Posts tagged with: iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S is one name rumors have assigned to Apple's next-gen smartphone. Expected to be announced sometime during the summer of 2013, the 5S may be a hardware refresh of the iPhone 5, keeping the same general dimensions, build, and screen size.

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    Though the iPhone 6 is fairly close to us at this point in time, the current-gen offerings are by no means bad phones. If you have an old iPhone and are looking to grab yourself an upgrade, be sure to take a glance at Best Buy's latest deal. It is offering up to $200 in trade-in credit for old iPhones, toward the purchase of an iPhone 5s or 5c. If you trade in a working iPhone 5, you'll get a $200 gift card guaranteed, which should net you an on-contract 16GB 5s for free on either AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. For a 4s, it's the same deal, but you'll get $150 instead, and this means that ...

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    Late last year we looked at reports that the Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in the iPhone 5S's home button wasn't always performing as well as users expected it to, and specifically its recognition rate appeared to get worse over time. Back in February we heard that Apple was on top of things and planning a software update to help resolve the problem. Then one week ago Apple released iOS 7.1.1, delivering just that Touch ID fix. But what really changed, in order to make performance so much better? While not an official explanation, one account attempts to detail just what's going on ...

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    The "flagship killer" that demands that you "NEVER SETTLE" breaks cover. The pioneer of the modern mobile browser shares his story. And at long last, Microsoft and Nokia finally consummate their love. We could have a feature segment, but with news this hot, do we really need one? Not with a guest like Stefan Constantinescu of TabDump to bring some flavor (and profanity) to the proceedings, that's for sure. A word on the language of this episode: we've recently ditched the "Clean" content rating that's been with us from the start of the Weekly, trading it in for Apple's ominous "Explicit" ...

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    Apple has never been famous for making battery life a priority on its iPhone line-up. Almost every publication praises Apple for how well the iPad line-up and even its Mac line-up performs in that department, but sadly we can't all say the same about the iPhone. iOS 7 proved to be tough on the iPhone's battery, and even though some of this was fixed with iOS 7.1, it seems Apple did some additional optimizations. Reports in some publications have found dramatic improvements in how the battery performs on the iPhone after iOS 7.1.1. The company didn't publicly mention this optimization, but ...

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    Because there are basically six months between Samsung's and Apple's flagship availability dates, it makes no sense to compare units sold of an aging phone, to those of brand new device that rides the waves of the buzz. However, iqmetrix have released an infographic (below), comparing the launch weekend of the Galaxy S5, and that of the iPhone 5s; apparently, the Galaxy S5 outsells iPhone 5s. First, some context: the figures below are based on iqmetrix data collected from "over 15,000 store locations across the North America". According to the chart, 23% of total phones sold in the U.S. ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers have turned it up to 11 this year. For many, it's do or die. Take HTC for example. Its sales, revenues, market share, and mind share have all been consistently dwindling over the last several years. Even while the company has remained relevant and maintained its habit of creating spectacular, beautiful, competitive devices, its stance in the market, particularly in comparison to Samsung and Apple, is paltry. And despite bringing home handfuls of awards with the One (M7), little has changed for the company. Granted, HTC has the means of keeping its business afloat ...

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    Samsung is expecting the Galaxy S 5 to outsell last year's GS4, and the expectations so far seem to match the events on the market, as this year's flagship is doing pretty well in its initial stages of availability. According to a Telegraph report, former iPhone users have a big merit in all this, as, apparently, over one third of those who upgraded to the GS5 taking advantage of a trade-in program were ex-iPhone owners. Most customers were coming from an iPhone 4S, generating a more than 200% increase in iPhone trade-ins -- according to CompareMyMobile, quoted by The Telegraph -- followed ...

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    Apple's launch of CarPlay came with a couple of basic complications, mainly because the launch didn't include any vehicle that actually supports it. With Car manufacturers launching compatible models until later this year, it's hard to see a mainstream adoption of the service if you have to purchase a new vehicle to enjoy it. Luckily manufacturers like Pioneer are looking to solve this problem for many of us that don't plan to buy a new car, and the company has just made its launch plans official. Pioneer has just announced that it'll provide a firmware update to its existing line-up of ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 5s came along with a lot of criticism from industry experts, mainly because of the A7 64-bit processor. There's no denying that this is a 64-bit chip, but until this day, we haven't seen any dramatic improvements in using an iPhone 5s when compared to an iPhone 5 from last year. Many of us felt that the chip was a marketing stunt, but a recent study from AnandTech wants to prove otherwise. The study, as with everything that comes from AnandTech is extremely detailed, but explains the substantial differences between Apple's old A6 chip, and what we find today in ...

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    For those of you that thought that 1080p video would be dead on high-end smarpthones this year, well that's not entirely the way things went with product launches. One thing that is becoming common is for smartphones to be able to record video in up-to 4K resolution, but that is of course, unless you're using an iPhone. The good thing about the developer community though, is that they always figure out ways to solve the problem, and we might have just found a way to get better quality video on your current iPhone. An app called Ultrakam is able to allow you to record video in up to 2K ...

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    This editorial was originally programed as “Sorry iPhone 6, I’m getting the All New HTC One” just a couple of days ago. Sadly, as much as I wish I wasn’t writing this, I just have to. Have you ever gone through the experience of seeing so much hype for a product that eventually ends-up disappointing you? I’ve gone through that experience time over time in things like fitness, where I’ve paid tons of cash for pairs of headphones that are retailed as “sweat proof”, and which die on me after a week of intense running. As a result, they lose a customer, and their brand loses my ...

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    iPhone deals are odd at this time of year, and that's mainly because Apple is not open to discounting anything. It's common to see this happen close to an iPhone announcement, but we don't expect the next-generation iPhone to launch until June. The cool thing is that there are companies out there that don't mind daring Apple's mentality every now and then, and there are some sweet iPhone deals from Virgin Mobile today. Right now you can get the 16GB iPhone 5s for $385, the 32GB model for $455, and the 64GB model for $525, which is insane, and specially in that 64GB model, which usually ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

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    "What would you say to the people who think that what you do is illegal?" " ... I would tell them that I don't want to answer this question." When you're interviewing the world's most notorious phone leaker, he's bound to duck a question or two. But cautious though he is, Evan Blass –formerly of Pocketnow and currently known across the web by his pen name @evleaks– is also a fountain of insight into the shadowy craft of being a professional spoiler. On today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, Evan shares the ups and downs of the underworld he's come to dominate, and gives us a glimpse ...

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