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iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup

iPhone 5?!?

 

Every year since the first gen iPhone was released way back in 2007 we’ve eagerly expected a new phone. Before every launch we hear all sorts of rumors/leaks and some of them inevitably end up being true, so while we take everything we hear with a healthy dose of skepticism, it’s still worth paying attention.

Main Rumors Summarized in the following points:

1. Design-According to third party cases the iPhone 5 is going to have an iPod style curved design. Others believe that the iPhone 5 will have the same design as the iPhone 4 with better specs. This is the most likely as can be seen from the iPhone 3G and 3Gs almost have an identical design. Another rumor is that the new iPhone will have a 4 inch screen an increase of 0.5 inches from the previous iPhone. I see this to be highly unlikely as all the apps will have to be modified to fit the new 4 inch screen.

2. Camera and Components-The new iPhone is said to have dual LED flash with an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The iPhone 4 took a major leap in camera quality from previous generations and may be following up on those changes.
Talk about the A5 chip going from the iPad 2 to the iPhone is old news–it’s one of the rumors that is most likely to be true. Still, it is a rumor, so we won’t accept it was fact until the iPhone 5 ships with that sweet dual-core.

3. Sadly the iPhone 5 will not support 4G capabilities “as too much will have to be tempered with the phones guts” ,states Apple.

4. iPhone 4S? It’s been rumored that Apple may be waiting a bit longer to release the iPhone 5 and in the meantime will release an iPhone 4S in September. It will have the same body as the iPhone 4, but with a few upgrades, such as an A5 processor and better cameras. But don’t get too upset… There’s also talk that the iPhone 4S would be released in additon to the iPhone 5 and will be marketed as the budget iPhone.

5. Release Date– Latest rumors say that the iPhone 5 will launch on October 7th. Pre-Orders will start September 30th but nothing is confirmed yet as many dates have been thrown around! However, the well-connected “AllThingsD” has adamantly insisted that the iPhone 5 would not ship until October.

Google+ App now available on the iPad and iPod

The Google + App is now available for iOS devices, bringing with it for an update for the iPad and iPod touch, on which it was previously unavailable. The updates include aggregated circle add notifications, huddle settings, and the usual “Performance and stability improvements”.

Unfortunately, this iPad support is not completely native as the app will just be a pixel-doubled iPhone application. This choice by Google is still better than no iPad support at all, though. You should be able to update the app now via the App Store.

 

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Apple Blocks Sales Of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in EU

As you techies out there may have heard, there is a war being fought RIGHT NOW.  Right beneath our feet.  It’s a dirty war, with men and women loyal to opposing causes flinging themselves against each other in this bloody battle.  Some, myself included, agree that Samsung is “infringing” on Apple’s designs.  Yes, I have been talking about the Samsung vs Apple patent suit.  Others see the case differently, arguing that there are only so many ways to design a tablet.  It seems the designers of the Motorola Xoom didn’t get the memo.  Neither did the designers of Asus’ Transformer. But I digress.

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The Future of Apple Software – WWDC 2011 Keynote

After all the rumors & excitement the day of Apple’s WWDC finally arrived. Only 5200 people managed to be there because the tickets were sold out in two hours!

Three things were unveiled: OS X Lion, iOS 5 & iCloud; Here is a recap of the event starting with OS X Lion’s Top 10 New Features:

 

Multi-Touch Gestures: OS X Lion will integrate more gestures than the current OS like Tap & Pinch to Zoom, Swipe to Navigate, Three finger swipe up for Mission Control, Pinch for Launchpad & more. Also in OS X Lion the scroll bar appear only when you scroll.

 

Full-Screen Apps: for the first time there will be built in, system wide support for full screen apps. You click on the icon located in the top right-hand corner & the app goes full screen hiding both the dock & the title bar, but you don’t have to minimize the window to switch between apps, you just three-finger swipe to the left/right

 

Mission Control: brings together Exposé, Dashboard, Space & Full-screen Apps. Three-finger swipe up to activates Mission Control. On top you find Dashboard, your Full-screen Apps & Spaces; below you find a screenshot of all your open window grouped by application. You can also Quick Look a window by hovering over it with you cursor & tapping the space bar.

 

Mac App Store: comes built into OS X Lion & it is really easy to buy an app; you just login, choose an app, click buy & your new app flies into launchpad. You can also download an app you bought on every authorized Mac no extra cost

 

Launchpad: you can see all your apps in a dynamic full-screen view. You can have multiple pages & easily swipe through them. You can also arrange you apps in folders & to delete you just hold down on the icon until it jiggles & then click the X in the corner just like iOS.

 

Auto Save & Versions: OS X Lion automatically saves your work during pauses & every 5 minutes. OS X Lion will only save the changes as not to take too much space. You can browse through the previous versions of your files to copy any thing you might have deleted & paste it in you current version. To access you just open the menu from the name of the file.

 

Mail: will now also feature a two-columns view, favorites for one-click access to you mailboxes & previews snippets of your emails. They will integrate more powerful Search features with suggestions. A new feature called Conversations will arrange threads in chronological order & will remove all forwarding text for a clean e-mail experience.

 

OS X Lion will be available in July only from the Mac App Store for $29.99(about €23.56 & £17.86). To be able to run lion your Mac must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor & be running the latest version of OS X Snow Leopard.

These are just 10 of the over 250 new features, for more detailed information & screenshots visit the OS X Lion page: http://www.apple.com/macosx/