As countless leaks already predicted, Apple today announced that they're offering a few new iPhones
: a slight flagship iPhone refresh called the iPhone 5S, and a new line of cheaper, brightly-colored iPhones with the A6 chipset known as the 5C.
The 64 bit A7-powered iPhone 5S comes in gold, silver and black and features improved battery life, a better camera, and fingerprint security. Prices are as expected: $199 for 16GB, $299 32GB and $399 for 64GB. The 5C sports five colors and will be priced at $99 for 16GB (with a two-year contract) or $199 for the 32GB version.
According to the Apple website, the unsubsidized prices for the unlocked 5C is $550 for the 16 GB version and $650 for the 32 GB version. That's substantially more pricey than most analysts had predicted, putting a damper on this week's industry chatter
that T-Mobile would benefit most because of their shift away from subsidies. Apple's clearly going to continue to use older models to soak up more cost-conscious users.
As a nifty side note, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile all now use the same version of the iPhone
courtesy of a new LTE chipset. Pre-orders for the 5C begin next week, with the phones both shipping starting on September 20. Apple today also announced that iOS7 will be available for download starting on September 18.
Several users have written in to draw our attention to the rumor over at the iMore blog
that the new iPhone 5 should be released on September 21
, after being introduced at a public event on September 12. "Unlike last year, when some 16 months separated the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, a September 21 schedule would put the iPhone 5 launch at just over 11 months after the iPhone 4S," notes the blog. A new iPad mini and a new iPod Nano are also expected to be unveiled at the event. This release of the iPhone is notable for the fact the iPhone will finally support LTE networks, though it's currently unclear if the phone will be available on AT&T, Verizon and
I've been primarily a Mac user for the past 8 years, but I'm not a Mac "fan boy." I don't defend every decision that the company makes; I'm not one of these people who thinks Verizon was somehow a lesser or even inferior cellular provider because they didn't carry the iPhone for the first three-and-a-half years of its existence. story continues..
I'm extremely bothered by the creeping in of Apple's sandboxing requirements, trying to force everyone to use iCloud, and just the looming theme of Apple knows best which seems more pronounced than before.
by Revcb 07:12PM Wednesday Aug 24 2011
Following on the heels of Amazon's Cloud Drive
and the Google Music
cloud service, Apple has announced
that they'll unveil their cloud storage service next week. Dubbed iCloud, the service will allow cloud storage of both music and movies, and Apple has been in negotiations with the music and film industries for some time. The music industry has insisted that such services require entirely additional streaming licenses, but both Amazon and Google have refused to buckle on this issue
-- insisting that such services are just storage lockers. Apple's also planning to unveil Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS X.
When exactly AT&T plans to allow users to use the iPhone as a modem (aka tethering) has been a source of very amusing (and repeatedly wrong
) Apple blog rumors for several years now. While AT&T and Apple did finally get around to providing belated iPhone functionality like cut and paste and MMS, iPhone users are still waiting for tethering -- despite AT&T's Ralph de la Vega's 2008 comments saying tethering was coming "soon." What's the hold up? Well, with the company only just starting to escape network performance criticism hell
thanks to network upgrades -- they're apparently not eager to test their luck (and capacity) just yet
"We understand that there is great interest in tethering but cannot provide any details at this time. We know that iPhone users love their devices and mobile broadband, and that they're likely to embrace tethering just as they have other features and apps – by using it a lot. iPhone tethering has the potential to exponentially increase traffic, and we need to ensure that we're able to deliver excellent performance for the feature – over and above the increases in data traffic we're already seeing – before we will offer the feature."
That statement mirrors statements from last year, and both speak to AT&T's confidence (or lack thereof) in their network's capacity to shoulder the load. Of course this also speaks to the fact that while AT&T keeps repeatedly hinting at a new approach to wireless broadband pricing
-- they're not quite sure what that approach is yet (aside from it involving you paying more money).
On Tuesday it was revealed that Apple had banned Google Voice
from the iPhone app store. The new service has the potential to be a game changer, allowing users, among other things, to send free SMS messages and make international calls at reduced rates.
It's not clear yet whether AT&T's recent missteps
have Apple reconsidering their iPhone exclusivity arrangement, but judging from AT&T's earnings
, there's no doubt AT&T would like to extend the deal, which expires next year. That said, CEO Randall Stephenson was realistic today that the deal may be nearing its end, telling conference attendees
at Fortune's Brainstorm: Tech conference in Pasadena that he at least acknowledges the deal won't last forever.
Over at the Apple blog
, Dave Greenbaum laments the rise in frequently unreasonable caps and meters in an age of increasing bandwidth use, and hopes Apple gets involved in the debate in order to protect its "brand." Greenbaum's particularly annoyed with his ISP in Lawrence, Kansas, Sunflower broadband
, who imposes monthly caps as low as 3GB a month with overages as high as $2.00 per gigabyte. At their website
, Sunflower defends the practice by saying that 49.46% of their customers use less than 1 GBs of bandwidth a month, and 86.98% use less than 10GB. Or at least that was the case in 2007, the year Sunflower is pulling their statistics from.
Apple has been taking heat over global advertisements that show the iPhone 3G performing at speeds vastly faster than real world 3G (or 2G) networks operate. Two such ads were recently banned in the UK
, to which Apple responded that the ads were "relative rather than absolute in nature." Here in the States, one 70-year-old San Diego resident filed suit against Apple for misleading advertising. Techdirt
directs our attention to the fact that Apple this week responded to the suit
, denying that the ads lie, but then adding this comment:
"Plaintiff's claims, and those of the purported class, are barred by the fact that the alleged deceptive statements were such that no reasonable person in Plaintiff's position could have reasonably relied on or misunderstood Apple's statements as claims of fact," Apple said in its answer.
In other words, we're not lying, but you're an idiot if you believed what we were saying. Of course there's a fairly obvious chasm (see video comparison
) between the ads and real-world performance. Apple faces five lawsuits related to the performance (or lack thereof) of the iPhone when connected to networks in the real world, but the attorney for this false advertising case thinks their case "has the most teeth and the most legs to it."
As recently discussed
, many 3G iPhone users are experiencing dropped connections as they wander between the EDGE and HSDPA portions of AT&T's network. According to Richard Windsor, an analyst with Nomura Securities, the problem is most likely a flaw in Infineon’s 3G chip
. "We believe that these issues are typical of an immature chipset and radio protocol stack where we are almost certain Infineon is the 3G supplier," said Windsor this week in a research note to investors. According to Windsor, the problem likely isn't firmware upgradeable, meaning that Apple would need to physically replace the chips on phones exhibiting the behavior.
Despite the activation headaches last Friday, Apple this morning issued a press release
saying they sold a million 3G iPhones last weekend. "iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," says his Jobs-ness. "It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world." Apple also stated
that customers had purchased more than 10 million applications from the App Store since it launched last week.
Canadian broadband provider Rogers has confirmed that the company will be offering the iPhone
"later this year." While Rogers is notorious for capping, throttling and otherwise mucking up
their landline broadband network, they haven't been quite as bad about their wireless network -- despite bandwidth being at an even higher premium. Rogers Wireless, formerly known as Rogers AT&T Wireless, offers both EDGE and HSDPA connectivity.
claims they've spoken to insiders familiar with Apple's 3G (HSDPA) ready iPhone plans, and claim that the phone will ship in “two or possible three different configurations” at WWDC 2008
(June 9-13), with prices starting at $399. The site claims capacity should come in 8 ($399), 16 ($499) and 32GB ($599) flavors, and the newer versions should be slightly thinner, according to the website's source.
Despite reports of numerous problems
with the Macbook Air, sales were high when the new notebook was released this week; it sold out of stock
within minutes of hitting San Francisco shelves. As was to be expected, reviews were mixed with some people loving the ultrathin computer and others irritated by the aforementioned problems
However, the general consensus seems to be that despite flaws, it does “break new ground
” for a forthcoming generation of smaller laptops. This seems to hold true with announcements
that Intel will be marketing the chip designed for the Macbook Air to PC makers interested in creating their own smaller notebooks.
Readers in our forums
have pointed out that misconceptions about the true purpose of the Macbook Air could be what’s led to the disappointment of some people.
by KathrynV 01:17PM Thursday Jan 31 2008 story continues..
by KathrynV 02:15PM Saturday Jan 19 2008
One of the biggest Mac news items circulating right now is the release of the MacBook Air
, a super-thin ultra-light laptop that has many of the major features of a standard notebook. Apparently it’s not just Apple that has been able to make this type of machine. Information has leaked
which suggests that Lenovo is soon to release ThinkPad notebooks similar to the MacBook Air. The notebook is said to provide “optional integrated broadband with the X300 series, such as WiMax, Cingular HSDPA 3.6, Row : Vodafone/KDDI, and Verizon EV-DO.” It’s advantage over the MacBook Air is reportedly the inclusion of an ultrathin DVD burner. Release dates and price are not yet available.
by KathrynV 11:28AM Saturday Jan 19 2008 story continues..
Apple TV arrived in homes last spring to a series of mixed reviews. Although first impressions
of the device were basically positive, there were several issues that people had.
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