July 2, 2012, 4:50 P.M. ET – Before the launch of the Galaxy S III (June) and iPhone (reportedly in October), Apple and Samsung post gain last quarter says comScore’s latest data. Meanwhile, Research in Motion loses mobile OS share amid delays of its BlackBerry 10 platform.
Though Samsung had only launched Galaxy S3 phone recently, its smartphone lineup reportedly gained before the month of June according to data provided by comScore. Aside from adding a 0.1 per cent gain, Samsung also held its spot as the top mobile phone maker thanks to its Android lineup that attracts millions of customers.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 5-less Apple gained the most with 1.5 per cent increase, says comScore with 15 per cent of the total mobile subscribers, lower than Samsung’s 25.7 per cent. Can the cheaper iPhone 4S and the new iPhone 5 (reportedly coming this fall) change these numbers? Also, Samsung said it will reach the 10 million Galaxy S3 sales mark before the end of this month. Adding the numbers from the new Android-based smartphone, it looks like the Korean tech giant will still see good news on next quarter’s quarter-per-quarter smartphone sales and market share reports.
Samsung started selling the Galaxy S3 in United States last month with more carriers to offer this July like Verizon Wireless, ATT and US Cellular.
From winners, let’s go to the losing team. comScore writes that Research in Motion is losing the “most” smartphone operating market share, with a massive negative 2 per cent points change quarter-per-quarter, while Nokia’s Symbian operating system loses 0.4 per cent. Google and Apple gained the most with 0.8 per cent for Google and 1.7 per cent for Apple. In short, Apple is gaining market share despite the lack of a new smartphone, like, let’s say the iPhone 5.
Research in Motion recently confirmed that BlackBerry 10 is delayed until 2013, and experts believe the company will lose more smartphone market share until the release of new devices that will run the new OS.
Surprisingly, Microsoft’s Windows Phone also gained last quarter, a decent 0.1 per cent but still stuck with a single-digit market share despite all its efforts like the massive marketing campaign (ex: Smoked by Windows Phone) and its aggressive partnership with carriers and of course, Nokia. In short, Nokia is not giving the necessary market share needed by Microsoft. Can the Windows Phone 8 change the trend?
Rumors are already widespread that Apple might be including an HD FaceTime camera on the iPhone 5.(Photo: ADR Studio)
At WWDC 2012, the Cupertino-based tech giant disappointed many of the iPhone fanboys by not revealing any information upon its upcoming flagship smartphone offering – iPhone 5. However, the company did unveil its much-awaited new operating system – iOS 6.
Commercially, it would make sense to say that Apple will release the next iPhone with the new iOS 6 preinstalled to rival other manufacturers’ heavyweights, including Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.
Recent rumors have suggested that the next flagship model by the company may get released as soon as September with a combination of revolutionary hardware enhancements and software-driven innovation, which is a clear indication towards integration of the new OS in the iPhone 5.
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Numerous reports swirling in the blogosphere have predicted that Apple’s sixth generation iPhone will pack 4-inch Retina display, an A5X variant chip, 1GB RAM, improved battery life, a smaller 19-pin dock connector and Liquidmetal casing – features that will definitely make it a ‘Samsung Galaxy S3 killer’.
However, these are just unconfirmed speculations and Apple hasn’t officially confirmed anything about the upcoming device. However, with the official launch of iOS 6, Apple has given us a whole new idea of what the next iPhone might look like. Here is a quick look at the top 5 features which are expected on iPhone 5.
Larger Screen and Superior Display
Apple’s new iOS 6 ditched the Google Maps and came out with their very own Map app, which converts the normal satellite view into a 3D photographic model, showing realistic details about several U.S. cities and others. The new Apple Maps app also includes turn-by-turn navigation and real time traffic. Of course, all these features will run swiftly only on a phone which will have a breakthrough screen display.
The new OS will come with FaceTime running over cellular which means that users will be video chatting on the move, which would also require an appealing screen display.
Furthermore, Apple has improved its browser Safari’s features, which has now got new offline reading list feature, which in turn suggests that the new iPhone will be “better for reading” or “better for navigation.”
In any case, a new screen is overdue from the company’s end. The 3.5-inch display was in vogue in 2007 but is not so now. High-end Android phones now boast of a minimum 4-inch screen. So we won’t be surprised if Apple unveils iPhone 5 with 4-inch screen.
The new OS will have FaceTime support over cellular calls, hence, it is obvious to note that iPhone 5 will come with the 4G LTE technology.
iOS 6 has come with a Passbook app, which is specially designed for business users. This app brings a lot of stuff like movie tickets, boarding pass, air tickets and even sporting event tickets in one place and organizes then digitally. This feature confirms Apple’s foray into NFC technology and other swipe-to-pay function, converting the next iPhone into a digital wallet.
Last year, Siri was packaged as one of the main selling points of the iPhone 4S. This year, the Siri has got smarter. It has learned a lot of new languages (Italian, Mandarin, Catonese, and more) and has become friends with a lot of new services. The personal assistant can now offer significantly more information when asked about sports, restaurants, movies and more. It has also got Eyes Free voice-control integration – a new feature that will allow a a driver to use Siri in his car without having to glance at the application.
While the rear-facing camera on the iPhone 4S is amazing, the front-facing camera leaves something to be desired for the users. As mentioned earlier, iOS 6 is going to introduce FaceTime for video chat. Hence, it points towards a possibility that the front-facing camera of the iPhone 5 is going to be a major upgrade from its predecessor.
Rumors are already widespread that Apple might be including an HD FaceTime camera on the iPhone 5.
As for the rear-facing camera, iPhone 4S possesses what is arguably the best shooter on a smartphone. However, with Nokia poised to launch its PureView 808 camera technology on its Windows Phone 8 devices, Apple might have to make a move to stay ahead of the pack.
Already, Apple has mentioned several enhancements to iOS 6, hinting enhanced focus and exposure capabilities. So, it can be assumed that Apple iPhone 5 may arrive with a monster camera upgrade as well.
iTunes along with Safari has become two sore thumbs sticking out and as punching bags for Apple haters. Before iPhone 5, Apple is hoping to rebuild their once much loved iTunes with a focus on iCloud integration.
“With an increasing amount of content available on the store, the overhaul is intended to improve how people manage all their files, one person said. That includes changes to how users find new material and how they access what they already own on different Apple devices, said one person. ”
“One of the main ways Apple will attempt to improve discovery is by making it easier for people to share songs, a popular feature of Spotify Ltd.’s music-subscription service. Apple has been negotiating with major record labels for rights that would let a user listen to a song sent to them from a friend for free, one person said.”
It really has become a pain in the butt to even try and use iTunes to sync new media AFTER you haven’t synced it for a long time. It can take up to as much as whole 12 hours before it finishes. At that point, you’ll be asking yourself: why bother?
This is certainly a welcome opportunity. It really is an easy fix. Apple should at least provide settings where iTunes syncs your music and everything else is on iCloud for example. What do you think?
According to a recent report from Finland, a 17 year old named Henri Helminen was carrying his iPhone in his back pocket when it began smoking. No, Siri didn’t want a Marlboro. The damn thing started billowing smoke like a chimney. A CCTV even managed to catch the whole thing on video, which you can check out below. The shenanigans get started at the 0:12 mark.
The battery for the current iPhone 4S is a lithium-based one, which (like almost any battery) can result in fire or explosion if overheated. These batteries found on mobile devices such like laptops or cell phones can run extremely hot and can burn skin on contact. They’re also capable of discharging high currents if short circuited, possibly resulting in a shock as effective as a stun gun.
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Apple reccomends keeping your iPhone in a temperature range from -4° to 113° F, or 0° to 35° C and -20° to 45° C for the metrically inclined. The iPhone works best from 32° to 95° F, and should be kept as near room temperature as possible. (72° F or 22° C) is ideal.
Apple also reccomends that you remove your iPhone from certain carrying cases while charging, as they may generate excess heat.
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Every day new iPhone 5 release date, spec and design rumors leak from sources deep in the Apple supply chain and analysts with murky connections.
The iPhone 5 release date is still months away, but thanks to all of these leaks many of us think we know what the iPhone 5 will look like and when it will launch.
Despite all the sources, and all the “confirmed” rumors, our current vision of the iPhone 5 could be completely wrong.
Apple is notoriously good at keeping secrets. Despite losing the iPhone 4 in a bar, Apple can keep a product under wraps until launch. While the company doesn’t outline the security rules in place, for obvious reasons, they likely mirror those taken by Samsung to keep the Galaxy S III a secret.
This includes dummy designs which may never touch the hands of consumers, locked doors, compartmentalized teams and security that approaches Secret Service levels. When Apple does allow the new iPhone to leave the building, the company puts the new iPhone in a dummy case that disguises the looks of the new iPhone.
Past iPhone Rumors and Misses
Before Gizmodo found the iPhone 4 in a bar, there were rumors of a removable battery, a touch sensitive casing and even rumors of a stylus for the iPhone 4.
Fast forward to Fall 2011, and most of the press expected to see a thinner teardrop shaped iPhone 5 with 4G LTE release, but Apple surprised us all with the iPhone 4S. Not only was the new design a no-show, but the iPhone 5 name never made it to market either.
iPhone 5 Design
The leaked iPhone 5 design shown in the video below could give a glimpse at the new iPhone, but it could be based off parts fabricated by Apple or a prankster to throw journalists and the public off the trail of the real iPhone.
Samsung made three fully functional prototypes of the Samsung Galaxy S III, and Apple no doubt is working on multiple looks for the iPhone 5 and future iPhones, any of which could be the next iPhone.
Early iPhone 5 rumors said that the new iPhone would feature a Liquidmetal back and design, but it sounds like Liquidmetal isn’t ready for prime time just yet.
Additional iPhone 5 design rumors and analyst opinions say that the iPhone 5 will be 7.99mm thin, but we can’t have it all. The slimmest phone with all day battery life is the Droid RAZR MAXX.
If Apple does deliver a bigger screen and 4G LTE, it will be a challenge to also make the iPhone thinner without dramatically compromising battery life.
Speaking of the rumored bigger screen for the iPhone 5, we might not see that either. Apple prioritizes battery life on mobile devices, and could opt to keep the display of the next iPhone at 3.5 inches.
While TechCrunch has confirmed that the iPhone 5 will feature a smaller iPhone dock connector, and there are many reasons a smaller 19-pin dock connector makes sense, Apple may stick with the same 30-pin dock connector as the current iPad and iPhone 4S.
Apple could surprise us all once more, keeping the iPhone 5 design the same as the iPhone 4S. Apple is slow to change form factors, just look at the New iPad. The iPhone 4S continually tops the smartphone sales at all three major carriers. Why mess with success?
iPhone 5 with 4G LTE
Granted, this would not be a popular decision, but Apple has delayed adopting technologies until the device is ready. It’s possible that the battery draw of 4G LTE will prove too much for Apple to give it the go ahead.
Sprint is not ready for a 4G LTE iPhone 5, which is why there is no Sprint version of the iPad 3rd generation. Most of the world also doesn’t have 4G LTE as we know it.
Of course Apple could always launch a 4G LTE version of the iPhone on a specific carrier or carriers, instead of launching it on every carrier. The New iPad with 4G LTE shown in the video below is available on ATT and Verizon, but not Sprint.
iPhone 5 Release Date
Current iPhone 5 release date rumors peg the launch anywhere between August and October. While October is a very good bet for Apple, the company could launch the iPhone 5 at any time.
With current iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS owners already off contract, Apple could push the iPhone 5 release date until later in 2012 to ensure proper supply for a global launch.
iPhone 5 Price
Apple might choose to shake up the price of the iPhone 5, charging a premium for the new features like they are doing with the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
4G LTE smartphones initially commanded a premium, and Apple could use this to bump the starting price of the iPhone 5 up to $249 or $299.
While prices for entry-level 4G LTE smartphones like the LG Lucid and older models are below $100, high-end devices like the Droid RAZR MAXX start at $299 from Verizon.
The Galaxy S III could keep Apple in check thanks to a launch on all major U.S. carriers at $199.
iPhone 5 Name
The next iPhone is Apple’s sixth iPhone and while many of us are calling this new iPhone the iPhone 5, Apple may choose to go with a simpler name for the next generation iPhone.
Apple could go with a simple, new iPhone or if the iPhone has 4G LTE Apple could rename it to the iPhone 4G or iPhone 4G LTE.
It’s entirely possible that this video shows how every iPhone 5 rumor starts.
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In this edition of Ask Maggie I offer some advice on whether it’s worth it to wait for the new
iPhone expected in the fall. I also explain why Samsung is releasing the new Galaxy S III on different carrier networks on different dates.
iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Samsung Nexus
I have an iPhone 3G (yes it’s old) and I want (need) to buy a new phone. My question is should I buy the Samsung Galaxy S III or wait for the iPhone 5? I’m also thinking of buying a Galaxy Nexus because I hate when i don’t have the newest OS on my phone (one of the reasons why I am buying a new phone).
The first thing you need to consider is whether you’re willing to switch from Apple to Android. If you’ve been using an iPhone 3G for the past few years then there’s a good chance that you’ve accumulated a lot of apps and maybe even some music in iTunes.
I’ve written about what a pain in the neck it can be to make this switch in previous Ask Maggie columns. Any apps you’ve purchased or downloaded from iTunes will not automatically transfer to your Google Android device. You’ll have to redownload apps and in some cases repurchase them.
Also, any music that was ripped or purchased from iTunes that is encrypted won’t be able to be moved over to your Android phone. But there are plenty of ways to get your unencrypted iTunes music onto an Android device. You just have to be willing to put in a little effort to get things set up.
If this sounds like a great big hassle to you, then I’d suggest waiting for the iPhone 5. It’s likely coming out September or October, and unless your iPhone 3G is dead, chances are you don’t really need a new phone right now.
But if you are tired of being a slave to Apple, then I’d say it’s not necessary to wait for the next iPhone. Samsung has built two really fantastic Google Android devices that you mentioned: the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Nexus.
First, these two phones are very similar when it comes to hardware. The only major difference I’d note is the fact that the Galaxy S III has a much better camera. Not only does the Galaxy Nexus have fewer megapixels, but some reviewers have complained about the poor low-light performance and mediocre focusing.
But the real difference between these devices is in the software. The Nexus is a pure Google phone. This means that Samsung has not included any of its own TouchWiz software flavor to the device. It also means that you will get the latest and greatest software on your phone when it’s available from Google. The latest version of Android 4.1 called Jelly Bean is coming to the Nexus in July.
Jelly Bean isn’t a massive upgrade, like the one from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, but there are a few notable updates. The most important new feature is Google Now, a real time updating and search service that actually anticipates the kind of information you are likely to request.
Samsung TouchWiz on the Galaxy S III offers Samsung’s own Siri-like voice recognition search. But Google Now is different. Google Now learns what you search for, which apps you use, and even where you go. Then it offers information to you, sometimes even before you have asked for it.
CNET blogger Scott Webster wrote in his critique of Google Now that the software was actually able to advise him that it would take 17 minutes to get his son to karate. Scott said he hadn’t even told the device that he had to take his son to karate. The class wasn’t scheduled in his Google Calendar either. But Google knew based on his location history and past check-ins that his son was likely taking karate lessons at that particular location on that particular day.
There are a few other enhancements to Jelly Bean as well. For instance, the notification bar has been updated. And the user interface of the entire Android software is just smoother on Jelly Bean than on Ice Cream Sandwich.
While there’s a good chance that the Samsung Galaxy S III will get Jelly Bean at some point, Samsung hasn’t said when that might be. So chances are, you’ll have to wait awhile before your carrier makes it available to you.
The Galaxy S III also has some software bells and whistles that the Nexus doesn’t have, thanks to Samsung’s special sauce TouchWiz. For instance, Samsung offers Smart features like Smart Stay, which keeps the phone “awake” while you’re using it. And then there is S Voice, Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Siri voice activated search.
But on the whole, I can’t say that the new TouchWiz features impressed me all that much. But if you like the look and feel of the software, then you’ll like this iteration on the Samsung Galaxy S III. I sort of like the water ripple effect on the home screen of the Galaxy S III, but functionally it doesn’t really offer anything. And it’s completely unnecessary. And as I mentioned I really like the camera. So with those factors in mind, I’d probably choose the Galaxy S III.
That said, Google Now via Jelly Bean is really cool. And if getting the latest and greatest software updates from Google is what’s the most important thing to you, get the Nexus. You won’t be disappointed with the true-Google experience.
You could wait to see what Apple comes out with this fall. But I don’t think you really need to. I don’t think that Apple will be able to race ahead of Google when it comes to advanced software functionality or even hardware specs or performance.
Good luck with your decision.
What’s the hold up with the Samsung Galaxy S III?
I was wondering if you could tell me why the Samsung Galaxy S III (and other phones) become available for purchase for different carriers at different times. I couldn’t seem to find a rationale for this online.
This is a great question. But sadly I don’t have a great explanation for you since Samsung never got back to me with an answer. I asked some of the carriers if they could explain why they have different release dates for the same device, but they deferred to Samsung. ATT’s spokeswoman added “the different times are a result of the supply chain issues they (Samsung) experienced.”
Apparently, Samsung is dealing with some inventory issues right now that are specific to the Galaxy S III. This has delayed the launch of the device on various carrier networks. For example, Sprint and ATT had said earlier that they planned to sell the Galaxy S III starting June 21.
Sprint only began selling the phones yesterday on July 1. And ATT has said its Galaxy S III will be available starting July 6. Verizon Wireless will begin selling its Galaxy S III July 11. T-Mobile hasn’t said yet when it will sell its Galaxy S III.
One thing that may be causing these inventory issues is the fact that Samsung has to include different radio components for different U.S. carriers. ATT and T-Mobile are GSM carriers, so these devices need different radios than the devices made for Sprint and Verizon, which use a technology called CDMA.
What’s more the Galaxy S III also supports 4G LTE. But because ATT, Verizon, and Sprint all use different frequencies for their 4G LTE networks, they each need their own specific LTE radio in devices made for their networks. (T-Mobile doesn’t yet support 4G LTE, so it’s phone doesn’t require this support.)
These differences in technology may account for some of the manufacturing issues, which has delayed the release of the phone on these networks. But there have been times when there are no supply chain issues, manufacturers like Samsung have released the same phone on different networks at different times.
Why? The only explanation I can give you for this is that the carriers have worked out some kind of exclusive deal in an effort to differentiate themselves from the competition. Even with the Samsung Galaxy S III, ATT has managed to get the device in red, while its other competitors only offer it in white and blue.
Sorry I couldn’t offer you a more detailed response. When and if I hear back from Samsung, I’ll update this post with a better explanation.
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July 2, 2012, 12:27 P.M. ET — Apple’s iTunes store suggests that Google’s apps are popular, especially the Chrome for iOS. Is this the sign that Google is still the preferred company of iPhone users? So, what’s next for the iOS 6 with no Google Maps as native app? iPhone 5 to be more Google friendly?
As of Monday, Google’s Chrome web browser is still the most popular free application on the iTunes store and customers love it. Based on the number of comments and ratings posted on the app’s iTunes page, it is quite safe to say that iOS users are still, and currently addicted to Google, and apps with Google in it.
Chrome iOS app was launched last week, but despite its silky smooth user interface and nice layout, iPhone and iPad users are not allowed to use the Google web browser as the default due to Apple’s super-strict ecosystem. According to results in Google search, jailbroken iPhones and iPads can now make the new browser as their default, but for the traditional, anti-jailbreak iPhone and iPad users, they’re stuck with Safari as the web browser which opens links from e-mails and other apps.
Meanwhile, Google’s cloud-storage service is now more popular than Dropbox according to the top free iTunes app list. For beginners, Google Drive works and acts like Dropbox but with the benefit of Google’s super servers. With Google Drive, iPhone and iPads are now allowed to sync, upload and download files with their Google accounts that contains the Google Drive. But similar the Chrome for iOS, Google Drive on the iOS is also limited, you cannot compose or edit documents using the app, and you’re stuck with making documents “offline,” share, view and find documents.
In short, Google offers cool apps, while the limited ecosystem of Apple makes the apps crappy and sometimes, hard to say, useless. Still, iOS users download it.
Based on the performance of the Chrome and Google Drive, I think iOS users still trust and love Google despite its issues with Apple, and also the competition between the iPhone and Android. This year, Apple will launch a new iPhone, the long-rumored iPhone 5 which is always the star of analysts’ notes and conferences due to its popularity. The iPhone 5 is expected to ship with iOS 6 out of the gate, which means, its default mapping technology is not Google, but Apple.
Analysts believe that Apple wants to control the maps because it will soon include its own payment system and it will sync its NFC-based services on the maps. Apple devices experts also believe that Apple will soon integrate Passbook on its Maps to make check-ins and serving deals based on location possible.
The good news, the search giant said it will offer Google Maps on iOS 6 despite the fact that Apple removed its services on its native mapping service to include its own plus data from third-party maps like TomTom.
According to Google, it will offer a “third-party app” that users can install just like the Chrome or the Drive app. But the question now is, can Google still take over the market share of iOS which will soon include the iPhone 5? Can the upcoming “Google Maps” app mimic the success of the Chrome Web Browser and the Google Drive? If iOS users can snub Safari, can they also snub Apple’s Maps?
iPhone rumors are very strange because there are tons of them, but they really only focus on a few things. What’s more, with the next-gen iPhone launch only a few months away, those rumors have been picking up steam. There seem to be three main features that keep grabbing the most headlines: 4G LTE connectivity, a larger screen, and a redesigned body. In a perfect world, the ‘new iPhone’ would have all three and more, but if you had to choose just one, which feature would you pick?
4G LTE is probably last on my list. 3G isn’t lightning fast, but it’s by no means slow. I think the difference between EDGE and 3G is far more significant than 3G and 4G, so I would be fine sticking to 3G for a while longer. I’ve never really had any problems with 3G + WiFi. Well, no problems that wouldn’t persist with 4G – ATT’s coverage isn’t optimal no matter what speeds you’re on. The biggest thing keeping me from embracing 4G, however, is the fact that I won’t be able to get unlimited data. I use the web on my iPhone A LOT. I would choose unlimited slower data over capped faster data any day.
The feature I would place directly over 4G would be a redesigned body. I love when one of my favorite devices receives a redesign with a new set of colors and/or building materials. A refreshed look would definitely be a plus, especially considering that the iPhone has existed in it’s current form (aesthetically speaking) for over two years now. Of course, design isn’t everything. With most people covering up Apple’s designs with cases anyway, how a device looks isn’t essential to how it operates.
Obviously, then, if I had to choose just a single feature for Apple’s next major iPhone release, I would choose a larger screen. More than anything else, the screen size of the iPhone is in desperate need of change. The current 3.5-inch devices are looking more and more dated when compared to the slew of other smartphones out there. Now, I’m not talking about something ridiculous, but a 4-inch Retina Display on the iPhone would be excellent for games, videos, and simply breathing a bit of new life into the iPhone line.
Now, just to clarify, I really really hope that Apple has a few more tricks up its sleeve besides the three features discussed here. I can’t wait to see which rumors pan out and which missed the mark, but even more than that I’m excited to see the things that are so awesome and unexpected, they didn’t even make it into the rumor mill.
If you guys had to choose just one feature for the next iPhone, would you choose one of the three listed above or would you pick something else? Let me know in the comments section below or hit me up on twitter @TiP_Jake.