Reported sensor issues with Apple’s iPhone 5s are being caused by a new and allegedly undercalibrated accelerometer in the device, according to a new blog post. Eagle Jones, CEO of developer RealityCap, writes, “Quite definitely, the answer is that these issues exist due to hardware design.” Jones points out that a recent Chipworks teardown identifies the 5s accelerometer as a Bosch Sensortech BMA220 — Apple previously used parts from another manufacturer, ST. The Bosch accelerometer has a different bias spec than the previous ST part, and the wider bias range makes it more likely that the sensor won’t be level. Jones writes that app developers can incorporate a calibration process within their apps to get a correct reading, or Apple could update iOS to include a proper calibration profile for the new sensor. So far, Apple has been silent on the issue.
Apple is reducing orders of its iPhone 5c for the fourth quarter, according to the Wall Street Journal. The article echoes recent analyst reports, and questions the lack of demand and pricing strategy for the 5c. Assemblers Pegatron and Hon Hai/Foxconn were both told orders would be cut — sources say Pegatron was told a 20 percent cut would be forthcoming, while Hon Hai was told orders would be slashed by a third. Another supplier was reportedly notified of a 50 percent cut in part orders for the device. Meanwhile, executives at Hon Hai said Apple has increased iPhone 5s orders for the fourth quarter, lending further credence to a recent survey that found the iPhone 5s was outselling the 5c by more than two to one.
Steve Jobs believed himself to be a World War II fighter pilot in a past life, according to a new memoir by Chrisann Brennan, the mother of Jobs’ oldest child Lisa. The New York Post published an explosive excerpt from Brennan’s upcoming “The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs,” including a number of intimate details about Jobs’ personal life, including spiritual discussions and bedroom habits. Brennan dated Jobs during his earliest days at Apple, and describes herself as his first girlfriend. According to the excerpt, Jobs told Brennan that while driving, he “felt a strong impulse to pull the steering wheel back as if for takeoff.” Brennan also writes that Jobs’ behaviors didn’t “improve” with Apple’s success, rather, “they changed from adolescent and dopey to just plain vicious,” as she details how he would savage restaurant waitstaffs and humiliate people, sometimes without their knowledge. The memoir will be released Oct. 29.
Otterbox has introduced its new Preserver series of waterproof cases for the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s ($90). More protective than Defender but less so than Armor, the new two-piece case is fully submergible in water up to two meters deep for 30 minutes. Otterbox also claims Preserver is dustproof, and drop proof up to two meters.
Otterbox’s Preserver for iPhone 5/5s comes in four colors, while the 5c case is limited to a gray/white combo. Preserver is currently available for iPhone 5. The iPhone 5c and 5s cases are listed as “coming soon.”
Our latest poll – “What’s the maximum price you’d pay for an iPhone 5/5s/iPod touch 5G-only game controller?” – has now ended. With iOS 7 adding official support for iPhone and iPod game controllers, we asked our readers to let us know what they would consider to be a fair price for such an accessory, assuming it worked only with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and fifth-generation iPod touch.
The majority of responses—fifty-one percent—indicated that they had no interest at all in an iOS Game Controller. Of the remaining responses, most were closely split between “under $30” at twenty-one percent and “$30 - $50” at nineteen percent. Only five percent of respondents indicated that they would consider a game controller in the $51-$70 range, and only four percent would consider one in the $71 - $100 range.
In a new blog post, digital magazine app developer Marko Karppinen recommends that publishers avoid Newsstand, the periodical section of the App Store and iOS. Karppinen writes that there are many misconceptions about Newsstand apps, which are really just apps published in the Newsstand section. He argues that Newsstand publications are too hidden within the app, especially in iOS 7. The redesigned app icon is described as something “so horrible that it’s hard to avoid thinking it was done maliciously: if someone was tasked with hiding away a set of unwanted apps, they would be likely to come back with a design that was something very much like the iOS 7 Newsstand.” As Karppinen also points out, automatic content downloads aren’t exclusive to Newsstand, and apps published outside Newsstand can always be moved into Newsstand later — but not vice versa.
Apple has officially sent out invites to media members for its previously-rumored October 22 event, under the tagline, “We still have a lot to cover.” It’s expected that Apple will introduce its redesigned fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini with Retina display at the event; additional rumors have suggested an Apple TV update and a number of Mac-related announcements will take place there, as well.
The event will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. [via AllThingsD]
Nike has introduced its new Fuelband, the colorful Nike+ Fuelband SE. The black band now comes with the options of yellow, pink, or red neon accents, or in a jet black version. FuelBand SE is waterproof, whereas the first FuelBand was only splashproof, and the Bluetooth hardware has been upgraded to Bluetooth 4.0.
Nike claims its Nike+ system can now better track different kinds of workout activities. The new Nike+ Moves app, which works in conjunction with the band, uses the iPhone 5s’ M7 chip for better tracking. Nike+ FuelBand SE will be released Nov. 6 for $149. [via The Verge]
Chevrolet announced that six of its 2014 vehicles will use Siri Eyes Free integration. The hands-free feature that relies on Siri voice commands will be found in the Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS, and Volt. It can be used through the company’s MyLink infotainment system. Chevrolet was an early supporter of Siri Eyes Free, as its Spark and Sonic 2013 models were the first to offer the feature.
Apple announced that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will be the company’s new head of retail, joining Apple in the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. As the title suggests, Ahrendts will both oversee Apple retail and online stores, taking her position in the spring. The hiring has ended a long vacancy at the position — former retail chief John Browett left in late October 2012 following a brief but tumultuous run, and the position has been open until now.
A number of Hong Kong case manufacturers recently showed cases for the second-generation iPad mini that could allude to a size slightly larger than the first iPad mini. The cases seem to fit a device with a thickness of 7.5 mm, as compared to the current iPad mini’s 7.2 mm, according to Macotakara (translated link). Width could also increase 0.2 mm in the new iPad mini. Considering the upcoming mini will reportedly be a Retina device, the news wouldn’t be unexpected, as more space would likely be needed to fit the new display.
Prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless announced it will carry the iPhone 5c and 5s starting Oct. 25. Prospective customers can register for additional information now. A number of regional carriers began carrying the devices on Oct. 1, as the iPhone 5c and 5s continue to be added to the lineups of smaller carriers.
Apple has sent out emails offering iTunes credit to certain customers who bought iPhoto, iMovie, or the iWork apps — Keynote, Pages, and Numbers — on Sept. 1 or later, before the company’s recent iPhone announcement. Those customers must have also purchased a new iOS device after Sept. 1. During the September iPhone announcement, Apple said they’d be offering those apps for free. Customers who purchased any of those apps on or after Sept. 1 are now being offered credit, based on the apps they purchased. The credit can be used toward any iTunes purchase. [via MacRumors]
Apple’s iPhone 5s is currently more than doubling the sales of iPhone 5c, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). Based on the survey, the iPhone 5s made up 64 percent of iPhone sales following its launch in September. The iPhone 5c accounted for 27 percent of sales, with the 4s filling in the gap with 9 percent of the sales. CIRP notes the iPhone 5 grabbed slightly more of the iPhone market than the 5s during its release last year — 68 percent — though it was the only new iPhone release at the time. [via AllThingsD]
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Also don’t forget about our iBattz Mojo Refuel Aqua Case Giveaway this month, in which iLounge and iBattz are giving away five Mojo Refuel Aqua Battery Cases for iPhone 5/5s. Simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page to enter; the giveaway will end on October 31, 2013 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
AT&T announced it will only be offering Mobile Share plans to new customers starting Oct. 25. The carrier will be eliminating its older per-device plans. Existing AT&T customers will have the option to stick with their current plans. AT&T’s Mobile Share offers data plans ranging from 300MB to 50GB per month.
A number of reports have popped up relating to a “blue screen of death” error when multitasking on the iPhone 5s. The topic has been discussed in Apple user forums, as the issue seems to stem from using iWork on the 5s. Forbes has a video of the malfunction in its report.
We tested the 5s using iWork and got the same results. In one test, the phone wasn’t truly rebooted — Touch ID could still be used to log in after the glitch occurs. On another occasion, the 5s did undergo a full reboot. It’s possible that Apple will solve the issue when updating iWork for iOS 7, or a fix could come via a software update. Some users have reported that disabling Pages, Numbers, and Keynote from Settings, iCloud, Documents & Data seems to resolve the problem.
The votes are streaming in for our 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. Early on, Logitech and Belkin are neck-in-neck in the race for Accessory Maker of the Year, with ZeroChroma and Griffin not far behind.
Google has jumped to an early lead for App Developer of the Year, with Orbotix, StoryToys, and Evernote battling it out for the runner-up position. Epic Games is off to a strong start in the battle for Game Developer of the Year, with EA and Rovio following behind.
Voting ends at 11:59 Pacific Time, Oct. 31. The winners will be announced in early November. Vote now today!
In a new interview, Vanity Fair talks to both Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design in Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson before their upcoming Sotheby’s (RED) auction, in which the designers have teamed with Bono to benefit The Global Fund. The two discuss design, and Ive’s work with Apple is discussed, but the biggest revelation comes from Ive’s previous work with Bono. Bono approached Steve Jobs to offer U2 for inclusion in an iPod commercial, and the eventual deal included the U2 special edition black-and-red iPod. The deal seemed like it might fall through at one point, but “Ive was dispatched in person to take the prototype black-red iPod to Bono at his home in Dublin.” Ive and Bono reportedly hammered out all remaining issues in the deal while drinking in a pub. “Jony makes some of his greatest decisions while having a drink,” Bono said.
Flickr (free) from Yahoo! updated to version 2.30.1503, enabling auto upload in iOS 7. Users can now automatically save their photos in Flickr’s 1TB-per-user storage space in full resolution. The app also now features auto straighten, letting users automatically straighten photos using the Flickr editor. Google sign-in issues have been fixed in the update, as well.
Foursquare (free) has made more major changes to its iOS app. Version 6.4 adds a “nearby” button to see what friends are around. Each friend’s most recent check-in is also shown, and more information can be accessed through their profiles. The app is also rolling out real-time recommendations to more iPhone users each day — checking in at a restaurant can show you a top menu item or daily special, for instance.