24 hours ahead of the official US launch and iFixit have ripped apart Apple's latest poster boy, the iPhone 4S. Inside we find a few details that future iPhone 4S users might want to know, such as the iPhone 4S having a half a watt-hour extra juice inside compared to the iPhone 4. This would be partially responsible for the 4S's improved 3G talk time, but the thanks could also go to the updated Qualcomm MDM6610 dual-mode baseband.
The iPhone 4S also sports an improved vibrator (hehe, hehe) motor found in the CDMA iPhone, iFixit also say that the touchscreen panel uses the same connecting points as the older GSM iPhone 4 instead of those found in the newer CDMA model. There are also markings on Apple's A5 processor that confirm what we've all been sitting around the rumor mill with, the amount of RAM included in the iPhone 4S.
Apple's A5-sporting next-gen iPhone was rumored to have 1GB or RAM, but it is now officially confirmed to be just 512MB of RAM. Markings on the A5 chip itself (E4E4) confirm the processor contains two 2Gb dies, 4 gigbits is equivalent to half a gigabyte, or, 512MB. iFixit gives the device 6 out of 10 score for repairability, the same as the iPhone 4 received, due to the use of pentalobe screws, thanks, Apple.
We've been talking about this for a while... but now it seems a concrete date has been set. Google and Samsung have sent invites to various people, tech sites, etc for the rescheduled Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) event. Google and Samsung plan to unveil Google's next-generation mobile OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as Samsung's next smartphone, Galaxy Nexus (possibly named Nexus Prime) on October 19, in Hong Kong. The timing coincides with the D Asia conference and would start at 10PM Eastern time.
If you can't make it, don't sweat; there will be a live stream for those of us unable to attend. I would suggest organising maybe a towel for all the drool you'll do over your keyboard. Originally, the event was meant to be last week, but as we reported a few days ago, it was delayed out of respect for Steve Jobs. In the US, the new Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime should arrive around the date of November 3, and could be a Verizon exclusive,
Our App of the Day today is Apple iMessage for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 5 or later.
Okay, our AOTD is a little different today. We're are featuring an Apple made "app" called iMessage.
It's the new messaging service built into iOS 5 and it rocks. Why? How about being able to send completely free text messages to other friends who are also using iOS 5.0? Yep, it does and you can also send pictures and video, too. It's fast too and works very well.
The annoying part is that your friend or contact needs to have iOS 5.0 and there is really no way of knowing if they are on iOS 5.0 or not without asking them or just trying for a response. I'd love to see Apple make some adjustments so in your contacts list a person with iMessage support was highlighted with a support icon or something similar.
Do you reckon the folks over at WhatsApp Messenger are a little nervous right now? I'd say so... they did make their app free for 24 hours to regions that usually need to pay this past day. Apple iMessage is not perfect yet and not up to what WhatsApp can do (sharing your location, for example), but I'm sure we'll see improvements over time.
The latest happenings from around the web - October 13th, 2011
- AMD A6-3650 APU + CrossfireX @ Vortez
- Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 15.6-inch Laptop @ ThinkComputers
- Lian Li PC-V600F Case @ Techpowerup
- Soundgraph Hummin' 3.03 & Finger VU 1016W Case @ Techpowerup
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Cooler @ XSReviews
- Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler @ Hardware Canucks
Often soaking up your weekends at local LAN events? Thermaltake is offering up something new for LANers to make getting your gear from A to B much easier. Launched just today, Tt simply calls it the "Transporter".
This snow/water/dust resistant carry bag is said to be super strong, further indicated by Thermaltake's claim that it can take on up to 100Kg worth of gaming gear (including either a mid, or even full tower rig, mouse, keyboard, headset, cabling etc.).
The Tt eSports branded bag is made of polyester material and measures 600 x 300 x 600 mm. The announcement from Thermaltake today didn't mention a date of availability or pricing as yet, but it shouldn't be too far away. In the meantime you can check out the official product page on the Transporter over at Thermaltake's site.
Audio specialists Bose have just released a couple new sets of headphones to market in the OE2 and OE2i. These on-ear headphones promise a super comfortable fit to the head while being slim profile by design with foam ear cushioned, foldable earcups to make transporting more pleasant.
Bose says the sound quality of these headphones in comparison to their predecessors has been improved upon thanks to the use of a TriPort acoustic structure for improved audio reproduction.
The OE2 headphones use a standard audio cable, coming in at $149.95 USD, whilst the OE2i is a step up with its inline remote and microphone, priced at $179.95 USD.
Buffalo has come up with a new way to provide mass external storage which still plays ball nicely with the many DLNA-capable TVs that don't support 3, or in some cases even 2TB drives.
The multimedia focused HD-ALCTU2/V drive from Buffalo provides a capacity switch whereby you can set the amount of space seen by the 3TB drive inside the unit - 1TB, 2TB or the full 3TB. The way it works is by allowing users to partition their content, so you could for instance have all your larger movie files taking up 2TB, whilst the other 1TB partition would be for housing all your TV shows / music etc.
As for the design of the unit itself, it is of glossy black appearance and measures 121 x 40 x 201 mm. It relies on a USB 2.0 connection for its interface and includes built-in rubber mounts to prevent vibration.
Suiting up in advance for Intel's Sandy Bridge E platform, Corsair has become the first in the memory industry to announce a quad channel memory kit to make full use of the next-gen platforms quad channel memory subsystem.
Corsair has delivered a high-end enthusiast oriented kit under its popular Dominator series, sporting those lovely DHX+ heatsinks in a red & black color scheme.
The kit (part number: CMT32GX3M4X1866C9) comprises four 8GB modules, making up a total of 32GB RAM. The modules themselves are rated for 1866MHz with timings of 9-10-9-27 C9, requiring a voltage of only 1.5V. The modules will of course also work in current dual channel platforms w/ four DIMM slots, albeit only in dual channel mode of course.
The kit becomes available worldwide sometime this month at a hefty price tag of $999 USD.
Our Download of the Day today is Comodo Internet Security 5.8.211697.
Comodo claim that their firewall is unique in that it passes all known leak tests to ensure the integrity of data entering and exiting your system. Comodo has put firewall through all kinds of sophisticated tests to ensure its firewall powerful enough to ward off these attacks with default settings. No other firewall has had to work this hard.
PC Magazine Online's Editor's Choice
Secures against internal and external attacks
Blocks internet access to malicious Trojan programs
Safeguards your Personal data against theft
Delivers total end-point security for Personal Computers and Networks
Deal of the Day: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory - $34.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory - $34.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
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