Exclusive images from Apple’s iPhone announcement

Apple’s mega event is currently going on in Cupertino in their own backyard and we have a few pictures to share. Hop past the break for the inside scoop. Continue reading “Exclusive images from Apple’s iPhone announcement”

Tonight, A Revolution Awaits

As we get ready for Apple’s mega event later today, it will not be the announcement of one or two new iPhones that will be the highlight of the event. But instead, it’ll be a revolutionary new feature that will change the way humans interact with electronic devices that will be the talk of the world.

Apple is all set to unleash the Assistant, an evolution of the Siri Personal Assistant Software at the event today, marking the beginning of a new era of intelligent communication. (For those of you who don’t know, Siri is the company Apple purchased in April last year for a rumored $200 million for, in Steve Jobs’ words, its “Artificial Intelligence” and not search or speech recognition.)

During Siri’s brief two months on its own, it described itself as a ‘VPA’ or a ‘Virtual Personal Assistant’:

Virtual Personal Assistants (VPAs) represent the next generation interaction paradigm for the Internet. In today’s paradigm, we follow links on search results. With a VPA, we interact by having a conversation. We tell the assistant what we want to do, and it applies multiple services and information sources to help accomplish our task. Like a real assistant, a VPA is personal; it uses information about an individual’s preferences and interaction history to help solve specific tasks, and it gets better with experience.

Siri’s co-founder and board member, Norman Winarsky said today’s launch of Assistant is a “World-Changing Event.” We couldn’t agree more.

Via 9to5mac

Vodafone Germany lists iPhone 4S 64GB on its website

And there goes another nail in the coffin! Vodafone Germany has listed a new device named iPhone 4S with storage capacity of 64GB on its website, giving further indication of what we are to expect from Apple’s big event tomorrow. Nonetheless, we’ll be there bringing you all the news as it unfolds. 10am Pacific Time.

Via CNet

Cincinnati Bell lists iPhone 4S at $100, iPhone 5 at $640

American telephone company Cincinnati Bell’s website has been spotted listing two new iPhones — iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 — along with their price on their website. The screenshot (below) was sent to The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) by one of their readers who was browsing through the i-Wireless prepaid cell phone section of the site.

Both the iPhones listed met with the rumors surrounding their hardware specifications nicely. The screenshot (below) shows the iPhone 4S equipped with a 5MP camera, a 3.5 inch display and dual-core A5 processor as found in the iPad 2. The price, again, suits well with the rumored aggressive strategy to be appointed by Apple to tackle the cheap Android phones available easily in the market – $99.99.

The iPhone 5 screenshot shows the phone with an 8MP camera, a large 4 inch display and “4G Data Speeds” with a price tag of $639.99.

Cincinnati Bell is a regional carrier in the US, covering states like Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, unlike major carriers like AT&T and Verizon which offer nationwide coverage.

Also, the page for the iPhones are from CB’s pay-as-you-go (prepaid) program unlike postpaid programs on AT&T/Verizon.

Apple will unveil the two new iPhones (4S and 5) on Tuesday, October 4 at their iPhone media event held in their own backyard in Cupertino.

Via  TUAW

iTunes 10.5 beta 9 releases

With just over 90 hours to go for Apple’s mega event, the Cupertino giant has seeded iTunes 10.5 beta 9 to developers interested in trying out the upcoming iTunes Match service. Following known issues were spotted from the release:

– “Scan and match” feature is not yet complete. Some users’ tracks may not be recognized by iTunes Match even if the tracks are available in the iTunes Store, and those tracks will be uploaded to the users’ iCloud storage. Some tracks may also be mis-matched to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store.

– Music can only be added to iCloud from one computer at a time.

– Updating an iOS device to iOS 5 beta 7 may result in music failing to play. Users should turn off iTunes Match in settings and then turn it back on to restore functionality.

Via MacRumors

Debate: Will the next iPhone come in a 64GB variation?

As Apple gears up to launch the next iPhone — iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 — in their October 4 event on Tuesday, many rumors are pointing to a 64GB iPhone’s release. Currently, the iPhone sells at 8GB, 16GB and 32GB variations. And if we’re to believe the rumors, the 8GB version will be scrapped in favor of the 64GB capacity iPhone. But will Apple really go for the 64GB variant of the iPhone?

Consider this: Apple has always said that the iPhone is still just a phone at the end of the day and to do more high-end operations on it, you need a different device altogether. This gave birth to the iPad which, as expected, came in 16-, 32- and 64-gig variants. Based on this theory, it doesn’t make sense that Apple would scrap the 8GB iPhone and go for a 64GB iPhone because then both the iPhone and iPad will come in similar capacities. Apple wants to distinguish between its products in more than just one way. The storage capacity is one of the criteria.

To conclude, there will be NO 64GB variant of the iPho.. uh oh! Wait a second. There’s another side to this story…

As far as the rumors are concerned, there will be not one, but two different iPhones that will be unveiled by Apple on Tuesday — both iPhone 4S and 5. According to the rumors, the 4S will be a low-end device, similar to the iPhone 4. Apple will come out with this low-key device to compete with the cheap Android phones available in the market. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, will be a complete redesign and will be faster, thinner and more better than the iPhone 4. This will be Apple’s high-end device and the next generation iPhone in the true sense.

Now, based on the above, doesn’t it make sense that the low-end 4S will come in an 8GB avatar whereas the high-end 5, in all probability, will avail in a 64GB variety to satisfy some core users? On account of this, it is safe to say that there will be a 64GB iPhone.

Conclusion

Every coin has two sides to it. While it may make sense that there will be no 64GB iPhone, it is totally illogical to rule out the possibility of having one. I guess we’ll have to wait till Tuesday for our questions to get answered.

What is your verdict on this: Do you think Apple will unveil a 64GB iPhone variant this Tuesday? And if it does, will you buy one?

Apple confirms October 4 event, says “Let’s talk iPhone”

We’ve known this all along but doesn’t it feel ever so nice when you get official backing to your claims? Apple has begun rolling out special invites for their October 4 event which, as rumored, will be held in their own Cupertino campus in California at 10am Pacific Time. The tagline for the event? A cheeky “Let’s talk iPhone.

The tagline suggests new iPhones are surely on the cards (duh!) but also suggests we’ll have something new in the voice department, maybe a new app or something, based on the Let’s talk part of the tagline. Whatever it is, iPhone 4S, 5, Siri integration, iOS 5, iCloud, etc.. we’ll be covering everything. So stay tuned to Firstain to make sure you don’t miss out on all the hoopla!

October 4, Tuesday — mark your calendar.

Source: Engadget

Apple preparing for iPhone 5 launch [EXCLUSIVE PICS]

So Apple is indeed launching the iPhone 5 (and also iPhone 4S?) in the first week of October, as had been previously rumored. The only change is that the date is not October 4 but instead October 5. All in a day’s work, eh?

Apple is also expected to launch iOS 5, iCloud, and redesigned iPod Touch and iPod Nano devices in the event. Let the countdown begin…

Via 9to5mac

Apple to hold October 4 iPhone 4S/5 announcement in their own campus?

Reports are coming in that the rumored October 4 event, in which Apple is expected to announce a host of new devices, including two new iPhones (iPhone 4S and iPhone 5), new look iPod Touch and iPod Nano devices, and also iOS 5 and iCloud will be held in Apple’s own campus in Cupertino.

Sources close to the company say the demonstration — currently scheduled for Tuesday October 4 — will be held at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California. Why? That’s not entirely clear. Perhaps the release date was too much of a moving target to risk booking a large space like Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), which has hosted a number of big product unveils in the past.

Our friend Seth (9to5mac) has hinted us that OracleWorld is happening in the  Moscone/Yerba Buena area during the October 4th announcement so that could be a reason for Apple to stay home.  Though Yerba Buena, the usual venue for such announcements, isn’t marked as booked. Confusing.

If the event is eventually held in Apple’s backyard, then attendees can be sure of a good WiFi network over there, opposed to the problems faced during the iPhone 4 launch due to poor wireless connectivity.

Anyway, we’ll keep you informed once we hear anything official.

Source: AllThingsD

EXCLUSIVE: Member of Apple’s BOD and former U.S Vice President, Al Gore confirms “new iPhones” for October

We’ve had numerous reports suggesting new iPhone / iPhones coming out of Cupertino next month but none as conclusive as this. Former United States Vice President and current member of Apple’s Board of Directors, Al Gore, speaking at a conference today at Discovery Invest Leadership Summit, supported the on-going rumors by saying “the new iPhones would be out next month.

So now that we’ve got a sort of an official confirmation, lets dig a little deeper into the situation. Firstly, he said new “iPhones” will be coming in October which means there will be more than 1 variation of Apple’s hugely popular smartphone. This sits very well with the various reports that stated that there will be 2 different iPhone variants — one a low-end device which will be exactly like the iPhone 4, albeit with an improved 8 megapixel camera and an A5 processor called the iPhone 4S; and the other being a high-end device featuring a host of additional features over the current iPhone, including changes in hardware design as well with the home screen button being a bit more wider and shorter than the iPhone 4’s. This high-end device will be called the iPhone 5.

Now despite confirming “new iPhones” for October, Al Gore didn’t specifically mention the ‘October 4’ date which many people are speculating to be the day Apple holds a media event to unveil the new iPhones along with iCloud, iOS 5, and possibly a new-look iPod Touch and iPod Nano devices. And while there are many conflicting reports regarding the release date, if the October 4th projection holds any credibility, then the release usually follows around seven days later which will be October 11.

Also, it is not expected that the iPhone 5 will be 4G-LTE capable; well, at least not in the Western World, however, as carriers begin to pick up the pace and cater for the data connectivity of tomorrow, this is certainly something we could see in the iPhone 6, which you would hope will be released in the latter segment of 2012.

So now that things are beginning to fall into place, i’d like to conclude by leaving you with something to ponder over: While this may all sound good and comforting, Al Gore’s comments may just be a strategic ploy after all to keep Apple firmly atop the news. But then again, we can’t expect a former government official to bluff, can we? I’m afraid only time will tell.

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Source  TheNextWeb