Expectations Run High for Apple’s New iPhone

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Expectations Run High for Apple’s New iPhone

When the company introduces its latest device Wednesday, everyone will be watching to see if it can maintain the place it has long held as top-selling smartphone in the U.S. Months of purportedly leaked parts and images have generated enthusiasm, driving up Apple’s stock price. But speculation about whether the iPhone—introduced in 2007—can measure up to new devices is brewing. Some bloggers are whining about iPhone fatigue. It will have to be “a major step up” to keep up with expectations in the media and among consumers, says Rajeev Chand, a managing director at investment bank Rutberg & Co. Apple …

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Apple Shifts iPhone Chip Suppliers

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SEOUL—Apple Inc. has recently shifted some memory-chip orders for its coming iPhone from Samsung Electronics Co. to other Asian chip makers, people familiar with the matter said Friday, suggesting that the U.S. company is diversifying its component suppliers as patent disputes between the two technology giants escalate. A person familiar with the situation said Apple has been ordering more memory chips used to store data in its smartphones from South Korea-based SK Hynix Inc. However, Samsung will still be supplying the main processors used to power the new iPhone, another person familiar with the situation said. from:wsj.com

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How Crazy Thin iPhone 5 Will Be?

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How Crazy Thin  iPhone 5 Will Be?

At this point, despite Tim Cook’s claim that Apple is “doubling down on secrecy”, we’ve seen pretty much everything there is to see when it comes to the new iPhone. If we Apple fans were peeping toms, the iPhone 5 would be like spying on a girl we have a date with Friday night and, instead of seeing her merely undress, witnessing her actually take off her skin and dance around her bedroom as a skeleton. There’s not much more to see, but the boys over at Nowhereelse.fr — who have just been on fire this year when it comes to iPhone 5 parts …

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It Could Be Almost Impossible To Buy A Dock Accessory For iPhone 5

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It Could Be Almost Impossible To Buy A Dock Accessory For iPhone 5

When the new iPhone is released with an all-new, totally redesigned 9-pin dock connector, even with an adapter, it’s going to throw the entire third-party iPhone accessory market into chaos. And unfortunately, it looks like Apple’s giving accessory makers no time to prepare with an early peek at the 9-pin connector. When the next iPhone debuts, it will take months for compatible accessories to be released. Sink or swim time.   iLounge reports: After nine years of steady third-party accessory growth for its devices, Apple faces a potentially serious ecosystem disruption this year, reliable sources have confirmed to iLounge. With only two …

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Griffin’s Military-Grade iPhone Case With Kindergarten-Grade Colors

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Griffin’s Military-Grade iPhone Case With Kindergarten-Grade Colors

learly the “military” part in Griffin’s Military Grade Survivor case for the iPhone doesn’t refer to the color. While olive drab is an option, the majority of the rugged cases come in candy colors more suited to a pre-schooler’s toy box than the killing fields of, well, whichever countries the U.S is currently at war with.   That’s not to say it isn’t tough. The blurb says that the case has been “independently tested to meet conditions outlined in US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810 and UK Department of Defense Def-Stan 00-35.” The Survivor combines a polycarbonate shell with a silicone …

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Apple’s iPad Mini and iPhone 5 as predicted by a developer

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Apple’s iPad Mini and iPhone 5 as predicted by a developer

September 2, 2012, 5:47 P.M. New York local time — A popular iOS developer predicts, the iPad Mini “a spinoff” of the iPad 2, and the iPhone 5 is already in the testing room. Instapaper’s creator, Marco Arment, has posted a new blog entry to talk about the iPad Mini and the long-rumored iPhone 5 smartphone of Apple inc. With the title “Predicting the ‘iPad Mini’ internals,” Arment claims that the smaller iPad Mini will sport the same components being used by last year’s iPad 2 or the second-generation iPad with the dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 3G and WiFi support. According to Arment, he saw …

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iPhone can control your bike trainer

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iPhone can control your bike trainer

A power trainer has been developed which lets you dynamically control bike resistance with your iPhone. The computerized KICKR Power Trainer, announced this week, connects to an iOS app that controls resistance – that means you can simply tap your screen to simulate climbs, descents, andflats. Even better, you can use apps like TrainerRoad or Kinomap Trainer, which feature GPS-tagged videos of popular cycling routes around the world, to replicate real-world rides while you follow along on screen, Wired.com reported. When the video hits a hill, you’ll feel it in the pedals. KICKR, from Wahoo Fitness, uses Bluetooth 4.0 and …

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iPhone 5 mockup spotted at IFA 2012

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iPhone 5 mockup spotted at IFA 2012

  (Credit: GSMIsrael, screencap by David Hamilton/CNET)   The iPhone 5 has materialized at the IFA trade show in Berlin. In mockup form, at least. The tech-news site GSMIsrael was apparently the first to report on the iPhone 5 mockup, which it claims to have seen courtesy of the CEO of a major cover and case manufacturer. Like just about all the iPhone 5 rumors floating around out there, the mockup is taller than existing iPhones, has a headphone jack on the bottom edge of the phone and features a two-toned backplate. GSMIsrael didn’t identify the case maker that presumably …

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Walmart Experiments With iPhone App Checkout System

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Walmart Experiments With iPhone App Checkout System

Walmart is testing a new system that not only would save the company money but reduce the amount of time customers have to interact with the world’s largest retailer’s self-checkout machines, an experience some people find annoying. People shop at Walmart because of its low prices, and part of what helps keep them down is the large number of self-checkout terminals the retailer has installed in its stores. If you’ve ever used them you know they can be a pain. For one thing, they can be gratingly loud. Also, if you scan something that doesn’t weigh much the system often …

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Will FaceTime On Coming IPhone 5 Crash LTE Networks?

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Will FaceTime On Coming IPhone 5 Crash LTE Networks?

Are the nation’s LTE wireless carriers prepared for the video chat data crunch expected to come with the next-generation iPhone and other devices that are expected to launch this fall? The answer: It depends on whom you ask. Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless decline to say whether they are ready for the data crunch. Over the summer, both carriers introduced data sharing plans that analysts believe were timed to help limit a surge in heavy data use expected especially with the use of Apple’s FaceTime real-time video chat software on the iPhone. If I were a carrier, I’d be rather …

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