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iPad mini will look like a big iPod touch

iPad mini will look like a big iPod touch

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 15, 2012 at 12:00

It’s long been said that the iPad is really just an iPod touch on steroids. Not that that’s a bad thing, per se, but it’s a fairly accurate description.

Now we’re hearing that the rumoured iPad mini really will look like a larger iPod touch, complete with skinny bezel action at the sides.

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iPhone 5 pre-orders to commence September 12

iPhone 5 pre-orders to commence September 12

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 14, 2012 at 16:00

Yesterday, in Dates for your diary, I highlighted September 12 as the proposed date for the iPhone 5 announcement.

A fresh serving of rumour juice suggests that’s still the date to keep in mind, and, furthermore, that that’s when Apple will begin taking iPhone 5 pre-orders.

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Dates for your diary

Dates for your diary

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 13, 2012 at 13:00

It’s been a pretty decent year for new devices so far, including the iPad 3 (or “new iPad”) in March, the Samsung Galaxy S III in May, and the Asus Nexus 7 in June. So, yeah, pretty good if you forget about the massive disappointments that were CES and Mobile World Congress. Ahem.

However, the next few months are set to be big’uns, with all sorts of products rumoured to be launching and causing jaws to drop and that.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 11, 2012 at 13:00

# It’s Review of the week
There’s no need to speak
Take it to the peak
Sniff it with your beak #

Just a little something I've been working on this morning. Like it?

What's happening in the world of mobile? Well, after a slight post-Nexus 7 lull, we're psyching ourselves up for imminent new goodies from Samsung, Nokia, and of course - everyone's favourite - Apple. Huzzah!

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US Survey: iPad mini would be ‘pointless’

The iPad mini has been discussed at great length across the cyberweb, but remains entirely unofficial. By the sounds of it, there are definitely prototypes kicking around in Apple’s top-secret mountain lair, but it’s not clear if it’ll launch alongside the iPhone 5 in September/October.

Interestingly, a US survey suggests that the iPad mini wouldn’t be particularly well received, with many deeming it “pointless”. Uh oh.

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Google tries to take Siri on - on iOS!

Some of you won't agree with this - I know that. But I'll say it anyway. I think Voice Actions are fantastic on a phone. The ability to just tell my S3 what song to play when in the car is great. Telling it to call the Mrs or send a text, brilliant. But the problem is, it's just not all there.

Google's apparently going to try to change that with Jelly Bean's vocalised responses, a better UI and so forth arriving the next day... but on iOS!

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More iPhone 5 specs: thin as heck, five rows of apps

More iPhone 5 specs: thin as heck, five rows of apps

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 9, 2012 at 11:00

“What’s the deal with the iPhone 5?” You wouldn’t believe how many people ask me that question. I recently summed up the story so far in iPhone 5 rumours, and now we have a couple more specs to throw in.

We have two entirely unrelated iPhone 5 spec leaks here: one concerning the thickness (or should I say “thinness”), t’other dealing with the resolution and icon layout.

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Android or iOS - pick one: so much for freedom of choice

I've always found it... let's go with “ironic”... that the US, the self-proclaimed home of democracy, has a political system dominated entirely by just two political parties – and two parties placed a lot nearer to each other than they'd like you to believe.

And these days that's sounding a good way to describe the smartphone market, with IDC claiming that fully 85% of new smartphones sold are running either Android or iOS.

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Apple hoping 132-page iPhone comparison could be Samsung’s undoing

Apple hoping 132-page iPhone comparison could be Samsung’s undoing

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 8, 2012 at 12:00

If we had just one wish, it’d be for Apple and Samsung to cease their global courtroom bickering and instead pump the presumably astronomical legal fees into R&D.

In the meantime, in the absence of a magic lamp, the San Jose-based trial continues, and Apple has submitted an intriguing Samsung-penned comparison of the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S. Uh oh.

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The bubble isn't bursting but Apple won't sell 250 million iPhone 5s

Whatever your thoughts are on the Apple v Samsung legal slugfest, it's giving us a rare look at the inner workings of two of the most successful companies on the planet as they force each other to shed light on how they go about doing what they do.

The past few days have been particularly interesting, with some seriously heavy hitters on the Apple side weighing into proceedings as the case unfolds in the San Jose courts.

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