Anyone acquainted with Apple’s hardware release cycle would conveniently say that the next generation iPad (probably to be named iPad 5) would be released sometime in mid-3013. And what would be an Apple release if its not followed by a plethora of rumors, leaked photos and of course proclaimed compatible accessories (specially cases and covers). Read more
Looks like Samsung is starting a new trend of creating second-string versions of its flagship devices. Bits of a miniature model of yet to be launched Galaxy S IV have surfaced in a report by Sammobile. To be named Galaxy S IV mini, in line with previous launch of Galaxy S III mini, the phone’s accessories have been named under Samsung’s Project J. Project J, also known as Altius, is the internal name for Samsung’s Galaxy S IV and according to Sammobile’s report has devices including the S IV mini (also codenamed Serrano). Read more
Rumors, speculations and leaks surrounding next iteration of the Samsung’s flagship Galaxy series keep surfacing online, the latest being images claimed to be clicked from the S IV. Read more
Apple’s first gen iPad Mini’s 1024 x 768 7.9″ display might make it compatible with the iPad 2 and previous generation apps, but that display resolution definitely falls short when compared to similar sized tabs available in the market. If BrightWire news agency’s sources are to be believed, Apple has already decided to play catchup and is producing 2048 x 1536 resolution displays at AU Optronics, its Taiwan-based suppliers. Android fans might call it a catchup with the Android tablets or as Apple fanboys would say Apple is upgrading its display resolution by four times; either ways the high pixel density on the retina display is welcomed.
Apple is expected to launch an iOS powered TV by the year end. Codenamed iTV, very little of this device is known so far. If rumors are to be believed, iTV has already taken shape and potential carrier partners in Canada are testing its prototype. A report by The Globe and Mail claims Apple is in talks with Rogers and BCE regarding broadcast partnership for the iTV. Read more
According to Apple’s product launch cycle, the next generation iPad is supposed to be announced in the coming weeks. And leaked images, speculations and lost devices should not come as a surprise in progressing days. One such leaked image of what is presumed to be the display of next generation iPad is leaked in a Korean forum, discovered by Macrumors.com. Read more
Amazon is working on an 8.9″ Kindle Fire to be released by the end of second quarter of 2012, reports AppleInsider. According to the report, Foxconn – Apple’s major manufacturing partner – is the Original Design Manufacturer and would begin the production in mid-Q2 2012.
The 8.9″ second generation Kindle Fire is expected to be a high-end tablet device with “amazing form factor”. A third generation 10″ Kindle Fire is also on the rumor charts. Foxconn would also join Quanta as the second manufacturer for original Kindle Fire in first quarter of 2012.
Kindle Fire has been on the markets for only a few days. Given that it has been into rumors for months, the rumors of its successors do not come as a surprise. Kindle fire has received mixed reviews where it has been appreciated for being pocket friendly at $199 and criticized for erratic performance.
Rumor also has it that Amazon is working on a smartphone to be released in late 2012 which would also be built by Foxconn.
T-Mobile top brass has clearly denied that the carrier would land iPhone 5 anytime in 2011. “We are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year,” said Cole Brodman, T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer, speaking at a meeting for T-Mobile employees. T-Mobile would be the only major US carrier that would not be offering iPhone 5 at its expected October launch, if this report comes true.
Now, Broadman’s statement here leaves scope for a number of other posiblities. For one, there could be no iPhone 5 launch in 2011 at all. Also, Broadman does not mention iPhone 4S or iPhone 4GS, which has also been doing the rounds in the rumor district for long. Another possibility is that T-Mobile might offer the iPhone 5 in the beginning of 2012.
The big event, when all speculations come to rest either by becoming facts or going six feet under,is not far now. Apple is expected to roll-out the invites in the coming weeks.
Everybody already knows that Intel is working on joining the tablet/smartphone bandwagon. Google and Intel had already announced that Intel powered Android prototypes exist and are undergoing testing. Now, a latest rumor claims that the very first Intel powered Android device would be from HTC.
Intel personnel were reported walking the floor with HTC prototype smartphone running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at the Intel Developer Forum. Rumor has it that an this device would be unveiled at next years CES or MWC, which BTW is not far as we already are in Sep 2011. But, how would Intel chips measure against Qualcomm, Tegra 2 or Texas Instruments? We’ll know in a few months.