Tech Today: Apple iPhone 5 case suggests huge redesign
It's the tech news that broke after you logged-off: today, more info on the Apple iPhone 5 release date and design, and some welcoming news that cheaper BlackBerry Playbooks are set to launch
Apple iPhone 5 design to mimic iPad 2, if cases prove accurate
While the recent rumour mill has suggested no iPhone 5 design overhaul, an accessories manufacturer has released a new case which hinted at quite the opposite. The Case-Mate design, if reliable, would see the iPhone 5 adopt a curved aluminum back just like the Apple iPad 2. Surely we can't be far away from putting all this speculation to bed? Put us out of our misery, Apple!
New York Times claims fairly different iPhone 5 announcement, just weeks away
On a similar note, a report in Friday's New York Times, which usually has a decent track record in these circumstances, has suggested that the iPhone 5 WILL be different from the previous generation and will be announced in just a few weeks. An Apple employee, who obviously declined to be named, reckons that the cases mentioned above seem "potentially authentic." So in other words he doesn't know jack.
Done with Google+ already? 41 per cent drop off suggests so
New figures have claimed that the Google+ buzz (excuse the pun) has already worn off, with posts per day, per person down 41 percent over the last four weeks. The social network, which was supposed to spark Google's first social success story sparked a rush to sign up, but apparently, not many people are that keen on making their presence known. Put it this way; when was the last time you posted anything?
Steve Ballmer unperturbed by Windows Phone uptake
"We haven't sold quite as many as I would like," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer of the year-old Windows Phone platform, but the big man remains optimistic. "I’m not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be. We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level." Ballmer cited the launch of Nokia Windows Phone Mango handsets as the shot in the arm needed to tackle Android and iOS.
Cheap BlackBerry PlayBooks incoming!
Wall Street is in a panic over RIM's future (again) despite the BlackBerry-maker posting decent Q2 profits of $329m and a turnover of over $4.2 billion. Apparently that was on the low-end of estimates so RIM's share price dropped 9 per cent. The Canadians say they will drop the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook and integrate new software in order to improve that device's uptake.