Earlier this month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7. This new gadget has made several promises in terms of upgrades over the iPhone 6S: camera improvements, better battery life (on average a bit less than two hours more than the iPhone 6S) and crisper audio. The pre-order season started on September 9th, and shipping starts from the 16th. Prices starts from $AU $1,079 (the 32GB version), and it is also available in 128GB ($1,229) or 256GB ($1,379) sizes.
In 2009, the UN telecommunications agency called for a consistent mobile phone charging implementation by January 2012. The plan was aimed at reducing the waste and clutter associated with such a massive range of products all with different ports and connectors going to waste.
All the major mobile phone manufacturers signed up for the initiative with one notable exception, our dear friends from 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino ; Apple. This year saw the iPhone 5 released with the new Lightning connector, a 8 pin connector based on their patent Thunderbolt technology.
There had been big calls from industry experts around the iPhone 5, with even bigger concept images of reportedly ‘leaked’ but technologically impossible features, like holographic interfaces and overly super slim design.
So now the iPhone 5 has launched, which changes have been for the best? Or the worst?
An Apple product launch is like Christmas for the tech industry, it’s when everyone gets excited about technology and with the new iPhone only a few weeks away, fanboys and girls are eager for details.
The iPhone has been a triumph for Apple, who recently announced a record quarterly profit and won a long court battle over patent violations against Samsung. The recent victory in court saw nearly $1.05bn in fines for Samsung. It’s set to reshape the $200bn smartphone industry.
One of the joys of getting new technology is the diminishing need for cords and wires. Wireless technologies are all based on the same idea, with a few small differences. Information is relayed wirelessly using from one point to another using various types of signals. Some communicate over large distances, while others over small distances.
Here are some of the key wireless technologies you probably already use in your everyday life.
Australians are increasingly using free apps to send text, picture and video messages and make calls – with savings over $100 in value a month for heavy texters – raising the question of whether telcos are becoming merely a “conduit” for smartphone makers and app designers.
Apple will hurry this shift along this week with the release of a new free messaging service for iPhone owners, called iMessage. But carriers, for their part, say SMS is still going strong. But is it?
Email and other electronic communication on smartphones is now virtually free, making it more difficult to justify charges of 25c per SMS and more for picture messages. Telstra charges 75c to send texts overseas.
Many are choosing to avoid these charges by using apps such as What’s App, Facebook messenger, Skype, Voxer, Windows Live messenger, Viber and Bump. These are largely used for sending text, picture and video messages but Skype, for instance, can be used for making calls.
Telsyte says 44% of Aussie smartphone users have free messaging apps. And SMS traffic growth fell from 15% to 5% between 2009-2010. Will this number continue to fall? We believe so.
Do you use a free text messaging service? Which one? Why? And if not, then why not?
Read more here.
SuperGeek are giving away a black 16gig iPad2 with Wi-fi and 3G included.
To enter the SuperGeek iPad2 competition, you must:
- Like the SuperGeek Facebook Page www.Facebook.com/SuperGeekComAu
- Copy and paste this as your status: “I am entering the @SuperGeekcomau iPad2 competition. Want to win one too? It’s super easy, just see how: http://t.co/KEjHaSX
- You must tag SuperGeek into your status (you tag by adding an @ prior to typing SuperGeek) – this will ensure your entry appears on our wall. Entries that do not tag SuperGeek will not appear on our wall and will not be valid. To make sure, after your comment is posted the SuperGeekcomau will become a link to our facebook page.
You might find that @supergeek does not tag, go into your status and retype it, it will show up in a dropdown box and you can select it from there.
Also, when posting your status, ensure that the padlock in the bottom right hand corner of your status entry is set to ‘everyone’ so that we can see your post.
- Entries close on April 21st (2011) at 5pm.
- The winner will be announced on the SuperGeek Facebook Page and also notified via a Facebook message
Is your iphone your best friend these days?
Portable Battery Charger – these are now widely available starting at around $20.
You can buy ones that you plug into the phone or you can buy ones that are adapted into a case that has an extra power source.
Wireless Power Pad – now these inventions are really cool. No cords, just place the item you want to charge on the pad and it starts charging it for you. You do have to put your iPhone in a special sleeve that hampers having a different case, otherwise it is as simple as plugging the pad in and placing your phone on it.