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Today at its iPhone launch event, Apple announced yet another piece of hardware: the fifth-generation iPod touch. It has a 4-inch display, the same 326 ppi panel used on the new iPhone 5. On the inside, it packs an A5 chip promising seven times the graphics performance of the last-gen model. The battery is rated for 40 hours of music playback, or eight hours of video. The rear camera has also gotten an upgrade: it’s now a 5-megapixel shooter with a backside-illuminated f/2.4 lens. That main rear camera also now shoots 1080p video, and Apple has also added image stabilization. And yes, it supports the same panorama shooting feature as the iPhone 5. The front camera, meanwhile, is 720p and supports FaceTime (over WiFi only, of course — no 4G models here).
the company’s shifting focus to its other major pillar: the iPod. Now seven generations in, the iPod nano is getting a refresh with a 38-percent thinner profile and svelte 5.4mm thickness. The multitouch screen now measures 2.5-inches across and sports a physical home button right below. Also packed in to this evolutionary PMP leap is an FM tuner with DVR-like functionality for playback control, Bluetooth radio (for wireless streaming support), inbuilt pedometer and, of course, that slimmed-down Lightning dock connector. And, according to Cupertino, this wee media player should last for up to 30 hours, making it the longest lasting nano the company’s ever built. You can snag this 16GB lil’ fella in a near rainbow of colors — seven in all — this October when it goes on sale for $149. Official PR after the break.
It’s been quite a while since the Shuffle has been updated, but we’re happy to say that Apple has shown the tiniest of its music players some much needed love. There’s only one change here, but it’s by far the most important — colors! Now the tiny PMPs will match their revamped iTouch brothers. Just, you know, with much less functionality. There’s even a soft and subtle pink model for all those ladies out there that love being pandered to and a Project (RED) version for the socially conscious. They latest generation of the shuffle should ship today.
Apple announced that they’ve spent 3 years to develop the new Earphones, Oops I mean EarPods for new iDevices.
All the new line of iDevices will be shipped with the new EarPod, also it can be bought separately.
As expected, Apple announced the new iPhone and named it iPhone 5. The design is quite similar to iPhone 4S with more luxurious look and accents.
Apple announced that this will be sleeker, thinner and lighter iPhone than the earlier one.
The announced features for the new device are:
- “It’s made entirely of glass and aluminium.”
- “It’s the thinnest phone we’ve ever made, and the lightest.”
- 18% thinner than iPhone 4S, 7.6 mm
- 20% lighter than the 4S, 112 grams
- Retina display, 326 PPI, 1136 x 640 screen resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
- “The new screen on iPhone 5 is a 4 inch display.”
- 44% more color saturation
- “We’ve added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and yes… LTE.”
- “There’s now a single chip for voice and data, and a single radio chip.”
- The Apple A6 chip - ”Compared to the A5, it’s two times faster… but 22% smaller.”
- Battery exceeding the one in iPhone 4S. 225 hours in standby, 8 hours 3G talk time.
- Camera: 8mp, backside illuminated, hybrid IR filter, Dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, sapphire crystal.
- The most amazing new feature in the iPhone 5 is called panorama - It’s panorama mode.
- 1080p video, improved video stability, face detection — you can take photos while shooting video.
- Three microphones, bottom, front, and back.
Can’t wait to see Apple stocks going higher
It seems that Apple have been really listening and responding to user complains since the iOS 6 upgrade.
Many users have been raising calls and complains to Apple regarding some bugs noticed on iDevices since upgrading it to the latest release.
Apple has released a quick response to the user requests, and released the first update and named it as iOS 6.0.1.
The new update is targeting the following minor fixes:
- Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
- Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
- Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
- Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
- Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
- Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
- Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
- Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings
This update gave us one message from Apple, which says that I’m listening and I do really care to give you a flawless products.
Researchers recently reported findings that playing first-person shooters can help your eyesight.
Scientists took six subjects with cataract disorders and asked them to play Medal of Honor for 40 hours over the course of a month. The subjects played the game for two hours a day, five days a week, for a month. Daphne Maurer of McMaster University in Canada who led the study said that playtime was limited becasue she didn’t want to the patients to become addicted to the game. That’s also probably the reason they chose Medal of Honor instead of Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty, I assume.
Five of the six participants showed improvement after the month was up. “They were able to recognize faces more easily, as well as make out small print and judge the direction of moving dots.” This is good news for EA. They can now put a bullet on the back Medal of Honor boxes that reads, “improves eyesight!”
Maurer said, “the visual nervous system is still plastic enough to either form or reveal connections in adulthood….and we suspect that might be true for any kind of visual defect.”
The next step for Maurer and her team is to create, “the perfect vision-improving non-violent video game.” Someone should show them Portal and Portal 2.
Recently I decided to try a couple of online stores in Kuwait to evaluate them and give to the users my feedback.
Unfortunately I started with www.xcite.com, because based on how large their experience are, and the number of the stores available in Kuwait, I had the feeling that they should be the best.
I found a great deal on one of the products, so I placed the order.
The order took place on 6th of November 2012 as shown below from their confirmation e-mail:
Now we will go to the tricky part, The delivery is mentioned to be happening from 24 – 48 Hours, Which is a grey area in my opinion. Some other online shops tells you exactly whether to to deliver it within 24 Hours or within 4 Hours and they give you the choice, but here you are forced to obey the rules and just wait.
I waited the whole 7th of November for them to call me and arrange for a delivery time but they didn’t, so I decided to call them on 1803535 to check when is the delivery time.
First one lady answered the call and after I gave her the information about my order she told me that the order will be delivered within 48 hours, which again give you a message to sit and pray to be in the top list of the their delivery names.
At night, in the same day the 7th I decided to call again and see if it’s possible to go and pick the item my self from any of the shops. A gentleman answered my call and I told him about my situation and he promised to let the delivery department call me to let me know the time of the delivery. Within 10 Minutes, I received a phone call from Delivery department and they told me that it will be delivered on 8th of November 2012 morning. I was so happy and I told all my friends about their great response time, and how they were positive in satisfying my needs.
On 8th of November I kept waiting for the delivery, the whole morning, but it never happened. At 6:37 PM I decided to call them and let them know that I didn’t get my item yet.
They told me that they will inform the delivery department and they will get back to me.
I received a call from them at 7:16 PM, and they informed me that they are sorry that my item is not available in stock and they are trying to find one stock available to ship it to me. Therefore they will be returning the money I paid using my KNET to my WebStore Credit on their website within 2 business days so I can buy another item from their online store.
Today is 11th of November 2012, and on my account on xcite.com it’s still showing that the item I bought is still processing:
And also when I go to me Webstore Credit it shows the following:
All those calls happened between me and them is supposed to be recorded as per the message we receive before answering our calls, so XCITE management can go back to the calls and check if I was not telling the truth.
After my experience with them, which maybe was because of bad luck, I do recommend if you need to buy anything from XCITE, you have to go and pick it your self from their showrooms. Otherwise it doesn’t worth buying from their online store.
XCITE is the best Electronic shop in Kuwait, especially when you get their extended warranties they offer. But sorry to say that their online store is the worse in Kuwait so far.
Later on I will be posting some other experiences with other online stores in Kuwait.
After I posted this article, I was surprised when I saw that the money were added to my WebStore credit and the order status is changed to Closed as shown below:
This changes only one fact that they did what they promised, but they never gave me the item I wanted.
Not Windows. Not Office. Microsoft.
Think about that.
The iPhone did not exist five years ago. And now it’s bigger than a company that, 15 years ago, was dragged into court and threatened with forcible break-up because it had amassed an unassailable and unthinkably profitable monopoly.
The iPhone also appears to be considerably more profitable than Microsoft.
In the December quarter, Apple’s iPhone business generated $24.4 billion of revenue. Microsoft’s whole company, meanwhile, from Windows to Office to servers to XBox, generated $20.9 billion.
If we assume that Apple generates the same operating profit margin on its iPhone business that it generates on its overall business–38%–the iPhone business generated about $9.3 billion of profit in the December quarter.
All of Microsoft, meanwhile, generated only $8.2 billion.
It was not long ago that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was fending off those observing that Apple’s market capitalization was closing in on Microsoft’s by saying that, regardless of market cap, Microsoft’s business was much bigger and more profitable.
Now, Apple’s business (in Q4) is more than twice the size of Microsoft’s–$46 billion to $21 billion–and more than twice as profitable: $17 billion to $8 billion.
And, needless to say, Apple’s market cap now dwarfs Microsoft’s. (Although, interestingly, Apple’s market cap is not yet 2X Microsoft’s, despite the difference in revenue, profitability, and growth rates. The market still appears to be concerned that Apple’s “closed system” is vulnerable to the same sort of disruption by Android and other more open systems that Apple’s Mac business was back in the 1990s).
What’s just as remarkable here is that Apple invented the iPhone business out of thin air in 2007. This is not an old product category. It’s a completely new one. Which means that Microsoft or anyone else could have invented it.
(The same can be said for the more recently introduced iPad, which is now cleaning Microsoft’s clock in that category, too.)
For the first decade of Steve Ballmer’s reign at Microsoft, some folks cut him a break for the company’s stagnant stock price by observing that the market had changed. But the market changed for Apple, too, and Apple innovated two huge new product lines, one of which is now bigger and more profitable than Microsoft’s entire business. So Steve can’t be cut a break for that anymore.
Microsoft just plain missed these markets (iPhone and iPad). And Apple created them. And it turns out that, at least for now, they are much more valuable and lucrative markets than the ones Microsoft dominated.
The other mistake Microsoft made, one that ultimately could be far more devastating, is that it became obsessed with the wrong competitor.
For the past decade, Microsoft has obsessively targeted Google as Enemy No. 1, blowing more than $10 billion trying to compete with Google’s amazing search engine.
Microsoft has made some progress, but not much–and it is still losing $2 billion a year on the effort. And, meanwhile, a once-forgotten company has blown past it in business lines that much closer and more threatening to Microsoft’s core businesses–Apple.
Microsoft still has a strong hold on the enterprise market, and it may now be able to rededicate itself to that market and try to withstand the Apple and Google onslaught.
But regardless of what happens, Microsoft can only now look up in awe and realize that a product that was introduced 5 years ago and that Steve Ballmer famously dissed is now larger and more profitable than Microsoft’s whole company.
According to rumors, the third-generation iPad will be launched on February 24. This day is the birth date of Steve Jobs, iGenius who changed the world for better.