In case you haven't heard, Apple set a date for its next media event with a casual "we've got a little more to show you" invitation sent to the media on Tuesday. The October 23 soiree is expected to unveil the iPad mini and possibly refreshed iMacs and Mac minis, but we'll just be happy for the arrival of iTunes 11, which Cupertino teased at last month's media event. Here's a look at what else went down on Tuesday you might have missed...
It was actually a busy weekend for tech news -- so much so that we had a hard time whittling it down to the best handful of stories to share with readers this morning! But that's exactly what we've done. No need to thank us -- we live to serve you, dear reader, so without further ado, let's get caught up on the weekend's happenings so you're ready to face the mid-October week ahead!
With the potential iPad mini rumor still hot and fresh and percolating out there, we expect next week will be a hot week of leaks, "leaks," and speculation from unnamed sources. Heck, we even have a little of that this week. Meanwhile, other tablets are out there, breaking even, and we've got some reviews and some one on one comparisons. So let's go see what happened this week.
Google seems to be taking its sweet time updating its library of iOS apps for the iPhone 5's larger display, with the latest being Google+ -- which also adds support for pages, post editing and searching on the iPad.
The iPhone 5’s back camera isn’t dramatically different from that of the iPhone 4S, but it’s the little changes that can make a noticeable difference. Not only is the shutter speed 40 percent faster on the iPhone 5, but the lens also offers improved low-light capture with reduced noise. We snapped similar photos with both devices and pinpointed the differences, and many show a worthwhile improvement for what is sure to be everyone’s new favorite point-and-shoot replacement.
You gotta wonder what life is like inside the walls of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion. While analysts tend to be hard even on companies like Apple who are on top of the world, they particularly seem to like kicking companies like RIM when they're down -- and that's exactly what happened on Tuesday, with a report that BlackBerry 10 may now be delayed until March of next year, which seems like an eternity in mobile OS time. But wait! There's more...
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.
Recently, we reported that Apple was taking a tough stance on how it controlled the sharing of technology surrounding its new Lightning connector. Cupertino was trying to maintain some oversight on who received the information, but according to a new report, it seems third-party developers have already broken past the deadlock.
The first week of October is already a memory, but new iPhone 5 owners apparently won't have to wait much longer to get their hands on the new Lightning to 30-pin Adapters that Apple promised to ship this month.
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.