iPhone 5 could be a bigger upgrade than expected

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2011

The iPhone upgrade coming this fall “could be a bigger upgrade than we expected,” according to Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu. The analyst cites Apple’s supply chain, which indicates that the new model will feature a display “slightly larger” than the 3.5-inch size Apple has used since the first iPhone. That would be great news.

He says that the phone should “retain a similar form factor and size but with thinner bezel,”. The info suggests a 2011 iPhone will in all likelihood forego 4G (LTE). And problems are said to remain with battery life and “spotty” network coverage. Of course Apple is good at tackling problems like this.

iPhone 5 coming to US on September 5th?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2011

According to iPhoneItalia they have a “very reliable source” who claims that Apple will be launching the iPhone 5 on October 5th on Swisscom’s network. The source is a senior executive at Swisscom. The story says that the October 5th date is the “rest of the world” date. In other words one month after the US release date: September 5th.

Apple would inform wireless carriers of their iPhone 5 intentions ahead of time, so there may be something here, but for now it is just a rumor that is unconfirmed.

Apple iPad HD with pro apps rumored

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

The latest iPhone rumor has Apple not only building a Retina Display-grade iPad, but that this will be an entirely new model. The new version would have a 2048×1536 screen and get an “iPad HD” name. The device is described as a pro complement and would even get pro creative apps, which could include equivalents to Aperture or Final Cut Pro.

Take this with the usual grain of salt, but it is possible. Too soon to know anything for sure. When we know more, so will you.

Amazon tablet shipping in August?

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

It has been rumored for months that Amazon is about to get into the tablet market. The latest rumor is that Quanta Computer will be responsible for assembling the tablet with a TI processor and Wintek touch panel.

DigiTimes says that Amazon has it’s sights set on selling four million units in 2011 and has plans to launch the new tablet as early as August. It seems pretty likely this is true, but you never know. For now, grain of salt.

Amazon tablet shipping later this year?

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2011

Well, we knew that it was on the way, but when will Amazon ship an LCD tablet? That’s the question. And according to DigiTimes, we have our answer. By the second half of 2011. The tablet is said to feature a Fringe Field Switching LCD display and touch panel from E Ink Holdings, the company behind the Kindle’s EPD e-paper displays.

Quanta will apparently be manufacturing the device and production should top out at about 700,000 – 800,000 units per month. Take this with a grain of salt for now. This isn’t confirmed by anyone yet.

HTC Rider spotted

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2011

A new HTC phone has now been spotted. We don’t have many details, but it is rumored to go by the name of the HTC Rider. It looks like the HTC EVO 3D, but with a chrome speaker grill and a front facing camera on the right. That’s all we have.

It’s hard to figure out more since the image is so blurry. For instance, is that red trim part of the phone or just a protective case? We don’t know. A red HTC phone sounds good though.

Is Apple releasing an HDTV this year?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

According to a report, Apple could launch an Internet-connected high-definition television set by the end of 2011, expanding into the $100 billion LCD TV market. Analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities said in a note to investors that he picked up “data points” that point toward a “Smart TV” launch by Apple, possibly as soon as by the end of this year.

If Apple does want into this market, (which seems inevitable) will an Apple HDTV take the world by storm like their other products? Maybe. It could be paired with a subscription service to iTunes, allowing users to access content and services at a flat subscription rate so that a cable box and digital video recorder will no longer be needed. That would make a lot of folks happy.

HTC Thunderbolt rumored for March 21

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

The HTC Thunderbolt has another firmer launch date now, through this latest rumor. Not one, but two insiders are saying that the phone will ship on March 21. BGR says that the tips came from fairly new sources, but also that HTC’s Facebook page briefly mentioned the same date. So it seems more reliable.

The phone was originally thought to have a mid-February release, with dates being repeatedly pushed back. This may be due to poor battery life that needed some firmware fixes, but we don’t even have official word on that.

Apple not working on smaller iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Remember the latest rumor about Apple working on a smaller iPhone? Well, according to the New York Times, that ain’t happening, though Apple has looked at the possibility of a cheaper model. Earlier rumors had Apple developing a prototype of a smaller and cheaper iPhone, 1/3 smaller, or 1/2 as small depending who you believe, but the Times is now claiming that “Apple is not currently developing a smaller iPhone, according to people briefed on Apple’s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential.”

Anyway, a smaller device would not necessarily be much cheaper to make and it would be a pain to use besides. Developers might have to rewrite their apps too. So no smaller iPhone just yet.

Is Apple Working on the iPhone mini?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

With the release of a new version of the iPhone, we always hear rumors that Apple is working on a smaller version of the iPhone, and right on schedule we have more of these rumors. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple will be releasing an iPhone Mini this year.

Normally, we would laugh, but what Bloomberg is saying makes a lot of sense, since a smaller iPhone would open up a new market for Apple, which they will need with all of the tablet competition. The new iPhone Mini could retail for $200 without a contract, which would open up the iPhone to a budget market. It is supposedly one third smaller than the existing iPhone with no home button.

iPad 3 coming this fall?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

We are still waiting for the iPad 2 to be made official, but there are already rumors about an iPad 3 that could be out as early as this fall. Sure, I guess it could happen. The rumor goes like this. Apple will unveil the iPad 2, which will be a modest update to the original iPad. It’ll get a front-facing camera, a faster processor, more RAM as well as support for both AT&T and Verizon’s networks. It won’t get a new retina display.

Then, during the fall/holiday season, Apple will unveil a bigger upgrade to the iPad, one with the higher-resolution display. The thinking is that this will allow Apple to adjust the yearly upgrade window for the iPad to be right in the middle of the holiday shopping season. That does make sense.

iPad 2 announcement date leaked via a Stock Image?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

The latest crazy conspiracy theory on the internet is that the iPad 2′s announcement date can be found on some stock images of the iPad. Apparently, the iPad will be announced on February 9 because in the stock image, the calendar has the date “Wednesday, 9″ and February 9th of this year falls on a Wednesday.

Wow. That’s some fine leaps in logic. However, when the current iPad was announced, it was on Wednesday 27, a date which has been prominent in some iPad stock images. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not. Perhaps we should consult the Mayan calendar.

PSP2 unveiling rumored for January 27

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2011

We’ve been waiting for a long time and Sony may finally make the PSP2 public on January 27. A rumor from “trade sources” suggests that it will be shown at a special event in Tokyo. Publishers were reported by MCV as having known since late last year and would have had development kits for some time.

The company’s PlayStation head Kaz Hirai has already hinted that the system was in development and that it would combine touch and buttons. A full touchscreen along with a possible back touchpad and dual analog sticks might show up in the initial model. Sony is also planning a major jump in performance that might give performance closer to that of the PS3. The photo above is from an earlier leak and has changed since then to be a non-slider.

Apple’s next-gen iPad to get iPod touch-like back, wide-range speaker?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Take this one with the usual grains of salt, but according to Chinese sources the next iPad will have a 3-mm reduction in bezel width, the same 9.7-inch display size, and will have a flattening of the back allowing it to rest better on a desktop. It all sounds very plausible, right?

There’s also a “wide-range speaker” covered with “metal mesh”. The overall unit is said to measure 239 x 186 mm compared to the current iPad’s 242.8 x 189.7 mm footprint. Word is that the new iPads will begin shipping from factories in January.

iPad 2 case suggests rear facing camera, SD card slot

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2010

We have been hearing rumors about the features that Apple will announce in the iPad 2, and one of those features is two video cameras to make use of Apple’s FaceTime software.

And some supposed iPad 2 cases have shown up that seem to have space on the back for a rear camera, and an opening which is reportedly for an SD card slot. Take this with a grain of salt for now, but you never know. Anything is possible.