Alongside with the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 6 and the new iPhone 6 Plus is a new device under Apple’s new category of products—a smart watch. Everyone was looking forward for the Cupertino tech giant’s take on this wearable technology trend that is starting to take the world by storm, and indeed, Apple did not fail to impress.
Probably the most anticipated Apple event of every year, the September iPhone announcement was indeed a huge success for the Cupertino-based tech giant with 3 new devices and a new kind of service, specially aimed for those die-hard Apple fans.
Held at the Flint Center in Cuperino, Californina, Apple certainly aimed to please as the inevitable announcement of the iPhone 5S successors was made, dubbed as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a new breakthrough in mobile wallet payments called as the Apple Pay, as well as much expected and hoped for, the company’s take on the smartwatch category, the Apple Watch.
A new angle on the details and specs we can expect from this year’s most anticipated smartphones, Apple’s iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5 by Samsung, emerged, this time from the South Korean based analyst, KDB Daewoo Securities.
While there are a lot of leaked stuff on the details on the 2 anticipated flagship devices of both Apple and Samsung, this new angle is just merely making previous leaks more plausible. First is for the future of Apple’s iPhone. On the pdf file from KDB Daewoo Securities, it seems like the iPhone is really coming in with 2 different screen sizes this year, a 4.8 inch one, possibly named as the iPhone 6, and a 5.5 inch iPhone phablet.
If we take it from the rumor mill, we will be seeing 2 iPhones this year sporting two different screen sizes, a 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and a 5.7 inch new iPhone. And to top it all, rumors are claiming that we will see the the iPhone 6 come June. More details after the break!
According to Chinese analyst Sun Chang Xu, Apple will unveil 2 iPhone sizes this year at the June 10 WWDC. The iPhone 6 is said to sport a 4.7 inch screen with the same 640 x 1136 resolution found on the current iPhone 5S, while the other iPhone will sport a bigger 5.7 inch screen with a slightly higher 1080 x 1920 resolution.
China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, is finally getting the flagship iPhone 5S come friday, January 17, as they–Apple and China Mobile–reached a deal just last month, offering the latest iPhone to the latter company’s over 760 million subscribers.
Word has it that Apple supplier Foxconn shipped over 1.4 million iPhone 5S units on Tuesday, in preparation for the launch as The Wall Street Journal reported. Alongside with the iPhone 5S release this friday, the cheaper, plastic built and colorful iPhone 5C will be hitting the China Mobile shelves as well.
I think it’s logical to assume that since Apple’s major manufacturing arm is located in China, some of the leaked reports pertaining to the rumored iPhone 6 might be true. This is especially significant when a Chinese tech site C Technology starts the rumors on the web. It’s not that hard to put two and two together, I mean, even if those Chinese workers at Apple have signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), a few bribes here and there and you can bet that one or two of them might talk.
Although most experts in the mobile phone market agree that Apple would not be releasing the sixth generation iPhone until later this year, but C Technology claims that the images they were able to get from an unknown source were in fact the iPhone 6 frame. It’s also interesting to note that this is the first rumor to break out into the mainstream media this year. Personally, I don’t buy it; however, seeing that the frame is not only noticeably larger than previous generation of iPhones, but also significantly thinner, it kinda gets my attention and probably a few others who are as enthusiastic as I am.
Apple has announced in a press release that the company has generated a record breaking amount of $10 billion from selling apps in the last year. In the last December alone 3 billion apps were downloaded and the company sold over $1 billion of apps. Thus the month of December has become the most successful month in the App Store history. The net earnings of the app developers from the App Store have now reached over $15 billion.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services expressed his gratitude to their customers and app developers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store. Moreover he said, “The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”
Intrigued about what makes your iPhone 5S tick? You probably know all about its Apple A7 processor, storage, the retina display with 325 ppi, and other tech specs. But, have you actually seen how they look inside the iPhone 5S? Don’t bother tearing down your device piece by piece just to look inside and find out. We’ll take it apart for you to see what’s inside the iPhone 5S, thanks to iFixIt.
The Dissection Begins
After unlocking the pentalobular screws that secure the phone shell into place—and lifting off the front shell cover—a cable is noticeable at the bottom. It attaches the Touch ID sensor found in the home button to the Lighting receptacle or port assembly. This cable is among the crucial parts of what’s inside the iPhone 5S and should be handled with care.
The update to iOS 6 is finally out to bolster “iDevices” integrated with LTE features. And that means particularly devices like the iPhone 5, iPad 4, and iPad Mini. iOS 6.1 however, still works with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, The New iPad (iPad 3), iPod Touch 4G, and iPod Touch 5G. The latest iOS version to date is designed to smooth sail support for new LTE carriers offering the iPhone 5, something that should have been done long before to speed up the use of LTE connectivity.
Philippine Carriers Smart and Globe to Get Support
Needless to say, it’s the LTE connectivity that gets so much interest for iUsers given the fact that not all carriers support such feature on iPhone 5 or LTE-capable iPads out of the box. The Philippines is among the countries where 36 new carriers getting the LTE support are based. Both Smart and Globe were specifically granted with LTE support, and that means we can anticipate both telcos to layout transition plans, like offering new Plan packages not only for Postpaid subscribers but for Prepaid subscribers as well. This goes to say that we can expect price adjustments, data cap considerations and, of course, deciding the target launching date very, very soon – at least for areas outside Metro Manila.
Other features available on the latest iOS iteration includes downloading individual iCloud tracks in iTunes Match, and the addition of a new button for resetting the Advertising Identifier for blocking targeted ads of ad networks. That’s a welcome users’ privacy option.
The iOS 6.1 is expected to carry over the customary performance enhancements that place the service above its precursor, plus the usual bug fixes.
A different kind of iPhone for 2013—that’s what many smartphone enthusiasts are thinking of buying this year. And you may be one of them. Well, the iPhone Mini is probably what you want. And here are probable reasons why.
Super Affordable but Unique
The Apple iPhone Mini rumored to be either on Apple’s drawing boards or ready to be out sometime this year, is said to be very affordable and yet having some features yet unknown in the world of smartphones. Across the globe there is this talk about a “cheap” iPhone coming out soon and christened the iPhone Mini. It is said to have been in the making since 2009.
So, what are the implications of a cheap iPhone in the Philippines? For one, people here may worry less about bringing with them out in the streets a super expensive iPhone that may cost them their lives once mobile phone thieves take interest in them. 🙂 It’s easier to let go off a cheap iPhone during a stickup. Another, it can be some sort of equalizer; smartphones will not have to divide folks between the rich and poor. And iPhones being confiscated in class won’t be that big a deal anymore for students. No, I’m just kidding about that. Really! 🙂
Seriously, cheap but extra functional phones in 2013 will get the needed features into more hands and make life and connections for many folks in the country much easier, more convenient, and affordable. Not to mention being in style.
Though Apple iPhone sales hit a record high recently, investors think it could have been better. Sales even hit higher than earlier estimates especially when Apple stock catapulted after releasing on Wednesday its earnings for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2013.
Apple shares (Nasdaq: AAPL) plummeted some 5 percent during post-hours trading. However, when trading was closed in New York, Apple stock totaled $514.17, up by 1.86 percent. Observers were surprised at this trading outcome. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, remarked that no other company dealing in gadget technology has ever had this kind of result.
Sales Should’ve Been Higher
Reportedly, Apple sold a total of 47.8 million units in said quarter, almost 10 million units more than their 37 million units sold the first quarter one year ago. But no matter this performance, investors felt Apple should have pushed for selling 50 million units of iPhones instead. They were uncertain about hearsay on iPhone sales and parts until the company finally came out with its plausible earnings reports. It even turned out, Apple was coming out with a new iPhone in June.