Allow us, if you will, to inject a little humor into your Friday afternoon. The comedy troop over at JLE have uploaded a “Banned White iPhone 4 Promo” spoof to video-sharing site YouTube. The video has some amazing one liners and lets you know that “if you’ve waited for the white iPhone, you’re an idiot” as you’ve “waited for 5-months for a phone that is a different color that you’re just going to put a cover on anyways.” The three minute spot is after the break, enjoy! More →
If you’ve been awaiting the final, production, rubber-stamped version of Mozilla’s Firefox 4 web browser, you’re just going to have to keep on waiting. It looks like Mozilla and company have pushed the release date of their next generation browser to “early 2011.” Mike Beltnzer, Firefox’s VP of engineering, had this to say:
Development on Firefox 4 has not slowed down, and strong progress is being made daily. However, based on the delays in completing the “feature complete” Beta 7 milestone against which our add-on developers and third-party software developers can develop, as well as considering the amount of work remaining to prepare Firefox 4 for final release, we have revised our beta and release candidate schedule.
Of course you can still grab the FF4 beta from Mozilla — which is pretty stable — but we know some of you like the safety and security of an RTM browser. Anyone out there rocking Firefox Cuatro as their main browser? More →
We don’t have too much information, but here is what we do know… one of our Motorola sources has confirmed to us that AT&T will be getting one of the hottest devices out of Schaumburg, IL in a little while. We have been told the Motorola Olympus (we’re assuming that is the code name) will be a 4″ tablet style Android device but use a display that is “beautiful,” and will “step it up in resolution.” The phone is also “powered by NVidia.”
Our source promises it’s the finest Android handset to hit AT&T, and from the limited specs we have received, we’re inclined to believe them.
If you’re an Xbox fan who’s got the Kinect high-up on their holiday wish-list, listen up. Microsoft has announced seventeen game titles that will be available for their motion-sensing gaming peripheral “before the holidays.” Without further ado, the titles are: Kinect Joy Ride, Adrenalin Misfits, Fighters Uncaged, Sonic Free Riders, Kinect Sports, MotionSports, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Dance Central, The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout, DanceMasters, Kinect Adventures (bundled with Kinect), Kinectimals, Game Party: In Motion, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, EA Sports Active 2, Zumba Fitness, and Deca Sports Freedom. The first twelve games listed will be available on November 4 — launch day — and the remaining five titles will trickle-out through November and early December. Does anything on that list pique your interest? More →
One of our solid Apple sources has just let us know some pretty interesting (and exciting) information surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone devices. For starters, we have been told that iPhone model 3,2 — what everyone is assuming to be the Verizon (or at least CDMA-compatible) phone — just hit the “AP” testing stage. This is the very last stage before retail release; final hardware, almost final software. Here is the odd thing, though… the iPhone 3,2 unit, we have been exclusively told, contains a SIM card slot. This is interesting for a multitude of reasons, and presents several different scenarios:
- The iPhone 3,2 could be the mythical CDMA + GSM/HSPA device that would support Verizon, AT&T, and the other current worldwide iPhone 4 carriers frequencies. The mid-cycle refresh would bring an updated antenna design for the current iPhone 4 and bring CDMA-compatibility; essentially, Verizon Wireless subscribers would have the same device as AT&T subscribers.
- The iPhone 3,2 could be a CDMA-capable iPhone that houses a SIM card for global roaming capabilities; though that certainly seems more complicated than just having one single glove that would fit both hands.
- One last possibility that the iPhone model 3,2 would simply be a slightly different design that doesn’t suffer from the same antenna attenuation as the current model; though that would be a little disappointing.
As far as the next generation iPhone 5, our source has also indicated to us that device has hit the “EVT” stage in the development cycle. The “EVT” stage is the engineering verification test phase, before the “DVT” phase.
Blog Pocket-lint managed to bird-dog a jacketed-gentlemen at a New York City press event carrying a white iPhone 4. The albino iPhone was promised way back in June, but has yet to actually be released by iMaker Apple, Inc. The publication queried said iPhone user as to how he came to acquire the seemingly un-acquirable and his responses were quite candid. According to the anonymous man in the suede jacket, Apple has hordes of white iPhone 4s in their Cupertino headquarters; the iPhone-owner has a friend who works for Apple who managed to pick one up for him. The person went on to say that the reason the iPhone 4 is so back-logged is due to the fact that the white paint used on the “home” button and the white paint used on the case of the iPhone 4 do not match. Apple will not release the product as is. Sad for all those iPeople that love white phones. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update the article if they respond. More →
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal made headlines by writing:
Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple.
While there is plenty of innuendo in that statement, the publication never actually stated that Verizon will be selling the iPhone. Today, the WSJ has un-muddied the proverbial waters and rewritten a portion of their previous article. The new article reads:
AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone.
Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.
There you have it. Your iPhone-to-Verizon rumor du jour. Bon appetit! More →
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple plans to begin mass producing the iPhone for CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless before the end of 2010. “Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple,” writes the WSJ. Apple, Qualcomm, and Verizon have all declined to comment on the report. The paper goes on to say that the phone would be available from Verizon Wireless in Q1 of 2011. More →
If you’re an iPhone 3GS owner, and feel shafted by your phone’s inability to take HDR photos, there still may be hope. 9to5Mac is reporting that resources in the latest iteration of the Apple’s iPhone SDK may indicate that support could be coming to the aging 3GS. The blog writes:
The iPhone 3GS is the only iPhone that is physically (hardware capabilities) able to capture HDR shots so we figure that non-Retina icon is for the 3GS not the original or 3G model. How do we know the other icon is not for the Retina Display? Apple has a very simple labeling process which places an “@2x” on image titles for the Retina Display and places nothing of that sort next to “iphone” on non-retina iPhones.
So there you have it. If you’re looking for HDR capabilities on your iPhone 3GS, and don’t feel like going the jailbreak route, your dreams may be just a software update away. More →
The Wall Street Journal has filed a report indicating that PC manufacturing giant Dell will be releasing a 7-inch tablet “in the next few weeks.” The information comes courtesy of Amit Midha, Dell’s president of Greater China. “It [the 7-inch tablet] was showed off at Oracle World by Michael last week and we’ll be launching very, very soon—within the next few weeks,” said Mr. Midha. The president confirmed that the 7-inch offering would run Google’s Android operating system but noted that future products could (and would) be released running Microsoft’s Windows 7; Mr. Midha also noted that Google Chrome was still under consideration by the company. The Dell executive also mentioned that a 3-inch product and 10-inch tablet would be launching within the next 6 to 12 months as well. From the sounds of it, the tablet market will be a very crowded space by 2011… and that isn’t a bad thing.
Yesterday, Apple announced that its iPhone 4 smartphone would be available for purchase in China beginning on September 25 at 8:00 AM. The device will retail for CNY4,999 (~ $745) for a 16 GB model and CNY5,999 (~$894) for a 32 GB model. Apple also noted that China Unicom will also be selling the device and could provide subsidies with a new 2-year contract. More →
If you have an older model iPhone, and are envious of the HDR photographic-prowess of the iPhone 4, there is still hope; albeit hope with a fairly long list of prerequisites. iPhone tinkerer Will Strafach has tweeted that he: “Made a Cydia tweak to allow HDR photos on 4.1 for the iPhone 3G and 3G[s].” So, when that rumored iOS 4.1 jailbreak is released you can take your jailbroken, iPhone 3G or 3GS and get the HDR goodies. There are a lot of “ifs” and “whens” in there… but it’s better than nothing. More →
Mexican technology site canal-mx is reporting that Apple will be reengineering its iPhone 4 antenna design and that the redesigned handsets will be available after September 30th. The news comes courtesy of Marco Quatorze, Tecel’s Director of Value Added Services. Telcel recently began offering the iPhone 4 to its customers and Mr. Quatorze was on the record when he explained that his company would have the same version of the iPhone 4 that is sold in the U.S.; complete with antenna attenuation issues. He noted that Telcel’s customers would be eligible for a free case until September 30. Quatorze then stated that after the 30th a new revision of the iPhone 4, with some sort of internal antenna fix, would be made available by Apple. The news, if true, certainly will rekindle the antenna-gate talks, lawsuits, and comment flame wars that — to be totally honest — we haven’t really missed all that much. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update the article if we receive a response.