The innovative development company Egos Ventures has a very interesting app called Cycloramic that utilizes the vibrating motor in Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 which allows users to take 360-degree videos and panoramic pictures. This app is not new; it is actually a year old. However it has been recently updated with an iOS 7 themed design and is available for FREE on the app store for a limited time. Check it out!
A little over a month since the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c in Apples major markets like the US, UK, Canada and China Apple is releasing the devices in 35 new markets. A majority of the 35 countries are in Europe but the expansion will include Russia, Thailand and South Korea to name a few. Apple hopes to get the device to more than 50 markets by the end of the year, making the iPhone 5s and 5c available in more than 300 countries. The iPhone 5 was only available in 240. With the release of the Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini this would be a huge step as both of those are set to launch in 42 countries right from the start. Read More…
Qualcomm’s CMO, Anand Chandrasekher, criticizes Apple’s 64-bit chip as nothing but more than a marketing gimmick. He goes on to say that you would need hardware with at least 4 GB of RAM, while the iPhone 5S only has 1 GB of RAM. Although, I don’t know enough about 64-bit chips and the hardware required to get its optimum processing use, I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple did something like this. Chandrasekher addresses the fact that more phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which is rumored to be released in Feburary of 2014, will also be incorporating 64-bit chips but that Apple did it just a little too early.
Apple announced that they sold 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices during the debut weekend. But whats really interesting is that an analytics firm analyzed data from 20 million iPhone’s from September 20th to the 26th. The ratio of 5s devices versus 5c devices was 3.4 to 1. For more graphs about iPhones, click the link below
The following article found on idownloadblog shows that iPhone 5s sales surpass the iPhone 5c by an extensive amount in China. Originally many believed that the iPhone 5c was targeted towards the Chinese market so it is interesting to see that it’s being buried by the 5s. The article states that 90 percent of iPhone sales this past weekend in China were the iPhone 5s. Overall the iPhone 5s shares 80 percent of the market in China compared to the iPhone 5c. It is forecasted that the smartphone market in China will jump by almost 100 million shipments as a result of both the implementation of 4G networking in China as well as the massive amount of iPhone sales.
Lee Hutchinson, one of my favorite Senior Editors at Ars Technica, writes about his experience acquiring an iPhone 5s. He talks about the atmosphere that he is in as well as the people in line. He recounts the story of the woman behind him, who clearly had some huge sense of entitlement about getting a gold iPhone 5s. He raises some very interesting points..
While it is not of any cost difference, it is still flashy. The gold is offered as a standard option, however on release day, Apple imposes artificial scarcity on a product to add to its supposed ‘value’. From a tech perspective, it is just an Apple iThing like any other. But to her, it was the difference between whether or not people thought she looked like a lesbian, which is a huge concern for her. So much so, that Hutchinson structures the article like the steps to dealing with imminent death. This is clearly a psychological ploy executed with great subtlety, the monicker of a truly great marketing strategy. And just like that, Apple has taken itself from the realm of building technology for the sake of itself, and crossed the line into status symbol territory…
With the introduction of the iPhone 5s came a new security measure never before seen on smartphones. Apple introduced a special fingerprint sensor that replaces the passcode as a “more secure” way of accessing your device. As we have seen in the past, nothing is perfect, and the new fingerprint scanner is no exception. Before yesterday, no one was able to bypass the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s to fully unlock a device without the actual fingerprint used to protect it. The “biometrics hacking team” of the Chaos Computer Club found a way to get around the security measure by making a model of someone’s fingerprint using a high resolution camera, a computer, and latex. This article explains that the process involves much more than the average thief would most likely want to do to access a stolen iPhone, but nonetheless, iPhone 5s users will have to be more careful with their devices than they previously thought. This goes to show that even the latest mobile security technology still has its flaws and users must remain cautious when it comes to sensitive data on their phones and people attempting to steal it.
The launch of Apple’s new ‘gold’ iPhone 5s color has drawn considerable demand for todays release. The gold version of the phone was the first to sell out on the Apple website according to the fact that it was the first color to require a 7-10 waiting period after the initial batch sold out. Apparently Apple’s unexpected and seemingly improbable move to make a gold color iPhone has had enough to entice consumers from many countries into buying this new eye candy iPhone 5s. Read More…
This article contains the test notes on the new iPhone’s a7 chip benchmarks that were run earlier today. It’s interesting and relative to mobile technology because it explains how even though the iPhone has below average specs compared to other phones on the market, specs don’t tell the whole story. They discuss how the iPhone 5s has only a dual core 1.3Ghz processor, but it’s still far more superior to other phones on the market by its computation speed. This is a good read to learn more about how quad core processors aren’t very useful right now in mobile phones, and how Apple is making old technology run very fast.
As the world waited for the unveiling of the iPhone 5s there was a lot of speculation as to what company would be in charge of building the new A7 processor. In the past Samsung has produced every processor for iOS. However, according to this article from zdnet many thought the valuable patent on the chip was going to cause Apple to attempt to drift away from their competitor Samsung. It wasn’t until the iFixit team took apart the new iPhone 5s to find out that the new A7 chip was in fact manufactured by Samsung. While both companies seem to have no problem getting into patent wars, they can still work together.