We’ve seen plenty of reports about people suing Apple, but this may be the most surprising one yet. A couple from Texas is suing the tech giant on claims that FaceTime distracted a driver who crashed into their family car, killing the couple’s 5-year-old daughter.
Video calling was one of the biggest hype when 3G was first introduced. Unfortunately, it failed to take off and most still prefer good old voice calls and text messaging.
In an attempt to make video calling cool again, Google has introduced Duo, a simple one-on-one video calling app that’s simple to use and you can use it seamlessly across any connection. It was announced recently at Google I/O and now it is available worldwide including Malaysia.
The Apple Watch has been released only a couple of months back and already Apple is planning some improvements on the supposed second gen Watch.
Of the new features the device reportedly will have is a FaceTime camera for video calls. The decision to include the camera isn’t yet set in stone so it might not even make it to the final product. Also the next Apple Watch is rumoured to be adopting Wi-Fi compatibility to make the watch less dependent on your phone and capable of more on its own.
Apple has released a new iPad mini commercial for this coming Christmas holiday. It shows a girl playing a ukulele and singing “I’ll be home for Christmas” to her grandfather through FaceTime. As expected from Apple, there’s no shouting of hardware specs but how technology just works in any occasion.
Better than last year’s iPhone 4S Christmas ad don’t you think?
Here’s another fresh report on the upcoming iPad 2. Apple has apparently engaged British photographer David Sims for commercial shoot of the upcoming iPad in New York.
The iPads used are reported to be of the current generation of iPads and there’s no new devices found at the scene. What it is believed is that there will be some post production work to make it look like the new iPad. There are 2 possible takes on this, firstly the new iPad won’t differ much in looks and size from the current generation just like the iPhone 3G and the 3GS. Since Apple is pushing for FaceTime, we would expect at least a front facing camera and it is possible that the new iPad will maintain the same camera-less back. That’s of course assuming the ads could possibly showing people using the iPad like the one above. So far these are all speculation but it is indication that the iPad 2 could be out sooner than expected.
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We believe there’s some weight in this rumours as the first generation iPad is nearing it’s replacement life cycle. If you know Apple, you’ll know that they are predictable and that product revisions come like clockwork. So the first generation iPad that made its debut early April this year will be up for a replacement roughly around the same time next year.
So what can we expect from the second generation of the device the ushered the age of the tablet?
For starters it’s a safe bet that a forward facing camera and FaceTime will make an appearance on the iPad. It’s a natural progression, the the new iPod touch has a forward facing camera and FaceTime so why not the iPad. If there’s a forward facing camera, you can expect a rearward facing camera for taking pictures and videos to be on the new iPad as well.
We’re inclined to think that Apple might stick with the 5MP count as seen on the iPhone 4 to save cost and keep those margins high but we might be wrong.
Analysts are also saying that the new iPad could very well be thinner and lighter than the first generation iPad but not smaller. So expect the 9.7in screen format to remain while the competition attempt to lure you with much more pocketable 7in tablet.
The analysts also claim that the new iPad will have a mini-USB port as opposed to the proprietary port that’s prevalent on the iPhone and iPod touch, and nano. We don’t think this is going to happen for two reasons. First, it doesn’t make sense for Apple to forgo the proprietary port because a big majority of its portable idevices are using it. Second, mini-USB is almost dead now with most manufacturers opting to include micro-USB ports in their device. Plus if the iPad is to be any thinner, a micro-USB port is the way to go.
We’re inclined to think that in addition to the proprietary port, Apple may also include a micro-USB port but this is a long shot.
Expect price to be roughly the same or lower and we expect to see an official launch here in Malaysia.
This is all of course mere speculation at the moment but April 2011 is just six months away and we bet there will be a buzz of information coming in as we move closer to the launch of the new iPad — provided of course the launch is in Q2 2011.
Till then, keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com where you will get the latest updates on mobile tech in Malaysia.
According to a new report, the new iPad that comes with FaceTime capabilities could be appearing as early as first quarter next year. It is believed that its suppliers are targeting to ship the “ultra-thin glass-based touch panels” to Apple by then.
Nothing else has been revealed except that it will maintain its 9.7″ screen size, we’re hoping it will be of higher resolution to fend off threats from Android Tablets. As mentioned couple of days back, Apple is having pressure of making FaceTime a standard throughout its iOS range. Today iPad is the only stumbling block without such capabilities as it is being offered on the iPhone 4 and now the iPod Touch. It was previously rumoured that Apple might break its own 12 months product life cycle by offering a new iPad replacement earlier than expected.
Read up the full post here.
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Word has it that a new version of the iPad may be released before the holiday season. This of course goes against Apple’s traditional rule of 12 months product cycle refresh.
However with the push for FaceTime adoption by Apple, they might break their own rule by offering an iPad with a front facing camera earlier than usual. Just recently Apple has refreshed its line of iPods with the latest touch having FaceTime capabilities. This makes the current iPad a sore thumb among Apple’s current line up of FaceTime ready devices.
Video calling over 3G never really kicked off and Apple’s FaceTime is a reboot attempt in making video conferencing work for the masses. To ensure the success of FaceTime, standardisation across all Apple products is vital which makes us believe that a new iPad with FaceTime could be coming earlier than expected.
Apple’s “revolutionary” FaceTime for iPhone 4 is designed to work with WiFi only. Most people of course would want to use it on 3G and now there’s an easier way to make that happen.
All you need to do is jailbreak with the fairly easy Safari Browser method and download My3G from the Cydia for US$3.99. My3G is an app that fools your phone into thinking that your 3G connection is WiFi. If you’re not sure if this works for you, there’s a free trial version available.
If you’re wondering how much data do you use for FaceTime, 9to5mac has done a simple data calculation. For a 5 minute FaceTime call with lots of movement, it took about 14.7MB of data. That’s an average of about 3MB per minute. We won’t suggest using this without a generous mobile internet plan.
When we saw the first iPhone 4 commercial, it was like, wow! It was probably one of the best ads we’ve seen for a gadget.
While these just released set of four ads from Apple is probably not as good as the first one, it still manages to make us smile, we’re pretty sure you will too.
In a word, we like em’ all.
But as feel good as the commercials make you feel, it still doesn’t hide the fact that FaceTime only works iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 and you will need to make the call over a WiFi network.
Head on over to after the jump to see the full set.