Apple just confirmed the name of the new phone as the iPhone 5 and now as they get through the presentation this morning in San Francisco, more announcements come to the table.
As expected by rumors over the past weeks and months, the iPhone 5 comes with Ultrafast Wireless. That is Apple's name for LTE or 4G. This is just Apple just catching up to many of the Samsung devices that have LTE. I recall Samsung saying or at least rumors stating that if Apple come out with an LTE device, they will sue them immediately.
Besides just LTE for super-fast Internet access, now there is new Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n bands...
Apple is on stage bragging that the new iPhone 5 screen looks better. They say the new screen features 44% more color saturation. It also features integrated touch, which Apple claims makes it the most accurate touchscreen to-date.
Apple is also on stage bragging about the "ultrafast" wireless capabilities of the device. It seems they have added LTE capability, even though Samsung has threatened to sue over patents.
BREAKING! Apple has just announced its latest iPhone and it's called the iPhone 5.
This is the phone that some anaylsytcs claim that it may be able to increase the US GDP by around half a percent.
Specifications are coming up. No real surprises so far. Stay tuned, this is breaking news.
Somebody more clever than I had the idea to search Apple's website for "iPhone 5" and managed to catch a slip-up that appears to confirm the device that is launching at today's press conference will, in fact, be called the iPhone 5. Exciting right? We're just hours away from the actual announcement, so stay tuned for a flow of Apple related news.
Of course, this could be a good move by Apple to misdirect everyone into believing it's going to be called the iPhone 5. We will have an official announcement in just a short while, but sticking to iPhone 5 seems plausible. If they don't, they could create massive amounts of confusion.
The search engine also revealed new iPod touches:
Hello Kitty fans probably had a fit of excitement at the title, but its true, South Korean company, Samsung, are releasing a Hello Kitty edition of their entry-level Android-based Galaxy Y phone. Samsung will be releasing the Hello Kitty edition of the Galaxy Y in Germany.
Sporting a special home button, a two-tone pastel pink and white case, as well as special wallpapers and ringtones, this is perfect for any Hello Kitty fan. Spec-wise, we're definitely looking at the same entry-level phone that the Galaxy Y is.
3-inch screen, 800MHz CPU, and Android 2.3 are to be shipped with the device. But, I'm sure that Hello Kitty fans, which will be mostly tweener girls, won't care about specs. IT. HAS. HELLO. KITTY. ON. IT.
During TechCrunch's Disrupt event in San Francisco, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked of his disappointment in HTML5, announcing that the social networking is working on native code for an Android-based version of the Facebook app.
While there, Zuckerberg gave his first post-IPO interview, where he was pressed about the Facebook phone that has been rumored lately. Michael Arrington was the man to interview the social networking giant's CEO, where he teased "I've been bugging you about Facebook phone for months, you say there's nothing, but I don't believe you".
Zuckerberg didn't seem surprised about the question, replying with:
That's always been the wrong strategy for us. It's a juicy thing to say we're building a phone, which is why people want to write about it. But it's so clearly the wrong strategy for us.
If you were looking to grab yourself the Ice Cream Sandwich-based Samsung Galaxy S III, you might want to do it now, as it's dropped to just $99 at Amazon. This means it has dropped to half price, and is on sale "for a very limited time only".
You'll have to sign up for a new individual, or family activation, but you can choose from Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T for that new two-year contract. Amazon's free two-day shipping is included, as well as the phone being available in three different colors of the 16GB version.
Samsung are also looking to throw an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update onto the Galaxy S III next month, making the deal even sweeter.
Developers seem like they have been getting daily leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update, but Samsung has been playing coy with the release date. The leak that occurred yesterday appeared to some as near perfect, signalling that Samsung's official release should be on the horizon. Today, Samsung has confirmed that the update is coming in October.
For those who can't wait for the update, the 4G version of the phone will be coming with Jelly Bean out of the box. The specific day in October for when the update will be available has not been disclosed, but at least we now have a window of 31 days to shoot for. And people won't be asking, "how much longer do I have to wait?"
Samsung hasn't been the best on releasing updates for older phones. There was a bit of an issue with the Galaxy S2 update delays and I personally haven't been able to upgrade my Samsung Epic 4G beyond something like 2.3.4 which is really old. Users of network-branded devices will likely have to wait a bit longer than those with unlocked phones.
Users of the iPod touch looking to upgrade to the latest version that is rumored to be coming tomorrow will happy to know that the device is expected to come with a 1136x640 display and a 32nm dual-core A5 CPU. The dual-core A5 CPU is lower powered than the chip expected to be in the new iPhone 5, which should be called the A6.
The 32nm chip that is expected to be used in the new iPod touch is the chip that is currently available in the iPad 2. This chip was thought to be a test by Apple of Samsung's new 32nm manufacturing process. This chip, the S5L8942X, is also found in Apple's Apple TV box. When it was released for the iPad 2, it brought lower power consumption.
The new iPod touch is expected to launch alongside the new iPhone 5 at tomorrow's press conference. Both devices are reportedly coming with a larger 4-inch touchscreen. Of course, we'll have all the latest Apple news from tomorrow's press conference for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to check us out tomorrow morning for the latest on Apple news.
Of course, the Apple leaks continue ahead of tomorrow's press conference and now a French website has leaked pictures of a mock-up of the iPad Mini. It's not exactly clear what the use of this mock-up would be, whether it is for accessory design or some other use, but what is clear is we have pictures that we can show you.
The announcement of the iPad Mini is expected to come in early October, a few weeks after tomorrow's press conference. It's expected to cost less, feature a smaller screen, and increase Apple's market share. Apple needs to compete with Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet along with other Android makers who are entering the space.
Apple also has to be careful with Windows 8 coming out as there will be a whole new wave of tablets coming out. An iPad Mini, sold at a cheaper price than the iPad, would help Apple increase this market share, or at least maintain the same as more tablets are released and purchased. Of course, all of this is still a rumor until an official announcement from Apple confirms the product. As of right now, they are denying it.
We've heard about LG's Galaxy Note-like phone, the Optimus Vu, or the Intuition, depending on which country you're from. But Android Central are in New York, where they've scored some hands-on time with the new phablet from LG.
Sporring a 5-inch IPS display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, it really does make the phone look much different to most smartphones, not just in screen size, but the aspect ratio. LG says that the Intuition is meant mainly for document and text viewing. It's not a phone for everyone, and LG are making this known right from the get-go.
Android Central had some hands-on time with the Intuition, and now we have some specs to tease you with. We're looking at a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, no removable battery, and no microSD card slot. Quite the disappointment considering the Intuition's competition, the Note, has both a removable battery, and microSD card slot. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes baked into the device, but LG didn't hint at plans to upgrades of Jelly Bean anytime soon. Feel free to take a look at Android Central's first look at the LG Intuition video below.
iFixit gave us a teardown treatment on ASUS and Google's Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 tablet back in July, but now DirectFix have provided the world with a teardown and repair video of the slate. Pictures are great, but videos are better, right?
Sometimes when taking apart a tablet, or any other electronic device, pictures can only go so far, which is why the team at DirectFix have provided this video. DirectFix have gone through virtually everything you need to know to take apart, and repair, your Nexus 7 tablet.
After watching it, they make it look easy to rip the slate apart - but I'm not the type of person who can take apart a tablet. I feel like I'm playing some form of sick game of Operation on it, but check out the video above!
ASUS' Nexus 7's front-facing camera is nothing to write home about, with the ability to shoot just 480p video. There's no rear-facing camera, meaning that if you want to take video, your stuck with a low-quality camera to do so. Well, not anymore.
Some peeps over at the XDA Forums have made a hack, making the Nexus 7 now shoot 720p video at a hardware level. New Zealand-based developer, 'hillbeast', says that Google just didn't tell the Nexus 7 how to shoot in 720p, weird, huh?
There are some video comparisons, the first shows 480p, the second showing off the Nexus 7's new 720p shooting ability:
The FAA has cleared iPads for takeoff, at least for use in the cockpit. The iPad will be used by pilots as part of their "electronic flight kit" and will replace paper manuals which currently weigh in at 35 pounds. Apple's tablet is the only one approved for use as the electronic flight kit and has now been approved for use in "all phases of flight."
The reduction in weight, which ends up being pretty sizable due to no longer carrying 35-pound flight manuals, will save American Airlines an estimated $1.2 million in fuel costs annually. That figure is based upon current fuel costs, which are only set to go up.
This is a very exciting and important milestone for all of us at American Airlines as we work to modernize our processes and best meet the needs of our people," said Captain John Hale, American's Vice President of Flight. "With this approval from the FAA, we will be able to use iPad to fully realize the benefits of our Electronic Flight Bag program, including improving the work environment for our pilots, reducing our dependency on paper products and increasing fuel efficiency on our planes. We are equipping our people with the best resources and this will allow our pilots to fly more efficiently."
Tired of your kids dropping your expensive tablet? Well, Toys 'R' Us has your back as they are going to be selling a tablet designed just for kids, including built-in features for the drop that it is almost guaranteed to experience. The tablet looks like most of your entry level Android tablets, but comes with a few kid-centric features.
For one, the device comes preloaded with 50 games, books, and educational apps. There are also more than 6,000 additional apps available through the Tabeo Store. Children can also use the built-in Wi-Fi to browse the web safely as the tablet features parental controls that can block objectionable web content.
The tech specs side of things prove pretty marginal. It's powered by a 1GHz processor, 4GB of built-in storage, and a 7-inch multitouch screen. The storage can be upgraded through the use of micro SDHC cards. The device will be sold by Toys 'R' Us exclusively so people can't try it out in store and then buy it online cheaper.
Expect the device to hit store shelves October 21. The device is currently available for pre-order on the Toys 'R' Us website with an estimated ship date of October 1.
Nokia, fresh off an advertising scandal, is now the subject of rumors. Now that we've learned about the Lumia 920 and 820 at Nokia's press conference, rumors have started to surround Nokia's plans for lower devices. Today, we bring you the latest on all things Nokia Flame, Nokia's Lumia 710 replacement.
The Nokia Flame is rumored to be a 4-inch Windows Phone 8 device at the low-end of the performance spectrum. The screen is thought to be a WVGA screen resolution. According to KitGuru, "other known specifications include a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, 4 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot."
The new device is due out sometime in the first quarter of 2013 and has already been labeled as the replacement for the Lumia 710, so it will likely come with a nice low price tag.
If rumors are to be believed, HTC's first Windows Phone 8 device would simply be called '8X'. HTC's 8X would sport a 4.3-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM.
Filling out the specs, it would include 16GB of internal storage, NFC capabilities, an 8-megapixel rear camera for 1080p recording, and hopefully the One series' durable polycarbonate build quality.
But, at face value the 8X rumors don't seem to be exciting enough for a struggling HTC, or Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform. With the strong Samsung devices, the just-announced in-cell-based LG Optimus G, Motorola's recently announced devices, and Apple's upcoming next-gen iPhone, is this enough to swing people to HTC, or Windows Phone 8?
When Samsung's 5.5-inch 'phablet' of a smartphone launches in the US later this year, it should be hitting the AT&T network. Samsung has been very quiet about their US launch plans, which is surprising.
BriefMobile, however, have spotted some screenshots of the Note II running on AT&T's network. The Note II would run on AT&T's 4G LTE network, with the screenshots showing some juicy information.
We're looking at the US version of the Note II running the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, with a screen res of 1280x720. Will you be grabbing of the 5.5-inch Note II's when it hits US shelves?
Whilst Google's Android OS will power the new Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon, there will be one, slight, but big change to its default search app. Instead of Google, it looks like Microsoft's Bing will power the Fires' search.
Amazon have confirmed to AllThingsD that Bing will indeed power the Fires as the new default search engine, pushing Google out of the Fires' spotlight that it sat pretty with on the first-gen Fire.
This is a pretty big win for Microsoft, as Amazon are really pushing the new Kindle Fire's as a start of something new for the retail giant. Bing will see a huge rise in use, and popularity, as the new Fire's go out on sale and people start running around saying "hold on, I'll just Bing that for you".
It looks like we should expect a new Samsung Galaxy Note II in the near future, but made for the Chinese market. Samsung are reportedly preparing the dual-SIM version of the 5.5-inch smartphone.
With China quickly becoming one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world, and with dual-SIM phones doing quite well in the country, it would make sense for Samsung to release a dual-SIM Galaxy Note II.
The dual-SIM Note II would be identical to the current international version of the Note II, with the only change that it sports a normal SIM slot, and a micro SIM slot next to its microSD card slot. The phone is reportedly going to be sold through China Telecom, but there's no information on price, or availability just yet.