Thousands of people queued up to be in the first group of recipients of the new iPhone 5. My only question is, Why?
It’s here, finally, with Apple taking the wraps off the long-awaited iPhone 5 at a huge press event in San Fransisco. Just don’t expect anything exciting, because the iPhone 5 is anything but exciting. Well, to those of us who aren’t fanboys, at least.
While many major portable gadget manufacturers have been engaged in patent wars for the past few years, most cases are either thrown out by judges, tied up in injunctions, or wind up in a pre-trial settlement. Not so for Apple and Samsung who today begin a full-blown trial in what Samsung is dismissing as a “fighting over rectangles.”
Angry Birds is nothing short of a phenomenon. The mobile and social game that involves nothing more than catapulting different colored birds into walls in order to kill pigs has been downloaded more than 1 billion times. Not to mention the millions who have played it on Facebook, Google+ and other online venues.
According to most reviews the Galaxy S III is the best Android handset to date. Hell, the S II is still pretty damn good and the S III is superior in every way to its predecessor. But even the best phones need to be advertised to interest the masses, and Samsung has begun its campaign promoting the S III.
Surely Siri, which resides on the iPhone 4S, would consider the iPhone 4S the best smartphone ever. Or the Nokia Lumia 900. Whatever.
Steve Wozniak has a new favorite phone and it’s powered by Windows. A Microsoft innovation.
It looks likely we’ll be seeing the Samsung Galaxy S III unveiled in London on May 3. Or at least “the next Galaxy,” whether it be the S III or not. How can Samsung ensure the launch goes with a bang? With crazy publicity stunts, naturally. At least in Australia.
Apple may be one of the biggest companies in the world right now but it’s not above pettiness on occasion.
Canada’s Research in Motion, recently displaced by Apple’s iPhone as the top-selling smartphone brand in its home market, has been circling the bowl for years already, but has now entered the death spiral we all knew was coming. Perhaps the last unanswered question is just how long it will take the erstwhile industry leader to completely unravel.
America has been known as many things over the years, but “a nation of Apple fanboys” is a new one on me.
The previous rumor posited that Big Red would roll shared data plans when Apple’s new iPad shipped. Obviously, that date has come, gone and we are still waiting. However, a fresh rumor indicates Verizon might stop charging you multiple times for data that you don’t use soon. Though, as always, the devil will be in the details — ready to pay less?
Life would be that much less enjoyable and perhaps not a little less dangerous if not for autocorrect. It’s all the more entertaining for those of us sitting on the outside looking in at the chaos that ensues when autocorrect takes over the message — here’s what happened at a North Georgia school on Wednesday.
Here’s the bottom line people — own a Mac, iPhone, iPad (or more likely all three) and it’s statistically conclusive that you are cool. Well, that might be true of a certain subset of Apple acolytes, but the guy typing this is decidedly middle-aged, balding, paunchy and shops almost exclusively at L.L. Bean — not exactly the fashion forward norm posited by a new 700,000-plus individual survey of computer buyers.
Apple really wants you to buy an iPhone 4S. And it’s willing to kill off the Siri competition in order to persuade the faithful to make the switch.
Figuring out what’s really going in China at the factories where Apple’s iPhone and iPad are manufactured isn’t easy. There’s the back and forth between the New York Times and Apple, as well as Foxconn and Chinese public opinion. Toss in Cupertino’s proactive efforts, which likely predate the Times’ reporting of the issues, to expand and toughen its inspection regime and, well, it’s not easy.
And, pathetic squeals of indignation result. Apple has announced a major Mac operating system upgrade, OS X Mountain Lion, and The New York Times wasn’t invited to the prerelease briefings, a major snub for the paper of record which has received privileged access to products and executives for years.