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September 12, 2011

iPhone 5 on Sprint?


Sprint customers, it’s time to raise a glass! Bloomberg reports that you can officially get iPhone 5 on Sprint (yes, no more jail breaking) Sprint is planning to offer Apple’s iPhone 5 next month with unlimited data at a flat fee. If you are a heavy Netflix or a Pandora user like me, then this is going to be a sweet deal. Since Sprint is trying to differentiate itself from its arch enemies AT&T and Verizon, I’m pretty sure the flat fee will be a competitive price! 

AT&T and Verizon charge $69.99 for unlimited voice plans. AT&T charges $15 for 200 megabytes, $25 for 2 gigabytes and $45 for 4 gigabytes of data while Verizon’s rates are $30 for 2 gigabytes and $80 for 10 gigabytes of data. 

Sprint’s arrival into the iPhone world is a welcome change for us customers. We may stop paying through our noses for surfing on our phones. 



Wow, 5 years later and the iPhone finally makes it to 3 out of the 4 major US carriers 😉

Unlimited data on 4G would even be sweeter but I doubt that will happen with the iPhone 5. Would you really buy a new phone, something that you’ll use for at least 1-2 years and still surf on 3G? There are quite number of powerful Android devices on Sprint such as the Nexus S and EVO (4G & 3D) that allows for you to surf at 4G speeds. 

There are also rumors that T-Mobile will be getting the iPhone 5 as well, but it’s all speculation at this point. Who knows, hopefully the iPhone will be available across all carriers soon. That way when Android still dominates, Apple Girl can’t use the it’s not a fair playing field excuse 😉

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July 30, 2011

iPhone 5 coming in September vs Nexus Prime in November?


There have been rumors about an iPhone 5 coming soon and Apple itself has hinted that a new product might be out soon.
During Apple’s Q3 earnings call, Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, in response to why he was suggesting a 12 percent drop in revenue, said that there’s a lot going on this Fall with iOS5 and iCloud and also referred to a future product transition.
  1. Purported iPhone 5 cases from Chinese manufacturers have been popping up and they all seem to indicate a bigger size 5″ height 2.8″ width vs the current 4.5″ height 2.31″ width. They also suggest a thinner design. 
  2. The shape of the phone is also expected to move away from the industrial block shape to a slight tear dropped shape.
  3. The other rumors include the home button area expected to act as a gesture area. 
  4. The one thing everyone seems to be agreeing with is that the phone will have a faster processor.
  5. There have been rumors of LTE and NFC support, but I doubt these will be seen on the new phone.
As we move closer to the launch dates we will have more rumors and news which will be closer to the real features on iPhone5. So hang in there and we will update you with them! 🙂

If the rumors are true then that’s one slick device! It looks pretty thin, I just hope Google tops that with the new flagship device that they’re working on. It’s rumored that the device will be called Nexus Prime.

BGR confirmed awhile back that the new device won’t have any physical buttons. This makes sense since the new Nexus device is going to run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) which is Google’s new OS that merges Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Currently, Honeycomb runs without any physical buttons. Wow does it sound like Apple is following someone’s footsteps, by replacing the physical button with a gesture pad? 😉

Applegirl, I really hope the iPhone 5 does have LTE and NFC as I’m sure the Nexus Prime will have it 🙂 Not to mention the Nexus will be sporting a super AMOLED HD screen! Can you see me drooling yet? The new Nexus phone is rumored to launch in Nov so it sure sounds like the iPhone 5 will have some competition 🙂


July 17, 2011

Wireless Charging – A thing of the future?


Have you ever wondered why we haven’t gotten rid of wires to charge our phones and other devices? Don’t you think It’s time someone big jumps into the wireless charging pool? HP did it 2 years ago and introduced the Palm Pre with wireless charging built-in, such that placing the phone on a special charging mat would automatically recharge the phone. Unfortunately HP didn’t seem to create too many ripples in the phone industry.

A recent report by Wall Street Journal stated that Apple is working on new way of charging the iPhone. Recently Apple filed a patent, “Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment” which describes your iMac creating a virtual charging area where wireless devices such as mice, keyboards and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad could simply be charged if present in 1 meter proximity to the computer. Isn’t that cool? Well, the possibilities with wireless charging are endless – cars that can be wirelessly charged, a central wireless charging system at homes etc.

WiTricity, a 2007 start up company has made significant advances in wireless charging where you can transfer larger amounts of power wirelessly over more practical distances than traditional induction (used by Palm Pre and other wireless charging systems like PowerMat where the device has to be in contact in order to transfer the power). See the video below for WiTricity CEO demo’ing the solution at TED.

Recently Qualcomm announced alliances with Duracell and PowerMat to explore wireless charging possibilities. Qualcomm’s wireless approach called WiPower, that was on display at CES this year, allows for transferring energy wirelessly  between a charging pad and devices containing built-in devices (aka Qualcomm ASICs). Interesting? I can’t wait for all the wireless charging solutions to materialize in the consumer market!
Source: MacRumors, Wall Street Journal

I’ve never understood the need for a wireless charging pad. Powermat, Energizer, Palm and LG all offer the same type of “wireless charging” solution. The wireless charging station is suppose get rid of the clutter and there’s no need to hassle with the cables.

Well, the way I see it, is that you still need to plug in the “pad” to an outlet. Not to mention, there’s an ugly pad on your nightstand or desk.  Hmm, is that really getting rid of the clutter? Not to mention, you’ll need to buy a special case for your phone and you’ll need to make sure that it’s aligned correctly on the pad before it’ll charge! I say just plug the dang phone in, it will take you 2 seconds 🙂

However, I’m super excited the type of wireless charging that AppleGirl is reporting. It sounds like there will still be some type of “pad” device, but you’ll be able to hide it and there’ll be no need to place your phone directly on it 🙂 As long as you can place it within a certain vicinity it’ll work! Hey, I did say it’ll take 2 seconds to plug in the phone, but sometimes I do forget 🙂 If I can place it on my nightstand and have it automatically charge it’s a plus. Not to mention, us gals like to have big purses these days. If I can just leave it in my purse and bring it close enough to have it automatically charge it’ll save me another 5 mins 🙂

P.S: Google, I hope you have something in the works. If AppleGirl gets this before I do, I’m not going to be a happy camper! 


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