The new iphone 4g rumor.

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Jan 182010


After last week’s roundup visual Tablet, the Frenchies over at Nowhere Else put together an iPhone 4G equivalent. While I’m not sold on their likeliness evaluations, it’s definitely a nice overview of all the crazy ideas bloggers have came up with. While I’m not sold on their likeliness evaluations, it’s definitely a nice overview of all the crazy ideas bloggers have came up with.
Check it out and tell us what you think ( click to enlarge )

Apple is Restricting Skype Over 3G!

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Jan 172010


For a long time, AT&T had chosen not to allow VoIP applications like Skype to run over their 3G network. In October 2009, the company finally relented and agreed to allow VoIP iPhone apps to run over 3G.
Back then, we saw this as a direct outcome of FCC’s investigation over AT&T’s role in the rejection of Google Voice app from the App Store.

It is now over three months since AT&T’s announcement and we are yet to see Skype running over 3G. So why hasn’t this happened? Why hasn’t AT&T delivered on its promise? The answers to these questions are supposedly with Apple. Apparently, it is not AT&T, but Apple that has chosen not to let these iPhone apps run over the 3G network.
In a recent article on their website, Seth Weintraub from 9to5Mac quotes a Skype employee as saying:

“Many of you have also been asking when we’ll release a version which allows you to make calls over 3G – the holy grail of Skype on the mobile, if you like. We’ve had a 3G-capable version ready for some time now, but Apple’s current restrictions mean that they won’t allow us to make it available on the App Store for the moment”

It is not clear why Apple would choose to block VoIP running over 3G. Seth questions if this has something to do with Apple developing their own line of VoIP over 3G applications. He points out that it is the norm with Apple that they choose to block third party iPhone applications that replicate features that are already available on Apple devices or are in the process of being made available. 
We did a quick search on the USPTO database for any related patents and came across only this patent. This Apple patent, filed in July 2009 discusses a method for “transparently routing a telephone call between mobile and VoIP services”. The inventors describe this as a way for the device to connect a call through the internet when the user is in a stable internet coverage area and seamlessly transfer the call through the mobile network when the internet coverage is down. 
We are not sure if this has anything to do with Apple’s decision. It would be interesting to see if Apple is planning to launch such a feature in their next generation iPhone OS. Having said that, if it is something that is going to take as long as that, it only makes sense that Apple makes way for VoIP iPhone apps to run over 3G until then with the current limitations, where the call would get dropped when the internet coverage is down.
What’s your take?

Apple Again Hits Back at Nokia in Patent Dispute.

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Jan 172010


Bloomberg reports that Apple has struck back at Nokia again in the growing patent dispute between the two companies, filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking to prevent the import of mobile phones from Nokia. The move counters a similar request made to the ITC earlier this month by Nokia seeking to ban the import of “virtually all” Apple products.
“Nokia will study the complaint when it is received and continue to defend itself vigorously,” Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said by text message today. “However this does not alter the fact that Apple has failed to agree appropriate terms for using Nokia technology and has been seeking a free ride on Nokia’s innovation since it shipped the first iPhone in 2007.”
The dispute between the two companies began in October 2009 when Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple charging infringement of a number of its patents by the iPhone. Apple filed a countersuit in December alleging both that Nokia itself was infringing on Apple patents with its products and that Nokia was in effect holding Apple hostage in negotiations over the Nokia patents, demanding the right to iPhone-related intellectual property not deemed “essential” to industry standards.

Apple Tablet in Production?

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Jan 172010


An analyst at AVI Securities says the Apple tablet is “in full production”.
The information comes from “a maker of components going into the Apple tablet,” according to analyst Matt Thornton. “It’s been in the supply chain for a while and entered full production this month. A couple of suppliers actually had weaker Decembers than they would have expected because production was pushed back a little bit,” he said in an interview.

A research note from AVI Securities says that “Production for the new Apple tablet is expected in Q1, with annual shipments perhaps reaching 10M units (perhaps in part explaining the significant increase in Apple NAND requirements),”
“E-books, e-magazines, e-readers, that’s what they’re going after,” Thornton said. “You have limitations on handsets, you have limitations on the Netbook and notebook. This is going after that other category that is much more multimedia centric, as opposed to mobile-communications centric or mobile-productivity centric,” he said.
“There is some chatter suggesting that the new product could cannibalize a portion of the Netbook/notebook segment, which would appear to have some modest negative implications for the traditional PC component supply chain. Given some of the early commentary we have heard around specs/functionality/pricing, we believe significant cannibalization is unlikely.”

Jan 162010


A new report suggests that iPhone OS 4.0 could be close to release, months before it would normally be expected. Apple has heretofore only released new firmware with new phone models. However, CNET reports that a “prominent” app developer says he’s got the new SDK and has updated his app already. In the past, Apple has provided developer previews in March for new OS versions that are then released in June or July.

Rick Broida, who writes iPhone Atlas for CNET, noted today that he had gotten an email from a dev claiming that he’s got a hold of iPhone OS 4.0:

iPhone OS 4.0 is imminent. At least, that’s the only conclusion I can draw from an e-mail I just received from a prominent app developer.

The message includes the following snippet: “Just wanted to give you a heads up that we’ve submitted an updated app for the new iPhone OS 4.0 software.”
Rumers have swirled ahead of the expected Apple tablet announcement later this month. An event – which is still unscheduled and unconfirmed – is supposedly going to happen at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with the date variously being set as January 26 or January 27. The French site Mac4Ever said that the tablet announcement would be accompanied by an announcement of aniPhone 4.0 beta, which is purported to include a “simulator” mode that would allow apps to be run on larger screens. Some developers were said to have been given beta SDKs ahead of the announcement so that they could prepare demos to be shown at the event.

The website iPodNN had noted speculation on Wednesday that the iPhone OS update was being held back until the tablet was announced because the build contained too many references to the still-unannounced device.
image via Cult of Mac

At&t Brings Out Cheaper unlimited Plan.

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Jan 152010


Responding to price cuts from Verizon, AT&T today rolled out new unlimited plans for all devices on its network, including the iPhone. Under the new plans taking effect on Monday, iPhone customers can sign up for unlimited voice and data for $99.99 per month, although texting packages remain separate for an additional fee. The unlimited voice and data plan represents a $30 discount from the previous unlimited plan for the iPhone.
All smartphone customers, including iPhone customers, may now buy unlimited voice and data for $99.99. For smartphone customers with Family Talk plans (prices assume 2 smartphones), unlimited voice and data is now available for $179.99. Texting plans remain unchanged at $20 for unlimited plans for individuals, $30 for Family Talk Plans.
Existing customers will be permitted to change to the new plans as of Monday via AT&T’s website, with no monetary penalty or extension to contract terms. It is unclear at this time whether there will be any adjustment to AT&T’s non-unlimited plans to reposition its pricing tiers in relation to the new, lower unlimited price.
Via macrumors.

Iphone 3GS Vs. Nexus One Camera Test.

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Jan 152010


An indispensable part of modern day mobile phones is the camera. Ever since the iPhone 3GS with its 3.2 megapixel camera was launched, it has been debated on whether or not its camera is good enough. While serious photographers will still consider it wise to go for a dedicated digital camera, most users have found the iPhone’s camera to do more than a good job for a smartphone.

You might recall one of our earlier articles where we had compared iPhone’s camera with Droid’s. Back then, it was evident that despite the Droid’s 5MP camera, pictures taken with the iPhone were still of better quality than those from the Droid. With the Nexus One out, how does this new handset compare with iPhone in terms of camera picture quality? CNET writer Josh Lowensohn has a comparison of the pictures taken from the two devices that offers pretty interesting results.

According to his casual study, one of the biggest plus-points for Nexus One has undoubtedly been the flash. Josh’s picture in a darkened room shows that the iPhone performs quite well.
iPhone vs. Nexus One in Camera

But in a very dark room, thanks to the flash, Nexus One’s pictures are good, while its pointless to take pictures with an iPhone 3GS. It also produces a more grainy picture compared to Nexus One when used in low light conditions.
iPhone vs. Nexus One in Camera
That being said, iPhone too does a few things better than the Nexus One; primarily in features such as auto-focus. The camera of the two phones seem to produce more or less similar quality pictures otherwise. Josh claims that the Nexus One camera marginally outperforms the iPhone mainly because of more recent technologies.

We would tend to agree with Josh here. With technology getting outdated at such a quick pace, even the eight odd months of difference between the launch dates of these two devices mean that the Nexus One stands to have better technology equipped in its camera. With LED flash expected to come in the next generation of iPhone, the gap between the two devices in camera technology should be bridged very soon.

What do you think?

[via CNET]

Cost Of App Store Piracy Pegged At $450 Million.

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Jan 142010


24/7 Wall St. reports that Apple and App Store developers appear to have lost approximately $450 million to piracy since the marketplace for iPhone and iPod touch application opened in July 2008. The rough number is based on several estimates regarding the proportion of downloads that are paid applications, the piracy rate for paid applications, and the proportion of pirated app users who would have paid for the applications had pirated versions not been available.

There have been over 3 billion downloads since the inception of the App Store. Assuming the proportion of those that are paid apps falls in the middle of the Bernstein estimate, 17% or 510 million of these were paid applications. Based on our review of current information, paid applications have a piracy rate of around 75%. That supports the figure that for every paid download, there have been 3 pirated downloads. That puts the number of pirate downloads at 1.53 billion. If the average price of a paid application is $3, that is $4.59 billion dollars in losses split between Apple and the application developers. That is, of course, assuming that all of those pirates would have made purchases had the application not been available to them for free. This is almost certainly not the case. A fair estimate of the proportion of people who would have used the App Store if they did not use pirated applications is about 10%. This estimate yields about $459 million in lost revenue for Apple and application developers.

Based on Apple’s take of App Store sales of 30%, the report concludes that piracy has cost Apple itself in the neighborhood of $140 million over the past year and a half, a significant loss for the company, especially considering Apple’s estimated total App Store revenue of $500-$700 million.

The report also notes that Apple has remained silent about the issue and taken no significant steps to address the issue beyond the initial security measures deployed in the App Store. Assuming Apple’s true goal is to sell iPhones and iPods, then like the original iTunes Music Store, the App Store may very well be viewed as a means to that end. Consequently, the hit to Apple’s bottom line may be considered somewhat acceptable to the company if it continues to drive device sales, leaving developers to bear the brunt of the revenue loss.


[Image via theiphoneblog]

Apple will introduce Iphone 4g in April?

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Jan 132010

new Iphone concept.

KT, the second largest mobile carrier in South Korea, indicates that Apple may launch its fourth generation iPhone as early as April.

The KoreaTimes has heard that talks over sales volumes are underway and that KT is set to sell the new devices to its bigger local corporate clients as a “litmus test” in April. It plans to provide the new iPhones to local distributors in June.

“We don’t see any bigger hurdle to introduce 4G iPhones here, as legal issues were completely cleared. It’s possible to launch the devices within the first half,” a high-ranking KT executive told The Korea Times, asking not to be identified.

“Still, there are some 3G iPhone stocks. But KT and Apple have reached a broad consensus to introduce the advanced models as early as possible,” according to the executive.

The 4G iPhones will reportedly be equipped with OLED screens, live video chat functionality, dual core processors, more powerful graphic chips, as well as higher video resolutions and better “still” images. A removable battery is also highly likely.

If this report is accurate, Apple may be trying to counter the rush of new smartphones such as the Google Nexus One device.

[Via iClarifie