Sep 27

Let's Talk iPhone

The rumored October 4th iPhone 5 launch date is no longer rumor; Apple has begun sending out invitations to an event entitled “Let’s Talk iPhone” which will take place at 10:00AM PDT on October 4, 2011, in Cupertino.

Expect a new dual-core A5 CPU, an 8MP camera, perhaps a slightly larger touchscreen display, new Siri-inspired voice command software, and maybe even a second budget iPhone model.  Maybe more. But whatever will come, we’ll know  by around this time next Tuesday.

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Sep 12

Rendering by CiccareseDesignJune and July have traditionally been the months new iPhones have arrived on store shelves, but this year was different.  June, July and even August passed without word from Cupertino, and Apple’s delay has understandably led to a great deal of speculation about exactly when this year’s iPhone model(s) would be released. 

And while we still don’t know, leaks, business planning and other information all seem now to point to October as the month we’ll get our hands on the iPhone – be it iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S.

Item: MacRumors reported last month that Apple was eying either October 7th or 14th as the iPhone 5 – or whatever it’ll be called – launch date.  These are both Fridays, which would be in line with previous iPhone release days. 

Item 1: BGR posted a purportedly leaked BestBuy memo showing that pre-orders of the iPhone 5 will begin the first week of October.

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Jul 05

Apple's iOS 5

So, we all know that Apple is hard at work on finalizing the next version of their iOS, v5.0.  But when it was unveiled last month, the only timeframe given for its release was “Fall 2011.” 

So, Dan recently asked:

What is your best guess for when the iOS 5 update will be released for the iPad 2?

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Apr 27

White iPhone 4After nearly a year of waiting, Apple will begin shipping white versions of the iPhone 4 tomorrow, April 28th.

The white iPhone 4 will be sold in the United States in both AT&T and Verizon Wireless variants and will be available with the two standard storage capacities: 16GB ($199 w/ contract) and 32GB ($299 w/ contract). 

“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”

Apple did not clarify exactly why the white iPhone has been delayed for so many months, though theories range from yellowing of the white shell after prolonged use to light leakage into the built-in camera.

Additional Reading: Apple White iPhone 4 Press Release

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Mar 02

Today Apple announced the iPad 2, the second tablet powered by the iOS. Aside from a 30% slimmer form factor and front and rear cameras, the new iPad is quite similar to its predecessor in design.

The iPad 2

Perhaps the biggest iPad 2 change is its processor; as guessed, the iPad 2 has a faster, dual-core A5 processor (clock-speed unknown).  Processing power is about twice that of the 1st Gen iPad, and graphics performance is said to be up to 9-times faster in some situations.  First-hand video shows the new A5 SoC to be quite speedy, from everything to normal tasks to games and video.  Presumably the RAM has also been bumped up from the current iPad’s 256MB, but this information was not published.  We’ll have to wait for a teardown to know more.

As also as previously suspected, the iPad 2 has two cameras, a front-facing camera for FaceTime video chats and a new app called Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera for shooting photos and HD video.  A version of iMovie will be made available in the App Store for editing video shot on the iPad 2.

The iPad 2 with the Digital AV AdapterAs we predicted in January, the screen is not a Retina-class model; in fact, it remains unchanged, at least in terms of size and resolution, but the iPad 2’s multi-touch display is constructed in such a way that the image is closer to the surface glass, much like the iPhone 4.

There are no USB or SD card ports, but you can output video and other onscreen content by way of HDMI with an optional dongle called the Digital AV Adapter, which will set you back $40.  This will surely be a widely-used accessory in classrooms and meetings.

Available in Black or WhiteBattery life remains at 10 hours per charge, which is impressive given the bumps in processing and graphics power. 

The iPad 2 will be available with black or white faces (seen left) and with three unchanged internal storage capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.  Each capacity will be sold in a Wi-Fi only version starting at $499 for 16GB and increasing by $100 for each storage bump, and Wi-Fi + 3G models for either AT&T or Verizon Wireless.  There are different Wi-Fi + 3G models for AT&T and Verizon, so you’ll need to decide which service you want to use before you purchase.  The 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G Model sells for $629 and increase by $100 for 32GB and another $100 for 64GB.

iOS 4.3 will debut alongside the iPad 2 (which ships running this version of the OS); updates will be made available for the iPhone 3GS and GSM iPhone 4, the current iPad, and late generation iPod touches.  Notable features include improved JavaScript performance in Safari, iTunes Home Sharing over Wi-Fi, and Personal Hotspot on the iPhone 4.

Pre-orders for the iPad 2 are not being accepted; Apple says they’ll start taking orders on March 11th, the same day the iPad 2 will arrive in Apple Stores.

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