• Apple dropped revised iOS 5.1.1 build only for GSM iPhone 4 with no detailed description

    Posted on May 28th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    Though the focus on Apple these days has been about the next Apple iPhone, other news from Apple will also be exciting. Apple released the upgraded iOS 5.1.1 for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone in the beginning of this month. But just some days before, Apple dropped the revised iOS 5.1.1 build for GSM iPhone 4, which is available for new installs. The original public build of iOS 5.1.1 is labeled build 9B206, while this new build is labeled 9B208, which is available for download now. The new build is only available for new iOS 5.1.1 iPhone 4 (GSM) installs and will not be available as an update for users currently on the original build. Apple has not described the changes that are included in the revised release.

    iOS 5.1.1 new build

    The 54.4 MB update of the original Apple iOS 5.1.1 includes:

    -Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut.

    -Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks.

    -Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances.

    -Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List.

    -Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase.

  • iPhone 5 news: No iPhone 5 release on WWDC while more focus on iPhone 5 screen

    Posted on May 21st, 2012 David Brooks | 5 comments

    It’s been a long time for people rumoring Apple iPhone 5. People care about iPhone 5 release date, iPhone 5 specs, iPhone 5 price, iPhone 5 versions, etc. It’s commonly rumored before that the iPhone 5 might get released on this WWDC, which is going to be held next month. But, now that a pretty strong consensus is gelling that there will be no iPhone 5 unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference next month, focus of speculation has turned once again to issues of the iPhone 5 screen size. There have been rumors that the next Apple iPhone would adopt a flexible OLED panel on a curved surface. That seems to be possible for Apple is taking a more active interest in OLED technology. As for the screen size, there have been rumors that iPhone 5 would include a 4” or even larger display. Reuters even projected more specifically that the next iPhone 5 screen size would be 4.6 inches.

    iPhone 5

    It would be awesome for owners to enjoy HD videos on iPhone 5 whatever screen size the iPhone 5 adopts, as either 4.0 or 4.6 inches screen would produces better visual effect than watching HD videos on iPhone 4S. But these are just rumors, as Apple may not adopt larger screen display on iPhone 5. There are some objectively good reasons why Apple has kept the screen dimension at 3.5 inches through the iPhone’s first five generations. An obvious one it that it facilitates an ideally pocketable size and lower weight than a larger panel would. Another of course is that smaller displays enhance battery runtime per charge. Larger screen display consumes more battery, while Apple iPhones have been always hoped to be increased in battery performance.

    Meanwhile, the larger display on iPhone 5 would present new challenges for developers as apps may not work as good on larger screen display as used to operate on smaller screen display. Of course, challenges are always accompanied with opportunities. There’re also great opportunities for developers.

    But we are still back to the words that it’s still too early to talk about these things as there’s no official news about the new iPhone screen size and materials. We still have to wait for the official iPhone 5 release, which is highly believed to be the mid to late September or more likely October, either on the anniversary of the 2011 iPhone 4S release, or to commemorate a year since Steve Jobs’s death.

  • iPhone 5 rumors summary of this week: excellent video shooting camera to be produced

    Posted on January 30th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    For the Apple iPhone fans out there, the next generation of Apple iPhone is absolutely a great anticipation this year. Various guess work and rumors have been done on it, like its release time, phone specifications, production, etc. Some websites even made some comparison between the next Apple iPhone and other reputed smart mobile phones. There is rumor that iPhone 5 production lines in China has been ready for mass production and it is revealed that the next iPhone would configure breakthrough cameras for better video shooting. I just collected the rumors on iPhone 5 of this week for sharing. Check the detailed information bellow:

    iPhone 51. iPhone 5 is to put into production for the summer release

    Based on reliable news, the iPhone 5 will be put into production. The new iPhone 5 will configure 4 inch large screen, which provides excellent digital video entertainment for users to watch HD videos on iPhone 5 or play Blu-ray movies on iPhone 5 as a portable HD video player. Compared with the tardy release of iPhone 4S, the new Apple iPhone is mostly going to be released in summer as tradition.

    2. iPhone 5 might configure superb camera

    There were rumors that once Jobs talked with Lytro CEO about a camera with superb video shooting technology, which is hardly to explain with the present technology knowledge. The iPhone 5 may configure Lytro camera, or the latest Sony camera sensors. Though Jobs was intended in the Lytro technology, according to the high price of Lytro camera (between $399-499) and technique difficulty to use on ultra-slim products, the next iPhone is mostly to configure Sony’s 8MP camera sensor.

    3. The next iPhone will be named as iPhone 5

    If we define the iPhone 4S is the 5th generation of Apple iPhone, the next iPhone should be the 6th generation. But it will still be named as iPhone 5.

    4. iPhone 5 will configure NFC technology

    The iPhone 4S was once rumored to take the NFC technology, but finally disappointed fans due to the immature of this technology, Apple explained. This technology is mostly to be realized in the next iPhone 5.

    5. iPhone 5 will adjust appearance to add a button for camera shooting

    Upon the video shooting convenience, it is rumored that Apple will adjust the appearance of iPhone 5 to add a button for video shooting.

    Well, the above are a summary of the rumors of iPhone 5 this week. By the way, it is also rumored that Apple will release a 43-inch TV with Siri supported and iPad 3 in a few months.

    Stay tuned for more information about iPhone 5.

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  • Top 20 smartphones in market of 2011 by far

    Posted on November 24th, 2011 David Brooks | No comments

    Millennial Media recently unveiled the smart mobile phone market share status of October, upon data of the stream flows from various advertising platforms. The result shows that Android has ruled smart mobile phone market with its abundant of smart mobile phone models and stable market capacity, while Apple iPhone becomes the most shinning smartphone with nearly 13% network users, which makes it top at the No. 1 position in the Top 20 smartphones in market of 2011 by far. The bellow picture shows the chart of the Top 20 smartphones of 2011:

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  • iPhone 4S News Collection that will Help to Decide: Buy or Not?

    Posted on October 19th, 2011 David Brooks | 2 comments

    Well, the Apple iPhone 4S has been finally in shipment and available for all Apple fans since October 14th. It is unavoidable for users and testers to make comparison between this new Apple iPhone and other smart mobile phones like Android OS smart mobile phones and other smart mobile phones. Here, I have collected some test news reports about iPhone 4S hardware and software utilities, based on comparisons with other popular smart mobile phones by some testers. These tests would help you to decided whether to buy the Apple iPhone 4S or not. Check the following tests bellow to get more detailed acknowledgement about iPhone 4S.
    Apple iPhone 4s

    Ⅰ After the iPhone 4S, Android just feels wrong – By James Kendrick on ZDNet.

    Summary: As a long-time happy Android phone user, it surprises me that it only took using the iPhone 4S for a few days to point out that using Android just feels wrong.

    I just made a comparison between his long time used Nexus S 4G Android phone and the only a short time using iPhone 4S, only to realized that after using the smooth, polished iPhone 4S that Android just feels wrong. The user experience was jangling my nerves. The inconsistencies in the interface between apps and the occasional lag doing simple things like scrolling in windows just screamed at me. I hadn’t really noticed it before, but after using the iPhone these things jump out at me.
    Nexus SIn just a few days with the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 I had come to expect operation to be fluid and consistent system-wide. That’s just not the case with Android, and every little interruption in smooth operation now accumulates into a feeling of frustration as I use the phone.
    The biggest area of discontent is in web browsing, one of the primary things I do with a smartphone. I have long found stock Android browsers to be lacking, not in a major way but in fluid operation. That never bothered me as the strength of Android is the number of apps available, and third party browsers stepped in and served my needs just fine. Or so I thought.
    The lack of fluid operation in Android may be due to the OS, or perhaps it is hardware related. It might be due to better apps on the iPhone, or tighter control by Apple over them. I really don’t care as a user; I want the best user experience I can get. The good one delivered by the iPhone 4S makes it clear to me how wanting the Android experience actually is. It just feels wrong.

    Source from:
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-news/after-the-iphone-4s-android-just-feels-wrong/5068?tag=nl.e539

    ⅡIf not for Siri, would we care about the iPhone 4S? – By Joel Evans on ZDNet

    Summary: The iPhone 4S is selling like crazy, but its hardware enhancements alone are not worth the upgrade

    When I sit two days after receiving my iPhone 4S after several days of its arrival, I don’t have the excitement in my body that I’ve had in year’s past, probably because I didn’t wait in line for hours to get my hands on the new iPhone, not to mention that it wasn’t revolutionary, like previous upgrades have been. That said, the camera is faster, the pictures look sharper, and the phone is much faster overall, and of course, notification center is a must-have.
    iPhone 4S SiriOne really cool thing about the 4S, though, is its implementation of Siri. Without any training, anyone can ask it just about anything. This has proven to be the most interesting part, since my seven year old sent a text message to a friend of mine via his voice and then remarked, “Wow! I didn’t know your iPhone could talk!” Of course, my wife’s reaction was to be expected with her usual, “that is so annoying”, when Siri misinterpreted a statement I made.
    The above has me wondering if it hadn’t been for Siri, would the iPhone 4S be yet another upgrade and something that most users would pass on? Did analysts and reporters initially call the iPhone 4S a dud after the keynote because it hadn’t been introduced by Steve Jobs, who could make a different colored piece of paper a must-have for everyone with white paper?
    I think that right now people hear about Siri and think, “my Android phone does that”. But as they read more about Siri and hear people literally talking to their iPhone, more people will take notice and pick up Apple’s latest offering.
    One more thing: if you’re wondering what kind of things you can say to Siri and what responses you might receive, check out shitsirisays.com.

    Source from:
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-gadgeteer/if-not-for-siri-would-we-care-about-the-iphone-4s/5185?tag=nl.e539

    Ⅲ Samsung Galaxy S II beats iPhone 4S in smartphone drop test (video) – By Ricardo Bilton on ZDNet

    Summary: As this video shows, a few drops to the pavement can’t save Apple’s latest blockbuster.

    The launch of Apple’s iPhone 4S may have been successful, but how well does the device fare in a drop test?
    That’s the question that gadget warranty provider SquareTrade aimed to answer in the video posted below. Pitting Apple’s latest device against the Galaxy S II, the test nets some fairly surprising results, with the screen on the Galaxy S II standing firm despite being dropped from a few feet above the ground. The iPhone 4S isn’t quite so lucky.
    For smartphone owners the drop test is likely the most important one of all, considering that, besides water damage, drop-induced trauma is probably the most likely cause of cell phone destruction. So if you are looking for a phone that can take its share of beatings, then the Galaxy S II is probably the right choice for you.

    Source from:http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-beats-iphone-4s-in-smartphone-drop-test-video/27943?tag=search-results-rivers;item0

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  • Latest news for Apple iPhone 5: Being available for pre-order from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom

    Posted on September 6th, 2011 David Brooks | 1 comment

    The latest news from Bloomberg introduced that Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) will allow customers to reserve the next generation of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone as of today in anticipation of supply bottlenecks for the device, spokesman Alexander von Schmettow said by phone. The operator will hand out coupons to people who expressly request the successor model to the iPhone 4, without providing the name or release details of the device, he said.

    Apple iPhone 5The Deutsche Telekom AG is the parent company of T-Mobile USA. By now, there is no confirmed release date, price, specifications or any other information from Apple on the successor to the iPhone 4. Even the name of the next iPhone is still not confirmed, as some call it iPhone 5, but others rumor it will be named iPhone 4S. And what we could be sure now is that most people anticipate the device would come out in late September or early October into market. And from the popular rumors about the next Apple iPhone, as for the specifications, the iPhone 5 would adopt the latest A5 processor, higher screen resolution and large screen display, which brings even greater digital entertainment, like watching HD Blu-ray movies on iPhone 5 or DVD movies on iPhone 5.

    The pre-order move is being made instead “in anticipation of supply bottlenecks” whenever Apple does announce and then ship a next-generation iPhone, Alexander von Schmettow, a Deutsche Telekom spokesman, told Bloomberg.

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  • Steve Jobs’ resigning as Apple CEO brought market share impact to Apple

    Posted on August 25th, 2011 David Brooks | No comments

    On Wednesday, Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple and passed the reins to his right-hand man, Tim Cook, chief operating officer. The resigning of Jobs itself may not be so bad thing to all Apple investigators and Apple fans. But the signal of the resigning may make them worry, for it indicates the poor health condition of Steve Jobs. It seems that the 56-year-old co-founder of the company is losing his battle with cancer. That is what the whole world would worry about, especially those Apple fans and investigators.

    Steve JobsThe announcement of Steve Jobs’ resigning was made in a statement from Apple with a letter from Jobs, in which Jobs said: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

    Apple revealed that Jobs gave the board his resignation on Wednesday and suggested Cook be named the company’s new leader. Jobs was elected board chairman and Cook is becoming a member of its board.

    Jobs’ hits seemed to grow bigger as the years went on. During the years Jobs as the CEO, Apple has brought world many excellent devices, like iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc. People’s digital entertainment life has been greatly fulfilled for they could freely watch video on iPhone, watch DVD on iPod, or watch Blu-ray on iPad anytime anywhere without limitation. And we should also thank Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, because it is he who boosted the development of the current glorious electronic product market.

    Steve Jobs has acted an incredible role in the development to the company. A 5% decline of Apple market share in after-hours trading on Wednesday wipes more than $17bn (£10.3bn) off Apple’s stock market value, sending it down from $348bn to $330.5bn, just due to the resigning of Steve Jobs.

    I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role. I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.” Jobs said in his resigning.

  • Top 20 Anticipated New Features towards iPhone 5

    Posted on August 19th, 2011 David Brooks | No comments

    There have been quite a number of rumors towards the specs and features of the most anticipated upcoming iPhone 5. But just like before, Apple is keep mouth tight on the next generation of Apple iPhone. Thus, so many guesses and speculations about Apple iPhone 5 emerge online. What new features and specs of iPhone 5 people most concern about? A CNET report has made a summary for us. And combined with the pictures provided in this post, I made a slideshow about the 20 new features people anticipated most. Let’s take a look.

    Check the slideshow:

    As usual, Apple is keeping the iPhone rumor mills working at a fast and furious pace. Some new features we know from details of iOS 5, many are based on wide-spread rumors, and others are just fantasy. So here we go with this list of what the ideal iPhone 5 features we’d like to see, as compiled by David Carnoy of CNET’s Fully Equipped. Also see CNET’s iPhone 5 rumor roundup.

    Credit: MacRumors commissioned this mock-up based on alleged iPhone 5 case schematics. MacRumors.com

    Apple iPhone

    Enhanced voice control
    Rumors have been circulating for a while that voice controls are coming to the iPhone. But when? Certainly no one would complain if you were ablet to compose and send e-mails or text messages with the sound of your voice. Chances of implementation: 70 percent

    Micro-HDMI out
    Right now you need Apple’s $39 Digital AV to send HD video or audio to a TV or monitor but a a built-in Micro-HDMI port, similar to the ones available in Android smartphones, would only cost a $5 cable. Chances of implementation: 2 percent. Photo credit: Apple

    Removable battery
    Dream on. Chances of implementation: 1 percent. Photo credit: Jim Young

    Expandible memory
    Another fat chance. Chances of implementation: 1 percent. Photo credit: Kingston

    Biometric security
    Taking security to the next level where you can unlock your phone with a finger swipe instead of a password. Chances of implementation: 25 percent. Photo credit: Apple

    NFC-enabled (near field communication technology)
    With better security, there’s a better chance that you could use your iPhone to make payments like a credit card. You could also use it as a car key. Chances of implementation: 35 percent. Photo credit: Visa

    More memory
    How about a 64-GB version? Chances of implementation: 50 percent. Photo credit: iLounge.com

    Improved home screen and notifications system
    iOS 5 promises a more customizable home screen, a “real” dashboard, and a better notifications system. iPhones have been falling short of Android devices in this area. Chances of implementation: 100 percent. Photo credit: Apple

    Better cloud-computing support
    This is coming on iCloud this fall. No videos yet but you can mirror your music library, regardless of the origin, for $25 per year. Chances of implementation: 100 percent. Photo credit: Apple

    Video chat (FaceTime) over cellular network
    FaceTime works on Wi-Fi on iPhone 4 and it looks like you will be able to use it on a cellular network with iOS 5 but the carriers might be in control. Chances of implementation: 75 percent. Photo credit: Apple

    Flash support
    Well… Chances of implementation: 1 percent

    Larger screen
    Users want a larger screen but they don’t want to pay the price – a bigger product with a shorter battery life. Chances of implementation: 50 percent. Photo credit: 9to5Mac

    Better camera
    Rumors say Sony is developing an 8 mega-pixel camera for the iPhone. Plus, iOS 5 will let you activate the camera from the lock screen and use the volume button on the side of the phone as a shutter. Chances of implementation: 95 percent. Photo credit: James Martin/CNET

    Dual-core processor
    The 1GHz A5 dual-core processor that’s in the iPad 2 will most likely power the iPhone 5. Other phone makers such as LG and Motorola are already using dual-core chips. Chances of implementation: 100 percent. Photo credit: Apple

    Universal carrier support (CDMA and GSM)
    Apparently, Apple already uses the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip that’s capable of running on both CDMA and GSM networks. But GSM network support is not enabled in the Verizon iPhone 4. Rumors say a Sprint iPhone with both networks is being tested. Chances of implementation: 70 percent. Photo credit: iFixit.com

    Better battery life
    This usually comes with a new model. iPhone 4 had a 40 percent battery life than iPhone 3GS. Chances of implementation: 80 percent

    Fewer failed and dropped calls
    AT&T appears to be the biggest culprit although many blame the iPhone itself. Sprint could draw off enough customers to keep the network from getting clogged. Chances of implementation: 45 percent

    An actual redesign
    Rumors are off the charts – some suggest that Apple could use its iPad 2 design. Chances of implementation: 50 percent. Photo credit: culttofmac.com

    4G network compatibility
    It will come eventually but whether now is the time is up in the air. Many think Apple hasn’t figured out how to preserve battery life while using a 4G data network. Chances of implementation: 50 percent

    Source from: http://www.zdnet.com/photos/iphone-5-wish-list-20-new-features-we-want-the-most-photos/6279715?seq=21&tag=content;photo-frame#photo-frame

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