“Samsung Electronics co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun told reporters at an industry forum in Seoul that he is confident shipments of the Galaxy S4 will top 10 million next week — four weeks after the device went on sale in 60 countries, including Korea, China, India and the U.S.,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.
“‘That would make the mobile device the fastest-selling selling smartphone in Samsung’s history,’ the Korea Times reported — a line echoed in the U.S. press,” P.E.D. writes. “That kind of coverage must drive Tim Cook crazy.”
P.E.D. writes, “Because when Apple reported last September that it sold 5 million iPhone 5 units in three days, analysts expressed ‘disappointment.’”
Apple’s iOS 7 operating system update is expected to be shown off for the first time during the keynote at WWDC 2013, but a recent report suggested the platform’s launch may be delayed. Apple engineers are reportedly working on a major overhaul of iOS’s user interface, and it is seemingly taking longer than expected to refine and “flatten” the interface. According to multiple reports from reporters with nearly impeccable track records, however, Apple has pulled engineers away from OS X to help work on iOS 7 and the new mobile OS update will launch on time.
“Yes, yes — it’s essentially a repeat of the iPhone/Leopard scenario,” an unnamed source told AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski. “Not as much of a fire drill, though. It will ship on time.” The source was referring to Apple’s decision in 2007 to have OS X engineers help with the development of “iPhone OS” in order to ensure that the first iPhone would ship on time.
In a subsequent report, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple confirmed that iOS 7 will indeed launch on time. The new OS is expected to become available to developers following Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote on June 10th, and to the public in or around September alongside the release of Apple’s next iPhone, the iPhone 5S.
Multiple reports suggest iOS 7 will feature a major redesign that removes much of the skeuomorphic design elements and textures in previous versions of iOS and replaces them with a flatter and more modern user interface. According to one recent report, the new look of iOS 7 will be no more difficult to use than current versions, though its look may be “unsettling” to longtime iOS users.
The iPhone 5S/6 will feature a 12MP camera and an improved night shooting feature, a source from the Vietnam branch of a Japanese Apple supplier has told Tinte.vn. The source reveals that Wonderful Saigon Electrics (WSE) has a facility in Bing Duong, which specializes in providing camera modules for the iPhone. This is the same source that correctly informed the Vietnamese blog last year that the iPhone 5 would have an 8MP camera, not 10MP as initially rumoured.
The Vietnamese blog has been accurate before when reporting Apple rumours: They have posted hands-on videos with the Earpods and have been able to get a hold of pre-release and prototype Apple handsets in the past, like the prototype iPhone and a white iPhone 4 running iOS 4.
While we cannot confirm the authenticity of the source or the information, the 12MP camera seems like a likely step Apple could take with the highly anticipated next generation iPhone, alongside the much needed improvement for low-light shooting compared to the Nokia Lumia, which has ‘better’ low light performance
Check out this beautiful rendering by Ran Avni of a concept iPhone 6 featuring a larger display, thinner frame, and no home button. Apple iPhone 6 – new design, thinner, smaller. iPhone 6 is the best iPhone yet. The display measures 4.5-inches in size and the body is depicted in both black and aluminum colors.
Notably, after meeting with suppliers in Asia, Topeka Capital analyst Brian White believes Apple will release the iPhone 5S in ‘at least’ 2 screen sizes. Take a look below and let us know what you think in the comments
Looks like Apple is planning a late June release date for the release of its next iPhone handset. A report from TechCrunch cited a leaked internal document from a Chinese iPhone accessory manufacturer in claiming that the “iPhone 5S” would be arriving this Summer with June as the targeted release window.
The company also boasts complete Apple certification and is working with Foxconn directly to launch product immediately upon the launch of the new devices. This sort of leak – a launch date, direct contact to a certified manufacturer, and mention of direct cooperation with Foxconn – is fairly unique in the world of Apple news.
Apple had originally used the early months of the Summer as the preferred release window for its new iPhone models dating back to the 2007 release of the first iPhone. The release date was later pushed back to late Summer, including last year’s September launch for the iPhone 5.
Image from forums.macrumors.com
While the iPhone has since its introduction been among the most-anticipated annual releases, the handset is seeing a crop of new challengers looking to steal away its spotlight.
This information could be a bit of careless boasting but it does suggest a certain level of certainty in the market and reinforces rumors of a June iPhone 5S release. It also suggests a certain lack of fear in manufacturers as they approach a new, post-Steve Jobs Apple. Whether the information is accurate is impossible to tell – yet. However, it is some of the most convincing data we’ve seen relating to new Apple launches.
Apple has released an update to its ‘Find My Friends’ app that brings a new UI to search for and set location-based notifications. Download the App from here.
Find My Friends allows you to easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Install this free app on your device running iOS 5 or later and sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Adding a friend is easy — just send a request to see their location. Once your friend accepts using the Find My Friends app on their device, you will be able to see their location. And friends can request to see your location the same way.
- Easily locate friends and family
- Temporary sharing option
- Location-based alerts (requires iOS 6)
- Simple privacy controls
- Parental restrictions
- Free for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Mac OS Evangelist Tim Holmes (flickr) has posted a nice photo set from December 20th, 1996, the night Steve Jobs returned to Apple. I tend to take a camera everywhere, so I had my Apple QuickTake camera, which Steve Jobs killed within the year. The colors are way off due to the poor quality of digital cameras in 1996, Steve’s jacket was black in real life.
Working late on a Friday on December 20th at Apple Computer as Mac OS Evangelist, my manager came rushing past my office door saying to come with him to Town Hall, Apple’s theater for announcements, company meetings and the like. It was clearly not a company meeting… I called Mitch, my wife who also worked there at the time, and told her meet me there. We had no idea what was about to happen… I tend to take a camera everywhere, so I had my Apple QuickTake camera, which Steve Jobs killed within the year. The colors are way off due to the poor quality of digital cameras in 1996, Steve’s jacket was black in real life.
Take a look at a few photos below or hit the link for the set:
A team of scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed the world’s smallest medical implant to monitor critical chemicals in the blood. The 14mm device measures up to five indicators, including proteins like troponin, that show if and when a heart attack has occurred. Using Bluetooth, the device can then transmit the data to a smartphone for tracking. The device can also track levels of glucose, lactate, and ATP, providing valuable data for physiologic monitoring during activity, or in possible disease conditions like diabetes. As far as tricorders go, this device may be the one you have been waiting for, provided you are on board for the implant.
Hewitt reports, “Outside the body, a battery patch provides the 100 milliwatts of power that the device requires by wireless inductive charging through the skin.”
“Often in the hours before a heart attack, fatigued or oxygen-starved muscle begins to break down, and fragments of a heart-specific smooth muscle protein, the troponin mentioned above, are dumped into the blood. If this can be detected before disruption of the heart rhythm, or the actual attack, lifesaving preemptive treatment can be initiated sooner,” Hewitt reports. “For patient monitoring, a device like this would quickly become indispensable once introduced. In cancer treatment for example, exact dosing is critical. Numerous blood tests are often required to calibrate the treatment according the to the patient’s particular ability to break down and excrete the drug. Often these parameters change when the disease, or the therapy, directly affects the organs involved in these processes — typically this would mean the liver and the kidneys.”
As a final note, it should be observed that the EPFL device is not the only one on the horizon. Tricorder-style blood scanners are just beginning to gain a foothold in the medical community. A new $100 million research fund has just been announced by Blackberry mastermind Mike Lazaridis. The new fund is called Quantum Valley Investments, and is emphasizing all things quantum. Based at the Lazaridis Quantum-Nano headquarters in Ontario, the focus will also include quantum sensors, quantum computing, and perhaps one new tantalization for our collective tricorder imagination — acoustic cell sorting.
Flipboard 2.0 has been released for iOS with the ability to create your own magazines. Here is the App Store download link. Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, discover amazing things from around the world, or stay connected to the people closest to you. Now with Flipboard 2.0, you can save and collect the things you love into your own magazines like “Trips I want to take” or “Dream Homes.”
When you first launch Flipboard simply pick a few topics to start reading everything from world news to sports, travel and more. You can also add popular publications, such as The New York Times or Vanity Fair, or add Etsy to shop right from Flipboard. You can find thousands of websites, RSS feeds and interesting sources like Politico and Brain Pickings, or explore magazines being created on Flipboard in “By Our Readers” — just tap the red ribbon and use the Content Guide to get started.
What’s New In This Version:
- You can now collect and save content into your own magazines, tap the new “+” button to get started.
- Your magazines are public, but can be made private (viewable only to you).
- Use the new bookmarklet to add items to your magazines from your browser.
- Get Flipboard notifications when people like, comment or subscribe to your magazines.
- Easily email or share magazines to Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc
– Search is now front and center on your Flipboard, with new improved results.
– Faster page-loading and faster flipping performance.
- Personalized recommendations for more to add to your Flipboard.
It might be called iPhone 6 or iPhone 5S, but who cares. Take a look at few images that are reported to be of a few of the components that will make up these new iPhones. The pictures are of speaker parts that will be residing in the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 and they have been published by NoWhereElse, quoting sources that are known to them. To be launched by this August.
There is a little difference between these and the speaker components in the iPhone 5 but there is nothing to indicate that they are for the new model. The only way we are going to know is if somebody decides to demolish their new iPhone 5S to find out