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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    Everybody’s got an opinion on Apple’s prospective lower-end, lower-cost metal iPhone due out this spring. The only things tipsters seem to agree on are the premium build (though there’s still time for that to change as well), and compact 4-inch form factor. The market moniker also appeared etched in stone at one point, but then, 6c turned to 7c and now 5e. That’s certainly random, and it supports the unsubstantiated nature of all this gossip. Gossip, guesswork, call it however you want, the fact of the matter is we know nothing for sure. Does the iPhone 5e have an odd ring to it? ...

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    Maybe Apple took its iPhone "s"-model iteration strategy one cycle too far. Taiwanese components sources had to revise its shipment forecasts down after slower-than-expected sales this year. Morgan Stanley is looking ahead for an iPhone slump. The dominoes continue to fall from that fact as we find out that Japanese and South Korean components factories are about to do worse off than last year. Sources say that Apple had initially asked producers to keep Q1 production quotas comparable to this time last year, back when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were out. It seems that Cupertino — ...

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    Since the plastic iPhone experiment failed miserably in the fall of 2013, it made perfect sense for Cupertino to hold off and ultimately rethink the otherwise inevitable 5c sequel. Increasingly credible rumors now hint at a spring 2016 iPhone 6c release with a compact 4-inch form factor, premium metal body, and wide palette of colors. If you had trouble imagining such a provocative new handheld, 3D artist and fan photographer Ferry Passchier just put together a high-resolution gallery of mockups starring a handsome, robust and stylish little iPhone that takes design cues from the 5s, 6 and ...

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    Believe it or not, even a tremendously well-oiled money-making machine like Apple’s needs occasional fine-tuning work here and there to continue firing on all cylinders. While certainly big on the old continent, and dominant stateside, iPhones have historically struggled in markets such as China or India, which are becoming more and more important for the financial health of any tech conglomerate. Despite obvious recent advances in both those hugely populous countries, Cupertino was also forced to take uncharacteristically drastic price-reducing iPhone 5s and 6s actions. The two year-old ...

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    Making inroads inside of India is a tough task to take on. Surmounting the challenge of serving hundreds of millions of people over areas of many disparate divides definitely calls for a ground game. It’s something Apple has long lacked. And since the market for premium smartphones and smartwatches is growing like a weed, it has set up shops in the country. Now it has to address the price component. In a country where over 373 million people live under the poverty line, a price of Rs. 44,500 ($663 as of this post) for an iPhone 5s at this stage is laughable — especially considering ...

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    Apple's iPhone line grew to prominence with its smaller handsets, long resisting the trend towards phones whose screens pushed five inches and up, but change eventually came to Cupertino, and these days the most petite current-gen iPhone you'll find is the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S. Despite the popularity of both this and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus, there's clearly still a demand for more traditional, smaller iPhones, as Apple continues to offer the old four-inch iPhone 5S. Recently, though, rumors have suggested that Apple might return to that four-inch size with some updated hardware, and a ...

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    And you thought that taco emoji was soooo worth it, right? It seems that regardless of whether it's a point-update or a dot-update, Apple has had some pretty ugly software launches lately. iOS 8.0.1 is probably the best example of this. It makes some of the iOS 9 disappointments look pretty. But it happens sometimes and is inevitable like death and taxes. This time around for iOS 9.1, it seems that some users have taken to the support forums for some issues with Touch ID (linked content has not been associated with these bugs). Some claim that Touch ID is running slow, with recognition ...

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    Companies are not in the business of losing money to those who steal their product ideas. But the path to patent protection in the process of profit gets dirty. Microsoft and Google have agreed to stop the mudslinging in some major disputes while Samsung and Apple might soon have to send lawyers up to Washington, D.C. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a bone to pick with Cupertino and a court is now in the process of determining how big that bone will be. Specifically, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which licenses innovations made on behalf of the university, ...

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    While most Apple fans stateside likely forgot all about the plastic-made iPhone 5c as soon as the 6 and 6 Plus went official last year, mobile consumers in countries such as China or India were probably disheartened to see the colorful, low-cost 4-incher axed during the 6s and 6s Plus announcement. These are people who can’t afford to pay the equivalent of $800 or $900 for a 3D Touch-enabled device, but before long, they may get an offer they can’t refuse on a watered-down iPhone 5s. Don’t worry, we’re not talking major build quality or processing power compromises, just slightly ...

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    With the launch of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Apple introduced a new color option for shoppers to consider: pink-toned rose gold. And while that brings the selection of available iPhone colors to the highest number yet at four, its arrival isn't without a downside, as we learn the impact the debut of the new iPhones is having on previously available color options. Prior to today's event, Apple was selling the existing iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5S in silver, gold and space gray – all three color variants available for all three phones. While Apple is going to keep on ...

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    Touch. Tap. Push. Prod. Swab. Stab. The button takes a lot of nonsense from its users. And also Benny Benassi and The Biz, but if I hear "push me and then just touch me" one more time, I might need a barbiturate. Anyways, people usually don't give these things much credit for doing what they do and what engineers have made them do. It didn't need to be a button Take the iPhone 5S with its home button. It implemented a fingerprint sensor on top of it and Apple thus created Touch ID. Touch ID was made to take the taps and swipes and repetition away from accessing secure features: unlocking ...

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    We've spent the last couple of months both considering and dismissing the possibility of an iPhone mini. At first we saw the leaked images of an iPhone 5c successor, but those rumors were quickly shot by trusted sources as the iPhone 5s might still be slated for another year, given its popularity. For a moment there we thought this possibility wouldn't happen, but it seems that Apple has a plan up its sleeve. Sources now claim that Apple is working on a metallic iPhone 6c for a launch in 2016. Foxconn's stock just grew 3.2% after the rumors hit the media, given the fact that it seems that ...

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    Apple isn't about to end its announcements roll – over the past 24 hours, the company has come out with an updated 27-inch Retina iMac, as well as some changes to its 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro lineup. And while this latest announcement, a new Apple Lightning dock, doesn't quite come with the hype those other two items bring, we're sure certain iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will be quite pleased to learn of its existence. This particular dock works with both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and should be relatively case-friendly, too. That's right – both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones can fit ...

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    When the Apple Watch was announced, one of the biggest concerns was its battery life. Any smartwatch that can't guarantee more than a day of performance is definitely a concerning topic for everyone. Now, what users weren't prepared for is for the iPhone to not behave the same way after pairing the Apple Watch, and mixed results have arrived. On one hand, a certain batch of users have praised the Apple Watch for helping the iPhone perform better in the battery department. It makes sense that if you spend more time on the watch, that as a result, this subtracts the amount of time you need ...

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    We've heard a ton of rumors surrounding a possible 4-inch iPhone mini launch later this year. Surely the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have proven to be very successful over the last few months, but there is still a significant market interested in better one-handed usability. For that matter, Apple still sells the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and that might not be good for an iPhone mini project. KGI Securities has a very positive track record when it comes to Apple predictions, and today Ming-Chi Kuo claims that we might not see a brand new 4-inch iPhone until 2016. The reasons have a lot to do ...

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    Apple's launch of iOS 8.3 came with a ton of the fixes that many of us were waiting for. Surely the software update brought a couple of new features, but the lack of stability of iOS 8.2 was the main reason for anybody to upgrade to Apple's new mobile OS. The problem is when something what wasn't broken starts giving users trouble, and today there seems to be a new one. Users have begun to complain about issues with Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.3. The problem seems to affect only a certain amount of users, and we haven't been able to confirm if this only applies to certain specific ...

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    With the arrival of iOS 8 last year, Apple's iPhone picked up a valuable new feature: WiFi calling. For users spending much of their days indoors, where cellular reception can be hit-and-miss, being able to route voice calls over a convenient WiFi connection can be a real lifesaver. So far, you've been able to take advantage of it in the US if you had an iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus running on T-Mobile's network. That's great for TMo users, but what about the rest of us? Today millions of additional iPhone users start getting access to the the same capabilities, as the ...

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    We all know that one size doesn't fit all, and Apple clearly knew that as well with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Cupertino acknowledged early on that the market demanded a bigger iPhone, but it also knew that there was another crowd that demanded a phablet. Still, we know that there are people that value one-handed usability, and for them Apple decided to leave the aging iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and it seems there are plans for that to continue. Reports claim that Apple is already working on building a new iPhone that retains the dimensions of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c ...

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    Paying with your smartphone using NFC is nothing terribly new. Our own Michael Fisher showed us how to use Google Wallet on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus – something that wasn’t officially supported at the time – back in April 2012. It was as simple as tapping the phone to a compatible card reader, entering your Google Wallet PIN on the phone, tapping once more to confirm, and grabbing your receipt on the way out. Apple had shown some interest in mobile payments before WWDC earlier this year. Two years ago, alongside iOS 6, it introduced Passbook, a catch-all for all your loyalty and ...

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    Since the new iPhone 6 came out, everybody's talking about all the new features and especially the new 8 megapixel camera. Many are giving it some great praise, but as Micheal said in the "Here’s what the iPhone 6 camera can do" piece, it's a good camera, but it ain’t no Nokia. In this piece we're going to take a close look at how the picture quality of the iPhone 6 plus really compares to a few of the other smartphones out there, as well as a midrange DSLR just for fun. Before you go reading through all of my commentary in this camera phone shootout, I'd like to invite you to look ...

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    A couple of years ago, choosing an iPhone was easy since there was only one device to choose from. Apple changed things up a bit with the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but hardware internals aside, both devices were really the same size. Apple’s smartphone strategy for this year is significantly different. For the first time ever we see the company offering an iPhone in three different sizes, and if you’re still debating if the iPhone 6 is a better choice over the iPhone 5s, you’ve come to the right place. If you pay attention to all of the iPhone haters out there, you could ...

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    This thing is entirely too small. That was my initial impression of the very first iPhone I ever used. It was the iPhone 4 I picked up on Verizon's off-beat January launch day. Over the course of three years and two different iPhone models, my opinion never changed. I upgraded to the iPhone 4S that fall and later to the "larger" iPhone 5. Even the iPhone 5 was way too small for my tastes. It wasn't the height of the iPhone display that was the problem, but rather the width. I've always figured it's a combination of my anatomical disposition and experience with an array of other, larger ...

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    Every now and then, a crazy application or device comes along that makes you wonder what the people in charge were thinking. Surely some of us said this about products like the Samsung Galaxy Note, and look how that story ended up, but there are also cases of products that simply don't make sense. We've seen a couple of applications here and there dare the odds of logic, but there's a new one that just took the cake. A new application called Vizzywig 4K was recently approved at the App Store, and the only reason why we're covering this in the news, is to give you a polite "buyers beware." ...

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    A time not too far into the past, Apple's mobile products were the gold standard of the industry. The iPhone dictated the direction of the coming year, and it was one of the few smartphones with incredible design and a consistent and reliable user experience. Further, tablet-optimized applications were made almost solely for Apple's iPad. However, Apple has been slow to update its software, hardware innovation has almost slowed to a crawl, and other OEMs are closing the gap in many areas – tablet market share, tablet-optimized apps, and even customer satisfaction. Apple got comfortable. ...

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    At about this time of year every year, we're faced with the same situation. Apple has just gone official with a new iPhone (two new iPhones, this time), and in that process discounted the pricing of the last-gen models. So is it worth skipping on the upgrades and grabbing a cheaper phone instead? Let's have a look in our Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s comparison chart. The good thing is, unlike what happened with Sony's flagship Xperia line, nothing has got worse between generations. And there's a commendable set of upgrades, too – it's more than clear that this isn't just an incremental ...

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