Apple’s iPhone 5S is the first 64-bit smartphone, and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 could be the second. Almost like clockwork, Samsung has confirmed that its next-generation devices will feature similar processors to the one featured in the latest iPhone. “Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” Samsung mobile business head JK Shin told The Korea Times. While Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor (which is two times as fast as the previous A6) sounds like it has marginal utility in a smartphone, the company hopes to put it to good use in demanding applications like high-end games and video editing. During its presentation on Tuesday, Apple used the 5S to run the latest Infinity Blade, which features the kind of impressive visuals rarely seen on today’s smartphones.
engadget.com 2013-09-12 02:00:00
Let's face it -- we can't be sure Nokia's Lumia 1020 is worth the hype until it's taken a thousand shots of Big Ben and Westminster tube station. Fortunately for us, the PureView-toting handset is landing in the UK from today. We've managed to wrangle confirmation that Vodafone, Three and O2 will be selling the unit, but alas, EE currently has no plans to offer the handset to its million-strong LTE customer base. We suspect more than a few of you, disappointed at Cupertino's latest imaging update, may be throwing your cash at the screen right now.
engadget.com 2013-09-11 18:05:00
Variable's been promising an Android version of Node since we first heard about it in early February of last year. The company's finally delivering on that promise with the launch of the latest edition of its modular monitor. The new Node is dually compatible Google's mobile operating system and iOS. The model also features a souped up wireless sensor, a quicker processor and more memory. That version'll run you $149, a fact the company is celebrating by dropping the original iOS-only version down to $99.
fastcompany.com 2013-09-11 13:07:00
It's safe to assume disguising a smartphone sell as a 9/11 commemorative tweet is in poor taste. Unfortunately, AT&T didn't get the memo before it posted this photo with the caption "Never forget" to both its corporate Twitter account and Facebook page Wednesday afternoon: AT&T removed the BlackBerry Z10's branding in the photo, but within minutes a maelstrom of angry tweets began pouring, in scorning the company for its decision to post.
allthingsd.com 2013-09-11 10:00:00
Investors expecting that the pair of new iPhones Apple introduced Tuesday would send the company’s stock headed back toward the $700 record highs it was charting this time had their hopes dashed Wednesday morning when it fell instead.Shares of Apple fell more than five percent in early morning trading Wednesday, taking about $20 billion in market value along with them. Dragging them down: Concerns that the price of the iPhone 5c — the long-rumored lower-cost iPhone — is far too high. As BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk said today, “The pricing on the iPhone 5c is simply not low enough to adequately address the significant global growth opportunity that we believe exists with unsubsidized prepaid customers that have not yet bought a smartphone.” At $549 without a contract, the device is significantly more expensive than even the ceiling of the $400 to $500 price range the market had been expecting.
macrumors.com 2013-09-11 08:14:37
A Chinese regulatory body has given Apple the final license necessary for the iPhone to run on China Mobile’s wireless standard, reports The Wall Street Journal. The approval comes after Apple’s announcement yesterday of the new iPhone 5s and lower-cost iPhone 5c, both of which support the TD-LTE standard used by China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier with over 700 million users. According to the website of China's Telecom Equipment Certification Center Wednesday, Apple received what's called a "network access license" for a handset resembling the iPhone that runs on the mobile standards used by China Mobile for third and fourth generation cellular services. Other licenses were given to Apple for handsets running the technology used by both China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. and China Telecom Corp. A deal between China Mobile and Apple has reportedly long been in the works, with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua and Apple CEO Tim Cook meeting in July to discuss “matters of cooperation”.
theverge.com 2013-09-11 07:40:22
Apple has quietly discontinued its iOS Cards app that allowed users to customize, order, and automatically mail out letters. The app was introduced nearly two years ago alongside the iPhone 4S, but it was never included on a device by default. Though the app wasn't Apple's first foray into printing — it had done that for years in iPhoto — it was billed as a fun and simple way to get just a little more tactile at a time when most cards are going digital. Apple says that all cards ordered before 4PM ET yesterday, shortly after its press conference, will be delivered, but suggests that interested parties should head back over to iPhoto for future letter customizations, where a similar tool continues to function.
theverge.com 2013-09-11 03:35:48
Yesterday, many expected Apple CEO Tim Cook to announce that the company had finally partnered with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile provider, to sell its devices into its previously untapped market of 700 million subscribers. But even though plans for the deal haven’t been publicly announced, things do apppear to be coming together: the Wall Street Journal writes that a Chinese regulator has approved Apple’s new iPhones to run on China Mobile’s network. What’s more, certain models of the newly announced phones support the TD-LTE bands (38, 39, and 40) in use on the carrier’s emerging fourth-generation network.
engadget.com 2013-09-10 17:25:00
We use the term loosely, but the iPhone is no longer a "one size fits all" smartphone. Today's Apple event marked the introduction of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and beyond price, the two devices are separated by several unique features. Considering your own desires for gaming, photography, security, style -- and yes, your budget -- it's likely that one phone is a better fit for your needs. So join us after the break as we explore the finer points of Apple's latest smartphones.
venturebeat.com 2013-09-10 14:28:35
Apple’s announcements today covered a wide array of topics related to the iOS ecosystem., introducing two new devices: the iPhone 5C, and the iPhone 5S. Both devices have implications for organizations around the globe. In addition, the picture is finally becoming clear with what Apple will be doing around iOS 7 and its release. With all of this information, every organization should be asking: How does this affect us and the experiences we have created? I have identified five key areas you should be looking at as well as action items for each item that your organization should take. iOS 7 The biggest impact from today’s Apple Event is that iOS 7 will be released to most devices on September 18th. The assumption is that developers will get their hands on the final version (gold master) of iOS 7 today. Apple held back the final release until the announcement because some changes had not been announced.
theverge.com 2013-09-12 07:23:23
Microsoft is currently testing and readying a Windows Phone 8.1 update that is believed to include a new personal assistant. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports that the Siri-like feature, codenamed "Cortana" after the Halo character, will let Windows Phone users interact with a handset through voice commands. Windows Phone already includes basic voice commands, but Cortana looks to be a step further with a system that will learn and adapt.Steve Ballmer has promised a "service-enabled shell" for Microsoft's devices, and Foley claims Cortana is central to this new shell for Windows Phone, Windows, and Xbox One.
engadget.com 2013-09-11 22:21:00
Beyond the basics, Apple has said little of how the iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint reader works -- we mostly know that it's inaccessible to the outside world. Thankfully, the company has shed further light on Touch ID through statements to the Wall Street Journal. To start, iPhone owners will have to unlock with a passcode if they either reboot or haven't unlocked within 48 hours. The safeguard prevents hackers from simply biding their time while they look for a workaround, Apple says. Legitimate users will also want to keep their hands dry, as the reader doesn't work well with fingers covered in sweat and other liquids. You won't want to try unlocking immediately after running, then, but it's evident that Apple already knows many of Touch ID's real-world limitations.
engadget.com 2013-09-11 15:40:00
Not everyone gets to walk behind the tech industry's velvet ropes. So when Motorola opened the gates to its Fort Worth, Texas facility -- the place where custom Moto X's are made -- we were there to bring you an inside look. And in the interest of getting you even more intimately acquainted with the Google company's assembled in the USA smartphone production hub, we have something almost as good as being there: a behind-the-scenes video tour. So, what are you waiting for... an invite? Head past the break to glimpse phase one of this whole new Motorola and see Governor Rick Perry spike an iPhone 5.
theverge.com 2013-09-11 11:56:34
Microsoft is readying a Windows Phone 8.1 update that's expected to debut in early 2014. While the company is in "shut up and ship" mode, it's currently pushing out smaller updates primarily designed for new hardware. Two images have surfaced this week that may provide an early look at Windows Phone 8.1. The first, posted to the XDA-developers forum, shows a Lumia 620 with a notifications tile and some type of combined Skype and Outlook functionality.Two notifications can be seen on a Live Live, alongside a star in the task bar. The Wi-Fi indicator appears to have moved to the left, which matches up with a screenshot that Microsoft's Joe Belfiore accidentally posted to Twitter recently.
venturebeat.com 2013-09-11 09:34:08
Consumers in China aren’t too happy about the price of the new iPhone 5C from Apple. But they’re still lining up to buy it. Local buyers feel “cheated” by the relatively high price of the device, according to the South China Morning Post. The iPhone 5C is largely thought to be Apple’s slightly-more-budget device with what design chief Jony Ive called an “unapologetically plastic” back, compared to the metal backbone and cladding of the iPhone 5 and 5S. While cheaper, it’s not exactly cheap, and the no-contract price in China is actually more expensive than in the U.S., believe it or not, due to local tariffs. The actual price of the lowest-model iPhone 5C is 4,488 yuan — which is $733 in U.S. funds — while the no-contract 16GB iPhone 5C costs just $549 this side of the Pacific, however. “I thought the cheap 5C version would be priced at one thousand or two (yuan),” one Chinese citizen said on Sina Weibo.
engadget.com 2013-09-11 07:41:00
The dust has settled on Apple's 2013-era iPhone launch, so it's time that we delved into what the damage is here in 'ol Blighty. EE, along with its buddies Orange and T-Mobile, has confirmed that it'll carry both the iPhone 5s and 5c from launch. LTE contract users who are six months into their EE deal will also be able to take advantage of the conveniently-announced Swap service. O2 has said that customers will be able to use O2 Refresh to upgrade their handset from launch, and Vodafone and Three have both given the thumbs-up to carrying the pair of handsets. No-one's talking about specific contract pricing, but we expect carriers will drip-feed this information in poker-faced chunks between now and the September 20th launch date.
readwriteweb.com 2013-09-11 06:02:00
Say goodbye to pin codes or swiping to unlock. Apple's new Touch ID will use human fingerprints to unlock iPhone 5S handsets with a single touch. According to the company, it comprises the most advanced hardware and software it has put in any device.How Touch ID WorksTouch ID's motive is to square two opposing factors in one fell swoop: people's need to lock down their handsets and their desire to avoid cumbersome processes, like incessant pin code entry. Apple's attempt to tackle this problem comes via a new Home button that acts as a fingerprint scanner. It features a sapphire crystal overlay that not only protects the underlying sensor, but works as the lens. The scanner essentially captures an extremely high resolution image (of the sub-epidermal layers of your skin at 500 pixels per inch), which the software uses to detect and analyze specific micro points in the print and identify the user.
venturebeat.com 2013-09-10 22:45:40
Today was the much-anticipated unveiling of the next iteration of Apple’s iPhone and of iOS7, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has called “the biggest change to iOS since the launch of the original iPhone.” Here come the new iPhones Liveblog ft. Tim Cook & Elivis Costello Pics of the ‘cheap’ 5C Video of the ‘gold’ 5S Side by side with a Windows Phone But change doesn’t come easily, or quietly. For months up until now, analyses, criticisms, rumors, and yes, even #fontgate have swirled about, as is the case with any Apple release. While there has been much discussion of fingerprint sensors, gold finishes, a better camera, and lower-cost plastic phones, there hasn’t been much written on the significant implications of a few iOS7 features. Less intuitive, more modern As we’ve seen, the new iOS7 will be simple. Much more simple than anything Apple has ever produced in an interface.
macrumors.com 2013-09-10 14:42:51
During today’s iPhone media event, Apple announced new cases to go with both the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s, along with docks for both phones. The form-fitting silicone iPhone 5c Case comes with cutout dots to show the color of the iPhone 5c beneath the case. It is available in black, white, blue, green, yellow, and Pink. The colors match the iPhone polycarbonate shell of the iPhone 5c, and in a video shown during the presentation, it appears that Apple intends for different colored cases to be mixed with iPhone 5c shells to create unique, colorful looks. The iPhone 5c cases are priced at $29. The case designed for the iPhone 5S is made from premium leather rather than silicone, and comes in a range of colors including brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and (PRODUCT) RED. According to Apple, the leather is shaped to cover the volume buttons, the on/off switch and protect the chamfered edges of the iPhone 5s.
theverge.com 2013-09-10 14:26:37
The era of one-tap authentication is about to begin. Apple's announcement today of a fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5s brings biometrics into the mainstream, enabling fast and secure access to your smartphone while also enabling one-tap purchases through iTunes. Touch ID has already raised hopes that it can replace, or at least complement, the humble password — while also leading to fears that tying smartphone activity to your fingerprint could lead to Orwellian surveillance from the government.In its announcement, Apple played up the feature's speed, security, and purchasing power. "It's a convenient and highly secure way to access your phone," the company says.