Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 with Wi-Fi fix

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Dec 182012

AppleApple today released iOS 6.0.2, a small update aimed primarily at the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. According to the changelog, it fixes a single issue: “a bug that could impact Wi-Fi.” It will hopefully address complaints about poor Wi-Fi performance exhibited by some users of both devices.

To update Over-The-Air, users can select ‘General’ > ‘Software Update’ vai the Settings app. It is also available through iTunes.

The next major iOS update, version 6.1, is expected in early 2013. Apple iOS 6.1 beta 4 is currently available to developers.

Read more: AppleInsider

WIND Mobile not interested in Apple iPhone?

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Dec 112012

WIND MobileIn an interview with the Edmonton Journal, WIND Mobile’s COO Pietro Cordova shared some thoughts on how the carrier is faring as well as one of the the industry’s top smartphones.

With about 560,000 customers now onboard, WIND Mobile has established itself as Canada’s fourth largest carrier. But the carrier has found the market tougher than it had expected. It had originally wanted to have 1.5 million subscribers within the first three years of operation. “I believe the Canadian market is a slow market so it’s up to us to keep on delivering so more and more people will actually trust us,” Cordova said. He added that part of the challenge was that potential customers were still unsure of WIND’s long term viability. “It tells you the story of how Canadians look at things and if we continue delivering we will gain traction because the customers that are with us are happy… and I think that this is spreading,” he added.

Asked about the Apple iPhone, one of the most sought after smartphones, Cordova downplayed its importance to the carrier. “The iPhone 5, or iPhone in general, is not a huge factor for us. Clearly, our customer base is not necessarily a customer base that is entirely interested in those kinds of phones,” he said. He added that the carrier did not see “any real slowdown in our sales even in the peak weeks of the launch of the iPhone 5.”

What Cordova failed to add is that WIND Mobile cannot sell the iPhone because Apple has never offered an AWS variant. It’s more than likely that Cordova and WIND Mobile would love to be able to offer the iPhone to their customers as it is one of the few devices that could sway new customers over

Would you switch over if WIND Mobile offered an iPhone?

Read more: Edmonton Journal (Source: iPhoneInCanada)

Canadian Apple stores now selling unlocked iPhone 5

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Nov 302012

Apple iPhone 5Since the Apple iPhone 5 went on sale on September 21st, Canadians have only been able to buy it unlocked through the Apple online store. As of today, there is another option. Apple retail stores in Canada are now started unlocked versions as well as locked ones.

Apple does have a few rules:

  • Before 4PM you are allowed to purchase up to 2 unlocked units per person in-store.
  • After 4PM, you will have to reserve online via for in-store pick up the next day. Note below iPhone reservations are accepted between 7AM and 1PM daily

Much as they do online, prices start at CA$699 for the 16GB iPhone 5 and run up to CA$899 for the 64GB version.

There is good news for those south fo the border as well. The previously unavailable unlocked iPhone 5 is now available in the U.S. starting at US$649 through the U.S. Apple online store. It is not yet available in Apple stores though.

Read more: iPhoneInCanada

Nov 142012

The BlackBerry 10 L-Series all-touch smartphone has been caught on camera once more ahead of its official launch on January 30th 2013. What makes this latest photo unique is that the BlackBerry 10 device is next to an Apple iPhone 5, giving us a good idea of its size.

Rumoured BlackBerry L-Series next to Apple iPhone 5

The image reveals that the BlackBerry L-Series will be slightly wider and about as tall despite having a slightly larger display. The key difference is that the L-Series which will rely heavily on gestures lacks a homescreen button, allowing it to fit a larger display in a very similar footprint.

What do you think? Homescreen button or larger display? We are leaning towards the latter ourselves.

Read more: (Source: CrackBerry)

More Apple iPad mini size comparison pictures surface

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Oct 012012

More pictures comparing the size of the upcoming Apple iPad Mini have surfaced. This latest series not only compares the iPad mini to the iPad and both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S but also puts it next to the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. Once again, the comparisons use a full-scale model rather than a functional unit.

Apple iPad mini size comparison

Apple iPad mini size comparison

The iPad mini is thinner but wider and taller than the Google Nexus 7.

Earlier today, a separate rumour indicated that Apple could hold its iPad mini event on October 17th.

Read more: (in French) [Google translation] (Source: Business Insider)

MTS, NorthernTel and SaskTel launch Apple iPhone 5 today

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Sep 282012

Apple iPhone 5The Apple iPhone 5 launched last week in Canada with the Big Three national carriers and their flanker brands. Today, it’s the turn of three regional carriers to launch it. Apple’s latest smartphone is now also available from NorthernTel, MTS and SaskTel.

As expected, prices are in line with those of other carriers: The 16GB model starts at CA$179, the 32GB at CA$279, and the 64GB for CA$379, all with three-year contracts.

Interestingly, MTS lists the LTE-enabled Apple iPhone 5 as compatible with its HSPA+ network despite having launched its LTE network this week.

Read more: MTS, NorthernTel, and SaskTel

Humour: The Apple iPhone 5: 18% thinner and 795% taller

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Sep 242012

Comedy troupe Satire has put together a funny Apple iPhone 5 parody video. Imagine what could have been: No more “scrolling fatigue,” an enhanced version of FaceTime called BodyTime, and panoramic photography made so much easier. Called “A Taller Change Than Expected,” it is a look at “the tallest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.”

Such a design could also see Apple expand another market: Musical instruments. Why carry a guitar when there is an app for this for your extra-tall iPhone? Two iPhones and you have a violin…

Good laugh or are you getting tired of the all the iPhone parodies?

Read more: Satire [via YouTube]

Apple iPhone 5 sales top 5 million in debut weekend

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Sep 242012

Apple iPhone 5Apple today announced that it had sold over 5 million iPhone 5 smartphones over its debut weekend. It went on sale on Friday morning with the usual customer lineups.

“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

Apple’s iPhone 5 debut weekend surpassed that of the iPhone 4S which saw sales of 4 million devices about a year ago. Its pre-orders had already surpassed those of the iPhone 4S a week earlier.

Apple also announced that more than than 100 million iOS devices have already been updated with iOS 6. That amounts to roughly 25% of all iOS devices sold to date.

Read more: Apple

Apple rolls out iPhone 5 ads

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Sep 222012

Along with yesterday’s iPhone 5 launch, Apple has launched a series of new ads focusing on its latest smartphone. Three of the four videos focus on the new features introduced while the last focuses on Apple’s new EarPods.

The tone of the ads is a bit less serious than previous Apple ads.

Do you like the new ads?

Read more: Apple

Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale

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Sep 212012

Today is the day that the Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale. Hopefully you pre-ordered it or are already in a line-up (or even already have it) as Apple looks to have another record seller on its hands. It received 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours alone and online orders now show availability in three to four weeks.

In Canada, the iPhone 5 is available directly from Apple. The 16GB model sells for CA$699.00, the 32GB for CA$799.00, and the 64GB for CA$899.00. It will be tied to a carrier upon purchase.

Carrier pricing starts at CA$179 (or a few pennies more) for the 16GB model with a three-year contract. The 32GB model sells for CA$279 and the 64GB one for CA$379, again with three-year contracts. Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile are all selling it as of today.

It will also be available from a number of retailers such as Best Buy.

MTS and SaskTel will both launch the iPhone 5 on October 28th.

In the US, it sells for US$199 for the 16GB model, US$299 for the 32GB model and US$399 for the new 64GB model with a two-year contract through AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.

Samsung going after Apple iPhone 5 over 8 LTE patents

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Sep 202012

SamsungRelations between Apple and Samsung just are not improving. As expected, Samsung confirmed its intention to go after the iPhone 5 as it suspects that it infringes 8 LTE patents:

“Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product. On September 12, 2012, Apple announced that it will release the iPhone 5 on September 21, 2012. Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models. Samsung plans to file a motion to amend its infringement contentions to address the iPhone 5 as soon as it has had a reasonable opportunity to analyze the device. Because Samsung believes the accused functionality of the iPhone 5 will be similar to the accused functionality of other accused Apple products, Samsung does not believe that amendment of its infringement contentions should affect the case schedule.”

This case is actually a second U.S. case involving the two companies. If it moves ahead with the amendment, Samsung could also ask for a preliminary injunction against the iPhone 5. Since nothing has been filed yet, it will not affect tomorrow’s launch though.

Read more: FOSSPatents (Source: Gizmodo)

Latest Samsung ad revisits the Apple customer lineup

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Sep 192012

It’s been a while since Samsung released an ad featuring its favourite competition’s customers waiting in a lineup for the “next big thing.” Continuing with its “The Next Big Thing is Already Here” theme, the latest ad features the Samsung Galaxy S III and once again takes a few jabs at Apple’s products, this time the upcoming iPhone 5.

These still make me smile…

Read more: Samsung [via YouTube]

Apple iPhone 5 pre-orders top 2 million in first 24 hours

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Sep 172012

Apple iPhone 5Apple today announced that it received over 2 million iPhone 5 pre-orders in the first 24 hours alone. This doubles its previous record set by the iPhone 4S.

“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”

Demand has now outstripped available supply. Apple expects that “the majority of pre-orders” will be delivered on September 21st, more recent pre-orders may not be delivered until October.

The Apple iPhone 5 will go on sale on September 21st. If you have not pre-ordered yours yet and want to get one on the first day, get ready to line up for it.

Read more: Apple

Apple iPhone 5 coming to MTS on September 28th and “soon” to SaskTel

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Sep 162012

Apple iPhone 5When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 this week, it announced that its latest smartphone was coming to the three largest Canadian carriers (and their flanker brands). Now we can add two more carriers to the list that will carry it, albeit slightly later.

MTS has announced that it will begin to offer the Apple iPhone 5 on September 28th. For its part, SaskTel has also confirmed it will carry it but is only promising that it is “coming soon.”

Neither carrier has announced pricing but expect it to fall in the CA$180 range for the 16GB model, CA$280 for the 32GB one, and CA$380 for the 64GB model, all with a three-year contract.

Read more: MTS and SaskTel

Samsung takes aim at Apple iPhone 5 with latest ad

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Sep 162012

Samsung may have lost its U.S. patent lawsuit with Apple but it remains unbowed. After a series of video ads clearly aimed at Apple fans and their near fanatical devotion to the brand, the manufacturer has now taken aim at Apple’s latest smartphone. With the tag line “It doesn’t take a genius” it compares Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III to the iPhone 5 and unsurprisingly finds the latter lacking.

Ad: Samsung Galaxy S III compared to Apple iPhone 5
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Needless to say, the ad is skewed towards the Galaxy S III, touting pretty much all of its features (such as S Beam or Share Shot) but omitting to list iPhone 5 features (such as AirPlay). Samsung also takes a shot at the new Lightning connector, describing it as “a totally different plug.”

It would appear that relations between the two companies will not be warming up any time soon…

Read more: Business Insider