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Apple iPhone 4

The article will educate readers about Apple iPhone’s functionality and features.  Let’s start by looking at the strengths and weaknesses of Apple iPhone 4.

Strengths

• Insanely high-resolution screen
• Improved email handling
• Longer battery life
• Wonderfully easy to use
• Blazingly fast
• Simple multitasking functionality
• Much improved camera

Weaknesses

• Video calling that only works between iPhone 4 handsets over Wi-Fi
• Signal drops when a user holds the phone in a certain way
• Doesn’t feel as thin as it is
• Expensive
• Tied to iTunes software

Case

Apple’s case protects the phone and should help with reception problems caused by obscuring the antenna
Despite its flat front and back, and a case that’s only 9mm thick, the iPhone 4 feels solid and sturdy, even though it is the thinnest smart phone out there.  The iPhone 4 includes an extra microphone for noise-cancelling purposes. The output of the iPhone 4′s speaker is asier to hear than that of previous iPhones, and a user doesn’t have to place it against our lugholes.

Retina display
Apple’s calls its display as a ‘retina display’, and it has a 960×640-pixel resolution, which is quadruple the number of pixels sported by the iPhone 3GS in the same 89mm (3.5-inch) area.
The phone’s display is good and when comparing to the stunningly clear, 480×854-pixel screen of the Motorola Milestone, the iPhone 4′s display has the advantage because of its bright whites and midnight-dark blacks.

iOS 4
The iPhone 4 runs the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 4.  The multitasking feature offers advantages, even without updated applications.

The iPhone’s email app has also improved as a user can now read new emails from all the accounts in one combined inbox, and group conversations as in Gmail. A user can add wallpaper to the home screens and sort the icons into folders.

Camera
The resolution is 5 megapixels, and an LED photo light to help out in dark situations. With a steady hand, it’s easy to get decent shots with the iPhone 4 and the shots in dim conditions are good because of the LED light. The on-screen controls for the LED light are easy to use.  The iPhone 4′s camera has a super-fast shutter speed as it takes only a split second to capture a shot after a user has pressed the on-screen shutter button.

720p video
The iPhone 4 also records 720p, high-definition video at 30 frames per second, and video has the same tap-to-focus feature that previous iPhones only offered when taking still photos.

Apple offers an easy-to-use interface that makes video calls easy to make and control. FaceTime has plenty of pleasing features, including the fact that the image of users friend’s mug rotates automatically when a users chum rotates the handset.

The iPhone 4 also ramps up the Wi-Fi speed, with support for the latest 802.11n standard. HSPA connectivity enables fast downloads and uploads over 3G.

Nokia to Sue Apple

Finland’s mobile phone giant Nokia is planning to sue Apple for their failure to pass on royalties from their sales of the immensely popular iPhone.

Apple are said to have infringed upon Nokia’s mobile phone technology patents when developing the iPhone.

How much Nokia will be seeking has not yet been confirmed, but expert analyst Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray predicts that Nokia will seek 1-2% from every iPhone that is sold.

Over 30 million have been sold to date which would generate between $6 and $12 per iPhone, potentially totalling $400m.

Apple has recently announced third quarter profits of £1bn with the iPhone delivering a 7% growth, having to pass on 1-2% of its iPhone royalties would be relatively insignificant.

On the other hand, Nokia revealed a loss for the last quarter due to a downturn in sales; the first in a decade.

Nokia has confirmed agreements with approximately 40 companies, which included the majority of mobile phone handset makers, allowing the use of its technological advancements, but Apple had not signed the agreement.

Ilkka Rahnasto, vice-president of legal and intellectual property at Nokia explained, “the basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for.”

“Apple is also expected to follow this principle.”

Mr Rahnasto went on to say, that Nokia has actually invested over £36bn on research and development in the past two decades.

Highly respected Apple expert Mr Munster has confessed that a sum of $12 per phone was “unlikely,” but if Nokia did manage to prise such a high figure out of Apple, it “would not change our positive thesis on the iPhone and Apple.” He went on to add, that “ultimately, the resolution is uncertain.”

The BBC sought further information from Apple, but a spokesman for the technology giant revealed that the company didn’t comment on pending litigation.

Nokia have alleged a total of 10 patent infringements, applying to all models from the iPhone range since its 2007 launch. Some of the patents that have been allegedly breeched include wireless data technology, speech coding, encryption and security. Nokia went on to accuse Apple of “trying to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation.”

Why Microsoft Needs Windows 7 to Succeed

Thursday, 22 October sees the highly anticipated arrival of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, with many believing that the future of the world’s largest software company will depend on its success.

The enormous scale of Microsoft’s grip on the market becomes clear when told of the 90% of computers relying on its Windows operating system, and over 1 billion people using it.

Microsoft’s last financial year saw a £35.7bn turnover with a net profit of approximately £9bn. Over half the profits generated were reliant upon Windows.

Experts have predicted that Microsoft’s stranglehold over the market was due to drop, with competitors Linux and Apple waiting to jump in. Many experts predict that software will be shifted to the “cloud,” where people connect to remote servers to access their software in a revolution to worldwide computing.

Microsoft brought about the attention of regulators at the US Department of Justice and the European Commission with ruthless actions towards competitors.

The release of its Vista operating system 3 years ago rendered many of its first users with unusable hardware and software; a crushing blow and seriously damaged its reputation with software developers and customers alike.

Most people still prefer Windows XP, Vista’s eight-year-old predecessor, with estimates suggesting that Vista has between 18.6% and 35% hold on the market.

Annette Jump, research director at technology firm Gartner, believes that “Vista is the worst-adopted operating system” whilst Microsoft International’s Jean-Philippe Courtois thinks “we don’t feel great about Vista adoption.”

This could be the only chance for Microsoft to regain the confidence that took a blow during the Vista period. Many Microsoft executives feel that they learnt a lot from what went wrong with Vista.

Windows 7 looks set to be released in good time, just 3 years after the release of Vista. Those that have tested it have reported it to be fast, secure, reliable, and easy to use. Microsoft have made big steps to avoid making the mistakes experienced with Vista, and prepared its partners for the release.

Mr Courtois believes that “the Windows ecosystem is the broadest in the world, and we have to take care of that,” with Alex Gruzen from Dell Computers surprised at how “the preparations for Windows 7 have been a remarkable step up from the days of dealing with Vista.”

He continued by revealing that “in the past, Microsoft looked at its operating system in isolation, and gave it to [manufacturers] to do whatever they wanted. Now they collaborate, help to figure out which third-party vendors are slowing down the system, help them improve their code.”

Steve Jobs takes a 5 month leave of absence due to “complex” health issues

Steve Jobs has announced that he is taking some private time away from the Apple spotlight in order to concentrate on his deteriorating health.  The CEO of Apple’s recent issues surrounding his health have now been classed as “more complex” than he had originally thought.

Rumours about Steve Jobs’ health have been bouncing around over the past few months and it is said that, although Jobs is only on a five month leave of absence, the problems may see Steve Jobs being forced into retirement.

In a letter to Apple employees on Wednesday, Jobs explained his reasoning behind his break from the company.  “In order to take myself out of limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June,” said Jobs.

“As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan,” continued the Apple CEO.

Jobs had written an open letter on January 5, where he highlighted the main reasons for any decision he would take to look after his health, making the issues a priority.  “As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to my doctors and me. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my first (number one) priority,” said Jobs.

It is being rumoured that Jobs may be facing cancer, according to doctors in the United States.  Jobs had an operation, which removes sections of the pancreas, small intestines and bile ducts, similar to a Whipple operation, back in 2004.  However, fallout of the operation may mean that the pancreas could need be removed in order to avoid a pancreatic leak.

“You might have to take the rest of the pancreas out.  You’re on significant doses of insulin, and it’s not easy to manage. The person has the risk of severe diabetes,” said Robert Thomas, the head of surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Jobs went on to discuss in his letter to Apple employees, that, “Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well.  In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.”

The move to take time away from Apple has cost the company a great hit in the share price department, as shares plummeted 7 per cent after Jobs’ announcement.  Jobs’ is well known as the face of Apple, throughout the world, and the announcement has worried shareholders.

In Jobs’ absence, Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, will be taking over, however Jobs’ has attempted to ease the worries of Apple’s investors by announcing that he will remain involved with decisions.

 

Palm introduces their very own AppStore – is it a fad?

In an attempt to keep the wolf from the door, Palm has pulled out all the stops and opened up a store, which will allow its users to download anything from the 5,000 applications available for the Palm OS and Windows Mobile handsets.

Sounds a bit like Apple’s AppStore to you?  Well it does to me too.  But what can you do, if it works for Apple, then Palm don’t have a sure fire guarantee that it will work for them.  But they are definitely trying to win over Apple customers, though, as Palm are offering over 1,000 free applications available for their handsets.

Within the 5,000 applications available for downloading, you are looking at around 3,000 utility applications, about 2,000 games and the rest are free.  Nice, but is that really going to make me ditch my iPhone to grab hold of a Palm device.  Maybe the move is intended to look at keeping the users they’ve currently got before trying to entice other users of other handsets.

However, an InStat analyst, David Chamberlain, has a much simpler view on the move by Palm, saying, “There are some things that probably get too much attention. They are business fads, and that is one of the fads right now. There are some compelling reasons about it, though.”

In attempt to wash away your recession blues, Palm are offering a tidy 25 per cent reduction off your first download if you have the necessary coupon code at the checkout.

Still, Chamberlain is convinced that these Application Stores will see much more of a future as he believes they are hardly making any money.  “I doubt that [handset makers] are making a huge investment in these application stores. This is more like adding an application to your cell phone deck than having to reinvent all the ways to buy it; choose it; and all those connections. That’s no major investment.”

But take a look at the Apple AppStore for a second.  They have enjoyed massive success and most of it in the gaming sector of the store.  Major gaming developers have jumped on-board and are now quite happily prepared to add the iPhone onto their list of consoles they are currently developing games for.  I think the AppStore is in a pretty solid state of affairs right now – but hey, I’m no analyst.

Still, Chamberlain, who DOES get paid to analyse such situations, went on to claim,  “I don’t think that in the case of Palm or anyone that it represents a change in the way the distribution is going on and there aren’t any big modifications in the way that application development is going on. It’s a new marketing technique but I don’t think underlying there are any big changes. It’s not the sort of thing to make me think there is a sea change going on in application development or marketing.”

Still let’s keep our fingers crossed he is wrong though – we can all benefit from free apps.

When iPod Attacks

Japan?s Ministry of Economy has issued a warning to users of the portable music player, the iPod Nano, after at least two recent incidents of the popular device overheating and causing minor fires.

So far there have been 14 such incidents in the country, according to reports, including one that occurred in March. The latest incident prompted the Ministry to order Apple to investigate the device?s safety and report its findings within a week.

Well the verdict is in, and Apple has blamed the malfunctions on the batteries that were in Nano?s sold between September 2005 and December 2006, are to blame.

The company received very few reports of such incidents ? less than 0.001 percent of first-generation iPod Nano units, they claim, and all incidents have been traced back to a single battery supplier.

Too this point the defect has not caused any injures of property damage, the company maintained, and no similar problems have been reported in connection with any other iPod Nano model. Apple has advised owners of first-generation Nano?s to contact AppleCare for a replacement if the battery should overheat.

There has been case?s in which Apple laptops have caught on fire, and usually the source of the problem was the lithium battery powering the machine. The batteries were short-circuiting and bursting in to flames when microscopic metal particles came into contact with other parts.