September 19, 2013 00:02 by Jessie
It is that time of year again: Apple announced the much anticipated additions to the iPhone family: The 5C and the 5S. This is =the first time Apple has released two new iPhone models at the same time. Because of the innovative advances of Android, Apple steps up with a double whammy to defend their position in the smart phone market and attract more price-conscious consumers.
No longer will the iPhone be limited to black or white. With a splash of color, the iPhone5C has been rumored to be the “cheaper” iPhone has been priced at $99 for 16GB and $199 for the 32GB model with a two year contract. The phone is offered in yellow, green, blue, white, and pink. Now our phones can be customized to fit our own personality when it comes to style and color. Another great update from the iPhone 5 is the camera features and quality. With a boost in the megapixel department, you will now be able to take clearer, sharper pictures from both cameras. When it comes to speed, not much has changed from the standard iPhone 5, which will be discontinued once the new models hit the market. It is equipped with the same A6 processor as the original iPhone 5, which will make it significantly slower than Apple’s front runner, the 5S.
The iPhone 5S also comes with a more classic, stylish, modern splash of color: gold, silver, and space gray. Along with the 5C, Apple has made significant improvements in the camera, speed, and design on the iPhone 5S. The Apple iPhone 5S runs off of an A7 processor which doubles the speed compared to the last generation of iPhones. The 5S also has a more scientific feature -the thumb print scanner to unlock the phone when trying to be accessed. This is a huge leap in the phone industry! The price for the iPhone 5S hovers around $199 for their 16GB model , $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB model.
Apple is a front runner in the smart phone market. Maintaining this lead is a difficult task for Apple, but it’s taking a strong position with the introduction of a handset to address the lower price point in the market. Its biggest competition is with Android, who is also quite innovative. Maintaining position in the market requires the constant evolution of a product or invention of new products, something Apple and Android are constantly striving for.
March 26, 2013 20:01 by Jeremy
It seems the race between Apple and Samsung is finally coming neck and neck, but who will come out victorious? This technological race to the top of the Smartphone battle has always seemed in favor of Apple and their competitive iPhone design. Close behind, Samsung has consistently tried to keep up, if not surpass Apple altogether. Finally, with the successful and booming launch of its Samsung Galaxy III, the Korean company is now moving full speed ahead, but with a twist in their strategy.
Instead of contriving a completely new design, with the expected bigger, better, bolder tactics; Samsung is copying Apple by copying itself. Now that Samsung beholds a mass of nationwide supporters who have been enthralled by the Samsung III, they are going to give them just what they want: the exact design of the Samsung III but with a larger screen, advanced and useful features that individuals will love, whilst leaving room for innovative design to come in the near future. In a race this close, a tactic this risky would fare highly unsuccessful, but with the flood of bombarding hype, advertisement and articles, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is projected to do exceedingly well.
Looks as though some things just never get old.
August 28, 2012 23:01 by Jeremy
In what's possibly the largest piece of tech news these days, consumers and developers alike have been reeling back at the results of the Apple vs. Samsung trial. The jury's verdict claims that Samsung, "...should have known or did know they were infringing," and Samsung must now pay over a billion dollars in damages. The patents in question alleged that Samsung copied the Apple iPhone's physical design and user interface.
The trial isn't exactly over yet, though. The jurors made their decision quite fast (a little too fast, even for legal experts) - for them to gloss over 100-pages of rules as to what they should be judging, only to come out hours later with a verdict, seemed a little sketchy. The jurors are defending their verdict, but some people have even pointed out flaws in their logic as far as calculating the damages owed. Samsung will likely use this in their appeal of the decision.
While Apple floats on cloud nine, with CEO Tim Cook issuing an internal memo regarding Samsung's thieving ways, the rest of the world has been left wondering what the next stage is. The courts will continue the case of Apple vs. Samsung, but where does this place other manufacturers such as HTC and Nokia? Large companies such as Google and Microsoft have even chimed in, with the former stating that, "Most of these [patent claims] don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office."
If you were planning on buying any Samsung cell phones in the near future, you might want to do it sooner rather than later - Apple is already trying to figure out which of the infringed products they'd liked banned.
Sources: latimes, mashable, theverge (1), theverge (2)
After a long and arduous battle, we're finally seeing a (hopefully final) result in the case between Apple vs. Samsung. The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court has reasoned that all 27 European member states should exclude the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from sales due to its infringement on Apple patents dating back to 2004. Previously, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 was only banned from Germany.
Apple had also tried to get Samsung's re-designed Galaxy Tab 10.1N to meet the same fate, but that request was rejected. Samsung had to modify the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, else it, too, would not be seen any longer on European shelves.
However, this doesn't stop Samsung from tinkering around with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and we could very well see a 7.7N version pop up in the next few months. Perhaps then European customers won't feel so left out.
Sources: cnet, pcworld
Last week, Google showed off their latest advances with their Google Glasses: several professionals jumped out of a helicopter, equipped with the Google Glasses Explorer Edition, and made their way towards the I/O 2012 Event. This week, we're seeing two other companies who may possibly tred along the same path of technological-eyewear: Apple and Olympus.
Olympus' headgear doesn't actually have a camera like the Google Glasses do, nor are they a standalone-unit. Instead, the augmented reality spectacles will connect via bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet. Olympus boasts that the Meg 4.0, the current prototype, will last for 8 hours; however, they expect users to use the glasses in 15-second spurts every three minutes, which just doesn't seem as feasible.
Meanwhile, Apple doesn't even have a working unit yet. Their big news comes in the form of a patent granted to them earlier this week. The patent allows for a dual-lens, dual-HUD eyeglass that projects images directly to your eyes. This would provide a more immersed experience than just simple glasses. Also, by using stereoscopic projection, the user would more likely avoid motion-sickness.
The Olympus augmented-reality glasses have no current release date, and Apple's "iGlass" (for lack of an official name) hasn't even been touted as a product idea - a patent doesn't necessarily mean there's already a game-plan behind it. However, if Apple does join the fray, then we'd be closer to centralizing our market on eyewear and heads-up displays...which definitely can't be a bad thing.
Sources: slashgear, gizmodo