Apple iPhone 6 Release Battered And Patched Again, New iOS 7 To Show in August

If Apple follows its usual formula, we can expect the New iOS 7 12th of August. By that yardstick, we can expect the iPhone 6 release date to be battered and patched again to september, since Apple developers have said that they expect two more Beta versions before the final release of the new iOS 7. Apple has stated that the official version of the iOS 7 will be available by this fall.

Last year iPhone 5 was released along with the iOS 6 – which was released exactly 100 days after it was initially announced. If Apple follows this process again, we can expect the iOS 7 on the 18th of September. Apple normally releases its new iOS software in tandem with a new device, generally the iPhone. What is different this time is that Apple might be releasing its fully fledged iPhone 6 or a cheaper model, the iPhone 5S.

Apple has given no concrete evidence as to when it will be debuting its new flagship smartphone and we can only hope for the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 to be released in September.… Read the rest

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BlackBerry Z10 Vs Apple iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3: The Most Fierce Operating System Worth A Bow Down?

The showdown doesn’t get bigger than this – it’s the ultimate faceoff among the 2 leading smartphone OS’s of the world and the newest BlackBerry OS which launched yesterday. We’re looking into their strong points and what they’re missing out on so that you can pick the right smartphone that suits you the most.

BlackBerry 10: The latest entrant among the 3, it has a lot riding on it, literally. The future of BlackBerry is entirely dependent on how well consumers respond to this latest offering, especially given how the company has lost precious share of its users to iPhones and Android-based smartphones over the past couple of years. What’s encouraging, however, is that RIM has put a lot of thought into designing the OS and it does make for a powerful experience. The overall design gives a polished and smart look and has gone touch-based like its competitors. With mere swipes, you can either choose to close the app or move it into the multitasking window to let it run in the background.

Among its strengths is the BlackBerry Balance, which lets users separate their work apps from their personal ones, so that they can disable access to the former after working hours. This provides enhanced security, while at the same time letting users have enough of entertainment and additional support on their BlackBerry smartphones – keeping the workplace and the user happy. Another strong point is the new BlackBerry Messenger, with its enhanced features which lets its users video chat through it free of cost. Now, no more exchanging chat messages, BBM users can even see each other. The web browser has also undergone significant change, and tests have shown how it loads pages much faster than the browser onboard the iOS as well. Even the Voice Control feature in the BlackBerry 10 is far more precise and lets users dictate commands to the phone.

The major letdown that could make users apprehensive to transition to the OS would be the lack of apps. While iOS and Android users can choose from hundreds of thousands of apps, the BlackBerry App Store has just over 70,000 presently. Another possible challenge is that the usability of the OS is entirely gesture-driven – there are no navigation buttons for assistance. It might overwhelm some users, making it overly complex to operate – but once you get the hang of it, this would cease to be a concern.

iOS 6: One of the biggest strengths is that it still does have the largest selection of apps for users to choose from. We especially love the new Apple Maps which features 3D maps of places and makes it easy to find your way through the city. The browser too has undergone a revamp and the iCloud Tabs allow you to sync your browsing history across multiple Apple devices. Siri, Apple’s voice-based assistant, has also improved significantly in the iOS 6. It pulls in data from more sources and presents more useful information to the users.

On the downside, we think Apple fans may be suffering from iOS fatigue. The overall UI hasn’t undergone any drastic changes, and people may quite simply be bored of the iOS experience. That’s probably been one of the primary reasons for the iPhone 5 not doing as well in the market since its launch. Also, iOS is at its best only if you are a hard-core Apple fanatic – with multiple devices, including Mac systems. The lock-in makes iOS rather inflexible and difficult to deal with.

Android Jelly Bean: There’s a reason why Android has become the world’s most popular smartphone OS, and it’s not just because of the affordability of Android phones. We love how Google puts in a lot of effort to make each version of the OS significantly different from its predecessors. Just when we thought the ICS was a huge upgrade over Ginger Bread, Android went and got a whole lot better with the Jelly Bean. We especially love the Google Now and Knowledge Graph, which makes for much better voice-based assistance and more detailed information providing capabilities. Also, Google Maps, with its 3D buildings and Street View, offers a lot of help in finding the way around cities. The Chrome browser also lets users sync their tabs with their desktop Chrome browser, making it easy to continue working seamlessly across multiple devices.

Among the downsides, to start with, Android doesn’t have as many apps as iOS. Another major disadvantage is that although the Jelly Bean version’s so great, its adoption rate is extremely low. Only the high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and other similar new phones run on Android Jelly Bean. Google’s brought out the Jelly Bean even before many users could transition to the ICS. And even though it’s so great, very few phones can get their OS upgraded to Jelly Bean. To get a Jelly Bean experience, users might as well invest in a brand new smartphone instead.… Read the rest

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The Demand Of iPhone 5 Surpasses The Sale Record Of 4S

Apple's sixth-gen iPhone 5 smartphoneDespite an array of wide criticism surfacing around Apple iPhone 5 for its flawed iOS 6 Maps and lightning port, the demand for the device has not slowed down a bit. The rising popularity clearly indicated that users consider the firm’s latest Maps app fiasco to be the least problem.

According to certain reports, the demand for the iPhone 5 has even surpassed the sale record of the company’s 4S as was reported earlier too.

According to a poll of 4,270 primarily North American consumers done by ChangeWave in September, around 31 percent of respondents were either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to buy the iPhone 5. And a similar survey done last year indicated that 21.5 percent of respondents were interested in buying the fifth generation tablet.

As per Dr. Paul Carton, Vice President of Research, ChangeWave, “Despite the media attention surrounding both the Apple Maps issue and the Apple Lightning port issue, neither has had an impact on the massive numbers of buyers queuing up to buy the iPhone 5. Rather, the survey results show both issues hardly rank as bumps in the road.”

The iPhone 5 is Apple’s sixth-gen smartphone. Launched on Sept. 21, the device came out with no Google Maps, instead it introduced its own mapping software. The phone also marked to be the first to have a smaller connector, called Lightning because of which users had to buy adapters to use the device with legacy accessories such as car chargers and speaker systems.

As per the survey, just 6 percent considered the Lightning port a “very big problem,” while 31 percent said they felt it was “somewhat of a problem.”

Apple announced selling five million iPhone 5 devices during the first three days of its launch. Since then, the supply was short due to the slowdown of manufacturing process at its plant in Foxconn.… Read the rest

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Apple Vs Google: Samsung Galaxy Nexus May See The Light Of The Day

Galaxy Nexus cleared for saleIn Apple vs. Google battle against the latter’s mobile software, the former got a setback yesterday as a US appeals court reversed a pretrial ban on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

Currently, Apple and Google are undergoing patent battles in court all over. Google’s Android software powers many of Samsung’s latest and upcoming devices.

The ruling was given by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who said that Lucy Koh, District Judge abused her discretion.  The court ruled that Apple failed to prove that consumers bought the Samsung device because of the infringing technology. Nexus is an old device in Samsung’s lineup of smartphones and therefore, the ruling is not expected to have any impact on the smartphone market.

However, the court’s reasoning for this decision could make it difficult for rival companies suing each other over patents, pull down competitors’ products from the market.

On being asked to comment, Apple declined and Samsung did not immediately respond.

Recently, in August, Apple won $1.05 billion in damages from a legal victory over Samsung.

This trial over the ban of Nexus phone was filed by Apple against Samsung earlier this year. Lucy Koh, District Judge issued a pretrial ban against the Nexus in June. The appeals court then stayed that order until it could formally rule.

The court considered a single patent- one that lets the smartphone search multiple data storage locations at once. The case has been sent back to Koh for reconsideration by the appeals court.

Beyond the Nexus, Samsung also lined up a cast collection of new tablets and smartphones intended for launch before the holidays.

The case in the Federal Circuit is Apple Inc vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al., 12-1507.

Apple’s stock closed down nearly 2 percent at $628.10.Read the rest

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iPhone 5 Look Alike Is Here:The Fifth-Generation iPod Touch

Apple's latest iPod Touch

 

For those who got the iPhone 5s, and waiting to bag the latest iPod Touch, Apple has got good news. According to a news in Gigaom, Apple has rolled out the shipping of this fifth-gen iPod Touch to all those who pre-ordered it. Latest in line, the new iPod Touch is designed with a feature that gives notifications in this updated music player.

The 4-inch screen of this revamped iPod touch gives it the iPhone 5-like look. Measuring 6mm in leanness with a weight of 88 grams, this iPod Touch makes a thin and light device. It also boasts of a 5-megapixel camera with backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, auto-focus, and LED flash. The camera also has the new scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal lens cover along with Panorama.

Running the A5 processor, the iPod Touch comes included with a dual-core chip. This upgrade as per Apple doubles the performance and boosts graphics performance by 7x. The Cupertino Calif.-based firm has offered 40 hours of music playback in this new iPod Touch, and eight hours of video playback.

Uncovered by Apple on Sept. 12th, the iPod Touch also includes Apple’s latest 8-pin dock connector, called the Lightning.

The iPod Touch can be bought in several colors including pink, yellow, blue, white and silver, black, and slate. It can be bagged at a price of $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB version.… Read the rest

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Apple Map App On The Road To Improvement

Apple Maps AppJust as promised, Tim Cook is doing his best to renew its latest Apple Maps app and fix the problem users complained of in its mapping software as soon as possible.

As per the latest reports, iPhone 5 users in the New York City have noticed a little bit of improvement in the iO6 Maps software as Apple has added more 3D data.

Earlier seen as flat images, users of iPhone 5 can now see the newly 3D-ified Stature of Liberty and an improved Brooklyn Bridge. Same improvements are seen in the map data for much Brooklyn, which is now available in 3D.

These improvements come a week after Cook apologized for the defected Maps app. He made an apology and said, “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

Luckily for all iOS users, the upgrading of Apple Maps App has come sooner than expected, which clearly shows how serious the company is to give users the best experience.

However, there’s lot more that still needs to be done. Apple has added 3D data, and now the firm must correct the addresses, and fix all the incorrect directions so that its Maps App stays perfect, just as its devices.… Read the rest

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“Steve Jobs Decided Google Maps To be Replaced By Apple Map App” Report

Steve Jobs, former CEO, AppleWith the latest iOS 6, Apple also introduced its own Maps apps in place of Google Maps, which was its staple since the very beginning. Apparently and surprisingly, the Apple Maps app didn’t really go down well with users. The criticism and complaints regarding the maps’ lack of depth and knowledge crammed up the web, and Apple simply made a promise to work on making it better.

For those missing Google Maps on their iPhones, ever considered Steve Jobs could be behind it?

As per reported by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Steve Jobs, former CEO and co-founder of Apple was the one who decided to swap Google Maps on the iPhone with its own maps application and had also initiated a secret team to work on the same.

The report also said that Jobs hated Google as he thought the latter was copying its iPhone features. In fact he was so furious that he wanted to remove Google search engine altogether from the iPhone, but backed away from the idea as he realized that users won’t really accept it.

Perhaps, Apple should have realized how much people are going to miss Google Maps also, and shouldn’t have removed it, at least until its own Maps app was made as perfect as Google’s.

Also the fact that Apple started acquiring companies in 2009 to improve its mapping software clearly indicates that Jobs was at least aware of the effort. Though he gave the green signal, it was Tim Cook, the current CEO who took the initial decision to replace Google Maps.

Apple’s reasoning for this was the termination of its contract to license Google Maps. Now the question that lingers is that maybe Jobs would have extended this to another year, till the time Apple made its own app perfect.

Maybe it was the rising competition that initiated the Cupertino Calif.-based firm to take out its own app as it didn’t want to lag behind its rivals in any possible manner.

Apple is currently the world’s most valuable firm with its shares closing at $671.45.… Read the rest

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Let Not The Apple Map App Disappoint You, Here Are The Reasons Why You Would Love iOS 6

 

iOS 6 indeed grabbed eyes and ears of many of us since the time it was on its way and now that Apple has finally unveiled the upgraded software, the same eyes and ears are complaining about how disappointing the maps apps are and even before we know iOS 6 is being scrutinized all too strictly. Well, before you become judgmental, why not take a look into a triple treat that you can get hands on, only with the iOS 6. These are a trinity of apps that redefines coolness and wow!

DND and we mean it

No matter what phone setting you have put on late night prank calls and buddies banging your head for not meeting up at 1 am seem to follow you everywhere. No more with the iOS mode—Do not Disturb. What’s great about this mode is that it does not let you ignore calls if they recur all too frequently seems like the iOS6 mode can smell an emergency caller.. For us, DND on iOS 6 is a thinking mode that can be scheduled just as you want it to. And yes, iOS 6 understands what do not disturb means!

Bye Bye to Boring ads

Who’s bothered if some store is selling their clothes at half price when you have a super important meeting at office? But would your phone know this? The intelligent iOS 6, knows when you do not want ads popping up onscreen during an integral board presentation. The limit advertisement feature lets you control applications from streaming in advertisements that are targeted for your ID.  Does it sound too good to be true? Well, it’s worth a try at least!

Kiddy blunders no more

It happens often that your tot grabs your phone and ends up ringing your boss while intending to play a game.  iOS 6 understands the pain this causes and has launched a guided access feature that lets you lock an application. So, all you can let your kid do, is play games and only the games—no switching over to mischievous deeds with a game as an excuse.Read the rest

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Google’s Schmidt Speaks on Apple and Google Maps

 

 

At a conference held in Tokyo recently, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that they are not doing anything about providing Google Maps for Apple’s iPhone after the latter chose a much-criticized application developed on their own. It is being said that the search giant is still investing in research and development. However, Schmidt said that any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as in the App Store would have to be made by the phone maker.

With the launch of the iPhone 5, Google’s popular map bowed out of Apple’s kitty. Earlier this month, Apple launched its own map for iOS 6 with the iPhone 5.

In an interview, Google Earth and Google Maps nive-president Brian McClendon said that “In 2008, we were in a situation where we were licensing third-party data and organizing it with search as best we could, but we weren’t able to do what we wanted with the data.” Therefore, they decided to make their own maps, have their own data and improve quality and detail.

Google and Apple partnered heavily in 2007 when the iPhone included YouTube and Google Apps. The rift started after Google’s Android mobile operating system.Read the rest

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“Apple Still To Approve A Separate Google Maps Apps For iOS”: Google’s Eric Schmidt

Inaccurate information and errors in navigation in Apple’s latest Maps apps drew lot of criticism from all users of iPhone 5 and iOS 6. And things got a little hyped up as Apple Map Apps replaced Google Maps, which had been a staple in Apple’s iPhones and iPads since 2007.

Google Maps is already a well developed application, which is complete, accurate and easy-to-use.

According to a report on Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google on Bloomberg.com, he said that the company is waiting for Apple to approve the offer of including a separate Google Maps app in the iPhone. He further said that nothing has been decided up to now, it’s totally going to be Apple’s decision whether Google Maps can be a part of the iOS operating system or not.

Apple replaced Google Maps not because of some fault, but due to its balanced relationship. It seems that once-good friends; Apple and Google are no longer associates.

The rivalry between the two started when Google developed its Android mobile operating system, which runs devices that are Apple’s rivals such as Samsung and HTC. Google’s Android is the most popular smartphone available in the market today.

However, Google refused to comment or give any clarifications about the application being pending in Apple’s hands. But the firm did say that it supports giving the app to as many users as it can.

On being asked to comment, Apple refused to respond.

However, there is a way for users of iOS 6 to use Google Maps. They can access it through their browser but what they will get will be a slightly stripped-down version of the app. The application can even be pinned to the home page, using the share menu in Safari browser.… Read the rest

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