Three new phones have hit the smartphone market and here is what you can expect from them. First is the Moto G, which is currently the best budget smartphone there is. Powered by Android KitKat, it is available in 16 GB and 8 GB variants. It has curved soft edges and weighs 143 grams. The Moto G also has a water proof coating on it, which makes it ideal for those who are a little clumsy or those with kids.
One can now conveniently pre order the Samsung S5 as it is expected to hit the stores by 11 April. This water resistant and dust proof phone and also comes with a fingerprint scanner. The display is a 5.1 inch AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass and is 1080 x 1920 pixels. It is powered by Android KitKat with 2 GB of internal storage.
The iPhone 5c has a 4.0 inch capacitive LED touch screen of 640 x 1136 pixels, it also has a camera of 8 MP with LED flash and auto focus features. Compared to the Samsung S5, It has only 1 GB of internal memory and may not be as powerful as the S5. It is powered by the iOS 7 and a dual core ARM v7 CPU.
As far as iPhone 6 release date is concerned, it is not yet clear whether the Cupertino-based tech giant will bring in a bigger screen for its upcoming flagship phone. Tim Cook has not given any assurance that the iPhone 6 would be sporting a screen size that is now common with most phablets. Cook hinted this in an interview and opined that before they launch a bigger display iPhone, they want to get reliable technology right.
However, Cook added that there are going to be several new and exciting categories and that their engineers have their hands full with some amazing stuff. Cook also clarified that Apple does not completely rule out the possibility that the next iPhone will have a larger screen, possible a 5-inch screen. There is also a possibility that Apple might be pushing for a key makeover for the present iPhone model. It might look to enhance the component capabilities and might enlarge the screen size but not phenomenally. There may be a faint screen bump up but there are chances that the upcoming iPhone 6 pictured previously in various reports and speculations, will not be the same on its release.
There is still no confirmation regarding the release of iPhone 6. However, various rumors suggest that in its wake to beat competition from Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 6 will sport highly innovative features. One of the most interesting features of iPhone 6 will be mobile payment feature.
In his recent interview TIME magazine Tim Cook has hinted that Apple will make mobile payments possible with its upcoming flagship.
“You can tell by looking at the demographics of our customers and the amount of commerce that goes through iOS devices…that it’s a big opportunity on the platform,” Tim Cook spoke to investors, during the quarterly earnings call last week of January
According to analysts Apple has not had a very successful year and they are speculating that Apple will come with some revolutionary devices at a better price point this year
“We believe a revolutionary payments solution is now a very real opportunity that the company could choose to pursue,” Carl Icahn, billionaire investor, siad in his open letter to Apple shareholders
Apple’s biggest rival Samsung may add a 21-megapixel camera to its upcoming rival Samsung Galaxy S5. The recent leaked image of S5 shows that it will have an state of art camera which will make for exceptional pictures.
With S5 And iPhone 6 both gearing for 2014 release it will be interesting to see which one of them will emerge as a winner.
iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are about to hit the stores in 2014 and with anticipation on the rise retail stores have started to provide discounts for the upcoming flagships offerings from electronics giants.
Best Buy has already started a giving $50 off on the flagship upgrades of 2014.
According to Latinpost.com the electronics store said in its statement, “Beginning this coming Sunday and ending Feb. 15, you can simply sign up for a $50 Best Buy gift card that can go toward purchasing and activating your mobile phone at Best Buy any time during 2014.”
Does that mean iPhone 6 and S5 will be launched in the market with $50 discount?
Apple is rumored to release iPhone 6 in between May and June and with not so successful year with iPhone 5S and 5C it is being speculated that Apple will play with the price points of iPhone 6 to lure the buyers.
The android phone makers have captured most of the smartphone market and the analysts feel that if Apple wants to end 2014 on good note than decreasing price of iPhone 6 will be a wise decision.
Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored to launch at MWC. … Read the rest
Apple has reported that in December 2013 it made a $13 billion profit, which could be largely dedicated to sale of 51 million units of iPhone 5S and 5C. Though Tim Cook believes that it is the best quarterly performance by the Company, Wall Street seems to disagree as the shares of the company decreased immediately after release of the figures. Apparently, the investors are not very sure about California-Cupertino based company’s growth.
Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C did not capture consumer’s fancy as Apple it was expected by Apple and from what it seems Tim Cook has no intention of entering in the mass market with low-end phones. In his various interviews Cook has indicated that Apple only wants to focus on premium segment of phones.
According to CNET.com Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes that Apple has made its stance on the lower-end clear and its current focus is on creating premium products at a premium price point.
This has made the analyst predict that Apple iPhone sales will decrease in 2014 and 2015. Munster further said in his investor note that the reason for Apple plummeting sales is the US market, which has now reached saturation point, as there the major source of sales is upgrades not new purchases.
Therefore, if Apple wants to accelerate its growth the only factor, which will work in its favor, is the early releases of iPhone 6 which may help Apple get an edge above its Android counterparts.
Recent rumors suggest that Apple will release iPhone 6 in the first quarter of 2014 and it is expected that the just like iPhone 5, iPhone 6 will come in two versions.
Apple sold more than 51 million units of Apple iPhone 5S and 5C and by bringing the attractive the price tag to the phone; the company plans to replicate the success.
Apple iPhone 6 is rumored to be the first phablet of California-Cupertino based company and it is also being speculated that Apple will be offering two variations of iPhone 6 the way it did with iPhone 5.
According to reports by Digitimes.com.au, “ Apple iPhone 6 is a powerful device with some state of the art features. The phone is touted to come with 64-bit A8 CPU in April 2014.”
Every year Apple upgrades its chip and this year also it is expected that Apple will launch its Apple devices with an A8 chip. As DigiTimes further noted, “Apple’s A8 chip will be a package-on-package (PoP) SoC solution comprising processors and mobile DRAM in a single package.”
If the reports by DigiTimes deems true than there will be a considerable reduction in iPhone 6 size and weight, which will make the phone feather weight and much easy to maneuver.
For long time it has been speculated that Apple iPhone 6 will come with a sapphire screen. However, according to BGR.com, in the course of his interview Tim Cook mentioned that by no means investing in sapphire glass company should be confused with Apple iPhone 6.
It has also been predicted by various analysts around the world that iPhone 6 is touted to come in two versions, one in normal 4+inch screen and other in phablet 5+inch size.
Though Apple’s CEO did not comment on possibility of sapphire screen feature on iPhone6 and according to IBTimes.com.au report an Apple insider has revealed that iPhone 6 prototype features sapphire glass and the company is still testing the prototype.
“Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is said to have successfully assembled at least 100 prototype next-generation iPhone units with sapphire-covered displays,” the website reported.
Apparently, the insider even told BGR.com that iPhone 6 is now ready for mass production.
Let us know what do you think of Apple iPhone 6 release, will it or won’t it happen tin May –June of 2014?
According to Ibtimes.com.au, reports of 9to5 mac says, “The iPhone maker shipped out 55.3 million iPhones in the last three months of 2013. The numbers, represent the best quarterly sales ever for the tech giant since the first iPhone model was introduced in 2007, added the same story.”
With the befitting success of iPhone 5S, Apple may rush the release of its first phablet. It is being predicted Apple will take plunge in big screen trend with iPhone 6.
A report from Unwired View says that Apple will be bringing the phone in May 2014. As quoted by Ibtimes.com.au a source even told the website, “Two iPhone 6 models will come out this year and both will sport phablet-size display panels. The first one, with a 4.7-inch screen, is set for unveiling in late Q2 2014 so the target issuance would be between May and June.”
This year also Apple released two version of iPhone 5, 5S and 5C and based on this the prediction of two iPhone 6’s may come true.
Here is some good news to cheer up iPhone 5C owners who have a cracked screen. Starting next week Apple will begin fixing cracked screens in stores within an hour. Gone are the days when the entire phone had to be replaced, loosing data and installed apps as a result.
Apple has been testing these repairs in a small number of stores allover America and an international roll-out (except Hong Kong and Canada) is most likely to begin on January 20. For those covered under Apple’s protection plan ,the cost of replacing the screen would be around $49. Customers without the plan would be charged a steep $149 for the screen replacement.
On a side note, iPhone 5S repairs are still being tested and there is no word on their roll-out as yet.… Read the rest
As reported by BGR, “Apple iPhone 6 may come with 8MP camera with OIS features.”
Apple introduced the same range camera in iPhone 4S. However, this time the tech giant will go for major improvements in optical image stabilization (OIS) and auto-focus (AF) capabilities of the camera.
According to unwired view Apple will again beat the tough competition it faces from its Android contemporaries as the recent patent filed by the Cupertino based company points at the immense improvements in Apple iPhone 6 capabilities.
“Miniature cameras are becoming increasingly common in mobile electronic devices such as smartphones. There is a constant drive to improve performance of such cameras, while still maintaining the same envelope,” Unwired reported the Apple patent.
It seems Apple is really feeling the heat from the slew of Android phones in the market and it is highly possible that as opposed to Apple iPhone 5S and 5, this time Apple will launch a strong competitor in Apple iPhone 6.