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Samsung And Google Delay Launch Of Next Generation Android-Based Smartphone Out Of Respect For Steve Jobs

October 7th, 2011 10:05 admin View Comments

Steve Jobs

Samsung and Apple may have been at each others throats in the last few months, but in a touching gesture, Google and Samsung have canceled their big media event next week out of respect of Steve Jobs who passed away on October 5th.

They were widely expected to launch the first smartphone based on the next generation Android operating system, dubbed ”Ice Cream Sandwich”.

Google and Samsung made the following announcement earlier today:

Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.

Though they didn’t provide an official reason for the postponing the event, it was being speculated that the reason for postponing the new product announcement was out of respect for Apple’s co-founder and ex-CEO who passed away on Wednesday.

AllThingsD has just confirmed that the two companies canceled the big media event in response to Steve Jobs’ death. AllThingsD reports:

The decision to postpone things was made late last night at the top levels of both companies, sources said, with Jobs’ death being the reason. There are no delays with the product itself, sources insisted.

It’s a classy move by the two companies and nice to see the humane side of the corporate world. We sincerely hope that the tech titans can figure out a way to settle their differences over the patent disputes.

Meanwhile, Apple didn’t delayed the launch of their next generation iPhone – iPhone 4S and started accepting pre-orders for their new iPhone earlier today for delivery on October 14th, which we’re sure wouldn’t have been easy for Apple employees, but that is exactly what Steve Jobs would have wanted.

[via AllThingsD]

Source: Samsung And Google Delay Launch Of Next Generation Android-Based Smartphone Out Of Respect For Steve Jobs

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

Apple Pulls Original Siri App From App Store

October 6th, 2011 10:12 admin View Comments

Siri icon

Now that Siri has finally been integrated into the iPhone 4S, the standalone app Apple chose to keep alive even after Siri’s acquisition has been pulled off the App Store. Taking down the app obviously means that present iPhone owners won’t be able to experience the game changing AI technology behind the app.

If you still have the app on their homescreens, when you launch it you would be greeted by a message saying:

“I’ve been replaced! The new Siri is even smarter and better looking than me, and waiting for you on the iPhone 4S. I’ll be leaving for home Oct 15th. Until then…how can I help you?”

Siri Message

The app, which was launched in early 2010 received a lot of love from the tech community including Robert Scoble, NYT BITS and of course us.

The reasons behind the removal weren’t disclosed publicly by Apple, but Greg Kumparak’s analysis seems spot on:

For one, it’s pretty tough to up-sell current iPhone 4 owners to the iPhone 4S if one of the biggest features is already available (albeit to a limited extent) as a third-party app. Less nefariously, having a third-party app (especially one that hadn’t been updated in around a year) available with the same name as a feature would be beyond confusing.

He notes that the app was pulled right after Apple finished demonstrating Siri on the iPhone 4S.

Also, siri.com now redirects to Siri’s page on the Apple website.

[via MacRumors]

Source: Apple Pulls Original Siri App From App Store

Steve Jobs’ Vision To Extend To Future Apple Products Including Next Generation iPhone

October 6th, 2011 10:26 admin View Comments

Steve Jobs

After coming to terms with yesterday’s tragic news, almost everyone (including me) wondered “Steve, Who’s Going to Protect Us From Cheap and Mediocre Now?”. Although the qualities he imbibed in Apple would live long, his power to say “No” is what will perhaps be irreplaceable.

We all know that Apple’s roadmap is set for several years to come, and that has been confirmed today by Masayoshi Son, president of Japanese carrier Softbank.

The Softbank president told Reuters that Steve’s vision would be seen not just in the iPhone 4S, but in the next-generation iPhone as well. He didn’t say it directly of course, but indicated it through a statement which was originally in Japanese:

“the work which he [Jobs] did acting as the leader of an army will come out to the world after he died”

A Google translation of the same statement was:

“even after he died, the work will come out to the world that he spearheaded “

(All translation tools on the web do a pretty bad job at translating the original article on Reuters, so in case you understand Japanese and can help us with getting more information from the article, please do so in the comments.)

This broad statement most likely refers to the iPhone, because that is the only line of Apple products that carriers would have some clue about.

The best example of Apple’s strong future product roadmap is Mac’s Power PC to Intel transition at WWDC ’05, where Steve Jobs famously said:

“Mac OS X has been leading a secret double life, for the past five years. Every release of Mac OS X has been compiled for both Power PC and Intel. This has been going on for the last five years”

So most probably the iPhone that succeeds iPhone 4S would have Steve Jobs’ touches, and so would a number of other future Apple products.

[Reuters (Google Translation) via MacRumors]

Source: Steve Jobs’ Vision To Extend To Future Apple Products Including Next Generation iPhone

iPhone 4S Has Only 512MB RAM?

October 6th, 2011 10:34 admin View Comments

iPhone 4S

As usual when Apple unveiled iPhone 4S at Tuesday’s Let’s Talk iPhone event, they didn’t reveal how much RAM is included in iPhone 4S.

According to rumors and speculations, iPhone 4S will come with 1GB RAM, which was one of the reasons Siri – the intelligent personal assistant is not available for other iOS devices, including iPad 2, which is powered by the same A5 chip as iPhone 4S but comes with 512MB RAM.

However, folks at This is My Next have just reported that iPhone 4S may come with only 512MB RAM just like iPhone 4 and iPad 2. This small piece of information comes from Chair Entertainment’s creative director Donald Mustard who had been involved in the development of Infinity Blade 2 that was demoed at the event, apparently had this to say about iPhone 4S in an interview with Eurogamer:

I’m still shocked that, with the iPhone 4S, I’m literally running around with a 1080p video camera in my pocket, with an eight megapixel camera, 64GB of hard drive space and an A5 chip with 512MB of memory. This is a really powerful computer, right?

If this is indeed true that it raises questions why iPad 2, which is powered by the same A5 chip and comes with 512MB RAM does not support Siri – the intelligent personal assistant.

We will probably need to wait for the iPhone 4S to be disassembled to get a confirmation, until then we’ll take this with a pinch of salt.

[Eurogamer via This is my next]

Source: iPhone 4S Has Only 512MB RAM?

Apple To Developers: Submit Your iOS 5 Apps

October 6th, 2011 10:11 admin View Comments

iOS 5

Apple released iOS 5 Golden Master just after the Let’s Talk iPhone event on Tuesday and has announced that it will be releasing iOS 5 and iCloud on October 12th.

In order to be ready for the launch, Apple has sent out emails to developers of iOS Developer program to submit their apps that are compatible with iOS 5.

The Golden Master version means that it is the shipping version of the software that developers must use to submit their iOS apps that are compatible with iOS 5.

Apple has sent the following email to developers:

The next generation of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system will soon be in the hands of hundreds of millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers. This major new release features more than 200 new features and an updated SDK with over 1,500 new APIs and developer tools.

Get your apps ready for the next generation of iOS. Install the GM seed of iOS 5 and build your apps with Xcode 4.2 GM seed. Test your existing apps for compatibility, review the iOS Data Storage Guidelines, and submit your new apps that take advantage of the exciting technologies in iOS 5 today.

Read the iOS Readiness Checklist now and submit your iOS 5 apps for review.

Submit iOS 5 Apps

So we should start seeing apps compatible with iOS 5 in the App Store shortly.

Source: Apple To Developers: Submit Your iOS 5 Apps

Samsung Seeks To Ban iPhone 4S In France And Italy

October 6th, 2011 10:46 admin View Comments

Samsung logo

As anonymous Samsung officials had suggested, Samsung has announced on its website that plans to get the iPhone 4S banned in France and Italy, for which it would file motions in courts of both countries. The motions filed are based on alleged infringement of two of Samsung’s patents related to Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

A blog post on Samsung’s Official Global Blog read:

Samsung’s preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets. 

The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.

Samsung plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries after further review.

The last line, revealing the company’s intentions to sue Apple in other countries, might mean that their lawsuits in these two countries were rushed so as to capitalize on the iPhone 4S launch and also to get it banned as soon as possible. The reason these two markets were chosen according to a Samsung spokes person speaking to WSJ were:

because they are “key markets” in Europe, citing also “the local legal system and processes.”

The patents in discussion are subject to FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms of licensing, and as Florian Mueller puts it, the question of a ban arises only if Apple refuses to pay the royalties associated with this patent:

This is what the FRAND issue comes down to: if those patents are essential, then there are two questions to be analyzed by a court: Does Apple have to pay? And if so, how much can Samsung ask for under a FRAND framework? But an injunction can only be justified if and when Apple refuses to pay a FRAND royalty that it owes in the binding opinion of a court of competent jurisdiction.

For what its worth, the iPhone 4S would be available for sale in France and Italy not on October 14th but the last week of October, giving Apple’s lawyers enough time to prepare a response.

Samsung’s anonymous officials who spoke to The Korea Times in September, got their claim of “NFC being included on the iPhone” totally wrong. It might still be in the pipeline, but obviously hasn’t found a place on the iPhone 4S.

So do you think Samsung is being too optimistic about getting the iPhone 4S banned?

[via Samsung Tomorrow]

Source: Samsung Seeks To Ban iPhone 4S In France And Italy

Samsung Seeks To Ban iPhone 4S In France And Italy

October 6th, 2011 10:46 admin View Comments

Samsung logo

As anonymous Samsung officials had suggested, Samsung has announced on its website that plans to get the iPhone 4S banned in France and Italy, for which it would file motions in courts of both countries. The motions filed are based on alleged infringement of two of Samsung’s patents related to Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

A blog post on Samsung’s Official Global Blog read:

Samsung’s preliminary injunction requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets. 

The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.

Samsung plans to file preliminary injunctions in other countries after further review.

The last line, revealing the company’s intentions to sue Apple in other countries, might mean that their lawsuits in these two countries were rushed so as to capitalize on the iPhone 4S launch and also to get it banned as soon as possible. The reason these two markets were chosen according to a Samsung spokes person speaking to WSJ were:

because they are “key markets” in Europe, citing also “the local legal system and processes.”

The patents in discussion are subject to FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms of licensing, and as Florian Mueller puts it, the question of a ban arises only if Apple refuses to pay the royalties associated with this patent:

This is what the FRAND issue comes down to: if those patents are essential, then there are two questions to be analyzed by a court: Does Apple have to pay? And if so, how much can Samsung ask for under a FRAND framework? But an injunction can only be justified if and when Apple refuses to pay a FRAND royalty that it owes in the binding opinion of a court of competent jurisdiction.

For what its worth, the iPhone 4S would be available for sale in France and Italy not on October 14th but the last week of October, giving Apple’s lawyers enough time to prepare a response.

Samsung’s anonymous officials who spoke to The Korea Times in September, got their claim of “NFC being included on the iPhone” totally wrong. It might still be in the pipeline, but obviously hasn’t found a place on the iPhone 4S.

So do you think Samsung is being too optimistic about getting the iPhone 4S banned?

[via Samsung Tomorrow]

Source: Samsung Seeks To Ban iPhone 4S In France And Italy

Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

October 5th, 2011 10:17 admin View Comments

With great sadness we have to report that Apple’s visionary co-founder and ex-CEO, Steve Jobs has passed away:

Apple has put up a page with the following message:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

Steve Jobs’ family has issued the following statement:

Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.

Tim Cook has sent the following email to employees:

Team, I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today. Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com. No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much. Tim 

US President Obama has issued the following statement:

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.

We have no words to describe how we are feeling at the loss, it’s a sad day for us. Our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and his colleagues. He will be missed.

Source: Steve Jobs Has Passed Away

Sprint To Offer Unlimited Data Plans To iPhone Customers

October 5th, 2011 10:20 admin View Comments

Sprint iPhone 5

Sprint – the largest carrier in the US will finally be offering Apple’s new iPhone 4S to customers.

AllThingsD has confirmed that Sprint will indeed be offering unlimited data plans to iPhone 4S customers to compete with AT&T and Verizon who have moved to tiered data plans.

AllThingsD reports:

“We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,†said spokeswoman Michelle Leff Mermelstein. Sprint’s $69.99 plan includes unlimited data and 450 voice minutes as well as unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Unlimited calling and data costs $99 a month.

When Verizon first started offering Apple’s iPhone 4 earlier in the year, it offered iPhone customers unlimited data plans, which was seen as one of the unique selling points of Verizon iPhone, but Verizon has since moved to the tiered data plans like AT&T.

It remains to be seen if Sprint will offer the unlimited data plans indefinitely or it will discontinue it in the future like AT&T and Verizon.

Sprint doesn’t seem to be too worried of handling the surge in data traffic from iPhone customers:

“We have every confidence in the ability of our 3G network to handle the influx of devices we expect to get. It certainly hasn’t been an issue to date.â€

However, it is strange that Sprint hasn’t splashed the introduction of Apple’s new iPhone 4S on it’s homepage, especially when it has gone all-in for the iPhone deal. AllThingsD reports that Sprint is very excited about finally getting iPhone 4S on its network and is currently busy making sure that the plans are in order, before making the big splash.

Are you planning to switch to Sprint? Let us know in the comments.

[via AllThingsD]

Source: Sprint To Offer Unlimited Data Plans To iPhone Customers

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