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iPhone 4S Now Available For Pre-Order At Apple, Verizon And Sprint

October 7th, 2011 10:43 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S Pre-order - Apple Store

Apple’s new iPhone 4S is now available for pre-order.

After some intermittent issues, Apple’s online store has returned with details on how to pre-order Apple’s new iPhone 4S  for delivery on October 14th. It was first available for pre-order at Verizon and Sprint’s website. AT&T’s website continues to say iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order on October 7th.

Apple unveiled iPhone 4S at the Let’s talk iPhone event on Tuesday, which comes with a number of new features and improvements, including Apple’s faster dual-core A5 chip, 8-megapixel camera, Siri – Apple’s new revolutionary personal assistant feature, improved battery life, faster download speeds, support for both GSM and CDMA networks and more.

Pricing:

The 16GB iPhone 4S is available for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399. iPhone 4S is available in black and white colors.

Carriers:

For the first time in the US, users will have the option to choose from three carriers – AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. If you’re confused which carrier to opt for, checkout our post on the best carrier for iPhone 4S.

Apple iPhone 4S Pre-order

Sprint’s website

iPhone 4S Pre-order - Verizon

Verizon’s website

iPhone 4S Preorder - AT&T

AT&T’s website

Are you planning to pre-order Apple’s new iPhone 4S? Let us know if you’ve managed to successfully place a pre-order.

Update 1:

It looks like Sprint’s is seeing unprecedented traffic as you get “This webpage cannot be displayed” when you click on the pre-order button.

Update 2: 

Apple’s online store has returned with details on how to pre-order Apple’s new iPhone 4S  for delivery on October 14th. Update 3: A

Source: iPhone 4S Now Available For Pre-Order At Apple, Verizon And Sprint

iPhone 4S Pre-orders To Start At 12:01 AM On October 7th – Are You Buying One?

October 5th, 2011 10:16 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

Apple finally unveiled their hotly anticipated fifth generation iPhone at the Let’s Talk iPhone event.

iPhone 4S comes with a number of new features and improvements, including Apple’s faster dual-core A5 chip, 8-megapixel camera, Siri – Apple’s new revolutionary personal assistant feature, improved battery life, faster download speeds, support for both GSM and CDMA networks and more.

Apple has announced that the new iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on October 14th. Apple will start accepting pre-orders from Friday, October 7th from 12:01 am PST (3:01 am EST) or pick it up from a retail store at 8:00am on October 14th.

Apple has also announced that iPhone 4S will be available in 22 more countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland on October 28th.

If you are existing iPhone user in the US, you can checkout the upgrade eligibility using this tool.

Do you plan to pre-order your iPhone 4S or plan to wait in the line to get your hands on one?

[via Apple, MacRumors]

Source: iPhone 4S Pre-orders To Start At 12:01 AM On October 7th – Are You Buying One?

Apple Accidentally Leaks “iPhone 4S” Name And Design In Latest iTunes Beta

October 1st, 2011 10:49 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

All those conflicting reports about the next generation iPhone’s form factor has probably just been put to rest with less than 3 days to go for the Let’s Talk iPhone event and surprisingly it is Apple who has accidentally leaked the details.

AppleInsider has discovered references of iPhone 4S in the latest beta version of iTunes.

AppleInsider reports that they’ve discovered references of iPhone 4S in the Info.plist file of the MobileDevices bundle (as you can see in the screenshot below) that was included with iTunes 10.5 Beta 9, which was released on Friday.

AppleInsider reports:

Specifically, device preferences for Item 7 and Item 8 in the Info.plist file describe a black and white iPhone 4S whose display icons (below) depict models that look identical to the existing black and white CDMA iPhone 4 introduced earlier this year.

The descriptions in the Info.plist file also seem to indicate that iPhone 4S will be a dual-mode or world phone, which means it will work on both CDMA and GSM networks.

iTunes Beta Plist - iPhone 4S

As you can see below, the image icon used for iPhone 4S is the same as the CDMA iPhone 4, which suggests that Apple’s new iPhone will look like CDMA iPhone 4 and won’t feature an all new-design as some reports had suggested.

iPhone 4S icons

Apple had briefly pulled iTunes beta 9 but it is not immediately clear if Apple had pulled it due to the leak and has made any changes to the latest iTunes build. It would probably be pointless and in fact counter productive at this stage.

It is possible that the image is only a placeholder, but based on information we’ve been hearing the chances of a redesigned iPhone 5 seem slim. It looks like Apple is gearing up to launch the next iPhone that will come with a faster dual core A5 system-on-chip, 1 GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera and works on both GSM and CDMA networks.

Would you be disappointed if the next iPhone looks like the CDMA iPhone 4?

[via AppleInsider]

Source: Apple Accidentally Leaks “iPhone 4S” Name And Design In Latest iTunes Beta

Apple Accidentally Leaks “iPhone 4S” Name And Design In Latest iTunes Beta

October 1st, 2011 10:49 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

All those conflicting reports about the next generation iPhone’s form factor has probably just been put to rest with less than 3 days to go for the Let’s Talk iPhone event and surprisingly it is Apple who has accidentally leaked the details.

AppleInsider has discovered references of iPhone 4S in the latest beta version of iTunes.

AppleInsider reports that they’ve discovered references of iPhone 4S in the Info.plist file of the MobileDevices bundle (as you can see in the screenshot below) that was included with iTunes 10.5 Beta 9, which was released on Friday.

AppleInsider reports:

Specifically, device preferences for Item 7 and Item 8 in the Info.plist file describe a black and white iPhone 4S whose display icons (below) depict models that look identical to the existing black and white CDMA iPhone 4 introduced earlier this year.

The descriptions in the Info.plist file also seem to indicate that iPhone 4S will be a dual-mode or world phone, which means it will work on both CDMA and GSM networks.

iTunes Beta Plist - iPhone 4S

As you can see below, the image icon used for iPhone 4S is the same as the CDMA iPhone 4, which suggests that Apple’s new iPhone will look like CDMA iPhone 4 and won’t feature an all new-design as some reports had suggested.

iPhone 4S icons

Apple had briefly pulled iTunes beta 9 but it is not immediately clear if Apple had pulled it due to the leak and has made any changes to the latest iTunes build. It would probably be pointless and in fact counter productive at this stage.

It is possible that the image is only a placeholder, but based on information we’ve been hearing the chances of a redesigned iPhone 5 seem slim. It looks like Apple is gearing up to launch the next iPhone that will come with a faster dual core A5 system-on-chip, 1 GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera and works on both GSM and CDMA networks.

Would you be disappointed if the next iPhone looks like the CDMA iPhone 4?

[via AppleInsider]

Source: Apple Accidentally Leaks “iPhone 4S” Name And Design In Latest iTunes Beta

iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 Also Shows Up In Apple’s Inventory System

September 29th, 2011 09:27 admin View Comments

iPhone 5 launch

With few days to go for Apple’s big media event where it is expected to launch the hugely anticipated next generation iPhone, new iPhone models have already started showing up in Apple’s inventory system.

Yesterday, revised models of the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch appeared in Apple’s inventory system and now 9 to 5 Mac reports that according to their source, a new iPhone model codenamed N94 has showed up in Apple’s inventory system.

9 to 5 Mac reports:

Today, though, comes the big news: the next-generation iPhone has made its way into Apple’s inventory system. This new iPhone is the N94 device that we found in the iOS SDK many months ago. This device is confirmed to pack Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, and is likely the device we described with an 8MP camera, 1GB of RAM, Nuance Dictation speech-to-text, and the groundbreaking Assistant feature.

9 to 5 Mac also reports that the model number is similar to the one from a purported ‘iPhone 4S’ packaging label, which surfaced on a Chinese forum yesterday. The model number from the label is MD239 for the 16GB iPhone 4S and MD234 for the 32GB iPhone 4S.

As you can see above, there is a reference of both IMEI and MEID on the label, which means that if the label is indeed the real deal then iPhone 4S will be a world phone, which supports both GSM and CDMA networks.

9 to 5 Mac’s source has also provided the following information about the next generation iPod touch:

We are also hearing that all three iPod touch capacities will be seeing price drops in certain international countries. The price drops for the 32GB and 64GB models will be minimal – perhaps due to currency fluctuations – but the 8GB pricing will change substantially. Translated, the 8GB iPod touch may even reach the $199 price point or below again in the United States, but that is unconfirmed.  

There continues to be no evidence of a redesigned iPhone 5, so either Apple has figured out a way to keep it a secret or it indicates that Apple will only launch iPhone 4S that looks like iPhone 5 and comes with a faster dual-core A5 chip, 1 GB RAM, improved 8-megapixel camera, support HSPA+ 4G speeds and comes with Apple’s revolutionary new Assistant feature.

[via 9 to 5 Mac]

Source: iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 Also Shows Up In Apple’s Inventory System

Photos Of iPhone “4S” Casing Reveal Changes To Antenna System

August 26th, 2011 08:58 admin View Comments

iPhone 5

We’ve heard rumors that Apple is planning to introduce a cheaper 8GB iPhone 4 for $99 as the new entry level model, along with the iPhone 5. There’re some suggestions that it may be called iPhone 4S (to avoid confusing it with iPhone 4), which will not only come with lower 8GB storage, but could also be made of different components to lower the manufacturing costs.

MacRumors has published images, which they claim are iPhone 4S casing. The images indicate that the so-called iPhone 4S will look like iPhone 4 but come with some minor changes to the antenna system.

MacRumors reports:

The mid-frame images above show that this so-called iPhone 4S will have two antenna breaks at the bottom of the casing. This differs from both the AT&T (GSM) iPhone 4 and Verizon (CDMA) iPhone 4. In AT&T’s iPhone, the antenna breaks are in two spots, along the lower left side and top left sides. On the Verizon’s model they are both at the top sides of the casing.

The antenna breaks are in different position to accomodate different frequencies of GSM and CDMA networks. Apple had received quite a bit of criticism for iPhone 4′s antenna system and it is possible that these changes have been made to reduce the antenna attenuation.

The volume and mute switch are on the same side of the casing like iPhone 4. The other interesting bit is that the bottom frame of this so-called iPhone 4S does not have a defined Home button area, like iPhone 4 or previous generation iPhones. MacRumors says that it is a little hard to conclude for it, but points out that there have been some speculations that Apple maybe changing the home button. According to some rumors, Apple could replace it with a capacitive home button.

So far there has some confusion if the next generation iPhone will be called iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, but as we’re getting more details ahead of the imminent launch, it looks like Apple will introduce the cheaper iPhone 4 and call it iPhone 4S and launch a completely redesigned iPhone, which will be called iPhone 5.

As we’ve mentioned before, though we still love iPhone 4′s form factor and design and believe Apple will still sell tons of 8GB iPhone 4S’ at the $99 price point, we wouldn’t mind a completely redesigned iPhone 5.

[via MacRumors]

Source: Photos Of iPhone “4S” Casing Reveal Changes To Antenna System

Rumor: Apple May Also Launch a Cheaper ‘iCloud iPhone’ Along With iPhone 5

August 11th, 2011 08:01 admin View Comments

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AppleNApps claims that according to their sources “who are all connected to Apple in different capacities”, Apple will also launch a cheaper iPhone along with iPhone 5.

According to AppleNApps, the cheaper iPhone will have significantly reduced onboard storage and will rely on iCloud – Apple’s new cloud based services. The model is called iCloud iPhone internally.

AppleNApps reports:

We have three independent sources contributing to this report who are all connected to Apple in different capacities. The main takeaway is that Apple intends to launch two iPhone models in the fall with a full upgraded iPhone 5 as expected, as well as a cheaper iPhone which will be the iCloud iPhone.

AppleNApps also provide some details of what to expect in the next generation iPhone – iPhone 5. They claim that iPhone 5 will be thinner and feature the faster dual-core A5 chip, which currently powers iPad 2, dual-band Qualcomm chip that will support both GSM and CDMA networks. According to them, Apple will also make some minor changes to address the iPhone 4 antenna issue that generated a lot of negative publicity.

Their source has provided them with the following details about the cheaper iPhone:

One of our contacts is familiar with the design of the iPhone 4, and says that Apple is cutting the cost of making an iPhone 4 without sacrificing any of its qualities. The main cost cutting will come from Apple reducing on board storage, using a smoother yet cheaper aluminum back and siding, and already having a majority of the supplies on hand. The result will be a cloud based iPhone experience that is unique in the market that will be accessible to a large percentage of users because of the price point.

This is not the first time we’re hearing about a cheaper iPhone. Back in February, a report had also claimed that Apple was working on a cheaper iPhone, which could be priced at $200 without requiring a contract .

But as MacRumors points out, there are couple of reasons why the theory of a cheaper iPhone, which relies on cloud based storage is flawed:

One potential flaw in the idea that Apple will be introducing a cloud-based iPhone in the near future is related to Apple’s implementation of iCloud, which is much more of a syncing service than a streaming service. Apple has presented iCloud as a distributed system in which a master copy of any given file resides in the cloud but is also duplicated on each device and kept in sync with that master copy, which itself can be updated based on changes made on any associated device. 

The vision of a cloud-based iPhone with little onboard storage would require that that master copy be passed down to the device only as needed, functionality that Apple has not yet shown with iCloud and iOS 5. Aside from any technical considerations for the streaming model, such an arrangement would put significant strain on wireless carriers charged with moving that data down from the cloud every time it is needed.

AppleNApps was only a day off in predicting the release date for Mac OS X Lion and new Macbook Airs.

According to AppleNApps, Apple will launch the cheaper iPhone with iPhone 5, which is expected to be released later this fall and will be the star of the show.

What do you think about the possibility of a cheaper iPhone? Let us know in the comments.

[via AppleNApps, MacRumors]

Source: Rumor: Apple May Also Launch a Cheaper ‘iCloud iPhone’ Along With iPhone 5

SIM-less iPhone 4S With A5 Chip, 8-Megapixel Camera Coming In July/August; iPhone 5 In Spring 2012?

May 30th, 2011 05:32 admin View Comments

iPhone 5

Japanese blog – Macotakara reports that according to their sources, Apple’s next generation iPhone will have the same factor as iPhone 4, come with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor though they’re not sure if it will be single or dual core and an improved 8-megapixel camera.

According to Macotakara, the fifth generation iPhone will be called “iPhone 4S†and will sport a SIM-less design with 3 to 4 internal antennas and use a Qualcomm chipset that will allow the next iPhone to work on both GSM and CDMA networks.

Macotakara reports:

According to an anonymous source, this reported product by DigiTimes is improved model of iPhone 4 on same form factor, and uses ARM Cortex-A9 chip as CPU, but it is not confirmed whether this model has single CPU or with dual CPU’s.

It is widely speculated that the next iPhone will come with Apple’s new dual-core A5 system-on-chip, which powers iPad 2.

Last week, France Telecom confirmed that Apple was working on a project dubbed “e-SIM projectâ€, which would allow the iPhone to work without any SIM card. But he indicated that carriers had convinced Apple that it was a bad idea as “the SIM card is a critical piece of the security and authentication process†and were instead working with Apple to introduce a smaller SIM card. So it would be surprising to see Apple introduce a SIM-less iPhone.

So far we’ve heard conflicting reports about next generation iPhone’s form factor. According to some reports, next generation iPhone will be completely redesigned and will look more like iPod Touch 4G rather than iPhone 4. While, some reports claim that fifth generation iPhone will come with improved specifications such as faster processor, 8-megapixel camera etc. just like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, but won’t feature an all-new design and will look like iPhone 4, which matches with this report.

According to the report, iPhone 4S will be released at the end of July or in early August and won’t be delayed until September as some reports have indicated. It also claims that the next “major new handset”, which will be called iPhone 5 will arrive in the Spring of 2012.

Will you be buying or upgrading to iPhone 4S? or Will you wait for iPhone 5? Let us know in the comments.

Source: SIM-less iPhone 4S With A5 Chip, 8-Megapixel Camera Coming In July/August; iPhone 5 In Spring 2012?

Apple To Start Production Of iPhone 5 In Q3; To Feature 8-Megapixel Camera, Dual-Mode GSM-CDMA Qualcomm Chip

May 17th, 2011 05:40 admin View Comments

iPhone 5

PCWorld reports that according FBR Capital Markets – a financial analyst firm, Apple will start manufacturing iPhone 5 in the third quarter, indicating that it will be launched later this year instead of unveiling it at next month’s WWDC 2011. They’re also claiming that the next generation iPhone will feature a 8-megapixel camera and baseband chip from Qualcomm that will work on both GSM and CDMA networks. PCWorld reports:

The iPhone 5 will include an 8-megapixel camera and a single baseband chip that will work on both GSM and CDMA networks, FBR Capital Markets said in a research note, citing information from industry contacts. [..]

[..] “Our contacts have confirmed to us that Qualcomm is replacing Intel as the baseband supplier, selling an integrated CDMA/WCDMA baseband,” FBR wrote in the research note.

It makes sense for Apple to move to a single baseband chip solution that works on both GSM and CDMA networks so that it does not have to make different iPhone models. Back in April, Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst at Concord Securities who has a good track in predicting Apple product related news had also claimed that production of iPhone 5 will start only in September based on information obtained from Apple’s supply chain. It is also speculated that Sony will supply camera sensors for the fifth generation iPhone based on comments made by Sony CEO Howard Stringer. But according to FBR, Omnivision that supplies camera sensors for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G and iPad 2 will be supplying the 8-megapixel CMOS sensor for iPhone 5 with Sony as the backup sensor supplier. Are you waiting for Apple to launch iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Apple To Start Production Of iPhone 5 In Q3; To Feature 8-Megapixel Camera, Dual-Mode GSM-CDMA Qualcomm Chip

AT&T and Verizon Stores Getting iPad 2 On March 11

March 10th, 2011 03:50 admin View Comments

AT&T and Verizon are getting ready for an iPad 2 fight. Both carriers will sell the iPad 2 – running on their own networks – at the same time on March 11. Interestingly, Verizon’s version will run on its CDMA networks natively.

Both are offering competing data plans. AT&T’s includes:

Monthly statements: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment will be billed $14.99 for another 250MB on the $14.99 plan or $10 per 1 GB of overage on the 2 GB plan.

Credit card billing: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase another 250 MB on the $14.99 plan or purchase an additional 2 GB for $25 on the 2 GB plan.

While Verizon is a bit more tiered (and slightly less expensive) and includes:

Monthly Usage Cost Data Allowance
· $20 per month 1 GB per month

· $35 per month 3 GB per month

· $50 per month 5 GB per month

· $80 per month 10 GB per month

PR after the jump.

Source: AT&T and Verizon Stores Getting iPad 2 On March 11

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