iOS Devices September 5, 2012

In the lead up to Apple’s Sept. 12 media event, where most expect the next-generation iPhone to be unveiled, there are still some things —believe it or not— that we don’t know about the device. The new iPhone is rumored to sport a longer, four-inch display, a smaller dock connector, an overall thinner design, updated RAM, and other internal components. But we have not heard much about the camera, which is one of the most important parts of any smartphone.

There is some evidence that Apple has now centered the FaceTime camera, such as the next-generation iPhone backs that we posted in May, and Apple seems to be moving toward FaceTimeHD, but we also expect the device’s rear camera to receive an upgrade over the previous-generation iPhone 4S.

While the iPhone 4S introduced a redesigned 5 lens camera system with a new sensor and 8-megapixels, the game has definitely been stepped up with a number of camera-related product announcements from Sony, Nokia, Motorola and Samsung. If the next-generation iPhone’s camera is to keep its lead with the most recent devices announced by these manufacturers, Apple is likely planning an improved camera system for the ‘iPhone 5’. expand full story

Photo of Lumia 820 (left) and 920 (right) via Engadget.

Ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5 event next week, Nokia and Microsoft have officially taken the wraps off of new Lumia phone hardware and software. The companies announced two new handsets today, starting with Nokia’s new flagship device: the Lumia 920. The Lumia 920 takes many of the physical design elements from previous generations of Lumia handsets, but vastly improves on internal hardware and display technology. Some of the new tech specs via Engadget:

  • PureMotion HD+ 4.5 inch display (1280 x 768 resolution)
  • Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor
  • NFC chip
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • Wireless charging

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Since we first revealed the iPad mini would have slim side bezels on its side, which are reminiscent of the iPod touch, with included mockups, we have seen a lot of others build similar renders.

MacRumors posts a particularly well-done 3D render today and a YouTube video of similar design that incorporates many of the leaks we have documented.

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Following a report late last month that T-Mobile would encourage unlocked iPhone users to switch carriers by advertising savings of $1,500 over two years versus AT&T, a report from TmoNews this morning claimed sources have indicated stores are preparing to display or possibly demo unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile’s 3G network. According to the report, store managers are being “asked to activate a new microSIM before the end of August, but not told what device it would used with.”

All the intel streaming in seems to point to a “bring your own iPhone” demonstration in store, which lines up perfectly with what T-Mobile’s been saying all along for their refarmed network. We’re also told that these in store displays all align with T-Mobile’s “selling against the iPhone” strategy in the hopes that customers will be enticed by bringing their own device, and pairing it with T-Mobile’s newly launched unlimited data plan.

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iOS Devices September 4, 2012

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