The iPad 3 will feature a thinner, lighter battery module, according to a new report. Citing Institutional investors, the Taiwan Economic News reports that the component, expected to be manufactured by Simplo Techonology and Dynapack International Technology, is also expected to cost 20-30 percent more than the same component int he iPad 2, and will also offer a longer service life. Notably, a recent Digitimes report claimed that the iPad 3’s expected high-resolution, 2048 x 1536 display requires a much larger backlight than prior models, which may offset thickness gains earned from using a thinner battery. In addition, the report claims that the new battery will be required to meet CTIA IEEE 1625 standards for better quality and safety reliability, with deliveries to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. [via AppleInsider]
Dropico has released Google Plus Photo Importer, a new iOS app that allows users to import photos into their Google+ profile from a variety of other online photo services. Providing support for Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Photobucket the app uses a back-end cloud service to transfer photos directly from the other online services into Google+ promising transfer speeds of up to 100 photos per minute. Users can choose to import photos selectively from each service or simply transfer all photos with a single tap and the transfer process also includes important metadata such as titles and descriptions. Google Plus Photo Importer requires iOS 4.0 or later and is available from the App Store for $1.
Verizon Wireless has started to air its own TV advertisement for the iPad 2. The 30-second spot highlights the use of the Verizon model’s 3G connection to download books, stay connected when away from Wi-Fi, post to Twitter, and take pictures. The new spot is available for viewing on YouTube or in embedded form below. [via 9to5Mac]
Facebook has released an update to its iOS application adding the ability to tag friends and places in status updates and improving privacy controls for individual posts. Facebook 3.5 provides a redesigned status update screen that provides buttons for tagging friends and locations as well as adding media and setting additional privacy controls for the current post. The new version also sports a redesigned view for Profile and Group walls that displays additional information and presents the stream in a more readable format. Additional improvements in the latest update include the ability to share external links from a web view, better selection of filters in the News Feed and a number of bug fixes and stability and performance improvements.
The latest version also continues to support Facebook Places despite reports that Facebook was killing off the Places feature in favour of location tagging in status updates—a feature which has been introduced in version 3.5 alongside the traditional Places feature. Further, although indications of native iPad support were discovered in the last release, the current version remains a non-universal iPhone and iPod touch application and there are . Facebook is available from the App Store as a free download.
Dexim has introduced its new AppSpeed Monster Truck for iOS devices. The Monster Truck is a radio-controlled (RC) vehicle that comes with a small 30-pin RF dongle to allow for control of the toy via a specialized app. Users have the ability to control the truck using touchscreen controls or via the device’s accelerometer; additional features include three pre-set modes to have the truck zigzag, spin, or dance to music, an included quick-charging battery pack with USB charging cable, and the ability to control the truck from up to 50 feet away. Dexim’s AppSpeed Monster Truck for iOS is available now and sells for $70.
This week’s featured photo is from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows an encased iPad overlooking a portion of the skyline from high above Times Square in New York City. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!
iHome has unveiled its new iD3 Studio Series Audio System for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The iD3 features a front-mounted dock with charging capabilities, Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station technology, an adjustable EQ, 50 watts of total power, neodymium speakers, an auxiliary input jack, and a unique design with a translucent front panel. iHome’s iD3 Studio Series Audio System for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod is available now and sells for $250.
Following in the footsteps of last week’s Justice Complaint arguing against AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, Sprint has filed a suit seeking to block the transaction. According to a Sprint press release, the lawsuit was filed against AT&T, AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom, and T-Mobile in Washington D.C. as a related case to the Department of Justice’s suit, and focuses on the “competitive and consumer harms” which would result from the merger. The company argues that those include higher prices and less innovation, a further entrenchment of the AT&T and Verizon “duopoly”—the transaction would give the two carriers more than three-quarters of the market and 90 percent of the profits—and a further weakening of the market position of Sprint and other independent wireless carriers.
“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president of Litigation for Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”
Apple is using two Taiwanese companies as suppliers for the iPhone 5’s camera lens, according to The Taiwan Economic News. The report claims that Taiwan-based Largan Precision and Genius Electronic Optical will share orders for lenses for the iPhone 5’s expected eight-megapixel camera, with Largan supplying a slightly larger portion. According to the report, the two companies also shared orders for the iPhone 4’s five-megapixel lens and the iPad 2’s higher-resolution lens, while Genius is said to produce nearly all the VGA lenses for iPhones and iPads.
Video game specialty retailer game stop may soon begin offering the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad in its stores, according to a new report. Citing several unnamed sources, 9to5Mac reports that the announcement was made to dealers at a recent trade show in Las Vegas. GameStop also recently began accepting iOS device trade-ins for store credits, and may be planning to offer used products before phasing in new offerings. Such a move by GameStop would likely bolster iOS’ growing reputation as a viable gaming platform.
Samsung has pulled its new Galaxy Tab 7.7 Android tablet, from a trade show after Apple won an injunction against the device. The New York Times reports that Apple won a second injunction prohibiting sales and marketing of the product in Germany on Friday, precipitating Samsung’s move to pull the tablet from the IFA electronics show in Berlin. “Samsung respects the court’s decision,” said James Chung, a Samsung spokesman, adding that the company believes the ruling “severely limits consumer choice in Germany.” Samsung and Apple are involved in ongoing legal disputes over the former’s Galaxy series of smartphones and tablets and the latter’s iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices.
Bluelounge has debuted its new Milo stand for the iPhone, iPod, and other handheld devices. The Milo features an iMac-like curved base piece with a micro-suction foot on the bottom for secure placement, as well as a flat device mounting surface again covered with a micro-suction pad for a secure grip without the need for adhesives. Devices inside cases featuring textured, perforated, or rubberized finishes can also be used with the Milo by sitting them on the base and leaning onto the backrest. Bluelounge’s Milo stand for the iPhone and iPod is available now in black or white and sells for $15.
Apple will ship a total of 86.4 million iPhones in 2011, making it the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world by volume, according to new estimates from Digitimes. Luke Lin, an analyst for Digitimes Research, said that Apple’s total would represent 82 percent year-over-year growth for Apple, putting it past Nokia, which is predicted to ship 74.4 million units, down from over 100 million in 2010. Apple and Nokia are followed in the projections by Samsung with 67 million estimated units shipped, RM with 55.7 million, and HTC with 49.7 million. [via Fortune]
Apple has received regulatory approval for the WCDMA-compatible Wi-Fi + 3G model of the iPad 2 in China, according to a Wall Street Journal report. China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center has issued the network license required for official sales to an Apple device with 3G wireless data capabilities, listed as model number A1396—the same model number as the standard GSM iPad 2. The report notes that the model is already available through the company’s partners in Hong Kong, where it will soon open its first retail store in the upscale IFC mall, but that sales in mainland China have been limited to the Wi-Fi-only models. When released the 3G iPad 2 will be compatible with and will likely be sold by Apple’s current iPhone parter China Unicom.
Deutsche Telekom is as of today offering reservations for the iPhone 5. Citing company spokesman Alexander von Schmettow, Bloomberg reports that the reservations are being taken in anticipation of supply shortages for the device. Notably, the operator is handing out “coupons” to customers who request the successor model to the iPhone 4, without providing the name or release details of the device. Notably, the report does not state specific countries in which Deutsche Telekom is accepting reservations; it operates in the wireless space under its T-Mobile brand in Europe, the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
iLounge will be only modestly updated today as our editors celebrate Labor Day. Our team will be back tomorrow, September 6, with regular updates—quite a few of them!
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San Francisco Police have no record of any investigation pertaining to the rumored lost iPhone, according to a new report by SF Weekly. Earlier this week, CNET claimed that an Apple employee had lost a new iPhone prototype in a San Francisco bar, and Apple had contacted police to launch an investigation—circumstances eerily similar to last year’s infamous loss of a prototype iPhone 4. Citing anonymous sources “familiar with the investigation,” CNET added that Apple and San Francisco police investigators had traced the prototype to a home in Bernal Heights, but that the resident had denied having any knowledge of the phone or the situation, and the iPhone itself was never recovered.
When SF Weekly’s Peter Jamison contacted the San Francisco Police Department to inquire on the case, however, SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza indicated that there are no records of any such investigation, nor a visit by police officers to the address in Bernal Heights where the search for the iPhone allegedly took place. Esparza confirmed speaking to CNET reporter Declan McCullagh, but indicated that he had relayed all of this information to him “weeks ago” when he was first contacted by McCullagh regarding the story. Business Insider said that despite a lack of official confirmation, CNET “ran the story anyway.” Apple has not commented on the alleged phone loss. [via Business Insider]
Update: A follow-up from SF Weekly has reported that six people claiming to be police officers allegedly did visit the home of Sergio Calderón, the Bernal Heights man referred to in the earlier report. According to Calderón, one of the men left a phone number that was traced back to Anthony Colon, an Apple employee who formerly worked for the San Jose Police Department. It is as not yet known who the other individuals were, but SFPD Lt. Troy Dangerfield has reiterated that the police department has no knowledge or record of any of its members visiting the Calderón residence, and police are currently concerned that impersonators may have unlawfully searched the home.
Lima Sky has released an iPad version of its popular Doodle Jump game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Doodle Jump is a platform game where players are challenged to use accelerometer based tilt controls to guide Doodle the Doodler on a journey to the top of a sheet of graph paper by bouncing off platforms, picking up power-ups and avoiding obstacles. The iPad version provides the same general gameplay experience as the classic iPhone and iPod touch version, optimized for the higher-resolution screen and adding new features unique to the iPad such as a new multiplayer theme and Open Feint in addition to the existing Game Center integration. Doodle Jump for iPad is available from the App Store for $3.
Two new intellectual property lawsuits have been launched against Apple by two smaller companies alleging patent violations. Openwave has announced legal action against both Apple and Research in Motion alleging that the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad infringe upon five of the company’s patents related to offline e-mail applications, secure client-server communications, application updating, user experience and cloud computing. In addition to the patent claim, Openwave has also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission requesting that the ITC bar the importation of the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch, iPad and iPad 2. Another claim has been launched by Wi-LAN against Apple, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, HTC, and others alleging infringement of two patents related to wireless technologies such as CDMA, HSPA, Wi-Fi and LTE.
Vito Technology has released an update to Solar Walk adding support for displaying content on an external 3D TV. Solar Walk is a 3D interactive virtual model of our solar system that allows users to navigate through space and time exploring the planets and their moons along with several of Earth’s satellites and hundreds of named places on Earth’s Moon, Mars, Earth and Venus. A Time Machine feature allows users to adjust time back or forward moving planets and satellites along their real trajectories. Version 1.8 adds support for connecting to an external screen including 3D TV support along with 3D models of Earth’s ten main satellites with real-time trajectories and more detailed Earth textures. The update also adds three new educational movies: Tidal Phenomena, Major Circles of Latitude and Zodiacal Constellations. Solar Walk 1.8 is a universal app and is available from the App Store for $3.