You won’t be able to open your dad’s iPhone
According to a recently filed patent, Apple aims to be the leader of face recognition technology. The patent, titled “Electronic Device Operation Adjustment Based on Face Detection” details the way a device can act when it recognizes its user.
The new Apple patent describes an “electronic device having at least a front facing image capture device and a front facing display device arranged to display visual content.” After the device captures a user’s image and compares it to the predetermined set of data stored, then it unlocks and loads a user’s profile.
Unlike any similar applications or face unlock feature, when the user is not recognized, the device doesn’t give alternative options like asking for a security code in order to unlock.
With this new patent, Apple’s devices will provide users a customization experience at a completely different level.
“The facial data can be used to determine an orientation of the human face relative to the orientation of the presented visual content. In other words, the electronic device can determine if the orientation of the presented visual content, is substantially the same, or different, than the orientation of the human face.” says Apple’s patent application.
Beijing: Five people in southern China have been charged with intentional injury in the case of a Chinese teenager who sold a kidney so he could buy an iPhone and an iPad, the government-run Xinhua News Agency said on Friday.
The five included a surgeon who removed a kidney from a 17-year-old boy in April last year. The boy, identified only by his surname Wang, now suffers from renal deficiency, Xinhua quoted prosecutors in Chenzhou city, Hunan province as saying.
According to the Xinhua account, one of the defendants received about 220,000 yuan (about USD 35,000) to arrange the transplant. He paid Wang 22,000 yuan and split the rest with the surgeon, the three other defendants and other medical staff.
The report did not say who received and paid for the kidney.
The teen was from Anhui, one of China’s poorest provinces, where inhabitants frequently leave to find work and a better life elsewhere. He bought an iPhone and iPad, and when asked by his mother where he got the money, admitted selling a kidney.
Apple products are hugely popular in China, but are priced beyond the reach of many Chinese. IPhones start at 3,988 yuan (USD 633), and iPads begin at 2,988 yuan (USD 474).
Wang’s renal deficiency is deteriorating, Xinhua quoted prosecutors as saying.
Only a fraction of the people who need organ transplants in China are able to get them, leading to “transplant tourism” where patients travel overseas for such operations, and to a black market for human organs.
China banned the trading of human organs in 2007, Xinhua said. Several other suspects involved in the case are still being investigated.
iPhone Idolators, please meet the Android Army. Now retreat! Android’s share of the US smartphone market topped 50 percent in February, according to comScore. iOS gained share but trails considerably — by like 20 points. You can have your iPhone, but many more Americans take Android. I’m waiting. What’s your smarty-pants response to that, Apple apologists?
The findings butt against those from Nielsen — a life raft of apology for those insisting iPhone will rule the world. Last week, Nielsen reported a huge surge in the number of new purchasers choosing iPhones compared to Android. For the three months ending in February, 48 percent of Americans who recently bought a smartphone, chose Android — 43 percent iPhone, according to Nielsen. A year earlier, 27 percent of new acquirers chose Android versus 10 percent for iPhone.
comScore reports share for overall market, not new purchasers. During the three months ending in February, Android share was 50.1 percent among smartphone subscribers 13 and older — that’s up 3.2 points. iOS: 30.2 percent, up 5 points year over year and 1.5 points three months earlier. Those numbers are fairly consistent with Nielsen’s: 48 percent for Android and 32 percent for iOS.
Fifty percent is a big number and puts iPhone in potentially perennial second place — unless Android suddenly loses share. There’s nothing in comScore, Nielsen or any other analyst data that remotely suggests a reversal. Android’s dramatic growth slowed following the release of iPhone 4S in October, but there’s no reversal in growth or share gains.
Something else: Where Android and iOS gains come from. Microsoft and Research in Motion mobile operating systems lost share (again), 1.3 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively — or nearly what Android and iOS gained. BlackBerry’s downward trend seems unstoppable. Windows Phone is uncertain, given the arrival of hot, new LTE models, led by the Nokia Lumia 900. RIM can’t give up share forever.
Where Apple apologists can find solace is the one-against-many argument — iPhone alone shows tremendous gains against dozens of Androids. Among them, Samsung is smartphone leader, with 25.6 percent share, which is flat over three months. Second-ranked LG lost 1.1 points to 19.4 percent share, while Apple gained 2.3 points to 13.5 percent share. Apple gains pushed Motorola to fourth place, with 12.8 percent share.
But nothing gets past Android’s 50 percent, which comes as the US smartphone market approaches its saturation point and growth gains slow down for the leaders. Over three months, the number of Americans owning a smartphone rose 14 percent — to 104 million, or 44 percent of all handset owners. iPhone would need to make dramatic gains against Android for all of 2012 to close the distance. At the current smartphone adoption rate, saturation is perhaps coming within 18 months.
Considering that major carriers require two-year contractual agreements and more people will have recently purchased new smartphones then not, saturation is on track to lock in share for the major competitors sometime next year. If Windows Phone is to gain anything, new LTE models coming now must bring it while BlackBerry can still give up share. There’s nothing in comScore, Nielsen or any other analyst data to suggest Androids or iPhone will relinquish anything.
Apple apologists can dance on BlackBerry’s grave and laugh at (what they consider to be) Windows Phone dorks. But Android rules the world — well, at least these United States.
Article source: http://betanews.com/2012/04/04/uh-oh-iphone-fanboys/
The iOSsphere is nothing if not democratic. It accepts unfounded speculation, comments, convictions and assertions from the
lowest of the low and the highest of the high.
This week some guy who recruits workers for a Chinese assembly plant reveals the release date of iPhone 5 and sends the iOSsphere into paroxysms of bliss. A big screen is a certainty if you’re certain. Apple stands revealed as unseemly, gauche and oh yes greedy, though we consumers may be helping with that. And at the end of the
rainbow, is an OLED touchscreen.
You read it here second.
“Next Generation iPhone June Debut Plausible, But October Still The Likeliest Bet.”
– headline for Charles Moore’s post at the iPhone 5 News Blog, showing how iOSsphere rumoring has the same guiding principle
as Las Vegas
iPhone 5 will be announced in June. Unless it’s October.
The iOSphere was thrown into a tizzy when a Japanese blogger linked to a Japanese TV video clip, which featured a labor recruiter,
working at a Foxconn factory in China, saying that the manufacturer was hiring a zillion worker bees to assemble iPhone 5,
which will go on sale in June.
Macworld at least labeled this as a “rumor.”
There’s some confusion about what the recruiter actually said. One website had him saying explicitly that iPhone 5 will go
on sale in June. AppleInsider apparently used Google Translate on, presumably, a Japanese transcript of the interview and had this exchange:
“We’re looking for 18,000 employees … for the fifth-generation phone,” he said.
“Is that because demand is high for the ‘iPhone 5?’” [the interviewer] asked.
“That’s right. It will come out in June.”
So how much does a low-level labor recruiter know about Apple’s release schedule, and what does he mean by “come out in June”?
At the iPhone 5 News Blog, the implications were summed up by Charles Moore with the decisively authoritative headline, “Next Generation iPhone June Debut Plausible, But October Still The Likeliest Bet.”
At The Motley Fool, Rick Munarriz seems to accept that the Foxconn employee revealed a secret — the real release date of
the iPhone 5 — and yet points out a good reason why he might not have: “Even if the first iPhone 5 handsets begin rolling off the Foxconn assembly line in June, it could
still be weeks or months before the retail release takes place.”
Munarriz gives four reasons why a June release for the Next iPhone “makes sense.” One is that Apple wants to get back to its
original midyear release schedule for iPhone, instead of the October date for the iPhone 4S. As far as Rollup can tell, there’s
been no authoritative explanation of why the 4S was “delayed” or whether in fact it was delayed. Munarriz claims that a “popular
theory,” a.k.a. rumor, is that Apple put off the announcement as it waited in vain for the U.S. carriers to have a big enough
4G footprint to support an LTE iPhone. (Other theories included manufacturing problems, overheating, lagging development of
iOS 5, etc.)
His second reason for a June release follows from this: that now there are plenty of 4G base stations so apparently there’s
no need to wait until October for an LTE iPhone. Except that all kinds of data indicate that 1) most iOS device users in the
United States opt for Wi-Fi connectivity when available (see this week’s study by Comscore) and 2) only a fraction of new iPad users bought the LTE model and many of those who did were dismayed at how quickly they ran into their data plan limit. LTE’s biggest impact may be to spur better Wi-Fi services.
Munarriz’s third reason is that Nokia is now releasing the Lumia 900 smartphone, running Microsoft‘s Windows Phone firmware, in the U.S. “It’s cheap. It’s rich with features. Early demand has been strong by some accounts,” he writes.
“[I]f the phone gains any kind of traction, Apple is going to want to make sure that its iPhone 5 hits the market as soon
Let’s follow this. Apple is worried or concerned or panicked or desperate that two companies whose U.S. smartphone market
share combined is little more than a rounding error have created a miracle phone that will threaten Apple’s dominance. So
Apple will rush the iPhone 5 into release. The only problem with this fantasy is that there’s no evidence that Apple pays
much, if any, attention to what its putative rivals do, and then changes its product design or manufacturing or marketing
The fourth and last reason for a June iPhone 5 is “CEO Tim Cook doesn’t want to let investors down.” Munarriz claims that
“Apple probably wants to get its annual iPhone cycle back on historical track [with a June date].” He says that Apple’s stock
price “fell between late July to late September last year.” Which is true, but he has no explanation for why. He simply says
that returning to an early summer release would “overcome … concerns” of investors.
Tim Cook would have to announce an iPhone 5 made out of lead with a rotary dialer to “let down investors.” The company’s stock
has risen from $396.75 on Aug. 1, 2011 (the month that Cook was named CEO) to $633.68 at the close of trading Thursday, April
5, 2012. And most of that gain has taken place since Dec. 1, 2011.
Charles Moore, at iPhone 5 News Blog, seems to agree with the International Business Times that for some reason Apple’s Q2 financial results, being announced April 24, “provide a better clue as to whether the iPhone
5 will be released in October or in June.” Apparently, the unspoken belief is that if those results showed collapsing iPhone
4S sales, Apple would announce iPhone 5 sooner rather than later.
The one data point that relates to this is Apple’s Q4 fiscal 2011 results, which set company records, but were somewhat less than Wall Street expected. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that revenue and profit numbers were dragged down
in the last half of the quarter (late summer/early fall) as rumors of the next iPhone reached fever pitch, and consumers held
off on buying the current models. But Cook said this fall-off was much less than Apple had expected.
So, as with nearly every obsessive iOSsphere discussion of The Date, we end up where we started: Nobody knows when the darn
thing will be announced.
BY BOB HOLT
The iPad 3, or new iPad, has just hit the market, and the rumor mill has been firing up about the release of the long-awaited iPhone 5, or whatever Apple cares to call it.
The International Business Times reports that a Foxconn recruiter told TVTokyo program “World Business Satellite” that Apple’s next iPhone is going to be released in June. According to the recruiter, Foxconn is hiring about 18,000 more workers to step up its production.
In March, Reuters said Apple would present the phone “around the second quarter” of 2012. But Japanese blog Macotakara, said Apple would release the iPhone 5 in September or October.
Northern Voices Online believes that the iPhone 5 will be released June 15, 2012 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. They are saying that Apple plans to release the next version of its mobile OS on the first day of the conference, according to some sources. That may be iOS 6, which should run the new iPhone 5.
Foxconn sources believed the iPhone 5 would retain the rectangular shape of the previous models, and the screen might be a little bigger. But TechRadar reports that the new phone will be a completely new design with an entirely new casing. They also mentioned reports from March indicating that the new iPhone 5 would come with a 4.6-inch retina display.
The next phone is expected to have 4G LTE connectivity, but that has not been confirmed. If it does, the speed would be about ten times faster than the current 3GE network. Most recent Android phones contain 4G LTE.
According to the International Business Times, Apple’s next iPhone may include the “iWallet,” a digital system with Near-Field Communication technology, which allows users to complete credit card transactions over the phone. The iPhone 5 might also be the first phone to feature software for multi-player gaming.
And Apple has received a patent for crack-resistant glass, which reaches greater compression levels on the surface and edges of the glass.
There seems to be a growing number of Apple haters out there, and maybe it comes down to the fact that the company is doing so much better than those who produce Android based devices? We have already heard the negative comments of the new iPad, but those who have purchased it seem pretty impressed so far, but what will we think about the iPhone 5?
This will come down to many factors but if you are a gamer then there are a few essential gaming elements that Apple needs to offer, if they get this right then we can expect many more Android fans to jump on the hate campaign. I’ve had an iPhone from day one and have upgraded mine each year, yes the current 4S is not that much of a leap in terms of performance and design, but I’m more than happy with the new features.
However, Apple now needs to up their game if they have any hope of stopping rivals from taking their market share, and one area where they could benefit is gaming. There are many aspects to a smartphone that need to be looked at when considering how well games will play on them, and we have no doubt that the iPhone 5 will have all the bases covered.
The first thing that Apple needs to change is the size of the screen and there are fresh rumors that the iPhone 5 could use the same OLED screen found on the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Nexus; while this would not be the ideal situation from Apple it would certainly please those currently waiting for the 6th-generation iPhone. As for the display we just hope that it increases in size, there have been rumors to suggest an increase to 4 to 4.5 inches but which of the two would you much prefer?
So playing games would become far more enjoyable on a larger and better quality screen, but we need a performance upgrade to go with it. We had expected the new iPad to come with the A6 CPU but instead Apple went with the A5X, but we would imagine the new iPhone will have that new A6 chip because if not rivals will start to leave the device standing in benchmark tests. More performance is needed to play more complex games, which we expect to see now that developers have seen the potential in gaming on smartphones.
Before we get onto the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to playing games on the iPhone 5 the upcoming device first needs improvements to the battery. It’s no secret that Apple has never considered the battery an important part of the design on their smartphones, while they have made a few improvements over the years the 4S was considered much worse than the iPhone 4. Playing games on the move requires a decent amount of battery, so maybe it’s time Apple started putting some of their ingenuity to the test and gave us a battery performance that will blow us away?
The final thing that the iPhone 5 needs is not anything to do with the design on the phone itself, but a physical game controller and it seems that they could have already started. Not much is known but a recent article has said that while this is just an internal project with Apple they already have patented a gaming controller, and while we don’t expect this to be the device needed to bring hardcore gamers to the iPhone 5, it’s nice to know Apple are now considering it.
What would the iPhone 5 need to appeal to hardcore gamers?
With the HTC One X and now HTC EVO 4G LTE specs officially confirmed, it is surprising that Samsung has been so silent about its own upcoming flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Expected to go head to head with the iPhone 5 and HTC One / EVO 4G LTE, its not going to be a walk in the park for the Korean giant. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S2 was crowned best smartphone of the year back at MWC 2012, if the rumors of its successor’s specs read true, we could see Sammy retain that title.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 HTC One X / EVO 4G LTE
Now if you’re late to the party, let us first recap the specs. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is rumored to feature a 1.8GHz quad-core Exynos processor with 2GB RAM, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED III 720p display, 8-megapixel rear camera, LTE, 32GB internal storage and a front-facing camera. Now the screen size, camera, LTE radios and internal storage all seem to line up with what the HTC EVO 4G LTE / One X has to offer, as well as what the iPhone 5 is expected to bring. The key difference here is of course the 1.8GHz quad-core Exynos processor with a whopping 2GB RAM at its disposal. Given that the Tegra 3 quad-core chipset wasn’t compatible with LTE radios, we saw HTC swap its quad-core processors in the international version of the HTC One X with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 for the US variants (ATT HTC One X and Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE). Similarly, while the New iPad ’3′ boasts quad graphics processing, it packs a dual-core processor in order to be compatible with the LTE antenna. So it is more than likely that the same will be seen with the iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy S3 to rival flagships: ‘Up Yours’ (cores that is)
While still unconfirmed at this point, if the quad-core Exynos chip in the Samsung Galaxy S3 (which is built in-house by the way) is compatible with LTE, we could see the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the first quad-core LTE smartphone in the US. Now we are aware that quad-core processors don’t automatically apply that they are better than dual-core processors, but it is difficult to change consumer mentality when it comes to ‘more isn’t always better’.
Are you planning to wait and see what the Samsung Galaxy S3 US variants have to offer or are you taking the plunge with the HTC EVO 4G LTE? Sound off in the comments below.
There have been several whispers about Chinese manufacturer Foxconn and its intriguing job openings. The word going around is that close to 20,000 jobs are available for those wanting to help in the creation of Apple’s next-generation smartphone.
This device, which many know as the iPhone 5 (also rumored to be simply called new iPhone), is being expected by many to launch anytime between June and October 2012. According to a source from Foxconn itself, we just might be seeing the iPhone 5 in shelves as early as June.
The Foxconn employee gave an interview to TV Tokyo where he disclosed June as the launch date for the new iPhone. However, there is a possibility that he may have confused launch date with the actual start of production – earlier rumors tipped the iPhone 5’s launch for October 2012, thus staying in-line with a 12-month cycle in between iPhones.
Also, the employee came from Foxconn’s recruitment department and not from the production team, so we’re taking this one with a huge grain of salt. But regarding his statement that some 18,000 employees are needed for production, we’re willing to believe that may most likely be true.
On the other hand, a June launch for the iPhone 5 could be a sound business maneuver considering Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and HTC’s One X are due to be launched soon, most likely before the summer.
These two handsets are considered to be the iPhone’s top competition in the smartphone market, and Apple may not want to wait long before silencing their rivals with the iPhone 5 to beat all previous iPhones.
Regardless, anything can happen at this juncture and once new rumors regarding iPhone 5 specs and release dates come up, we’ll keep you posted.
With the New iPad ’3′ out of the way, all eyes are now on the next big iOS product launch, the iPhone 5. However there now could be another iOS product in the pipeline that may debut this year as well, an iPad mini.
iPad Mini and iPhone 5 to take on Samsung Galaxy S3 Note in 2012? (rumors)
Apple has been working on a smaller version of the iPad in its Cupertino labs, reports Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. In an episode of The Talk Show podcast, Gruber mentioned that he heard about a 7.85-inch iPad mini prototype with the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad 1 and 2 were undergoing testing in Apple’s labs. Given that the resolution and 7.85-inch form factor works out to around 163 pixels per inch, it mens that there will be a sharpness increase over the original iPad without apps needing to be re-optimized for the new screen size. A big plus for app developers.
If these rumors do come true, then we may see another intermediate device between the iPhone 5 and New iPad ’3′. Given that the iPad was originally criticized for just being a giant iPhone sans calling capabilities, if the iPad mini does end up being allowed to make phone calls just like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 could, we could see a tablet/phone hybrid option for Apple fans.
The Samsung Galaxy Note has been selling extremely well and the market is expected to be flooded with more phone/tablet hybrids in 2012 such as the ASUS Padfone. The question here though is, if Apple does in fact release a 7.85-inch iPad Mini tablet/phone hybrid, do we really need a iPhone 5 with a display as massive as 5-inches like rumors suggest, or would the 3.5-inch form factor suffice?
Would you be interested in a iPad-iPhone hybrid?
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