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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    On Monday, Apple started its annual WWDC conference with a bang. It unveiled the newest Mac OS update, Yosemite, and an update to its mobile OS, iOS 8. Like many had predicted, Apple has once again brought the two platforms closer together through what the company calls Continuity. In the future, those with more than one Apple device will be able to start messages on one device and finish on another, start browsing a Safari Web page on the iPad and pick up later on the iPhone. However, this is only beta 1 and not everything is working as intended. What all is new? What works and what ...

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    Each year around the same time, we look to Apple to bring some new features to its mobile platform. Each year, our anticipation for more useful, innovative features on iOS grows immensely. Maybe we're just demanding and ungrateful. Or maybe it's because, even for some strong Apple proponents, the software is beginning to feel a little stale. Last year's face-lift brought very few helpful changes to the platform; among the most notable were Control Center, folders with no app limitation on the Home screen, and AirDrop. But the brunt of the changes were dramatic visual changes – mostly in ...

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    16GB is just too much for some people, it looks like. Apple tried to solve this issue by releasing an 8GB variant of its iPhone 5c, but they could have another product coming, an 8GB iPhone 5s. He also mentions the possibility of the infamous iWatch finally being announced with iOS 8, but notes that the chances are slim. The KGI Securities analyst is stating that he believes the 5s 8GB flavor will show up at WWDC next week, but also states that Apple may simply not decide to introduce the device because of the fact that the change is very minor. He states that he expects not much hardware ...

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    If nothing else, HTC has always been renowned for its keen sense of design. Its software may have taken a detour down a treacherous path, but the hardware has rarely ever let us down. The Nexus One, One X, One M7, One M8, One S, DROID DNA, DROID Incredible, and many of the in-between devices were all rather pretty and built exceptionally well. (We'll go ahead and forget the ThunderBolt, Rezound, and Inspire 4G existed, Deal? Deal.) In particular, though, HTC has been on a hot streak for the last year and a half. The One M7 was – and still is by many – considered to be one of the most ...

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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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    Ever since the official launch of iOS 7, Apple has been hard at work testing iOS 7.1. We've seen Cupertino launch five betas of the operating system update since mid-November, and even though we still don't have a Gold Master candidate for developers, new reports have the update being pushed very soon due to a specific reason. According to Daring Fireball's Jon Grubber, Apple is planning to launch a specific app to support SXSW, but this app requires some specific features that are only available on iOS 7.1. In his words: Apple's first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today ...

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    We've seen a ton of leaks of what iOS in the car is going to be like on iOS 7.1, but none of us were quite sure of how Apple was planning to implement it. Some assumed that the company would build a specific version of iOS that would work on your dashboard, and others expected this to be a special "Car mode" that you could activate on your iPhone. As it turns out, iOS in the Car was named "CarPlay" today, and it'll be something a little different than expected. So CarPlay is actually a service that will launch on new Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz and Volvo automobiles this ...

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    About three months back, right at the start of December, we talked to you about some problems that had been coming to our attention concerning the performance of the Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 5S. What started off for many users as a relatively successful interaction with Touch ID started changing shape over time, and as the weeks passed some found the phones struggling to accept fingerprint authentication. We heard a number of theories for why this might be happening, as well as several idea for mitigating the issue, but it ultimately remained. Now we get word that Apple could finally ...

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    Earlier today, I posted a piece arguing that the Galaxy S 5 doesn't deserve all the crap it's getting from smartphone enthusiasts who were expecting more from Samsung's new Android flagship. While I stand by that opinion, the device's flaws still need pointing out - and I think a very big one can be found in the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner. There are certainly larger laments to air when it comes to the newest Galaxy. The storage problem, the familiar look of TouchWiz, the resemblance of the back cover to a Band-Aid - all of it is important (in the way that arguments about the minutiae ...

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    A smartphone as big and eagerly anticipated as Samsung's Galaxy S 5 can't stay put behind platform lines; a high profile model like this is destined to represent not just the best its manufacturer has to offer, but its platform, as well. We've already showed you how the GS5 stacks up against Nokia's Lumia 1020, and now we continue the GS5's tour through some of its cross-platform competition, comparing the phone with Apple's iPhone 5S. Far more than with the WP8 example, the GS5's size is front-and-center here, with its 5.1-inch 1080p display dwarfing Apple's 4-inch panel. With its new ...

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    One of the most common trends that you'll notice in today's market, is that it's very odd to see iPhone users leaving the platform for something else. I've personally seen cases of people doing so, and then coming back just a few months later. Some people are locked-in due to the amount of purchases that they've made on Apple's various online stores, and others simply because they want to stick to what they know. All this said, a recent study was conducted to 2,000 iPhone users in the UK, and more than half of them admit to having a 'blind loyalty' for Apple as a brand. The detailed ...

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