Category: iOS – Apple


Best Buy is offering a $50 discount on the iPhone 5 and 4S. The smartphones are available for all major carriers in the US that carry them – Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint.

You could arrange a device from Verizon and Sprint to be shipped to your door but AT&T customers can only get the device from a brick and mortar store.

The iPhone 5 will usually set you back $199.99 for a 16 gig version, $299.99 for a 32 GB model and $399.99 for a 64 GB one. Now the prices are $149.99, $249.99 and $349.99 respectively.

The offer also applies for the iPhone 4S, which now starts at $49.99 instead of $99.99. There’s no information how long the deal will last but you probably shouldn’t wait too long.

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T-Mobile US just took a major step in becoming more competitive. The carrier announced that it will officially carry Apple products beginning in 2013.

The Big Magenta delivered the important news in a rather stealthy fashion. The announcement was part of Deutsche Telekom’s financial plans through 2015. No specifics of the deal between Apple and the US carrier were mentioned.

We can reasonably expect that the first Apple product to be officially available for T-Mobile will be the next generation iPhone. Its launch will likely coincide with the carrier’s LTE network rollout next year.

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The marketing intelligence and analysis company IDC has revisited its smartphone market predictions for the following four years. It’s become quite a tradition for IDC to post different numbers in each report, which serves to show just how impossible task it is trying to achieve, predicting a market as dynamic as this one.

Nevertheless, the company suggests that Anrdoid will lose some of its market share and will slip from this year’s 68.3% to 63.8% in 2016. IDC believes that despite the slide, Google’s mobile OS will continue to be the market leader thanks to various low-end and mid-range offerings from LG, Sony, and Samsung.

IDC’s previous predictions that Windows Phone will overtake iOS by 2016 have been altered and now Microsoft’s smartphone OS is predicted to take just 11.4% of the market (as opposed to 19.1% from six months ago). HTC and Nokia are going to drive the OS forward, but Samsung, ZTE and Huawei will also help grow Microsoft’s share.

iOS on the other hand will continue to take second place in the heated mobile OS battle. The Apple platform held 18.8% of the market share in 2012 and according to IDC its share will remain relatively stable – 19.1% in 2016.

RIM will continue to fight for its survival and is betting all in on the soon-to-come BlackBerry 10 OS. IDC reckons RIM will be dependent on “channel advocacy” and “sales associates who can effectively tell the BlackBerry story”. As a result, the company’s 2016 market share is expected to stand at 4.1% from 4.7% in 2012.

Rather unsurprisingly, platforms with suspended development like MeeGo, Bada OS and Symbian will го virtually еxtinct by 2016 with an aggregated market share of 0.1%. However, up and rising mobile OSes like Samsung’s Tizen and Jolla’s SailFish which are based on Linux will still struggle to break ground. IDC predicts they’ll manage to get 1.5% of the market share combined.

Ultimately, these predictions are bothering on pure speculations as seen before. An industry like the smartphone market is developing at fast rates and it’s next to impossible to make such long term predictions accurately.

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Nokia made a pretty big deal of the stabilization feature of its Lumia 920 flagship smartphone. The handset comes with the Floating lens technology, which is real optical image stabilization, as opposed to the digital solution of its competitors.

Naturally, everyone was curious to find out how big a difference the new technology makes, so we decided to pin the Nokia Lumia 920 against the Apple iPhone 5 (which has the most efficient digital video stabilization we have seen so far).

The results were somewhat surprising – see for yourselves in the video below. Don’t forget to go fullscreen and select the 1080p option.

Update: We saw there’s some confusion so we felt we should clear this out. The two smartphone were attached to a stand, rather than being held in two hands as that puts them on equal footing. The test itself starts with some casual panning, which is followed by walking in place and jumping.

At first glance the difference isn’t really major – each of the two contenders has its moments of superiority in the video. If we hadn’t named the two halves, you’d probably have a hard time telling which one uses optical stabilization and which one is simply employing a cleverly designed software algorithm.

However, for its stabilization to work so well, the iPhone 5 is forced to use only the central part of its sensor, while the Lumia 920 can use the whole thing, which gives it both a wider viewing angle and the option to do pixel binning, which helps fight digital noise.

So the Nokia Lumia 920 takes this round, even if the margin of its victory is smaller than we anticipated.
Of course, this is just one scenario and the optical image stabilization might turn out to be more beneficial on other occasions. We’ll be doing some more tests before the review is complete so we’ll know how good Floating lens actually is.

Apple is expanding the iPhone 5 availability to 55 new countries this month. On December 7 the Apple’s thinnest and lightest is coming to the Samsung’s homeland – South Korea.

A week later, on December 14, the iPhone 5 will land in 33 more markets. Those include Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

December 21 is when another wave of countries will get to join on the iPhone 5 fun – Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

The iPhone 5 is already available in 47 countries and with these new addition the list grows to 102, making this the quickest rollout of any iPhone to date.

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China is a very important market for smartphone makers and mobile software developers with its vast cellphone user base. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reported that there are nearly 1.1 billion cellphone subscribers as of October.

Moре importantly, according to a report by Analysys International, 9 out of 10 smartphones purchased in Q3 2012 was running Android. Apple’s iOS had 4.2% market share, while Symbian accounted for 2.4% of all purchases.

Part of the reason Android devices are so popular in China might be their aggressive pricing. The average price of an Android device for Q3 2012 was approximately $223 USD (CNY 1,393) compared to the average of $726 (CNY 4,523) that iOS devices cost. Symbian devices are the cheapest of the bunch, retailing for an average $178 (CNY 1,114) per device.

It’s quite astonishing that 80.6% of the country’s population is using a cellphone, resulting in 71.83 billion text messages sent in October alone. Overall, the usage of feature phones is declining and during Q3, just 63.73 million “dumbphones” were sold, a 4.1% decline from September, and 7.5% year-over-year.

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It’s that great time of the year for the Angry Birds fans again. Rovio has just released the annual winter update to the Angry Birst Seasons game with 25 themed levels one for each day until Christmas.

The update also brings 3 secret and one bonus levels as usual.

You can enjoy the new Seasons version, containing these levels right now on Android and iOS. I guess other platforms where Angry Birds Seasons is available should be getting it any moment now, too.

Facebook Photo Sync feature is now available to the Android and iOS client apps. If you used them just recently you should have already got a notification about the new extra.

It does exactly what the name suggests – automatically uploads your captured photos to a private album on Facebook. You can share them with your friends later if you want.

In case the feature is still missing in your client, just have a little patience – it will pop up eventually. I personally prefer Dropbox for my photos upload and will pass on Facebook’s offer for now. It’s not the easiest way for organizing, editing, resizing and even sharing, and I still have my reservations regarding Facebook’s privacy policies.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is coming on December 6 and to remind fellow gamers and fans of the series, Rockstar has released a new trailer for the title.

The trailer is full of nostalgic moments of the highly addictive PC game from 10 years ago and reminds us of the action packed missions that we are about to re-experience in a week.

Check out the trailer.

You can check whether your device will be able to run the game from the list below.

Apple iOS Devices: iPad, iPhone 4, 4S & 5, iPod touch 4th & 5th Generation

Android Phones: Motorola Razr, Razr Maxx, Razr Maxx HD, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Photon, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC Rezound, HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Sensation, HTC Droid Incredible 2, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Note 1 & 2, Samsung S2, Samsung Galaxy R, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia S, P, T & TL, Sony Walkman Z Series Media Player, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Google Nexus 4

Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, LG Optimus Pad, Medion Lifetab, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Toshiba Thrive, HTC Flyer, Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10

The game will hit the Google Play Store and the Apple AppStore on December 6 for $4.99.

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Last September Apple revealed a revamped version of iTunes at the announcement event for the iPhone 5. Today, after a serious delay, the application is finally ready to download.

iTunes is the go-to multimedia player on Mac OS and thanks to the iPods and the iOS devices in recent years, it has made its way to numerous Windows computers as well.

If you need a refresher, Apple has a pretty long list of what’s new in this version. There’s even a promo video.

I’m not a heavy iTunes user myself (I suppose nobody really is under Windows), but most of the changes are easily visible. The application is quicker and smoother, it’s got a simpler user interface with the navigation bar on the left gone.

The iTunes store (accessible via the application itself) looks a lot nicer and generally, accessing it seems faster. In the past it has always been so darn slow.

And finally, there’s a tighter iCloud integration and finally, the redesigned new Mini player makes much more sense. I’ve always preferred a mini format for simple software such as a music player.

Download iTunes over at Apple’s website. It’s free.