Some say that the Apple iPhone is a bit like marmite – you either love it or hate it. But from the look of this weekend’s sales Apple surely must be feeling the love, as they’ve managed to clock up more than 5 million unit sales in just 3 days.
This is all quite incredible given that reports were already emerging about the embarrassing faux pas in their latest Maps software. This howling blunder meant that towns such as Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birth place) completely vanished, and Berlin apparently relocated to Antarctica. The London Underground even helpfully advised all iOS 6 users to pick up a free local areas map from the booking office, after it transpired that London was now in Canada, Paddington station was non-existent, and some buildings were popping up in rivers!
Apple’s latest maps software is part of the iOS 6 upgrade and was rolled out as a replacement to Google Maps in the Apple versus Android war. Nevertheless, the maps debacle doesn’t seem to have dampened demand and more than 100 million devices have been updated with iOS 6 worldwide.
An Apple spokesman responded to criticism by stating that “these were just teething problems, and the new app will be developed with the help of customer feedback”. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was delighted with the sales figures and claimed “Demand for the iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one”.
It would seem that Apple have set some hard and fast rules for our mobile phone providers with regard to iPhone 5. Each mobile provider must now have an identical web page on each of their respective websites to represent Apple’s new iPhone 5.
Currently all UK mobile phone networks are rushing get their new iPhone pages live. O2 went first with their page and then Vodafone soon followed suit with their iPhone 5 page. T-mobile’s iPhone web page is under construction and no doubt Orange and Three and in a blind panic to get theirs live before iPhone 5 pre-orders go live tomorrow.
Headed by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone 5 announcement has just taken place in Yerba Buena, San Francisco, California today at 6pm. This review will explore all the main iPhone 5 features as announced by Apple to discover whether they have packed in some real innovation this time around or if the iPhone 5 is just a repackaged iPhone 4S.
Super Stylish iPhone 5
Looking quite impressive, the iPhone 5 (yes ‘iPhone 5’ is now the official name) has just been unveiled by speaker Phil Schiller.
The device turned out to be identical to the leaked image. Made entirely of glass and aluminium, the iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever made by Apple. Weighing just 112g and at 7.6 mm thick the iPhone 5 is in fact now officially the world’s thinnest smartphone. As we saw in the leaked images, the new iPhone 5 will be available in both white and black colour variants.
The new iPhone was officially unveiled today at Cupertino in an event that spared no expense. Tim Cook et al took the assembled crowd of industry leaders, journalists and interested parties through a systematic presentation of the capabilities of iPhone 5. GizmoBird was present and (at last) we can bring to you first hand the capabilities of this gorgeous new handset and put to bed some of the fantastical stories that have been doing the rounds over the last few months.
Increased net chatter surrounding the new iPhone suggests that iPhone 5 will soon be upon us, although this has yet to be officially confirmed tech media can barely contain itself. Such is the buzz of excitement that any iPhone news is treated as true until disproven and each new rumour that appears on the web ripples through the net causing consternation or jubilation.
Phones and tablet devices definitely need cleaning on a regular basis. All that touch screen tactile caressing means the finger detritus of modern life will get all over your screen before you can surf eBay for a polishing cloth. Skin grease, crisp oils, chocolate can all impact your viewing pleasure and make that modern high tech high-def screen look distinctly low rent.
Right now the world sits on the cusp of the official unveiling of iPhone 5. Highly anticipated and with an overclocked rumour mill running at full throttle, little else other than news relating to the next generation iPhone seems of any significance to tech enthusiasts.
On Wednesday two of Apple’s biggest competitors, Motorola and Nokia, announced futuristic smartphones in a bid to take a bite out of Apple’s iPhone 5 market share prospects. Stealing the thunder, Nokia and Motorola (once the world’s top 2 mobile phone manufacturers) unveiled smartphones which they plan to launch over the coming months. Continue reading →
To celebrate Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement today, Gizmobird are giving you the chance to win this year’s hottest and most anticipated gadget. Yes that’s right, you can win the new iPhone! To be in with your chance of winning the new iPhone 5 (assuming that’s what it’s going to be called) all you need to do is come up with your own iPhone 5 or new iPad rumour. It can be as crazy or as believable as you like.
Each competition entry should consist of a catchy headline coupled with a descriptive article of at least 100 words. You can go above and beyond the call of duty by also submitting a fake photo or spoof YouTube video to go along with your entry but this is totally optional. Once you’re happy with your iPhone rumour, just submit it to us via our competitions page. Once approved, it will be featured live on iphone.gizmobird.co.uk along with all other successful entries. Continue reading →
You’ve got to hand it to them, when it comes down to aesthetics and design, Apple doesn’t pull any punches. Take the New iPad out of the box and you’re immediately greeted by a cool slab of sheer loveliness. True – it looks remarkably like the iPad 2 on the outside, but the iPad 3 has some distinct even evolutionary or rather ‘Resolutionary’ improvements on the inside (more about that later). This third generation new iPad, aka the iPad 3, is also faster, more powerful, and possesses one of the best screens we’ve ever seen on a tablet. This new iPad review takes a closer look at some of the key features of the new iPad. Continue reading →