Thin, light and bullet-proof, what’s not to like?
The Irish Times – Wednesday, October 19, 2011
APPLE HAS reported a rare miss in quarterly results after sales of its flagship iPhone fell well short of Wall Street expectations, hammering its shares.
Shares of the world’s most valuable technology corporation fell more than 5 per cent to below $400 after it said it sold 17.07 million iPhones – well short of the 20 million expected by analysts.
The September quarterly report was Apple’s first under new chief executive Tim Cook, who took over in August after co-founder Steve Jobs resigned. Mr Jobs, the company’s leading visionary and co-founder, died on October 5th.
Apple said its revenue rose to $28.27 billion but that was also lower than the average analyst estimate of $29.69 billion. The company reported net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 a share. That fell shy of expectations for earnings of $7.39 a share.
It sold 11.12 million iPad tablets and 4.89 million Macs in the September quarter.
Elsewhere in the tech sector, chipmaker Intel forecast quarterly revenue above Wall Street’s expectations, defying concerns that the growing popularity of tablets and a shaky economy are eating into demand for personal computers.
Intel, which has close to 4,000 staff in Ireland, said revenue in the current quarter would be $14.7 billion, plus or minus $500 million.
Intel’s processors are used in 80 per cent of the world’s PCs but the company has failed to gain traction in mobile devices like Apple iPad and Google’s Android smartphones. GAAP net income in the third quarter was $3.5 billion, up 17 percent.
Struggling web company Yahoo also reported third quarter results after US markets closed which showed revenue and profit slipping further as it struggled to revive its online advertising business.
Profit in Yahoo’s third-quarter, the last under chief executive Carol Bartz, who was fired in September, totalled $293 million, or 23 cents a share. A year ago Yahoo posted net income of $396 million.
EMC, the world’s biggest maker of storage computers which employs 2,500 people in Ireland, reported a 28 per cent gain in third-quarter earnings as corporate spending on internet-based computing drove sales of data products and software from majority-owned VMware.
Net income rose to $605.6 million, or 27 cents a share, from $472.5 million, or 22 cents, a year earlier, the company said yesterday.
In Ireland, EMC said revenue grew by 21 per cent over the same period last year driven by demand for private cloud solutions. Irish customers who deployed EMC technology included Ericsson, Vodafone, Concern, Bausch Lomb, Nexus, State Street and Icon. – (Reuters)
By Lane Blackmer
With the overwhelming success of the iPhone 4, Apple enthusiasts will be glad to hear that Steve Jobs had a chance to work on the iPhone 5 before he died.
According to a cnet blog post, Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar said the iPhone 5 will be a “cult classic” due to Jobs’s involvement.
Jobs died October 5, with the cause of death listed as respiratory arrest.
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The iPhone 4S launched nine days later. Within the first three days, more than 4 milllion units were sold. That was more than double the amount sold when the last model of the iPhone was launched.
The iPhone 5 is expected to launch summer 2012.
Swedish carrier TeliaSonera SVP Tommy Ljunggren thinks the iPhone 5 may be outdone by the competition if it does not offer support for 4G LTE networks. Ljunggren even took jabs at the current iPhone 4S and said that Apple may be losing its superiority in the mobile space as Android picks up its pace. “Apple [is] not unique enough and there is disappointment over the 4S — it was too small [of a] step for them,” he told Telecoms. “If you asked me two years ago I would have said Apple would be very important. But now it will be a bad mistake not to include LTE in the iPhone 5 as otherwise they will really be run over by the others.” TeliaSoneria does not yet offer LTE smartphones, and Ljunggren explains that is because the carrier wants devices with a single radio, not two, so that the battery doesn’t drain as quickly. Ljunggren thinks LTE smartphones will “mature” in the coming years and, until then, we won’t see large volumes of the devices. BGR exclusively reported in August that carriers were already testing 4G LTE versions of the iPhone, so it is possible we’ll still see the company’s next-generation iPhone packing support for LTE networks in the near future.
[Via 9to5 Mac]
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Though the popularity of the iPhone 4S is steadily increasing, many Apple enthusiasts are still wondering what happened to the iPhone 5 that they were expecting.
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Prior to the release of the iPhone 4S, when there was still hope that an iPhone 5 would be released, reports indicated that the iPhone 5 had an “unprecedented demand,” more so than any other Apple smartphone.
While rumors about the iPhone 4S also circulated, many still had hope that the iPhone 5 would be the premier Apple smartphone of 2011.
9to5Mac proposes, with clues from iPhone manufacturer, Foxconn and other Apple insiders, that a number of setbacks in the production of the iPhone 5 prompted the company to only release the iPhone 4S this year.
Commentators suggest that the fifth-generation iPhone is essentially an iPhone 5 on the inside and iPhone 4 on the outside.
Early this year, the late Steve Jobs was then headlining production of the iPhone 5, his final major project at Apple, CNET details.
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Plans for the teardrop design of the iPhone 5 were ahead of schedule and prototypes were testing well.
In the mean while, the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 were to be unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June.
However Apple began to realize in February that it would not be able to get beta versions of the new OS out to developers by April, in time for the conference.
At this time Siri was only at a beta stage as well, and was only available in three languages.
The delays in production of iOS 5 and Siri projected that the OS would not be ready for unveiling until October, instead of April as planned.
Apple decided to speed up the hardware production of the iPhone 5 and planned to attempt a dual release with the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 4S would stand as the “flagship phone for 2011” and the iPhone 5 would be its low cost alternative, according to 9to5Mac.
With this plan, Apple began to encounter problems with fitting the updated software into the proposed “thinner and lighter” chassis of the iPhone 5.
“The touch-screen devices are so thin. It’s really difficult to install so many components into the iPhones,” WSJ quoted the founder of Foxconn, Terry Gou as saying.
Apple and Foxconn then began to realize that the number of iPhone 5’s that needed to be produced in order to meet a holiday demand was not possible.
By September, Apple had decided to release the iPhone 4S with the original iPhone 4 chassis and what possibly are software updates originally meant for the iPhone 5.
A source at Foxconn has proposed that the next iPhone will release in summer 2012.
Other sources suggest a summer 2013 release.
A man has reported that an app on the newly released iPhone 4S has helped him catch his wife in the act of cheating.
The man posted his story on the MacRumors forum under the name ThomasMetz, detailing that he used the new ‘Find My Friends’ app on the iPhone 4S to locate his wife while she was visiting another man.
“I got my wife a new 4S and loaded up Find My Friends without her knowing,” he wrote.
“She told me she was at her friend’s house in the east village.”
According to ThomasMetz, the app showed that his wife was not at the location she told him, but in a completely different part of the city.
“I’ve had suspicions about her meeting this guy who lives uptown. Lo and behold, Find my Friends has her right there.”
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The Find My Friends app uses the GPS capabilities on the iPhone 4 to help determine the location of a person’s family and friends on a map.
Apple details that the app can be useful for keeping track of travel companions when on vacation, keeping tabs on children or locating friends when meeting up for dinner in a public place.
While the app’s tracking capabilities can be shut off to protect privacy, the man’s wife had no idea it was even on her phone.
He texted her at different times late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, and says she lied to him about where she was on several occasions.
He also noted that he was able to save the screen shots of their texting dialogue and of her location according to the Find My Friends app.
The screen shots, he said, are a “beautiful treasure trove” that will work to his advantage when he meets with a divorce lawyer in several weeks.
The virtual personal assistant, Siri, on the iPhone 4S, can easily perform tasks like sending texts and emails as well as retrieving time, temperature and directions.
However there are a number of tasks that are not programmed standard onto the artificial intelligence system.
Siri can be programmed to enable compatibility with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google +.
After setting up, users will be able to speak commands and post updates to those platforms.
TechLand details how Siri can be programmed to be compatible with Facebook, Twitter and Google +.
“For Facebook, text ‘Hello’ to 32665 in the United States (or the short code for whatever country you’re in), then follow the link in the reply to finish the setup process. Add the short code to your Contacts, and name it ‘Facebook.” That way, you can tell Siri to ‘send a text to Facebook saying …’.”
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“For Twitter, text ‘START’ to 40404 in the United States (or the short code for other countries), then respond with your username, then your password. Add the short code to your Contacts with the name ‘Twitter’.”
“For Google+, visit your settings page and scroll down to ‘Set delivery preferences.’ Add your cell phone number, but be sure to click ‘don’t notify me’ if you don’t want incoming Google+ messages by text. Verify your number with the code you receive by phone, then add the short code ’33669′ (in the U.S.) to your contacts as ‘Google Plus.’ Updates are shared with everyone in your circles.”
Once programmed, pressing Siri’s microphone icon and speaking whatever command the user wants prompts the personal assistant into action.
Developers are considering Siri the most impressive feature on the iPhone 4S.
Motorola just announced its latest Android-powered super phone. The new Droid RAZR looks incredible, if you read the spec sheet. Its form factor is relatively unique, and its incredibly thin – more than 2mm thinner than the iPhone 4S. This 7.1mm thin power-house boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED display protected by Gorilla glass (front) and laser-cut kevlar on the back. If that doesn’t impress you, add the following: 1800mAH battery, LTE compatible, 8MP camera with 1080p video and its splash proof. I can’t remember ever seeing a device so specced out, and still being super durable. Of course this beast could have the potential to kill the battery in 3 seconds, so it also gives you what Motorola calls SmartActions software. This allows you to tell your device to switch off particular battery draining functions like bluetooth when you arrive at certain locations, or decrease the processor performance when on a phone call. Thus giving it a very competitive battery life.
I have to say it – being an iPhone fan – this looks way beyond what Apple launched only a few days ago. Obviously the user experience may not be one that matches up to the incredible spec sheet, but if it does, it’s going to make the iPhone look a trifle insignificant. It’s a virtually indestructible behemoth of a device, that not only has powerful specs but fantastic build quality and battery life – and very fast data speeds.
I want your opinion on this. Are you regretting buying an iPhone after seeing this? Or do specs not matter to you that much? For myself, I value user experience more than a spec sheet. However, with great specs comes the potential for a fantastic experience, so I can’t rule this one out. What would you rather have? An iPhone 4S or a Droid RAZR?