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Until the iPhone 5 official release date is actually released, speculators just won’t stop starting new rumors. First, everyone assume that the iPhone 5 would released in June or July, but it seems more and more like a September release date is more realistic. Apple had some minor design flaws with the iPhone 4 that might be giving the electronic manufacturer pause. First, there was the faulty antenna that ended the promising career of a top level Apple executive. Then, the glass case was revealed to be susceptible to cracking.
While Apple had no problem paying for the repairs, it also cost the company a substantial amount of money. In addition, Apple wants to be associated with the most cutting edge devices, which means that major mechanical or structural problems cannot arise with the iPhone 5 after it is debuted. In order to do this, Apple has been spending a lot more time at work on the next generation iPhone. Contrary to prior reports, the September iPhone 5 release date may be nothing more than a rumor.
The companies that supply Apple with the components that they need to make the iPhone have been silently. No one is reporting a surge in orders, and retailers deny getting any inside information from Apple. Whether or not the iPhone 5 is coming in September, there will eventually be a next generation iPhone on the line. Unfortunately, fans may just have to wait a little longer than they first anticipated to get their hands on the device.
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When major media outlets learned that they could rake in the profits simply by building iPhone apps, they were horrified when they saw the subscription fee restrictions that Apple imposed. Some decided to go ahead as planned, but Apple has continued to make the iPhone app industry a hostile environment for any company that it perceives to be a competitor. In other words, publishers can now charge consumers any price that they want.
Although Apple has not made any major announcements about its in-app fee structure, publishers are silently relishing in the news. Instead of having to match their subscription fees on their websites and for physical periodicals with their iPhone apps, publishers can now raise their fees. In-app publishing, which has only been in existence since February, has proven to be a wild success for Apple and publishers alike. While Apple collects a portion of the in-app fees, publishers had no choice but to receive the crumbs.
Because iPhone users actually do seem to want to read magazines and newspapers articles on their mobile devices, publishers have been looking to get into the iPhone app industry. After an app has been developed and accepted into the iTunes stores, users can make a choice. Free apps are still popular among users, but most are willing to pay a fee if they feel that the app is worth the investment. Now that publishers are free to charge whatever price they want for app subscriptions, there is a good chance that premiere newspapers such as the New York Times will start to charge more.
It has long been said by critics and reviewers alike Apple can only hold the top spot as king of the smart phone industry for so long. Eventually, many claim, a coveter of the throne will show up and take the crown. Nokia has its sights set on exactly that with the arrival of the all new Nokia n8. It is smart to bear in mind that prior to Apple’s arrival on the scene, Nokia was a Finnish poewr house of a company that had an iron tight grip on the mobile phone market - after this, their market share was slashed considerably. How will it compare with the new 4th generation Apple iPhone? There is only one way to tell.
Probably the best place to start is with a comparison of the memory which is a big part of what makes a smart phone useful to a wide range of users. The fact that the 32 GB of storage using a micro SD external card makes the Nokia n8 the bigger of the competitors is tempered by the fact that the iPhone 4 comes with that exact same amount of memory built onboard where as the Nokia n8 has only 16 GB built in. Still, the math favors Nokia’s smart phone when the card is added and the total can come to 48 GB which is considerably larger than the iPhone 4 is capable of.
This issue of storage space is even more important when one considers that the iPhone 4 has a 5 MP camera, the new sensation in the smart phone industry - or is it? With the Nokia n8 the user gets a 12 MP camera, hence the extra storage space is not just nice, but will be needed. The added quality may be worth it for some who love high quality photos but this is not guaranteed across the board for all users. Both devices can record HD video at 720p, as well.
When it comes to the smart phone market, the choices have been somewhat limited in recent years as the market begins to take a more defined shape and options widen across the board for those who want a greater level of utility in their phones. It is a definite step in the right direction that the Samsung Jet has to offer to those who want a phone which is far more than simply a communications device. Instead, the Jet offers a wide range of media rich features in an intelligent package that many consumers find perfect for the needs of both their viewing pleasure and their budget. With an 800mhz processor, the phone functions nearly to the level of a personal computer and offers video viewing on a large screen that is sure to please even the most skeptical in the new media market.
One of the strongest aspects of the Jet is that it grants a tremendous level of power for video processing while still having a touch screen interface which is rapidly becoming the standard for today’s smart phones. In the past, a company could have gotten away with a simple slide out keyboard interface, but Samsung has decided to push the envelope and develop a product which can directly compete with the seemingly all powerful iPhone that has dominated the smart phone market for so long. It is definitely a great idea to offer such strong video viewing capabilities as web 2.0 becomes the dominate force is browsing behavior and continues to hold sway over the masses.
Rampant innovation is certainly a crucial factor in today’s wildly competitive mobile phone market and consumers definitely stand to benefit in more ways than one from this blistering level of rapid development that we are seeing all across the mobile phone world. More than ever, consumers are demanding a host of great features such as the Nokia n900 delivers without missing a beat. Some analysts are saying that the phone is practically a mini laptop due to the massive levels of power it boasts and its incredibly easy to read screen that makes video look much better than prior standards of mobile phone screens could ever have offered. With a new microprocessor designed to minimize hogging of the battery, the phone is set to offer quite a lot of usage time without falling victim to the short spans associated with most resource heavy mobile units.
This level of design intelligence is really rocking the tech world and the gadget itself definitely appears that it is going to take the market by storm. With a 5 megapixel camera, consumers can take crystal clear shots, store them and even share them straight to a variety of web based applications such as Facebook or other social networking platforms they make frequent use of. Playing directly into the hands of consumers will definitely pay off for Nokia as the company has been known for brilliant tech in recent years, optimizing their products for every day use. More is expected to come, but the n900 looks to experts as if it genuinely raises the bar for these impressive phones.