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The next generations of iPhones could incorporate screens with curved edges and touch sensors capable of tracking different levels of pressure.
If you blinked during Samsung’s Unpacked Episode 2 event at IFA last week, you may have missed it: the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 running a Twitter app redesigned for tablets. The brief peek teased a dual column, full screen miroblogging interface, but didn’t clue us in as to when the update would be live. Truth be told, that’s still a mystery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade anyway — AndroidNext has found the update’s APK. According to Android Police, the new interface is a little cramped on 7-inch displays, but seems to be fully functional. It seems to replace the existing Twitter app too, so an official update probably isn’t too far off. The impatient can find the file at the attached source link, assuming they’re willing to install manually.
Via: Android Police
Samsung already said that its Galaxy Gear smartwatch would launch on September 4th, but that doesn’t mean the leaks are over. Far from it — @evleaks just posted screenshots of Gear Manager, the smartphone app that will oversee Samsung’s wristwear. The images mostly corroborate details from past rumors, such as the SM-V700 model number, app support and NFC pairing. There are a couple of surprises, however. One shot mentions a “find my watch” tool, and another shows an abstracted representation of the Galaxy Gear itself — don’t read too much into that last picture, though. While we’d rather see the real smartwatch, this new leak may tide us over until the official Galaxy Gear unveiling next week.
Source: @evleaks (Twitter)
Apple is reportedly testing out bigger iPhone and iPad screen designs, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The Mac maker has been asking its supplier partners for prototype screens in sizes in excess of four inches, and also just shy of 12-inches, which would make the resulting devices both larger than the current 4-inch display-toting iPhone 5, or the 9.7-inch full-sized iPad.
While looking into big displays for a possible phablet iPhone or massive iPad, the company is also set to begin production on a new iPad later this month, according to the WSJ’s sources. This new version of the iPad would have a lighter and thinner display, but primarily resemble the current, fourth generation iPad in terms of size and appearance. In addition to new iPad production, suppliers are also at work on new iPhone components, which entered mass production last month, per the report.
Apple’s tests with larger displays are not entirely new; reports from Reuters back in June suggested that Apple was looking at phones in 4.7- and 5.7-inch flavors. This is a sensible course given that many of Apple’s competitors use their larger displays on flagship devices as a way to purport to hold an advantage over the iPhone. The large screened iPad is a bit more unusual, but it could be the perfect way to address business and education users. Apple has already introduced a pricy, 128GB version of its larger iPad which fits that niche but few others, so another speciality device could be on the way.
Apple seeking test prototypes from suppliers for these larger sizes also doesn’t mean anything will make it to market; what Apple tests internally definitely doesn’t equal what it eventually ships, and plenty of products kick around the R&D center and never see the light of day. But it seems to have given a lot more thought to a larger iPhone device, at least per these recent leaks. Rival Samsung has played the big screen phone game to its benefit with the Galaxy line of devices, and that can’t have escaped Apple’s attention.
Both the next iPad and the next iPhone will keep their current screen sizes, according to the WSJ and other rumor sources, so don’t expect these immediately. But the fact that Apple is playing with its options at least brings up the possibility that we could see big changes around the corner.
Rumors that Apple is looking to super-size its upcoming iPhone and iPad lineups are gathering steam, thanks to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal. It cited Apple’s suppliers in Asia, who said that Cupertino is testing a 13-inch iPad design and prototype iPhone screens larger than the current four inches. While Apple wouldn’t comment, of course, that jibes with an earlier Reuters report, which claimed it was considering 4.7- and 5.7-inch iPhone screens. If accurate (and that’s always a big if with such rumors), the report doesn’t necessarily mean that products with larger displays will ever come to market — Apple routinely changes specs and tests components during the development cycle. Still, it would be further evidence that the company’s willing to bend on its one-size-fits-all screen size policy, which is something that the large-handed (or weak-eyed) among us might appreciate.
Apple Reportedly Trying 4.7- and 5.7-Inch Screens On iPhones Next Year, Cheaper Model Coming In Fall
Apple is looking at various changes to its iPhone lineup over the course of the next year, according to a new report from Reuters, including two sizes of larger smartphone devices, in both a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch flavor. The “phablet” plans are also being considered alongside a less expensive iPhone model, which is slated to begin production next month, according to Reuters’ sources, after a brief delay as Apple attempts to get the colors right for the new plastic-backed device.
The cheaper iPhone would be launching in September following full production kicking off in August, according to some of Reuters’ sources, with an initial shipment target of around 20 million low-cost devices for the holiday quarter next year. The report details echo what we’ve heard from other sources recently, including from fairly accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who previously shared reports of multi-color options for the cheaper iPhone, with a thin plastic case and the same 4-inch screen as the iPhone 5. Reuters adds that it should cost around $ 99 when it launches, and that its release timeline might be pushed back by as much of a year.
Reports of the low-cost iPhone have been making the rounds in more or less reliable circles for a while now, which is the more interesting component of this new report. Other sources have reported that Apple is looking at bigger-screened devices, so-called “phablets” to compete with similar offerings from Android smartphone manufacturers, including the Galaxy Note line from Samsung. But even Apple’s flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5, lags behind most competing general-purpose non-phablet devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S4 in terms of screen size at 4-inches.
Apple’s big-screen iPhone plans are less evolved than those for its low cost device, the report claims, with one of Reuters’ sources suggesting that we could still see the plans shift considerably before anything reaches a production stage. Apple has discussed the idea with production partners, but has not set any kind of timeframe for test production or launch as of yet. Reuters says that Apple is considering the different screen sizes comes as there’s increased pressure to field more than one device a year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested that we might see a larger iPhone when the trade-offs of battery life, screen quality, color reproduction and other failings brought about would be possible to counteract, speaking at the recent AllThingsD D11 conference. He did admit that some consumers are interested in those devices, however, so it’s likely that these reports come from Apple’s attempts to overcome those limitations with engineering. Plenty of Apple products don’t make it past the testing phase, however, so while you can be sure Apple is experimenting with big displays for iPhone, you can’t be equally sure we’ll ever see one. Still, Cook’s guidance to consumers and media that they can look for big product launches in the fall and through next year specifically do line up with the timing of possible iOS phablet launches reported by Reuters today.
You might argue that eBay is a virtual store of sorts already. But — according to reports — the auction giant is planning a new spin on the term. Reuters claims that eBay plans to place 9-foot by 2-foot screens in closed retail units in a variety of locations around New York. The idea being that real shoppers will be able to paw at the virtual stores through the glass, and have purchases delivered to them in under an hour — ideal for those who just can’t wait. There’s already one client onboard — Fith & Pacific Companies — which plans to use the screens to launch a new fashion brand without having to kit out physical stores. The firm does plan on furnishing actual bricks and mortar outlets eventually, but won’t ditch the screens after. Instead making them a permanent fixture in-store to add items that aren’t always available in current stock.
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In a bold effort to promote its flagship Z10 smartphone, BlackBerry has commissioned a collection of advertisements that will take over the displays of iPhones and Android gadgets, showing essential functions of the BlackBerry 10 operating system as if it was set up on users’ phones. According to Forbes, the ads– which chief marketing officer Frank Boulben explains as “real-time marketing”– will be served to US readers from next week, stressing features such as Time Shift, which allows individuals to change facets of their photos.
BlackBerry’s mobile marketing push coincides with a collection of comparable desktop computer ads, piloted on the website of UK paper The Guardian and poised to hit The New York Times in the coming days. Established by agencies …
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The mobile version of Tango’s video chat app has almost exclusively revolved around smartphones. It’s at last going a little bigger: an update to Tango’s iOS app is introducing full iPad support, expanding conversations to tablet size. Those who don’t need quite that grand a canvas can still make the most of what they have through the new release. Calls now use the whole screen regardless of OS, and iPhone users can touch up any soon-to-be-shared photos in Aviary. The talkative among us just need to snag Tango’s upgrade at the source link to eke a little more from their screens.
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There’s no category in the Guinness World Records for the most players in a single-screen multiplayer game. Nevertheless, that’s most likely to alter quickly thanks to a group of New York University graduate pupils who created SPLAT, a multiplayer game designed for the 120-foot video wall set up in the lobby of the IAC structure on the west side of Manhattan. The screen is a Prysm laser phosphor show and sports a tremendous resolution of 11,520 x 1,080 pixels. The game was debuted at a loaded showcase event last Friday night, in addition to the work of various other pupils from an NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program course properly called Huge Displays.
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