Posts Tagged ‘iPhone 5’

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Four Theories About the Future of Mobile Devices

We recently recounted the top five rumors regarding the next generation iPhone 5. Complete with a rumored Liquidmetal casing, we got to thinking: if five months’ time promises space age Liquidmetal, what will the cell phone be like in, say… 20 years?

Of course, when one considers the astonishingly rapid evolution of the mobile phone in just the last 5 years, these ideas are little more than baseless speculation. Nonetheless, we’ve done a little research and these are our four favorite theories:

  1. One “futurologist” thinks the handsets of today will be deconstructed. One apparatus for touch input, another for visual display, and another for audio. This “complete physical interface” will blur the lines between digital, virtual, and real. Very sci-fi, right?
  2. Our mobile gadgets will be more durable because cloud-computing technology will take the processing strain off the device itself. Product life cycles will be longer and manufacturers will refocus on a more sustainable product experience. Another theorist believes they’ll be bendable and somehow utilize projection technology.
  3. Artificial intelligence will dominate. Think Siri—but better and smarter. These “data guardians” will pick and choose the information that reaches users based on a very intimate knowledge their lives and interests—yes, the kind of knowledge advertisers would kill for.
  4. The user experience will be healthier. New designs will free up users’ aching wrists and thumbs. The artificial intelligence will make the experience more efficient so users will spend less time consumed by these devices. And they’ll incorporate more medical diagnostic hardware so user health will be monitored in real time.

Of course, regardless of its form and functionality, you’ll want to keep your mobile device close at-hand, today and 20 years from now.That’s why we invented the ZOMM Wireless Leash.

What other space age features would you like to see included in mobile devices of the future? 

Friday, April 27th, 2012

A Countdown of Our Five Favorite iPhone 5 Rumors

It seems that as soon as Apple releases a new iPhone, the whole world almost immediately begins speculating on the next generation iPhone. What will it look like? What will it do? How soon can we have it? And exactly how much will it cost?

With only five (speculated) months separating us from the iPhone 5, let’s take a look at the top five rumors circulating about the next-gen iPhone, countdown style.

Our next generation iPhone 5 rumor coundown

(Image courtesy of iphone5latest.com)

5. Bigger is not always better when it comes to cell phone technology, but apparently it is with the iPhone 5. Rumor has it the iPhone 5 may feature up to a 4.6-inch screen, compared to its predecessors’ 3.5-inch screens.

4. Of course, better is always better. The new iPhone 5 will supposedly operate on the better, faster 4G LTE network.

3. Bigger, better, and totally different. Some speculate that Apple is testing its iPhone 5 prototypes in the iPhone 4 and 4s case to avoid leaks. They believe the actual iPhone5 will take on a completely redesigned and positively mysterious form.

2. While the screen may be bigger, the docking port may be smaller. According to some speculators, this “miniaturized dock connector” will free up space in the iPhone for “other components.”

Drumroll, please.

1. Our #1 rumor about the iPhone 5 is that it will be made of Liquidmetal! Sounds very space age, right? Liquidmetal or “amorphous metal alloy” is described as a “metallic glass” and should be thinner, lighter, and tougher. Sounds good to us!

Planning on investing in the next iPhone? Don’t forget to protect your investment with a Wireless Leash (and accompanying iPhone app)—because nothing’s worse than a really cool phone…lost.

What’s your favorite rumor circulating about the iPhone 5?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Let’s Talk iPhone

In the months leading up to Apple’s event, there have been thousands upon thousands of rumors, varying from predictable to beyond belief. Tuesday, October 4, was the day that we finally found out the truth—straight from Tim Cook and friends.

Now that the wait is almost over (iPhone 4S preorders started Friday and deliver this Friday), we have a look at some of the coolest things announced last week:

No iPhone 5, only an iPhone 4S.

Many early rumors said that there would be two phones announced Tuesday, an iPhone 4S and an iPhone 5. The 4S would be intended as a more budget-friendly iPhone option, while the 5 was said to offer a complete redesign with a ton of internal improvements. Instead, Apple announced the iPhone 4S, which will be 2x faster than the iPhone 4 and offer an A5 chip and dual-core processing, among other features.  According to sources like PC Mag, iPhone 4S preorders sold out in just 24 hours!

Siri, the voice-recognition feature that does… well, everything.

Siri may be the most notable of the new features coming with the iPhone 4. It’s capable of understanding natural human language, rather than simple commands. Siri can read and respond to text messages, search Wikipedia, schedule calendar appointments, set work reminders, search Google Maps—and much, much more.

Improved camera: the point and shoot killer.
The new and improved iPhone camera will have an 8 megapixel sensor and an improved image resolution of 3264 x 2448. That’s a 60% improvement over the iPhone 4 camera! It will also have an improved IR filter (to help with more accurate colors) and a 30% sharper lens.

The most important details: carriers, price, and release date!
For the first time, the iPhone will be offered on three carriers: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Preorders will start this Friday, October 7th, with an expected ship date of October 14th. It will be offered at a two-year contract price of $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and a new offering of 64GB coming in at $399.

These are the most notable iPhone-related facts to come out of today’s announcement. They also shared some interesting statistics about the Apple brand and recapped a bit about iCloud and iOS 5 (both will be available October 12th.)

With all of that information, we have to ask: Did you preorder the iPhone 4S? What features are you most excited about? Leave us a comment below!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Remember When? A Look Back at the First iPhone Announcement

The date? January 9, 2007. The occasion? The much-anticipated announcement of the very first iPhone. It was on that day nearly five years ago that Steve Jobs officially introduced the first-ever iPhone to the world. In light of the awaited iPhone 5 (as it’s been dubbed) announcement tomorrow, we thought we’d take a look back at the first iPhone.

iphone original announcement

The world first heard mention of Apple’s phone in December of 2004. Three years later, in January 2007, Jobs held a press conference to debut his device. After its unveiling, people only had to wait six months to get their hands on one.

After those six months, anxious customers waited in line to be the first to own the revolutionary device. Take a look at this news story from Chicago:

The specs of the first iPhone? For that we turn to Engadget:

“Sweet, glorious specs of the 11.6 millimeter device (that’s frickin’ thin, by the way) include a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen display with multi-touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the screen when it’s close to your face, 2 megapixel cam, 4GB or 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP, WiFi that automatically engages when in range, and quad-band GSM radio with EDGE. Perhaps most amazingly, though, it somehow runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes (of course) with CoverFlow out of the gate. A partnership with Yahoo will allow all iPhone customers to hook up with free push IMAP email. Apple quotes 5 hours of battery life for talk or video, with a full 16 hours in music mode — no word on standby time yet.”

The original iPhone blew us all away—yet somehow we believe that Apple will be able to do it again, four versions later.

Did you own the first iPhone? Have you upgraded to each iPhone since then?

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

iPhone 5 Rumor Round-Up

iphone 5 rumors

In June, we admitted that we are a little partial towards the iPhone, even though our Wireless Leash works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone. We also gave you some of the latest rumors surrounding the much-anticipated Apple developments. In the two months since, the rumors have gotten even crazier, and we’re excited to share them!

The iPhone 5 will no longer have a home button.
When the iPad came out, word was that Steve Jobs didn’t want any buttons on it, but eventually allowed it. Now, the rumors say he got his way. According to the Metro and their leaked photos, there will not be a home button on the iPhone 5.

iOS5 will offer a text-to-speech function.
Presumably, iOS5 will be available at the same time as the iPhone 5. While there are many confirmed features, the text-to-speech function is one that is being tested, but isn’t confirmed for the new OS. According to 9to5mac, the Nuance text-to-speech function is being tested in SMS only for now, with hopes to integrate throughout the OS in the future.

The iPhone 5 will have a 4 inch display.
According to renderings based on a third party accessory retailer, the next iPhone will have a 4 inch display. It will also be thinner than previous iPhone models. 9to5mac even offers images of the iPhone 4 sitting in an iPhone 5 case for comparison purposes.

With a rumored release date of mid-October, there’s still plenty of time for rumors to pop up before the product is officially announced. We’re curious to know—what have you heard lately about the next iPhone?

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