Apple announced just a few hours ago that they have sold over four million units of their newly released iPhone 4S just three days after it launched on October 14. On top of this, more than 25 million customers are now iOS 5-powered, which is astonishing considering that was all in five days. More than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud also. Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller says:
iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend-the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days. iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.
Considering that more analysts thought that Apple would sell between 2 and 3 million 4S units, this is quite the achievement for Apple. Pre-orders were sitting at over 1 million in just 24 hours, so the 4 million units sold is quite good indeed. The iPhone 4S is available in both black and white, 16, 32 and 64GB sizes.
We've seen the performance analysis, benchmarks, thoughts, features and much more talk when it comes to Apple's latest and greatest; the iPhone 4S. But what about dropping them from shoulder height to see which one would break first? It may sound stupid, but there are so many people who drop their phones, whether it be accidentally, when drunk, or they're just clumsy. My wife dropped her Galaxy S II from hip height a fortnight ago, and it just scraped the side and did not break; to me, that is great workmanship from Samsung.
SquareTrade, who sell insurance for all manner of electronics, have obtained the iPhone 4S and a Galaxy S II and have done a drop test. The test consisted of dropping the phones at shoulder-height,and a face-down fall. The Galaxy S II survived both drops, where the iPhone took considerable damage even at a waist-heigh drop and its screen was completely wrecked when dropped face down on concrete.
Apple's iPad has enjoyed nearly no competition, until Google unveiled Honeycomb. But even that, is not enough to stop the tablet juggernaut. Google and its manufacturer partners have as of yet to announce official sales figures for Android-powered tablets, which leave everyone else to just guessing. Android developer Al Sutton has reminded everyone, with a little bit of math, we could get quite the estimate on just how many Honeycomb-powered tablets are in the wild.
What is that number? Roughly 3.4 million. This number is based on Google's latest platform versions states, a fortnightly updated breakdown of what proportion of devices use each Android version - and the official activation numbers which were announced as part of Google's financial results yesterday. Google CEO Larry Page claimed 190 million Android devices had been activated in total. THis leads us to the platform stats, with 1.8-percent of Android devices that have accessed the Android Market within the 14 day period up to October 3, 2011 were running Android 3.0, 3.1 or 3.2 (in contrast 38.2-percent are running 2.3.3 Gingerbread or higher).
With Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Nexus to be hopefully unveiled this week at Samsung and Google's event, Australian's are waiting patiently to see what's going on with the as of yet announced device. News has hit the Wi-Fi Alliance site that the GT-i9250M and GT-i9250T have arrived. Specification wise, we still have nothing, but it does suggest that the smartphone could be offered by both Vodafone and Telstra when it arrives.
Usually, with the latest smartphones, one of the carriers gets some form of exclusivity for either a few weeks, or permanently. But for a handset that is bound to be the biggest competitor (and potential leader) of the iPhone 4S, I'm sure both Telco's are willing to compromise.
Nokia's World event is being held in London in a little over a week, on October 26 and details are starting to play peak-a-boo with the Internet. What exactly is leaking you ask? Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 "Mango" device, which Pocketnow and GSMArena both coming across ads for the device that is carrying the moniker, Nokia 800.
Nokia's codenamed "Sea Ray" hasn't really been an icon-clad secret from Nokia, with CEO Stephen Elop showing off the device in June during a presentation. The device takes after Nokia's MeeGo-powered N9, but with a few changes. The full curved glass facade of the N9 has been replaced to accommodate three buttons, with a plastic unibody enclosure still remains.
The N9 wasn't a budget phone by any means, at 475 EUR for the 16GB model, and 534 EUR for the 64GB model, it is still priced well within the parameters of the premium market. So, if the Nokia 800 has to succeed as Nokia's first Windows Phone-powered device, the price is definitely going to be something that will be a large dot point next to the phone.
For those of you who have gotten their mits on the newly released Apple iPhone 4S, you may have noticed an option missing out of the Network Settings. Most people don't require the setting, or even probably know its there, but its there and its useful to some.
In Network Settings, "Enable 3G" is missing, which gives you the ability to manually shut off 3G data. It can be disabled for multiple purposes, such as saving as much battery life as possible, or when you're at home and don't require 3G data as your own your own Wi-Fi network.
A top Research in Motion official has apologized for the extended outage that is limiting service for many BlackBerry users worldwide. RIM still have no idea when the service will be fully restored. RIM's Chief Information Officer, Robin Bienfait, has said "You've depended on us for reliable, real-time communications, and right now we're letting you down". This was posted on RIM's website. He added:
We are taking this very seriously and have people around the world working around the clock to address this situation. We believe we understand why this happened and we are working to restore normal service levels in all markets as quickly as we can.
Apple's iPhone 4S launched today in Australia and yesterday Telstra released their plans for the hotly anticipated Apple handset. Now we have all of the plan details, monthly amounts, data caps, SMS, call plans, outright pricing, everything you need to know as an Australian iPhone 4S potential customer. If you're after an iPhone 4S and want it outright, you're looking at $799, $899 and $999 for the 16, 32 or 64GB phones, respectively.
Now, onto the plans. Optus' offerings are below, it doesn't seem too bad looking at the $79 cap which includes $900 worth of calls, 3GB of data and $0 per month for the 16 and 32GB iPhone 4S's.
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,
The current injunction against Samsung may hurt their Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia, but Samsung are not letting that get them down. Samsung have attacked the launch of the Apple iPhone 4S not with words, but with super-cheap Galaxy S II handsets. By super-cheap, I don't mean 10% off, or even half price, I mean you can get them for... wait for it... $2. Yes, $2. There are no zeroes behind that, just a mere $2.
The GSII handsets are available in a temporary pop-up Samsung shop that is just metres away from Sydney's Apple Store. Literally, metres away. The catch? The first 10 in line will receive a $2 phone, those behind the first 10 will have to wait until the day is over, wait the entire night and then the following 10 will receive that day's batch of phones. Samsung this week rented a store just two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store to promote their Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone as well as their new online music subscription service, Music Hub.
Not much else to say here except for plug in your iPhone, iPod and iPad's and get downloading.
Apple has finally released iOS 5.0 to the world with a very long list of new features (around 200!), changes and updates. Included are the big ones like Twitter integration, iCloud support, improved notifcations, iMessage, Newsstand and much more.
Enjoy! We are sure Steve would have a big grin on his face right now.
Apple's new iCloud service is almost complete and ready to rumble. The newly supporting version of iTunes was just outed yesterday and now Apple has just opened up the gates to its iCloud site.
You will now be able to sign into the service which gives seamless backup of your data to the cloud; but of course, you won't be able to actually use it until the final and most important piece of the puzzle becomes available; running on either the latest version of Mac OS X Lion or iOS 5 (both of which are yet to be released - but are imminent).
ASUS's Transformer has enjoyed the fruits of its labor, winning the hearts of many tablet-loving fans across the world. But, the Tegra 3-packing Transformer 2 has been gettings its fair share of rumor-filled goodness, and today is a great day for that. LambdaTek Component Shop currently lists the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2, or as its model number TF201-1I020A, for £537.85 including VAT.
The retailers site details are limited, but it does list the Transformer 2 as sporting the quad-core Tegra 3 from NVIDIA, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display and all powered by Android 3 Honeycomb. ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has previously said that the Transformer 2 will launch by the end of the year, with a retail price of $499, 40% below what is currently listed on LambdaTek's website.
Sling Media have just released a dedicated SlingPlayer app for Android 3.x tablets that has just hit the Android Market. A mobile phone version has been available for a while now but could only be used in compatibility mode, where picture quality suffered. Sling Media charge the same price as the iPad version, $29.99. If you had purchased the smartphone version, this is another $29.99 you'll have to spend.
The tablet version sports improved video quality and a new program guide that makes it a breeze to browse content while still watching TV. There's also a new remote interface that provides even easier control over programming. Grab it here if you're a fan of the Sling.
The iPhone 4S is rumored to include the same amount of RAM found in the ageing iPhone 4, just 512MB. The Infinity Blade developer was quoted last week:
I'm still shocked that, with the iPhone 4S, I'm literally running around with a 1080p video camera in my pocket, with an eight megapixel camera, 64GB of hard drive space and an A5 chip with 512MB of memory. This is a really powerful computer, right?
They would be more inclined to know, as they demoed their game on the iPhone 4S during last week's keynote. AppVV is now also confirming the rumor of 512MB on the iPhone 4S. But, I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
We reported last week that Samsung's Unpacked 2011 event had been cancelled due to the unfortunate death of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But now it seems the event has been rescheduled and is actually just over a week away, hitting on October 19th. A source of Engadget's says that the Unpacked event should be on October 19th in Hong Kong, timed to go alongside AsiaD: All Things Digital even next week.
We'll have to wait and see, but I will have my eyes peeled for news as it hits.
The recently announced iPhone 4S had pre-orders last Friday and they should start hitting retail stores and customers door steps on this Friday. But, while industry-folk were mostly underwhelmed by the iPhone 4S, Apple still managed to break sales records by scooping up over one million pre-orders in 24 hours, impressive. Now that the initial first week wave of buzz is over, we can move onto the juicy bits: actual reviews.
The iPhone 4S packs a new dual-core A5 processor (like the iPad 2 sports), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p recording capabilities, the swish new Siri voice recognition technology and 14.4Mbps HSDPA support. It is also the hero standing in the wind for iOS 5. Now we have reviews, maybe not real-world, in-the-hands-of-real-customers reviews, but closer than the marketing magic that Apple sprinkle onto their followers.
Samsung's current flagship Android-based handset, the Galaxy S II has won Phone of the Year award at the T3 awards. This is the first time in three years that Apple or HTC have not won the prize, so Samsung really are shining bright right now. The Galaxy S II packs a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, an 8-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM. Luke Peters, editor of T3 talked about the GSII:
The Samsung Galaxy S II is a gorgeous looking phone with slick operation, a great social hub and the best camera on any smartphone to date. It has great integration with Samsung's TVs and a screen that matches the iPhone 4.
Even though Apple missed out on Phone of the Year, Apple did take home three awards. First of all, the MacBook Air 11-inch took out the T3 Design Award and Computer of the Year, whilst the iPad took home Tablet of the Year. Microsoft actually didn't too bad, as they won Gaming Gadget of the Year and overall Gadget of the Year for their motion-sensing gizmo, Kinect.
Some ads from Nokia have popped online early displaying the upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 running "Nokia 800" smart phone. The leaked ads of the phone (previously referred to as Sea Ray) show up with two weeks to go until Nokia World winds up and the phone is formally announced (along with other models most likely).
The ads show the phone physically looking much like the MeeGo-powered N9. What we can ascertain about the phone to date from prior information is that it runs a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) AMOLED touchscreen with a 1.4GHz single core processor and is said to sport 16GB of built-in storage.
Some Geekbench benchmark results have shown up on the web showing off the performance on tap with Apple's new iPhone 4S and it's looking like quite the speedy smart phone indeed.
If you were impressed with the iPhone 4's performance, you'll be astounded by the iPhone 4S' thanks to its dual core A5 processor running at 800MHz. While still packing the same 512MB RAM, the processor pushes the Geekbench result to a very impressive score of 623, versus the original iPhone 4's score of 360.
This equates to the new iPhone being a whopping 68% faster than its predecessor, and only 17% slower than the iPad 2 with the same processor used, but running 200MHz quicker at 1GHz.