Apple cuts iPhone 4S price in India

The iPhone 5s and 5C are releasing on November 1 in India starting at a whooping Rs.41,900 and Rs.53,500 for the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5s respectively.

However, for those who love the older version of the iPhone i.e. the iPhone 4S there is some good news out there.

Apple has cut the price of iPhone 4S by Rs. 7000 and the iPhone 4S is now available for Rs.31,500.

The iPhone 4 (no more sold in the US) is now available at Rs.21000 for the 8GB model and Rs.25000 for the 16GB model.


How To: Repair an iPhone 4S at Home – Tearing down the Phone

With the iPhone 5 in the market, the company called back the iPhone 3Gs and all who wanted the iOS 6 based, 8GB iPhone 4 free in replacement, could go for it. I went for it yes. It was a good offer. The iPhone 4S covers were cheaper too, as the iPhone 3G or the 3GS version could not be upgraded to the iOS 6 features, Safari and Siri, and other apps downloading feasibility, there was no use for it anymore.

Therefore, now that all those who have the iPhone 4S, they can repair and tear down the phone with their own hands, very carefully and safely. The tips on how to tear the phone (I chose 64GB black) down, I will provide here, are useful enough for all the users. You can follow the tips, ONLY if you think you can carry out the process and you have torn down any other device before and put it back as well.

1)      The tools that you would need for the tearing down process will be the Nylon safe tool for opening, Phillips screwdriver, flat head small screwdriver, pentalobe driver, the suction cup for pulling both the body parts apart safely, a razor to cut down on any glue, or heat gun, and your neat and clean hands for it.

2)      Remove the back panel easily just as you do every time with any phone when you have to get the battery out.

3)      Remove the bottom screws with the pentalobe screwdriver as I suggested earlier. Slide the cover up to remove it as well.

4)      Now you will find many more screws joining the two body parts together and you have to unscrew them one by one. Take it slow and easy. Do it one at a time and do not get dirty with the work. The corner screws may be hidden from visible eye so do them carefully as well.

5)      Now with that, the whole battery will be removed. The dock connector will also be removed this way easily as the battery holds it inside tightly with all those screws that you came unscrewing with.

6)      You will now see flex cables as well, which can easily be removed so that you can take the 5MP camera out. Do not tug hard on anything, as the inside that you have reached up until now will be very delicate.

7)      You will now see the dock speakers easily. So removing them one by one will also be easy when you remove the cables over them. Remember all the process or make a video of it so you can put it all back together.

8)      You will see that the camera is the same size as that of a penny.

9)      After this step, you have to be very careful as loosing up more screws will totally get the phone apart and only a professional will be able to get it back together. Therefore, if there is any issue up until now you can replace the parts.

iPhone 5: the mother of all upgrades (video)

With the iPhone 4S quickly losing its ‘newness’ and the new iPad too getting older by the day, Apple fanboys the world over are yearning for a new toy to play with. A new iPhone. And with that, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster agreed and said the new device will be the mother of all hardware upgrades. You think so? Check out this video below:

“We think one of the big features of iPhone 5 is going to be LTE… when iPhone 4S came out it was obviously the same form factor… this is going to be a big hardware upgrade… this is going to be the year of the hardware… the mother of all upgrades”

The next iPhone is slated for a June release in Apple’s annual WWDC, but if the latest rumors are to be believed, then it’ll see the light of the day only in October.

New iPhone 4S Siri commercial features Zooey Deschanel (video)

Following Samuel L Jackson’s Siri advertisement, we have yet another unreleased iPhone 4S Siri commercial, this time starring Zooey Deschanel in the lead. We’re still waiting for an official word from Apple and YouTube but we got a feeling there might be more in store.

Siri speaks Hindi! (video)

We already know that Siri speaks English and Japanese, and we also know it will soon start speaking in Italian, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. What we didn’t know, until now that is, that Siri can speak in Hindi as well. Developer @kunalkaul123 got the iPhone 4S’ USP to converse in the Indian language through a proxy server “my Google API Server,” presumably for translation, adding there is “still lots of work to be done.” Here’s the video he released:


Meet Evi – the poor man’s Siri (video)

We’ve all been waiting for that one b*tch who could give Siri a run for her money ever since Apple launched the iPhone 4S late last year. While we’ve seen plenty of lookalikes, not only on iOS but alleged ‘Siri for Android’ and ‘Siri for Windows Phone’, we think the hot and sexy non-existent personal assistant, exclusive only for iPhone 4S users, has met some real competition in the form of Evi. Available as an alternative to Siri for older iPhones for $0.99 and for Android for free, Evi is the first real Siri competitor we’ve seen, and makes use of the “core semantic search technology” of True Knowledge, better known as The True Knowledge Answer Engine. Check out the link below to see more detailed information about Evi and to see how this new entrant even bettered Siri in certain areas.

More Coverage: TechCrunch

Absinthe A5: The untethered jailbreak solution for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 we were yearning for

It is finally here! An untethered jailbreak solution for those on Apple’s new A5 chip, more specifically iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users, is finally out now and is called Absinthe A5. The tool is available to us as a result of combined efforts from the Chronic Dev Team, Pod2g and iPhone Dev Team, and jailbreaks any iPhone 4S or iPad 2 running on iOS 5 or iOS 5.0.1 without the need to tether it to your computer every time you reboot.

Currently, Absinthe is available to download only for Mac users, though those on Windows or Linux wont have to wait much longer. Just a matter of time..

Meanwhile, those on a Mac can go ahead and download Absinthe and jailbreak their iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0, 5.0.1 (9A405 and 9A406) or iPad 2 WiFi/GSM/CDMA running iOS 5.0.1.

Samsung’s latest TV commercial takes another dig at Apple’s iPhone, calls it “Samsunged” (video)

Samsung’s ploy of promoting its products at the expense of arch-rivals Apple continued today with the release of their latest TV commercial titled “Samsunged” which revolves around the iPhone’s lack of in-built turn-by-turn navigation system. The commercial, beginning in familiar Samsung style by mocking people waiting in line to get an iPhone who are then visited by a Galaxy S II-totting friend, shows those waiting in line to get an iPhone completely are envious of the S II’s turn-by-turn navigation capabilities, something which the iPhone users don’t enjoy. When asked by a girl waiting in the line how much he had paid for the navigation app, the Android person responded: “I didn’t, Galaxy S II just has it – it just comes with it.”  To that, one of the Apple fans remarked angrily: “Ooooh, we just got Samsunged!”

The commercial also goes on to criticize the iPhone 4S’ same design from last year, as well as the battery issues surrounding Apple’s iDevice. Take a look at the commercial yourself:

With Super Bowl fast approaching, we can only imagine this is just the beginning of the banter.

Nokia Lumia 800 mercilessly beaten by iPhone 4, 4S in browser benchmark tests (video)

There was much ado about the first product coming out of the Nokia-Microsoft’s partnership, with early onlookers claiming the Lumia 800 to be faster than Apple’s iPhone. Fast forward to 2012 and the Mango-sporting device is mercilessly beaten by its iOS counterparts.

Nokia’s Mango-powered Lumia 800 was pitted against an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3 and an iPhone 4S with iOS 5 in a browser benchmarks test, including Browsermark tests, Speed Reading test, Sunspider, Acid3, and HTML5. While the 4S had a walk in the park, the iPhone 4 had to sweat it out but in the end emerged victorious in most of the tests.

Below are the results of the test, followed by the video:

Browsermark Test: Higher is better

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 37 503

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 30 452

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 86 702

Speed Reading Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 2 fps (iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0 – around 37 fps)

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 40 fps

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 60 fps

Sunspider Test: Lower is better

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 4018.2 ms

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 7188.7 ms

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 2266 ms

Acid3 Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 100/100

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 100/100

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 100/100

HTML5 Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 210

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 141

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 296

Here’s the video (via 359gsm):

Mock Thy Rival: Samsung gets into Apple’s face with new TV commercial featuring the same actress Apple used in their iPhone 4S ad (videos)

After battling it out for almost the entire 2011, Samsung and Apple’s war just won’t cease even on the last day of the year, throwing up a new controversy to welcome 2012 on a bitter note between them.

Apparently, Samsung has cast the same little girl that Apple used for an iPhone 4S advert, for their own TV commercial, sparking of a huge debate whether Samsung has at least one person left with an original idea or no.

Obviously, it could all just be a coincidence as well weighing up the girl’s acting skills. But then, given the recent unrest between the two tech giants, which reached new levels of sourness worldwide towards the end of 2011, many believe this is just another move by the Korean company to mock its bitter rivals from Cupertino, California.

Or, seeing it in lighter vein, we can blame Apple for this controversy for they forgot to patent the little girl 😛 [ah! me and my sad jokes].

Anyway, here are the two videos in question:

Apple [iPhone 4S commercial]

Samsung [Galaxy Tab 8.9 commercial]


Siri abuses 12 year old kid, asks him to “shut the f*** up”

Just when we thought the Siri-mania is coming to a standstill, at least for this year, the iPhone 4S’ ‘intelligent‘ personal assistant has once again grabbed the headlines, albeit yet again for reasons that don’t please Tim Cook and his team.

Apple’s introduction of the automated voice control system with their latest and greatest iPhone back in October attracted many eye-balls — for reasons both right and wrong — and since then there hasn’t been a single day when Siri hasn’t been in the news. Today, according to a report published in The Sun, a 12 year old boy and his mum were left shocked and dumb-founded when Siri told them to “shut the f*** up”.

The boy picked up one of the iPhone 4S pieces kept for demonstration purposes at a local Tesco supermarket. He immediately thought of trying his hand at Siri, asking the following question: “How many people are there in the world?”. Siri’s reply, to the Coventry-based mother-child duo’s utter shock, was: “shut the f**k up, you ugly t**t”.

Surprised by the response, Charlie Le Quesne (the 12 year old kid) asked the question one more time, only to hear the exact response from Siri.

Charlie’s mum Kim told The Sun:

“The phone was a demo version and was low enough on the shelf for Charlie to have a go with it. He asked it a simple question and we couldn’t believe the filth it came out with.

“I thought I must be hearing things. So we asked again and the same four-letter stuff blared out.

“I asked for the manager and after staff heard it they agreed to unplug it.”

According to the report, Tesco staff were forced to apologize to the Le Quesne’s, pleading that some pranksters may have tampered with the phone’s set-up instructions which led to the unfortunate incident.

In the end, it turned out that this was in fact the case, as a previous user had reprogrammed Siri to recognise the phone’s user by a new, albeit offensive, name. In many cases, Siri will reply to the user with his/her name.

In the interests of science, let us show you how easy it is to do:

Tesco confirmed the incident, stating that it had launched an investigation into the matter and that “the handset will be going back to Apple for diagnostic tests.”

Source: The Sun | Via: TNW

Control your Mac using Siri with ‘Vocal’ (video)

With the ever-growing popularity of Siri — the latest news being a horror film based on the intelligent personal assistant — it comes as no surprise that more and more developers are trying to make it big targeting Apple’s automated voice control system. Matt Roberts is the latest developer to try his hand at Siri, his rendition being an app called ‘Vocal’ that allows you to “vocally” control your Mac with the artificial voice system.

To be able to control your Mac through Siri, you need to have Vocal installed on both – your Mac and your iPhone 4S. The Mac app, as it is useless without Siri, cost nothing, but the iPhone 4S app is listed at $1.99. Once installed, you can play your iTunes library, search the web, open applications and copy and paste texts – all using dictation:

Dictation is a strong point of Vocal – using the same system as Siri for voice-to-text, the iPhone app will instantly work out when you have used dictation and send the text automatically, inserting it into any selected text fields and putting it on your clipboard.

Here’s a video to help you better understand Vocal:

Like what you see? Want to amaze your friends by controlling your Macintosh vocally? Get Vocal:

  • Download Vocal for iPhone [iTunes Store Link]
  • Download Vocal for Mac [Manufacturer Link]