Samsung have this morning (1st Feb) teased a new device which may likely be the Galaxy S8.
There’s always one, and this year its carrier China Telecom who briefly indicated that it was accepting reservations for Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C before the official launch on the 20th September.
Every Apple enthusiast is expecting the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at The September 10 media event, but could Cupertino also be unveiling an updated (or entirely new) Apple TV at the same time?
- O2 outlines plans for its 4G launch and fastest growing UK 4G network
- Network to switch on in London, Leeds and Bradford with ten additional cities to follow by the end of the year
- Plans to reach 98% UK population indoor with 2G, 3G and 4G
- 4G on O2 will be available to all new and existing customers on a range of tariffs from £26 a month
- Multi award-winning act to headline at the O2 4G London Launch Gig
The next-generation console was shown off alongside a new Kinect camera-and-voice sensor and a redesigned gamepad.
The US firm described the voice and gesture-controlled machine as an “all-in-one” system offering games, live TV, movies and music.
The firm’s Entertainment and Devices Division accounted for $9.6bn (£6.3bn) worth of sales in Microsoft’s last financial year.
That only represented about 13% of its total revenue for the period – but one analyst said the importance of this launch should not be underestimated.
“Microsoft is very strong in business software and the enterprise cloud business, but its consumer businesses are facing tremendous challenges: PCs are declining rapidly and Windows Phone handsets have only a fraction of the market shares of rivals,” said Jia Wu from consultants Strategy Analytics.
“Xbox represents Microsoft’s core strategy in the consumer entertainment market, especially after it sold its Mediaroom video distribution business to Ericsson earlier this year.
“This is also the unique asset which Microsoft has that can differentiate itself from Apple, Google and several of the other large tech companies. ”
The new machine sees Microsoft add a Blu-ray drive and Skype functionality to its console, built in feedback into its gamepad triggers, and upgrades its Kinect camera sensor to 1080p high definition resolution.
It said the Kinect would allow the device to better analyse body movements allowing users to more accurately control game characters and navigate other entertainment options.
Microsoft has added the ability to watch live TV with channel selection controlled by voice
“When you’re exercising, it can read your heartbeat,” claimed the firm.
New tools will also allow users to record and edit gameplay so clips can be easily uploaded to the web.
EA Sports was first to announce new titles for the machine revealing Fifa 14, Madden 25, NBA Live 14 and the fighting game UFC would all launch on the platform within the next 12 months using a new games engine called Ignite.
It said the new machine allowed it to carry out four times as many calculations a second as the Xbox 360 and 10 times more “animation depth and detail”.
Microsoft Studios also revealed that Forza Motorsport 5 – the latest in its own racing car franchise – would be available when the console launched.
The division added that it planned to release 15 games within the console’s first year, eight of which would be new franchises.
Another Microsoft unit, 343 Studios, revealed it would release a live-action Halo television series co-developed with movie director Steven Spielberg.
Just about every notable firm has taken a crack at pinpointing Apple’s (AAPL) release schedule for the next-generation “iPhone 5S,” and reports have ranged from June to October. While some are more reliable than others, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a better track record than most when it comes to accurately reporting Apple launch timeframes and other details. Ming-Chi said in a note earlier this year that Apple’s next iPhone would launch toward the end of the summer alongside a cheaper iPhone model, and he reaffirmed his position in a research note delivered to clients early Tuesday morning.
Apple has just invited members of the press to attend a San Francisco-based product launch event on September 12th, where the next generation iPhone is expected to be officially unveiled. As rumored, it seems as if the company’s prior iPod-focused fall events may be split off into two. It’s been reported that an October event may follow this one, with a 7-inch iPad on the docket for that. This event, however, seems a lock for the iPhone 5, “new iPhone,” or whatever it ends up being coined: and while CEO Tim Cook confessed at D10 that it would be doubling down on secrecy, leakers seem to have doubled down on tipping the world off on what’s to come.
September 12th, 2012 – 6pm GMT
A surplus of Apple (AAPL) rumors is always expected ahead of the company’s earnings reports, and the faucet is wide open on Tuesday. Apple is planning to release a smaller version of its wildly popular iPad tablet shortly after the next-generation iPhone launches this fall, one industry watcher believes. Plugged-in KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who purportedly shed some light on “iPhone 5″ specs recently, says that Apple’s next iPhone will launch in September followed closely by the release of the much-rumored “iPad mini.”
“IPhone 5 to debut in September,” Ming-Chi wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. “But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield rate limits, ability to offset older models’ shipments decrease will be moderate.”
The analyst continued, “Though shipments of iPad mini’s components will start in August, the new iPad line will end production, ready for transition to a modified New iPad line. As such, component shipments will drop in August as iPad mini’s components shipments growth will be offset.”
Ming-Chi’s not that a tweaked version of Apple’s current third-generation iPad will be released around the same time mirrors earlier reports, which claimed Apple is planning some internal redesigns that address heat issues and reduce Apple’s costs.
According to earlier reports, the iPad mini will be as thin as an iPod touch and will feature a 7.85-inch display and a price ranging from $249 to $299. The redesigned sixth-generation iPhone is expected to feature a 4-inch display, 4G LTE, NFC, and a redesigned case that was recently examined on video.
Here is a tidy little roundup of all the iPhone rumours to date. The latest (pictured) is a supposed top-facing bezel frame for the "Apple iPhone 3Gen 2009." Besides being black unlike the chrome edge of the iPhone 3G, iLounge and others have noticed a repositioned ear speaker, tucked high against the top-edge that could be making way for a front-facing camera or additional sensor(s). iLounge also claims that there will be three new models (3G, enhanced 3G, and mainland China version lacking WiFi?) of iPhones with matte plastic bodies less prone to scratching. Importantly, countries will get the phone appropriate to their telco’s capabilities. iLounge says users won’t have to choose between a fast and slow iPhone, they’ll get what their carriers can support. Each will ship in a choice of two capacity options with 32GB being the top-end rumored. Oh, and iPhone 3.0 will also get into the Nike+ game without requiring an adapter (like the iPod touch). These rumors ride a wave of reports that inventories of the iPhone 3G are running low and component makers are now shipping parts for the next generation iPhone. So Steve Jobs or not, still expect the hardware to be announced at WWDC with possible July 17 launch.