Posts Tagged ‘iphone 5’
A Chinese woman has died after being electrocuted by her iPhone 5, which was on charge. Ma Ailun, who worked for China Southern Airlines as a flight attendant, went to answer the call after getting out of the bath when the incident happened last week.
Her grieving sister blogged about it, and now it’s all over the Internet, Apple China are probably crapping themselves. They said: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family. We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter.’
Although rare, phone electrocutions can happen because of electrical insulation failure. In Xingiang, where Ma lived, the temperature is very hot, and some suggest that heat could be a contributing factor.
Unfortunately, the reasons for the fault will be little comfort for Ma’s family- she was only 23, and due to get married on August 8th.
Seems like Apple might have a bit of explaining to do.
The new iPhone 5 then. Everyone’s talking about it right now – even those of us that aren’t talking about it are, which is a pretty hardcore piece of Apple mind control if you think about it. Don’t think about it – that’s exactly what they want you to do.
But even though the thing doesn’t hit the streets for another week. there’s already some turmoil, about the new Lightning-to-Dock adapter. For a while over the past 24 hours, customers who ordered the phone direct from Apple’s site were told that an adapter (usually $30) would be chucked in for free. As shown here in this screengrab from Richard Gaywood.
Soon afterwards, that option disappeared, along with any mention of the phone coming bundled with the already-controversial adapter. Richard is waiting to see if his phone will be accompanied by the Lightning adapter – if it isn’t, he’s ready for WAR.
Meanwhile, here’s some Americans trying out what they think is the brand new, radically altered iPhone 5 in a vox pop on the Jimmy Kimmel show. The thing is, it’s a iPhone 4S that they’re all playing with. Polite, or just idiots?
So, the dust has settled after last night’s launch of the iPhone 5 and the question is this – are we overwhelmed or underwhelmed by it? The truth is somewhere in between – we’re actually just whelmed by it. Yes, whelmed.
The new version of the classic smartphone has got a bigger screen (to the tune of half an inch) and is slimmer and lighter than before, weighing 112g compared to the 140g of the 4S. With a depth of just 0.3 inches (7.6mm), it’s closer to a credit card than the orginal iPhone that spawned it.
There’s a new processor to, which will make it run faster, although crucial stuff like battery life doesn’t seem to have been enhanced at all and you’ll still need to charge the thing up pretty much every day.
The 8MP camera has better low light performance and 40% faster photo capture, with the ability to take panoramic pics. The phone’s second front camera is now HD-quality.
4G is going to be available, but you’ll need to be an EE customer for that and to live in one of the 16 cities where you’ll actually be able to get the new super-speedy mobile broadband.
Perhaps most controversially, the iPhone 5 will come equipped with a new-size ‘charging hole’ (yes, that IS the correct term for it) – you’ll still be able to use accessories that the iPhone needs to be plugged into, but you’ll need an adaptor that will cost you £25.
A new iOS 6 operating system is coming too, with new Apple maps incorporating 3D mode and ‘flyover’ view – all of this replacing Google Maps, which has been kicked to the kerb as Apple detach themselves from their main mobile OS rival.
Additionally, Facebook is to be incorporated into the software, in the same way that Twitter was last time around, so now it’ll be easier to spread lies and misinformation to your closest friends.
Talking helper Siri has been improved too – it’s now working in conjunction with Yelp and you’ll be able to ask it to find your nearest abbatoir or backstreet dentist with little or no difficulty.
The iPhone 5 will be available from 21st September – tariffs will be announced imminently from all the usual suspects.
It looks as if the new iPhone is about to be launched and, as they did earlier in the year, Aatma Studios are ahead of the game, predicting the new features that we might see next week, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous…
As hinted at in the headline, there’ll be some new Apple stuff on 12th September (next Wednesday). It’ll all be kicking off at 10am (PDT) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Might be the new iPhone 5, might not be. But there’s a 5 on the shadow on the invite so it definitely is.
The new iPhone 5 will be on sale in Autumn and will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, apparently. You might think that’s boring, so let us put it another way:
All those accessories you bought for your iPhone and all those things you connect with your phone, won’t work if you get the latest Apple phone.
Speakers, power chargers, iPods, iPads… they’ll all effectively be obsolete as far as your new phone is concerned. Bad news, unless you’re the owner of a company that will be making adapters to link your old leads with the new socket.
“Apple needs to find a solution not to disappoint their current clients who want to upgrade to the new iPhone but are tied to an expensive accessory that have bought,” said Franciso Jeronimo, a tech analyst. ”I believe Apple will come up with some sort of adaptor so the new iPhone can be used with previous connectors.”
So will Apple do the right thing and ship the iPhone 5 an adaptor, so you don’t have to re-buy all your accessories, or will you have to wait for some other company to bodge some together for you?
All of this turned out to be BULLSHIT. More later…
With the official launch event less than an hour away, The Guardian are reporting that two new iPhone models are coming, with the phones available instore from Friday October 14th.
A source from one of the UK mobile networks said: “All we know is, there will be two devices, we will put our pricing in to Apple as soon as Tim Cook goes on stage, and we hope to get agreement to announce prices on Thursday.”
The new phones are believed to be an all-new iPhone 5 and an updated iPhone 4S, a cheaper model aimed at battling with Android handsets. Rumours are also abound that Carphone Warehouse have done a deal with Apple and will be selling unlocked iPhones from the off.
More info about the actual phones can be expected when Apple’s Tim Cook takes to the stage in his special cape from 6pm*.
(*Cook may not be wearing a cape).
iPhone 5? What a lame piece of junk. It is. Why? Because some insane berk has been meddling with the circuits and what-have-you and come up with the most arousing piece of technology ever. It’s the hoverboard of smartphones.
Basically, this concept iPhone 5 has a mega skinny chassis, a projector that provides a touch-sensitive keyboard and a holographic film projector. Yeah. That. Click play and start messing with your genital immediately.
They said it couldn’t be done*** but we’ve got our hands on it**** – FIRST!*****:
The Chinese tech pirates are always quick off the mark to clone new technology, especially the iPhone. This handset is suspected to be a clone of the newest Apple handset, based on either a prototype or the actual model currently being manufactured.
Isn’t it great?****** And don’t forget, you’ll always read the latest Apple news on Bitterwallet FIRST*******.
* not exclusive at all because it’s from [GizChina]
** probably isn’t, but it’s not stopping anyone else indulging in wild speculation for the sake of linkbait
*** nobody said that
**** actually we just lifted it after seeing it on Gizmodo
***** not first
****** looks a little shit to be honest with you
You can’t move for blogs wetting themselves about what Apple may or may not launch next. One story will contradict another, rumour is spun into facts, and all of it feeds an endless cacophony of bedroom pundits.
Since Bitterwallet works from a bunker, not a bedroom, we rise about the nonsense and speculation and choose only to report hard facts. Nah, not really. Here’s some more whispering about the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, but since it’s prestigious news organisation Bloomberg playing chief rumourmonger, it’s probably more trustworthy than most. Or not, probably:
• The new handset will be announced in September to coincide with the launch of Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOs5
• iPhone 5 will include the A5 processor, the same that Apple added to the iPad 2
• The 5 megapixel camera currently found in the iPhone 4 will be replaced with an 8 megapixel camera
• The new iPhone will closely resemble the iPhone 4
• Apple is also working a cheaper version of the iPhone to attract customers in developing countries
• The screen resolution on Apple’s new iPad will be about a third more than that of the iPad 2
One final comment that the features includes a quote from its sources: “As Apple upgrades its mobile operating system it may eventually stop guaranteeing that all iOS apps run on older models, such as the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.” Since iOS 4 robbed the perfectly capable iPhone 3G of its functionality, that seems to be a given. But that Apple might simply shrug its shoulders and stop providing any support to the 3GS – a two year old handset that is still been sold now – that’s a move that might upset plenty of customers, and rightly so.
The guys and dolls at Electricpig have an interesting story about what announcements we might expect at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). The moon-sized rumour mill concerning the iPhone 5 suggests we’ll have to wait until next year to see a major handset makeover. But is there another stop-gap iPhone on the way before then?
A source is reporting the PR department within Apple that’s dedicated to iPhone is trying to persuade UK journalists to attend WWDC with just a fortnight’s notice. Some journalists attend regardless, but many won’t unless there’s big news expected.
The development would tally with this month’s news that Apple is slowing down production of the iPhone 4. It makes perfect sense; Apple may not be ready to revolutionise their own product, but any iPhone release guarantees a major profit boost, so to skip an opportunity wouldn’t make much sense. Yeah, the Jobsovian cult is all about product, but they like their shiny too.
What might we see in an iPhone 4S? Nothing massively exciting. The usual beige announcement about improved battery life, no doubt, and perhaps better cameras, an A5 dual-core processor and faster mobile broadband, according to Electricpig. Nothing worth upgrading to, then, and unlikely to tempt people waiting for their iPhone 4 contract to expire next year.