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Earlier today, AllThingsDigital reported that the rumored fall iPad update is looking very unlikely. Along with this, the iPad 3 shouldn’t be expected until next year.
“In recent months, there has been rising investor speculation that a new iPad 3 would be launched for the holiday season,” Moskowitz wrote in a research note to clients. “Our latest research continues to indicate that there is no such device slated for production this year. … There are prototypes in the supply chain related to the next-generation device, but our conversations with industry participants suggest that a new device will not be available until sometime in calendar 2012.”
The iPad 2 launched in March now holds a 68.3% market share of the tablet market. Without much competition to upset that percentage, it is easy to see why Apple is not rushing around to get the iPad 3 out.
The popular smartphone manufacturer, HTC, has been inviting a handful of press people and companies to a mysterious media event being held in New York City on September 20th.
It seems that HTC is planning on introducing a set of announced and unannounced Windows Phone and Android devices that could get release dates this year. Some of these upcoming phones include the HTC Vigor, and the recently leaked HTC Ruby (also known as the Amaze 4G). Another phone that might be joining the other phones is the HTC Holiday, which is a dual-core LTE Android smartphone.
The HTC Vigor is, in our opinion, the possible scene stealer knowing that there’s a possibility that the device will hit stores this month according to the semi-accurate roadmap provided by IGN. It is worth noting that the document predicted the September 8 launch of the Motorola Droid Bionic, but failed in the Samsung Stratosphere release date department. The HTC Vigor recently passed FCC so it is highly possible that the phone will get a release date not later than October, which is the “heat month” of the smartphone market, knowing that the iPhone 5 is rumored to hit the US market in mid-October.
Images of the new iPhone 5 cases have just been leaked and it continues with the “rumor” that the new design will be larger and thinner as well as having a curved back. On the other hand, recent leaked images of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S (name hasn’t been decided) show that the design has barely changed so which one do we believe? Guess we’ll just have to wait until launch date to see what the final product will look like.
If you are a Verizon customer feeling “trapped” inside your 20-month contract then fear no more because Verizon has been offering early upgrades to their customers in order to take advantage of new top-of-the-line devices coming out this fall.
Verizon has been sending out e-mails out to customers informing them of the recent change. Verizon has been giving these early upgrades to only certain customers. Customers with a scheduled update for September are receiving the early upgrade and certain customers that would have had to wait until May of 2012 are also getting rewarded.
This sudden “reward” for customers is most likely because of the anticipated release of new smartphone such as the iPhone 5, and the Motorola Droid Bionic. The LG Revolution 2, HTC Vigor and the Droid Prime are also expected to be released this fall and Verizon would like to get as many eligible customers to purchase these new devices in order to help makes the launches successful.
This of course will strike up some competition between cellphone companies. Because of this we can probably expect companies like AT&T and Sprint (who will most likely be selling the iPhone 5) to offer their customers the same early upgrade so keep your heads up if you are not on Verizon’s network.
Friday morning Apple announced that they were pulling the plug on TV episode rentals from iTunes leaving customers with no choice but to purchase each episode desired to watch. A quote from spokesman Tom Neumayr indicating this was in response to customers that “overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows.”
This abrupt change in the iTunes market have brought up rumors once again of a possible Apple HDTV. A WSJ profile of new CEO Tim Cook that indicates the company is “working on new technology to deliver video to televisions, and has been discussing whether to try to launch a subscription TV service.”
Right now it is just a waiting game to see what the people at Apple have up their sleeve next.
Recent news says that Apple has hired yet another well known member from the iPhone jailbreaking community. The new employee, Nicholas Allegra, is better known for his easy to use jailbreaking website, JailBreakMe which made the process of jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod as easy as 1 2 3.
Allegra was one of the more “well known” members of the jailbreaking community often finding new security vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS software making hacking your iPod, iPhone, and iPad a lot easier.
Normally, Apple strongly discourages jailbreaking because of it making and downloading pirating applications easy for anyone which of course cuts down Apple’ s profits.
Recently, Apple seems to be taking more of an interest in the hacking community as this is not the first jailbreak community member that Apple has hired. This past June, Apple hired Peter Hajas, the creator of a popular jailbreak app known as Mobile Notifier.
Anyways, it will be interesting to see what changes this band of “hacker” employees brings to the Apple community.
Jobs has also been elected chairman of Apple’s Board of Directors. Jobs is also part of Pixar’s board of directors where he was CEO for ten years. The person taking Jobs position is Tim Cook. Cook was formerly Apple’s chief operating officer.
The only thing that Jobs has said so far is in a valedictory letter stating his health issues that convinced him to step down from his former position. The health issue he is talking about could very well be cancer. Back in 2004, Jobs underwent surgery in order to remove a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Although the surgery was considered a success, Jobs has been confronted with health issues ever since (taking a 6-month leave of absence in January of 2009 and another one this year).
Dead batteries will soon be a thing of the past with new “in-shoe” technology.
From the University of Wisconsin, Tom Krupenkin and Ashley Taylor have developed a shoe insert that creates electrical energy from people’s footsteps. It works by creating energy from thermodynamic energy that people generate from each footfall. It is said that the technology could fully charge a phone in just a 2 hour walk!
So far, production of electrical power to charge your phone is minimal. However, this is just a start and these two will be working on perfecting the technology in hopes that you will never have to worry about your phone battery dying ever again.
A series of photos have just been posted on XDA Developers forums showing some of the features on HTC’s upcoming phone, the HTC Holiday.
As seen in the picture above, the HTC Holiday seems to be rather thin. The device is running off of a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and has a 4.5 inch display. Because of a leak earlier this year, we also know that the Holiday will also have 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear facing camera, and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.
The phone also appears to have a conductive charge port which means that you will be able to plug the charger in your wall and the device can be placed on the charger. (wireless charging).
The HTC Holiday looks like it will be impressive. Perhaps a big competition to the latest iPhone 5?
Check out the full report here.
Recent renderings of Apple’s new headquarters (pictures below) are astounding people all over the net.
The new building will be constructed in the city of Cupertino and will take up about 2.8 million square feet! This “mothership” will consist of a auditorium able to seat 1,000, 300,000 square feet dedicated to research facilities, corporate fitness center, a central plant, and of course, parking.
The design of the building seems “futuristic” as it is in the shape of a gigantic ring. What do you think?
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