• Where’s the Large-Screen iPhone?

    Posted on August 26th, 2013 Webber | 93 comments

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    The new iPhone will be unveiled on the 4th of September. How I wish it would be the large-screen iPhone, I have dreamed of owning a large-screen for years ever since I bought the iPhone 4. iOS is excellent, the appearance design of iPhone is wonderful, if the screen of iPhone can be larger, it will be perfect. I believe that most of the iPhone users will have the same opinion with me.

    Where’s the large-screen iPhone? It appears that the iPhone 5S will be another 4-inch screen iDevice. No!

    I have been waited for a larger-screen iPhone for so long, but all hopes came into a pile of ashes. I have got the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The 3.5-inch screen iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are too small to handle, so is the 4-inch screen iPhone 5. I’m jealous that the Samsung Galaxy S4 users can enjoy a movie on the metro, because I can barely see the captions of the video on my iPhone 5. Well, I can choose iPad for watching videos transferred from my computer, but this 9.7-inch “big guy” is too heavy to carry on the metro with one hand.

    I do hope Apple can release a large-screen phone or phablet. I like iOS, and I think this operating system is excellent. But with a small iPhone, I don’t think this operating system can be made full use of. When the rumors of iPhone 6 came out months ago, I was excited because the rumors said that Apple was testing larger screen for iPhone and iPad, and I was looking forward to see the larger-screen iPhone being released. However, the iPhone 5S comes out, alongside with the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5S is still 4 inches, as far as I know, the iPhone 5S only updates the iOS and the CPU, no hardware changes on this new iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple says the large-screen iPhone may come next year, but it is hard to believe. Next year, iPhone may unveil the iPhone 5C for the emerging market, and even a larger iPad a 13-inch screen, still no large-screen iPhone.

    I do think Apple make this upside down. To my thinking, the iPad should reduce the bezels to the size just like the iPad mini. A tablet with 7-inch screen is perfect, it will be handful and convenient to take with. If iPad mini has the Retina Display, it would be terrific. However, Apple just does the opposite, no smaller iPad, no larger iPhone. Is Apple too arrogant of itself? Apple carries on a strategy which is against the present mainstream of the smartphone market. Couple of days ago, the ReadWrite posted an article, “Apple Needs a Road Map, Again”, I definitely agree with some of the opinions in this post. Apple is now in the “Zombie Mode”, if it cannot adjust itself to the market, it will fall sometime. The iPhone 5S is yet not to say will be good enough to win the market back, and Samsung will unveil new products after the unveiling of iPhone 5S. So even if iPhone 5S is like iPhone 5 and has more new functions, Samsung has multiple devices to against it.

    iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S4

    Why am I talking about the iPhone 5S so much? Because I am a little disappointed that Apple is on a way which will let go many users of Apple products. They will pay less to get even or more functional Android devices. Actually the larger-screen iPhone is just a common expectation, and if Apple can release this large-screen iPhone, it will call back many consumers. After all, iOS and the extraordinary design of the iPhone appearance are really attractive to customers. Apple should not addict itself to the success of iPad and ignore the development of the market. iPhone needs to have a larger screen, and iPad is in need of a smaller size. If Apple still be out of the plan of making a large-screen iPhone, I will probably switch to Samsung Galaxy S4 or other larger smartphones.

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  • Apple iPhone 5S – 7 Things You Should Know about the 7th Generation of Apple iPhone

    Posted on August 21st, 2013 David Brooks | 326 comments

    It’s that time of the year – the new iPhone is coming in less than literature review for dissertation a month on September 10th, and rumors and leaks are pouring on us from all sides. What should you believe and what not? One thing is clear – the Apple iPhone 5S will be better and more powerful than the current iPhone 5, so you’d better save your money and wait for it.

    First, let’s make it clear that the new iPhone 5S will look just like the current iPhone 5. Traditionally, Apple is changing the design of iPhones once every two years, so a redesign is due only next year. Most changes will thus happen under the hood. We have summarized them all right.

    iPhone 5S

    Fingerprint scanner built inside new ‘sapphire’ home key

    A new camera and processor are more or less usual upgrades, but the most radical new feature in the iPhone 5S might turn out to be a fingerprint scanner built right into the home button. The main use of the scanner would be to easily unlock your device, but Apple might also use this as authentication for a future iPhone wallet app.

    The new home key would allegedly be covered in sapphire instead of usual protected glass as sapphire is said to be even more secure. What’s interesting that some rumors even say the new home button might be convex, bulging outward.

    New Apple A7 chip with 1GB of RAM

    The new iPhone 5S is expected to come with a brand new chip inside – the Apple A7, an upgrade over the A6 chip on the iPhone 5.

    The A7 is a dual-core 32nm chip manufactured by Samsung using the Higk-K Metal Gate technology. It features a higher clock speed of 1.5GHz, with better, quad-core PowerVR SGX 544MP4 graphics and the same 1GB amount of RAM. The type of RAM however has allegedly changed and Apple is using the now standard LPDDR3-1333 RAM rather than last year’s 1GB LPDDR2-1066. This means emory bandwidth is higher, going up from 8.5GB/s to 10.7GB/s.

    Interestingly, rumors also claim that the next iPad will actually use a modified version of the A7 chip. That modified chip will be called Apple A7X and will come supporting higher processor frequencies and four graphic cores.

    12-megapixel camera with dual LED flash

    The other big upgrade will come in the camera department. The consensus is that the new iPhone 5S camera will have dual LED flash and a wider f/2.0 aperture for better low-light performance. Dual LED flash will allow for more even lighting and the lower the aperture, the more light gets into the sensor. That’s why the f/2.0 rumored aperture would be such a great asset for low-light photography compared to the f/2.4 one on the current iPhone 5.

    Chances are Apple will bump the camera unit to a 12-megapixel one, but here rumors are split and some say Cupertino might decide that an 8-megapixel camera is sufficient.

    Most certainly, it will come with built-in improved HDR shooting modes. That would definitely make sense if Apple goes for a 12-megapixel camera where the HDR mode would compensate for the smaller sized pixels with improved dynamic range in the highlights and shadows.

    Interestingly, Apple might also include slow motion video recording at 120 frames per second. That would make possible some fun Matrix-style shooting possible. Cool.

    Additionally, the iPhone 5S is said to get a better front facing camera than the current 1.2-megapixel one on the iPhone 5. There are no further details, but our guess is that Apple could go for a 2-megapixel shooter.

    iPhone 5S

    iPhone 5S in… gold

    For years we have been used to just two color options for the iPhone – black and white, but this year the iPhone 5S might finally introduce a third one and that’s gold. Gold here refers to just the color, mind you, there is no actual gold in the device. And it won’t be an aggressive, lush color color – instead imagine a more aristocratic, champagne-like tonality.

    Maybe a 128GB version

    The iPhone is currently offered in three versions – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB ones. The iPhone 5S might get a fourth one with a whopping 128GB of internal storage. Great news for those who use a lot of storage on their phone, but also good news for Apple. The company’s profit margins goes astronomically high for larger capacity models, and with a 128GB one it would make Apple even more profitable.

    NFC

    Near-field communications, or NFC, is a technology mostly associated with phone wallets and cashless payments. Often said to be a technology of a future where you use your phone to pay for things, it was adopted by most phone makers except for Apple. This could also change in the iPhone 5S as it might become the first iPhone with NFC on board.

    Price

    Finally, the iPhone 5S price. We have no reason to believe Apple will change its pricing. The basic model is likely to cost around $650 off contract, or $199 on a two-year plan. The iPhone 5S release date will probably be in late September in the United States, and October for tens of other markets worldwide.

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  • Get Ready for the iPhone 5 on Apple’s Special September 12th Event

    Posted on August 29th, 2012 David Brooks | 1 comment

    There were reports that the iPhone 5 might get released on a special September 12th event. And now, it has been confirmed and here I’m really happy to tell you all that the next generation of Apple iPhone has been scheduled for release on Wednesday, September 12th, with a shipment available nine days after that, September 21st, Friday. The new iPhone is said to be released in the event in San Francisco along with the new 7 inch iPad mini, the updated version of the current iPad 3, iPod Touch and iPod Nano. As only less than two weeks from the official introduction of this new gadget, people are becoming even more curious on the specs and features of iPhone 5, which is the name of the next generation iPhone most people prefer, just like the latest hot reports on the pin dock connector and NFC support. Today, let’s just make a preview of iPhone 5 to see what exactly it will be.

    iPhone 5 on Sep. 12th Event

    Firstly, let’s start with the pin dock connector of iPhone 5. There are hot sayings that the new iPhone will include a 9 Pin Dock Connector in place of the previous 30 Pin Dock Connector. From the latest news of 9to5 Mac, Apple will be replacing its current 30-pin connector with a new 9-pin dock connector in the next generation of iPhones, as well as all of its iOS devices in September. A smaller connector would make it impossible to use existing speakers, docks, and chargers without the use of an adapter converting it back to the traditional 30-pin, something that Apple will likely make available.

    Secondly, let’s take a look on the screen and phone body. The iPhone 5 is believed to feature larger screen and thinner phone built. According to the sources, the new iPhone’s taller display screen is designed to accommodate additional five rows of apps. The screen is as large as 4.0 inches, much larger than the 3.6 inches screen display on iPhone 4S, with aspect ratio at 19:9, making it even more wonderful to watch HD videos on iPhone 5. The Phone is also 10% thinner than the iPhone 4S.

    Next, let’s see the network connectivity and processor performance. The iPhone 5 is surely to run on the 4G LTE network connectivity, which is now applicable to most advanced smartphones. For the processor, the iPhone 5 is reported to run on the A6 processor, which is even faster than the A5X processor on iPhone 4S. No doubt, iOS 6 will be adopted in iPhone 5 when it comes out.

    Another anticipating feature of iPhone 5 is NFC. There are reports which say iPhone 5 comes with no NFC support while the majority of reports support NFC capability on iPhone 5. From the reports and information leaked, the latter is more reliable.

    Aside from these, the new iPhone is also reported to have Passbook as its first step into the mobile-payments space. The company has already acknowledged that it will be replacing Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own mapping application with 3D capabilities.

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

    Posted on October 19th, 2011 David Brooks | 218 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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  • Apple iPhone 5 new rumors: release date shifted to October with unexpected bigger upgrade?

    Posted on August 3rd, 2011 David Brooks | 35 comments

    There have been abundant of rumors for the next generation of Apple iPhone, and since the absence of iPhone 5 release in Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this June, people around the world have been more zealously in seeking the specifications and the accurate release date of the next iPhone. The most popular saying supports that Apple would release the iPhone 5 in middle September, possibly between September 6 and 15. However, this saying is now facing with challenges due to an October iPhone 5 surprise guess. The latest rumor suggests that the iPhone 5 release date has been shifted to October, with unexpected bigger upgrade than previous rumors anticipated.

    Apple iPhone 5

    The previous rumors all support that Apple is reportedly prepping for a launch of the iPhone 5 sometime between September 6 and 15. And according to China Times that suppliers are currently preparing 400,000 trial run iPhone 5 units with an initial shipment slated at 4 million units, it is great credible for this. However, a recent report from All Things D‘s John Paczkowski claims earlier rumors that the iPhone 5 will be unveiled in mid-September are bogus, quoting instead “sources with knowledge of the situation” saying the next-generation iPhone will be an October surprise, though no hard release date offered. This is much proved by a report which indicated AT&T has blacked out employee vacations during the last two weeks of September, in preparation for the iPhone 5 debut.


    As for the specs of the next Apple iPhone, Analyst Shaw Wu with Sterne Agee recently reported that the iPhone 5 would come with bigger upgrade than previous anticipations. He mentioned that the iPhone 5 would feature a larger screen display than that of iPhone 4′s 3.5 inch screen and thinner body design, together with the dual-core A5 processor, iOS 5 operation system, at least 8MP camera for shooting, a Qualcomm dual mode GSM/CDMA baseband, etc.


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