Thursday, July 28, 2011

Opps an Apple Employe did it again! Another iPhone prototype seen into wild!

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Yet another Apple employe has been spotted with whats now believed to be the next iPhone. Are these picture real or not, we will not know until the official release so we can compare the device to these pictures. Apple should have these people locked up in a special building and hold rem there until the official release of the device! More below from 9to5mac.
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Last evening, a tipster sent us some pictures of what he now thinks is the iPhone 5. He caught what he said was likely an Apple employee hunched over the device on the way home from work in San Francisco earlier this week. He told us he was able to get a very good look at the device but the pictures he snapped “didn’t do it justice”.

We contacted the tipster by phone and checked his background. We believe he saw a totally new Apple device, probably a prototype iPhone 5. He contacted us because when he got home, he doubted what he saw was legitimate until he looked at the green cases we posted. Then it all came together for him. Our tipster has had an iPhone 3GS and currently has an iPhone 4. He knows his iPhones and iPods and this was like nothing he’s ever seen. He said it would fit perfectly into the case below.



“Almost EVO-like” in screen size, this iPhone also appears thinner than the current iPhone 4 but also wider. The edges are rounded metal like the edges of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 but could still function as an antenna. The back is a curved/tapered glass or plastic. He couldn’t tell but if he had to guess he’d say glass. He said it looked too amazing to be built by anyone besides Apple (fanboy!).

Our tipster wasn’t able to see the front/home button and the man holding the device was covering the Apple logo for all but a brief moment when the above picture was snapped. It seemed apparent that he was trying to hide what he had more than the average smartphone user.






We aren’t certain if this is legitimate or not but it is too thin to be an iPhone 3GS and too rounded to be an iPhone 4. The black back with Apple logo would seem to rule out an iPod touch. Our tipster is all but certain it was a new Apple product and the iPhone 5 would be the most likely scenario.

Would Apple let employees out into the world with these over a month before launch? Apple has acknowledged that they real world test this way in the past (ahem, Gray Powell). They’ve also indicated that the cases the iPhone 4s came in may have been a factor in in not diagnosing the finger spot/antennagate fiasco ahead of time. So perhaps this is legit?





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FaceTime 3G for Verizon iPhone may be restricted to tiered data plans

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In June we reported that the fifth-generation iPhone had reached its final testing stage, and within that report we noted that Apple and Verizon Wireless were yet to strike a deal for FaceTime video calling over 3G networks. Now our sources have followed up to let us know the progress on this situation. Currently, Verizon has multiple engineers testing FaceTime over 3G in many regions with heavy iPhone usage. According to a couple of people who have seen such Verizon 3G FaceTime in action, the quality looks fairly good. Perhaps Verizon has been tweaking its comparatively-slow network in order to reach this seamless FaceTime video calling experience. In addition, Apple’s iOS 5, which is launching this fall, includes a tweaked FaceTime backend that provides a better quality video call overall.

To put it simply, Apple and Verizon are still in negotiations over bringing FaceTime 3G to end users. The issue is not particularly on Apple’s side, as support for FaceTime 3G is fully integrated into iOS 5 as proven by the aforementioned testing and our own findings in iOS betas. The reason that negotiations are still ongoing is due to a disagreement between Apple and Verizon. Apple wants FaceTime over 3G to a be a seamless experience for the end user: a feature that works for all Verizon iPhone customers. This would mean that Verizon 3G FaceTime needs to work for users with both unlimited or tiered data plans. The problem is that Verizon stresses that the feature should be limited to tiered-data plan users only. This would consequently limit usage over 3G, furthermore leaving open more bandwidth. This would mean higher quality calls over 3G.

This is a big deal for a few reasons. The first and more important is that if Apple and Verizon cannot close an agreement, Verizon iPhone users may be far from FaceTiming over 3G. Speaking of which, we have yet to hear anything out of the AT&T camp. Knowing their past history with adding iPhone features, AT&T iPhone users may not see 3G FaceTime when iOS 5 launches later this year. This is also a big deal in the case that Verizon wins the argument. Customers who are paying more for unlimited data will be out of a really neat feature: a feature that will surely make FaceTime more popular. The third scenario is Verizon giving into Apple’s demands. This would mean lower-quality video calls as more people will be using the feature without a penalty.

We’re thinking that Verizon’s point might be the better way because it will provide a better experience: higher quality FaceTime calls. In addition, Verizon removed unlimited data plans from their lineup earlier this month, so newer and all future Verizon iPhone customers will not even be affected. This argument might even mean that Apple will give in and push out FaceTime 3G on Verizon’s terms. It is, quite frankly, better than nothing at all. Be sure to check out our video, after the break, of a 3G FaceTime call.



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Plastic iPhone 4 to replace iPhone 3GS as low cost iPhone?

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MacRumors is reporting a plastic white iPhone found on Tinhte.vn may be the next value iPhone.

We only have 3 issues with these pictures:

1. It is running Cydia which is unlikely to be an easy install on a new prototype iPhone with a new cellular chip, internal hardware and firmware. It is doubtful Apple is testing Cydia and it isn’t a cakewalk to jailbreak an entirely new device.
2. Probably most damning, it has the tell-tale old white speaker grill at the top which was phased out as the white iPhone was improved over the past year and a half. It looks like the poster may have tried to blur it as well. It is doubtful that Apple would go back to this flawed design.
3. Plastic?

Some other information that you want to transfer to you is that this machine seems to run faster than the iPhone 4, lighter weight and two glass front and back seem to have been replaced by two plastic sheets, type of sensation and cry other than the iPhone 4.
It is unlikely that Apple would ever replace the glass front with plastic. Even the $229 iPod touch is glass. Can you imagine Apple doing plastic face? Not possible.

More likely there is a matte overlay on the front of it.

Otherwise, this phone has a plastic back which would decrease the weight and cost and increase the durability. Which actually makes some sense – though the $229 iPod touch gets by with stainless steel. We were throwing this device around yesterday and concluded it was probably an iPhone 4 prototype that was brought back up to the surface – there is no shortage of those in Asia. Two more shots below.







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In our opinion this is just a cheap after market housing forthe iPhone 4.. Apple has never used plastic on the screen of an iPhone and I believe will never use plastic for the lens over the screen.

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Ruling Whittles Down HTC’s Patent Case Against Apple

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If HTC thought its acquisition of S3 would be a handy club with which to beat down Apple’s patent infringement attacks, it best think again.
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has ruled that some of Apple’s Mac computers do infringe two of the four patents S3 asserted against the company. But it also ruled that Apple’s iOS devices do not and that Macs running Nvidia GPUs have an implied license to use them.


In other words, the iPhone and iPad are no longer at risk for an importation ban if things go sideways for Apple in this case. And neither are any Macs protected by that implied license I mentioned earlier. Really the only infringing products at issue in the case are Macs with Intel GPUs. So worst case scenario, if the ITC’s initial ruling should be upheld, Apple could presumably switch its Mac line over to Nvdia GPUs and dodge an ITC ban. Which significantly blunts S3′s helpfulness to HTC in its ongoing IP war with Apple, as Litigating Apple’s Matt Macari suggested last week.
“As S3 goes, so goes HTC — at least when it comes to using the S3 acquisition as leverage against Apple,” Macari, an IP attorney, wrote. “Such a turn in events would effectively put HTC back where it was before it purchased S3, forcing HTC to face Apple’s initial ITC win head on.”




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