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iPhone 5: don’t get too excited

iPhone 5: don’t get too excited

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 12, 2012 at 13:00

Happy iPhone 5 day, you heathens! This very evening, September 12, Apple will finally lift the lid on the successor to the iPhone 4S. About bloody time. Er, even though the 4S is less than a year old. But still.

Where am I going with this? Ahh yes. This is arguably the biggest night for mobile in 2012, but don’t get too excited, man. Chances are the reaction – from you and me, anyway – will be a resounding “Meh”.

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Think the patent wars are over? Think again

Think the patent wars are over? Think again

Martin James  Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:00

The age-old IP copyright struggle has always existed between rival companies in the tech industry, but it's safe to say 2012 has seen the patent turf war escalate to new heights, culminating in Apple's massive $1bn victory over Samsung in the US courts recently.

But that's it, right? The two biggest names in the smartphone world have had it out, and we can now turn the page? If only it were that simple.

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iPhone 5 'the biggest upgrade ever', will sell 10m-plus in September alone

It feels like we've been building up to the iPhone 5 launch forever, partly because of Apple's decision to call last year's new model the iPhone 4S instead of the perfectly logical name iPhone 5.

Even without that, it's been a big build up. A very big build up, in fact the kind of build up you'd associate with... oh, how about “the biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history”?

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iPhone 5 less reliant on Samsung than older models

iPhone 5 less reliant on Samsung than older models

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 10, 2012 at 16:00

Apple and Samsung have an incredibly strange relationship. While the two continue to sue the pants off of each other (the Californians were recently awarded $1 billion in, uhm, California), Apple remains one of Samsung’s biggest clients, with the latter providing loads of iPhone parts.

However, with the imminent iPhone 5, we’re hearing that Apple is somewhat less reliant on its South Korean friend/foe.

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iPhone 5 to offer global LTE?

iPhone 5 to offer global LTE?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 8, 2012 at 14:00

Remember the whole fiasco with the supposedly 4G new iPad that wasn’t actually 4G-compatible in many territories? Yeah, that fiasco.

Well, some shadowy figures suggest the iPhone 5 will have global LTE; like proper LTE in any and all compatible regions.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 8, 2012 at 13:00

And so ends one of the most action packed weeks in the history of mobile. We met new wares from Nokia, Motorola and Amazon. Shepherd of Judea! Of course, it’s you-know-who's turn next week, as Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 5.

Tangent of the Week occurred following the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad article, when the conversation turned to George Bush, the price of oil, and… The Poddington Peas? You’re all officially insane.

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Sayonara 3GS, and hello nano-SIMs for iPhone 5?

Sayonara 3GS, and hello nano-SIMs for iPhone 5?

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 7, 2012 at 16:00

Apple surprised a lot of people when it announced that iOS 6 would be compatible – albeit in a watered-down fashion – with the three-year-old iPhone 3GS.

Android’s success is due in no small part to its low-end offerings, so it’d make sense – in theory – to keep the iPhone 3GS around to battle them. However, a fresh new rumour suggests that the iPhone 3GS will in fact disappear in the wake of the September 12 iPhone 5 launch.

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iPad mini case leaks. Again

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 7, 2012 at 12:00

iPad mini case leaks. Again

I’m still not entirely convinced that the iPad mini will be unveiled next week, if at all, but with Amazon and Asus/Google firmly planting their flags in budget tablet territory, the climate is certainly right for Apple to make its move.

In any case (pun intended), purported iPad mini housing has been leaked for your viewing pleasure. And not for the first time.

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GooPhone i5: Chinese manufacturer rips off – and patents – iPhone 5 design

This is one of the few stories of late to genuinely make me laugh out loud, or “LOL” if you prefer.

A Chinese manufacturer has created – and released – a knock-off iPhone 5, based on all those recent leaks. Better still, it’s gone and patented the design. Take that, Apple.

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Confirmed: Apple to launch the iPhone 5 on September 12

Confirmed: Apple to launch the iPhone 5 on September 12

Martin James  Sep. 4, 2012 at 18:30

Well, the rumours were right on the money. Apple has sent out invitations for the official unveiling of the iPhone 5 on September 12 – just eight days from today, in other words.

In typical Apple fashion, of course, there's not a sniff of the word “iPhone” anywhere to be seen, but the huge 5-shaped shadow in the foreground of the graphic on the invitation leaves very little doubt.

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