Apple Announces Dates for WWDC 2013

It’s been a long time coming but finally Apple have announced the dates for WWDC 2013. It will take place between June 10 – June 14th with tickets going on sale April 25th at 10a.m. PDT. Apple’s Phil Schiller says that its “developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps,” adding, “we can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.” Sounds like it could be an exciting year – I can’t wait to see what else apple have up their sleeve…

Low End iPhone Parts Pictured

There are a lot of rumours about a cheaper, low end iPhone. For the first time there are now pictures of what is supposedly a component of this new phone. Apple blog Macotakara on Thursday published a photo of a dual-head vibration motor that has not previously been used in any iPhone model. According to “iLab factory” the source of the image, the part will be included in Apple’s upcoming low-end iPhone. Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone 5S later this year as well as an entry-level iPhone that the company will use to bolster its market share in emerging regions.

Problems with Patents

I don’t think I speak for just myself when I say that the whole news world goes mad sometimes. Everyone has had that moment where they read something from their most beloved news source and say, ‘Wow, could that have been any less true?’. Unfortunately it happens to me on a daily basis and most of these come from the media’s obsession with one thing; Patents.

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An ode to iPhone – Why do we need change?

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Having had an iPhone for a grand total of 5 years, it is safe to say that no matter how hard I try to convince people it is the superior device, not many would side with me. Constant arguments from my camp include iOS being better than windows, the iSight camera trouncing even the highest spec DSLR, and that the Retina Display is sharper than any Super AMOLED HD 1080p with IPS and quadrupled pixels. You would think with the advancements from every smartphone maker in the business including Blackberry that Apple would be hitting us with the killer features that presented themselves way back in 2007. We all thought that cover flow on a 3.5 inch screen was the most incredible creation, along with the ability to scroll the ‘natural’ way on a touch screen device. No more of swiping down to move down the page.

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HTC One – An Example to All Others

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It has been a long time since I’ve seen a smartphone that has taken my breath away. Don’t get me wrong – I think the iPhone is a piece of real craftsmanship and Jonny Ive is a true design genius. But since the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 there’s been no leaps in design from Apple – a company that used to be renowned for their incredible surprises – the age old “One More Thing” that we all miss so much..

HTC made a huge leap with their One series – especially the One X. Upon opening the box the screen protector said “The One You’ve Been Waiting For..” I thought to myself – you certainly are! Perhaps the only disappointing thing about the One X was the plastic body which dents oh so easily. Especially when some of their mid range phones were aluminium unibody builds.

But now – look at what they’ve achieved!

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