While Billshrink’s chart on the next page only compares costs for the three perennial rivals in the USA, the numbers — particularly the large, foreboding 4-digit numbers at the bottom — shed some light on an oppressive situation: total expenditures for the current crop of much-hyped smart-phones. Smart-phones aren’t cheap, and their contracts cost more than a yearly bus-pass, a decent road bike, and most people’s computers.
ChiFFaN already noted that the iPhone in particular, is a PC killer. It does email, internet, music, telephony – there isn’t much that the device can’t do – within the reasonable limits of its size and processing power. But where it really excels is in in replacing a multitude of devices, many of which are power hungry. In the past, Apple have taken flack from certain green organisations for less than stellar green-figures, but that doesn’t mean the California company are not trying; in fact, they may be ahead in a game which often values horn-blowing rather than true revolution.
Yesterday, 30 July evidently was D-Day for what could be the biggest security risk yet seen n Apple’s iPhone. The vulnerability was discovered by Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner (恐ろしい), who advise that any user who finds an SMS message which contains a sole square character should immediately turn their phone off. Apple have yet to patch this vulnerability which could allow, “someone [to] pretty quickly take over every iPhone in the world”.
Laugh if you will – the creator of the NOMAD hasn’t been competitive in the marketplace in the last handful of years, but this year may mark a turnaround for the beleaguered company. The Zii EGG represents the first significant engineering push which Creative have taken since their glory days around the turn of the millenium. On paper, the new player is an iPod touch killer, however, unlike other iPod touch killers, Creative haven’t betted the farm on hardware alone.
Their platform is based on Google’s Android – a platform which is destined to give the iDevice a run for its money. Creative cannot write software, standing on Google’s back, they may be be given a second chance at influencing the portable market.
If this rumour can be believed, it is another cemented piece of evidence that the new iPod touch will receive a camera. This time, the evidence comes from pictures of what is purported to be new iPod cases from China. The pictures come from several case manufacturers.
In the latest development surrounding the mysterious Apple Tablet/netbook, the unit is purported to be tied to a Verizon contract. The purveyor of this rumour is none other than Scott Moritz, the man who correctly sussed out AT&T’s subsidised iPhone pricing which would later see the handset drop to 199$ in the USA. In Canada, we know contracts; we know that a softer monetary at point-of-sale means the sting of 3 years’ worth of expensive bills. What is the good of this rumour? Basically, it is another hint that the device will house a 3G radio.
Looking a little deeper, Apple have a few charmed patents under their sleeve that may be able to less the sting of a contract.
Dime a dozen rumours are again in full swing with this bout of conjecture pointing not to a next iPhone, but the next iPod touch. Wired.com evidently have special monkeys within the business who have sussed out the innards of the next iPod touch. It is only fair too that the iPod finally gets some speculative press after surviving in in the iPhone’s shadow for far too long.
Apple’s wildly successful App Store was not the first mobile software catalogue, but it has been the most successful and with over 65 000 apps with a billion and a half sales, it is a digital steamroller. That Palm would enter the same market with the Pre was an easy forecast. As of 16 June, their SDK opened up to general development – a move that will take usher their Pre and its fanbase into the mainstream. Or will it?
It’s no secret that the iPhone 3G S has more zip and zoom compared to the 3G, but the million dollar question is HOW much faster is it? AnandTech has done their homework and pit both iPhones against the Palm Pre and Android G1 in a web page rendering test, with the 3G S coming out on top in all but 3 of the site loads. Equipped with the more powerful and efficient ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 600MHz (as opposed to 412MHz), the 3G S performed 122% faster than the 3G and 21% speedier the Palm Pre. On a site like Facbook, the 3G S smoked its competition by fully loading the page in 13.5s, whereas the 3G needed a painfully slow 31.7s and the Palm Pre 19.6s (all WiFi).
Aside from the render tests, AnandTech also found that application launch times on the 3G S improved quite a bit, ranging from an improvement of 14% while launching the web browser to 72% for the native dialer app. By the looks of it, the 3G S will have no troubles going head to head against some of the best smartphones on the market. Will the speed factor alone though be enough for you to justify a hardware upgrade? Take a look at rest of the comparative results after the jump.
Keep a look out here for major updates from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference as well as a final recap as the conference closes. Apple fans, iPhone devotees and the rest of you, it is WWDC time! If you are interested, take a look at the entire event over at Apple’s WWDC QuickTime page.
- Major MacBook upgrades and Incremental MacBook Pro upgrades (all aluminium versions are now MacBook Pros)
- Snow Leopard to be sold for only 29$ USD! Microsoft’s balls are in Apple’s court now – They cannot afford to price Windows 7 less than Windows Vista, so upgrading to the newest from Redmond will be very, very expensive in light of Apple’s supple and tidy OS.
- iPhone 3G at 99$ (8GB), iPhone 3GS 199$ (16GB), iPhone 3GS 299$ (32GB)
- Autofocus Camera @ 3 MegaPixels and new Camera software/10cm Macro
- Digital Compass to work with Core Location
- Turn by Turn Navigation and In-App Google Maps Support
- Better Language Support
- Find My iPhone for Mobile Me users
- Tethering/HTML 5.0/OpenGL 2.0
- Voice commands for phone and iPod functions
- Landscape editing
- Spotlight search for entire iPhone and all apps!
- Better Battery (iPhone 3GS)
- More Accessibility support
- iPhone users can download movies straight from iTunes (unless your mum says now)
- Cut/Copy/Paste for every app in the App Store and all Apple apps (2 years too late?)
Of course, we knew many of these functions as part of the OS 3.0 Sneak Peak back in March.