The Apple fan community and press love to speculate on what Apple will do next and what new products they will be coming out with. Now that we’ve got our hands on the Verizon iPhone and we know what the iPad 2 looks like and when it’s coming out, what could we possibly have to speculate about now? Why, the iPhone 5 of course.
With that in mind, here we go. Mac Rumors has a report via Taiwanese newspaper Economic Daily News citing anonymous Chinese sources which says that Apple is considering getting rid of the design of the current iPhone 4 and going back to a form factor similar to the first iPhone. Yes, that’s a long trail, but read on.
According to the report, the iPhone 5 would feature a milled aluminum backing with the antenna integrated into the rear Apple logo, which is also similar to the original, Wi-Fi only iPad. Hard to imagine what that might look like?
Fortunately, the folks at macotakara.jp have seen fit to put together some mockups for you to help spark that imagination. With the noted problems some users had (and are still having) with the iPhone 4 and its unfortunate antenna design, Apple needs to address this issue once and for all with the iPhone 5.
It’s not hard to believe that the company will take a design cue from the rest of its lineup of devices and change to next gen iPhone to more match the look and feel of its latest iPad and MacBook Air. Whatever they do, let’s hope it works. We should find out in June.
With all the rumors circulating about a revised iPad it was only a matter of time before an announcement came from Apple regarding such a device. Well, it looks like said announcement has finally arrived.
This morning, Apple has begun sending out press invites to a March 2nd media event to be held in Cupertino, CA. The event, scheduled for 10AM Pacific, will most likely be the official coming out party for the company’s update to the iPad, which we will keep calling iPad 2 until we know different.
In usual Apple fashion, the invitation simply states to: “come see what 2011 will be the year of.” I’m going to go out on a limp and guess 2011 will be the year of iPad and maybe the year of a revised iPhone sporting LTE chipset with 4G capability. Although, that second device probably won’t be announced during this event. This one is going to be all-things iPad.
In a recent support article, Apple detailed the differences between the GSM and CDMA iPhone when it comes to voice calling and other associated features. Among other things revealed that may be disturbing to Verizon iPhone users, the document confirms the Verizon iPhone is not capable of handling a conference call with more than two people.
In addition, the CDMA iPhone is unable to put calls on hold due to the way the network works. In the less negative category, the Verizon iPhone can use a manual method to toggle call forwarding, call waiting and caller ID instead of using the settings found in iOS itself.
If you’ve ever used a CDMA device, you’re probably already familiar with these features and/or limitations. For potential AT&T switchers, these differences may or may not be any kind of deal breaker. Still, more info is always good when making decisions and it’s nice that Apple took the time to do this.
Today, in what can be considered a pretty groundbreaking move, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced it is the first to launch “App Editions” of movies for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Starting with the popular Christopher Nolan films Inception and The Dark Knight, the special edition movies and bonus content are now available for free in the U.S. app store in and more than 30 other countries.
According to the studios, these “App Editions” provide “a fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content that can include games, trivia, soundtracks and soundboards. The entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, which enables downloading and unlimited streaming, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the App.”
With the apps arriving in the iTunes store today, this is something we’re going to have to check out for sure. On the surface it seems like a great way to expose these films to an even larger audience, especially where they may not have been available previously.
Still, for more mainstream audiences who’ve already seen and enjoyed these films, it will probably come down to what new and unique content these apps bring and what they will cost. For even more on these new apps, check out the full press release after the jump. We’ve also included some screens of these apps for you to check out as well. So, check ‘em out and let us know what you think.
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Did you feel bad for not ordering your Verizon iPhone last week when you had the chance? Or, maybe you’re not a Verizon customer and had no choice but to wait? Well, don’t worry because either way your problems are now over — at least where a new iPhone is concerned.
That’s right, as of this morning anyone can go to Verizon or Apple’s websites and pre-order a brand new iPhone. When you do you can elect to go to a store tomorrow and pick up your device in person or, if you don’t mind waiting just a bit longer, have it delivered to your home or office via Fedex.
As someone who’s had the Verizon iPhone for a few days now I can safely say that it’s a great device. If you’ve been on the fence or waiting for this day to come now is your opportunity to get the smartphone you’ve always wanted. What are you waiting for?
I know, reading that headline you may be skeptical because you haven’t received your iPhone 4 notification of shipment yet from Big Red. However, as I got mine last Friday night, I can assure you that Verizon is indeed sending out the iPhone 4 a little earlier than they originally let on. Actually, several days early.
In fact, the news for those of us who stayed awake until midnight West Coast time to order is even better than that. According to an update at Fedex, my particular iPhone 4 is actually on a truck and out for delivery today. See, miracles do happen.
Of course I realize that the iPhone from Verizon is exactly like the iPhone from AT&T and isn’t exactly revolutionary, more like evolutionary. Also, I realize it will actually have some subtle, but potentially problematic, differences from the AT&T version. However, that doesn’t stop me from being pretty excited about the prospect of the best smartphone on the best wireless network.
So, once it arrives in my hands expect a full report and maybe even one or two unboxing photos. In the meantime, if you’ve ordered yours via the Verizon pre-order, don’t lose hope. Your shiny new goodness is probably on the way very soon too.
Another potential nail in the coffin of traditional publishing was announced today as News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch revealed his company’s newest publication The Daily at a news conference this morning. This iPad only newspaper has been in the works for some time and today marks the first time consumers can actually get a look at it.
Here’s what you need to know: The Daily will be available only on the iPad to start and new issues will be available 365 days a year. In addition, The Daily will be interactive and feature 360-degree photos and original video content. Some articles will even be read aloud within the app.
The Daily app is available in the Apple App store now. It will cost you $0.99 per week or $39.99 for a one-year subscription. However, the first two weeks will be free thanks to a sponsorship deal with Verizon.
So, now that it’s finally here, who’s going to buy it?
If you’re an aspiring screenwriter, a veteran of multiple TV shows or pretty much any kind of entertainment writer, you’ve probably heard of, and most likely use, a piece of software called Final Draft. The screenwriting program has become industry standard on TV series and feature films and has helped writers bring their ideas to life for many years.
Currently, the program is on version 8 for Mac and Windows, which is great. However, many writers who use the program every day have been asking for a version that works on Apple’s iPad and patiently waiting for the company to develop one. Well, it seems that wait is over as the company has announced plans to release a version of its software for the iPad, iPhone and other iOS 4 devices.
Exact details and features of the iPad version of Final Draft are still a bit vague. However, according to the company the iPad and iPhone version of the app, dubbed Final Draft version 8 mobile, will “work with Final Draft version 8 FDX files and allow you to make edits and notes on the go for greater mobility. Plus, you can easily move the same script from iPad or iPhone to desktop and back.”
Sounds pretty cool to me. Guess I won’t be selling my iPad after all. Expect to see Final Draft version 8 mobile sometime this Spring.
As we get closer to the release of the Verizon iPhone 4, details of the voice and data plans available for it are starting to emerge. Yesterday, we told you about Verizon’s intention to offer an unlimited data plan with the iPhone. Now, other details have been revealed at Apple’s website which pretty much complete the picture.
On Wednesday, the company posted details on its website showing voice, data and messaging plans that will be offered with the upcoming device. The company also posted a utility to check subscriber eligibility for the discounted prices. If you’re eligible for upgrade pricing you will get to pay $199 for 16 GB and $299 for 32 GB. If not, plan on spending $599 for 16 GB and $699 for 32 GB.
Also, as we thought, the Verizon iPhone will have two data plans at launch: unlimited data for $29.99 per month and unlimited data with 2GB of Personal Hotspot and tethering services for $49.99 per month.
Here are the full details:
• 450 minutes/month: $39.99
• 900 minutes/month: $59.99
• Unlimited minutes/month: $69.99
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One of the most important things when you own and use a smartphone is the data plan. Sure, having the phone to make calls is great (that is when you can make calls. I’m looking at you AT&T) but the real purpose of all that cool phone goodness is to do other things like check email, post on Facebook and Twitter and surf the web while in line at Trader Joe’s.
When the iPhone first hit AT&T, the company offered an unlimited data plan for it. That plan has changed over the years and now features tiered pricing with the word “unlimited” left for the level of frustration many users feel when trying to make a call or, in some cases, send a simple text message.
Fortunately it seems Verizon understands the data needs of smartphone users and will offer a $30 unlimited data plan for the iPhone 4. This was confirmed to The Wall Street Journal by the company’s CEO Lowell McAdam who also said that offering the iPhone with a capped data plan would create an unnecessary barrier for customers looking to switch from AT&T.
“I’m not going to shoot myself in the foot,” he said. Smart man. Verizon will launch the iPhone on February 10th. Will you be getting one?