iphone 4s

  • Siri And The iPhone’s Physical Keyboard

    Siri And The iPhone’s Physical Keyboard

    The backlash was inevitable. Siri has had a bit of an image problem this past week.┬áJust like all technology propelled by the tailwinds of hype, it hit the inevitable wall of tech punditry. This magically turned the stream of largely positive stories into a river of negative stories under the guise of things like: “the voice of reason” or the “wake up call”. It’s… Read More

  • Apple Promises iOS 5 Update In A Few Weeks To Suck Less Battery Life

    Apple Promises iOS 5 Update In A Few Weeks To Suck Less Battery Life

    For the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard the same thing over and over again. “The iPhone 4S is awesome, but…” And it’s a big “but”. The battery life. It sucks. Well, to be clear, it sucks for some users, but not all. For example, I’m not noticing anything out of the ordinary on my device. It’s essentially the same battery life I got with… Read More

  • iPhone 4S Continues World Tour, Hits 15 New Countries On November 11

    iPhone 4S Continues World Tour, Hits 15 New Countries On November 11

    While most of the furor over the the new iPhone has died down around these parts, Apple has announced that a few new markets will soon be able to get their proverbial hands on the iPhone 4S very shortly. The 4S is poised to hit 15 new countries by November 11, including major Asian markets like South Korea and Hong Kong. Read More

  • Sprint Cuts Quarterly Losses, Bets On iPhone For Subscriber Uptick

    Sprint Cuts Quarterly Losses, Bets On iPhone For Subscriber Uptick

    Sprint Nextel, the no. 3 carrier in the United States, reported its quarterly earnings today, and they’re quite solid. In Q3 2011, the company generated consolidated net operating revenues of $8.3 billion, up from $8.15 billion in the same period last year and relatively flat compared to Q2 2011. The company booked a quarterly loss of $301 million (or 10 cents per share), roughly a third… Read More

  • Siri Gets Scary With ThinkGeek’s IRIS 9000

    Siri Gets Scary With ThinkGeek’s IRIS 9000

    It’s been proven again and again that Siri has a peculiar sense of humor, but what if there was something more calculating, more sinister hiding beneath that jovial facade? Well, dock your iPhone 4S into ThinkGeek’s new IRIS 9000 voice control module, and you may soon find out. On paper, the IRIS 9000 is pretty straightforward — once the iPhone is in place, just carry around… Read More

  • Microbridges

    Microbridges

    Already we’re seeing microbridges being set up, like the one that puts Twitter into your Contacts list as an SMS address so you can ask Siri to Tweet out a message. As these hacks accelerate, it will be incumbent upon Apple to expand API access to the routing layer so that third parties and especially users themselves can construct these macros. The more they’re used, the more… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Apple's Developments

    Gillmor Gang 10.22.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — rebounded from a seven and a half minute gap to explore the mysteries of the Siri platform. As machines give up being trained by us and reciprocate by rewarding us for compliant behavior, our gestures are being finetuned to a social pitch. While no one was looking, Apple has provided… Read More

  • AT&T Surpasses 1 Million iPhone 4S Activations

    AT&T Surpasses 1 Million iPhone 4S Activations

    It would seem that the iPhone 4S is one helluva record breaker. Apple recorded over 1 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours the phone was available, and a record 4 million devices sold in the first weekend. That’s double the amount of any other iPhone’s first weekend sales. But the iPhone 4S isn’t just breaking records at Apple. AT&T has just announced that its iPhone… Read More

  • Watch An iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II Take Three Nasty Drops Onto Concrete

    Watch An iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II Take Three Nasty Drops Onto Concrete

    If you read/watch one iPhone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy S II comparison, make it this one. It’s the only one that really matters in real life anyway. As your phone is falling to its potential death, you’re not going to be thinking about processor clock speed, the amount of RAM, or what operating platform it runs. No, the next week of your life is going to flash in eyes as you think about… Read More

  • iPhone 4S First Weekend Sales Exceeds 4 Million, Doubles The Pace Of The iPhone 4

    iPhone 4S First Weekend Sales Exceeds 4 Million, Doubles The Pace Of The iPhone 4

    Apple just announced that it sold four million iPhone 4S handsets over the last weekend. The phone hit stores on October 14th and it took just three days to move the massive lot. Incredible. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of Worlwide Product Markteting notes, “iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone… Read More

  • Hinter Gatherers

    Hinter Gatherers

    The smarts in Siri turn out to be about context, all the more powerful as the service flows through apps. Regular updates will give developers impetus to wire in their app to the notification bus. Shouldn’t a New York times alert also search the major news sites for live video as it happens? I’d pay more for a notification-aware app, and even more for an uber notification… Read More

  • Samsung Tries To Stop iPhone 4S Sales In Japan And Australia

    Samsung Tries To Stop iPhone 4S Sales In Japan And Australia

    News from the never-ending patent war between Apple and Samsung: the Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Samsung filed for preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry, Australia. This time, the goal is to block sales of the iPhone 4S, which launched in both countries last Friday. According to the report, Samsung also tries to stop sales of… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Steve Jobs Media Coverage

    Gillmor Gang 10.15.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Gabe Rivera, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — marked a watershed moment in the history of realtime. When @gaberivera posted a summary Tweet rolling up the WSJ-induced VC semi-panic, he bookmarked a discussion that started and largely finished not in the blogosphere but on Twitter. By the time the swarm slowed down, it was decorated… Read More

  • Steve Wozniak On How The iPhone 4S Will Change His Life (TCTV)

    Steve Wozniak On How The iPhone 4S Will Change His Life (TCTV)

    Steve Wozniak likes to be the first person in line to buy the latest Apple products. This evening, the Apple co-founder and designer of the Apple I and II, was #1 on line outside the Apple store in Los Gatos, California to get the iPhone 4S. He tweeted about it and he’ll be staying up all night. TechCrunch TV caught up with Woz and asked him why he does it. He explains what feature… Read More

  • The Official Word: Sprint’s iPhone 4S Will Be Unlocked, But Not For Long

    The Official Word: Sprint’s iPhone 4S Will Be Unlocked, But Not For Long

    Alright, there’s been a lot of conflicting information floating around regarding Sprint’s iPhone 4S and its locked/unlocked status, but a Sprint spokesperson has just offered Macworld her official word. The iPhone will indeed be unlocked at first, but a SIM lock will be “pushed to the devices shortly after launch.” Seriously? Read More

  • iPhone 4S Teardown: Nothing To See Here, Folks

    iPhone 4S Teardown: Nothing To See Here, Folks

    While the first teardowns of the iPhone 4 (excluding Gizmodo’s crude vivisection) were extremely exciting due to the novelty of the design, the 4S doesn’t have much to offer. The stem of the iPhone 5 hopefuls’ slight disappointment, i.e. that the 4S is essentially a spec bump, meant that this teardown would necessarily be less than thrilling. All the same, there are changes… Read More

  • iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Sold Out At Sprint, Verizon, And AT&T

    iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Sold Out At Sprint, Verizon, And AT&T

    Heart set on that brand spankin’ new iPhone 4S? Sorry, but I come bearing bad news. Your window for placing a hassle-free pre-order may have just closed, hard. AT&T has extended its shipping time to 3-4 weeks, while Sprint and Verizon are fresh out of the 16GB model. In other words, it looks like you may be bundling up for a wait in line. Read More

  • Samsung Crashes Australian iPhone Line With $2 Galaxy S IIs

    Samsung Crashes Australian iPhone Line With $2 Galaxy S IIs

    Never let it be said that Samsung doesn’t know how to pull a good publicity stunt. Samsung has set up shop just two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store (and the growing iPhone 4S line) and is selling their flagship Galaxy S II handset for a scant $2. Read More

  • Sprint To Sell The iPhone 4S With Unlocked MicroSIM Slot

    Sprint To Sell The iPhone 4S With Unlocked MicroSIM Slot

    It’s beginning to look like CDMA iPhone 4S customers may have the edge when it comes to international roaming. Macworld reports that Sprint will be selling their version of the iPhone 4S with an unlocked microSIM card slot right out of the gate. That’s right: no arguing with CSRs and no warranty-voiding unlock procedures. It would seem that since Sprint knows you’re bound… Read More

  • The iPhone 4S: Faster, More Capable, And You Can Talk To It

    The iPhone 4S: Faster, More Capable, And You Can Talk To It

    What does the “S” stand for? When I ask Apple this, they’re vague in their response. They note that some people say it stands for “Special” or “Super”. Others say it’s for “Speed” — much like the iPhone 3GS, the successor to the iPhone 3G. Or maybe it’s “Storage” (this is the first iPhone with 64 GB option… Read More