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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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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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Sony to start production on PlayStation 4 this year

July 6th, 2011 No comments

Even though Sony have stated that they wouldn’t be releasing a new console any time soon, they have their Taiwan-based partners, Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, set up to begin production on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) at PlayStationthe end of this year and to be released in 2012, according to DigiTimes.

This is most likely a move to compete against Nintendo’s Wii U next year.  They plan on shipping at least 20 million units next year.  The PS4 will feature body movement-based control like Microsoft’s Kinect.

This comes as a surprise since, after the unveiling of the Wii U, Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America believed that Sony does not see the Wii U as a reason to get started on the PS4.

According to Techno Buffalo, Tretton believes that the PS3 is just getting started.

PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride.  And technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have…

…What we have seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3.  We have heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period.  But now I think that all pays off, and we’ve got a long run way behind it.  So, I wouldn’t look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time.

What do you think about this move?  Would the new PlayStation just degrade the PlayStation Move?

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iPhone 5 and iPad 3 Set to Launch September

July 4th, 2011 No comments

Happy July 4th everyone!  We have some iPhone 5 and iPad 3 news to get you through the holiday!

According to Digitimes, Taiwan-based companies responsible for making components of the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 have begun to prepare materials for the production for the two devices, which are likely to launch in September and hit the market in October.

The iPhone 5 will sport a Sony-sourced 8 megapixel CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) camera sensor and the iPad 3 will feature a 250 dpi display, which allows for a thinner and lighter design, according to Digitimes’ sources.

Their sources have also stated that 6-7 million iPhone 5 units are expected to be shipped.  Add iPhone 4 shipments to that number and the total iPhone shipments in the third quarter are expected to be around 24-25 million units and carry over to the fourth quarter this year.

Apple is expected to ship more than 15 million iPad series products with the supply volume set to break 40 million units in 2011.

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