If you’re a fan of the videogame Skyrim, open up your App Store account because you want this app. The official Skyrim interactive world map has launched at no cost with a bunch of in-app purchase options for more details.
The iPhone 4S is set to hit China Telecom on March 9. The device will be free will select contracts and this is the second carrier in China to start taking reservations.
The new rumor is making the rounds the iPhone 5 announcement will be made in September. The source of this rumor is said to be “Asian reliable sources.”
The likely features of the iPhone 5 to be released in the summer of this year include a surprising change in some of the most renowned features and areas of design which the previous five models have offered. To always keep ahead of the competition, Apple is likely to provide a new handset with some design changes, a better processor and more advanced main camera.
The handset is likely to be released this summer and it is rumoured that it may offer a completely different approach for users when accessing their phone. The design up until now has only significantly changed once from the rounded shape of the 3GS to the more rectangular shaping of the handset body introduced with the iPhone 4 respectively. All designs have featured a home button on the front of the device, it is the single button to access the handset, and during use, returning at any time desired to Home where all your applications and folders are ready for you to use. As other handsets on the market have moved upward with their screen sizes, and the latest Samsung Galaxy Nexus has removed it’s front control buttons altogether, it is possible that the iPhone 5 will have a larger display of at least 4 inches, and to provide space for this without enlarging the entire phone, the Home button will not be present. Instead, rumours suggest two “squeeze” buttons may appear on the side of the handset, and when pressed together will take you to Home. The reason for two and placing them on the side of the device, is that it could be significantly easier to access the Home this way, and with one hand especially when removing the handset from your pocket.
Among the other major changes likely are a more advanced camera. Again as other manufacturers have moved towards 12 plus megapixel main cameras, and over 1 megapixel high definition front cameras, it is likely such features will be present on this device. It is also possible that the handset A5 chip will be upgraded with more power to offer 1.5 gigahertz of speed. What is unlikely to change is the operating system, which will remain as iOS 5 and include all of its new features including support for the iCloud.
Whatever the features of the iPhone 5, it is certain to be yet another major release of new technology from Apple. Meanwhile, we must wait in anticipation to see if it does offer better cameras, a larger Retina display and a new approach to Home.
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What better way to come off the long weekend than with a bunch of Apple rumors? It looks like the iPad 3 may be getting a bit of junk in the trunk, while the iPhone 5 could be another fall release for Apple.
The Chinese tech blog M.I.C. Gadget has received an early production version of the iPad 3′s rear case from “reliable sources,” which shows that the new tablet will have even more tapered edges than the iPad 2 and will also be around 1-1.5mm thicker.
Apple was likely forced to increase the iPad 3′s thickness to fit in some new hardware, like the higher resolution Retina Display (which was semi-confirmed by counting pixels on an early production display), improved camera, and possible inclusion of LTE 4G technology. The iPad 3 is rumored to sport a new quad-core A6 processor from Apple, though a recent posting on a Chinese forum says otherwise, thanks to a picture of a purported iPad 3 logic board with an “A5X” chip. Judging by Apple’s naming conventions, the A5X (if it exists) is most likely a slightly faster version of the dual-core A5 on the iPad 2.
According to the most recent rumors, the iPad 3 is expected to launch on March 7.
As for the iPhone 5, it seems that Apple may be settling on fall as its new season for iPhone releases, according to the Japanese tech blog Macotakara. The site, which has been accurate in the past about Apple rumors, also cites “reliable sources” for its information. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the iPhone 5 does land during the fall, because it wouldn’t make much sense for Apple to cut into the iPhone 4S’ life cycle. People are still hot for the iPhone 4S, and Apple will want to milk that demand for all it’s worth.
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By Rex Crum
SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)–The “halo effect” from the anticipated and so-called iPhone 5 is set to provide a lift to the sales of Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS), as a Charter Equity analyst raised his rating on the chip maker Tuesday to buy.
The move comes at the tail end of a roller-coaster ride over the past few …
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Date Posted: February 14th, 2012
Ahead of the rumored release date of the iPad 3 that will “hint” the iPhone 5′s CPU, Motorola with Google plus new Android smartphones will attempt to woo customers away from iOS.
Google’s record-breaking $12.5 billion deal to acquire Motorola Mobility was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice and European Commission this week, and the next big “thing” might happen this year.
Google is the smartphone operating system giant in the United States based on market share, while Motorola is one of the best phone makers (call quality and form factor) in the market right now, but it is currently facing stiff competition from Samsung, Apple and Amazon (tablet).
Can the popular search engine and software giant lift Moto in the smartphone and tablet arena? Some tech sites believe that Motorola and Google’s tandem will provide a high-end and competitive smartphone that will compete against Apple’s iPhone.
This year, Apple is expected to announce a new smartphone, the presumed iPhone 5. Rumors say it might get in stores in June while others predict that the iPhone 5 will follow the iPhone 4S release date, October.
Either way, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 might experience a rivalry with a pure Google-branded smartphone manufactured by Motorola. It is worth noting that Google already said in a statement that the acquisition is for the phone manufacturer’s patents and to protect the Android ecosystem from patent infringement involving Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and others.
Google’s Eric Schmidt said in a statement last year that the company wants Motorola for more than just patents and in fact, Schmidt also added that Google wants Motorola’s top of the line hardware and talented employees.
He said, “we did it for more than just patents. We actually believe that the Motorola team has some amazing products coming…. We’re excited to have the product line, to use the Motorola brand, the product architecture, the engineers.”
A Motorola and Google in one smartphone? Another company worth mentioning is Intel which could play a major role on the upcoming Motorola flagship device. This year, there is a rumor circulating online that Intel’s first chip on a phone will debut this month with the Motorola hardware and Google’s fresh Ice Cream Sandwich software. It is still too early to tell if the rumored Motorola-Intel phone will include Google branding. Also, no word yet if Google will play a major role in the commercial and other promotion of the rumored Intel-Motorola phone.
Speaking of Google’s software, other Android manufacturers are also expected to use the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich to sell more smartphones. HTC will launch a quad-core phone with Ice Cream Sandwich this month, while LG is reportedly ready to launch two smartphones, a quad-core Android 4.0 phone and a tabphone with 5-inch touchscreen, the Optimus Vu. Samsung’s long-rumored Galaxy S3 will miss this month’s MWC in Europe apparently, and rumors say the Korean company wants a “closer” release date with the iPhone 5.
Samsung is currently the only manufacturer that offers an Android 4.0 smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Ahead of the Sprint Wireless variant launch in Q2, Samsung has added a new white Galaxy Nexus in Europe, Asia and online stores to challenge the white iPhone 4S, and to sell more smartphones ahead of the expected deluge of new Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones.
Next month, Apple is rumored to introduce a new tablet computer, the iPad 3, and if Apple will still implement its “hardware strategy,” the iPad 3′s CPU or processor could also be the CPU of the iPhone 5. For example, if the iPad 3 will include a quad-core A6 CPU, then expect to see an iPhone 5 also shipping with A6, similar to last year’s iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S.
The end of February is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing: Mobile World Congress 2012. As usual there will be hundreds of product launches, lots of parties and more than a few surprises. All the big players, bar, of course, a few notable exceptions, will be launching new devices and services at the three day event in Barcelona.
HTC is expected to make quite a splash at MWC 2012 launching new handsets, tablets and services. The Taiwanese manufacturer, following below par Q4 results, clearly wants to hit the ground running in 2012. And judging by the leaks we’ve seen thus far it looks like HTC is moving in the right direction.
Here’s what we know about so far:
Ice White HTC Sensation
HTC has already announced the ‘Ice White’ HTC Sensation but it will be the first time we’ve had a proper look at what a HTC Sensation handset will look like in white. Now this isn’t all that interesting, if we’re honest. We’ve seen plenty of Sensation-branded handsets during the past 12 months with the Sensation XL and the Sensation XE.
The big USP with this new Sensation handset, besides its colour, is that it’ll ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. All the other specs – CPU, display, camera, RAM and storage – are exactly the same as the original HTC Sensation. Taking into account HTC’s Q4 performance, we’d have expected a lot more from the company’s first release of the year.
Music Streaming Service
Not content with owning the lion’s share of Beats Audio, HTC also has designs on the music business proper and wants to launch it’s own music streaming service that will rival iTunes, Google Music and Spotify. HTC is expected to make an announcement regarding this new service as MWC 2012.
According to GigaOM, this new music service would be the default client on all new lines of HTC smartphones and tablets. No doubt HTC will be putting its connections with Beats Audio co-owner Jimmy Lovine – the man that started Interscope Records – in order to offer up a viable alternative to Google Music on the Android platform.
‘Instead of selling and buying individual songs through an online music marketplace like iTunes,’ says Rolling Stone, ‘HTC is looking into streaming options more similar to the Spotify strategy. Pricing for subscription plans to the new streaming model were not made available, although more details could be officially unveiled as early as this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.’
This could potentially be a very big deal for HTC, as well as a huge new revenue stream. Providing HTC can somehow diversify its music service then it might be able to win some customers. But competition is rife in the music market with Apple, Google and Microsoft all now having established services. Is there room for HTC? Possibly – but its service will have to have some pretty unique attributes.
HTC One X
Also known as the HTC Edge, the One X is expected to be HTC’s first-ever quad core handset. We’ve seen plenty of leaks regarding this handset including images, specs and videos during the past couple of months. Launching on Android 4.0, the One X will feature a 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD display, dual camera set-up, 1GB of RAM, as well as 32GB of internal storage, which, along with the handset’s NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, is another first for HTC.
The HTC One X, according to reports, is a definite MWC launch and will do battle with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5 in 2012. We have some pretty big expectations riding on this handset, so we hope it doesn’t disappoint.
You know how app developers are always talking about Apple’s mysterious and allegedly thorough iTunes app approval process? Apparently it can’t be too restrictive considering the company just allowed a trio of apps onto the App Store that blatantly infringe on three big-name brands.
Daniel Burford, operating under the company name “Home of Anime” is currently selling Pokémon Yellow, Digimon+, and YuGiOh+. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? I’m fairly certain Nintendo, Bandai, and Konami have….
Thanks unnamed media outlets! Why not just attribute them all to IGN? No one would doubt it.
Despite the rave reviews the app has already somehow received, the customer reviews are not quite so positive:
- I want my money back if I don’t get it I’m going to sue the person who made this application this just a rip off lying to us of what it contains!!!!!!! (faustino angel)
- Shoulda read the bottom comments before purchasing, this is a scam. Crashes after main screen (Chewybaka 0508)
Currently there are roughly 600 reviews averaging 1.5 stars for the Pokémon app. Pokémon Yellow was released for the Game Boy in 1998. Note also that the screenshot (below) used on the App Store is from a more recent Pokémon game, not Pokémon Yellow, though none of this matters since the app only loads the title screen before crashing (confirmed).
I half expect Zynga to take this as a sign that “Pokémon with Friends” is something they should try getting away with.
Analysts predict that both the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 — devices that are expected to come out this year from Apple — are going to be 4G LTE enabled in order to better compete on a crowded market floor. Analyst Shaw Wu, who’s working for Stern Agee at the moment, made this prediction about the upcoming iOS Devices. This just adds fuel to the rumor mill that has been working overtime as the (purported) iPad 3 launch date draws closer. According the general consensus amongst rumors and experts, an early March date is when the next generation tablet is expected to appear.
According to Wu, it is not surprising at all and it falls in line with their checks within Apple supply chains mid-January this year. The 4G LTE capability will join a handful of other important upgrades, according to Wu. These upgrades are coming in the form of a better SoC with more processing power, a retina display (the same extremely high resolution display found on iPhone 4 and above) and of course, Siri. There have in fact been rumors about Siri finally shedding the beta tag and being launched as something even more spectacular than the entertaining virtual-voice-assistant that we now know and love.
In the meantime, there was a report from Wall Street Journal, who cited some unnamed sources who are apparently close to the matter, saying the iPad 3 will be sold by Verizon Wireless and ATT for use on their respective 4G LTE networks. These are the same carriers that are selling the iPad 2 — the current generation of the tablet.
4G is currently avail in only select parts of the US and that is the similar state in every other place in the world where 4G is being rolled out. According to estimates from the analyst, the US will have about 80% 4G coverage by the end of 2013 and that is 2 years away. Which is probably why Apple had not introduced 4G on the iPad before this. However, now that coverage is getting better and the SoC has also become advanced enough, the iPad 3 is perhaps finally ready to be blessed with 4G. This is also going to help with the sales as lot as the device be facing a lot of stiff competition from almost every manufacturer on the planet thanks to Android and the upcoming Windows 8.
The iPad is currently the market leader for tablets but many are predicting its fall this year thanks to renewed competition and a better equipped Android with the 4.0 update (Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is also rumored for an early 2012 release).
According to Wu, this update will in fact send a boost through the iPad sales and increase overall sales. This, in a time when the iPad needs it to maintain and perhaps even increase market share that is slowly being eaten away by a fragmented competition.
HOUSTON – I’m answering your tech questions on FOX 26 News at 5 p.m. Today’s question:
FROM GINA IN HOUSTON:
What iPhone should I buy if I don’t want to pay for Siri?
Gina — First of all, note that you don’t actually have to pay a monthly fee for Siri, which is Apple’s voice command software. Yes, you’re more likely to use your phone’s data plan with it, but that shouldn’t affect your phone bill.
Siri only comes on the latest iPhone 4S, however, which does indeed cost more.
If you don’t want it, the older iPhone 4 will only cost you about $100. The problem is, even at Wal-Mart.com, the iPhone 4 is sold out.
You could buy a used one, but there are a few risks associated with buying a used smartphone, and you really won’t save very much money.
My recommendation: wait until this summer. Everyone in the tech business speculates in just a few months, Apple will formally announce what will probably be the iPhone 5.
Even if you don’t want the latest and the greatest iPhone 5, you can then probably snag an iPhone 4S — Siri included — for $100.
Save some money, and practice a little patience… wait a few months.
Also, keep in mind that all the prices I just mentioned are dependant on you signing a 2-year phone service contract.