Untitled Document

Dual iPhones expected at Apple's September launch

by Nizar on 2013-08-22 at 12:07:12


AUSTRALIANS could feed their technology addiction with two new iPhones in less than a month from now, if rumours are to be believed, including one budget model and another with a better camera, bigger screen, and a fingerprint sensor for added security.

Speculation swept the internet this week, encouraged by a persistent rumour that Apple would reveal the new devices in the United States on September 10, just a week after rivals Samsung and HTC debut new handsets.

Analysts say the technology giant has a lot riding on the September announcement and needs to prove it can still innovate in a competitive environment in which it is no longer the smartphone leader.

While Apple will not comment on the speculation, reported 'leaks' from the company and its Chinese manufacturing plant point to two iPhone releases this year, a move Telsyte research director Foad Fadaghi said made commercial sense.

"Most analysts have identified a gap in Apple's portfolio and, just like the iPad Mini, it's likely that Apple will fill that gap with a more budget-conscious device so it doesn't miss out on that opportunity,'' Mr Fadaghi said.

"It's partially to do with competition from (Google) Android and partially to do with people who are... currently priced out of the market for a smartphone in the Apple range.''

Apple lost the title of smartphone leader last year and continues to trail behind smartphones with Google's Android software from the likes of Samsung, Sony, Motorola and HTC.

Research firm IDC recently found Apple's share of the smartphone market fell between April and June this year, from 16.6 per cent last year to 13.2 per cent this year, while Android's share rose 10 per cent to 79 per cent.

But IDC mobile phone research manager Ramon Llamas blamed the yearly Apple iPhone launch cycle for the loss and said the company was "well positioned to recapture market share'' with fresh products.

Widespread rumours indicate Apple will launch two iPhones for the first time this year: a budget phone dubbed iPhone 5C and an iPhone 5S or 6.

The cheaper version is tipped to arrive in a plastic body with the specifications of an iPhone 4S. The 'C' part of its name is speculated to stand for "colour", with the phone arriving in six different hues.

Innovation has reportedly been saved for the iPhone 5S or 6, however, that is tipped to receive a larger screen size, potentially as big as 4.8 inches, a quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera with larger aperture, an NFC chip for greater connectivity, and a fingerprint sensor.

The fingerprint sensor is one of the strongest rumours, after Apple's $387 million purchase of AuthenTec in July last year, and its recently published patent for mobile fingerprint-scanning technology.

The development could allow the top model iPhone to read a user's fingerprint when placed on the screen, delivering greater security and a time saving over traditional pincode methods.

Mr Fadaghi said it was difficult to pick Apple's next move, but the two-phone strategy and introduction of a larger, phablet-style phone would be in its best interest.

"There's hope for innovation and more than just incremental changes in this event,'' he said.

"There is a bit of hype around it, given the share price direction and investment into Apple. We'll just have to wait and see."



20
Oct

mDubai: Your complete gateway to Dubai... App launch at Gitex

by Nadeer

Under slogan 'Together for your Happiness' Dubai Smart Government (DSG) to unveil smart app bouquet


Under the slogan ‘Together for your Happiness’, Dubai Smart Government (DSG) is participating with


22
Sep

Oracle preps NetBeans for a mobile Web future

by Nadeer

 Now NetBeans programmers can work on HTML5 code from directly within their Java and PHP projects

Although originally built to develop enterprise Java apps, the NetBeans IDE (integrated development


16
Sep

Taiwan Chip Industry Powers the Tech World, but Struggles for

by Nadeer

 Tien Wu, chief operating officer of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, has a problem: the brightest young people in Taiwan do not want to work in the island’s signature business, chip making.

“All


08
Sep

How to install Android on your PC

by Nadeer

Windows 8’s bold grab for tablet relevance may snatch headlines, but it isn’t the only operating system looking to extend its established supremacy over a whole new class of devices.


07
Sep

How to solve the 10 most common tech support problems

by Nadeer

 Whether you’re dealing with your dad’s decade-old computer or your own custom-built gaming rig, troubleshooting PC problems is a part of everyday life. Before you make that $50 support call,


05
Sep

6 Benefits of Cloud Computing

by Nadeer

The cloud, cloud computing, SaaS…like it or not, we hear these terms mentioned incessantly in the technology and business world.  And for a good reason – the benefits of


03
Sep

Microsoft to buy Nokia phones unit

by Nadeer

Microsoft's phone operating system has been gaining global market share

Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy Nokia's mobile-phone business for 5.4bn euro ($7.2bn; £4.6bn).

Nokia will


03
Sep

Are computer chips on the verge of a quantum leap?

by Nadeer

We swipe, we tap, we scroll and click, but rarely do we pause to think about what goes on in the maze of electronics beneath our fingertips.

02
Sep

Windows 8 gains ground among the OS ranks

by Nadeer

The latest version of Windows takes a bite out of the desktop operating system market with a 7.4 percent share of Web traffic in August,


01
Sep

Google Chromecast review

by Nizar

 A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not


01
Sep

Gamers report big problems with SimCity for Mac

by Nizar

 Owners of Apple computers are reporting big problems with the Mac version of SimCity.

Many who bought the game, released on 29 August, said it did not work correctly on


31
Aug

Options for checking free hard-drive space in OS X

by Nadeer

 When using your Mac, maintaining a small amount of free drive space is required to keep your system running optimally. While nothing stops you from adding files to


29
Aug

Can you survive on 4G alone?

by Nizar

With the UK set to become the third largest 4G market in Europe by the end of 2014, is there any need for fixed-line services any more? Sophie Curtis investigates.


26
Aug

Microsoft starts trial in Limpopo to spread web access

by Nadeer

HAVING failed to bring affordable internet to the continent’s largest economy in almost 20 years of democracy, the government is giving Microsoft a shot.The software maker