed people by not announcing the iPhone 5, but it most probably did so to preserve its lofty standards, instead of hastening the device to gratify critics. Having said that, Apple cannot afford to wait too long to introduce a 4G LTE version of its phone.
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iOS 5 launches today, ahead of the the iPhone 4S launch on October 14th. You can download iOS 5 through iTunes 10.5. Let us take you through the key features…
iTunes 10.5 is the biggest update of iTunes yet. The most important change is how iTunes can now store your files remotely in the cloud. This means that all your music and movies are backed up outside of your PC, Mac or iPhone but it also means that any purchases will automatically be synced to your other devices which use iTunes.
The update also means that you won’t need to connect your iPod, iPhone or iPad to a computer to transfer music and movies. All you need is a wi-fi connection and you can sync at speed with no cable based hassles.
Apple has launched this service in the US and a UK release is pending. For $24.99 per year, iTunes Match will automatically replace all your music files with high quality versions, direct from the record labels. If you play your music through AirPlay devices and docks or use high quality headphones, you’ll notice the difference. In the past, Apple have offered lower quality downloads by default so that files would be easier to store on Apple devices. With cloud storage and a 64 GB memory option available for iPhone 4S, this is now less of an issue.
Swipe down on your iPhone screen and you’ll see all the notifications that you need to know about. You can head directly to apps that have alerts and see calendar and weather updates – it’s all the important stuff at a glance.
Weather and Calendar
You’ll now get hourly weather info in response to extensive rival apps and notice slight tweaks to the calendar system.
Similar to the BBM service on BlackBerry, iMessage allows you to send text message, photos, videos and files to other iMessage users for free. Crucially, this is a great advantage to anyone on a limited data plan contract and brings the iPod Touch into the Apple communications eco-system. If you’ve got an iPod Touch, you can chat for free – a warning shot to BlackBerry manufacturer RIM.
A simple App which allows you to tick off to-do lists. There’s many similar apps available in the App store but the Reminders app uses your location to link to your tasks. If you’ve set a reminder to clean the house for example, it will tell you when you arrive. If you own a iPhone 4S, you’ll be able to use Apple’s voice-controlled assistant Siri to set reminders and update tasks.
If you read magazines or newspapers on iPad, you no longer need individual apps for each subscription. Newsstand is essentially an iTunes for magazines and papers – like iBooks. You’ll now get alerts when new issues arrive through this service. It’s simple and makes it easier to browse and buy publications.
If you use the Twitter app, iOS 5 pulls in your friends’ Twitter ID into Contacts, much like Facebook. The clever bit is the new ability to Tweet from within Photos, Safari and more, meaning that the iPhone remains the Twitter phone of choice for social media fans.
The iPhone has always been slower than rivals to take snaps. iOS 5 turns the volume buttons into a shutter button, so you don’t have to awkwardly reach for the on-screen button. You can also use the camera straight from the lock screen.
Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) lost its iconic cofounder Steve Jobs one week ago. Tributes and eulogies came from global leaders in every sphere, from politics to arts and, of course, technology.
“You can definitely see the sentiment in Silicon Valley. It’s very sad,” Trip Chowdhry, senior analyst for Global Equities Research, told MacNewsWorld.
Social media sites were flooded with posts quoting the Apple cofounder — many pegged with the signature “Sent from my iPhone” or “Posted by my iPad” as a fitting end to the sentiments. Post-its lined Apple stores across the country with notes and thoughts on Jobs, and competitors Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Samsung delayed a product launch, supposedly out of respect for their rival and trendsetter.
“Even the competitors know they would not be the same companies they are if Apple was not there. Before Apple, it was ugly phones, they weren’t addressing problems and consumer demands. Now, almost every phone is trying to be an iPhone,” said Chowdhry.
Apple did not respond to MacNewsWorlds’ requests for further comment.
Days After Announcement
Jobs’ death came just one day after Apple announced its next mobile handset, the highly anticipated iPhone 4S. Anxious users had been waiting 16 months for the latest update, which many had assumed was an iPhone 5. Some were disappointed in the improvements to the line found in the 4S, which they considered incremental.
Though the phone is equipped with all-around faster, better technology and new voice-activated features, Apple has set a high bar for itself with past product announcements, and its stock fell after the iPhone 4S’ announcement.
But pre-order numbers painted a different picture. Sprint (NYSE: S), which is joining ATT (NYSE: T) and Verizon as the iPhone’s newest U.S. carrier, announced it appeared to have sold out all of its online pre-orders for the iPhone 4S at $200. ATT and Verizon are also on back order.
Those numbers mean the three providers sold more than 1 million devices in the first 24 hours of pre-ordering, up from the 600,000 units the iPhone 4 reportedly pre-sold.
Though that level of sales might be unexpected given the lukewarm response to the product when it was first announced, iPhone users are nothing if not loyal and eager for updates. The device will also be on sale in seven countries Friday, as opposed to five for the previous launch. By the end of October, it will be available in 22 countries.
“Phone 4S pre-order sales numbers are a reflection of the success of the iPhone and the overall size of the market. Considering the number of existing iPhone users worldwide, coupled with new carrier opportunities, such as Sprint in the United States, 1 million pre-orders doesn’t surprise me, although it certainly is good news for Apple,” Raven Zachary, iOS strategy and product development for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for Small Society, told MacNewsWorld.
After digesting some of the boosts the phone offers, it’s likely users were sold on the newer, faster model and technology upgrades.
“The three big features of iPhone 4S are the A5 chip — the same chip used currently in the iPad 2 — the improved 8 MP camera, and Siri, the intelligent voice assistant,” said Zachary.
The phone isn’t the only device seeing upgrades this week. The highly anticipated iCloud service, crucial in Jobs’ vision of streamlining content across multiple platforms, will make its way into the mainstream market soon. The product promises to change the way data is stored over the next few years.
“iOS 5 and iCloud will be coming out this week, too. It’ll be a big week for Apple customers,” said Zachary.
Get in Line
News of the sales seemed to relive the downward pressure on Apple’s stock. AAPL closed Tuesday at $400.29, up nearly 3 percent.
Users who didn’t jump to pre-order online but still want the iPhone 4S as soon as possible will be forced to perform the Apple launch day ritual on Friday — waiting in line. As expected, a few flagship stores, such as the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York City, are already seeing the first few buyers line up.
Anxious customers might be more reflective this time around, though.
“While there is definitely excitement about all of the big software and hardware releases from Apple this week, we’re still in a period of mourning for Steve Jobs. I suspect that the lines on Friday for iPhone 4S will have a distinctively unique tone,” said Zachary.
Article source: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/73477.html
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The Apple smartphone has a Li-Po 1,420 mAh battery, with 8 hours of talk time on 3G networks and up to 14 hours on 2G networks (GSM). With a two-year contract, the iPhone 4S costs $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. Apple-listed prices for a contract-free phone in the United States are $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for 32GB and $849 for the 64GB.
Samsung Galaxy S2 has officially sold 10 million units since its global launch in late April. Galaxy S2, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and sports Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, comes with an 8-megapixel camera with flash and can record HD video in 1080p offering the richest video content on a smartphone. The phone also has the front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat.
The Galaxy S2 comes in three variants, on ATT, T-Mobile and Sprint, whose version is called Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch. All versions of the Galaxy S2 will get 4G treatment, offering data speed up to four times faster than Apple’s iPhone 4.
Both the devices from Samsung and Apple offer quite a blazing performance thanks to dual-core processing power. But there are enough differences between the two that could make you choose one over the other.
Here is a comparison between Apple iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2:
Operating System: Samsung’s Galaxy S2 runs on the latest version of Google’s smartphone operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. On the other hand, Apple’s iPhone 4S runs on iOS 5, which is the newest of the OS versions. The new iOS 5 comes with 200 new features that will include Improved Notifications System, News Stand and iMessage.
Though Gingerbread isn’t quite as refined as iOS yet, it has true multitasking support and is Google’s best bet yet against iOS — at least until it releases Ice Cream Sandwich. It is left to see which platform will outsmart the other in the long run.
Size: Samsung Epic 4G Touch on Sprint comes with a 129.5 x 68.6 x 9.6 mm dimension and weighs 129 grams, while the T-Mobile version has 131 x 70 x 9 mm dimension. As the ATT version retains 4.3-inch display, it is expected to feature 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and weighs 116 grams. Apple iPhone 4S comes with 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm and weighs 140 grams.
Display: Both the T-Mobile and Sprint versions of Galaxy S2 has 4.52-inch display screen whereas ATT version retains 4.3-inch screen of original Galaxy S2 version sold worldwide. The Galaxy S2 Epic Touch 4G comes with 4.52-inch (~206 ppi pixel density) 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display.
Processor: The Sprint and ATT variant of the Galaxy S2 is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Orion chipset, while the T-Mobile variant is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060 processor. iPhone 4S, which comes in an A5 chipset, is powered by 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU.
Camera: Both the smartphones sport a rear-facing 8-megapixel LED flash camera with 1080p HD video capture capability. Galaxy S2 has an additional 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, while iPhone 4S has a VGA camera for video chat.
Storage: Galaxy S2 boasts of 16/32 GB internal storage and via a microSD card slot it can expand up to 32 GB, while iPhone 4S has fixed 16/32/64 GB internal storage.
3G/4G: The T-Mobile Galaxy S2 version has HSDPA 42 Mbps support while the ATT version has HSDPA 21 Mbps support. And Epic 4G Touch has Rev. A up to 3.1 Mbps. Apple iPhone 4S, on the other hand, has HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, and HSUPA 5.8 Mbps support. iPhone 4S also has CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) technology.
WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: Galaxy S2 has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n DLNA support and an added Wi-Fi Direct feature. Samsung’s phone uses 3.0+HS version Bluetooth with A2DP and EDR along with MHL microUSB version 2.0 for HDMI support.
iPhone 4S has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support and the phone can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Apple’s phone uses most advanced 4.0 version Bluetooth with A2DP along with USB version 2.0.
Battery: Samsung Epic Touch 4G has Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery support, which will offer more than 10 hours of talk time, while ATT versions retain Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery found in original Galaxy S2. The T-Mobile variant of Galaxy S2 has Li-Ion 1850 mAh battery support. The Apple smartphone has a Li-Po 1420 mAh battery, with 8 hours of talk time on 3G networks and up to 14 hours on 2G networks (GSM).
Pricing: Galaxy S2 is priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract both on Sprint and ATT, while the T-Mobile variant is priced at $229.99.
With a two-year contract, the iPhone 4S costs $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. Apple-listed prices for a contract-free phone in the United States are $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for 32GB and $849 for the 64GB.
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October 11, 2011 by Bill Palmer
by Bill Palmer
The week in which Apple is set to release the new Siri enabled iPhone 4S and reach the long touted release date for the iOS 5 operating system has seen yet another Apple iProduct land first. Today the company pushed out the iTunes 10.5 update for Mac and Windows, which among other things, delivers compatibility for the other new goods. The move comes amid a busy week for Apple: its servers are about to being pushing out the iOS 5 download to hundred of million of existing iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users as of tomorrow. Apple Stores and other iPhone retailers are gearing up for massive sales this Friday as the iPhone 4S goes on sale. Meanwhile iPhone 4S carriers in the U.S. combined to notch more than a million 4S preorders online in a twenty-four hour span this week, as ATT and Verizon along with newcomer Sprint joined the fray. But today’s focus is iTunes 10.5, which retains the same basics and interface as earlier iterations of iTunes 10.x but is defined by three new features.
Apple’s first weapon of choice for iTunes 10.5 is iCloud, which allows iTunes purchases including songs and TV episodes to be stored on Apple’s servers and tapped into on-demand via any of your iTunes or iOS devices. This includes the option to have your purchases automatically download to each of your devices (buying a song via iTunes on your computer and having it immediately also download itself to your iPhone, for instance) and also includes the ability to download any previous purchases, including those you may have lost due to drive failure, for free (unless the item no longer exists in the iTunes Store). You can now also sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer via wifi, without the need for connecting a sync cable. Additionally, iTunes 10.5 is needed for syncing compatibility with iOS 5 enabled devices.
Not every existing iUser will be presented with iOS 5 immediately, however. iTunes automatically checks for updates about once a week. To receive it sooner, connect your iDevice to your computer, click on “Check for updates” in iTunes. Those looking for Siri voice control to be included in iOS 5 will be disappointed, however; it’s only available on the iPhone 4S. Here’s more on what iOS 5 delivers for existing iPhones
The whole point of camping outside an Apple store in anticipation of some shiny new toy is that it should be exciting.
People should come up to you, chat with you, and take pictures. News organizations should interview you. And, should there be a smash-and-grab robbery, you should be there to tell everyone what it was like.
How heart-warming, then, for Rob Shoesmith, who is currently camping outside the Apple store in London’s Covent Garden, that he was woken by a motorcycle gang who allegedly smashed their way into the store and grabbed around $75,000 worth of goodies.
Indeed, his blog is called The iPhone 5 Experiment.
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So please imagine how he must have felt at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, when he heard roaring motorcycles disturb his sleep.
You don’t have to imagine too hard, because Shoesmith immediately blogged: “Woke up to hear a load of motor bikes zoom in and then a smash and grab. Alarm going off and police have just got here! Really annoying as I was having an early sleep and was out for the count. Looks like a lot of
Mac computers have been stolen with 4 motor bikes. Police are everywhere now!”
And he’s only been out there a week.
News reports suggest that seven motorcyclists and moped riders were involved in this daring swoop. Police say two men have been arrested, but they are seeking more.
Shoesmith, for his part, seems to have abandoned the notion of living by his experiment’s brand name. For he posted today: “Not that long to go now and I simply cannot wait for Friday to come and get back home (with a shiny iPhone4S). I think I have a bit of a cold which doesn’t help the tiredness.”
Poor thing. He’s settling for an iPhone 4S. He’s not waiting for the big one. In fact, he says he’s off to Dubai on a trip provided by one of his sponsors.
Clearly, it’s too dangerous to be camping outside Apple stores these days.
“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying. It is truthfully harmless to articulate, that after his years of innovation he has made an incredible mark in the universe. Through his recent and sudden death it has been justified that Jobs’ perseverance and hard work paid off in the end.
On October 5th, at around three in the afternoon, the legendary and prominent Steve Jobs departed. His passing was due to respiratory arrest, tied to his enduring skirmish with cancer. Jobs had in recent times stepped down as CEO in the late summer due to his ailing health condition. Although he was no longer CEO, he prided himself in remaining a prevalent aspect in his company, Apple.
His death came only one day after the launch of the iPhone 4s. There were a plethora of rumors that the new Apple product would be an iPhone 5; however, the new creation was announced as the iPhone 4s. The new iPhone is said to run a lot faster than previous Apple cellular devices.
Although Steve Jobs’ death is a tragic loss, the iPhone 4s sales have gone up dramatically. Apple processed one million pre-orders in a mere twenty-four hours. This is a remarkable contrast of the 600,000 pre-order records.
It is true that Steve Jobs’ demise is boosting sales, but it is also true that an innovative leader has been taken away from the budding world. Bono has said it best so far: “We will all miss the hardware software Elvis.”
Many people were disappointed when Apple didn’t release a full blown iPhone 5 last week. The iPhone 4S is nice but many were expecting much more. Considering how much later the phone’s release was compared to previous releases, many were expecting that Apple was working on something real special. It turned out that everyone was wrong.
There is speculation that the iPhone 4S was released as a bridge to the iPhone 5 and that Apple is planning on releasing a full blown iPhone 5 very shortly and may brand it as a “Professional” phone and sell it for much more than previous iPhone’s. There is a lot of pressure on Apple to release a product that blows everyone away. Apple has it’s doubters now that Steve Jobs has passed away and many of them are investors. The iPhone 4S didn’t do anything to satisfy those doubters, so conventional thinking has Apple planning a spectacular and surprising iPhone 5 release sometime around Christmas.
There are people who think there is no way that Apple would do that. Many of them argue that they would risk ticking off millions of people who purchased the 4S. I personally don’t think Apple cares about that. They are a powerful corporation who needs to keep investors happy. They can always work out a deal with service providers to offer a special one time upgrade and trade in so people can still get the iPhone 5 on a contract discount. The speculation that iPhone 5 will be classified as a “Professional” phone, meaning for business and tech professionals, and have a much higher price tag is also a way of Apple avoiding consumer backlash. If you couldn’t afford it in the first place then you can’t be mad about it.
During the build up to the iPhone 4S release there were a lot of rumors about what the iPhone 5 would have as far as specs, look and software. If even half of those rumors are true it would be worth the extra cost if Apple decides to go that route.
The 4S was one of Apple’s biggest disappointments in years. They know it and they also know they have to keep up with their competitors. Apple is arguably the biggest and most powerful company in the world and they understand the market pressures that they face. Whether it is Christmas or very early next year I expect an iPhone 5 to be released. That is why I am holding off on buying the 4S. If you were wise you would do the same thing. If I’m wrong the 4S will still be there for you. If I’m right you will be mad that you rushed to by the bridge phone to the iPhone 5.
In preparing for my debate last week with Matthew Miller, I was expecting a completely different iPhone launch event than what actually transpired.
Like many other members of the technorati, I thought a completely new product was going to be announced.
Indeed, we all heard several weeks ago about the 4S being tested in the field by engineers and carriers, so it was a given that in addition to a new, never released iPhone with thin-profile design, there would also be a iPhone 4 refresh as well.
Two new iPhones.
I’m actually one of the few people that didn’t think the thinner iPhone was going to be called “iPhone 5″. If in fact iPhone 4S was going to be released at the same time, it didn’t make sense to market a smaller, slimmer profile version as “5″, implying that the phone was somehow newer or had better technology in it.
Apple doesn’t normally do stuff like that.
No, I was expecting the smaller device to be called “iPhone Air.” An entirely new species of iPhone, just like there are different species of MacBooks.
Why? Well, I thought this device was going be less expensive than the 4S. In effect, I thought that there would likely be 2 or 3 SKUs of the iPhone Air and 2 or 3 SKUs of iPhone 4S, thus eliminating the need for the existing iPhone 4 and also phasing out the aging 3GS.
4S for power users, Air for someone who wanted a lighter, thinner phone.
I thought there was a possibility the “Air” would have 4GB or 8GB of storage, with 3G, and would rely heavily on iCloud for user data. Perhaps sell at a $99 price point, where the existing entry-level iPhone 4 is selling at now.
Who knows, maybe the basic iPhone 4 would have ended up being the free, subsidized model instead of the 3G.
What happened to this mysterious phone? And what evidence is there to suggest this beastie actually might have been launched?
Well, there’s actually a heck of a lot of evidence. Like all of the cases made by accessory makers in China that appeared in ATT stores and also in stores all over Asia. Cases that were produced in the hundreds of thousands, presumably based on an actual “slug” or specifications released by Foxconn or another manufacturing partner in Asia.
One particular European web site actually went through the trouble of using information gleaned from these cases to actually build a prototype. If you can get past the extremely odd nature of this video with a Chinese guy speaking perfect German, you’ll see what they actually came up with.
So… what the heck happened? Was the iPhone 4S really the only product that was originally supposed to launch last week? Did Apple really wait over a year to launch a simply iterative improvement over their existing product with bumped processor and improved rear camera?
Were the case designs leaked by Apple to throw competitors off? Was this Steve Jobs’ final act to “punk” the industry?
DID ALIENS VISIT ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS AND BREED WITH OUR ANCESTORS?
Sorry. I watch too much History Channel.
Look, it doesn’t make any sense to me that the anti-climactic 4S launch was “The Plan”. There was supposed to be another phone. It just wasn’t ready.
Why it wasn’t ready is anyone’s guess. I’ve consulted a few folks that work in embedded device engineering and they suspect that because of how thin this phone is, the battery may not have yielded enough life to pass Steve Jobs’ final QA.
Maybe it needed a more exotic battery chemistry to get good performance, and the battery technology or the manufacturing process wasn’t quite ready for launch yet. The decision to switch gears on the launch event could have happened as little as three or four months ago.
Maybe the phone had other technical issues, like the slightly wider screens might not have been ready in volume from the supplier.
It could be a combination of factors. Anything, really. But I really doubt this is an aborted design. This phone is coming. That I’m sure of. And I don’t think this case design represents a non-Apple product.
If it turns out to be a Samsung Android Ice Cream Sandwich phone or a Windows Phone Mango 7.5 device I’ll eat my hat.
When this device gets released is anyone’s guess. But I would not be surprised to see another iPhone event in the spring or even in the early summer.
Does the next-generation iPhone “Air” exist? Is a launch due sometime mid-2012? Talk Back and Let Me Know.
Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/iphone-5-believe-/18976