Шукати в цьому блозі

четвер, 14 квітня 2011 р.

Fabled white iPhone 4 may finally appear by end of April

Hopefully, this will be the end of speculation surrounding the great white iPhone 4: Apple is apparently gearing up to offer the device on AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the next few weeks, sources tell Bloomberg.

The news comes after a 10 month delay for the white iPhone 4 — Apple showed it off prior to the iPhone 4’s launch, but it never made its way to stores. The delay is unprecedented for Apple, a company that’s well-known for its attention to hardware detail. But it’s not the only issue that the iPhone 4 faced at launch — let’s not forget the antennagate fiasco.

The device was delayed several times since the initial launch of the iPhone 4 in June 2010, and Apple finally said in October that the device won’t be released until spring 2011. It was later revealed that a possible hardware flaw with the white case and the iPhone’s camera could be the culprit. One of Bloomberg’s sources pointed to complications a sensor in the device as a possible cause for the delay.

In January, we reported that the white iPhone 4 showed up in Best Buy’s internal retail systems for a potential March release. And last month, Apple SVP of marketing Phil Schiller tweeted a reminder that the device will be available in the spring.

If the iPhone 5 gets delayed until the fall, as rumors seem to hint, delivering the white iPhone 4 now may serve to bump up iPhone sales until then. But honestly, I can’t imagine that anyone who has been holding out specifically for the white iPhone 4 for this long is anything but crazy.

VB Mobile SummitCalling all mobile executives: This April 25-26, VentureBeat is hosting its inaugural VentureBeat Mobile Summit, where we’ll debate the five key business and policy challenges facing the mobile industry today. Participants will develop concrete, actionable solutions that will shape the future of the mobile industry. The invitation-only event, located at the scenic and relaxing Cavallo Point Resort in Sausalito, Calif., is limited to 180 mobile executives, investors and policymakers. We’ve pretty much finalized the invite list, but have a few spots left. Request an invitation.
Also participated:

Mysterious 'ix.Mac.MarketingName' listed as supported Apple device for iOS apps

A number of universal applications on the iOS App Store have listed an unknown product placeholder name -- "ixMac.MarketingName" -- as a compatible device, fueling speculation that Apple could be poised introduce apps on a new device.

The App Store bug has appeared under the compatible devices list for a number of universal applications, or software that runs on Apple's entire range of iOS devices -- the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The glitch, appearing with the iOS application Prompt, was first publicized by MacRumors.

The unknown product "ix.Mac.MarketingName" does not appear on all universal App Store applications, as MyVoice Communication Aid, which relies on GPS data and voice input, and Bing for iPad, which is not a universal application, do not include the listing. But many other universal applications, like Marvel Comics, do feature "ix.Mac.MarketingName."

That led Engadget to suggest that "ix.Mac.MarketingName" is more than just a glitch, and perhaps a placeholder for a new supported device that will run software from the App Store.

In addition to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Apple does have one more iOS-based device that does not have support for native applications: the new second-generation Apple TV. Rumors leading up to that device's announcement last year suggested that Apple would include access to the App Store on its iOS-based set top box.

App Store

Apple has allowed third-party iOS applications on mobile devices to utilize the Apple TV via its wireless streaming protocol dubbed AirPlay. Support for AirPlay in third-party applications came with the release of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in March.

Applications that add the AirPlay feature can stream both audio and video to the new Apple TV, which is powered by the same A4 processor found inside the iPhone 4 and first-generation iPad. But those applications must be run from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and cannot be downloaded to or accessed from the Apple TV itself.

Also participated:

Microsoft details Windows Phone 'Mango' update

If you're feeling fruity, this mobile operating system upgrade is designed for you.

Taking a cue from Android's tasty-sounding update names like Ice Cream, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb, Microsoft's next major upgrade to the new platform will be code-named Mango. Here are a few of the changes it'll include:

- Live Agents: A huge improvement to the way Windows Phone 7 integrates with push notifications, Live Tiles, Deep Linking, and Background Agents. This is a developer-centric update that will add new functionality and enhancements to apps.

- Motion Sensor update: Developers will now be able to create augmented reality experiences, thanks to full access to Microsoft's proprietary motion sensing tools that it previously kept under lock and barrel.

- Technical modifications: Silvelight and XNA will be usable from within the same app, and a new emulator will allow software makers to test out their creations in a more user-friendly environment.

Mango will be available later this year, and Microsoft plans to push it to 35 countries.

Meanwhile, however, many users are still waiting for a much more minimal update that was supposed to come out months ago but has been plagued with technical and logistical delays. Those users probably couldn't care less about a promised future update, but hopefully it won't be a recurring theme for WP7.

Also participated:

Report: White iPhone coming by end of month

By Rosa Golijan

The white iPhone — the abominable snowman of the gadget world — might finally show its face to the world soon. In fact, there are whispers claiming that we'll see it on shelves by the end of April.

Businessweek reports that "three people with knowledge" of Apple's plans shared information which suggests that the wait is almost over:

The new model will be available from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless by the end of April, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The release was stalled as Apple resolved manufacturing challenges, including paint that peeled under heat, one person said.

This report, while unconfirmed, would fit in with prior statements by Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing. Schiller previously remarked that the white iPhone would be "a beauty" and arriving in the spring.

At this point most of us probably don't even care about owning a white iPhone and have simply given up on the wait — it's been ten months after all — but it will still somehow be satisfying to see the device go on sale so that we can finally stop wondering if it's a figment of our imaginations.

Also participated: