Apple has just released the iOS 5 Gold Master for the developers. It is the final step before unleashing the mass update for the regular users on October 12.
According to Apple, the iOS 5 will launch with iCloud sync and services, while the iTunes match will become available for the US users in the end of this month. The rest of the world should get it in the upcoming months.
If you are a registered developer with Apple you can get the iOS 5 GM right now. The rest of the users will have to wait a few days until October 12.
We already covered most of the iOS 5 features in our iOS 5 beta review. Surely Apple held a few surprises for the launch, but most of the important stuff we already know.
Well, there’s no iPhone 5, just the 4S. But what of the older models? In a surprising move, Apple decided not to deprecate the 3GS, which puts the number of iPhone models currently available to three.
First of all, the iPhone 4 was just put in the “old” category and it will remain in the portfolio only in its 8GB version. Read more »
Apple adds a new accessory to its portfolio – the iPhone microUSB adapter. It does just what it says on the box – allows you to use standard microUSB cables and chargers with your iPhone both for syncing(!) and charging.
The unveiling of such a gadget might not seem so surprising at first look, but it actually represents an end of an era where Apple’s closed eco system relied solely on proprietary hardware and peripherals to run and interconnect. Read more »
Siri is now an integral part of the iPhone 4S. It’s supposed to do a lot of stuff for you, among which, answer any question you may come up with. You can ask about anything – the weather, movies, restaurants, news, etc. and providing you have an intelligent question, it should get you a reasonably intelligent answer quickly and in the right context.
But Siri is not just an intelligent voice search system. It can also read your messages, emails, notifications for you. Siri has dictate functionality too – you speak and it writes messages, notes, remainders, etc. Read more »
You couldn’t have missed it – the Internet almost collapsed under the pressure of people who wanted to see the next smartphone from Apple. Well, the announcement is over so here’s a list of countries that will get the iPhone 4S first.
Tim Cook says “This will be the fastest iPhone rollout we’ve ever had”. It will happen in three waves of announced launches. The first starts on October 14th (with pre-orders taking place from the 7th onwards), here are the lucky countries: Read more »
In spite of the never-ending rumors that flooded us like torrential rain in the past weeks, Apple didn’t announce the highly anticipated iPhone 5 with its rumored 4-inch screen and new slimmer body. Unfortunately for Apple, this is having a negative effect on many of their shareholders.
It appears that the newly introduced Apple iPhone 4S isn’t what shareholders were hoping to see at this evening’s Apple event. The shares of the company took quite a plunge after the announcement, currently selling at 5% lower than their opening rate today.
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So, Apple has just announced the next iPhone – 4S – with big improvements in the camera department. The iPhone 4S packs an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p camcorder. But that’s just the beginning.
First you get lots of new technology improvements – back-illuminated sensor with 5 elements lens, F/2.4 aperture, hybrid IR filter, etc. So, all this new stuff will get you better colors, better noise performance, more sharpness and better white balance. There is face detection and the HDR feature is present too along with an AE/AF lock.
But the iPhone 4S has lots of (cameraphone) competitors already available, so it needs to do better. According to Apple, the iPhone 4S camera might just be the fastest cameraphone around. We have to see if it is the best for real, but we get some really impressive times for the first photo and shot-to-shot. Read more »
It’s time to shed any remaining doubt about the iPhone 4S (not that there was much left). Images from Apple’s own website show the black and white 4S model (the file name clearly says “4s”), that is practically indistinguishable from the iPhone 4.
However, have a closer look at the icon just above the “Phone” app. It’s the Newsstand app, which is a part of iOS5 – the OS that the 4S will launch with. Read more »
Yesterday, at its Adobe Max 2011 keynote, Adobe unveiled a whole family of Touch Apps designed to help creative minds throughout their design processes when they are on the go. Leaded by Photoshop Touch, the Adobe Touch Apps are going to be available for Android tablets as well as iPads alike.
The full Touch Apps family includes: Photoshop Touch, Debut, Proto, Collage, Ideas and Kuler. Let’s break them down and see what each of them is good for. Read more »
With the holiday season fast approaching every carrier is trying to get their lineup in the best shape possible. When the big spending starts, it’s best that you have the hottest devices for people to splash their cash on right?
We just got hold of a leaked T-Mobile US roadmap and the we can confirm that the carrier has a couple of buys months ahead of it. There will be two hot new droids on the T-Mobile shelves as soon as this month with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 keeping them company. Read more »
BlackBerry DevCon is actually a series of three events which are going to take place in San Francisco, USA (18-20 Oct.), in Bangkok, Thailand (7-8 Dec.) and in Amsterdam, Netherlands (7-8 Feb. 2012). The first event is just two weeks ahead of us and promises to bring us lots of new stuff.
Two major things are going to happen on the San Francisco’s event – the premiere of PlayBook Tablet OS 2.0 with the long-awaited Android Player and the announcement of the QNX-based smartphone OS for the future BlackBerry phones. Read more »
The HTC Explorer is one of the strongest soldiers in the Android squad dispatched to storm the low-end and as such it’s no wonder that it’s getting some special attention. Its manufacturer just released a cool video promo of the affordable smartphone, which does a pretty good job of summing up its key features.
The HTC Explorer isn’t a smartphone to impress you with a gazillion megahertz CPU or an umpteen megapixel camera – that’s a task for the Sensation to handle. With the little one it’s all about simplicity of use, intuitiveness and easy personalization that will attract new smartphone adopters. Read more »
The i-dotting and t-crossing is complete and Adobe released the latest versions of their Flash Player and AIR. Available to desktop operating systems and compatible mobile platforms, Adobe Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 promise a dramatic improvement in performance.
The new releases finally enable 3D hardware acceleration, which should allow much more demanding applications to run smoothly even on mobile platforms. Android users will probably benefit the most from that, but some low-powered portable computers will get the chance to do Flash properly, too. Read more »
Microsoft launched the first Zune player back in 2006 as a competitor to Apple’s wildly popular iPod. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the Zune was never the success it may have hoped for and although it managed to amble along for five years, reinventing itself several times along the way, everyone knew it won’t be around for much longer.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they will no longer be producing the Zune players. From here onward, it will only exist in the form of a software and service for Microsoft’s desktop and mobile offerings. Read more »
You read correctly, we heard rumblings of such peculiar goings on for a little while prior to this post, and this is just adding to the rumor mill.
Purportedly the iPhone 4S is to play as guinea pig for the iOS build of BlackBerry’s Messenger service and now we are hearing through the grapevine that Android users might get in on some BBM action too. Read more »