February 26, 2010

Analyst: Lower Cost iPhone Models Coming in June

In a research note by Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty predicted that Apple would introduce lower cost iPhone models with cheaper service plans to decrease total cost of iPhone ownership. According to Katy, the biggest barriers to higher iPhone adoption are cost of the device and service plan cost. And in June Apple will introduce iPhone models that will be more pocket friendly.
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No Front Facing Camera for Video Calls on Next Generation iPhone

Rumors about next generation iPhone featuring front facing camera have been going around the blogosphere for past few days. These rumors were ignited by the news that iPhone SDK 3.2 beta has code supporting Zoom, Flash and Front Camera. Also a patent application by Apple showing handheld device with a forward facing camera added fuel to the fire.
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February 25, 2010

Apple Files Patent Application for iPhone Control via Finger Gestures Over Camera

MacRumors has discovered a patent application filed by Apple that highlights use of finger gesture over camera on iPhone to control features like voicemail playback, pause and rewind, while holding the phone near your ear. Apple also describes use of accelerometer to detect finger tapping for controlling iPhone functions. In the patent application Apple explains:
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PC World: AT&T Delivers Significantly Faster Download and Upload Speeds

Last year, PC World tested 3G services in 13 major cities in US. They concluded that Verizon 3G service was fast and reliable, whereas AT&T 3G service was fast in some cities but reliability was an issue. PC World has again done the same test in 13 cities and now they say that AT&T’s 3G network is now the top performer in 13-city test, with download speeds 67 percent faster than its competitors.
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Will MacBook Pro Update Bring Enhanced Dual Graphics?

It has been rumored since December that Apple will update their MacBook Pro lineup and bring Intel’s new Core i5 and Core i7 processors to the lineup. However, as we reported in January, Apple is not very happy with the integrated graphics chip included in the new processor package, as Apple wants to offer better graphics performance to MacBook Pro customers than Intel’s integrated graphics. Apple has been using NVIDIA 9400M chipset to achieve this in current MacBooks, but Intel Core i5 and i7 processors wouldn’t work with NVIDIA chipsets.
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February 23, 2010

PMA 2010: Samsung Introduces Four new Cameras and Two New Ultra-Compact Camcorders

At PMA 2010, Samsung added two new cameras to their TL-series, two durable cameras in SL and AQ-series and two ultra-compact high-definition budget camcorders to HMX-series. The two TL-series cameras are TL500 and TL350. The top-of-the-line TL500 comes with 10-megapixel high sensitivity CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom, F/1.8 ultra-wide lens, 3-inch swiveling AMOLED screen, 640 x 480 movie mode, dual image stabilization, manual controls A/S/M and RAW support.
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