iPhone 5S production starting this quarter, cheaper Apple phone in the works: report
A new report suggests that Apple is going to start building the iPhone 5S this quarter – and we could see a more affordable handset later on in 2013.
Is Apple testing the iPhone 6?
A new report suggests Apple is already testing the next generation iPhone – and one analyst thinks Apple could eventually be selling coloured handsets.
According to tech news website The Next
Web, Apple seems to be testing a new phone, judging by telltale signs
left in software logs.
Facebook asking employees to switch from iPhone to Android
As it is right now, many corporations are switching from employee-hated BlackBerry phones to iPhones. Employees, managers and IT departments have realized that the iPhone will get the job done, even if there’s no clicky QWERTY keypad to thumb away at.
But it seems Facebook is a step ahead as it tries to get Android phones in the hands of its employees.
Apple preparing to build new iPhone soon: report
Apple is rumoured to be preparing to build a new iPhone 5S early next year, reports suggest.
According to DigiTimes, citing the Chinese-language Commercial Times, Apple is likely to start trial production of a new iteration of the iPhone 5, likely to be the iPhone 5S, in December.
iPhone 5 edges Samsung Galaxy S III over web traffic: report
Market data research firm Chitika analyzed website usage statistics and then narrowed in on differences between the two slickest phones on the market – Apple’s new iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Chitika specifically looked at ad impressions for mobile sites during a seven-day window from Oct. 3 to Oct. 9.
They found that there were more ad impressions coming from the iPhone 5 than those coming from the Galaxy SIII, but just by a bit.
Review: iPhone 5 takes conservative step forward
The most noticeable thing you’ll spot with the iPhone 5 is that it’s slightly longer, sporting a 4-inch screen that’s larger only in length. It's not quite up there with the big 4.3 and 4.8-inch touchscreens on Android devices.
Physically, the handset is only about 4 mm longer, and it’s still the same width. Otherwise, the 5 is lighter and thinner than the 4S.
Apple’s new iPhone 5 offers enough reason to upgrade
With all the usual superlatives and adjectives Apple is known for, the company launched the new iPhone 5 this week in San Francisco. And this version may be good reason to upgrade for previous iPhone users.
What’s new? The phone offers a bigger screen, measuring in at 4 inches – up from the 3.5-inch display. While this isn’t anything to brag about compared to the 4.8-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy S III, it’ll be a noticeable improvement.
The added real estate the larger screen offers means you’ll be able to see more – and get more done – with the new phone. You’ll be able to better glance at your screen, and websites (mobile or not) will fit with better ease and less associated squinting from your eyes.
Facebook finally updates lackluster iPhone, iPad app
The world's largest social network, Facebook, has finally updated its much-hated iOS app.
Previously, Facebook tried to take the HTML route with their mobile experience. One advantage was that using Facebook across different types of mobile devices was pretty much the same with a familiar layout.
But the app was garbage.
The old Facebook iOS app felt like it took forever to load, the newsfeed scrolled as slow as continental drift and photos loaded on a hit-and-miss basis, sometimes only in a low-rez mode where you would wonder if you had glaucoma.
God forbid you might try and click on a link that one of your friends posted on Facebook, as the app would pull up the page at the painful pace of bureaucratic change.
The new Facebook app is so much better, it's hard to imagine it came from the same company.
Facebook claims the app loads twice as fast, along with scrolling through your news feed and opening photos.
Whatever they've done, it makes using the Facebook app actually desirable.
While you're scrolling through the news feed, you'll receive notifications about your new status updates in an alert bar. Want to jump straight to their update?
Tap the bar and you're taken right here, quite quickly.
On the iPad version, the overall experience is much similar to what you'd find using Facebook on a normal computer.
To get the updated app, just download it through the App Store.
What do you think of the new Facebook app? Which improvements would you still like to see?
Are phone screens getting too big?
Lenovo just announced the K860 (nicknamed 'LePhone'), with a 5-inch screen. But Samsung continues to get bigger, if rumours are true. A leaked image reportedly shows the Galaxy Note II. This is the latest iteration of its monster Galaxy note, which featured a 5.3 inch screen. The Galaxy Note II is said to have a 5.5 in whopper.
What is it with big-screen phones? It's confusing. On the one hand, they're lovely to browse with. On the other hand, they're difficult to manipulate in the same way as a normal phone. You can't thumb your way around as easily with one hand because they're just so darned enormous.
The idea, presumably, is to find a happy midpoint between phone and tablet, so that you can have a phone and forego a tablet altogether. But would you really want to read a magazine on the thing? I can't imagine browsing through the latest edition of the Economist on a 5.5 inch screen, but it's heaven doing it on the iPad.
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With Apple said to be launching an iPad mini in the next couple of months, it's no wonder that the iPhone 5 is said to have a screen only slightly bigger than the iPhone 4's modest display. As tablet sizes come down and phone sizes go up, they're close to meeting in the middle, and cannibalising each other's markets.
I can't decide whether my next phone will be a whopping large 5.5 incher, or whether it's best to maintain a separate tablet and phone.
What would you rather have? An over-sized phone that does everything, but maybe not as well, or two devices with different formats?
Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets
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