Under the hood the Find 7 is rumored to sport 3 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 805 chipset. For context, most of the current top Android flagships boast 2 GB of RAM and Snapdragon 800.
Also the Find 7’s processor has been purportedly bumped up from the Snapdragon 800 to the 2.5ghz, 805 processor. It’s worth noting that the 805 will most probably come packed with a 4G LTE radio, meaning that the Find 7 could very well be the company’s first phone with LTE support. If these internal specs turn out to be true, the Find 7 will certainly be at the top of the smartphone food chain.
Mobile movie watchers will love this extra bit of news: the Find 7’s screen is also rumored to have grown: from 5.0” to 5.7” , with a 2560x1440 pixel resolution.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Mobile Coming this December
Before GTAV took us to the sun-bleached sidewalks and humming concrete freeways of present-day Los Santos and beyond, there was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the biggest GTA of the PS2 era. Now, head back to the early 90s with CJ and the Grove Street Families when Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas comes to mobile devices next month.
Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons only when you need them and three different control schemes for driving and maneuvering, as well as a reworked checkpoint system for easier progression. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for mobile also comes equipped with full controller support, including Made for iOS controller capability on iOS7. It will be available for select iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle and Windows Mobile devices. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead.
Nokia's 6-inch Lumia 1520 arrives on AT&T November 22nd for $200, pre-orders open now
After an early leak on Microsoft’s store, we’ve finally got the official launch info for Nokia’s Lumia 1520. The first Windows Phone 8 device with a 6-inch, 1080p display goes on sale November 22nd, and costs $200 on contract for AT&T customers. If you’re ready to dive into its new three-column start screen, quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 16GB of built-in storage (expandable via microSD and a 32GB edition is coming in the “near future,” but you’ll still live without the international version’s wireless charging) and other high end specs, Microsoft and AT&T are both offering a few specials for pre-orders. The Microsoft store teases $70 worth of app store credit, free flip cover and a free copy of Halo: Spartan Assault, while AT&T’s offer packs in $20 of app store credit, the game, and 50GB of cloud storage in AT&T’s locker service. The black, red and white versions will be available at launch, with yellow due “later this year.”
Nexus 5 reportedly due to launch on November 1st, will be available in black and white models
Still waiting for Google to make its often-leaked Nexus 5 official? Sit tight — one leak suggests the device’s unveiling could be just around the corner. The latest render from @evleaks shows a two-toned Nexus 5 with a white backplate, but the post’s text is even more revealing: “In white,” it says. “11/1.” It’s definitely a vague statement, but in light of Google Play’s recent product page leak, an early November launch would be right on schedule. The latest rumors and leaks promise a device with a 4.95-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU and LTE available in both 16 and 32GB models and, apparently, in black or white. Reportedly starting at $349, it certainly has our attention. We’ll let you know when we hear something official.
Suddenly, the 20th Anniversary Mac seems downright commonplace. Apple’s Jony Ive is teaming up with recent design partner Marc Newson to auction a one-of-a-kind red Mac Pro as part of a Product RED charity fundraiser. It’s not clear what’s different on the inside versus the regular black model, but look at that outside — it’s guaranteed that this workstation will be the centerpiece of the office. Be prepared to pony up if you like the idea of an ultra-exclusive system, though. Sotheby’s estimates that the red Mac Pro will sell for $40,000 to $60,000; while that’s a steal next to an Apple I, it’s not exactly chump change. Check out both the Mac and some (slightly) more affordable rose gold EarPods at the source links.
iPad mini with Retina display and 64-bit processor coming in November for $399
Apple’s worst-kept secret and one of its most momentous announcements of the day has just been made: the iPad mini is getting upgraded with a new Retina display. The new screen’s resolution is 2048 x 1536 — matching that of the latest 10-inch iPads — and the processor powering it is the same 64-bit Apple A7 chip as in the iPad Air and iPhone 5S.
Available in November for $399 with Wi-Fi or $529 with mobile data, the new mini is more expensive than its direct predecessor, but the first-gen device is being kept around as well. The 2012 iPad mini gets a price cut, now costing $299 and acting as Apple’s entry-level tablet device.
Alongside the refreshed 7.9-inch iPad mini, Apple is introducing a new set of colorful Smart Covers, costing $39 each, and more expensive wraparound cases that cost $79. The 2013 iPad mini will be available in either a white and silver color combo or a space gray and black pairing. One of the subtler upgrades on the list of changes is the addition of a new 128GB storage option — that will set you back $699 on the Wi-Fi mini or $829 if you want a mobile connection as well. Apple’s being unusually cagey with the timing of the new iPad mini’s release, identifying it only as “later in November,” but Tim Cook closed off today’s presentation by promising that all the new products will be available in time for the holidays.
Apple thus far has shared some interesting business stats (such as 1 million apps on the App Store, 60 billion app downloads and 64 percent of iOS devices on iOS 7, to mention just a few), announced that OS X Mavericks will be launching later today as a free download, confirmed that the new Mac Pro pro desktop is due in December starting at $2,999, shown off the new 64-bit versions of iWork and iLife apps for the Mac and iOS with full file compatibility across these platforms and refreshed the new 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros with faster PCIe storage, Thunderbolt 2 I/O, fourth-generation Intel chips, both also available today at more affordable prices than ever.
And now onto the main thing – the new iPads. Say hello to iPad Air.
What’s an iPad Air?
It’s your fifth-generation full-size iPad, rebranded for the new age to reflect its dramatically improved design. The device still has a 9.7-inch Retina display, but also includes the 43 percent skinnier side bezel, iPad mini style.
At just 7.5mm, the iPad Air is 20 percent thinner.
It’s also substantially lighter (28 percent lighter, to be precise) compared to its predecessor. at just 1.0 pound versus 1.4 pounds for the previous-generation product, the iPad Air is it’s the lightest iPad in the world, period.
It’s powered by the Apple-designed 64-bit A7 chip that just launched with the iPhone 5s and also contains the M7 motion coprocessor to track your movement in a battery-friendly manner. In addition to CPU/GPU speeds gains, the A7 chip also allows for improved still image and video capture with faster auto-focus, up to three times video zoom, five times still zoom, better dynamic range and automatic image and video stabilization.
Graphics performance is 72 times faster compared to the original iPad and 3D rendering is two times faster over the iPad 4. As for CPU performance, the new iPad opens apps twice as fast though I should mention that customers will start seeing some substantial speed increased after developers optimize their apps for 64-bit computing.
The three times faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking is also inside this new iPad Air – it’s the first iOS device with MIMO (Multiple-In-Multiple-Out) wireless technology. On the cellular front, the new iPad Air benefits from the expanded LTE support we’ve seen on the iPhone 5s.
On the downside, there’s a five-megapixel iSight camera on the back that captures 1080p video versus the eight-megapixel shooter the rumor-mill has been hoping for. Out the front is the improved FaceTime HD camera with improved backside illumination sensors featuring larger pixels for better low-light performance.
Luckily, the iPad Air still delivers the ten-hour battery life the previous models are famous for.
The tablet also has dual microphones for better reception and improved Siri performance. The iPad Air comes in Silver and Space Grey finishes – no, there’s no gold colorway – and starts at the same $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi configuration ($130 extra for the cellular variant).
The 32/64/128GB Wi-Fi variants are $599/$699/$799 (a $130 extra if you need cellular).
The 16GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi remains on sale for $399.
Apple said the iPad Air will start shipping on November 1 in a few dozen countries, including China.
Reiterating the original pitch – “our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price” – Tim Cook said the iPad has gone on to become one of the most successful products in Apple’s history.
Cumulative iPad sales have topped 170 million units this past month, he said while jokingly remarking that even some of the doubters are now building tablets.
The iPad is great because people use it and love it – it’s rated #1 in customer satisfaction and is used four times more than all of the other tablets put together, said Cook The Numbers Guy.
Finally, there are 475,000 high-quality apps created specifically for the iPad, of the one million applications on the App Store.
It’s hard to compete with that and it’s no wonder that Apple has sold 170 million iPads in three years time.
Apple says next-gen Mac Pro will be available in December, starting at $2,999
It’s the iPad day and Apple CEO Tim Cook has just finished his usual barrage of Apple biz stats at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. After saying that Mavericks is available today as a free Mac App Store download and taking the wraps off the updated and cheaper 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros, the company has now formally announced that its next-generation Mac Pro – pitched as “the future of the pro desktop” – is going to ship in December, costing just $2,999 for the entry-level configuration. I’ve included a few more tidbits right after the break..
Inside the Mac Pro is an Intel Xeon E5 chip (6, 8 or 12-core variants) with up to 64GB of fast 1866MHz DDR3 EEC memory and is the first Mac to come standard with dual-workstation AMD FirePro graphics with up to 4,096 stream processors and dual 384-bit memory busses, easily allowing for up to three 4K displays via Thunderbolt 2 or HDMI 1.4.
This is a content creator’s dream come true. Apple acknowledged as much, saying the new Mac Pro makes 4K video editing a reality via an updated FinalCut X application, to be released later on the Mac App Store.
The fast PCIe controller inside the new Mac Pro is ten times faster than hard drives: up to 1.2GB/s in reads and writes. There is also of course the new Thunderbolt 2 I/O (it’s the first Mac to incorporate second-generation Thunderbolt) for 20 Gb/s throughput and up to six devices per port.
Of course, there’s a motion controller to illuminate the back ports when you rotate the machine (what happens to cables?) and Apple says that the new Mac Pro is incredibly quiet – just 12 decibels in idle performance, which is as silent as the Mac mini.
The system starts at $2,999 for a configuration with 12GB of DRAM and 3.7GHz quad-core chip. The new Mac Pro will be available in December.
Wrapping up, Apple make fuss of the fact that the new Mac Pro is being designed in U.S. by some 2,000 people spread across 20 states.
Apple unveils new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros, drops price tags
Apple continues to run through its iPad keynote, and now that Craig Federighi has announced that OS X Mavericks is going to be available as a free update, Phil Schiller has taken the stage to talk about the hardware that’ll run it.
Two new MacBook Pros have been introduced thus far, a 13-inch and a 15-inch. Both of them have been updated with Intel processing chips to increase performance and battery life, and both have received $200 price reductions…
The new 13-inch model is thinner and lighter than before, measuring in at just 0.71 inches thick with a weight of 3.46 pounds. It’s also less expensive, starting at just $1299, though that comes with a smaller SSD drive than its predecessor.
Apple also announced an update for the 15-inch model, with the new Crystalwell integrated graphics chips and other performance enhancements. It’s also getting a significant discount, with a starting price of just $1999 ($200 less).
Both laptops are available for purchase today, and as expected, there was no mention of non-Retina laptop models.
Per the norm, Apple went through its routine of recapping many of the notable features available on its updated operating system. Craig Federighi took the stage to provide a recap, along with performing a demo showcasing iBooks, Maps, Finder tags, Safari Notifications, and more.
Although none of that is news to those of us who’ve been following OS X Mavericks since WWDC 2013, there is one piece of important info that hasn’t been revealed until now — the price and release date. Just a few minutes ago, Apple revealed that OS X Mavericks would be free starting now!
Not only will OS X Mavericks be free, but it will also be compatible with a wide range of Mac hardware, and feature direct upgrade paths from older OS X versions. Even those of you running an iMac from 2007 will be able to take advantage of the free OS X Mavericks update.
Apple has really set a new bar for OS release prices. While direct competitors like Microsoft continue to demand hundreds of dollars for its latest OS updates, Apple does so for free.
Nexus 5 appeared again, this time in the Google Play Store
The Nexus 5 was briefly listed alongside a Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The handset’s short cameo revealed its starting price of $349 for the 16GB version – right in line with its predecessor’s. A larger storage option however, is all but certain to be available.
That Nokia tablet we’ve been hearing so much about? Just a couple weeks before its likely appearance in Abu Dhabi at Nokia World, we’re now starting to see what it actually looks like outside of blurrycam leaks and tiny FCC diagrams. Tipster @evleaks just posted the above render of the Nokia Lumia 2520 in all its cyan glory (though we’d imagine Nokia will have multiple color options, if history has been any indication). It’s quite possible this will just be the first of many leaks — hopefully accompanied by some solid specs to boot — but only time will tell.
Final Fantasy VI to arrive on iOS and Android this winter
It has been more than a year since the original Final Fantasy arrived on Android, and soon mobile gamers will be able to enjoy the sixth installment of the game on their iOS and Android devices. This information comes from Square Enix’s director and producer Takashi Tokita, who spoke to the folks over at Kotaku earlier today, saying the release will be a modified version of the original.
The modifications won’t be severe, with Tokita saying that the game is “basically like a remake” of the original. The graphics will be changed up a bit, offered in 2D but sharpened and refined for game play on smartphones. He went on to elaborate on some aspects of this modification, offering up an example as well to give gamers a better idea of what to expect.
Said Tokita: “The battle systems have been altered for the other [mobile remakes] for Final Fantasy and VI will be the same. For instance grinding was an issue and people had to spend a lot of time leveling up. Now on the mobile devices the battle systems have been adjusted so you don’t have to fight as much and can enjoy the game for what it is.”
Next up in the Legacy series will be the Final Fantasy: The After Years port for mobile devices, something that is currently available for Wii gamers in the US. It may not end there, however, with Kotaku reporting that Tokita says if the project works out as expected, the company would like to bring VII to mobile devices at some point in the future.
Samsung’s concave phone is very much real, and after being teased in leaks hours earlier, SK Telecom has announced it’ll launch the Galaxy Round on its network as soon as tomorrow. The device’s highlight is obviously the gently curved 1080p 5.7-inch OLED screen, and Samsung is also promising a melee of software tweaks for the smartphone, aimed at making the most of it. For example, tilting the phone to the side will offer up notifications, battery levels and more at a glance. Other specifications revealed so far include a 7.9mm profile and that it weighs less than the Note 3, at 154g.
The latest live photo of the Nexus 5 falls right in line with previous leaks. It clearly shows the handset’s relationship with the 2013 Nexus 7, thus further reaffirming that Google is on its way to unify the design of its own family of devices. The user who uploaded the photo has subsequently taken it down, so there’s no reason to doubt its authenticity.
The person who posted the image also left a couple of quick hands-on impressions. The Nexus 5 is said to be smaller than an LG G2 and (unsurprisingly) feeling a lot like the latest Nexus 7.
October could be the month Nexus fans are been waiting for!
Avicii Steps Into the Gaming Industry with “Gravity” For Apple Devices
Avicii continues his path as an EDM trailblazer with his newest venture, an App game, released first for Apple devices. This game, called gravity, is oddly reminiscent to Sonic 2′s half pipe bonus level. You have two goals, 1) collect the colored items on the right hand side, and 2) not wreck into the obstacles. You do this by swiping left, right, and up to navigate the “gravity” around you. Seems easy enough?
We also went hands on with the game, here is a sneak peek. The game is available on App Store.
iPhone 5s, 5c sales top 9 million in biggest debut weekend ever, iOS 7 upgrades hit 200 million
Apple on Monday announced that combined sales of its brand new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets topped 9 million units through their first weekend of availability. The impressive figure handily tops last year’s iPhone 5 sales, which totaled 5 million units through the phone’s first three days of availability. The company also confirmed that 200 million people have updated to iOS 7 so far — last year, 100 million iOS devices had updated to the newly released iOS 6 during the same amount of time. Apple released the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c this past Friday and massive lines formed around the world. Supply of the new iPhone 5s was constrained at launch, and we knew that finding gold models in the U.S. would be next to impossible. That didn’t stop the crowds from turning out though, and Apple has once again managed to top its debut weekend sales record with the world’s most popular smartphones. Apple’s full press release follows below.
First Weekend iPhone Sales Top Nine Million, Sets New Record
Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone® 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history. Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. Demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks.
“This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”
iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including the Apple-designed A7 64-bit chip, all-new 8 megapixel iSight® camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID™, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5c features an all-new design, packed with features users know and love like the beautiful 4-inch Retina® display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight camera—all while delivering great battery life.¹ iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c both offer more LTE bands² than any other smartphone in the world and include all-new FaceTime® HD cameras.
iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c feature iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, featuring a stunning new user interface, completely redesigned with an elegant color palette, distinct, functional layers and subtle motion that make it feel more alive. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and introduces iTunes Radio℠, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes®.³ Over 11 million unique listeners have already tuned in to iTunes Radio since launch with the most listened to song being “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake.
Every customer who buys an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store℠ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store. Customers can learn more about iOS 7 and their new device through new free workshops at all Apple retail stores worldwide. In the US, the new iPhones are available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, select Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space gray, and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.⁴ iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) for the 16GB model and $199 (US) for the 32GB model.⁴ iPhone 5s cases are available in beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $39 (US) through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers. iPhone 5c cases are available in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and white for a suggested retail price of $29 (US) through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers. iPhone 4s is also available for free (US) with a two-year contract.⁴
Sony Xperia Z1 unveiled in India, priced at Rs 44,990
Sony Mobile on Wednesday unveiled in the new addition to its Xperia smartphone line-up, the Xperia Z1, in India, priced at Rs 44,990.
The company has launched a scheme whereby customers can buy the Xperia Z1 smartphone with on zero down-payment and 12 month EMI.
The Xperia Z1, considered to be Sony’s answer to Samsung Galaxy Note 3, sports a massive 20.7-megapixel resolution camera capable of taking add-on lenses. The Xperia Z1 is Sony’s attempt to leapfrog rivals such as Samsung Electronics in the race for the phone with the best camera.
The company had earlier, presented the phone in Berlin, ahead of the opening of the annual IFA consumer electronics show in the city.
The Xperia Z1’s standout features are the in-built camera and detachable lenses that can be controlled from the phone’s 5-inch screen. The handsets’ camera features are supported by dedicated apps and a large image sensor. The company has said the Xperia Z1 can be paired with the upcoming Cyber-shot QX10 (priced at Rs 12,990) and QX100 (priced at Rs 24, 990) lens cameras.
The smartphone feature a 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor (same chip that powers LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3) and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The device, which comes with a waterproof aluminum case, has 2GB of RAM and up to 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to 64GB.
Sony also introduced a slew of other products, including the Sony SmartWatch 2, which will be available from October in Indian stores. Unlike the Galaxy Gear, this watch is compatible with all Android 4.0 and above phones and is priced at Rs 14,990.
Nikon - Waterproof Interchangeable Lens Camera - Nikon 1 AW1
Today, Nikon has announced the release of the first waterproof Interchangeable Lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1.
With waterproofing including rubber seals between the front and rear body covers and an O-ring on the mount, the Nikon 1 AW1 is waterproof to 15 meters (JIS/IEC Class 8 (IPX8) equivalent) and it can also withstand the shock of a fall from up to 2 meters (MIL-STD-810F).
Nikon has also adopted non-slip materials on the grip to achieve a secure hold as well as well-spaced buttons on the top to ensure easy use. In addition they have used stainless steel on the front surface which increases strength and prevents rust. These points, in conjunction with its waterproof and shockproof qualities make the AW-1 a reliable camera for outdoor use.
It supports a number of 1 NIKKOR lenses as well as F-mount NIKKOR lenses (Mount Adapter FT1 required), making this waterproof camera truly unique.
Other specs include a super high-speed CX-format image AF CMOS sensor developed by Nikon that offers 73-point phase-detection AF and 135-point contrast-detect AF, as well as the world’s shortest shooting time lag. It has an effective pixel count of 14.25-million pixels, and offers high performance at high sensitivities with support for ISO 160-6400. It supports high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 15 fps with AF tracking.
BBM arrives for Android this Saturday, iOS on Sunday
The long-awaited cross-platform versions of BlackBerry’s BBM will be available this weekend, according to the company. Android users will get first crack at it on Saturday, September 21st, while iOS users will be able to download it the following day. BBM is BlackBerry’s crown jewel; it’s one of the few reasons many people initially used BlackBerry devices for.
BBM for iOS and Android will let users communicate with BlackBerry owners, and will offer features such as delivery, read, and typing notifications. It also lets users share files, images, and voice notes, and supports group chats with up to 30 people. BlackBerry says that its BBM Channels feature will be made available on iOS and Android in the near future.
The app will be available for Android 4.0 and up, and iOS 6 and iOS 7. The mobile messaging market has become exceptionally crowded since BBM’s heyday of a few years ago, so it will be interesting to see if it is able to bring users that have long ditched BlackBerry device back into its fold.
Nokia teases 'innovation reinvented' event on October 22nd
Well, isn’t this convenient? Rumors have circulated that Nokia was delaying the Lumia 1520 launch beyond late September, and the company has just teased an “innovation reinvented” event on October 22nd. The company isn’t giving many clues, although the desert skiing image is curious — we’re wondering if the press gathering may take place in a similarly exotic venue.