Holy crap, what a week. We’re still playing catch-up with recent goings on.
Apple and Samsung dominated the news once again for various reasons, but – without sounding like a gloomy bugger – it was pretty much all bad news.
The passing of Steve Jobs was of course the biggest story of the week. What can you say? Visionary? Genius? I reckon Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, put it best when he said:
"Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come."
In other Apple news, the iPhone 4S was finally unveiled, and we weren’t particularly impressed. The camera got an expected bump from 5MP to 8MP, and there’s a dual-core A5 processor (yeah, we all knew that already), but – somewhat surprisingly – the screen size remains 3.5in. Er, ok.
The budget iPhone failed to materialise. You can pick up an 8GB iPhone 3GS for £319, or an 8GB iPhone 4 for £429. Meanwhile, the SIM free iPhone 4S weighs in at £499, £599 and £699 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively.
Samsung wasn’t impressed with the iPhone 4S either, and published a full comparison with the Galaxy S II. However, it’s also trying to block the iPhone 4S’ release in France and Italy. Why? Yep, you guessed it: patents.
So, Samsung won’t be showing off the Google Nexus Prime, and Google won’t be showing off Ice Cream Sandwich. Apparently “it is just not the right time.” There are suggestions that the giants chose to postpone out of respect for Steve Jobs.
In other Apple/Samsung news, the Californians rejected the South Koreans’ offer Down Under, so the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t be seeing an Australian release any time soon.
Indeed, by the time the whole thing’s ironed out (potentially well into next year), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will probably have missed the proverbial boat.
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