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While there is already a debate as to whether the 2012 version of the iPhone will be called the iPhone 5 or technically termed the iPhone 6, there is a recent contender in the naming game of the next iphone which is the iPhone 4G. With this, people wonder if this can be a possibility and what this would mean in marketing the next iPhone.
The naming debate of the upcoming iPhone has already been discussed before. Technically speaking, some are saying that it should be called the iPhone 6 because it is already the sixth generation of the device. However, the media insists that it must be referred to as the iPhone 5.
The battle of the next iPhone’s name does not just centre on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5. Some tech news that came out lately suggests that the upcoming device may possibly be called the iPhone 4G. Computerworld is an example of a site referring to the newest version of the iPhone as the iPhone 4G.
When analyzing all these rumored names, labeling the upcoming iPhone as iPhone 4G may be a possibility if Apple wants to capitalize on the fact that it will be the first time that they are offering 4G in its mobile device. The company already did this when it first offered the 3G.
Since it is evident that Apple patrons and followers seem to look for trends and use them logically to set expectations for Apple, having the iPhone 4G label as a possibility is a normal reaction to a company that puts real effort in making sure that the consumers remain clueless of what is about to happen. And for simply having the iPhone 3G in the past, then iPhone 4G as a name may actually happen.
Yet, even if it is not impossible to label the next iPhone as iPhone 4G, there are many other reasons to think that Apple will choose iPhone 5 as a name instead. The main one is the fact that putting a “4” name in its label may mean that it will still have the same form as the iPhone 4 and 4S. This is what happened with the iPhone 3, 3G and 3GS.
If Apple does this, it will not be consistent to its new form factor which many anticipates of having a wider screen. Moreover, naming the next generation iPhone as iPhone 4G will be confusing for Apple users and may fail the high expectations that many have on the iPhone 5 brand.
Apple introduced Siri with the iPhone 4S, a virtual personal assistant on a mobile phone, and providing users access to voice activated commands. Wolphram Alpha is integrated with Siri on iPhone 4S running iOS 5. The service is a collection of information and can provide anything from flight info, to searches of people, and even math problems.
Since its introduction in October, Siri has grown increasingly reliant upon carrier’s 3G networks and Wolphram Alpha to provide users with information, therefore, it is not surprising that Siri makes up 25% of Wolphram Alpha’s searches.
Less than three years ago, Dr. Wolfram created a new kind of search engine, called Wolfram Alpha . Unlike Google or Microsoft’s Bing, Wolfram Alpha does not forage the Web. It culls its own painstakingly curated database to find answers. [...] the technology has come a long way, including delivering many answers for Siri, the question-answering personal assistant in the Apple iPhone 4S.
Wolphram Alpha was originally introduced for math and science queries but has now grown to incorporate local show times or calculating distances. It is also used by other search applications and mobile devices, which provide their users with information from the web.
Siri accounts for about a quarter of the queries fielded by Wolfram Alpha, whose staff has grown to 200.
Apple sold over 37 million iPhones last quarter, resulting in the iPhone claiming the number one spot for smart phone popularity, and putting Siri and Wolphram Alpha’s software into the hands of millions of people. With this increased adoption of the iPhone 4S, there is no doubt that 25% of Wolphram Alpha’s searches derive from iPhone users.
Technophiles and curious observers the world over have been anxiously awaiting a concrete iPhone 5 release date for well over a year now, which given the likely blistering specs of the device is of course not difficult to understand.
Well, as cautiously optimistic as it may appear on the surface, some analysts are now suggesting that a newly launched ad-campaign for the iPhone 4S marks the final push by Apple to help clear remaining inventory, ahead of an official iPhone 5 release date to be announce in the early summer months.
As most of us have of course concluded with at least modest certainty, the iPhone 4S was introduced late last year as something of a stopgap solution in the absence of an iPhone 5 – said to be delayed due to possible screen, battery and network issues. Nevertheless, with the Siri voice assistant at the helm, a stunning 8 megapixel camera and dual-core processing power, the iPhone 4S went on to become Apple’s most incredible success story of recent years, while offering a sneak-peek into what to expect from its bigger brother.
So, back to the iPhone 5 release date, reports are coming in thick and fast that the iPad 2 is being pushed like never before and massive price reductions are beginning to filter through, so as to make room for the iPad 3 when it finally arrives next month.
As such, the marketing pitch could mark the beginning of the end of the iPhone 4S, which may likewise signal considerable price reductions to keep us all amused and content until the iPhone 5 launch comes about in the very near future.
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There are many who believe that Apple will be launching an all new iPhone this year after just a minor specification bump last time round. When the original model was first released it revolutionized touchscreen smartphones, which led to rival companies bringing out their own take on the technology. There are some mobile users who prefer to use a physical keyboard though, and today we are looking at the iPhone 5 and the necessity of physical keyboards for some people.
Some smartphone users would think it pretty strange that some people like to type on a physical QWERTY keyboard instead of a touchscreen. Previously there has been many concept ideas thought up by ingenious people, some of which you can see below in a collection videos.
While this sort of technology will probably not make it onto the iPhone 5, it could be better suited to accessories in the future. There are many consumers who like the Asus Transformer Prime with its optional keyboard dock, and having something similar for the iPhone may go down well with many iPhone fans.
Already there are a number of options for the current iPhone, which include the likes of cases that act as a slide out keyboard for the handset. Below you can see a video of a product from Boxwave that shows an iPhone 4/4S case, which also features a slide out Bluetooth keyboard. There has been some criticism for this case though with some users complaining it makes the iPhone feel too bulky.
The battery life has been the cause of concern for many owners of the iPhone 4S, and this has to be remembered when thinking of purchasing a case of this type. While there was some disappointment with the iPhone 4S for those that were waiting for something new a radical to be released. Apple will probably have something new for the next iPhone, and while they may not be as radical as some of the ideas seen in the videos below, the company could surprise everyone with something special.
How much do you want to see change in the iPhone 5? What ideas would you like to see implemented into the next version? Thanks to iPhone Rumors.
One of the most requested upgrades for the upcoming sixth generation iPhone, expected to hit the market in summer or autumn, is superfast 4G LTE connectivity.
ATT will soon receive micro-SIM cards which are LTE-enabled and could be compatible with Apple’s iPhone 5, according to an anonymous source who contacted PhoneArena’s Nick T, who published a few pictures of the aforementioned card.
One obvious explanation could be that the LTE SIM cards will be used with the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones that will be soon included in the carrier’s lineup; the premier Windows Phone device will have support for ATT’s high speed 4G network.
But what has got tongues wagging is the other high-end smartphone that takes a micro-SIM card – the iPhone 4S, and it is safe to assume its successor will also use micro-SIMs as well. Perhaps the jump made by Nick T is a little far, but it does serve as another pointer that Apple could indeed adopt LTE.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley claim that the iPhone 5 will include an LTE radio, and we may even see LTE technology on the forthcoming iPad 3 according to iMore (though there is less of a consensus on this).
Scheduled to make a rare appearance at a Goldman Sachs technology conference
It’s been nearly four years since Tim Cook, then Apple’s (AAPL) chief operating officer, appeared at a Goldman Sachs investors symposium to answer the urgent questions that had been piling up all winter.
The stock had fallen more than $80 a share — to below $120 — in the space of a month and the tech press was filled with rumors of component shortages and predictions of missed iPhone targets.
Cook spoke for 45 minutes with such confidence and easy command of the facts that the relief among the packed audience was palpable.
“I was just impressed as I could be,” wrote one listener. ”I am always haunted by the vulnerability of Apple’s shareholders like myself if something should happen to Steve Jobs. For the first time, listening yesterday to Tim Cook made me feel confident that in him was a person who could ably step in if Jobs fell off the earth.” (See The day Tim Cook calmed the waters.)
Cook is scheduled to make a return appearance before another Goldman Sachs conference today, Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) at 3:30 p.m. Eastern (12:30 p.m. Pacific) under very different circumstances.
Steve Jobs is dead. Cook is the new CEO. And Apple can seem to do no wrong. It crossed the $500 mark Monday to end the day at $502.60, up $9.18 (1.86%). It is now the world’s most valuable company — by far — with a market cap of $468.61 billion and roughly $100 billion in cash and marketable securities.
The only question investors seem to have today is when Apple plans to share some of that cash with them.
Apple will be streaming Cook’s remarks live via Quicktime here.
While the iPad 3 appears to have taken over the Apple rumor mill thanks to reports that suggest its release may now only be a couple of weeks away, the iPhone is without a doubt Apple’s top selling iOS device and is what has the Cupertino-based company shattering sales records year after year.
Wait for iPhone 5 or spring for the iPhone 4S?
This time around, rumors suggest that the iPhone 5 will launch sometime this summer, hinting that Apple may be returning to its old WWDC launch schedule instead of the unexpected fall release of the iPhone 4S. With a couple of months to go though, the big question is should you give in and get the iPhone 4S now or wait for the iPhone 5 to arrive?
The short answer is wait. Now while I usually tell readers it is pointless to wait for the “next best thing” since there will always be something better and you will never know when to take the plunge, in the case of the iPhone 5 I would strongly suggesting holding off buying the current iPhone. Here’s why.
While the iPhone 4S has become the highest selling iPhone models of all-time already, given that it looks identical to the iPhone 4 we can bet that the iPhone 5 will get redesigned from the ground up. Furthermore, we’ve been hearing rumors of a new larger display for sometime now and it all appears to be pointing towards the iPhone 5. The same goes with 4G LTE and NFC support.
Lastly, if the iPhone 5 does in fact debut in June, holding off your purchase until then would mean that the iPhone 4S will be available for a lower price at the time. Given the late release of the iPhone 4S and reports that the iPhone 5 will be back to its summer launch, this is one instance where it may be clever to wait before signing that 2-year agreement.
If it wasn’t expected, it was certainly hoped for.
As previously suspected, several sources have now confirmed that Apple (AAPL) will unveil the iPad 3 during the first week of March — specifically March 7. Along with delivering a quad-core A6 processor and an eye-popping 2048×1536 Retina Display, Apple has granted wishes and added 4G LTE networking with the upcoming tablet, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper reports that Verizon (VZ) and ATT’s (T) 4G networks will support the device with Sprint (S) still being a toss-up.
While this will certainly add some spice to Apple’s war with Android (GOOG), BlackBerry (RIMM), and Amazon (AMZN) tablets — especially considering Android’s market share is inching up as Apple’s droops — it’s almost guaranteed that the iPhone 5 will come with 4G networking support.
It was clear that Apple’s mobile 4G absence wasn’t ideal, and its grand entry became more imminent the more LTE Android devices flooded the market. iPad 3 networking abilities aside, if Apple were to hamstring the iPhone 5 with only 3G, it would be disastrous. But to launch an LTE iPad 3 and then relegate the iPhone 5 to 3G networks? That would be downright unthinkable.
But will an LTE iPhone 5 suffer from the infamous 4G battery drain? Possibly, though if the iPad 3 is sporting a much larger battery to power the faster data speeds and Retina Display, the iPhone 5 will surely come equipped with more power. Then again, the iPhone 4S doesn’t exactly have the longest battery life, and that’s just on GSM and CDMA networks. Here’s hoping Apple can tinker the 4G smartphone into respectable talk and standby time.
So with an LTE iPad 3 nearly confirmed, Apple has essentially announced an LTE iPhone 5.
Celebrate as you will.
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Consumer spending on household electronics and appliances in 2012 is a much-anticipated and competitive space. The rapid pace of product development and competition between rival manufacturers in most product categories, has almost created an alternative to spectator sports like rugby and cricket ! Take the meteoric rise of brands such as Samsung, who have gone head-to-head with market leaders Apple and Sony, and the game ain’t over yet !
Based on search results from comparison shopping site PriceMe.co.nz , the following products that have just launched or are about to be launched look set to become big hits in 2012.
Smart TV’s are internet-connected TV’s capable of using apps and performing like a computer. There are currently 27 smart TV’s listed on PriceMe, with search activity for them increasing 24% in the last month. Related searches for Telecom Tivo and Apple TV also increased dramatically in the last quarter of 2011, however searches for Google TV remained low, as Kiwi consumers seem to be unconvinced of their merit yet.
Nikon D800 and Canon EOS 5D These two models from market leaders Nikon and Canon are due for release shortly. We feel safe to predict their popularity, as similar models from these manufacturers have performed well in PriceMe searches over the last few years.
Dyson AMO4 Hot Fan Heater
A home or office appliance for all-year use. This new product from innovative designers Dyson, heats as well as cools a room evenly, with no fan blades or visible elements. It has futuristic chic and is safe for children etc. Searches on PriceMe for this product increased 67% last month!
Updated Tablets and eBook Readers
In 2011, tablets and eBook readers were two of the hottest product categories on PriceMe (ranked 4th and 7th overall). With the anticipated launch this year of iPad 3, it will no doubt be on many Kiwis wish-lists (iPad was PriceMe’s fastest-growing product in 2011). Amazon are tipped to launch a successor to their Kindle Fire this year, which was a huge seller worldwide. There is much speculation as to whether Amazon will launch a tablet to compete with titans Apple and Samsung.
The recently-launched version of the Android operating system called Ice Cream Sandwich is likely to appear on a myriad of devices this year, from smartphones and tablets to less-traditional appliances such as fridges and TV’s (Lenovo K91 for example is an Android-powered TV expected to be available in NZ later this year). Search activity on PriceMe for the Android 4.0 Nexus smartphone increased by almost 100% in December last year and remained a popular product throughout January.
Google is keen to promote their new integration concept Android at Home, which can connect all devices in your home, enabling the owner to control these from their smartphone. We anticipate this suite of products will become very popular as the year progresses.
Gaming Consoles from Nintendo and Sony
Nintendo Wii U and Playstation Vita are poised to become very popular products in NZ this year. Gaming consoles are one of PriceMe’s most popular product categories with searches for PSP games increasing 92% last year.
Ultrabooks are very thin laptops such as Apple’s Macbook Air. In 2011, we measured a significant up-take in the popularity of ultrabooks, and in January this year, there were 150% more ultrabook-related searches compared to December, indicating an emerging product trend.
Based on the success of iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, it’s safe to predict that the iPhone 5 will have Kiwis opening up their wallets again when it becomes available in NZ later this year. The iPhone family has been a consistent most-searched product on PriceMe for some years, so the iPhone 5′s release will be much-anticipated by the latest-product hungry hordes of Apple devotees here !
Search activity was compared on PriceMe for the period December 2011 to January 2012, using Google Analytics as a measuring tool.
We took a few pictures when we unboxed the phone, and we couldn’t resist comparing the Note’s gigantic phone screen (5 inches!) to the most popular phone out there, the Apple iPhone. From a pure size perspective, it’s clearly a David-and-Goliath fight.
Besides the gargantuan screen, the Galaxy Note is, uh, notable for including a stylus, letting users do things such as write notes while running any app or draw their own directions on maps. The stylus hasn’t been entirely well received, with many criticizing it for being a throwback to the Palm Pilot days after Samsung ran a Super Bowl ad for the Note that prominently featured the “pen.”SEE ALSO: Samsung Shipped 1 Million Galaxy Note Devices in Two Months
While there’s been some discussion of the Galaxy Note blurring the line between tablet and phone, it’s clearly the latter. It’s sold through ATT ($299 with a two-year contract), and there is no Wi-Fi only version. It’s a phone, just one with an enormous screen.
We’ll have a review of the Galaxy Note up soon. But in the meantime, please browse our photos of the unboxing (sorry if any look upside-down — it’s a bug in our photo-editing software). And if it excites you enough already, you could always just pre-order it now.
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