Apple’s Plastic, Cheap iPhone..That You Won’t Be Allowed to Buy

Apple is reportedly working on a plastic cheap iPhone that sports a Lightning port and a 4-inch Retina display inside what will be a colorful plastic shell according to the latest rumors, but U.S. customers won’t likely find the cheap iPhone on store shelves this fall.

A new leak of the alleged front and rear cheap iPhone panels shows a plastic iPhone that matches the iPhone 5 in size and shape, but with a plastic back and rounded edges.

This is an unconfirmed leak, but the plastic back of the budget iPhone looks like an Apple product and lines up with multiple rumors of a plastic iPhone rear in many colors

Budget-iPhone-Video-575x382Cheap iPhone Video Hands-On

Techdy shares a three-and-a-half-minute video showing the alleged budget iPhone in all it’s glory. While the iPhone will not turn on, as it is missing the internals, this videos shows off what a finished budget iPhone could look like including a white plastic shell and a black front.

The Budget iPhone in this video and in the photo galleries looks similar to an iPhone 5 in many areas such as the bottom of the device where a Lightning port, headphone jack and speaker opening sit. The back of the budget iPhone features the iPhone name and an Apple logo in the middle of the back as well as a large camera opening, flash and a microphone opening on the back of the device.

Budget-iPhone-vs.-iPhone-5-575x323While this is a plastic device with no internals on board, M.I.C. Editor in Chief Chris Chang says the device does not feel cheap. He compares the shape of the budget iPhone to the original iPod. Chang describes the build quality of the alleged budget iPhone, comparing it to Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4.

“When we hold the budget iPhone in our hands, the plastic chassis does not feel cheap at all. Unlike the plastic build quality of the Samsung Galaxy phones, the plastic material used on the budget iPhone feels more sturdy.”

Techdy is already knocking off this design with a Basic Bear smartphone that uses the Budget iPhone design and runs Android, available later this month in multiple color options for $199.

No Cheap iPhone for U.S. Users

While there is no way Apple will confirm that this is or isn’t a budget iPhone, if this is the real budget iPhone it won’t likely show up on any U.S. carrier.

Apple already offers the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 as budget iPhone alternatives in the U.S. at $99 and free with a two-year contract. There is arguably room for a budget iPhone without a contract in the U.S., but for the time being most shoppers are content with signing two-year contracts for an iPhone.

The iPhone 4 is already free with a payment plan on T-Mobile and available for just over $400 off-contract. While this new plastic iPhone offers a larger screen, a Lightning cable and a new design, it is not likely to show up at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile.

During Apple’s earnings call in January 2013, CEO Tim Cook addressed rumors of a cheaper iPhone telling investors, “The most important thing for Apple is to make products that impact people’s lives. We don’t seek revenue for revenue’s sake.”

With this in mind, it’s possible that this is the budget iPhone that Apple will sell in markets like China and India at a lower price, but not one that Apple would release in the U.S. just to compete with off cheap Android smartphones.



Twitter for iOS updated: new conversation view in timeline, notification enhancements

screen-shot-2013-08-28-at-2-36-19-pmTwitter has updated its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application with a redesigned timeline and conversation view. The new conversation view inputs a blue line to indicate a conversation between people on Twitter that you follow.

Conversations have a new look! They’re easier to find and fun to join.

• A blue line indicates a conversation between people you follow
• The first Tweet in the conversation now appears above the most recent reply
• Tap to see all of the replies

This release also includes various other improvements:
• New notification settings
• Bug fixes for direct messages, login verification and mor

User can also now more easily tap to see replies to a tweet and instantly Reply, Retweet, or Favorite a Tweet. The Twitter website and Android apps are seeing a complementing update:

Twitter also says that improved notifications and bug fixes are included in the update. The update is version 5.10 and it is available for free on the App Store. 


Video shows iPhone 5S “champagne” and iPhone 5C casings compared to iPhone 5 [Video]

AppAdvice has gotten its hands on a video comparing the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5. It features the champagne colored iPhone 5S, blue iPhone 5C, and both the black and white iPhone 5 being compared together at multiple different angles. The best part about this video is that it is great quality instead of the usual blurry, hard to see videos that usually come out. There isn’t a way to tell if they are real, but they look a lot like other rumors that have been coming out. In the video, we again see where it looks like Apple could be moving to a dual LED flash set up for the camera, but other than that and the color it looks almost identical to the iPhone 5. Hopefully we will find out soon whether or not these devices are real, as an event is rumored to be going down on September 10th.

I am not very interested in either the champagne color or the iPhone 5C in general, but definitely think they each serve their purpose in the market; the champagne 5S being for style and the 5C being for the budget users and emerging markets. However I am very interested in seeing if the 5S gets the heavily rumored fingerprint scanner, as having that type of security would be a great addition to the iPhone. Only time will tell what features we will see, however. Check out the video above.


iPhone 5S And 5C Release Update

Apple-LogoThe Apple iPhone 5S and the cheaper iPhone 5C are expected to be unveiled at a special Apple event on the 10th of September. And now we have a new hint regarding when the device will be released in the US and other countries around the world.

According to Japan’s Nikkei, both upcoming Apple devices will land in Japan on September 20th. If this info is right, since Japan is usually among the first countries to receive a new iPhone it’s safe to believe that the devices would be released on the same day in the US, UK, and many other markets.

Furthermore, they are also saying that the iPhone 5S’ rumored gold color option is indeed coming and that the handsets will be launched on SoftBank and KDDI. NTT DoCoMo will not be offering the devices.

As for what’s expected, the iPhone 5S is thought to be coming with an A7 processor, an improved camera, and a fingerprint scanner. We have also heard that the device will have 1GB of ‘faster’ RAM.


iPhone 5 review

The Apple iPhone 5 is thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessors. But not necessarily its competitors. We took a closer look at T3 HQ…

Update: If you’re considering a new iPhone 5, you might want to check out our latest iPhone 5s rumours before taking the plunge. If you already have splashed the cash, then you’ll be wanting some of the best iPhone 5 apps to download, and quite possible an iPhone 5 case to keep that new smartphone safe. We’ve also updated our review to include how the the phone performs on EE’s 4G LTE network. Scroll down to page 3 for our thoughts on 4G…

The iPhone 5 was the most anticipated Apple handset launch since the iPhone 4. The 4S offered only an incremental, albeit antenna-fixing, upgrade, and the fifth-gen iPhone arrives just as many 4 users’ 24-month contract comes up for renewal.

However, in that time we’ve seen a seismic shift, with competing smartphones offering quality and desirability to match and even surpass the iPhone.

With the big boys tempting users away from iOS with the lure of a slick Android experience as found on the HTC One X and the Sony Xperia T or much-improved Windows Phone interface – step forward the Nokia Lumia 920 – it’s crunch time (sorry) for Cook and co.

But wait a goddamn minute. Statistics don’t lie (usually) and, just as we were putting pen to paper, Apple announced that pre-orders for the iPhone 5 hit two million in 24 hours, spanking its previous record of one million in a day for the iPhone 4 and ensuring that many won’t see their new precious until October.

So, with it clearly hooking the gagging mouths of many, how does it perform as ‘the latest iPhone’ and, crucially, how does it match up against the superphone stars of today?

iPhone 5: Build

Let’s start with the chassis because, let’s face it, that’s the only distinct visible change to differentiate it from its two previous family members. Grasp the frame in your hand and the first thing you’ll notice is the weight; it’s the lightest iPhone ever.

By a long way. At 112g, it’s 20% daintier than the iPhone 4S, 16% less butch than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and 14% lighter than the HTC One X. Reducing the SIM to weency, or ‘nano’, size has helped, minutely, as has making the shell out of anodised aluminium.

The brace of glass strips adorning the top and bottom of the rear give both the black/slate and white/silver models a premium feel but are actually employed to allow an uninterrupted phone signal. No-one wants another antennagate.

Watch: iPhone 5 unboxing

Despite Keynote claims, the 7.6mm-deep iPhone 5 isn’t the thinnest smartphone in the world – the Huawei Ascend P1 S, Oppo Finder and ZTE Athena are all sub 7mm – but when the depth is combined with the weight, it feels sufficiently waif-like in the hand.

And we’re not convinced that’s for the good. Of course we want our mobile tech to be light and lithe, but what we’ve loved about previous iGenerations is the weighty, industrial feel, the security of feeling something solid in your pocket (no jokes) and knowing that, if it takes a knock, it’s not going to shatter into a billion plastic pieces.

Don’t get us wrong, it’s a miracle how Apple has shed so much excess podge and millions of people will love the lightweight design, but we preferred the more robust, weapon-like nature of the 4S. A case of Marmite-y opinion, perhaps.

iPhone 5: Features

The four-inch screen, which we’ll come onto in detail shortly, is Apple’s belated nod to the industry trend for bigger displays, and means the iPhone 5 now stands a proud 123.8mm tall – width remains the same at 58.6mm.

The extra screen real-estate is welcome, though smaller-handed iPhone users might struggle to reach the standby button with a forefinger while holding it in a natural position. They might even have to stretch for the extra top row of apps. Just hold it a different way, perhaps.

Because various components have been reduced in size, the headphone socket has been moved to the bottom of the device, which comes with its pros and cons. On the plus side, your phone usually goes in your pocket nose first, which means the headphone cable has a clear run out to your ears.

On the downside, the jutting jack interferes with your hand when holding it ‘upright’. Not all apps will use the gyroscope to flip the screen 180-degrees, either, so you’ll have to get used to that.

The bottom-hugging stereo speakers have also been given a boost, the better to annoy old people on the bus as you rattle out Skream’s latest. Do your own iPhone 4S to iPhone 5 sound comparison and you’ll realise the sound is unquestionably fuller and deeper.

Then there’s the Lightening connector. In our testing, we didn’t find it any quicker for transferring content over a cable but we do prefer the new connector in terms of it being a) smaller and b) reversible.

At the time of writing, the Lightening-to-30-pin adapter wasn’t available – it sure ain’t in the box, and it’ll cost £25 on release – so we haven’t experienced how it will cope with existing docks and accessories but it’s safe to say, things could look ugly.

There are add-ons that simply won’t work with it, either – TomTom’s iPhone car kit, for example. It’s made us realise how many USB-to-30-pin cables we’ve amassed over the years and how, now, they’re all redundant, apart from servicing the new iPad and nostalgic clear outs.


Apple to offer ‘iPhone 5S’ in new gold color and 128GB storage option, insider says

iPhone5S.AppleInsiderKuo points out in his note investors that the so-called “iPhone 5S,” will carry over many of the features already established with the current iPhone 5, including the 4-inch screen form factor.

The analyst predicts Apple will make the usual processor buff, this time to a new A7 system-on-chip design with 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The latest chip is expected to be of Apple’s own design based on the ARMv8 architecture, suggesting efficiency may be increased by up to 20 percent. Because Apple controls both the operating system and hardware for the iPhone 5S, it can optimize the faster LPDDR3 RAM spec for the A7 SoC, keeping the amount of addressable memory to 1GB.

The phone’s rear-facing camera will also be tweaked. While the sensor unit will remain untouched, the iPhone 5S shooter will use a larger f2.0 aperture lens assembly with dual LED flashes.

As for the widely rumored fingerprint sensor, Kuo reiterated the view he expressed in a separate note last week, saying the package will likely be embedded in a sapphire glass home button.

For storage, Kuo expects Apple to add on a new option for a capacious 128GB of on-board flash memory, the same change the company made to the fourth generation iPad in February.

Finally, a new option for a gold casing is expected to be offered alongside the traditional black and, with the iPhone 5, silver colors. Gold parts purportedly bound for the 5S were leaked in June, though an accompanying chassis sporting the new color has yet to surface.

Contrary to some predictions, Kuo doesn’t see Apple implementing near-field communication (NFC) in the iPhone 5S.

Apple is rumored to be prepping for a Sept. 10 iPhone announcement, at which the company is expected to launch the iPhone 5S and possibly a less expensive handset dubbed the “iPhone 5C.”


New iPhone Applications from SmartJobBoard

gI_131425_SamsungiPhoneSmartJobBoard is thrilled to announce the release of the new Android Application and iPhone Application. From now on, SmartJobBoard mobile application is cross-platform and available for users of both systems.

SmartJobBoard is working on the development of enhanced job board software platform. The company is on top of modern web technologies using the most advanced software development tools. Job board products and services of SmartJobBoard would fit equally well to any employment resource no matter of its size and target audience. Today SmartJobBoard announces the release of the new Android Application and renewed iPhone Application.

The applications provide job seekers with an innovative way to access a job board directly from Android and iPhone devices. There is no need to enter a site URL and account credentials each time to make a job search. With SmartJobBoard Android Application and iPhone Application, it takes only a few clicks to find a job and apply for it using user-friendly interface optimized for smartphone screen.

“Today Android and iPhone devices are tremendously popular among job seekers. That is why it is important for us to provide up-to-date mobile solutions for job board owners. We consider the development of mobile solutions as one of our priority directions and hope that new Android and iPhone apps would add a significant value to job board business of our customers,” told Ben Akylbekov, SmartJobBoard Product Manager.

Android Application and iPhone Application have a fancy design and a range of features vital for any job board. Job seekers can register on a job board via the application and search for jobs. They can apply for interesting jobs not leaving the application. Jobs can be viewed on map, saved for later review and emailed to friends. It is also possible to save a job alert and receive new jobs matching the search criteria by email regularly. Moreover, the applications include such Android and iPhone specific features; as searching jobs around the place, a user is currently located and saving employer contacts directly to contact list on Android and iPhone device.

Android and iPhone Applications is an essential career tool for contemporary job seekers giving more and more preference to mobile recruitment. This is also a fresh update to the SmartJobBoard employment platform making it one of the most reliable and advanced job board software providers available.

About SmartJobBoard:

SmartJobBoard is an advanced software platform for creation of professional job board web sites. It includes everything needed for running, customizing and extending of online recruitment service. Whether a job board is niche or general, employer or job seeker oriented, paid or free SmartJobBoard allows implementing any ideas easily.