iphone 5 http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/17102/%252FSony%20CEO%20Slips%20Up%2C%20Reveals%20Secret%20Partnership%20with%20Apple en DisplayMate Shootout Compares Samsung Galaxy S4 to S III and iPhone 5 http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/displaymate_shootout_compares_samsung_galaxy_s4_s_iii_and_iphone_5 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_s4_1.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" title="Samsung Galaxy S4" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />Samsung's Galaxy S4 brings a 5-inch Full HD PenTile OLED panel to a display fight.</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/displaymate"><strong>DisplayMate Technologies</strong></a> president Dr. Raymond M. Soneira managed to sweet talk Samsung into giving him an early production unit of its upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone to test and analyze for its <a href="http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S4_ShootOut_1.htm" target="_blank">Display Technology Shoot-Out</a> article, the results of which are now live. In it, Dr. Soneira compares the Galaxy S4's upgraded 5-inch Full HD 1080p PenTile OLED display with that of that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, and Apple's iPhone 5. How did it fare?</p> <p>"Impressively" to the point of being able to challenge the best LCD displays, according to Dr. Soneira. What he found most interesting, however, is the inclusion of a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display in a 5.5-inch or smaller screen (in this case, it's 5 inches), noting that it's the same resolution found on most large screen HDTVs.</p> <p>"The Galaxy S4 continues the rapid and impressive improvement in OLED displays and technology. The first notable OLED smartphone, the Google Nexus One, came in decidedly last place in our <a href="http://www.displaymate.com/Smartphone_ShootOut_1.htm" target="_blank">2010 Smartphone Display Shoot-Out</a>. In a span of just three years OLED display technology is now challenging the performance of the best LCDs," Dr. Soneira said.</p> <p>In addition to picture quality, which consistently fared well during Dr. Soneira's testing, he also noted a 20 percent improvement in power efficacy between the Galaxy S4 and S III despite a 25 percent increase in brightness. This is something that bodes well for the future of OLED displays.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/displaymate_shootout_compares_samsung_galaxy_s4_s_iii_and_iphone_5#comments apple display displaymate Dr. Raymond M. Soneira galaxy s iii galaxy s4 Hardware iphone 5 maximum tech mobile samsung News Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:46:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 25421 at http://www.maximumpc.com T-Mobile Finally Inks Deal to Sell iPhones. Launches 4G LTE Network http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/t-mobile_finally_inks_deal_sell_iphones_launches_4g_lte_network2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/t-mobile_iphone_5.jpg" alt="T-Mobile iPhone 5" title="T-Mobile iPhone 5" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" />Today was a big day for T-Mobile.</h3> <p>Never say never. Nearly six years after the original iPhone launched, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/tmobile"><strong>T-Mobile</strong></a> is finally allowed to join the iOS party. Talk about showing up fashionably late, though to be fair, only AT&amp;T was allowed to sell the iPhone up until the beginning of 2011. Since then, however, T-Mobile remained the odd man out, as Verizon Wireless and Sprint both jumped on the bandwagon long before today. Be that as it may, T-Mobile got it done, but will customers dig the unsubsidized price model?</p> <p>Unlike the other guys, where you can snag an iPhone 5 starting at $200 (16GB) with a two-year service agreement, T-Mobile's moving to contract-free plans. That means the absence of subsidized discounts, though you don't have to pay the full price all at once. Qualifying customers with T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan can grab an iPhone 5 for $99.99 down and $20 per month for 24 months. When all is said and done, you will have paid $579.99 for the device.</p> <p>Where T-Mobile hopes to win customers over is with its Simple Choice Plans.</p> <p>"T-Mobile’s new Simple Choice Plan starts with a base rate of $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with 500MB of 4G data. Consumers can add 2GB of 4G data for $10 per month per line or get unlimited 4G data for an additional $20 per month per line," <a href="http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/t-mobile-unleashes-iphone-5" target="_blank">T-Mobile explains</a>. "Customers can add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month. There are no caps and no overages."</p> <p>Speaking of 4G data, T-Mobile launched its 4G LTE service in seven major metropolitan areas today, including Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, CA; and Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 will be available on T-Mobile starting April 12. You can <a href="https://explore.t-mobile.com/iphone-5" target="_blank">pre-register now</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/t-mobile_finally_inks_deal_sell_iphones_launches_4g_lte_network2013#comments apple Hardware ios iphone 5 maximum tech mobile smartphone t-mobile News Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:27:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 25247 at http://www.maximumpc.com Daily Deals: Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop, iPhone 5, and More http://www.maximumpc.com/article/daily_deals/daily_deals_alienware_m17x_gaming_laptop_iphone_5_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154280/wd_mypassport_black_300x300_box.jpg" alt="Western Digital My Passport " title="Western Digital My Passport" width="300" height="300" style="float: right;" /></p> <p><img src="/files/u154280/logic_buy_jpg.jpg" alt="LogicBuy" title="LogicBuy" width="200" height="43" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Today's top deal is a portable hard drive, but it isn't your daddy's portable hard drive. With 1TB of storage, the <a title="1tb external drive" href="http://bit.ly/WaftJK" target="_blank">Western Digital My Passport external drive</a> is <a title="donald trump says huge" href="http://static1.businessinsider.com/image/4e553f4b6bb3f7c56b000024/donald-trump.jpg" target="_blank">HUGE</a>. The device is also USB 3.0-capable and is running for <strong>$82</strong> with free shipping (normally $99).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Laptops:</strong></p> <p><a title="Alienware M17x" href="http://bit.ly/Y9XEfp" target="_blank">17.3" Alienware M17x gaming laptop</a> with&nbsp;2.4GHz&nbsp;Core i7-3630QM processor and a 2GB GeForce GTX 660M video card for <strong>$1,299</strong> with free shipping (normally - $1,499 -use coupon code:&nbsp;<strong>DCRXHQXTZRV5WT)</strong>.</p> <p><a title="Toshiba Satellite laptop" href="http://bit.ly/Y9Ywki" target="_blank">17.3" Toshiba Satellite laptop</a> with 2.6GHz Core i5-3230M processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 750GB hard drive for <strong>$650</strong> with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code <strong>WINP870N</strong>).</p> <p><strong>Hardware and accessories:</strong></p> <p><a title="Refurbished iPhone 5" href="http://www.logicbuy.com/opendeal.aspx?deal=43171&amp;afscr=1" target="_blank">Refurbished Apple iPhone 5 16GB</a> with two-year AT&amp;T contract for <strong>$100</strong> with free shipping (normally $200).</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/ZgDP74" target="_blank">ZAGGkeys FLEX Bluetooth tablet keyboard and stand</a> for <strong>$40</strong> with free shipping (normally $80).</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/daily_deals/daily_deals_alienware_m17x_gaming_laptop_iphone_5_and_more#comments Alienware M17x gaming laptop Daily Deals iphone 5 Toshiba Satellite laptop Western Digital 1TB passport hard drive ZAGG Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:19:42 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 25061 at http://www.maximumpc.com Holiday Gifts to Avoid http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/holiday_gifts_avoid777 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Why you should NOT buy a Nexus 4, iPad mini, and other popular electronic devices.&nbsp;</h3> <p>Clark Griswold's reaction to receiving a pre-paid Jelly of the Month Club membership instead of an expected bonus check in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is exactly what it feels like to buy the 'wrong' piece of technology. For example, let's say you plunk down $200 on a subsidized top-of-the-line dual-core smartphone, and then as soon as the return/exchange period expires, the manufacture releases an upgraded quad-core model with more bells and whistles. You can shake an angry fist at Mount Olympus all you want, you're still locked into a two-year agreement. Sometimes these situations are unavoidable, but many times they're not.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/griswold.jpg" alt="Clark Girswold Christmas Tree" title="Girswold" width="620" height="362" /></p> <p>Time is of the essence, and now that we're into December, it's time to get serious about holiday shopping. To get started, you can find a whole bunch of great gift ideas in our "<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/geek_holiday_gift_guide_2012"><strong>Geek Holiday Gift Guide 2012</strong></a>," which we've broken up into several categories. It's not an all-inclusive list, however, and to help make sure you or your gift recipients won't have to fly off the handle like Griswold did, we've put together a gallery of tech items you should avoid like the bubonic plague.</p> <p>Some of the entries might surprise you, while others, like the Nexus 4, are downright controversial to include in a list of avoidable gadgets. We explain our rationale for each item and, in many cases, offer alternative suggestions. As always, if you think of an item that should have made the list, be sure to post it in the comments section below!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/holiday_gifts_avoid777#comments android Christmas features gift guide gift to avoid HDTV Holiday ipad mini iphone 5 nexus 4 nintendo wii Features Web Exclusive Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:02:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 24607 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple, Samsung Pile More Products onto U.S. Patent Lawsuit http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/apple_samsung_pile_more_products_us_patent_lawsuit134 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/devices.jpg" alt="Mobile Devices" title="Devices" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and every online store and brick-and-mortar retail shop was barred from selling Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 devices. Do you turn to the Galaxy Note as well? That's barred too. In fact, you can't even buy a Jelly Bean device in this made-up scenario, because it infringes on Apple's patents. None of this has happened, mind you, but it could in a worst case scenario now that everything mentioned has been added to an ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-apple-samsung-idUSBRE8AF05A20121116" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em></a>, a U.S. judge allowed Samsung to add the iPhone 5 to its patent infringement complaint against Apple, and likewise Apple was granted permission to add the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III, and Jelly Bean operating system to its own complaint.</p> <p>Round and round they go. Sure, it's a bit farfetched that all those devices will end up banned for sale in the U.S., but let's not forget that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/judge_denies_samsungs_request_lift_galaxy_nexus_sales_ban">Apple did at one point win a sales ban</a> against the Galaxy Nexus (later overturned) and Galaxy Tab 10.1, so it's not as though these things never happen.</p> <p>The ongoing feud between Samsung and Apple is growing old, though unfortunately shows no signs of letting up, if this latest development is any indication.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/apple_samsung_pile_more_products_us_patent_lawsuit134#comments android apple galaxy s iii iphone 5 jelly bean law lawsuit legal maximum tech mobile patents samsung smartphones News Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:49:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 24520 at http://www.maximumpc.com Smartphone Toxicity Study Reveals iPhone 5 is Less Toxic than Galaxy S III http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/smartphone_toxicity_study_reveals_iphone_5_less_toxic_galaxy_s_iii <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/smartphone_toxicity.jpg" alt=" X-ray fluorescence spectrometry" title="Smartphone Toxicity" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />You probably never considered the chemical composition of your smartphone, but it's a topic <a href="http://www.healthystuff.org/">HealthyStuff.org</a> decided to breach, the results of which were posted on <a href="http://ifixit.org/3443/chemical-analysis-reveals-that-new-phones-have-fewer-toxics/"><strong>iFixIt</strong></a>. iFixIt, best known for tearing down electronic gadgets and rating them with a "Repairability Score" on a scale of 1-10 (the higher the score, the easier it is to service a product), explains why the chemical analysis of 36 mobile phones, including the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, should be of concern to consumers.</p> <p>"Why does it matter? Toxic chemicals don’t disappear when you throw your phone away. Though electronics recycling is up in general in the US, cell phone recycling rates lag behind," iFixIt explains. "Each year, Americans discard 130 million cell phones, of which only 8 percent are recycled properly. When phones are not recycled, they often end up in landfills or incinerators, which can release heavy metals into groundwater and air, respectively."</p> <p>According to iFixIt, some states have enacted bans on dumping electronics in landfills and incinerators, but 32 states still don't. The result is that the groundwater underneath ends up contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, which iFixIt says are linked to liver, thyroid, and immune diseases.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Uv-fvrLXW1Q" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>"Even sending a phone to an electronics recycler will not always keep it from polluting the environment," iFixIt adds. "Some 'recyclers' actually ship used electronics overseas to places such as Ghana, China, and India. In the best cases, these electronics are refurbished or repaired, used, and eventually dumped (usually in landfills without expensive liners to protect groundwater). Unfortunately, formal recycling practices in developing countries are currently minimal at best, where they exist at all."</p> <p>So that's iFixIt's motivation in a nutshel. As to the method, HealthyStuff.org submitted the components of three dozen smartphones to X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. Phones were then rated on a scale of 1-5, with lower scores representing lower levels of toxicity.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/phone_toxicity.jpg" alt="Phone Toxicity Chart" title="Overall Phone Ratings (Toxicity Level)" width="416" height="356" /><br /><em>Image Credit: iFixIt</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The least toxic of the 36 devices examined turned out to be the Motorola Citrus, followed by the iPhone 4S, LG Remarq, Samsung Captivate, iPhone 5, and Samsung Evergreen. A little bit higher up on the chart is Samsung's Galaxy S III, though it isn't terribly far behind the iPhone 5.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Make of all this what you will, but if you ever wondered how "toxic" your smartphone is, there you go.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/smartphone_toxicity_study_reveals_iphone_5_less_toxic_galaxy_s_iii#comments apple galaxy s iii Hardware ifixit iphone 5 maximum tech mobile samsung smartphones News Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:57:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 24290 at http://www.maximumpc.com DisplayMate: iPhone 5 Display is Best Ever (on a Smartphone), Superior to Samsung's Galaxy S III http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/displaymate_iphone_5_display_best_ever_smartphone_superior_samsungs_galaxy_s_iii <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/iphone_galaxy_boxing.jpg" alt="iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III Boxing" title="iPhone 5 Galaxy S III Box" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />In the smartphone arena, you win some and you lose some, as it is with everything in life. Is the iPhone 5 better than Samsung's Galaxy S III, or is the larger Android device the superior smartphone? Part of the answer is subjective is depends entirely on who you ask, but at least one round Apple manages to win against its chief competitor is the display. Our friends at <a href="http://www.displaymate.com/index.html"><strong>DisplayMate</strong></a> conducted a head-to-head test between these two devices to see which one features the better panel, and not only did the iPhone 5 win, but "it's the best smartphone display we have tested to date," said Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate.</p> <p>"It [iPhone 5] is the brightest smartphone we have tested in the Shoot-Out series, it has one of the lowest screen reflectance values we have ever measured, it has the highest contrast rating for high ambient light for any mobile device we have ever tested, and it’s color gamut and factory calibration are second only to the new iPad," <a href="http://www.displaymate.com/Smartphone_ShootOut_2.htm">Soniera added</a>.</p> <p>On the negative side, Soniera said the iPhone 5 is still a little too blue, something that's common among smartphones, and at maximum brightness, the battery fizzles out quicker than the iPhone 4, which has a smaller display.</p> <p>As for the Galaxy S III, DisplayMate notes there are "a number of rough spots that show up clearly in our subjective testing," which is largely the result of Samsung going with its own OLED technology that hasn't yet been refined to the same degree as LCDs.</p> <p>"The brightness is about half of the iPhone 5 due to power limits from the lower power efficiency of OLEDs and concerns regarding premature OLED aging," Soniera noted. "The color gamut is not only much larger than the standard color gamut, which leads to distorted and exaggerated colors, but the color gamut is quite lopsided, with green being a lot more saturated than red or blue, which adds a green color caste to many images. Samsung has not bothered to correct or calibrate their display colors to bring them into closer agreement with the Standard sRGB / Rec.709 Color Gamut, so many images appear over saturated and gaudy."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/iphone_5.jpg" alt="Closeup of iPhone 5 Retina Display" title="iPhone 5 Retinia Display" width="450" height="365" /></p> <p>DisplayMate takes a more critical approach to display technology than the average user, and while it sounds like the Galaxy S III performed relatively poorly in its tests, it actually received an 'Overall Display Grade' of B+, just behind the iPhone 4, which received an A- and the iPhone 5, which got an A.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/displaymate_iphone_5_display_best_ever_smartphone_superior_samsungs_galaxy_s_iii#comments display displaymate galaxy s iii Hardware iphone 5 maximum tech mobile samsung smartphone News Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:15:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 24217 at http://www.maximumpc.com Jimmy Kimmel's iPhone 5 Prank is Hilariously Depressing http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/jimmy_kimmels_iphone_5_prank_hilariously_depressing <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/kimmel_iphone_5.jpg" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />Imagine, if you will, a world in which blind loyalty trumps common sense and critical thinking, where the power of marketing and the corporate hype machine are so strong that reasonably intelligent consumers are reduced to social status seeking nitwits on a late night television talk show. Sadly, you don't have to imagine such a place. It already exists, as Jimmy Kimmel proved when his camera crew took to the streets of Los Angeles and handed people an iPhone 4S, and then asking them what they thought of the new <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone/">iPhone 5</a> they where holding.</p> <p>"Oh, it's way better...that's definitely noticeably better," the first test subject exclaims, who said he owns the iPhone 4S.</p> <p>Most agreed that the iPhone 4S, masquerading as an iPhone 5, felt "a lot faster" and lighter than the iPhone 4S, save for a Hulk Hogan lookalike, who said it felt heavier (he also said the colors are brighter).</p> <p>"Oh my God, it feels a lot lighter and just more, um, just a lot higher quality," a man says, as he holds the fake iPhone 5 in one hand and his own iPhone 4S in another.</p> <p>Grab a box of tissues so you can weep for society and check out the minute-and-a-half viral clip below.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rdIWKytq_q4" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/jimmy_kimmels_iphone_5_prank_hilariously_depressing#comments Hardware iphone iphone 4s iphone 5 jimmy kimmel maximum tech mobile smartphone News Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:47:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 24171 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Responds to the iPhone 5 With New Attack Ads: “It Doesn’t Take a Genius” http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/samsung_responds_iphone_5_new_attack_ads_%E2%80%9Cit_doesn%E2%80%99t_take_genius%E2%80%9D <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/iphone5siii.jpg" alt="iPhone 5 &amp; Galaxy SIII" width="228" height="106" style="float: right;" /><a href="http://www.samsung.com"><strong>Samsung</strong></a> took a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/apple_trounces_samsung_us_court_jury_members_hit_interview_circuit">beating in the court room last month</a> when a US jury sided overwhelmingly with Apple, however losing the battle doesn’t mean they have to lose the war now does it? Samsung is taking its case to rank and file consumers with a new low tech print ad, and they drive home a compelling argument using their <a href="http://pages.samsung.com/ca/galaxysiii/English/"><strong>Galaxy SIII</strong></a>. &nbsp;Is the next big thing already here?</p> <p>Click the image below and let us know who you think comes out on top.</p> <p><a href="/files/u46173/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-anti-iphone-5-ad-full-size.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u46173/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-anti-iphone-5-ad-half-size.jpg" alt="Samsung Ad" width="605" height="1169" /></a></p> <p>Maybe now Samsung won't actually need to do this?</p> <p><iframe src="http://teamcoco.com/embed/v/40320" width="640" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Image Credit (<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-anti-iphone-5-ad-2012-9#ixzz26ZJ7OU8V">Business Insider</a>)</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Justin on </span><a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.twitter.com/justinkerr">Twitter</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/samsung_responds_iphone_5_new_attack_ads_%E2%80%9Cit_doesn%E2%80%99t_take_genius%E2%80%9D#comments apple galaxy galaxy siii iphone iphone 5 mobile samsung smartphones News Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:21:48 +0000 Justin Kerr 24168 at http://www.maximumpc.com Will the iPhone 5 Become the Best Selling Consumer Electronics Device Ever? http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/will_iphone_5_become_best_selling_consumer_electronics_device_ever <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href="http://www.apple.com/"><img src="/files/u69/iphone_thumbnail.jpg" alt="iPhone 5" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" /></a></strong><strong><a href="http://www.apple.com/">Apple</a></strong> on Wednesday <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/iphone_5_has_arrived_was_it_worth_wait">unveiled</a> the <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone/">iPhone 5</a>, and though it boasts a handful of respectable upgrades over the iPhone 4S -- bigger display panel, faster processor, thinner and lighter design, 4G LTE connectivity, an improved camera -- few would claim with a straight face that it's the end-all-be-all of smartphone design. But it is an Apple device, and inevitably, it's going to sell well. So well, in fact, that at least one analyst believes it will become the best selling electronic gadget to date.</p> <p>"This is going to be the best-selling consumer electronics device of all time, bar none," Carl Howe, an analyst with Yankee Group, <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/iphone-5-set-to-become-bestselling-gadget-in-history-20120914-25w89.html">told <em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a>.</p> <p>Howe, like others, is predicting Apple will sell more than 10 million iPhone 5 devices by the end of September, which would break a sales record Apple set a year ago with its iPhone 4S model. That's also equivalent to half as many Galaxy S III smartphones Samsung claims to have sold since launching the handset three and a half months ago.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/apple_line_0.jpg" alt="Apple Line" width="500" height="375" /><br /><em>Image Credit: Flickr (brownpau)</em></p> <p>By the end of the year, iPhone 5 sales could be as high as 58 million, according to the average analyst estimate, as <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-14/apple-store-shoppers-won-t-get-iphone-5-for-two-weeks.html">surveyed by <em>Bloomberg</em></a>. That's a ridiculous number for such a short period of time, and also feasible. Apple has already sold out of its initial batch online; new orders are now expected to ship out in 2 weeks instead of next week on September 21.</p> <p>One thing analysts are either overlooking or dismissing is Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform. For the iPhone 5 to sell as many units as analyst predict, Windows Phone 8 would have to have a relatively lackluster launch.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/will_iphone_5_become_best_selling_consumer_electronics_device_ever#comments apple Hardware iphone iphone 5 maximum tech mobile smartphone News Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:45:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 24162 at http://www.maximumpc.com The iPhone 5 Has Arrived, Was It Worth the Wait? http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/iphone_5_has_arrived_was_it_worth_wait <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.apple.com/"><strong><img src="/files/u69/iphone_5_maclife.jpg" alt="Apple iPhone 5 MacLife" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" /></strong></a><a href="http://www.apple.com/"><strong>Apple's</strong></a> iPhone 5 is finally here, and it's pretty much everything that's been rumored in the weeks and months prior to today.<strong> </strong>It has a half-inch larger touchscreen display that's now 4 inches with an 1136x640 resolution, which marks the first time the iPhone has deviated from using a 3.5-inch screen; there's a 4G LTE radio tucked inside; Apple upgraded the system-on-chip (SoC) to an A6 processor; and yes, it's officially called the iPhone 5 and not simply iPhone or 'new iPhone' (a la the third generation iPad).</p> <p>Right off the bat one could say the new resolution might be problematic for apps, but to go along with the new resolution, Apple said it updated all of its own software. As for third-party apps that were designed with a smaller resolution in mind, those will be letterboxed rather than upsized and pixelated. Also on the topic of the display, Apple says it's now packing 326 pixels per inch with full sRGB rendering.</p> <p>The new A6 processor is a powerful upgrade over the A5 chip found in the iPhone 4S. According to Apple, the A6 is 22 percent smaller, allowing the company to design a smartphone that, while boasting a bigger display, is 18 percent thinner than before, measuring just 7.6mm, and 20 percent lighter. It's also twice as fast, both in CPU and GPU chores, and more energy efficient.</p> <p>Apple upgraded the front-facing FaceTime camera to support 720p, and it works over 3G with iOS 6. The rear-facing "iSight" camera, has an 8MP sensor with a five element lens, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, f/2.4 aperture, dynamic low light mode, spacial noise reduction, and takes pictures 40 percent faster than before.</p> <p>We'll update with pricing and release info when that's made available, but in the meantime, you can follow the iPhone 5 launch event on <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/live_blog_apple_iphone_5_event">Mac|Life's (our sister site) live blog</a>.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>According to Mac|Life, the iPhone 5 is priced the same as the iPhone 4S at launch. It will cost $199 for 16GB; $299 for 32GB; and $399 for 64GB, all of which is contract pricing. Meanwhile, the iPhone 4S is being reduced to $99 for the 4S, and the iPhone 4 8GB will be free, both on contract as well.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/iphone_5_has_arrived_was_it_worth_wait#comments apple Hardware iphone iphone 5 maximum tech mobile smartphone News Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:55:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 24154 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Memo Confirms T-Mobile Still Won't Run with iPhone Crowd http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/leaked_memo_confirms_t-mobile_still_wont_run_iphone_crowd <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/tmobile_iphone_no.jpg" width="228" height="227" style="float: right;" />T-Mobile has never been invited to the iPhone party, and that's probably not going to change when Apple unveils the iPhone 5 next month. Instead, an internal company memo leaked to the Web suggests T-Mobile is working on a strategy for "Selling Against the iPhone," which would be an awfully awkward thing to train its employees to do if, in fact, the wireless carrier was receiving iPhone devices.</p> <p>The leaked memo is one of two that <a href="http://www.tmonews.com/2012/08/t-mobile-adding-microsim-kits-for-iphone-44s-training-employees-for-selling-against-the-iphone/">fell into <em>TMoNew's</em> hands</a>, providing more speculatory fodder that an iPhone 5 launch event is imminent (Apple hasn't officially announced plans to unveil its next generation smartphone next month, but piles of rumors and leaked info have all but confirmed it will).</p> <p>While T-Mobile doesn't look to be joining the iPhone party, it will offer party favors in the form of Monthly4G SIM and Monthly 4G Micro SIM kits that are compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S.</p> <p>Adding a layer of intrigue to all this is the uncertainty surrounding future sales of certain Samsung devices. Samsung ships more Android smartphones than any other vendor, but after losing a critical case to Apple and being found guilty of patent infringement, several of the company's devices could end up banned for sale in the U.S. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&amp;T all are able to fall back on iPhone sales if that happens, but T-Mobile obviously can't.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/leaked_memo_confirms_t-mobile_still_wont_run_iphone_crowd#comments apple iphone iphone 5 maximum tech mobile smartphone t-mobile News Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:32:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 24068 at http://www.maximumpc.com Report: Despite Patent Row, Samsung to Supply A6 Chip for Future iDevices http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/report_despite_patent_row_samsung_supply_a6_chip_future_idevices <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46168/a6-chip.jpg" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Apple recently launched the iPhone 4S. The device features a dual-core A5 chip which, although designed in-house, is manufactured by Samsung. The A5 is but the latest chapter in a longstanding partnership worth billions. Given the increasing rivalry between the two companies, this partnership is beginning to look less and less sustainable by the day, with a raft of recent reports even claiming that the A5 inside the 4S marks the the end of the buyer-supplier relationship. The Korea Times, though, does not think so.</p> <p><a href="http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2011/10/133_96792.html">Industry sources have told the Korean paper</a> that they do not expect the ever expanding patent war between the two rivals to get in the way of their buyer-supplier relationship - said to be worth $8 billion in 2011 alone. This is contrary to earlier reports that claimed Apple was going to replace Samsung with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) for the production of A5’s successor.</p> <p>``Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone,” an unnamed executive from a Korea-based Apple parts supplier told the paper. “It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner.”</p> <p>``Samsung Electronics will apply its advanced 28-nanometer processing technology to produce qualified A6 mobile APs. TSMC will provide customized chips with designs from Apple, however, the volume will be very small.”</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/report_despite_patent_row_samsung_supply_a6_chip_future_idevices#comments a6 a6 chip AP apple ARM chip idevices ios ipad 3 iphone 5 patent processor samsung News Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:39:18 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 20875 at http://www.maximumpc.com Beware of Fake iPhone 5 Emails Containing Malware http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/beware_fake_iphone_5_emails_containing_malware <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/iphone_5_email.jpg" width="228" height="212" style="float: right;" />Apple's much hyped iPhone press event has brought the Web's worst out of the woodwork (we're talking about hackers, not Apple fanyboys, in case that's not clear) who are trying to get gullible users to click on malicious links. The email appears to come from Apple and seemingly provides details about "the new Apple iPhone 5GS," and that alone is a dead giveaway that something's fishy. Apple <a href="article/news/apple_uncorks_iphone_4s_same_exterior_better_hardware">announced</a> the iPhone 4S today, not the iPhone 5GS.</p> <p>According to security firm <a href="http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/10/03/iphone-5-email-malware/">Sophos</a>, the spoofed email contains links that direct users to Windows malware. Sophos detects it as Mal/Zapchas-A.</p> <p>The email has been making the rounds since yesterday, and now that Apple has unveiled its next generation smartphone, don't be surprised if the creators tweak the message to reflect the iPhone 4S. As always, safe computing practices apply -- rather than click on links in emails, type the URL directly into your browser.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/beware_fake_iphone_5_emails_containing_malware#comments apple email iphone iphone 4s iphone 5 malware mobile Security smartphone Software News Tue, 04 Oct 2011 19:04:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 20666 at http://www.maximumpc.com Last Minute Rumor: iPhone 5 Is A Sprint Exclusive http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/last_minute_rumor_iphone_5_sprint_exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u94712/iphone-5-sprint.jpg" alt="iphone" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />The iPhone rumor mill doesn’t ever stop, but today’s late breaking leak is a big one. According to BGR, the iPhone 5 is going to be a <a href="http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/03/sprint-guarantees-to-buy-over-20-billion-in-iphones-from-apple-launching-the-iphone-5-exclusively/">Sprint exclusive at launch</a>. Sprint supposedly got this sweet deal by agreeing to buy $20 billion worth of iPhones over the next four years. It’s a crazy gamble that wouldn’t see the carrier making a profit until 2014, but would consumers jump ship?</p> <p>The iPhone 5 is reportedly a WiMAX device with a larger 4-inch screen and an Apple A5 SoC. Other carriers would not be totally left out in the cold should this come to pass. The iPhone 4S would be a revamped device with faster internals and NFC support. The iPhone 5 would come to AT&amp;T and Verizon at some later date in early 2012.&nbsp;</p> <p>Would $20 billion be enough for Apple to disappoint all those iPhone fans clamoring to hand over their money? We’ll have to wait and see tomorrow.&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/last_minute_rumor_iphone_5_sprint_exclusive#comments apple carriers iphone 5 mobile smartphones Sprint News Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:06:28 +0000 Ryan Whitwam 20646 at http://www.maximumpc.com