Rumor: iPhone 5 will have huge display
Hey, Apple users, are you guys tired of that tiny screen on your iPhone? Well, I have some great news for you: Apple has started placing orders for screens for its next iPhone, and this time it’s going big, according to a South Korean newspaper report picked up by Reuters.
The new displays will be 4.6-inch “retina” displays, and the updated phone will launch sometime around the second quarter this year, the paper said. While Apple started the trend of smartphones with large touchscreens, its 3.5-inch screen has started to look diminutive next to offerings like Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus’ 4.65 inches.
But MacRumors is dubious about the report, noting that numerous previous whispers put the new screen at 4 inches, and that many companies making iPhone cases seem to be betting on that. One source with a good track record said the new iPhone would have a longer, 4-inch display and an aluminum casing, but was “still in the engineering phase, not early production.” Apple Insider is also dubious of the second quarter launch date; previous reports have always put it in September or October.
New iPhone app promises to let you control your dreams
A new iPhone app will supposedly let you control your dreams, or at least what you dream about…
The app uses a timer and the Apple device’s microphone to detect when a user has entered REM sleep, which is when they’re most susceptible to dreaming. Then it begins to play a soundtrack for the specific type of dream that the user selects, which could include sound effects or voices directing their dream. The available dreams include walking through a forest, visiting the beach, flying, becoming rich, and even romances specified for both men and women.
So far there are only 8 options available, but if it is open source and app developers get a crack at it options will probably expand rapidly.
Apple location egged after Beijing store cancels iPhone 4S sale
Would-be customers who waited all night in freezing temperatures became furious when Apple’s flagship Beijing store abruptly announced that the phone would not go on sale as scheduled, AP reports. Police cordoned off the store after the angry crowd pelted it with eggs.
The crowd included dozens of migrant laborers hired by resellers who ended up going home without pay, BusinessWeek reports.
An Apple spokeswoman says they were unable to open the store because of the size of the crowd. The iPhone “will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being,” she added.
Other Apple stores in China did open today, notes the AP, and the iPhone 4S quickly sold out—despite virtual assistant Siri’s lack of Mandarin.
Apple unveils iPhone 4S… not iPhone 5
Apple announced the iPhone 4S at today’s highly anticipated launch. It will be available Oct. 14, with the 16GB version at $199, the 32GB at $299, and the 64GB at $399.
As expected, it will be up to twice as fast, featuring the same A5 chip the iPad 2 offers; on the outside, however, it looks just like the iPhone 4, Ars Technica notes. Graphics will be up to seven times faster, meaning even more impressive games; battery life and download speed will also be improved. The phone will run on both GSM and CDMA networks, Engadget notes. It also features a faster, improved 8-megapixel camera; demo photos “don’t look like they’re shot with a smartphone at all,” Wired declares. Last but not least: It will offer improved voice control via an “intelligent assistant” called Siri that “is blowing everyone’s minds,” Ars Technica tweets.
Other big topics of conversation included the new iOS 5, available as a free update next Wednesday, and iCloud, which will be free for iOS 5 and Lion users with a free 5GB of online data storage and more available to purchase. Both are out Oct. 12. Updated, cheaper iPods were also unveiled.
As for new CEO Tim Cook, he noted, “This is my first product launch since being named CEO. I’m sure you didn’t know that.” He looked “cool, comfortable. Genuinely happy and excited,” Engadget notes, although he’s a bit more “subtle” and “understated” than Steve Jobs.
China: She should wait for the Iphone 5 to come out.
Awhile back it was reported that a young boy in China sold his kidney so he could get the necessary funds to purchase an iPad. Now a girl in China is offering up her virginity in exchange for an iPhone 4. Are Apple products really that good?
It was reported that a young girl, apparently known as a “jiulinghou,” a terms that refers to individuals born in the 90s, took to the Chinese version of Twitter to broadcast her desire to give up her virginity in exchange for an iPhone 4.
The girl, who hails from Guangdong, included a picture of herself and various stats to potential suitors. She was immediately inundated with criticism, with some stating out that one’s virginity isn’t worth a phone. According to one report, several people stated that she should wait for the iPhone 5 to come out.
Some have speculated that this is all a prank, that someone hacked into her account. Either way, it’s a sign that Steve Jobs’ and his unholy creations will soon be taking over the world.
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iPhone will track your location, whether you like it or not
Even when location services are not enabled, your iPhone will still collect and store location data, according to a test run by the Wall Street Journal.
The recent revelation that iPhones were collecting precise location data, and storing that data for up to a year in an unencrypted file, has sparked concern among users, as well as from Senator Al Franken and Representative Ed Markey, who have demanded Steve Jobs explain what the data is used for.
Apple, in a letter last year, claimed that the iPhone used such information for improving location services, and that users who turn the location services feature off will not have their information collected.
But the Wall Street Journal’s test showed that the iPhone still used cellphone towers and Wi-Fi access to find this location data, though it did not appear to be transmitted back to Apple. The test observed the data recorded by the phone as it moved from place to place, and found that these moves were recorded, using coordinates and time stamps. The times did not include duration, and the coordinates were not totally precise.
Google performs a similar operation regarding users’ location data on phones using its Android software.
iPhones secretly track their users’ locations
Apple devices appear to be tracking their owners’ locations and storing data about people’s whereabouts without their knowledge, according to a report posted Wednesday on a site called iPhone Tracker.
The unauthorized surveillance started in June 2010, when the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system was released, according to two researchers who say they discovered a hidden tracking file and posted it out of concern for users.
Apple has not responded to the allegations.
The researchers have posted a program online that will let any iPhone user see a map of his or her location over time, going back to June, when iOS 4.0 was released.
Mind-Controlled Games Hit the iPhone
Ever wanted to control a video game with your mind? It sounds like science fiction, but it’s real and it’s in the Apple App Store. Iceland company MindGames has released a pair of games controlled by your thoughts, using a headset that reads your brain waves like an EEG, the LA Times reports.
In W.I.L.D., released last month, players fly over dreamlike landscapes, concentrating and relaxing their minds to put out fires, bend spoons, and so forth. In “Tug of Mind,” released in December, players try to stay calm while being screamed at by an “opponent,” created from an actual headshot of someone they know. Both apps cost $4.99, though of course, you’ll need to buy a mind-reading helmet for around $100 first