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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    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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    The Galaxy Alpha may just be the worst-kept secret Samsung's had in a while, and from nearly the first time we heard the phone's name it's felt like there's been a steady stream of leaked pics, hardware details, and launch rumors. The torrent doesn't slow down any today, and we keep this momentum going with the arrival of a bunch of new images, some comparing the Alpha to the iPhone 5S, as well as the discovery of User Agent Profiles that give us insight into some carrier variants. The new pics show off an LTE-A version of the Galaxy Alpha, presumably for South Korea, and seeing up against ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    Apple's quarter results are in, and for those of you non-Apple fans that are hoping for the Cupertino kids to file for bankruptcy any time soon, that's just not going to happen. The company has reported revenue of $37.4 billion, and earnings of $1.28 per share (after last month's seven-for-one stock split). These numbers are above Apple's own $36 billion projections, though a little shy of Wall Street's $37.99 billion forecast, where the earnings per share did exceed the $1.23 projected. Still, if you think all these numbers are positive, that's actually not the case; so prepare to not be ...

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    The fact that we see iPhones in the hands of most people in the US and Europe shows us just how well Apple has saturated both markets. There is still room for growth, but it's significantly smaller than the amount of opportunity that Apple has in Asia, and we've seen the company make significant changes in order to cater to Chinese specifically, but now it wants more. Apple's new strategy is focused on Vietnam, as the company is partnering with more companies in order to achieve better market penetration. Bloomberg reports that people crave iPhones in Vietnam, and in order to reach a ...

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    Apple has gained a lot of popularity through Touch ID on the iPhone 5s. For those that haven't tried it, this is merely another fingerprint scanner, but for those of us that have, it's really the only fingerprint scanner that works reliably. Sadly it seems that Apple will have to consider new names for the feature, as the USPTO isn't planning to concede Apple's trademark application. According to the USPTO, an already existing "Kronos Touch ID" trademark that was granted since 2001, and that also has to do with fingerprint scanners could lead customers into confusion. The statement reads: ...

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    It's hard to deny that every iPhone ever launched has gained a significant level of popularity. Apple may not sell most of the smartphones in the world, but with the amount of iPhones seen in the public these days, it's clear that Apple has a significant lead. If you're interested in seeing just how popular a device like the iPhone 5s is today, the numbers are in. ABI Research has just published its report for Q1 2014, and the firm is declaring the iPhone 5s as the most popular smartphone in the world for that quarter. Sadly the details as to how this ranking was determined are hard to ...

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    You might remember that at the launch of the HTC One M8 I wrote an article titled “I was going to switch my iPhone 5s to an HTC One M8, but..”  and my arguments for avoiding the change were based on the poor camera, its lack of a fingerprint scanner, and the fact that boom sound wasn’t everything. Fast forward to today, give me an HTC One M8 for a week and now my iPhone is in a drawer. Since a lot of you asked us why this happened in our previous After The Buzz episode of the HTC One (M8), we'll compare both of these devices in a video, and tell you the reasons why. There is no such ...

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    One benefit that many people have found in owning Apple iOS products is the combination of its AppleCare+ extended warranty, and Apple's Genius Bar service. For $99 you receive two years of warranty protection for any iPad or iPhone, and in case of any accidental damage to the device on your part, you could replace your iPad for $49, or iPhone for $79, with a total of two incidents being covered. Sadly if you didn't purchase the warranty when you bought the product, the most you were allowed to wait was 30 days, though Apple has just decided to change that. As of yesterday Apple is now ...

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    Rumors continue to point to Apple launching its next-generation iPhone 6 during September. For the company to be able to meet demand, manufacturing has to begin months ahead of the launch, which was also a big rumor that happened a couple of weeks ago. At this stage you can expect some finalized iPhone parts to emerge, and today we've come across the most important one. Leaked photos show us a full comparison between the black and the white screen glass of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. These comparison photos also show us what the display looks like when compared to the display of the current ...

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    Summer can be expensive: all those tankfuls of gas for road trips to the beach, tickets to the latest blockbuster movie, and you probably don't even want to look at what that A/C is costing you to keep cool. If you're trying to keep a handle on spending, though, that doesn't mean you have to pass up on some of the hottest smartphones and their accessories, and today we've spotted a couple solid deals that should help your summer dollar stretch a little farther. Apple's iPhone pricing has been notorious for its resistance to discounts. That's not to say that we don't see them, but while ...

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    Last week, we loaded all our iOS devices up with iOS 8 beta 1 and gave you a preview of the software you can expect on your iDevices this fall. We made it very clear the software was riddled with bugs and not everything was activated yet. A lot of what Apple announced at WWDC is missing from the first beta of iOS 8. It's understandable and expected. But how have we fared with the software? What do we love and what do we hate? Have we been able to stand an entire week with iOS 8? With a week of using beta 1 behind us, watch our iOS 8 impressions video below to see how we like (or dislike) ...

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    Last week, Apple announced iOS 8 at its opening keynote for WWDC 2014. That comes as no real surprise as WWDC is where we typically meet the early incarnations of Apple's newest software versions. For the last several years, though, we've closed out of our WWDC keynote livesream and liveblog tabs with a subtle bitter taste in our mouths. Let's be honest, iOS 4, iOS 5, iOS 6 and iOS 7 were all pretty boring. Sure, iOS 7 was a whole lot better to look at than previous versions, but useful features in the update were few and far between. We got Control Center, a better Notification Center, ...

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    Following the WWDC keynote on Monday, some of us weren't exactly sure how to feel about the new iOS 8 update. Unlike last year, which was a huge visual overhaul, iOS 8 is more background and feature upgrades which make the update seem more incremental than it actually is. Behind the scenes, there's a lot of new stuff going on – a lot of stuff we never thought we'd see Apple ever announce. For one, it introduced third-party keyboards in iOS 8, placing a larger part of the user experience in the hands of third-party developers. Third-party sharing, something I've been harping on for years ...

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    Yes, we're all still surprised that Apple made such a big buzz about HealthKit on WWDC a couple of days ago, and still the company decided not to launch a wearable. It seems that Apple's initial focus will mainly be about creating an ecosystem where third party manufacturers can create this fitness and health mentality for you. Love it or hate it, if you're wondering just how useful an iPhone can be without an iWatch in this department, Apple has decided to show you today. Apple has just launched a new TV ad called "Strength", and if you take a minute to watch it, you'll notice just how ...

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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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