Not feeling much enthusiasm for a new iPhone? Then maybe a new iPod touch will get your blood pumping, with one analyst claiming Apple could unveil the "biggest upgrade ever" for its media player at today's media event.
It's Monday morning, and who's excited about a new iPhone this week? Judging from the volley of related news over the weekend, the tech press sure is -- so we've assembled a handful of stories you might have missed since leaving work on Friday to kick off iPhone 5 week.
Two old favorites may be on the chopping block as the week winds to a close, with rumors flying that Twitter has ended development of its Mac app as word that Apple may be likewise killing the iPhone 3GS following the rumored debut of the iPhone 5 next Wednesday. But hey, it's Friday, so get caught up on everything you missed while sleeping before you head out for a weekend of fun.
With Sony and Samsung vying for the spotlight at last week's IFA show while Nokia and Motorola Mobility keep tech journalists busy on Wednesday, that leaves Amazon as the last one out the door to announce new products ahead of Apple's own event next week.
When Steve Jobs took the wraps off the iPhone back in 2007, he described it as, among other things, a "widescreen iPod with touch controls." But when we finally got our hands on one, we realized that wasn't exactly true. Sure, it was wider than any of the iPods at the time, but it wasn't quite widescreen--rather, the iPhone utilized a 3.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, closer to a standard-definition television set than an HD one.
Now that most everyone agrees Apple will be introducing the next iPhone in September, the debate seems to now be focused on when the mythical "iPad mini" might make its debut: At the same time or a separate event?
It's hard to believe Apple's 30-pin connector has been with us for so long. Over the course of its near ten year lifespan--dating all the way back to origins of the iTunes Music Store--the proprietary 30-pin cable has served us well, dutifully connecting to our iPhones, iPads, and iPods with universal ease. Now it appears that all of that interchangeable charging and syncing has run its course.
After months of speculation, pleading, rumors, and faulty divination on the part of tech pundits and Apple fanatics, we may have kind of nailed down a firm date for the unveiling of the next iPhone. What will it look like? What’s it packing? Will we see the release of a smaller iPad on the same day? I don’t know! Neither do you! But let’s talk about it anyway. That's what makes this whole thing so fun.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Apple may be tapping into its vast mountain of cash with an eye toward buying The Fancy, a social commerce site that rivals Pinterest and has the backing of Twitter and Facebook co-founders.