I have kind of had this infatuation with gold phones… In fact, after my good friend Pharrell got a solid gold BlackBerry, I had to have one in 2006 (even if it didn’t work properly). Way back in October of last year, I found out about a company that was anodizing iPhones in practically any color, and as soon as I saw that they offered a gold option, well, it was on. I also had a couple friends who I knew would love a gold iPhone. So, I arranged for two to be sent to Jonathan Cheban and Kim Kardashian. Well… this became the anodization company’s most popular color choice, by an incredible margin. It actually wasn’t even close, and the streets soon became flooded with gold iPhone 5 devices thanks to Kim and Jonathan’s tweets about it, and the phone also appeared on the TV show. It’s now being reported that the gold iPhone 5s, the phone Apple has released today, was jokingly referred to internally as the “Kardashian iPhone” but this isn’t a surprise because the publicity of the gold iPhone started in December and gold iPhone 5s parts didn’t start leaking until around 5 months later. It’s entirely possible that Apple wasn’t even planning on making a gold iPhone until the company saw how popular the color was because of the BGR post, and the Cheban, Kardashian, and Wiz Khalifa (yeah I added that one in there, too) tweets.
The barrier to entry in the world of Sonos has normally been reasonably high. The company’s products sell in the $400 plus range, with the Sonos PLAYBAR retailing for $699. On Monday, however, Sonos is introducing the PLAY:1, a portable speaker that’s smaller and more compact than the PLAY:5 and PLAY:3, and less expensive as well. It sells for $199 and while it features just one speaker (instead of three and five for the other PLAY units, respectively), it really packs a punch. More →
BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders hasn’t done a great job in his role. But to pop off like this in an email chain that’s sent to a whole heap of important BlackBerry analysts, investors and executives? That’s low, even for someone who has basically failed to try to corral developers and big name partners into developing apps for BlackBerry’s ecosystem. More →
It looks like there is going to be one more build of Apple’s new mobile software before the company releases iOS 7.1 — popular belief suggests that iOS 7.1 will debut with Apple’s new iPads at the company’s rumored October event this month. According to our sources, Apple has seeded iOS 7.0.3 to employees and partners for final testing. We’re not sure exactly when the new software will be released to the public, but we believe it will be sometime next week. The build number of iOS 7.0.3 is 11B491. Apple released iOS 7 to the public on September 18th as a free update for iPhone 4, 4S and 5 in addition to the iPad 2, iPad, iPad mini and the fifth-generation iPod touch. iOS 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 were subsequently released with various bug fixes.
Exclusive: BlackBerry’s newer low cost BlackBerry 10 smartphone slides in below Q5 on price, features
I don’t think I have the words for this, but here we go… Thanks to a close source of ours, we have received pictures and information about one of BlackBerry’s upcoming lower cost handsets, codenamed Kopi. We’re told that this model is set to come in at an even lower price than the BlackBerry Q5, and will feature a faster processor to boot. It won’t have LTE, though it will have a removable battery! Look at it — a Palm Pixi crossbred with a Q5 and it’s not exactly going to win any style awards. More →
It’s a special time when Apple releases a new iPhone and as is always the case, it coincides with a BGR giveaway. For this one, we’re giving away a brand new iPhone 5s in your choice of color. You might be wondering how do I enter? Good thing our friends the bullet points are here to help:
- This giveaway is for a brand new 16GB iPhone 5s in the color of your choice — black/space gray, white/silver or white/gold. The actual model is A1533 and it will be unlocked.
- To enter, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter at @BGR or like us on Facebook here — plus, hey, why aren’t you following us already?
- Leave a comment below letting us know you followed us.
That’s it! This contest will run for one week until September 27th at 11:59 p.m. EDT, and it is only open to those 18 years of age and older. The good news though, is that it’s not limited to U.S. residents — anyone can enter. Good luck!
It’s no secret Apple is working on newer versions of iOS 7 even before iOS 7 is released to the public. We’re able to confirm this two ways: one is through multiple sources of ours and the second is, well, because we have one. Looking beyond iOS 7.0.1, which is an update just for minor bug fixes and enhancements, it is widely expected that Apple is set to debut iOS 7.1 during the company’s special October event where it is likely we will see new iPads, minor Mac refreshes and potentially some Apple TV news. More →
Multiple sources have informed BGR that AT&T has blacked out vacation days for the second half of September in preparation for the iPhone 5S launch date. This has taken place every single year starting with the first iPhone launch, and it limits AT&T employee vacations and time off. We were also told that AT&T will not be launching any other high-profile devices during the second half of September, again confirming that this time period is for the upcoming iPhones. An earlier report noted that T-Mobile has issued a vacation blackout for September 20th through the 22nd, and coupled with an almost-confirmed September 10th announcement event, it sure looks like September 20th is a go for launch in the U.S. and other countries. More →
It’s not a rumor, but a fact that Apple is looking at bringing a game-changing TV experience out of Cupertino. We just don’t know when or how. Or do we? Generally when the Apple TV is discussed, it takes the form of either the current Apple TV, which is a set-top box, or an Apple-branded high-definition television set. I am still not convinced Apple will make its own television, though it’s certainly possible. However, a company that prides itself on the end experience would face many obstacles with a 46-inch or even larger TV. More →
With the world waiting for Apple’s upcoming iPhone event on September 10th, the company is busy behind the scenes and also publicly with developers trying to finalize iOS 7, the mobile operating system that will soon power the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Last week, Apple released an emergency bug patch that the company referred to as iOS 7 beta 6, though Apple had actually planned on sticking to its regular release schedule with a different update called beta 6 today. We are told by our trusted sources that Apple has once again seeded a new build of iOS 7 to partners, and that it should be released to developers later today. We can confirm the build number is much higher than the previous beta, and we would assume that iOS 7 beta 7 should be distributed and made available for developers around 1:00 p.m. EDT, as usual. We previously reported that Apple would only release six betas, but with the iCloud patch the company released last week, today’s release will make it seven. This should be the final beta before the gold master is released next month, we are told. More →
In line with our earlier exclusive report on Apple’s plans for its iOS 7 beta software, we can now confirm that the final beta software release for developers will take place next week. Our sources have not confirmed which day, though Monday makes the most sense as it has been the typical release day in the past. After iOS 7 beta 6, Apple will be seeding a GM (gold master) version for its employees and partners to test starting around September 5th. This will mostly likely be the software that is released to the public later on in the month of September, barring any major bugs or problems that might be discovered. More →
The Moto X is a big bet for Google and Motorola. It’s a phone that wouldn’t have existed if Google had not paid $12.5 billion for Motorola over a year and a half ago, and one that lets Google introduce its vision of a mass-market Android smartphone without taking center stage. In a world filled with everything from major smartphone manufacturers to non-name white-box vendors producing Android devices, why and how does this new flagship phone from Motorola shine through? It all boils down to something very Googley — data.
Google uses data like no other company, and with the Moto X it took an average of what screen size is acceptable to most consumers, the most comfortable shape of the phone based on data from focus groups, and features that exist just to try to fix statistical problems. One example is how, on average, we check our phone for the current time more than 50 times a day.
The most impressive thing to me about the Moto X though, is how un-Googley it feels. It’s a phone that actually has character, purpose and meaning, even though it was created in a test tube. It doesn’t feature the most mind-blowing hardware and it’s not the fastest Android phone in the world, but it doesn’t need to be.
It just needs to be the first iPhone of the Android world, and here is why it delivers on that.