At the moment there are a lot of cool new smartphones coming out or hotly anticipated, and the hottest of them all that’s still under wraps is without a bout the next Apple phone model – iPhone 5. As usually happens, there has been a number of rumors hinting at the features. One of the latest rumors is that it will feature Thunderbolt technology, which will be a whole new ball game.
Samsung Galaxy S3 goes wireless, iPhone 5 adds in Thunderbolt port option
There will be a whole raft of new handsets this year, but none will feature something as revolutionary as Thunderbolt. A report on CNET has said that an iPhone 5 with Thunderbolt will change the face of the smartphone world. Of course there’s always rumors about a larger display and so on, but a Thunderbolt port is a slow-burning rumor that hasn’t attracted much attention so far – but it needs to.
Any device that uses a Thunderbolt port can transfer data much more quickly, and the port can connect with DisplayPort and PCI Express cards. This means that it can connect PCs to HD video capture hardware and external displays. The only problem is that not many other people are using Thunderbolt, and there are only a few devices that would be able to connect to Thunderbolt-using Apple gadgets.
If Apple did launch a Thunderbolt-compatible iPhone 5 there would be millions of new handsets with the technology, which would lead to lots of third party accessories coming onto the market. This in turn would lead to major PC makers jumping on the bandwagon. If other mobile makers also start using Thunderbolt, we may have the long-awaited unified connection for all brands of handsets and peripherals. At last!
Apple needs to bear down on the technical solutions it needs to make this happen, though. The Thunderbolt controller chip presently used in MacBooks is way too large for the svelte iPhone 5 body. The new phone would also need to have an adapter for USB ports so that it could be used with the devices already on the market, as well as in homes and workplaces.
Of course, there are downside with adding a Thunderbolt port. As we saw in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S3 which introduced wireless charging as the way to the future, adding more ports into the iPhone 5 may appear like a step backwards for smartphones. Furthermore, it would also add more bulk to the iPhone 5 which is not acceptable given that the current gen iPhone 4S is already one of the thickest high-end smartphones on the market.
Do you think the advantages of Thunderbolt is worth Apple redesigning the iPhone 5 with this tech in mind? Or would you prefer they incorporate more wireless capabilities like the Samsung Galaxy S3 (S-Beam, wireless charging, DLNA) given that it is a mobilephone and not a desktop/laptop at the end of the day? Sound off in the comments below.
We created this infographic because we wanted to know — is Siri living up to all the hype?
Foster City, Calif. (PRWEB) May 30, 2012
OnlineDegrees.com, a leading education site since 2003, recently launched “Siri, why don’t you understand me?,” an infographic that explores how iPhone 4S owners are using Apple’s new Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface (S.I.R.I. or Siri).
Marketed as a digital assistant, Siri purports to help with a variety of tasks, including playing music, finding sports scores or creating secure passwords. However, according to a Parks Associates study, iPhone 4S owners typically use Siri for much simpler tasks, such as making phone calls, searching the Web and sending text messages.
“When the iPhone 4S was released last year, there was plenty of speculation about the new software,” said Kevin Phang, spokesperson for OnlineDegrees.com. “We created this infographic because we wanted to know — is Siri living up to all the hype?”
While an overwhelming 87 percent of iPhone 4S owners say they use Siri at least once per month, the new feature still poses a number of challenges. For example, background noise often makes it difficult for the voice recognition system to understand commands, and Siri has trouble understanding accents.
“I think users were, and still are, excited about Siri,” added Phang. “Technical issues have frustrated some, but for the most part, it looks like consumers are generally pleased and want to learn more about Siri’s capabilities.”
Although many users ask Siri to perform only basic functions, the Parks Associates study also revealed that 51 percent of iPhone owners feel it is “extremely important” that their next phone have a Siri-like feature.
For more information on this infographic, or others like it, follow @OnlineDegrees on Twitter and Facebook.
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Below are some of the notable specifications of the three devices:
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the largest screen of all with its 4.8 inch screen display. HTC One XL sports a 4.7 inch screen. One of the popular rumors around the new iPhone is its screen size. Many speculated that iPhone 5 will be sporting a larger screen, saying goodbye to its 3.5 inch screen size.
HTC One XL scores a point by offering a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The Galaxy S3 is not left behind with its 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. One of the rumors around iPhone 5 is that it will be sporting an A5X chip, which gives a notion for a faster processor.
When it comes to storage space, there will be no further questions that Samsung’s greatest device up to date nailed it with is 62GB expandable memory. Samsung Galaxy S3 allows its users to add microSD card to further increase the memory of the device. HTC One XL needs to further improve its storage capabilities as it only has 32GB non-expandable memory. There is no firm detail yet about the iPhone 5′s memory but last year’s iPhone has a 64GB non-expandable memory in boot.
Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One XL tied in the category by using Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich. iPhone 5 will be using an updated version of the iOS, which is expected to be unveiled in the upcoming WWDC event in June.
The Galaxy S3 and HTC One XL is at par by sporting 8 megapixel camera. There are not much speculations if the Cupertino-based company will be upgrading again its lenses. However, greater resolutions and camera features may be on the way.
One of the downsides of owning a smartphone is its short battery life. It has one of the issues that are constantly addressed by developers. Galaxy S3 promised longer battery life with its 2100 mAh. HTC One XL and iPhone 5 trailed behind with their 1800 mAh and 1432 mAh, respectively
As mentioned earlier, one of the advantages of HTC One XL is its 4G/LTE feature that promised faster connectivity. Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy S3 does not support this feature. There are speculations that Apple will learn its lesson from the lawsuits on its 4G/LTE feature, especially in Australia. The company could be working on 4G/LTE connection in leading markets like UK and Australia.
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Ah, June. The beginning of summer, when the kids are finally released from school, and Gadgets are finally released from the Purgatory between Digitimes Taiwan rumor and Midwestern Best Buy store shelf.
The hottest gadget rumor, lately even hotter than the iPhone 5, and wayyy hotter than the quickly-dismissed Facebook phone, is the Google Nexus tablet. This would be Google’s second attempt at mobile hardware – its Google Nexus smartphone was a non-starter. It will allegedly be built by Asus, not Google’s recently-swallowed Motorola Mobility, and run Nvidia‘s quad-core Tegra 3 chipset. It will be 7 inches, cost a Kindle-matching $200 and be the debut of the latest Android update, version 5.0, aka Jelly Bean.
For consumers, Jelly Bean should indeed be sweet. Rumors say goodies include a Siri-like voice assistant, Google’s suddenly market-leading Chrome Web browser, better touch keyboard, more integration with Google services and more tablet-specific features.
For enterprises, rumored features they would care about include the ability to run on laptops (and possibly even dual-boot with Microsoft Windows), a file system, increased protection from malware, including the dumping of Adobe’s already-dying mobile Flash player.
The other good news for enterprises is that Jelly Bean heralds a new era wherein Google will only release one major Android update per year.
How sweet will Android Jelly Bean be for enterprises?
Google started off frenetically, taking the ‘ship early, ship often’ mantra literally. In 2009, Google released three updates to Android (Cupcake, Donut and Eclair). After complaints, it slowed the pace to bi-annual updates in the last two years.
The problem is that Google’s hardware partners still haven’t caught up. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is only running on about 5% of devices today. Almost two-thirds of devices are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Even Android 2.1 Eclair, released 2.5 years ago, has more users than ICS.
The Samsungs and HTCs of this world remain slow about releasing their newest hardware with the latest Android update installed (though the vendors would retort that Google’s processes are to blame). They are also excruciatingly slow about making Android updates available to devices already out in the field (if at all).
Want Apple to spill the beans? Getting blood from a stone would have been easier, as Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for a chat at the All Things D conference last night. Instead of giving the merest hint at the company’s future plans, he promised even greater secrecy. Good look with that, as what may be the first iPhone 5 components leaked into view.
Throw Us A Bone, Tim
With Apple’s worldwide developer conference just days away, you might have thought that Tim Cook would give the world a sneak preview, a tiny nugget of information or a even a broad hint about what was to come. But, the man at the helm, merely promised even more security and black-bag, black-hole, style operations over future products.
While proclaiming to be excited over those future products, He said he’s “never been as amazed by all the things I cannot talk about today.” All he would say was, “We’re going to double down on secrecy on products,” while pointing out that Apple will become the most transparent company over issues like supplier responsibility and the environment.
He also mentioned Facebook, saying stay tuned, presumably for some possible reunion between iOS and the social site. You can read the full transcript at All Things D, and wonder why they didn’t just stream it. If you’d been in the audience, what question would you like to have asked the Apple CEO?
When discussing rival Microsoft’s attempt to cram Windows 8 into tablets, PCs and, presumably phones, he did say “In my view, the tablet and the PC are different. You can do things with the tablet if you are not encumbered by the legacy of the PC.” Which suggests iOS and OS-X are never to meet in the middle, with iCloud providing Apple’s bridge between the two.
Or the Bones Will Talk
However, while he was pledging secrecy, it looks like the skeletal shell of the iPhone 5 was making a break for freedom, under the wire of Chinese suppliers. Various sites are showing pictures of the shell which comes with a gap for the new mini dock connector at the bottom. There is also a larger vertical space for the screen area that will tally with the extended widescreen display and other tweaks to the design.
Real or mocked up, there is only so much magic Apple can produce for something that is an update to an existing product. So, even if this isn’t the final thing, it has to be pretty close to what will ship, unless Apple decides to make a fruit shaped phone. So, Tim is likely most looking forward to the Apple HDTV set, where Apple can design and create on a blank slate.
All Tim Cook said about TVs was that Apple’s existing TV dongle had sold 2.8 million last year, and almost as many in the early part of this year. Suggesting more things to come, saying, “This is an area of intense interest for us.”
We’ll see next week exactly what Apple has planned, at least for iOS 6.0 and the reimagined maps app. And that’s really where Apple can still play and create, and the excitement for Apple as a brand can still be generated, as the form factors and hardware of phones and tablets solidify. So, expect the drama to come at WWDC rather than the iPhone 5 event. Unless Apple casually throws something new into the mix.
New iPhone 5 pictures show Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) making room for a bigger screen, a semi-unibody enclosure, and a new dock connector. The screen is supposedly taller, switching to a 16:9 HDTV-style ratio. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the meaning of it all.
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: A better AMERCIA…
Ross Catanzariti asks the question of the hour:
Is this the iPhone 5? … [P]urported leaked images…reveal what appears to be an iPhone  with a taller, 4in screen…and a much smaller dock connector.
According to rumours, the new iPhone will have a 4in screen with a resolution of 1136 x 640.
Mark Gurman has his awesomesauce:
[We] have received several…images that are very high-resolution. … [A] large portion of the back…is made out of metal. … [The] metal antenna band is molded into the metal backplates…[to] creat[e] a unibody enclosure…to produce [a] thinner and lighter, yet stronger, device.
The long rumored smaller dock connector is present. … [The] home button…is definitely present. … [It] will be the same width as the current 4 and 4S models, but it will be longer…with a screen size of 3.999 inches.
How big? John Cox mocks the faux-accuracy of that screen size:
But John Gruber fans the flames:
I’m still not convinced [it's] for real, but…there’s an awful lot of smoke for there not to be a fire. … iPhone apps are already expected to be…somewhat flexible in height. … [When] you’re on a phone call or making a recording…you get a…double-height status bar [which] doesn’t cover the content of most apps.
In short, “windows” on iOS resize like windows on a Mac. … Apple could, with…iOS 6, further encourage developers…by changing the way notification banners are displayed. … [T]hey could encourage iOS developers to adopt the…APIs to be responsive to changes in available vertical screen space.
[Then] come October, apps that do the right thing would automatically be responsive to…176 more pixels.
And John Biggs ponders the true meaning of the imagery:
Whether they are real or not…there is still a bit more to this story. … The most important thing to note is…the dock connector…it’s a micro USB port (or…Thunderbolt). … That Apple still clings to [a] 30-pin slot is quite odd…considering how much real estate these things take up.
Whatever happens in the next few weeks before WWDC, rest assured we’ll see plenty more [pictures]. The glut of cases we’ve seen in the past hour is pointing to something brewing.
Meanwhile, Jeff Bertolucci wonders if all this “chatter” is counter-productive:
In the quarter leading up to last year’s launch of the iPhone 4S…sales fell 16 percent. … Apple execs blamed the endless drumbeat of iPhone rumors.
Could history repeat itself this year? Quite likely. … This year’s iPhone scuttlebutt can’t touch the drama of two years ago, when…Jason Chen bought an iPhone 4 prototype…and revealed it online.
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Several websites have published photos purporting to show the casing of the new iPhone.
9to5Mac appeared to be first to publish the shot, after being tipped off by iPhone repair firm iFixyouri. The shape is fairly similar to the current iPhone 4 and 4S models, except with a smaller dock connector and larger speakers. The site was also told that the back is made from aluminium alloy.
We’ve heard rumblings of a smaller dock connector in the past, and its reduced size means the bottom-mounted speakers can be larger and – we assume – capable of belting out higher quality audio.
Another shot, published on Engadget, shows a slightly curved white casing with an obvious silver backplate. It is not clear if the backing is metal.
Samsung Galaxy S3 has been launched in 28 countries as Apple’s iPhone 5 release is still months away
Samsung has finally released its top-of-the-line Android handset Galaxy S3 in Europe. The South Korean tech giant hopes to outsell the device over its predecessor in the continent. Samsung announced the device on May 3 in a special media event in London. The firm then said that the device would initially be available in European and Middle East countries. Other markets will get the latest version of Galaxy S series sometime later, Samsung said.
As per Samsung, the new Galaxy S 3 is now available for grabs in 28 European and Middle East countries. Major markets like Britain and Germany are included in the list. Samsung will make available the most advanced S3 handset before the arrival of Apple’s new iPhone 5. Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone version in the third quarter of the year. As reported by Yahoo, lots of people formed queues in front of Samsung stores in different European countries for the device. Galaxy S fans have been eagerly waiting for the device, which has lots of incredible features including an eye tracking system.
Galaxy S 3 specialties
The new version of Samsung’s Galaxy S series has been getting great coverage in the media. The device, which features the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, comes with a large 4.8-inch display with better screen resolution and pixel rate. The way it mainly differs from the iPhone 4S and others is with its large display. Among the smartphones, the S 3 is now the only device with a large display. A set of phablets including the Galaxy Note have a 5 or higher inches display, however.
Moreover, many international cellular service providers from Britain’s Vodafone to Singapore’s SingTel have been showing off the device as a great product. The carriers have been aggressively promoting the S 3 as a nice handset with the ICS. The device also touts an Exynos Quad quad-core processor, which makes it perform superbly. As per the current trends in market, the smartphone could go beyond its predecessor in number of sales. The Galaxy S 2 was sold in 20 million units across the world.
According to the Vodafone UK, the S3 is now the most pre-ordered Android handset ever. “In the two years that we have been offering pre-orders, it is the most pre-ordered Android device we have had in our line-up,” said the carrier’s spokesman. “It is on track to meet, if not exceed, the level of pre-orders we expected by the time it actually launches,” Vodafone, which declined to expose the numbers, said. In fact, Samsung itself believes that S 3 could outsell Galaxy 2.
Is it a threat for iPhone 5?
Needless to mention, the Galaxy S 3 will be a huge threat for the forthcoming iPhone. S 3 now leads the smartphone market for several reasons. The device features a large display, quad core processor, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, a powerful battery and better multimedia features including an 8-megapixel rear camera. Overall, when compared to the current iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S 3 is a superb product with a huge collection of features.
If Apple fails to redesign its iPhone with a larger display, quad core processor and others, undoubtedly the S 3 will dominate the new iPhone. Even if Apple makes particular changes to its iPhone series, it will face critical threats from new Galaxy S phone “The Galaxy S3 is a real challenger to the upcoming iPhone,” says Francisco Jeronimo, an IDC analyst. “This is likely be one of the most sold smartphones this year, though the real test will come when the next iPhone is launched.”
Samsung has prepared its Galaxy S 3 with its own music service. It is for the first time Samsung has launched a content-based service in its new handset. The handset maker admits that it intends to become a good player in providing content as well apart from its hardware competency. “Samsung is not known for our content services; we make good hardware products but we haven’t done much in the content space but that’s changing,” Samsung’s T.J. Kang says.
My, my, talk about an age old rumour that simply wont lay down and die. Of course I am speaking about the latest speculation that the Facebook phone, a device more illusive that the Scarlet Pimpernel, has again reared its phantom head with word that the social networking site is again planning to launch a Facebook phone.
According to an article over on Pop Herald, the news of plans for the Facebook phone reared its head on The New York Times, that said Facebook has hired several ex-Apple hardware and software engineers that worked on the iPhone, and one that worked on the Apple iPad, and obviously this info was from people that wish to remain unnamed.
Over on In Entertainment however, they are asking whether the arrival of the Facebook phone would have an effect on sales of the iPhone 5, as they know both the iPhone 5 and Facebook phone would have a battle to gain the hearts of teens. They say that many teens will want to upgrade their smartphone to the next iPhone, but if the Facebook phone should appear then perhaps those teens just might turn away from the new iPhone in favour of the Facebook phone.
Both Apple gear and Facebook have a huge following, with Facebook having some 900 million active users, so the big question here is, if Facebook does finally deliver the Facebook phone, will many transfer their loyalty over to the Facebook phone, and abandon iOS, Windows Phone and Android?
Apparently Facebook is working with HTC on the rumoured Facebook phone, which apparently has the codename of Buffy, a codename we have previously heard of way back in the November of 2011, a smartphone rumoured to run a custom version of the Android operating system, and be heavily integrated with Facebook services.
If the Facebook Buffy smartphone does materialise and sports the Android operating system, then really the Android faithful wouldn’t be shifting their loyalty from the platform, but as many simply love accessing their Facebook account via their phone, there is a possibility that people will move from the iPhone, and Windows Phone to get the Facebook phone, although in what quantities obviously remains to be seen.
Having said that, as Facebook has apps on most platforms that lets the user pretty much do whatever they wish on the social networking site, is there really a need for a Facebook phone, and if so would it do as well as anticipated, would there be a mass exodus from other devices just to own the Facebook phone?
Personally I doubt it, I have been an Android user from the start, and doing whatever you want to do on Facebook doesn’t mean you need a Facebook phone.
Of course, Facebook hasn’t actually come out and said they are delivering the Facebook phone to the mobile space, and as such the Facebook phone still remains one of life’s little mysteries, so there may never be that social challenge.
So we ask our readers this question, would you ditch a smartphone such as the iPhone 5, a Nokia Lumia phone, or an Android handset such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 in favour of a Facebook phone for your social network needs?
iPhone 5 release date rumors and news say Apple is undecided on their new iOS 6 smartphone design and features. There has been much speculation over what Apple has planned for the their next iPhone, but so far fans have been kept in the dark about what they are actually working on.
A multitude of reports related to the Apple gadget have stated the device is undergoing a complete redesign, and that the next generation of the much-loved handheld will have a completely different look and feel.
According to a recent article, Apple remains undecided on what design they want to unleash for the long-awaited iPhone 5 release date. Several sources had reported the computer giant was working on a Liquidmetal casing, and larger 4-inch display, for their next mobile handset. However a recent article says “Apple still has to complete the design for the next gen iPhone 5,” and suggests this could mean all the rumors hitting the Internet about a redesign are baseless speculation.
If these rumors are true, and Apple has not decided which design they want to use, it seems less likely consumers will be getting their hands on the upcoming device before late 2012.
The next smartphone isn’t the only Apple device leaving consumers guessing! The new Macbook Pro 2012 has had Appleites in suspense for some time now, and the latest rumors for the laptop have slated a July launch. So it looks like enthusiasts might be able to buy at least one new Apple product before October.
Do you think the design for the iPhone 5 release date handset is still up in the air? If you are an Apple fan, will you still wait for the new iPhone, even if it means another Fall launch?