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Rumor States Two New iPads With Be Released In January

A recent DigiTimes article reported that Apple will be unveiling two new versions of the iPad at iWorld/Macworld on Jan. 26, 2012.  These new models will both include a 9.7 inch screen (Just like the current iPad), but at least one will have a QxGA screen, which is 1536×2048 pixel resolution.

Also, one of the new models is said to have a 8 megapixel rear facing camera and the other will have a 5 megapixel camera.  The new battery being used in these tablets is supposedly a 14,000mAh battery which is the largest battery that we have seen on a tablet before.

Not too much is known and once again, these are just rumors…for now.   Other rumors state that the release date might not be until Feb. 24, 2012 which is the birthday of Steve Jobs.

All we can do right now is wait and see.

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Your iPhone May Catch on Fire!

Reports say that last Friday, some passengers that were on a flight from Lismore to Sydney saw black smoke in the cabin.  While looking for the source of the smoke, it was found to be coming from a passenger’s Apple iPhone 4, which combusted in mid flight.

The iPhone began glowing red and emitting dense smoke on the flight according to Regional Express.

“In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately, and the red glow was extinguished successfully. All passengers and crew on-board were unharmed,” REX said in a statement.

While the cause of the apparent combustion is still unclear, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority recently issued a warning over lithium batteries in-flight. The safety authority limits the carriage of batteries to two, with a requirement for them to be placed in separate bags to protect the terminals and the battery from short circuiting.

Steve Jobs Leaves Four More Years of Apple Products

Former Apple CEO has died, but it is looking like we will be seeing his “fingerprints” in most Apple devices in the next four years to come.  The Daily Mail reports that  Jobs left behind plans for at least four generations worth of iPads, iPhones, iPods, and MacBooks.

In order to protect the future of the company he co-founded in 1976, Jobs spent a year preparing plans for four more cycles of these gadgets, the Daily Mail said.

Besides this, Jobs also fought for approval of the plans to build Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino which will be housing 12,000 Apple employees.

 

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Delayed

Earlier today, Google announced the delay of the expected launch of Android’s latest upgrade, Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest in a series of operating systems named after sweets, was anticipated to combine previous smartphone and tablet versions, known as Gingerbread and Honeycomb, into a cohesive whole.

Recent plans for the Samsung event on October 11, where the Ice Cream Sandwich and a new Samsung phone running on the operating system were expected to be unveiled, has been canceled.

The reason? A Google spokesperson said it was out of respect for the loss of Steve Jobs.

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall,” the companies said in a joint statement. “We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

Apple Launches iPhone 4S at Apple Event

Earlier today at the much anticipated Apple event,  Tim Cook announced the release of the new iPhone, the iPhone 4S.  From a quick look at the phone, it looks to be the same as the previous version (iPhone 4) but on the inside, the 4S holds many advantages over the iPhone 4.

The new 4S will continue to have the 3.5 inch Retina display just as previous versions that we have all come to know and love.  Besides this, the phone will have a brand new dual-core A5 chip alongside a new dual-core GPU that has been said to boost graphic performance 7x.  The antennae around the sides (which caused many users so much trouble) have been revamped and iOS will intelligently switch between two different sets on the fly to avoid dropping calls no matter how you hold it.

On the back of the phone there is a 8-megapixel camera which has a CMOS sensor which helps capture better pictures in low-light situations.  The improvement in visuals also extends to video.  The 4S can now record 1080p video  and has a new image signal processor for image stabilization and facial recognition, making the handset’s camera comparable to many point-and-shoots.  This new camera is also said to be faster than most smartphone cameras out there needing only 1.1 seconds before being able to shoot the first picture and only half a second between successful pictures.

Besides these new features on the iPhone 4S, the phone is the first to “test” out the new vocal recognition software, Siri.  Just tap the mic on the keyboard and start talking to enter text, check the weather, get directions or perform web searches.

The 4S will come in both black and white, starting at $199 for 16GB and $299 for the 32GB, but the big news is a new 64GB model coming in at a whopping $399. You’ll be able to pre-order this friday, October 7th, and it’ll start shipping on October 14th in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, and Japan.

Side note, is that Apple is officially welcoming Sprint to the family here in the states while Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Three will all be carrying it in the UK.

iPad 3 on it’s way!!….Next Year

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.

iPhone 5 Case Suggest Larger and Thinner Design

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.

Sprint Telling Employees To Be Quiet

Monday morning, Sprint issued a memo to all of their employees to keep quiet about the potentiality of a Sprint-powered iPhone.

This memo, which was leaked by the website Sprintfeed, tells employees to say “no comment” when asked about the possibility of the iPhone 5 coming to Sprint.  Although this rumor of the iPhone coming to Sprint has been reported as fact by many blogs, websites, and news networks, Sprint might be telling their employees this for two reasons.

  1. Sprint could actually be in deep talks with Apple and could actually be bringing the iPhone 5 to Sprint and they don’t want to “spill the beans”.
  2. Rumors of a Sprint iPhone could be completely untrue and Sprint doesn’t want their employees giving customers false hope.

Either way, we will all have to wait for a Apple and Sprint press conference and wait for clarification on the subject.

Apple No Longer Renting TV Shows

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.

iPhone Hacker Hired at Apple

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.