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Leaked next-gen iPhone part casts doubt on Liquidmetal case

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Leaked part debunks Liquidmetal iPhone

A leaked part said to be destined for Apple’s next-generation iPhone may quell rumors that the Cupertino, California-based company is working on a teardrop-shaped Liquidmetal case for the next iPhone. Listed as “Replacement Sim Card Tray Holder Slot For Apple iPhone 5,” parts vendor sw-box.com has made what it claims to be SIM card trays for the sixth-generation iPhone available for purchase on its site. If the part is authentic, the most notable observation is that the new SIM tray is nearly identical to the part found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. While Apple’s next iPhone may still feature a redesigned case, Cult of Mac points out that the use of a flat aluminum tray in the new iPhone would likely indicate that the handset’s case will not utilize curved Liquidmetal alloy, as previously reported.

[Via Cult of Mac]

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Redesigned next-generation iPhone parts leak to Chinese vendor

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

To start off what will undoubtedly be a long series of part leaks ahead of Apple’s next-generation iPhone launch, China-based parts retailer TVC-Mall has made what it claims to be “iPhone 5″ home buttons available for purchase on its site. “Are you interested in the iPhone 5 which will come out soon?” the company wrote on its website. “Different from iPhone 4S 4, the iPhone 5 home button is round in the centre and square outside as the pictures show.” The home buttons are available for purchase in both black and white, and no other information regarding the next-generation iPhone was made available. TVC-Mall has sold authentic iPhone parts ahead of official Apple launches in the past. BGR reported last December that Apple plans to launch a redesigned iPhone this coming fall.

[Via MacRumors]

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Apple’s next iPhone launch could be most important in smartphone history

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Apple’s iPhone 4S marked the biggest device launch in the company’s history. A number of industry watchers and news sites were expecting a completely redesigned handset, but despite the new model’s striking resemblance to the iPhone 4, it sold more than 4 million units in its debut weekend alone. According to Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope, Apple’s next smartphone launch will be even bigger. Read on for more.

“The iPhone 5 launch is likely to be one of the most important smartphone product cycles we’ve seen to date,” Shope wrote in a note to investors on Wednesday. Shope raised his price target on shares of Apple stock to $750 from $700, and said earlier concerns over the possibility that carriers might dial back iPhone subsidies are off base.

“We believe this concern is overblown,” Shope wrote. “While some carriers will attempt to reduce the subsidy burden and tighten upgrade policies, many more will likely hold steady to capture share from the latter camp. In the end, all carriers are attempting to migrate their installed bases from feature phones to data-centric smartphones, and amid this transition, we think the risk of losing market share in the iPhone sub-segment is likely to be too great to ignore.”

The analyst continued, “On a shorter-term basis, we believe the building rhetoric for lower subsidies and tighter upgrade policies is likely to fade to a whimper, as vendors prepare their marketing strategies for the iPhone 5 refresh later this year.”

BGR reported this past December that Apple will launch a redesigned iPhone in the fall with a unibody case and a new antenna system. A separate report on Wednesday claimed that Apple will utilize Liquidmetal alloys in the next-generation iPhone’s case.

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Topeka: ‘Apple fever has more room to run’

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The world’s most valuable company is showing no signs of slowing down, and numerous industry watchers believe Apple will continue to grow despite increased competition from rivals like Samsung. Topeka Capital Markets, new home to analyst Brian White, on Monday initiated coverage of Apple with a Buy rating and a sky-high $1,001 price target. “Driven by an ever expanding portfolio of innovative products, a growing integrated digital grid, unmatched aesthetics and a brand that is able to touch the soul of consumers of all backgrounds, Apple fever is spreading like a wildfire around the world and we see no end in sight to this trend,” White wrote in a note to investors on Monday. Read on for more.

White sees plenty of upside for Apple right now, and he lists three key points that will positively impact the company’s position in the near term. First, Apple’s entry into the 4G LTE space with the new iPad seemingly shows that Apple is prepared for what White calls “the rise of the mobile Internet.” 4G LTE networks are still very young, and the analyst sees Apple emerging as a 4G leader as network buildouts continue. White also believes the next-generation iPhone, which he refers to as the iPhone 5, will include integrated 4G LTE connectivity.

China is the second key factor for Apple’s upcoming growth, according to White. The country recently surpassed 1 billion mobile subscribers, and White believes Apple is about to make significant headway in the region. ”Apple just recently added China Telecom (CHA, $54.90, NR) as the second carrier in China authorized to carry the iPhone. However, China Mobile (CHL, $55.08, NR) remains the largest carrier with 66% market share in the country and still does not officially offer the iPhone but we expect will over the next year,” the analyst wrote.

Finally, Apple is about to launch an entirely new product line that will immediately see the Cupertino, California-based company become a major player in a $100 billion market.

“In our view, the recent launch of the new 1080p Apple TV with a refined user interface is another step down the road toward Apple unveiling a full blown TV in the future,” White wrote. “Apple’s digital grid is tough to match and iCloud further strengthens this ecosystem, however, Apple is missing an important product and that is a full blown TV. We believe the pieces are in place for a launch over the next year, driving an entirely new $100 billion market opportunity, while further strengthening the Company’s digital grid and providing customers with a new TV experience.”

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Apple’s new A5X chip may not come to the next iPhone, analysts say

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Apple on Wednesday announced the new iPad at a press event in San Francisco. Along with a Retina Display and improved camera, the slate is equipped with Apple’s A5X processor. The chip has two CPU cores, just like the A5, and four graphics cores for superior gaming and smooth operation of the high-resolution display. Apple has previously used the same chip in the company’s iPad and iPhone, however the A5X may not be ideal for smartphone use and the Cupertino-based company may instead look for a more power-efficient chip for the iPhone 5, MacWorld reported on Thursday. Read on for more.

“I think that this new chip is probably just for the iPad,” said Linley Gwennap, founder and principal analyst of The Linley Group. “It looks like they planned ahead for this.”

Gwennap believes that Apple may have moved forward with the A5X because it didn’t want to wait for a 28-nm chip. Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron also believes the current A5X is unlikely to make an appearance in the next iPhone. “There’s no technical reason to make the iPhone display better,” he said. “For phones in particular … there’s a lot of incentive to use the latest process.”

McCarron agreed with Apple’s decision to remain on a dual-core CPU, claiming that most of the existing Apple software wasn’t designed for a four-core processor.

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The most amazing fake iPad 3 you’ll ever see [video]

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Apple will take the wraps off its highly anticipated iPad 3 next week and we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Recurring reports point to an upgraded 9.7-inch display with 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina-like resolution, a faster quad-core Apple A6 processor, embedded 4G LTE connectivity on top of 3G and Wi-Fi, and a slightly redesigned case that is about 1 millimeter thicker than the iPad 2. We also have a pretty good idea of what not to expect, and that includes just about everything you’ll see in Aatma Studio’s iPad 3 concept video.

The 3D animators who brought us an amazing iPhone 5 concept video that has racked up more than 45.6 million views on YouTube is back, and this time they’ve strung together some fascinating ideas to create the iPad of the future. Notable features include an edge-to-edge Retina Display, internal magnets and NFC capabilities that allow multiple iPads to be daisy chained together, integrated projectors that shine interactive controls on surfaces surrounding the iPad, a holographic display and more.

We might see a few of these features make it to the iPad 10, but it’s safe to say the iPad 3 won’t be quite this impressive. Then again, we might be more likely to see a holographic edge-to-edge Retina Display and integrated projectors on the iPad 3 than we are to see some of the other rumors that have been reported over the past few months pan out. Aatma’s video follows below.

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Apple iTV, iPhone 5 and new MacBook Air cast a ‘dark shadow over CES’

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show had record attendance and a number of terrific products unveiled during various CES press conferences should make waves when they hit the market later this year. A dark cloud loomed over the show, however, and the staggering number of ultra-slim notebook PCs and voice-controlled HDTVs on display in Las Vegas last week made it clear that companies are gearing up to do battle with one competitor in particular. Read on for more.

In a note to investors sent Tuesday, Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley notes that despite the company’s absence from the CES 2012 show floor, Apple’s presence was absolutely felt.

“While Apple did not attend CES, its leading market position was evident as competitors introduced new Ultrabook and LTE smartphone products targeted to compete with Apple’s strong product portfolio,” Walkley wrote. “Despite increasing competition, we believe Apple is well positioned for a very strong C2012 driven by new products, including the pending refresh of MacBook Air (featuring a new 15-inch model), the iPad 3 launching this spring, the LTE iPhone 5 likely mid-year, and potentially Apple TV exiting C2012.”

Apple is widely expected to launch an iOS-powered HDTV product later this year that replaces the standard remote control with voice commands courtesy of Siri, Apple’s digital personal assistant. Earlier reports suggested that Apple will launch its new “iTV” this summer, but Walkley claims the Cupertino, California-based company will release its first television toward the end of 2012.

Walkley also sees Apple launching an “iPhone 5″ with embedded 4G LTE connectivity toward the middle of 2012, though we have been told that a redesigned next-generation iPhone won’t hit the market until this coming fall.

Regarding ultrabooks, the analyst sees PC vendors struggling while new MacBook Air laptops from Apple, including a 15-inch model, help Apple gain PC share in 2012. “While Ultrabooks grabbed many of the headlines at CES, we view Ultrabooks as a Windows alternative to MacBook Air,” Walkley wrote in his research note on Tuesday. “We believe Apple will continue to gain PC market share by launching a refreshed MacBook Air line in the coming weeks, including a new 15-inch version. Further, we believe Ultrabooks at proposed $700-$900 prices will struggle to sell versus competitively priced new MacBook products, as we believe Apple will continue to benefit from its supply chain advantages such as dominant share of the global NAND flash market given growing volumes for iPhones and iPads.”

Walkley reiterated his Buy rating on Apple stock with a price target of $560.

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LTE smartphones to account for nearly 5% of smartphone shipments this year

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Smartphones capable of running on 4G LTE networks will account for between 4% and 5% of all smartphones that ship this year, according to one report. The estimates were published by DigiTimes on Monday, which cited sources at U.S., Korean and Japanese phone manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Pantech, Motorola Mobility and HTC. Android manufacturers are currently ahead of the game when it comes to releasing 4G LTE handsets but, according to DigiTimes, Research In Motion and Apple are expected to release their own 4G LTE products during the second half of 2012. The latest rumors suggests Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 will be capable of running on 4G LTE networks.

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Apple’s LTE-enabled iPhone 5 to be a ‘radical update,’ bigger catalyst than iPad 3 or iTV

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

While Apple’s iPad 3 and its brand new HDTV will be big products for the Cupertino, California-based company in 2012, its “most important catalyst” will be a completely redesigned iPhone. Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a note to clients on Wednesday that the launch of Apple’s next-generation “iPhone 5″ is more important than Apple’s upcoming “iPad 3″ and even its rumored “iTV,” which is reportedly set to launch this summer. Wu says that while Apple’s iPad and its Siri-enabled television set are nothing to scoff at, the iPhone will still account for the biggest chunk of Apple’s revenue and profit in 2012. Read on for more.

“[The iPhone] is arguably the single most important of AAPL’s businesses representing 44% of revenue in FY11 and what we estimate to be at least 60% of profits,” Wu wrote on Wednesday. “It also has the largest unit opportunity with a yearly TAM (total addressable market) of 1.5 billion mobile phones.”

Citing anonymous sources from within Apple’s supply chain, the analyst claims that Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5 will feature a “radical” redesign including a thinner case with a sleeker form factor, a slightly larger display and compatibility with faster 4G LTE networks. Wu’s account mirrors his earlier report from August, and it aligns closely with a recent report from Ticonderoga’s Brian White, who also noted that Apple’s next iPhone will include NFC capabilities.

BGR exclusively reported last month that Apple will launch a redesigned iPhone this fall with an aluminum case.

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Free, legal Siri port now available for iPhone 4 and other iOS 5 devices

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

News of a new untethered jailbreak solution for all iOS 5.0.1 devices other than Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPad 2 emerged this morning, and iOS users now have another reason to take advantage of the hack. IOS developer chpwn announced on his blog on Tuesday that a free Siri port dubbed “Spire” that does not violate any copyright laws is now available for jailbroken iOS 5 devices. This is not the first Siri port available for the iPhone 4 and other devices, but it is the first legal option and it also allows users to input their own proxy server since Apple’s servers cannot be used by devices other than the iPhone 4S. Spire is now available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and third and fourth-generation iPod touch devices, and it can be downloaded from Cydia.

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iPhone 5 and iPad 3, both with 4G LTE, reportedly due next year

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Apple is prepping new sixth-generation iPhone and third-generation iPad models with embedded 4G LTE connectivity that will launch next year according to a recent report. Japanese news organization Nikkei Business on Wednesday stated that an iPad 3 with LTE is currently slated to launch on NTT DoCoMo some time during the summer next year, and an LTE-enabled iPhone 5 will launch later in the fall. Apple CEO Tim Cook is said to have met with NTT DoCoMo president Kiyoyuki Tsujimura and VP Takashi Yamada earlier this month to work out the details of the arrangement, and the companies have reportedly reached agreeable terms. NTT DoCoMo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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New iPad due in March, aluminum iPhone 5 may launch this summer

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Apple reportedly plans to launch a slightly thicker (0.7mm) iPad in March with a dual-backlit display and a new high-resolution screen. It may be shown off in January if it’s ready in time, iLounge reports. In addition, iLounge cites its “most reliable source” in stating that Apple will likely launch the iPhone 5 next summer. In contrast to a number of rumors, the site says that the iPhone 5 does not have a tear-drop design. Instead, it will be 8mm longer than the current model and will sport a metal case as well as a 4-inch display. Lastly, Apple’s MacBook Pro line will be updated in 2012 and the new models will be thinner than the current generation notebooks, the report claims.

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LG may be building displays for 4-inch iPhone 5, 7.35-inch iPad

Monday, November 14th, 2011

LG’s CEO has already confirmed that his company is working on Retina Displays for Apple’s iPad 3, but a new report from The Korea Times on Monday suggests that LG is also working on displays for the iPhone 5 and a smaller iPad. An unnamed source that was only identified as an LG executive told The Korea Times that Apple will add a 4-inch Retina Display to the iPhone 5, a half-inch larger than the current screen. In addition, the executive said LG is working with Apple to introduce a new iPad with a smaller 7.35-inch screen. We’ve heard plenty of rumors suggesting that Apple is hard at work building a brand-new fully redesigned iPhone 5 with a 4-inch screen and a teardrop design, so the report is not overly surprising. Also, a rumor surfaced in October that suggested Apple was building an “iPad mini” with a 7.85-inch screen, which is a bit larger than what The Korea Times reported. Apple could release its next iPad in March, but that model is expected to offer only marginal upgrades over the iPad 2; a fully re-designed unit is expected during the third quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 could land as soon as this summer.

[Via IDG]

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A month with the iPhone 4S

Monday, November 14th, 2011

It has been a month since Apple released its latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S. A month since it crushed sales records. A month since consumers got their first hands-on experience with Siri, the intelligent assistant that may help change the way we interact with consumer electronics moving forward. A month since we had to fight the urge to dry heave upon seeing “The S stands for ____” in every third headline across various tech blogs. We reviewed the smartphone in October and called it “the best phone Apple has ever made,” and while the phone might look exactly like its predecessor, we’re not so sure that’s a bad thing. After all, Apple’s year-old iPhone 4 and two-year-old iPhone 3GS were the best-selling cell phones in the U.S. last quarter, so age doesn’t seem to be much of an issue among consumers.

When Apple first unveiled its new smartphone in early October, feelings were mixed. The word “disappointment” was tossed around a bit more than Apple zealots were hoping, and a number of people were in fact disappointed thanks to rumors of a redesigned iPhone 5 that had been swirling for months. It was supposed to feature a brand new case that was amazingly thin and sported an aluminum back. It was supposed to have a new teardrop shape. It was supposed to feature a larger edge-to-edge display. It was supposed to be a lot of things but instead, it was the iPhone 4, S’d.

The iPhone 4 wasn’t the first Apple smartphone to be S’d. In June 2009, Apple launched the iPhone 3GS, which had also been greeted with mixed emotions at its unveiling. How could Apple release a new smartphone that looked just like its old smartphone? The answer, easily, became fairly apparent when the company went on to sell one million units during the phone’s first weekend of availability, shattering earlier smartphone sales records.

Two of the main groups of consumers targeted by the iPhone 4S have been and will continue to be blown away by this device. First, the millions of iPhone 3GS owners whose contracts expired recently, will be met with a massive upgrade compared to the phone they’ve loved for the past two years. The design is completely different than the 3GS, the Retina Display is much better than Apple’s displays of old, the new 8-megapixel camera is the best I’ve seen on a phone, and though the 3GS was significantly faster than the 3G, the bump from 3GS to 4S is exponentially more substantial. To this group, the iPhone 4S is a brand new smartphone that will not disappoint.

The other group Apple is targeting with its latest handset is non-iPhone owners. This much larger group of consumers might own smartphones from a variety of other vendors, or they might be feature phone users in search of something new. Should non-iPhone owners choose the iPhone 4S as their next device, they will find one of the best user experiences on the market. They will find simplicity, high-end performance, the largest catalog of third-party applications on the market and a gorgeous physical design comprised of glass and metal.

Most likely to be disappointed by the iPhone 4S are iPhone 4 owners who were hoping for a completely redesigned smartphone from Apple. I count myself in this group — an iPhone 4 owner who was hoping for a redesigned iPhone 5 — but I can safely say that any disappointment I might have felt upon seeing the iPhone 4S unveiled was short-lived. I learned my lesson following the jump from 3G to 3GS, and seeing Apple lay out the various improvements iPhone 4S owners could look forward to painted a similar picture. Of course, I couldn’t know for sure until I got my hands on one myself.

I was one of millions of consumers who took ownership of a new iPhone 4S exactly one month ago, and I have been using the handset regularly since then. It has been anything but disappointing.

Despite being underclocked to approximately 800MHz, well below the processing speeds of competing smartphones, Apple’s dual-core A5 chipset helps provide marked speed improvements compared to the iPhone 4, which was already remarkably fast. An interesting side note: the word “processor” doesn’t appear a single time on the web page that lists specifications for the iPhone 4S, nor do any details surrounding the A5. Read into that whatever you’d like, but I see it as a statement that these details just don’t matter. Apple doesn’t have to separate its iPhone from dozens of similar devices on the iOS platform, so it doesn’t have to worry about insignificant specs for the sake of differentiation.

But back to performance. When I tap an icon to launch an app, it is open and loading data the instant I lift my finger from the phone’s display. The same is true when moving between apps using the iPhone’s app switcher. There is no lag whatsoever in most cases, with the only exception being poorly designed applications. The difference in speed is just a few fractions of a second compared to the iPhone 4, but fractions of a second matter a great deal to the overall user experience.

Data speeds and reception have improved as well. “Antennagate” aside — I am right-handed so the dreaded death grip never caused a single problem for me — I find that the iPhone 4S picks up signal better than its predecessor when the two are placed side by side. Data speeds are marginally more impressive as well, with the iPhone 4S consistently in excess of 3Mbps on the download side in my area, while the iPhone 4 often hovers below the 3Mbps mark. Both phones peak above 5Mbps when the stars are aligned, and they regularly test at about 1Mbps on the upload side.

The other big change is Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant.

I am on record as a Siri skeptic ahead of the service’s announcement. Even when it was unveiled during Apple’s press conference, I wasn’t terribly impressed, half-jokingly calling it “the most awesome iPhone feature I will never use,” in a post on Twitter. Avid fans of other smartphone platforms often downplay the feature, likening it to voice command support on their platforms of choice. I can assure you, however, it’s not the same.

Android and Windows Phone 7.5 each feature terrific voice command support, so someone who has not had first-hand experience with Siri might think these solutions are similar. They support voice-to-text and allow users to perform a variety of functions with their voices. Android’s voice action support likely played a role in inspiring Siri, just as the platform’s notification system inspired the new notifications in iOS 5.

But Siri is a different beast. A smarter beast.

Firstly, Apple’s implementation is far more accurate than other offerings in terms of understanding conversational speech. I rarely correct Siri whereas I am constantly repeating myself with other platforms. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Google’s voice implementation supports conversational speech to an extent, but Siri takes the ball and really runs with it. Siri supports a huge range of commands and questions. It integrates with numerous apps such as Calendar, Reminders and more, so you can schedule appointments and set reminders that are triggered at a certain time or when you arrive at a certain location.

Ask Siri “What should I eat for dinner?” and she will show you a list of restaurants close to your current location. Say “I want Chinese food for dinner,” and Siri will drill down to just Chinese restaurants in your area. Find one you like and say “Call Restaurant XYZ,” and you’ll be making a dinner reservation in no time. Apple’s commercials showcase examples much better than I can here, but it’s the kind of thing that doesn’t fully sink in until you try it yourself.

I don’t use Siri on a regular basis, but it is a feature that adds both wow-factor and utility to the iPhone 4S. When I do use it I am consistently impressed, and I can’t wait to see Siri arrive on more platforms like OS X and the TV Apple may or may not have in the works.

I do want to see Siri’s capabilities expanded, however, as there are a number of limitations right now. Users cannot open apps or create contacts with Siri yet for example, and a set of APIs for integration with third-party apps would be terrific. I think we’ll see these things and plenty more from Siri in the near future, and in the meantime there are a few tweaks that can expand Siri’s capabilities to an extent. For example, using Siri coupled with a web service I love called ifttt, I can post messages to Twitter or Facebook using only my voice, and that’s just the beginning. Ifttt allows users to perform a huge range of tasks by sending “triggers” via email or SMS, and the service’s capabilities are expanding regularly.

The iPhone 4S most certainly is not perfect. Nothing is. I would have liked to see a screen around 4-inches, for example, as that is the sweet spot for me. I also wish battery life was at least as good as it was on the iPhone 4, which easily carried me through a full day on a single charge. Battery life has definitely taken a hit in the iPhone 4S, and although I don’t have the problems some users are reporting, I do often have to charge the phone more than once in a day.

In the end, the iPhone 4S is a big update wrapped in the same case as its predecessor, just as the iPhone 3GS was a big update compared to the 3G. Happy iPhone 3GS owners coming off contract will be blown away by the 4S, and consumers coming from other smartphone platforms or from feature phones will find themselves with a terrific smartphone that is anything but disappointing. IPhone 4 owners are the wild card, and I’m not sure spending up to $850 for an early upgrade is a wise move for everyone, especially considering we could see a new iPhone model released just seven or eight months from now.

Personally, I don’t regret the upgrade at all. Along with Siri and the new camera, the speed and performance bumps are more than significant enough to have made the purchase worthwhile. It’s everything the iPhone 4 was and more, which is exactly how Apple billed it.

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Google Voice pulled from App Store following iOS 5 crash

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

What once was there now is gone. Earlier today, Google Voice was just two clicks away in the iOS App Store. Now, all that remains is a page cache (at the source link below) and versions of the app that were already installed on iPhones and iPod touches. Vincent Paquet, Senior Product Manager for Google Voice confirmed that the app had been pulled, explaining “our last update of this week had a bug that caused the app to crash at sign in. We removed it so it did not affect additional users until the fix gets published.” We’ve been using the most recent version — 1.3.0.1771 — on an iPhone 4 running iOS 5 without issue, but recent reviews cite the reported crashing, so it’s definitely affecting at least some users. We don’t have an ETA for when you can expect the app to return, so if you don’t already have it installed, you’ll need to hang tight for the time being. The service should function normally otherwise, assuming your phone number has already been registered, though you won’t be able to begin new text threads or make outgoing calls using your Google Voice number.

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Survey: 29% of smartphone owners, 47% of iPhone 4 owners disappointed in iPhone 4S

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The idea that consumers were disappointed in the iPhone 4S has been tossed around quite a bit since Apple took the wraps off its latest smartphone last week. Looking beyond knee-jerk reactions, we thought it was pretty peculiar to suggest that that the iPhone 4S was disappointing, and we said the numbers would soon do the talking. The numbers have spoken, of course, and the iPhone 4S will be Apple’s biggest iPhone launch yet when the handset becomes available on Friday. In fact, pre-orders have now sold out from all three major U.S. carriers that offer the new iPhone. Despite the phone’s popularity right out of the gate, however, it looks like there are still a substantial number of consumers who were hoping for more out of Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone. Read on for more.

According to Retrevo’s survey of more than 1,300 U.S. consumers, 71% of smartphone owners said they were not disappointed in the iPhone 4S while 29% were disappointed to some extent. 7% of those disappointed in the phone wanted it to have a larger display, 11% wanted a new design and 17% were hoping for a 4G-enabled iPhone. Respondents were able to indicate more than one area of disappointment.

More interestingly, perhaps, 47% of current iPhone 4 owners said they were disappointed in Apple’s new iPhone 4S following its unveiling. 12% were hoping for a bigger display, 21% were sad the new iPhone didn’t feature a revamped design and 29% wanted 4G.

“Although some expressed disappointment in the lack of ‘iPhone 5′ features it appears that interest is high and demand will be strong for iPhone 4S especially among current iPhone owners,” Retrevo’s Andrew Eisner wrote on the company’s blog. “It also doesn’t appear likely that you’ll see many customers camping out in front of Apple stores around the country like we have for products in the past.”

Retrevo’s survey also found that of those respondents who plan to purchase the iPhone 4S, 44% are iPhone 3G or 3GS owners, 42% are iPhone 4 owners, 24% currently own BlackBerry handsets and 12% own Android smartphones.

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Apple sells over 1 million iPhone 4S handsets in first 24 hours

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Apple has confirmed that the company has sold a mind-numbing number of iPhone 4S devices in pre-orders, over one million of them. The previous record was from last year’s iPhone 4 launch which totaled over 600,000 in three days. Apple’s press release is after the break.

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours

CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.

iPhone 4S includes iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features, and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.* iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and select Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4 is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS is available for free with a two year contract.

iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

*Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year rate plan, sold separately.

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