Microsoft (MSFT) confirmed over the summer that its next-generation desktop and tablet operating system Windows 8 will launch on October 26th, and now the company is getting ready for its big day. Microsoft on Monday sent invitations to media for a Windows 8 launch event scheduled to take place in New York City on October 25th. No further details were provided. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems carry Windows Phone’s tile-based user interface over to desktops, laptops and tablets when they launch next month. BGR took a look at Windows 8 back in February and called it the first step toward a terrific unified experience across all of Microsoft’s platforms.
The press conference the world has been anticipating for months finally kicked off on Wednesday, and Apple (AAPL) didn’t waste any time getting the show on the road. Tim Cook took the stage at the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco and started with some numbers. After announcing that OS X Mountain Lion has been purchased more than 7 million times to date, the Apple chief noted that his company has sold more than 84 million iPad tablets and more than 400 million total iOS devices to date. Cook also noted that Apple is responsible for 68% of all tablets shipped in 2011 and 91% of all Web traffic from tablets, suggesting that sell-through among Apple’s competitors has not been anything close to what Apple has seen with its iPad. Cook went on to confirm that there are now more than 250,000 apps tailored to the iPad in the iOS App Store, and iPad users download more than 100 apps each on average.
Here it comes, ladies and gentlemen — Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone 5 is just a few hours away from becoming a reality. Apple is gearing up for what will be the biggest consumer electronics launch of all time by all accounts, and the iPhone 5 will be Apple’s most successful iPhone yet at the very least. Months worth of rumors, parts leaks, photos and videos point to a 4-inch display, 4G LTE, twice the RAM and a brand new thinner design, but Apple could certainly have a few surprises in store — like a brand new A6 processor, perhaps.
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Apple’s press conference kicks off at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT and on top of the iPhone we’ll likely see some new iPods as well as the final feature-complete version of the company’s iOS 6 software. Apple might not have invented anything, but this latest recipe is shaping up to be its most impressive to date.
UPDATE: It looks like photos of the final version of Apple’s iPhone 5 may have leaked just ahead of today’s announcement.
It’s kind of hard to imagine that BGR first launched almost six years ago. In October, the site will turn six and what better way to celebrate our sixth anniversary than to hold a special event for our readers? We held our first ever event for readers with Samsung last year and we had lines outside the venue that were two blocks long in the rain — but this year, we’re making it even bigger. We’re also giving you the opportunity to vote and help pick the location of our anniversary event. Crazy, we know!
UPDATE: New York City it is! More →
This fall is shaping up to be one of the busiest on record for tech fans, and while Apple’s (AAPL) September 12th iPhone unveiling is likely the most highly anticipated of the season, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Nokia (NOK) and Google’s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility each have press conferences planned for tomorrow, September 5th, and we’re in store for a number of fresh new smartphones. Nokia is rumored to have two or three Windows Phones to introduce, including the Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 and a PureView camera tech, and Motorola appears ready to expand its Android-powered RAZR line. Will there be a few surprises in store as well? Be sure to tune into our live coverage to find out.
Nokia event: Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 press conference begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EDT, 7:00 a.m. PDT.
Motorola event: Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly Motorola’s press conference begins at 2:00 a.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT.
Microsoft will hold a press conference on Monday to make a major product announcement, and the company did its best to ensure the topic of the evening’s presentation was kept under wraps. In fact, Microsoft hasn’t even shared the location of the event yet with publications that will be in attendance. A pair of early reports last week suggested that a Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet will be the focus of Monday’s festivities, which are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. A later report indicated we may instead see the first tablet-eReader combo emerge from Microsoft’s Barnes & Noble partnership, but the Dow Jones says that Barnes & Noble played no role in the announcements set to be made on Monday. Regardless of what Microsoft has in store, BGR will be on hand to cover the Redmond-based company’s event live.
Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before the press conference begins this evening, and make sure to head there for our live coverage of Microsoft’s event! Coverage will begin just before 6:30 p.m. Eastern / 3:30 p.m. Pacific.
Research In Motion’s annual BlackBerry World conference kicks off Tuesday morning and new president and chief executive officer Thorsten Heins will take the stage to greet the thousands of show goers in attendance. Heins’s company has a daunting mountain to climb as its struggles continue, and this year’s show may be RIM’s most important to date as it looks to attract enough interest from developers and users to tide it over until its next-generation smartphone platform launches. RIM’s first BlackBerry 10-powered smartphone likely won’t be released until some time in October, but developers will get their first taste of a smartphone running PlayBook OS, the basis for BlackBerry 10, when RIM hands out thousands of prototype smartphones at the BlackBerry Jam conference that will run alongside BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida. Will RIM make enough of a splash to instill faith in developers, users and investors that it can successfully re-enter a market not just dominated by, but completely owned by Apple and Samsung?
Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before the event begins this morning, and make sure to head there for our live coverage of RIM’s keynote! Coverage will begin just before 9:00 a.m. EDT / 6:00 a.m. PDT.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is scheduled to take place in San Francisco from June 11th to June 15th. Tickets for the event sold out in less than two hours, leaving many West Coast developers in the dark, and the Cupertino-based company is enforcing restrictions this year that prevent tickets from being transferred. For developers who aren’t interested in legally changing their name to get past Apple’s restrictions, there is an alternative — Indie Developer Labs. “Indie Developer Labs is an open area where developers are provided with space to work, free Wi-Fi, and an open environment to connect with other developers. Our mission is to help foster the collaborative spirit of the Apple developer community,” the organizers said, adding that a hackathon event is being planned as well. The event is being organized by Kyle Kinkade, Craig Fox and Nate True, who are looking to “help the developer community have a place to collaborate during WWDC.” IDL will take place from June 12th to June 15th in San Francisco, just blocks away from where Apple’s event will be held at the Moscone Center. More →
AllThingsD on Tuesday announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook will be the keynote speaker on the opening night of its D10 conference. It will be Cook’s first appearance at the conference. Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs spoke at the event numerous times, last appearing at the D8 conference two years ago. Cook will join the likes of New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, entrepreneur Sean Parker, Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek, Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus, as well as many others who will be speaking at the event. The D10 conference will run from May 29th to May 31st at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. More →
HTC and Sprint have a big press conference scheduled to take place this evening, and all signs point to a new flagship smartphone. Persistent rumors suggest the flagship HTC One X will be the star of the show, and with specs that include a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, a remarkable 8-megapixel camera, Beats Audio and 4G LTE on board, there’s no question it would make a great star. A recent report suggests the One X could launch on Sprint later this year as the EVO One, but nothing is set in stone until we hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. BGR will be reporting live from the event in New York City, so be sure to check back for all the news as it breaks.
Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before the event begins tonight, and make sure to head there for our live coverage of Sprint and HTC’s press conference! Coverage will begin just before 5:30 p.m. EDT / 2:30 p.m. PDT.
This year’s Mobile World Congress is now behind us. And it was quite a show. Android phones got a bump to four cores, camera phones got a bump to 41 megapixels, and reporters and bloggers were run ragged as the wireless industry gave us a glimpse at the stars of their respective portfolios for the first half of 2012. The highlight of the show for us was definitely Microsoft taking the wraps off its Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and our favorite smartphones introduced at the show were HTC’s ultra-sleek One X and its ultra-slim One S. But Mobile World Congress isn’t all about looking forward, it’s also about looking back at some of the mobile technology that has changed our lives in recent history. With that in mind, the GSMA handed out its Global Mobile Awards for 2012 earlier this week. Read on for more. More →
Sony has no plans to launch smartphones with more powerful quad-core processors this year, a Sony Mobile Communications executive confirmed on Wednesday. Speaking with CNET Asia, Sony Mobile product marketing manager Stephen Sneeden said he believes Sony will wait until 2013 to launch smartphones powered by quad-core processors like NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. ”We’re going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency,” Sneeden said. “Because right now we don’t feel that is there. What we are going to be doing in the second-half of the year is moving to the Cortex A15 architecture, which we feel outperforms the current quad-core architecture.” While smartphone vendors like HTC, ZTE and others were busy unveiling quad-core Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones at Mobile World Congress this past week, Sony took the wraps off two new dual-core Xperia smartphones that will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. ”You’ll see in 2013, as we’re evaluating the quad-core performance where it makes sense, where you’re not suffering in quality and the performance truly is there, and there really is something that demanding applications need,” Sneeden added. “That’s when we make the right move to quad-core.” More →
Mobile World Congress has been a roller coaster ride so far this year. The week kicked off with a bang on Sunday with both Sony and HTC unveiling their latest and greatest smartphones, and the HTC One X was definitely the star of the show. Things were up and down on Monday and Tuesday however, and the show actually got pretty slow for a while there. Our time in Barcelona isn’t up just yet, however, and Microsoft chose today to unveil the latest version of its next-generation operating system, Windows 8. The technology giant released a preview version of Windows 8 last September, but we’re sure plenty has changed over the past five months. And beyond checking out all the new features Microsoft has undoubtedly baked into its new OS, we might finally get a better idea of when devices carrying the platform will finally launch. Microsoft’s Windows 8 press conference is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern / 6:00 a.m. Pacific (3:00 p.m. local time in Barcelona), so hit the break for our live coverage of the event!
UPDATE: Don’t forget to check out our full review of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which is now live! More →