Apple (AAPL) is finally catching up to the overwhelming demand for its latest iPhone 5 according to analyst Shaw Wu from Sterne Agee. Wu says production of the iPhone 5 has increased from delays of two to four days to same day, meaning Apple can ship them to customers sooner. He has increased his forecast that Apple will sell 47.5 million iPhone 5s this quarter instead of the 46.5 million he had previously projected. More interesting, though, is his warning that the iPad mini is cannibalizing sales for the fourth-generation iPad. Wu’s lowered his expected sales forecast for the 9.7-inch tablet from 25 million this quarter to 23.5 million. Wu believes larger iPad sales will see a decline as consumers trend towards tablets with smaller form factors and 7-inch displays. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said before that he’s not worried about product cannibalization as long as it’s within the company and not by a competitor.
The leaks for Research In Motion’s (RIMM) first BlackBerry 10 smartphone keep on coming. On Monday morning, Tinhte.vn released several high-quality images showing off the BB10-powered L-Series device and now they’ve released a video preview as well. As previously reported, the smartphone code-named “London” has NFC, a microSD card slot and a removable 1,800 mAh battery, as well as a camera with an LED flash on the rear. As for the size of the phone, it appears to be smaller than the Dev Alpha model and slightly taller than the iPhone 5. More →
Since its release, Apple’s (AAPL) “Find My iPhone” app has helped countless people find their lost or stolen iOS devices. The company has updated its app with a new feature that provides driving directions to your iOS device wherever it’s located. The only downside to the app appears to be the fact that it requires devices with iOS 6 installed because it uses the disappointing and sometimes dangerous Apple Maps for navigation. Still, if you can get over that flaw, Find My iPhone version 2.0.1 should definitely be one of the first apps all iOS users install. It’s better to be safe than sorry if disaster strikes and your iOS device goes missing.
It was bound to happen. Nokia (NOK) engineer Justin Angel outlined on his blog various tactics that can be used to pirate Windows 8 games distributed through Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Store. While Angel doesn’t condone the circumvention, he points out that Windows 8 game developers stand to lose a large chunk of revenue because games account for over “51% of developer revenue on every mobile developer platform.” We won’t detail them here, but Angel essentially posts a step-by-step guide on how to compromise games to unlock in-app purchases, crack trial versions to full paid versions, remove in-app ads and reduce cost of in-app purchases. Angel concludes that Windows 8 games and apps can easily be cracked and Microsoft should be on alert to issue patch. It looks like Microsoft’s Windows team is headed for some sleepless nights.
As expected, Verizon (VZ) announced on Tuesday it will sell the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Camera with 4G TLE online December 13th for $549.99, $50 more than what AT&T (T) is selling its HSPA+ version for. In addition to the white model, Verizon will also sell en exclusive Cobalt Black model. The Galaxy Camera features a 16-megapixel image sensor, 21x optical zoom lens, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, microSD card slot and a 1,650mAh battery. With Android and 4G LTE, the Galaxy Camera is well-equipped for both fast photo editing with apps like Instagram and for sharing to social networks such as Facebook (FB).
The speed at which a jailbreak for a new iOS device is released has slowed down considerably over the last few years. A tethered jailbreak for certain devices running iOS 6 has been out September, but most people have been holding out for the untethered version – a hack that doesn’t requires the device to be plugged into a computer and re-jailbroken if rebooted. A new jailbreak developer called “Dream JB” claims he will release a proper untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 6 or 6.0.1 including the iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4 on December 22nd. Dream JB also promises to release a video on Wednesday as proof. According to his website’s FAQ page, the jailbreak will be a one-click process and will differ from previous jailbreak methods in the past by using a prepared “Webkit exploit” and “userland exploit.” After it’s all done, Cydia, the App Store’s alternative for jailbroken smartphones, can be installed on the device. Unfortunately, the jailbreak won’t support Apple TV boxes.
UPDATE: iPhone jailbreak guru MuscleNerd has put Dream Jailbreak on his list of “fake” jailbreaks that “mislead with fake info,” so you may want to wait until getting independent confirmation that the new jailbreak is legitimate before using it.
Continuing its efforts to make buying digital content for PlayStation consoles easier, Sony’s (SNE) quietly flipped the switch on for its Sony Entertainment Network Store. The new Web store finally allows games, movies and TV shows for the PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PSP, Xperia tablets and Xperia smartphones to be purchased through a Web browser and then queued up for download to a designated device. Content can be purchased with credit cards, pre-paid cards and even PayPal. Currently available only in Europe, Sony says the new SEN Store will launch in the U.S. next week and is part of the company’s latest round of updates that put it on equal footing with Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox LIVE for Xbox 360. As gamers would know, the Xbox 360 has had the ability to buy and download games remotely from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Web store for a while now.
While speculation on a Siri-powered Apple HDTV or “iTV” has been rampant for much of the year, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook has never actually hinted that the company was working on a TV until now. In an interview with NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams show set to air on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. EST, Cook is asked what the next big thing for Apple is. Cook’s response: “When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years. It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.” More →
Since the Dick Tracy cartoon days, every gadget nerd’s dream has been to have a smartwatch. And while smartphones have largely made the need for wearing wristwatches unnecessary, companies continue to search for ways to connect watches and smartphones. Casio’s GB6900AA G-Shock is the latest smartwatch that connects to Apple (AAPL) iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Using Bluetooth 4.0, the watch can provide a number of notifications such as alerting you when you have new calls, text messages and incoming email. The G-Shock also has a “Phone Finder” feature that’s similar to the Find My iPhone app that lets you locate your misplaced iPhone with the press of a button on your watch. To our disappointment, the G-Shock doesn’t have a built-in microphone for one-button Siri operation, but it does have an automatic time adjuster that changes time zones on the fly.
Nokia (NOK) announced on Wednesday it’s adding another Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia device to the family in Q1 2013: the Lumia 620. Unlike the flagship Lumia 920 and mid-range Lumia 820, the Lumia 620 can be considered an entry-level device. The Lumia 620 has a 3.8-inch TFT screen with 800 x 480 resolution, 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), 1,300mAh battery, five-megapixel rear cam with LED flash, VGA-resolution front cam, NFC and Bluetooth 3.0. With its interchangeable shells, users can mix and match with seven different colors. Nokia will launch the Lumia 620 in Asia first, then Europe and the Middle East for $249 without any subsidies. Nokia’s press release follow below.
In October, SplashData revealed the 25 worst passwords of 2012 and to nobody’s surprise, “password” and “123456″ took the top two slots. In a rather smart move, RIM (RIMM) is taking extra precautions to make sure nobody is foolish enough to use such weak passwords in its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system. According to RapidBerry, there are 106 common passwords that BlackBerry 10 just won’t allow you use. Words such as “blackberry,” “computer” and “qwerty” are banned. At this point, we’re not sure what’s more sad, the fact that RIM has decided to block certain words from being accepted as passwords or that people still don’t know how to choose proper passwords. The full list of 106 forbidden passwords follows below. More →
The iPhone 5 was just released in September but there is already a leak for the purported iPhone 5S. ETradeSupply has images of what are believed to be the iPhone 5S’s external case. The website has reason to believe it’s a new design based on two factors: First, the part number on the case has an “X” which usually connotes a prototype and second, there are some differences in where the screws are positioned inside of the purported iPhone 5S case. Is it too soon for news on the iPhone 5S? Perhaps, but some rumors have indicated that Apple (AAPL) will launch the device earlier than usual next year. More →
Apple (AAPL) is rumored to be preparing a Pandora rival dubbed “iRadio” for launch in 2013, but according to CNET’s Greg Sandoval, the company still doesn’t have any major record companies signed up. Sandoval says that Apple’s rumored service is “not being warmly received” by Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group, with his sources telling him “a deal with all the majors is nowhere near to being completed.” In September, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple was in talks with the major record labels on a Pandora (P) competitor and in October, Bloomberg reported that the service was on track for launch within the first three months of 2013. More →