The internets awash with info from Apple’s iPod event last night. The big news: iTunes 9 is available with a load of new features and a more polished look, there’s a new 64GB iPod touch and the newest iPod Nano 5G packs a camera with FM radio and video recording. Exciting stuff. You can read all about it in next month’s magazine, and until then, enjoy all the pretty colours!
A new iPhone was spotted last night, and while the body has stayed very much the same, its guts received a much needed overhaul. Apple has thrown a faster processor and twice the RAM into the 3GS, with a 3MP autofocus camera, better battery life and voice controls. iPhone OS 3.0 will come pre-installed, giving you a digital compass, copy and paste functions and a neat Find My iPhone application. It will come in 16GB and 32GB capacities, in the familiar black and white, and be priced US$200 and US$300 respectively. Out in the UAE this August.
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Before any Apple event, sweaty palmed fan boys pledge allegiance to Jobs while anti-Apple naysayers hold their Zunes up high, leaving everyone else to speculate. This time round, the iPhone is in the spotlight. We’ve heard rumours ranging from US$100 handsets, an updated camera with video capabilities and increased 32GB capacities. We’ve also seen OLED screens, Apple tablet renderings, matte surfaces and glowing Apple logos. And while we can’t comment on those rumours, a loose-lipped Belkin exec recently let slip she had seen plans of the new ‘smaller and thinner’ iPhone. We shall all find out in the next few hours…
Nokia’s latest N-series mobile has finally landed on the sunny shores of Dubai. We’ve played with it before, but we’re still rather impressed with this sleek little slider. It’s got a 5MP camera, HSDPA, A-GPS and up to 48GB of storage to play with, not to mention a full QWERTY revealed via sumptuous tilting mechanism. Expect to find it in stores early next week, for around US$850.
This marks the first release of the summer smartphone bonanza – with the Palm Pre launching in the US tomorrow, a new iPhone on the horizon, and HTC and Samsung both teasing big announcements. Like a Dubai summer, the mobile market is going to get very hot and sticky.
Today sees the launch of the BlackBerry App World for the US, UK and Canadian markets. The online app market is accessible to BlackBerrys with a rollerball or touchscreen* (via Wi-Fi and mobile networks). Although frustrating for anyone based outside the three launch countries, BlackBerry’s App World definitely looks the part and might well be worth the wait (update on UAE launch date to follow). Visually very similar to Apple’s App Store, BlackBerry’s version comes with quite a healthy selection of launch apps including Facebook, MySpace, Pandora, Windows Live Messenger and even UNO (which has us a little excited – is that sad?). According to its press announcement, RIM expects over 1,000 fresh apps to be added this week and like Apple they have sent a plea out to app designers everywhere to get busy developing.
BlackBerry App World site
* OS 4.2 or higher
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Don’t fancy one of those expensive iPhone service plans? Fear not, UAE-dwelling Apple fans, as Etisalat has just announced that the world’s most strokable mobile will now be available for Wasel customers (pre-paid, to you). Sure, it ain’t cheap at Dhs3,121 for 8GB or Dhs3,570 for 16GB, but ‘Slat will subsidize that with a free SIM and 250MB of free data a month for six months, a saving they reckon will save you Dhs2,000. That adds up to Dhs1,121 to get started on the multi-touch wonder… an odd figure, but who’s complaining?
Apple has announced the dates of its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. This is the event at which the iPhone 3G was announced last year, and the smart money says that if there’s a new J-phone in the offing, it’ll be announced between June 8 to 12 at the event. After some pretty mediocre offerings so far this year, we think it could be just the ticket to get summer off to a good start.