Its only natural that Apple will cash in on its vaunted iPhone line.
Rumors of the iPhone 5 have begun their debut straight from the rumor mill. As is usual in this game, all rumors are either attributed to un-named sources from Apple, foremen in foreign manufacturing plants, or from some guy that refuses to confirm or deny anything.
So what do we have this time around? Projector screens on the iPhone 5? Live TV? Is it all true? Who knows, but what we do know is that all these features are already present on existing smart phones. Whether or not Apple can squeeze such elaborate features into a slim iPhone is debatable but given that Apple obsesses with battery life and won’t allow for real multi-tasking for this very reason its hard to imagine them green lighting applications that will most likely drain batteries quicker than a GPS.
For awhile on this blog I made a big deal out of the relatively new Sprint based EVO 4G.
And how could I not? The paper specs of the EVO are quite impressive, its less restrictive than an iPhone, and its Android based.
But what the EVO has in power compared to the iPhone 4 it lacks in reliability and usability. Even the diehard TechCrunch writer doesn’t have much good to say on the EVO.
This is not to say that the phone is truly the suck, it isn’t; there are plenty of awesome things about it. However, the simple fact that it blows through your battery even while in stand by makes all of its amazing features useless.
Maybe it’s to head off the Droid X menace (not to mention the other Galaxy models), or maybe they just got things done a little quicker than expected and want to push it out the door. We’ll never know.
I mean, unless somebody tells us.
It can be argued that the smart phone wars are finally beginning to even out. The iPhone may still have a commanding lead over the Android phone market but that lead continues to shrink everyday. This is especially true given that AT&T is the only carrier for the iPhone and that new Android based phones continue to come out on an almost monthly basis.
The fact that Android based phones are not competing with each other as well as the iPhone is also a tell tale sign of a new era in the smart phone market.
Its a simple fact that the Android platform allows competitors to put out newer and more advanced phones at a rate quicker than the annual iPhone.
What this potentially means for the near future is that the iPhone can potentially be out teched within a few more development cycles.
Since the iPhone 4 has come out, there’s been reception problems. People have blamed everything from sweaty palms, to carrier problems, to antenna placement. Apple has been fairly quiet about what the root cause is, but now it looks like they might have a simple solution to the problem.
Turns out, it may be as easy to fix as a software patch. The solution looks to be as simple as an error in the way the phone’s operating system is calculating the phone’s signal strength. The error is so large, Apple has stated that the iPhone could be displaying 4 bars, when it should only be displaying two. This means that as you use your phone, it displays the proper signal strength, and has caused the confusion. Makes sense, and you have to give points to Apple for admitting that they have such a large software problem.
Windows Phone 7 may actually turn out to be a good phone… however, watching this presentation was just awkward…
I didn’t even make it through the video, who knows maybe its a good phone, but I’ll never know.
Just when you thought it was safe to love AT&T again, we have another interesting tidbit about their famous 3G Micro-Cell, AKA the “rip-off box.”
As you recall, AT&T’s MicroCell is being marketed as a way to repair bad connectivity in areas with little or no AT&T reception including, but not limited to, basements, attics, Manhattan, and San Francisco. It essentially piggy backs on your own home network to provide data service and voice to your phone.
However, AT&T will still charge data used while in range of the Micro-Cell against your no longer unlimited data cap. This means that you’re essentially allowing AT&T to drop a cell antenna into your house, paying $150 for the privilege, and they get to use your data infrastructure to get voice and data back to their own fiber networks.
Dan Frommer writes:
AT&T explains the practice by saying there is a cost to handle the data transmission once it hits AT&T’s network, after it goes through your broadband pipe. (Likewise, it charges you for the voice minutes that you use over the Micro-Cell. But that’s a different service.)
So basically you’re paying AT&T for the privilege of using your phone. Straight up. While we all know your phone, like hair, is a privilege and not a right, this move again smacks of giving up. Microcells have been around for years, AT&T finally got around to selling them, and they’re basically riding the goodwill of an army of iPhone users who would actually like to use their phones in enclosed areas like their garage workshops, places of business, and some parts of North and South Dakota as well as most of Morgantown, West Virginia.
Again, call it splitting hairs, but this move is cold comfort to those who have been suffering with bad reception since 2007.