Samsung is back for more, today introducing the third generation of its Galaxy S smartphones with an impossibly large 4.8-inch display and a handful of the iPhone’s best features (such as a Siri knockoff) thrown in for good measure. Gee, maybe they actually like getting dragged into patent court all the time? At least Apple can’t say the Korean manufacturer is stealing their screen size. With that in mind, let’s jump into the rest of the day’s news for Thursday, May 3, 2012.
BlackBerry World kicked off in Florida today, where RIM finally gave us a peek behind the veil of its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system. Almost immediately, the Canadian handset maker was criticized for not innovating enough, with BB10 described as shades of the late, great webOS and having more in common with iOS and Android than Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which may be the only hope mobile users have for a refreshing new OS. Ready for the rest of the day’s news? Then read on to find out what’s making headlines for Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
Steve Jobs famously pooh-poohed the notion of a 7-inch iPad in 2010, doubting "the value of the product" and calling it "meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size." But the market has matured a bit since then. If nothing else, Amazon's Kindle Fire has proven that there is indeed a market for a 7-inch tablet, but the question remains whether Apple will finally put an end to the rumors and release a so-called iPad mini this year.
The next Samsung Galaxy S smartphone is set to be unveiled next week, and the Korean manufacturer is aiming to get the masses excited about it a few days early with word that the handset will come packing a quad-core processor.
Yeah, we were pretty excited that Tim Cook was visiting Valve headquarters as Apple is really rocking out the gaming world lately. And yeah, we were pretty deflated when Apple went and shot down that rumor. But there were other things rocking out this week, so go take a peek.
Set to release at a press event in London on May 3, the Samsung Galaxy S3 looks to be the Android smartphone of the moment, packing a speed boost and boasting tight integration with Google's Ice Cream Sandwich OS, along with a few adjective-worthy features and specs. While it's sure to be enough to sell (or ship, rather) a few million units, it remains to be seen how it will stack up against Cupertino's juggernaut.
A source told Andrew Hoyle of CNET UK that the newest member of the ever-expanding Galaxy family will be an incremental update over last year's model, likely in line with the supreme Galaxy Nexus. But, with the iPhone 4S still making major strides and the iPhone 5 waiting in the wings, there are a few key ingredients the Galaxy S3 absolutely must have to keep the heat on Apple.
There's been a lot of scuttlebutt passed around on the internetover the last two weeks, and it's all pretty awesome. This week, the rumor mill is churning that Ivy Bridge MacBooks may be closer than we think. The Apple Store has a depleting supply of Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros, which makes room in the back for brand new hardware. Also, the iPhone 5 could be the biggest handset refresh we've had since the iPhone 4's rounded corners, and Apple could be working on software to help beginning developers get their bearings with app development. Let’s get down to business, shall we?
If you’re a frequent visitor to the Mac|Life website, you know that we love a good patent-based slap-fight. From the looks of things, so does Apple: to date, the company’s battle to stop Android handset manufacturers from infringing on their patents has cost the Cupertino-based tech manufacturer over $100 million. That’s small change to them, but an awful lot of money to the rest of us. What’re all the lawsuits about? We’ve put together a list of four patent lawsuits that focus on technology most iOS users take for granted every day.
Judging from first quarter results this year, Google’s Android is not a guaranteed sure thing. On one hand, South Korean electronics giant Samsung just announced a healthy profit for Q1 2012, but rival HTC is feeling the blues with a 70 drop in profit from last year.