iPhone 5 May Not Be That Stunning,But It Will Still Be a Winner, Says Analysts

Apple took the veils off its long-anticipated iPhone 5, uncovering a faster and thinner smartphone with a design same as its predecessors. Even so it has a similar design as previous iPhones, analysts predict that the device is going to be a big hit.

Trying to keep its footing intact in the growing competition of the smartphone market, iPhone 5 is made with around 200 enhancements. The device has a much bigger screen, a slimmer profile, and various improvements to the iPhone’s software and performance.

As soon as the iPhone 5 hit the news all over, the device got a little criticism too. There were few who doubted it. Shaw Wu, Sterne Agee analyst said, “It’s the same phone but sleeker.” He said, “They arguably could have done more, but — as the saying goes — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Michael Yoshikami, chief executive, Destination Wealth Management said in a statement, “There is not a wow factor because everything you saw today is evolutionary. I do think they did enough to satisfy.”

But the influence of the device cannot be undermined because as the Apple executives unveiled the device, shares of related companies rose or fell, depending on whether the iPhone 5 boosted their prospects or signaled an ominous move into their spaces.

Shares of Pandora, the streaming-music service saw a rise when Apple didn’t announce offering any similar service as opposed to rumors.

Apple also announced shipping new “EarPods” audiophones, designed after digitally scanning hundreds of ears, which sent shares of headphone-maker Skullcandy down 4.5 percent.

Apple also made updates to its iOS6- mobile operating software. The firm introduced a new maps program with turn-by-turn directions, a development that could be fatal for GPS-makers and is aimed squarely at Google’s popular map program.

The sleekness and smart technology of iPhone 5 is enough, says analysts to keep the firm’s market shares steady, which faces tough competition in an increasingly crowded smartphone market.

The larger screen and high-speed 4G LTE networks were significant improvements Apple made with iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 supports a 4-inch, measured diagonally, up from 3.5 inches. The device is 18 percent thinner than its predecessors and 20 percent lighter in weight. It looks sleek and stylish with less glass and a new metal back. iPhone 5 will come in black and white.

The connector of the phone is also updated. Apple also plans to sell an adapter.

Another intriguing launch was the updated iPod music players, which got Apple back to profit more than a decade ago. The updated iPod can now receive video calls over a wireless Internet connection and send text messages, making it the closest thing to a smartphone without a cellphone bill.

Apple also made changes to iTunes store, which will now have a cleaner layout, making it easy for users to add music and movies to their Apple accounts.

The new iPhone will hit the shelves Sept. 21st and users can grab 16GB model for $199, a 32GB model for $299, and a 64GB model for $399. The price of the iPhone 4S will drop to $99 with a two-year contract.

Apple’s iPhone 4 will now be free with a contract on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

Apple shares ended the day up 1.4% at $669.79.… Read the rest

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Resident Evil 6 Multiplayer Details for Grabs; Three New Modes Unveiled!

Capcom has revealed a series of new multiplayer modes, which would be part of the hit Resident Evil series in RE 6. Know more details about the game and its blood curdling game play….

The date is approaching near and the time for combating the living dead is coming nearer. Capcom’s latest product Resident Evil 6 is scheduled for a release on October 2, 2012, and the company has released details related to its DLC. The gaming major is recognized for extracting the best price for its DLC which features the best highlights of the edition. Coming back to RE 6, the game is expected to feature some eye grabbing multiplayer modes. The modes would be part of the maps available with the Mercenaries mode, which makes a comeback after RE 4 and RE 5.

The first mode is the Survivor mode, where players appear in combating the zombies and once slain reappear as zombies fighting till the last ‘man’ is left standing. On the other hand, the ‘Predator’ mode sees the player donning the role of ‘Ustanak’, the gigantic monster who is out to kill other players. Other players in this mode combat the giant and have to survive till the session is completed. There is a rescue and protect mission which is also part of this game now. The third mode, ‘Siege’, which has gamers offering security for a single NPC while the players in the opposition (zombies) are given the same NPC as the target.

The multiplayer is designed to accommodate up to six players at one time and promises to be a thrilling ride in the franchise. The only sad part remains that the DLCs are designed only for Xbox 360 and there is no detail regarding its presence for PS3 and PC users. Confirmation is awaited whether gamers would have to shell out extra bucks for the DLC or whether it would be free for pre-order versions.

Meanwhile, if you are still living and spending days with zombies waiting for the actual trailer of the game, you can surely check out the new link Residentevil.net, which is now being developed as a utilitarian extension to Capcoms games. Players would be invited to be part of various events on the site, using which they can gain special in-game items released by Capcom. For examples, gamers may have to make a certain number of kills in a particular time period and those who achieve the target may be provided with additions such as skins, or other items. Capcom seems to draw a certain fan base towards its games and plans to cash in on the same by building a group which is addicted to its games and devote certain duration of time to them. Well, if you are a still addicted to shooting zombies in your sleep, do check the site for a moment. Even though the features on the site are yet to be developed fully, it is expected that the site will be more active post the game release!… Read the rest

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