It’s been almost a year since Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, with some significant upgrades like Siri voice recognition and both CDMA and GSM compatibility. So today the company announced the latest iteration of the iPhone, but would the iPhone 5 have enough new bells and whistles to make 4S users take a hammer to their old phones in disgust?
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It’s another day, so another rumor on the release date for the Apple iPhone 5 must be around. The latest scuttlebutt: Consumers anxious for Apple’s latest and greatest smart phone will have their cravings satisfied in September.
You use to be able to count on Apple announcing new products like clockwork. New computers were shown in January while new iPods were in September, just in time for the holidays. And new iPhones? In June. Except this year, the new iPhone 5 will be unveiled in September. Maybe.
After years of rumors, reports, whispers and tea-leaf readings that Verizon would definitely, maybe, someday possibly be getting the iPhone, everyone was wondering whether the nation’s largest wireless provider would finally make the big announcement at this morning’s press conference in New York City.
As we wrote last weekend, the tech types over at Consumer Reports had done some preliminary tests demonstrating that the reception on the new iPhone 4 dropped significantly when touched on a certain part of the device. Now, after more rigorous inspection, CR has announced that — in spite of the iPhone 4’s many positives — they just can’t recommend it right now.
If you were hoping to pre-order the iPhone 4 through AT&T’s website today, you’re out of luck. A visit to the wireless giant’s pre-order site for the latest Apple super-phone gives you the terse note that “Pre-orders for iPhone temporarily suspended.”
Back in April, Apple and Netflix ticked off a vocal handful of iPhone owners by deciding to launch the first mobile version of the video service’s streaming videos on the then-untested iPad. But at today’s much ballyhooed new iPhone announcement, Apple’s Chief Executive Guru Steve Jobs was happy to let everyone know that Netflix is coming to the iPhone.
The 21-year-old California man who found a prototype iPhone and then sold it to gadget site Gizmodo.com says he now regrets not attempting to return the phone to its rightful owner.
Four months after Apple said no to an iPhone app from Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore, the computer company is feeling the blowback from negative publicity and has asked him to resubmit his application.
It’s been rumored for months that Apple iPhones would soon be able to be used on U.S. mobile networks other than AT&T, and a new report says the company is finally set to begin mass production on the phones as early as September.
Want to update your Facebook status? There’s an app for that. Looking to placate your baby with a dancing Teddy bear? There’s an app for that too. And believe it or not, there are some iPhone apps that will actually help you save a few bucks.