On January 7, 2007, Steve Jobs walked on to the stage in Cupertino and changed the world. We can talk about predecessors to the iPhone such as the Palm, we can talk about other devices that followed not long after, but it was Apple's device that got the concept so stunningly correct. Most importantly, Jobs' presentation had much to do with that success. But according to a piece by Fred Vogelstein in the New York Times today, there's a strong chance it may not have happened that way.
One of the big stories from the general tech sphere yesterday centered on Ars Technica's discovery that Samsung artificially inflated the CPU speeds for the Galaxy Note 3, leading the normally Twitterphobic Apple executive Phil Schiller to tweet "shenanigans" in response. But as Anandtech reported today, the rabbit hole goes far deeper than that. According to the site's research, almost all smartphone manufacturers--with the exception of Apple and Motorola--employ GPU and CPU tweaks to cheat on benchmark tests to make smartphones appear more powerful than they are.
T-Mobile's U.S. division has been shaking up the wireless industry in recent months, but is any of this change having a real effect on its bottom line? Thanks largely to the iPhone, all signs point to yes.
As if Samsung's announcement that they would also release a smartphone with a 64-bit chip in the nebulous future wasn't oddly timed enough, AppleInsider reports that the South Korean tech giant has now announced that it plans to release a gold Galaxy S4. The gold in this case will only affect the trim, whereas the front would be available in either pink or brown.
And now for another sobering reminder of just how quickly things can change in the tech industry: BlackBerry, once the undisputed leader of the smartphone market around 2007, released a letter of intent this morning to sell itself for $4.7 billion. That's a harsh contrast compared to the news we're hearing from Apple, which witnesses the most successful launch in smartphone history with the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.
BlackBerry fans hoping the company's latest keyboard-based smartphone might steer the company clear of a looming iceberg may be disappointed to discover that sales of the device haven't quite worked out the way the company hoped.
If you're looking for a flagship Android handset instead of waiting it out for the next iPhone to arrive, Google Play is now offering the unlocked Nexus 4 for what you'd usually pay for a device on contract.
It's no secret that handset maker HTC has been struggling in recent months, despite the critical success of its latest Android-based HTC One smartphone. Now it may have another problem, as a high-profile partnership looks toward the exit sign.