Archive for the ‘Apple iPhone’ Category
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.
SOURCE via ComScore
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.
SOURCE via Focus Taiwan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We know almost too well how smartphones perform in US market share; what we don’t usually see is how happy customers are once the shrink wrap’s off. Going by a newly-expanded American Customer Satisfaction Index, it’s the iPhone that most scratches the itch at a score of 83. Despite having just been added, Apple was noticeably ahead of a three-way tie between HTC, LG and Nokia at 75. You might not want to look if you’re a freshly-minted RIM executive: the BlackBerry made its freshman debut on the charts at the bottom, or 69. Big carriers have their own reasons to wince, too, knowing that smaller carriers like US Cellular and TracFone scored higher on the happiness meter than incumbents hiking service fees. While there’s definitely some wiggle room for your own experience to have been better or worse, if you were an iPhone owner on a regional carrier in the past few months, you were statistically the most likely to be on Cloud Nine.
SOURCE via The ACSI
It’s deemed likely that Apple had the top-selling cellphone in Japan this past fall, but how did it do in all of 2011? Quite well, if you go by MMRI’s estimates. The iPhone had 30 percent (almost 7.3 million) of the Land of the Rising Sun’s 24.2 million sales among individual smartphone labels, or nearly double Sharp’s 17.5 percent. Don’t think that Android-powered smartphones like the Aquos SH-12C didn’t make an impact, though: virtually every other smartphone in Japan, 69 percent, was running some flavor of Google’s mobile OS. Apple managed to shake up a sometimes insular overall keitai market as well, having come just short of Fujitsu for the top spot in all cellphones. Researchers are expecting the smartphone space in Japan to grow by a healthy 15 percent in 2012, although it’s still a wildcard as to whether or not KDDI’s iPhone support will keep Apple riding high for another year.
SOURCE via MMRI (translated)