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New 2012 iPhone body reportedly leaks, gives the glass front its time to shine

July 14th, 2012

New 2012 iPhone body reportedly leaks, gives the glass front its time to shine

Remember that tall, mostly aluminum 2012 iPhone shell that appeared to have leaked? It’s back. This time, KitGuru has unearthed what it claims is a “test sample” with the glass front panel roughly intact. We’ve seen the darker steel sides, aluminum back and new dock connector before, but the front gives us a much better sense of how the finished product (if real) will turn out. Sitting next to an iPhone 4S, it’s suggested that the new model would stuff in that bigger screen more through a better use of the available area — there’s much less blank space than on the iPhones we’ve known since 2007.

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Rumor: iPhone 5 to feature Quad-core CPU from Samsung

July 10th, 2012

Rumor: iPhone 5 to feature Quad-core CPU from Samsung

With summer well underway, the Apple rumor-mill is chugging along in preparation for the launch of the next iPhone. Expected to be announced in September, just like the iPhone 4S last year, we don’t know a whole lot about the iPhone 5. As usual, Apple is keeping pretty quiet, so we’re left to scour the web for talk of the device.

The latest comes via Digitimes and relates to the CPU we can expect to find powering the newest iPhone. The site quotes industry sources in reporting that competition in the quad-core smartphone arena is going to heat up considerably in Q4 thanks to the launch of a quad-core iPhone 5. Not only that, but this new iteration of the iPhone will be running on none other than Samsung’s quad-core Exynos CPU.

If this rumor is true, it represents a significant performance increase over the iPhone 4S, which used a dual-core A5. However, we also need to consider the possibilty of an LTE iPhone 5. Right now, quad-core phones generally don’t mix with America’s LTE networks. For this reason, many manufacturers of quad-core devices have swapped in a dual-core CPU for the American market. This includes Samsung’s Galaxy SIII, which uses a quad-core Exynos in international markets but a dual-core Snapdragon from Qualcomm in the U.S. With the launch of the 4G iPad six months ago, we’re not sure Apple would choose quad-core over LTE. Still, we could be wrong. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Visualized: The iPhone five years after launch

July 2nd, 2012

Visualized: The iPhone five years after launch

In case you somehow missed it, today is an important milestone in technology nostalgia: it’s the fifth anniversary of the original iPhone’s launch. We’ll let you explore the memories of that insane day on your own terms, but ComScore has produced a visual breakdown of just how ownership has grown and shifted over the years. It’s not hard to see that adoption has been on an accelerating curve, especially after the 2010 launch of the Retina display-toting iPhone 4: as of this past May, about three quarters of owners have either the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 4S. And the 2007 edition? Only two percent of all iPhone owners are still actively holding on to the aluminum-clad debut model, which suggests most would rather have Siri than reminisce. Whether you’re a fan or have since moved on to a competitor, the chart is a reminder of just how far one of Steve Jobs’ biggest projects has come.

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Foxconn says iPhone 5 will put Galaxy S III to shame

June 25th, 2012

Foxconn says iPhone 5 will put Galaxy S III to shame

Samsung is this week preparing for the North American launch of its much anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone and the company’s marketing department is working overtime to spread the word about its newest flagship device. However, it seems the maker of the iPhone is eager to remind potential Galaxy S III buyers what they might miss out on should they decide to buy Samsung in the near future.

Despite the fact that Apple has yet to confirm the existence of the iPhone 5, Terry Gou, Chairman of Hon Hai Precision (parent company of Foxconn), says the next iPhone will put the Galaxy S III to shame. Word comes from a Focus Taiwan story that covers Hon Hai’s newest deal with Japan’s Sharp Corp. Gou said that this deal with Sharp will allow Hon Hai to beat rival Samsung within three to five years.

Gou didn’t mention anything else about the iPhone 5, and considering it’s his company that makes the phone, we all know what’s in it for him if people hold off on the GSIII to wait for the new iPhone. However, it is the first official word we’ve gotten regarding the iPhone 5′s existence. Rumored to be making an appearance later this year, Apple’s latest version of iOS is also scheduled to launch in the fall.

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Apple’s FaceTime finally goes cellular, says so long to WiFi restrictions

June 13th, 2012

Apple's FaceTime finally goes cellular, says so long to WiFi restrictions

We’ve been waiting for it, and Apple surely took its sweet time to give it to us, but at WWDC 2012, FaceTime was finally let loose from its WiFi bonds, leaving us all free to video chat over cellular data. This is great news for all those Apple fans who resolutely refused to use similar services from Skype, Tango, or Google, that have been around for ages now. As for us? Well, we’d say it’s better late than never.

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iOS 6 offers Do Not Disturb feature, adds more Zs to your slumber

June 13th, 2012

iOS 6 offers Do Not Disturb feature, adds more Zs to your slumber

Ever get annoyed when your sleep is interrupted by a call or message coming into your phone? As we were hoping, iOS 6 is getting the badly needed Do Not Disturb feature we first saw in Mountain Lion last month. The idea is simple: when activated, push notifications will be automatically muted and the screen won’t light up. A whitelist option will be available so you won’t miss important callers; you can also set up the feature so that if a person calls you more than once, the phone will allow the call to come through. This is an exciting option for anyone who is tired of waking up to a notification only to find out it’s their turn in Draw Something.

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Mophie’s Juice Pack PRO aims to keep iPhone 4 / 4S protected and powered during wild adventures

June 8th, 2012

Mophie's Juice Pack PRO aims to keep iPhone 4 / 4S protected and powered during wild adventures

Staying true to its peripheral nature, Mophie’s outed yet another iPhone companion: the Juice Pack PRO. Although the new power-boosting case doesn’t carry as much juice as that Powerstation (not surprising, really), it does offer similar ruggedized aesthetics — which should come in handy the next time you decide to take your Cupertino handset on a hazardous trip. Mophie notes the Juice Pack PRO can more than double the iPhone 4 / 4S life with its 2,500mAh battery, but the company’s also placing a hefty amount of focus on the add-on’s water splash, sand, impact and shock protection features — these, naturally, earned the PRO a MIL-STD 810G (Military Standard) rating on the testing grounds. If all that makes this Juice the one for you, then gather up $130 and head over to the Mophie site to snag one for yourself.

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Supposed new iPhone casings show up with tall body, tiny dock connector, tons of mystery

May 30th, 2012

Supposed new iPhone casings show up with tall body, tiny dock connector, tons of mystery

When it rains, it pours — after a tiny drizzle of tall iPod touch leaks, we’re suddenly faced with a deluge of photos of what might just be the next iPhone’s back plating. If that’s what we’re looking at through photos supplied by a historically reliable uBreakiFix, talk of bigger iPhone screens might just pan out, as it looks decidedly taller than the iPhone 4S we use today.

Supposed new iPhone casings show up with tall body, tiny dock connector, tons of mystery

Apple may likewise be going all old-school iPhone on us, with a modern twist: we could be reverting to aluminum back with more receptive materials (likely glass) at the ends, just in a much thinner form that keeps the steel antenna band. Perhaps the most intriguing bit is at the bottom, where rumors of a much smaller dock connector may have been validated along with a shift of place for the headphone jack.

Supposed new iPhone casings show up with tall body, tiny dock connector, tons of mystery

A handful of extra photos have surfaced at 9to5 that show a bit of the front, as well as better views of the back. It’s looking like the new model won’t quite be as skinny as some photos suggest, and we’re digging the different-hued, two-tone design a bit more now that it’s not being subjected to Mr. Blurrycam.

Supposed new iPhone casings show up with tall body, tiny dock connector, tons of mystery

SOURCE via 9to5mac

There’s still a chance we’re looking at an elaborate KIRF or an early engineering prototype that could change, but given that 9to5 Mac just got very similar images with black trim, there’s a real possibility that we’ve just been given a sneak peek of what to expect from Apple later this year.

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Stupid thief uploads pictures of self from stolen iPhone

May 28th, 2012

Stupid thief uploads pictures of self from stolen iPhone

Katy was on a cruise onboard the Disney Wonder back in April when her iPhone was stolen. The phone was not lost, but quite apparently stolen as the thief began taking pictures documenting his life on the cruise ship. Katy found out because he forgot to turn off the iCloud photo stream and the pictures went straight to Katy’s iCloud account.

She used the opportunity to create a Facebook photo album to publish the pictures. “Stolen iPhone Adventures” reveal that Nelson, the alleged thief, is a crew member of the Disney Wonder, and show some of his friends and crewmates during partying and rather private moments. Katy’s album has gone viral and had been shared more than 13,700 times at the time of this writing.

The photos enabled her to provide the pictures to Disney and she said that she hopes that she will get back her phone soon. Meanwhile, Nelson has been put on administrative leave.

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WSJ: Apple moving towards larger iPhone screens

May 19th, 2012

WSJ: Apple moving towards larger iPhone screens

The idea of a smaller iPad has been rattling around the tech rumor mill for many a month now, but the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen? That’s sacred surely? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, apparently not. It’s reporting that those ever-famous “people familiar with the situation” have told it that Apple has ordered screens that are larger than the ones used in the flagship phone so far. There are no specifics on size, with the sources only going as far to say they are “at least” four inches. Apple, however, has declined to comment — no surprises there — but perhaps now is the time to start the office pool. Just hope you don’t land on the “4-inch iPad” square.

SOURCE via Wall Street Journal

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