Monday, October 29 is shaping up to be the Thunderdome of smartphone-related events, with both Microsoft and now Google hosting pow-wows on the same date to show off their latest Windows Phone 8 and Android products, respectively. Two smartphone platforms enter… one smartphone platform leaves? We'll find out soon enough.
I’ve had two weeks and two weekends with the iPhone 5, enough time to really get to know it, and enough time to stand up and say: best iPhone ever. If you’ve got an iPhone 4S under contract, it’s perfectly fine to not upgrade -- wait for next year’s iPhone 5S or whatever it’ll be called. But if you use an older iPhone -- or you’re new to the iPhone -- you literally cannot do better than this phone. It’s awesome.
Something of a mixed bag of news kicked off this second week in October on Monday, with rumors of a Mac mini refresh, news that Crazy Taxi will be driving onto iOS devices soon and hey, even a one-click Mac solution for hiding that annoying Newsstand icon -- assuming you never use it in the first place. Read on to find out about all of this and much more...
Last Friday was busier than normal for Apple-related news, and that trend continued right into the weekend, which saw the arrival of iPhone 5-compatible nano-SIMs at T-Mobile retailers, yet another free iCloud storage bump for former MobileMe subscribers and AT&T slashing its return window in half -- which is likely to just send more iPhone buyers to Apple, where a 30-day return window still exists.
It looks like AT&T and Nokia are going to be BFFs again, following the carrier's U.S. exclusive on the Lumia 900 earlier this year with a pair of lustworthy new Windows Phone 8 handsets in November. We gotta say, it's getting frustrating that these companies have yet to pinned down any dates or pricing for the Lumia 920 or 820, but with Windows Phone 8 officially roaring out of the gate on October 29, it shouldn't be much longer now.
After Federal regulators stomped out any hope of AT&T snapping up fourth-placed U.S. carrier T-Mobile, the scrappy magenta network has been making some bold moves in the hope of a comeback -- and those plans now include merging with MetroPCS.
A bit of a mixed bag this week as the news cycle recovers from the iPhone 5 launch. Hey, didn't Amazon do something that no one is talking about anymore? I guess now we batten down the hatches and see whatever became of all those iPad mini rumors. We're just shy of October when the drop is supposed to happen. Here's to waiting.
One of the important new features announced with iOS 6 was FaceTime over Cellular. No longer would we find ourselves seeking a wi-fi connection to view our buddy's goofy mug on our iPhone. Well, unless you're an AT&T user; then it just sort of depends. But take some solace: the Federal Communications Commission stands ready to evaluate your cries for help.
Of all the subtle yet significant enhancements in iPhone 5, perhaps the sneakiness is FaceTime. Not only do we get a 720p camera for the first time on an iPhone, we also get the ability to make FaceTime calls wherever we are, thanks to iOS 6's untethering from Wi-Fi.
Hope you set the alarm clock and got your iPhone 5 preorder in early if you're hoping to have FedEx or UPS bring it straight to your door, because the shipping estimates from Apple's website have already slipped to two weeks.