February 19, 2011
MIC Gadget claims to have gotten an iPad 2 leather case from a “secret Asian Case supplier” that was made for, tried and tested on an actual iPad 2 (not a prototype or mockup). The case design clearly shows hole for the new camera on back and big space for bigger speaker grill at the bottom. The case is also smaller and the original iPad wasn’t able to fit in it, giving weight to the rumors that the new iPad will not only be thinner, but also smaller in length and width with a slightly narrower bezel. The case is designed to fit iPad model with tapered sides and flat back.
February 17, 2011
BGR Claims Verizon iPhone Sales are Disappointing, But Simple Calculation Shows They are Actually Excellent Numbers
BGR today posted unit sales totals from five Apple Store combined showing both Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4 sales since launch of Verizon iPhone last Thursday. BGR also posted that they have heard online pre-orders for Verizon iPhone were around 550,000. The numbers during the Verizon iPhone’s first five days of availability are:
- Thursday: Verizon = 909, AT&T = 539
- Friday: Verizon = 916, AT&T = 680
- Saturday: Verizon = 660, AT&T = 471
- Sunday: Verizon = 796, AT&T = 701
- Monday: Verizon = 711, AT&T = 618
Around 550,000 Verizon iPhones were pre-ordered, and if we consider just the Apple store sales and the pre-orders, Apple would sell one million Verizon iPhones in 11 days. That’s 6 times faster than Motorola Droid sales on Verizon, which took over 2 months to reach one million mark after launch. And remember we are not including Verizon iPhone sales through thouands of Verizon stores, Best Buy stores, Walmart and Online Stores.
If the Verizon iPhone sales continue at the same pace, Apple Store alone would have sold around 1.8 million Verizon iPhones by end of this quarter (in just 48 days). And that’s an impressive number anyway you look at it.
February 16, 2011
At Mobile World Congress opening keynote, Microsoft showed what the rest of the year will bring for Windows Phone 7. And also defended Microsoft and Nokia’s partnership announced few days back. Microsoft announced that the following new features would be coming to Windows Phone 7 in 2011:
February 15, 2011
Today at Mobile World Congress press conference, Deutsche Telekom announced it plans to deploy Near Field Communications (NFC) payment system for mobile devices in multiple markets. Though Deutsche executives didn’t mentioned Apple name during the press conference, but one of the slide with names of all the partners for the NFC deployment included Apple’s name also along with many other handset markers.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC announced its first tablet – the HTC Flyer featuring a 7-inch (1024 x 600) touchscreen. Even though Flyer is a tablet it will ship will Android 2.4 Gingerbread and not Android 3.0, which is specifically designed for tablets. However, HTC says that the Flyer will come with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets.
Taiwanese website Apple.pro started the day with news that Apple is testing three different iPhone 5 prototypes. Out of the three prototypes, one even has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The other two are just hardware improvements over current model with faster processor, more battery life and an 8-megapixel camera. The website says anyone of the three models can come to the market.
February 14, 2011
Sony Ericsson today announced the Xperia Play that features slide-out game Pad for immersive gaming experience. According to Sony, Xperia Play delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.
Many websites including Bloomberg and WSJ are reporting rumors about Apple’s plan to announce a smaller and cheaper iPhone model. WSJ wrote the following about the new phone: