As with all things Apple, the day after the iPhone 3GS launched rumors started about its replacement. The replacement has been dubbed the 4th generation iPhone and rumors are swirling anew today.
According to the most recent rumors, the 4th generation iPhone is set to be unveiled on June 22. The evidence for this rumor comes by way of a booking in Apple's name for the conference center where the last iPhone was announced on June 22.
This rumor is unsubstantiated and the booking, if true at all, could be for some unrelated product. However, there have been other reports of a Verizon branded iPhone being used recently so the big day may be coming soon.
Some predicted that the iPad would be one of the biggest failures ever for Apple. As it turns out the device has proven to be very popular with consumers and is selling strongly.
Apple has now reported that the iPad is selling so well, that the launch of the device in other countries will be delayed. Apple reports that 500,000 iPads were delivered the first week and that demand was far higher than expected.
Because of the high demand, the company will not have the supply needed to meet demand for several more weeks. It has also taken many pre-orders for the 3G iPad versions. International pricing and pre-orders will now start at the end of May, a month later than originally scheduled.
Imation owned 'TDK Life on Record' has just release a new pair of high-fidelity wireless headphones and wired earphones to the North American market.
The new TDK WR700 wireless headphones have been graced with Kleer lossless audio technology, delivering 16-bit 44KHz digital audio at CD quality to its 34mm drivers. The WR700 is powered by four AAA sized batteries which is said to give up to 40 hours of playtime before replacement/recharging. A bundled wireless transmitter is of course included which simply connects to a 3.5mm port.
Here's a closer look at the specs which matter :-
sound pressure sensitivity of 108 dB/mW
impedance of 32 Ohms
frequency response of 20 ~ 20,000 Hz
four AAA batteries enabling up to 40 hours of audio play
Shifting attention to the EB900 in-ear headphones, these use Comply foam tips to assist in blocking out the majority of ambient noise and they make use of 8.5mm micro-drivers. The cable is 1.2 meters long and is braided.
A better look at the EB900's specs :-
frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz
sensitivity (at 1 KHz) of 101.5 dB
gold-plated 3.5mm jack.
The WR700 and EB900 headphones come with MSRPs of $249.99 and $89.99 respectively.
Asus has promised a pair of tablet computers to fight the iPad. Until those show up, users will have to make do with convertible netbooks like the T101MT.
The machine has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 multi-touch display that swivels from netbook mode to tablet mode. The machine has an Atom N450 running at 1.66GHz and will run Windows 7. The netbook can use up to 2GB of RAM.
Storage is up to 320GB and the machine packs in WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, VGA out, and a webcam. The machine weighs 1.3kg and its battery will run for 6.5 hours per charge.
Nokia has unveiled a new line of mobile phones that all have QWERTY keyboards and are aimed at users looking for affordable handsets. The new line includes the C3, C6, and E5 devices.
The C3 is a QWERTY device that is in the Series 40 line and has direct home screen access to social networks. It has WiFi, 8GB memory card, and will come in several colors for EUR 90. The C6 is a Symbian smartphone with a 3.2-inch screen and a slide out keyboard set for Q2 2010 at EUR 220.
The E5 is a Symbian device with features for the business and home user. It will land in Q2 2010 for EUR 180. All prices are before any subsidies.
Pantech and AT&T have a long history of working together on new handsets with some of the devices being exclusive to the AT&T network. AT&T and Pantech have announced a new device called the Link.
The Pantech Link is a QWERTY keyboard device that will be very cheap at $9.99 after a rebate and new contract on the AT&T network. The handset is built around quick messaging and social networking.
The device is very thin at 10mm and supports AT&T services like Social Net and Online Locker. The Link will come in blue or black colors and the exact launch date is unknown.
Many iPad users have probably realized that when they connect their iPad to the USB port for charging and leave the iPad off things work fine. However, when the iPad is charging and the user tries to use the iPad power demand can be too high for some machines.
If you own a Gigabyte mainboard, the company has announced a new driver update for the device that will allow users to charge the iPad and use it at the same time. The update is called the On/Off charge update.
It can be downloaded on the Gigabyte site now and works with Intel X58, P55, H55, and H57 mainboards. AMD 800 chipset boards are also supported by the update.
Following the launch of Microsoft's new "Kin" phone entries running their latest Phone 7 OS, the folks at Engadget have published a video showing how the automatic content backup system works.
As is the case with SideKick, Microsoft's new Kin phones are designed to have all your txt messages, photos, videos, music and other content backed up to a Microsoft owned service they call Kin Studio on the fly as the phone is being used/updated. This means the phone content is always accessible through any browser on a PC.
Check it :-
The New York Times has made mention of Google's plans to mix up the tablet world with a slate computer of its own in the near future. Eric Schmidt made some brief comments about it at a party in LA recently in which he stated it would be exlusively based on Android, which doesn't make a great deal of sense considering Google's intensive Chrome project.
It seems Google is trying to go stealth on this one for the time being and is said to be actively searching for publishers at the minute to assist in the delivery of books, magazines and other types of content.
It's also been mentioned that HP is working on bringing another Android tablet of its own to market as well, this a 6-inch sized model that's been nicknamed "the half-pint".
Time will tell how Android fares as the right choice for a tablet device. Google seem to feel confident they can make it work.
Earlier today I stumbled upon this interesting video. It shows an iPad running Windows 95 in an emulated environment. The article that it was attached to was poking fun at Bill Gates and his push for Tablet computing.
The emulator has been shown on other systems like the iPod Touch and the iPhone so it is no big surprise to see it on the iPad. It is still funny to see how slow it is over all though. But on the other hand, if this really does work as advertised I suppose you could finally get Flash and Shockwave running.
Microsoft has pushed out a pair of social networking phones for the Verizon network. These phones are aimed squarely at the teenage and twenty-something crowd (although I know plenty of 30-40 year olds that are also hooked on Facebook and Twitter).
In a typical Microsoft flare they are being called 'Kin' one and two. The 'Kin' is a takeoff from Knits together Kindred Spirits. I have to say that this is probably one of the dumbest names for a phone, or at least the dumbest explanation of a phone's name that I have heard of.
The phones will be made by Sharp and feature a one-off version of Windows Phone 7. As Robbie Bach, president of the entertainment division at Microsoft said, it will let people 'lifecast' and continue the 'read all about me' trend that is going on.
George Hotz has what appears to be a static image of a jailbroken iPad up on his Blog. The image shows the now familiar Cydia icon right next to the blackra1n one. This could be the signal that we will see a jailbreak for the iPad very soon.
The last time Goehotz released an image like this the jailbreak was out within a week or so of its posting. Of course the question needs to be asked; are the current crop of apps in Cydia and Rock going to be any good on the iPad? After all in our recent review of the iPad we found that Apps which were developed for the iPhone (and not ported or upgraded for the iPad) did not run that well. This could mean that while we will see things like local file access the apps and themes we have come to enjoy will not be effective. Still, I would rather have a jailborken iPad than one that is not.
Bring on the Ra1n Geo.
You may remember that GIGABYTE launched three times USB power with its first batch of X58 motherboards last year with the idea of providing a better flow of power through the USB ports to provide added stability, support and faster charging of devices.
With the release of the Apple iPad, the folks at GIGABYTE took the opportunity to showcase the USB charging capabilities of its motherboards. GIGABYTE noted that most motherboards are unable to charge the iPad while it is turned on and operational since there is just not enough power sent through the USB ports.
Since many new GIGABYTE motherboards in the X58, P55, H55, H57 chipset series as well as current and upcoming AMD 800 chipset series can provide up to 1500 milliamps of power through the USB 2.0 ports, it is enough to charge the iPod while it is turned on.
In the video above that GIGABYTE produced, you can see the iPad is drawing around 1.25 amps of power from one of the USB ports from a P55A-UD5 motherboard.
ViewSonic has just added a couple new e-readers into its product range for the UK market which are both very basic to the eye, but have a good amount of tricks under their plain jane attire (available in black or white).
The VEB620 and VEB625 give native support for PDF formats as well as ePub, RTS and of course plain text. Further to these formats is support for html as well as MP3.
The 6-inch 16 level gray scale E-ink screens on these two use an 800x600 resolution and have orientation sensors for automatic rotation depending on how you hold the e-book. Packed inside the units is 2GB of storage, a 0.5w speaker, SD card slot for additional storage and a mini-USB port.
Weight is kept down at just .24Kg making them a little lighter than the latest offering from Kindle at .29Kg, but they are a wee bit thicker at 11mm vs 9mm on the Kindle.
Where the VEB625 is superior is in the way of WiFi connectivity and touchscreen support, reflected by the pricing at £175 (around $270 U.S.) for the VEB620 and £205 ($315) for the VEB625.
During our review of the iPad we began to hear rumors that the new product was already having trouble. We heard of overheating issues, WiFi issues and a few other problems. While we were testing the one we bought we did not experience any of the problems noted. Even on Dual Band routers. However it is very important that the information gets out.
It seems that the iPad has a very low thermal threshold. This is much like the problems with the 3G S. You can quickly overheat the iPad if you have the 32GB or 64GB models. It seems that the increased flash memory amount generates just enough extra heat to push it outside the operating range if you are outside in direct sunlight.
The WiFi issue seems to revolve around Apple's choice of 802.11n wireless chip. This chip has a problems when connecting to dual band wireless devices that are not inside its realm of compatibility.
So far we have not seen this on our TRENDNet or D-Link products but only time will tell if this will hold out.
Of course the issues may be related, wireless products are heat sensitive (as are all computer components) it is entirely possible that the overheating could be a large factor in the WiFi issues. We have seen overheating cause problems in more than one wireless access point and router. The question now is; will this heat/WiFi problem have an even greater impact in the 3G models? Time will tell on that one. But Apple had better hope not.
I figured once the iPad launched and users started to buy the thing that the manufactures of computers and electronics would decide whether to move forward with their own tablets. I also think that makers of eReaders will have either to get much cheaper with their offering or add in new features to compete with the likes of the iPad.
PC World reports that BenQ has decided to focus on color screen eReaders rather than making a tablet like the iPad. BenQ expects to have its color eReader on the market this year.
The benefits according to BenQ of its screen tech on an eReader over the LCD of the iPad are less eye fatigue and more battery life. However, an eye doctor says eyestrain has more to do with light around the display rather than the screen type.
Mophie has been making battery packs for Apple products like the iPhone and iPod devices for a long time now. The company has a cool battery pack case for the iPhone 3G/3GS called the juice pack air.
Mophie has now added a new juice pack air to its line for iPod touch users as well that is available now for $79.99. The touch version looks just like the iPhone version and wraps around the iPod to protect it from drops and scratches.
The internal battery can be charged via USB as the battery for the iPod is charged at the same time. Mophie claims that the device is good for up to 36 hours of audio playback and up to 6 hours of video.
Creative's ZEN line-up of products has just been refreshed with a couple new media players dubbed the ZEN X-Fi Syle and ZEN Style portable.
Both units are good for music and video playback on the go with capacities ranging from 8GB to 32GB.
The ZEN X-Fi Style uses a 2.4-inch sized LCD with a resolution of 320x240. As well as giving audio and video playback functions, it has an FM radio feature, built-in speakers, USB connectivity, video output and battery life of up to 25 hours audio / 5 hours video playback. As the name denotes, it also sports Creative's X-Fi technology for improved audio quality. Dimensions of the unit are 83.6 x 48.7 x 11.7 mm with a weight of just 56 grams.
Shifting focus to the ZEN Style Portable series; the ZEN Style 100 and ZEN Style 300 can be purchased in capacities of 4, 8 and 16GB and features a 1.8-inch TFT displaying a resolution of 128x160. These units measure 79.5 x 40 x 13.6 mm and includes such features as an alarm clock, calendar, voice recorder and has a battery life of up to 32 hrs (audio). The difference between the ZEN Style 100 and 300 is that the 300 includes an FM radio feature and built-in speaker.
The fully decked out ZEN X-Fi Style can be purchased from 79.99 to 179.99, depending on what capacity you want, whilst the smaller Style 100 and Style 300 players range from 39.99 / 79.99 and 49.99 / 89.99 respectively.
So we brought you some information from the Apple event through the wonderfull power of the Live blog.
We told you that Apple is trying to put Multitasking into the iPhone/iPod Touch and also into the iPad. All of this is more than likely in response to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 and the Palm Pre's WebOS.
What we did not know until recently was what it would look like in play and how it would work. As the real thing will not be out until this summer (think June) we have to rely on videos like the one we found over at Gizmodo.
So take a look and you tell us if this is real multitasking, or if it is simply backgournder finally implemented into the OS
The iPod line of MP3 players has dominated the market since they debuted years ago. However, the iPod has not been without its problems.
The original iPod nano line was plagued with scratch issues that raised the ire of many owners. Many reviewers also has a big problem with the scratching of the player.
The wide spread issue eventually lead to a class action suit against Apple. Five years after those first iPod nano units were revealed, Apple has started sending out the checks to those who were part of the suit. The checks are for $37.50, so don't get too excited.
Apple's iPhone 0.4 announcement event has just concluded a bunch of new features were announced such as multitasking, folders, iBooks, GameKit, iAd and improved mail support.
Towards the end of the event, Jobs announced that OS 4.0 will be released to developers today and to consumers sometime in summer. The sad news is that not all features of OS 4.0 will be supported by the iPhone 3G or iPod touch second generation.
One of the features that won't make it to the iPhone 3G is multi-tasking support and that is a great disappointed, especially from someone who has made the move to the 3GS and intended on waiting for the iPhone 4G (or HD). Jobs said that the hardware is too old and multi-tasking is just out of the question.
Suffice to say and presumably multi-tasking will not be an option at all on the original iPhone. Is this a reason for consumers to upgrade to the 3GS now or wait for the next generation iPhone later on this year? Decisions, decisions!