Archive for September, 2012

Apple, Beta, Gamma, Delta

IPhone 4S was released with a beta (or alpha) release of Siri

IPad 3 (the new one) tried a new camera with poor results

IPhone 5 now has what arguably is another broad alpha or beta testing of their yet to be finished Apple Maps

What will be the next feature Apple will launch on new products that aren’t ready for prime time?

Is there something else on the new iPhone 5 people think is still in beta?

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Verizon iPhone 5 Unlocked?!

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Read this article first for the explanation:
Verizon iPhone 5 unlocked open access

Now that you have some knowledge on how our wireless carriers use the spectrum for phones let me explain to you why Verizon might be setting their phones free.

As this article states, if you are already on Verizon, you are not going to switch to AT&T – period.

But if AT&T wants to be competitive with Verizon, and we all know they do, their hands will be forced and sell future phones unlocked.

Why is this good for Verizon? Because 1 to 2 years after AT&T unlocks their phones those customers can switch to Verizon – hassle free.

In 2 years time we might even see calls being made over 4G LTE and a new generation of smartphones and tablets. When this jump to a more mature LTE network happens all bets are off and Verizon, who currently has the nations largest and most expansive LTE network will be able to migrate their evdo customers to the new efficient network and benefit with a new surge of “free phones” on their network.

Of course, this could all backfire; AT&T doesn’t unlock their phones and Verizon customers can switch to AT&T.

Only time will tell, but either way, this is great news for the consumer and pushes our carriers towards a shared model which will provide everyone with more reliable mobile connectivity.

Microsoft has already shown that they mean business and are ready to rebrand Zune as Xbox Music and Xbox Video so that every Xbox, Windows 8 PC, Windows 8 Pro tablet/slate, Windows RT and Windows Phone device can use and share music and movies between Microsoft devices, but is this enough for Microsoft to become a leader or a contender in the online music service space?

I think Microsoft should extend their Xbox SmartGlass for iPhone, iPod, iPod Video to include access to Microsoft’s Xbox Music Pass.

This service by distributed by Microsoft and has been available on Every Zune, Windows Phone and Windows PC running Zune software has allowed users to either pay a small monthly free or a reduced rate for pre-purchasing an entire year of service with the ability to download, not just stream high quality music.

For under $100 a year (or between 7-10 full CDs, or up to 100 tracks on iTunes) you can download nearly any CD, compilation, track or tracks of your favorite artists, or even download full CDS from artists and bands you never heard of, but want to give a try. If you don’t like it, delete it from your phone or PC, it’s that simple!

So, would Microsoft ask Apple to plug into their FairPlay technology for a Xbox service? Could Microsoft bypass the DRM in iOS6 and iTunes and apply their PlaysForSure technology there?

Time will tell, but i can already see that Microsoft is keeping not only their sites and future open, but they are also embracing companies that have the lions share of users and are taking a play from Apple; sending out a baited fishing rod and reeling them in one user at a time.

Everyone knows Apple can create amazing cutting edge products with the latest and greatest features, but it’s new designs are limited by their own success.

Sure Samsung Galaxy S III has some great tech and the Nokia Lumia will arguably have the best – everything:
Highest resolution screen in the US
Best clarity with higher than retina display ppi
Best color accuracy ans viewability with it’s “Apple like” IPS panel
Best motion and video playback with their PureMotion HD+ tech
Few to no scratches with it’s Corning Gorilla Glass display and unibody design that while resists scratches, and when it does they are nearly invisible thanks to it’s color solid plastics
It has the PureView technology in their camera which not only has software enhancements, but also OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for smooth video and highly detailed photos in low light
Wireless (wire less) charging
Synaptics Clearpad tech so the phone can be used with (nearly) any device or digit; fingers, gloves, car keysand even fingernails (what admin assistant, secretary or manicurist doesn’t look forward to that?!)
WiFi (seemingly single band until it’s reported otherwise)
Bluetooth 4.0
2nd Gen Lumia with 4G and/or 4G LTE
Windows Phone 8 based on the multi-threaded Windows NT core as well as Windows 8 and Windows RT
Etc, the list goes on and on with new software enhancements by both Nokia, Microsoft Research (think PhotoSynth) and Microsoft

These are all or many of the things Apple can no longer design and then be manufactured. There is no way that even Apple and their manufacturers could make 10 million of these devices for launch and then be expected to be of good quality or even able to secure all the parts to make so many handsets.

I point to the iPhone 5’s 8MP BSI camera. While the physical camera is technically inferior to the optics of the 4S, Apple was able to use great software algorithms to make the iPhone 5’s camera produce photos on par with the last gen (1/2 gen) phone.

So, will the “iPhone 6” have these new wonderful features that are found in the Lumia 920 – I’m sure many of them will, but only after other companies test the waters and manufacturers can mass produce these technologies.

I also bet that the next iPhone will run iOS11 and will fully merge iOS and OSX into one OS and will be heralded as “Amazing!” 🙂