As rumors go, I'm betting the latest are on the mark. According to AppleInsider, The China Times has reported that the iPhone 5S, rumored to arrive this summer, will come with both a fingerprint sensor and near-field communication chip. According to the report, you'd be able to simply touch your phone to make a payment. The sensor would recognize your touch, and the NFC chip would communicate your authorization to an NFC mobile payment terminal at the point of sale.
Apple is airing two new commercials featuring an iPhone 5, employing the same rapid-fire word theme it used in recent iPad commercials I posted about. And again, each word is followed by a rapid display of specific apps. The ads are fun and effective, and they show the remarkable diversity of iPhone apps.
Who could be better suited to compare the reliability of various smartphones than a technical assistance website? FixYa has analyzed more than 720,000 requests for smartphone support to determine which one reigns supreme in terms of reliability. The iPhone came out undeniably on top.
According to FixYa's report, the iPhone (with a reliability score of 3.47) is nearly three times as reliable as Samsung phones, which came in second place (1.21). Samsung phones were nearly twice as reliable as phones from Nokia (0.68), and close to 10 times more reliable than Motorola phones (0.13).
Apple Certified Refurbished Products tend to be the best deal for your money. Often, but not always, the units are cosmetically like new. And they come with the same 1-year warranty as a new product.
New apps offering a different approach to email is an exciting trend in iOS. And the apps are free! I've recently reviewed the revolutionary Mailbox (for iPhone) and Cloze (iPhone and iPad app), and now comes Incredimail, an email app for the iPad that takes a stunning new approach to visual presentation.
Earlier this week Google released its first major update to Google Maps (free),with new features including integration with Google Contacts. So now, if you’re navigating to the address of someone in your contact list, Google will retrieve the address from your contacts, eliminating the need to manually enter the person’s address. And as CNET points out, the contact information doesn't necessarily need to be stored on your phone; it just needs to be stored in Google's system.
According to a new rumor from a Japanese website, Foxconn, Apple's iPhone manufacturer in China, has begun production of the so-called iPhone 5S. Earlier rumors suggested the next iPhone will launch this summer, either in June or in August. The new rumor confirms this time frame.
iMore, which generally has good sources and a track record for accuracy, reported earlier today that the iPhone 5S will be released in August, according to its sources. It also said the next-generation Retina iPad could appear as early as April. Certainly Apple's plans could change, but as of now, this appears to be Apple's time frame.
Recent rumors and patent applications reinforce Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement to nervous investors last week — Apple is hard at work on new technologies and will be coming out with new products.