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20 Most-Wanted Features Of iPhone 5

June 10, 2011 Leave a comment
New rumors indicate that the next generation iPhone
could come with a new aluminum design for AT&t and Version,
ditching the ultra-fragile glass back coming with the iPhone 4 and also
features such as aluminum back, the A5 SoC, and confirmation of a June
or July 2011 release date. The iPhone 5 would look more like the iPad
2.

The iPhone 5 rumors continue to fly fast and furious nd it’s looking more and more like a fall launch for the next iPhone.
All is unknown. But that hasn’t stopped me from updating this list of
most-wanted features with information gleaned from the arrival of iOS 5,
as well as other new products and services. As a reminder, the 20 items
in the list are ordered from least important to most in a reverse
countdown.

20 most-wanted features:

  1. iOS 5:
    What new features will iOS 5 bring? Who knows, but we look forward to its arrival in June.
  2. 4G network compatible:
    The one big thing missing from the iPhone 4 is the lack of next-gen 4G
    data network support, which is probably why Apple called it the 4
    instead of the 4G.AT&T will reportedly have a 4G network up and
    running in 2011, whereas Sprint has already rolled out its next-gen
    network. Verizon has also just deployed its 4G network, but the Verizon
    iPhone 4 will not support 4G data.
  3. Dual-core processor:
    With Apple’s acquisition of PA Semiconductor, it’s started designing and
    churning out its own CPUs. The iPhone 4 has an A4 that runs at 1GHz.
    However, now that LG, Motorola, and others have unveiled dual-core
    Android phones, the processor ante has been raised.Rumor has it that
    Apple will move to a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM
    Cortex A9 cores in both the next-generation iPhone and iPad 2. But
    that’s just speculation.
  4. Better camera:
    We certainly appreciate that Apple improved the camera in the iPhone 4
    (5 megapixels; LED flash), but we’ve seen rumors that Sony is developing
    an even better 8-megapixel camera for the fifth-gen iPhone.
  5. Improved 3D graphics:
    The A4 CPU has a Imagination PowerVR graphics chip integrated into it.
    Like the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 uses a PowerVR SGX535 chip. But the
    iPhone 5 will hopefully get the PowerVR SGX545, which was announced last
    year.
  6. Better cloud-computing support:
    Setting up an Android phone is dead simple: input your Gmail username
    and password, and the phone will immediately start pulling your
    Google-based contacts, calendar, and other info. The iPhone, by
    contrast, is still a slave to iTunes for activation and media syncing.
    Whether it’s a free version of Mobile Me, or an online version of iTunes powered by Apple’s Lala acquisition, cloud-based iPhone syncing can’t come soon enough.
  7. Fewer failed and dropped calls:
    AT&T has always had problems with its iPhone service in big cities
    like San Francisco and New York, where AT&T complaints seem to run
    highest.Some have questioned whether it’s the phone or the carrier, but
    either way, it will be interesting to see how Verizon’s network handles
    the influx of iPhone users.
    It’s also possible that the migration of some AT&T iPhone customers
    to Verizon will bring relief to AT&T’s network and perhaps its
    service will improve. Let’s hope so.
  8. More carriers:
    Now that the CDMA version of the iPhone
    has finally come to Verizon, it wouldn’t be too hard to make a Sprint
    version. Or how about a T-Mobile iPhone? Alas, we don’t know whether
    Verizon’s worked in any sort of exclusivity agreement into its deal with Apple, but let the rumors begin
  9. Video chat (FaceTime) over 4G network:
    Currently, on the iPhone 4, FaceTime only works over Wi-Fi and only with
    other iPhone 4s. We’d like to see an option to use it over a cellular data network,
    and hope it’s supported when AT&T’s faster 4G network ramps up in
    2011. We’d also like to see the ability to make video calls with PCs.
  10. Improved home screen:
    We’re still waiting for a more customizable home screen, with a real “dashboard.” So far it has yet to appear in iOS 4.
  11. Better battery life:
    Every time Apple puts out a new iPhone, the battery life gets better, so
    we expect no less from the fifth-generation iPhone. Apple says the
    iPhone 4 has 40 percent more talk time than the iPhone 3GS. So, if the
    past is any indicator, we might see similar gains in next year’s model.
  12. Flash support:
    It’ll be a cold day in hell when Apple allows for Flash support on the iPhone. But that doesn’t mean we can’t ask for it.
  13. Expandable memory:
    Not happening, but just thought we’d ask.
  14. More memory:
    A lot of people were disappointed that the iPhone 4 didn’t come in a
    64GB version (only 16GB and 32GB). Maybe next year we’ll get 64GB.
  15. Removable battery:
    This well-known rendering of a future iPhone dreams of a model with a removable battery. That appears to run counter to Apple’s current design principles.
  16. Enhanced voice control:
    We expect that in the the next generation of the iOS, Apple will
    continue to flesh out the voice controls for the iPhone, but there’s
    always room for more enhancements. It would be cool to be able to
    compose e-mails or text message by just using your voice, no?
  17. RFID:
    Rumor has it that Apple is looking into integrating radio frequency
    identification, or RFID, into the iPhone. RFID is sort of a bar code
    replacement and could allow your iPhone–among other things–to act as a
    payment device or even a car key. In the image to the left, you see a
    scenario where the iPhone acts as a combination lock (to open what, we
    don’t know).
  18. Biometric security:
    It’s hardly a must-have upgrade, but it would be cool to swipe your
    finger–instead of enter a password–to unlock your phone. (Image note:
    Allegedly, Apple has filed some patents related to this feature.)
  19. HD output:
    Right now, you can’t output 720p or 1080i HD video from an iPhone (any
    iPhone). We hope Apple allows for HD output in the future, particularly
    when you consider that Sprint’s Android-powered Evo has full HD output
    via HDMI.
  20. Built-in IR:
    We like the idea of using the iPhone as a universal remote, but we’re
    not so keen on attaching an IR dongle to the phone every time we want to
    use it as a remote.

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Apple vs. Facebook: The battle lines are drawn

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple’s new mobile operating system will incorporate Twitter — and not Facebook. Why can’t Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg get along?

Best Opinion:  TIME, Mashable, Huff Post…
With Apple’s new operating system, iOS 5, users can take a photo and easily email it, text it, or tweet. But sharing it on Facebook is a bit tougher. Photo: apple.com
“The lines have been drawn,”says Allie Townsend in TIME. In unveiling a new mobile operating system on Monday, Apple announced a tight integration of Twitter that will let users directly post to the microblogging service from a wide range of apps on their iPhones, iPads, and iPods, without ever having to open a Twitter-specific application. Facebook did not get similar treatment. The announcement clarifies some tech allies and adversaries: Apple and Twitter on one side, and Microsoft and Facebook on the other. But why would Apple “snub” Facebook, the largest social networking site, and opt to partner instead with a service that has about half as many members? Here, three theories:
1. Apple and Facebook have sparred before
Last September, Apple launched a music social network called Ping, which, at first, had Facebook tie-ins. But a “disagreement between the two companies” over the details of Ping led to Facebook being removed, “much to the detriment of Ping’s success,” says Jennifer Van Grove at Mashable.

2. Both companies insist on control
The obstacle to getting a partnership in place may have been “Apple’s desire to maintain control over the user experience and preserve its direct relationship with its customers” — goals that “clashed with Facebook’s own ambitions,” says Bianca Bosker at The Huffington Post. Indeed, Facebook also wants to control the connection to users, says NDTV, and Twitter, by contrast, can be more easily integrated “as an underlying technology.” That gave Twitter the edge.

3. Facebook already friended Microsoft
Apple’s longtime nemesis bought into Facebook early, and has integrated the social networking service into its own mobile operating system. That means “Apple was bound to be looking for alternatives,” says NDTV. The relationship between Microsoft and Facebook means that anyone hoping for a similar deal between Apple and Facebook “will likely be left waiting for quite a while,” says Townsend in TIME.
Source: The Week

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Twitter Integration For iOS

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple announced that it’s bringing deep Twitter integration to all of its iOS-based devices and to many of its own apps, including Camera, Photos, Safari and Maps. That integration also extends to Contacts, where you’ll be able to link your contacts to their Twitter handle and keep their information updated.
Apple brings deep Twitter integration to iOS, which allowing users to easily tweet and share their photos, locations or even bookmarks from SafariiOS 5 will also now sync your contacts with their respective Twitter profiles automatically. Selecting this option will allow you to do three things; install the official Twitter application, enter your own Twitter credentials to enable integration, and finally synchronise Twitter handles with contacts on your phone. Twitter is enabled in Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps – you won’t need a separate client if you want to tweet your location, share a photo, video or a webpage. In each of the applications, hitting the share button will instantly reveal a “Tweet” button, which will load the editor displayed in the screenshots above. 
When you are finished editing the tweet and hit Send, you will hear a audible ping, letting you know that your message was sent successfully. Earlier we showed you that Apple provides the option for you to install the official Twitter application. Once you have done so, authenticated within the app (we were hoping it would utilise the details we had already entered) and enabled Push Notifications, you will be updated each time you receive a new Tweet, as you would an email or text message. decision to partner with Twitter is a logical one. The implementation is basic but it works and doesn’t take away from third-party applications that are able to deliver more in terms of functionality.
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Report: Apple to Release iPhone 4S, Not iPhone 5 This September on Sprint, T-Mobile

May 14, 2011 Leave a comment
A major story has broken that is quickly taking the tech blogosphere by
storm. As reported within the hour by Forbes, analyst Peter Misek with
the prominent firm Jeffries & Co. has come forward with claims that
Apple’s next generation iPhone
will not be the iPhone 5 after all. Given the minor cosmetic changes
we’ve all anticipated, the refreshed touchscreen handset will be
released as the iPhone 4S.
“According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S
and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core
processor
, and HSPA+ support,” Misek stated in a research note to
investors. Misek also says that his sources confirm the iPhone’s
expansion to Sprint and T-Mobile, a move that will effectively make
Apple’s celebrated handset available on all four major carriers in the
US. Apple‘s anticipated iPhone upgrade, however, isn’t likely to include
LTE functionality.

“Industry checks indicate Apple will likely announce Sprint, T-Mobile,
and China Mobile as new carriers.” The “iPhone 4S” name hasn’t been
widely used to discuss the next-generation iPhone. But due to the
now-obvious fact that next month’s WWDC is all about iOS and not new
hardware, it appears that the plan inside Apple is to release the
slightly modified iPhone 4S this September.

As summer rapidly approaches, all signs, reports, and supposed leaks
appear to corroborate what this late Friday report from Forbes has
revealed. 

Source: Forbes

Samsung bites back at Apple with lawsuit

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment
Samsung Electronics said it has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging
patent infringements, days after the US technology firm took the South
Korean company to court on similar grounds.
This file photo shows Samsung’s tablet device the “Galaxy Tab” on
display at a trade show in Berlin. Samsung Electronics said it has
filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging patent infringements, days after
the US technology firm took the South Korean company to court on
similar grounds.

Samsung said it filed suit Thursday in a Seoul court alleging five
patent infringements by Apple. Separate suits were filed in Tokyo
citing two patent infringements and in the German city of Mannheim
citing three.

“Samsung is responding actively to the legal action
taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to
ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications
business,” the company said in a statement which gave no details of the
alleged infringements.
The announcement came a week after Apple
filed suit against Samsung in San Francisco claiming that the South
Korean giant copied its smartphones and tablet computers.
Apple’s
lawsuit says Samsung’s mobile phones and Galaxy Tab imitated the iPhone
and the iPad. Samsung vowed at the time to “respond actively”.
The Galaxy Tab has been the best-selling rival to the iPad, which has dominated the growing market for the touchscreen devices.
Despite their prickly competition in finished products, the two firms have a close business relationship.
Apple
was Samsung’s second-largest client in 2010 after Japan’s Sony Corp,
accounting for four percent of the South Korean firm’s 155 trillion won
($142 billion) annual revenue.
“We are Samsung’s largest customer
(for liquid crystal display panels and semiconductors) and Samsung is a
very valued component supplier to us,” Apple chief operating officer
Tim Cook said Wednesday in the United States.
But Apple filed its lawsuit because the Korean company had “crossed the line”, he said.
In comments Thursday, Samsung’s chairman Lee Kun-Hee said Apple was trying to keep his company in check.
“It’s like the proverbial nail that sticks out gets hammered down,” Lee told reporters, according to Yonhap news agency.
“Not
only Apple, but also unrelated companies that do not produce
electronics products are increasingly trying to keep Samsung in check.”

Apple won’t Release iPad 3 This Year

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Somehow Good news for those who buy iPad 2 just now and Bad news for the people those are waiting for the 3rd generation iPad. Earlier Report claimed that the 3rd generation iPad will include true retina display and it will be released by September 2011. Now many reports claims that iPad 3 won’t be released this year.
According to a report of DigiTimes, the 3rd generation iPad won’t include retina display and it won’t be released this year.
Sources
from touch panel makers pointed out that Apple recently released its
latest tablet PC plan and is asking the panel makers to provide
products that are capable to support higher image quality than the
current iPad 2 and Apple may even choose AMOLED panel or panel that
support Full HD standard to accomplish the plan. However, since the
project is still at the initial planning stage, the actual products are
unlikely to appear in 2011.
Some sources pointed
out that since AMOLED technologies are still mostly controlled by
Korea-based Samsung Electronics, while Apple has competition with
Samsung over tablet PC sales, if Apple is adopting AMOLED panel into
its device, Apple would be facing a great risk having the key
technologies being held by its competitors.
As
for the iPad 3 rumor, the sources from upstream component makers
pointed out that the new rumored device should be an upgrade version of
iPad 2 or an iPad 2 version that supports different communication
format. Since Apple just released its iPad 2 in early March and is
ready to start mass shipping, launching the iPad 3 would simply bite
off share from its iPad 2.
The sources pointed
out that they have not yet received any notice for next generation iPad
products and do not believe iPad 2 is a transitional product. With iPad
2’s strong shipment order forecast from Apple, the sources believe iPad
3 will not appear in the short term.

What’s In Store for Technology in 2011

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment
Apple: Coming off a highly successful
2010, in which it introduced a new category of portable computer—the
multitouch tablet—and sold millions of the product, Apple will have to
withstand an onslaught of competitors by wowing consumers again with the
second version of the iPad. At the same time, it will have to make a
widely expected transition for the iPhone from a single carrier in the
U.S., AT&T, to a second, likely Verizon. This could present a new
opportunity to reach lots of new customers, but the sleek phone will
have to work well on different network technology. At the same time,
Apple will be hoping its planned new Macintosh operating system, Lion,
can preserve the surprising momentum of the high-priced Mac, which the
company is trying to enhance with certain iPad-like features, such as an
app store and longer battery life.
In 2011, Apple also is likely to try to
address two areas where it has been weak: cloud computing and social
networking. Both its MobileMe cloud service and its Ping social network
had rough starts, and MobileMe charges $100 a year for services others
give away. Apple is so popular, it has a huge opportunity to link users
of its family of devices and of iTunes via the cloud and social
networks, but it will have to aim higher and execute better. The second
area where it likely hopes to improve is in the living room. The new,
cheaper Apple TV is selling better than its predecessor but still lacks
much Internet content. To break through, Apple will have to strike
landmark deals with media companies.
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Bloomberg

Apple’s iPad will face an onslaught of competition in the coming year.
Google: The search giant, also riding
high, is now in so many product areas it competes with nearly everyone.
In its core search business, it must focus on fending off a surprisingly
strong challenge from Microsoft’s Bing by giving consumers more
attractive, actionable results. Its Android operating system is a big
hit, but still isn’t as polished or easy to use as the iPhone’s
software, and even a Google official admitted it is still “an enthusiast
product for early adopters.” One big test will be the forthcoming
Honeycomb version of Android, meant for tablets that challenge the iPad.
A separate group at Google will try in 2011 to revolutionize the PC
operating-system business and muscle in on incumbents Microsoft and
Apple. Its new Chrome OS will power notebooks that essentially act as
Web browsers, and run programs stored in the cloud, not on a hard disk.
They also store all your files in the cloud. We’ll learn in 2011 how
many consumers are comfortable with that approach.
Google also may take another whack at social networking, where it
hasn’t made much of a dent after its Buzz service failed to take off.
And it will have to rework its overly complex Google TV effort to bring
Internet video to the living room.

The WallStreet Journal