A touchscreen-based MacBook Pro is here, modded and ready to be pre-ordered. Modbook announced the preorders for their Modbook Pro, hitting a huge price of $3,500. What makes the Modbook Pro so special? Well, it's a touchscreen 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, with a stylus pen to boot.
It's also fully customizable, where you can option it to come with either OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mountain Lion with Windows 7 on Boot Camp, or just Windows 7. It's a wonderful thing to have all of that choice. Hardware-wise, you can configure the Modbook Pro with a 2.5GHz Core i5 processor, or upgrade it right up to a 2.9GHz-clocked Core i7 chip. Memory can be ramped right up to 16GB and storage can kick it up to a 480GB SSD drive.
Modbook Pro brings the best of both words, infusing the hardware of Apple's 13.3-inch MBP, with a Wacom Penabled pen tablet digitizer, all on an etched paper-emulating ForceGlass screen. If you want to order one of these bad boys, you'll need a $500 deposit with each order. The Modbook Pro's come with a 12-month warranty.
Apple rumor fans, here's another one for you. Sources have told the Wall Street Journal that the new rumored iPad mini has gone into mass production, just two weeks ahead of when Apple is expected to hold the launch event in San Francisco. They missed the original mark of announcing the device at the iPhone 5 event, but this actually makes sense.
You see, that event was already jam-packed, so it didn't make sense to try and squeeze in another product launch. Some of the details would get lost as the press would already be overloaded with things to report on. People would stop paying attention after a while, so spreading the launch out makes entirely too much sense.
The new rumor places the launch event on October 17, with press invitations going out of October 10. The device is said to feature a 7.85-inch screen made by LG and AU Optronics. Unfortunately, the new device won't feature the high-resolution Retina display that the iPad and iPhone both feature.
Apple's new Lightning connector for the new iPhone 5 will be hard to imitate, thanks to its security chip
Apple's new iPhone 5 sports a new charging cable, which the company have dubbed "Lightning". Apple's new Lightning cable is an 8-pin charging cable, which has some built-in measures that won't make it easy for cheap imitation cables - something Apple are sure to make millions from.
Apple's former 30-pin cable was a pretty simple design, where it was based on millions upon millions of cables, accessories, docks, and so forth - cheap imitations were created from its simple design, but it looks like the same game won't be played this time around. Apple are currently charging $30 for a new Lightning cable, which is ridiculous considering the cable would cost next to nothing to manufacture.
CNN have an unnamed source "with knowledge of Apple's manufacturing" who has said that the new Lightning cable comes with new measures which will make imitation that much harder - as they contain a new authentication chip. It won't be impossible for Chinese manufacturers to imitate this new $30 cable, with the source stating:
Chinese manufacturers are currently working to clone this new connector, but they cannot do it with the same ease and low cost as before, I don't think.
Samsung's Galaxy Note II is looking like a mighty fine device, for those who want a large 5.5-inch smartphone, but it does have a trick up its sleeve when it comes to rotating your screen. Normally when you're reading something on your smartphone and turn the device, and have "Auto rotation" enabled, it will rotate it when the phone detects physical rotation.
Samsung have gone down a different route with the Note II, adding "Smart rotation". Smart rotation has debuted with the Note II, and is a little different to the Galaxy S III's Smart stay. Smart roation will use the front-facing camera to detect what orientation your face is at, and then match the rotation of the screen with it. So if you rotate your phone into landscape to watch a video clip, but keep your face at the same angle, it won't adjust.
But, if you were laying down and looking at your phone sideways, it would detect this and adjust accordingly. Very cool, and something worth bragging about on the Note II. These little things are what make the phones stand out, and while this is not a killer app by any means, it is building Samsung toward something greater - something magical.
We know that Steve Jobs was a visionary, as he is constantly described as such, and nearly a year after the Apple co-founder died, historians have found some information that would confirm he truly was a visionary.
The Next Web writes about a speech Jobs gave nearly thirty years ago in 1983 at the Center for Design innovation. After this speech, Jobs gave a question and answer session that covered a wide variety of topics, where Jobs talked about a "computer in a book", where a user could learn how to use it in just 20 minutes:
Apple's strategy is really simple. What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes. That's what we want to do and we want to do it this decade. And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don't have to hook up to anything and you're in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers.
Well, that's quite the statement, isn't it? It took Apple a lot longer than a decade, but hey, look at them now. The iPad dominates the tablet industry.
RumorTT: Microsoft is developing its own Windows Phone 8 device to be marketed under the Surface brand
Microsoft appears to be taking another stab at its partners as rumors have surfaced that Microsoft is developing a Windows Phone 8 device that would go toe-to-toe with the new iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S III, as well as its own partners' devices like the Nokia Lumia 920.
The new Surface-branded Windows Phone 8 smartphone will likely not launch with the first wave of Windows Phone 8 devices that are set to launch in November. Instead, BGR's sources figure it will launch sometime after Microsoft's partners have had their first launch wave. This should reduce the feeling that Microsoft is making an attack on their partners' businesses.
It will likely be a device featuring high-end specs like a fast dual-core processor, 1 Gigabyte of RAM, and an 8MP camera. Not much is known, other than the rumor that it is in late stages development. We will be sure to keep you posted if or when this rumor is confirmed.
Would you buy a Microsoft-made Windows Phone 8 device? Let us know!
The Samsung Galaxy S III is a giant phone, there's no two ways about it. Not wanting to be out done by Apple's rumored iPad mini, the South Korean electronics giant is rumored to be working on a pint-sized Galaxy S III, which is affectionately being called the Samsung Galaxy S III mini.
Rumor has it that the device will be announced on October 11 and will come with similar specs to its older brother, save for the giant screen. This is good news for consumers, as many feel the current S III is too large. Indeed, it is the reason I went with the new iPhone. I felt the screen was just too big and wouldn't fit in my hand nicely, or my pocket, for that matter.
Samsung can use this shrinking of its flagship device to steal back some of the press from Apple and all of the press going to the iPhone 5. Furthermore, it could use it's own shrink to steal press away from the rumored shrinking of the iPad by Apple. Only time will tell if the clues provided by the invitation to an event in Germany will prove true.
You will once again be able to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States of America now that the sales ban instituted at the start of the Apple v Samsung trial has been lifted. It's lifting follows a finding by the jury, who awarded Apple $1+ billion in damages, that the tablet didn't infringe on a single Apple patent.
Samsung will also be receiving a $2.6 million bond that was placed in case the injunction was determined to be unfair. Samsung will likely seek damages for lost sales from Apple as the sales ban was unfairly sought and imposed. Whether or not they will receive anything is a different matter.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't out of the woods yet, though. Apple has filed a "rule 50 motion" looking to overturn the jury's' decision in December. If this motion is successful, then the tablet will see a permanent sales ban in the United States. If you're looking to obtain a Galaxy Tab 10.1, you should buy it before December, just in case Apple succeeds.
The amount of high-quality Android-based devices coming out are really surprising me, with HTC unveiling yet another kick ass handset today, the One X+.
HTC's One X+ is a slight change to its predecessor unveiled at MWC in February, where it sports a 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, larger 2,100mAh battery, 64GB of on-board storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the company's Sense 4+ sprinkled on top.
We're looking at a 4.7-inch display, it can be tapped against another device to pair which HTC call "Tap and Go", a Beats-branded set of speakers, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.0 lens and ImageChip-assist has transitioned over to the One X+. The camera software has some new features: Self Portrait for a little retouching of front-facing self-shots, and Sightseeing which allows for a quick launch of the camera app itself.
If you've got an iPhone 5 and have snapped some photos with the camera on it, you may have noticed a very annoying purple haze on some of your shots. Well, don't worry because according to Apple Support, that is "normal behavior" for the iPhone 5's camera.
Yes, normal - as in, it's meant to happen and you shouldn't be worried about it. Gizmodo reader Matt Van Gastel had a response from the Apple Support team, where they said:
Our engineering team just gave me this information and we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5′s camera.
We know that smartphones and tablets are popular, but just how many US adults own a smart device? According to a new study by Pew (Pew?) Research - half of all adults in the US own a smartphone or tablet.
Pew Research says that their findings have "major implications for how news will be consumed and paid for" in the future, with close to 20% of mobile news respondents revealing that they had paid for an online subscription within the last twelve months.
Roughly half of the tablet-based readers said that they now spend more time consuming news, while close to a third of readers said they are receiving news from sources they didn't before. Some of the numbers from Pew Research's results are also interesting, where last year 81% of those interviewed owned an iPad, where this number has dropped significantly to just over 50%.
Give me one, now. Sharp have begun the production of 5-inch 1920x1080 displays at their factories - the joy! At 5-inch and 1080p, we're looking at 443 pixels per inch (ppi).
Considering the iPhone 5 only sports 326ppi - this is going to be a huge thing for new smartphones sporting the seriously packed 5-inch displays. We could also be staring down the barrel of 5-inch tablets with 443ppi displays, such as a smaller Nexus tablet to compete with the impending release of Apple's iPad mini.
Then we'll have the worry of "will people be able to see the quality in these screens" at this size, and resolution? If you've ever looked at an iPhone 5 and a third-gen iPad, you'll know that quality trumps. I think we'll begin to see some very beautiful looking smart devices with these 426ppi displays.
A rumor has surfaced from CNN who cites a major Apple investor as the source. The investor, in turn, cites the fact that he has heard this from "multiple sources." The rumor states that Apple will mail invitations to a press event, at which the new iPad mini will debut, on October 10.
Following Apple's traditional time frame, this would yield an event on Wednesday, October 17, with the product likely going on sale Friday, November 2. This would put the product on shelves in time for the critical holiday season, and could steal quite a bit of thunder from the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 tablets, both the Wintel version and RT version.
The iPad mini is rumored to be a 7.85-inch device and cost less than its big brother, the iPad. It would slot in between the iPhone/iPod touch and the normal-sized iPad. Pricing would likely slot into that same range, making Apple a bit more competitive with the $199 Android tablets that have been so popular.
As always, throw some salt over your shoulder as this is just a rumor. Nothing has been confirmed, and likely won't be, until the event invitations get mailed.
Intel's recently released Clover Trail-based Atom processor is destined to be in tablets running Window 8 come its release at the end of this month. However, a delay inside Intel in delivering a much-needed piece of software designed to conserve battery life is preventing the development of Wintel tablets.
Microsoft will not approve the tablets without the power-management software, which is the delayed software in question. This delayed approval process is cutting into the time manufacturers will have to revamp designs if Microsoft rejects them, and is delaying development, production, and could push back the release date of said devices.
Any delay in the release of new Wintel tablets before Christmas could be devastating to sales, as this is a typically good time for hand-held electronic sales. Apple is widely expected to release a new iPad in March or April of next year, so delays could also cause would-be consumer to hold off for the new iPad.
Sony are unleashing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto three of their Xperia-branded smartphones: Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go. These three phones were all released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as they were more aimed at the entry-level market.
Sony are now rolling out ICS updates to these three entry-level handsets, which should provide them with the following new features:
- Lock screen with better functionality
- Resizable widgets
- Improved control of data consumption
- New ways to experience your Sony content in WALKMAN, Album and Movies
- The Xperia Sola will also be getting 'glove mode', which will add Sony's "floating touch" technology to make it work well while wearing gloves
The update should be made available between now and a few weeks from now - depending on where you live, phone version, and more.
Just over 24 hours ago, I reported that we wouldn't be seeing BlackBerry 10 smartphones until next year - well, next year has come early, thanks to some internal marketing leaks from Research in Motion.
The leaked videos popped up onto Vimeo last night, showing off two BlackBerry 10-based smartphones, but the video was pulled pretty quickly. CrackBerry.com were quick off the mark, where they were able to snap some screenshots of what we will most likely see next year.
RIM's L Series phone, codenamed 'London', has popped up before and looks pretty much the same as Dev Alpha phones that BB10 developers are currently working with. We should expect to see this phone sport a 4-inch display, with a 1280x768 resolution. RIM's N Series phone, codenamed Nevada, sports a smaller touch screen, but includes a physical QWERTY keyboard. This is the first time this smartphone has been shown off, and is just what RIM is capable of.
NPD Connected Intelligence has recently completed a study that shows Android smartphone users download an average of 870MB of data through their cellular connections. This pales in comparison to the average 2.5GB consumed via Wi-Fi networks. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no data for iOS devices.
This is useful data for consumers to consider, since cellular providers have been switching to tiered models as of late. Going with the base plan might not be enough data, considering that AT&T's base iPhone plan offers 300MB per month. Still, it shows that users take advantage of Wi-Fi, where available, likely due to the faster connection or limited data allotment.
The data is split up by age and comes from an app installed on 1,000 Android smartphones. Not surprisingly, 18-24 year olds use the most cellular data at 1.05GB per month. However, the 25 to 34 group utilized Wi-Fi the most, downloading around 3GB per month. Of course, the 55 and older group who is less likely to be comfortable with smartphones consumed just 750MB of cellular data and 1.42GB of Wi-Fi data.
It looks like Research in Motion (RIM) won't be fighting the new iPhone 5, or the Galaxy S III this year - with the company confirming that the BlackBerry 10 smartphones won't be shown off by the company until next year. Chief Marketing Officer, Frank Boulben, told CNET the news in an interview.
Considering that RIM have virtually every egg in the BB10 basket, leaving the smartphone from the eyes of consumers until next year will probably push consumers to grab the new iPhone 5, or an offering from Samsung or others. RIM are pegging hopes on BlackBerry 10 to fix the current issues they have - market share losses, revenue slips, and huge losses in profits. RIM won't be able to do any of this without creating a buzz for BB10.
RIM are hoping to show off more on BB10 and its features and capabilities, but closer to the launch of the smartphone, says Boulben. Boulben did note that RIM will launch a large, global campaign backed by carriers. RIM have been on a roadshow, showing off the BB10 smartphones to carriers, with Boulben stating that "they've seen BB10 and they love it. We'll have strong backing from the carriers".
You may have already read our view on Google and ASUS' Nexus 7 tablet, where you'll read that we were utterly impressed with such a cheap tablet. It was fast, gorgeous, and features Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. But when you read rumors from DigiTimes that Google are looking to release not one, but two new Nexus-branded tablets - it makes you look twice.
Not only that, but these two new tablets would hit a price point, that until now, has only been hit with cheap tablets - $99. Yes, $99. But, to get down to this price, what would Google have to sacrifice? At the $199 price point, the Nexus 7 sports an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch screen - but reducing that cost in half, would we see a reduction in specs of the same magnitude?
Could we see the Nexus stripped down to a dual-core processor - possibly of a Qualcomm design? A reduction in RAM? Could we see it feature 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of on-board memory, but throw in an SD card slot to give you the option of increasing storage, all the while keeping the initial, up-front cost at just a paltry $99?
If you're a Sprint user looking to pick up a cheap Samsung Galaxy S III, it could be in your interest to wait the extra two months until Black Friday. Engadget has received a snapshot of a Sprint Black Friday ad from a tipster. In that ad, the Samsung Galaxy S III is offered up for $49.99, with two-year contract.
The offer is good for both new and existing customers, so this could be a perfect time to jump ship if you've been thinking about it. After all, Sprint offers up unlimited smartphone data, and they've been using this fact to draw customers away from the other carriers. Couple unlimited data with a cheap Galaxy S III and the plan will work that much better.
It is expected that quantities of the discount Galaxy S III will be limited, so you may consider lining up outside your local store in the wee hours of the morning to guarantee you get a device. If lining up early isn't your cup of tea, I'm sure they'd be happy to offer it to you at normal price or one of their other smartphones.
Even more discrepancies over the frequency of the new A6 processor have appeared. Originally, GeekBench showed the new iPhone 5 processor clocked at 1GHz. The makers of GeekBench updated their algorithm to better detect the frequency of the new chip and all of a sudden the US models all received a speed boost to 1.3GHz.
However, when TechRadar installed the updated version of GeekBench on their UK iPhone 5, they found a different speed reported: 1.1GHz. The US model iPhone is reported as iPhone5,1 whereas the UK model used by TechRadar showed up as iPhone5,2. So, why the discrepancy? It's not exactly clear what is causing the change, but the obvious reason would be that Apple chose a different speed for the UK model.
People commenting on the TechRadar story have seen both 1.1GHz and 1.3GHz reported on their UK model phone. If only Apple would come out and tell us the tech specs that we all want to know, we'd be in a much better position of knowledge. Until then, we'll keep you updated regarding any iPhone 5 news.