Apple iPhone 5 to be major update after all; announcement and availability in August?

By on June 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM.

Apple iPhone 5 to be major update after all; announcement and availability in August?

While Apple has indeed been giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals — BGR has independently confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will not merely be an upgraded iPhone 4 as had been previously rumored. We have been told by a reliable source to expect a radical new case design for the upcoming iPhone, though we have not been given any additional details surrounding the design of the new iPhone case. What about a release, then? The consensus is that Apple is going to announce the next-generation iPhone at the company’s annual September event, traditionally focused on iPods, but we have heard it’s quite possible Apple will break tradition. According to our source, Apple may hold an event in the beginning or middle of August to announce the new iPhone, with availability to follow in the last week of August. We’re not sure if that means the iPod event will be moved up slightly, or if this will be an iPhone-specific event. Thisismynext reported earlier that the upcoming iPhone 5 would feature a new teardrop-shaped case design.

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Apple iWork now available for iPhone and iPod touch

By on May 31, 2011 at 8:26 PM.

Apple iWork now available for iPhone and iPod touch

Apple on Tuesday officially announced that its iWork productivity applications, including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, are now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Apple has completely redesigned the applications to take advantage of iOS’s multitouch features. “Now you can use Keynote, Pages, and Numbers on iPhone and iPod touch to create amazing presentations, documents, and spreadsheets right in the palm of your hand,” Philip Shiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said. “The incredible Retina display, revolutionary multi-touch interface and our powerful software make it easy to create, edit, organize, and share all of your documents from the iPhone 4 or iPod touch.” The applications offer improved document management and a tools button in the toolbar for quickly sharing documents without closing the application. Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are available in the iTunes App Store now for $9.99 each. Existing iWork for iPad users can upgrade for free, and the Keynote Remote is available for $0.99. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Next iPhone will be iPhone 4S; will feature Sprint and T-Mobile compatibility, analyst claims

By on May 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM.

Next iPhone will be iPhone 4S; will feature Sprint and T-Mobile compatibility, analyst claims

In a note to investors on Friday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek claimed knowledge of Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone. While most are now in agreement that Apple will not unveil its new iPhone until September this year at the earliest, thereby breaking its annual summer release cycle for the first time, the feature set coming in Apple’s next iPhone remains a topic of debate. Misek’s channel checks found that the next iPhone will be called the “iPhone 4S,” and it will feature minor cosmetic updates, Apple’s A5 processor, better cameras and HSPA+ support. More interestingly, perhaps, Misek claims that the next-gen iPhone will be picked up by both Sprint and T-Mobile. Of course we already knew Apple was testing an iPhone compatible with T-Mobile’s network, but Misek’s note is the first confident claim that the device will launch on T-Mobile since our exclusive report. Regarding 4G LTE compatibility, Misek says the Qualcomm LTE chip Apple would use in a 4G model is not available in the quantities Apple would need for the huge production volumes that are expected. This claim jibes with earlier reports that Apple’s iPhone is not likely to support LTE until next year at the earliest. More →

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Apple introduces Sandy Bridge iMacs with Thunderbolt I/O

By on May 3, 2011 at 8:40 AM.

Apple introduces Sandy Bridge iMacs with Thunderbolt I/O

As reported, Apple has updated its all-in-one desktop computer line, the iMac, with Intel’s latest processor family and improved specifications. Available in both 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, the new iMac can be configured with quad-core Sandy Bridge processors starting at 2.5 GHz and will come standard with AMD Radeon HD graphics cards, 4GB of RAM, and a 500MB or 1TB hard drive. The computers will also include Apple’s new Thunderbolt I/O port for high-speed data transfers. “Starting at $1,199, the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster and new graphics deliver up to three times the performance of the previous generation,” reads the press release. “The iMac continues to feature its signature aluminum and glass design, gorgeous IPS LED-backlit high resolution display, SD card slot and comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.” The press release is after the break.

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Android 2.3.4 trickling out to Nexus One owners

By on May 3, 2011 at 8:26 AM.

Android 2.3.4 trickling out to Nexus One owners

It looks like Nexus One owners have started to receive Google’s latest Android update, version 2.3.4. The software bump brings Gtalk voice and video-chat capabilities to the Nexus One’s younger cousin, the Nexus S, but will not — unfortunately — be bringing any of those features to the original Nexus. It looks like owners of the search giant’s original “pure Google” handset will have to be content with smaller bug fixes and tweaks. The manual download link for the latest iteration of Gingerbread is after the break. More →

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MobileMe replacement dubbed Castle, evidence found in Lion

By on May 2, 2011 at 7:37 AM.

MobileMe replacement dubbed Castle, evidence found in Lion

French blog Consomac has discovered an interesting bit of intel inside Apple’s latest developer build of Mac OS X Lion. The information insinuates that users of the company’s MobileMe cloud service will be prompted to upgrade to an offering dubbed “Castle” at some point in the future. It is unclear if Castle will be the new name of an expanded cloud-service offering — iCloud? — or rather the name of an update to the current service. The company’s World Wide Developer Conference is set to take place next month, and we’re sure most of the details will be ironed out by then. More →

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Microsoft slips: 'Mango' update will be Windows Phone 7.5

By on April 25, 2011 at 11:38 PM.

Microsoft slips: 'Mango' update will be Windows Phone 7.5

It looks as though Microsoft has accidentally confirmed that its next major Windows Phone update, dubbed Mango, will bring the mobile operating system up to version number 7.5. The information comes courtesy of the Redmond company’s website, which prompts developers to “Preview the Next Windows Phone OS 7.5.” Mango is expected to launch in late-fall of this year and was originally thought to be Windows Phone 7.1. The update will bring with it true multitasking, Internet Explorer 9, and an integrated Twitter experience — among other things. Microsoft has yet to issue an official statement on how the operating system’s version number schema will progress. More →

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New Microsoft and Sony gaming consoles may not land until 2014

By on April 20, 2011 at 10:58 PM.

New Microsoft and Sony gaming consoles may not land until 2014

According to Kotaku, neither Microsoft nor Sony will launch new gaming consoles before 2014. “Both [Microsoft] and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they’re delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better,” one source told Kotaku. By contrast, Nintendo’s next generation gaming console is expected to land sometime next year. Microsoft and Sony may decide to build onto the current systems, however; for example, Microsoft may release a “Kinect-upgraded” Xbox 360 in 2013. “Sony definitely isn’t launching a successor before 2014 and could stand to benefit by having Microsoft launch first as PS3 builds in North America and builds a strong position in Europe,” said Billy Pidgeon, an analyst with M2 Research. Microsoft has gone on the record saying that it will offer support for the Xbox 360 through 2015, but we’re curious how it will hold consumer interest in a system that made its debut in 2005. More →

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HTC Sense 3.0 will not support current crop of devices

By on April 14, 2011 at 9:30 AM.

HTC Sense 3.0 will not support current crop of devices

Here’s the good news: newer smartphones from HTC will feature gorgeous new UI tweaks and other enhancements as part of HTC’s new Sense 3.0 overlay for Android. Here’s the bad news: the millions of Android fans who own one of HTC’s recent smartphones will not have the pleasure of experiencing the new software until they purchase new handsets. HTC confirmed on Wednesday that only its forthcoming devices like the HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 3D and HTC Flyer tablet will get Sense 3.0. Other devices — even ones as recent as the Desire HD — will not be upgradable to the new software. Thankfully, Android has one of the strongest enthusiast communities in the mobile space, so those of you who don’t mind tinkering can be sure we’ll see HTC Sense 3.0 on plenty of cooked ROMs in the near future.

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Wirefly prices HTC ThunderBolt at $150 on-contract

By on April 13, 2011 at 2:54 AM.

Wirefly prices HTC ThunderBolt at $150 on-contract

Looking to get your LTE on without breaking the bank? Third party wireless retailer Wirefly has Verizon’s coveted HTC ThunderBolt handset priced for a very svelte $149.99. Now through Monday, interested, eligible parties can add the ThunderBolt to their shopping cart, agree to a new two-year service term, and enter the code THUNDER0418 at checkout to take advantage of the deal. The site’s link is waiting for you after the break. More →

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Samsung’s Galaxy S II getting processor upgrade, report suggests

By on April 6, 2011 at 10:40 PM.

Samsung’s Galaxy S II getting processor upgrade, report suggests

A recent report indicates that the unreleased Samsung Galaxy S II is getting a processor upgrade. Blog GSMArena states that the company will upgrade the 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor to run at a blistering 1.2GHz. The site points to a slip on Samsung’s Estonian Facebook page — which mentioned the upgrade — and cites an “internal source” as its information sources. Samsung has yet to announce a specific release date for its next-generation flagship handset. More →

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iPod touch users experiencing graphics issues after iOS 4.3 update [video]

By on March 16, 2011 at 11:47 PM.

iPod touch users experiencing graphics issues after iOS 4.3 update [video]

Reports are beginning to mount from iPod touch owners who are experiencing an odd graphics issue on their devices after updating to iOS 4.3. Screen sections of affected iPods seem to flicker and distort, almost as if the device is having a refresh rate or redraw issue. Some users are reporting that their screens appear “snowy” or “fuzzy.” There is a thread on the company’s discussion board where affected users are airing out their concerns; Apple has yes to publicly acknowledge the issue. There is a video after the break that demonstrates what some iPod touch users are dealing with. More →

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Motorola XOOM OS upgrade hits this evening, brings Flash 10.2 support

By on March 11, 2011 at 8:09 PM.

Motorola XOOM OS upgrade hits this evening, brings Flash 10.2 support

Motorola’s corporate Twitter account just sent out a tweet announcing that the Motorola XOOM will be receiveing an OTA software upgrade later today. The expected enhancements? Improvements for daylight savings time (change your clocks on Saturday, y’all) and support for the upcoming Adobe Flash 10.2 release. The OTA will hit XOOM tablets later on in the evening and your device can be updated over 3G or Wi-Fi.

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