Archive for July, 2011

Has the iPhone 5 been seen in public?

July 29th, 2011 No comments

We’ve heard all of the rumors about the upcoming iPhone 5 but which ones are actually true?  We’ve heard rumors that the new iPhone will be a radical redesign, thinner and lighter with a bigger screen, and we’ve heard rumors that it will be identical to the iPhone 4, but with internal upgrades and that the iPhone 6 would be a total revamp.

Techno Buffalo received a picture of a Target ad that had a photo of an iPhone that could possibly be the new iPhone, which featured tapered edges similar to the iPhone 3GS.  However, this photo could have been doctored by Target’s art department to just feature an iPhone lookalike, rather than an actual product.

Now, 9to5Mac has received photos of a new iPhone, possibly the iPhone 5, in San Francisco held by a possible Apple employee.  This possibly could have been an iPhone 5 prototype.  The phone the tipster saw would fit into the iPhone 5 cases that have already been in production.

iPhone 5 seen in public

The new iPhone, according to 9to5Mac’s source, is thinner and wider than the current iPhone 4, which a screen size that’s “almost EVO-like.”  “The edges are rounded metal like the edge of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 but could still function as an antenna.”

From the photos, it does look very similar to the backside as well as the side buttons of an iPhone 3GS.  Also according to the “tipster,” the phone’s user was “trying to hide what he had more than the average smartphone user.”

What secrets do you think Apple is hiding? What do you think?  Could this be the upcoming iPhone 5?

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My Experience In a Fake Apple Store in China

July 22nd, 2011 2 comments
Fake Apple Store In China

Fake Apple Store In China

I recently went to China (Beijing and Shanghai) a few weeks ago and came across a fake Apple Store in a mall in Shanghai. It was located right next to a fake Sony Store. Here is the picture of me at the fake Apple Store. The products did look legitimate. One cadana casino of the sales clerk was on a MacBook running Windows XP playing video games. He could have been running BootCamp, Parallels, or VMWare for virtualization.  Flying back to the US, ironically I sat next to an Apple Retail Manager for China. We talked about counterfeits as well as the problem of fake branded stores becoming more popular. I also saw a fake iPhone 5 and fake iPad 2 running Java operating system in Budong district in Shanghai. The performance in the fake products was very unresponsive and therefore unuseable.

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New MacBook Air SSDs are replaceable

July 21st, 2011 No comments
New MacBook Air SSDs are replaceable

New MacBook Air SSDs are replaceable

The limited harddrive space on the new MacBook Air was holding me back. Now you can upgrade it to 480 gb. I currently have 500 gb on my Macbook Pro 17 2007 running Parallels (Windows XP Pro, Final Cut, Logic Pro, lots of music, some movies, photos), and still have 137 gb free. The New MBA Spring 2011 is also twice as fast as last years MacBook Pro 17! The holy grail has arrived! It will cost you though. Prices are range

  • 180 gb $399.99
  • 250 gb $519.99
  • 360 gb $779.00
  • 480 gb $1399.99
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Two New iPhones Expected by Summer’s End

July 19th, 2011 No comments

iPhone 5          New iPhone rumors are showing up faster than the next model of cell phones, aren’t they?  We’ve spoken of several iPhone rumors this year as well as next year but now, according to Boy Genius Report and their “incredibly solid source,” Apple plans to launch a low-coster iPhone this year, possibly a prepaid version of the iPhone 3GS that will sell for no more than $350 without a contract.

Also according to their source, the new iPhone, whether it be the slightly modified 4S or the radically redesigned 5 remains unknown, but will come out or at the very least, announced, by the end of summer (late August).  Apple is also planning on continuing the iPhone 4 line.

All of these rumors combined would give Apple a full range of products—lower, mid, and high-end priced iPhones.


What do you think?  If these rumors pan out, what impact would it have on the mobile market?

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Facebook “Like” Hanger

July 16th, 2011 No comments

Facebook Like Hanger

If you’re obsessed with Facebook like most of the world and you want to show it, then this Facebook “Like” Hanger is just for you.  Treat it just like any other wall hook, just screw the “Like” hanger on the wall via a permanent hook and then hang whatever you want.  As long as you’re willing to pay $39.90 for this hook, you can buy whatever you “like.”

Made from acrylic, this hook is approximately 3” x 2.8” x 0.6” and is handcrafted.

Facebook Like Hanger

Get your own at meninos.

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iOS 5 Beta shows gesture-based controls

July 12th, 2011 No comments

iOS 5 Gestures

9 to 5 Mac has just released a video and screenshots of what seems to be a new gestured-based control feature on iOS 5 beta.  The new video shows that future iPhone and iPads could possibly do away with all physical buttons, save for the on/off button.

The new onscreen controls show the ability to change screen orientation, raise and lower volume, and to even lock the screen.  The panel is activated  with a swipe from a user-designated corner on the device’s screen and once the panel is activated, a HUD (heads-up-display) menu will appear.

Could this feature just be a feature that users can turn on and off at their desire or does this signal the future of Apple devices?  Check out the video below.

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The iPhone 6 may feature a new charging feature

July 8th, 2011 No comments

iPhone Charging Cable

According to The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone 5 is becoming more and more like the iPhone 3GS—that is, a minor update (looking similar to the current iPhone 4), rather than a major redesign, becoming more thinner, featuring an upgraded 8 megapixel camera as well as a new dual-core chip.

We might, however, see a major revamp in design with the iPhone 6 next year.   One source said that Apple has been experimenting with a new way of charging the phone.  With Apple’s plan to eliminate the USB cable with the upcomingPalm Pre Touchstone dock iPhone to sync your phone with your computer, this seems like the more logical plan on an upgrade.  But how will they do it?

Techno Buffalo have come up with one theory featuring the Palm Pre Touchstone dock (picture right), which shows that charging can be done without the need for a cable.  One obstacle that Techno Buffalo have come up with is the notion of portable charging, i.e. charging in the car.  Apple not only needs to find a way to charge without the use of a cable, but also find out a way so that it’s portable.

What do you think?  Is this the future for Apple as well as other phones?

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