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iPhone 6S Plus in short supply due to production issues, says analyst

Are production issues stalling the iPhone 6S Plus? CNET

Consumers looking to buy the iPhone 6S Plus on its September 25 launch date may have trouble finding one.

At the launch event on September 9, Apple unveiled its next-generation iPhones — the iPhone 6S and the iPhones 6S Plus. Demand has been heavy for the new phones, especially the 6S Plus, according to Apple, leading to long wait times for those who’ve preordered. But another factor may limit availability of the new large-screened iPhone.

The iPhone 6S Plus’s backlight module, which supplies light to the screen, is allegedly suffering production issues, according to a Monday investors note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which was picked up by AppleInsider. Kuo apparently didn’t specify the exact nature of the problem but said the slowdown in production rests with Apple supplier Minebea, which has been manufacturing the backlight modules.

Assuming Kuo’s information is accurate, and the analyst is usually on the money, the production slowdown could put a dent in iPhones 6S Plus sales. Buyers who started preordering the new 5.5-inch-screened phone on Saturday are already facing ship times of up to four weeks, compared with a ship date of September 25 for the 4.7-inch-screened iPhone 6S. That delay could dissuade new buyers looking to preorder from opting for the 6S Plus, perhaps leading them to choose the 6S or picking a rival phone if they want a large display. Even further, supply of the iPhone 6S is expected to be limited on the September 25 launch date, again potentially pushing smartphone buyers to consider other options, both Apple and non-Apple.

Apple has reportedly moved more of the production of the module to another supplier called Radiant, with whom Apple has worked in the past to build the backlight modules for the iPad Mini. Kuo said he thinks Radiant may be “more skilled” at making the modules, AppleInsider said.

“We believe Minebea’s (JP) backlight module production issues in supplying iPhone 6S Plus (6S Plus) is one of the main factors in the model’s supply shortage,” Kuo said, according to MacRumors. “To tackle this issue, we believe Apple (US) has been increasingly transferring high-ASP 6S Plus backlight module orders to Radiant, boosting its sales momentum.”

Apple is expected to have somewhere between 1.5 million to 2 million iPhone 6s Plus units for sale on launch date, according to Kuo.

On Monday, Apple announced that preorders for the two phones were “very strong around the world,” and online demand for the 6S Plus was “exceptionally strong,” said Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. Based on the number of preorders, Muller added that Apple is “on pace” to surpass last year’s initial sales when it moved 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during their first weekend of availability (including more than 4 million preorders during the first 24 hours).

But this year’s launch weekend numbers are likely to get a boost from China, which was not part of last year’s initial launch. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in an investors note on Monday that China is likely to account for around 2 million in iPhone sales during the opening weekend. Overall, Munster predicts Apple will sell 12 million to 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus handsets the first weekend.

The new phones offer one major enhancement over their predecessors, namely the new 3D Touch, which allows the phone to respond differently based on how much pressure you apply. Otherwise, most of the changes entail improvements to the processor, body, camera and several other components.

Beyond China, New Zealand is the only other addition to the list of countries that will be first to get the new iPhones. The other regions are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and the US.

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10 back-to-school mobile apps for university students

CBC News asks three app developers who are students themselves to recommend their favourite apps for school.

by David Thurton

With thousands of apps out there that students can download, which ones are the best for students?

With thousands of apps out there that students can download, which ones are the best for students?

Many students are heading back to school with smartphones and tablets in their backpacks, and there’s a host of free and low-cost apps out there that can make these gadgets even more useful for scholars who want to stay on top of their studies.

To sift through all these apps, CBC News spoke with three app developers who are students themselves and asked for their recommendations about software that can help people succeed in school:

  • Brennan McEachran is a fourth year commerce student at Ryerson University and is the CEO of Hit Send, a technology startup incubated in Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone that creates web applications for companies.
  • Hannah Mittelstaedt is a fourth year computer science from the University of Toronto. She has developed a number of mobile applications, including SoFit, a fitness app with a social media component.
  • Ben Docksteader is in his final year at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has created several apps, including Domain Hole that helps people find domain names. He is currently working on a medical application for stroke patients called StrokeLink.

Here are their top recommendations.

Quora

Price: Free

Quora

Website: http://www.quora.com/

Platform: Android & iPhone

A social media app, Quora is still building an audience. McEachran said what’s really neat about this app is that the users can pose questions to a core group of people who are knowledgeable about certain topics, and receive answers. McEachran said students can use this as a first-hand source for research projects.

“There’s a huge knowledge database. And it’s not like a boring library version,” McEachran said. “It’s a social collaborative community of questions and answers. And you can get some really insightful research.”

WolframAlpha

Price: $1.99

WolframAlpha

Website: http://www.wolframalpha.com/

Platform: iPhone

For students on tight deadlines looking for a quick statistic for essay or research, this app is another good place to start, McEachran said. Type in a question, and WolframAlpha can often provide the answer.

“Things like, ‘What the life expectancy of a 21 year-old male in the city?'” said McEachran, “And it will give you sources for that.”

Do

Price: Free

Do

Website:https://do.com/

Platforms: Android & iPhone

When it comes to organizational apps, there are so many to choose from. But this app that Docksteader recommends allows users to organize and set up their own or shared profile that allows students who are working on group projects or planning events to create lists, calendars, send files and even chat in the same app. It also syncs everything online at do.com.

“It’s not convoluted like a lot other platforms,” Docksteader said.

SpringPad

Price: Free

SpringPad

Website: http://springpad.com

Platforms: Android & iPhone

An organizational app that Mittelstaedt finds useful is SpringPad. But the app does much more than let you jot down ideas — it can save articles, record voice memos, allow users to snap photos and take note of their exact location at the time, and more.

“It’s a way to jot down a note and it just syncs it with your account,” Mittelstaedt said, “I use it at work when we have meetings.”

It also has commerce-related features that can enhance your notes with extra information, such as links to reviews and nearby theatres related to a notation you make about a specific movie.

Google Drive

Price: Free

Google Drive

Website: https://drive.google.com 

Platforms: Android & iPhone

Mittelstaedt doesn’t use a native word processor anymore, she uses Google Drive. The app launched recently by Google integrates storage and its Google docs cloud-based word processor.

Hannah uses the app save documents for school and it automatically syncs on her computer, in her online account and on her smart phone.

“With Google drive everything is just there. I even have the Google drive app on my phone.”

Prey Anti-Theft

Price: Free

Prey

Website: http://preyproject.com/

Platforms: Android & iPhone

At some schools, theft is a problem. Just in case that happens, McEachran recommends that students download the Prey Anti-Theft app and software on their smartphone or tablet (it’s also available for laptops).

The app allows users to track the whereabouts of a person’s device if it goes missing. It can also monitor who’s using the device by quietly snapping photos if the phone or laptop has a front camera, and can then send these details to the rightful owner. The app can even remotely command the device to issue an alarm or message notifying thieves that the device is being tracked.

“You don’t have to lose that two grand that you just spent [on a laptop],” McEachran said.

Spenz

Price: Free

Spenz

Website: http://spenz.com/

Platforms: iPhone

McEachran said that many banking apps don’t cut it when it comes to helping students plan their finances. But the fourth-year commerce student recommends Spenz, an app his colleagues designed at Ryerson and that encourages budgeting by asking users to log everything they spend daily.

It also gives people the option of adding their banking information through a twice-over encrypted connection.

“It kind of gives you extra incentive to pick up the cheaper thing and save an extra dollar, and go to Tim’s instead of Starbucks,” McEachran said.

Twitter

Price: Free

Twitter

Website: https://twitter.com/

Platforms: Android & iPhone

Twitter is a common app, but McEachran said students often overlook a really handy way of using it. He recommends that one of the most productive things university students can do is use their Twitter accounts to follow university staff and campus organizations.

Universities and colleges can be huge places and it’s easy for students to feel out of the loop, so he said he uses Twitter to get information that may not be readily available to students any other way.

“There’s a lot of inside tips that can save you a lot of time during your day if you pay attention to them,” McEachran said. That goes for things like finding classes and getting study tips, but he adds that another bonus is that when you’re in the campus loop, “You know where the free pizza is going to be.”

Penyo Pal

Price: Free

Penyopal

Website: http://penyopal.com

Platforms: Android & iPhone

Penyo Pal is a language app mainly developed for kids, but Docksteader said high school students and university students can use it too. It’s a quick and fun way to learn a little more about another language. So far the app is available in Mandarin and French.

“It’s cool because it’s not just a game, but it helps you learn,” said Docksteader. “Languages are the future.”

Flow free

Price: Free

Flowfree

Website: http://app.net/flowfree

Platforms: Android & iPhone

While there are apps for organizing your life and researching information, there are also apps that can help students unwind after a tough class. An entertaining app worth a download is Free Flow, Mittelstaedt said. The goal is simple – to get the highest score you have connect the dots with the fewest moves and mistakes.

“You have to connect these dots to fill a screen but it’s kind of addictive,” Mittelstaedt said.

Anti-distraction apps

There are a number of apps designed specifically to help people avoid distractions and concentrate on their work:

  • Anti-social: When it’s running, this Mac OS X app blocks access to social media sites, and any other sites you choose. Once activated, you’ll have to reboot your computer to unblock the sites. (Free trial, $15 to register it.)
  • LeechBlock: This Firefox add-on is designed to “block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day,” according to its website. You can choose what to block, and at what time of day. (Free.)
  • WAYD: WAYD is a program that sits in the Windows tray, waiting. After a set amount of time it will ask you: “What are you doing?,” using a big window that covers your entire screen. It’s designed to guilt you into concentrating on your work. (Free.) Alternatives include RescueTime(lite version is free, pro version is $6 a month),Klok (free trial, $15.99 to register), Slife (free) andManicTime (free).
  • Blinders: The Mac-based WriteRoom (free) and its Windows counterpart, Dark Room(free), promise “distraction-free writing” by paring your screen down to one function: Writing.
  • Pomodoro timers: A simple, effective time management technique: Choose a task to be accomplished and set the Pomodoro timer to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer). Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper. Take a short break. Every four Pomodoros, take a longer break. There are lots of downloablepomodoro timers.

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Saving texters from themselves

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by Matt Brownell from CarInsurance.com in Personal FinanceInsurance

Texting and driving has been blamed for more than 100,000 car crashes a year , and according to one study it raises the chances of an accident by 23 times. And now even mobile carriers are getting fed up with it.

In recent weeks, AT&T has stepped up its ” It Can Wait ” campaign against texting and driving, including a renewed push for DriveMode, a free app the carrier developed to curb texting while driving.

The app allows users to temporarily disable texting and e-mail functions, thereby reducing the urge to fire off a quick text or read email at a stoplight. Calls to 911 are allowed. The app also allows you to set an auto-reply message to anyone who texts you while it’s activated, and it lets you set up a limited list of contacts whom you can call (or receive calls from) behind the wheel.

Sprint offers the Drive First app, which automatically kicks in when the phone’s GPS detects that it’s moving faster than 10 mph. When active, the app locks the home screen, auto-replies to text messages and sends any phone calls (outside of five allowed numbers) to voicemail. But the service doesn’t come free: After a 15-day free trial, it will cost you $2 per month per line.

T-Mobile’s DriveSmart is free in its basic versions; a premium app that senses a vehicle in motion and notifies parents of any override costs $4.99 a month.

Dozens of other applications are available for smartphone users, with varying levels of restrictions and functionality, at prices that range from free to monthly fees.

But all of them work only if you choose to use them.

It’s dangerous, illegal and expensive

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the major phone carriers are offering such tools. In addition to the increasing the odds of an accident, texting while driving is also illegal.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 39 states and the District of Columbia have outright bans on texting while driving, and five more ban it for novice drivers. Fines can be substantial. But only a few states treat texting as a moving violation — the kind that can hit your driving record and eventually raise your rates.

Get into an accident, though, and you will be lucky if you walk away with only a texting violation as a reminder.

An at-fault accident can raise your rates substantially: An analysis of 841,000 car insurance quotes delivered through CarInsurance.com’s rate-comparison engine shows that drivers with a single claim were quoted rates that averaged $300 more than drivers with no claims, an increase of about 17 percent. An accident surcharge could hurt your rates for years.

And even that pales next to possible criminal prosecution. Prosecutions of texting drivers under manslaughter or negligence laws have become distressingly common; in fact, a Massachusetts teenager was sentenced in June to jail time under the state’s vehicular homicide law. He also lost his license for 15 years.

How much technology do you want?

Few people will lock their phones away, however dire the consequences. Instead, apps try to make texting less tempting and less distracting.

There’s iZup (as in, “eyes up”), a third-party app that shuts down your phone’s texting and data functions except for the GPS, as long as you’re going over 5 mph.

DriveSafe.ly, on the other hand, still lets you receive texts, but it reads them aloud so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. The free version will read messages up to 25 words in length, while a premium version for $14 a year has a larger word count cap and lets you dictate responses.

iOnRoad not only reads texts aloud, but also turns your phone into a collision-warning system. Mount it below your rearview mirror and the app uses your phone’s camera to monitor both your position in the lane and the distance to the car in front of you.

Despina Stavrinos, an expert on distracted driving and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, prefers those apps that totally shut down texting.

“Removing the whole element of distracted driving is the best way to combat the issue, but I’m not in support of the ones that do talk-to-text,” she says. Dictating texts or listening to them, she explains, is a “cognitive distraction” akin to talking on the phone, which is less dangerous than taking your eyes off the road to text but still a serious distraction.

The fine print at 60 mph

The rapidly evolving technology of text-avoidance still has some kinks.

For instance, apps that automatically activate at high speeds can’t distinguish between users who are moving fast because they’re behind the wheel or because they’re a passenger in a car or train. Some have a password-protected override in the event that you’re not the one behind the wheel. (Meanwhile, a team of engineers at Rutgers University has developed an app that uses the car’s Bluetooth speaker system to determine where the phone is located, providing a possible solution to the passenger problem.)

Another issue is that few of the available text-shutdown apps work on the iPhone, which doesn’t allow apps to run in the background and affect basic phone functions like texting. (The iPhone version of DriveSafe.ly, for instance, apologetically explains that reading text messages aloud “is not technically possible on iOS devices.”) The best bet for iPhone users is to dictate texts using Siri, though apps like JustDrive can at least be used by parents to monitor their teens’ behavior.

Finally, it’s worth noting that texting is hardly the only thing that can distract you on the road. As Stavrinos points out, “we pick on text messaging, but anything can take your attention off the road, even a child crying in the backseat.”

Anybody got a crying-child app?

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If You Want To Sell Your Old iPhone Before The iPhone 5 Launches, Try This

by Dylan Love

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It happens every year.

 

Apple gears up for a new iPhone launch, and those of us stuck with an older model are left wondering how we can get rid of it for the maximum amount of money.

Gazelle, a site that lets you sell your old gadgets for real cash, has a pretty good deal going on right now. It’ll quote you a price for your current iPhone and let you keep it until the next iPhone comes out next month. You’re locked into the price quote, so you don’t have to worry about your old iPhone losing value.

For reference, Gazelle is now offering $165 for a 16 GB iPhone 4 in “good” condition, meaning the phone has signs of normal wear and tear.

However, there are a few drawbacks to Gazelle. The company has to inspect your device before it can give you the full amount quoted. The site also tends to buy gadgets for less than you would get if you sold it directly to someone on Craigslist or eBay. (With Gazelle, you’re paying more for the convenience of the service.)

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Cricket Wireless to Offer Apple’s iPhone With Prepaid Plan On June 22nd

Cricket Wireless has just announced that it will start offering Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on its network from June 22nd.

Cricket Wireless will be the first carrier in the US to sell Apple’s iPhone with prepaid plans.

However, the no-contract plans means that customers will have to pay a higher upfront costfor Apple’s iPhone. The 16GB iPhone 4S will cost $499 and 8GB iPhone 4 will cost $399 with $55 per-month, all-inclusive unlimited talk, text and data plan. Cricket Wireless will throttle the speed after 2.3GB of data usage per month.

Here’s an excerpt from Cricket’s press release:

Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc., announced today that it will be the first pre-paid carrier in the US to offer iPhone to its customers. Beginning on Friday, June 22, Cricket will offer iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 with its $55 per-month, all-inclusive unlimited talk, text and data plan. [..]

[..] “Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan,” said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer, Leap Wireless International, Inc. “Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan.”  

The prepaid plan is available only to customers who have bought the iPhone from Cricket. Interested customers can provide their contact details on Cricket’s website.

Apple continues to expand the availability of the iPhone. Last month, six regional carriersstarted offering Apple’s iPhone, followed by three more regional carriers earlier in the month.

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Cricket Brings iPhone to its Prepaid Network

By Ginny MiesPCWorld

Remember the days when you could only get the iPhone on AT&T? My, how things have changed. Cricket has announced that it will bring the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on its prepaid network. This is the first time the iPhone has been offered on a prepaid carrier.

That means you’ll have to shell out a little more for the iPhone since it won’t be subsidized. When the phones go on sale June 22, a 16GB iPhone 4S will cost $500 and an 8GB iPhone 4 will cost $400. Before your jaw drops at those prices, take into consideration how cheap Cricket’s plan is: $55 per month for unlimited voice, SMS and data. Calling the data unlimited is a little misleading, however: you must stay within Cricket’s fair usage policy of 2.3GB of data a month.

Since Cricket’s plan is prepaid, you won’t get slapped with surprise post-paid, usage-based fees as you might on a contract carrier. If the prepaid model appeals to you, but you’ve never been too thrilled with the current prepaid phones out there, this will be good news for you.

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Untethered Jailbreak For Your iOS 5.1.1 iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Is Here

By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

A lot of you have been asking for this … and now it’s finally here!

The Chronic Dev Team have today announced the release of Absinthe 2.0, a tool which offers users the ability to jailbreak most iOS devices running the latest iOS 5.1.1 update, including the third-generation iPad.

This jailbreak is untethered, which means that the jailbreak persists even after the device has been rebooted. A tethered jailbreak requires the devices to be connected to a computer and jailbroken again if it is rebooted.

Absinthe 2.0 can jailbreak all iPhones from the iPhone 3GS onward, as well as third- and fourth-generation iPod touch devices. It can also jailbreak all iPads except the latest 16GB iPad 2, although support for this is planned.

Note that to use this jailbreak tool your device MUST be running iOS 5.1.1.

The jailbreak process is simple.

  1. Connect your iDevice to your computer using a cable, fire up iTunes and make a backup of it by right clicking on your device name under the Devices menu and clicking Back Up.
  2. Once the backup is complete, wipe your device by going Settings >General >Reset >Erase all Content and Settings.
  3. LaunchAbsinthe 2.0.
  4. Click on Jailbreak, and then wait!
  5. Once the jailbreak process is completed, go back to iTunes and restore your backup from earlier. Right click on your device name under the Devices menu in the left panel of iTunes and click Restore from Back Up… then select the latest backup.

Here are the download links for Absinthe 2.0:

If your device is currently jailbroken using a tethered jailbreak then you can turn this into an untethered jailbreak by downloading and installing the Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 Untether package, which is available via Cydia.

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iPhone 5: 4-Inch Screen Favors HTC Evo 4G LTE, One X Custom Delays

iPhone 5: 4-Inch Screen Favors HTC Evo 4G LTE, One X Custom Delays

Delays for HTC’s Evo 4G LTE and One X Smartphones may just be what Apple needs to further prepare the launch of the iPhone 5.  According to reports, both HTC Smartphones were held by U.S. Customs due to patent infringements with Apple.

HTC was confident that their products are in compliance.  They also assured customers that the company will work to secure approval and get the devices into stores as soon as possible.  Below is the company’s official statement on the issue.

“The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible,” posted HTC.

Apple may be quite delighted with the delays as rival competitors such as HTC and Samsung gobbling up much of the Smartphone market, ones that the iPhones once held.  With swirling speculations regarding the iPhone 5 launch, comparisons with is rival competitors are also building up. This time it is with the android Smartphone HTC One X.

“The problem for Apple is that the HTC One X is already being sold on a carrier that already has the iPhone, while the EVO 4G LTE will be launching on Sprint soon. For every day that someone walks into a Sprint or AT&T store looking for a new Smartphone, the chances of them walking out with a HTC One X or EVO 4G LTE will remain high until Apple announces and comes out with their next gen iPhone,” reports TechAnalyzer.

Rumors have it that the next Apple iPhone will come with a bigger 4-inch display screen than its previous 3.5 inch screen. The HTC One X already come with a 4.7 inch Gorilla Glass Screen display offering richer viewing experiences.  Other competing Smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy 3,Motorola Atrix 2, and Sony Xperia Ion are already boasting 4-inch screens.

iPhone 5 is expected to join the bandwagon alongside a 4G LTE connectivity powered by a 1.5 GHz quadcore A6 processor with 1GB RAM and retina display of 1280 x 720 resolutions. It will also include the newest innovation the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which is already available in One X

Supported with Android 4.0, the HTC One X will be powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core  on 1 GB RAM for its global version while a 1.5 GHz dual-core LTE version will be integrated for US versions.  For certain selected countries, the storage capacity can run up to 32 GB.

HTC One X comes with continuous shooting mode and simultaneous 1080p HD video and 8 mega pixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor. The Smartphone also comes with the Beats Audio giving authentic listening experiences for music, games, and videos.

When Apple launches its next generation iPhone, it can expect to jump into an already saturated and high competitive pool of other top notch Smartphones.  The  HTC One X and  EVO 4G LTE delays may give the iPhone 5 extra time and competitive edge to prepare for its launch later this year.

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Don’t expect a thinner new iPhone; look for a bigger battery

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Following rumors last week that Apple could switch to “in-cell” display technology for the next iPhone, an analyst report reiterated the same. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested on Monday that Apple will integrate the touch sensor and display for a next-generation iPhone, which could reduce the thickness of the handset by 0.44 millimeters. Kuo goes a step further, according to AppleInsider, saying that by switching the glass back of the current iPhone to a metal plate, it could cut down on thickness even more: Nearly a full millimeter can be shaved off with new display tech and a metal back.

Some of the latest Android phones are thinner than the iPhone 4S, which is 9.8 millimeters in thickness. The HTC One S, for example, is a slim 7.8 millimeters and the difference in hand is noticeable. However, Apple typically doesn’t design its hardware based on what competing hardware makers are doing; the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display is a perfect example as Android phones have quickly moved up to display sizes of more than 4 and even 5 inches.

It makes more sense for Apple to use the space savings not to make the next iPhone thinner, but instead to offer more room for the battery. A thicker battery in the same overall iPhone size would offset any additional power usage for an LTE radio in the next handset. Apple was able to slightly redesign its most recent iPad to create more room internally and much of that space, if not all of it, was used for a battery with 70 percent more capacity. As a result, the new iPad with LTE and the high-resolution Retina Display, which also uses more power, still offers about the same run time as prior models.

A thinner iPhone might appeal to some, but an iPhone with faster mobile broadband capabilities and no sacrifice in battery life is likely appealing to a wider audience. And it’s more in line with the way Apple matures its products; you don’t see new devices that get less run time than the prior model.

AT&T to spend $150M on Lumia launch, more than it did with iPhone

By AppleInsider Staff

In order to help bolster launch sales for Nokia’s new Lumia 900 handset, exclusive U.S. carrier AT&T is willing to spend up to $150 million in ad money, more than it spent on Apple’s iPhone.

The $99-on-contract Windows Phone, which officially went on sale on Sunday, is seeing heavy investment from AT&T in an attempt to stave off competition from other major carriers that are eroding the telecom’s smartphone lead, according to Ad Age.

AT&T, which used $3 billion in advertising money to become the second-largest spender in the country in 2010, declined to comment on the exact Lumia campaign figures, though sources say that the company will put in some $150 million over the coming months.

Smartphones are lucrative products for carriers and generate profit on required voice and data contracts despite high subsidy costs.

“The bulk of the growth for carriers is coming from smartphone subscribers,” said Piper Jaffray telecom analyst Chris Larsen. “They generate higher monthly recurring fees and more revenue.”

Since losing its iPhone exclusivity in early 2011, AT&T has been ceding ground to other major carriers that now have access to Apple’s handset as well as a strong existing base of Android users. For example Verizon, the nation’s largest telecom by subscribership, is seeing its already popular Droid brand sales augmented by the iPhone, which was made available on its network about one year ago.

According to market research firm ComScore, before AT&T lost iPhone exclusivity it boasted more than 24.7 million U.S. smartphone subscribers over the age of 13, while Verizon had only 17.8 million. As of February, roughly one year after the iPhone became available on Verizon’s network, AT&T’s smartphone lead dwindled to only 1.6 million users.

As Verizon closes the smartphone user gap, AT&T is putting its weight behind the Lumia 900 just as it leveraged the iPhone’s exclusivity for nearly four years.

The nation’s second-largest carrier will run ads in tandem with Nokia, and while there will be some cross-campaign tie-ins, AT&T is expected to market the Lumia 900 as part of its “Rethink Possible” brand.

“We are taking North America and U.S. market very seriously,” said Valerie Buckingham, head of marketing for Nokia in North America. “AT&T has a lot running on the success of 900 as well.”

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To drum up interest, AT&T offered the handset for free as part of a preorder promotion and said the phone will get “prime exposure” at the company’s 2,200 stores.

“With our operator partners, we’re seeing a lot of support and desire for a third ecosystem,” Buckingham said. “We’re definitely stepping up to the stage at the investment you need to be successful in this category. You will definitely be seeing this campaign.”

Analysts estimate Lumia 900 sales to fall anywhere between 370,000 to 680,000 units with a worse case scenario netting only 140,000 a quarter. In comparison, AT&T activated 9.4 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone, 7.6 million of which were iPhones.

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Tip: How to Make Your iPhone or iPad Run Faster

Has your Apple iPhone or iPad been sluggish? Here are five easy ways to clean out some junk and hopefully make your devices run faster.

By Jill Duffy

My iPhone (3GS), now nearing its second birthday, has seemed sluggish for a few months. It started around the same time that I installed iOS 5, that latest major update to the mobile operating system. When iOS 5.1 came out a few weeks ago, I wondered whether it would only exacerbate the problem when I installed it. Would the OS update take up even more space on my little phone, making it run even slower?
You don’t need to know much at all about how your iPhone or iPad works, or even how much a gigabyte is, to make your Apple mobile device run faster. Follow these few simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a cleaner and quicker iPhone or iPad.

5 Tips for Making Your iPhone or iPad Run Faster

1. Check your usage.
Click on the Settings icon. Select General. Select Usage.

At the very top, you’ll see two numbers: GB available and GB used.

You don’t need to understand these numbers deeply. All you need to know for the purpose of making your phone run faster is the percent of free space you have. There are no hard and fast rules, but you probably want your available space to be at least 10 percent, but perhaps as much as 15 or 20 percent. Obviously, if the available space is larger than the used space, you’re in good shape.

Note that when you add the available space and the used space, it won’t add up to the total size of your phone (e.g., a 16GB iPhone will appear to have only about 13.6GB total space) because it doesn’t include the space being used by the operating system.

Select any app, and a new page will break down the usage into two parts: the app and the data and documents stored in the app. For example, my Instapaper app takes up 30.7MB total: 22.9MB for the app (see where it says “app size” on the image) and 7.8MB for documents and data. Sometimes, this information helps you see that it’s not the app but what you store in it that’s eating up space. In the case of my Instapaper app, I’m in the clear. Neither the app nor the data are taking up much space. To delete documents and data when they are taking up too much space, open the app where they’re contained and remove them there, because you can’t delete them from the iPhone or iPad Settings area.

2. Delete apps.
To create more available or free space, you’ll need to delete apps, music, videos, or other data. Here’s how to figure out which ones are worth nixing.

Staying right on the same screen from step no. 1, look through the next section, which shows the apps you have installed and how much space they use. This list automatically sorts by space used, from greatest to least. The apps appear at the top are using the most space. Most of your apps are probably measured in MB rather than GB (1GB=1,024MB).

The app highest on your list is probably either Music or Video. You can’t actually delete those apps, but you can remove some of the music or video files, explained next in step no. 3. But first, take a look at the other apps in the list and decide which ones you’ll delete. Judging them by the amount of space they consume could be more effective than simply thinking about whether you want to keep them.

To delete apps, go to your iPhone or iPad’s homescreen and press and hold any app. All the apps will quiver on screen, and a small black X will appear on the top right corner of the icons for any app that can be deleted. Press the X, and you’ll see a screen asking for confirmation to delete the app. For some apps, you may see a second confirmation screen, warning you that you’ll lose additional information associated with the app, such as data in Game Center. To kiss those apps goodbye, confirm.

3. Delete songs, albums, podcasts, videos.

You can delete music and videos two ways.

From Settings. Staying in the Usage screen (Settings > General > Usage), tap the option for Music or Video in the apps list. The next screen summarizes your music and podcast data usage. Clean out any of these in one shot by pressing the Edit button (top right), hitting the red circle with white stripe next to the appropriate entry, and selecting “delete.” This action deletes all the files associated with the entry. It doesn’t give you a track-by-track option for deleting.

From within the apps. You can delete track by track, album by album, and so forth, from within the app. Launch the app, navigate to a page that shows the items you want to delete, and simply use one finger to swipe from right to left across the listings you want to delete. When the delete button appears, press it.

4. Delete Photos.
Confusingly, when you navigate to Settings > Photos, you can’t see how much space the images on your iPhone or iPad use. The easiest way to see this statistic is to connect your device to your computer and open iTunes. Click on the device name at the left side of the dashboard, and you’ll see at the bottom a graph showing how many GB different features use. It’s color-coded; photos are orange.

If you want to save images to your computer, you can import to your computer. To delete them from the iPhone or iPad, go to the Photos app and open any album. Click the square-with-arrow icon at the top left, then tap each photo you want to delete; when you’ve selected them all, press the red delete button. Alternatively, from the Album page, select “Edit” to delete entire albums in one shot.

5. Clear Safari’s cache.
Another way to free up space is to clear the Safari Web browser cache.

Go to Settings > Safari.
In the image below, it’s right in the center.

Next, two buttons are applicable: Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data. If you’ve never cleared your Safari browser before, you’ll probably want to use both these buttons. When the history or cookies and data sections are empty, the text of those buttons will turn gray.

There’s one more step you can take in the Safari area, and it’s under this section: Advanced > Website Data. At the bottom of that page, you can select “Remove All Website Data,” which may free up some additional space.

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