Apple blog 9to5Mac has found a photo of what could be the iPhone 5 being used in the wild.Snapped in San Francisco, the blurry photo was sent in by a tipster, who spotted someone they reckoned was probably an Apple employee hunched over the mysterious device. The tipster says the person using the phone was covering the Apple logo on the back, seemingly to hide the icon.It's an almost hilariously small amount to go on, but nevertheless let's break out the magnifying glass and strain our eyeballs -- it's time to analyse.DesignThe first thing we noticed is that the phone looks slim. We'd warrant it's thinner than the iPhone 4, and the black casing seems to rule out the iPod touch. Leaked case schematics suggest the next iPhone will feature a curved back, as opposed to the iPhone 4's straight glass rear, so this image could corroborate those leaks. That said, those schematics indicated the camera flash would sit to the side of the lens, but, in this photo, it looks like the flash is … [Read more...] about Is this the iPhone 5? Read our analysis
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Now that invites for the October 27 Apple event have seen sent out, there's much speculation about what we will, and won't, see from a purported new generation of MacBook Pro laptops. Thus far, the generally agreed-upon predictions -- as rounded up by Macrumors -- are:New MacBook Pros with a thinner, lighter design and a secondary touchscreen at the top of the keyboard. That tiny screen is said to be replacing the function key row and providing context-based commands -- different "soft" buttons which would vary depending on the app in use.Possible minor updates to the MacBook Air, which is one of the longest-standing designs in the Apple universe. A minor spec bump may be in store for the iMac desktops.The elevated level of interest in new MacBooks, especially with an expected major redesign such as this, is reflected in many of the messages I receive from CNET readers. Among the most common email topics is a variation on: "When will product X get updated?" And, more often than not, … [Read more...] about Will new MacBooks finally make it easier to pick the perfect Apple laptop?
I am told that 2013 was a lost year for tech. Apparently, there was no innovation. There was merely a concentration on such moving aspects as money. This may well be true, but that didn't stop tech companies from trying to claim that their latest something was so very different and important and, most of all utterly necessary. There is, perhaps, nothing less necessary than Google Glass. This ill-designed exercise in nosiness is, for some, an expression of everything people fear when they have to spend too many hours with a nerd. Yet what Google did very cleverly was to make the introduction of Google Glass feel both human and fascinating. Its launch campaign could have been both intimidating and faintly frightening. Instead, Google cleverly focused on the human aspects of adding an extra, exciting dimension to your life. The Web site felt perversely human. So much so that if you had put the Apple logo above it, no one would have questioned the provenance. For this surprise alone, … [Read more...] about Tech ads of 2013: Google best, Apple, Microsoft worst
A number of iPhone 5s owners are reporting that their new smartphones are displaying the feared"blue screen of death" (BSOD) after using certain apps, and then launching into a reboot. The glitch appeared to primarily affect those using Apple's Numbers, Pages, or Keynote apps, but others saw the BSOD while using FaceTime, Safari, the camera, and other apps. In videos posted to YouTube (like the one below), the BSOD lasts only a second or two before the screen goes black, and the Apple logo appears, signifying a reboot. "If I open a document in Numbers, then press the power button, the phone seems to power itself off almost instantly instead of just going to sleep," one user wrote on the Apple forums last month. "I am having the same problem myself when using the pages app to open my saved resume and then trying to email it to someone," another 5s owner chimed in. "If i do that then go to open the notes app that I have a typed message I want to copy and paste in the same email, as soon … [Read more...] about iPhone 5s Users Seeing ‘Blue Screen of Death’
For the past few years, phone makers have said that if you want a small phone, you must have small demands. But that just isn't true. Some people have small hands and big ideas. The new iPhone SE from Apple ($399 for 32GB; $499 for 128GB) is the small phone that many people have been waiting for, with a careful balance of components that keep it current, while also hitting a midrange price point. Anyone who has been driven nuts by increasingly large devices and wants to return to simpler, one-handed days will love this phone. It's our Editors' Choice for smaller smartphones. Physical Features and ErgonomicsHere's a quick rundown: The iPhone SE has the same body, screen, and storage as the iPhone 5s. It has the same modem, Touch ID sensor with NFC for Apple Pay, and front camera as the iPhone 6. And it shares a processor and rear camera with the iPhone 6s. These components add up to a phone that can run the latest apps without complaining, and fits into a child's hand.From a design … [Read more...] about Apple iPhone SE