I really expected the trial deliberations to go a lot longer than they did. The fact that the verdict came back so quickly speaks volumes about design, perception, and what the public believes when it comes to computing and the patent system. I’ve got a quick summary of the results and a couple of opinions on where the trial went south for Samsung.
|The Results are in – Samsung: GUILTY as charged|
I woke this morning fully anticipating an update to the Apple Store. It IS WWDC-Day, after all. Also not a surprise today is the glut of last minute guessing that’s going on as to what will transpire in just a few short hours at the conference’s keynote speech, given by Tim Cook and likely, the a few more Apple C-Level execs.
In an effort not to disappoint everyone, here’s my last minute roll of the dice.
- iOS 6
There have been a number of rumors on iOS 6 hitting the airwaves over the last week or so. Apple hasn’t released a beta of their iDevice OS yet, I would expect detailed information to come to light during the conference. This is also an easy one to predict, as banners for the new OS have been seen gracing the conference hall. No points for me on this one…
- Finally…! iPhone 5?
No, not yet. However, with the introduction of iOS 6, you can certainly expect something to be said, or hopefully confirmed for a September or October launch.
- Mountain Lion Dev Preview 4
I am expecting a new Dev Preview of Mountain Lion today (DP 4) and an announcement on a release date. You should be able to find a review of Mountain Lion Dev Preview 3 on Soft32, if not now, then it should be posted shortly. You will be able to find a full write up of Dev Preview 4 on BYTE in the coming days.
- Updated iMacs, Mac Pro, and MacBook/MacBook Pro’s?
I am fully expecting a full blown, hardware update on both Apple’s Desktop and portable lines today. Their iMacs are due for a bump. Their Mac Pro line of completely awesome desktops are OVERdue for an update. I’m pretty certain we can expect updates to both those today. Its also long been rumored that Apple will be making big changes to their MacBook Pro line of laptops with thinner, “MacBook Air” based updates coming to both the 13″ and 15″ line of MBP’s.
Its been rumored that their 17″ MBP is also going to be discontinued. The 17″ MBP is an awesome machine, but its pretty much a niche item, due to its entry level price – near $3000. I fully expect to this rumor to be realized. I also expect to see transitional models introduced with the current 13″ and 15″ models phased out next year.
All that said, this is really just a last minute guess. Despite all the increased rumors and possible accurate leaks leading up to the keynote of WWDC, its still a crap shoot as to whether or not these are accurate. The only thing we’re going to have that’s a certainty is that we’re going to have to wait for Tim to take the stage and tell us what’s new.
|The Software Update Notification from my iPhone 4S|
Yesterday was a big day for Apple and its fans as Apple’s Tim Cook lead the announcement of the “New iPad,” or “iPad 3rd Generation” as its being formally referred to on the company’s website. In conjunction with the release of the new hardware, comes iOS 5.1, for all currently supported iDevices. The download weighed in at 189MB for me, but could be as big as 206MB (or slightly larger) on the desktop.
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
- Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
- Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
(previously, this was accessible via a double Home Button tap)
- Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
- Redesigned Camera app for iPad
- Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
- Audio for TV programs and films on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
- Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30-second rewind for iPad
- Addresses bugs affecting battery life
- Fixes and issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls
As Managing Editor for BYTE, I see a lot of products and accessories for a number of different smartphones. The Mophie Juice Pack Air does exactly what Mophie claims it will do. It provides protection for your device, and it will charge the battery while switched on. However, there are a couple things you need to know and understand about it.
|The Mophie Juice Pack Air is a decent case, that doubles your iPhone’s battery life.|
I just saw this over at ZDNet, and I’m sorry, I just can’t keep my mouth shut. Verizon Wireless is going to charge users $20 a month, in addition to their $30 unlimited data plan, for the iPhone’s wireless hotspot feature. That sucks.
Its also something that needs to stop – Wireless carriers are, and quite honestly, have been forever, double dipping on data charges to customers. Currently, on T-Mobile, I pay
- $30 per month Unlimited Data
- $10 per month Unlimited Messaging
Its bad enough that I have to pay T-Mobile an extra $10 bucks to send text messages (text is data, after all), but adding Wi-Fi Hot Spot is also an additional $10 bucks. I’ve already got unlimited data for $30 bucks a month. Why T-Mobile (or any of the wireless carriers, for that matter) won’t allow you to use the data you’re already paying for without an additional charge, is beyond me.
I just recently saw that AT&T is going to allow wired tethering with a 4GB data cap for $45 per month. Verizon Wireless is going to offer an identical program, and recently throttled the top 5% data hogs on their network to help make room.
While this seems to be the standard mod of operation, its really double billing…well nearly so. In my example, I pay $30 bucks for data, $10 bucks for texting and $10 bucks for hot spot, all of which count against my data allowance. While that may be “unlimited,” there are bandwidth caps, and if you cross them, you get throttled. What really chaps my hide is that I’m already paying for unlimited data. Why I can’t use that data the way I want to, is beyond me.
I know this is an OLD argument, but with more and more people using smartphones as well as other connected, data dependent devices, at some point, you gotta cry foul and get someone to listen…
But I’m just sayin’…
I know some of you that have been following my iPhone chronicles either here or at Gear Diary are likely wondering if I’ve lost my mind. I mean, wasn’t it me who has been saying over and over again that a Verizon iPhone was never going to happen..? Well, the answer is yes and no.
In my last note about this, I said that Verizon getting the iPhone was unlikely as long as the current version device stuck with its current radio. Verizon uses a QUALCOMM designed CDMA-based chipset for its radio. There are very few countries that have carriers that use this type of radio – the US (Verizon), very small parts of Asia, and (I think) Indonesia/Australia, and that’s about it. The rest of the world is on GSM. So, until a “universal” chipset or network (like LTE) became available AND until Apple made use of that universal chipset, there would be no iPhone on ANY CDMA network, Verizon or otherwise. This has more to do with the costs associated to reengineering and redesigning the entire device and Apple having to support two different devices than anything else. Stevie J. just doesn’t do that.
One phone to rule them all… and that kind of thing.
My good friend, Matt Miller has come out with a bit of a dissenting piece on this, given all the rumor mongering, and its worth a read. His point – Verizon has an awesome network (and they do; but I think they’re expensive) and regardless of whether or not VzW has LTE, any kind of 4G, the VzW iPhone is white or not, whether you can surf and talk at the same time or not or even if they ARE very expensive, they are still going to sell a lot of iPhones.
Matt is dead on right about that. They WOULD sell a lot of iPhones. The question is whether the millions of iPhones they would sell would offset the costs associated with the redesign, retooling, extra manufacturing lines, support costs, etc. and generate enough profit for Apple to do it BEFORE LTE hits in wide distribution on Verizon. My point has NEVER been that there will NEVER be an iPhone on Verizon, but that there wouldn’t be as long as Apple has to maintain more than one version.
Tomorrow’s announcement should be interesting. I, for one, will be keeping close to the internets tomorrow, waiting for the news to hit. Like Matt, I am interested in answers to the following questions (I’ve paraphrased/modified the first two a bit. The other two are Matt’s, simply quoted here):
- How many iPhones [does] Verizon [think they will really] sell?
- How many AT&T iPhone users [does] Verizon [think will switch to their] iPhone?
- How well can Verizon’s network handle the iPhone [with/without LTE]?
- How much will a customer have to pay monthly for a Verizon iPhone?
Keep your peepers pinned people! Tomorrow is going to be an INTERESTING day!