Being on Week 3 of a self imposed Google Wallet embargo, I had instead been writing about the ongoing turf wars between platform providers and carriers, which is starting to sound like an episode of “Mob Wives.” Though the bulk of it was to be focused on Android, it became impossible to ignore rumors around iPhone 5 and NFC. Now that iPhone 5 is a mere couple of quarters away, the rumormill has started to churn yet again on the possible inclusion of NFC along with iWallet – Apple’s own mobile wallet initiative. Most of these indicate that an Apple mobile wallet initiative equipped with NFC is a sure bet. I on the other hand (and ever the doubting Thomas) am not so sure. For the rest of this post I shall lay out reasons why I believe NFC and iWallet are far from a sure bet to be included in iPhone 5. Along with it comes the caveat that my crystal Palantir that helps me see in to Infinite Loop, Cupertino, Calif. has malfunctioned, which has left me equally in the dark as to what Apple may choose to do in Q4 2012. Whatever happens, I have attempted to paint the broad outlines of an Apple mobile wallet strategy, regardless of it being proximity or cloud based.
Before we attempt to answer the question of NFC and iWallet in iPhone 5, let’s separate these out in to two broad questions:
What does Apple stand to gain by including NFC in iPhone 5?
NFC on iPhone 5 will be NFC’s strongest showing yet and can spur other manufacturers in to equipping their own offerings with NFC (there are already around 90 mobile devices in the pipeline with plans to use chips from NXP). Apple sold 37 million iPhones in total during Q1 2012 (it did not provide breakout numbers for 3GS vs. iPhone4 vs. iPhone4S) and there is no reason to suspect that NFC on its flagship product will not be embraced by the market. Beyond the obvious use cases around enabling mobile payments, Apple also own patents that visualize NFC in supplementary retail scenarios.
At the same time, it is hard to ignore that NFC is not yet a leading differentiator while customers shop for new phones (most are simply unaware). Solutions outside of Payments that leverage NFC are still maturing (e.g. authentication, access control, discovery and media sharing to name a few).
Additionally, including NFC in iPhone 5 will incur new manufacturing costs (around $10) for Apple that will eat in to its famed margins, with carriers who may be unwilling to subsidize those costs.
Furthermore, the question also arises as to who will own the keys to the Secure Element (SE) on the iPhone 5. Despite its close relationship with carriers, Apple may balk at having to handover SE key ownership to carriers. It may decide to maintain ownership but provide fettered access to carriers and FIs, but it would also mean that Google may come calling for access to SE, and ‘Google Wallet let loose inside the walled garden’ is a scenario that Apple absolutely do not want to play out.
This leads me to believe that in the present state of NFC mobile wallet initiatives, NFC makes little sense for Apple. Maybe later, just not now.
So that means NO iWallet??
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The Ericsson Traffic and Market Data report released late last year predicts that by 2015, of the 5 billion connected devices that will dot the landscape, over 1 billion will be powered by iOS. Apple also enjoys a high rank in loyalty score that translates to around 90 percent of users who upgrade, opts for a subsequent iOS device. As customer behaviors around search and commerce shift to mobile from online, Apple knows it retains a unique vantage point from where it stands to monetize from ad delivery, customer analytics, offers redemption. It can do so successfully, only if it folds these offerings under the same umbrella – a mobile wallet solution.
So if Apple plans on a mobile wallet initiative at some point, will it be based on NFC or iCloud?
Why, NFC of course?!
iPhone 5 launch is expected to be when Apple lays down its counterweight to Google Wallet and other competing payment platforms such as Paypal. Having considerable clout with Carriers, Apple can be expected to either do it Solo, or partner with Isis or similar initiatives outside of US. If doing it solo, Apple can further integrate its wallet initiative with its iAd platform to serve relevant ads on behalf of its retail merchants, tying together multiple contexts – including temporal, local and social. If instead it partners with Isis, Apple can be expected to charge for accessing the Secure Element, as well as force Isis Carriers to use its iAd platform to serve contextual local ads through the corresponding mobile wallet on iOS devices. The latter, if Apple manages to force it past the Carriers and Isis, can contribute to the growth of iAd in to a matured local/mobile commerce platform that every other partner m-wallet initiative (including Google Wallet one day) will need to learn to play nice with.
It is also pertinent to remember that, in the final quarter of 2011, along with 37 million iPhones Apple managed to sell 15.4 million iPods as well. With its core target market being young adults and teenagers, who are out of reach for a mobile wallet enabled smartphone, an NFC equipped iPod can allow Apple to reach a vibrant early adopter segment of consumers whose loyalties and payment form factor preferences has not yet solidified. Imagine an Apple prepaid platform available on iPod, iPad and iPhone, front loaded by ACH or Credit Card, that is accepted by PayPass or PayWave on Day One! Doling out weekly allowances to Junior has never been so easy!
Exactly!! So why wouldn’t Apple want this?
To begin with, Apple abhors sharing the value chain with other stakeholders, which it may very well have to do in the stacked payment value-chain that exists today, one that is leveraged by each and every NFC mobile wallet. In reality these are tiny fiefdoms lorded over by existing stakeholders who are bound to frustrate Apple every step of the way in its quest to redefine payments. But does Apple even want to redefine payments?
Let me use that to segue to my next point against an Apple NFC mobile wallet. Primarily, an NFC mobile wallet flies in the face of the retail experience Apple has pioneered so far. Walk in to an Apple retail store, and there are no checkout lanes, no complex Point of Sale infrastructure and certainly no PayPass or PayWave terminals. Through its retail stores, Apple has articulated its vision of a customer centered retail buying experience, and one can imagine how out of place an NFC-based wallet experience chained to clunky Paypass/PayWave terminals will seem. Apple in the recent past has done everything to move as far away from a traditional checkout experience, by equipping its retail store app with the capability to allow customers to purchase accessories without ever having to take out their credit card or stalking an apple sales representative. Any mobile wallet initiative Apple builds will further that customer experience along, not subvert it.
Next, remember the “200 million iTunes accounts with a credit card that Steve Jobs boasted of, that ought to give Apple a head start in mobile payments? That ends up being useless with an NFC-based mobile wallet. The hundreds of issuers, whose customers make up the 200 million will each need to be onboard Apple’s NFC mobile wallet initiative, and each of those customers will need to separately have their cards provisioned, issued to the new form factor. Literally, Apple will have to throw away its considerable advantage and start at near ground zero. And, why would it?
Moreover, even if Apple were to put NFC and a proximity mobile wallet in to every iOS device it ships from Q4 2012 onward, it will be a while before the scales tip in favor of NFC-driven mobile commerce. Though lack of ample NFC-enabled smartphones compound the problem, equally hard is to convince merchants to upgrade to contactless infrastructure, and even beyond – to invest in upgrading their existing coupon redemption and loyalty programs so that they work with the state-of-the-art mobile wallets. Without both of these happening in quick succession, customers find the promised land of “mobile couponing”out of reach, no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and are bound to get madder than a ticked-off leprechaun.
Remember the recent Verizon-Galaxy Nexus-Google Wallet brouhaha? Carriers (starting with the recent GSMA NFC Handset requirements Ver 2.0) are requiring that manufacturers putting out NFC-equipped phones will need to ensure SIM based SE remains the default SE of choice. With SIM-based SE, carriers hope to control all communication the NFC chip has with all other SEss that may exist on the phone, and in some cases even exert influence. If at any point Google swallows its pride and opts to partner with Isis, Apple may also have to share those keys with Google. Having failed at its myriad attempts to kill Android off in its infancy, Apple will certainly not be a willing accomplice to Google’s successful transition from online to mobile commerce. At the same time, telling Google “No soup for you!” may not exactly sit well with regulators and antitrust laws.
Also consider that any hardware that is NFC/SE equipped will soon need to be certified by the likes of Visa and MasterCard before qualifying that they work with current PayPass and PayWave terminals. More hassles that a secretive company like Apple can do without.
The reality is that the idea of NFC-based mobile wallets today are weighed down by stakeholder interests, equal parts of “a sense of mistrust” and “fear of disintermediation” – evidence of which can be found in Google Wallet (read about Citi’s unwillingness to share merchant information with Google on my Google Wallet post). An NFC mobile wallet is born with one arm tied behind its back because it has to rely on archaic protocols and infrastructure at the point of sale and beyond, that prevents it from reaching its full potential. These problems cannot be wished away when average turnover period for POS terminals continue to be four to five years (according to VeriFone). And Apple would be able to do it differently because…?
Sigh! So that leaves the cloud option. Right?
Right. The good news is that an Apple iCloud based payment platform will allow it to circumvent the trials and tribulations at the point-of-sale and further leverage its 200 million iTunes accounts to get a leg up on comparable initiatives like PayPal. And they have certainly broken ground recently by equipping its retail store app with the capability for a customer to purchase an accessory without ever having to take a credit card out of her purse. Isn’t that the desirable end-state, not having to lug a wallet around?
That is not to say that Apple gets to ride the rainbow straight to its pot of gold. Even with a cloud-based wallet option, Apple has some significant challenges including achieving scale and incentivizing customer adoption (though the 200 million iTunes accounts do come handy). It could augment the capabilities of its iTunes portfolio through its wallet offering by extending in-app payments to consumable goods. Furthermore, it can also stoke a fire under the combined POS/Issuer/Acquirer thrones by getting its existing iTunes accounts to shift their funding sources from credit to ACH which will allow Apple to offer a lower interchange structure to merchants, if it wishes.
With a cloud-based wallet, Apple can further integrate its wallet initiative with its iAd platform to serve relevant ads on behalf of its retail merchants, tying together multiple contexts – such as temporal, local and social, and even build from scratch a loyalty platform that utilizes mobile as POS. This will be a boon to Apple’s own iAd platform which had made initial stumbles in finding acceptance among competing alternatives, and can position Apple ahead of Google in the race to capture relevance and mindshare in mobile commerce. By circumventing any and all POS infrastructure that currently exists, Apple can focus on its own iOS devices on both merchant and customer ends, thereby reducing coupon redemption to a simple, frictionless process owned on both ends by Apple. Or it could go the NFC wallet route, pull a Google Wallet, and then in time, find nirvana in the cloud (as Google may very well do eventually).
So what is it?
But if cloud is the route Apple ends up choosing, then why bother with NFC on iPhone 5? NFC proponents will have to build a compelling value proposition far beyond payments (in the realm of authentication, access control, discovery, media sharing etc.) for Apple to consider putting it on its suite of hardware products. These may very well end up being the killer apps on iPhone 5 for NFC, but the omission of a mobile wallet that leverages NFC will be far too big to just wish away. I see it more than likely that Apple may delay NFC for a subsequent iteration, purely due to the lack of progress that has been made so far by Google and other OTT players.
But what if Apple was to build a cloud based payment platform, and opts to equip iPhone 5 with NFC?
As absurd as this scenario may sound, let’s assume that Apple rolls out an NFC-equipped iPhone 5 but skips on an NFC-based wallet. Apple would have to either act as the SE gatekeeper or transfer SE ownership to carriers (either by opting for a SIM-based SE or handing over the keys to an embedded SE). Both scenarios lead to the possibility of Google getting access to the keys (either through Sprint /Isis or forced cooperation from antitrust observers). Knowing how imperative the success of Google Wallet is to Google and its quest to becoming the patron saint of local commerce, Apple will be remiss to go this route. Apple simply does not build the latest and greatest hardware without a compelling software equivalent thereby allowing a direct competitor to capitalize on its missed opportunity.
So where does that leave us?
Well, as my Palantir continues to put out nothing but static, I shall rely on what we know already – about Apple, about Google and Android, the carriers, and the emerging payments ecosystem. Other than “OMG! Apple will be remiss if it did not capitalize on this $650 billion opportunity!!” repeated ad nauseum, in perpetuity, I have yet to see a tangible proof as to why it should. Google Wallet is stuck on first gear since launch, retailers are asleep at the wheel, and issuers want everything to go back the way it waspre Dodd-Frank. An NFC mobile wallet, how much ever one argues its benefits, is not a disruptive innovation when it further entrenches current stakeholder positions and incrementally benefits the already broken retail experience. Apple should be driving a stake in to its heart, not cloning and domesticating it, and slapping an Apple logo on top of it.
Finally, instead of doing it alone or starting from scratch, Apple may realize that there is value in partnering or for an outright acquisition of an existing player in the payments space. The name that rings out loud to me is Jack Dorsey’s Square. Square’s notion of a retail buying experience is pretty much in line with Apple’s – in that the technology that enables all of payments and loyalty steps aside and lets back in what’s missing today – the human element. Moreover, Square who had been quietly getting their card readers in to every major retailer outlet in U.S., has just started building a sales force that should equip itself to shift its focus from converting cash based retailers to credit, into going after small to midsize retailers who wants to get out from behind a POS/cash register. Apple’s retail stores already use a form of Mobile POS and a shift to Square will be culturally a lot less jarring to customers and employees than say contactless terminals in the corner of the store. Square gets a substantial infusion of capital and customers (bringing along 200 million iTunes accounts) and Apple carries its considerable clout into the payments world. It is important to further add that Square’s emotive simplicity via CardCase and its focus to overall design evokes the same visceral response from customers that Apple is known for. Dare I say – a match made in heaven?
“Woah woah woah, what is that?” In an lackluster lineup for the iPhone 5, trendy hipsters seem to be bored with Apple’s next offering. But wait, Samsung has something up their sleeve, it’s the Android-powered Galaxy Note.
The teaser is short and sweet, it ends with the scheduled date of release of the Super Bowl Ad: during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on February 5.
Samsung has roped in Bobby Farrelly, who created There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin and Fever Pitch, to direct his first ever TV commercial. And to make things more natural, the footage will be shot using the Galaxy Note’s HD-quality video camera in the ad. We can’t wait to get one in our hands.
The next flagship smartphones from Samsung and Apple, the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5, will both be waterproof via Liquipel technology, according to a new rumor.
The rumor came from a source of the site Today’s iPhone who reportedly told the publication that the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 will both integrate Liquipel technology straight from the factories.
The Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 “both will have had liquipel treatment as they’ll be altering the wording on insurance,” Today’s iPhone quotes its source as saying.
Although the publication does remind people to take this rumor with a grain of salt, it does say that this source has been proven reliable before by being able to tell the site the launch dates of the white iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.
Today’s iPhone says that this source is “well-placed in one of the UK’s top independent phone retailers”.
For those who do not know what Liquipel is, it’s a technology that utilizes a proprietary compound coated on a mobile device.
According to the company which produces Liquipel, devices are coated with this substance when it is in vapor form. This mist will cover the entirety of the device as well as important components inside the device.
Here are videos of Liquipel in action:
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Ryan Sarver, head of Twitter API, said, “In a world where Facebook and Google are competing on features, Twitter wants to focus on being simple.”
However, even as the official Twitter app keeps it straightforward, developers are providing more in-depth Twitter capabilities on other apps. I took a look at various Twitter iPhone applications on the market today. Learn how you can expand your Twitter capabilities using these apps.
TweetList can greatly enhance your tweeting experience on your iPhone. A full-fledged Twitter client, the app comes with other advanced features, like ReadItLater and Instapaper to save and read things later on.
Why is it worth checking out?
People in the marketing and social media industries accumulate a steady stream of followers, many of whom they follow back. As time goes on, it becomes much harder to keep up with the quickly flowing streams.
Twitter lists are a great way to organize your followers conveniently in one place. TweetList helps you do exactly that in a focused and aesthetic way.
How can you get the most out of it?
TweetList comes with a list swipe function. You can conveniently swap between all lists and catch up with your focused circle of top thinkers.
While I can easily reply to mentions and DMs or view my stream from my desktop, lists are harder to tackle. Whenever I am on the move, I can pull up TweetList, cycle through my lists and engage with different sets of people in my network more easily.
2. Flipboard for iPhone
Only a few weeks back, Flipboard unveiled its brand new iPhone app. I anticipated it would just be Flipboard for iPad in a smaller format, but I couldn’t be more wrong. The adjustments between the iPad and the iPhone app are fantastic, and truly reflect the different reading and scrolling habits of users.
Why is it worth checking out?
If you primarily use Twitter to consume content, Flipboard is made for you. You can browse by lists or individual Twitter accounts, or pick one of the browsing tools from Flipboard. I especially enjoy the “Flipboard Picks” for consistently quality information.
How can you get the most out of it?
You can use Flipboard’s Twitter search function both for tracking events and monitoring a keyword. The app allows me to browse and engage with articles by keyword, for instance, “CES2012.”
Bonus: To access top Twitter news, try Summify’s iPhone app. This app only presents a limited number of posts (five, by default), so you’ll never be overwhelmed with too much content at once.
Boxcar lets you connect to email, major social networks, RSS feeds and lots of other services. In return, the app sends you messages as push notifications, whenever something newsworthy happens on your connected services.
Why is it worth checking out?
Many Twitter apps send push notifications for mentions or new DMs, but the notification capabilities of Boxcar are unmatched. You can set up any of the following notifications.
New tweets from individual people: Don’t want to miss certain updates from a few select people? Add them to Boxcar and receive push notifications whenever they tweet.
Twitter lists: Get notified of any new messages from your connected Twitter lists.
Twitter search: Receive a nudge if any of your saved searches tweet.
Twitter trends: Choose to be notified only if there are any changes in the current Twitter trends.
How can you get the most out of it?
I don’t actively use Boxcar as a primary Twitter client, but more as a personal Twitter assistant. You set up key things to be notified about and then view the messages only. Plus, Boxcar separates notifications into different inboxes for easier filtering and review.
4. SocialDash and Tweeb
Why is it worth checking out?
Tweeb focuses on hard Twitter analytics such as followers, click-through rate, retweets and mention rate. SocialDash, on the other hand, provides more soft analytics insights, such as Klout Scores, Peerindex rank, etc.
If you only have a few minutes to check stats, the two apps are a great way to take a quick peek. SocialDash’s handy “compare” feature lets you compare the social scores of any two users.
At the same time, Tweeb’s “summary” page gives you a great overview on whether your click rate and follower rate has been improving or slowing down.
How can you get the most out of it?
Although most Twitter apps have fantastic UXs, they still take longer compared to web interface usability. Having some analytics to help me make the right decisions can be very helpful, especially on my mobile phone.
Whenever I become overwhelmed with mentions and replies and I only have limited time to reply to a few, I check the person’s social scores using SocialDash.
Also, use Tweeb to improve the copywriting on your tweets or to check on the number of clicks per tweet. Oftentimes, I’ll then schedule the tweet again for later.
In 2012, new apps will allow us to harness Twitter’s power from the iPhone more efficiently. What are your favorite ways to use Twitter on your iPhone? How would you use the above apps to improve and streamline your Twitter presence?
Article source: http://mashable.com/2012/02/03/iphone-twitter-apps/
I was really close to upgrading my iPhone 4 when the 4S launched last year.
Not because I was dying for the upgrade, but because I was getting sick of ATT’s horrible service in New York. I wanted an excuse to make the move to Verizon.
But for me, the upgrade didn’t make sense. I, like many other current iPhone 4 owners, was hoping for a bit more from Apple.
Luckily, it looks like the next iPhone could arrive as early as this summer, according to some new rumors. I might not have to wait as long as I thought.
Before I do upgrade though, I have a few demands for the next iPhone. Keep reading to see what I want.
Article source: http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-5-2012-2
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Research In Motion announced last week that it’s replaced dual-CEOs Mike Lazardis and Jim Balsillie with the heretofore unknown Thorsten Heins. The news came on the heels of recent (and very public) questions about the leadership of the company, as its marketshare continues on a steep, downward path.
I’ve been watching and listening as plans for the next stage of RIM and the BlackBerry brand unfold, both via stated intentions from Mr. Heins, as well as through rumor and speculation from the media at large. Inspired I am not.
If believers in the company’s product were hoping for an about-face — one which might begin the healing the company badly needs — the messaging in the transition has not reflected such an effort. On the contrary; little in the messaging reflects a change at all.
I felt it might be necessary to try and nudge RIM in the right direction by offering a few pieces of advice. Having had front-row seats to the implosion of a technology company or two in my time, I think I could be of service.
Below follows my best advice for the company. I sincerely hope they’ll heed it.
1: Find a CEO with new ideas
Although the change in management seems exciting, the man tapped to replace the outgoing CEOs isn’t exactly a forward-thinking firebrand. In fact, Thorsten Heins has been alternately SVP of the BlackBerry Handheld division, COO of Product Engineering, and COO of Product and Sales through some of the worst years in the company’s history.
That alone might be reason for pause, but one need only read post-promotion interviews with Heins to know where his head is at. He told The Wall Street Journal that there was going to be “continuity” with the company’s previous strategy, then responded to the Globe and Mail‘s questions about change thusly: “Change to what? Change for what?”
Furthermore, even though Heins admits only a small number of users have adopted the company’s latest devices, he seems to believe that those products are competitive with iOS and Android offerings in the market. The problem is that they are not, and the failure to recognize this extremely critical fact is troubling. It’s hard to fix something you don’t believe is broken.
Though he talks excitedly about the company’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform, it seems like the change to yet another new OS (making it four versions in two years, counting the PlayBook) is coming from a begrudging place. Admittedly, since the first days of the announcement, Heins has stepped back from a “stay the course” message, but it’s hard not to see that as a reaction to the blowback (and stock hit) over his initial statements rather than honest intentions.
Still, if you want to get through this, RIM, I think you’re going to need to do better than Heins. You’re going to need to find someone who inspires. Someone who energizes. Someone who has new ideas — not a dream of old ones that they just can’t shake.
2: Stop betting on past successes
For years RIM has maintained that BlackBerry devices were better than other platforms thanks to hooks like BBM, a great physical keyboard, push email, and superior security.
But here’s the reality: BBM has been obviated thanks to services like iMessage, nearly every platform does push email now, it turns out people really don’t mind virtual keyboards, and though you may have great security features, enterprise operations around the world can’t deploy iPads and iPhones fast enough to their teams.
Cold water? You’ve lost your edge. Your OS is worse, your applications are worse, your key features have been marginalized, and you literally have nothing innovative to talk about. Even no-marketshare-Microsoft bests you in this department. They are actually moving forward, not looking back.
To fix this problem you have to actually innovate. Find a way to bring consumers and developers back to your platform. What would motivate one of iOS’ top-earning developers to choose your operating system on which to build their next app? What would make a consumer choose your phone over the iPhone 5, or the latest Android device? If you don’t have a real answer to those questions, you’re going to have a problem finding your way out of this mess —and the answers have nothing to do with great security.
3: Stop marketing only to BlackBerry users
RIM, you want to tell your story to people who already like you, and you want to sell your devices to people who already own your devices. You’ve been banking on those users’ need to tap into the aforementioned “key features” in the section above, and believing that that was enough to keep your brand growing.
The problem is a lot of those users see your devices as a cage, and iPhones and Android handsets look like a set of keys. People aren’t upgrading to new BlackBerry phones — they’re graduating to better products.
If you can’t figure out how to tell a story about your devices that presents them as something new to be loved and lusted after, you can’t win consumer hearts. The shopping public is a fickle bunch, and as I said in section 2, you can’t rely on past successes to predict future results. If that were the case, you’d still own the market for smartphones.
4: Swallow your pride
I noticed something a few years ago when Mike Lazaridis was on stage at an industry event discussing RIM products — he seemed indignant about the fact that the company got to the smartphone market first. When Lazaridis was pressed about the company’s slowed innovation, his response was something along the lines of “we were here first.” The message to me was ‘we were here first, so we have providence.’
Just before the original iPhone launch at Macworld, then Palm CEO Ed Colligan was famously quoted as saying “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”
We know how that turned out for Palm and Apple.
In technology, first doesn’t matter: best matters. Being prideful about your former place in a world that has moved on doesn’t serve your current users or the users yet to come — it just locks you into a mindset that likely isn’t that useful.
The thing to do here is to admit that you’ve made mistakes. Reevaluate how you’ve run your business. Where you’ve put your money and energy. Did you screw up? Could you have done better? Did Apple beat you, or did you let yourself get beat?
The answer is probably in there somewhere, but you never arrive at the answer if you don’t start asking the questions — and you can’t ask questions if you’re too proud to admit something went wrong.
RIM has made and can make wonderful devices and software. There is a Bold 9900 on the desk next to me, and it’s an impressive piece of gadgetry. Is it as good as the iPhone 4S or the Galaxy Nexus? Not by a longshot… but there is DNA in that phone that is worth salvaging. There is DNA in RIM that is worth salvaging.
Like many big undertakings, this is a project where substantial demolition is required before rebuilding can start.
Here’s hoping RIM has the nerve to start swinging that hammer.
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In the first quarter of the year, one usually expects a lot of rumours surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPad to take precedence over all of their other devices. This is because Apple, over the past couple of years has launched the iPad during this time period. Though the rumours of the next iPad, probably being named the iPad 3 are still heavily doing the rounds, rumours of the next iPhone are circulating in almost equal numbers. The last report about the iPhone 5 was that it may feature NFC capabilities. This would be a good move on Apple’s part as it would keep them on par with other manufacturers, such as Nokia and Samsung. This would also make NFC a common payment medium. The latest news about the iPhone 5 comes from site, Digitimes where they state that it is expected to be launched at Apple’s WWDC event in June.