Apple has confirmed today, September 27th, 2011, that the long awaited iPhone 5 will be announced on October 4th. The event may be available to view live or the keynote will surely be released shortly after the announcement. The event is said to start at 10:00am Pacific Time, so fans in the UK, that's a 6pm start. The event will be held in Cupertino, California at their headquarters. An email from Apple was sent out earlier today to specific reporters on this major event. The email did not include, however, the details of what exactly will be released although most reports are guaranteeing that it will be the release of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4Sfor that matter. There is still a possibility that two iPhone's will be released as has been rumored by various Technology blogs and also a possibility that the new iPod range could be announced although this is less likely as speculation has not been focused on the iPod range or any updates on the new iPod range have not come through as of yet. A few days ago, AllThingsD reported, considering sufficient evidence, that Apple would be holding a special event on October 4 announcing the iPhone 5. He also stated that it would be led by its new CEO Tim Cook. They also reported that the iPhone 5 will go on sale a few weeks after the event with the official release in late October. The image above provided by Apple, has a caption: 'Let's Talk iPhone.' This could possibly be linked to the rumored feature called Assistant which is basically voice control for the iPhone. This feature is one that can change the iPhone completely and will play a key part to the iPhone 5 success. With the Assistant feature looking likely, we are sure that we can expect a faster processor, maybe an A5 processor?
Samsung has just officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Note at IFA 2011. It is the major 'tabphone' that we have all been waiting for and there is no doubt that it is top of the range.
It comes with a massive 5.3" Super AMOLED screen, 1080p HD capable screen and also includes a stylus, which also has a name: S Pen. The screen is WXGA resolution (1280x800).
It will have a 1.4GHz processor raising the standard for all other technology companies. Samsung had already set the bar high releasing the Samsung Galaxy SII with a 1.5GHz processor at a competitive price. It can be made official: the 1.4GHz processor plus the super sized screen make it the most powerful smartphone in the world with a display that's way better than the iPhone 4.
It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than 3.0 Honeycomb and comes equipped with a brilliant 8MP camera on the back with LED flash and a 2MP camera for video calls and other photos. The 8MP camera is capable of recording full 1080p HD as well as the phone being able to play it back at that same resolution. Note: You will NOT find a phone of this calibre anywhere in the world.
Coming in at 9.65mm thin, slightly thicker than the successful Samsung Galaxy SII, it definitely can compete when it comes to lightweight and thinness.
Being called the 'Note', it makes sense to include a stylus, but what will it be for?
The 'S Pen' will be used to create accurate, pressure-sensitive sketches and handwritten notes; plus users can draw and send handwritten images and notes through text message, email and Samsung's ChatOn instant messaging service. Cool, eh?
'What about the battery life?' may be the ultimate question that is coming to your mind right now...The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with an amazing 2,500mAh Li-on battery pack!
No confirmation yet on the UK pricing or release date but keep an eye on this one...this device is a must-buy.
What do you think? Is Samsung catching up to Apple? Have they passed them in popularity?
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple. Tim Cook will be the new CEO of Apple with immediate effect.
Jobs suffered from various illnesses which included getting a liver transplant and surgery to treat a rare form of pancreatic cancer.
The official press release praises the work of Steve Jobs and describes his future with Apple: "Steve has made countless contributions to Apple's success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple's immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration."
The press release also included a significant amount of recognition for Tim Cook, the new CEO of Apple, and ensured that he was the right man for the job: "The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO, Tim's 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does."
In Jobs' resignation letter, he personally recommended and insisted that Tom Cook is the person who should replace him. In January, when Steve Jobs announced that he was taking an indefinite medical leave from Apple (his third in recent years), Tim Cook was handed over day-to-day responsibilities and acted as CEO.
In a separate message to Apple's board members and the Apple community, Jobs said that "Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it," and that he looks forward to contributing as Apple's chairman of the board, director, and Apple employee providing the board allow it.
Apple has already confirmed that Steve Jobs will stay on as chairman.
A final message from Jobs on his time at Apple: "I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you."
Reports (most likely rumors) coming in from AppleNApps suggest that whenever the iPhone 5 event takes place, there will be another phone released along side it, the 'iCloud Phone.' It will run iOS 5 and work hand in hand with iCloud. AppleNApps suggests that the iCloud Phone is the main reason that the iPhone 5 release has been delayed.
The phone will be much cheaper and have typically less flash storage and lower spec. It will rely heavily on iCloud storage creating a whole new aspect to smartphones. The 'iCloud Phone' will be available, according to rumours, for free on a two-year contract.
Apple is reportedly reducing the cost of making the phone down to $400 to allow consumers a cheaper alternative to the iPhone 5. They will also reduce costs by introducing a cheaper aluminum case which still provides the same durability.
It will really be a cheaper iPhone 4 rather than a whole new phone.
The highly anticipated iPhone 5 will release with it and is expected to run the newly announced iOS 5, which brings with it notifications and voice control. It will also feature a possible curved back going back to the iPhone 3G that we saw a couple years ago. It may well support 1080p HD display as well as video capture seeing as the Samsung Galaxy SII has been a great success with its great display.
The A5 dual-core ARM processor from the iPad 2 is extremely likely to be included as well. A new antenna, 1.2GHz processor (possibly dual-core) and a larger screen: 3.7" instead of 3.5" are all the spec upgrades we might expect. We can ask for 4.0" screen and most likely we will get it. Seeing other rivals going over 4.0", Apple will not want to be left behind.
Would you buy a cloud-based iPhone or prefer the iPhone 5?
Google have confirmed today that they have purchased Motorola Mobility for a staggering $12.5 billion. This is considered a big step for Google and the likes of Samsung and HTC seem to agree. Here's what they had to say:
"We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem," said Peter Chou (CEO of HTC).
"We welcome today's news, which demonstrates Google's deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem." JK Shin (CEO of Samsung).
"I welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners," Bert Nordberg (President & CEO of Sony Ericsson).
"We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners." Jong-Seok Park (President & CEO of LG Electronics).
All companies feel that Google have done well in this acquisition and at the same time keeped up their commitment to Android. We will now have to see who will actually get the chance to release Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung are back again with something even better than the Galaxy S2...
This time they plan to bring the two most popular gadgets in the world together into one device, the Samsung Galaxy Q. It will be half phone, half tablet; likely to release at this year's IFA 2011 in September (that is if all rumours are correct).
The 'tabphone' will come equipped with 5.3" Super AMOLED screen which we all know will be massively impressive after the great success of the Samsung Galaxy S. No reports yet whether it will be Super AMOLED Plus but if Samsung plan to keep standards high, we may just see that stunning screen which we saw on the Galaxy S2.
T3 suggests that it will have a dual-core processor, most likely over 1.2GHz and have a very slim build. It is reported that the Galaxy Q will have 3G radio and US customers will get 4G, but we don't know yet whether the 3G will be data only or also allow calls.
Since it is a mobile phone, tablet merge, we won't know if it will run Gingerbread or Honeycomb. Earlier this year Google announced the highly anticipated Android OS; Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. We may even see this version running on this 'tabphone' as Google said Ice Cream Sandwich will be a standard platform for all devices...
The official release date is yet to be announced but if it isn't released at IFA 2011 in September than we could expect it before or around Christmas time. 2011 has proved to be very popular in the rise of Tablets and Smartphones and Samsung will definitely take advantage of the Christmas spending. The price has also not been announced but should be around the same price as the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S2.
What are your thoughts? Is a 'tabphone' the right gadget for you?