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“iPhone 4S” Could Be Apple’s Only New iPhone Next Month

iphone-4s-650x486Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair suggests that Apple may only be introducing a single new iPhone model on October 4th, reports BRG, the “iPhone 4S” (a beefed-up iPhone 4 variant with an A5 processor and 8MP camera), despite an abundance of claims to the contrary.

Blair cites Apple supply chain, which he suggests shows no sign of a redesigned iPhone 5 arriving any time soon, agreeing with other analysts who have made this observation, but contradicting numerous media outlets and other sources. Blair had the following comments to offer on the matter:

    “…The focus of the new iPhone will be iOS 5, a speedier A5 processor and a higher resolution 8 MP camera with a small possibility of a larger 4 inch screen…We believe the casing will be largely similar to the iPhone with some particular modifications to the antennae [sic]. We don’t expect a second, dramatically different iPhone to accompany this as we don’t think Apple needs to have 3 models in the market to address the high end, mid-tier and low end since the iPhone 4 (with memory lowered to 8 GB) will drop to $99 and effectively attack those markets.”

There has so far been a complete lack of physical evidence for a redesigned iPhone 5, which has led to serious questions about the device’s impending release, but it’s also possible that Apple is putting significant effort into concealing the device and its details to avoid a situation like last year’s iPhone 4 leak by Gizmodo.

While it’s true that the iPhone 5 could easily become Apple’s low-cost entry into the market, introducing a new model that reflect only a moderate boost in specs would significantly disappoint many customers, and a lack of innovation in the hardware might cost Apple a renewed competitive edge against high-end Android devices.

Also of note in Blair’s comments is that he suggests that Apple will release multiple new devices in October, such as a 3G-enabled iPod touch, but only one of them will be an iPhone.

It does seem odd, however, that Blair would mention a 3G-enabled iPod touch, as the parts necessary to build such a device would be very similar to those required to build an iPhone 5. According to Blair, the iPod’s cellular data option will work like the iPad, giving users the option to purchase data plans on a month-to-month basis with no contract. by mactrast

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RIM’s enterprise standing slips, says Forrester

forr092311Summary: The turnabout in the enterprise highlights how RIM’s core foundation has been rattled by consumerization.

Research in Motion’s grip on the enterprise appears to be slipping as Android and Apple’s iOS combine for a larger installed base than the BlackBerry in corporations, according to Forrester Research.

The turnabout in the enterprise highlights how RIM’s core foundation has been rattled by consumerization. As more employees bring their own devices to work, RIM is falling behind.

Forrester’s report—The State of Workforce Technology Adoption—covers a lot of territory, but the biggest trend surfaced is that bring your own devices policies are reality. Forty eight percent of information workers buy any smartphone they want and use it for work and another 54 percent pay for all or some of their mobile bill.

BlackBerry’s platform still leads in the enterprise with 42 percent share, but Apple has 22 percent and Android has 26 percent of smartphone users. Apple and Android combined clearly trump BlackBerry, according to Forrester data.

In previous benchmark studies, Forrester didn’t bother asking about Apple and Android because they barely registered in the enterprise.

What’s more alarming for RIM is that email still dominates smartphone apps. According to Forrester, 81 percent use their smartphones for email primarily and 62 percent cited calendar. Other apps such as collaboration, video conferencing and sales lagged far behind.

In other words, the uses that made RIM famous are still prevalent in the workplace, but employees are going to other devices.

Other odds and ends worth noting:

    Forrester’s report is based on a survey of 4,985 information workers.
    35 percent of workers use desktops more than 4 hours a day.
    11 percent of workers used tablets. And 8 percent used four devices—PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet.
    Generation Y leads social collaboration usage, but only one in six adopts social tools.
    Wikis remain the most popular social collaboration tool with 16 percent of Gen Y adopting them. by zdnet

 
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iPhone 5 going dual-core, 1GB of RAM, with advanced Assistant feature?

iPhone-4-NFCMark Gurman from 9to5Mac has posted a great write-up on what his usually very good sources have told him we can expect in the upcoming iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 hardware and software. In short:

  • Apple A5 dual-core SoC (like iPad 2)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, backlit sensor
  • Qualcomm GSM/CDMA Dual-Band radio
  • Siri-based Assistant that replaces the old, limited Voice Control, and tied into Wolfram Alpha and Find my Friend
  • Nuance-based Dictation for voice-to-text

One of the big questions remains whether it will be in the same/similar iPhone 4 casing or in a redesigned, bigger screen, all new casing. TiPb has independently heard that we shouldn’t get our hopes up for a redesign this year, but with Apple we won’t know for sure until we see it.

Assistant sounds like the killer feature for iPhone 4S/iPhone 5, with the ability to handle natural voice input and hold a conversation to parse complex tasks like setting up appointments, informing invitees, finding friends, etc. (Unfortunately, it still can’t actualize “Tea. Early Grey. Hot.” but it’s getting close…)

Check out Mark’s complete write up for a lot more details, linked below.

 
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iPhone 5 cases appearing in AT&T reseller inventory lists?

110926-09-tipb_iphone_5_case_inventory1TiPb received the above screenshot today which purports to show Case-Mate Barely There cases for iPhone 5 in an AT&T reseller point-of-sale system (POS). We’ve seen a lot of case leaks before, even Case-Mate leaks, and it’s not hard to imagine case makers gambling on leaked designs, but retail systems stocking them already? Seriously, October 4 can’t get here soon enough. by tipb

 
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RIM PlayBook a poor debut for QNX

playbook_white1While QNX is currently used in the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and is scheduled to be used in the company’s smartphones in the future, replacing the BlackBerry OS to become Research in Motion’s (RIM) mainstream platform, the company’s current dismal performance is casting a cloud over the fate of the OS.

RIM recently announced it shipped only 10.6 million BlackBerry smartphones in the second quarter, compared with expected shipments of 11.9 million, while tablet shipments were barely half the expected amount. The company shipped only 200,000 Playbook tablets, compared to expectations of 400,000-600,000, and the total represented a drop from 500,000 in the company’s first quarter (from March to May).

RIM’s stumbles in the market are compounded by its high expectations. About 1.5 million BlackBerry Playbooks were manufactured through September, which means RIM still has nearly 800,000 units of inventory on hand, stated Digitimes Research analyst James Wang. There have already been reports of layoffs at both the vendor (2,000 jobs) and its ODM partner Quanta Computer (2,000 jobs), and it is unlikely that manufacturing of the product will continue through the fourth quarter, said Wang, while adding there has been no word about any next-generation successor of the product.

QNX is supposed to replace the BlackBerry OS and become RIM’s mainstream platform in the future, but so far the market has not been welcoming. Moreover, a quick look at the market landscape shows that it is becoming increasingly hard for niche operating systems to succeed under the fierce competition brought on by Android and iOS. by digitimes

Wang is the author of the Digitimes Research Special Report, “Expectations for the 2H 2011 tablet market.”

 
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Facebook to Launch iPad App and New iPhone App at October Apple Event?

facebook-apple-ipad-360Facebook will launch its long-awaited iPad app at Apple’s iPhone 5 launch event on Oct. 4, Mashable has learned. In addition to the iPad app, Facebook is also expected to release a revamped version of its iPhone app and may unveil an HTML5-based mobile app marketplace.

The Facebook iPad app, which leaked earlier this year, has been in limbo at Facebook for the past few months. That much was made clear in a blog post Monday by former Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen. In that post, he revealed that he left the company (for Google) partially because Facebook has been sitting on the completed app since May.

The problem, according to two sources familiar with the situation, has been a combination of timing and a strained relationship with Apple. It’s no secret that the two companies have been at odds over various issues during the past two years. For example, the social network pulled the plug on Facebook Connect in Ping because Apple didn’t give Facebook any warning about the feature, which would have eaten a great deal of bandwidth on Facebook’s side.

We’ve also heard rumors that Facebook was supposed to be integrated into iOS. This was meant to happen years ago, but disagreements on both sides eventually led to Apple integrating Twitter into iOS 5.

The relationship between the two technology giants is warming up, however, thanks to the shared goal of beating Google — and the simple fact that Facebook and Apple may need each other. The former doesn’t have a mobile platform while Apple doesn’t have a social platform. The culmination of this renewed friendship: the launch of Facebook for iPad at Apple’s iPhone 5 media event.

At this event, our sources also expect Facebook to unveil a new version of Facebook for the iPhone, with design and speed improvements that mimic the iPad app.

Facebook has also been working on a project to bring the Facebook Platform to mobile devices. The project, labeled “Project Spartan” by some (a name not used internally at Facebook, according to one of our sources), is designed to be a platform where developers can bring their Facebook apps to mobile devices via an HTML5 platform.

What we’re hearing is that Apple is actually working with Facebook on perfecting the HTML5 platform. This could also launch at Apple’s upcoming iPhone event, though our sources wouldn’t commit to a specific launch date for the platform. Facebook decided not to launch it at f8, as it didn’t want to water down the announcement of the new Facebook Open Graph and Timeline.

When we said last week that Facebook would be profoundly changed, we weren’t just referring to the new Facebook Open Graph and the “frictionless sharing” touted by Mark Zuckerberg. We were also talking about its secretive effort to become a mobile platform for the social web. And thanks to Apple, it looks like that effort is about to come to fruition.

We’ve reached out to Apple and Facebook for comment.

source: mashable

 
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