Items tagged with iPhone 5S

One of the hallmark features of Google's Nexus 5 flagship smartphone by LG isn't its bodaciously big and beautiful 5-inch HD display, its 8MP camera, or its "OK Google" voice command / personal assistant feature. Frankly, that's all been done before.  What does stand out about the Nexus 5 is Google's new Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system and LG's smartphone SoC (System on Chip) processor of choice, namely Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core. Qualcomm is known for licensing ARM core technology and making it their own within their Krait architecture, and Qualcomm's latest Krait 400 with Adreno... Read more...
One of the features Apple touted when unveiling the iPhone 5S was that the battery life is supposed to be much improved compared to previous models. However, the Cupertino company has now confirmed that a "limited number" of iPhone 5S models may peter out prematurely due to a manufacturing defect in the device's battery. "We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life," Apple spokeswoman Teresa Brewer told The New York Times. "We are reaching out to customers... Read more...
It's been a long time since we've seen a dreaded "blue screen of death" (BSoD), but it's back and in the in the unlikeliest of places. Oddly enough, some Apple iPhone 5S owners are reporting BSoD errors, though they're a little different from the ones you may remember seeing on Windows desktops. Rather than spit out an obscure error code with a generic description, some iPhone 5S devices are suddenly turning blue before automatically restarting. The Numbers app in Apple's iWork suite, a free program with new iPhones, seems to be the primary cause, though BSoD behavior has also been observed in... Read more...
Even after listing fees and various commissions are factored in, eBay user "papakar" just scored a big payday, assuming the buyer of his unlocked Gold iPhone 5S 16GB ponies up the cash. The winning bid came out to $10,000 plus an additional $44.95 for one-day shipping (seems like at that price, the seller could foot the bill for shipping, but whatever). Why so much? One explanation is that the winner bidder is full of bologna. However, out of the 51 bids the seller received, the winning bidder is one of just a few with feedback well above zero. The winning bidder, shown only as "y***9" to protect... Read more...
The iPhone 5c is little more than a repackaged iPhone 5; the internals are essentially the same as those found in last year's flagship, while the rear is constructed from plastic instead of aluminum. The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, cements a consistent pattern for Apple. The company has shown no intentions of reinventing the wheel (or, the phone) every year. Instead, they seem content doing so every other year, with the in-between years offering up an enhanced "s" version of last year's phone to tide consumers over.  It's almost akin to Intel's "Tick-Tock" manufacturing model actually, though... Read more...
For a time, Apple's annual tradition involved the unveiling of a new iPhone at WWDC. Then, things changed, and the iPhone's annual coming-out party began to happen a lot closer to the all-important holiday shopping season. But perhaps the most interesting change of late is how the iPhone line is evolving. At this year's gala, two new iPhone handsets were unveiled, marking the first event where more than a single new device was given the spotlight. The first weekend that they were available, Apple saw record sales, proving that the fire is still burning bright within their customer base. The iPhone... Read more...
Even though Apple didn't increase the screen size on the iPhone 5S like many hoped it would, the device along with its polycarbonate sibling, iPhone 5C, sold like gangbusters over the weekend to the tune of over 9 million units, Apple announced today. On top of that, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running iOS 7, making it the fastest software update in history. "This is our best iPhone launch yet?more than nine million new iPhones sold?a new record for first weekend sales," said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold... Read more...
Apple devices have never really been known as being particularly easy to service and repair on your own at home. In fact, Apple sometimes goes to great lengths to prevent device owners from tinkering around inside their hardware, such as using liberal amounts of adhesive and locking the chassis together with pentalobe screws. Is the new iPhone 5S any different? The fearless folks at iFixIt went in search of an answer by gutting Apple's latest smartphone. Right off the bat, it's evident that Apple hasn't changed its stance with the DIY crowd. The iPhone 5S still sports pentalobe screws, meaning... Read more...
Today is launch day for Apple's new flagship iPhone 5S and its less expensive sibling, the iPhone 5C. Since Apple opted not to allow pre-orders for the higher-end version, the only way to get one today is to march into a brick-and-mortar store and hope they have one in stock (word on the web is that Radio Shack might be your best bet). Alternately, you can order one of the new phones online direct from Apple, though shipping times are all over the map. Let's start with the Space Gray version of the iPhone 5S, which is supposed to be the most popular. As it currently stands, the 16GB model ships... Read more...
When Apple unveiled its iPhone 5C and 5S last week, one of the standout features belonged to the latter: Fingerprint security. In effect, instead of having to type in a quick password to gain access to your phone, the built-in fingerprint reader would allow you to press your thumb or finger against the phone's main button and then gain access even quicker. This kind of technology isn't new, but Apple's implementation is likely to be one of the most attractive implementations - it's essentially invisible. The problem with such security, though, is that if someone can manage to replicate your fingerprint... Read more...
Whether it's intentional or not, Apple's pretty bad about keeping secrets related to new product releases, so much of what you read here will essentially boil down to recaps and confirmation of past rumors and speculation. That said, the Cupertino outfit today announced two new iPhone models, the high-end iPhone 5S made of anodized aluminum, and the more affordable iPhone 5C built from polycarbonate plastic. iPhone 5S Starting with the former, the iPhone 5S retains the same overall look and feel with its anodized aluminum body, diamond cut chamfered edges, and 4-inch Retina display. Rumors of a... Read more...
Apple is getting ready to announce a new iPhone model at a press event next month (reportedly September 10th), and if you're already chomping at the bit (or "champing" at the bit, if you prefer) but find yourself stuck with an older iPhone model, you have options. One of them is to trade it in at an Apple Retail Store. Customers haven't been able to do that before, but starting next month, Apple will take trade-ins of old iPhone models towards the purchase of a new one. Apple stores have begun trailing employees on how the process works, and a select few are already piloting the program. According... Read more...
There's always a media frenzy of rumors and speculation preceding every major Apple product launch, and we're in the midst of that right now. Come September 10, Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone model, though there's been plenty of chatter of multiple models, including a lower-cost version made of polycarbonate plastic with various color options. And unless Apple throws a major curveball, the expectation is that there will be another high-end upgrade to the iPhone, which we'll call iPhone 5S. Not much is known about the iPhone 5S, though Fox News anchor Clayton Morris claims to have heard... Read more...
Similar to Midas, nearly everything Apple touches these days turns to gold. Figuratively, of course, though also in a somewhat literal sense if the rumors about a gold iPhone 5S turn out to be true. A gold iPhone 5S is way on the opposite end of the spectrum of earlier rumors suggesting Apple may release a line of low-cost iPhone models made of polycarbonate plastic. Why gold? The obvious answer is that it's a symbol of luxury. Plus, it's apparently one of the "easiest colors to anodize onto an iPhone," according to Rene Ritchie of iMore. If Apple is indeed venturing away from offering just black... Read more...
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