Apple’s iPhone event round-up. Everything you need to know.

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Tim Cook and company rocked today’s keynote. As expected, the iPhone 5s was announced with a new processor, fingerprint sensor and motion chip alongside the new cost-conscious and brightly-colored iPhone 5c.

Craig Frederhigi spent some time on Jony Ive’s upcoming iOS 7, running through the main features, most of which we’d heard back at WWDC in June, including Control Center, Search anywhere, more textured ringtones and the like.

The two new models of iPhone were the focus of today’s event. CEO Tim Cook said that the iPhone business was getting so big they decided to replace the iPhone 5 with two new models. The iPhone 5c looks to aim directly at kids and perhaps budget-conscious consumers with bright colors and the ability to purchase contrasting soft rubber cases. The iPhone 5s is a tour-de-force of new technology, including the much-anticipated fingerprint sensor, Touch ID, and the new A7 and M7 chips.

The keynote was even more densely packed with info, of course, so we’ve broken everything down into tasty, bite-size nuggets of information so you can get essentials of what happened today without having to read 30,000,000 different blog posts.

Here’s everything that Apple announced at today’s keynote:

iOS 7

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Availability:

  • Coming September 18th
  • Available to developers today
  • Compatible with iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, iPod touch (5th gen)

iWork:

  • Free for all new iOS devices
  • Best-selling mobile productivity apps
  • iPhoto, iMovie also included for free

Features:

  • All of the features announced in June at WWDC
  • Siri can search tweets, Wikipedia, inline web & photo search
  • New more textured ringtones, improved system alert sounds
  • New “share sheet” to share stuff via Twitter or email
  • iTunes Radio – 200 new features

iPhone 5c

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  • All the tech of the iPhone 5, but more fun, more colorful
  • Green, white, blue, pink, yellow
  • Entire back and sides made from one part, no seams or joins
  • Hard-coated polycarbonate, steel reinforced, acts as antenna
  • 4 inch retina display, integrated touch layer
  • 8 megapixel camera, A6 processor, slightly larger battery
  • New FaceTime HD camera, larger pixels, improved backside illumination, FaceTime audio
  • More LTE bands than any other smartphone – dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Custom cases—”soft silicon rubber” that lets you see the original color underneath
  • $99 for 16 GB, $199 for 32GB on a two year contract
  • $29 for cases
  • Pre-orders start Friday, in stores September 20th

iPhone 5s

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  • Will come in Space Grey, Gold, Silver
  • High grade aluminum with chamfered edges
  • Brand new system on a chip–A7–64 bit chip (first ever on a smartphone), will still run older 32-bit apps
  • Desktop-class architecture, 2x general purpose registers. Over one billion transistors.
  • Seamless developer transition
  • Graphics 56x as fast as the iPhone 5, 2 times as fast speed, 40x times as fast CPU
  • 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of LTE browsing, 8 hours of 3g browsing
  • $199 for 16G, 32G is $299, 64G is $399
  • Arsenic free, mercury free, BFR free, PVC free, highly recyclable
  • M7 coprocessor for health and fitness
  • On sale Sept 20th in US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom
  • 100 countries and 270 carriers by the end of the year

iPhone 5s Camera

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  • 5 element, Apple designed lens
  • 15% larger active area on sensor
  • Bigger pixels – 1.5 microns
  • Sets white balance, dynamic local tone map, autofocus with 15 zones
  • Takes multiple photos and picks the best
  • True tonal flash – combines both flashes for the best color balance
  • Auto image stabilization
  • HD video – 120 fps, slow motion, 720p
  • 28-megapixel panorama, adjust exposure automatically as you pan

Touch ID

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  • A key you have with you everywhere you go
  • Capacitive sensor
  • 170 microns
  • 500 ppi resolution
  • Sub-epidermal skin layer recognition
  • 360˚ readability
  • Built right into the home button
  • Laser cut sapphire crystal, stainless steel detection ring, touch ID sensor, tactile switch
  • Can use it to authenticate with iTunes Store
  • Can recognize multiple fingerprints
  • Fingerprints never available to other software, uploaded to Apple’s servers, or backed up to iCloud

Gaming

Infinity Blade III demo onstage

  • Play as one of two characters
  • Big areas to explore – three times the original IB in each of the areas
  • 5 times faster than iPhone 5
  • Took Epic 2 hours to port to 64-bit
  • Serious lens flare
  • Demo is real time, nary a lag or stutter

 

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WSJ Confirms iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor On Eve Of Apple Event

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The iPhone 5S has already been expected to feature a fingerprint sensor for months, and now The Wall Street Journal has corroborated the rumor less than 24 hours ahead of Apple’s planned unveiling of the device tomorrow. (2 a.m 1 A.M on the 11th Sept Malaysian time).

“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,” according to the Journal. The second iPhone is rumored to be the iPhone 5C, a lower-cost, multi-colored iPhone 5 with a plastic back.

Apple purchased a company called AuthenTec last year that specialized in biometric security, and a patent was recently filed by Apple that details the company’s designs for a reader built into a button. It’s believed that the 5S will feature a redesigned home button with a ring around the edge that will act as a capacitive scanner.

Part of the Journal’s report notes that, “at least one new smartphone running Google Inc.’s Android operating system to be released this year will include a similar fingerprint sensor” as well.

Stay tuned for more about the event and the new iPhone 5S and 5C.

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Get your liveblog of Apple iPhone Event 2013 here

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Apple’s iPhone event is happening in a fer hours time (2 a.m 1 A.M Malaysian time, 11th Sept 2013). We are anticipating the event to be as awesome as always!

Apple’s making some huge changes to iOS this year, so what are the chances that the iPhone will undergo a similar transition? Based on what we’ve been hearing, the likelihood is pretty high; Tim Cook, Sir Jony Ive and the rest of the crew may show off not one but two new iPhone models for the very first time. We’re expecting to see both a 5S and a colorful 5C, but we’re still in the dark on when they’ll arrive, how much they cost and where they’ll be available. There’s always potential for a top-secret product nobody was anticipating, too.

Follow the live blog here!

Stay tuned for more!

Galaxy Note 3 models confirmed. Malaysia to get both Exynos & Snapdragon 800 versions

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Earlier it was rumoured that the upcoming 5.68″ Galaxy Note 3 will come in 2 different variants of different processors just like the current Galaxy S4. Now a source close to Sammobile has revealed more confirmed details of the models with list of country availability.

In terms of variants, there are 3 in total with the specs as follows:

Samsung Galaxy Note III 3G Version – SM-N900
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa-Core processor
ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU
3GB LPDDR3 RAM

Samsung Galaxy Note III LTE Version – SM-N9005
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad-Core processor
Adreno 330 GPU
3GB LPDDR3 RAM

Samsung Galaxy Note III Duos – SM-N9002
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa-Core processor
ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU
3GB LPDDR3 RAM

For Malaysia, we will be getting both 3G & LTE versions which is similar to the current Galaxy S4 availability here. With commercial LTE coverage being rolled out in Malaysia and Qualcomm’s better track record of power management, the LTE version for the Galaxy Note 3 would be a better pick between the two. All shall be revealed on 4th September and we expect Malaysian availability to follow closely right after. Hopefully they will launch both model simultaneously if it gets here.

Hit the source link for the full country listing.

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Apple event confirmed: 10th September 2013

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Apple will hold its next iPhont event on the 10th of September 2013 according to many sources and recently confirmed by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop (who is always right btw).

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5 successor, the iPhone 5S with the likelihood of a fingerprint sensor home button and the official launch of iOS7.The iPhone 5S would probably have the same design as the iPhone 5S which actually makes the fingerprint sensor home button more doubtful. We still think that it will only come with the iPhone 6. Not the 5S. Alongside the iPhone 5S, Apple is also expected to launch a lower cost, plastic, multi-colored iPhone 5C targeted for the lower-end and emerging markets.

A new iPad which will look like a bigger iPad mini will also be announced alongside with a retina display iPad mini. But we are still doubtful that Apple will announce so many devices in one event. Probably they are going to hold another event sometime later for the iPads. We will see.

In the other hand, OS X Mavericks will probably not show up on this event. Or it will. Lets see.

Mark your calender and hope Apple will deliver yet another awesome event this time around.

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WWDC 2013: the rumor roundup

It’s that special time for Apple devotees: WWDC 2013 is next week, and that means a customary glimpse of where iOS and the Mac are going next. However, we’re getting everything but business as usual this year. The crew at 1 Infinite Loop has shaken up its software strategy, putting much of its emphasis on Jony Ive’s design chops and tighter collaboration between teams. Is Apple about to deliver major OS refreshes that some say are long overdue? And what about hints of new hardware introductions at the same time? We’ve gathered together some of the more notable rumors to help understand what Apple may introduce on June 10th — and what’s likely to remain wishful thinking.

iOS: possibly flat design, but what else?

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If you’ve at all been following the talk surrounding the next version of iOS (likely iOS 7), the biggest amount of hubbub has surrounded its look… or rather, the absence of one. According to 9to5 Mac, Ive has spent much of his time pushing for a flatter interface design that removes many of the more conspicuous textures and skeuomorphic elements in both the OS and official apps. Apple reportedly isn’t going as far as Microsoft did with Windows Phone, which is dominated by solid colors and empty spaces. If the changes come to pass, however, they could still lead to the biggest surface-level overhaul for iOS since the platform launched in 2007.

Underneath the surface, it’s trickier: there’s only an incomplete list of rumored updates. Tipsters for 9to5 have suggested that integration with other devices might be the order of the day. They’ve mentioned Flickr and Vimeo integration, a car-optimized Maps view and possible AirDrop support that would simplify local file transfers. There isn’t much else to report, though, and those same sources have supposedly warned that some features may not make the cut. This isn’t to say that there aren’t other major, consumer-facing features in store — historically, they’re quite likely. We just have little to hang our hat on, and it’s doubtful that Apple could ever launch an OS update substantial enough to completely silence its critics.

The biggest improvements, for some, may rest in developer freedoms. Apple isn’t shifting to a laissez faire approach to development, but Tim Cook has promised that the company will eventually offer greater access to its APIs and otherwise loosen up its historically closed approach ever so slightly. We’re mostly left wondering whether that will happen this year, or if Cook was only making long-term commitments.

OS X: for the pros, maybe

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If there’s little we know about the iOS refresh, we know even less about the OS X upgrade (possibly 10.9). Again, many of the rumors come from just a handful of claims by 9to5. It believes that the update will be less about adapting iOS features and more about pleasing power users. While the task switcher may take a few cues from Apple’s mobile platform, most other tweaks would be Mac-specific, such as multi-monitor Spaces support and a Finder with tabbed navigation. Other upgrades might bring true Siri support (not just voice dictation) as well as a faster version of the Safari browser.

Hardware: Haswell-based MacBooks and a Mac Pro replacement?

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While Apple isn’t always the fastest to adopt new chips, it tends to be part of the first wave — and we’re in just such a wave with Intel’s Haswell-based, fourth-generation Core processors. These CPUs are seemingly tailor-made for Mac between their lower power consumption and faster integrated graphics. Some expect Apple to take advantage of this by repeating its strategy from last year’s WWDC, where it replaced almost every MacBook (and even added a new model).

But just what is Apple likely to introduce? Although there haven’t been signs of the replacements themselves beyond a handful of generic SKUs caught by 9to5, reseller inventory may be a clue. AppleInsider has noticed sellouts and low supplies for both the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which suggests that their updates are coming soon. If so, the use of Haswell is almost a given; it’s everything else that’s up for dispute. A MacBook Air with a Retina display? Slimmer Retina MacBook Pros? We don’t know if they exist at this stage, and we wouldn’t put much money on revamps for other MacBook Pros, the iMac or the Mac mini.

The Mac Pro is another matter. Apple has uncharacteristically gone out of its way to say that yes, Virginia, there should be a pro desktop replacement this year. Whether or not it arrives at WWDC isn’t clear. All the ingredients are there for a redesign, however. This spring, Intel finally introduced a significant Xeon E5 refresh that would be ideal for a new workstation. Apple also stopped European Mac Pro sales entirely rather than tune the old system to meet new regulations, and MacTrast has noticed dwindling inventory at US resellers. If a new Mac Pro (or a system like it) is coming at WWDC, the machine would most likely be a modernization that supports USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and recent advances in both storage and video cards.

The wildcard: internet radio service

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We haven’t heard of any unusual products that might appear at WWDC, except for one: a rumored internet radio service. Instead of confronting on-demand competition like Rdio or Spotify, Apple might unveil a free, iAd-supported streaming feature that would take on the free tiers at Pandora and Slacker. The service would chiefly take advantage of a deep connection to the iTunes Store by identifying listeners’ tastes and letting them buy tracks they like. Whether or not we hear about the service may depend on label deals — the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others all suspect that Apple may keep quiet if it can’t get enough content in time.

What not to expect, and when products may ship

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If there’s one thing we’ve encountered all too often at WWDC, it’s the anger from those who expect Apple to update everything at once. Remember, this is the Worldwide Developers Conference — consumer products aren’t the focus. Apple tends to bend the rules and announce mainstream goods only when they’re convenient or necessary for developers, such as new features that need developer support. Think of the App Store or Retina displays as examples.

As such, we’re not expecting iOS-related hardware launches (including Apple TV), new product categories or major software upgrades. We’ll be surprised if they appear. Apple has usually saved those for the late summer or early fall in recent years, and it needs to give developers time to test their apps against beta iOS releases. The firm is likely to hand out a closed preview of its next iOS revision at WWDC, but nothing for the public. A radio service probably won’t go live the same day, either.

Macs could be more complicated. Like with iOS, we’re not expecting to leave the Moscone Center with finished copies of the latest OS X version; at best, attendees will get preview builds ahead of a final release later in the year. However, Apple has developed a habit of shipping new Mac hardware almost as soon as the press releases hit the wires. If computer updates arrive at WWDC, they may be in stores that week — and they may be our only shot at instant gratification.

 

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