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Rumour: Apple to expand iPhone 5 screen to 4 inches?

Will the iPhone 5 feature a larger 4-inch screen?

Following persistent rumours of plans for a smaller, cheaper Apple iPhone nano, the latest Apple rumour this week is that the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to release an iPhone 5 with a larger, 4-inch screen.

Details of Apple’s next gen model reportedly leaked from component suppliers via Digitimes suggesting that Apple will release a larger-screened iPhone in order to compete with the growing threat from Android in the 4-to-7-inch smartphone market, such as Samsung’s’ Galaxy S and Google’s Nexus S.

We need a bigger screen

That’s according to component suppliers, who told DigiTimes that the production lines for Apple’s next gen iPhone have begun testing.

The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple’s next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting (sic) in expanding the screen size to 4-inches to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market.” – Digitimes anonymous source.

“What is worth noticing is that Dell has re-defined the market position of the Dell Streak 5 – which was originally focused on the tablet PC market – as a super phone. The Dell Streak 5 uses a 5-inch panel which stands in the gray area between tablet PC and handset segments and indicates there is an overlap in the market for 4- to 7-inch panels.
iPhone 4 currently features a 3.5-inch widescreen touch-controlled ‘Retina’ display, with Apple reportedly looking to increase the size of the screen by 0.5 inches to compete with the numerous other 4-inch touchscreen phones on the market.

Via Digitimes.

Apple App Store Ready To Hit 10 Billion Downloads

It won’t be long before Apple App store customers help the company reach the 10 billion programs downloaded level, as is shown by the company’s own giant app download counter (pictured above).

To put the 10 billion mark into perspective at the end of September 2009 the company sat at 2 billion apps downloaded, by January 2010 they were at 3 billion and then through 2010 their numbers more than tripled.

Download sales have been of course helped by not just the Apple iPhone series of devices but also the Apple iPod Touch and the very quick success of the Apple iPad.

The 10 billionth person to download an app from the store will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, even if the 10 billionth mobile application is a free one to procure.

You can find the rules for the $10,000 prize by clicking here.

Apple iOS 4.2: The First 24 Hours

Apple released iOS 4.2 into the wild about 24 hours ago, and users installing the software update have found improved HTML 5 features, quirky bugs and limited AirPlay support.

The highly anticipated mobile operating system refresh brings iOS 4 features such as folders and multitasking to the iPad for the first time. And many were excited to get their hands on AirPlay (a feature that lets you stream content from your iOS device to an Apple TV) and AirPrint, which allows you to print to select printers on a wireless network.

But it hasn’t been a perfect launch for iOS fans. Here’s a look at some of the early impressions and problems with iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Content Gets Limited AirPlay

An iOS 4.2 feature getting a lot of attention is AirPlay, which lets you stream audio and video content from your iOS device to a new Apple TV. You can also use AirPlay to stream music through AirPort Express. But, at least for the moment, AirPlay isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. AirPlay works really well with stock Apple iOS applications such as YouTube, Photos and iPod (video and audio), but that’s about it.

You can’t stream video from your iOS device’s Safari Web browser, for example, and PC World’s sister publication Macworld found that many other video playback applications wouldn’t work with AirPlay.

Blogger John Gruber also said you can’t use AirPlay to stream a video shot using your iPhone to an Apple TV. “That’s an obvious feature, right? Shoot a video on your iPhone, then play it back for family and friends on your big TV via AirPlay,” Gruber said. I guess we’ll have to wait for iPhone 5 for that feature.

The Case of the Disappearing Content
Some users were shocked to find that after upgrading to iOS 4.2 their music, video and podcasts were no longer in the iPod application. It turns out that iOS 4.2 has a quirky bug causing some iOS devices to fail to recognize iPod content. One solution on Apple’s forums that appears to fix the problem is to sync your iOS device with iTunes, and click on the triangle next to your iOS device icon in iTunes’ left sidebar. Then you select the “Music” heading underneath your device to see the music library on your handset. Select a song on your iOS device and play it, then sync your device one more time. Your content should return.

Apple has opened up some more iOS goodies for Web apps in iOS 4.2, according to mobile Web developer Maximiliano Firtman. Besides improvements to mobile Safari’s HTML 5 support, Web developers can now use the accelerometers found in iOS devices to enhance their Web apps. Accelerometers are able to sense the orientation of your device, which allows iOS handsets to switch from portrait to landscape view and is a key component in iOS gaming.

If you’d like to try the new feature out, point your iOS device’s Safari browser to ad.ag/wjmtgt. The sample site lets you move a red ball back and forth across your screen by tipping your device. For best results lock your screen orientation before trying it out.

Find My iPhone Hack

Apple made its Find My iPhone application, which lets you track your device from a Mac or PC, free to iPhone 4, iPad and new iPod Touch users running iOS 4.2. Find My iPhone was originally bundled with Apple’s $99-per-year Mobile Me cloud sync service. Unfortunately, if you’ve got an iPhone 3GS, 3G or older iPod Touch, you’re out of luck as there’s no way for you to use Find My iPhone for free … or is there?

Lifehacker claims it has found a simple solution to let you use Find My iPhone for free on an older iOS device. All you need is an iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod Touch (even a friend’s will do) and your older handset. First, download Find My iPhone on the newer iOS device and sign in to the app using your Apple ID connected to a Mobile Me account. Even though the service is free you need to sign in to Mobile Me (for free) for the feature to work.

Once you’ve got the newer device ready, you can download and install the free Find My iPhone app on your iPhone 3G or 3GS. Then log in once again with your Apple ID tied to the same Mobile Me account you used on the newer device.

You should now be up and running with Find My iPhone on the older iOS device for free, and you can disable Find My iPhone on the newer handset if you have to give it back to a friend. Check out Lifehacker for complete details, and let us know in the comments if this trick works.

Hardware Switch Revolt

Installing iOS 4.2 on the iPad switches the device’s hardware button on the upper right side from a screen lock button to a mute switch. The move puts the iPad in line with other iOS device that also have a similar hardware-based mute function. But some iPad users are not happy about the change. My colleague Jared Newman said in October that he was sorry to see the hardware screen lock function go, while the folks at Gizmodo have decided to protest the change. The gadget blog is calling for disgruntled iPad users to post, “Hey #Apple, change the #iPad switch back to screen lock!” on Twitter, Facebook and comment sections everywhere in the hope that Apple will change its mind. Good luck with that.

iOS 4.2 is compatible with these devices
– iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4.
– iPod Touch 2nd generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPod Touch 4th generation
– iPad.

Have you tried out iOS 4.2? What’s been your experience so far?

Apple Releases iOS 4.2


Apple has just announced that iOS 4.2 will be available today for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users.

The update to Apple’s mobile operating system brings more than 100 iOS 4 features to the iPad for the first time, including multitasking, app folders, unified inbox, Game Center, and new features such as AirPlay and AirPrint. Apple iPad users running iOS 4.2 can also rent TV episodes directly from the iTunes Store. The migration even offers a few treats for select iPhone and iPod Touch users, such as an iOS 4.2-compatible Find My iPhone app that helps you track down your missing device.

To get the iOS update on your device, make sure you are running iTunes 10.1 and then just sync your iOS devices. You should then be prompted to install iOS 4.2. If it’s not available, try the sync process later in the day.

Here’s a look at the highlights from Apple’s iOS 4.2.

AirPrint
AirPrint allows you to print directly from your iOS device to a network printer. Originally, the plan was to allow you to print directly to newer AirPrint-compatible printers or to print to older printers through a shared connection on a Mac or PC. But, as expected, Apple pulled shared printer support and AirPrint will work only with wireless printers that can interface directly with iOS 4.2 devices.

Currently, only Hewlett-Packard offers printers compatible with AirPrint including Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint enabled printers.

…and of course there’s more!

AirPlay

Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices running iOS 4.2 can use AirPlay to stream photos, music and video directly to the new Apple TV. AirPlay also enables iOS 4.2 devices to stream wirelessly to AirPlay-enabled speakers that are expected to hit the market in the coming months.

Find My iPhone App
If you own an iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod Touch (4th generation, late 2010) you can use Apple’s Find My iPhone service for free without a Mobile Me subscription. Find my iPhone lets you locate your lost device on a map, have your device make a sound so you can find it or even have your device display a message such as “I’m lost help!”

-All you need to do to use the service is download the ‘Find My iPhone application from iTunes

Multitasking and Folders for iPad

Finally, iPad users will be able to listen to music on Pandora while surfing the Web, checking Twitter or reading e-mail thanks to iOS 4.2’s multitasking feature. IPhone and iPad Touch users have had the feature for some time, but this will likely be a welcome addition for iPad users–despite the debate over Apple’s approach to iOS multitasking. Similarly, iPad users can also group apps into folders to save on screen space and pack more applications onto their devices. For a complete rundown of multitasking and folders check out PC World’s iOS 4 review.

Apple is hoping the release of iOS 4.2 will help the company sell a lot of new iPads heading into the holidays. Company CEO Steve Jobs recently said, “iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season.

iOS 4.2 is compatible with these devices
– iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4.
– iPod Touch 2nd generation, iPod Touch 3rd generation, iPod Touch 4th generation
– iPad.

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