We all know now that the iPhone 4S is a world phone, but there are no upgrades to speeds for CDMA users, and Apple made it clear that HSPDA+ will for now keep up with LTE speeds in the keynote. There may not be a LTE iPhone until AT&T
sees a significant upgrade to their pop counts for LTE coverage and as we can see AT&T seems poised to milk HSPDA+ for as long as possible. Will this cause a rift between Verizon Wireless and Apple or is there an iPhone 5 in the works despite AT&T's coverage gaps. Users upgrading from a 3GS will get a lot of value especially if they reside on AT&T's network.< !> CDMA iPhone 4 users may wish to just stick with what they have for a few months until we see what the rumor mill can shake loose.
CNN is reporting that Apple has confirmed their intentions to announce the next iPhone on October 4th. No word as to who will be speaking at the event, but it should be Tim Cook this time around, though this is the 5th iPhone they could bring Steve out for one final iPhone release.
1. Availability – Monday October 17th – Reason: It’s after payday.
2. Cool Feature – Voice Dictation – Speak and your words are converted to text.
3. 4G - iPhone 5 will be a 4G iPhone
5. 4S – There will be a iPhone 4S Feature Complete iPhone 5 minus 4G capabilities targeted towards Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T
6. Quad Core – iPhone 5/4S will feature a Quad Core ARM processor
7. Battery – Advanced battery with improved life and greater charge/discharge counts
8. Audio – Stereo speakers on bottom of phone
9. Camera – 8-12 Megapixel better zoom & video capabilities
10. One More Thing
Google apparently had an ace up its sleeve when it comes to getting ahold of patents to protect its Android mobile operating system from the competitive onslaught brought on by Apple and Microsoft through their own partnership in Nortel’s patents. In a 12 Billion deal Google quietly purchased Motorola Mobility in what it says will give them the ability to supercharge their Android phones and bring more competition to the market.
What this means for Apple and it’s iOS systems remains unknown, but I believe that Google will use these new patents to fight their current lawsuits and possibly bring their own.
Source: CNN Money
An interview with EA’s CEO John Riccitiello shows just how far the iPad and other mobile platforms have gone in just a few years. He talks about how there’s no longer a cycle with consoles and that mobile platforms provide game updates for every major holiday which helps drive sales while console games you’re lucky to see an update more than once a year. This makes devices like the iPad the fastest growing platform out there.
The guys over at Phone Arena think so, and is a common occurrence when a new hardware refresh is imminent with most Apple products. Sometime in August we should get invites for an “Announcement”, but when is anyone’s guess. Read more about the tip here.
Research In Motion RIM has layed off 10% of it’s employees as it struggles with its failure to anticipate and react to the smart phone and tablet markets. It is also reshuffling its executives in an effort to streamline operations. RIM has become another Nokia in the smart phone world chasing it’s tail trying to come up with a product that frankly nobody wants anymore.
The iPhone is becoming the dominant phone in the professional marketplace and has features beyond what RIM can produce anymore. RIM would be better served in producing blackberry app’s for businesses on Android and iPhone rather than wasting considerable resources producing hardware such as the PlayBook which cellular providers treated as if it were a leper.
It’s All Tech is reporting that IOS 5 Beta 3 has been released along with an updated version of iTunes. Carrying build # 9A5259f
There are a lot of changes related to Location Based Services which can be turned off or selectively turned on.
Interestingly enough Apple seems immune to their rules, they have placed a link to the iTunes store in the Music App. Classy.
Shing Yin from Citadel Securities speculates that Sprint will have an iPhone by the Christmas shopping season. He claims there are no reasons that AT&T or Verizon would particularly oppose this issue, AT&T in particular would remain quiet or invoke more wrath from Sprint’s CEO about AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. Sprint the last major holdout of unlimited plans would be in an attractive position to lure more cost motivated consumers who are looking for a deal and not to have to worry about going over on their data plans.
Despite launching with a dated iPhone 4G, Verizon has managed to capture 32% of the American iPhone market. Speculation is that this rise was due to Verizon dropping its unlimited plans today July 7th. According to search results for this website this past few days searches for Verizon Wireless unlimited plans ending was our top search result. The rest of us are waiting for a LTE iPhone to help us decide which carrier to go with, but if there’s a LTE model and AT&T does not have comparable coverage versus Verizon Wireless I think the decision will fall towards VZW more often than not.