Apple Sets New Record in Smartphone Sales, Nine Million on Launch Weekend

Submitted by lalit on September 23, 2013 - 7:51am.

Apple today announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history. Demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks.

“This is our best iPhone launch yet - more than nine million new iPhones sold - a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”

 

 

 

Garmin Introduces Two New GPS Running Watches Forerunner 620 and Fore Runner 220

Submitted by lalit on September 16, 2013 - 2:53pm.

Garmin today announced two new GPS running watches, which they claim are “the next best things to having a personal running coach.” Forerunner 620 and Forerunner 220 GPS running watches are two of the lightest, thinnest and most advanced offering for runners from Garmin.

The Forerunner 620 offers advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate to help runners train smarter and achieve new race goals. When used with the NEW HRM-Run monitor, the 620 also provides feedback on running form. For indoor training, like on a treadmill, the 620 and 220's built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace, so runners don't need a separate sensor. Both models boast Garmin's unique one-inch Chroma color display to easily interpret data.

The Forerunner 620 can measure VO2 max using advanced algorithm to indicate the maximum volume of oxygen a runner can consume per minute, which can help predict a runner’s race time for several distances. With HRM-Run the 620 can also calculate 3 different running metrics including Cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time.

Both Forerunner 620 and 220 support Bluetooth Smart allowing them to transfer data from the watch to Garmin Connect Mobile app on compatible smartphone. Runners can also set up their Forerunner 620 to work with one or more Wi-Fi hot spots, such as their home and office networks, to automatically sync with Garmin Connect when in range.

Forerunner 620 is available in blue/black and white/orange, while Forerunner 220 is available in black/red and white/violet and are expected to ship fall 2013. Forerunner 620 will be priced $399.99 and $449.99 with HRM-Run Bundle. The Forerunner 220 will be priced $249.99 and $299.99 with Heart Rate Bundle. [Via Engadget]

 

iPhone 5s – World’s First 64-bit Smartphone

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2013 - 3:37pm.

Apple today announced the new iPhone 5s that features the world’s first 64-bit smartphone processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and all-new 8-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash.

“iPhone 5s is the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, delivering desktop class architecture in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5s sets a new standard for smartphones, packed into its beautiful and refined design are breakthrough features that really matter to people, like Touch ID, a simple and secure way to unlock your phone with just a touch of your finger."

The new A7 chip brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to a smartphone for the first time. Along with the new chip Apple also engineered iOS 7 for 64-bit support bring twice the CPU and graphics performance when compared to iPhone 5. iPhone 5s also includes a new M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency. Developers can also access new CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M7, so they can create even better fitness and activity apps.

iPhone 5s introduces Touch ID, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your iPhone with just the touch of a finger. Built into the home button, Touch ID uses a laser cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint and intelligently analyze it to provide accurate readings from any angle. All fingerprint information is encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip on the iPhone 5s; it’s never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud. Touch ID can also be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store.

The all-new 8-megapixel iSight camera features a larger f/2.2 aperture and a new, larger sensor with 1.5μ pixels for better sensitivity and low-light performance, resulting in better pictures. iPhone 5s introduces the new True Tone flash—the world’s first for any camera—that variably adjusts color and intensity for over 1,000 combinations, so photos taken with a flash appear more natural. iPhone 5s also includes a new Burst Mode, Slo-Mo video with 120 fps, a new FaceTime HD camera for better low-light performance and audio-only FaceTime calls with iOS 7.

iPhone 5s has support for up to 13 LTE wireless bands, more than any other smartphone in the world. With download speeds up to 100 Mbps, you can browse, download and stream content even faster. iPhone 5s includes dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support for up to 150 Mbps² and Bluetooth 4.0. iPhone 5s delivers an amazing 10 hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi and LTE networks and up to 8 hours on 3G networks, and up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback.

iPhone 5s will launch in US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 20. iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model with two year contract.

The unlocked version of the iPhone 5s will cost $649 for 16GB model, $749 for 32GB version and $849 for 64GB version.

 

 

Apple Introduces Colorful iPhone 5c

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2013 - 3:02pm.

Apple today introduced iPhone 5c, which will be available in five bright colors – blue, green, pink, yellow and white. Hardware-wise iPhone 5c is just like iPhone 5 featuring 4-inch Retina display, A6 processor and 8-megapixel iSight camera. However, it does add few new things like more LTE bands for faster network speed, FaceTime HD camera and iOS 7.

iPhone 5c is made from a single, hard-coated polycarbonate body with a steel reinforced frame that holds the internal components and also doubles as multiband antenna. The phone supports 13 LTE bands and offers up to 100 Mbps download speed. It also has dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

iPhone 5c offers 10 hours of talk time on 3G network, 10 hours of web browsing, 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback. Apple will also offer iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps free with iPhone 5c.

iPhone 5c is not the cheap Apple phone everyone was waiting for. It is a well-built, high quality and colorful iPhone that shows what Apple is capable of producing. They even make plastic look cool and not cheap like some of the Nokia Lumia phones.

Apple has also designed soft, matte, microfiber-lined cases in a very intentional contrast to the glossy, hard coat finish. These sleek silicone cases with unique circular patterns let splashes of color show through, and with five iPhone 5c colors and six cases to choose from, you can mix and match for dozens of fun combinations.

iPhone 5C comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white colors, and will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and UK on Friday, September 20th, customers can pre-order their iPhone 5c beginning Friday September 13th.

iPhone 5c will be priced $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for 32GB model with two year contract. The unlocked version will be priced $549 for 16GB and $649 for 32GB.

 

 

iOS 7 Ships on September 18

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2013 - 2:02pm.

Apple today announced that the completely redesigned iOS 7 will be available starting Wednesday September 18th for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update.

“iOS 7 is completely redesigned with an entirely new user interface and over 200 new features, so it’s like getting a brand new device, but one that will still be instantly familiar to our users,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Next month we’ll be shipping our 700 millionth iOS device, and we’re excited about what our hundreds of thousands of iOS developers are doing to bring great new features to their apps.”

Apple designed iOS 7 to take full advantage of 64-bit technologies and it includes native 64-bit kernel, libraries and drivers, as well as all built-in-apps are now 64-bit. iOS 7 has more than 200 new features including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos app, new Camera app, redesigned Safari, Siri and iTunes Radio.

iOS 7 will be available for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation) on September 18th.

 

 

 

Live Coverage: Apple’s iPhone Media Event September 10th 2013

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2013 - 12:01pm.

We are doing live coverage of Apple’s iPhone media event at live.TechzTalk.com. It is rumored that Apple will announce the next gen iPhone 5S and completely new iPhone 5C, along with iOS 7 at today’s event. And just few moments ago we heard from our source that there would also be ‘One More Thing’ at today’s Apple Event. Continue following this page, as we will do live coverage here giving you the latest news from Apple event, which would start in about 40 mins.

 

Apple To Announce ‘One More Thing’ at Today’s Media Event

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2013 - 11:14am.

Rumors are Apple will only focus on iOS 7, next generation iPhone 5S and completely new iPhone 5C at today’s media event. However, one of our sources says that there will be ‘One More Thing’ at the Apple event today. The source didn’t say what new product Apple will launch today, but hinted that the new product will be related to iOS.

We think this would mean that Apple might launch iPad 5 today or even the much-rumored iWatch. If Apple announces the new iPad, it will have design similar to current iPad mini and see drop in size and weight. It will also have an A7X processor and a Retina display that consumes less power.

Not much is known about the iWatch, rumors are that it will have biometric sensors to monitor your health stats and it won’t be anything like the Samsung Galaxy Gear that was announced few days back by Samsung to one-up Apple. The iWatch will be an extension of iOS devices and not just an accessory like the Galaxy Gear is for Galaxy Smartphones.

It looks like today’s Apple event is going to be very interesting. We will be doing live coverage of the event on live.TechzTalk.com at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST. Join us for more details.

 

WSJ Confirms Fingerprint Sensor on iPhone 5S and Leaked User Guide Reveals The Name “Touch ID Sensor”

Submitted by lalit on September 10, 2013 - 4:42am.

Yesterday, WSJ reported that Apple would include a fingerprint scanner on the top of the line iPhone models. Danny Yadron wrote on WSJ:

Apple Inc.’s latest product launch could breathe new life into a technology that failed to take hold the first time: fingerprint scanners. Placing a finger on a computer or smartphone has long been proposed as a way to avoid the need for passwords to authenticate users of computers and other devices. People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday at an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

And today, Nowhereelse.fr posted a image from iPhone 5S Guide that shows the new home button, which will also be called “Touch ID sensor”. Nowhereelse’s Steve claims that the image was sent by a very reliable source almost confirming the new home button with finger print sensor.

The new Touch ID sensor comes with a ring around it and from what we have heard the Home button will not only have finger print sensor, but also RFiD like technology built-in that will bring many new features to the iPhone 5S.

Join us tomorrow on live.TechzTalk.com for complete coverage of the Apple iPhone event at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST.

 

 

Video Clip Shows Working Blue iPhone 5C

Submitted by lalit on September 9, 2013 - 9:41am.

Chinese website C Technology has posted a video showing a powered-on Blue iPhone 5C. A person unlocks the iPhone, which has the upcoming iOS 7 and then uses the Safari showing that the device is legitimate. Apple will be announcing the new iPhone 5C at a media event tomorrow at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. We will be doing live coverage of the event on live.TechZTalk.com. Join us tomorrow at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST for complete coverage of the iPhone 5S and 5C launch event.

 

Apple To Brighten Everyone’s Day on September 10th in US and on September 11th in China

Submitted by lalit on September 4, 2013 - 8:04pm.

Apple has sent out invitations for their iPhone media event and in a twist to the usual Apple media event, the company will have two events – one in US on September 10 and another one in China on September 11th. The September 10th event will take place at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Whereas, the September 11th event will be held at Beijing’s World Trade Center at 10 AM local time.

Apple’s invite has dots of various bright colors with a tagline “This should brighten everyone’s day.” The colored dots are a hint at new iPhone 5C (lower cost iPhone) that will come in white, blue, green, yellow and orange/red colors.

Along with iPhone 5C, Apple will also announce the next generation top of the line iPhone 5S that will feature a finger print sensor and new A7 processor.

Rumors are Apple will be using the Beijing, China event to announce their partnership with world’s biggest carrier China Mobile and launch phones supporting China Mobile’s network.

We will be doing live coverage of both the events, so join us on live.techztalk.com for complete coverage and analysis of both the Apple events. Coverage of September 10th US iPhone event will start at 10:00AM PST/ 1:00PM EST and coverage of September 11th China iPhone event will start at 10:00 AM local China time / Sept 10th 7:00 PM PST/ 10:00 PM EST.