What date will the new iPhone be released?

A few weeks ago, I said, in a post, that the new (sixth generation) iPhone will be released before Christmas 2012. My whispers are getting a little louder, and they say that the launch will be on Wed 12th September 2012.

What are the sources saying?

thinner, larger screen and a smaller dock connector.

Details of what the new Apple iPhone look like, or what additional features it has, are limited – even on the open web. But pictures are filtering through, and it looks like Apple are trying to retain their market share, because Android seem to be getting more and more of Apple’s market share!

Technology viewpoint

You might have heard of web 2.0 — have you? If so, you will know that web 2.0 means that users have a say and produce content for the web. For example, having your own blog is a web 2.0 element, whereas just reading a website was a web 1.0 element.

So if users create content, interact with others and take part in other user-centred content, what is next for the web? Web 3.0 — the ability to pay for services with our own technology. I think that the new iPhone will allow the internet to be used as a true communication method. Our mobile (cellular) phone will be linked to our very own bank account to pay for goods / services. This is the future of the internet. An internet which allows us to connect, more than we ever have, to complete transaction(s) on the web.

The new iPhone

It’s not too techie

I am pro Android, not because they are open source, but because their mobile’s are faster! But if you are an iPhone / Apple fan you might be interested to know that reliable whispers are stating that the new iPhone 5 will be released before Christmas 2012 – probably October 2012. If I hear a new reliable whisper, I’ll let you know.

Mobile power

Our friend …

Earlier today I couldn’t help but find myself looking at my mobile (cellular) phone when waiting on my lunch to heat up. It got me thinking about something completely different, so much so, the content I have been learning in preperation for my exams this week, almost, just almost went to the back burner: are our mobile phones our friends, our companions, or are they our enemy?

Mobile friendly

In technology terms, mobile friendly means that technology devices communicate effectively with our portable mobiles, so we can have (i) a longer battery life, (ii) a better view of a web site – such as a mobile version, for (iii) quicker access for 3G speed (the speed most mobile’s pick up today). But in everyday language, mobile friendly takes on a new role, a new meaning: it enables us to connect with people, the world and stop ourselves from feeling too alone.

Mobile companion

Rather than a friend, some people use their mobile’s to help them with their everyday situations. For example, using it to send a text message into a TV show’s competition. A mobile can easily become a part of a person. For some, it’s almost glued to their hands. For others, it enables people within (the Information) society to switch off, or at least play down what is actually going on in their real lives. This could be looking at a video, sending a message on Facebook, or using one of the latest apps, such as, DrawSomething. In a way, a mobile does allow us to switch off the reality lights in or lives, or at least make them dull for a few minutes. But where is the balance?

Mobile enemy

Our mobile’s are generally always with us, in our pocket, in our bag, in our laptop case …. But does this mean we always have a distraction around us? Does this mean that we can easily not tackle the real things in our lives, as easy as they once were? Let me explain:

Several decades ago, whenever mobiles were unheard of, I think it would be safe to say that jobs would have got done as and when they needed to be done, there were fewer distractions. If there were, it would have been a delay in obtaining the food, lighting the fire etc. Today, with a mobile, dinner at 5pm could be on the table for 6pm, if not later!

I’ll start dinner after I text …

Mobile perks

Like most things in life, there needs to be a balance on the user – the actual person using the technology, rather than the technology itself. So if we have this balance, what are the benefits of mobile phones?

  • mobile reminders
  • mobile calendar
  • available for family and friends, even emergencies
  • alarms
  • chance to express ourselves (albeit slight), so things like background images, a customised ringtone, or even our own apps!
  • increased online connectivity – current affairs, checking email etc.
  • quick communication – text message to a family member/friend
  • maps if you’re stuck somewhere
  • Quick responce (QR) scans – these are the little black and white boxes you see on posters, or other marketing materials, usually taking you to a website related to that content
  • Skype
  • Online shopping

There’s definately more than I could list, but whatever you use your mobile for, remember to have the balance of life. The balance of social situations. Why not call one of the people in your contacts and arrange to go for a coffee? Life really is short, and it does take someone to get the ball rolling.

Don’t become too engrossed with your mobile, it is full of great things, but it also cannot do (and shouldn’t do) some good old fashioned things (like meeting your friends and family). Meeting people physically is much, much better than virtual (Skype, Facebook) means.

Mobile and exams

In relation to distraction and revision, try to switch off your mobile. If you can’t do this, silent (no vibration) is close enough. Check it whenever you are having a revision break – it could be your mini reward for all that studying you’re doing! Last but not least, use it after you have completed an exam – communicate. Especially if you’ve been studying for a few days in a row, often a mobile allows us to easily communicate with our friends and family. So don’t forget to have fun, especially if you haven’t had a real break in a while.

Post 78, over and out

Where do we draw the line?

Post 1:

Firstly, thanks for taking the time to read (and visit) my new blog! Feel free to comment, the more the better!

Onto the actual blog, yesterday I was reading an interesting article regarding a new battle of the Apple VS Samsung smartphone debate. What I guess was more interesting is that I just got the Samsung Galaxy S II a few days ago after reading an excellent review on TechRadar. Initially the ‘phone seemed large, but with its clear screen and (extremely) fast processor the extra centimetre seemed to become a thing of the past.

Like many people, I have several friends (and work colleagues) who are all proud owners and users of the Apple iPhone 4. One commented that my mobile was just like the iPhone 4. I guess that is true when you look at the surface of the smartphone and its applications. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S II has a similar interface to Apple’s iPhone 4 camera. However, when using the camera on the Samsung, one can easily pinch the screen to zoom in and out – how are they (Apple and Samsung) the exact same?

When can we actually say they are similar but not the same?

Just browsing random articles online, it seems that all smartphones have similar features. They are all touch screens, allowing the user to tap/touch an icon to access a particular function etc

Are companies (such as Apple) throwing away money for something that is similar but not quite the same?! Will Google fund this case to release a new Operating System for the Samsung Galaxy S II? Would a small button alteration on the camera/photo display allow the judge to throw the whole case out of court?

Where do we draw the line when it comes to technology?

Post 1, over and out … thanks for reading!

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